Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Peek Into Transtitional Fall Style

On Monday I shared Fall's latest trend in boots: the peep toe ankle bootie. Ever since I posted the original pair on my Instagram and last week's post I've gotten quite a few emails and inquiries about how to style them. Because sure, cute shoes and thanks for the suggestion but how the hell do you wear them in real life? 
Fortunately for y'all, and me, outfit creation is one of my specialities and something I really enjoy. One of the perks of the peep toe bootie is that they're really versatile and allow for all kinds of styling options. 
I put together three simple looks to start with and give ideas on how and where to rock them. Because I'm here to save y'all time and energy. I do it for the people.


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Look 1: Rompers all day because duh. Seriously, this causally chic romper can go next level paired with these leather peep toe booties and a flossy cool fedora.  They're also totally unexpected as most would pair the romper with heeled sandals or wedges. But these booties are ripe with the cool mix of seasonal style that doesn't seem too over the top.


Look 2: Simple and cute are really the takeaways here. Pairing a tan peep toe with olive green and denim screams fall and is a great way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall without jarring your senses too much. Add a cardigan, flannel or casual jacket when the weather turns cooler. 

Look 3: Nothing says cool like a moto jacket. Paired back to a sleeveless shift dress and slouchy booties, and you've got a look that's effortlessly stylish and a little bit edgy. It's also hella comfortable. If you're feeling a little exposed in bare legs, add leggings for warmth and a bold lip for a little bit of 'tude.


Which look spoke to you? Any other way YOU would style these pieces? Tell me in the comments! 



Shop the set below.



Equipment green silk shirt
equipmentfr.com




H&M slim blue jeans
$26 - hm.com


Boots
solesociety.com



Dv booties
target.com


Warehouse gray fedora hat
$13 - warehouse.co.uk

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I'm Not Sick! It's Just Allergies!






* I was compensated by the CHPA's Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, but all opinions are my own.



While the calendar might say that we have "officially" entered Fall, these rogue heatwaves have me thinking the opposite. I'm not a fan of the fact that it's late September and I still to run my A/C.  And all the fluctuating weather + back to school germs can only mean one thing: colds are on the horizon. Uggh.
So naturally Baby Ninja woke up a few days okay with "da coughies and da shneezies" (his terminology) and said "I tink, I'm a widdle sick Mommy" Sick? Nooo? School just started and I have SO. MUCH. WORK. to do today! 

But wait, is it really a cold? Or is it just allergies? (please be allergies, please be allergies)




This is really important distinction and can make or break a weekday and ruin a weekend. Mom's know we can't take a sick kid to a birthday party (or generally anywhere) but a kid with allergies? that's a horse of a different color. Of course we'll still make sure they're using tissue and all that but at least with allergies you don't have to worry about being the cause of a birthday party outbreak and the recipient of some serious side-eye at pickup.


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But how do you tell the difference? Because, no doubt, you'll spend a lot of time explaining to other parents that your kid who is constantly sniffling and wiping their hand across their face, in fact has allergies and isn't sick so you can stop looking at me sideways Sara! 
Did you know that allergies are the third most chronic disease among kids 18 and under? I had no idea.
According to HealthyChildren.org almost 60% of kids with parents who have seasonal allergies will also suffer. Sorry kids. 
Here are four simple ways to tell the difference:

  1. Allergy: symptoms show up as soon as the child is exposed to the allergen.
  2. Cold: Child has a fever
  3. Allergy: Symptoms last indefinitely
  4. Cold: Symptoms last 7-10 days
Of course this still makes administering relief a struggle. Because all kids are different and so are all forms of allergy relief.  In the end it's best to remember it's NOT safe to give kids under age 6 OTC meds containing diphenhydramine and to always consult with a doctor if you have any questions before administering an OTC.  

for more information on allergies and ingredients

Y'all have already seen my arsenal of remedies chock full of vitamins and OTC's to keep my family healthy but as always I make sure to check the Drug Facts Label to see if each one is age appropriate for my kid. 



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Monday, September 26, 2016

Get On The Good Foot: Peep Toe Booties

I have a deep love for booties of all kinds, that's no surprise. But there's a new bootie making a splash this fall and I'm a little bit in love. The peep toe ankle bootie is everywhere right now and I'm sort of convinced it's the best shoe for fall. Particularly if you live in a place where transitional dressing is a thing.  Thanks to global warming and being on the left coast our Fall doesn't actually happen until mid to late October with random heatwaves well into November so these shoes are key for this type of weather. 




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Not too hot so you're feet aren't sweating and chic enough to wear day and night. Because I'm obsessed and I  think y'all should be too, I went ahead and found a few varied styles to pique your interest. And mine too. 
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't actively trying to figure out a way to justify owning all of these because hot damn they are fire right?
I mean, can y'all imagine all the different outfits you can pull together with these types of shoes? No?
Not to worry, I'll hook you up and help you out with a few ideas later in the week. 
You can check out my InstaStories and SnapChat for more behind the scenes shopping shenanigans in real time. 

In the meantime which ones are your favorites?





Shop the set below!




DV ankle booties
target.com



Vince Camuto ankle boots
nordstrom.com


Boots
solesociety.com

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Midweek Mom's Night Out With Club Momme




Speaking of ladies night's, last week I went to a fun mom's night out with the lovely ladies at Club Momme. Like I said, I've been out on occasion but it's been a while since I've gotten all my ladies in one space. 


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Because I'm always down for a mom's night and I've low-key been wanting to check out the event's location it was a no brainer. The fact that I have a teenager available to baby sit her brother until her dad gets home made it a double win. 
Naturally I spent the days & hours leading up to it fretting about what I was going to wear and I shouldn't have even bothered because I threw on something different at the last minute. Of course by the time I reached the venue I wished I'd worn something else because hello wrinkles, but oh well. 


I've heard a lot about Au Fudge and was looking forward to seeing it for myself. And it's adorable. Like the space is very cute and I love the idea of a play/eat/chill space for moms and kids. There is a full bar so there were margaritas and sangria on deck (thanks Club Momme for knowing what mom's want!) as well as light snacks that were quite tasty and paired perfectly with the refreshing marg. 


Although my friend Maura (The Other Side Of The Tortilla) invited me, I was happy to bump into my friend Brooke of The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles and catch up for a bit with no kids running around. The last time we'd seen each other was at the last Club Momme Spring Fest event in April! So it made my heart happy to grab a few moments with her. 

There were a few other ladies that I've spied at past events and follow on social media so it was nice to see and chat with them as well in a more intimate setting. 




The Crown Collective setup a table to create beautiful custom floral arrangements on the spot which was fun as I have zero skills when it comes to flowers save for putting them in a vase. I discovered basil flower and spent the rest of the evening enamored with the smell and look. There was also a station with technicians from The Nail Garden to hook up our nails. I was super down for that as mine were hella ragged. (fact: I am long overdue for a mani/pedi)  



Of course the night wouldn't have been complete without a spin in the photo booth which Maura and I were happy to partake in. We got a little silly naturally, but it was just nice to be around such chill energy.  The overall vibe was very relaxed and the space was inviting and warm. Just what this mama needed.



And I'm pretty sure all the mama's in attendance were happy to have a brief break from bedtime for a night.  






 WE obviously enjoyed ourselves. Thanks Club Momme for a fun evening and I'm already looking forward to Fall Fest in October! 



*Images courtesy Katee Grace Photography 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

5 Signs You Need To Have A Ladies' Night ASAP






It’s no secret I’m a huge and longtime advocate of ladies’ nights, both in and out of the house. What is a bit of a secret is that it’s been a long time since I’ve had one. Sure I’ve spent time with friends here and there but going to or hosting a full on gathering of women? It’s been way longer than I care to admit. I’m also fully willing to admit that while I’ve wistfully written about how much I want to host one it just hasn’t been possible both financially and time wise. But looking around I thought about it and realized there is never going to be a “perfect” date/time/month that works for everyone. Nor will your home ever be exactly how you want it before you host. And sometimes you just need to throw caution to the wind and put it on the damn calendar. If you recognize any of these symptoms gather your girlfriends and get your giggle on STAT.

  1. You’ve forgotten what your friends look like IRL. Seriously. If you can “see” them via social media and that’s the only way you know what’s going on with them these days so it’s high time you had them over.
  2. You discovered a new wine, recipe, got bangs new patio furniture. WHATEVER.  But no one in your family can appreciate it the way the ladies will. The point is you really don’t need a reason. Just invent one.
  3. The holidays are coming and the only way to survive them and the required mingling with influx of in-laws and co-workers that comes with them, is to fortify yourself with quality girl time. Bring it Aunt Brenda.
  4. You find yourself lingering at pickup & drop-off for just “a few more minutes” of adult conversation with people who understand your struggle and concern for why no one in the house can find anything.
  5. Because it’s the freakin weekend and Mama needs a f*cking break.


Real talk – I sent out a slew of texts over the last week to let my ladies know it’s on come November. Yes, I know that sounds far away but it’s already mid-September and next month is BANANAS so November it is.



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Stay tuned next week for my personal guide to hosting a mom’s night in on a budget as well as some ideas on how to make it super cute and cozy. 


When was your last ladies night? Do you host or go out? Tell me in the comments!

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