September 29, 2014

Outfit: Transitioning into Fall, Boho Edition

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A great way to transition your wardrobe into fall (even on the warmer days) is by adding fall colors to the pallet. I'm sure you can tell my my outfit posts so far this month that I am all about the colors navy and oxblood.

September 26, 2014

On the Hunt for a Winter White Coat

For as long as I can remember I have wanted a "winter white" coat. Enter two children and their toddler years and it just wasn't something that was realistic. This year my kids will be six and four and I think it's time for mommy to get herself that white coat I've been dreaming about since they were born. 

Here are the eight I have it narrowed down to:
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ASOS // T Tahari // Nordstrom // Target 

I think it's between the Express and T Tahari one for me. Or maybe the Nordstrom one too...ahhh...I need help!
Which is your favorite? I need help deciding which one I should buy this year. 

September 25, 2014

Outfit: Breaking all the Rules

 photo IMG_5027_zpsd67305d8.jpg  photo IMG_5015_zpsca597dac.jpg  photo IMG_5032_zps95f19229.jpg I truly hate "fashion rules". I mean, let's me honest, they change all the time! I say, wear what you want when you want as long as it makes you happy and is appropriate. ;)
Two of my favorite "fashion rules" that I like to break: wearing white after Labor Day and wearing black and brown together. 

Today I'm styling white after Labor Day. I decided to keep the styling fun by adding a bright blouse and mirror sunnies. To make the styling more appropriate for fall I paired the look with a black bag and black boot. 
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Top: c/o Persunmall  // Jeans: Level 99 via TSF Box Service // Boots: c/o Just Fab // Bag: Target // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Bracelet: T+J Designs // Watch: Marc Jacobs 

What do you think of this pairing? What are some "fashion rules" you like to break?

September 23, 2014

Outfit: Is This a Shirt or a Dress?

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In my most recent swap bag from Kaitlyn I found this beautiful shirt...err...tunic...err.. I mean dress? I truly had no idea which way to wear it. But that's the most amazing part about it. I feel like it can be styled as a top, a tunic, OR a dress!
Since the weather is still on the warmer end of cool (mid to upper 60's), I decided to go with a dress.

September 22, 2014

Giveaway: Dough & a Dear- Mommy & Me Turban Set

One lucky winner will receive a mommy & me turban set in the color of their choice. What a fun giveaway from Dough & a Dear on Etsy
Tiffany has such a fun selection of items up on her site, you really do need to check it out. It would be hard for me to pick out just one item from her shop! I love her baby boots and there is a heart blanket that I stare at often. ;) 

She gifted us our turbans and went with the color black. I thought it would be something different then anything we already have. Since we were going to have matching hats, it only seemed natural that we wear matching Canadian tuxedos too. I mean, how adorable is a kid in all denim? Not many things. ;) 

Here we are rocking out our new turbans:
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As you can see below, the quality of these hats are amazing! Perfect for the cooler months ahead of us. I also think these sets will make great gifts this holiday season!
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My OutfitTop: JC Penny // Jeans: 7 for all Mankind // Belt: Fossil // Shoes: Just Fab // Turban: c/o Dough & a Dear
My daughter's outfitTop: Kohls // Jeans & Boots: JC Penny // Turban: c/o Dough & a Dear

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September 19, 2014

Kids Fashion: Lion Roar Outfit

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My son's favorite song this past spring/summer was "Roar" by Katy Perry. As soon as he saw this outfit as an option in his September lookbook, there was no looking at other outfits.

I love that FabKids paired this great long sleeved tee with wax coated denim. These jeans, and the top for that matter, will be a great addition to my sons fall and winter wardrobe. They will mix and match perfectly with what he already has in his current closet.
Toss on some character shoes and his outfit was complete. What's more cool then a roaring lion on your shirt with batman on your feet? Not many things I say!
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Top & Jeans: c/o Fabkids // Shoes: c/o Rack Room Shoes 

What do you think about my son's outfit? What trends are your kids wearing to school this fall?

September 18, 2014

Outfit: Dinner Party at my House

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Over the weekend we invited over a couple of my husbands high school friends and their families for dinner at our home.
Cooking for six adults and four kids was going to be fun, but our house was not really ready for it. I'll get back to that in a minute, first lets talk fashion.

I decided to wear this easy button up shirt dress. It has lots of room for eating (which was key with what I cooked), and it can be casual or dressy depending on the styling.

Since the weather was on the cooler side, I added these amazing slouchy boots. I am obsessed with them. Seriously, you are going to get sick of seeing them on the blog, but I digress. ;)
I kept the styling easy by adding a great statement necklace and a few other gold accessories.
 photo IMG_4792_zpsffafec57.jpg  photo IMG_4788_zpsb6685002.jpg  photo IMG_4802_zpsbde18fe7.jpg Dress: Kohls // Boots: c/o Sole Society // Necklace: House of Gemmes // Bag & Ring: c/o Just Fab // Sunnies: MNG by Mango // Watch: Fossil // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing

OK, now onto the menu and where to seat 10 people! We have a round, four top table in our kitchen. We are a family of four so that's all we've ever needed. Thankfully we have a 10 foot table we keep in garage for parties and borrowed some folding chairs. We also have a kids four top with chairs so I decided to set that up next to the "adults table".

Now the menu. I have a lot of items that I'm great at cooking. I'll admit it, I can cook. But an item that people always say are great are my ribs.
Ribs for this many people, I have never executed, but with four pots on the stove I got it done!
I created a "build your own salad bar" as the side and also had some fresh fruit too.

Here are a few photos of our set up:
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Ever table needs fresh flowers. I decided to put them in coffee mugs so we could all see each other. There is nothing worse then a giant center piece and you can't see your guests!
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This isn't even all the ribs I made! This is just what I put out for the first round. ;)
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I'm really great with time management so I had everything ready to go by 10 minutes prior to the guests arriving. I just kept the ribs in the oven warming up while we offered everyone wine, scotch, and water.  I hate missing out on the party by being in the kitchen so I start prepped veggies and boiling ribs hours prior to the dinner date.

If you like ribs and you want to try this recipe, I've posted it on the blog before, so check it out here.

Do you ever have more then one couple over (and their kids) at the same time? What's your go-to meal to make for dinner parties?

September 17, 2014

Outfit: Wavy Dress, Wavy Hair

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We had some warm weather last week and it actually felt like the last blast of summer. What better way to celebrate warm weather then with a maxi dress and flat sandals?!

September 16, 2014

Giveaway: Simply Sweet Prints

One lucky winner will win two "printed prints" designed by Simply Sweet Prints
Beautiful Wall Art Prints are not all Erica does though, she also designs custom birth announcements, birthday invitations, & even shower invitations.

Here are some of her wonderful designs beginning with a few Wall Art Prints:
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Some examples of her birthday invitation designs:
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And how precious are these custom birth announcements?!
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I don't know about the child in your life, but my kids are so certain in their tastes. 
In the world where my six and three year old live, there are not many choices they get to make. To be honest, between home and school, there are a lot of rules and responsibilities!
Mine and my husband's solution? Let our kids dress and style themselves every day they want to. We also allow them to decorate their bedrooms as they'd like. In fact we encourage them to update them quite often! Yes, I have taped up homemade artwork on my walls, stickers, and unmatched bought canvases in their rooms, but I also have kids who love where they sleep. 

Erica was gracious enough to send each of my children two printed prints. My daughter chose hers based on the "pretty colors and the umbrella", but I loved them for what they said! 
-Practically Perfect Wall Art "practically perfect in every way"  
-Moon Beams Wall Art "the moon never beams without bringing me dreams"

Here are the two new additions to her room:
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I picked out my sons prints. He was at school while I was looking at her Etsy site and I loved what these two said! 
-To Live Wall Art "To Live will be an awfully big adventure" 
-Walt Disney Dreams Print "Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. & Dreams are forever."

He wanted to hang them above his desk between his and daddy's guitars. Here is a shot of his new wall:
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There are three ways to enter below!
Giveaway open from 9-16 to 9-23. Winner will be announced on 9-24 at 6:00am. Good luck!

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September 15, 2014

Outfit: They Call Her Mellow Yellow

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How amazing is this lace peplum? I don't own a lot of yellow, so when Kaitlyn let me borrow this top I was very excited to try it out.

I tried to keep the styling very "every day" by pairing it with boyfriend jeans, an ankle boot, and some fun gold jewelry. It's for sure a dressy shirt, but by styling it down a bit,  I felt it was good for daytime wear.  I also added a crop cami under so I had more coverage then a classic bandeau.
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Top: Apricot Lane (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Jeans: Express // Shoes & Bag: c/o Just Fab // Watch: Aldo // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Bracelet: Threadsence // Large Ring: Elephant Gypsy // Rose Gold Ring: T+J Designs 

What do you think of this look? Do you ever style down some of your more dressy tops to get more wear out of them?