Ballet Flats, Enter Ballerina

2.21.2017woman with curly hair in bunwoman wearing all black and black ballet flatswoman wearing all black and ballet flatswoman wearing black and ballet flatsice cut necklace banana republicwoman walking at sunsetdelicate deco bracelet banana republicwoman dancingTop:(no longer available), similar-Gap  /Skirt:(no longer available), similar- Nordstrom / Shoes:Tory Burch / Earrings:Baublebar / Necklace:Banana Republic /Bracelet:Banana Republic /

Voila! A comfortable yet chic outfit featuring the ever-so-classic ballet flat! As much as I do enjoy wearing heels, the pace at which my two young children have me moving at, does not allow heels during the day… well most days! The perfect shoe for me during the day is the ballet flat. They are obviously flat- making running (literally) around all day super easy. They are also extremely versatile and chic. Tory Burch is the master of the ballet flat, she offers them in endless colors and patterns! To complete this ballet-inspired look I wore a black, leotard-like top, a black skirt which added texture, simple, dainty jewelry., and I topped it all off with a bun! Share your on “pointe”, ballet-inspired looks with me at

Super Saturday


Cape:J.Crew / Dress: sold out, black version available- Jay Godfrey / Shoes:Banana Republic / Gloves:Vintage, similar-Shopbop  / Earrings: Baublebar/

Let’s be real, the weekend is always super! This weekend is extra special since it is also the Super Bowl! I cannot wait to see what Lady Gaga’s performance will entail! Judging from her National Anthem performance last year, she will put on a legendary show! It is also my mom’s birthday tomorrow! Happy Birthday, Mom! Thank you for being my number one supporter and fan! I love you! Have a SUPER weekend everyone! xoxo

P.S. Share this post with any SUPER stylish friends! =)


2017 Trends

1.26.2017Jacket:J.Crew / Dress:sold out from Nordstrom- available in XS Here / Shoes:Pattern sold out, other options-Superga / Earrings:Sold out-J.Crew, similar-J.Crew /

Two trends that are here to stay for the year 2017 are fashion sneakers and the ever so feminine, ruffle trend!  Both trends are ones that I adore and have incorporated into today’s outfit post. Sneakers come in all prints and fabrics these days making it very easy to incorporate them into almost any look! Pairing sneakers with a dress like the one in this post makes the perfect daytime look with that added “cool” factor. The next trend, the ruffle trend, really speaks to the times! As we all know, women are definitely having a moment! Women have never been so strong, powerful, united, and empowered! Ruffles embrace the beauty of femininity and what could be more on trend than that?? What trends are you embracing so far in 2017?

P.S. I heard about this gorgeous blue backdrop thanks to Jennifer Lake of Style Charade. She is a fellow personal style blogger. She has gorgeous, whimsical photos and you should definitely check out her site and follow her on Instagram- I do! @JenniferLake is her Instagram handle.  On her site, Style Charade, there is a section called WallCharades in which she provides a guide to Chicago’s street art. For anybody based in Los Angeles, there is a guide for L.A. street art too!

Statement Shoes


Top:No longer available, similar-Here and Here / Jeans:Sold out-Tory Burch, other Tory Burch pants-Here / Earrings:J.Crew / Shoes:Sam Edelman /

Everybody is all about making a statement nowadays, so why not make your own statement with your look! These Sam Edelman booties do ALL the talking…These showstopping shoes are gorgeous and versatile. It has been a long time since a pair of shoes have stopped me in my tracks the way these ones did! These shoes take your look and confidence to that next level. I actually gifted these shoes to my sister for Christmas, but with sisters, a gift for them is a gift for me too! 😉 What statement do you wish to make?

Little Black Coat


Coat:Badgley Mischka / Jeans:Gap (newest version) / Shoes:Renvy from Gilt / Earrings:Baublebar /

Hi everyone! The Badgley Mischka coat featured in this post is my new favorite! I recently purchased this little black coat from Rue La La, and it has been making going out and braving the cold exciting again! Typically this is the time of year in which getting bundled up gets old because the routine of wearing the same layers day after cold day is too monotonous. ((ENTER NEW COAT)) Faux fur coats are trending right now and lucky for us, they are extremely warm and chic! I had been eyeing coats similar to the one featured in this post for quite some time now but the added texture and leather details of this one made it irresistible and impossible to pass up. Plus, it reminds me of a coat that my mom has that was passed down to her from her mom, Ruthie, lovingly known as Ma. Both of the coats share the unique texture of the fur. Ma’s coat was the last big item that she purchased before she was married. After she was married she had 1,2,3,4….8 kids in 11 years! While her life did change shortly after buying her little black coat, her elegant beauty and style never have! xoxo

New Beginnings

Sweater:(Emerald Version)-Banana Republic , similiar- Banana Republic/ Skirt:Milly / Earrings:Baublebar / Boots:Bucco /

Happy 2017! My 2 month absence from my site was totally unexpected, and I am thrilled to be back at it again! A LOT has changed! I attended the Simply Stylist Conference in New York which was the best thing I have done since starting this site. I met a ton of like-minded people who share my obsession for fashion and style. It was a perfect event for networking with other people in the industry. I left feeling connected and inspired. A few days after my return, we moved to a new home in the town where I grew up just days before my son, Killian’s, birthday. We are still getting settled but are very happy with the move! Killian had his golden birthday, 4! The holidays were a whirlwind, of course. Family members visited from Texas and New York, and we had parties almost every day! Now that the New Year’s confetti is settling and the pieces of my life are all falling into place it is time to get back to Girl With All the Curls. I am extremely honored to have you here, reading this! Thank you! I am going to be posting consistently again. Stay tuned to see what I have in store for 2017!

Simply Stylist Conference

Sweater:Banana Republic / Dress:similar-ASOS / Shoes:Tory Burch / Bracelet:similar-Tory Burch / Earrings:similar-Kate Spade /

I have some very exciting news to share!…Guess what?! This weekend, I will be traveling to New York! I am so excited to be attending the Simply Stylist NY conference! I have been a long time fan of Simply Stylist! In the words of its’ founder, Sarah Boyd, “Simply Stylist is a way for like-minded women to come together, learn from one another, get inspired and to network. It’s a place where we showcase the true trendsetters and uplift fashion and beauty tastemakers of the future.” It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to attend this event.  I started Girl With All the Curls six months ago, and while I have learned a lot already, I know I still have so much more to learn! I will be documenting the entire trip on Instagram, @girlwithallthecurls ,and Twitter, @MaryKateBlanco2 . **Disclaimer: My lack of activity on social media has been because my phone was used as a teether, eh hem..Nora. I am going to get a new one today or tomorrow at the latest! Bare with me! =) New York here I come!

Cubs Fever


Sweater:Banana Republic / Pants:Joe's Jeans /Boots:Hunter / Earrings:Baublebar / Bracelet:Banana Republic /

Greetings from Chicago, home of the Cubs! There is such a high energy and level of excitement circulating throughout the Chicagoland area! All Chicago fans, even White Sox fans, are rooting for the Cubs as game one of the World Series is tonight! Barack Obama, a famous White Sox fan, even has caught Cubs fever! He tweeted his support for the Cubs a few days ago! It is so great to be part of such a historical moment in Chicago. For those of you that do not know, the Chicago Cubs have not played in the World Series since 1945, and have not won the World Series since 1908! To say that there is a lot riding on these games would be the understatement of the century…literally!! This post is dedicated to this exciting moment in Chicago! It is very inspiring and teaches us to never say never! Go Cubs!

City Stroll

Coat:T Tahari / Jeans:Level 99 / Shoes:Banana Republic / Scarf:(several years old from LOFT), similar-Shoptiques / Earrings:(several years old from Francesca’s), similar- Kate Spade / Necklace:Loft /

I hope this week has been a stroll in the park for all of you! This post features a look that I find perfect for a stroll in the city! Whenever I am in the city, (Chicago), I add some extra flair to my look, something unexpected but still chic! My vibrant floral scarf wrapped around my shoulders added color and texture to this look. It also “tied” together the accessories in this look. Shades in this scarf matched perfectly with my earrings and lipstick! The scarf was tied in a way to not hide the gorgeous collar and buttons on my jacket. My gold collar necklace added a modern element to keep this look young and fresh. The denim was key to make this outfit casual, and the pumps were the perfect unexpected pop of color, also a great feminine touch. I would like to thank the trees for accentuating the subtle yellow accents in my scarf! 🙂

Spice It Up



Top:Anthropologie / Jacket:(No longer available) other great Fall Jackets-ShopbopBloomingdale's,and Bloomingdale's  / Shorts:J Brand / Shoes:(no longer available-Dolce Vita) similar- Nordstrom / Earrings:J.Crew / Sunglasses:Tory Burch /

It is October in Chicago… One day it is brisk, total sweater weather, the next, it feels like we slipped back into summer! Today it is 80 degrees! As much as I love summer, fall is my absolute favorite season! On these warm Autumn days, I dress in a way that is weather appropriate, yet still reminds me that it is fall, despite what the weather is telling us! The top featured in this post is perfect for days like today! It is a tank, so very cool, and easily used as a layering piece, while the color speaks to my Fall-loving heart. 😉 It is the perfect Autumnal shade of rust, or as I prefer to call this shade, Pumpkin Spice! (Spice-inspired colors are some of my favorite shades to wear throughout the Fall.) This jacket has subtle shades of rust which are accented when worn in combination with this top. My shoes add a pop of teal for a playful, colorful pop! My tip of the day: Play up the colors in the subtle details of your outfit for a very interesting and cohesive look! It is super easy and very fun! Don’t let Monday get you down! Fresh week, fresh start! 🙂

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