Friday, October 31, 2014

Kids Fashion: Denim Holiday Outfit

 photo IMG_6594_zpsd46cf0a9.jpg  photo IMG_6604_zpseb260b71.jpg Earlier in the week, I showed off the outfit my daughter wore for our Christmas card photo shoot. Yesterday, you saw what myself and the hubby wore, so it's only fair that today I share my son's outfit of choice.
 
He decided to pick the denim holiday outfit from FabKids and it is just so handsome on him! I love the coated jeans in black and this collar top is so perfect for any number of holiday parties we have coming up.
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Shirt & Pants: c/o FabKids // Shoes: Kenneth Cole // Belt: Target 

It's so great that yet again we got pieces from FabKids that can flawlessly mix and match with what he already has in his fall/winter wardrobe.

What do you think of this outfit? Now that you've seen all of our looks, do you like what we wore for our Christmas card?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Outfit: Time to Take Photos for Our Christmas Card

 photo IMG_6608_zpse0c61e0a.jpg  photo IMG_6636_zps1b151577.jpg  photo IMG_6609_zpsd91dff6a.jpg Every year my family heads to the same forest preserve and we take our Christmas card photos. 
We knocked out our family shot in about 32 frames, which took longer then usual, but the sun was out and it was hard for the kids to look up and smile. Hey, if you get a good weather day before the leaves fall off the trees,  you just make it work! 

We then took individual shots of each person. I love the shots we got of everyone this year! Plus we did photos of just the kids and then myself and my hubby took a "couple shot" as well. 
We did not get all "matchy matchy" but we all wore neutrals mixed with dark colors (blues, black, oxblood, gray, red, gold, and white). In the end, I love the photos we ended up with this year! 

I decided to pair this gray shift dress with black tights, a great black statement necklace, gold jewelry, and oxblood shoes. 
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Dress: Target (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Tights: Loft // Shoes: c/o Just Fab // Necklace: Forever 21 (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Bracelet: House of Gemmes // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: MNG by Mango 

My husband wore a handsome blue sweater (I mean, he's got great sweater game people!), with a read and white collar shirt under. To finish his look he mixed his neutrals and added black pants and shoes. 
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Sweater: Banana Republic // Shirt: Express // Pants: Gap // Shoes: Aldo // Sunnies: Ray Ban 

Here is our couple shot:
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OK, I'm partial, but I think we look great! ;) 
I've already ordered my Christmas cards and ordered prints of a few photos to update my photo wall as well. 

Do you go for annual photo shoots with your family? Do you take the photos yourself?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Outfit: I'm a Sucker for Anything With a Pocket!

 photo IMG_6442_zpsc3461724.jpg  photo IMG_6449_zps1858b3fc.jpg  photo IMG_6452_zpsadcfbfc5.jpg How fun is this LBD? It so different then anything else I own with the scoop neck line and the sheer pockets, I just had to have it. Love at first dress sight, yes it was! 

To style this beauty for an afternoon with the girls, I paired my little black dress with some fall colors. I added an oxblood colored jacket and shoes and some great gold and tortoise jewelry too. To finish the look off, I tossed on some amazing sunnies and I was out the door.
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Dress, Belt, Ring, & Shoes: Just Fab // Bag: Rachel Zoe // Jacket: Buffalo Jeans // Necklace & Bracelet: House of Gemmes // Sunnies: Prada // Watch: Fossil 

What do you think of this LBD? Have you bought any clothing from Just Fab yet?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Toddler Fashion: Red Glimmer Outfit

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 photo a391fc28-d76e-4bac-ad1f-b0a64c53d3ff_zpsd237daf3.jpg Nothing says "I'm ready for Holiday parties" like this beautiful red glimmer outfit from FabKids. 
My daughter was so excited when this dress came she wanted to wear it that very day! 

She finally got to wear it as we headed to the local forest preserve to take photos for our annual Christmas card. She loved her outfit and could not stop twirling. This made for some funny outtakes for sure! 
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Dress & Tights: c/o FabKids // Shoes: Gilt // Cardigan: The Children's Place 

This dress is great because it really can be worn year round. We can add different colored tights or leggings to mix up the look, or even bare legs and ditch the cardigan for the warmer months.

For only $29.95 this look (or tons of other outfits on the site) a would make great holiday gift for the kid(s) in your life. Don't forget they have boys outfits, outerwear, and even shoes/boots too! 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you taken photos for your holiday card yet?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Outfit: Time to Break out the Camo Pants

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Fall fashion brings out two of my favorite patterns in clothing: plaid and camo. I have been rocking plaid non stop and totally forgot about my favorite camo pants (how could I do that?!).  I decided to correct that right away by pairing them with a great knit and some fun jewelry. 
To finish the look off I decided to rock my hair in a braided crown
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Top: Old Navy (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Camo Pants: Hudson Jeans (similar)  // Boots: c/o Just Fab // Bag: Rachel Zoe // Watch: Aldo // Necklace: House of Gemmes // Sunnies: MNG by Mango 

Now that I started wearing camo, I'm not sure I can stop. I have a jacket in that print that I need to get into rotation ASAP! 

Do you love wearing camo print in the cool months too? Do you like how I styled my camo pants?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Top Gift Ideas for Your Parents

 
 
Your parents have contributed to your life in so many ways. From holding your hand when you first learn to walk to giving you emotional support, while you experiment with your career. They shower you with unconditional love and you can always count on them to be there. No wonder then that choosing an appropriate gift for your parents can be a daunting task. Whether it's their anniversary, a gift from your first meaningful salary or just something to say 'Thank You', you want to find something unique. Mostly, parents already have all essentials and are not thrilled with the most high-tech gifts. So, how about checking out unique antique gifts for men and women? Such gifts could leave them spellbound.
Think Out of the Box, Not Out of Your Wallet
 You don't have to impress your parents with the most expensive gifts. A thoughtful present will count much more, especially if it is something they would not have bought themselves. You can go through a wide variety of unique antique gifts that are reasonably priced, yet innovative at reputed sites like Premier Gifts. Something of utility that can also be used for decoration could be a great idea. For instance, if your parents are struggling with weak eyesight, you can get them an Empress reading glass to help them read fine print comfortably. Select one made of solid brass, as this looks regal. This practical study tool could have an adjustable ball joint, allowing the reader to rotate the glass into a convenient position for a better reading experience. One can use this as a desk piece.
An antique looking mirror could be a charming addition to the decor, while also being useful. Else you can choose a handheld mirror that looks like one used in the yesteryears. Mirrors are among the safest of the unique antique gifts for men and women, since everyone finds them useful.
Selecting Separate Gifts for Both
The decision of what to get your parents may become simpler if you choose separate gifts for both. You can take into account their individual interests and make the selection accordingly. For instance, your dad may be thrilled to receive a pocket compass with an etched dial, while your mom may really like a writer's palette with inks of different colours. Your dad may love to receive an authentic model plane or ship, while your mom may be spellbound with a weatherglass that looks charmingly old-world. Don't forget to add a note about how much they mean to you!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Remix: Light Wash Chambray Shirt

I currently own three chambray tops: dark denim, medium denim, and light wash as well. For some reason every time I wear my light wash one, I end up in a Canadian tuxedo. I love the denim on denim look but I don't like to be to matchy matchy with my colors so I think that's why I always go for the light top.

Here are three ways I have styled my light wash chambray shirt:
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Whether I add plaid shoes, boots and a knit hat, or shorts and sandals, this top is always put to good use and fun to style. 

What's you favorite look? Do you own more then one chambray top?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Outfit: It's all in the Details

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I am in love with the back of this metallic knit! What a fun detail to an otherwise basic crop knit.
It's the perfect addition to my ever growing sweater collection and my first one that has an open back. Gotta love it when the hubby tells you to buy a sweater because he plans to buy one too. I went with something that was different from anything else I currently own and I am so happy that I did!

I kept the styling weekend relaxed by adding a turtleneck under, skinny jeans, and crop boots. As for accessories, I only added these amazing earrings and a watch. Perfect for a relaxing weekend day.
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Sweater: Banana Republic // Turtleneck: H&M // Jeans: Old Navy // Boots: c/o Just Fab // Earrings: House of Gemmes

What do you think of this knit? Do you have any sweaters that have a nice surprise when you turn around? 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Outfit: Traveling Attire

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We spent the weekend up north and I decided to dress in a simple yet comfortable (but still stylish) outfit as I got packing. I ended up carrying two weekend bags but this one had all my clothes in it so it made the cut for the blog post. ;)

When you are lugging items for you, your hubby, and your kids, plus pumpkin patch attire (hats, scarfs, gloves, coats, etc), and work stuff (lap top, camera, etc) you want to be as comfortable as possible.

What is easier then jeans and a blouse? I paired this polka dot blouse with my favorite plaid flats and added my new white coat. That's it. Other then a watch and a necklace I had no jewelry on either. Comfort is definitely key when riding in long car rides.
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Jacket: Express // Top: Zara // Jeans: Old Navy // Bag & Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Necklace: c/o Silver Speck

What do you wear on your travel days? What's your go-to for weekend bags?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Taco Night at the Fergus House

 This month on October 4th it was National Taco Day, and I missed it. As someone who is taco obsessed, how did I not know about this? I found out about a week after the 4th and have been cooking up southwest dishes ever since.

 My families love for tacos runs so deep, we decided to over compensate and just eat lots of tacos and other southwest meals this month go make up for our mistake. ;)
 I mean, who doesn't love a taco? Or nachos. Or fajitas. Or a burrito bowl. Or chips and salsa. Or guacamole. (This list is endless for me.)

Hormel Foods has some great recipes on their website and since I am forever on the hunt for new dinner ideas, I find myself checking them out often. 
When this months product came and I found Chi-Chi's salsa and Chi Chi's gluten free white corn tortillas. I knew we would be enjoying not only gf tacos, but also chips and salsa over the next two days. YUM! 

Here is what we at on two separate nights: 
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 In honor of a month that holds a day that is near and dear to me (and my taste buds), I give you the best of Stilettos and Diaper Bags recipes.
Here a few of my favorite southwestern recipes that I have posted on the blog in the past few years:
(slow cooker chicken tacos)
(foil baked fish w/ a southwestern twist)

Are you a fan of taco night? Does your family love southwestern food as much as mine does? 

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