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Quick & Easy Every Day Makeup

March 17, 2016

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Good morning! If you’re time-pressed like I am most days, then you probably find getting ready every morning to be a little bit of a pain. Hey, I want to look put-together and pretty like everyone else, but the idea of spending a lot of time doing so isn’t my jam.

Thankfully over the last number of months as a mom I’ve perfected my quick and easy makeup routine. It takes about 6 minutes (maybe less when I’m not trying to do it with a baby at my feet!) and leaves me feeling fresh, polished and put together.

Want to see how it’s done? Check out the video below!

PRODUCTS USED:
1. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (#2)
2. Tint Skin Foundation (Linen)
3. Mattify Skin Finishing Powder + Powder Brush
4. Color Pinch Cream Blusher 
5. Color Contour Matte Bronzer
6. Color Define Brow Pencil 
7. Color Outline Eye Pencil
8. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Family, Fashion

What I’m Wearing // Weekday Mommy Wardrobe Edition

March 15, 2016

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When I first transitioned from pre-baby life in the corporate world to my new life as a freelancer and mom, I had a little bit of a style identity crisis. My body had gone through so many changes and sizes, I didn’t have use for all the corporate dress clothes that I wore before baby, and the only clothes I had purchased for the cooler weather were last year’s maternity items. I was more than a little lost!

Over the last number of months I’ve gradually found my groove and discovered what I think is the perfect mommy uniform. It’s easy, effortless and, most importantly, comfortable. After becoming a mom I realized that my clothes can’t just be cute, they also need to be 100% functional.

PS: If you’re a mom, I can’t recommend Madewell’s jeans enough. I know I’ve said it before, but their high-riser skinny jeans are a mom’s best friend. The fit is SO flattering and really gives you enough coverage to be as active as you need to be as a mom. They are certainly an investment, but with the number of times I’ve worn them in the last six months it’s an investment that is worth it!

1. Modal Scoop Neck Tee // Banana Republic
2. High Riser Skinny Jeans in Dayton Wash // Madewell
3. Sienna Brown Croc Flats // Tieks
4. Waverly Petite Breton Stripe Bag // Stella & Dot
5. Solid Cotton Baseball Cap // J. Crew

Fashion

Favorite Anthro Finds

February 18, 2016

IMG_5209Marrakech Knit City Jacket || Old Navy Pleated Crepe Dress || Nine West Booties (similar)

This past weekend Joe and I were in San Francisco for a little weekend getaway. Joe was in California for work, so I joined him for the long weekend. I ended up getting sick while I was out there, as did Joe, but it was fun to be able to spend a few days as a couple sleeping in, eating out and doing whatever we pleased. That said, I was so happy to be reunited with my best girl on Sunday!

One night after dinner, Joe indulged me in a little shopping trip to Anthropologie. I can’t believe we used to live just a couple miles from Anthro, because now it feels like SUCH a treat to be able to browse through the store rather than shop online. I was seriously torn between three great options, and thought I would share with you my favorite items. (Spoiler alert: I bought the jacket pictured above and have been living in it ever since!)

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Holding Horses Farica Dress // Nine West Booties (similar)

Oh I so wanted to buy this dress, but I couldn’t justify buying more than one full-priced item at Anthropologie. Joe pointed out that I have quite a few dresses that look very similar, but this one was just so perfect. I’ll be stalking the sale section of Anthro waiting for this to go on sale!

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Amadi Crosswrap Dress (on sale!) // Nine West Booties (similar)

This dress was so much cuter on than I would have anticipated. I ended up buying it (it was an additional 40% off in store) to wear for Ainsley’s birthday next week. I would say that it runs slightly on the smaller side, if you’re considering what size to buy.

Madison

Family, Fashion

Dressing Baby // Gap Finds Under $50

February 10, 2016

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Before having a baby, I had no idea how much I would enjoy dressing Miss Ainsley! I swore I wouldn’t be one of those moms who was obsessed with cute girly clothes but I’m totally eating my words. There are just so many adorable options. Our favorites stores for kids clothes are Gap Kids, Old Navy, Crazy 8 and the second hand store when we can score a few good deals on our favorite brand-name clothes. There is also a neighborhood-wide garage sale in our town where we scored a lot of cute finds this fall.

I’ve been on the hunt for a cute dress for Ainsley’s first birthday party and while browsing Gap Kids/Baby I was overwhelmed with all the cute options. I pulled together a list of my favorite items and linked to them below. I dare you to try and resist!

1. Pleated Flutter Dress
2. Eyelet Flutter Dress
3. Mini Heart Cord Dress
4. Floral Ruffle Two Piece
5. Metallic Slip-On Sneakers 
6. Floral Fit and Flare Dress
7. Solid Peplum Tunic 
8. Quilted Drop-Waist Dress
9. 1969 Embellished Dress
10. Floral Pleated Tank Dress
11. Pull-On Legging Jeans
12. Tulle Skirt Legging Duo

Madison

Family, Fashion

Mom Bods + Bikinis

February 7, 2016

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This summer I’m taking my mom bod to the pool in a bikini. Let me back up and say that because of my very long torso I’ve always been a big fan of the two-piece swimsuit out of necessity. But I sort of assumed that after having a baby you were bound to a life of one-piece swimsuits forever and ever, either out of a duty to modesty or a desire to hide things that had stretched and expanded or contracted in funny ways.

Let me take a quick detour to say that I’m incredibly excited that in recent years there has been a resurgence of the one-piece, and I sincerely hope I can find one that works with my body type because there are so many pretty options. I actually have this one on order right now because it’s beautiful and the reviews say it runs long. Fingers crossed!

But after having a baby, I wasn’t quite ready to give up two pieces forever. I’ve always loved wearing a bikini, not because I have the most amazing body (I don’t) or because I look like a supermodel when I wear one (spoiler: not true!) but because I’ve always enjoyed wearing them. I think back to summers spent on the beach in Florida, two summer trips with my family to the Bahamas, endless vacations to warm-weather locals where beach-lounging, swimming and reading was always on the list.

I wore a bikini on every one of those trips and felt so free doing so. While I was never one of those stick-thin high schoolers, putting a bikini on always gave me a sense of carefree confidence. So you can see why the idea of hanging the two piece up forever made me incredibly sad.

A few weeks back it was determined that if I was going to wear a two piece suit post-baby, then it was sure as heck going to be a high quality suit that fit well. I’ve been eyeing the Mara Hoffman bikinis for years, so this January I bit the bullet and ordered 10 different suits online so I could try them all on at home. Ladies? Let me tell you that there is no other way to go swimsuit shopping. It’s much less painful to try them on in the comfort of your own home.

The winner out of all 10? This suit, which fits so well and is so incredibly comfortable. Worth every penny!

As one of my amazing Instagram followers put it…

“Moms should totally rock bikinis! It’s the only time in my life I’ve been confident enough to wear one proudly!”

So, mommas, here’s to finding a bikini that makes you feel and look great and not hanging up our two-pieces quite yet.

Madison