Let’s talk about wrapping paper. I mean if you think about it, wrapping paper is a product that is manufactured solely to be thrown away. But if that doesn’t stop you from buying it lets talk about how expensive it is. A box of tags […]
I don’t know about the rest of you but I grew up with penny loafers. My mom and aunts all wore them and even my brother wore them when he went to Catholic school. The shoe itself is versatile and wearable for both men and women. As I got older I would see a few of my favorite bloggers rock loafers, even before they came back in style. I always felt like I couldn’t pull them off until recently. I’m trying to adopt a new mentality. “This is simple, this is easy, this is fun.” My mother-in-law showed me this video of a man named, Kerwin Rae (awesome name) talking about how we as people let our brains tell us what to do when it should really be the other way around. This statement and the meaning behind it, are meant for things on a grander scale then my shoe problem. But I’m using it in every aspect of my life. For the full video click the quote above!
So by this mentality I decided I’d try a pair. You don’t know how something will look on you till you actually try. And if it was a total fail I knew I’d have a few friends I could hand them over to. Results? I love them! They are so comfortable and to my surprise go with everything. It’s a fun way to add a little something extra to a look. I feel like loafers are surprisingly a flirty chic meets masculine flare kinda style and it adds something totally new to my wardrobe. Today I paired them with cut off shorts and a chartreuse knit I’ve recently become obsessed with from J.Crew. Below I’ve supplied a few styles to turn your own wardrobe into flirty chic.
Let’s be real, those summer time holidays aren’t as fun with little ones. Of course they have their moments and everything is special because maybe it’s their first Independence Day or they’re big fans of fireworks. But it gets to a point where all you just want to do as a parent is enjoy a nice meal with family and friends outside. But we don’t really get that, instead picture something like this.
A quickly scarfed down hot dog, maybe a sip of lemonade or beer and you just running after your toddler making sure they don’t hurt anyone. Why are you worried they might hurt someone? Because thanks to one of their uncle’s your three year old has a sparkler. Why would they give him a sparkler? Well, they thought it would be fun….it wasn’t funny.
Personally the Fourth of July was always a favorite of mine, BBQ’s, baking pretty pies, fireworks and even maybe a carnival or two if we can find one but my children couldn’t careless about such things. Besides the above scenario, they aren’t impressed by the holiday. If it were Halloween we would be in business with G and Bodhi would be happy with food, food and more food. But it isn’t October and Bodhi can’t eat anything. I mean he can, but the list of what he can eat and the list of what he wants to eat are completely different. So sitting at our home or a friends house with no other kids, no fun activities and no foods that are Bodhi approved doesn’t seem like an exciting evening for them. Plus they are both completely unamused by fireworks, I know they aren’t human we are working on it. So to keep them and us happy, this holiday season I’ve put together a little survival kit.
Fruit Purees: Are always a “must” especially with babies but even G can be distracted when a good fruit puree is around.
Decorative straw kit: Now hear me out, this has nothing to do with fun and festive drinks. I got these beauties at T.j Max. fully intending not to use them for anything but toddler activities. Instead of fun decorative straws we turned them into magic wands. Like I said earlier, our child is Halloween OBSESSED so playing magicians is a norm in our home.
“No Crabby Attitudes” Sign: Okay so this one is really more so for time out purposes. I found this wandering through Home Goods. Having a sign that works with the theme of the holiday is always helpful for G. He is a theme guy and besides his father the only dude I know who can stay in character for more than a week if needed. My boys are comedians so I need to use that when thinking of fun activities and yes, even punishments.
Granola Bars: These are the best reward/distraction. Some times I can stop a tantrum right before it happens if I have the proper reward. Of course pick something that works for your little ones but for us it’s granola bars. He told G a couple of weeks ago he wasn’t allowed to have them, ONLY because they were like the only food Bodhi could stomach so now they are all he wants. What is it with toddlers and the forbidden fruit thing? Either way for the time being they are the perfect snack to calm down any tantrum.
Little Wooden Ship: I got this as well as the fabric organizer you see in the picture above from our local hardware store (Newtown Hardware). It really isn’t like your typical hardware store. The buyer for the store is fantastic and there is literally something for everyone. You can go in for a box of nails and leave with new fabric for your chairs, scone batter, and even toys for the kids. When I saw this little ship I knew I could find a use for it! For the fourth I intend to use it at sort of a hide and go seek game for G. This will keep him occupied/happy while still giving me the time I need to meal prep and entertain guests!
Fabric Organizer: This will serve as a place for his crafts on the Fourth. Between colored pencils, glue, glitter and construction paper I’m sure it won’t stay organized for long. But whether it makes him or mama happy, at least it will be festive and keep up with the theme.
It is what it is, and what IT is, just so happens to be Monday!! With Monday comes a few links I’m loving only this week I’m putting a twist on it. Trending, every season it’s all you here about, spring trends, summer trends, fall, winter and repeat. Every season there is something new that designers and retailers want you to buy. Of course who doesn’t want to stay on trend but at the same time it can be expensive. Also they make it quite tempting with ads and people like myself who merchandise pieces in such a way that it makes items seem to call to you. Well, at least that’s what we hope for!
As a blogger and visual merchandiser I know this temptation all too well and I’m not immune to it! There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you know what to look for. Either sticking with a budget or making sure those trendy pieces can be worn for more than just that season. Things like overalls and exposed hems can be turned into a classic every day pieces, you just have to know where and what to look for. This weeks “links I love” is dedicated to finding those quality trendy spring pieces. May they be for less or made to last I’m sharing the links to the best of 2017’s spring trends!
Statement sleeves are a MUST this spring I even see some strong styles they will be an easy and awesome go to from fall, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m praying for warmer weather and although I love a good layering piece I’m not quite ready to roll out the pumpkins and fringe just yet. Below you will find some of my favorite statement sleeves for SPRING!
I have always been a MAJOR fan of embroidery I think it’s such a delicate and sweet finishing touch to what can be a seamlessly simple and perfect outfit. I love pieces that can transition from daytime to evening and if done right pieces with embroidering on them can work its way into any occasion.
Side Note: Embroidery can be pricey. For this one we are looking at a budget of $200 or less. An embroidered dress can easily be turned into a classic worn over time. Personally, if I find a piece that is what I consider a classic that still fits the current trend I splurge on it.