kids, Style

Lace-Up Sweater and Boyfriend Jeans for Brunch

sweater: c/o Zaful/ boyfriend jeans: Hollister (size 1 short)sold out similar here/

bag: Prada/ shoes: Karl Lagerfeld / bracelet bangle: Loft (old)

I want to be straightly honest to you, as a stay at home mom of two I don’t dressed like this on a daily basis. Most of the time, you’ll bump into me without make up and dressed in rags. But I don’t care, that’s raw and real motherhood and I’m proud of it. I’m not sure if I’m ready to be make up less and dressed up in my rags on the blog. I can’t be like one of those mamas who have no trace of make up on, just wearing sneakers and yoga pants and still look fabulous in photos or real life. I wish I could but I’m not that gifted or I’m just not confident enough. Another thing, I want to be out of my comfort zone. I want to ย dress up differently from what I wear on my regular days.


It’s actually nice to have a Style blog because it pushes me to want to take care of myself, not just on what to wear but also on what to eat and to do regular exercise. It makes me excited to plan my outfits when we go out. It makes me feel good overall!

Motherhood could get really overwhelming sometimes and when you are a stay at home mom, sometimes you feel like you lost your identity and you wanted to do something for yourself too. I’m not here to judge any mamas out there. I know how hard it is to make ourselves a priority because our kids is our top priority and will always be. I just wanted to say, that whatever you have in mind that you wanted to do for yourself that would be good for you and your family, you just have to do it. Don’t let those negative thoughts affect you because at the end of the day, what matters is you. You are important too.If you are going to ask me if I’m cold or not with just a sweater on in these pictures, yes I am super cold! Good thing I brought some coffee and hot chocolate for me and my little one. Although she is more warm than me with her layers ย and puffy faux fur vest that I secretly want to have one for myself too.

Right now, I just wanted to show you a sweater that is gifted to me by Zaful. I love the lace-up details around the neckline which is a popular trend. I love that it has like a bomber style bodice or whatever you call it. It is very comfy, warm and soft. The color and size is just perfect. When you order this online, it says One Size. I don’t know why they don’t have various sizes in their sweaters but this is what it looks like on me with the size they have available.For your reference, I am extra small/small in my clothes and I’m ย 4″11 tall. If you want to know more about my review on Zaful, here is my previous post.I like to make this look in between casual and dressy. I am petite and it’s really hard to pull off some looks sometimes, especially when it’s casual. It’s like I need to wear high heels to make everything look put together in the photos. This outfit with flat shoes doesn’t photograph well on me, that’s just my opinion. But I really love this sweater,boyfriend jeans and high heels combo. It is effortless,simple,comfy and chic.My little lady here is my special guest today! I really love dressing her up. She is always with me when we take style photos,so I always have her ready in coordinating outfits to mine just in case she wants to join in. I don’t want to force her to take pictures with me, but I’m glad she agreed on this one because I love her outfit!

dress: Gap Kids/ faux fur vest: Zara Kids (sold out) similar here / cardigan: Gap Kids/ boots: Gap Kids/ bow: Claire’s / bag: Poochie and Co.

Thank you so much for joining us today. Stay tune for more!

* I received a product from Zaful in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. This blog contains affiliate links that I make a commission of through a click or a purchase.

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  • Reply Kristan Kremer | Capsule Wardrobes

    Dressed in rags!! Haha that’s so funny. I’m dressed in rags right now (shhh don’t tell!) Love those shoes. Y’all are both adorable!!

    January 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      lol, Yup! dress in rags all the day everyday for me here.You made me smile girl! Thank you so much for stopping by Kristan!

      January 17, 2017 at 6:15 am
  • Reply Sandy a la Mode

    you look so pretty in that lace up and OMG your mini me, i am obsessed with her outfit!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

    January 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you so much Sandy! I am obsessed on Olivia’s outfit too, I wish i could find a similar one for me. I adore your mommy and me photos of your mini, super cute you two!

      January 17, 2017 at 6:11 am
  • Reply Branson Merrill

    That lace up sweater is super cute!! Love the bigger lacing! And your little lady is beautiful!!

    January 17, 2017 at 3:15 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you so much Branson!

      January 17, 2017 at 6:12 am
  • Reply Linh

    OMG you mini is ADORABLE!!!! I need that outfit in an adult size. LOVE your lace up sweater mama

    January 17, 2017 at 3:40 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you so much Linh!

      January 17, 2017 at 6:11 am
  • Reply Leah | Five for the Road

    What a great look!! I love it!

    January 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you Leah!

      January 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kit Stanwood

    That puppy purse is adorable! I feel the same way about my blog, that it motivates me to take care of myself more ! And it’s so much fun to do a photo shoot!

    January 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Yes girl, you got me! It’s a great motivation! Thank you so much.

      January 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Taylor

    Such an amazing outfit! And, honestly, I’m not even a mother and 9/10 times you’ll catch me without makeup, so I completely understand (especially since you have mini-yous to take care of)! Thank you for being so honest! Absolutely love the ripped jeans and tie up sweater look.

    January 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you Taylor. It is tasking sometimes to get ready especially with two littles but It made me feel good after. Thank you so much!

      January 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Mike O

    The lace up sweater looks real nice and warm! My wife may really like that so cool to read the review on it and will definitely check it out!

    January 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Hamilton

    Around here, if we’re can all get out of the house wearing clothes we’re good ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Elise

    You two are both so adorable! Love your sweater. my favorite looks are distressed jeans and heels. Looking gorgeous lady!

    xx, Elise

    January 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you so much Elise and I’m glad that you like the look too!

      January 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Krysten

    I am in love with those jeans! Do you think that they would go well with booties?

    January 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Hi Krysten! They would go well with bootie. But in my case, not so much because I’m 4″11 and the jeans have the slouchy loose fit. The booties made me look shorter, I paired my booties with skinny jeans. If you are taller than me, most definitely!

      January 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Shela Yount | I Answer to Mom

    LOVE this look! So inspiring! ๐Ÿ˜€

    January 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      thank you Shela

      January 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Liza

    Hi, April!
    Thanks for sharing this outfit! I just love it! I’ve been into this lace-up trend ever since it begun and I hope it won’t go away too fast! And this look is perfect! Polished and pretty, but laid back and comfy! Perfect for the mommies like me who have to chase their kiddos all day AND look like… women ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Hi Liza,

      Thank you so much for the compliments! It is definitely a challenge to choose outfits that make it work with kids around, it’s not what it used to. But we moms still make it happen and I’m glad there are so many inspirations out there, so we can still looklike women lol. Have a great day girl!

      January 18, 2017 at 5:15 am
  • Reply Angela kim

    Lovely mother and daughter! I miss dressing up my daughters in cute outfits like this. Now they never wear what I choose! lol

    January 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      I’m with you momma. My 8 years old son don’t want to be dressed by me anymore lol. I’m taking advantage right now on my daughter which I know it’s not going to be that long.

      January 18, 2017 at 5:04 am
  • Reply Sheila Jo

    Strange that the sweater doesn’t come in multiple sizes, although I suppose the lace-up feature gives it a little wiggle room in sizing. Those jeans look comfy!

    January 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      I know right? Well, it’s kind of that loose fit too and like you said the lace up gives it a little wiggle room but still they should have more options on sizes. Thank you so much!

      January 18, 2017 at 5:01 am
  • Reply Fatty

    I love this look!!

    January 17, 2017 at 10:37 pm
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you so much!

      January 18, 2017 at 4:44 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you Amanda!

      January 18, 2017 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Amanda McNeil

    Love this whole look & your little one’s look, too!

    January 18, 2017 at 1:39 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you Amanda!

      January 18, 2017 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side

    Those jeans look fantastic on you! And coming from another semi-shorty, I agree with the heels! Also I am not strictly a fashion blogger, but I find myself trying a little harder on the weekend when out and about just because it’s for me and makes me feel good. So I totally get it!

    January 18, 2017 at 2:31 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Yey! I’m glad you got me girl. Thank you so much…yup heels for the win lol

      January 18, 2017 at 4:36 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Love that sweater on you and you daughter is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers, J

    January 18, 2017 at 4:22 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you so much Jenna!

      January 18, 2017 at 4:30 am
  • Reply Alexandra Hammer

    I’ve been loving this trend!! I already have 3 lace up sweaters now ๐Ÿ™‚ You & your mini me are adorable!
    Alexandra Christine Blog

    January 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Beth Newcomb

    I love your boyfriend jeans. Rolled up & paired with the heels is too cute! And your daughter is adorable!

    January 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply rosie

    You both look so amazing. She is just the cutest! I love both the outfits.

    Life is just Rosie

    January 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Erin Ruoff

    Totally digging that color on you!

    January 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply val

    Love this look! And I can so relate to running around in rags ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Janette Shearer

    Could the two of you get any cuter?! Oh goodness I have total outfit envy right now!

    January 18, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Tabitha Shakespeare

    I love both of your outfits! I totally get what you said about having a style blog motivating you to take care of yourself! I feel the same way!

    January 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Jessica Peresta

    So adorable! Totally my style!

    January 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Abby

    What a super chic way to wear the lace-up trend! Those jeans are fab too!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    January 20, 2017 at 12:34 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Such a great combo! Love the sweater!

    January 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply angie

    you all look awesome, very comfortable and nice enough to go out on the town Perfect and my style as well
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    January 21, 2017 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Both of your outfits are so cute! I love that sweater. Thanks for linking up for The Weekly Style Edit. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

    January 24, 2017 at 5:03 am
    • Reply April Kus

      Thank you Megan !

      January 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

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