Lately it’s been all about the kids. In so many regards. All the way down to the valentines I have been making. But then my amazingly talented friend Allison from All For The Memories had an idea. She saw my valentine bubbles printable and said what about champagne? Seriously. What ABOUT champs? Then she said the word “galentine.” That was it. So without further ado, I present you with a few fabulous galentine ideas.
I created my 2 minute curls using the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias #HeartMyHair
I recently told you about my minor beauty rut. Okay, it was a full on self maintenance meltdown. The arrival of Blake very quickly ended my days of having an independent child and time for things like mascara. Then there was the hair. OH the hair. The hair needed help. SO much help. But who has time for that? Recently I acquired a fab hair dryer and I decided to revisit my little love affair with the Conair Curl Secret. Want a ridiculously quick way to look pulled together? Come in to my new bathroom and let me show you 2 minute curls.
I was recently treated to a new Conair Infinity Pro 3Q blow dryer by my friends at Beautystat who also sponsored this post. #3QDryer #bstat
When you have a child, you make sacrifices. Some are very clear – like goodbye weekend jaunts to Cabo, hello preschool tuition. Then there are more subtle transformations that happen over time. The next thing you know, you’re wearing yoga pants pajama pants at 3:30 pm, patting the messy bun on top of your head trying to remember if it was yesterday that you took a shower or two days before that. Yeah. I have yet to see a celebrity cop to this aspect of motherhood. Can you relate?
If you can, then we’re in the same boat. While pregnant with Blake I was beyond busy with work and just keeping up with Kayla. So much so that I kid you not, I never managed to find time to get a haircut. THE ENTIRE PREGNANCY. As you can imagine, the arrival of child #2 didn’t exactly leave me swimming in time for grooming. However, a couple of weeks ago I realized that 1) my hair was so long people were going to think I had ridiculous extensions. 2) I could barely brush it anymore because it just needed to be cut already. Ew. So, eleven solid months after my initial thought that I could use a haircut, it finally happened. Mmmmmhmmmm.
And almost simultaneously, this snazzy hair dryer showed up at my door thanks to my friends at Beautystat. Like a sign that good deeds, such as taking 45 minutes for oneself might actually go unpunished after all. So you’re probably wondering what makes The Conair 3Q different? Most importantly, it’s faster than your average hair dryer. Yes, because peeing in solitude is a luxury and actually taking the time to dry and style my hair these days is something much better than a luxury. I can’t actually think of a word to describe that right now because my mommy brain is kicking in, but you know what I mean, right?
Yes, faster is better. The brushless motor technology dries up to 70% faster. Imagine if you could get your kids through their bedtime routine 70% faster. No, I can’t fathom it either. Speaking of kids, I happen to have one that is very brave and bold in general but is abnormally afraid of loud noises like the sound of those super fast hand dryers in public restrooms. Don’t even get me started on how she runs out of the room in anticipation of an air mattress being inflated.
The 3Q is also quieter than your average hair dryer. Point proven by Kayla’s willingness to grab it out of my hands and create a virtual wind tunnel to blast her mother with. Yes, quieter and also apparently more fun. I’m a fan of the multiple temperature and speed settings so I can actually convince Kayla to let me dry her hair in the winter.
And at the rate we’re going, that won’t be a problem, because she thinks it’s the best thing ever. Oh wait,wasn’t this supposed to be for me? Mmmmhmmm. Motherhood. The Conair 3Q is built to last so who knows, she might just end up with it in the long run. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go set an alert in my new phone to remind me to get a haircut in a couple of months instead of a year. Baby steps.
You can find the Conair 3Q hair dryer in places like Target, Ulta and conveniently on Amazon, which is so easy to shop at 3am while feeding a baby.
This week I shopped Sears to pick up some fall fashion and created this DIY studded vegan leather jacket to show you how to get the designer look for less as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias. #ThisisStyle
My style tends to err on the side of feminine and polished with a few surprises here and there. Pretty silk tops, fitted pants, statement jewelry and preppy handbags make up the bulk of my wardrobe. They’re timeless, adaptable to most seasons and incredibly easy to dress up or dress down. Which is why it’s funny that as a girl who never says “I have nothing to wear” I recently found myself thinking just that.
My husband and I are off to a rock band filled music festival in Nevada with some friends soon. File that under not-really-my-scene. BUT it’s a perfect excuse to embrace a few fall fashion trends and of course pick up some new clothes! After all, I have nothing to wear. Having spent a decade in the fashion industry, I’ve learned a few things. Like what to splurge on and where to hunt for bargains. So I headed to Sears because you will not believe just how much style you can grab for under $100.
I instantly fell in love with this True Freedom vintage feeling top and knew it was perfect for concert going paired with some super skinny jeans and flats. It’s all about the details for me. The high low hem and ribbed knit finish of the top gave it a boutique feel. But I also wanted something a little more edgy that could serve as a layering option for that swift fall transition from day to night. When I spotted a rack of Bongo vegan leather jackets for $25 it was like there was a giant DIY sign flashing over them. There wasn’t, but that’s the way my brain works these days. Studded vegan leather jacket anyone?
Studs are huge right now and while I think it’s a fun trend to embrace, it’s not one I’ll invest in. Most of the studded leather jackets I’ve seen are either incredibly expensive designer pieces or inexpensive versions that just don’t feel quite right to me. I spent years translating designer style into affordable fashion at work so I love adding my own trims to a great basic piece and transforming it into a one of a kind treasure. And yes, I’ll show you how to do it…right now!
You’ll just need a leather punch (which you can purchase online for under $10) some screw on studs and you can use a piece of chalk to mark your pattern if you like. Mine was nabbed from my four year old’s toy easel. Total mom score. The leather punch is a great random tool to have around for adding holes to shoe straps, belts, and cross body bags so I guarantee it’ll get used again.
All you do is mark your pattern with chalk and then line up the leather punch and press. Once you’ve made your hole you simply pop the screw backing into the hole and then screw the spike on by hand. It’s incredibly easy and the screw style studs are simple to reposition if you make a placement error and totally reusable if you decide you want to put them on something else in the future.
You can add just a few studs or cover large areas of the jacket. After some careful consideration I decided that covering the tips of the collar was the perfect dose of edgy-punk for me and kept the jacket from becoming too biker feeling.
I chose gold studs because their warm tone worked with the caramel colored jacket and given the choice I will always pick gold or brass jewelry and hardware. Because I travel a lot it makes things really easy when deciding what jewelry or accessories to pack and most pieces easily go together. Ready to see my final look? I’ll show you exactly how to wear it.
I love the contrast of the caramel vegan leather against the deep black top and indigo hue of my favorite jeans. The jacket also has a couple of functional zippered pockets that are perfect for lip balm, gum and a small wallet or card case so I don’t have to carry a bag.
I added some pointy toed black suede flats from my existing wardrobe which echoed the studs but with a ladylike twist. Can I just say how happy I am to see pointed flats make a comeback? They elongate your legs and instantly make an outfit seem polished.
I tend to be very picky about jewelry since I spent so many years looking at it with a critical eye. So I was pretty surprised to see how on trend the Bongo jewelry collection was at Sears. I picked up this Aztec inspired ring for just $8. The slightly oxidized finish and little crystal accents make it the perfect casual accessory to complete this look.
The undeniably fun part of fashion is seeing how inspiration from one great find can quickly lead to another. When I saw this Metaphor Aztec inspired sweater there was no question as to whether it was coming with me to Nevada. I instantly thought to pair it with some broken in tall boots and leggings. If you’re a yoga pants devotee then you’ll love the big sweater and leggings trend this year. These Bongo cable knit leggings were just $10 and super soft. Choose the right pieces and you’ll look fashionable while being just as comfortable as you would be in those yoga pants. I pinky swear!
With a little one stop shopping and some quick DIY fun I think I’m ready for our trip and can no longer say “I don’t have anything to wear.” With the great deals at Sears and my Shop Your Way rewards points I came home with all of this style for under $100 and not one ounce of shopping guilt. Next stop, Imagine Dragons live in the desert!
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Thanks to my friend Dana of Dana Dirks Photography for taking these photos!
Kayla is constantly going through my closet and saying “Mommy, when I’m a grown up can I have this?” To which I give a default answer of yes. Sure. At that point it’ll be vintage and even more awesome. Like oooohhh J.Crew. From 2011. How cooooool. Or fierce. Or fetch. Or whatever the word is in about 15 years. It won’t matter. I’ll probably be well on my way to a hearing aid at that point. At least I won’t hear her sneaking out? Anyway…sometimes the tables are turned because I find things for Kayla that are just so darn cute that I am eternally jealous and want them in my size.