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These boots are made for..

You know those boots that you could practically live in? Boots that are super comfy, that don’t mind a puddle and some dirt, and that are also cute? These are my “made for walking” boots. I was in Barcelona last week and I’m glad I brought them with me. I skipped around cobble stone streets, wore them out to dinner, and even ran through an airport to get to a connecting flight.

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On me..

  • Timberland Women’s Savin Hill Tall Boot, found on Amazon in color “Tobacco Forty”
  • Faux Fox Fur purse here
  • J.Crew Toothpick Jean here
  • Boden Relaxed Merino Silk Sweater here
  • The last photo here is from another post, see this and more details on kids outfits here

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The Faux Fox Purse

I’ve been on a faux fur kick this past year. This summer I posted the Lion Tote – golden faux fur with dark accents. The latest creation – the Faux Fox. Faux fur, light camel colored felt sides and top closed with a zipper, and dark handles.

Making this purse was not easy. I had a vision, found the materials, and got started. The design part was easy, the construction and assembly pretty hard.. You have to think about things like what seams carry weight, overall architecture and construction.. For a while it was a very frustrating “try as you go” DIY project, several ‘start overs’, pricked fingers, but I finally got a good prototype out of it.. and I will say, this purse gets a ton of compliments!

I haven’t (yet) created a *real* pattern for this purse (that would take a little more patience and a lot more time!) but I did get some tips from this awesome DIY faux fur collar to clutch pattern which I found on Pinterest. What would we do without Pinterest!

Thanks Lauren for the fabulous photos. Despite doing a fashion/food/design blog together, we rarely see each other, but had a chance to get together on Veteran’s day for an hour or less in a park – and the kids and weather all cooperated brilliantly so we were able to get a few bonus shots!

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Pink Tulle for End of Summer

“Bear Hunts”, puddle jumping and running through the woods.. that’s what end of summer is all about! 🙂

So I’m working on a photo book that follows the theme of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt“. This is the kids’ favorite book right now, so much so that I know every word by heart. Even after the lights are out and I’m getting the kids settled, I will sometimes sing or narrate the story. Despite the somewhat wild dash at the end of the book, it settles them right down..

Anyway, we’ve been out and about enjoying the last days of summer doing our photoshoot and of course what better to wear than pink tulle for a Bear Hunt!?

Thanks to my very patient husband who took the pictures!

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Time for a snack!

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Love the early fall colors in the background!

 

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Trying not to fall off the log!

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Good thing we brought a change of clothes!

My obsession with tulle actually started a few years ago when I saw this beautiful pink tulle skirt on Pinterest. It was paired with a black knit turtle neck and I thought “Oh that looks totally gorgeous, totally easy, and I can totally make that..” It was NOT easy, but it IS doable! Tulle is actually somewhat forgiving when you’re working with it. I found this DIY Tulle Skirt pattern which is a great guide. Don’t want to make one? No problem.. do a search on Amazon or other online retailer – there are plenty of cheap options out there!

For some reason my tulle skirt turned out super poofy (at first) and I had to adjust the slip underneath to lay flatter by removing some fabric instead of doing a full circle.. I’ll call it a success though because even if I did not achieve the original look I was going for; it was fun, we had a lot of laughs and Ava was happy that we could have matching skirts. Plus, who doesn’t like a little pink tulle now and then.. perfect with rain boots and for a “bear hunt”! 🙂

On me

  • DIY tulle skirt DIY Tulle Skirt pattern
  • Dalmatian Boots from JCrew (5+ years old)
  • Gray shirt from Banana Republic (3+ years old)

On Ava

  • White knit sweater with fake pearl buttons (saved from my wardrobe, 30 years old)
  • T-shirt with lavender print flowers
  • Mini tulle skirt from Carter’s
  • Pink rubber boots

On Anders

  • Blue button down shirt
  • Cargo shorts
  • Rain boots

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Summer White and the Lion Tote

I recently made this “Lion Tote”, a large faux fur purse for my sister because she loves everything fur. She picked the fabric, I cut two squares, sewed them together, added a faux leather panel for the bottom and a faux leather panel, lined with faux suede, for the strap. It took some wrestling with the very furry fabric and I almost broke my sewing machine.. but good news, the purse and I both came out each in one piece!

I rarely do fashion posts (I’m a little camera shy and it’s just so much easier to take food pics), but before I sent this piece off to my sis, I had to get some shots of it!

I thought the purse would pair well with a white cotton summer dress and sandals or boots, but it would go equally well with darker fall tones.

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  • Dress: Sheer cotton sleeveless dress from GAP (purchased a few years ago). If you love to thrift shop but don’t have much time to go and search in stores or you don’t have Lauren’s amazing good luck or thrifting super powers.. https://www.thredup.com is a great online thrift store that you can browse from the comfort of your home. 🙂
  • Jewelry: Stella & Dot

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Blue, Cream and Gold.. Distressed Jeans and Sweater Weekend Wear

I rarely do fashion posts.. time, setting up the camera takes a *little* more time and effort than snapping a selfie on a cell phone.. and my pro camera skills are (very) limited. Lauren was able to get these a few weeks ago before I had to whisk the kids away for a nap.

Because I dress up for work and dress down for time at home (read sweats and PJs!), it can be hard to find ‘in between’ clothes – for example when I actually want to look somewhat put together on a weekend. Because my kids are at that wild toddler stage (2 and 4) – where they constantly seem to be either covered in food and reaching little blueberry stained or applesauce covered hands towards me.. or running from me.. my “on duty” mom clothes have to allow for sprinting and chasing, tumbling, sitting on the ground, and getting food thrown on me. Maybe this cream colored knit sweater wasn’t the best choice, BUT it takes a heavy duty wash just fine, as do the jeans, so it worked out..

I can’t wear much jewelry around the kids because Anders is a little monkey and reaches for anything shiny or colorful and wants to play with it.. so I just avoid long necklaces and earrings for now. I did add a little sparkle to the outfit with some gold sneaker flats. Super comfy, super fun.

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This little nugget was ready for his nap!

 

On me..

Sweater – Gap cream knit sweater from a few years ago.. (similar here Gap Open Knit Sweater)
Jeans – Banana Republic Distressed Skinny Jean in Tall (I’m ~5’11” and it was a little long even for me, but perfect for rolling up into a cuff)
Shoes – Banana Republic Brenna Slip-On Sneaker (super comfy)

On the kids..

All thrifted clothes.. I’ve been having good luck finding little button down shirts and jeans for Anders at ThredUP.com.

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A Pop of Fuchsia for Gray Fall Days

Inspired by the bright pink flowers on Camelia trees, and especially in winter or days when all you want to wear is black, gray, blues.. a fabric flower clip adds such a nice pop of color to the palette! Flower clips are easy to find online or in stores or make one with a flower from a craft store and clip. I’ll add that to my DIY & kid fun project and publish whenever we get there! 🙂

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Lauren’s daughter Maya was entertaining us by digging in the dirt and having a lot of fun! 🙂

Jeans: Silver Jeans Co. On sale now. 🙂

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Winter Whites + Leather Jacket + Lace Up Boots

I love wearing white jeans in the fall/winter!  Wearing them near a muddy cuddly toddler maaaaay not have been the best choice, but thank goodness for stain remover 😉

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite parks to go to.  It’s so pretty, and Maya ran around for an hour-WIN!1 Blog Doma Leather Knit Jacket Free People Sues Swinging Peplum Top Linea Pelle Gold Studded Belt DL1961 Amanda Milk ShoeMint Lily-1 1 Blog Doma Leather Knit Jacket Free People Sues Swinging Peplum Top Linea Pelle Gold Studded Belt DL1961 Amanda Milk ShoeMint Lily-2 1 Blog Doma Leather Knit Jacket Free People Sues Swinging Peplum Top Linea Pelle Gold Studded Belt DL1961 Amanda Milk ShoeMint Lily-3Dying over this next one one… She’s actually eating a bowl of grapes 🙂 1 Blog Doma Leather Knit Jacket Free People Sues Swinging Peplum Top Linea Pelle Gold Studded Belt DL1961 Amanda Milk ShoeMint Lily-4 1 Blog Doma Leather Knit Jacket Free People Sues Swinging Peplum Top Linea Pelle Gold Studded Belt DL1961 Amanda Milk ShoeMint Lily-5 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-1 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-2 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-3So in love with these boots that I scored from Zulily’s blow out sale!  They still have some in different colors, if you search for Link Boots! 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-4I just want to eat her up… 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-5 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-6 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-7 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-8 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-9 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-10 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-11 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-12 1 Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Hanna Andersson Tee DL1961 Harper Jeans Zulily Link Alyson Floral Boots-13She kept running down the hill and tackling me with a hug.

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Jacket- Doma Leather (eBay, similar here)
Belt- Linea Pelle (Old, similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 Amanda (the not distressed version-on sale now!)
Shoes- ShoeMint “Lily”
On Maya…
Vest- Janie and Jack (thrifted, but similar here and less expensive here)
Top-Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)
Shoes- Zulily $9.99! (search Link Boots)
Keeping it Real…
I’ve been dying to shoot in “good light”, but it’s so hard in the fall.  Maya takes her nap between 3-6, so it’s dark when she wakes up.  We usually go for a long walk with my parents in the morning or Maya has preschool twice a week, so morning shoots are usually out.  This morning, my parents were out of town, and it was a gorgeous fall morning!  So, we put off the morning walk and went to the park!  No time for showers though, but hey…I can only fit in so many things haha.