Swimwear for a Mom of Four Kids- This Year's Winners


Every year (and with every kid), I feel like it gets harder and harder for me to find a swimsuit. I prefer to stick to one pieces or tankinis, and because of having babies every other year for the last six years, I'm never the same size each summer. Last year I had a maternity suit from Topshop, and this year it definitely doesn't fit. 

The biggest challenge I'm facing after four kids is boob support. I'm still nursing so I haven't gone completely flat, but I definitely need all the help I can get. And for some reason that is so hard to find! All of the fun one pieces I've wanted or tried this year just haven't had the padding, underwire, or function to keep things in the right place! After buying and returning many, many suits, I finally settled on two (plus one option from the past that still works!). 

The year before last, I did find a great mom-friendly combination that I still love, which is a rash guard, bikini top, and bikini bottoms. It's perfect for keeping me covered and cool on hot days at the pool. The only thing I have found about rash guards is that I freeze in them when I'm swimming inside or if it's not 90+ degrees. So it doesn't work great at hotels or indoor pools or early in the summer. This striped guard is from Old Navy a few years back and it's not available anymore, but Lands End has some. The bikini top and bottoms are my favorite, and they are still available! The top is super supportive, and the bottoms have great coverage. 

The other two suits I ended up choosing are really fun, and I love them both! I started my search looking for the perfectly chic black mom-suit, but ended up with two bright-colored one pieces. The orange mesh cut-out suit from Seafolly was a splurge, but it's such a great suit. I've received so many compliments on it, and I know it will be a suit I'll continue to love. 
The support on this orange suit is moderate, and it feels/looks like sports bra coverage. It doesn't exactly lift, but it does hold things in and up. It has padding to keep me from nipping out and although it has cut-outs in it, the mesh keeps it looking modest and fresh.

The aqua suit is also such a great color and cut. It has plenty of padding for the chest, and with the detachable strap, it stays up well. I did go up one size in this suit for length. Once I did that, it felt like it would stay up better. The ruching is also nice if you need tummy support. 

Both of these suits look great with a tan and even make you look tan when you aren't quite... 


As far as other pool accessories, I love throwing on a metal cuff or some beaded bracelets with my swimsuits. Our N&S leather cuffs and earrings will get damaged if they get wet, so I keep a few metal ones around for occasions like these. It's amazing how much they add to a pool outfit! 

These are my sunglasses that I live in daily, but I have my eye on trying these and these as well. I like Haviana flip flops for the pool, or some like these from Old Navy. And don't forget a big tote, cute towels, and a water bottle too!


Everyday Style Early Summer




Summer is in full force over here, but I'm still hiding in the AC as much as possible. The humidity is a beast here in the Midwest and can make 100 degrees feel much, much hotter. Today I've rounded up a bunch of recent outfits from Instagram. If you follow along over there, I always tag my outfits in the photo so you can see where pieces are from by tapping the photo once. If you want to shop specifics and don't want to wait for a roundup post over here, I link everything that you can shop directly using LiketoKnow.it. You can click through this link or the link in @liketoknowit's bio and sign up using your IG login. Once you've logged in, you can get emails every time you "like" a photo that I've tagged with #Liketoknowit. The email will contain links to everything linked in that photo. It's really easy to sign up and honestly it doesn't fill up your inbox at all—unless you follow and like tons of fashion bloggers' photos, and even then LiketoKnowit consolidates the info into fewer emails with more info. 

If you've previously signed up for LiketoKnow.it and you aren't receiving emails, you may need to sign up again to reauthorize the site. 

I know it's not for everyone, but I like using it and I was shocked at how simple it was once I finally signed up for it. If it's not for you, I'll keep tagging items on IG and listing specifics here too! 

I hope your week is off to a great start! Happy Monday!


Simple Accessories for Summer


TEE // PANTS (similar) // BAG // SHOES // SUNNIES // EARRINGS // WATCH c/o

It's warming up here in Missouri, and that means I'm reaching for low-fuss accessories and outfits. When it's hot I seriously struggle to get dressed in anything that isn't a graphic tee and my Birks. Having the store open now has helped push me to get ready when I otherwise wouldn't, but even at the store, I'm wearing a Nickel & Suede tee—just with wedges rather than sneaks!

 This outfit is from a few weeks back (when it wasn't so dang humid!), but my accessory game and outfit strategy have stayed the same. N&S earrings, my Jord wood watch, and a simple tote plus an easy tee and denim. It's no secret that I love our N&S earrings because they are so lightweight and you literally forget you have them on. My wood watch is the same way. It's lightweight, unique, and functional. I have one in a lighter wood and one in a darker wood, and they both go with everything. This outfit equation fits every part of my life this Summer- working at the store, heading to the park with my kids or just staying home to do laundry. 

And speaking of summer clothes, I'm currently on the hunt to find bermuda shorts that I like and when I do, I'll be sure to report back. After this last pregnancy, my varicose veins didn't exactly go away so I'm not loving my legs in shorts, but it's summer in Missouri—so shorts are necessary. Next week I'm planning on a roundup of all my favorite basics that are getting me through the summer, so let me know if there are any wardrobe pieces you want recommendations for. And let me tell you, I've gone through a LOT of online ordering and returning to decide on the things I kept. 

What accessories are must-haves for your summer wardrobe?


So We Have a Store

Photo credit- Anchor & Spire Photography

You know when you haven't talked to someone in a while and in the in-between, so many big things have happened that you don't know where to start to catch them up? That's how I'm feeling as I sit down to write this post. I've been keeping up things on Instagram and Facebook, but as far as writing much of my heart or our life over here, I know it's been sparse. 

After we started Nickel & Suede, I put a lot of work into keeping OLM and N&S separate and working to build both. And I'm still dedicated to doing that, but if you know me, then you know my kids and my family have to come first. And since Baker came along, the blog has just been squeezed out by higher priorities. But I realize life has its ebbs and flows, and so my goal is to get back into the rhythm of blogging as life allows. 

The biggest news that I haven't shared over here is that we opened our store! Which is so surreal to type. I own a real live brick and mortar store. Over the last month, Soren and I and countless other people have been working nonstop to get a new temporary location for Nickel & Suede up and running. 

After the building collapsed, I really felt like we were standing on the edge of a desertlike a huge expanse of nothing, with no idea where the next oasis would pop up. Ironically my paper planner even ended in the month of June, and I had NOTHING written down, no plans for after that month. The plan was to open our original space in the month of June and then see what came next. Then the building collapsed and everything we had planned was gone, and we were just waiting on God to help us see what was next. It wasn't a feeling of despair, but more like a feeling of "Well now what?" I often feel like I'm watching the story of our life play out, and we're in the middle of the climax/conflict. I'm confident a happy ending awaits, but how is this story going to work itself out!?

After the collapse, Soren started hustling. He made call after call and drove around for days looking for the right space to move to next. Keeping everything in our basement wasn't an option, so we had to come up with a Plan B. He found a few options and drove me around looking at them. Most of them were just cement floor, commercial, auto shop-type places. Ugh. Those kinds of spaces could work for production, but certainly not for a store or anything pretty like what we'd been dreaming up in the original space. The last spot Soren showed me was the basement of an old house that had recently been vacated by a coffee shop. We didn't have the keys, but as soon as I looked in the windows I said, "I want this spot!" It was dark, but it had character, including a stained glass window, a concrete counter cash wrap, and a fireplace. It was perfect for a store, and the decision was made right then and there. We agreed to the lease on May 9 and got ready to open up shop on June 11.
That was a Friday, and by Tuesday morning we were over there painting. We painted the entire thing white and then used a light gray for trim and black for the doors. The paint changed it so much, but we weren't done yet. I madly started ordering furniture and placed some requests for custom shelving and a few custom tables. The amount of money we spent in the month of May to get things ready was just crazy. Every day I was ordering more and more fixtures, decor items, logistical supplies, etc. And then of course everything had to be rushed. We were on a time crunch! 

The last table, all of the shelving, and most of the lights literally did not show up until the two days before we opened. The grand opening was on a Saturday, and on Wednesday the space did not look like it could possibly be ready. But I'm pretty sure that's how these things go. All of the things miraculously came together in the knick of time, and although I didn't sleep at all that week, we were technically ready to open our doors on Saturday at 10 a.m. 

And it's a good thing we were! There were sweet friends and customers at our door at 10 a.m. on the dotready to shop and celebrate with us. It was such an amazing day. People did not stop walking through our doors until 9 p.m. that night. We were just overwhelmed by the support of our local community. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. we had kind of a soft opening, but then the grand opening was from 4 to 9 p.m. We had food, drinks, balloons for kids, and music outside. It was HOT, like so hot, but nonetheless people came out and shopped. The whole day was so surreal, but the craziest thing was to realize at the end of the night that we would indeed have to be open again on Monday morning! That night after everyone went home, we counted the till, swept, restocked tables, and prepared for our first week of business. 

BLOUSE (sold out, similar, similar) // EARRINGS // JEANS // SHOES

We've been open for 11 days now and I definitely feel like I have a fifth child. I'm not at the store every day, and when I'm not there I worry about it. Like, "Who is watching my 'kid'? Are they doing a good job? Is everything okay at the store today?" Things have stayed busy, and it will be interesting to see how it continues to go. Our online orders are really where we will grow the most and where most of our energy is dedicated, but it's really cool to see that online store come to life in a brick and mortar space. 

I have to say that I'm so grateful for all of the people who helped us push to get the store open and then the great employees we have that continue to run it. The store turned out better than I had imagined, and that wouldn't have been the case if it had all been on me. I have some crazy talented friends and employees, and all of them turned our emergency into their own emergency for the month of May. 

And in case you are thinking, "But wait, what about production?" Yes, that was the problem Soren was originally trying to solve. And we've figured out that one too. I'll share more on that soon!

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