Happy Monday loves!! I hope that all of you are enjoying the day off today, and that all of you fellow mommies out there are surviving the day with the kids home. I had an early doctors appointment with Sam this morning…poor baby has a confirmed egg allergy. But luckily it seems to only be whole egg (like scrambled eggs) and not cooked eggs (like in baked goods).
I came home to the older boys decked out in full on ninja turtle costumes using our kitchen cookware (pots, pans, utensils) as “weapons”. Boys will be boys! We got out for lunch and to the park because the weather was sunny and high 50s. But now we are curled up at home watching movies because it got super cloudy and there is a winter storm warning. Say what?!? In typical Dallas fashion, it is going to drop 30-40 degrees and we may even see some ice and snow. Crazy!!
Today’s look is all about one of my favorite winter movements; sweater weather! January is such a great time to pull out the heavier sweaters since it will be cold for a while, and to purchase some new ones as there are so many on sale. Cozy layers will always be in style because they are both pretty and practical. But mastering how to layer your winter styles is not always an easy task. Oversized knits can quickly look or feel weighted down. So I like to style off-the-shoulder sweaters and oversized sweaters with a feminine cami underneath. I also like to pair heavier knits with a chic mini skirt. Winter styling with layers is both pretty and practical, but the key is to not pair bulky with bulky. Think oversized sweater with a mini skirt, an off-the-shoulder knit with skinny jeans or a fitted sweater dress.
I’m off to snuggle with my boys as they patiently wait for some snow to fall.
Hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for reading!
Happy New Year!! I hope that your 2018 is off to a fab start! I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the holidays I love how refreshing it is to take the decorations down, clean up from the end of year festivities and purge from the past year in preparation for the new year ahead. There’s so much excitement, hope and possibility of what we can do with the next 365 days!
While I have lots of goals; like staying off of my phone more when I’m around my kids and to drink more water (specifically to drink half of my body in ounces of water each day), etc… my main goal for the year is to wake up before my kids Monday-Friday. You may think, oh so easy! But for me this is a really big challenge. I am SOOOOO not a morning person. Or rather I’m SOOOOO much of a night owl. I love the quiet in the house when everyone is a asleep. I enjoy staying up to complete projects. Since I tend to stay up way too late, I end up hitting the snooze button more than once in the mornings. On the days when I’ve woken up early I do love the feeling of how much I can accomplish in the morning.
Pre-kids, and pre owning my own business(es), my husband and I would get up really early to workout before work. And I loved that! Now that we both work from home and we have three kids our schedules fluctuate day to day and I’ve come to rely on my kids to be my alarm clock. So bad! I truly believe that the day will flow a lot better if I wake up before the kids do. I did this over the summer in order to run outside before it got to be 100 degrees out, and I really did love it! But I fell of course and now I’m excited to get back to it. I think Charlie (my early riser) will be shocked when I’m downstairs when he wakes up!
One thing that I hope to accomplish early in the morning is my workout. I’m good about working out. It makes me a better wife and mom and I feel so much better. Working out is my “me time” and therapeutic. But sometimes I workout at 8:30am, sometimes at 10:00am, other times at 4:00pm. It’s all over the board. I prefer to workout first thing in the morning. It helps me wake up, gives me energy for the rest of the day, starts me off on a healthy and positive way, it’s out of the way and I don’t have to think about or worry about when I will fit it in, and I genuinely make better decisions with food and eating if I’ve worked out. I’ve found it difficult in general to keep a routine for myself and for my family ever since we had our third baby. And I think starting my day earlier (before the kids are up) will help with this.
The start of a new year is a wonderful time to reevaluate your goals and to take small actionable steps to achieve them. So I wanted to share my top 7 tips for achieving a fitness goal. If you have any tips on how to stop hitting the snooze button in the mornings I would love to hear them! 🙂
My Top 7 Work Out Tips:
1. Choose Your Days & Times
Like I am doing, select the days and times that work for you. Write it down, put it in your calendar, commit to it. Consider waking up earlier (like me) to fit your workout into your day before life gets busy.
Ease into it. Every journey starts with a single step. Even if it means starting out by waking up and doing a single push up then two push ups the next day. Or running 1 mile then increasing to 2 miles the next week. Establish your routine without being overwhelmed. I’ve heard that in general it takes 6-12 weeks to create a habit. Focus on establishing your new routine. The love for working out and living a healthier lifestyle, and desire not to miss a workout, will follow. Focus first on getting active and developing a routine before adding in any changes to your diet or meal plan. I find I eat so much healthier and make better decisions with food when I’ve worked out. Make adding physical activity to your lifestyle the focus and main goal starting out, and the healthier food decisions should come a lot easier.
3. Do Something You Love
If you don’t love it you’ll dread it. Try several things until you find something you love. My workouts have evolved over the years. I used to love to workout at the gym and liked the step machine and the elliptical. And I did a ton of classes, resistance training (“body pump” classes), yoga, pilates, step, etc… It wasn’t until right before I got pregnant with Charlie that I got really into running. And ever since I love running and “need” a run a few times a week or I don’t feel like myself. I also love barre classes and more recently resistance workouts again.
4. Quality over Quantity
Doing 10 push ups correctly is so much more effective than doing 100 push ups half assed or with improper form. Giving your all for 30 minutes is much more effective than haphazardly wandering the gym for 60 minutes. Likewise rushing to fit a workout in every day is not as effective as dedicating 30-60 minutes 3 times a week to put your phone down, leave your work on your desk, leave your kids with a sitter and focus on you and your body without distractions.
5. Change it Up and Keep it Fresh
Like I said above, my workouts have really evolved over the years. It’s fun, and good for our muscles to change things up. That could mean planning your week so that you are not doing the exact same workout each day. Such as running or walking 3 times a week and resistance training 3 times a week. Or it could mean remembering how much fun you had riding your bike as a kid so why not try a SoulCycle class. Or recall how much fun it was dancing at a recent friends wedding, so maybe you want to try out HIIT Fitness. If you are getting bored, change it up! Exercise should push you and challenge you.
6. Join Forces with a Friend and/or Join a Fitness Group
It can be tremendously helpful to have a support system. Ask a friend to be your accountability partner. Join a fitness group or schedule workouts with a group of friends. This is especially helpful if you enjoy the social accept of fitness and working out.
7. Stay Off the Scale
I hardly ever weigh myself. I can tell just by how I feel if my weight is a bit up or a bit down. The numbers on the scale are just that, they’re numbers. What matters is how you feel. Instead try to “measure” your success based on how you feel rather than on the numbers. You aren’t going to reach a goal weight or size (aka a number) and then be done with working out. You will reach a point where fitness is a natural part of your lifestyle. A great tip is to take progress photos that way you’ll have a way to track your progress. And progress photos are a fab source of motivation.
Happy New Years Eve!! I can’t believe that we are already to this point of the year!! 2017 was a great year in so many ways; I focused a lot on being a mommy with the birth of our third son. But now I am also looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store. Naturally as a fashion lover I found a bunch of great pieces in 2017 that I will definitely be taking along with me into 2018. Below (and pictured above) are some of my absolute favorite purchases and most worn items of 2017.
Best Basic –
Okay y’all I seriously had been wearing the same North Face fleece jacket for more years than I could count. Like maybe the same one I had in high school, or at least college for sure. So I was long overdue for an update in the basic jacket department. And I opted for an updated version of my beloved North Face Fleece. I love that it’s an easy throw on for outdoor runs, errands, school pick up and more. It’s soft and cozy and keeps me warm.
Favorite Sneakers –
I got these sneakers last winter right before Sam was born and I literally wear them at some point each and every day. I am typically not a sneakers gal unless I am working out, but let’s be honest with three kids I’m in athletic/athleisure wear a lot of the time and I love that these sneakers go with everything. They’re comfortable enough for walks with the babes and easy enough to throw on to quickly take the kids to school. I do not recommend them for working out, but rather for an every day sneaker. For runs and strength training I wear these.
Shoe Crush –
These shoes may just be my very favorite purchase of 2017! I am obsessed!! Not only are they super cute (hello straps that tie into bows!) but they are also surprisingly really comfortable 🙂 They are an investment but the quality and comfort pay for themselves. I have seen a few dupes out there in nude/blush, such as these.
Best Investment Item –
My fav handbag purchase of 2017 was also my best investment item this year. It holds a decent amount for a clutch. The craftsmanship and design is so beautiful! I love it so much that I’ve been thinking of getting one in black too.
Favorite Layering Piece –
This was by far the “it” jacket of the year! And I do not see the popularity of it waning anytime soon. It comes in so many colors that it can be overwhelming to decide on which one to get, so I recommend taking note of what is already in your closet and which color you would get the most wear out of. The pretty colors (red, blue, etc…) are tempting but I find the basics of grey, black or brown get the most wear.
Most Loved Jeans –
These jeans we’re definitely my favorite denim purchase this year. I suddenly realized this fall that just about all of the jeans I owned were distressed. Distressed denim is great and all but I was in need of a more “professional” looking denim that I could wear to kids’ school functions, meetings, etc… My search brought me back to one of my long time favorite brands, 7 For All Mankind. They fit me great, they have a large selection of styles and washes and low and behold they have this fab pair of non-distressed jeans that quickly became a wardrobe favorite for me.
Cozy up in these Comfy Pants –
Anyone that knows me really well knows that the very first thing I do when I get home is put my comfy clothes on. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2pm or 6pm. So naturally it was just too hard to pick one favorite for this category. I live in both these sweatpants and these leggings. I got the leggings originally to workout in but they are SO comfortable that I find myself wearing them as comfy pants around the house more often than not! They are literally the softest most comfortable leggings EVER!!! And my husband loves how the super pale pink color leaves just enough to the imagination 😉 They also come in grey, green and blue.
Fitness Favorite –
Speaking of workout gear. These leggings are my most worn leggings for actually working out. And this sports bra which I have in several colors. I get complimented on the leggings all the time. I think it’s the sheen and second skin fit, they’re almost like liquid leggings but more wearable if you ask me.
Prettiest Pout –
This lip combo of liner, lipstick and lipgloss is by far my most favorite and most worn palette. It creates the best nude lip. I’m especially a huge fan of this lipgloss and got it in a few different colors this year.
Wardrobe Staple –
I worked hard this year to purge my closet of clothing that I had been hanging on to for far too long. And instead wanted to start working on filling my wardrobe with good quality staples, like this long sleeve tee. Having basics like a long sleeve tee that can be worn as a standalone or as a layering piece are the foundations of any good wardrobe.
Most Worn Accessory –
My most worn accessory, not just in 2017 but year after year, is hands down my diamond earrings. They were my push present when I had my first son and I wear them every single day. They instantly make my looks appear pulled together effortlessly. Even on days when I’m in athlesiure wear and my hair is pulled up and I don’t have any makeup on I still wear my diamond earrings and I at least feel a little put together and pretty lol.
Best Bauble –
My Mom got me these gold hoop earrings for my birthday this year and I love them! They add just the right amount of fun and pizzazz to any outfit. A good pair of gold or silver hoop earrings can be worn dressed up for an event or dressed down with a long sleeve tee and jeans for an elevated everyday look. Accessories like this are what can take an otherwise dull basic look and make it instantly chic.
I have lash extensions but I like to strengthen my natural lashes and hopefully prevent them from being entirely non-existent whenever I decide to stop with the extensions. So I use NuLash. Style tip – you can use it on your eyebrows too to help grow and fill in brows!
Heathy Hair –
This stuff is like a miracle worker for hair! It’s part heat protectant, part styling product and it wards off frizz for up to 96 hours. I was skeptical at first but after trying it I was hooked! Wash hair, use a small amount of it on damp hair and style. Reactivate later in the day, or the next day, just with heat alone to set and reset your style. No reapplying product. Love this stuff!
Thank you so much for reading and for all of your support throughout this past year! I hope you have an amazing last day of 2017 and a fabulous start to 2018!! I look forward to sharing more content with you in the new year.
Hi loves! I hope you all had a very merry and magical Christmas! Ours was the best Christmas yet!! This was the first year that Josh was old enough to really take an interest in the magic of Santa, and he and Charlie were SO in to it! And little Sam loved the commotion of it all! And now I cannot believe that the start of 2018 is just days away. Where has this year gone?!? All though I could really use 2-3 weeks in between hosting Christmas and hosting New Years Eve (Yes you read that correctly, we are hosting yet again! We are the eternal host/hostess). We have been in non-stop hosting, recovery and hosting again mode since Thanksgiving and Sam’s first birthday party. But I do love this week in between Christmas and New Years when everything is quiet and low key. Let’s all rest up now so we can be our most productive and best selves come January 1st right!?
I always look forward to New Years festivities, especially for dressing up in some metallics, sparkles and/or a chic little black dress. It’s so much fun to dress up and to try a different look or to experiment with different textures than our normal day to day looks. So today I’m sharing 2 New Years Eve ready dresses that are perfect for when the ball drops at midnight.
Leave it to the feminine and flirty dresses of Misa for the most perfect NYE dancing dress! Every time I wear this Misa dress (pictured above) I instantly feel ready to dance and party. I love the gold grommet detailing and the ruffles…oh the ruffles!! 🙂 So perfect for a NYE out. And what says NYE more than a pair of fab metallic pumps that have gold heels! These are an investment but I’ve linked some equally fab metallic shoes above as well as in the scrolling widget below.
This Michael Kors dress is the ultimate NYE dress…body con fit and metallic gold threading! It literally screams “Happy New Year”! I originally saw and loved this Milly dress, but preferred the price point of this Michael Kors dress. And it’s even prettier in person.
A fab feathered skirt like this or this would be so much fun! If something a bit more classic and less flashy is more your style, this LBD dress would be perfect.
Since we are staying in and hosting friends at our house I got this cami (I love the silver metallic!) and plan to wear it with these black velvet pants (already in my closet from a past season and currently on major sale!) and these fab heels.
Hi loves! Happy Thursday! I hope that your week has been going great! At our house we are all battling colds…sore throats and the sniffles. Charlie has been home from school for the past two days, and Jordan just got back from a week long business trip overseas. So I am way behind on my holiday gift guide posts. You may have seen on my Instagram stories that we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas. Hanukah started this week, so our gift giving has already begun! We give the kids one small gift for each of the eight nights of Hanukah. Small toys, race cars, stuffed animals, candy, books, pajamas, slippers, puzzles. Then on Christmas they get their larger (more expensive) gifts.
Jordan and I typically wait until Christmas to give each other our gifts, and keep Hanukkah about the kids. When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for him I like to either upgrade items that he’s owned for years that need to be replaced, freshened up or updated. Think his favorite briefcase, button down and tie, slippers and/or sneakers, watch (I love the gunmetal hue of this one!), or jacket that he uses regularly. Or I like to look to technology and gift him new electronic products; like a fitbit or Nest. I got him Bose headphones a few years ago and he LOVES them, especially when he travels. He is constantly complaining about our energy bills, so the Nest Thermostat is at the top of the list for this year.
Last year I got him a new TV for our front living room, which was a big hit with both him and the kids. He always keeps some business cards in his iPhone case, so this phone case would be perfect for him. And he’s a big whiskey drinker so he loves these whiskey cubes. The whiskey cubes are one of those items that he loves and uses regularly that could use an update/refresh.
In general, I love to find items for him that are classic and timeless. Items that are durable enough to hold up for years to come. Today is the last day to order online and have your orders arrive in time for Christmas using standard shipping. If you don’t want to pay for expedited shipping costs my best tip is place your order online but select in store pick up. Some retailers, like Nordstrom, even have curbside pick up…genius and a total lifesaver!!!