Friday, September 19, 2014

Kids Fashion: Lion Roar Outfit

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My son's favorite song this past spring/summer was "Roar" by Katy Perry. As soon as he saw this outfit as an option in his September lookbook, there was no looking at other outfits.

I love that FabKids paired this great long sleeved tee with wax coated denim. These jeans, and the top for that matter, will be a great addition to my sons fall and winter wardrobe. They will mix and match perfectly with what he already has in his current closet.
Toss on some character shoes and his outfit was complete. What's more cool then a roaring lion on your shirt with batman on your feet? Not many things I say!
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Top & Jeans: c/o Fabkids // Shoes: c/o Rack Room Shoes 

What do you think about my son's outfit? What trends are your kids wearing to school this fall?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Outfit: Dinner Party at my House

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Over the weekend we invited over a couple of my husbands high school friends and their families for dinner at our home.
Cooking for six adults and four kids was going to be fun, but our house was not really ready for it. I'll get back to that in a minute, first lets talk fashion.

I decided to wear this easy button up shirt dress. It has lots of room for eating (which was key with what I cooked), and it can be casual or dressy depending on the styling.

Since the weather was on the cooler side, I added these amazing slouchy boots. I am obsessed with them. Seriously, you are going to get sick of seeing them on the blog, but I digress. ;)
I kept the styling easy by adding a great statement necklace and a few other gold accessories.
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OK, now onto the menu and where to seat 10 people! We have a round, four top table in our kitchen. We are a family of four so that's all we've ever needed. Thankfully we have a 10 foot table we keep in garage for parties and borrowed some folding chairs. We also have a kids four top with chairs so I decided to set that up next to the "adults table".

Now the menu. I have a lot of items that I'm great at cooking. I'll admit it, I can cook. But an item that people always say are great are my ribs.
Ribs for this many people, I have never executed, but with four pots on the stove I got it done!
I created a "build your own salad bar" as the side and also had some fresh fruit too.

Here are a few photos of our set up:
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Ever table needs fresh flowers. I decided to put them in coffee mugs so we could all see each other. There is nothing worse then a giant center piece and you can't see your guests!
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This isn't even all the ribs I made! This is just what I put out for the first round. ;)
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I'm really great with time management so I had everything ready to go by 10 minutes prior to the guests arriving. I just kept the ribs in the oven warming up while we offered everyone wine, scotch, and water.  I hate missing out on the party by being in the kitchen so I start prepped veggies and boiling ribs hours prior to the dinner date.

If you like ribs and you want to try this recipe, I've posted it on the blog before, so check it out here.

Do you ever have more then one couple over (and their kids) at the same time? What's your go-to meal to make for dinner parties?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Outfit: Wavy Dress, Wavy Hair

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We had some warm weather last week and it actually felt like the last blast of summer. What better way to celebrate warm weather then with a maxi dress and flat sandals?!

I love me a great chevron print and this one is so fun because it has a bit more wave to it. The lines of the print are not as defined as a usual chevron, so I like to refer to it as wavy.
To match the print, I wore my hair wavy, added simple gold jewelry, and my favorite fringe bag.
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Dress: Shop Frankies // Shoes: Victoria's Secret // Sunnies: Prada // Bag: Target // Watch: Fossil // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Love Necklace: XO Veronika 

This is one of my year round dresses. I love styling it with a leather jacket in the fall or maybe this year I'll even style it with a sweater over it.

Now let's talk hair. As you may have guessed, I'm growing it out. All of it! My bangs are long gone and my hair is actually feeling longer lately (especially when I straighten it). Now that aside, I have an appointment to have my extensions put back in at the end of this month. I mean, 8 more weeks or 20 inch hair, why not?! I love me my Hair By Suzie extensions and since she'll be in Chicago I just have to get them put back in. No one does extensions like Suzie, no one! ;)

What do you think of this outfit? Are you in between hair styles too and looking for a change?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giveaway: Simply Sweet Prints

One lucky winner will win two "printed prints" designed by Simply Sweet Prints
Beautiful Wall Art Prints are not all Erica does though, she also designs custom birth announcements, birthday invitations, & even shower invitations.

Here are some of her wonderful designs beginning with a few Wall Art Prints:
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Some examples of her birthday invitation designs:
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And how precious are these custom birth announcements?!
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I don't know about the child in your life, but my kids are so certain in their tastes. 
In the world where my six and three year old live, there are not many choices they get to make. To be honest, between home and school, there are a lot of rules and responsibilities!
Mine and my husband's solution? Let our kids dress and style themselves every day they want to. We also allow them to decorate their bedrooms as they'd like. In fact we encourage them to update them quite often! Yes, I have taped up homemade artwork on my walls, stickers, and unmatched bought canvases in their rooms, but I also have kids who love where they sleep. 

Erica was gracious enough to send each of my children two printed prints. My daughter chose hers based on the "pretty colors and the umbrella", but I loved them for what they said! 
-Practically Perfect Wall Art "practically perfect in every way"  
-Moon Beams Wall Art "the moon never beams without bringing me dreams"

Here are the two new additions to her room:
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I picked out my sons prints. He was at school while I was looking at her Etsy site and I loved what these two said! 
-To Live Wall Art "To Live will be an awfully big adventure" 
-Walt Disney Dreams Print "Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. & Dreams are forever."

He wanted to hang them above his desk between his and daddy's guitars. Here is a shot of his new wall:
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There are three ways to enter below!
Giveaway open from 9-16 to 9-23. Winner will be announced on 9-24 at 6:00am. Good luck!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Outfit: They Call Her Mellow Yellow

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How amazing is this lace peplum? I don't own a lot of yellow, so when Kaitlyn let me borrow this top I was very excited to try it out.

I tried to keep the styling very "every day" by pairing it with boyfriend jeans, an ankle boot, and some fun gold jewelry. It's for sure a dressy shirt, but by styling it down a bit,  I felt it was good for daytime wear.  I also added a crop cami under so I had more coverage then a classic bandeau.
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Top: Apricot Lane (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Jeans: Express // Shoes & Bag: c/o Just Fab // Watch: Aldo // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Bracelet: Threadsence // Large Ring: Elephant Gypsy // Rose Gold Ring: T+J Designs 

What do you think of this look? Do you ever style down some of your more dressy tops to get more wear out of them? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Outfit: We're so Fancy

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I will always rather be overdressed then under-dressed. This is just how I am. My day to day consists of any number of activities and because I am a stay-at-home who also co-owns a company, my clothing style also changes daily.

My bean started her second year of EC and it's in the afternoons so she spends every morning with me now. Yep, just the two of us. I LOVE IT! However I am creating a fashion monster because if mom "looks fancy", the bean follows suit. I thought it was only fitting to include her in the photos as she got all dolled up too this day!
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 Top: Lulus // Skirt: Forever 21 (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Shoes: c/o Rack Room Shoes // Necklace: c/o Just Fab // Sunnies: Prada // Watch: Fossil // Bag: Target 
My Daughter: Dress: JC Penny // Shoes & Hair Bows: Target 

She is definitely reminded daily how her silly temperament, love of books, and playing with her babies is way more important then dressing "pretty", but I have to say, she does love to dress up. What can I say? Like mother, like daughter I guess!

What do you think of our looks? Do you have a mini me that always wants to dress like you too?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Outfit: When an Obsession Becomes an Addiction

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OK, so this summer I stopped stocking up on maxi dresses and continued to stock up on jumpsuits (which I started buying last year). Yes, they are hilarious to go to the bathroom in, but they are truly so cozy and effortless when it comes to styling. Not to mention they can transition into fall by simply adding a boot and a blazer or jacket.
So my obsession has become an addiction and I find myself stocking up on them. What can I say, when I find a style I love, I shop!

I kept the styling with this jumpsuit super simple by adding a cute wedge sandal, a fringe bag, and gold jewelry. This look was perfect for running errands and getting to appointments all afternoon and early evening.
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Jumpsuit: JC Penny (similar) (similar) // Shoes & Necklace: c/o Just Fab // Bag: Target // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: Prada // Buckle Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Bracelet: Threadsence // Rose Gold Ring: T+J Designs 

What are you thoughts on jumpsuits? I promise once you get past the whole "you have to take your entire outfit off to go to the bathroom" I swear they are amazing! ;)