Fall and Winter Pastels

 

I’m always kind of surprised by some of the “rules” that most people still think apply to fashion. No white after labor day, no sweaters with shorts, and definitely no pastels unless it’s Spring time.

I’m happy to report that so many of these ideas are in the past and when you do it right, most trends can be worn no matter what time of year it is. Just to be clear, socks with sandals is still a NO NO in any situation.

Today I want to talk a little bit about wearing pastels in Fall and Winter. This is the time of year we start to see lots of warm golden tones, but I’m also seeing tons of beautiful pastels and I think I must be drawn to them because of how different they look compared to the other colors dominating the market right now.

My preferred way to wear pastels is to balance them with richer colors to still give some depth. In this case, the beautiful color of the lavender coat is balanced by the warmth in the boots and the depth of the navy top and skirt.

I have loved these skirts from J Crew Factory! They are so flattering and come in a ton of colors. The length is perfect for work.

This coat is an absolute dream. I would say it runs pretty large so be sure to size down a few from your normal size. I’m wearing a size 00. I could have probably done a 0, too!

The coat, skirt, and top are all 40% off right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom Life Monday – The Cure For Complaing

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Happy Monday to YOU! Hope you had a great weekend! For this week’s Mom Life Monday tip of the day, I wanted to share an idea we have been using in our house to help with the issue of complaining. I’m sure your children don’t ever complain but just in case, here’s what we’ve found works for us!

Whenever I hear one of my girls say something that resembles complaining, I always respond with

 

“Before you complain about a problem, try to find a solution.”

 

For instance:

Rowen’s Problem: “Reeeeeeeeese! I can’t see the TV! Mommy, Reese won’t MOVE!”

My response: “Rowen, before we complain about a problem, let’s try to find a solution! Instead of complaining that Reese won’t move, please just ask her (with kindness!) to please scoot over so you can see.

If you have kids under the age of four, you will most likely have to help them find the solution in the beginning, but as they get more practice solving their OWN PROBLEMS, they will become much better at it! I’ve been so amazed to hear how much better the girls are at figuring out their problems all on their own, rather than complaining being their first resort.

I wish I could say that we have alleviated complaining all together, but it definitely still happens. The key from a parenting perspective is to be consistent, not fix it for them, remind them what they need to do, and some times give them a little guidance.

Now for today’s Momiform, here’s an outfit I get a lot of wear out of in the Fall.

The key ingredients to pull off this look is a pair of skinny jeans (these are only $65!), a cute button down, and riding boots. I’ve been hunting the right pair of riding boots for YEARS. These are absolutely perfect. When I shared them on my instagram, I couldn’t believe how many messages from followers that said that they’ve had these boots for years and they still look great!

 

 

 

 

 

I love a loose fitting button down, especially if it includes a pretty bow detail like this one. It’s a little more of a splurge for me but it can be worn in so many different ways. I absolutely love the color combo, too! Like I said before, these riding boots are the most affordable and comfortable pair I’ve ever owned. They run true to size and also come in a wide calf version. They have the prettiest button detail above the zipper in the back and the color goes with everything!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog for Mom Life Monday! Today’s memory verse is “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Outfit details below!

Friday Favorites – FAQ Edition

Before we jump into Friday Favorites, could we just talk for a sec about how this is my FAVORITE outfit for fall thus far?! I’m loving the button up skirt and this brown and black color combo is just everything. I think a turtleneck is super duper flattering on just about anyone and this one from J Crew Factory Store is light weight enough to give the look of the high neck without feeling suffocating!

Ok! So for today’s Friday Favorites, I’m going to try to answer some of my most frequently asked questions! Let’s start with my curling wand. I get questions all the time about what I use to curl my hair and I am TELLING YOU this wand is the best! It’s the perfect size and heats up enough to curl quickly and allows the curl to stay! Speaking of making the curl stay, I’m also linking the hair spray that makes ALL the difference in the world.

 

 

Another question I get a LOT is what I use for my eye makeup, foundation, blush, eye liner, and neutral lipstick. I’ve linked all the items I use and the lipstick color I wear almost every day is called Caramel Latte. I have used this eye shadow palette for a year now and it’s just perfect for a simple smoky eye. If I can get my life together, I’ll try to post a tutorial for HOW I do my eye makeup. But this should at least get you started.

Also, while we are on the subject of makeup, here’s the self tanner and mitt that I use for application!

 

 

I also get asked on a weekly basis what kind of workout I do. Three to four times a week I do a high intensity interval training workout. Two to three times a week, I go for a run. We also love to go for hikes as a family, which typically involves me taking turns carrying Reese and Rowen on my back. So lots of activity and I use the 80/20 rule for how I eat. I try to eat clean 80% of the time and then the other 20% of my meals, anything goes. AKA I got to chick fil a!

 

 

I know this sounds super random but I also get lots of questions about paint colors in my house! The exterior paint color is Benjamin Moor Winds Breath with Rockport Grey shutters. The inside of our house is Revere Pewter also by Benjamin Moore.

 

 

Here’s everything I’m wearing in today’s post:

Five Must-Have Trends For Fall

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Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I’m excited to be sharing five trends for Fall that you should be looking out for. Most of these are probably already EVERYWHERE you look so might be like “Yes, Laura, we get it, girl.’ But you never know! One of the trends might surprise you and since I’m always on the lookout for ways to keep my squad on the up and up of the fashion world, here we are.

Let’s start with plaid! It can be worn SO many different ways and seen in a ton of different styles. I love a buffalo plaid but I also have been swooning over navy plaid. This top I wore layered under an open front sleeveless cardi but it can also be worn all by itself. I love the gathered detail around the neckline and the wrist. Just a little something to make it more special. If you see a style of plaid and you love it, snag it. You can’t overdo the plaid situation this fall.

 

 

 

Hats! Y’all. If I had a dollar for every time someone said “I love hats but I can’t pull them off”, I’d be a rich woman. You wanna know who can pull off a hat? Anyone with a head. Maybe you aren’t a floppy hat girl but with the right outfit, the baker boy hat is spot ON. This hat I styled with this plaid top is super affordable and a perfect neutral color so it can be worn with all the things.

 

 

 

Velvet. You can take one quick glance at my instagram feed and know exactly how I feel about velvet. I. Love. It. Maybe you don’t want to wear a velvet bomber, but the velvet booties might be worth a shot. I also love the subtle feel of a tank or a skirt in velvet. Just take the plunge and add at least one velvet item to your closet and see how you feel about it. I promise it’ll just make you feel FANCY every time you wear it.

 

 

 

Suede (or faux suede for the budget conscious among us) has my heart, y’all. Not only do I love the look of it, but it’s so so so soft. Typically you’ll find most suede has a bit of a stretch to it (please pas the tacos!) but it also has kind of a smoothing effect. It’s a win/win folks.

 

 

 

We will finish up with a trend for fall that’s been pretty subtle in its introduction. The wide leg OR flare pant is back in action and I love it. These jeans are really affordable and not so flared out that you’ll feel like you should be singing the theme to Saturday Night Fever. Wide leg culottes are also super in! They look great styled with sock booties or pointy toe heels. In most flare pant situations, you just want to make sure you wear them with a heel so as to elongate the leg and not cut it off abruptly at the heel.

 

 

 

Ok, I wanna hear from y’all! What are your favorite trends for Fall? See anything you can’t stand or anything you can’t WAIT to try??

 

 

Thanks again so much for stopping by! One Friday I’ll be sharing a super fun Friday Favorites blog post with all the things I’ve been loving and using recently. See you then!

Outfit in today’s post:

Monday Momiform & Daily Affirmations

If you’ve seen my instagram stories, you probably have heard my little cuties doing their daily affirmations. I made these up right before the first day of school after praying for some kind of reminder for the girls every day. I’ve always been a sucker for a good rhyme so this was right up my alley! I’ve gotten so many questions for posting these so I wanted to have a place for y’all to be able to access them any time.

Here they are!

I am _______

I am awesome

I am good at listening

I respect my teachers

I do the right thing

I share what is mine

I use my words to be kind

I’m a good friend with a servant’s heart

I work hard

I am smart

I know God loves me

Mommy and Daddy do too

I know I am special

And so are you

 

I literally tear up every single morning hearing them recite these. There’s so much power in speaking the truth over yourself. It’s one thing for me to say these things to them but when they own it and they speak it, it becomes a part of their belief system about themselves.

I hope these will be helpful for you and your babies and please know that I LOVE hearing your babies recite these so send me ALLLLLL the videos of them saying their affirmations.

Since we are kind of on the topic of mom life, I thought I’d share one of my go-to easy to put together Momiforms with y’all!

A momiform is an outfit you constantly find yourself gravitating toward when getting ready in the morning… or in the afternoon. Just keeping it real! But some of us need to take a long, hard look at our go-to styles and give them a major refresher.

There’s a common misconception that in order to look put together, you have to be uncomfortable. This is just not true. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style, you just have to have the right pieces to put together a look you’ll love.

When I became a mom, I found myself wearing t shirts and running shorts almost every single day. I got so tired of feeling so BLAH that I finally admitted to myself that it’s just as easy to put on a cute flannel button down and jeans as it is to throw on yoga pants and a tank.

 

I love statement tennies and I don’t think you can ever have too many flannel button down shirts. I get most of my button downs at Old Navy and J Crew Factory and I’ve linked some of my favorite tennies below!

If you don’t already own a tee shirt dress, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s super versatile and affordable. Plus there are a ton of different ways to dress it up and down. Add booties and a cardigan for a dressier look OR slides and a denim jacket to dress it down a bit more.

I’ll keep sharing more mom style looks each Monday along with a parenting tip or two. Hope y’all enjoy this new addition to the weekly blog scene!

You can tune into my insta stories today to hear the girl’s recite our verse for Memory Verse Monday! Here it is:

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Thanks so much for stopping by today, yall!