Sunday, September 30, 2012

Smokey Eye

I was playing around with makeup a little today and came out with a great smokey eye.  Occasion? none.... Its just because.

I've already had one request for a tutorial. I'm thinking about making one. Maybe sometime in the near future? Comment below if you'd like to see how to do it too!

(my little man on my shoulder) <3<3


Here we go!

Stick that on your power cord!

I'll be updating with new posts more often, now that I have a better phone!  Have a request? Comment below

Catwalk to Sidewalk

I love to look at magazines and catch up on whats current.  As a stay at home mom, I need pieces that are budget friendly. One question I've been asked by close friends is: "how can I be fashion forward without spending a lot of money?"

Its simple: look for pieces that mirror the silhouette, color, and overall look that you're going for.  Try stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or even thrift stores!

Here are a couple looks I put together.  Each piece costs less than $50

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one dress, three ways

The little black dress is a crucial piece to every woman's wardrobe.  It is classic, and so versatile. Here is one dress paired with different accessories to create three different looks.



Girls' Night Out

<3 SC

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New phone

I just have to say: I love my new phone!

Two years ago I got a blackberry.. I had wanted one for years. It was cool, but my husband's new droid was cooler. When he upgraded to the droid x earlier this year, I switched to his old incredible. I loved it- but it fell to the ground and smashed... so back on the blackberry I went. The last month or so, I would use it for about ten minutes before it shut off. I was almost due for an upgrade, so I just waited it out.

I had my eye on the new Galaxy phone. It is so sleek and just plain awesome. However, it was still $200 with my upgrade. As a stay at home mom, o couldn't justify spending that much.

The galaxy stellar on the other hand was free!

Being as frugal as I am, I took the free phone- and I'm glad I did! It's smaller than the new one. It's actually not much bigger than my old bberry. It looks girly, and it is so easy to use!

I'm hooked
♥ sc

Sunday, September 23, 2012

better get new running shoes..... for mommy!

My son is officially walking along the furniture at only 9 months old!  I can barely keep up with his milestones.  I'm so very proud of him though!

He's so energetic and so focused on motor skills.... I have a feeling my crawl-worthy baby proofing will not be enough.  I'm going to have to up my game! ....and my caffeine intake.

here he is!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Simple, Comfortable, Mommy wear

Taking the trends- and wearing them as a MOM!

As a mom, especially one to young children, its harder to rock some of the latest trends.  The key, is to take pieces that are comfortable and easy and apply them to today's trends.  Lets face it, its hard to walk around with a baby or toddler when you're in sky high heels.  Instead, try short heels or flats.

What I did here:
  • ankle boots with a short, chunky heel.
  • jean shorts
  • stockings
  • black tank top
  • knit cape/ shaw

Keep in mind ladies- just because you're a mom, it doesn't mean that you forget about yourself. Of course, we're always the last on our to-do-lists... and that's fine. BUT once everyone else is taken care of- don't forget to do something for yourself.


ps: I realized as I posted this, that the mirror I used is dirty... hahaha the things you don't realize when you change, take photos, and post to your blog quickly in between meals, diapers, nursing, etc etc etc... <3

how to wear this fall's top trends- part 2

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about a trend that isn't listed- leave a comment below.

Okay! Part two!

The Look: Feminine Silhouettes-
Spring and Summer looking dresses are making their way into fall this year.  The good news?  You probably have some in your closet already.  Add a boot and jacket to take it from summer to fall. In this look, I've brought in the idea of leather and lace, which was touched on in my Rebel Belle post.  I also used the gemstone colors brought up in part 1.

The look: Blockcolor Dress-
Geometric, and very slimming.  Look for a piece that has dark blocks along the sides, and waist. This will create the illusion of a slim, hourglass figure. Bright blue and black together is another trend this year.  I feel the color combination looks best in this type of dress.

The look: Tights-
Colored tights, black tights- leggings and stockings. I'm seeing these everywhere this fall.  Try it under a skirt, dress, or even shorts.  Long Boots are another trend this year- especially with skirts and dresses.  Don't be afraid to try a bold color!


like some of the clothes? here is where to find them:
want to create your own look? try

how to wear this fall's top trends- part 1

New York Fashion week is over- and there are plenty of fabulous trends this year to try!

Color: Gemstones-
think Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, etc etc. Bold, bright, and beautiful.  Below is a look that can be used for work or a job interview, with one loud pop of color. The peplum top is another trend this season, as well as the ankle booties!

Look: Capes-
the easiest way to pull off this look is with a jacket that has a cape top.  It can easily be worn casually, or with business attire! Make sure when you go big on top- you stay slim underneath! You don't want to over-bulk your look.  The studded accessory adds a little rock and roll to the look- another hot trend this fall.

Look: Peplum-
as mentioned above, peplums are another trend this fall. They add curve to those who are petite, and accentuate curves that a woman may already have! Below is a casual look.  It would be great for, say, a date? Or lunch with the girls! You'll really stand out with colored skinny jeans, and biker-style ankle boots!


like the clothes above? here is where you can find them!

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Baby Wearing

My son is the type that prefers to be carried more often than not, especially in the earlier months.  Some days, the only way I can sweep the floor or grab a quick meal is if I wear him. It is also ideal if we are out somewhere and he grows tired of his stroller.

At first, we used the Moby Wrap.  It was wonderful, and oh-so comfortable.  He would often fall asleep while I carried him in it.  Unfortunately, as he grew, the Moby began to stretch too much while I wore him.  I sold it, and decided to try something new.

I asked around on CafeMom (that's right! I'm a CM-er) on what we should try next.  I wanted something that would last a lot longer than 6 months.  Almost everyone told me to try a ring sling- and many recommended BabyEtte.  As soon as I saw the work BabyEtte did, I knew I needed one.  Most of her slings are beautiful, but nothing spoke out to me. Instead, I contacted the creator for a custom order.  She is very sweet, and worked with me to come up with a great custom piece! A few weeks later, we got our sling in the mail.... and I LOVE it! I use it several times a week.  My son loves it too, and snuggles close while we walk around together.  I even use it to walk to our mailbox, instead of putting him in the stroller!

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The main thing to remember with any type of baby wearing- is safety.  Do your research before deciding if it is for you, and pay attention to detail each and every time you wear your baby.


ps: Daddy can wear too! I clicked this pic of my husband and son:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

One baby or two?

Life is full of choices. One of those choices, as parents of one child, is whether or not to have another.

 One child is wonderful, simple, easy.  There are no worries of fairness with time and money. Vacations are cheaper, outings are cheaper. You don't have to worry about one child's soccer game over lapping a dance redial, or one child out shining the other.  On the other hand, if you don't have another, your child will lose out on that permanent play mate..  That life long friend.. Would they be envious of other children that had siblings? Or will they be thankful to miss out on the fighting?

Do we have the space? The money? The energy? How will it affect the child we have?

We want to so badly, but how do we decide?

....I suppose I will have to continue this thought when we do.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

those sweet moments...

As a mom, I may not feel joyous all day every day, but at some point during the day I do feel joy.  My days are filled with chasing around my little speed crawler- who by the way refuses to play with toys and MUST search out every mistake in my baby proofing. It can be exhausting.

Take this photo for example. I turned my eyes away for a brief moment as I answered my phone.  My husband was calling on his lunch back. I realized that B was awfully quiet and content.  When I looked over to him, this is what I found.

He had discovered that mommy forgot to close the lid.....  At first, I couldn't believe my mistake. After a few seconds of blank stares, I couldn't help but laugh. Of course He was upset when I took away his new toy.

Those sweet, innocent, precious moments are what make my days joyous. He's so curious, and such a character. Moms (and dads), when you're feeling overwhelmed, don't forget to enjoy the little things.