Friday, January 30, 2015

Cat Scratch Fever

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I love this leopard beanie. I found it in my most recent swap bag from Kaitlyn and got super excited. It was a bit big on me so my only solution was to tip it back, and fold it under a bunch in the back. Having said that, I really like how it looked when I figured out how to make it fit my small head! 

I love the combination of leopard print with camo print. See I'm stuck print mixing daily and I can't stop (I mean, do I really want to stop?). To pull the prints together I wore a solid black knit, gray crop boots,  a berry bag, and my camel wool trench. Obviously I wouldn't be me if I didn't add a super bright lip too! 
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Coat: Victoria's Secret // Sweater: Because I Shop Too Much // Pants: Hudson // Boots: Dolce Vita (similar)  // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Hat: c/o Shop Lately (swap w/ Kaitlyn

Do you ever mix leopard and camo print? What are your favorite prints to mix?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cooking with your Kids

Both of my kids are very into playing with their play kitchen and play supermarket. They love pretending to cook for us and each other , but they also love helping me cook in the real kitchen. To top it all off my son watches the cooking channel literally every day. Knowing this, my mother-in-law (and fellow blogger) got my kids a year of Kidstir. Each month we get a new box, each with its own theme and then me and the kids cook & bake together! This month we got the "Snack Happy Kit". We actually made all three snacks, the these Honey Bear Bars were so good, I wanted to share it with you!

You get a binder in your first delivery and each month you get pages to add to your cookbook.
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Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter
1 ounces honey bear (their gift in this package)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 quick oats (can sub with gluten free)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (we used dairy free chips)

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Directions:
1) Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract.
2) Whisk away! Keep whisking until the sugar dissolves, or turns into liquid. Turn off the heat.
3) Pour the oats into the pot. Stir it all up with a spatula of wooden spoon. Make sure you stir well for at least 3 minutes so it's all combined.
4) Spread into buttered 8x8 inch pan with a spatula or spoon. Press chocolate chips on top.
5) Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
6) Cut bars to size you want.

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My kids (and myself) had so much fun making these and they were super yummy to boot! We actually packed them up and shared them with our extended family to show "Gaga & Papa" how good we did. The kids were so proud!

Have you ever heard of Kidstir? Do you cook or bake with your kids on a regular basis? I think I may have a chef of two on my hands!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Berry Bag, Berry Shoes, Berry Happy!

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I am seriously loving my new berry bag and wedges. In the spirit of all the print mixing I have been styling lately, I decided to pair my striped turtleneck with a plaid scarf. Even though it looks cold (I mean there is snow on the ground) it was in the low 40's this day. I say that feels like summer after the crazy polar vortex we just went through. 

To keep my look simple for a day of running around town I added a wool hat, a great ring, and I was off! I did end up wearing a coat over this outfit, but I didn't wear it in the photos on pure principle. In my mind, it was warm out and I didn't need a coat. ;) 
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Top: Loft // Hat: Nordstrom // Jeans: Old Navy // BagScarf: c/o Sole Society // Sunnies: MNG by Mango // Ring: Pree Brulee 

What do you think of this styling combo? Are you as berry obsessed as I am?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Layering on my Prints

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Winter weather calls for layers, so why not make those layers all different prints? In the past print mixing seemed overwhelming to me or even something I was a little scared of. I mean, when you hear print mixing you think bold colors and mismatching but that doesn't have to be the way you do it! 

I knew I wanted to wear this anchor print sweater but I wanted to wear it differently then I did last time. By adding a blue polka dot blouse under and a emerald plaid scarf over, I love how the outfit turned out. The color pallet is still neutral as far as I'm concerned and the print mixing feels more safe to me when I keep it in the same color hues.  
To dress it up a bit I added a beautiful berry colored bag, winter white coat, and my favorite riding boots. Layers and layers of prints never felt so easy! 
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Coat & Denim: Express // Knit: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Blouse: Zara // Boots: Dolce Vita // BagScarf: c/o Sole Society // Sunnies: MNG by Mango // Sunnies: Prada 

How do you layer up for winter? Are you a big fan of print mixing?



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Toddler Fashion: I Heart You

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How adorable is this heart dress? It was a no brainier when we saw it in the January FabKids look book as my bean loves two things, 1) hearts & 2) the color pink.
She rocked this look to a special afternoon at her grandparents house. When I was younger we use to get dressed nice to see our grandparents, so I thought why not doll the kids up just because? Saturday funday! ;) 

I love that when you shop at FabKids you get the complete look. It's takes all the styling timely chat out of the mix ("Do you want to wear tights today?" "What color leggings do you feel like wearing babe?") and your kids just get dressed. To finish her look off she wanted two braids, a flower bow, and white "pretty girl shoes". You got it mini me, I'm on it. 
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Dress & Pants: c/o FabKids // Shoes: Sturart Weitzman via Gilt 

Do you know a little lady that would rock this look
What do you think of buying complete outfits and not just items of clothing?

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Love all Hues of Blue, Boho Style

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I am in love with wearing the color blue. I am even more in love with wearing lots of shades of blue all at the same time! Enter, my boho hues of blue style.

I kept it super simple in a Canadian tuxedo then added personal touches to make the outfit more me. My favorite blue hat, great accessories (complete with blue accents), my healing beads, a chunky infinity scarf, and a great bag to boot!
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Top: JC Penny // Jeans: 7 for all Mankind // Belt: Fossil // Hat: Gap // Bag: Botkier // Boots: c/o Just Fab // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Pave Bracelet: T+J Designs // Watch: Urban Outfitters // Turquise Beads: Infinite Warrior // Bracelet: Lokai // Scarf: Threadsence 

This outfit was perfect for our eight hours out. Myself and the hubby started at brunch, then off to a movie, and then dinner at my in-laws house.

Do you like this style?

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Friday, January 16, 2015

A Non-Toxic Way to Clean your Hunter Boots

I don't know about you, but my Hunter boots get roughed up a bit during the winter months. Yes, I wear them in the rain, but I wear them even more in the snow which leads to salt stains and a weird foggy color overlay.
After my second season of rocking these bad boys I decided I needed to find an easy non-toxic way to clean these puppies.

Here is what you will need:
-1/2 cup vinegar (I used organic apple cider, but you can use white vinegar too!)
-1/2 cup water
-Paper towel or rag to wipe boots with

As you can see below, my boots are crazy dirty. Using a paper towel, I soaked it in the mixture and began wiping my boots down.
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The finished product:
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As you can see, this mixture works super well. I could have flipped them upside-down and dipped the tops in the water and vinegar, but I didn't really notice the tops were still dirty until I saw these photos!  Next time. ;)

How do you clean your rain boots?
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