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Tied Neatly With a Bow // Sayonara 2013

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Whew. I don't know about y'all but I'm pooped. Like for reals. And not it in the 'wow the holidays were a whirlwind' kind of pooped but a "I could for real sleep for a full day and be totally okay" kind of tired.
These last few weeks have taken a toll on me both physically and emotionally and I am spent. These last few weeks have seen the end of my mother's chemotherapy and my father's hospitalization. Both of which have taken a lot out of my brother and I. I've never been so happy to have a year end and push my hopes toward the start of something new and fresh.
This last year has seen many changes. Both on the blog, personally, professionally and stylistically.
I made the leap into re-branding this site and have found that I am definitely on the right track. From Carpools to Cocktails is truly where I am in this season of life and I love being 'that mom' and letting other moms know it's perfectly acceptable to have a liquid lunch…

Sassy Slumber Party

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Last week I shared a look I'm leaning towards for my own New Years Eve festivities and I thought it would be fun to share some options for alternative nights in. So, who's up for a slumber party? If my girls were all in town this is definitely something I'd love to do and might actually put into action as part of my 35th birthday celebration next year. What a fun way to ring in the new year, a gaggle of girlfriends, buckets filled with champagne or your favorite adult beverage and plenty of music to rock out to until the ball drops at midnight! 


 I could see myself wearing all of these pajamas and actually made my picks based on myself and a few  of my girlfriends personalities.  1) Soft, cozy and casual but cheetah print on the leggings add some sass to an otherwise typical sleep set. 2) The classic sleep shirt gets sophisticated in pink satin. This is for the girl that doesn't necessarily want to be fully covered but also doesn't want to be flitting about in the…

What To Wear For NYE When You're Not Going OUT

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With Christmas just a few days away and the 'holiday gift guides' beginning to wane all eyes are on the next major event: New Year's Eve. In particular what to wear to ring in the New Year. In the old days I would've had plans firmed up and several outfit options (never know what the weather is going to be like in Cali) along with a sitter for Sweet Pea as we party hopped the night away. With the birth of Baby Ninja last year those days came to a screeching halt. Many of our close friends had also recently had babies or have young children and trying to secure a sitter for an exorbitant amount AND pay for whatever party we might possibly attend seemed a bit much. Not to mention, we have BABIES there is no being hungover.

Because of this we all tend to gather at someone's house to eat, drink and be merry .
I know most style bloggers will do a What to Wear New Year's Eve style guide but I thought I'd do something totally different. I'm going to offer up …

Finish Strong // Year End Aspirations

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Once upon a time that phrase was relegated to athletics and perhaps school work. I remember my parents, teachers and coaches telling us to 'finish strong' as we wound down the school year. Whether is was just before Christmas break or summer when everyone has cabin fever and is just over it or during my track season when discussing a race. For me, it always meant, don't slack off at the end just because you're ahead or because you're tired or because you can.
Funny how that is also true with my writing. It's December, Christmas is in exactly a week and I am pooped.  I have a million and one things I NEED/ SHOULD be doing.  My toddler has decided it would be fun to wake up and chat no less than twice a night (in the wee morning hours) and I haven't been as diligent about getting to bed on time so I'm a TON of fun in the morning. I have deadlines for work and getting things done around the house and all I want to do is zone out, surf the internet and nap.

Mommy Chic Monday // Boyfriends + Red Lips + Leather Accents

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There is something about wearing red lipstick that makes me feel more sassy than usual and definitely more pulled together. Paired with ripped jeans, leather accents and classic sunnies and I can feel my inner badass begin to rise to the surface.


I've been obsessed with these boyfriend jeans since I got them but can't really wear them for everyday "play" as I don't want the perfectly torn holes to get ruined so I always love a day when I can wear them while out and about. When SweetPea and I had our culinary adventure with Chef Wolfgang this past October I decided it was the perfect occasion to rock them.




Paired with a statement sweatshirt with the coolest leather shoulders and my studded ankle booties I felt like some kind of hip + stylish mama strollin through the mall with my girl. I have to admit it felt a little odd to be wearing such a bold lip in the middle of the day but once I got over the initial trepidation (they're all going to laugh at me!) I lov…

Style Me Friday // Chambray Edition

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I love, love, love my chambray shirts. Yes, plural. Like Eboni I have 3 and there are all very different and give off a different vibe depending on how I style them.
It took me forever to find just the right ones and I still feel like I could use one or two more. I mean, a girl needs options right?



They're just so versatile and literally go with EVERYTHING in my closet. Well except my Juicy sweats. But I'm sure I could find a way to make those even work with one of them. Chambray is definitely a "mommy chic" staple and I truly believe every woman should own at least one. You'd be surprised how far it will take you. In fact every member of my family has a chambray of some kind and now that I think about it, would probably make for an awesome photo at some point but that is neither here nor there.




So since Eboni's Style Me Friday challenge was for the love of chambray I was all in. I loved her inspiration photos and ironically I've pinned a few of them myse…

Hump Day Antics // Working the Pole Like A Boss

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I've written before about my desire to stay fit and that I do so by trying all kinds of different workouts. I get bored easily as does my body and I know it's important to switch things up. So when my friend Lynette invited me to take a pole dancing class at a local studio I readily agreed. I mean, she did get worked at the barre with me so it seemed only right I join her in this adventure.
I'm so glad I did.
It was wicked cold (for California) this past weekend and feeling lazy, I wanted nothing more than to stay in my cozy pants in my warm house and bake cupcakes but I knew if I continued to be cooped up with my crazy kids someone was bound to wind up in tears. And it was most likely going to be me.
So I braved the 32 degree weather and headed out to meet Lynette at Black Velvet for our introductory class.



I have to say, I've taken a class once before but it was several years ago and at a bachelorette party and we were three sheets to the wind so I'm not sure how…