A few of my favorite things...I love the color green, pearls, anything vintage, Jane Austen, the sea, anything sweet, baking, traveling, a good book, my morning coffee, fairy tales, afternoon teas, lace...
Hi! My name is Brittany and Lizzie and Jane is where my loves of literature, travel, food, and fashion come together. Lizzie and Jane is named for the two eldest sisters in my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. So many facets of this story, time period, and author both inspire and fascinate me in every aspect of my life so much so that my name has really become synonymous to the novel to those who know me. My hope is for Lizzie and Jane to also be a place of inspiration and fascination, whether it is to offer an outfit idea; to talk about fashion trends and current obsessions; or to take a step back and relax and read a recipe or two to try over the weekend; to find a good new book; or just to look at pictures of pretty places and clothes. Enjoy!
I really like simple dresses that I can dress up or down and this dress is just that. Here, I added booties, a cardigan, and a bold lip to wear to a shower but I’ve added heels, a statement piece of jewelry, and a red lip for a nice dinner and I would add sneakers, a baseball cap, and just wear a tinted lip balm for a day of running errands. It’s really comfortable and I even wore it while I was pregnant (remember this?!)!
I’ve already bought a couple of new dresses for this season (love this and this) and I still want to pick up a few more. I have this vision of myself wearing a sundress on any given day and taking Amelia to a field to run around in and then coming into tea. Haha! BUT I’m seriously lucky if I get out of my pajamas in the morning and showering (and therefore shaving my legs) is a luxury and definitely not a daily occurrence.
dress: Nordstrom, cardigan: Nordstrom, tote: Nordstrom, booties: Sam Edelman
I’ve been getting out of bed at 6:30 recently, which is almost a full hour before the kids are up, and it’s still not enough time for me to get things done! This morning I got up, brushed my teeth and washed my face, straightened up the family room, and worked on the blog and before I knew it, it was 7:30 and I still wasn’t dressed or cleaned the other rooms I wanted to clean (or finished the blog, for that matter!)! So, I think I’m going to try getting out of bed at 6 am a try. If I can drag myself out of bed, I think an extra half hour will be a big help! It also doesn’t help that I’m asleep by 10 pm most nights… guess I’m not giving myself enough time sans kids to be productive. Anyone have any time management tips? If so, please share in the comments or stop by my Instagram! I know I can be doing a better job and can use all the help I can get!
These colors are pretty much everything I’ve been wanting lately. Any and all shades of pink, coral, red, blue, and green (though there’s no green here). I’ve also been loving pops of yellow… so, basically all the colors. Also, I know this tote was on my last list but I’ve had my eye on it for a while and it’s too good to leave out- Joe got me this tote for Valentine’s Day and it’s one of my favorite gifts he’s gotten me! It’s roomy enough to hold all my essentials and throw in a few diapers, wipes, and even a spare outfit for Joseph! I also love this scalloped tote (under $50!) and this chambray one! Clearly I’m tote-obsessed this season. I also recently got a wallet/wristlet in a pretty french blue similar to this crossbody one (which I also love- this orange-red color is too good and would go with everything!) and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made! It fits everything that was in my wallet and more plus my phone. It’s really nice to be able to take it and toss it in the diaper bag, tote, or by itself and know I have everything I need all in one spot.
To be honest, we don’t get out of the house much these days so there really isn’t much justifying buying any of these pieces for myself (though I couldn’t resist a few). BUT curating a pretty closet (and Instagram feed) makes me happy, so… especially when they’re just about the only things under my control in this life because we all know that two years olds are under no one’s control 😉
Hope you all have a great day! And I hope you get something on your wish list this spring!
I’ve been all about florals lately. I’ve always been a floral lover but spring always has me craving (and buying) all the floral prints! I love this blue one that I bought for Joseph’s Christening. It looks great with a blazer but I’m really excited to be able to wear it without one. The sleeves are just adorable!
I’m sure you’ve noticed but I’ve been letting my hair air dry lately and I’m really liking the texture. I do miss my loose curls but there just isn’t enough time in the day for curling my hair anymore. So, I’m telling myself that it looks like mermaid hair! I really need to get a trim, though… I’ll just add it to the list.
You also may have noticed, if you’re following along on Instagram, that we have been redecorating our house. It started with nesting while I was pregnant with Joseph (poor Joe had to repaint the whole downstairs before the baby came, on top of redoing the guest room for Amelia) but it hasn’t stopped! I’m working with a tight budget so I’m refinishing a lot of what we already have! It’s been fun but so time consuming! Let me know if any of you would like to see me post about anything in particular- I’m hoping to do posts on each room but I have yet to get the nursery and Amelia’s room reveal up so hopefully in the next few weeks!
dress: Tularosa via Shopbop, blazer: J.Crew (old), shoes: M. Gemi, sunglasses: Illesteva
Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week! Ours has been crazy, as usual. Last week Joe had a work conference and two dinners and I feel like we didn’t get enough down time before the crazy started all over again on Monday. Amelia started speech this week, too. So yesterday I had both kids out of the house by 8 am. Kind of hectic but I did get to drive through Starbucks on the way home so that was nice 😉
Also, if you could say some prayers for my Mom Mom, I’d really appreciate it! She had a stroke last week and is still in the hospital. She’s in Florida and I haven’t been able to get to see her so it’s been tough.
This peplum tee is one of my recent favorites and it’s on sale! Peplum is one of those silhouettes that just seems to be flattering on every body type. While I so love my loose fitting clothes, I also love anything that makes me feel like I have a waist (especially with being pregnant twice in the last 3 years- I’m so happy to have a waist again!) and the fact that this is a mix of the two is a win-win in my book! I also love that it’s casual (so I don’t have to wait for the “right” occasion to wear it) and machine washable (so I don’t have to worry about wearing it around my kids)!
tee: Free People (on sale), jeans: Paige Denim, booties: Sam Edelman (similar here; also love these for spring)
Happy Thursday! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already, and thank God! It’s been the longest, but somehow also the fastest, week over here. Joe has had 2 work dinners and had to work late on the in between so I haven’t had much time to work on the blog (or anything else for that matter). I’m hoping to get back to 2-3 times a week next week but we’ll see. I’ve been redecorating our house a bit and have been trying to reuse a lot of what we already have, which also means a lot of rehab projects so that’s taking up a lot of time, too. I really enjoy it, though! Follow along on Instagram for updates! I’m hoping to write a blog post detailing our redecorating process, too! Thanks for reading and sticking with me through this crazy adventure called parenting!
If you’re like me (and let’s be honest, like the rest of the world), you’re over winter and ready for spring, even if the weather is not. So while you may not want to be buying any more winter clothes, now is a really great time to snag sale items that you can still wear now, because the forecast here includes snow in the next week, but also save for next fall! Also, there’s a lot of really great transitional pieces that you can wear through spring by pairing them with lighter weight pieces. For example, instead of adding a puffer vest, try adding a cotton anaorak!
vest: Old Navy, shirt: J.Crew, jeans: Paige Denim (these are on sale!), turtleneck: J.Crew (I also really love Everlane for their basics and layering pieces!), sneakers: Converse
I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I hope you’re having a great week! It’s been a little crazy over here but we’re finally starting to wind down. I feel like we haven’t stopped running since we had Joseph, maybe even Thanksgiving- the holidays were right after his birth, then Amelia’s 2nd birthday, then my youngest sister had knee surgery, then Joseph’s Christening, and my sister’s baby shower was just this past Sunday… and I’ve been at CHOP 4 times in the past 2 weeks! Needless to say I’m really looking forward to this weekend!
Below I listed some of my favorite sale pieces to wear right now and into spring!
The Shopbop sale is going on right now and the more you spend, the more you save! While I typically only invest in or splurge on a select few designer pieces a year, now is the time to do it if you’ve been thinking about a particular designer item for a while! Items that I splurge on are usually pieces that I know will last and won’t go out of style like a good pair of shoes (flats, sandals, or boots/booties), a nice tote or crossbody, and jeans. I also like to buy a good pair of sunglasses every couple of years or a dress out of which I know I’ll be able to get multiple wears. These items are ones that I’m seriously considering right now!
I hope you all are having a great week! It’s been crazy over here- if you’re following along on Instagram, you know that I’ve already been to CHOP twice for one doctor appointment because I got my days mixed up and I’ll be back there again tomorrow for another follow up for Amelia. I definitely feel like this is one of those weeks where I can’t seem to get my act together! Also, I’ve been thinking about planning a vacation somewhere warm soon- any suggestions on where to go with two young kids? Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by!
Lately I’ve been craving shades of blues and pinks, anything floral, and neutrals. Shades of green are also on my radar but that’s pretty typical for me. I’m really looking forward to spring, like everyone else, and these colors make it feel just a little bit closer. I’m also thinking about transitioning my wardrobe so anything that I’m buying now (unless it’s on major sale) is something that I can wear both now and into the spring.
What have you been eyeing for spring?
So I know I’ve told you guys how I’ve seriously jumped on the athleisure bandwagon lately but I’m close to being obsessive about it. Over the past couple of months I’ve hardly looked at anything other than clothes that fit into this category. Don’t get me wrong, I still love floral dresses and am dreaming of pretty pastel spring clothes but in reality, I just don’t have anywhere to wear them. It doesn’t make much sense to me to wear nice clothes every day that are more likely than not going to be spit up on or have some sort of food wiped on them.
On another note, I LOVE these sneakers… so much so that I’m seriously considering getting another pair. I should also mention that in spite of all these “workout clothes,” I still haven’t actually worked out since getting the go ahead to do so about two weeks ago (I did do crunches one night but that didn’t last long!). And I’m really loving all things olive green right now. Green is my favorite color so it’s not unusual for me to be crushing on a particular shade but olive is a great transitional color for spring! You can wear it now with your darker colors for winter but it also looks really great with pastels for spring! Think olive and blush or sky blue to really make an impact!
leggings: Nordstrom, sweater: Nordstrom, coat: Asos, sneakers: Nike, necklace: Made By Mary c/o
If there are any other mamas out there managing a toddler and a baby and have figured out the work/life balance or have any tips for time management, please share! I know this stage of life where my babies are still babies will pass all too quickly so I’m by no means wishing it away, but I definitely need to get better at carving out some time for myself whether it’s to get dressed in the morning, work on the blog, or get in a work out!
I got these Sorel snow boots for Christmas and I think it’s safe to say I’m in love. I’d been meaning to invest in a pair of snow boots for years (yes, years) as up until now I’d been using my Hunter boots as snow boots and while they’re amazing in their own right (and totally worth the investment), they’re not insulated and don’t keep your feet warm in the snow (like at all). These boots are insulated really well so your feet stay warm, comfortable to walk in, structured, and cute so you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality! I love the faux fur detail at the top!
Also, these leggings are the best I’ve ever tried. I have them in two colors now and want to buy a third but can’t decide whether to get the regular length or this length. In case you hadn’t already noticed, I’ve been really into athleisure lately (it fits, its cute, and its forgiving!) and so these leggings have quite literally been my “going out” pants. I hope I don’t jinx myself but they also don’t pill like my other workout pants of a similar material have- I have a pair of Under Armour leggings that I’ve had for about two years and they’ve pilled enough that my Mom told me I need new ones!
leggings: Nordstrom, tee: Free People, cardigan: Nordstrom, coat: Coach (old, similar), boots: Sorel (also love this color), scarf: Free People, sunglasses: Illesteva, lips: Nars lip pencil in Red Square
Happy Tuesday, guys! I hope you all had a great weekend and a productive Monday 🙂 We celebrated Amelia’s second birthday with a small party on Saturday and were out and about most of the day on Sunday visiting with family and then a Superbowl party.
My wish list this month consists mostly of athleisure items… which I only started to love recently but now I’m obsessed! I’ve been wanting to get dressed out of my typical pajamas and sweats but found that I don’t have a whole lot of “comfortable clothes” or workout clothes, even, that are actually cute and make me feel somewhat put together (I’ve been building my collection of these leggings because I think they’re the best!). I literally only have tee shirts and old American Eagle sweatshirts or my college sweatshirt- luckily I got these sneakers for Christmas! Next on my list is an easy tinted lip balm for every day and some casual and comfortable tops. What about you?