stars and stripes forever


4th of july


can you believe it is already the last week of june? this summer is starting to fly by and the 4th of july is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but the 4th is one of my favorite holidays. I love getting to spend time with family and friends at the lake roasting hot dogs, making s’mores, watching fireworks and of course celebrating out freedom. do you have any fun 4th traditions? would love to hear about them! enjoy your long weekend!





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this khaki jacket was the first item i ever purchased from an H&M store. since then, i have been  back to buy more items but this is by far my favorite. currently the closest store is over 6 hours away. i am super excited though because our town is adding one to our mall this year!

i am writing this post because Bloglovin’ and H&M have teamed up with Leandra Medine of Man Repeller to search for the next breakthrough fashion blogger. as most of you know, i started Those Pretty Pieces almost a year ago on instagram and it has slowly evolved. it has been awesome to have an outlet to share my creative side and i am so thankful for those of you who have decided to follow along.


fathers day gift guide

father’s day is coming up this sunday june 19th! in case you haven’t gotten your pops a gift yet i thought i’d put together a few ideas!

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i really don’t know if you can go wrong with any of these gifts. i have to say my personal favorite is chromecast! have you heard of it? we have it and are able to stream things from our phones onto our tv such as netflix or sporting events on ESPN. {it is similar to apple tv but 1/5th of the price!}

my dad LOVES to fish so i like to get him a gift card to our local bait shop. i know i wouldn’t be able to pick out the right thing there so i will just leave that up to him. fishing is one of my favorite things to do with my dad and i hope i get to go with him soon!

hope this gift guide is helpful for you!



merona 40% off sale!

hello! just wanted to pop on here really quick and share some {super low quality pictures} of items i found at Target’s sale this weekend! the sale ends today so make sure to scoot to target to snag some good deals!

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both this tee and these shorts are part of the sale. i have this vneck in multiple different colors and it is SO soft. it is a bit oversized so size down {im wearing an XS}

how cute are these shorts? the shorts are on DOUBLE SALE buy one get one 50% off plus you can use the 40% off on cartwheel!

these white eyelet shorts are also on double sale! these have a 5 in inseam {the striped ones have a 3 in} and for some reason ran large. size down!

i love this tank. it comes in multiple colors and is so perfect for summer!

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when i saw this on the hanger, i originally thought it was a dress. it is actually a tunic! i love the half tuck look with this top. {my jean shorts are not part of the sale, they are old from american eagle}

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this maxi dress is cute, but it is my pet peeve when the length doesn’t hit the floor. #tallgirlprobs it probably is made this way but it is not my style. the pattern however is adorable!

this offer is also available online by using the code MERONA40. so there really isn’t any excuse not to take advantage of this sale! hope you are all having a wonderful saturday!


summer essentials

it is finally starting to feel like summer here in north dakota! temperatures today got up to 100 degrees. with that being said, i wanted to share some items i believe are essential to have this summer.



lets talk about that pool float! i have seen so many of these {particularity in donut or flamingo form} they are super fun!

wearing a floppy or panama hat helps to keep the sun off your face. i wear sunscreen on my face everyday but especially if  you are going to be outside for a long period of time hats give extra protection from the sun!

a large tote is essential! something that is able to hold everything you need for a day at the beach. {if you are not excited about the tassels here is another favorite of mine}

how cute are these flamingo clips?! if you haven’t seen these before they clip your towel to your beach chair!

this after sun lotion is my FAVORITE! i first used it on a trip to florida a few years back and will never buy anything different. it works really well and the smell is amazing.

this last one may seem like a no brainer, but y’all i’m still using a beach towel from like middle school. it is most definitely time for an upgrade! i can’t decide if i should get a simple on or this crab print one! what do you think?

i hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather. would love to hear what your summer essentials are! leave me a comment!



I just had to share this story with you. this amazing blogger {emily} who runs The Freckled Fox is walking alongside her husband as he battles a very aggressive cancer. I have been following her blog over the last year and have watched how strong she is as they walk through this hard time together as well as how much they love each other. recently her husband was given weeks to live. I cant help but just sob as I read their story. {you can find their story on her blog here.} they are such a sweet couple with 5 young children. I can’t even imagine what they are going through and I am asking you to join in me in praying for this family. I don’t know where this couple stands in their faith, but I do know that we serve a mighty God who can do miracles.

Matthew 19:26 

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

emily and martin we are praying for you and your family.


dress for your body type: i am an hourglass

this is the fourth and final body type in my series ‘dress for your body type.’ i decided to do the hourglass shape last because it is the least common body type. in our culture, this body shape is considered “ideal” but as we have seen in my last posts there is always a way to flatter your shape no matter what shape you are. {if you missed my last posts you can find them here-> straight, apple, pear}

for this shape your hips and bust are close to the same size and your waist is significantly narrower. you are one curvaceous mama! our goal is easy: show your curves!


form fitting tops {consider adding a belt to show off you tiny waist even more!}

flowing tops that cinch at the waist

wrap style tops will flow beautifully with your curves

top with either a v-neck or scoop neckline. these styles will slim the neck and chest and will make you appear smaller and slimmer.

*avoid tops that don’t have any shape as they will make you look ‘boxy.’*

*avoid high necks {such as turtlenecks} that will make you look top heavy*


basically any pants will look great on you as long as they are fitted

bootcut or straight leg will keep you looking proportionate

pencil skits that fit snug in the waist {this can be a feat since your waist is so much smaller than your hips}

*avoid baggy unstructured bottoms*


body con dresses will show off your curvy figure

wrap dresses will flow beautifully with your curves

this body type doesn’t have too many restrictions. it is all about finding clothes to accentuate what you already have. hope this series has been helpful for you!