Bride Guide: White Dresses

It can be overwhelming trying to find dresses perfect for all of the showers, the parties and the rehearsal dinner when you’re a bride. There are so many decisions that need to be made when you’re planning a wedding, so let me help you eliminate some of those decisions by rounding up some fabulous white dresses perfect for those events. Finding your wedding dress is hard enough! I hope you love the dresses I selected.

Happy shopping, brides! XO, MS

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Floral Cut Out Dress

| dress | heels | bag | earrings |

This might be the dress of my dreams! The bright colors, feminine print and edgy cut outs make this a unique piece for your warm weather vacations and the summer ahead. It would be great for an elevated casual event too! I wore this out in Mexico for a friend’s bachelorette, and I also plan on wearing it in San Diego when Henry and I head there for spring break. And yes, I realize this dress is a splurge, but I purchased with a few events in mind. I know I’m going to wear this quite a few times over the next six months.

If you’re looking for a less expensive purchase, this woven bag and these platform heels are fabulous. Both can be worn with SO much. This woven bag has Bottega vibes but of course for a fraction of the price. The platform heels remind me of a YSL heel I’ve been eyeing. You will wear both of these all spring and summer long.

I’m ready for warm weather! Are you?

XO, MS

Oh So Orange

| dress | sandals | bag | earrings | necklace | bracelets |

Oh, how wonderful it was to be in the sunshine this past weekend. Puerto Vallarta, I’ll be back. I knew I needed to pack colorful pieces because my wardrobe has been filled with neutrals this cold winter season. To top off this bright orange dress, I accessorized with colorful jewels by Elsie Frieda. If you love them like I do, shop using the promo code SANFORD20 for 20 percent off your purchase.

Do you have any fun trips ahead?!

XO, MS

Black-owned & -founded brands

| pink dress | white dress | blue dress | earrings | necklace | pink bag | sandals |

| striped straw bag | black swimsuit | white swimsuit |

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to highlight some designs I’m loving from different black-owned and -founded brands. Spring is on my mind, so you’ll find pieces perfect for your upcoming vacations and the warm weather ahead. Get me to the beach and be sure to shop from these talented designers!

XO, MS

Plaid Perfection

| top | jeans | chelsea boots | headband | earrings (use code MARYSANFORD15) |

Introducing another Spanish line I love, The Label Edition! I don’t know about you, but I get tired of seeing the same ol’ things online and at every store. This line offers special pieces that I’ve been on the hunt for – mainly tops with interesting details. I’ve linked their website above, so that you can see all that they have to offer! I tucked this top into my go-to pair of distressed jeans and added a Chelsea boot and of course, a fun earring and headband. I can’t wait to style this top with white jeans and an espadrille in the spring. When I shop, I focus on buying pieces that I can get a lot of wear out of, and this top has definitely accomplished that.

Thanks for stopping by, friends! XO, Mary Sanford

Create your own spring with these floral blouses

| floral blouses: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | white jeans | similar chelsea booties |

| pearl hoops (use code MARYSANFORD15) |

Hi, friends! What a doozy the last couple of weeks have been in the Chicago area. (I probably sound like a broken record.) We’ve had snowfall after snowfall, and the sun has made very few appearances. I’m itching for a warm sunny day, but I know we aren’t getting those for awhile. Instead, I’m creating my own sunshine with these white jeans and this floral top. This is the second Andion top (the first) I’ve shown you this year – such a special Spanish line I’ve come to love. I don’t have a link for you, but be sure to check out their Instagram to see all of their pretty designs.

Above, I linked some other fun floral tops and my go-to white jeans. I’ve had these for at least three years now so definitely worth the splurge. I also want to share these fabulous pearl hoops. These have been such a fun statement to incorporate into my daily looks, and guess what?! I’ve got a promo code for you! Click the link above, and use the code MARYSANFORD15 to receive 15% off your purchase. I hope you find something special to add to your wardrobe.

Thanks again for stopping by, and don’t forget you can shop the links above!

XO, Mary Sanford

Love Month: Valentine’s Day Edit

Hello, Love Month!

| pajamas 1 & 2 | silk pillowcase | makeup bag | earrings 1 & 2 |

| PB book | lip balm | mascara | candles 1 & 2|

I’m shocked that it’s already February! Time is flying, but hey, we are inching closer to warmer weather! Today, I wanted to share a Valentine’s Day roundup to get you inspired for all the gift-giving you will be doing. Valentine’s doesn’t need to be extravagant – gift something that you know the other person will love. Do they enjoy accessorizing their home? Lounging in luxurious fabrics? A fresh makeup routine? Above, I’ve linked some great ideas for you!

Let me know if I can help you shop for anything else!

XO, MS

Navy + White Stripes

| striped sweater | jeans | sherpa coat (similar option) | ivory booties | headband | earrings |

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’re a little warmer than we are here in Chicago, and the snow just keeps falling.

It’s been a minute since I shopped at Zara, but this sweater is a cozy classic I couldn’t pass up. Name something more timeless than navy and white stripes! It’s a great piece that will transition well into the spring too. I’m picturing the sweater with white jeans and an espadrille or maybe a sneaker, and layer a denim jacket on top if you need it. Of course, things sell out quickly at Zara, but I did find the exact sweater on eBay in many sizes. Snag it while it’s still available. I also purchased this one too!

Thanks for stopping by! XO, MS

Mountain Views + Vibes

| similar black sweaters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | jeans | shearling lined booties & unlined booties |

| bag | hat | sunglasses |

Henry and I escaped Chicago for a weekend away in Telluride with old and new friends. It was my first time there, so I loved wandering around town and exploring all the cute shops and restaurants. A couple of my favorites were Two Skirts and LittleHouse – a women’s boutique and a delicious dining spot, respectively. There’s something so quaint about a mountain town and even more special about Telluride because there are very few chain stores and franchises. And even more special, the storefronts remain original to the architecture that’s been there for the last century.

Of course, you can ski, snowboard and snowshoe, but if you aren’t into winter sports like me, you can take the gondola over the mountain for the same amazing views. I also loved seeing all of the wildlife. One morning we woke up to elk right outside of our house. Definitely don’t get that in the city!

We also had amazing weather – sunny skies and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Just perfect for enjoying the outdoors, so I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the summer. Telluride, we will be back!

Thanks for stopping by! XO, MS

All White, Winter White

| turtleneck | jeans | coat (love this one too) | sneakers | earrings |

There is just something so fresh about a winter white look. It brightens things up on a cold and dreary day when sunshine and warm weather can be away. When styling an all white look, you can mix both crisp whites and ivories like I have here. Don’t worry if your whites don’t match perfectly!

I’m obsessed with my new ivory sherpa coat that completes this winter white look. I’ve worn my brown version over and over again, so I figured with a long winter ahead, I could invest in another color way. Not to mention how warm this coat is and that it’s on sale!

| chair | pillow | art | rug |

If you want our furniture info, I’ve linked it above!

Thanks for stopping by! XO, MS