March 4, 2015

How to (Not) Do a Gallery Wall and Ideas for Our Dream Dining Room

It’s amazing the effect our blue couch has had on our life. It was like I needed something to jump start settling into our place (which we’ve only been in for four years so, you know, it might be time?), and now that I’ve started I am a MACHINE. I’m up late moving furniture (sorry, downstairs neighbor!), the kids are now sharing a room (more on that later), and, lo and behold, I put a bunch of our photos up in this lovely gallery wall.

(Okay, slight aside. I actually had nothing to do with it. First, I made my sister come over with the promise it would be so easy, because I had this nifty tutorial I found on the internet, which I promptly discarded, and began randomly making holes in my wall. My sister, horrified, decided to take charge, and really went to town, making measurements and all sorts of other nonsense, until we got the wall looking… okay. It was very row-like and neither of us was very happy with it. But then my brilliant friend, Kathryn, who is a whiz with everything visual, came over and gave the look which I knew meant we needed serious help, which might have hurt my feelings except then she moved pictures around until we ended up with this:)

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Pretty snazzy, huh? You can see that it makes me incredibly productive.

But, it got me thinking that I’d be even more efficient if I only had the proper atmosphere, which we all know, comes down to lighting. So, when YLighting reached out to me about their first ever Spring sale, I thought, “What the heck. Let’s do this thing.” I went crazy over on their site and picked out a bunch of my faves, which are up to the par of our new life, even though we probably can’t afford to live it quite yet (it never hurts to plan and dream, folks).

pendant lighting ideas for your dining room

And then I thought, as long as I’m living this new life, am I really comfortable at the dining table I purchased when I was 22 and have repainted 14 times? Do I really need a table that has dried food embedded into it that no amount of scrubbing will dislodge? Or is it perhaps time to move onto something that speaks to who I am now – a woman who entertains with the flick of her wrist at a table made for grown-ups (in this fantasy scenario I apparently am also magic and childless), or more realistically, a woman who is almost 40 (26 days!) and no longer wants to repaint her kitchen table every other month. I think we know the answer.

dining room table and chair ideas

Realistically, it’s going to take some time to get there – we still have two small kids who are living tornadoes and I’m wary about what we put in their way – but I love these glimpses into how it might be. A houseful of furniture I’d actually invite you to come in and sit on? Dream big, kiddo.

YLiving and YLighting’s sale goes on through the end of the month and is up to 20% on all sorts of decadent, modern furniture. The kind of pieces that make you want to wrap them in plastic and send your kids to live with the grandparents until they’re broken in. Not that we would EVER do that…

LINKAGE:

Lighting: 1. Cheers Pendant // 2. Doo Wop Pendant // 3. Bruck Sirena Pendant // 4. Sunlight Pendant Light // 5. Ava Low Voltage Pendant 

Dining Room Furniture: 1. Cherner Oval Dining Table // 2. Huppe Illusion Extension Dining Table // 3. Cherner Metal Base Chair // 4. Innovation Clubber Chair // 5.  La Palma Cut Armchair

YLiving reached out and asked me to support their sale, which I was happy to do because I think they have gorgeous stuff.

Top photo by Erica Bean.

March 2, 2015

Mom-Approved Fashion: A Flowy Caftan + Thoughts on My Wrinkles

long necklace with tank top and TopShop caftanDid you guys feel like February was the weirdest month? On one hand, it ended as soon as it started so I feel like I barely remember it already; on the other hand, it was crammed so full I felt a bit like I was holding my breath until March finally arrived. But, now, we can all take a deep collective breath – Spring is around the corner and we have officially entered my birthday month.

Wait, you guys don’t do a birthday month? Okay, listen. That needs to be rectified right now. YOU NEED A FULL MONTH TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY. Sorry for yelling, but this is serious stuff! How else can the world properly acknowledge the gift that is your life? I mean I’m only turning 40 one time in my life, which means the people in my life only have one opportunity to fully celebrate my first 39 years and I know they would never stop beating themselves up if they didn’t fully commit to the celebration so I very kindly take it upon myself to constantly remind everyone I know that my birthday is in 28 days. You guys, my birthday is in 28 days. God, I’m a giver.

Anyway, enough about my birthday for today – we have another 28 days to reminiscence and celebrate. Onto my outfit!

easy mom style with jungle jacket and brown clutch

So, I’m totally obsessed with this caftan, for several reasons. One, because I love how flowy it is – it makes me feel like I’m a glamorous art curator or an opera singer on vacation – and I find myself swinging my arms about more than usual, which creates a feeling of danger every time I talk. Two, it covers my butt. Three, it’s what I like to call a “transitional piece” in that I will be able to still wear it when I’m 88 and there’s nothing I love more than octogenarian chic.

animal print caftan with boots and leggings

Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends, folks, and the problems with this shoot begin. For the life of me, before this shoot, I couldn’t figure out what shoes to wear with it so I went with my white boots, because I always default to my white boots (who doesn’t?). But, once I got the photos back, I think they’re too heavy. What do you think?

When I was at Alt Summit I paired it with my gold disco numbers and it gave it just the right amount of sauciness, and I thought about redoing the shoot with them, but that seemed silly when I have presents to open and cake to eat so pretend I’m wearing my gold shoes, will ya?

mom hailing cab in easygoing outfit

Then I thought it’d be cool to pretend I was hailing a cab, which, you know, is a totally normal thing to do on a residential corner of San Francisco that has seen maybe three cabs in the past month.

looking for cab outfit with boots and leggings

Weird, nothing showed up.

easy mom outfit with jungle print caftan

And then we come to this photo. I know I’m turning 40 in 28 days, you guys, but I was a little stunned by the wrinkles I have going on here. It’s…real. And there was a part of me that thought there’s no way I should post this because this is the sort of thing that needs to be discussed quietly in a corner with my dermatologist.

But then a bigger part of me laughed. Smiling has been getting a bad rap lately and that’s insane. I’ve worked hard for those wrinkles – I’ve spent a lot of time building a life where smiling and laughing is the norm, and there have been many times I’ve chosen to smile even when it wasn’t the easiest road. I have earned those smile marks, dammit! And, yes, while I may have ordered some new face cream this morning because there’s no need to hurry the process, I’m not going to hide what is there, whether or not I’m turning 40 in, wait for it, 28 days.

Linkage:

-CAFTAN! (not the same, but it has the same feel): Top Shop // way cuter version of cream floral tank: Loft //  stretchy jeans (ahem, aka jeggings): Uniqlo // gold necklace: gift // gold shoes I think you should wear with it: on sale at Amazon for $29!!!!

Photos by, the always amazing, Erica Bean.

February 19, 2015

Surprise LOVE BOMB! An Easy Valentine’s Day DIY to Share the Love

Fabulistas -- how to make an easy Love Bomb for Valentine's DayThis may come as a shock, seeing as how I’m a quiet little mouse, but I LOVE surprises. You looking to throw a surprise birthday party? I will scream and be shocked and even faint, if that’s what the role requires. Looking to whisk someone away on a surprise weekend getaway? Funny, my bag is already packed. Want to pull someone up on stage from the audience for your magic show? The guy next to me has been talking all night how he’s dying to be cut in half.

Okay, so maybe I like my surprises to be ME focussed. Which is why this year for Valentine’s Day, Alice and I decided to honor some of the folks in our life who are working their tails off (often without any support) to create happy and healthy families and rarely get the accolades they deserve –  pretty much every parent we know.

So, we came up with the World’s Easiest Valentine’s DIY, which basically means one trip to Target and this puppy is done. Throw in some cookies or candy and, I promise, you have a gift that truly spreads the love.

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Love Bomb:
Fabulistas :: Valentine's Day supplies for Love Bomb

Supplies:
Go to Target or Amazon and buy wrapping paper, construction paper, stickers, and some washi tape.
Fabulistas :: sticker hearts from Target for love bomb DIYYou’re going to be tempted to make this harder than it needs to be and will probably want to add 3D hearts for depth of field, or homemade doilies for a handmade touch, or at very least cut-out letters so they know you really care. These are all TERRIBLE ideas. BUY THE STICKERS. Stickers in the shape of a heart convey just as much love, I promise.

Fabulistas :: little girl doing Valentine's Day DIY love bombPlus, the kiddos get to do it all on their own, which makes them happy because they feel independent and you happy because they’re busy.

Fabulistas :: easy Valentine's Day DIY to do with kidsI recommend prepping the wrapping paper and hearts the night before (ie. gluing the hearts onto the paper) so your kids can really go to town.

Fabulistas :: putting together Valentine's love bomb DIYI also recommend not worrying if someone who shall not be named rips up some of the wrapping paper because he thinks he’s the Hulk. It adds authenticity.

Fabulistas :: message of love for neighbors and friendsIf you’re feeling really crazy, you can do some up for people you don’t even know. We did our neighbors down the street who once washed our car (best day ever!) and a retired lady next door who always says hi to the kids.

Fabulistas :: heart cookies for Valentine's DayIf you have the time (HAHAHAHAHAHA) you can bake cookies. A smarter idea is to convince your baker sister to make the cookies for you and then take all the glory.

Fabulistas :: Love Bomb DIY for Valentine's DayOnce you get the logistics taken care of the fun really begins. Sneak up to the house (we recommend going on tip-toe and whispering) and realize you’ve forgotten the tape.

Fabulistas :: putting up Valentine's Day present for friendsMake a mad dash back to the car and turn it upside down looking for said tape. When you can’t find it, break into sister’s house (okay, use the spare key) and hunt around, while yelling at kids that you haven’t abandoned them, until you find packing tape. Lose key somewhere in her house, but decide it doesn’t matter because there’s a good chance she’ll be able to get in and you need to hold onto the drama of the moment otherwise what is the point of showering and putting on your good leggings?!?!

Fabulistas :: cookies and Love Bomb DIY - easy fun with kidsPull yourself back together, tape up poster, and put cookies under the door.

Fabulistas :: fun with kids - easy Valentine's Day DIYTake a quick moment to remember how much you love your friends and how lucky you are to have kids who give you an excuse do fun stuff like love bombs. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Linkage: Ryan Gosling leggings // Mini Chip Blondie Bars 

All photos by Erica Bean Photography.  

January 19, 2015

Getting Ready for Alt Summit: My Fave Green Ruche Cape

green cape from Ruche styled dressed upThis is a big week, you guys. On Wednesday I head to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit to convene with a bunch of other bloggers and creatives, where we’ll put our heads down and very studiously study the ins and outs of the Internet, discuss the finer points of SEO and web optimization late into the night, and find ways to support each other emotionally and spiritually.

Oh, who am I kidding? We’re all going so we can get dressed up and check out what everybody else is wearing.

Other than having a sleepover every night with one of my besties, getting outfitted for Alt is my favorite part of the whole thing. Oh, and the plane ride sans kids. Oh, and the late night drinks without kids. Oh, and the uninterrupted time where I can actually finish a thought and listen to what other people are saying because there aren’t any kids. Oh, and the fact I get to do WHATEVER I WANT for three whole days without kids. Fine, there are a lot of good things about Alt.

Which is why it’s very important my outfit is flexible enough to do impromptu cheering because there is obviously much to cheer about.
black dress with green cape and wedgesAlso, I need to be able to high kick for the spontaneous, hallway dance parties.
excited to be going to Alt - dressed upBecause I am also a very serious fashion blogger, it’s also important my outfit lend me a sense of gravitas, as I’m certain folks will be very interested in seeing up close “what I do.”
what to wear to Altitude SummitThere’s also a chance I will just be normal, although, let’s not get carried away.Ruche cape long with plain black dressLinkage:
Green Convertible Cape: Ruche // Black Dress: Old Navy, forever ago // Tights: Common Era // Black Wedges: similar ones from H&M // Bracelet: Ruche

If you are going to Alt, drop me a line in the comments, because I’d love to meet up! And if you aren’t, but want to follow the fun, head over to Instagram, where I’ll do my best to document the madness.

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