Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How do you pack?

Packing for a quick getaway is pretty common around here. I like to think I've gotten adept at picking pieces that mix well with each other. This time around I went for navy blue. I also had to pack multiple layers for the 8 degree days. Brr.

This moto-style sweater has been hanging around for years. It's thick cotton and makes a great outer layer. No coat required.

It took me years to figure out how to style this striped cardigan. It's a go-to these days. 

Oh and boots. Seriously, taupe boots are the best! They go with everything and I wear them all.the.time. These were $30 at Target years ago. I've taken good care of them with weather guard and recently oiled them. They'll last another 3 years at least.

How will you pack for the upcoming holidays?

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's all in the Accessories

 What you wear around your neck can give an ensemble a very different look. A chunky necklace keeps it simple and streamlined. Tying your scarf can also give you different looks. Sometimes I like the fringey look and other times I like the circle scarf look. 

A friend of mine showed me how to make a pashmina style scarf look like an infinity. Stretch out your pashmina, then bring opposite and adjacent corners together. Tie them in a knot and then put it over your head like a necklace. Wrap over your head one more time. Play with placement so it lays the way you want it to. And boom! Your pashmina is a circle scarf!

Which look is your favorite?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ReMix It: Printed Leggings

One of my favorite trends this season is the printed legging. I gravitate to them daily. You can get some mileage out of them by remixing them with your comfy tunics, spring tees with a cardigan and hopefully your chunky knit as it cools down. You can also switch up your look with a shoe change. I love boots, but some fall days are warm enough for an oxford or the {ever-controversial} wedge sneaker.

Do you like the printed legging?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Leopard is Hot

Outerwear is so important this time of year. You'll be wearing it for the next six months in most parts of the country. It doesn't usually get too cold here, so no need for a parka. (But I do have a faux fur coat on hand, just in case.)

Anyway, leopard is hot and has been for quite sometime now. I was the lucky winner of this gorgeous swing coat a few years ago. I can see myself wearing this forever...until it falls apart at the seams! My point. You might be a hot mess underneath as you run kids here and there or on a jaunt to pick up take out, but you can look totally pulled together if you have a great topper. Add a scarf and you're good to go!

What kind of jacket/coat do you have?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Why do stay at home moms have to be portrayed this way all the time? It's frustrating me today. I'm not saying we have to look like a Kardashian all the time (or that I never look like this momma), but really. Really? Can't we take a little pride in how we look.

It's healthy to take time for yourself, momma. (For you and the kids.) They need to know it's okay to take care of yourself and you are the one they are learning from and emulating. I know, when I look like poop, I feel like poop and if I feel like poop, I act like poop. I'm a better person and mother when I shower, throw on a little make up and wear clean (matching, well-fitting) clothes (even if it is yoga pants and a tee). I do not feel guilty for taking care of myself and mothers should not be guilt ridden becasue they take 20 minutes of peace in their day. 

Yeah, my showers are short. My kid is in the pac n' play watching cartoons while the hot water releases the tension in my neck. And he's running around, getting into the towel cabinet as I'm drying my hair and dabbing a little concealer on my dark under eye circles from being woken up four times last night. He's playing with my make-up brush as I'm swiping my cheeks with blush and throwing on a layer of mascara. But I feel a little brighter for it. He's tossing my shoes around the closet while I'm grabbing my day's ensemble (hello, fall-go-to of leggings-tunic-boots). But I'll hold my head a little higher at today's play-date, errand, mommy-group, (insert the day's event here). And he will learn that it's healthy to take care of yourself and he is worthy of it. 

Repeat after me, "I am worth it! I am worth taking care of becasue I have so many others who need the best me I can be."