Friday Favorites - September

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I’ve fallen off the blogging bandwagon in a big way (I “blame” Top Knot Squad), but I’m still here! I’m calling this a Friday Favorites post even though it’s Wednesday - kinda like Ben Folds 5 only having 3 people in it.

September came and went and we are now in my favorite month of the year! October brings my wedding anniversary (13 freaking years!), Halloween, and the tiniest bit of cooler weather to Austin. Okay fine, it’s still going to be 90 degrees today, but I think it’ll cool off at some point.

In September, I upgraded my leather legging situation (worth it!!), changed up my fall shoe game, added a cult favorite to my skincare routine, and decided that statement ear cuffs are going to be my new thing. As always, you can click on the image below to shop. Don’t forget to earn cash back on your online purchases using Ebates!

 

My Favorite Fall Color

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love it for many reasons: the cooler weather, my wedding anniversary, and my most favorite color palette. The brilliant golds, burnt oranges, and deep reds are beautiful and a great way to incorporate the seasonal elements into your clothing. Of these colors, the deep red shades have to be my favorite. You could say that I'm berry excited for fall.

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Throughout history, the color red has been associated with sacrifice, danger and courage. Currently many people associate red with heat, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, love and joy. It is the color of symbolizing happiness and good fortune in many Asian cultures. A hue that evokes such strong emotion can be a little intimidating to wear. One doesn't have to go bold in an all deep red colored outfit. Below I've put together several of my favorite berry hued things, starting at lipstick and ending at dresses. 

 

My Favorite Fall Hue
 
 

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Red Hot Breastfeeding Style

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Red is one of the colors to wear this fall. I saw this vibrant dress on a trip to H&M and was excited to see that it was breastfeeding friendly! The dress has a deep v-neck which can easily be pulled to the side to breastfeed. The dress is neither long, nor short - it's a midi length which hits mid calf for most women. It's a great transitional style regardless of what season we are heading into.

I put together two looks for this; one is more kid friendly than the other, but items can can cross over. The dress is versatile enough to wear out on a date night or moms night out and to run errands with the family. Its midi length makes it easy to dress up or down. 

In addition to the dress below, I found links to similar dresses that are red and breastfeeding friendly, along with bags, shoes, and jewelry. As always, links to shop can be found at the end of this post.

Red Hot Breastfeeding Style

Dress Up

The open toe ankle booties are perfect for still warm fall days, but the leather (or faux leather) material gives them an autumnal feel. I am all about the stacked heels. Despite the name of this blog, I infrequently teeter around on a stiletto heel! Stacked heels give me the height I like without worrying about wiping out with each step. I love the simplicity and sophistication of an envelope clutch. For me, it's a great alternative to the massive diaper bag I usually tote around. I own several of these in a number of colors that I use in real life. The delicate bar necklace adds a touch of sophistication without competing with such a strong colored dress.

Dress Down

I've been singing the praises of lace up ballet flats for some time. They add an extra something to an outfit, even if it's just jeans and a t-shirt. Sophisticated, but still easy to chase a toddler - this is my new barometer for everything! While the flats come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, I would wear a neutral pair with this dress. Camel or light brown is such a nice change from black. I found the cutest teething necklace to pair with this dress and it seems to match the red almost perfectly. The faux suede tote bag is the best way to make sure you have everything you need when stepping out with your kiddos. 

Which look is your favorite? How would you style this dress? Tell me in the comments!

 

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How to Transition Your Summer Dress to Fall

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It's hard to believe that summer is almost over! We will soon be dealing with cooler temps (yay!!), Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything. Stripes are very popular during the summer - classic, fresh, and always on trend. The great thing about stripes is that they can be worn all year round. Here are some suggestions on how to transition a striped dress to fall. 

Add a layer

Adding a layer is my favorite way to bring a piece from a warmer season into a cooler one. A jacket, cardigan, or sweater can help deal with cool mornings. They're easy enough to remove if the day heats up. Not cool enough for those yet? Slip on a denim jacket, sweater vest, or chambray shirt for a lighter fall feel. You may opt to add a layer on the bottom as well. Tights, leggings, and even tall boots can make a dress feel less summery. 

Update Your Accessories

Whether you get an of-the-moment bag or try a funky new style of shoes, changing one basic element of your outfit can make a huge difference. Not into a whole new style? Try a new color. Swap out corals and turquoise for burgundy and hunter green. While leopard can be worn all year round, I notice an increase in leopard print pieces during fall and winter. It's a neutral, so it can be worn with just about anything. At least that's what I tell myself! Scarves are a great way to add some color or texture. Since some breastfeeding mothers prefer to cover while nursing, a lightweight scarf can double up as a nursing cover.

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While I used the Milk Nursingwear nursing dress from this post, these suggestions can be used for any striped dress out there! The look on the left is more casual and perfect for weekend errands. I love the functionality of a military jacket and the metallic Converse. Lots of pockets to store toys and sneakers to chase a runaway toddler. The sporty tote bag is large enough for diapers without looking like a traditional diaper bag. Matte oxblood lips are very on trend and add a moody twist. This is my favorite look of the two and definitely something I would wear!

The look on the right is more feminine and a dressier. The jewel-toned cardigan and pastel shoes liven up the olive striped dress. I adore those mint brogues - a very fun take on a traditionally masculine shoe. Mauve lips and a classic tote finish off the look. Links to shop are at the end of this post.

Summer to Fall: Striped Dress

The dress above is from Milk Nursingwear. While the olive color is pictured above, it's available in a number of additional colors including blue, pink, and black. It's also available in a maxi dress and tank dress.

 

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Spring Lust List

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Winter is over! Here in Texas it's time to put away the knits and scarves (confession: we never really had to take them out), and think about warmer weather, rain, and the brutally hot summer ahead. I'm not quite ready to give up my dark colors and interesting textures in favor of cotton and pastels. Here are a few things I want this spring that help make the transition from winter a bit smoother.

Spring Lust List

Peekaboo bras

Off late I find myself playing peekaboo with a my bra in certain settings. When I'm out on a date with Hubs or feeling beautiful when out with my girlfriends, I don't always fix my top if a little bit of my bra slips out. This applies to my nursing bra as well. Usually it's the shoulder strap, but sometimes it will be a touch of lace or the strap of a cage bra. It's not for everyone, but I like it.  Carrie Bradshaw might've been on to something

Matte lipstick

I've been wearing matte lips a lot. Not being glossy allows me to wear colors I normally wouldn't wear, both dark and bright. My favorites are NYX Matte Lip Creams. They're less than $10 a tube and I'm impressed by their coverage. Some of them even have great staying power. They're available at most big box retailers in the US and online.

Cold Shoulder Tops

You've likely been seeing these everywhere along with their sister the off-the-shoulder top. I prefer these tops to off the shoulder because I don't do strapless bras. I'm looking forward to trying one out soon.

Spring Sandals

It's time for feet to come out of hiding! There are several styles that are interesting to me this spring: wooden heels, espadrilles, and fringed sandals. I may have gotten a pair or three already...

 

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Festival Style

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My family went downtown over the weekend to check out SXSW. Not only was there a lot to do that was free (no wristbands or passes here), but the people watching was awesome. People wore so many different styles that the sidewalk seemed like a catwalk. It was unseasonably hot and I noticed lots of breezy dresses. Here's a breastfeeding friendly version of what I saw.  

Festival #bfingstyle

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Sequins by Day, Sequins by Night

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Sequins are everywhere this season. They're available in a variety of colors and styles (leggings, joggers, skirts, pants with pockets). I've been looking at sequined leggings since last winter and decided to take the plunge this year. My awesome sister bought me a pair of gold leggings from Target. I recently wore them to a holiday party, but feel like a black sequined pair would be more me. Here's how I'd wear black sequined leggings for day and for night. 

The chambray shirt provides an easy way to breastfeed your nursling. Alternately you can pair the striped shirt with a stretchy camisole for a "boob sandwich" way to nurse in public. Accessorize your day time look with a sparkly necklace and casual booties. The pink peplum top for night has a zip front for easy nursing; or you can pair a nursing tank under the flowy black shirt. Pair your nighttime look with strappy heels and statement earrings for a sophisticated and festive look.  

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So Fancy - New Year's Eve

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Christmas is only 2 weeks away, which means New Years Eve is just under 3 weeks away. Most NYE have been spent at home watching the ball drop in Times Square while in pajamas or other comfy clothes. If you have plans, let me live vicariously through you! If your plans happen to include a nursing baby, here's some help with what to wear.

Thanksgiving #bfingstyle

Every family hosts Thanksgiving a little differently. For some it's an occasion to dress up, while others have a more casual affair. The dress below adds a colorful touch to the occasion. Mustard, brown, and gold accents incorporate autumnal colors. The button down green dress gives mom a breastfeeding friendly option, and the fox print scarf can give moms a unique coverup option. As always, click the link below to shop.

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November Lust List

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Ahh November. The air gets cooler, the thoughts turn to holidays and the end of the year. My lust list is pretty short, but the clothing makes an impact and the accessories are bold. Who says neutrals have to be boring? Click the image to shop. 

A few notes:

  • In case chartreuse isn't your first choice, the shirt is available in black, white, and a beautiful vermillion color. It's a button down blouse which makes it breastfeeding friendly.
  • The lipstick color is a beautiful vampy dark berry shade
  • I'm obsessed with these lace up flats. I feel like they'll be wearable in the spring as well
  • My normal nail polish choices in the winter are dark colors. This gold is so beautiful and different
  • The leather skirt pictured is plus sized, there's a similar one here 
  • Colder weather means replacing fall's cargo vest with faux fur

What's on your November lust list? 

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Pattern Mixing 101

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I've been mixing prints. While I'm still taking it slow, I'm starting to mix stripes and leopard print, plaid and stripes, and plaid and leopard print. It may not seem like much, but it's huge for a woman who has been intimidated by the idea for a long time.

A few tips to get started:

  • find prints that have a common color (black is a good one) and pair them together. 
  • sometimes it's easy to put something in between the two prints. Try a plaid shirt with jeans and leopard print flats. Adding a solid (no pattern) bottom piece can help to break up the visual stimulation. 
  • start small: accessories like belts, shoes, and bags are a great way to dip your toes into the patterned water
Plaid and leopard print on repeat. Didn't realize how often I wore this combination until I started looking for pics...

Plaid and leopard print on repeat. Didn't realize how often I wore this combination until I started looking for pics...

Ready to try for yourself? I paired a patterned open cardigan with a dark striped top. Neutral colored but interesting shoes and bag will help anchor a more eclectic color combination. Click image below to shop. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for mixing patterns?