July 31, 2013

There is a new standard in mom fashion

Have you ever felt like you make a miraculous fashion find, beauty trend or even home decor discovery, only to figure out not five minutes later that you are actually late to the party?  I'm still in that stage post pregnancy where I'm feeling very maternal.  I purchased and adorned myself with a super cute maxi dress (you know, the kind with the short skirt underneath the long sheer overlay?) because I am still working on squeezing into normal people jeans.  Only I was left to feel like I was wearing a giant moo moo.

This is how I feel ^^^.  Not the statuesque model.  The saying on the shirt.  I am milk and cookies.

I took the kids out to breakfast this morning.  As always, trying to make a conscience effort to not be the homely mother with the homely children, I threw on a cute strapless sundress (needing nursing convenience is another thorn in my fashion sensibility), a jean jacket and my favorite Havianas flip flops.  Pinned my hair up into a somewhat unmessy bun, threw on some mascara and lipgloss, did the understated jewelry of pearl earrings, and headed out the door with my circus.  Sitting and sipping my coffee, feeling very proud of myself for being so put together with a 9 week old baby, I glance around the restaurant.  Epiphany.  I have five mom clones sitting in a twenty foot radius of myself.  How and when did that happen?!  The parameters of mom clothes has changed.  There is obviously a more modern mom style, but who says I want to dress like a mom?

Needless to say, I am working on rediscovering myself outside the realm of being a walking talking incubator and current milk factory status.  I've spent hours upon hours scouring the internet, fashion magazines, and television trying to apply current trends to my own personal style.  I'm super excited about the resurrection of Doc Martens.  I will own this pair in leopard print.
My inner fourteen year old girl is very happy about what I'm seeing in the current trends.  Brandy Melville, Top Shop, and Wildfox Couture...shoot, if only I could have my fourteen year old body back.  Well, not really.  But alas, my post-carrying-four-babies-body will not be showcasing any crop tops, and I fear the comeback of high-waisted jeans will only result in the epitome of "mom jeans".

I can slap the perfect face of make up on, style my hair with the best of them, but my closet is floundering.
I know I cannot possibly be alone in this mess.  So, let's revolutionize the standard mom uniform together.  No more yoga pants outside of the gym, no more sloppy dresses (let's be honest, we secretly feel like we are wearing stylish nightgowns and getting away with it), and no more flip flops as every day wear.  If you are happy with the new age mom style, then just ignore me and go on with your happy self.  Because that's what this is truly about isn't it?  Being happy with yourself?  That's the only thing I constantly strive for in life.

*Images credited to asos.com, shoebuy.com and pinkolive.com

July 30, 2013

Essie Fall 2013 Collection: Deeper, Richer, Cozier

I don't know about you, but as much as I'm into all things hair and make up, I really drop the ball with my nails.  It takes a conscience effort to paint them and maintain them, especially with three little girls running around the house and a new infant to care for.  I find the difference between caring for the upkeep is finding an amazing color, and of course the formulation is the breaker.  Yes, I've sort of become an Essie snob.  I know there are many other amazing nail polish brands out there, but Essie's availability and right on the money price keeps me coming back time after time.

essie fall 2013 collection

The fall 2013 collection from Essie is reminiscent of the color trends for the fall seen on the runways at New York fashion week.  Lots of deep hues of blue and gray with a few pops of rich red.  I for one can not wait for the fall season to come upon us.  I am more for the jewel tones than I am the fluorescents of summer.  Quite possibly the reason I gravitated to Naughty Nautical and The Girls Are Out from their Summer 2013 collection.  Without further ado, here they are, the Fall 2013 collection colors from Essie.

essie fall collection cashmere bathrobe
Cashmere Bathrobe is a cream polish in a beautiful shade of flannel gray.  Although it is listed as a cream polish, it does appear to have a bit of sparkle to it as to not be a completely true cream polish.
essie fall collection after school boy blazer
After School Boy Blazer is a cream polish in this rich deep navy.
essie fall collection for the twill of it
For The Twill Of It is a shimmer polish in olive with iridescent shimmer of greens and purple.  I think this may be my favorite of the collection.  I have a bad shimmer habit that is hard to break!
essie fall collection the lace is on
The Lace Is On is a cream polish with a hint of sparkle in a vibrant fuchsia shade.  Its very reminiscent of the Summer 2013 color The Girls Are Out.  Just a little more sparkle.
essie fall collection twin sweater set
Twin Sweater Set is a vibrant cream polish in a gorgeous ruby.
essie fall collection vested interest
Vested Interest is a wooly, teal gray cream.

Overall, I'm impressed with the collections colors.  I can't wit to try a few out personally when the become available in August.  They are available for pre-order from select retailers now.  I can feel the color scheme inspiring some home decor and future DIY's!

If you are like me and nail polish lasts forever, or until you throw it out because it gets thick and goopy, there is a mini set available in four of the six colors:  For The Twill Of It, Cashmere Bathrobe, The Lace Is On, and Vested Interest.  The mini set is 0.16 oz each and retails for $17 USD compared to the 0.5 oz in a full size bottle that retails for $8 USD.

Which color are you most excited to try?

*Images credited to MakeUpForAll and Nordstrom.com
**I've not been paid or compensated for this preview.  These are all my own words and opinions.

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July 29, 2013

Trendsetting Bows

Bows seem to be the trend right now.  From giant bows for the hair to tiny polymer bows such as this meant for jewelry.  Another throwback to my childhood.  I was the bow queen.  I felt naked without adorning my giant hair bow.  Are there any other trends from your childhood that have made a comeback, or that you would like to see make a comeback?

Project in the works

Look forward to a lot of new content soon!
And this chick is going to be my sidekick.  Super stoked about that!