Vintage Jewelry

Vintage Necklace with jeansI’m not a huge jewelry person. I don’t have enough disposable income to splurge on really great pieces. And I am pretty picky with the quality and the overall look of a necklace. My fingers only look good in rings when my nails are painted, which isn’t often. And bracelets tend to drive me insane when I’m writing or typing or generally living my life though out the day. That being said, I LOVE a good vintage piece. Especially when there is a story or connection attached.  Before my grandma passed away, she gave me some of her jewelry. The pieces are worth nothing, and worth everything at the same time. I have SO enjoyed wearing the jewelry and think of her whenever I wear it. I can’t wait to pass it along to my nieces some day. Or my son’s wives (Holy crap. They are just 6 and 8 years old. That fast forward thinking is making me go fetal for a moment…)

pretty vintage jewelryRecently, my mother-in-law brought over a few things that belonged to my husband’s grandmother to see if I’d like any of them. I kept a few things including the necklace shown in the first photo and the gold and green one directly above. I thought it was so special that my mom-in-law would think of me and I love that I get to enjoy some jewelry that B’s grandma probably enjoyed as well. These will be shared with my niece on my husband’s side. She’s 12. So when she grows out of her Claire’s phase and if these are her style, these will be ready and waiting for her. Hopefully by high school.

I keep my eyes out for vintage jewelry when I’m at thrift stores, etc. but have yet to find anything extraordinary like those left to me by family. What is your favorite piece of jewelry? What’s the story behind it?

 

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Cool Sweatshirts

Cool geometric Adidas sweatshirt.I’m super in to sweatshirts right now. Crew neck. No hoods. Hoods just make your hair all dumb in the back. And being in California, we don’t really need heavy winter coats. And although I still wear some cardigans, my husband hates them. So sweatshirts it is!

Cool SweatshirtsHere are a few of my favorites. I’m totally a hermit when it’s cold outside. Heart of Gold is my husband’s fave Neil Young song so this totally reminds me of him. And not only do I love the custom capabilities of Bow and Drape, I love this play on Gold Digger. Especially since I’m totally in a goal setting mood right now.

Here are some more faves I found.

Sweatshirt, jeans and Birkenstocks. My fave uniform.Jeans, a sweatshirt and Birkenstocks are the perfect uniform.

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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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