April 3, 2015

Weekend Fun: the Big Game, Easter and SUPER SALES

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Baby G playing pool with her Godfather

So I stayed up late last night (11? lol ahh how times have changed) to watch The Roast of Justin Bieber and despite the fact that Greenlea woke up extra early this morning, I have no regrets.  It was HILARIOUS.  I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t yet.  (Seriously, who knew Martha Stewart was so funny?) *Don’t watch with your kids . . . not so much “kid-friendly.”

We actually have plans this weekend!  Normally we just come up with an excuse to leave the house sometime on Saturday, but this weekend, my friends, We.  Have.  Plans.  (Big news if you’re new parents). Tonight we’re celebrating one of my best friend’s birthdays with games and appies and drinks . . . still trying to figure out which Pinterest app recipe I’m going to attempt.  Any suggestions??

Tomorrow is THE BIG GAME . . . I’m normally not a huge sports fan (ha – ok, that’s an understatement) but it’s MSU.  Yes, I am a SPARTAN . . . go GREEN, go WHITE! (I was there when they won the National Championship in 2000 . . . it was NUTS).  Sunday, of course, is Easter and Greenlea’s first.  I have an adorable dress picked out for her to wear to church and we’re going shopping today to get things for her first Easter basket.  Any suggestions??  She’s only 8 months old, so I’m assuming most chocolate and candy is out . . . any help would be appreciated!  I’m already looking forward to Mom’s cheesy potatoes and ham for dinner Sunday.  Yum.

ALSO . . . there are CRAZY SALES going on, people.  I had no idea this was such a big shopping weekend, but thankfully my e-mail let me know!  Express and the GAP are both offering 40% off EVERYTHING until April 6th (use code “NEW” at Gap, no code needed for Express).  The Loft is having an extra 40% off their sale items sale and I’m loving all of the OPTIONS that the they’re offering  . . . petite/tall, curvy/skinny, maternity, all combinations to accommodate all of our different body types! Necessary Clothing is having a “Super Spring Sale” on tons of items.  Check out my favorite pieces below!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend . . . I know Shana and fam are enjoying Puerto Rico! I’m loving her updates on Instagram . . . and don’t worry, I haven’t taken over the blog.  She’ll be back soon!

Are there any sales I’m missing??  Let me know! :)

XOXO,

Scotti

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April 2, 2015

The Top You’ll Live in All Summer Whether You’re Pregnant, Nursing or Not (and it’s 40% off!)

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Photo Credit: Pinc. Photography

Remember my Portofino shirt obsession? Well, I have another one . . . the Barcelona Cami from Express. This shirt is nursing-friendly, POOCH-hiding friendly, comes in a TON of colors and patterns (it’s reversible!) and is perfect for spring and summer.  I first fell in love with them before I was pregnant because they DRAPE so well, LOOK high-quality and I CAN THROW THEM IN THE WASHER AND DRYER. (I don’t know about you, but I HATE clothes that have special washing instructions. Everything’s getting thrown in the washer and dryer whether they’re “supposed” to or not. This is probably why I don’t own white jeans. And why my husband washes his own stuff.  But I digress.)  

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April 1, 2015

How to Get a Day-to-Night Look with Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (And a few of my favorite eyeshadow tricks of all time)

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Photo Credit: From Head to Toe

Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes are my ultimate, hands-down FAVORITE eyeshadow palettes.  If you have no idea where to start with makeup and colors and shadows, or even if you’re a makeup junkie like me . . . these are must-have.  In each one you’ll get highly pigmented neutral colors that are coordinated perfectly to help you create anything from a basic daytime look to a smoldering smokey eye.  The brush that comes with them is a favorite shadow brush as well . . . a tool that usually costs another $30.  I thought tutorials featuring each one of the palettes would be helpful for those of you who may find yourself with a palette but no idea how to use it.  (You’re not alone . . . I bought a palette for one of my friends who let it go unused for almost a year because she didn’t know what to do with it . . . yikes!  Rach, this one’s for you.) :)

In this first tutorial, I’ll be focusing on the original Naked palette.  I created a look that can be a daytime or nighttime look . . . and reviewed the highlight and contouring basics from my HAC post.

Products Used:

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

Lumene Sensitive Touch Eye Makeup Remover (remember not to use remover formulated for waterproof makeup)

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation with SPF 15

bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Blushing Bride”

Sephora Pro Contour Brush

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in Cocoa

e.l.f. Contour Brush

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Powder

e.l.f. Powder Brush

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Opal”

Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss

TIP: It’s helpful to swatch the colors on your own skin (like the photo above) and take a picture of them to keep on your phone.  This way you can refer back to what the colors look like on your own skin when you go to apply the shadows.

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more tutorials and how-to’s!  Let me know what looks you’d like to see and if you have any questions in the comments!

XOXO,

Scotti

 

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April 1, 2015

Refresh Your Nest: Doormat (Typographic, Geometric, Cheeky Ways to Greet Guests)

Now that the snow has finally stopped (pleaseGod), it’s finally feeling like…mud season! Our wood floors took such a beating from all the salt and slush this winter, it’s the least I can do to protect them from a thousand dirty footprints made by a certain pair of ladybug rainboots. Typographic doormats really caught my eye this year, along with some playful kid-friendly styles that will remind them to wipe their feet. If you live in a more traditional neighborhood, you could even put a “serious” doormat at the front door and a cheekier one by the back; kind of like a mullet – business in the front, party in the back? Either way, these doormats are a quick fix to brighten up your entryway. Splash on over for more…

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 Doormat Roundup

  1. Hand Plaited Doormat – A little bit nautical, a little bit nice? This handwoven mat from Anthropologie goes with so many different styles and always looks right. My little town’s mostly really old colonials or farmhouses and the traditional look fits well, but I can also see it looking great in front of anything from a brick townhouse to a mid-century modern ranch.
  2. Fungi Fresh Doormat – Modcloth products have the punniest names. This mat’s leaning towards twee, but it’s too adorable to matter. My almost 4-year old is obsessed with fairies and leprechauns (I don’t even know) – she would totally go gaga over this mat because I may have told her they live under mushrooms. Don’t they?
  3. Hola Doormat – A straightforward, hip way to greet your amigos when they come for a visita.
  4. Holland Park Doormat – Geometric goodness in bright colors liven up even the rainiest day.
  5. Hello Doormat – I love everything about this mat – the unexpected dark color, the cute script, how great it is at hiding dirt. Doormats are not typically a Mother’s Day dream present, but I wouldn’t be mad at this one.
  6. Flip-Flop Doormat – Made out of recycled flip-flop sandals, this mat’s both eco and kid-friendly! Durable, bright, and easy to hose off, it’s a fun splash of color. Multipurpose too – one of the commenters on World Market’s site uses it with her outdoor solar shower on camping trips. I am not one of those people who understands camping, so I’ll take her word for it.
  7. Welcome Doormat – Martha might have co-opted this robin’s egg blue color, but it originally belonged to spring. This pretty pick is cheerful as all get-out and a sweet way to welcome friends.
  8. Ticking Stripes Doormat – Crisp color scheme? Check. Classic pattern? Check. This stylish mat manages to take a traditional pattern and make it entirely modern and cool.
  9. Hearts Recycled Rubber Doormat – More of a minimalist? Show your boots some love with a cute mat that’s good for the environment. We used a doormat like this last spring and it was super easy to rinse the mud and dirt off, but the hearts make this one a lot cuter.

I found so many fun doormats that I couldn’t fit them all in this post, but you can check them out here:

Until next time, happy puddle jumping!

Amanda

(PS – On a related note, I found some much-needed rainboot styling ideas from Shana!)

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March 30, 2015

The Easiest Way To Upgrade Your Momiform: The Button-Down Tied Around The Waist

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Let’s chat mom fashion… No but seriously, like “mom” fashion. The fashion people picture when you say that out loud. Most days you’ll find me cheering you on to avoid looking the way people would assume a mom looks. You know, not look all “dead mommy”. Mommy Zombie. Mommified? You get it. Most days we just need to take that extra step to change out of the basic tee and sneakers. Feel beautiful. Have one more cup of coffee and add a little bit more concealer under our eyes to just “fake it ’til we make it”.

But then there are the days that we mommas go from faking it to barely holding on. Where sleep from the night before can be counted using 3 fingers. Be it from growth spurts, to new teeth, to monsters under the bed, or [insert drama here]! It’s rough out there. On the other hand, there’s the great days. Where the spring sun is shining with a gentle breeze. And the playground, long walks, and carefree outside-time all keep you moving until the sun has long since set. While polar opposites, these days call for a little more comfort. They demand that basic tee and sneakers. And I like to survive the former and embrace the latter in realistic style. A small amount of effort goes a long way with fashion. One added element can take a total “mom” outfit and make it cool.

 

My Take:

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From the beginning of posting on here I’ve tried to make it clear that I will rarely be kick-starting any fashion trends. This 90’s look of the shirt around your waist has been back for quite some time. But, it is spring and layering is practically essential. Here in Colorado we get like 40º shifts in temp in a single day. Hence, I embrace any look that combos with versatility. However, it can be tricky. It all comes down to how you wear it and what colors you do it in. Oh, and don’t forget that outfit you’re pairing it with.

My favorite ways I’ve seen this look are typically monochromatic and let the shirt around the waist be the pop of color or interest. Going “all black” looks great with chambray shirts. Denim jeans paired with a simple white or black tee looks great with plaid, white, or even denim on denim. You want to look effortlessly cool. Like you stole that shirt from your date the night before. You know, just grabbed it on your way out the door and slung it around your hips.

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March 29, 2015

#MyEverydayEdit

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Hey there!!  It’s my turn for our everyday edit round-up, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  This is turning into such a fun little activity.  But the best part?  The fact that so many of you are participating!!  Thank you!!

I got a comment from a reader last week that made my day.  “You’ve changed the way I look at clothes” she wrote.  “I never realized that getting dressed could be so….fun.”

EXACTLY.  EXACTLY THAT.

So.  Speaking of fun….

That Time It Snowed on The First Day Of Spring

Let’s ignore, for the moment, that flares + snow results in soaking wet hems.  It WAS the first day of Spring and I WAS TRYING.  But my very favorite part about wearing flares?  The insanely comfortable Dansko boots that are hiding underneath.  #truestory

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wearing

silk blouse: Bradamant bodysuit The Coach – c/o (size XS for reference)

sweater: Zady Essentials – c/o (size XS for reference)

coat: Goodnight Macaroon – c/o (sold out, but I found a dead-ringer on Amazon for $30…)

jeans: J Brand Lovestory Flares (on supersale and almost sold out)…but the Express flares my sister swears by look amazing.

boots: Dansko c/o – from a few years ago, but I also like the Dansko Maria boot, the Dansko Thea Clog or the Dansko Rach.  Wow.

belt: Anthropologie Starburst Belt (on sale)

gloves: Echo Touch Screen Gloves

lipstick: Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery

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March 27, 2015

DVF’s Friends & Family Sale

Do any of you remember when Whitney Port started working at Diane Von Furstenberg on The Hills?…and then The City. I KNOW that some of you watched those shows…come on…you did. I actually would watch them all again if I could. They are so wonderfully dramatic and real scripted. I, personally, sat there with wide-eyed wonder as Whitney got out of that cab, opened the glass doors to DVF and ascended those stairs to start her new glamorous life and career. Siiiiiiiiiigh. I was all about it. What? I was in college. Haa ha.

On that note, DVF is having their friends and family sale this weekend. 25% off! ::whoop! whoop!:: This is a big deal.

Of course, there’s the classic wrap dress that DVF is known for, as well as some pretty funky, cool printed dresses and tops…among other things.

I put together a little shoppity shop for you…

Happy Weekend!

Cheers,
Cams

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March 27, 2015

My New Fav Spring Accessory: The Quirky Cross-Body

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I bought this little record bag on a whim, during Kate Spade’s Thanksgiving sale.  It was 75% off, so obviously.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that this funky little bag would quickly become one of the most-worn pieces in my closet.  Not just for date night (but YES, it comes along on virtually every date night), but during the day, while running around with the kiddos.

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Granted, my littles aren’t so little anymore; I don’t *really* need a diaper bag….but I borrowed this trick from a Denver Mama I ran into at the park EONS ago.  I had actually snapped her pic for Mom Street Style, but never posted it (who knows why – these things just happen sometimes) and now can’t find the pic.  Grrr.  BUT.  Here’s the thing:  she was walking around Cheeseman Park, pushing her baby in a stroller, wearing the cutest little cross-body diaper clutch (kind of like the Skip Hop Diaper Clutch) – and that was it.  I had to stop her.  I mean….once I hefted my overly large and heavily laden Marc Jacobs over my shoulder and ran – BOOM BA BA BOOM – her down.

She claimed that a small cross-body was just easier for her new-baby lifestyle.  Keys?  In the little bag.  Credit card, id, lipstick, phone and paci?  All in the little bag, easily accessed, no digging around.  Diapers and wipes and nursing cover and ergo and blankets and hat and whatnot?  Ooooooo….there was a bigger bag stuffed into the bottom of her stroller.  She pulled it out when needed.  And, she claimed, even without the stroller, it was easier for her to carry two bags than go rooting around for her keys (or OH GOD THE PACI) which invariably ends up at the very bottom.

At the time I was like “ain’t never gonna happen” but I thought about her again recently when I found myself using my little record cross-body on the daily.

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March 26, 2015

My New Favorite Jeans . . . to tuck or not to tuck??


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 Photo Credit: Patty Belt, Pinc. Photography 

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Photography Credit: Pinc. Photography

If you had told me two years ago that mid-rise and HIGH-rise jeans were going to be back in style, I would have said, “oh HELL no.”  I was a part of the low, lower, lowest rise jeans craze in the early 2000’s . . . remember Britney??  (I’m pretty sure you can’t get any lower.  Legally.)  BUT.  Times change, trends come and go, babies are made, pooches are created . . . so now I say “thank GOD” for the mid-rise comeback. Muffin top, butt-crack, post-partum flabbiness . . .  none of these are a problem with the now-ubiquitous higher rise denim.  This pair from Express are my new favorites.  They are SO comfy, and SO flattering that I bought them in two sizes . . . a short length for flats and the regular length for heels (I’m 5’4″).  (They also come in long lengths for you tall gals.  Cam, I’m talking about you!)

My biggest dilemma?  To tuck or not to tuck.  I feel so much more comfortable in a longer tank over the jeans.  I think it’s more flattering as well.  (I have an “all about the bass” kind of body.  Size 0-2 on top and size 6-8 on bottom).  BUT, as my sister pointed out, it is much more modern-looking to tuck.  Aaaaand my legs DO look much longer when the shirt is tucked.  What do you guys think?

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Un-Tucked:

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