Friday, April 18, 2014

Outfit: Mid Week Morning Meet-Up

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I generally spend my kid-free time working, cleaning, doing laundry, etc. so it was a super nice change of pace to hang out with a friend and catch up over a great meal! 

I kept the look super simple by pairing my boyfriend jeans with a bright plaid, simple jewelry, and a super chic neutral bag.
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Top & Jeans: Express // Shoes: Dolce Vita // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Watch: Fossil // Necklace: Castellammare Jewelry // Chain Pave Bracelet: Sole Society // Sunnies: American Eagle (my hubby's) // Rings: Shop Jules 

Do you ever meet up with friends mid-week for a meal out?
What do you think of this outfit pairing?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter is April 20th, It's Ham Time!

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I am so excited to be in the forth month of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program.
(See previous posts hereherehere, & here). 
 This is what Hormel sent me for the month of April:

I've actually never eaten SPAM before, so I had no doubt in my mind I would be heading out to buy a ham (or two)! After all, it IS what my family has eaten on Easter ever  since I was a littler girl.
A baked ham on Easter Sunday is as much of a tradition for many households as are Easter baskets and colorfully dyed eggs. Cured to perfection, Hormel Cure 81 Hams come in countless varieties-Bone-in, boneless, ham steaks, diced, cubed- and flavors, including classic, brown sugar, honey cured, and peppered, so however you want to enjoy your Easter ham, Hormel Foods has you covered!
I was looking for recipe ideas and I stumbled upon Ale & Apple Glazed Ham. Ummm, yes please!

When I went grocery shopping, the two stores I went to were sold out of Hormel bone-in hams. I guess everyone DOES eat ham on Easter Sunday!
I was able to find a Hormel Cure 81 boneless ham. I decided to keep the recipe super simple:
Place ham in baking dish and pour some pineapple juice over it. Next, rub it down in brown sugar. Bake until fully warm or at 165 degrees. 
Super easy, super yummy and great for a non-Easter night as well! (We ate ours mid week with potatoes and veggies.)
What are your favorite Easter Traditions?

Make sure you check back next week for recipe ideas on what to do with your leftover ham!
*I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in Stilettos and Diaper Bags are my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Outfit: Grunge, Meet Boho. Boho, Grunge. (Day to Night)

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Both boho and grunge are my favorite styles and I decided they needed to be properly introduced as I rarely mix them.
Here is my boho grunge look that I wore on a regular day of errands, house cleaning, and kids gymnastics classes. 
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Tank: JC Penny // Top: Old Navy (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger // Boots: c/o Just Fab // Necklace: Ax+Apple // Bag: c/o Funky Pretty by Design Dahl // Stackable Rings: Shop Jules // Bracelet: c/o House of Gemmes // Watch: Fossil

No, you are not seeing things, that IS snow you see in the background. SNOW in April. You know, spring snow. Never heard of it? NEITHER HAVE I! 
Come on Midwest!

Later this night I was cleaning out my closet (phase 2 underway!) and decided my top looked super punk rock after the flannel was off.
I added a bright lip and more eyeliner and proceeded to clean my room while taking a few token photos of course. Hey, it's not everyday you have a Joan Jet moment. ;)

What do you think of this pairing?
Ever dress up at night and stay in? ;) 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Toddler Fashion: Roller Girl Outfit

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The mini me hammed it up doing some great "fashion poses" for our shoot. "These shoes mama! Where are my glasses? Not those, the rainbow pretty ones please. How about pose like this?" Yeah, like mother like daughter.
I have zero say in what she wears these days. She is one VERY opinionated three year old! 

I love that FabKids always has outfit she not only wants, but literally waits and asks daily if they have arrived yet as soon as we order! 
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Top & Skirt: c/o FabKids // Shoes: Keds // Sunnies: The Children's Place 

What do you think of the roller girl outfit? 
Do you know a little lady that would rock this look out?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Silver Jeans: TV Appearance + Store Grand Opening at Woodfield Mall

This past Thursday morning myself, Johanna of 101 Things I Love, & Zahra of Love Zahra all headed to Chicago to tape a segment for Silver Jeans on You & Me This Morning.

We were each sent head to toe Silver Jeans brand outfits to wear during the segment. It was so fun to see how the styling changed from the idea of the outfit to the actual taping. (The ditched all our purses, my hat, and restyled my tops the day of.)

  Mr. Silver himself was there to chat about fit and how to find the perfect denim for your body type.

Here are some before and after the taping photos from early Thursday morning:
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Token dressing room selfies and green room shot (got to love extra coffee when getting up at 5:00am!)

Here is a shot of me during the segment:
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And here we are with the segment host, Mr. Silver, and Luke (a male model from Chicago):
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(If the above video is not working you can find the full clip here!)

Two days later I headed over to Woodfield mall to check out the new Silver Jeans Loft store. 
From 2-4 you could meet the style blogger Zahra Sandberg and since she is one of my blogger besties I wanted to go and show her my support. I actually brought my daughter with me. This was her first "fashion event" (as she calls it) and was very excited about he cake pops and balloons. 

Here are a few shots of the store:
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myself, Kaitlyn of Sisters Marie, Zahra of Love Zahra  (mini me in the corner) ;) 

The staff (or denimologists) are ready with tape measures to get you set up with the perfect pair of jeans for your body type. 
Once I was measured I was told the type of denim that would fit my body the best. This made everything from that point super easy as there were only 3-6 washes in that style to choose from (I was looking at denim shorts, not jeans this day). 
The entire jean shopping experience was made about 100 times easier by having their staff know so much about the brand and how to pair you with your perfect fitting jeans.

Make sure you head over and check out the new store if you live near the Schaumburg area!

Do you wear Silver brand jeans?
I love the three pair I have! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Toddler Fashion: Swag Outfit

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To mix it up we decided to listen to music during our photo shoot. This made for some funky fresh dance moves and some great photos to boot! 

Here's my little dude showing us some cool moves in his swag look: 
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See that Elvis move in the last shot? Yeah, he has swag after all! 

These shorts are great because they are super soft and have an elastic waist. Plus both items will easily mix and match with his current wardrobe this spring. 

What do you think of his new outfit? 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Outfit: Graphic Tee & Print Pants

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There is nothing better then a great print pant to transition you from spring to summer.

I am obsessed with the color and style of these pants! To make them a bit more everyday, I decided to dress them down by pairing a graphic tee with a drape front blazer, and mixed color heel.

Here is how I styled my look for a casual weekend day of visiting friends:
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Top: Sisters Marie // Jacket & Shoes: c/o Just Fab // Pants: c/o Vineyard Vines // Bag: Just Fab // Sunnies: Prada // Bracelet & Necklace: House of Gemmes // Watch: Movado // Earrings: T+J Designs 

Do you like the way I styled these print pants?
How would you wear them?