August 10, 2017

How to Wear Overalls as a Mom + Summer Fun

Happy Summer, that is almost at its end! WAH?!? After a little bit of “woe is me” this weekend, the kids are I are back on track and ready to devour the rest of Summer with three a days (Remember those from sports in high school where you worked out three times a day? Yeah, we’re doing the same only with ice cream and parks.☺️)

But, first, important question: Are you guys into overalls? Because I am obsessed. You know how I feel about rompers and jumpsuits? Well, it’s maybe not that crazy – I haven’t yet accosted anyone in a store and tried to force them to buy a pair but I’m close (Oh, you didn’t know I did that? Yes, some poor lady in Denver is probably still recovering from our encounter, while LOOKING FABULOUS I might add, in the jumpsuit I “highly encouraged” – re: wouldn’t shut up about until she put down her credit card – her to buy).

Now, full disclosure. I found these photos on my computer from last Summer so they’re a year old, but I think that is even further testament to overall’s staying power. That and the fact I essentially wore this same outfit the Summer of 1995, although that round I paired them with enormous, men’s flannel shirts and ball caps, which just screams flattering and a good use of youth, doesn’t it?

Now, here’s the thing about overalls as an adult. You gotta go easy. When I first started wearing them I wasn’t sure how to do it and was pairing them with t-shirts that had a lot going on and fuzzy coats (omg, I just looked and also a fanny pack!) and it was too much.

Instead overalls should feel like an easy pair of jeans you just throw on. I like to wear them with tank tops (more on the fitted side to streamline my body) and flip flops. I love a good bandana because it gives a pop of color and breaks me up, but you’ve gotta be careful not to go farmer with it (tie it up close to your neck instead of hanging down). Throw on a pair of funky glasses and you’re ready to Summer it up.

Even better if your partner in crime wants to match you, although you’ve got to be ready for the fact she’s probably going to steal the show.

Cute, fun, and easy, right? But, Kara, we’re heading into Fall! What do I do with my overalls now?

I’m so glad you asked! Seriously, overalls are the perfect transition piece because you can wear these suckers all year round. Because we live in California I even wear them all Winter with a long cardigan over them (short is harder to wear because it creates a lot of bulk on top).

Besides needing to take it easy with your overalls, I like to also make them a little bit feminine (Remember my big flannels? Yeah, the opposite of that). In this case, a little bit of lace on the top of the shirt makes it a little more interesting and lightens up the heavy a bit (if it were all black I’d want something up top to break it up like my bandana). A striped shirt would also have been cute or a floral, don’t you think?

And, I’m all about fitted because if it’s too big then it hangs out the sides and adds pounds and mama doesn’t need any of that business, okay?

Can you guys see my epic watch? I bought it when I was about 21 in Italy and found it when we moved and I’m all into it again. It’s my favorite kind of accessory – one that is easy to wear, but takes your outfit from everyday to wowza.

Kind of like this little gal. #showstealer

So, to round-up our overall tutorial. 😁

  1. You should most definitely be wearing them because they are totally throw on-able and adorable.
  2. Err on the side of easy so you don’t look like you’re trying to hard (ie. don’t do this).
  3. Go for fitted underneath to streamline your bod.
  4. Add some feminine elements if you can so you don’t look like a lumberjack/farmer.
  5. Always have an interesting accessory (this should be on my gravestone).
  6. Take along a mini-me because nothing makes you look cuter than a little person dressed the same.

Happy Overall-ing!

SIMILAR PRODUCTS!

(These first overalls are sooooo cute – please buy them? 😁)

Photos by my gal Milou and Olin.
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May 17, 2017

Three Ways to Style a Romper

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A year or so ago, I totally hopped onto the romper/jumpsuit train and I am OBSESSED. You guys, they are truly a mom’s best friend because there is no decision-making involved! They are one piece so you don’t have to decide what top or bottom to wear or wonder if you should tuck your shirt in or realize you have to change pants again because the waistband on this pair weirdly keeps shrinking even though you hang all your pants after washing.😳

No, rompers are one piece and almost always with an elastic waistband (#score). Basically, they are socially acceptable pajamas. Plus, you can dress them up or down, wear them to the beach or out for a date, or both in one day if your life is really interesting.

To bring you on board, I’m going to show you a simple black romper (H&M, baby), done up three different ways so you can too can change your life. Because sneakily wearing pajamas as clothing is a serious life-changer. 😎IMG_9666

Look 1: Saucy Octogenarian at the Beach
Everyone in my close family hates this hat, and, you guys, I don’t care. I love that it has velcro in the back so it works over any hairstyle. I love that it if I had longer hair I could wear a ponytail out of the top of it. I love that when I’m 104 I’ll wear it to Bingo and feel totally at home. It is a hat that keeps on giving. Plus, it takes my romper from cute gal going to the beach to movie star-ish from the 1940s.

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See, what I mean?!?

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As for the scarf, are you guys into scarves? Because I feel like you should be. They elevate any outfit from everyday to WOWZA! without any effort at all, which is every mom’s dream.

romper (similar) // scarf (not the same, but so cute) // hat (similar) // gold sandals (way cuter) // sunglasses 

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So, now you’ve spent all day at the beach and it’s getting chilly and you’re headed to dinner with the gals in that restaurant where they always crank up the air con (or, even better, it’s Fall and you still want to wear your romper! So many good scenarios…). Since, you’re a mom and don’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe, how about we change up that adorable romper with a few accessories and get you ready for the cooler temps?

Look 2: Meeting the Gals
Here’s what I love about a plain romper – you can throw on a cardigan or structured jacket and you’re ready for cooler weather. In this case, I went Summer/Fall and paired it with my fave sandals that I don’t get to wear enough, but I could have gone more Fall/less Summer and gone with short booties and I think it would have worked as well.

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In other news, I wish they’d bring this Ban.do purse back because it works with everything and I loved giving it as a gift.

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In other, other news, one time I wore the middle, spiky bracelet to a wedding and my little boy (who was a baby) kept screaming throughout the ceremony and I just thought he hated love. Turns out I was poking him in the back with it every time I went to hug him so he was just hating my love. #motheroftheyear

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romper // cardigan (similar) // low heeled sandals (similar) // gold purse (out of stock😭😭😭) // bracelets (collected over the years)

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Okay, now we’re just going to throw caution to the wind and we’re going to PARTY IT UP in our romper.

Look 3: On the Town Because Moms Need Fun Too
I remember when I was in my 20s and I would be so popular/busy that I would have to plan my outfits so I could go to work and then go out in it. I’d plan a different necklace and shoes and purse to take it from day to evening. Did you guys do that too? Well, we’re doing it now because this romper can do ANYTHING.

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Now, I have big plans for all of us and our romper so you probably want to bring along your fanny pack. That way you can dance the night away and don’t have to worry about setting down your cell phone and losing all the photos you’ve taken of your kids since they were babies (not that I would know anything about that particular feeling of panic).

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You can really pair it with any heel – I like a bit chunkier because I feel like it keeps me looking proportional (otherwise, I look top heavy). Plus, it lets the world know we’re headed out for fun instead of dive bombing into our couch.

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Now I totally get that not everyone needs to constantly channel their inner eighth grader and maybe you’re not that into fanny packs. No problem. All you need is a cute clutch and you’re ready to go.

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Because I’m super into the matchy-matchy thing fashion has going on lately, I kept everything in the gold family, but this is where you can get crazy. Use that clutch you haven’t pulled out in years! Pull out your heels that haven’t seen the light of day since pre-kids! Your romper can handle it!

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romper // gold bandana necklace (similar) // gold heels (from many years ago) // fanny pack // clutch (not the same, but this one would take you through life)

What do you gals think? Did I convince you to buy a romper? If not, I can seriously come up with more of where that came from. 😂

Photos by my gal Milou and Olin.
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May 11, 2017

Our Stay at the Madonna Inn + San Luis Obispo Road Trip!

One of my Life Goals has been to visit the Madonna Inn, one man’s ode to pink deliciousness with a hearty side of kitsch. I’d obsessively stalked the photos online, heard tales of the men’s bathroom, and whittled my list down to the rooms I most wanted to stay in.

So, when Chris and I decided to go away (just the two of us! without the kids! alone!) it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I mean nothing says romance like your wife asking you to photograph her every 14 seconds because she’s seen something pink, am I right?

You guys, it was everything I dreamed it would be. You know how sometimes you build things up in your mind and then when you actually get there, you’re let down by your heightened expectations? Yeah, there was none of that.

I mean this is the bathroom. Sure, the men’s has a waterfall (Chris tried to get a photo but it was pretty – ahem – active at the time), but the ladies’ has pink walls with red leather doors and a chandelier! I mean, c’mon! I kept walking around all day, every day saying, “I’ve got to get their decorator’s number”, which made my husband very, very excited. 😁

It’s in a bit of a funny location in that it’s all on its own on the side of the highway (the main part of San Luis Obispo is across the highway), but I think that’s part of its charm. There is no other reason to come to the Madonna Inn other than the Madonna Inn. It’s like wearing a Golden Girls sweatshirt – you don’t just kinda wear one, you OWN IT.

We stayed in one of the standard rooms and it worked perfectly. It was big enough for the two of us (although our expectations may be low since we’re used to San Francisco shoeboxes), but still had plenty of details to keep me going (gold wallpaper, mildly creepy paintings of children, FOUR chandeliers, a solid gold shower). It was a little loud in that we could hear our neighbor discussing his Twitter count – 10,000, not too shabby – but they have pretty strict policies on late partying so it worked out fine.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Omg, woman, did you do anything other than drag your husband around to look at pink things?” Of course!

We looked at pink things he could purchase me for Mother’s Day 👆🏼, we talked about redecorating our house in pink, and we ate pink things. 👇🏼 I mean, I’m not a monster.

Okay, okay, we did plenty of other things. Far and away, the most interesting was visiting The Hearst Castle, which is essentially the largest vacation home you’ve ever laid eyes on.

I would like to point out that when Hearst started to build, he envisioned a bungalow. He ended up here. And, Mr. Hearst, I feel ya. Every damn time I walk into Zara the exact same thing happens to me.

We had thought we’d hang out at the Castle for an hour or so, but our tour guide was hilarious and gave us so much insider info (Harpo Marx used to scare people by hiding in this sarcophagus! Cary Grant liked to smuggle in liquor because they were only allowed one drink an evening!) I could have listened all day. I can’t recommend it enough.

After our tour finished, Chris kept talking about seeing the elephant seals at the local beach and I was being such a brat because I was wind-blown and tired and don’t we have sea lions at Pier 39 like a minute from our house?!? Thank God he didn’t listen to me because we saw hundreds upon hundreds of elephant seals just hanging out ten feet from us on this beach. It was exactly like the “Planet Earth” documentary, down to my spot-on David Attenborough impression, which greatly enhanced the experience I think we’d both agree.

The best part of this whole deal though? It is FUN to hang out with your husband! It was so fun to actually talk and laugh and not be constantly interrupted and I remembered again how friggin’ brilliant I was to marry this man. So many heart eyes, right? 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Okay, a few other points of note if you head down to SLO:

-We ate at Novo, which was pricey and pretty good (several people told us it was the place to go). We ate out back, under the fairy lights, which was lovely and highly recommended and the calamari was delish.

-The second night we ate at Firestone Grill, which was so my jam. SLO is a college town and this place is exactly what you’d expect – excellent burgers, pork sandwiches and rings, tons of TVs, and plenty of intriguing college drama.

-There’s Bubblegum Alley, which is pretty famous in SLO, which is exactly what it sounds like – a wall of chewed up gum. I’d say see it just to check it off your list of things you never need to do again. 😂

-We didn’t manage to hike because it was so windy most of the time, but we heard from multiple people that the hiking around Morro Bay was the place to go.

-We had breakfast at the Madonna and it was perfection. 👌 Total diner food, served with coffee with pink sugar. My heart just exploded.

And, lastly, can I be a little bossy and say getting out of town is good for the soul? It’s hard to get perspective when you’re stuck in your own life and I know it’s expensive and you’re busy and there are a million reasons not to go, but guess what? Not one person in the history of the universe has ever said, “Man, I wish I hadn’t spent that money visiting the Madonna Inn.”

Okay, that’s a total lie and maybe they have terrible Yelp reviews, I don’t know, but the point is doing new things is awesome and checking things off your Life List is thrilling and I’m raising my pink drink high in the air in a toast to you and your adventures.

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