Turner's 2nd Birthday Party


Just a few days ago we celebrated Turner's 2nd Birthday!  It was a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends the life of my favorite little boy.  It feels like yesterday we celebrated Year 1.

When deciding the theme for his party, I wanted to start with the invitation.  I like to keep things simple, so I fell in love with this black and white polka dot invitation from Tiny Prints.  I wanted to keep most decorations black & white with a hint of orange, but of course amazing Halloween decorations got me carried away.

We kept the food simple with hot dogs & hamburgers, chips/dip, salsa, fruit and homemade cupcakes.  By the looks of this picture, I think the kids had a great time ; ). My favorite part was watching the kids swing at the pumpkin piñata.  I really enjoyed decorating for a Halloween themed party, and the best part is I can reuse most of the decorations for our Halloween party in a couple of weeks.

  • Invitation - Tiny Prints
  • Black & White Garland - Target ($4)
  • Mini polka dot pumpkins - Target ($6 for 6)
  • White Frame- IKEA ($1)
  • Paper straws - Target ($1)
  • Halloween tins - Target ($1)
  • Pumpkin Piñata - Target ($15)

Transitioning to Fall


I'm the first one to say that I dislike the cold...I mean anything below 65 degrees (I love the Texas heat). I really....really don't want it to get cold. I'm having a tough time transitiong to a fall wardrobe, part of that is due to the fact I don't have a large bobudget to buy ots, coats, etc. (we're saving as much as possible to pay off the last bit of our student loans) . I joke that my capsule wardrobe is NOT shopping, and it's pretty true. I'll be keeping it simple this season. 

Jacket: Vincent Camuto
Top: Nordstrom Rack
Jeans: Gap
Booties: Clarks (super comfy!)

Guest Post: What to Wear for Family Photos


I'm excited to have my friend and wonderful photographer, Kim of Kim Neuman Photography, talk about what to wear for your family photos! Kim took Turner's 2 year old photos last month, and I can't wait for our family photos. I'll be taking tips from Kim, because it is not as easy as I thought coordinating outfits for my family.

"It’s that time of year again!  Your family’s holiday card is going to be the best on everyone’s mantel.  You have your favorite photographer booked. You’ve picked out a super cute location and your session will be during golden hour so you get that warm, glowing light that is oh so flattering. But what are you going to wear?? That is the million-dollar question, isn’t it? It certainly is one that most of my clients seem to struggle with, and I’m sure you are too! Don’t worry, you are not alone and I’m here to offer you some pieces of advice.

I always suggest my clients start with whomever is going to be the most difficult family member to dress. That may be dad, baby sister, teenage brother, or even mom. No matter who it is, start with him or her because you will build your wardrobe around that outfit, instead of running around town trying to find something he or she will wear that fits in with everyone else. Trust me on this!

I recommend three or four colors. We definitely don’t want everyone wearing the same exact outfit; that is terribly dated and you will not love those images. Finding outfits that coordinate is a bit more work, but totally worth the effort! You can choose color families (earth tones, jewel tones, etc.) or you can go for complimentary colors (colors that are opposites on the color wheel). I’m not saying that you have to go with bright purple and bright yellow, but you could use gray as your main color and throw in buttery yellow shades and deep purples. There are many different ways to work in your colors. I love layers and accessories.  Think earrings, necklaces, hats, scarves, belts, and headbands. 

I recommend giving yourself a good two to three weeks to get your outfits together to find sizes and correct colors, especially if you are ordering online.  It might be a good idea to buy a few different things for your children to see what they are comfortable in.  Make sure to keep those receipts handy!   

Please don’t forget footwear!  We don’t want your running shoes in your family photo, friends.  I know it sounds like a relatively small detail, and they probably won’t be in every picture, but they are really important.  If you’ve spent the time and the money on getting professional portraits, those dingy whites Nikes are going to ruin the shot.  Again, trust me on this!

My final recommendation, for mom, is to try on your outfit and have someone snap a picture of you in it.  That way you’ll know how you look in it and if you truly like it.  We all know that looking in the mirror is totally different than looking at a picture of yourself!  And, we also know that if mom doesn’t like how SHE looks in the picture, she doesn’t like the picture, no matter how perfect everyone else is!

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and here are some of my go-to places for family outfits:  GAP, Old Navy, Zara, H&M, Matilda Jane Clothing, and J. Crew/Crewcuts. You don’t need to get everyone’s outfits from the same place! Nordstrom is a great place to go if you need to grab a pair of shoes for the kiddos. Enjoy pulling your wardrobe together!"

Turner's 2nd Birthday Wishlist


Turner's 2nd birthday is quickly approaching (October 19th), I'm having so much fun planning his party!  His wish list this year is similar to his 1st birthday wish list , but I know he'll enjoy his presents more this year.  

1. Clothes (this is more what I want...obviously) Camp Wolf Pendleton Vest / Adidas Samba Sneaker / Pom Pom Beanie
2. Any ball known to man - Seriously, this kids loves balls. He freaks out every time he sees one, and loves playing soccer with me in the backyard.
3. Trucks, trucks and more trucks
4. Kid's workbench - Turner loves being in the garage with Alex, and I know he would love his own workbench.  Heaven knows I would feel better if he was playing with plastic tools rather than Alex's tools.
5. Books - One of Turner's favorite books (other than every truck book) is his nursery rhyme book.  I sing almost 10-15 nursery rhymes a night (most nursery rhymes are extremely weird), and half of them I make up the tune because I have no idea how they really sound.  I just started collecting halloween books for Turner, and I can't wait to add more holiday books to our collection.

Austin Blogger Giveaway


I've teamed up with 6 Austin bloggers for this wonderful giveaway!

You could win the following (an almost $400 value)!
- $100 gift card to Anthropologie
- A Fall Pouch & Your Choice of 8 Greeting Cards from Bunglo ($72 value)
- An Arete Necklace Son Of A Sailor ( $56 value)
- The Multi-Diamond Print Pillow from Stone & Textile ($125 value)
- The Birds Of A Feather Print from Satchel & Sage ($20 value)

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Fall Outfit Inspiration


As I change out my wardrobe from summer to fall, I'm looking back at past fall outfit posts for inspiration.  Here are 6 of my favorites. I've honestly worn my Gap camo jacket all year round (it's freezing in my office), so I'm hoping to find an alternative.  I'd love to add these boots to my wardrobe, boy friend corduroys, comfy tunics, faux leather leggings, and comfy dresses similar to my sweatshirt dress. What items are you wanting to add to your fall wardrobe?

Venturing Out


 Last night, I headed downtown for an ACL style event at Stella Says Go.  It's always intimidating going to an event alone, especially when you know you're going to run in to beautiful and fashionable women.  It's also weird when you meet someone at an event that you follow on Instagram, and in the back of your mind you're thinking "I know what you ate for lunch, because you instagrammed it". Creepy? Yes, but it's true. It never fails that I meet amazing women and create new relationships at the events I attend. It can be extremely hard to push yourself outside of your boundaries, but when you do, amazing things happen.  I encourage you to venture out if you're interested in blogging or fashion. This blog is such a blessing to me as a creative outlet, and I have truly met some amazing women because of it. Blogger conferences can be the most intimidating, but if you've been to one you KNOW how awesome they are.  You come away feeling excited, refreshed, and have wonderful new friends to show for it.  Friends that understand your love for blogging.  Are you homebody that struggles to get out? Do you want to attend events, but can't get the motivation?
Cristina Facundo - Austin Stylist, Melanie Edwards - Owner of Rifle + Radford
Amazing indigo dyed textile I created with the help of Candice from Oh! Fox Creative
These Kork-Ease Velma boots stopped me in my tracks. Whoooaaahhhh....and they feel like I'm walking on a cloud. I see myself throwing these on with any outfit.  They will definitely be on my birthday/christmas wish list!

Thank you Stella Says Go for a wonderful event, and giving me the opportunity to meet some wonderful and creative women!

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