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! 🙂

If Your Outfit Was An Emoji…


Top:Nordstrom / Chambray Top:J.Crew / Leggings: no longer available (Zara), similar-Nordstrom / Boots: no longer available (HM), similar-H&M / Earrings:Shashi (purchased on Gilt sample sale) / Sunglasses:Ray-Ban /

If your outfit was an emoji, which one would it be? I know this is an odd question, but when I put on the outfit featured in today’s post, I could not stop thinking of the peace sign emoji!! This emoji is cool and effortless, with a slight attitude, (the good kind of attitude), which matches the way I feel in this look!  😉  I love how what you wear can really impact the way you feel! What is your look of the day’s emoji??If you like this post, share it on social media with your emoji of the day! =) Until next time…


Happy National Coffee Day!


Jacket:Nordstrom / Top:Nordstrom / Skirt:Nordstrom / Earrings:J.Crew / Shoes:no longer available, similar:Nordstrom and J.Crew Factory /

Cheers! It’s National Coffee Day! For all of you fellow coffee-lovers out there, enjoy an extra cup today! As a young mom of two young children and a new fashion blogger, there is not a day that I do not enjoy at least two cups of coffee. Currently, I am sipping on my favorite brew, from a little joint you may have heard of called Starbucks, the Skinny Vanilla Latte! Besides coffee, something else that fuels me everyday is my love of fashion. Once I am dressed for the day and have had my coffee, I am ready to rock and roll! Creating my own website/blog really drives me and fuels my creativity. I am blessed to be able to do something that I am so passionate about while being with my two kids! The endless possibilities in this wonderful online fashion industry are exciting! Every little success drives me to be better and to continue to grow and learn! Thank you to everyone who continues to read and help Girl With All the Curls grow! Stay tuned for what I have “brewing” for upcoming posts….I could not resist! 😉

Paris Fashion Week

img_4570img_4567img_4578Top:J.Crew / Cape Scarf:J.Crew / Skirt:J.Crew / Shoes:Tory Burch / Earrings:Lord and Taylor /

Bonjour! Greetings from…Chicago! Today is the first day of Paris Fashion Week! As a newbie in the fashion blogging industry, I dream of being invited to fashion shows during Fashion Week! Even though I am not attending Paris Fashion Week, this year 😉 ,  I am honoring the event with my outfit for today! To me, when it comes to style, there is nothing more Parisian than stripes, turtlenecks, the color navy, and ballet flats, all of which are included in today’s look! Parisian style is timeless, effortless, and chic. If you could travel anywhere today, where would you go?

Fall Florals

Dress:Nordstrom (black no longer available) / Earrings:J.Crew / Boots:Bucco / Sunglasses:Sold out, similar- Karen Walker and BP /

Need a fresh look for fall? I’ve got you covered! There is nothing more fresh looking than a floral print!  😉 Don’t ditch florals for fall! The unique, darker spin on the feminine print in this dress was tailor-made for fall! It is no surprise that both the dress and earrings in this post sold out quickly due to popularity! Hopefully they are restocked! In the meantime, this easy, yet super chic, equation is perfect for fall! [dress+ over the knee boots+ accessories= fall 2016 perfection] Share your spin on this look with me! xoxo

Attention FOODIES: An old friend from high school is involved with this delicious project! Check it out and even help fund! Hudson Daniel

Nora’s First Year


On September 9th 2015, my husband, Iggy, myself, and my son, Killian, received the best gift, Nora Kathleen Blanco was born! She has added so much fun, laughter, and love to our lives! We love you Nora! Happy Birthday to our little lady! This video was a gift to Nora from my sister, Bridget! It is a beautiful glimpse into life with Nora throughout her first year!


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