2017 Trends: Ruffled Spring Blouse


Hi mamas! The end of the school year adds a lot of stress to the lives of moms and dads. Finally you’re in a rhythm with your kids’ schedules but oh yeah, there’s the piano concert, the final choral performance, visiting the classroom, or buying gifts for teachers. These are wonderful events and how lucky are we to participate in them. But squeezing them into a tight schedule can push you to the brink, for sure.

Here you see me yesterday morning at 8am in the morning. You might notice that I am little bit tired. Yes, indeed! I have a lot of trouble sleeping in May. Things start to circle around in my head and I lie there awake for much of the night. I can’t wait for the kids to finish school and for life to slow down. I’ve been fantasizing about a beach chair, book and iced tea. Simple, quiet and calm — that’s all I’m dreaming of right now.

2017 Fashion Trend

That being said, while getting ready for a visit to Marielle’s classroom yesterday morning, I was happy to put on my new ruffled blouse from JCrew. This blouse has wide ruffles in keeping with a 2017 trend and a comfortable, loose cotton feel. I matched it with white Jcrew capri pants from last season, embroidered Club Monaco sandals recommended to me by my friend Tamela of Greenhouse NYC/ At Studios (a talented fashionista and home designer), and a funky ring I’ll explain below.2017 trends for fashionBefore heading to school, we stopped to snap these photos on the street, confusing the passers by. Thank you for putting up with me, Marc!2017 Trends: Ruffled Spring Blouse  2017 fashion trendAnd now, for the ring part of the story. My sweet friend Melissa from High School offered me this ring from Swarovski for my 40th birthday. At the time, Melissa was going through a tough divorce. She showed up for my party with this gorgeous ring. I’m supposed to see Melissa for dinner tomorrow night and now her life could not be more different! She’s got a great fiancé, a successful business, and her kids are thriving.

For those of you who are struggling with your relationships, jobs, kids or family, never lose hope. Even when you’re in your 40’s, you can turn your life around if you stay positive, work hard, and take care of yourself. I’ll wear this gorgeous ring tomorrow when I see Melissa in tribute to her strength and our friendship. I’m so proud of her and happy to bear witness to where she now is in her life. 2017 fashionThat’s it for today’s fashion post. Check back in next week for more. Oh, and make sure to enter our weekly fashion giveaway for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Etsy.

Melissa xo

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  • That’s such a pretty blouse. I never wear them, but I’ve always liked ruffles.

  • margaretsmith

    I really like the ruffle trend. Looks really feminine.

  • Natalie

    I love that blouse! It looks so classic and chic.

  • Rosie

    It’s a cute look – classic – the sandals I adore! I love Etsy so much!

  • Tammy Iler

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Anita Mitchell

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • shannon fowler

    I love the look! The ring is fabulous, and I’m so happy that your friend has gotten through such a difficult time.

  • Very flattering style!

  • Kelli

    Such a cute fun look. I love the story of the ring and your friendship. It was very sweet and uplif

  • Lisa

    Great outfit! I love J. Crew.

  • Victoria Scott

    Such a great look!

  • Julie Lynn

    Really like this outfit!

  • Marian F.

    Love those ruffles!

  • Geena O’Banion

    simple and elegant; I like that

  • Tandi Vidal

    Love that ring!

  • puppylov3808

    Love the look!!

  • Lisa Brown

    Looks great; love the ring 🙂

  • Tiff

    I love your style and I love the ring.

  • Leela

    What a beautiful blouse.

  • honeypie411

    Beautiful ring!
    Julieh

  • slehan

    Good story about the lovely ring. Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Samantha

    That blouse looks beautiful on you! I love the sleeves on it!

  • Brooke Lorren

    Good luck everyone! The ring is very nice.

  • Kristi Morris

    Thank you

  • Nicole Lancaster

    I love the blouse and the special meaning behind the beautiful ring.

  • Buddy Garrett

    I love the outfit. It is very stylish.

  • Ellen M

    Great ring, the color is gorgeous.

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I would like to thank you for your involvement in this fine giveaway. Thank you for giving us all the chance.