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Rockstar Moms Top Amazon Picks for January!

This has been a great month for Amazon items! Coming from the industry we are sticklers for quality, fit, and design. With this in mind there are, at times, more misses than hits with our amazon finds and we only bring to you the items that we truly love! Check out the winners from January below!

Colleen’s Picks:

Top / Belt / Joggers

Dolman Sleeve Boatneck Tunic: This amazing top can be worn several ways. It is long enough to be worn with your favorite leggings or jeggings and the perfect length to messy tuck into your favorite jeans! It’s is easily dressed up or down. What caught me right away was the hand feel!! It is so so soft and comfy. This top is great to wear now and will be a staple for me throughout Spring!! It also comes in at least 8 colors!

Top / Belt / Leggings

Leopard Double Loop Belt: I loved this belt the minute I saw it! It is the perfect width for all my jeans and looks great with jeans or work pants. Again can be worn casual or dressed up and would look great around a dress too!

My #1 Amazon Pick of all Time – Daily Ritual Joggers: I have been wearing these non stop for a year now. They are my go to pant for the weekends or any day I just want to be cozy and comfy. The fit is perfect and true to size. Mine have been washed tons of times and look just as good as the day I received them! THESE are a must have!!!

Joggers / Sneakers 1 / Sneakers 2 / Sneakers 3

Liz’s Picks:

Wide Brim Fedora Beach Hat– I keep talking about this hat because it truly is amazing! I had been looking for a hat that looked great, provided good coverage for my face from the sun, and held up well while travelling and at the pool and beach. This one is perfect! Love the styling and it comes in so many colors and different trim details. I chose the classic Beige with a Black Grosgrain Ribbon. Best part? It is truly packable! It traveled it my suitcase packed in between all my other stuff and was perfectly fine when unpacked!

Packing Cube Set– Such a great value for these cubes! 5 packing cubes come in this pack in 3 different size ranges. You receive 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 small all at a great price! My favorite aspects of these cubes include the see through mesh windows so you can tell what you packed into each cube, the 3 different size ranges so they work well in all different size bags, and the handles that allow you to efficiently move them around as needed without your stuff becoming a mess! Two benefits I found was that the cubes forced me to cut back on how many items I was bringing before I stuffed it all into my bag and then realized it didn’t fit! I filled the cubes as much as I could and then I had no problem fitting it in my suitcase! The other benefit was packing to come home. By having different cubes I could segment out all the dirty clothes to make washing when I got home a breeze.

Camo Print Yoga Pants– (Shown in Deep Grey Camo) These yoga pants are top rated for a reason!! Such comfortable pants and the fabric is so soft. The high waist fit perfect and doesn’t budge while exercising or just running around on the weekends. Length is perfect for my height (5’3″) and hit right at my ankle. Pockets are a great add as well! Overall, I love these pants so much, especially for less than $30!!

Hope you enjoy our top Amazon picks this month as much as we do!

xo

Colleen and Liz

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Travel Accessory Finds From Amazon

If you are lucky enough to be travelling soon for Spring break, or possibly planning a trip this summer, I have some new travel accessories to recommend from Amazon!

I recently went to Florida over New Year’s and picked up some new accessories prior to my trip. They all worked out great so I knew I had to share them!

I’ve always considered myself a good packer. Yes, on every trip I usually pack a few extra pairs of shoes and outfits that I didn’t need. But all in all, I am an expert clothes roller and therefore can fit a ton in my suitcases. But, all of those clothes come at a cost since I’m usually holding my breath that I don’t exceed the weight limit at the airport and have to pay extra money right before my trip!

So before this trip, I saw lots of people recommending packing cubes and calling out how they changed the packing game and figured I would give them a shot.

I picked these styles from Amazon due to the good reviews at a very reasonable price.

5 packing cubes come in this pack in 3 different size ranges. You receive 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 small all at a great price! My favorite aspects of these cubes include the see through mesh windows so you can tell what you packed into each cube, the 3 different size ranges so they work well in all different size bags, and the handles that allow you to efficiently move them around as needed without your stuff becoming a mess!

As I mentioned, the 3 different sizes work great to fit into all different size bags. I bought a set for myself, my husband, and both kids and they worked great in each of our bags. My favorite size is the medium because I was able to fit 2 of them side by side on one side of my suitcase. I also liked the small size because I was able to segment out some items that I didn’t want to get lost with all the other clothes.

You may ask yourself, why do I need to use cubes when I am able to get all of the items in my luggage no problem? Good question, I thought the same thing! The biggest benefit I found was that the cubes forced me to cut back on how many items I was bringing before I stuffed it all into my bag and then realized it didn’t fit! I am that person that would end up sitting on my bag to try to get it to close, then it would be too heavy….you see how this goes. So by using the cubes, I filled the cubes as much as I could and then I had no problem fitting it in my suitcase! The other benefit was packing to come home. By having different cubes I could segment out all the dirty clothes to make washing when I got home a breeze. Love these cubes and catch wait to use them on my next trip!

The next accessory that I loved is this Fedora Beach Hat. I had been looking for a hat that looked great and held up well while travelling and at the pool and beach. This one is perfect! Love the styling and it comes in so many colors and different trim details. I chose the classic Beige with a Black Grosgrain Ribbon. Best part? It is truly packable! It traveled it my suitcase packed in between all my other stuff and was perfectly fine when unpacked! Love having a hat I can travel with that is convenient to take instead of having to carry on and afraid of getting ruined. Love it!

The last accessory I picked up is a new water bottle- the stainless steel Hydro Flask. So many of my girlfriends use stainless steel water bottles but I hadn’t tried on. After all the great reviews I wanted to give it a shot. I was really looking for a water bottle that could hold my drinks at the ideal temperature and not leak! This one is worth the cost!

Now that you have read all about these new accessories that will be great for your next trip, you can click below to shop and see more details!

  1. Packing Cubes
  2. Fedora Beach Hat
  3. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Happy travels!!

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Pre Black Friday Old Navy Looks!

Wow! Is thanksgiving really this week?! This year is flying by way too fast!! Do you host or do you go visiting on the big day? I host and love it!

Went to Old Navy to find some casual for that day found some great deals and looks!! Everything is 50% off!!!! Black Friday came early!!!!!!!!!

First look is the black and holiday green combo. Love everything about this looks. The sweater is surprisingly super soft and the scarf is like butter.

Sweater / vest / scarf / jeans
Sweater / jeans
Scarf / sweater / jeans
Vest / sweater / jeans

This next look is amazing and the jacket will honestly take me all through winter! I am not a fan of wearing big puffy coats….

Jacket / sweater / jeans

Just found my new favorite pattern combo!! I am loving camo and buffalo plaid together. Check out! What do you think?

Top / scarf / vest / jeans
Top / jeans
Scarf / sweater / jeans

So, I came in to buy one outfit and left with 3!!! What’s your fav look?

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Coordinated Outfits for Family Photos

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season doesn’t involve the gifts, food, and all the craziness. What I look forward to, is keeping in touch with family and friends. And one way we do this is by sharing holiday cards! I love sending pics showing how much my kiddos have grown. And I really enjoy seeing all of the other family’s in our life- how much their kids have grown, the new additions since last year, and even the family animals that make it into the photos.

We have started a regular tradition of having a professional photographer (and now friend) take our photos each Fall. I love being able to look over the photos every year and look back on the different stages the kids were in. You don’t have spend a lot of money to capture wonderful images and have the keepsake of the different places you are in each year. A friend or family member might be willing to help or even set up a tripod to capture the moments!

To capture great photos (both classic and silly), no matter who the photographer is, I think it comes down to a great location, and a coordinated look. For a location, I have found that being outside in natural light, captures the best photographs. Over the years we have picked a range of places from parks in the country to historic sights in the city. My favorites have been the locations with rustic structures and interesting backgrounds like old buildings or water sources. This year, we chose the historic Valley Forge Park in Valley Forge, PA. What a place! Beautiful fields, rustic buildings, old stone walls, a wooden bridge over a stream- so many great photo ops.

Once I think of a location, I work on coordinating outfits. I usually don’t look for exactly the same item or print for us to wear. But rather colors or prints that compliment each other and pop in the photos. This year I was focused on a color scheme and was deciding between navy and green, red and black, and white and black. My go-to store/online retailer for family outfits has been the Gap Brands year after year. I find that they have so many trendy and classic styles and colors to choose from, that I have lots of options to work with between the brands to find the perfect look.

I always look for the kid’s outfits first. I find they are the hardest to land on for style and price. So by focusing on them first, I find it much easier to pair back the grown up outfits since ours are usually more classic items (hopefully that we already own or mostly own!) After looking at all of the options online, I selected the navy and green color theme. We are a very casual family so I like our outfits to reflect that. We are always in jeans for the most part. But I love having my daughter dress up in a pretty dress (while she will still wear one) to make the photos look a little more special than our day-to-day. I found this adorable navy dress with bright colored embroidery from Gap. It has a nice pop of color but still neutral being grounded in navy. When I saw the green and navy plaid shirt from Old Navy, I envisioned that they could work really well together.

Here are the outfit details for the kids (affiliate links):

My Son- Navy and Green Plaid Shirt / Slim Jeans (similar style) / Navy Hi-Top Sneakers (similar style)

My daughter- Navy Dress with Embroidery / Navy Cable Knit Tights / Silver Boots

Once I have the kids all taken care of, then it’s easier to decide on the outfits for the grownups. Since I grounded the looks in navy, I knew both my husband and I would wear navy tops or sweaters. Keeping the casual look, we both paired them with jeans. Then to keep overall look of being more casual with our outdoor setting, we picked tan/light brown shoes so they wouldn’t stand out too much.

Here are the outfit details for the grown ups (affiliate links):

Mom’s Outfit: Open Front Duster Cardigan (similar style) / Grey Peplum Tank (similar ss style) / Dark Indigo Jeggings / Tan Booties (similar style)

Dad’s Outfit: Marled Navy Crewneck Sweater / Straight Jeans (similar style) / Light Brown Loafers

I usually do a quick lay down as a double check that all the items will go together like this:

Once I feel good about the options then I just let the rest go and trust our photographer! When the kids were little, I stressed so much about getting the perfect shot, if they would smile, and if we would all look good in the same photo! But now over the years I’ve learned to just enjoy the moment! Like so many other moments and stages, you can’t control it all. And if you try to (at least for me), the fun is all gone. Documenting these family moments isn’t just about a good looking holiday card, but also about enjoying having fun and being silly all together. The amazing photos are just the extra bonus!

I hope you enjoy capturing the photos with your family- whatever that looks like to you. Just enjoy being together!

Here is the final product! And of course our other favorite family member had to join in the pic:)

xo,

Liz

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November Loft Finds!

If you have not been to Loft lately, you need to!! They have really stepped up their game this season! From the beautful sweaters to the amazing outerwear to the super soft loungewear, they have it all.

Check out my favorite items from the current collection right here! I love all the textures you will find right now all over the store. For reference I am wearing a small on everything, which is my normal size in loft tops.

Diamond Texture Sweater
Skinny jeans
You can see the stitch better here as well as the pretty pointelle stitch on the raglan sleeve
Pointelle Sweater
Skinny jeans
Closer look at the stitch detail and all
the colors marled into the sweater
Plush Cardigan (wearing a small but would size up to a medium)
Skinny jeans
This leopard scarf is gorgeous! It is large enough to be worn as I am here or opened up and worn as a shawl or wrap.
Black lounge top
Lounge pants

This is the outfit I will be dreaming of changing into everyday! Especially after I get home from work! It is unbelievably soft, I wish you could feel this fabrication through your screen!

Here is a closer look at the waistband pockets.
Sherpa Crewneck Top

This time of year you can never have too many of these sherpa tops!

This Teddy Coat!!
Here is a closer look at the texture. Also come in 2 other colors!

This is just a handful of the amazing items to be found right now at Loft!! It all makes perfect gifts for the holidays too!!

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Top 5 Amazon Finds For October!

To close out the month of October I am bringing you my top 5 Amazon finds! I find that my Amazon finds are usually full of hits and some misses, but this month I only have hits!!! Below are the items you need to know about!!

#1 – Cowl Neck Sweater

Cowl neck sweater

This is my absolute favorite Amazon buy yet! I actually purchased this at the end of last season but it is back in stock and you needed to know about it. It is an oversized fit but fitted in the arms (which I ❤️), super soft and cozy (not itchy at all) and has the largest cowl neck I have ever seen! I usually wear a size small, this item is one size fits all. Comes is 11 colors!

Cowl Neck Sweater

#2 – Zip Up Sherpa Fleece

Sherpa Fleece

This may be one of the softest Sherpa fleece I own. I love the asymmetrical zipper, the cute cozy pockets, and the slightly roomy fit. I am wearing a size small. Also, comes in 11 colors & prints (yes there’s leopard!)

Sherpa Fleece

#3 – Knit Joggers

Knit Joggers

I reach for these joggers every weekend. I love the fit, the fabrication, the waistband (fits like a mid rise), the pockets, and the cuff at ankle. The waistband is a substantial 3 inches and has a tie. The cuff at ankle is also substantial and allows you to wear full length or pull up to wear more cropped. I am wearing a size small.

Knit Joggers

#4 – High Low Sweater

Sweater
Joggers

This sweater is VERY light weight. Almost more like a knit top. It is also very roomy to layer over a tank. Looks great off shoulder and not. I love the high low length which is perfect to wear with leggings. For only $17.99 it’s a bargain!! I am wearing a size small.

Sweater

#5 – “Making Magic Happen”

T- Shirt

My family is head down to Disney World next week and we are SUPER excited!! This t-shirt is going to be perfect for this trip! This is more of a fitted tee, so if you want it to be roomy you need to size up one size. The sleeve detail is really cute!! I am wearing a size small.

What are your favorite amazing finds? We would love to give them a try and if we like them they may end up in our next Monthly Amazon Finds!!

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New Fall Denim Hunt!

The Rockstar Skinny (white button down, grey cardi (similar), leopard belt (similar & better) & tan boots)
The Cigarette Straight Leg (camel sweater, suede bootie)
The Cropped Boot Cut (wine tee, camel cardi, leopard slingbacks)

Fall is the time to refresh my Denim options. For the past 10 years, at least, I feel like I have only been reaching for my skinny jeans. Remember when skinny jeans first were becoming a thing, after our boot cuts were becoming “old”? At that time I thought you had to be a certain body type to wear them, soooooo wrong!! We all can wear them and that is all I have been wearing since.

I have been wearing Old Navy Rockstar Super Skinnies for most of that time. I reach for them everyday, but now I feel I am ready for something new. I have been loving how The straight leg and those cute kick flairs have been looking on all the models on the websites but scared to try myself. Recently I purchased the Cigarette Straight Leg Jeans and the Cropped Boot Cut from the Gap. Check out my review and most importantly what shoes go best with these styles below!

SKINNY – First we will take a closer look at the Old Navy Rockstar Jeans. Like I said, these are my go to jeans of choice. You really just can’t go wrong here. The price, many color and fabric options, and levels of destruction available seems endless at times!

The Rockstar Jean I am wearing
All the Rockstar Jeans
Tan Boots
Olive Booties
Leopard Slingbacks

1) They offer low, mid, and high rise. I wear the mid rise and it hits me about a inch below my belly button.

2) These jeans are super skinny from hip all the way down to ankle opening. They also are very stretchy. They will hold their shape all day, so no baggy knees at the end of the day!!

3) I find skinny jeans par well with all shoe styles, but they are your go to jean to wear with tall or over the knee boots.

STRAIGHT LEG – Next we will take a closer look at these Cigarette Fit Jeans from Gap.

The Jeans I Am Wearing
All the Cigarette styles
Suede Booties
Orange Pumps
Sneakers

1) This particular pair I choose is a high rise. They hit me about a 1/2 inch above my belly button. There are many different styles to choose from.

2) This fit is fitted through the hip and thigh then a slim straight leg to the ankle.

3) In terms of what shoes work best with this style: higher bootie, pumps, and sneakers. I do not think tucking these into your tall boots will be an option…

CROPPED BOOT CUT – Last we will take a closer look at these super cute cropped boot cut jeans. I love these, but understand they may not be for everyone.

Cropped Boot Cut Here
All Boot Cuts
Leopard Slingbacks
Suede Booties
Suede Pump

1) These are high rise with exposed button fly. They hit about 1/2 inch above my belly button.

2) They are fitted through hips and thighs then slightly flair out. They hit about 4 inches above my ankle.

3) This for looks great with a higher shaft bootie or tighter shaft tall boot, flats, and I feel they look amazing with heels of any type.

I would love to hear your thoughts!! Send in your comments! (commission links)

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Fall Trend Alert: Super Feminine Tops! Courtesy of Anthropologie!

A pretty major trend that you are probably already seeing out there for fall is feminine tops or blouses. Think ruffles, rushing, lace, eyelet, floral and animal prints, pleating, and embroidery.

When I think of feminine details the first retailer that comes to my mind is Anthropologie. I just love going in there, it is a true experience for the senses. From the moment you walk in the door you are enveloped in the visual merchandising, which currently feels like you are walking through an autumn forest, then the scent of the amazing candles hit you, followed by the music which is always just perfect compliment to the season.

The first trend is the Plaid trend. You will find it in pants, blazers and tops. This plaid top is so pretty with buttons down the back and a simple fringe hem detail.

Plaid Top

Next we have the Ruffle trend. The white tunic is so perfect for the summer and will be perfect in the fall layered under a duster cardigan.

White Tunic

This animal print blouse is gorgeous with ruffle detail on wrist & hem, and rushing at the waist.

Leopard Blouse

Lace! Love lace! These tops are only a portion of what Anthro has to offer in lace!

Simple lace top with rushed sleeves
Beautiful eyelet top with ruffle shoulders
Sweet linen button front with lace neckline and ruffle sleeve (sold out)

Prints! Animal and florals! There are the most gorgeous prints.

Gorgeous floral print with sheer sleeves and ruffle detail on shoulder
Subtle snake print with pleated neckline

This next top is just a simple sweet top for any occasion.

Pink bib puff sleeve top

You will definitely get inspired by a trip to Anthropologie this season!!

Enjoy!

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This Weeks Loft Finds!

Hey there!! I found some the cutest tops at Loft this week I just had to show you all!! Loving all the super cute, feminine details.

The lace and ruffle on these two style are a must for now and will be perfect to layer under cardigans in the fall!

Ruffle Sleeve Top
White Cropped Pant
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Eyelet Hem Top
Jeans

This adorable sweater caught my eye right away!! I love the super cute embroidery! If you like it fitted go for your regular size, if you would prefer it to be more roomy, then size up 1 size.

Bicycle Sweater

I love the slightly oversized fit of this stripe number!! And love how it looks with this military jacket! This jacket is amazing! The fabrication is perfectly drapy. It looks great casual like here or dressed up with a blouse and cute heels!!

Stripe Top
Jeans
Military Jacket
Stripe Top
Jeans

I had to throw in this look too! Love the wide leg pant with this duster cardigan. Such a great transitional look!

Striped Duster Cardigan
Pocket Tee
Wide Leg Pant
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Back to School Shoes! Ugh!

Now you all are very aware by now my love for shoes, well, apparently that has rubbed off on my kids as well………much to my dismay……..

This year is all about the White Sneaker. This trend has been evolving over the last year and is looking like it is at its peak and is popular among the tweens/teens out there.

Takes me back to the 80’s and my white Reebok high tops with my thick socks layered over my jeans. Who can relate our there?

Well, after many weeks of trying to make this very hard decision this is where my kids landed. Not all white but a nod to the trend none the less. Glad that pain staking decision is over!!

Adidas with rose gold stripes (comes in a few color combos; also BOGO 50% off plus 15% off with code SAVEASAP)
Pink Vans
Adidas NMD R1 (free shipping with code
Black Nike Flex Runner (BOGO 50% off plus 15% off with code SAVEASAP)
White Vans
Zebra Vans

I am not sure why I encouraged this but I did allow them a few choices and it was my son who took advantage!……… I figured they both need a non athletic sneaker, if that existed. Well, it certainly does as my kids were all too excited to let me know!

Now this trend is one I can also relate to! This one takes me back to the 90’s! If your child is like my son and has a hard time choosing, have no fear he can design his own!! This was pretty awesome AND right up my ally. Go here and you can choose the style, fabric, pattern, colors, everything and really make them your own! This is such a great idea for the super creative, the aspiring designer, or those that just can’t find the perfect pair!!

Bella, on the other hand, knew exactly what she wanted and went right for it! That’s my girl!

Now that we have survived the backpack decision, supply shopping, underwear stock up, the first week of school looks, and finally the shoes shopping, we can relax and enjoy the last 3 weeks of summer!

It all goes by way too fast! Enjoy!