Thursday, March 28, 2013

Life & Style : Currently Crushing on June Ambrose

I love how fashion has changed over time and that while we all still rave about designer fashions the masses are much more impressed with the people behind the clothes. 
The ones who dress our favorite stars while setting  and inspiring street style trends all on their own.
Sure, the majority of the world is all "bananas" over the ever awesome, always stylish Rachel Zoe.
But do y'all know about another over the top stylist with her own show on Vh1?
My current style crush the incomparable and fabulously stylish: June Ambrose
First - I love her because her name is my birth month and Ambrose is pretty close to Amber right?
I mean.......it totally makes sense in my head. We need to be friends.
Second -  her style is super wicked. Like sick with it. She makes me want to try new things and really just express myself through fashion! I've know of her for quite sometime and always loved to see her styling credits in my favorite magazines but she was never really a household name until recently. I am so happy the rest of the world is catching up! 

Having styled the likes of hip-hop legends such as Jay-Z, P.Diddy and Missy Elliot, Ambrose was given the freedom to really express herself, go big and  let the excess of the hip-hop culture of the late nineties shine through. Thusly, launching her headfirst into the world of styling and making quite the name for herself.

She recently did a spread with The Coveteur and it is nothing short of amazing.

June Ambrose

I mean.......

  




 And can we just talk about how sick her closet is? This is the stuff my dreams are made of!

 
 





Currently, June has a ridiculous celebrity clientele, a show on VH1, a shoe line with HSN that launched last week.  


She also continues to make waves on Instagram/Pinterest/ Twitter and in street style photos. 
Ms. June is hustlin her ass off, continuing to get her name out there and showcase to the world how fly she is......for that I heart her unabashedly.

 

Personally, I am obsessed with her and her funky style. Sure it's a bit more 'out there' than my everyday gear but when you put into perspective what she does for a living....well it all makes perfect sense.
   
 images via / here, here & here 

Add to that the fact that she's a mama (#rockmomchronicles) to two little fashion mavens in the making and you can see why I dig her. 
I mean....what seven year old gets to go to NYFW and sit front row!!


I also love that when my daughter says she wants to work in fashion and then only really sees images of women that don't look like her, making waves in the fashion world, I have a fabulous example of a wife, mother and creative being pursuing her dreams while maintaining her family life to share with her!


Now that I've shared a bit of why I heart Ms. June it's your turn.......


Who's one of your stylish icons?



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Style File : Leather & Fringe

One of the best things about going to Blissdom was the outfit planning. I loved that I had to really work my closet (and available suitcase space) and that I was able to rock some recent purchases and re-style them in a fun way.



(leggings - cotton on / top - prabal gurung for Target / shoes - Aviesta+Monica )


I knew Friday was going to be a busy day and like always I wanted to be comfortable and cute. But I also wanted to stand out somewhat in this sea of seasoned bloggers.
I packed my trusty leather leggings, my favorite fuchsia flats and my fabulously floral top.

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It was a match made in heaven.


I also packed my fabulous fringe heels for an extra oomph.
I knew I would be doing a lot of walking so I wore my flats for most of the day.
But when my friend JJ said she was taking outfit photos and did I want in I was all heckss yeah!
So I grabbed the Monica's to kick things up a notch.


I posted a few photos on IG and it was fun to see one of my fave DIY bloggers Glitter N' Glue post " On Fridays We Wear Florals" as I happened to be wearing florals on a Friday.
And y'all remember how nervous I was about the floral print?
Who knew it would end up looking so amazing? And with leather leggings to boot!?

 


I am loving the leggings more and more. They are super versatile and are not so over the top that it looks awkward. I felt right at home in them and not at all self conscious. Score one for my team!


                        ***Above photos courtesy JJ at The Blah Blah Blahger***



Linking up with Lindsey  and Amber for more style inspiration!




What style risks have you been taking?






Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stretched: To Blissdom And Back


If you follow me on Instagram , Twitter of Facebook I probably blew up your feed as this past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Blissdom in Dallas. Sorry about that.
 It was pretty amazing.
I know.... it sounds super cheesy to say but its true. It was just plain awesome.
I mean, I met so many great people and learned so much that I know it will take me a minute to really process all that happened.This weekend really stretched me not only as a blogger/writer but as a person. And I'll be recapping some of the event highlights over the next few days.
I have to admit that I was having a bit of anxiety in the weeks and days leading up to the event.
I knew that I wanted to go. I really did. But I was nervous. I am an extroverted introvert (or ambivert as I learned) and it can sometimes be hard for me to meet a lot of new people at once. 
And then there's the fear of the dreaded 'small talk'. 
Got into my own head and started down a road of some negative self talk (I'm not big enough blogger, I don't really know anybody...blah, blah, blah). I worried I was wasting my money. I had no idea what to expect and that was wigging me out a bit.  But thanks to the supportive words of some good friends and family I just went armed with a positive attitude and a hope that it would all be worth it. 
Admittedly it was hard to leave the family behind. I don't travel that often and I'm rarely by myself so it was like an out of body experience to be flying solo for a few days. I kept feeling like I was missing something. Oh that would be my kids.
I was very close to tears when entering the airport but that dissipated almost as soon as I went to the bathroom. Alone. That too brought tears to my eyes.


I arrived in Dallas ready to soak it all in and that I did. I am still trying to catch my breath. 
 Just being able to attend Blissdom was such a blessing and I'm so happy that I have a husband who supports me following my dreams and that I allowed myself the opportunity to stretch beyond my normal comfort zone and follow my bliss.



I stepped way out of my comfort zone and made it a point to meet new folks.

Like this lovely lady, Miss Stephanie.
Photo: Oh just hanging w/ my new friend @mathewsbambina & #prabalgurungfortarget @blissdom
And my new bff

And my roomie.
Photo: Blissdom Besties:-) Thanks for sharing this amazing experience with me! 

And many, many more.
Like Alissa, Caroline, Ashleigh, Megan and Sili just to name a few.

I stretched myself to squash the voices inside and to not be afraid to speak first.
To make real connections. 
Card connections not card collections. - @unmarketing /Scott Stratten
And to stalk the ones I have been inspired by and pretend blog BFF's with. 
Photo: Photo op w/ my blog crush @lifeingrace

 Laura and Claire

Photo: These two awesome ladies. So cool @thehhhouswife @hollywoodhwife #Blissdom #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom
Photo: Ran into @thepleatedpoppy today. So sweet! #Blissdom #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom


In the end I know that anything is what you make of it and while nothing is perfect I enjoyed myself and got out of it what I intended to and am excited about what is now in store.
I truly did what I set out to do and couldn't be more proud of myself.
I made some great connections that really matter and look forward to some new friends and partnerships.
I also had a lot of free cocktails and for that I am also extremely grateful.

Photo: Cheers! #girlsnightout #Blissdom #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom #fromcarpoolstococktails Photo: Me & @taraocity pre-gaming b4 girls night in. #makingbloggerpoetry #fromcarpoolstococktails #itshappyhere

 Photo: Liquid lunch courtesy @One2OneNetwork  #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom

I mean....this is From Carpools to Cocktails after all......




Now I want to hear from you: 
Would you ever attend a blogging conference?


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Game is Afoot

Two years ago back when I was working at HL we girls decided to partake in some of the March Madness basketball action on our own.
Having decided all the other pools were too rich for our tastes we created our own. And the pay off was ever so sweet. Mafia Madness if you will.







I'm a huge fan of March Madness. Love all the excitement and intensity surrounding the tournament and all the trash talking that goes on in bracketology. Win or go home.
It may seem odd that I'm so into this but I have my older brother to thank. He used to watch the games and ask my opinions on teams so it became fun for me. 



Fast forward a million years and now I do the same with my Mr.
We each eagerly fill out a bracket and wait to see how "our" teams fare.
It's my job to keep him updated since I have access to all the games during the day.  Let me just tell ya....it's wicked fun. And not to brag....but I'm pretty good with my picks. It drives my husband and other sports aficionados nuts because there is no rhyme or reason to my picks. I just go with what feels right. Sometimes I lose. More often than not I win.
Back to the ladies.....unfortunately we all no longer work together but we still fill in the brackets.


The first year me and my birthday twin were the top winners.
All the guys in the office were jealous when they saw my winnings.
Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Twix bars......mmmm....thats my kind of pot!! Ha!
It was the business.
Last year we didn't have any 'real' tangible winnings. And we did kind of slack off on completely filling out the brackets.....but I chalk that up to being a 'transition' year for us.
This year we will be doing sweet treats. I'm hoping for some Porto's cheese rolls personally.
I mean.....who wouldn't like getting yummy snacks in the mail?


Bracketology has begun and I couldn't be more excited.

In the words of Queen Bey " Bow Down Bitches" ........the game is afoot!


Do any of you stylish folk play along with March Madness?

Friday, March 15, 2013

What to Pack: Blissdom Panic Edition

So I'm leaving for Blissdom in under a week. Next Thursday afternoon to be exact.That's a few short days that I know will pass all too quickly!
Oh.My.Goodness.
I feel so unprepared! So much has been going on! But I have a plan of action so I'm not too panicked. Sort of. Packing for me is generally stressful and I usually start mentally preparing a month or so in advance and this time is no different.  I make a ton of lists, collages and sometimes a whole story board.
Except that I'm not going on vacation and will be meeting hundred's of people. So I need to be cute. And comfortable. And put-together(ish). Like someone you'd want to represent your brand.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
So yeah. Sigh. I have a few outfit ideas for the weekend but it's just a bit overwhelming thinking about putting it all together. During nap time on Friday I pulled some looks together but just as I was starting to photograph the little man woke up! Party pooper. Hope to get that done on later this week so I can stop thinking about it!!

Conference Call



Madewell shirt / Monki long shirt,  / Prabal Gurung down blouse / Splendid tank top / AG Adriano Goldschmied cropped jeans / Legging / H&M short skirt, $22 / Bobi stretch pants, $60 / Sole Society / NARS Cosmetics  / Too Faced Cosmetics / Clarisonic face cleanser / Rosebud Perfume Co beauty product / Smashbox beauty product / Zine Girls V-Neck Pocket White Tee Shirt


This is pretty much the basis for my packing. I think I'm just going to start with this and see how it goes.
Here's the stuff I KNOW is going with me. All the clothing options are just waiting for me to make my final decision.

Business Cards: My lovely friend Heather created these bad ass looking beauties.
Isn't she awesome? I just heart her. She basically just took my words and a few image ideas I sent to her and ran with it. I.AM.OBSESSED. I can't wait to pass these out.


Electronics: iPad, Phone, (chargers for both + power strip)
Notebook: Cuz I'm old school like that. (And how PERFECT is the quote on the front!?? I mean.....as soon as I saw it I was like THIS is for me)

Camera: How crazy am I going to look with my little point and shoot while everyone else is rockin' their DSLR's?
Makeup: (see above) Going to keep it simple with two palettes, concealer, tinted moisturizer, highlighter, mascara and blush. Done and done. Oh and the lip balm. can't do anything without that.


Does anyone else have trouble packing? How do you decide what to take? 



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Springing into Summer



Part of the reason I love living in Southern Cali is days like today. After a few crisp & cool days followed by some rain, it's beautiful out.
Sun is shining and the sky is clear. I'm wearing shorts and it's March. Yeah.
And obviously bathing suits are hanging from the racks and highlighted in the newsletters of all my favorite stores. Along with cute shorts and sandals.
Hurry up Summer!
I'm excited. I love the warmer weather. Gloomy weather only makes me want to hunker down and bake things.
But this surge into the spring sun also means it's time to step up the workout routine a bit. I've been kind of lax in the last few months weeks and I need to kick it into high gear. 
I personally believe one can never have too many bathing suits and will definitely be investing in a few as my body has changed yet again since last summer.
So weird to think that I was working on getting off the baby weight last year  so I could get into a bathing suit by Mother's Day and here I am now, a full year later plotting on just ramping up a bit to get bikini ready. Time flies I tell you.
To keep us all motivated I thought I'd share a few of my favorites for this season.
Along with some workouts I love.

Bathing suits!

I'll be back later in the month to share a complete post on how I lost all the baby weight and how I'm maintaining that one year later but would love to hear from YOU in the meantime.

How do you stay fit? What motivates you to work out?

Monday, March 11, 2013

March Madness






"They" say March rolls in like a lion and rolls out like a lamb and in this instance I'm kinda hoping that will be true.
Things are really happening around here and I am so excited about all that is to come!
This month officially marks 5 years that I have been blogging. 
Five. Years.
That seems crazy bananas. I started this blog to basically document the crazy things that were coming out of Sweet Pea's mouth at the time (she was 5) and now I am headed in a whole new direction but still very much on the same path. (if that makes any sense)
And I know most bloggers would host some kind of amazing giveaway and I had plans to do all that but then....ya know....life happened and I got behind on posting, emailing and planning and before I knew it....boom. It was March.
What can I say, I am a creative being and we are known procrastinators.
But that pressure is also what spurs us to do great work.

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Not to worry! I have some things up my sleeve so be on the lookout for my first giveaway towards the end of the month!

My Sweet Pea is going to be 11 a lot sooner than I would like and I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming.
She has been taking all of my outfit photos for the last few months and has done a great job. 
She's also been taking photos with her iPod Touch whenever we're out and about of whatever strikes her fancy so I asked if she wanted to fill in for me while I'm away at Blissdom and to say that she "happily agreed" would be an understatement.
Stay tuned for guests post by the former blog namesake: Sweet Pea

It's going to be great.

And pretty much after I return from Blissdom I have about a week of 'down time' and then Lucky FABB is happening! 


What do you have planned for the month?



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Social

My brain is fuzzy because I got to sleep in !! What the what!? 
The Mr. got up with Carson and got him situated with breakfast and whatnot so I could grab a few extra z's. The time change must've confused the boy because he went down for a nap early.

So now I have time to join in the Sunday Social that my girl Katie does each week. I usually want to but don't always have the time.
Today I do.
Winning.

Sunday Social


Questions:

What is one movie you are terrified to watch?
Pretty much anything scary. House at the End of the Street, The Strangers.....all that ish....you can count me out!
What is one TV show you have always wanted to get into, but haven't yet?
Hmmm.....not sure. The Mr. watches a variety of shows but I don't really commit to any one thing unless I'm super moved. Nothing really on my list right now.
What is one daring activity on your bucket list?
I don't know that it's so daring....I'd like to travel to Europe I think. I never wanted to go before but I'm super intrigued about all the history. 
Oh and go skinny dipping while there. You only live once right?

Would you ever travel alone?
Yes! I'm going to Dallas next week all by myself for Blissdom! It's been awhile since that's happened so who knows what's in store. If you see a story about a woman weeping tears of joy after sleeping solidly for 3 days.....that's me.

What activities do you like to do alone?
Is this a trick question?? Shop of course. It's amazing what you can get done/ pay attention to when you don't have a tiny person in tow. I like to read and get my nails done. There is something about having that quiet time while someone pampers you that is just good for the soul!


What are y'all up to this Sunday?


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Daily Style: Printed Pants Edition

I love seeing photos of all different types of women in their printed pants from floral to bold graphics, camo and polka-dots this was not really a trend I thought I would try.

Enter my friend Heather. She always has on the cutest pants. Always. From prints to colors she is not shy about her style. She's not a "fashion blogger" but she is definitely a stylish mama and I think she's just the right amount of casual and put together. In fact Heather has actually inspired quite a few of my sartorial choices (lavender cords...hello) so when I saw these pants at Target I knew I had to get them. They seemed like something she would wear. And since they were also on sale for $10 or so it seemed like a decent purchase. Somewhat trendy but not too spendy. Right up my alley.


Top: Nordstrom Rack / Pants: Target (similar) / Shoes: Sole Society




I wore these over to my girlfriends for a 'food prep' date (hence the black patterned pants) and they were perfect. The weight is a nice light cotton and I love the fit and that they are a little stretchy (important when playing with little people) and that they are 'on trend' but not so much so that I may regret buying them later.




Again - before heading to the check out I made sure I could come up with at least 3 outfits for them and already have! I'm also loving that you'd have no idea they were snakeskin print from far away! Three cheers for awesome versatile pants! I can't wait to rock these with my Kelsi Dagger's and my chambray shirt!


What do you think? Would you try a printed pant?






Getting some style inspiration with Amber and Lindsey....







Tuesday, March 5, 2013

2013: A Style Resolution or Revolution


J.Crew | Blog - love! J.Crew | Blog - yes to the black, not sure if I'm ready to say bye to skinnies yet though!J.Crew | Blog - genius.


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If the beginning of a new year is all about renewal and making ourselves over I don't intend to limit myself to just the physical (workout more/ eat better), the mundane (develop and stick to a cleaning schedule), or the aspirational (blog consistently, work on more campaigns, build brand).
I have sartorial resolutions as well. 
My style has gotten a major overhaul in the last few years (thank you FIDM and Hautelook) mostly in part due to the fact that I attended fashion school and the girls there were.....well they had their own style for sure. And then I went to work for one of the top E-Commerce fashion sites and it was like a catwalk every.single.day.
In the beginning I had no idea what I was doing and some days I still don't.
But I love how fashion makes me feel and how I get inspired from other people's ensembles.
So I decided that I'm going to make some style resolutions this year.
I feel like I now have a firm grip on my ever evolving style and don't want to fall into the same ruts as years prior. 

So I made a list of 5 things I need to remember when thinking about my style this year:

  • Quality over quantity. I will not be buying things just because they are on sale and inexpensive. Or buying just to be buying. If it's a quality piece it's worth investing in. Some of my priciest purchases are from years ago and things I still wear.
  • Trending? Sometimes you need to say no. - I have a tendency to get caught up in the next big thing (studs? check) ankle boots? check colored denim? sold. But I don't really pay attention to if it's really ME or not. At least I never did. Lately I have and am realizing even more that what looks AWESOME on my 20 something counterpart may just look foolish on me. And that's okay. I don't have to 'own' every trend.
  • Re-mix or fix it. this is such a huge one for me - I need to get better at remixing the clothes that I already have before I go rush out and buy anything else new. This also applies to getting my jeans hemmed to the proper length or taken in as necessary so that the fit is as precise as if they were custom made. I know this will make all the difference.
  • Accessories are key! I pretty much stopped wearing dangly earrings and bracelets once the baby hit the grabby stage and only wear necklaces occasionally. Now that he's a little bigger (and less grabby) I need to incorporate all my fun pieces back into my wardrobe to spice things up!
  • Own a signature look. I know that there are certain styles/outfits/makeup looks I gravitate too and taking photos has certainly helped hone and define my style. I see what (I think) is lacking and areas to improve. I aim to rock a bold lip or defined eye and keep it simple while staying true to my lifestyle.

I've already done pretty good by trying a few things that are outside my box and one or two trends 
(prints! patterns! leather!) that I feel work for my lifestyle and are in line with my resolutions.
I'm going to try to post about what I buy and why and what inspired those purchase as the year progresses but that may or may not be wishful thinking. 
I'm pretty excited about all the other 'personal style' posts I have planned and can't wait to share them with you!

Your Turn: What is your personal style? Do you have any style/fashion resolutions for this year?



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