Patterned Sweatpants

Patterned sweatpants are my jam.For years I’ve had a VERY strict no sweatpants out of the house rule for the whole family.  My kids, like me, love comfort so they would wear sweatpants e’ry day, all day if they could. So a compromise had to be reached. As long as the sweatpants had a cool pattern, they could be worn as part of an outfit, outside of the house (although, school is still off the table until it is really good and cold). For me, however, they still weren’t really an option.  Until I found these awesome green patterned sweats from Target. Life changing. Unlike plain sweats, these blend in a little bit more. And while still being SUPER comfy, they aren’t sloppy.

Aviator Nation kids sweatpants.These Aviator Nation Sweatpants were the gateway sweatpants. I’m pretty sure this photo was taken the first time he was allowed to let him wear them outside. P.S. They make these in adult sizes too!

Shawn White Black and Grey patterned sweatpants for kids.Then Shaun White came out with this pair which were amazing.  (P.S. the shirts in the two above photos are from Mini and Maximus. LOVE).

Patterned sweatpants from Cotton On Kids.And just today we found this great pair from Cotton On Kids. They ended up being a little bit big but it’s nothing a little roll up can’t fix.  They also have a pair with lightning bolts (my fave) but they were a light blue color and I couldn’t pull the trigger. I think darker colors appeal to me more in a sweatpant.

Super sweet patterned sweatpants. That are okay to wear outside the house.

So you know I had to investigate. There are several cute pairs out there. I may have a new uniform for winter.

leopard print : plaid : floral : tribal : blue leopard (really, you can never have enough leopard, am I right?)

On a side note, I’m even considering a pair of those gray marbled sweatpants. You know, where the contrast in the material makes it look almost like a print. They look more classy and if they have a cool detail, like a zippered pocket, even better. But drop crotch? Just say no.

Patterned sweatpants for kids.And there are some really great pairs for your kids. How darling is that cat pair? And Target (Shawn White again!) has two different pairs out right now that are equally as awesome. One is this cool camo print above (you know how some camo can be lame? This isn’t.) and one is a cool pair with awesome detailing near the knees.

What are your feelings on sweatpants in public? I’m all in. Which means faux leather track pants are just around the corner.

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Cozy Textures for Fall

I'm craving a fall jacket with lots of texture. There is finally a hint of cool in our So Cal air! I can’t see fall in the not so distant future and it is making me excited to be able to wear pants again. We had these crazy heat spells, during September, that basically made it impossible to wear jean of any kind. And even thinking of taking a jacket with you was laughable. Fall clothes have been in stores for a few months already but I am finally ready to start acknowledging them. And what is catching my eye, big time, are cozy textures found in outer wear right now. I just want to snuggle up in one of these great jackets! And I love how they are able to still be fashionable instead of just making you shlumpy like some jackets do. The furry number in the bottom right is really a scarf, but I love how it adds a little something special to a leather jacket. What are you excited to wear this fall?

From top left, clockwise: nubby sweater, black furry jacket, shaggy black and white stripe jacket, black fur scarf, tiered white fringey coat

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Back to School Shopping for Moms

Best white "T" from Ascot and Hart. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comWho says kids are the only people that can do back to school shopping? That was one of my favorite parts of going to school. And since I have been out of school for, oh you know, just a few years, every year when I start to get my own kids ready for fall I instantly feel like my wardrobe needs an update too. So I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite sites to shop from. 

Ascot + Hart is a go-to of mine. Even if I don’t end up buying anything, it is a site I check out pretty frequently. They add new items regularly and they are in a really great price range, not cheap but not outrageous either. And the two gals who run it are super stylish so you know they are only going to put up great pieces. That means that half the work is done for you.  Some of the items sell out so if you see something you want, snatch it up quickly before someone else does.  I’ve been looking for the perfect white t-shirt for what feels like forever! I finally found this one and it is a favorite. And of course, now it looks like it is sold out. But check back because they sometimes restock their basics and best sellers! It is a bit sheer (but not too sheer) so I just wear it with a little bralette. It’s super soft and works with so many different things.

Best shorts ever! Palm Tree shorts from Ascot and Hart. As you know, shorts are sort of new for me. Ascot + Hart has some really great ones! I love their patterns and they, most often are not booty shorts which I appreciate. These palm tree shorts (available in black) have been my fave so far this summer and I wear them all the time.  Even out of the house. You can see a pair of cute ruffled black ones I got from them too in this post.  Their customer service is awesome and shipping is fast. Every time they Instagram that they have a new piece in their store I hear my husband and wallet sigh. 

Love this kimono from @lulusdotcom. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comMy next stop is always Lulus.  While the site is probably geared towards a younger audience than myself, I can always find something that I love. This kimono is my fave (similar here)! I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop. I love the length and pattern and it works perfectly over rompers, jeans, whatever.

Tie dye dress and nude booties from @lulusdotcom. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comThis tie dye maxi and nude booties (available in black) are also from Lulus.  I had my eyes on these shoes for a while and finally got them. The heel is my favorite. They are super comfy and I can walk in them and not look like a fool. Buh-bye stilettos. I don’t wear these walking the kids to and from school. I’m not crazy. But they are perfect for date night. So is this tie dye dress.  Although throw on a cute pair of flip-flops and I can look extra cute a pick up. 

My fave new dress from @lulusdotcom. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comThis is, by far, my favorite dress of the summer. It is by Billabong and also from Lulus. It has a great neckline, a totally acceptable hi-lo hem and the pattern makes my heart skip a beat. I wish you could see the back detail as well! It’s somewhat racer back but done in a totally new way. LOVE! Check out my model pose, huh. You can read more about what I’m doing in that field right here. 

White and Blue dress with pink bralette from @lulusdotcom. // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd while I am not totally in focus in this shot, you can see the other dress I have been wearing all day, every day for the summer and will continue to well in to fall. The back is open with a little tie, so the pink bralette is the perfect thing to add a pop of extra color to this dress. The hem is gorgeous with a large lace detail and I love the blue embroidered triangles. If you can’t tell, I like my clothes to be really comfortable. And all of these pieces are. They are perfect for sitting through PTA meetings. (image above courtesy of Dez and Tam Photography)

Leopard print Etnies sneakers. LOVE these with simple black jeans and white t. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd my last favorite item is these leopard Etnies sneakers. THESE make walking to and from school from.  They go with tons of outfits and they are super cute. All of the items shown, with the exception of the shorts will be going along in to fall with me. It is still very much summer here so I’m not expecting to have to throw on a sweater or jacket for another few months.

I also like to check out The Oxford Trunk, Brandy Melville, H&M, and ASOS.

What are your go-to shops?

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Body Image : Shorts or No Shorts?

Short black romper with geometric clutch. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo, I guess I’m really going for it this summer with all these posts about myself.  I mean, I showed you my big old face last week, wrinkles and all.  I’ve shared my scars with you.  Well today I’m sharing my cellulite, stretch marks and body image issues with you.  If you are a regular reader, you know I like to keep it real.  But I also think it is really healthy for me to share this stuff with you.  For years I wouldn’t leave the house without blow drying and straightening my hair.  But I am WAY past that now and it has been very freeing.  Ok, well I still always have makeup but my hair is air dried.  But I have another goal for myself.  One that I think many other people also have.  So let’s encourage each other and see if we can all free one of our body image phobias.  It has been YEARS since I’ve worn shorts.  Yes, I wore them once last summer in Palm Springs.  And guess what, I wore them a few Saturdays ago to the grocery store.  But I’d really like to get to a place where I feel confidant enough to through them on whenever it’s hot out.  When was the last time you wore shorts?  Are you afraid of them like I am?

Black shorts romper.  My goal is to wear shorts this summer. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI bought this CUTE black shorts romper from Old Navy while on a vacation in May.  I have not worn it yet except to take these pictures in the safety of Lauren’s back yard.  I didn’t even wear it home.  I changed back in to my other clothes before I left.  Why does it have to be this way?  For me, I think my image issues are two-fold.  Half of it is man-made (ie my cellulite from my love affair with Pop Tarts and my love handles from all those desserts) and the stretch marks I had no control over from growing very fast.  The chalk-white skin doesn’t help anything but since worshipping the sun is out for me, I can only rely on creams to give them color (if I want a nice orangey hue).  I see all kinds of people wearing shorts and it is encouraging to me that one day I’ll be able to wear them too without a second thought.  And since I had a trip to Mexico coming up, where it is like a trillion degrees, I knew that I would HAVE to wear shorts.  

Body image.  How come I can't wear shorts?  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt took all my effort to play it cool standing still for Lauren to take these photos.  Sitting is a whole other problem.  I was so uncomfortable sitting in these shorts!  I know that we always see our flaws in a much more pronounced way than others.  I’m choosing to share these photos on here in an effort to help myself overcome my fear of people judging my flaws, which most people wouldn’t do unless they are total a-holes.  Since the beginning of June, I have really changed my diet and have started seeing some crazy improvements.  It really is true, diet and exercise works.  I haven’t put too much emphasis on the exercise portion yet, but the diet has helped me start to improve my body from the inside out.  As well as how I view my body.  I don’t have a scale so I can only go by how my clothes are fitting and the fact that my muffin top is almost gone!  Huzzah!  So the other day when it was super hot and I had to run out to the store, I felt like I could finally reach for a pair of shorts.  I texted 3 different people to let them know I was outside in shorts and I climbed in my car to do my grocery shopping.  Guess what?  No one laughed at me or my legs.  Liberating.  I felt proud that I had really made a difference with my lifestyle for the better and was able to change some of my problem areas just with making better choices.  And there are things that I can do for the stretch marks as well.  I can’t wait to try out this body scrub from Frank which targets cellulite, stretch marks, eczema and more.  I get that it will take more than just a scrub to completely erase my trouble areas, but it is nice to know there are things, especially made from natural ingredients, that might help them out. 

Black ruffle shorts with t-shirt.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBefore I left for Mexico I got a spray tan since I knew it would help me feel more confidant in my shorts and DEFINITELY in my swimsuit.  Our first full day there, I wore shorts.  And I didn’t hate it!  I made Lauren take a picture as proof.  This is my best Giselle pose.  Because I am sure she throws herself in to a corner to get THE shot.  We walked around town all day and I ended up loving wearing the shorts.  I felt like a huge hurdle was cleared.  I wore shorts the next day as well.  And when I got home, I didn’t hesitate to put on shorts.  As my tan is gone at this point, I do feel a little more self conscious about wearing them.  But it is WAY less than it was at the start of summer.  I’m going to keep up with my healthy eating and perhaps add in a little more exercise.  Perhaps.  But I have some bad news to report.  I wore those adorable ruffled black shorts one time and since they got ocean water on them I washed them when I got home.  I hand washed them and hung them to dry.  They totally shrunk!  Such a bummer!  I think I can still wear them but only to the pool.  I would NEVER go to the store in them now as I think they may frown on actually seeing that much of a woman’s bum.

We see our flaws.  Other people wouldn't agree with them.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comNow can we talk for a second about my man hands?  This is another problem area for me.  I mean, look at that dainty little wrist.  And then look at that gorilla hand hanging off of it.

Don't touch my punch bowl. I mean, a girl should be able to drink out of a punchbowl and not feel like she is in a Seinfeld episode.  I was going to share this image last year on Instagram but didn’t because my man hand was just too much to share.  So here it is.  Although diet is not going to change my opinion or size of my hands, I’m going to let my insecurities about them go.  What are the insecurities you need to let go of?  Will you pledge to wear shorts with me this summer and beyond?

Best Hat for Summer

*I was sent this hat by Goorin Bros. but they didn’t sponsor this post. You know I’m a fan of floppy hats.  And this one is perfect for summer travel! I just had to share it! The perfect travel hat for summer vacations.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m going to be honest with you right now.  My head is odd shaped and I have big ears.  I’m okay with both of these things.  However these issues really limit my hat choices.  Similarly, I can’t usually wear headbands.  They pop right off the top of my cone-shaped head.   I’d love to wear a jaunty fedora or cool Panama hat.  It just isn’t in the cards for me.  But I can and do wear floppy hats.  With my basal cell I need something between me and the sun.  And while the hat doesn’t totally protect me, it definitely helps to keep the sun off my face which is really important.  This Sun Kissed black and white striped hat from Goorin Bros. is my new fave (similar style here the Sun Kissed is sold out for the season! Boo!).  Full disclosure: they sent it to me. But guess what, I would have totally bought it otherwise.  It really is the best hat for summer. 

What to pack for a beach summer vacation. Including this cute hat c/o @goorinbros  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI can’t wait to share all the details from my Mexico trip soon but I knew that this hat would be perfect to take with me. I think black and white stripes, like leopard print, are a neutral so it would go with everything.  And look how perfect it went with my new bikini top.  I’m drawn to black and white but this small stripe is a really summery way to wear it.  

The Sun Kissed from @goorinbros.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI can’t believe how well it traveled.  I’m not the kind of gal to carry on a hat.  So I packed it in my suitcase.  Tip: I crammed the part that sits on your head with all my undergarments and slips to make sure the shape would keep.  I was a little less careful on my return trip and it still held up like a champ! I will be taking this with me on all my summer vacations!  I even carried this in a tote bag one day and it still didn’t get messed up. That is the kind of quality product I need in my life. 

The Sun Kissed from @goorinbros is the best black and white stripe floppy hat to take on vacation!  It's super versatile and goes with everything!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt even looks cute on a cactus.  

This striped floppy hat from @goorinbros travels so well!  Perfect for a Mexican getaway!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI stinking love this hat and am grateful that Grooin Bros. sent it to me.  Thank you Goorin Bros! Be sure to check out their site to see their full selection of hats.  They literally have styles to suit everyone!  And check out their stores if you happen to be in the area, they have them all around the US and Canada.

Walking by the mission in Loreto, Mexico. #vdplfam

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