My Mom Uniform: Pleated Maxi Skirt

The end of July means stores are clearing out summer clothing to make room for fall. Living in Texas, the end of July means I can get summer clothing on sale to wear for several more months! I happened upon this gorgeous sheer (but lined to above the knee) coral pleated skirt at Target and had to have it.

I mentally ran through the items in my closet to figure out how to wear it, and immediately thought of a striped t-shirt. Switching a traditional t-shirt with a striped nursing shirt would make it breastfeeding friendly. To make it more interesting, I would tuck the shirt into the skirt and add the woven belt, but tie it in a classic belt knot. A fedora, gladiator sandals, and turquoise accessories would pull it all together. As always, click below to shop.

Maxi Skirt Mama

Friday Favorites - Obsessed

I've been doing some emotional window shopping lately. Okay, there have been a few purchases. Here's what I've been into lately.


Obsessed

Obsessed by lactivistinloubs
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Double pearl earrings are a fun way to incorporate the pearl trend that seems to be big for fall/winter. The spiked version add an edge to an otherwise preppy or refined pearl. These are knock offs inspired by the "Mise En Dior" earrings by Christian Dior. Bonus: they aren't dangly which means it's harder for little hands to pull at them!

Look at those druzy pieces. Gorgeous, sparkly, and raw. What's not to love? The crystal stones can be found on just about any piece of jewelry out there. They come in a range of prices, depending on your budget. 

Gray nail polish is a nice change from black. I've found great success with Sally Hansen InstaDri in Greased Lightening, available at many places. It really does dry quickly, which makes it great for a little self care during nap time!

Distressed boyfriend jeans are a great change from skinnies. There are varying fits out there, from almost legging tight to a loose, baggy fit. Many are available in a higher rise, which helps control my muffin top. Be careful of the fit, lest you end up in the dreaded mom jeans. The distressed wash keeps it casual. These would look great with a t-shirt and flats for errands or a blouse and heels for date night. I can't wait to try out a pair!

Happy shopping!

Is It Fall Yet?

It's officially September which means it's unofficially fall. Despite living in Texas, I am looking forward to the day I can pack away my shorts and tank tops and pull out my sweaters and boots. Even though I'm a big fan of all things fall (weather, colors, pumpkin!), there are still a few summer trends I plan to carry through to the crisper, shorter days ahead. Here are three summer trends I loved that I'm bringing into the fall and two I wasn't crazy about that are being left behind.
    3 Trends I'm bringing into Fall
  1. Red orange lipstick. I recently rediscovered my Revlon LipButter in Candy Apple Red. It would be a nice departure from the deep red and berry shades that are popular in the latter part of the year. It also reminds me of autumn leaves changing colors.
    Red Orange Lips


  2. Turquoise and mint. These colors were my summer staples - lots of tops in the beachy colors. To make them wearable for fall, I plan on toning them down by layering them with neutral cardigans or blazers. I can also pair my turquoise and mint jewelry with tops in neutral colors or patterns.
    Summery Hues


  3. Summer dresses. Adding a belted sweater to sleeveless maxi dresses is a very easy way to transition them to summer. I plan to do the same thing for sundresses and add tights to them as well.
    Summer dress




    2 Trends That are Staying with the Summer
  1. Bangs. After having very long bangs since Ethan was born, I decided to get some shorter side swept bangs a few months ago. Mistake. Instead of swooping beautifully, they stuck to my face. Not attractive. Since the hair around my face is much wavier than the hair on my head, I usually had to do something about them. I heat styled them for the first two weeks, then said screw it and pinned them back while enjoying a few extra minutes of sleep. Conclusion: I love bangs, but not on me.
  2. Eyelash extensions. I bought a Groupon for a local spa (after verifying they were legit) for eyelash extensions and really loved the way they looked. Most days I would go to work barefaced (except for under eye concealer) because that's how finished I looked. I got compliments left and right. Blinking would create a gentle breeze for those around me. E loved the butterfly kisses and would giggle while asking for more. I would religiously go back every 3 weeks for a fill. It was a wonderful relationship. Then my lash tech left and I couldn't get in with the tech that was available. So I left them fall off one by one. I looked pretty awful for a while, but now they're all gone and I'm wearing my favorite mascara again. It was fun while it lasted, but not easy on the wallet or my "spare" time.

    Exhibit A: pinned back bangs and eyelash extensions. Wearing MAC's RiRi Woo on my 32nd birthday.

What summer trends are you bringing into fall? Are there any you're leaving behind? Share in the comments!

My Summer Beauty Top 10

It's been a little while since I've done a post on beauty products I'm using and really like. To me, the start of summer means vibrant colors, using my heat styling tools less frequently, and a natural look for every day.

  1. Batiste powder shampoo: great dry shampoo, it's even available in tinted versions to match your hair color!
  2. RiRi Woo: this hot shade is from the RiRi Hearts MAC lipstick collection and was gifted to me by my sister. I've only worn it a few times, but received a TON of compliments on it.
  3. Josie Maran Argan Oil: I've been using this for some time now, but it works wonders for my hair, especially for my color damaged ends. I've tried lower priced argan oils, but they tend to have a strange smell to them that even my lavender essential oil can't mask.
  4. BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium flat iron: my Chi died earlier this year, leaving me with wavy hair for months. I broke down and bought this iron after my good friend and hairstylist used hers on me. My thick hair stays amazingly straight for days and when used in conjunction with #1, I can make my at-home blowouts last for 4 days even in the TX heat without even having to touch up my hair.
  5. Essie's Turqoise & Caicos: one of my favorite colors for summertime hands and feet. Looks amazing against bronzed skin and is a nice cool change from the corals and oranges I typically wear.
  6. Tarte Maracuja Creasless Concealer: this stuff changed my life. Not kidding. The high end concealer I was using before would leave my under eye area dry and cakey by 10am. This stuff is very rich and moisturizing (a little dab covers a lot!), and stays put all day and night.
  7. Sephora Collection Cream Rouge lipstick in Mr. Lover: a bright fuschia that is perfect for a day or night pop of color.
  8. Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner: it does everything its name says. While I used to use NYX's Skinny Eyeliner for a perfect cat eye, it wasn't waterproof and would start to drip down my face within a few hours. This stays put and is available in fun colors like mint, navy blue, and hunter green, in addition to black.
  9. Garnier Oil Free BB Cream: has a great matte finish and more coverage than the BB cream I was previously using. A little bit goes a long way for this big tube!
  10. Essie's Mint Candy Apple: this is an all-time favorite color. I wear it year-round and always get tons of compliments.
What are your summer beauty favorites?