I always feel like I don’t know how to dress for the winter. I hate to be cold and so that means I look for things that are more function than form. I have a few pairs of jeans that I rotate between (why is it so hard to find flattering jeans that don’t cost a fortune?!). And I wear a LOT of sweatshirts. A good (meaning stylish) sweatshirt can be hard to find and I usually just end up picking up multiple basic ones from the men’s department at Target ($8 a piece, yo! It’s a bargain!). But I was starting to feel really blah so I decided to do a DIY fashion makeover on a black sweatshirt. I love how it turned out and it was SO easy.
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.
I really thought I could take my kids shopping with me. I had it all figured out. I took my best friend, who was visiting from out-of-town, with me. I figured she could keep an eye on them while I tried on a bathing suit. And it worked pretty well. I only had to stop a few times to break up a fight or check on a “head collision.” But when they started to get all up in the window displays, I knew I had to wrap it up. I got the suit, and nothing was damaged. But my friend has gone home and it’s just me and the boys. Which means, either I have to take them with me (and risk the ever worrisome ‘you break it, you bought it’) or I have to shop on the weekends when my hubby is home. And who wants to deal with mall crowds on the weekend? That leaves online shopping for taking care of my summer fashion needs and wants.
I’ve rounded up my fave items that I am coveting for the warm summer months. This way I can shop online and not have to worry about getting side eye for the young retail gals who don’t find two loud, grabby handed, boys cute. You know when I do a shopping post that the prices are always pretty reasonable unless it is an extra special item that you can use again and again (hullo, Marc Jacobs). What’s on your online shopping list for summer?
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Hey Orange County peeps! Looking for something cool to do this weekend? Come check out the Style Festival at Brea Mall this Saturday, June 20th from noon to 5 pm! Refinery 29 and Simon have teamed up to bring you the latest in fashion, rad DIYs and the best in summer music! Check out the Style Stage to find out what the hottest trends for summer are. Visit the DIY and Beauty Stage to have your hair braided or make a DIY band tee! And don’t even think about missing MS MR play live! (I LOVE this band!) I’ll be there so come say hi! And be sure to follow Brea Mall on Instagram. I’ll be taking over their account from 12 – 1 pm sharing what is happening at the event!
Not in California? This event will be traveling around the country so head to one near you! And visit the Style Festival website to see all the details, like who is playing in your mall (Just an FYI, I’m seriously thinking about flying to Miami just so I can see my favorite IN LIFE, Twin Shadow). And be sure to check out the Style Festival Spotify playlist. It’s really all you need for summer.
Hope to see you Saturday!
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 . Noon – 5 pm . Brea Mall . 500 Brea Mall Way
Have you guys heard of #Yoshirt yet? You may have noticed it in my side bar, or seen me mention it on instagram. I’m super excited to share this video with you of how the products are made. But I do want to disclose that this is my husband’s company. This is not a sponsored post but I am paid in unconditional love and support and now I want to give a little bit of that right back to him!
Some of you know that my husband recently got the chance of a lifetime. He is working full-time on a company called Yoshirt where you can make custom clothing and phone cases with your own photos and designs. They just finished this video explaining the process and wanted to share it. The products are super cool and I’m going to be designing some for myself to wear really soon!
I get such a kick when my kid’s wear the custom socks they made of their principal for crazy sock day. Keep in mind these are adult sized socks (at the moment – more products being added soon). The possibilities are endless for this app! Go download it!
OMG! Where’d you get Yoshirt!
*This post was created in partnership with Kohl’s. All opinions are mine and I have a lot of them.
Over the last year, my husband has started making us pancakes on the weekend. It doesn’t happen every weekend. But they have become a fairly regular occurrance. It is something we all look forward to and has become really special to us. Of course it happens on special ocassions (like birthdays or holidays) but it also makes an ordinary weekend morning feel extra special. Because of our busy schedules, we find it really hard to share meals with each other. Our pancake breakfasts are super informal but mean the world to each member of our family.
He follows the same recipe each time. Since this is pretty much the only thing my husband cooks, it has been really fun to watch him perfect his technique and see him make this his own. I try really hard to bite my tongue and offer tips. Is that hard for anyone else?
Although the plain pancakes are tasty, lately we’ve been jazzing them up with bacon bits (omg! Do it!) and chocolate chips. Because, chocolate. My husband falls on the less is more side. But I don’t think you can ever have too much chocolate. Sometimes I try to sneak in and add more chocolate chips to my pancakes without him noticing…
When the boys wake up in the morning, they immediately grab their electronics and play their favorite games. It keeps them entertained while dad is busy at the stove. I love that if we are having pancakes, it means that we don’t have anywhere to run off to. It’s the perfect family time.
And we always have music playing in the kitchen. No matter if I am cooking, or my husband is making his pancakes. We always have a speaker to listen to our favorite playlists. For mornings, my husband generally picks this indie-focused Songza playlist. Or sometimes it is classic rock. And since we usually let the kid’s pick the music at dinner, we finally have control! It’s glorious! No Kidz Bop. Not on my watch.
Sol speaker and clear acrylic ice bucket (no longer on the site) c/o Kohl’s.
My job for the pancake breakfast is very small. I am in charge of the fruit. My kids love berries so I try to make sure they eat them as much as possible. And fresh strawberries are SO AMAZING with chocolate chip pancakes.
And once my job is done, I get to sit and relax! Yes, you read that right. I get to drink coffee and play around on Pinterest while I have a delicious, home-cooked meal made for ME! It is awesome. I usually hang out in the kitchen, with the music playing, slowly starting the day.
Tony Hawk tank top c/o Kohl’s
When the pancakes are close to being ready, we call both boys in to the kitchen. We have a really nice dining table, but we would rather eat in the kitchen. We keep the music playing, pass the syrup around and enjoy being together.
Pokemon shirt c/o Kohl’s
As you can tell, Kohl’s has a little bit of everything. I’m in love with the kitchen department and love the Food Network products as well as the selection from Kitchenaid. I love that I can go pick up some new clothes for the boys (and myself, holler!) and a large spatula for my husband to use on his self-declared “world famous pancakes.” It is a great place to go when you need a bunch of different types of things for a special ocassion, whatever that may be in your life. I was supposed to pick up a gift for someone else when I was there. But I got distracted by the LC Lauren Conrad department…And have you seen the cute MILLY for Kohl’s collection?? Adorable!
And one of my favorite parts about Kohl’s is that you can get SO much for your money! I took some time to figure out how to use coupons and Kohl’s Cash and I felt like I stretched my dollar.
For $200, plus some Kohl’s cash I had earned, I got the items noted above: 5 melamine plates, one ceramic bowl, two kitchen towels, a spatula, the cutting mats, the speaker, an ice bucket, the Pokemon t-shirt, the striped tank top and my Vera Wang pants, PLUS a pair of shorts, a short romper, two pairs of underwear, and a bikini top. BOOM. I love Kohl’s.
Thank you for supporting brands, like Kohl’s, that let me share our favorite life moments with you.
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