Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dressing Through Your Entire Pregnancy

I can dress you through your entire pregnancy.

From that awkward point where you just feel like you ate a few too many tacos, to when you have entirely forgotten what your toes look like, to the stage when you are enjoying your form solo only to realize that there was still a person constantly attached to it.

All my secrets are divulged below:













 


What's your favorite maternity tip?


Friday, April 11, 2014

Preparing for Easter and Picking the Perfect Easter Basket

The following transcript is based on a real grocery cart conversation,
while passing the seasonal aisle.  Names have not been changed.


Coco: Mommy I weally need easta eggs with amuls in dems for all my fwiends, evwyone, ok?
Me: Ok, we'll get some plastic eggs and put toy animals in them.


Coco: NO Mommy, weal amuls
Me: I don't think animals will like being in plastic eggs


Coco: We will put da weal baby amuls in weal eggies
Me: Sweetheart, we won't be able to glue the shells back together after they are broken.


Coco: Den we will get weal eggs wif amuls alweady in dems, fwom da nests, in da jungle
Me: But the Mommies will cry and miss their babies


Coco: We will only take, just, only, one amul eggy
Me: I would notice if you took just one of my babies


Coco: Den, den we will take the Mommies with the babies, and I will walk dems evwy day


How can I argue with this?  

And since I will be busy collecting animal eggs and their jungle mothers, it's a good thing I already have my Personal Creations Easter baskets.  


C-O-C-O is embroidered onto my animal-loving daughter's bunny basket, while L-E-V-I is sewn into Mini-ster's blue robot basket (which symbolically speaking already had his name all over it).  And did I mention, they already come complete with all the pastel delicacies. 

Which means, I can avoid the seasonal grocery aisle and it's holiday inspired conversations. 

You're welcome, now all you have to do is pick a basket out to match your Easter Finery.

Easter Basket c/o Personal Creations

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Photos by Breanne Johnson of Red Poppy Photo







Monday, March 31, 2014

The Most Flattering Spring & Summer Trends


video wardrobe:

anourak jacket over global column dress with metallic glitter heels




In short and summary,
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Because no one should sacrifice pretty for the sake of novelty:
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What trends do you intend to try this season?

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

3 Tips for Wearing Green this St. Patrick's Day

My husband claims he is allergic to holiday decorations. Apparently, crepe paper doesn't lend itself well to mid century modern decor.

A big thanks to Breanne of Red Poppy Photo, who captured a fleeting rainbow of joy amongst the meltdown of a three child photo shoot :)

However, I can always compensate by decorating the kids. And I did! Summer Bellessa, one half of The Girls with Glasses posted the results in this babble article on how to dress your kids for St. Patrick's Day.

My Leprechauns: Oscar (1), Levi (3), Coco (4)

Here are my favorite green fashion tips:
1.  Go Monochromatic: I love pairing different shades and tints of green: chartreuse with kelly, mint with hunter.  Follow nature, and blend away.  And did I mention camouflage??
2.  Rejuvenate: Levi's (my son not the brand :) favorite green jeans were loosing their vibrance, so I followed my own instructions to refresh their color.  Cheap, easy, perfect.
3.  Green with Pink: I love pairing complements, but green and red skips to December rather than enjoying March.  So I deviate slightly towards pink or burgundy.  It has a similar impact without the unseasonable mention.


 And if stake your tent in mine and Coco's camp (aka those for holiday decorations), check out these adorable banners from Emily Blais's Banner Shoppe.  I have her exceptionally well-made Lucky Banner hanging from my modern chandelier, and I am pining over her rainbow tassel garland.  Get an exclusive discount by entering cardiganempire in the promo code box at checkout.


Happy St. Patty's to You and Yours!


Friday, February 28, 2014

2 Ways to a Tuxedo Skirt, DIY

I believe in everyday glamour.
 Not just for the red carpets, but for beige carpets, and berber carpets, and carpets in need of vacuuming.  Cue the tuxedo skirt.

Born from an inexpensive H&M jersey skirt, this little number flexes to perform a myriad of life works, and it looks just as good with a cotton sweatshirt as it does with a sequin blouse.

Watch the videos below for two different techniques to transform a basic pencil into a tuxedo skirt, perfect for your upcoming Oscar Sunday, office Monday, or homebody Wednesday.



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