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KEEP Collective // Memory Piece

July 14, 2016

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It seems fitting that the week I shared about finding hope in miscarriage over at Risen Motherhood, I would also share about a piece of jewelry that honors our babies, both living and in heaven. Holly Peterman, a designer with KEEP Collective, reached out a few months ago about working together to create a custom piece of jewelry, and after some thought I knew what I wanted to create.

After some back and forth with Holly, who was super helpful mocking up design options and inspiration, I settled on this leather bracelet adorned with two arrows (one for each of our babies in heaven) flanking the letter “A” for Ainsley.

I am so impressed by the quality of the jewelry and the endless options for creating something that felt personal and unique. For someone like me, who doesn’t love the look of traditional keepsake jewelry, this is much  more my style. Looking through the look book that Holly included with my order already has me dreaming about my next piece of jewelry. The collection includes everything from bracelets to earrings, watches and key fobs.

Holly was so sweet to agree to hosting a KEEP Collective Mystery Hostess Social, meaning that when you shop using the link below, you will be entered to win the host rewards from the social. It’s a great deal for whoever wins while supporting a fellow small business owner.

Shop Espresso and Cream’s Mystery Hostess KEEP Collective Social
PS: If you want more details, there is also a Facebook group set up for the social. 

*This post was sponsored by KEEP Collective by Holly Peterman, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that help keep Espresso and Cream running. 

Family, Fashion

Denim Shorts for Moms

July 11, 2016

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I know we’re already half way through the summer, but it took me about that long to find good shorts for summertime. Now that I’m a mom, I feel like there is a little bit more of an obligation to dress with a bit more modesty, but I’m not about to hang up my denim cut-offs in favor of Bermuda shorts. I’m sorry, I just can’t.

So, I’ve scoured the internet for the best shorts, asked you for recommendations, and tried on pair after pair and here are my favorites!

ALL-AROUND WINNER // American Eagle Tomgirl Midi Shorts
Pretty much the perfect pair of shorts in my book. Comfortable, relaxed fit; short but not too short that you feel uncomfortable wearing them. I have both the frayed pair and a pair without any rips and wear them all the time. They run a tad large, so order a size down.

BEST DEAL // Old Navy Boyfriend Cuffed Shorts 
For only $12.95, these shorts are a steal! I don’t own them personally, but I’ve tried them on in the store and they are really cute! If you’re not sure you want to invest in a pair of shorts, these are a very low-risk option.

BEST SPLURGE // Mavi Jeans “Emily” destroyed cutoff denim shorts 
These are the most expensive pair in the bunch, but I’m telling you that they are sooo incredibly comfortable. Extra bonus points? When my little sister (who is a teenager) was around me last week, she said they were cool.

Madison

Fashion

How to Style Your Lob (Long Bob)

June 30, 2016

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A week ago, I decided (nay, my stylist decided) that cutting off two inches was a good idea for the health of my hair. And while I’m never a big fan of getting a hair cut, I have to admit that having blunt, healthy ends and a little more style to my cut really does feel good.

My hair is just a little too short to be considered a true “lob” but I’ve been styling it like I would if it was just a little shorter. Messy, beachy curls that take just a few minutes to style. The look is perfect for any time but especially appropriate for summer.

PS: The only styling products you need is this amazing Sea Salt Style Spray + your favorite hair spray.

Fashion

Get the Look :: Summer Makeup + Hair

June 23, 2016

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HAIR //
As you know, I’ve been growing out my hair for quite some time, but the postpartum transition has been hard on my hair. The hair loss and awkward re-growth left my ends super dry and unhealthy, so my stylist finally convinced me yesterday that cutting two inches off and going a little dark on the roots/lighter on the ends was necessary. Although I’ll admit that my hair feels short now, I am seriously loving the spunky feel and healthy ends, which actually serves to make my hair feel fuller.

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MAKEUP //
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer :: My summer go-to. Lightweight coverage that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and protects with SPF 20.

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen :: The best concealer pen around. Great for under-eye circles and covering up breakouts and sun spots.

Color Pinch Cream Blush in Hibiscus :: Perfect for giving your cheeks that dewy sun-kissed glow.

Lengthening Mascara :: Sweat-proof mascara that lengthens and moisturizes your lashes throughout the day? Yes and yes.

Mattify Skin Finishing Powder :: A translucent powder that helps absorb shine and works great for mid-day touchups.

Lip Sheer in Twig :: I have never loved lip color until I discovered Lip Sheers. They’re not ultra-pigmented, which I find more flattering and easy to wear.

Fashion

Best Anthro Finds Under $100

April 20, 2016

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I think one of the best ways to analyze your wardrobe is to look through what you have in your closet and examine the pieces that have stood the test of time. You know, the tops and dresses and pants that have been with you for years, that you keep coming back to wearing and loving time and time again. It’s been by doing this that I’ve really been able to see what stores are worth buying clothes from and what stores I should avoid.

It was by doing this that I noticed that tops and dresses from certain stores never got more than a couple wears before they were no longer flattering or didn’t wear well. I also realized that there were certain brands and retailers that were pricier on the front end but have been worth every penny in the long run. Anthropologie is one of those stores. The tops and dresses I’ve purchased there are high quality, beautiful and yes, a lot more expensive than other stores. However, the clothes that I’ve purchased there are always long-term favorites and the clothes I get the most compliments about. So, moral of the story is to invest in quality, beautifully made items and you will spend less in the long run.

I’ve curated a few of my favorite finds from Anthropologie that won’t break the bank. Every item is under $100 and perfect for spring and summer weather!

1. Everleigh Edgewise Peplum Tee  $68
2. Moon River Eyelet Blouse $98
3. Corbara Peplum Tank $78
4. Holding Horses Faye Tank $68
5. Maeve Calia Tunic $78
6. Crosswrap Dress $69.95

Madison

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