Kut from the Kloth Denim

SALE ALERT! Do you love finding a great fitting pair of jeans? I mean, doesn’t it just make your day?! You find that awesome pair of jeans that makes your butt look good, sits on your hips just right, and works from morning until night. Kut from the Kloth jeans have become my go to lately for all those reasons. The high rise diana are perfect for everyday, and the catherine boyfriend style is casual and comfy for lazy weekends. They are currently ON SALE for 15% off, along with the all denim at Evereve (even 15% on sale denim!) so hop over here to find all the best pairs!

I love that all Kut from the Kloth styles at Evereve are under $100 and the midrise cut means the jeans sit perfectly on my hips. Can we quickly mention this amazing vegan leather jacket? It’s also under $100 and the perfect staple for wearing with casual jean looks to sundresses, to layering on top of a fine knit dress. It gives mama an edge, right? We all need a little edge. My sweatshirt is super soft and goes great with jeans to joggers…and no judgement if you never want to take it off.

   

I style the Diana both casual and dressed up for a date night – they look great with sneaks, heels, boots, and flats. I have a pair of the Catherine boyfriend jeans, and I’ll be posting looks later this week on my instagram. You can wear the bottom cuffed or in a messy roll – I love both ways – and add an oversized sweater for a super casual + comfy look.

 

I sized down in Kut from the Kloth – they tend to run a size big and I have absolutely no problem going down a size! And at less than $100, you can get more than one style – especially because they are on sale (until January 21st!). Head here to find all the styles!! I’ve also linked everything below (multiple jean styles, tops and shoes) for easy shopping.

Radley London Satchel

New year, new bag! That’s how the saying goes, right? This satchel is perfection, from the rose gold trim to the dotted interior pattern, to the quality construction. It fits all my mom stuff with room to spare.

A lot goes into my bag. In addition to the basics like a wallet, phone and calendar, I carry extra (kid) clothes, a pouch of lip gloss, hand cream and lipstick, coupons, pens, coloring books and crayons. Everything goes in, has it’s place thanks to side pouches, and still looks like it’s half full.

I love the details – like the Radley dog, the gorgeous rose gold, and the magnetic closure. It’s so easy to close. My favorite aspect? It goes with everything! I wear it daily and it seamlessly goes to date night or ladies night out.

You can find the most beautiful bags at Radley London, with lots of sale and free shipping over $100! I’ve linked the exact bag + my sequin leggings and a replica of my faux fur coat below!

Blue Velvet Dress

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? It should definitely involve this blue velvet dress. There are so many things I love about it, from the puff sleeves to body hugging cut, to the beautiful velvet, it’s such a great piece and under $20.

  

It’s perfect for winter parties (including New Year’s Eve!), or Valentine’s day – or even work when paired with a blazer. It’s not too short, and the right length for fun booties. The best part is it’s warm, so if you live somewhere with *fun* winter weather, this dress will not make you shiver at the thought of going out.

My faux fur vest is such a good basic. It makes any outfit a little fancy, and comes in four colors. At under $40, I’m thinking of getting a second color. I’ve been wearing it all week with jeans and a tee, but it also looks awesome with any dress.

 

I am loving sock booties. Pair them with skinny jeans, leggings, and dresses long or short. I’ve been wearing my pair all season making them one of my favorite purchases. If you need something dressy, but do not want to freeze at your event, this is your perfect option. I’ve linked everything below – with express shipping you may be able to get this dress in time for December 31.

How To Create Catalogue Worthy Family Photos

It is possible to create catalogue worthy family photos even when you’re dealing with small children, chilly temps, and animals! It may seem stressful – which photographer to use, what outfits to wear, where and when to take the photos, and most importantly “how do I get kids my kids to smile on cue?!” Spoiler alert, you really can’t – but you can get some awesome candid shots and they will include smiles. Or, there is always photoshop (half joking). There are some keys to create magical photos that will capture your family at their best. I know you’re being inundated with the cutest cards delivered straight to your mailbox, and I’m not going to lie – some of them are amazing. Let’s discuss how to create beautiful images that capture your family at their best.

Which photographer to use? This is a pretty easy answer – do your research! I love lifestyle photographers – these are people who capture moments of your family moving, interacting, and just being yourselves. They aren’t necessarily staged and they usually aren’t posed – if they are, it’s a loose pose such as “stand together,” or “hold hands.” I found Jessi Rogers Photography through instagram (check our her Facebook page here). Her feed has gorgeous family moments, and she works with the right lighting and in beautiful settings. As a photographer you have two great options for light – either 1 hour after sunrise or 1 hour before sunset. These times provide the best colors for taking photos. If those times aren’t available, cloudy days are perfect. You don’t have to work around the sun and shadows. Having a beautiful setting can be as simple as finding a set of evergreens or a pretty path. It doesn’t have to be a huge park – you only need a few small spots. We had such a fun time at a park local to my house. I highly recommend Jessi Rogers Photography if you are local to metro Detroit, but if you’re not, seek out a few photographers and speak to them – ask them about timing, lighting, and if they are lifestyle photographers or portrait based (and this is totally up to you – and what type of photos you want to capture). Jessi and I spoke about what images I wanted to create, what we would be wearing, and who to include – she was totally open to getting photos of my dog, and I loved that. Make sure your photographer listens to you, and that your ideas are in line with each other. With creative types, it’s very normal to find sand artist that has one idea when you really want something else – so do your best to find someone you really groove with. I told Jessi I would have been fine with an image of my husband and I talking a stroll with our kids running around like crazy in the background – because that’s real life, and would make a hilarious card. She completely agreed, and we ended up with beautiful images that included our dog. She also collaborated with a local cookie company, Detroit Dough. Detroit Dough makes the most amazing sugar cookies that look perfect and taste so delicious. You can contact her for Christmas cookies, or cookies for a special event (think showers, weddings, work parties, etc.). Check out her instagram to see her awesome work!

What to wear? The best piece of advice is wear a color palette that is in your home. If you have mostly beiges, grays, and neutrals, wear the same. It will ensure the photos on your wall, match your home. Otherwise you will end up with pops of color that do not match and through off your interior decor. If you have pops of red in your home, add that into the mix. If you love patterns, add those in as well – just be sure to mimic the photo styling to your home. If you forget this, there is always black and white, which goes with everything. For our shoot, I chose deep greens, grays, some light pink and brown/beige, which is what runs throughout our home. We worked on a beautiful fall day, so we have that imagery in the background, as well as some really adorable themed images with evergreen and Christmas plaid. I’ve linked our outfits below, so you can get an idea of what works and where to buy.

Where and when to take the photos? This is a question the photographer should help you with – recommending spots they usually use, and times of day to capture the best light. Some of the best spots are parks, open areas with large trees, lakes, even schools and churches with large walls to use as backdrops. I also love city settings, such as a cute small town or large city with lots of interesting spots. The area doesn’t have to be big – it can be a set of trees you have in your backyard or your garage door. Just check on lighting and shadows. You also need to think about nap times and when your children behave their best. We all have our moments, so make sure photography is scheduled when you are most likely to have a happy baby/child/husband. It makes the photographers job so much easier!

How do I get my kids to smile? Let’s go back to timing – it has to be when they are just awake and fed, so in the morning or an hour after nap time. For the more basic of tactics, the promise of suckers and candy works. So does having them say “poop.” I didn’t say it was going to be pretty (or sound pretty), but it totally works. No one can say poop with a straight face. Or take words out of the book with no words – these are tricks sure to make your kids smile. If they are babies, you can use jingle bells or their favorite stuffed toy, or a puppet.

If you are in need of Christmas gift ideas, giving a gift card to a friend, family, or your parents is a great idea. Jessi Rogers Photography has gift cards available, so you can give the gift of family portraits. I’ve done this in the past for my parent’s anniversary, and I’ve heard it done for baby showers and newborns! I’ve linked outfit ideas below, and please let me a comment if you have any tips of your own for getting the best family photos!

Photo Credit: Jessi Rogers Photography

Cookie Credit: Detroit Dough

Pearl Embellished and Camo Print

I love this sweater (translation: I’ve been wearing this sweater A LOT). The pearl embellished detail paired with camo print makes it not too sweet, and I dig the combination. It’s only $20 – making it a perfect gift, or present for yourself. Pearl embellishments are everywhere, and this is a great piece to style the trend.

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Simple Addiction Mommy and Me Leggings

Have you tried Simple Addiction leggings? If you have, you probably own around 10 pairs because they are the world’s most comfortable leggings, they are less than $10 (some as low as $5.95!) each, and they come in so many colors and patterns that it’s hard to stop yourself from curating a collection (in your closet). They also come in girls sizes, and if you aren’t already sold, trust my 6 year old who is also obsessed.Read More

Black Friday + Weekend Sales

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Hosting and toasting a fabulous friendsgiving

Thanks to HoneyBaked Ham, who sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

This year I’m hosting and toasting a fabulous friendsgiving – a get together with friends to celebrate the season and to party with the people in our lives we consider to be family, even if they aren’t technically relatives. Whether you’re hosting friends, or going traditional and having family over (or both), gather around the holiday’s best. Go for ham and turkey, with all the fixings, and a signature cocktail. The key is less prep and more friend and family time with HoneyBaked Ham. I’ve also mapped out easy tablescape ideas, and outfit options so you can enjoy the entire holiday with your loved ones and not stress over the little things.Read More

Striped Sweater and O Ring Bucket Bag

Time to go boho since I just cut my bangs into a 70s fringe, and I can with this oversized striped knit and o-ring bucket bag. I love the colors (navy, gray and mustard), the big pockets, and the big knit gauge of the sweater. It is chunky sweater bliss. The colors go perfect with this o-ring bucket bag (on sale for $40.99), and they also match my favorite over the knee boots! If you don’t own these, I highly recommend getting a pair (or three – I have them in three colors), and make sure you order a 1/2 size up because they run small. Keep reading for a discount code for Rocksbox – perfect to use this time of year!Read More

Thanksgiving Day Outfits

I really should have named this post ‘Thanksgiving Weekend Outfits,’ but we will go with Thanksgiving Day Outfits because the dinner is the main attraction. If you shop small on Saturday, have a friendsgiving get together, or just hang out with family the whole time, these looks are for you. I have mapped out casual to dressy, and all are comfortable and hide food babies. I think we can all high five (high ten) on that one. And the jewelry! Each piece is under $13, but totally statement worthy.Read More