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I have two love languages. ✌ Dos. My husband will tell you they are “words of affirmation” + “quality time” (and they are), but I’m giving you the real-as-you-and-me scoop. They are exactly these and in this order: Realness + Comfort Food. That’s right. I love people who leave it all out there and I consume an ungodly amount of Panera each week. If you spend 60 minutes with me, you will probably know 50% of my life story and I guarantee you we’re talking over grilled cheese sandwiches. But only if tomato soup is readily available. And it has to be Panera. Sorry, I’m a grilled cheese + soup connoisseur. Ok, let’s just grab pizza.

Realness is easily the first thing I could’ve ever devoted a post to. Sometimes I feel like I’m 31, going on 72, and here’s what I’ve doubly learned in half the time: Wait, why am I doing math? Anyway, I have learned that when I know someone’s genuine story, even without spending copious amounts of time with them, I treasure them. I internet stalk plenty of cool people who are the personified pictures of perfection (you know you do it too), but not one of them hold value with me. They are cool to stalk. They don’t strengthen my faith in anything, they aren’t relatable and they definitely can’t sit and eat a grilled cheese with me.

I will spare you the 837 outtakes from some of these beautiful pictures you see fly across my blog. Trust me, for every 1 beautiful shot you see, there are 836 more that will make you laugh, cringe and even worry for my condition. 😂 If you come to my home and it looks clean, it’s because I scrubbed the pooped off the bathroom walls as you were ringing the doorbell. Just don’t open my closets. You don’t want to know what I’ve stuffed in there and curiosity could take you down like the Oso landslide.

Speaking of my really clean house, life with kids is not an easy one either.. especially in 2016. Without even lifting a newspaper or turning on the news, you can see the “crazy” almost hitting a tangible level out there, folks. Maybe possessed crazy kids keep us just busy enough to take our minds off the crazy and force us to truly appreciate the good. In spite of our flaws realness, we receive blessings we don’t deserve. That’s grace. I’m grateful that grace transcends time. I’m grateful for my tribe and the goodness they reciprocate. I’m grateful for a God that’s above it all.

 

I have a good life, filled with grace.. And it’s not even remotely perfect.

 

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I had to sneak this quick post in because I just found out today… I did not win the lottery. Also, my favorite moto jacket is being re-stocked (for the last time) at 9am PST tomorrow morning!

If you don’t already have a staple black jacket – this is it! Super flattering, super soft and looks way more expensive than it is. This is why it keeps selling out! 

This is one of those jackets that gets compliments every time you wear it. It’s great texture (see #6) and it transforms any outfit into something special. Think of an outfit like a strawberry. This moto jacket dips that strawberry in chocolate. It’s always food with me.. Anyway, grab one before they’re gone tomorrow!! 

I’m 5′ 9″ and wearing a size medium.

 

Shop the Moto Babe Leather Jacket HERE.

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Set an alarm. You don’t want to miss this one!

 

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Fall finally showed up and it’s been all school drop-offs, pickups, a few hair extension clients and a blur of activities! And so begins the season of busyness and pre-funking for the holidays. Halloween is only weeks away and then it’s all turkey and tinsel. My brain is excited and running the opposite direction all at the same time. So, let’s just talk effortless outfits for now. 🙂

If you haven’t already jumped on the texture-mixing bandwagon (see fall pick #6), that’s ok. With these rainy Seattle days especially, I can appreciate a little simplicity. Black + gray are your best friends right now. They look good on everybody + never go out of season + are versatile and can be styled limitlessly. And not to forget, your new bold lips (see fall pick #4) will pop right off your calm colored canvas. Say that three times fast.

Whether shopping for basic staples or accessories outside of your norm, you cannot go wrong with these two colors. In my case, I’m not a hat person. Hats have never looked quite right on me, but I guess I have a will that won’t die. So, when stepping outside your comfort zone like me, 1. find a really good photographer 😉 and 2. grab that new piece in black or gray.

Why not white? White is also a basic neutral, but it can add pounds and, let’s face it, gets dirty quickly. I can throw on this gray dress and walk through a dust storm and you probably wouldn’t know the difference.

 

Hat: Old Navy

Dress: Forever 21

Shoes: Old Navy

Jewelry: SD Necklace + SD Bracelet

 

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Fair weather fashion is now your friend. Happy puddle jumping!

 

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Happy first day of FALL!

School is in session, we all survived the summer, and now (maybe just maybe) there’s a little time to catch up on you. Fall weather is some of my favorite and the fashion that follows the season is a little bit fun too. Let’s jump in and chat favorite things..

1. Primer + Foundation: First thing’s first! We all need a good “power couple.” A fresh looking face really does go a long way + you can do it quickly and on a budget. My 30 year old face isn’t near as low-maintenance as my 20 year old face was. This is where the primer comes in. I love Younique’s primer, it’s free of chemicals, and you can order yours here.

My favorite foundation keeps coming back to Urban Decay’s “Naked Skin.” Drop by any Sephora to be color matched. Fall weather brings pale skin, but at least we can sport that casper glow.

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2. Knee High Boots: Invest in some of these so you can stop working out your legs all together! Your legs can look like Armageddon and these boots beautify the entire mess. Boots are so cold-weather appropriate, and knee highs can take you through fall, winter and spring. That’s why they’re worth the spend. I picked up these Lucky wedges during the Nordstrom sale and they’re easily one of my favorite purchases. Shorter girls, make sure you get a heel with some height so they don’t chop you off at the knees.

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3. Mix + Match Jewelry: It has always worked out that my favorite necklaces/earrings/you name it are silver and my favorite rings/bracelets/whatever else are gold. Shh, let the angels sing for a minute.. No more! Silver, gold and other neutral jewelry can finally play together. These pretty pieces all came from Stella & Dot. Gold and silver are peanut butter and jelly this season and you can mix it up to your heart’s content.

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4. Bold Lips: I’ve tried many brands and many shades and I just keep coming back to MAC. Next time you’re near the cosmetics at Nordstrom or strolling past the MAC Store, wander in and have them match you to a bold shade that works well on specifically your skin tone, hair color and eye color. I walked out with this color, tailored to me, and my favorite thing about it is that’s it not for everyone. That’s the fun. And it’s called, “Have Your Cake,” so there’s that..

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5. Dry Shampoo + Effortless Curls: My new favorite dry shampoo find is from Costco! It’s inexpensive + comes in an extra tall can, because mom life means going many days between shampoos. We need the extra product for the extra grease.

Once you’re squeaky clean again, a curl wand is a must. It takes about 5 minutes to wrap large sections of hair around and gets hot enough to curl and then recurl/reshape as often as you need. My favorite has always been Sultra. Smaller sections of hair yield tighter curls and larger sections give loose curls.

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6. Mixing Texture: Think beyond just patterns this season; Think texture. I never thought of myself as a leather-pant-wearing girl (and I’m still not sure how I feel about it now), but I’m illustrating a point, so stay with me.. Combining textures like lace, suede, leather, fringe, etc, adds visual interest to an outfit. Try it!

Side note: Shortly after this picture was taken I had to go pickup my son from preschool. In leather pants.

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Big shout out to Shawn for the majority of these images. www.2forepictures.com & facebook.com/2forepictures

 

Ok, now that we all know what’s up for FALL, you muuuuust go enter the giveaway for a shot at winning some of the things you just read about + even more cool swag.

 

Head here now to enter the giveaway!!

 

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Don’t you love a good sale? Nordstrom is back at it, and this time it’s the Summer Clearance Sale. Don’t let the “summer” fool you! These things are cute now and most will take you right through the fall season. This sale goes through Sunday, 9/11, and items are up to 40% off! Are those singing angels just in my head or do you hear them too?

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For no good reason at all, now that I’m in my third decade of life, shoes have become a whole new thing for me. Ages 0-29, I wore flip flops 24/7 and 365. My arches hated me, but I was a not-too-tall, happy camper. Now, I love all my basic staples in tops and bottoms and shoes are the cherry on my vanilla sundae. I’m 5’9″ going on 6′ and it’s worth every inch in a cute pair of booties.

Just for you, I’ve pulled together some amazing shoes and tied together some easy-breezy outfits. Don’t miss out on my absolute favorite dress. I almost own this thing in every color. It’s extremely flattering on and I’ve worn mine during everything from leaving the hospital with a new baby to weddings. You can also grab my favorite fringe crossbody bag and the most comfortable lace up wedges you will ever own.

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So, without further adieu, grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and scroll..

 

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I hope some of my favorites help inspire some ideas for you! Happy shopping.

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