Monday, April 21, 2014

SPRING FLORAL WITH LULU*S (+ $500 GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY!)

Top: Lulu*s c/o (similar), Pants: Zara, Shoes: Lulu*s c/o, Scarf: Lulu*s c/o (sold out, but love this similar one), Sunglasses: Lulu*s c/o, Rings: Nissa c/o, Bracelets: Nashelle c/o, Danielle Stevens c/o, Bag: Chicwish c/o

Transitioning my wardrobe from Winter to Spring is something I look forward to each year.  The floral trend might be my favorite trend to wear right now.  Florals can be a bit tricky to pull off sometimes, because the print can really make or break the look.  A full floral dress can be overwhelming if the print is to big or too loud.  I like to break up my floral pieces and incorporate them into my accessories.  For this casual look, I took my favorite over-sized white tee, and added my pop of floral print in my scarf and flats.  It a great way to pull off the floral trend without looking like you are trying too hard.

I am so excited to be teaming up with Lulu*s for their Fashion Face-Off Contest.  LuLu*s wants to know which spring trend will reign supreme this season. I'm all about #teamfloral.  Follow along each week for a new trend report and enter via their Instagram for a chance to be featured and score a $500 gift card to LuLu*s!

Friday, April 11, 2014

WEDDING PLANNING {AND A FREE SHIPPING CODE FOR LEANNEBARLOW.COM!}

Top: The Impeccable Pig c/o (dress worn as a top), Skirt: Leanne Barlow, Shoes: Shoemint c/o Wrists: Danielle Stevens c/o, Nashelle c/o, Rings: Nissa c/o


A few weekends ago, we were out for a family stroll downtown.  Garrett was pushing Cash in the stroller, and Bradley and I were holding hands walking behind them.  As we passed the crazy beautiful city hall building, Bradley squeezed my hand and said, "Mom!  After we get married do you want to live in that house?!  It is beautiful.  And I know you like beautiful houses."  If that didn't completely melt my heart, he proceeded to plan our wedding.  Our colors will be "pink and blue because you like pink and I like blue", we will dance to Let It Go and The Jackson 5, and will end with all of the little boys in attendance getting goodie bags.  Not totally sure why the little girls get gipped, but I was so blown away with the kind of thought he put into this "wedding".  There was no way I could break it to him that I was already married to Daddy.  I want to hold on to that little memory forever!  We have a lot of fun weddings coming up in the family and all the wedding talk must have had Bradley's wheels turning.
 
With Easter fast approaching and the traveling we will be doing for the weddings, I wanted to let you all know that any orders to the shop after this Sunday the 13th won't be filled until the second week of May.  So if you were wanting to order a skirt for Easter, make sure you get your order in by this Sunday to get it in time!  

And as a little extra bonus, I am offering free shipping with the code EASTER now until Saturday night at midnight!   

Monday, April 7, 2014

WHY I NEEDED ALT


 I've been writing this post in my head ever since stepping on the plane to head home from Alt.  The reason why it actually took me so long to sit down and prep this post is actually very related to the idea behind my favorite take-away from Alt...

Pajamas: Target, Slippers: Boden c/o(similar), Boys Pajamas: Target

Can I tell you a secret?  The weeks leading up to Alt were a madhouse.  I was working to stay on top of my skirt orders (of which I am ever so grateful for), sewing my clothing for the different looks I had planned, prepping my blog posts, getting together my media kits, as well as the daily grocery shopping, mom activities, on and on.  I had too much piled on my plate, and was so looking forward to just relaxing with some of my closest friends, and taking a much needed break (ironically) from the blog world.  I just wanted to connect with inspiring people, stay up too late, and eat yummy food. 

And I did just that.  I seriously had the time of my life that weekend.  You know why?  Because I let myself relax.  So you want to know the main thing I learned at Alt?  Get your mental pens ready, cause it's a good one...

What you are accomplishing right now at this time in your life is good enough.  Slow down. take a breather. and give yourself a little credit.  This applies to all women!  Not just bloggers, or moms, or businesswomen.  We are all working really hard and progressing and bettering ourselves.  Let's remember to take time and celebrate where we are at in our life right now.  Not where we hope to be later. 

Seriously.  That's it.  I have been so focused on new goals I want to accomplish, doing better, doing more, and you know what?  It's exhausting.  I connected with amazing women that I respect and admire so much that have slowed down and dodn't focus so much on adding new things to their plate, and it has inspired me to do the same.

When Garrett picked me up from the airport the night I got home, do you know what I did?  I bawled like a baby.  Partially because I was on my period and crazy hormonal, but partially because I was so grateful that he rearranged his schedule to allow me to go to something that I had dreamed of attending for years.  I was grateful for my experience, grateful for him, grateful for my kids, and ready to step on the brakes a bit and just enjoy full days spent as a mom and celebrating where I am at in my life right. now.

Monday, March 31, 2014

SECRET SKIN WEAPON ( PMD GIVEAWAY- 100 WINNERS!)

Since I was about 20 I have put a lot of effort into taking extra good care of my skin. Sunscreen daily, cleanse regularly, moisturize like crazy, the whole 9 yards. Now that I am.....not 20, I feel like I need to step things up a bit in my skincare routine. Enter, PMD (Personal Microderm).

Top: Pickwick and Weller c/o, Bracelet: Lulu Dharma c/o, Necklace: Sami Lynn c/o

This tool allows me to get an at home microdermabrasion.  I have been using it once a week for a little over 2 months now, and I honestly look forward to the nights that I use it (weird, because my normal nightly skin care routine is already ridiculously time consuming.  Just ask Garrett).  The morning after, my skin is extra smooth and I can tell a different when applying my make up.

Today I'm thrilled to share an amazing giveaway! I've collaborated with a group of fabulous bloggers to give 100 very lucky readers the chance to win a PMD, A Personal Microderm Tool! There will be 100 winners with a total prize pool valued at $20,000!  I am excited to be working with such a valued brand and to share with you on of my favorite ways to get glowing skin.

Enter using the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win and be sure to visit all the beautiful bloggers involved, it's always brilliant to discover new blogs! Remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have - and there's 100 PMD Personal Microderm tools to give away...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

MAKEUP MORNING WITH SEPHORA


 After a whirlwind weekend up at Alt, Merrick, Abby, Janssen and I met up with some of the beauty experts at Sephora and spent the morning testing out new lipstick shades and dishing about our favorite makeup tips.  We all walked out of there with a few new tricks to incorporate into our daily makeup routines.  Check out the video below for some our favorite tips!


video by Rosemary Card Film and Photography, specializing in weddings, homecomings, and promotional videos 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

SPRING FLING (GIVEAWAY!)


 Top: Old Navy (no longer available but love this similar one), Skirt: me (using fabric from Mood), Shoes: Nine West (similar), Necklace: INPINK c/o, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Bip and Bop c/o

I couldn't wait to bust out a pencil skirt from this amazing watercolor fabric I picked up at Mood during Fabric Weekend.  I also want pillows and a great big painting with this print as well. 

Spring is officially here and I couldn't be more excited.  With daylight savings giving us more light before bedtime, the boys constantly want to be outside playing.  I love opening up our back door to let them run around outside and throwing open all the windows for some fresh cool air.  Aside from some heinous allergies we are dealing with, this time of the year is pretty perfect. 

With today being the first official day of Spring, I have teamed up with some really incredible bloggers and designers for an amazing Spring giveaway that I wish I could enter myself!



  Enter the Rafflecopter below to win all this perfect Springy goodness...




  • The Take A Bow Skirt in Mint from my shop ($130 value) (If you were bummed you didn't win my last bow skirt giveaway, here is another chance!)
  • The 14k solid gold butterfly charm with the diamond  and 18"in fine gold chain from Helen Ficalora ($330)
  • A Tory Birch Wallet in Cantaloupe from Nordstrom.com (+$195)
  • A $50 voucher to Jane.com
  • Emma Magazine Spring Issue ($23.80)
  • Sweet Dried Fruit Crisps in 4 flavors from Simple and Crisp ($20+)


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Monday, March 17, 2014

FEELING LUCKY?



Happy St. Patrick's Day!  From the words on my Irish Granny....

May those who love us love us
And those that don't love us, may God turn their hearts
And if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles
So we'll know them by their limping. 

Free shipping today only on our Kelly Green bow skirts!  Use code: LUCKY. (shop them here)


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