April 26, 2016

My New Fave Jacket that Will Take You Through Next Year: A Leopard Print Coat

leopard print coat for transitional weather for moms - Fabulistas

Because we’ve lived in San Francisco for a long time almost everything I own is for Fall. This is a little known fact about San Francisco – tourists, take note! – but, while you’d think because it’s in California it’s going to be all sunny and warm, it is in fact most often foggy and chilly, especially in summer when the heat elsewhere pulls in the fog and it gets FREEZING and I get grumpy because while everyone else in the world is frolicking in rompers I’m wearing a ski jacket.

easy fall style for moms with ballet flats - Fabulistas

For the most part, though, I got totally used to it. It’s nice and easy to only have one season to dress for, and on the occasions it does get warm (March/April and September/October – again, take note, the perfect time to visit!) it feels like a true gift with the whole city out, enjoying the sun. Sure, I never had proper attire when we visited other locales, and would pack jeans for 100° weather, but if it was 50-70°, I was in business. black ballet flats from Topshop for Moms - Fabulistas

That, my friends, is all about to change. We moved about 20 minutes up coast and it’s a different world up here, like WE LIVE IN CALIFORNIA now. People wear shorts and flip flops most days and then when it’s really cold (65°) parkas and wool hats.

I am woefully unprepared so I’m pretty much pretending it’s not happening and still wearing my Fall clothes and just sweating it out. Or, if it’s absolutely too hot, wearing bizarre mixes of my one pair of shorts and then too tight tank tops from before I had kids that I really have no business wearing. leopard print coat with black pants for moms

The problem is it all seems like a huge undertaking to re-figure out how to dress for Summer (I used to do it all the time, but that was pre-kids when I believed an outfit without heels was not worth putting on), but I have a feeling I’m going to have to bite the bullet because, while this leopard print coat is adorable, it is also seriously sweaty in 80° heat.

gold vegan over the shoulder purse for moms - Fabulistas

So, consider this post my last hurrah to my San Francisco wardrobe this year. Come Fall, I will have so much content for you I will break the Internet, but, for now, I’m thinking that seeing photos of me in cute coats with ballet flats and the best black pants on Earth are not actually that helpful for most of the world (although, if you’re in San Francisco, you’re welcome). mom laughing in animal print coat with ballet flats - Fabulistas

For now, I’m going to go and figure out how to make my I Did My Best sweatshirt work as a swimsuit cover-up.

New favorite Leopard Print Coat with Leather Sleeves that really does go with everything // BEST BLACK PANTS // Ballet Flats (similar) // Vegan Over-the-Shoulder Bag that is kind of expensive, but I’ve had for years so worth it // Necklace from Banana Republic a long time ago

Photos by Milou and Olin.

April 8, 2016

A Super-Easy Sibling Present That’s Meaningful and Awesome, Perfect for Sibling’s Day

brother and sister tshirts for gift idea - Fabulistas

Did you guys know this weekend is National Sibling’s Day? Now, I think this whole “days” thing has gotten a bit out-of-control and outside of Donut Day, Coffee Day, Pie Day, Mother’s Day, Cream Puff Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and I Want You to Be Happy Day, my roster is full. But, Sibling’s Day? A day that celebrates those people that make you laugh the hardest and drive you the craziest? Oh, sign me up.

Because here’s the thing about these two. They drive each other nuts (all Bennett has to do is say High School Musical is “stinky” and they’re off), but they are 100% best friends. They take surprisingly good care of each other for their ages, can spend hours together pottering around, and always have each other’s back. I don’t know how much I’ve had much to do with it, but it’s what I’m most proud of as a parent and I’m more than happy to take full credit.

brother and sister colorful tshirts for birthdays - Fabulistas

When I was thinking about how to celebrate Sibling’s Day, I wanted it to be meaningful (not just another random toy) and something that further bonded them so when the The Talking Shirt sent me these awesome t-shirts, it was like the heavens opened up and handed down the perfect gift – the kids look adorable, the shirts nail the way they feel about each other, and, best of all, the kids get to dress alike without one of them compromising their style. #dreamcometrue

brother and sister goofing off for siblings day - Fabulistas

Because I love surprises, I had each of the kids wrap up the other one’s tee, but didn’t tell them they would be getting one also. They’re still little so it was a big shock that they had matching t-shirts and how crazy is the world that we both gave each other the same gift?!? What’s next? A bunny that brings us chocolate in the middle of the night?!?

brother and sister tshirts for sibling day - FabulistasBut, ladies and gents, I didn’t stop there. No! I completely lost my mind and created a downloadable (you can get yours here) for the kids to fill out with five reasons their brother or sister is the coolest. My thought is this is something we’ll do each year as a way to check in and see how their friendship evolves over the years, and, possibly, remind them of the importance of their friendship if it hits a rough patch.

my sister is the coolest worksheet and tshirt for siblings - FabulistasRight now it’s based on trucks, hugs, and the fact Bennett plays fairly, which all seem like excellent reasons to be besties.
brother and sister tshirts to celebrate siblings day - FabulistasAll in all, this was one of those celebrations where it took almost no effort on my part, but had a huge bang for my buck. We have a keepsake, the kids have adorable new shirts to remind them to stop hitting your sister with a pretend hammer because, she’s right, she’s not a wall (close enough), and I got a little reassurance that all the worry and admonishment to love each other is paying off.

I’d say add Sibling’s Day to your calendar because it’s a win all around…

My brother or sister is the coolest t-shirts: c/o The Talking Shirt (use the code KEEPTALKING for 20% off!)

Downloadable of my brother/sister is the coolest because…

Photos by the amazing Milou and Olin

March 29, 2016

Easy Easter Fun: Bling Out Your Peeps

easy fun with kids - blinged peeps - Fabulistas

Oh, you guys, I love this project. It is so not Pinterest-worthy and looks a little insane, but the kids had the best time and it totally cracks me up. You know all those extra Peeps you have lying around, mocking you with their sugary deliciousness? It’s time to put them to good use and buy yourself an hour of hands-off kid time.

peeps decorated for Easter - Fabulistas

Plus, tell me these aren’t the most hilarious little Peeps you’ve ever seen.


I keep finding the plate of them in different places in the house (Alice has adopted them as a sort of roving, pet commune) and every time they give me a little jump and then I get happy. Because, while Peeps themselves are quite lovable, a Peep with a full set of hair rollers is absolutely phenomenal.


Blinged-Out Peeps for Easter (or after)
Prep time: 15 minutes; Play time: over 45 minutes!

Supplies (I’ve included everything I used, but even a few from the list will be a blast!):
-Peeps (Target has them in a wide variety of colors)
Frosting Glue
-Candy in the shape of eyes, mustaches, glasses, flowers or bows (our Safeway has most of these now for better prices)
Edible markers
Sparkling gel


  1. Make up half batch of glue frosting (this is really the only thing that takes any time).
  2. Put out supplies.
  3. Let the kids go to town! The only place I helped was with putting dabs of frosting on the back of the eyes, etc., but as you can see below sometimes I didn’t even do that.
  4. Try to keep them from eating all of the peeps at one time.


Have you ever seen a more motley crew? No. Will this be featured on Martha as one of her favorite ways to prettify your Easter? No. Do my kids care? Not a peep.

Alice couldn’t wait to introduce you to Princess Amy and her tie-dyed gown, while Bennett could have played with his Peep car all afternoon.


No, really, he played with it all afternoon.IMG_8794


I feel like our Easter table will never be complete now without our little band of Peeps. Actually, I can’t imagine any table now without our fine little friends, which means we gotta get busy; there’s a very good chance Bennett just ate Martin, the Peep in blue, and I’m not sure how Princess Amy is going to react…

Photos by the amazing Milou and Olin Photography.

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