Last night was the Fashion Forward event at Belk and featuring Trina Turk that I told you about a couple weeks ago. It was SO fun, with all proceeds benefitting the Junior League of Raleigh’s charitable efforts.
You seriously can’t go wrong with a little wine, some fun shopping and giveaways, and a department store full of enthusiastic women. I really enjoyed running into a lot of familiar faces because lord knows I was nervous waltzing in their by myself, but I tend to take the Tina Fey approach and just say yes and figure out the rest later. I captured a few of my favorite moments and outfits from the show, so read on for pictures and details!
This is the outfit I wore. My dress is from Plenty by Tracy Reese. Shoes are from Sole Society. The clutch is about eight years old but originally from a cute little store called Hallelu. My earrings are from Kendra Scott and because it wound up being a warm, beautiful day, I got my faux tan on with some Vita Liberata self-tanner. The BEST self tanner out there. I mean it this time.
I’ve been looking for a cute, nude wedge that can easily be dressed up or down and these Steven by Steve Madden ones I spotted totally fit the bill. Love them for wearing with pretty much everything this spring.
Good news, Raleigh! We are getting a Jo Malone Counter. I’m not yet sure when it will open, but my house will be smelling gooooooooood when it does.
After a couple glasses of wine, visiting with old and new friends and oogling the pretty clothes, shoes and jewelry, it was time to get settled in for the fashion show. There were three themes for spring:
- Minimalist - think black and white everything
- Jet Setter - think boho, flowing, and fun (this was my favorite)
- Feminine Charms - think sweet, pretty in pink and white and lacy
I captured my favorite outfits using my trusty, yet sometimes blurry iphone.
I actually saw these fun printed jeans during the pre-show shopping but I had no idea how to wear them. I loved how they were paired with a fun, patterned top. I think this is a boho look anyone could pull off. I’m so sorry but I don’t remember who made these jeans. womp.
This dress is from free people. Here’s a better picture.
The high/low trend is really hit or miss for me. I think the trick is that it has to be a slight high/low meaning no mini in the front, maxi in the back; and the fabric has to be loose and flowy. This dress fires on all cylinders.
My favoritey-fave-fave-FAVE(!!!!) outfit of the night was this set by Trina Turk.
I think it’s a really attainable way to take part in the crop top trend, plus the pieces are really beautiful enough to stand on their own. I tried this outfit on after the show and I had even less midriff showing than the model. I think most would unless you are also 6 feet tall and gazelle-like with extremely toned abs. You can buy the outfit here and I’m pretty sure that necklace is from Towne & Reese though Trina has a very similar one.
The highlight of the evening was meeting Trina Turk after the show. She is very glamorous yet also very personable. I am not really even sure what I said to her but I hope it wasn’t too dorky.
A couple fun facts - she manages her own instagram (@trinaturk) and just launched footwear this spring. Imma need to find where I can get those sandals she’s sportin’.
This was a really fun event and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Fashion Forward spring fashion show. Thanks for having me Belk and Junior League Raleigh!
It’s Friday. Holler! Here are the things that caught my fancy this week.
1. Lent started on Wednesday. Every year, I strive to do something that will make me a better person and Christian, rather than give something up. This year, I’m zeroing in on my attitude of gratitude that I initiated the beginning of the year. However, I really enjoyed this article of 20 things to give up for Lent.
2. I was gifted some Mustela bath products and I am loving them. The multi sensory bubble bath is so clean smelling and makes really long lasting bubbles. Nora loves splashing them around in the tub. And the new hydra bebe lotion makes her skin incredibly soft. Plus it’s really fast absorbing. I highly recommend both for your little ones!
3. I’m a big fan of jokes and puns. The cheesier and nerdier, the better. Jason told me one this week that I’ve repeated to more than a few of my like minded friends - Why can’t you trust an atom? Because they make up everthing!
4. I’ve hesitated to tell you about my latest monthly subscription addiction because I feel like I’m always talking about them. But I DO love them and this one IS good. It’s a Julep Maven box (referral link, yes). I cancelled my birchbox because after 2.5 years of receiving it I felt like I’d gotten every sample they could possibly send me and had been disappointed at my last few boxes. Julep is $19.99/month but you get full sized products and you can select what you get each month and your first box is free (just pay shipping). It’s centered around nailpolish but there is a “Modern Beauty” box if you’re not interested in the polish. But I’ll warn you, the polish is good. real good. and the colors are fab. real fab. My last box included two fun nailpolishes and a lipgloss that I am obsessed with. Anyway, if you’re like me and love a monthly box of goodies showing up at your doorstep, I’d check out Julep.
Have a great weekend, lovers. Today will be the last day of my closet clean out sale. I’ve lowered the prices on most remaining items. Everything ships out next week.
Since having Nora, I’ve really had to think a lot more about what “my style” is. Coming up with a uniform of sorts makes getting ready a LOT easier. My mornings these days are a mad dash of make the bottles, wake the baby, dress the baby, change the dirty diaper that happened right as you’re ready to leave the house, wipe the spit up off the blouse, where’s the baby’s coat damnit I just had it, get the baby in the car, oh crap I forgot the bottles inside, okay we are ready to go, shit she needs more diapers at daycare, is the dog back in the house and did I unplug my flatiron? And somewhere in there I chug some coffee and eat a banana and get dressed and maybe remember to brush my teeth. I do everything in that last sentence in approximately 45 seconds.
When I started this blog, I had a completely different lifestyle and had the free time to contemplate outfits and come up with new, fun combinations of thing to wear. Um, I also had the time to actually go shopping. These days, if I can’t buy it online I don’t usually buy it. And if it’s not on sale, I don’t usually buy it. Mama’s got daycare tuition to pay for.
I work in corporate America, so my daytime work wardrobe is business casual. I focus on simple, neutral pieces that I can mix and match and punch up with a fun accessory. I typically try to stick to black and white pieces only. Discipline is freedom as Jane Fonda would say and the same goes for having an edited closet. Oh, and all items must be washable. There is a small corner in the back of my closet where I have stashed my dry clean only stuff. Hopefully, in 18 years it will still be fashionable. My go to brands for work clothes are The Limited, LOFT, Theory and BCBG. The last two I only buy on major sale
. Shopbop created this really pretty photo roundup
for me which basically sums up my work style in a picture. I’m just 20 pounds and a modeling contract and probably a really cool apartment in NYC full of artists and Jared Leto away from basically being that girl
My off duty, outside-the-house clothes are much more relaxed and bohemian. The looser, gauzier and softer the better. I think in my previous life I burned patchouli, smoked weed, and lived on a farming commune. In this life, I drink kombucha after too much wine, put green tea powder in my smoothies and wear free people. I rounded up a few of my favorites from Shopbop who is having a killer sale right now with some really choice Free People clothes. I had to do this one all on my own.
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(most of these are on sale, some are not but were too good to resist)
When Nora was born, I pared down my three closets to two (I live in a 1960s brick ranch so the closets are small, mkay?). And now I’m paring down even more because well… sometimes it’s just too much to have too much. It’s no secret that I love clothes, but I just don’t wear a lot of them anymore since having Nora. I know it’s so cliche to change your style after having a baby but your style reflects your life and your life changes a TON when you have a baby. These days, I want things that are easy, fuss free and that I can just toss on without a second thought but still feel confident that I’m pulled together and cute looking. I’ve been refining my mom-iform (mom + uniform) for a few months now and I’ll share more my thoughts on the pros and cons of this another day. For now, I want to offer up some of the more choice pieces here before I go to ebay and then to goodwill.
All items are in excellent used condition and sizes range from S-M, 4-8, 28-30. If that’s you, read on friend!
(skirt: Theory edit: still available in size 0 here// top: The Limited (like 8 years old) // tights: Spanx // boots: Lucky)
Headed to work late this morning. Daycare was delayed and I was not trying to risk anything on the icy, early morning roads anyways. I had an 8 am conference call that I dialed in to from home but Nora screamed pretty much the entire time. She actually went back to sleep at 8:45 but now I need to wake her up to go to daycare and I’m skeeered. There is no wrath like a tired 11 month old!
Check back later today. I’ve cleaned out my closet and figured I’d offer the top goods here before going to ebay.
It’s been a while since I posted a photo booth selfie. Probably because it’s been a while since I took a photo booth selfie.
But tonight I figured hey, why not…. baby is asleep… dinner is in the oven… dishwasher isn’t as broken as we thought… and there’s a new shark tank on tonight.
Let’s forget about the fact that it’s been almost a month since I did one of these posts and just get on with it, shall we?
1. I love reading stories about people that inspire me to be a better person, and this one does just that. Plus, his last name is Dobrev and he is from Bulgaria. I wonder if he’s related to Elena/Catherine.
2. I picked up a Revlon Colorburst Laquer Balm crayon from Target during a random shopping trip. I am obsessed with it. I got Vivacious which is a vibrant, yet sheer shade of pink and it has a fresh minty feel and taste on the lips. So purdy!
3. I found out about Stone Fox Bride in the latest issue of Lucky and am beyond obsessed with their instagram (@stone_fox_bride). The proposal stories, the rings, the flower crowns, just everything really is so fab and makes me want to get married all over again.
4. This la mer lip balm is the shizz. A friend of mine who knows everything there is to know about makeup turned me on to it. It’s pricey but mine has lasted me well over a year and still going strong. I apply every night before I go to bed and my lips are smooth as buttah. Crabtree Mall is getting a La Mer counter. Now if they could just get a Cleau de Peau counter, I could spend all my money on lip balm and concealer aka the essentials.
My latest order from fabletics came today. The Lima flex capris are aaaamazing. I love the fabric - very similar to lulu lemon I think. The tee is also pretty great but definitely tshirt material and definitely need some kind of bra with it. But I think it’s perfect for throwing on to and from the gym/yoga studio with a sports bra.
Overall, I’m still really happy with fabletics. I enjoy wearing their clothes and they’ve been holding up mostly pretty well with wash and wear. I had to exchange something last week and it was an incredibly easy process. I wouldn’t have even needed to exchange the item except I ordered myself the wrong size
*My personal invitation link used. Go on and sign up. Your first outfit is just $25. You won’t regret it.
I think the number one question I’ve gotten about my adventures in hot yoga is how the heck I manage it during my lunch break. There are a few factors that come into play to make it pretty easy for me to do this.
- The hot yoga studio I attend is about 5 minutes from my office, so the trip there and back is really fast. The lunch time classes they offer vary from 45-60 minutes depending on the day. I try to squeeze in a 90 minute class on the weekends.
- I pay a monthly membership fee which includes mat and towel service. I hop in the shower immediately after class and I also don’t have to worry about lugging towels or a sweaty mat back and forth. Everything is ready and waiting for me when I need it. The yoga studio I attend also keeps shampoo, conditioner and soap in the shower which is such a convenience.
- I keep my “yoga bag” in my car which includes products that multitask to get me back to fresh ASAP after my shower. The essentials are:
Deodorant. no explanation needed
Honest Co. Body Oil. I’ve tried several lotions but none are as fast absorbing and as moisturizing as this stuff. Plus since it’s an oil, it’s really easy to slather on after my shower.
Beauty balm. It does multiple duties as moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation
Bronzer. for a little color.
Cream eyeshadow. I apply it with my finger.
Hair dryer. Still loving this one. I dry my hair until it’s not sopping wet and let the rest air dry. Product is essential for reducing poof. I love Frederic Fekkai’s glossing cream.
- My yoga bag stays in my car at all times. In the morning, I just add whatever yoga outfit I plan to wear and clean underwear I plan to change into afterward.
- On days I know I’ll be going to yoga, I strategically plan my work outfits. I pick things that are looser fitting, breathable, washable and easy to strip off and on.
- Most days I bring my lunch with me. My current favorite on-the-go lunch is a whole wheat tortilla slathered with guac and layered with turkey and baby spinach. I roll up the whole shebang and have a super easy, healthy, non-messy lunch I can eat in my car on the way back to work.
A friend of mine recently asked for my advice on what she should put on her baby registry. She’s living in a small space and is on a budget (who isn’t) so she was really interested in the things I found to be most essential. I spent a few days mulling over what I really and truly found necessary during the early days with Nora. I asked myself - would life have been a million times harder without this item - and if the answer was YES, on the list it went.
I figured I’d post what I cam up with here in case any of you out there are working on your registry. If it’s not on the list, I didn’t really use it or need it (looking at you wipe warmer and hooded baby towels).
Swaddle me wraps - the ones with velcro. Probably get 3-4, more or less depending on how often you want to do laundry. Nora lived in these the first few weeks she was born.
Diaper Pail. I like the arm and hammer one. It uses special bags so register for extras, but I’ve never had an odor problem.
Aiden and Anais muslin blankets. I still use these daily for everything from a blanket to something to clean up spit up and wipe Nora’s nose with. They are super versatile.
Whatever you plan to have the baby sleep in (pack and play, bassinet, your bed), get a few extra sets of sheets for it. Actually, you may want to make sure you have extra sheets for your bed no matter what. Breast feeding boobies can be unpredictable those first couple weeks.
Speaking of, get boobie pads. I liked the disposable ones from tommee tippee. I’d sleep with them in so I wouldn’t wake up in a pool of my own milk.
Nursing bras. These from target were awesome for night. They are comfortable enough to sleep in and made it easy to whip a boob out for feedings.
A baby monitor. There are tons on the market. Ours is from motorola has a video screen which I really, really like. If I hear Nora crying at night, I can look on the screen to see if she crying because she’s wide awake or if she’s just making noises while she sleeps. From there, I can decide if I actually need to get out of bed or not.
Car seat/stroller. Duh. THey won’t let you leave the hospital without a car seat. We went with the travel system and the car seat just snaps right into the stroller. The one in the picture and the link is the exact one we have and it is very light and easy to maneuver.
A baby carrier. I would (still do) wear mine around the house with Nora in it so I could have two free hands).
iPad/Kindle/Other tablet. If you don’t already have one and this one is obviously not totally essential, but it was for my personal sanity. You will be up so much during the night with a baby attached to you that I found myself reading, checking blogs, and googling baby forums and on the ipad all the time. Plus I lived and died by the Baby Connect app to track feedings.
baby bather. You need either something to put in your sink or tub that the baby can easily rest in while you bathe him.
humidifer. The humidifier is a must during the winter to keep their nasal passages moist and prevent illness. You may not need it right away, but I’d go ahead and put it on your registry. We had to run out and buy one in the middle of June when Nora came down with a nasty summer cold.
sound machine. This one and the humidifier may not seem absolutely essential, but I love them. I run the sound machine every night and it helps to drown out things like a dog that might occasionally bark or loud noises coming from the tv.
Nose Frida. It’s the best thing for sucking out snot when they have a cold. It looks gross, but it’s not that bad
Baby finger nail clippers. You will not believe how fast their fingernails grow and how sharp they are!
Good to have:
- baby bottles. If you are planning on breastfeeding at all, you probably won’t really need bottles until the baby is about 6 weeks so you can establish a good milk supply. Also, get a variety of nipples - slow, medium and fast. I like the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles. The bottles come with slow nipples and then I just got a few extra packs of the other sizes for when she got older and faster at sucking. Nora took to them no problem, but every baby is different.
- baby bottle warmer. For warming up said bottles
- a pack and play. Nora slept in hers at night and during the day I (Jason) would move it to the living room. Whether or not you have your baby sleep in his, it was nice to have a place to put her when I needed to get up and do stuff during the day like eat or go to the bathroom. It’s also handy to take on trips when you’re not sure if there will be a baby bed.
- a swing.
- a bumbo seat
- A breast pump and accessories that go with it. Eventually, you’ll want to go to dinner or let your partner have a turn at the 2 am feeding. The only way to do that is with milk you pumped or formula.
Things you’ll eventually want a little down the road:
- baby spoons and bowls
- a high chair
I hope this helps you!