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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Whiny Wednesday: Nom Nom

Kindergarten is now in full swing...wheeeeeee! And one of little C's major adjustments to going to school all day (for preschool he did half a day) is eating lunch like a big boy in the cafeteria. (Although private school refers to it as the "dining hall." Snicker.) 

I myself am still adjusting to the lunch packing (so much pressure! what will his friends bring?!), and it takes me a solid hour to really complete it all. Not even joking. But I thought I'd show you exactly what he takes his lunch in because we 
l-o-v-e these bags s'much. 

Brown paper bags exist no more. In 2015, these kids have the coolest "lunch boxes." Zoli is a fav brand of ours (little L uses the cups), and when I saw they had an orange lunch bag, I knew immediately little C would swoon over it. It's pretty much been his fav color since he could say the word orange. 
This insulated lunch tote is actually referred to as the "Nom Nom." 
Such a fun name! It's canvas on the outside and it has an adjustable divider on the inside. I like to separate his almond milk from the rest of his food. We use the Dine insulated food jar they also offer to put fruit and cheese in to keep cold. I don't even feel like I need a cold pack because it stays so cold. It's quite amazing. I also love it's PVC and lead free! 

It's so important to have another on rotate and we love the Stephen Joseph fire truck lunch box. 

Ever since little C took a summer safety class he's been obsessed with all things emergency vehicle. This is another fully insulated lunch box (wouldn't have it any other way) and includes a pocket and Velcro strap to hold his milk. You can even personalize the front of it...SO cute. (We didn't do that...for now we're using our Mabel's Labels. More on that next week!) And this box is free of all the nasties as well - no BPA, phthalates or PVC. That deserves plenty of squeals! 

P.S. I literally made him heart-shaped sandwiches today. I can't *wait* to see what he thinks. 

Disclaimer: I was sent these products in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

How I Wore My Heels: Moto Queen

Love, love and love a great moto jacket...squeal! And Michael Stars really outdid themselves for fall with this houndstooth moto jacket. Can I get an OMG? 

Houndstooth is such a fall thing and I love how this is a jacket that's both lightweight and stylish. It's not heavy, so it's a transitional piece, so honestly I'm even starting to wear it now. Blush. 

This is a jacket I'll truly "throw on" with everything from an LBD - like this one from Elie Tahari - to black pants and heels. (These preforated ones are from Schutz and bag is by Kooba.) 

I was literally weeping when I had to put my moto jackets away this summer, and now that they're still on trend this fall, I'm ecstatic. So much squealing. Such a great way to toughen up any femme look instantly. 

This one retails for $198 and is the best fall investment you'll make all season. Well, besides those amazing boots you have in mind. Wink. 

[disclaimer: Michael Stars sent me this piece in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. In other words? Love it.]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Outfits I Long To Wear

Sometimes I feel like I'm a little lazy in the dressing department. I mean, c'mon Jules, another black dress? Step up your GAME. 

I've recently discovered that BECKLEY has some pretty sweet styles out there right now and I'm just dying to try them. These are pieces from the current spring/summer collection and I really can't wait to see fall. Pins. And. Needles. 
Stripes are always such a bold statement that's so easy. I don't know why I'm so scared of them. I dream of wearing a chic high-waist pencil skirt and bustier combo like this one every day of my life. So stunning!

But I'm really digging this gray and white because it looks completely wearable for daily tasks. I'd check the mail in this.. And I'm kinda a sucker for a hood. Shrug. 
[photos courtesy BECKLEY]

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Whiny Wednesday: It's Here. Kindergarten.

And just like that...within a blink of an eye. My little guy starts kindergarten today. Kindergarten. Mama's not ready for this, y'all. As much as my own mama (and everyone else) told me you're gonna miss these days, as I changed diaper after diaper and picked up messes off the floor, it was just too hard to believe. When he wouldn't nap and I had to hold him in my arms in the rocking chair for hours at a time. Miss this? I thought. No way, I'm not gonna miss this. 

I look back now over the past five years and how I was lucky enough to stay home and take care of "baby C" for so long. I took him to the bookstore on Fridays, the playground some mornings, the gym some afternoons or the library. Those memories will last a lifetime for me and now...it's time to move on. 
Kindergarten is here. New adventures await. little C is big now, but to me he'll always be that tiny little boy squirming in the barber chair, waiting for a haircut. The guy calling out "mama" and pulling on my leg so I wouldn't go. The sweet, sweet boy with a zest for life and an innate yearning to learn. 

little C is gonna be just fine in kindergarten. But his mama may need some time. 

Best of luck to all the mamas and their "babies" on the eve of their new school adventures. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Target's Plaid Takeover with Adam Lippes

Can I get a holy WOW on this upcoming Target collab? So fancy. I've always been in l-o-v-e with everything Adam Lippes creates (not to mention, he is the nicest guy). When I first started this blog, Adam was one of my first fashion week shows at NY Fashion Week in Bryant Park. It was absolutely amazing, and an opportunity I'll never forget. Adam's a designer who really gives people a chance when they're first starting out. He once sent me a handwritten note thanking me for covering his collection. It's those things that keep me coming back again and again. Not to mention his impeccable eye for style. So good. Adam can make a runway look amazing, but he also knows what the common folks like to wear. Amen?
Plaid became huge last fall and it's sticking around. I can say I'm so, so happy about this. And come September 27 (I have my iPhone calendar marked and alarm ready), I'll be shopping this collection like whoa. Hands off those heels because aren't they fabulous times one million??
The Adam Lippes for Target collection includes more than 50 buffalo plaid-inspired items ranging in price from $10-$129.99. The pieces will include home d├ęcor, apparel, shoes and accessories for women and men. Squeal!

Of course the black and white is a major must from this collab, but I'm also loving the warm, oatmeal tones in the collection as well...so cozy for fall. The cowl neck is so freaking chic.

For all things plaid and the complete lookbook, click here. See you in the shoe aisle, lovelies! xoxo


 [Photos Courtesy Target]

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Latest Beauty Hacks

I feel like the best way to show you some of the products I've been using is to show you photos of when I've been using them. See exhibit A. I've been using the Mally Dark Circle Corrector for the past few weeks and hello. I mean, I thought I'd try it because I might need it, but gosh did I not really how. I. needed. it. I'm one for trying any product that might work a miracle on my tired eyes (which aren't quite so bad since little L started sleeping wonderfully after my supermom sleep training...sorta kidding...not really...I totally give myself credit!).  

I apply this "secret weapon" every morning as the first step in my makeup routine, and honestly I don't know how I ever survived without it. (Coffee can only go so far...) I twist the applicator a bit to release the product, then I pat about five dots both under and above my eyes to instantly brighten. Miracles can happen, y'all. You can buy this sweet little thing (as a duo!) on qvc.com for $30. Trust me, honeys, money well spent. 
What else I'm now addicted to? Oh, you know, a sweet, sweet eyelash curler. These are the things I get excited about...truly. A shiny new Shu Uemura eyelash curler, folks. I kinda talk to Molly Stern in the social world (who does Reese Witherspoon's makeup on the reg) and one of her recs to me was this curler. Duh, I had to try immediately. I don't think I was fully prepared for the instant glam effect it's had on my eyelashes. I've used lots of curlers, and it doesn't sound like a big deal to use one versus another. But trust me when I say that this one is different than others. It really does curl and it's comfortable when it does it. It feels so luxe to use. Guess that's why celeb stylists swear by it, eh?
Disclaimer: I was sent both products for the purpose of testing in this review.
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