Baby Boys Graphic Tees

There's nothing I love more than dressing my son in super comfy clothes.  Although I love the look of a tiny baby in a bow tie (I mean, what's cuter than a baby dressed as a grown man) I tend to lean more towards practical clothes you can move in.  Graphic tees are a weakness.  Soft-check.  Affordable-check.  Funny pictures and sayings that my son doesn't understand but make me laugh-check.  So until he gets to dress himself it's tiny baby leggings and cotton tees for now.


That Time I Met Russell Westbrook

Since the play-offs are currently going on, I thought it would be an appropriate  time to share this photo:

My husband and I were at the airport, about to make our connecting flight home from our honeymoon.  We were a tad stressed because we had just come through customs and discovered my husband's bag had been rifled through somewhere between Belize and Dallas.  We also found random baby socks in our luggage as well.  So, my apologies to the baby that is now sockless thanks to some sloppy rummaging work.  Anyhow, we were headed for a little mexican restaurant in the middle of the airport and I literally came face to face with Russell Westbrook who was walking out.  I stopped, my mouth gaped open.  I had one of those stardom reactions, completely involuntarily.  He moved along and around me since I failed to move out of his way, and we sat down at the bar.  Everyone was talking about how he had be so nice and was just snapping pictures, so then I proceeded to tug on my husband's arm relentlessly to hurry up so we could find him and get a picture!  By the time we finished I assumed he was long gone, only to find that he was at our gate, and on our flight back to Oklahoma.  He was coming home from the Olympics at the time so I don't totally understand why he wasn't on some sort of fancy private jet or something, but I proceeded to pull my camera from my bag and told my husband I had to get a picture.  How often do I run into famous people?  No-one was really asking for pictures at the gate but I was going to be bold!  Sorry, you're famous,and I needed photographic evidence of this encounter.  So after awkwardly peeking around people to find my moment I asked him for a picture.  He nodded, stood for the photo, nodded at my husband, and then moved on his way, at which time I started a chain reaction and multiple people started asking him for a photo. Oops.  

So that's it.   The story of my encounter with Russell Westbrook, in all it's glory.  Now, I also did see Blake Griffin once on the street in downtown Dallas, but I failed to get a picture.  So maybe that's my thing.  I run into famous NBA stars.  No big deal.


Warm Weather Staples

Nothing is making me happier right now than the fact that I can throw on a pair of shorts and sandals and call it good. Warmer weather is calling my name, and while I love cozy sweaters and leggings, I really dislike being cold 99% of the time.  Here are a few of my favorite items that I tend to wear over and over in the Spring and Summer.

Dressier sandals are essential for a night out or pretty much any event where I wouldn't wear my cheapy rubber flippies. 

I don't think rubber flip flops should be worn everywhere, but for a quick errand or to the pool these are so easy to throw on and not worry about getting them dirty.

Most of the time I'm going open toed in the summer but slip-ons are definitely needed for certain occassion.  My Toms tend to be my go-to because they're easy to slip on and off and the different prints can kick up your outfit a notch.

A maxi dress can go anywhere and is super comfy.  I have way too many in my closet as it is, but they're just super versatile.

Casual tanks can go with just about anything.  All you need are a few of your favorite colors and then you can change up the outfit with your shoes, accessories, even doing a skirt instead of shorts.

Denim shorts are an easy staple.  They go with everything and you can get a more fitted pair or I've seen several pairs of boyfriend shorts at Gap that look really comfy.

Not only are running shorts super comfy but you can wear them all day and be ready for an evening work out.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  They are a go-to for me for comfort alone, plus they dry faster if you're wearing them out somewhere like a pool.

We've had a trusty over the shoulder diaper bag we've been using for almost a year, but now that our activities and outings are going to change this summer I think a backpack will be a new go to.  It's easy to wear for a longer walk or bike ride, while still being able to have my hands free to hold or help my son. 

Having long hair is basically like wearing a shawl over your shoulders in the summer, and well, no-one wants to do that.  More often than not I'll be wearing my hair up and I just love Ban.Do's hair accessories.  They make the everyday a little more exciting; as far as hair is concerned anyway.

I love my aviators, they go with everything!  While I love all the different trends of sunglasses my aviators never go out of style.

So there you have it, my warm weather essentials. They get me by pretty much every year!


How I Handle Awkward Encounters

I know I haven't blogged for over a week, and I really don't know what to tell ya.  I'm just going to kind of ignore it. You know, like when you don't talk to a high school friend in a long time and then awkwardly run into them in the mall.  You can either casually act like you haven't missed a beat and have been too busy to text or facebook or whatever, or, you can do what I do and ignore the situation, and turn and walk in the opposite direction.  Of course, I wouldn't turn my back on you!  I'm much better with there's a vast Internet barrier between us.  But let's just pretend it hasn't been over a week since we last connected via blogging. K?  Great.

Lately I've been really drawn to plain, simple pieces and then dressing them up with fun accessories, such as these hot pink earrings.  Casual, comfortable, stylishly effortless if I may say so myself.

I have been working on planning my son's first birthday party, which, let's face it, is lots of fun.  It brings out the inner pre-k teacher in me.  I enjoy it, and I know he won't remember it, but he will be able to look back at photos and know he had an awesome first birthday.   Unfortunately we don't really have any friends with kids, besides a couple of family members, so it's going to be full of lots of adults ooing and aahing.    Which reminds me, my husband and I are in search of friends with kids.  Please, be our friend. Someone should really start a match.com-like website for this.  

Finally, someone has been missing her time in the spotlight.  So I let her have a moment.

P.S.  Tiny top knots are my new favorite.


Best Of: Wedding Gowns

Since this is the busy season for weddings, and I have been seeing so many things popping up, I thought I would share a few of my favorite wedding gowns.  First, let me say my wedding dress experience was probably way more complicated than it needed to be.  I wanted a blush, fitted gown.  But when I went into the first bridal store I was completely overwhelmed and ended up picking this big ball gown.  I definitely felt like a bride in it and it had pockets, which kind of sold me. I immediately changed my mind, however, that night, but they wouldn't let me return or exchange the order.  Fail.  So after stressing about it a couple of months I decided when the gown came in I would re-sell it and I would rather spend a little more and get a dress I really wanted.  I was crunched for time but ended up getting a white fitted tulle gown.  It was definitely much better than my first dress, much more me, but because of my indecisive nature and love of all things beautiful I can't help but eye other dresses and think, oh that one, that could have been the one!  

My most, absolute current favorite has to be this beauty from BHLDN.  Swoon.  It took my breath away.  The way it fades to pink is just beyond gorgeous.  Yup, this could have been the one too.  It's the perfect mix of traditional white and the modern blush color.  If only my husband and I could have a wedding every year.  Would it be inappropriate to wear this out to dinner?

Emma Gown

This other one from BHLDN is also beautiful.  The back detailing is so unique.  Imagine what a statement it would make going down the aisle.

I have a slight obsession with Watters gowns.  The delicate sleeves and embroidery on this lace and tulle gown are so sweet.

Here is another style I fawned over.  I think this is a replica of a more expensive gown whose designer escapes me, but you can wear the full skirt down the aisle and then take it off to reveal a fun cocktail type dress for the reception.  If any of you are as indecisive as me between the full gown look or something fitted, this could be the one.

I know not everyone is for them but I like the look of asymmetrical hems.  I think this could be really fun for an early afternoon wedding, maybe outside or set under open beams of a farmhouse or something.  

Finally, I love headpieces, even if it's not your wedding day. I almost bought this one but talked myself out of it, afraid it would be too distracting. I still love it though.

My best advice if you are in the market for a wedding dress is to spend a little more if it's what you really want.  You can cut something else out of the budget if needed.  A dress you love doesn't have to be expensive though, there are lots of options with Etsy or preownedweddingdresses.com (where I sold my first dress). Really there's dresses for every budget today.  Your dress will live on forever in your photos and your memories, and you want to look back  20+ years from now and still love it and feel like it represented who you were at that time.  


An Update On My New Year Resolutions (plus an outfit for funsies)

In January, well, technically the last day of December, I shared my New Year Resolutions.  I am not normally one for resolutions but they were all things I genuinely wanted, and they were all attainable, which are both things that should be key components of any resolution or goal.  So since we're now 1/4 of the way into 2014, I thought I would give an update.

My first goal was to get off of auto on my camera and learn to use manual mode.  I am still working on this.  I did watch a youtube tutorial on my camera to understand it's features a little more, but truthfully I've forgotten some of it because I didn't practice enough after I watched it.  I promise I will get this one done, I just need to take the time. 

Get back to running, working out and getting back into a shape I am comfortable.  I joined a gym in December, and not because I need a gym to keep me accountable but because it was cold outside.  I've been going to the gym typically 3 days a week, plus I've been running outside and doing Tone It Up youtube videos after my work outs or on days I don't get to the gym.  I don't like to weigh myself because I don't think scales are an accurate reflection of health, so all I can go off of is what I see in the mirror, how I feel, how my clothes fit and my ability to do more in a physical work out than I could three months ago.   I'm planning on posting a comparison shot with some of my outfit photos soon for reflection, but I think it's going well. 

My final resolution was more meal planning and to cook more. I would say we are eating at home 75% more than we were.  It's actually been tricky to find meals that don't take a ton of ingredients or cook time, but that also don't come from a box (i.e.hamburger helper).  Not that I don't like hamburger helper, but it's not really what I want.  I actually find cooking quite relaxing, but I can't spend even 45 minutes cooking a meal with a baby around.  A few things that have been on the menu include pasta, turkey burgers, fish & veggies, chicken & veggies and enchiladas are coming up this week.  I'm also pretty impressed with myself for having leftovers and getting creative with them.  For example, one night we had a pita and hummus pizza and I used the leftover arugula and tomatoes, processed them in the food processer and made myself a pita sandwich the next day.  I also made my new go-to tomato sauce for pasta (from this book)  and had a ton of leftover sauce.  So I mixed it with some ground beef and made italian sloppy joes.  The italian part just popped into my head, but it's ok, I googled it and it's a real thing.

So there you have it. If New Year Resolutions carried mid-term grades, I would give myself an A.  I still have 9 months to get going on my camera, so I think so far so good.

Linking up today with Alissa!


Denim Squared

I don't know when denim on denim came back in style. Maybe it never went out and I stayed too on trend to think it was relevant.  But whatevs, I am happily embracing my childhood styles as an adult.  So far birkenstocks, floral prints, grungy plaid and round sunglasses are all making their way back into my wardrobe.  Just toss in a mini backpack and I'll be set. 

Momma Monday: Mom Rant

So normally I like this to be a place of smiley faces, rainbows and gumdrops.  Seriously.  I don't like reading too much negativity on blogs, only because I see too much of it on a daily basis....in the news, in the workplace.  Let's all be happy people!

But today I have to vent a little.   Hopefully it will not be in vain though, I want to create an understanding.

This past week my husband and I ventured out of the house to a monthly local event that is full of live music, food trucks, and street vendors.  The event is marketed as family friendly and dog friendly, and it was our first time going. I was really excited about it, because we had plans, something to look forward to in an otherwise monotonous week of dirty diapers, work, no sleep and the same old routine.  

The place was packed, like you could barely move to get from one point to another.  We had our son in the stroller, and there were lots of other families with strollers, so my husband set up shop against a wall with the baby while I ventured out to stand in line for 20 minutes for food.  While standing in line I was catching bits and pieces of the couple talking behind me, and they caught my attention as they started talking about the people who had brought strollers.  They went on to say how it was rude, because people had to move out of their way, and that those families should just get a babysitter for the night.

I chuckled to myself.  If only it was that simple, if only they understood.  If only they understood that when you have a new baby, you rarely get out of the house.  You rarely feel normal and interact with other people, and any trip, even a trip to the grocery store, is refreshing.  The fact that we had an opportunity to go to something that is family friendly and also fun is rare, because you can't exactly take your baby out dancing.  Granted I didn't know how crowded it was going to be, and it was hard to push a stroller through the crowd let alone get myself through the crowd, but our stroller isn't any wider than two people walking side by side.  If only they understood babysitters can be hard to come by, and you may have grandparents nearby but they may not be available, or maybe you actually want to be brave and try something together, as a family.  And if you don't have grandparents nearby babysitters cost money.  It's rare you can find a family friendly event that is fun and outside where your baby can yell and cry all they want and no-one will care because you can barely hear the person next to you talking anyway. (note, my baby was a perfect angel, he didn't cry once #notsohumblebrag)    We just want to have some fun.  We don't want to get in anyone's way, or be pushy, or overtake your hangout.  We may be parents now, but we want to enjoy our Friday night just like you.

One day they'll probably understand.  There may come a day when he may get down on one knee and propose to her, and they'll get married, and have a baby, and one day they will want to get out of the house too, to have fun like they used to.  One day they may feel brave, and they'll put their stroller in their car and venture out.  Probably they'll be standing in line somewhere, and they'll hear the young couple behind them, talking about all the babies, and how people should just get a babysitter.  And maybe they'll chuckle to themselves too.


My Birthday Suit

No!  Not that kind of birthday suit!  Get your minds out of the gutter!

Like a high-school freshman gearing up for the first day of school, 99% of this outfit is shiny and new.  The best thing about it?  This bee-yoo-ti-ful pink Kate Spade bag my bestie got me for my 30th birthday.  She spoils me so.  The worst thing?  The fact that I cut off my new Birkenstocks in the photo.  They were a gift to myself from money I was gifted for my birthday.  A double gift of sorts, if you will.  

Cash...the gift that keeps on giving...until I run out.


Twirlk It

First, if you are reading this post simply because you are either a)confused by or b)totally get the humor of my post title,  thank-you...either way.  

This photo is almost a month old-where has March gone?  #clicherhetoricalquestions  I wore this outfit to a friend's baby shower, and while most of the pictures I didn't like, this one snapped just as I was twirling, ya know, for fun, and saw that my husband and son totally caught me.  It was a fun and humbling moment, and as I awkwardly grabbed my tripod to go back inside, my husband told me I looked pretty.   He totally gets that I like to twirl, and that if choosing a gift for me leopard is always the way to go, and that I'm a flower child at heart, and that I laugh at my own jokes...(ahem....twirlk it).    He totally gets me, and I get him, which is why we're MFEO.  


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