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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Personal Style with JC Penney Back to School

Back to school shopping at JC Penney. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAh! My baby is totally growing up! He’s my first-born.  He’s who I figured everything out with.  He’s who made me a mother and who delights me every day.  It has been amazing to watch him grow and to figure out his own style.  I was pretty apprehensive about back to school shopping with him this year.  I can’t pick anything out for him anymore.  Everything requires his approval or he flat-out won’t wear it.  I am ok with him defining his style, but he’s a fan of licensed character shirts and I am just not.  I was worried about how we would compromise and if I could take a step back and let him create his look. We took a trip to JC Penney to pick out some back to school clothes. It went far better than expected, especially because JC Penney carries some of our favorite brands like DC Shoes, Nike, and Vans. We were excited to get to share his personal style with JC Penney for back to school shopping.  This kid is a true individual and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are a few things that make him special: This blue blanket is a trusted member of our family. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHis blue blanket still comforts him greatly.  But we are starting to try out being without it.  (Trust me, it’s not going far. My husband and I sleep with our own afghan every night). He’s a pretty brave little boy.  And has the sweetest heart.  When we started working on going without a pacifier, we told him it was time to pass it down to his baby brother.  He didn’t even flinch but wrapped it up in a cute little package for his brother and never looked back.  He was a child model. Very briefly. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe had a very brief stint as a child model with a large display in our local department store. But he never turned in to a diva. I think it helps that he doesn’t even remember this… My boy has always been a music lover. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe has always had a love a music and never hesitates to share his passion with us. He’s really not in to being a front man, though (this photo was taken in the privacy of our back yard for my eyes only).  He’d prefer to make the music and work alongside a band. My little Ghostbusters fan. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe ain’t afraid of no ghosts.  He's always been so great dealing with his food allergies and asthma. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe is an absolute trooper with his asthma and food allergies. From time to time he will voice his displeasure but for the most part he just handles it.  This kid is so dang cool.  Big brothers are the best. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe’s the best older brother.  My little long haired Boy Scout. He sometimes gets flack for his hair but he doesn't let it bother him. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStyle wise he keeps his hair long.  And it is his decision. He tells us it is his trademark and he wants to keep it that way. I totally stand behind his decision to wear it long. He understands that not everyone will like it and is gracious when people mistakenly call him a girl. He is my little Cub Scout and enjoys being part of the pack and earning badges. He’s a good friend and a great example of acceptable behavior (most of the time).  Selfie with mom. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe will almost always indulge me in a selfie.  Back to school shopping at JC Penney with my stylish boy. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe has definite opinions about how he wants to dress.  And lately he has been “dressing up” a bit. When he wants to look nice he will go and pick out a woven button up shirt. And I couldn’t say no when he picked out a clip on tie from JC Penney.  I mean what kid in elementary school doesn’t need a tie?  He also asked for a suit but I had to draw the line somewhere. Cool kicks for back to school. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comLike me, this kid does not shy away from color and enjoys the neon.  Plain black t-shirts will never go out of style. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe picked out some great pieces from our shopping day at JC Penney.  These plain t-shirts were on sale for $6.  They will go with everything.  And he is great at posing for pictures.  Back to school shopping at JC Penney. #thatsmykid #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comPlease note that he is giving himself “rabbit ears.”  It is the newest form of photo bomb. We were able to agree up on a few character t-shirts.  I told him that he could pick out 2 character t’s and we ended up with only 1.  YES! We had only one minor stand off when he tried to pick out rolled up jean shorts.  NO.  Just no. But these camo shorts are totally his style. We ended up with a bunch of fantastic items from JC Penney, that he and I both agreed on, and still showcases his personal style. I can’t wait to see how he handles this next grade and all that comes with it! I am so looking forward to see how he handles all the things that maturing brings. I have no doubts that he will handle it all with class, style and maybe a few fart jokes.

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JC Penney had everything we needed to head back to school in style.  From skate brands to cool basics, we had plenty of choices to foster his individual style.  And I love that JC Penney wants to celebrate kid’s individuality and self-expression through fashion.  And you can celebrate your own child’s super star qualities.  Use the hashtag #ThatsMyKid on your photos and they might be shared on the JC Penney Facebook page.  Find out all the info here.

When It Fits, You Feel It. http://www.jcpenney.com/backtoschool

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