I think sometimes scarves get a bad rap. The word alone makes me think of old school flight attendants and their perfect little neck scarves serving peanuts and Coke. But they can be real cool and I’m going to show you how to use a scarf two ways. I promise, no one will ask you for an extra blanket.
Can you believe it’s spring already?! It’s starting to warm up here and the weather has been gorgeous! But I’m not quite ready to fully switch to warm weather clothes. Spring is my favorite transitional season. It means that jeans are still totally comfortable but now you can pair them with a cute tank and a light jacket, one that’s more for looks and not for warmth. After feeling stuck in a rut all winter, spring is the time for me to level up my style. Here are a few ways to update your look for spring without much effort or money.
These are my favorite shoes at the moment. I wear a lot of black so these are a fun way to add a focal point and some extra style. And they don’t only look good with black. These work with other prints and just about any other color. Booties are a great shoe for moms on the go because they are comfortable and easy to run around town in. Plus your kids will laugh when they hear the word, ” bootie!” And if you don’t love leopard print (we can’t possibly be friends) they make booties in all kinds of patterns, colors and textures. So versatile!
Make Up Bags
I’m addicted to little makeup bags. They are usually inexpensive, especially if they are from Forever 21 or H&M. And they come in a variety of colors and patterns. Bright colors are a great update for spring. We tend to get all dark and dreary in the winter months so bringing a pop of color back in is great. These bags are great to carry just a few necessities in if you are going out to dinner. Or use them to organize the black hole that is your purse.
Does anyone else hear the term Black hat and think of Scandal? While you should be wearing sunscreen every day, it is probably time to start putting a little bit more thought in to protecting your skin. A hat is perfect because it provides some extra shade but they also look super cool (except when the wind blows a certain direction and it blows the front of the hat up and I look like Blossom). Spring is the perfect time for hats because it’s not quite hot enough to get your head all sweaty underneath. There is nothing worse than wearing a hat and being too embarrassed to take it off because you know your hair is a matted hot mess underneath.
I won this Stella and Dot necklace from a contest around Christmas time. It took me a long time, and several Facebook crowd sourcing posts to figure out what I should have engraved on there. Ultimately I went with “be cool” which is something we say a lot in our family. It means so many different things: settle down, chillax, be yourself. I love when I wear it because people always ask me about it. Plus it’s rose gold and that’s so pretty. Stella and Dot aren’t the only people who make engraveable bar necklaces. And while I do love this one, I could certainly see picking up another one with a longer message (or names).
I love a good bright lip. But not, like, a really bright lipstick lip. At least it doesn’t work well on me. I’m that girl who looks put together for a minute and then the next minute I look like The Joker. This Pop Balm by L’oreal (in Electric Pink) comes in a lipstick tube but goes on like a sheer balm. It provides a bunch of color in an understated way if that make any sense…All I know is that I love that it makes me feel like I have a finished make up look going on that won’t end up smeared across my face.
How do you update your look for spring?
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I’m super crafty in my head but when it comes right down to it, I’m pretty limited in my DIY skills. Like, bags and things. I may be able to sew a straight line, but I could never whip up a little pouch with a zipper. So here are some DIY gift ideas, for all the gals on your list, that are super simple and can be made by any skill level! Did I mention they are super cute? ‘Cause they are.
Don’t tell my husband, but I think I like fishing. I learned some basic skills as a girl on our family vacations to the mountains and had a chance to brush up again this summer. It’s super boring, and I don’t want to be on a boat all day (unless there is wine and music). The main reason I like fishing is because of the tackle. I mean, Power Bait comes in all kinds of pretty colors including marbled and glitter varieties. And snap swivels aren’t just for your tackle box. This is how you make DIY bracelets with snap swivels.
There is nothing better than travel during the summer. This year I am SO excited to share a place with my kids that my family vacationed every year growing up. Which is also where my dad vacationed as a boy! It is going to be so special. And I CAN’T wait! I’m sure we will also end up in Palm Springs (a few times) and who knows where else! Today I’m sharing some of my summer travel essentials. Be warned. I am not a light packer. You may be able to do without these things, but I know what I need to have a good time. I hate forgetting things at home. And I like to be prepared for just about every possible scenario.
I usually work on blog stuff in the mornings. Even the weekend. So it was a really nice change of pace when my son found our mini donut baker in the garage and all but demanded we make them immediately. So we did. And they loved them. And it was really fun to make something for breakfast and take a little more time with them instead of being on the computer. I guess sometimes you have to stop and smell the mini donuts.
I die for food magazines. I rarely make anything from them, but I have to read them each month. Over the last year or so I’ve been falling in love with Bon Appetit and their styling. They just get me. It’s all I can do to wait patiently for the new issue to arrive each month. The creative direction is SO GOOD. Like, I want to rip out these pages and decoupage them on my dresser like I did with bands in high school.
This didn’t happen in October but I didn’t download the photo until now so it missed last month’s ‘Things I Love.” My dear friend, Erika, was an extra on Brooklyn 99, one of my fave shows. So of course we had to have a viewing party at her house and experience it together. It was the Halloween episode. She nailed it. I love watching her explore this new path in her life and think she is awesome. See her on Cougar Town here.
You guys. I’ve only been wine tasting twice now but both times I really felt like I needed to wear this vintage grape necklace that my grandma gave me. Do you really need to have a good luck charm for wine tasting? Because I think this is mine. My grandma wasn’t in to wine per se although she always ordered a Chablis when we ate at the pizzeria. One of the funniest conversations I ever had with my grandparents was them making fun of pretentious wine tasters and the adjectives they use to describe the wine. I will never forget it. I love this necklace. And this shirt. I will die if anything happens to it. It’s Erin Wasson for RVCA and it is my all time fave. If we’ve hung out in person you have certainly seen me in it. And I love my new necklace from Shop Serene Sky. I won it at a blogger event and it’s totally my style! So glad I didn’t win the free month of exercise.
Dearest fried green bean, how did I not know about you until now? I saw someone post about these on their instagram account and later that day went to try them. I adore green beans. It’s the world’s best vegetable. And fried?! Yum. This was my first time at The Habit, although it is in the same parking lot as my Joann’s so you know I’ve passed it and smelled it like a gazillion times. The burger was also amazing! Can’t wait to go back and try out more things! I also love that they put a gummy hamburger in the kids meals! Nice touch.
You know I love Nerds, right? They are my fave. But if Nerds and green beans got in to a fight, I’m not sure whose earrings I would hold. That’s not true. I would mean mug the green beans and back my Nerds. And then eat the green beans and then the Nerds. So when Geeky Hostess posted this it made my heart sing. Candy against bullying. Now that is a cause I can get behind. Well done Wonka.
YOU GUYS! I’m sorry to shout at you but these pants changed my life. So I’m pretty cheap about my denim. I used to buy pricey pants, and they really did fit and wear well. But it just isn’t the right time for me to spend a lot on good denim. So I’ve been hitting the cheapy stores for my pants. These stores usually go for a younger audience so the pants are all low-rise and terrible whiskering. Well, I finally came across that was high-waisted (but not in a Jessica Simpson high-waisted pants debacle, high waist) jeans and they are awesome! The whiskering and details are still not something I would typically go for, but the fact that my muffin top is fully ensconced in these pants is amazing! I instantly felt pounds lighter. Shirts lay nicer. And I don’t constantly have to hitch them up. Because they sit above my hip bones, they don’t slip down much to create saggy butt. Life changing. So now I wear them every day. I apologize in advance.
This one is also from last month. My husband has a friend who is an artist and he created some custom pieces for a show at the Long Beach Museum of Art. One of the pieces is a sort of team photo from a made up sport and my husband is one of the players. So of course we had to go see my husband hanging on a museum wall. We took the kids and they were so much fun to have there. My oldest dressed like he was going for an art heist (here he is missing the beanie and hood up). And my youngest was super in to the receptions happening outside including dancing like a spaz to the band and sucking down Sprite from the bar. And, of course, we had to get them on the red carpet. The docents only had to talk to the boys a dozen times to remind them not to touch anything.
I have new favorite wines! I fell in love with Trio from Lorimar Winery on my first visit (a red with notes of coconut, yum). But this last visit I was lucky enough to get to taste even more of their wines. Their sparkling wine is my fave sparkling! SO delicious! And the Grenache Blanc is where it’s at. I can’t wait to crack that baby open! Looks like I’ve got my holiday drinking game plan set.
I was invited to attend a Tillamook cheese event a few weeks ago and it was amazing. Tillamook partners with chefs from all over the country and has them create sensational dishes using Tillamook product. This event was in conjunction with the Chef’s of Haven Gastro Pub and Provisions Market in Orange. The servers strolled around with platters of beer and cheese beignets and other delightful cheesey dishes. There was a fantastic cheese tasting spread set out complete with beer pairings and then there was this Mac and Cheese. Best. Ever. For this recipe they used the Extra Sharp White Cheddar and added bacon and other yummy goodness. The event was awesome but my favorite part is that they are sharing all the recipes! I want to make everything! Here is the White Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese. I fell in love with the Black Pepper White Cheddar and can’t wait to find that again in a grocery store. Mmmmmm.