I have some extra anticipation for Christmas this year, as we’ll be celebrating our first with Beckett. I can’t wait to see her eyes sparkle at the tree lights, dance to our favorite Christmas tunes and play with her nativity set. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about family traditions and deciding which ones I want to adopt for the season. One tradition Dave and I have held even prior to Beckett is gifting each other a pair of new pajamas or loungewear. I am excited to extend that tradition to our daughter and I can’t wait to look back on all those Christmas morning photos we’ll take over the years. I’ve been hunting for that perfect pair (spoiler alert: I found these on Ebay) and I thought I’d share my favorite holiday sleepwear selections with all of you.
Do you get new pajamas for Christmas? If so, are they a gift on Christmas morning or do you wear them all season? In the past Dave and I have exchanged on Christmas Eve, but I am thinking about pushing that up this year, so Beckett can get some more use out of them!
Is this arctic outbreak getting to anyone else? I’m freezing. Today I’m back with my “Uniform” series to share a favorite silhouette that will hopefully keep me warm these next couple of months. It all starts with a great coat, but that’s something I’ve found hard to invest in, considering I truly only need it for a small portion of the year. But, my college left-overs are no longer cutting it. It’s time for a grown-up coat. While black is probably the safest bet, I hate how they’re always showing lint and hair. So, recently I’ve fallen in love with the idea of grey outerwear. Grey is a perfect neutral and would make an ideal every day coat.
The great thing about a stunning coat is that you don’t have to think as much about what you’re wearing underneath. A simple sweater, button-down or sweatshirt will do. On the bottom, I’m sticking to mid-rise skinny jeans. Not only are they comfortable, but they can easily be dressed up or down – ankle boots for day, high-heel pumps for night. A simple color palette of black, grey, various blue washes and one good white is all you need. I still have some colored denim, but the neutrals are the ones I wear over and over again.
Lastly, add a cute winter accessory to for some practical style. A knit beanie gives you a dose of chic, while keeping you warm. Bonus: you can go an extra day or two without washing your hair. There’s a ton of fun options out there right now. And while I’d love a cashmere version, you can find one for under $10 if you know where to look.
As a new mom, I am always looking for ways to simplify my housekeeping duties. When they tell you that your whole life changes when you have children, they don’t just mean in the emotional, “discovering a love you never knew existed within you” sense, but also in the practical, “everything takes twice as long” kind of way. Keeping up with the weekly chores is a challenge and specifically, laundry is something that keeps getting away from me (it seems to have tripled since Beckett’s birth). But there are a couple of things I’ve recently adopted to help get things under control.
An Organized Space.
First of all, having an organized and inspiring laundry space makes a big difference. We recently remodeled our walk-in pantry (click here to see my inspiration post) and I decided to ruthlessly edit my cleaning products and supplies down the core essentials. I also decided to upgrade my tools with some beautiful wooden cleaning brushes, copper sponges and wool dryer balls. I am obsessed with all the products from The Best Brushes! And because I’m so aesthetically driven, these little changes actually make me excited to clean!
Editing to the right products is key when trying to simplify your housekeeping tasks. Having too many options is overwhelming and takes more time. For laundry, while I have a couple different products to help me treat stains, it’s easier for me to stick with one detergent option. A lot of parents use a special baby laundry detergent, but for the sake of simplification, I prefer to use the same product for the whole family. And to simplify things even further, I recently discovered Tide Pods Detergent by P&G, a detergent, stain remover and brightener all in a conveniently dissolvable pod. Just throw one in with a load and you’re done! No measuring out the right amount of detergent. No pre-treating with a separate stain solution. No cleaning up spills. No having to the hold the bottle in a certain way so that the pump will properly dispense. Honestly, it’s so easy! It may seem like a minor thing, but those added steps only make the chore that much more burdensome. Note: you can buy Tide Pods at Target both online (more about their subscription service below) and in store.
A Regular Routine.
Another way I’m simplifying my chores is by developing a regular routine. When I was newly married I remember hearing about older women that had an “ironing day”. As in, they always did their ironing on say, Tuesday, every week. The mere potential of this future monotonous lifestyle made me cringe. Surely they had to have more exciting things to do than plan their week around a boring domestic chore! Well folks, we’re there. I do laundry on Mondays – specifically Monday mornings (hence the pretty floral robe and chemise from Pretty Plum Sugar I’m wearing in this shoot). And as constricting as that may sound, it actually provides me with a lot of freedom. Monday morning is the only time I have to think about laundry and those dirty clothes don’t take up any mental or emotional bandwidth any other time of the week.
The older I get the more minimalist I become. I recently stumbled upon this blog and was forever inspired by Bea’s zero waste home. And while there are many reasons I find her lifestyle attractive, one of most appealing advantages is that it greatly reduces the time, energy and money spent shopping for and replacing disposable products. Two products I recently cut from my shopping lists are dryer sheets (replaced by these great wool dryer balls) and an adhesive lint brush (replaced by this awesome natural rubber lint brush from Bürstenhaus Redecker). Of course, there will always be some products that will need replacing, for example, laundry detergent. But there are also some great solutions to help you streamline your shopping experience. Enter Target’s online subscription service. You select your regular essentials (say, your Tide Pod Detergent, perhaps?), set your free delivery schedule, and then receive your products exactly when you need them, right at front door. Take about a time saver! Oh and money, too. Save 5% off your all your subscription orders and an additional 5% if you use your REDcard. And if you’re looking for more savings on Tide Pods, here are some coupons.
Motherhood changes your life. And while raising a child is super rewarding and fun, there are still those practical things that have to get done. But finding ways to simplify your routines gives you more time to do the things you want to be doing. For me, that’s taking Beckett on walks, visiting friends and working on the blog.
I have a couple of fun announcements today! First, the cool weather has arrived in Dallas! It’s time to pull out the sweaters (like this one from Free People), scarves and leathers. Secondly, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me and Beckett here on the blog in our Mommy & Me Style series! I hope you consider that a fun announcement.I have officially released my husband from his photographer duties (mostly) and am working with Yesi from Sukilynn who, as you can tell by this photoshoot, is amazing! Lastly, this post is brought to your courtesy of one of my favorite online retailers, Zappos, along with Paige Denim and Freebird by Steven boots.
This look is truly one of my fall uniforms. Unless I’m in yoga clothes, it’s difficult to find me wearing anything else but skinny jeans during the fall and winter months. But there’s some special about this pair! Not only are they my first destructed pair (which I love) and my first pair of Paige denims, but they are the first pair of jeans I have purchased online, without trying on first. We all know jeans are very personal and it’s important to find the right fit. That’s why historically, I always try them on in store, even if I end up purchasing them online somewhere else. But, with Zappos you don’t have to worry about that. Because they have free NEXT DAY business shipping on all clothing (just order by 1pm PST) AND free return shipping. So, that means if you’re unsure of your size or deciding between two styles, you can buy both, get them in one day and return the second pair for free! Why wouldn’t you do that?
In my mind, Zappos is first and foremost known for their shoes. Here I’m wearing the Freebird Lasso, which are seriously one of most comfortable boots I’ve ever tried on. But finding that right boot or shoe can be such a hassle. I swear I’ve spent hours upon hours searching for that perfect pair. And at the risk of sounding like a super fake ad (which although this is a sponsored post, these thoughts are seriously 100% mine) I want to say… But Zappos makes it so easy! They have one of the top search features I have ever seen. Obviously you can search by color, size, price, etc…, but you can also search by theme (fall, surf, action sports), accents (fringe, bows, contrast stitching) and heel style (wedges, cone, rocker bottom), among other characteristics. So, it’s super easy to find exactly what you are looking for! And awesome blogger perk–their shoes are all shot on a white background, cutting our roundup design time in half!
Beckett and I had so much fun on this shoot. We also shot a holiday look that we’ll be featuring next month with the same pair of Verdugo jeans and Lasso boots. So make sure to check back!
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Even though I’m a style blogger, there are still some areas of fashion that intimidate me. Jewelry is one. I didn’t grow up wearing a lot of jewels and to this day, I often find them cumbersome and annoying. Seriously, how do you talk on the phone while wearing earrings, please someone tell me your secret! That being said, I do think a fun statement necklace or a stack of bracelets can make an outfit; and I am always on the hunt for practical pieces that are easy to wear, but also carry some personality. The Rayne Pendant Necklace by Kendra Scott is the epitome of such an effortless accessory. I have it in black onyx and gold metal (seen here and here) and if I’m going to wear a necklace, it’s the first one I consider. It’s a little bohemian, but can blend with a range of looks, from preppy to edgy. And I love seeing how others have styled it, too.