If your reading this post, hopefully that means that you’ve finished all your holiday errands. Or maybe not, considering I myself still have a couple of to-dos left to check off the list. Leaving a few things to the last minute is part of the fun, isn’t it? We’re living on the edge over here. Overall though, I am happy to say that this Christmas season has been a lot less stressful and hurried than year’s past. Seeing Christmas through a child’s eyes has given me such a wonderful perspective. And while Beckett is only (almost!) one, she’s helping remind me of what’s really important – love. The deep, un-ending, sacrificial love of God (which is the whole point, isn’t it?) and doing our very best to extend some small fraction of that love to others.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year! I’m hoping to be fully present with my family and plan to step away from the computer and iPhone for the break. But, until I do, I wanted to leave you with one last Mommy & Me Style shoot for the year. Beckett and I are wearing our holiday sequins, which is a perfect look for New Year’s Eve!
On Mommy :: Sequin Crop: Nordstrom // Favorite Cardigan: Madewell // Midi Skirt: H&M (similar from Topshop and budget option) // Heels: Joie (old, but similar from Aldo) // Rings: Madewell and Jennifer Meyer // Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent in 001 Le Rouge
On Baby :: Raglan Dress: Gap // Leopard Tights: Target // Gold Moccasins: Freshly Picked // Headband: Little Crane Headbands // Sequin Peter Pan Collar: DIY by Mom
// Photography by Sukilynn
Are y’all as obsessed with hair tutorials as I am? I could spend hours reading posts and watching YouTube videos on how to get the perfect beachy wave or that oh-so-popular braid crown; and I do. Specifically, on Barefoot Blonde, who is most certainly my hair idol. But, there’s two problems I have with hair tutorials. One, I am hair-lazy. I only get my haircut twice a year, I dabble in the no-poo method, and I really hate spending money on hair products. Two, everyone’s hair is so different, making it very difficult to accurately replicate an online tutorials.
That’s why when I was invited, along with a group of local Dallas bloggers, to attend a Tousled Up-Do FORM Hair Education class, I was instantly intrigued.
FORM Hair Education, founded by local hair stylist, Whitney Haynes, was created as a “community of hair professionals committed to the growth of [their] craft, creativity, and continuing education.” Each class (FORM currently offers: Beautiful Blow Dry, Perfect Ponytail, Glamorous Curls, and Tousled Up-Do Style) teaches you to style your own hair like a pro at home, in a limited amount of time. You’ll get hands-on, tailored instruction on how to work with your specific amount of hair, length and texture.
I, for one, have fine hair, but a lot of it. Honestly, the tousled up-do was a challenge for me and I ended up having to use more bobby pins than originally suggested. But, with the help of the stylists, I was able to figure out what works best for my hair. If I was just watching a tutorial, I would have gotten frustrated and given up. But, now (with a little more practice at home), I feel fully confident to give myself an effortless, tousled up-do style.
The class was seriously a lot of fun. I love mixing socializing, food and beverage with learning a new skill. FORM Hair Education would be a great girls night out activity or birthday celebration. Specifically, I’d love to take the Beautiful Blow Dry class. Going to get blow-outs with your girlfriends is so 2013 (or maybe I just feel that way, post-baby…I definitely don’t have time for that). How much better would it be to learn how to give yourself a gorgeous blow out at home!
I, along with the other Dallas bloggers, are partnering with FORM Hair Education to give away one seat in the class of your choice! I’d love for you to enter to win. The giveaway will run until Tuesday, December 23 and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 24.
Please note: FORM Hair Education is currently only available in Dallas, TX, but be sure to check out their website for more information, www.formhaireducation.com.
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// Photos by Sukilynn
Are y’all loving grey as much as I am this season? It’s the new neutral and so easy to wear, especially in its monochromatic state. It also happens to be one of my favorite colors on Beckett, as it really brings out her bright blue eyes. Are all Moms this smitten? Surely. A few posts back, I wrote that I was looking for a new grey coat and I do not regret my decision. I settled on the Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat from J.Crew. Its boxy fit is sleek and modern, allowing it to easily transition from polished professional to tailgate-chic, and everywhere in between (church, date night, park playdates, you get it). Being from Dallas, I’m not really interested in packing my hall closet full of winter clothing, so I highly value versatility in my outerwear. Beckett’s grey coat from GapKids is sadly sold out, but it also has a lot of legs. It goes perfectly with her Christmas dress, but also casual knits worn while running errands with Mommy.
I know I’m biased, but I can’t imagine a cuter twinning moment.
On Mommy :: Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat: J.Crew (similar budget-friendly option) // Aisla Pullover sweater: Anthropologie // Pleated Pull-on Pant: J.Crew Collection (similar) // Pour La Victoire Maia Wedges: via Last Call // Bracelets: Marrin Costello // Earrings: Jami
On Baby :: Coat: Gap (similar from Zara) // Dress: H&M (sweater version) // Sweater Legging Tights: Target // Socks: Joe Fresh // Headband: Little Crane Headbands
// Photography by Sukilynn
In partnership with Zappos I styled my new Paige jeans and Freebird boots for the holidays and I am so excited to share this new Mommy & Me look with all of you.
The holiday dinners, parties, playdates and open houses are in full swing; and I couldn’t be more excited. I love the air of festivity that sweeps the world this time of year. The decorating, the food, the music, the time with friends and family – and even the fashion. Every year, I look forward to putting together a couple of holiday outfits for Christmas photos and parties. This year, it’s even more fun, because I also get to style Beckett! I’m sharing on these looks with you today in collaboration with Zappos, along with Paige Denim and Freebird by Steven boots. Using the same distressed denim and flat booties I wore in this post, I added this bright Free People Marlow dress (worn as tunic) and my trusty fur vest. When in doubt for the holidays, throw on some fur or sequins. Smiley-face.
I love this look because it’s totally glam and festive, but extremely comfortable! I could wear it Christmas shopping all day at the mall or to our friend’s annual Christmas Open House. And the bright red, looks great in photos. In this post, I spoke a lot about how much I have enjoyed partnering with Zappos and their excellent online shopping experience. If you’re still looking for something to wear for your holiday parties, you still have time with Zappos. Currently, they have FREE 2 Business Day shipping on all clothing AND free return shipping. That means, you have until Wednesday at 1pm PST to order that perfect dress for Friday night’s office party! And because of the free return shipping, you can order as many options as you want and just return what you don’t use! And if you’re worried you won’t get around to returning those items in time, don’t! Zappos has 365-day return policy! Have I mentioned how much I love online shopping. Who even goes to the mall anymore?!
Zappos also has a great kid’s department. You may think of checking them out for your son/daughters shoes, but you should also check out their kid’s clothing. They carry some of my favorite brands that are difficult to find, like United Colors of Benetton Kids, Splendid Littles, Stella McCartney Kids, and Paul Smith Junior. And of course, if you’re looking for baby shoes, you can not beat their selection of styles, brands, and sizes. Definitely my first stop when looking for Beckett.
I’m already enjoying this season so much with Beckett. I hope that you and your family are really getting into the Christmas spirit!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
// Photography by Sukilynn
There are those of us that finish all of our Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. There are those that wake up early on Black Friday to find the best deals. And there are those of us that procrastinate and agonize over finding that. perfect. gift. If that’s you, I am happy to announce that the all-new to & from holiday gift guide is finally here!
We’ve revamped the concept, moving away from the e-magazine format to an interactive online shopping guide. The same beautifully curated spreads, but now with a much easier navigation. Below are a couple of my favorite spreads, but you’ll have to visit the site to see all of our favorite gift suggestions. There’s ideas for everyone on your list!
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