Styling a dress for everyday mom life.

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram and spot a fellow mama sporting a super cute outfit, then you click buy on the tab to get the look in the mail and think, “What was I thinking? How am I suppose to wear this?” I am definitely guilty of that myself. I’m here to help you make the most of that impulse online purchase. I think one of the most “what was I thinking?” purchases for us moms are dresses. I mean really? When can you ever where a dress? It’s not something you think to pull out of the closet on an everyday basis.

This dress on the other hand is actually perfect for everyday wear, it’s not flowy so those windy days have nothing on you. Also, it doesn’t ride up for being a tighter dress, and yes it’s a tighter dress but it has the perfect amount of ruche that it hides that mama tummy, or even a food baby from a date night dinner involving Mexican food. You can also rock this dress while you are pregnant! So this dress is win, win, win for sure!

This first look is a great classic way to wear this dress by rocking it with a basic denim jacket and sneakers! Perfect for those cooler fall days.

 

Look number two allows you to rock the fall trends when the weather is still a little warmer and still be able to run after your kids. These booties are a great way to be a little more put together without having to wear the tall heal. The utility vest is just another great layering piece!

This next look is another great “not quite fall” look. You can add the flannel and have it ready for when it gets cooler in the evening, or when you walk into the produce department of the grocery store. I kept in super casual again with the sneakers, and the hat is perfect to cover up that over dry shampooed hair.

 

This last look is by far the most comfy way to wear the dress! Pairing it with a super soft and cozy cardigan and flats that don’t require you tying your shoes!!! I received this super cute cardigan from Evy’s Tree but I am also linking another black cardigan I love. These oxford style not tie shoes are a great Target find! Adding some oversized reflective sunnies are great on no makeup days for hiding your no sleep dark circles, and distracted people to look at themselves in instead of noticing the giant zit on your chin.

There you have it! Now this doesn’t mean run out and buy this dress (unless of course you want to) this post is here for inspiration because we can all use a little inspiration once in awhile. 😉

 

How to wear fall apparel before fall

It’s every where you look, all the latest fall and winter trends on Facebook, Instagram, and department stores. Heck, you can even start finding Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas decor starting to pop up in the aisles of your favorite stores.

So what do you do when you see these amazing deals on sweaters, boots and jeans? You stock up in fear that they will not be available later on. Which more than likely you’re right.

Now you have all kinds of cute new clothes, but sadly the thermostat still reads 95 degrees. 😩

If you are like me, you have no patience, and want to wear all those cute clothes right away. It’s been that way since we were kids, you know the deal, all that back to school shopping, mom buying you a sweater and pair of jeans one size up in July knowing you’ll fit into them by Christmas, and on that first day of school in mid August you are sporting that sweater and jeans because it’s new!

Things haven’t changed much now that we are adults except for the buying a size up part, well unless maybe you’ve been thinking of that delicious turkey dinner you’ll be having, now that’s thinking ahead!

In this post I’m going to show you a few ways I wear my new Fall apparel when my weather app reads “feels like 104 degrees…”

The best way to wear that super cute sweater is to rock it with a cute pair of distressed shorts. It’s like wearing a pair of jeans with a tank top but flipped, so you won’t look too crazy wearing a sweater in the heat of the outdoors. This is also a good time to rock the booties as well.

We all love a good flannel top for fall, but again it’s way too hot to be wearing flannel, so a super quick and easy way to wear your flannel is as an accessory to your look! Here I paired it with some comfy leggings and a basic white tee.

To the left to the left…Yes I am aware I am looking left in every shot. What can I say? It’s my good side. ;p Now the last look– I’m pretty sure cardigans are the “it” clothing item of the fall season, they are advertised everywhere you look. These are probably the easiest to style as you can wear them over anything, a tank and shorts like I am here or even over a cute summer dress.

 

Athleisure – Styling Moto Leggings

I’m all about looking put together, but also being comfy, so I love to rock the athleisure trend with a cute pair of joggers and sneakers, or in this case leggings. Before I get started, I want to address that there are a couple of ways to ruin the athleisure look. One is wearing work out gear from head to toe with no actual intention of working out. You have to chop it up with some pieces that are not what you would wear during a workout session. The second way is dressing in the latest 15 year old girl fashion, running shorts and your dad’s oversized tee, that may be on trend for the tweens but not us old ladies, aka mom’s. 😉

Examples of how not to dress athleisure:

Athleisure

As you can see, on the left I look like I’m about to start a crazy HIIT workout with hot pink lips and mirrored aviators because that’s what you do right?! ;P Now on the right you have to admit you could mistake me for a teenage girl, or I suppose a mom that just fell outta bed, and though I’m all about looking young (aren’t we all), I don’t want to be mistaken for a teenager with my three kids.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to talk more about these super cute moto leggings. They were in the sale of the year, you know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, duh. I definitely overlooked them the first time around. I thought they were cute BUT when would I wear them?!?! I mean, they are workout pants and I’m not one to get fancy with what I’m about to sweat my butt off in, then I took a second look and realized they are a great alternative to the basic black leggings without going too crazy with the faux leather leggings. Faux leather leggings are super cute but I just can’t bring myself to rock them.

So like I mentioned, I’m just wearing them the way I would with a pair of basic black leggings. I don’t think they would be a good pant for thigh or over the knee boots, but you could definitely wear some cute booties with them. For this post I’m sticking to the comfy styles.

styling black leggings-moto leggings
styling black leggings-moto leggings

The first look is rocking the leggings with stripes and a cardigan. The striped top and cardigan are both longer so they cover the bum and who-ha, which can be very important when wearing leggings. I paired the look with of course, a comfy pair of sneakers.

styling black leggings – moto leggings
styling black leggings-moto leggings-utility vest

I took a risk with the shorter white tee in this look, but an awesome thing about these moto leggings are they are a thicker material so you don’t have to worry about the shear affect happening on the bum. Just don’t go too crazy and hike them up because no one wants the dreaded camel toe. No bueno. Another great trend this Fall is both utility jackets and vest. I went with a vest in this look because it’s still super hot here in Southern Georgia.

mom graphic top – tee – tshirt – baseball tshirt

Last, I couldn’t complete this post with out showing you a basic car pool mom look!!! Just a cute graphic tee with a fun saying to rock while getting the kiddos off to school! This cute top is from Tread Tank. They sell the comfiest basic tees with an endless amount of cute graphics and saying.

My current in shower beauty products.

My favorite time of day to take a shower is in the evening after I have finally put the kids to bed. It is then that I can take a shower in peace and be all clean and cozy for my own bedtime.

Let me start by saying that I am a poof and body wash girl all the way. Right now I am using the Raw Sugar, mango and coconut, body wash per the recommendation of a friend. I love all smells coconut and this one is no exception.

The first thing I do when I get in the shower is wash my makeup off. I have my favorite products for makeup removal in my skin care post here. Once all my makeup is washed off I wash my hair with my Dove shampoo, and I always deep condition when I wash my hair with my holy grail L’Oréal hair mask.

I recently received a razor and shave gel from Harry’s, a monthly razor subscription. You can also just find them at Target whoop whoop! Normally when you think Harry’s, you think men, but have you ever noticed how men’s razors are better than women’s!? Why is that? These razors are no exception to that assumption! They get an awesomely close shave even on those pesky knees! The shaving gel is very masculine in scent but I don’t mind, guys smell good and it doesn’t linger.

Once I am all done and have everything rinsed of I lotion up. I’m an avid lotion user. I do not live anywhere near a Trader Joe’s but recently was able to go to one and stocked up on my all time favorite coconut body butter, it smells like vanilla icing! When I am not able to get it I will use the Jergen’s coconut moisturizing lotion.

There you have it! Now you know what I’m doing and using in the shower….because that statement didn’t sound dirty at all!

My Favorite Foundation

Though I love recommending certain products and clothing pieces to you, I’m just as much of, if not more, a reader or viewer of products to get and try.

I’m obsessed with watching beauty gurus on YouTube. That’s where I get great makeup tricks and ideas and learn about products I’ve seen and want to try or have never even heard of.

I was using my It cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream but honestly I’m over looking like a Twilight character and the shade was getting to dark now that my beach tan is faded away.  I thought I wanted to go back to the L’Oréal Cushion Foundation. It’s a great light coverage foundation for summer. Everything out there makes you believe light coverage is best in the summer! Yay! But with all this heat the light coverage stuff just melts right off my skin. I’m a dry skin lady and in the winter full coverage just doesn’t work. That’s when my skin is at its worst and can look like a hot caking, flaky mess so that’s actually the best time for a good light weight foundation for me. I want to go full coverage in the summer when my skin is at its best…sounds strange but trust me a more full coverage foundation looks natural on my skin in the summer! It’s great.

A foundation I kept hearing about over and over again was the new Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. It was always promoted by younger women with combo to oily skin. Being only $5 from the drug store I had my doubts on what it would do for me. Well I was strolling the beauty aisle of Walmart. Which by the way, I should totally do more often they have so much to choose from. I never think to go there. Anyway, they had the Wet n Wild Foundation and it is only $5 so I picked it up.

OMG ladies! It looks so good on the skin!! It last forever too!! I wore it during our trip to Texas and it never looked dry or cakey after a full day traveling and being on a plane. It was still looking amazing after a night walking in the heat and humidity of San Antonio. It seriously was the best! My makeup looked great from the moment I applied it at 8am till I washed it off usually around 10 or 11 at night. It looks so natural too! Not too full coverage that it looked like a mask. My freckles showed through, it just evened everything out.

 

I don’t know how it will work on my dry skin in the winter I may need to just go back to a good light coverage foundation but it’s definitely what I’m going to be rocking the rest of the summer!

Here are the products I use to finish up my everyday look.

 

The Nordstrom Sale-My Top Picks 2017

My favorite store to shop at online is having their biggest sale of the year starting today!! If you couldn’t guess, it’s Nordstrom. I don’t live near a Nordstrom store so I do all my shopping online, which honestly, I love because I can just peruse the website in my PJs while the babe naps, and it’s free shipping and returns! High five ✋🏻 to that!

Like I mentioned, this sale starts today for card holders, but starts on July 21st (my birthday whoop whoop) for everyone else. I did give in and get the Nordstrom card this year so I could check out the deals ASAP!

If you are a “plan ahead” type person this sale is for you. They are marking down brand new Fall apparel! How awesome is that? Just make a list now of what you need for this years Fall wardrobe and you’re all set. I’m going to be on the look out for some new booties and cardigans since one can never have too many of those, and jeans since my size keeps changing being postpartum.

Here are my picks so far.

There are A LOT of great stuff but I’m not going to post every item I think is cute. I’m only showing you want I plan on investing my money on. Also I haven’t found any jeans I like yet but they add new items to the sale each day. I’ll let you know if and when I find a good pair of jeans.

I live in southern Georgia so it probably won’t even get cold till Christmas if I’m lucky. If that’s the case for you as well, the sale also includes great deals on summer apparel too!

I’ll just be sweating my ass off, sporting my Fall boots in sweaters as soon as it’s declared Fall, even if it’s still 90 degrees. Yes, I’m that committed to the best season ever!

Be sure a follow me to see what items I end up snagging at this one of a kind sale!

Our family trip to Texas

With my husbands job it is really hard to get time off, but he was able to somehow get a few days after I convinced him to take me on vacation to his parents. So to Texas we went!

It was baby Max’s first time on a plane and he did great! He slept both during take off and landing. The girls had a blast getting to take a trip on a plane instead of the usual car ride.

While being around family the husband and I took advantage of it. The girls and baby Max had a sleepover with their cousins while he and I spent the night in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. We got to meet up with some long time friends and enjoy the evening kid free.

I was so excited the next morning to get back to baby Max, so when I saw him and got no special reaction I was a bit disappointed. My husband had to remind me that he is only four months old and is not the best at showing emotion, which of course I know, but my silly mom hormones wanted smiles and hugs.

The next couple of days were spent just letting the girls enjoy time with their cousins and celebrating Independence Day.

The day before we left we took the kids to downtown San Antonio to the Alamo and the Guinness World Records museum. The girls loved it! It was very hands on and had lots for them to do. While walking around in the heat we had the girls wearing their camelbaks. It’s a great way for them to stay hydrated and they do not mind wearing the backpack to hold water, but you know if they had water bottles I would be carrying them on top of Mr. Max and the diaper bag. So many people noticed and commented on what a great idea the camelbaks were, you never think to have your kids just wear a water source around town! Usually they are used for hiking but they are best for even around town!

 

That was pretty much it! By day six we were all ready to head home and be back to our stuff and our routine. The girls were so happy to be back to mom’s way of making food. You would be surprised how good your kids will eat mom’s cooking when they don’t have it for awhile. ;p

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Now it is time to start getting ready for back to school! My kids start back in the beginning of August!

Summer Packing-Family trip

I’m leaving on a jet plane with the hubby and three kids to visit the in laws later this week. I’m making it a little easier on myself and got the girls their own suitcases to motivate them to roll around their own luggage. I still have to manage to fit my stuff, the hubby’s stuff and baby Max’s stuff all into one suitcase that we will be checking. Max is a great baby but that’s because he is very routine and has his “things” like we put him in his Dockatot in the crib while in his sleep sack and play his mobile every time he naps and goes to bed at night. He also likes his play mat and can lay there for hours content, SO I need to be able to pack those things (probably not the Dockatot). So I’m going to need to pack light for myself.

I recently read a blog post from one of my favorite blogger Cori Lynn of Dress Cori Lynn. Her post is all about what she calls capsule packing. Starting with a basic color scheme and a few pieces that you can put together several outfits from. I thought I’d give that ago and wanted to share with you the pieces I’m going to take with me and the different outfits I made out of them.

 

 

Surprise, surprise I decided to go with neutrals, white, blue and gray for my color scheme. I added a pop of color with one of my shoe picks, red tennis shoes. Since I will be on our trip during the fourth of July I thought the pop of red would be perfect! I can easily be patriotic with red, white and blue. I ended up with 4 tops, 3 bottoms, a dress and 4 pairs of shoes. I normally wouldn’t pack a dress BUT the hubs and I are planning a night away from the kids (in over a year, a hospital visit to pop out a baby doesn’t count) and I wanted to be able to get a little more dressed up than usual. The dress I picked, however, can be dressed up or down so it’s PERFECT for capsule packing. I’ll be in Texas in July so I didn’t bother with a cardigan or jacket so to add layers to a look I added a jean vest. The gingham button up can also be layered for different looks.  I prefer to wear pants but there will be days spent mostly outdoors and again its summer so I do have a pair of jean shorts for a bottom. White jeans and a great pair of distressed jeans were my other bottom choices. Besides the gingham button up I’m bringing a couple striped tops, (of course) a tank top with the cutest bow detail on the back and peplum top.  I added a gray bell sleeved tee as well. For shoes like I mentioned the red tennis shoes were chosen because of the holiday. I wanted more comfy sneaker too so my All-Stars were a must. What kinda summer trip doesn’t need a cute pair of flip flops and these sandals are a great neutral.

I also added a baseball cap, sunnies and a smaller cross body handbag to add a little something to the different outfits I put together. The accessories will make the different pieces stretch out to even more looks! After I rounded up all the pieces I was able to come up with more than 12 different looks. I’m only gone for seven days total so for the sake of this post I’m showing nine different looks because I may want to do an outfit change during the day. 😉

This doesn’t include the undergarments I will be adding or the pajamas, but really you put in one good neutral bra several underpants and a comfy shirt and sweats for pajamas.  Although I did buy a cute pair of jammies for the trip. When do you have an excuse to spend money on pajamas? So I made an excuse. 😉

 

 

Styling Shortalls

Bringing back the overalls mom style! I would normally call these denim overall shorts but they have a new name shortalls. Maybe that’s just what we are calling the adult version not to confuse them with the ones we all wore as children. The same problems still arise wearing them however, like trying not to get the long shoulder buckle from falling in the toilet while unhooking to use the bathroom. Having the buckle either not stay hooked or the total opposite and can’t get it to unhook when you do need to take them off. They are great for not showing off your butt crack when bending over but also you are likely to stand up from the bend over with a major wedge.

Don’t let any of these things discourage you from rocking some overalls as an adult.

Here are some ways I’ve worn them

This one is called the tomboy, it’s a great way to reminisce your childhood years of looking cute while playing baseball with the neighborhood boys. 🙂

The next look is the farmer mom. I feel like I should be picking strawberries with the kiddos while rocking this look… of course that requires a lot of bending over so use the kids as cover while picking all those wedges.

This is the layered look, I would wear this look when I know I’m going to be hanging out in the air conditioning most of the day but ready for the summer heat with the sleeveless tee underneath.

I wanted to come up with a more dressy way to wear overalls but I couldn’t they are overalls for crying out loud! When they aren’t on trend the only people that continue to wear them are hillbillies, farmers and children so with that it’s obvious they aren’t meant to be worn during a more classy situation. Hey! But if you can come up with a fancy way to rock some shortalls let me know in the comments! I’m all for giving it a go!

The Momiform – Distressed Jeans and T-Shirt

This jeans are true to size

A t-shirt and jeans! On an everyday basis, I live in comfy, worn in jeans, that I only wash if I get something crusted on them. Yes, that sounds gross but it’s the truth. It could be anything; food; baby spit up; children’s boogers; who knows?!? But when they reach that point, that is when they go into the wash. I have a love hate relationship with just washed jeans. I love the fresh and clean smell of just-washed jeans, and if I’m lucky I can put them on right out of the dryer. Ha! Ok, that almost never happens so let me clarify: The dryer has just stopped for the third time after I restarted it to keep the wrinkles out, so I get to put on jeans that are warm. 🙂

I hate them because they are a bit tight on the waist making me feel a bit blah with this postpartum bod, but at the same time, I kind of like them tight. It is weird I know.

These are my all-time favorites right now!

Size up with these jeans! I normally wear a 4 and these are a 6

 

Now tees, I am a big fan of a cute graphic tee with an awesome saying or quote. However, when I just want something super simple I have discovered these shirts from Abercrombie (I wear a size small). I recommend buying them when they are on sale, I have been able to purchase these t-shirts when they are only $10. The white shirt is not, I repeat NOT, see through! It looks great so I am a big fan! It has a boxy appearance when you lay it flat, but when it’s on, it drapes perfectly. One thing I am not sure of is its length. It is a good length for me but I am only 5’3 on a good day, so it may be short for a person with a longer torso. I am also a fan of the tees from Target (I wear a size medium).

These jeans are true to size

Here are some shops that have super soft comfy graphic tees that I enjoy as well!

Thread Tanks

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