January 28, 2010

My Mommy Essentials

by Shelly

I spoke with a girlfriend earlier today about how our wardrobes have changed since having kids. No, its not because our bodies have changed and we can’t fit in to the same kinds of clothes we use to. Actually I personally haven’t had a problem with that..THANK GOD! The problem is I don’t get out much. Haha! No really, I DON’T GET OUT MUCH! I’ve actually gone a full stinkin’ week in the past before I even left the house. Not a proud moment.

But as mommies we sort of all develop our own personal mommy style. Someone else might have their uniform they always wear, but when you see them you think, “Wow, look how put together she is…I wish I could dress like that”. Well, little do we know, but that chick who’s outfit you love has probably worn it twice already this week and wore it last week too. Doesn’t matter…you still envy her style.

Well, my good girlfriend complemented me on my style and how I still “have it”. What a super awesome compliment I think! So here I’m going to share the top 10 things I love for me now that I’m a mom and a stay at home one at that. And yes, I wear the same outfit twice in one week…sometimes even three times.

1) True Religion Stella Skinny Jean in dark blue wash
LOVE LOVE LOVE these jeans! I never in a million years thought I would love skinny jeans, but I do. I’ve tried to buy other brands of skinny jeans and I can’t do it. There is something about this cut that just flatters a girl with some thigh meat. And TR jeans have a wide seam on the outer sides that really thin the leg out more. Totally flattering! Wear them in warm weather with flip flops or ballet flats and in the winter with flat boots. For a night out I just throw on my platform pumps and I’m good to go.

 Find them here! $172.00 at Bergdorf Goodman
2) Cole Haan Aria Bria Shoes
 I scored these sweeties on Rue La La a few years ago for way under $100. I think they were like $69. Anywho, I had no idea the love affair I would develop with Cole Haan shoes, especially their Air collection ones. They feel like tennis shoes, but in no way look like them. I bought these in the metallic so I could wear them with everything and I do….everything! Need an invitation to Rue La La?…get it HERE!

Aria Bria Geni Ballet in Soft Gold/ Sandshell $129.95 found here.
3) Hair Art Ceramic Flat Iron
 I’m really not sure how I could live without this baby. After a quick blow dry I just quickly use this iron to smooth out my already straight hair. It gives a nice shine and gets rid of any frizzy hairs. My hair stylist uses it and said it was much better than much more expensive ones on the market. I’m so glad…I was not ready to shell out big bucks for Chi iron! 

Hair Art 1 3/8″ Ceramic Flat Iron $58.88 Amazon.com

4) Michael Kors ChronographWatch
 I originally saw this watch on the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog in 2008 and HAD to have it. My sweet hubby gave it to me as a Christmas gift that same year. It reminds me of my grandpa’s big gold watch when I was a kid. I love big watches and always have. It makes me feel dainty.
Michael Kors Midsized Chronograph Watch-gold $250 at Michael Kors.com
5) Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Best concealer e-v-e-r. Seriously. Its super creamy, which is great for my now dry mommy skin and it won’t show all those lovely little lines around my tired eyes. It hides those, “I should not have stayed up that late watching Real Housewives when my child gets up at 6am”, bags under my eyes.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer $22 Sephora.com 
6) Adina Reyter Coin Ring
Adina is a friend of a friend and I was lucky to meet her quite a few years ago when she was still working a full time ad job and doing jewelry on the side. Wonder where the circle on a chain trend started? Adina that’s where. It was her hammered circle on a delicate chain that everyone else copied. Now it’s all over the place in every price point possible. Although I will admit I wear her necklaces almost as much as this ring, I truely love how simple and classy this ring is. It goes with everything and looks even better with a little age on it now.
Adina Coin Ring $188 adinadesign.com
7) Target Cotton V-neck Tee
I LIVE in these t-shirts from Target! I found them about a year ago at my local store and they were perfect. I get them a little bigger so it gives me that in style slightly baggy, but still fitted look. The v of the neck is a little deep which I like to show a teensie bit of cleavage if I want to. You can dress it up, dress it down, throw on a cute cardigan or a blazer over it, whatevs! Oh and it’s 8 dollars!!! You can not beat that!  

V-neck Tee by Mossimo $8 at Target stores
8) Long Cardigans (preferably in cashmere!)
I found a great cashmere cardigan two Christmas seasons ago at the Gap. They are still by far my most prized cardigans (I got two..one ivory and one black). I wear them with EVERYTHING…dresses, jeans, dressed up, dressed down, etc. I’ve also scored some cute colorful ones at Forever 21 that are still going strong. My hands down favorites are probably at J.Crew however. I just wait until they have a big ol’ sale and then I STRIKE!
Featherweight Long Cotton Cardigan $69.50 J.Crew.com
Oh how I love flip flops…sandals…whatever you call them. I have dressier ones to wear with a cute silk sundress in the summer or with just jeans and a dressy top. V strap, t strap, around the ankle strap, all different kinds of sandals….I LOVE THEM! I don’t know why, but if I wear socks and shoes I get hot. My feet are my temperature regulators. I’m weird, I know. I’m not picky about wear I buy them either. I just don’t like super cheap ones usually because they fall apart or I get weird ouch spots where they rub wrong. Some favs:

These little sweeties are from J.Crew. I love a good metallic sandal. Perfect for a slightly dressier look in the warmer months.
Shimmerveil leather capri sandals $49.50 J.Crew.com 
 Mindee Chain Thong $59.00 Banana Republic.com
10) Bobby Pins (and rubber bands and headbands)
Give me 15 minutes and I can quickly do my makeup now and either to a cute hair down with my bangs twisted a pinned to the side look. Or a headband with a messy pony or just a headband. These guys are my saving grace for getting out of the house in the morning afternoon and looking presentable. Doing my hair everyday is a chore now that my little one wants to be under foot while I try and get ready. I’m usually spending my getting ready time attempting to keep Ellie out of my lipstick and from spraying hair spray in her eyes.

Embellished Flower Headband $6.50 Old Navy 
So what things make up your mommy uniform? Please share with me, I’m always looking for something new to wear (over and over again).  


January 26, 2010

Faux get about it…

by Shelly

As I’m sure you are aware, if you spend any sort of time on design and decorating blogs, that faux bamboo furniture is HOT! There’s just something about the look that really gives a room a nice punch of freshness and whimsy. I have been into the bamboo look for probably about ten years now. Living in Southern California the trend in interiors has been leaning towards a coastal look for a while and faux bamboo obviously fits right in. Just look at how this trend makes these rooms sing…

The ever popular Hollywood Regency bamboo dining chair. So pretty with the industrial lights over the kitchen table and those gorgeous (I want them NOW) slipcovered wingchairs. You can find a great little chair just like the one in the picture here!

Photo via Decor Pad
Gorgeous all white with a shot of spring green, cottage bedroom by Tom Stringer for House Beautiful. Beds like this can be found on the cheaps if you search Craigslist and Ebay! A coat of paint really revives the look!
Tom Stringer-House Beautiful
This entryway features a bamboo piece that is more “island” and less “regency”. I wonder if a piece like this will look more timeless than one that is more obviously regency style. I fear the Hollywood Regency look is going to just scream 2008-2010 in just a few years. But I love it…and so do a lot of other people. Hopefully it will stay a classic.
via Decor Pad

Such a cute little nightstand between twin beds. It keeps the room from feeling too formal or fussy.   

forgot where I found this one! 

And finally a beautiful entryway by the guy that does interiors that perfectly embody the So Cal look….or at least the one that is so popular in South Orange County! And that shell mirror…LOVE LOVE LOVE! I tried to makes one myself a year or so ago. No bueno. Hardest thing I have ever tried to do. Now I know why they are so expensive!
Barclay Butera

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January 22, 2010

What a little tart!

by Shelly

I’m not sure if I am totally getting use to this, rain all the time thing we are experiencing here in sunny So Cal, but I’m definitely taking advantage of all the indoor time. It’s not like I don’t tell you all often, but I LOVE the Barefoot Contessa! I mean, she lives in the Hamptons, she has a ton of fabulous gay friends that are OH so cute, and her cooking is just the perfect down home meets gourmet that I love.
Since my kiddo is all about four hour naps these days. No, I’m not kidding! I have had to get creative about doing stuff around the house and not just sitting on the computer surfing the web…like I’ve been doing the past two hours or so. 
This French Apple Tart by Ina is beautiful, rustic and pretty darn easy to make. So if you have these sitting around —–>
then you need to whip up this pretty dessert asap. Oh, and it tastes darn good in the morning with coffee and some cheese.
Once you’ve made the pastry dough and chilled it you just roll it out into a 10 x 14 inch rectangle. Then you take 1/4 inch slices of apple and place them overlapping on the dough.
Then you sprinkle with sugar and dot with butter and stick in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour.
And voila! You’ve got a fancy dancy rustic tart that’s perfect for a rainy day with a cup of tea or coffee. 
Then you glaze the apples with a little mixture of apricot jelly, Calvados and or rum and it’s done! 
Happy Friday everyone!!!

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January 21, 2010

Here comes the rain again

by Shelly

And in Southern California no doubt! In all my 33 years as a So Cal native, I cannot remember such “WEATHER”! I love it, but I’m sort of not prepared for it. First off I need these:

Sperry Topsider “Pelican Rain”  $67.95 Nordstrom.com
And this jacket has that I grabbed this from my man and threw it on. Doesn’t it look better on me?…look to it.
 Barbour Classic Bedale Jacket $379 J.Crew
And there are some SERIOUSLY cute umbrellas out there right now! I think I could start a collection.
Bella Pagoda- B&W Pinwheel $129.00 Umbrellas.net
Beach Stripe Gold $69.00 Umbrellas.net
Jumbo Silver Bubble Umbrella $50 Umbrellas.net
And if you’re going to be stuck inside all day you might as well make this wonderful recipe for Italian Wedding Soup by Ina Garten. I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve made it quite a few times and everyone loves it!


Then I’ll grab my bowl of soup, curl up with a blanket and watch a good movie. But probably not for too long since my 2 year old will want me to play with her.
 Solid Cashmere Throw-Lantana Williams-Sonoma Home $269.00

Now off to enjoy the wet weather…
Kate Kerrigan.com




January 12, 2010

Mexico in 2010?

by Shelly

One of my husbands’ childhood friends finally popped the question to his lovely girlfriend a few months ago. We were and weren’t expecting it…but we’re so glad it did! Since the grooms’ family has a home in Sayulita, Mexico we were pretty sure they might decide to get married there. Well, the word came down and YIPPIE…they are set to be married in Mexico sometime next Fall.

Just recently I got an email from one of my fav designers Christiane Celle of Calypso with their new 2010 goodies. Pretty, pretty, pretty!!! I am such a sucker for yummy sorbet colors, bohemian prints and lots of girly details. I’m going to be good and wait for a sale.

Too cute for walking around the village during the day. Bikini underneath a must!

Throw on flip flops and have a romantic dinner with the hubby.

PERFECT beach cover up!

This would be so pretty for the wedding with lots of gold jewelry! AND only $99 right now on sale!