Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Favorites


We made it to Friday! Parker and I both have a colds now. She's also teething, so that's fun. I thought we were all clear from getting sick since it's summertime but kids are germy! We have a busy weekend ahead so hopefully we are both on the mend. We are going to apply for our passports tomorrow, we have a Baby-Q to attend and we plan on getting some time in at the lake on Sunday. Before I leave you for the weekend, here are a few of my favorite things from the week... 

1. I got a haircut! I love the shorter length plus I can still pull it back.
 
 
2. LuLaRoe! Guys, I still love LLR. I now own more than 10 pieces. When I received my first pair of leggings I knew right away I'd be hooked. I wore all LLR to a wedding over the weekend and was so comfy.


3. New business cards. Kristen designed me the cutest business cards to match my new blog theme. I love them!


4. I found a used Step 2 water table on our local virtual yard sale site. It was posted for $15 but I scored it for $10. I had to drive out to the deepest part of our town and I felt like I was driving straight into the movie Deliverance but I survived and Parker loves it! Seriously, hours and hours of play happening right here. Everything goes in the water though - her dress, the towel, my shoes...


5. And in case you missed any of this week's posts, you can find them here...

Mommy & Me Style | Boho Summer
3 Easy To Wear Summer Trends for Moms on the Go 
The Stylish Mama | Pattern Mixing Basics

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Stylish Mama | Pattern Mixing Basics

Hi all! I'm Becky and I blog over at byBMGI'm totally outnumbered in my house with my husband, Russ, and our three boys (Henry born 1/10, Wesley born 4/13, and Calvin born 5/15). I try to stay fashionable and creative while keeping up with them and teaching at our local middle school. I blog to share what I wear, what I make, fashion advice, and just life in general. I'm so excited to be here today!

Today I wanted to share my two favorite pattern mixing combinations. Pattern mixing is something I was originally afraid to do, but I tried it. Now I can't get enough. 

{Floral and Stripes}



If you're new to pattern mixing, this is a pattern that works all the time. In this outfit I'm wearing a more bold stripe, but I've worn thinner stripes with floral, too. It still works. Often times I have a lot of black and white striped tops, and this gray one is pretty close to that, but you can also pull out a color from the floral and wear a stripe in that color, too.

{Leopard and Stripes}



There are so many ways you can go with this combination. If you want to keep it pretty neutral, add gold, silver, or black accessories. If you want to jazz it up a little, add bright accessories or even a bright colored stripe. This combination is great for the first time pattern mixer, because I really feel like you can't go wrong. 

If you're still pondering pattern mixing, but you need to see a few more examples, I wrote a post last year called Three Degrees of Pattern Mixing

Thank you so much, Kerry, for allowing me to be in your space today!  XO Kerry readers, I would love to connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Bloglovin'

I'm always looking for contributors for The Stylish Mama series! If you would like to participate, email hello@xokerry.com.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

3 Easy-To-Wear Summer Trends for Moms on the Go

Guest post by Karin Siler


With summer’s jam-packed itinerary—including everything from weekend get-togethers with family to playdates at the park—being able to get dressed and out the door in minutes is crucial. While the last thing you may have time for is assembling a complicated ensemble, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to look (and feel) stylish. These summer trends are simple yet chic, perfect for busy moms without a second to spare.

 

Jumpsuit or Romper 



What’s the one thing you wish you could change about your go-to sundress? If your answer involves swapping out the cute but sometimes-impractical skirt for shorts or pants, then the on-trend jumpsuit is about to become your new best friend. As TLC notes, the jumpsuit is chic, simple, and just as fun as it is sophisticated. Most importantly, though, it offers you the freedom to play with your kids without worrying about a wardrobe malfunction. Not only is this all-in-one piece easy to move in and inherently simple to style, it’s also super-forgiving when it comes to the areas on your body you’re less than in love with, thanks to the way the fabric is designed to gather and blouse in all the right places. And, as if you needed any more reason to get on board the jumpsuit bandwagon, the trend often features a button-front or surplus-style bodice—great for nursing moms. 



White Sneakers



When it comes to casual wardrobe staples, nothing beats the comfort and ultimate wearability of the sneaker. But we’re not talking about the pair of running shoes you bought ages ago when you signed up for that gym membership (and immediately regretted it). For 2016, the classic white kick is making a comeback—with a bit of an upgrade. To indulge in this season’s sneaker trend, Glamour suggests looking for a styling that is timeless in shape but offers a little something extra, such as an understated accent or texture. The bright white color makes them easy to wear with anything while the unexpected detail (a single colorful stripe, supple leather material, a slip-on design) brings a bit of flair to the otherwise neutral shoe. 

Midi Dress



Feminine and surprisingly versatile, the midi silhouette is having a definite moment this season—and it’s not hard to see why. The super-adaptable style is as ideal for a lazy day spent at home as it is a romantic evening out, making it the perfect choice when it comes to just about any occasion. When choosing a midi dress, look for one that hits mid-calf and has an A-line skirt for a flattering effect no matter your height or shape. As far as design details go, easy jersey knits and bold prints are ideal for weekends, according to Lyst. And, really, what is the summer but one long, warm weekend? Opt for one that features a vibrant color, oversized floral pattern, or both, and stick to fabrics that are lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and most importantly, comfortable enough for running around. That goes for you're doing errands or chasing after your kiddos.


Karin Siler is a freelance writer, and mother of three based out of Florida. She's putting her English degree to use covering her favorite topics- fashion and parenting!
 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Mommy & Me Style | BOHO Summer

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My photographer, Sarah, is a personal friend (and wonderful photographer!). We often go out exploring, looking for new places to take pictures. We stumbled upon the cutest lavender farm and winery right here in our small town! It might've only been 11 am and we both had our kids with us but that didn't stop us from doing a little tasting. My favorite was the Muscat. If you ever end up in the Eatonville area, I recommend you check out Stringtown Farms.





The grounds were beautiful. They had lavender growing in the front and fields of wild daisies in the back. It was any little girl's dream! Parker loved running through the daisies, picking them and giving them to me. Sarah just so happened to have a few flower crowns in her bag so I put one on. I'm a good sport. I always tell her, I'm your muse!




I'm a bad fashion blogger because this dress sold out months ago from Ruthie Grace. But it's gorgeous and I've been wearing it non-stop all summer. This, this and this dress are all beautiful, BOHO inspired pieces by the same brand.




On Parker: Old Navy Tee (similar) | Circo Shorts | Shoes (on sale!) | Little Poppy Co Headband

Have a great week! It's going to be a warm one around here. We have a full calendar of zoo and splash pad dates and hopefully some time on the lake.

 Photography by Photos by SW

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Friday, July 22, 2016

What Parker Wore | Buttons & Bloomers

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Last Friday, for Parker and Mommy shopping day, we went to Old Navy. The whole store was 30% off so how could we not!? I found Parker a dress to wear to our friend's wedding tomorrow and a couple cute tops for myself. ON also had a ton of great, new clearance items. I got Parker a couple new tank tops, a sun hat, another swing dress and these bloomers and button back tank! Nothing was more than $6.00.





Parker was supposed to be feeding that bread to the chickens but she had other ideas. Her and the dog ate most of it! You can see the top and bloomers are a little big. I got the next size up so she could wear them for the rest of the summer and hopefully still fit her when we go to Cabo at the end of October. I love the button back and tulip hem of this tank. So stylin'!






Cutest little cow girl with her diaper poking out! I posted a picture of this outfit on Instagram and asked how long it was acceptable for a baby or toddler to wear bloomers as pants. The consensus was at least 3. We have another year and a half of bloomer butt! YAY! What do you think?
 
 Tank | Bloomers | Old Navy Sandals (similar) | Laia Baby Headband c/o


 Have a great weekend!

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