Friday, December 19, 2014

Kids Fashion: Awesome Polo Outfit

 photo IMG_7978_zps134d02c1.jpg  photo IMG_7981_zpsf528fd63.jpg December is bringing great holiday steals and deal from Fabkids. My son picked out the "awesome polo outfit" this month and I have to say it is one of my favorites he's worn so far. It's just so handsome and I am obsessed with the color of the denim. 

He was very excited to wear it to one of the last days of school before holiday break. Handsome school clothes makes my little man happy. He has a few girls he likes so he's always trying to look his best. I think it's cute but we are for sure trying to make that less of a focus! 
"I think my friends will like this one mom. It makes me look more handsome." He's right, he looks darn cute, and no he clearly does not have any self-esteem issues! lol 
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Top & Jeans: c/o Fab Kids // Shoes: DSW 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you taken advantage of any of the holiday deals currently going on at Fabkids? Outfits and gift cards make great gifts for the kids in your life! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Outfit: Christmas Party #1 of 5

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This outfit encompasses all things I love: bows, metallics, and holiday style.

Being in a large family, having in-laws, and having step-partents, makes for LOTS of holiday parties. This happens yearly, and with our ever growing family (my cousins are all in their "baby making" years now), we get together a week or two before Christmas to see my mom's entire side of the family.
It's hard enough to see all the sides of our families between Christmas Eve & Christmas day so this takes a bit of stress off of most of us. Want to see what I wore to previous 1st Christmas parties? Check out my previous looks here, herehere & here.

This year I kept my look holiday chic. Honestly, this was almost my NYE dress but I decided last minute to swap it out when I learned my hubby was too sick to attend the party with us. If you're going to be running around after kids, bending up & down a lot to help with gifts, and carrying lots of items in & out, the outfit needs to be practical (but still cute).
This metallic number did the trick. The neckline stayed in place and the hemline was long enough to not flash any family! ;)
 I added lots of items with bow details, red and green, and then finished my look with this stunning teal coat.
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Dress: Macy's // Shoes & Bag: Just Fab // Coat: Piperlime // Watch: Movado // Stackable Rings: Shop Jules // Bow Ring: T+J Designs // Emerald Ring: Jared 

What do you wear to your holiday parties? Do you attend as many parties as my family does?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY Christmas Gift Idea

Buying gifts can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it doesn't feel so personal. Sure, everyone loves a new scarf or bag, but lets get the creative juices flowing while saving some cash at the same time. 

I love making holiday ornaments and personalized items as gifts but this year  the Illinois Lottery helped me mix it up a bit. I  turned instant tickets into a Holiday gift for a friend or family member (18 or over of course!), you can even incorporate the tickets into your holiday decor or festivities! How fun is that?

What you need: 
-24 $1 holiday Illinois Lottery tickets
-4 pieces of red paper
-1 piece white paper
-tape or glue
-scissors 
-a marker or sharpie 
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Directions:
-using white paper & scissors make a snowflake
-tape or glue all 4 pieces of red paper together
-tape or glue snowflake to center
-tape 6 tickets together on add to each side of snowflake
-write in your own special message
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I love this! The gift ended up costing $24 and I used what I already had around the house to finish it. When I give it away my lucky friend will have 24 chances to win up to $200 per ticket! Fun, unique, and you can bet no one will be returning this gift (unless they have to go cash in their winnings that is!). 

Do you ever get crafty with your holiday gifts or decor? Would you love to receive a gift like this?

Follow the fun and see what others are making by searching #InstantGifts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook too! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's Baking Season....

In the past I have hosted "cookie weeks" here on Stilettos and Diaper Bags. Baking Christmas cookies and making holiday desserts are a very important tradition to me. I think I love baking, specifically at this time of year, because it reminds me of my mom. That woman can cook and bake like no other! Every year she would bake 5-7 different kinds of cookie over the period of a few days after she'd get home from work. We each had our favorites and she made them all! 

I hope my kids now get excited when I bake around the holidays. This year the four of us will be baking a few recipes together as my hubby took next week off and the kids will be off for two weeks too. It's the most wonderful time of the year. ;) 

I thought I'd share with you two recipes I whipped up last week for my first Christmas party over the weekend. But first, here is a list of all previous Christmas baking here on the blog: 






Being in the last month of the Hormel foods extended blogger program (you can now follow our Hormel adventures on the Sisters Marie blog starting in January) I was over the moon to find Skippy peanut butter in my latest cooler of treats. 

I used Skippy Natural to make gluten free peanut butter blossom cookies
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The finished product: 
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After looking around on the Skippy website I knew I wanted to try to make the Peanut butter cereal bars. By just subbing for the gluten free version of the cereal, my son was also able to enjoy the dessert!  

Ingredients:

4 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
1/2 cup SKIPPY® Creamy Peanut Butter

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Directions: 

1. Line 8x8- or 9x9-inch pan with plastic wrap.
2. Pour cereal into large bowl.
3. In medium saucepan, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat.
4. Stir peanut butter into corn syrup mixture until smooth. Pour over cereal; stir to coat. Press evenly into pan.
5. Let treats cool 15 minutes on cutting board; remove from pan. Remove plastic wrap. Cut into squares to serve.

This recipe is recommended for 36 servings.

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These turned out super yummy. Cut small because they are very rich (which is the best part!). 

What type of holiday treats do you bake up? Do you try new recipes each year or stick to tradition?


*You can check out my previous Hormel posts and recipes herehere, here herehereherehereherehereherehere, & here.
*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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Outfit: White Christmas

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Every year, all the girls on the Fergus side of the family get together and go see White Christmas at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove. We generally meet up and have dinner and then head over to the theater. This year, my kids and hubby were sick so I missed out on dinner and just met everyone at the movie.

How cool is it that it started to lightly snow when I stepped outside to take some photos? I think it's awesome! In honor of tradition, I took this years outfit post photos in the same place I took them last year. Luckily it was about 20 degrees warmer this year and we didn't actually have snow on the ground.

I kept my outfit holiday themed with my new crop knit layered over a bow neck blouse. I paired them with skinny jeans, slouchy boots, simple jewelry, and my favorite red bucket bag. 
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Bow Top & Sweater: MNG by Mango // Jeans: Express // Boots: c/o Sole Society // Bag: Just Fab // Earrings: c/o Shop Lately // Watch: Urban Outfitters 

Like every year before, we all sing along the entire movie. Oh how I wish I had a few of their dresses for myself, I wished men and women still danced like this, and as always, I cried like a baby at the end.

Have you ever seen the movie White Christmas? What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chicago Bloggers Show you Holiday Style

It's that time of year where we will all be attending holiday parties as well as getting our NYE outfits ready. I don't know about you, but I like to know what I'm wearing far in advance when it comes to dressier looks. As a mother or two, it's hard enough to get everyone ready and out the door on time let alone trying to figure out what everyone is wearing the day of. I mean, do you want to be stressed out?! Just plan ahead of time and save the headache!

Embracing the two concepts of sequins and the color oxblood, seven Chicago bloggers got together to show you our idea of holiday style. We wanted to show a wide range of styles to fit whatever party or event you are attending in the next month or two.

We met downtown at the 900 North Michigan shops and starting having a fun photo shoot sponsored by two of my favorite online shops, Lulus & Shop Lately.

Lulus: "Since its inception in 1996, LuLu*s has grown from a mother-daughter dream to one of the web's most outstanding shopping experiences. We offer a select choice of clothing, shoes and accessories. Our brands consist of emerging new designers and our buyers travel the world so that you can find a style to call your own. We buy in limited quantities as many of our items come fresh from our designers' studios."


Shop Lately: A marketplace, giving designers and brands the opportunities to showcase their products.You can find clothing, accessories, shoes, and even beauty products on Shop Lately. There are new arrivals events every Monday and awesome sales events every Wednesday!
Insider Program: For only $9.00 per year you can get free shipping on all orders. Sign up for that here.


Here are the seven Chicago blogger showing your our sequins & oxblood holiday style:
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Love Zahra, 101 Things I love, Stilettos and Diaper Bags, Sisters Marie, Sassy Mom in the CityKnocked Up Fabulous, Second City Mom,

The Christmas tree at the 900 North building is amazing. It's pretty much the most beautiful thing ever and I have been lucky enough to see it every year for the past five years now. It's not really a tradition as I have somehow ended up there each year for blogging events or shopping. Either way, I love the tree and I loved getting photos taken in front of it.
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I think it's so fun to see how everyone has a different style yet we are all wearing the same "theme" if you will. I'm telling you all now, after seeing Zahra, I need a tutu in my life!

For my outfit, I went with more of a NYE look. This oxblood dress is a stunner for sure. You can't help but feel hum-a-la hum-a-la boom-ski in it as it's a bodycon that gives a little extra in the shoulder and the neck line.
I decided to add my sequins accessorie in the bag. To finish the look off I add all black to the bottom half, including these 6 inch platform heels, and lots of gold and green statement jewelry. Why can't you wear statement earrings, a statement cuff, and a statement necklace all at the same time? I was dressing for NYE and we all know that on NYE more is more. ;)
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Dress: c/o Lulus // Triangle Ring: c/o Opaque Lion Shop Lately // Tights: Walgreens // Shoes: c/o Soho Girl at Shop Lately // Earrings: T+J Designs // Necklace: Lily Wang at Shop Lately (swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Watch: Fossil // Cuff: c/o Cob & Pen at Shop Lately // Bag: c/o Daisy Gem at Shop Lately 

We stopped for a mid-photo shoot coffee at King Cafe (I got a green tea latte) and decided to take a few shots of us in action. All the looks wear so wearable and comfortable to be walking around and sitting in. It kind of felt like we were on a mini holiday party ourselves!
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(All photos by Giaskyler Photography

I love all the outfits the girls styled. I now want to shop for a tutu, and a sequin skirt, and those oxblood heels, and more jewelry now, but hey, I have a lot of parties to attend to so why not stock up before the items sell out?

What do you plan to wear to your holiday parties or events this year? Do you have your NYE outfit picked out yet?

* All of the Shop Lately items that all seven bloggers are wearing are currently on sale! Get them while you can, there are limited numbers and they sell out fast.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Giveaway!

Tis the season to be thankful! If I don't say it enough, I am SO thankful for all my Stilettos and Diaper Bags readers! As my way of thanking you I put together a bit of a pampering gift for one lucky winner. Some items for your skin, some for your hair, and even makeup and perfume too!
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- Sukiface: exfoliate foaming cleanser $10.95
- Tan Towel: Self Tan towelettes $18
- Mally: High Shine liquid lipstick (blossom color) $20
- Tresemme: 24 hour body blow dry lotion $5.99
- Tresemme: Styling Spray $4.99
- Bio Oil $9.99
- Honest Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 $13.95
- It Cosmetics Brush $38
- Avon: Absolute Even multi-tone skin corrector $29.99
- John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3 day strait (sample size)
- John Frieda Frizz-ease Straight fixation (sample size)
- Villa Floriani: Olive Oil satin body spray $32
- 2 Molton Brown London: Body Lotion $32
- Jergens: BB Body Cream (sample size)
-Marc Jacobs: Daisy spray 1.2ml (sample size)
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