Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mommy & Me Style | First Day of Fall

This post is sponsored by Pineapple Lace and contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine alone.


Happy first day of fall! Just like any good blogger does at the first sight of the changing season, I busted out my plaid blanket scarf! You will notice in this post that my hair goes through 3 phases - down, pony tail, and crazy mom bun! It was stinkin' hot when we took these photos and chasing a toddler around didn't help the situation.


I love this pretty layering top from Pineapple Lace. I have it paired simply with a pair of skinny jeans, my blanket scarf and short boots but I can see myself wearing this under sweaters, with my army green jacket and with leggings. It's very versatile! And the crochet detail on the bottom is gorgeous.


When I cleaned out Parker's closet a few weeks ago I realized that most of her tops from last fall and winter still fit! She was a chubby baby. This is actually the top she wore in our Christmas pictures. Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped me from shopping! I used my Old Navy super cash on a few updated tops for her. She didn't need much for the new season but I am looking forward to buying her a few things for the Christmas season when we return from Mexico.

Pineapple Lace has a ton of cute holiday graphic tees for both moms and tots!


On Me - Crochet Lace Bottom Tee c/o Pineapple Lace | Blanket Scarf from local shop (similar) | American Eagle Jeans | Carlos Santana Boots (on sale!) | Jord Watch c/o | Tory Burch Sunnies

On Parker - Old Navy Top old (similar) | Old Navy Jeans | Cat & Jack Moccasins | Little Poppy Co Headband


While I love summer, I love fall clothes a lot more! I'm excited to share with you a lot more of our daily style soon. xo

All photos courtesy of Photos by SW.
 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Stylish Mama | Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Today's The Stylish Mama post is from Keala at Recipe For A Sweet Life. She's a former kindergarten teacher, mom, crafter and queen of the capsule wardrobe! You can also find her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook...
 
Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it. Especially the weather and the clothes that come with the weather - sweaters, boots, jeans, jackets and scarves. I much prefer them to the tank tops and shorts of summer. And with a changing season, comes an update to my capsule! If you aren't familiar with a wardrobe capsule you can read about why and how I did it here and here. I have a year round capsule, because I live in Arizona where we don't have such distinct seasons as other parts of the country. So, I stick to a year round capsule, and update it according to the seasons, rotating items in and out as necessary, and adding a couple of pieces if I need to. 

 Here is my capsule. I start with the basics and add in a few pieces for fall. Classic, seasonal, and versatile! All important for a capsule. These are also must haves for any fall wardrobe.



Bomber Jacket A cute bomber in a neutral color goes with anything. Choose a color like olive green, navy, gray, brown or black and your golden. Pair it with a dress or jeans and a tee. This one is heavier but perfect for chilly fall evenings, and will transition wonderfully into winter. This one is a lighter weight jersey, perfect for early fall.

 Flare Denim I am so excited that flared jeans are back in style! They are super flattering, and a dark denim is slimming and great for fall. It's classic and you can hide sky high heels, wedges, or clogs underneath. Who doesn't love a jean that can make you look taller? (I'm 5feet, I'll take whatever illusions I can.) These are perfect and a great affordable price too! These are also amazing but a higher price point.
 
Leather Jacket Whether real or faux, a leather biker jacket is a must. I wasn't sure I was "cool" enough to pull one off until I found one at the Nordstrom Sale and my sister convinced me. Now I'm convinced everyone needs one. It goes with absolutely everything and gives an outfit that extra interest even if it is just a simple white tee and jeans. A leather jacket immediately ups the cool factor. I find myself counting the days until it's cool enough to wear it. I'll be wearing mine through fall and winter for sure! This one is awesome and this one is gorgeous too!

Neutral Colored Sweater A neutral sweater in white, cream, gray or black will go with everything from skirts to jeans. Where you live will depend on your thickness. For example, I won't be wearing a wool sweater here in AZ anytime soon but a cute, lighter weight one like this is perfection! This one, this one, or this one would be great with leggings too!  

Long Cardigan I have a similar cardigan in olive green. I love that I can throw it over the tees I wore this summer and make it a fall outfit. This cardigan with a striped tee, jeans/leggings and boots will be my fall uniform.

Shoes Knee high boots in black or brown, ankle boots in a neutral color, and of course my leopard flats and Converse for my day to day mom duties, are my shoes of choice. 

Flats  

Scarves I have a ton of scarves! By having a capsule with basic pieces, accessories like scarves can add interest and pop to an outfit. A lighter weight leopard scarf like this one or this one adds a great pop of pattern to an otherwise basic outfit. Leopard is totally a neutral so it will go with whatever colors you have on. A pretty plaid blanket scarf does the same thing. Also, add in a couple thicker, heavier weight scarves to get you through those chillier days.   

For more on building a Capsule wardrobe and updates each season, visit Recipe For a Sweet Life.   

  
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Pamper Yourself With Groupon

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are mine alone.

As moms we tend to put our own needs last. Between the husband, kids, work, cleaning the house and cooking, it's hard to find time. Heck I don't even know when the last time I washed my hair was. Monday? Before having Parker I treated myself to massages regularly, manis and pedis every few weeks and haircuts every couple of months. You know, like I deserve! I've decided to make me time a priority again. 


Here are my tips for getting the time you deserve...

1. Get a babysitter. I'm sure there are a ton of people who would love to watch your little bundle of joy. My in-laws are my go-to since they are close. Just find someone you trust and get out!
 
2. Put it on the calendar! If I don't write it down, most likely, I will forget.

 
3. Ask a friend to join you for a little pampering. I'm more likely to do something if somebody else is part of the plan. Plus, your mom friends deserve me time too!

4. Utilize all the goodness that is Groupon. You can find a ton of Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons in your area to save you money!

5. Enjoy yourself! Maybe go out for a glass of wine or coffee after or sneak home and enjoy a quiet house before you pick up the kiddos.

 
We all know mommin' ain't easy! Do you make me time a priority? It's so important for your well being and overall attitude! Plus, taking time for yourself will make you more energized and happy and ready to face whatever hurdle motherhood throws at you next. I'm looking forward to a little pampering and adult conversion! 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mommy & Me Style | End of Summer

This post is sponsored by Pineapple Lace and contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine alone.


This is the last full week of summer. Can you believe it?! Everybody is already in full on fall mode in the blogosphere. Pumpkins, scarves, Halloween tutorials! Ahhh. Here I am in my bare legs. HA. But really this outfit is perfect for the end of summer or the first few weeks of fall.  Here in the PNW, it's crisp in the mornings but still warm in the afternoons. Light sweaters, dresses and booties are my go-to.


This dress and sweater from Pineapple Lace are perfect transitioning pieces. The sweater is light weight and airy (and only $17.99, what!) and is the perfect layering piece. I love the natural color and lace details.

I don't need to say much about the dress because it's gorgeous. And it has POCKETS! I love a good pocket dress. I was a little worried about sizing (I got the M/L) but it's plenty big in the chest and even has a little extra room. I've had a problem with dresses fitting up top since becoming a mom but this one is perfect. It even has buttons for all you breastfeeding moms!


How adorable is my little pumpkin head? I posted a sneak peek of these pictures on Instagram last week and mentioned that our friend and photographer does an amazing job. She not only captures our outfits but our love. I want to print and frame so many of these! Parker's not even 2 yet and I already have a full gallery wall. I need a bigger wall!

Parker's wearing the usual - Old Navy. Both pieces are old but I linked similar styles below. I love her moccasins from Cat & Jack. The new line from Target is amazing. I have these, these, and these on my wishlist. I blame my mom for my shoe addiction!


On Me - Mystree Sweater c/o Pineapple Lace | Grace + Emma Dress c/o Pineapple Lace | Dolce Vita Booties Old (similar)

On Parker - Old Navy Dress old (similar) | Old Navy Sweater old (similar) | Cat & Jack Moccasins | Everly Avenue Headband (use code KERRYAFDEM for 15% off)


How are you spending the last few days of summer?

All photos courtesy of Photos by SW.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Stylish Mama | 3 Tips for Fall Maternity Style

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Fall is one of the best times to be pregnant simply because it's the easiest time of the year to pull off maternity style! Well, that and all the tasty seasonal food. I just love the warm colors out on store shelves about now, and how layering for this time of year helps me feel confident in my body as a mom and mama-to-be (I'm 3-months preggo and showing big time).

Warm Tones

I really like to wear Earthy tones like green and brown during October and November to embrace the theme of the season. For this outfit, I paired an almost hunter green dress with light brown shoes and purse then added a pop of bright color with a slightly different shade of brown in the jacket. I don't normally wear different shades of the same color in one outfit but the popularity of mixing patterns in home and clothing design inspired me to push my style limits a bit.



Layers

Layers are a pregger's best friend. After all, one minute could be sort of cold and the next extra hot. Since it's still pretty warm in Northern California I'm wearing short sleeved dresses and toting a jacket for the random breeze or night chill that comes later in the day. Whether the outfit has another layer or not really changes the look, too.



Shape

The shape of an outfit is ultra-important when you're pregnant — It needs to show that you're pregnant, not that you really like beer. So the empire waist is one of my favorite styles for dresses and shirts that allow for a form fitting look that you can layer over. I'm at the awkward pregnancy stage where I have a bump but it isn't big enough for people to know it's not a giant muffin top, so I pronounce the baby belly a bit more with the cinch waist above the belly and know that this green dress will still look great as my belly gets bigger (especially since it's long and all dresses just get shorter as you grow).

Dress / Shoes / Tote (similar)/ Jacket (similar)



All photos by Urban Shutterbug

What's your fall maternity style tip?




Shari Wargo Stamps publishes Savvy Every Day — the lifestyle site for parents — and coordinates family events in her area. Follow along with her on Instagram or Facebook.


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