Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Happy Hour: The "I Can't" Edition

Happy Friday y'all!  I feel like that although this week flew by it was pretty draining. I am still working at getting out of this summer haze I've been in for the last several weeks, hence the return of the Friday Happy Hour!! I have to make the effort if I want to reap the results (getting back to posting regularly) and writing everyday is a must. Even if it's not "perfect" which is what I think I've been struggling with. Creating perfect content, having just the right "look" for, well, everything. Home, work, physical appearance. It's been a total contradiction to my normal mindset and I've been deeply unsettled about this shift in consciousness.
But, taking action is the first step so that's what I'm doing. Starting today, with this post.

The Internets: Things have been a little heavy news wise the last few days to the point that it's almost been too much to handle. So I've been cruising the internet as I have work to do and thusly research for said work (and because social media) and I came across some ridiculously funny shit that I felt the need to share.

BaddieWinkle - Every once in awhile I come across something that just tickles me so and BaddieWinkle is exactly that. An FB friend shared the link and I was so intrigued I had to share as well. This octogenarian is trill for life and has no problem letting you know she's a bad granna. All I can say is; Get it girl. Enjoy.

Auntie Fee - Funniest thing I've seen ALL week. She cusses like a sailor and cooks like a college student  but y'all, like I mean, I HOLLERED for a good twenty minutes because I had to pause it several times to get it together. I watched the videos on Luvvie's page a couple of times and could not stop laughing. I had TEARS ya'll. like for real. Breathing hard and all that. I guarantee you will giggle at least once.  Sure you may be a little grossed out by what she's preparing but her earnest nature and overall tone are going to have you sucked in in no time! "This bitch is ready!"

man takes maternity photos for wife - I have so.many.questions. But this is hilarious. Maternity photos can be both absolutely lovely and ridiculously awkward so I kind of dug this take on them. I personally didn't take any with either pregnancy and while a small part of me wishes I had captured that moment in time, the other part is okay with not having had to stress about them. Because photo shoots are stressful and I'm a terrible model.

hair crushing:  I'm forever on the lookout for "the hairstyle" you know the one, that looks like you but is somewhat effortless while still allowing for versatility. Yeah that. And we know from past experience I love to switch up my hair often (thank you  Beyonce for worldwide weave acceptance)  so I've been gathering ideas for fall style and came across these two beauties and absolutely fell in love with their hair  vicky logann + taye hansberry Of course I realize my hair isn't the same length as theirs but it gives me a visual image to focus on and work towards. I basically just want to get the length in the front but these ladies give me such inspiration on colors and styles. oh and their personal style is kind of dope too.

images via +VICKYLOGAN 

Another libation loving friend sent me a Pin and I am bound and determined to recreate it this afternoon.  Frozen Vodka Lemonade Slush  in the heat of summer? Yes please and thank you!  Get you some today!! I know what I'll be making this weekend!

So what plans do y'all have for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back To School: Mama Style

September is just around the corner and many schools have already begun to get back under way while the rest of us are still grasping on to the last remaining bits of summer. It's been fun enjoying a more relaxed schedule, lazing about and not really having to get dressed beyond cut-offs, flowy tanks and flip flops. But the time is coming and pretty soon it will be back to homework, making lunches, carpools and putting on "real" clothes. And that doesn't apply only to the kids, us mamas have to get it back together too. Myself included. I've had a pretty good summer of not putting much effort into what I throw on each day unless we are going somewhere that doesn't require a bathing suit.

We start back in just two short weeks and I'm already anticipating all the fall kick-off and back to school events that will be happening. Now, don't think that it's all about what happens at school, no these looks are for day and night. Truly from carpool to cocktails - I've created some fun outfits to get you through those seemingly endless meet and greets that will have you feeling confident and fabulous!

Get out of those yoga pants (unless you're on your way to yoga) and get into something a little more back to school casual cool with these outfit ideas for your morning carpool and then post drop-off coffee meet up. Perfectly distressed boyfriend jeans, bright fun flats for a pop of color and a little cheekiness with a graphic tee. Cuz aren't we all 'bout that mom life? 
The little black dress isn't just for evening's out. A fitted tank style makes looking pulled together easy with some fun accessories and a chambray shirt  is the perfect layer when faced with the over active air conditioner at the local coffee shop or just to add dimension to an already killer outfit.

Some will say the PTA is right up there with the mafia with their gangster like intimidation tactics and -oft times over the top personalities.  I fully admit to being overwhelmed by them when I first began my journey as a school mom, but now, I like to think of them as a crafty gang committed to making my kids school year fun. It helps I've made friends since my first foray into school mom life but no matter how you feel about them, you still want to put your best foot forward for parent related school functions right?  Simple dresses with eye catching accessories are the keys to all three of these looks. Stripes are always in style and add a touch of refinement no matter how they're done.
Not overly fussy or too casual these stylish frocks will have you looking fresh and ready for what ever volunteer project is thrown your way!

It's not just about looking great during school hours, we all know a mama's day isn't done once school lets out. There are after school practices and let's not forget that all important cocktail catch up session with girlfriends! Keep it cute with a graphic tee, jeans and sneakers for your role as team mom or just sitting and cheering along. Get even cuter with a bright lace skirt and floral heels for post dinner/bedtime drinks with the girls. Catch up on  all the great back to school drama and dish about everyone's first day back while looking super mom cool.

These are just a few ideas for the many school related events that may crop up these first few weeks back. Heck, you can pretty much use this as a template for the entire year!  No matter your personal style, be it a bit more polished and preppy or more relaxed and boho, I offer these outfits up as inspiration to kick off the school year in something a little snazzier than cut-offs or sweatpants.

What's your go to school mama style?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On The Black List

I've decided to take on another shopping challenge. Similar to last fall's no shop September, I'm going to see if I can take it a step further and just not shop for the entire season. Yes. A whole season of fall /winter fashion and I won't be partaking in any of it. It both scares and excites me. When I really think about it I don't really need anything. I mean sure I can rationalize just about any purchase but the reality is there isn't much that I don't already own when it comes to a functional wardrobe.
The only things I would need (read:still a want) to add are staple pieces like torn black skinny jeans and a slightly over-size black / grey sweater, perhaps a good black winter hat, definitely some black chucks and I'm still in search of a black romper. Weather be damned. I've got boots up the wazoo so the only thing I really think I'm "lacking" (for "lack" of a beter word) is in the accessories department. I really just want to focus on streamlining the closet I have and working on actually wearing all the pieces in as many different ways as I can imagine. Obviously jewelry helps because it changes the feel of an ensemble so I can easily see mixing casual clothes with more elegant styled pieces. And I love that. Being that my whole life is circus of motherhood, wifedom, freelancing and friendship I need maximum versatility from everything I wear.

Fall's Black List
The only way I'm breaking my shopping ban is if I stumble across any of these pieces at a great price and the timing is right. Clearly, this doesn't mean I can't look, or go shopping for other people, I do like to be inspired by what's out there. It just means that I won't necessarily be purchasing a whole lot for myself. Makes me a little sad thinking about it already but I know my bank account (and husband) will be a whole lot happier if I save a few dollars in the clothing department. Maybe that will inspire me to spend a little on organizing my closet a little better. So yeah, no shopping for me for awhile. Part of me wants to put it out there and say for three months beginning September 1st but the other part of me says just commit to a month and then see how it goes.  Wish me luck?

Is there anything on your fall fashion wish list?


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