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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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Little Boogaweezin SS ’14 Style Ambassador Search + a TON of personal ramblings… :}

 I’ve never been much of a New Year’s Resolution kind of person.  The last time I did one though, was 6 years ago when I said that my one effort in “dating” {UGH!!} was going to be that I would accept the offer from anyone that wanted to set me up.  Up until that point, I’d always just said “Oh….uh, well, um, that’s nice”  Yet quickly changed the subject and NEVER.SPOKE.OF.IT.AGAIN.  I kid you not.  Two weeks later I was set up with the Huz.  SO, maybe I should do them more often, no?

THIS year, I said I was going to make a conscious effort to step out of my comfort zone more.  I mean, I’m turning 40, why NOT??!!  Just doing this blog is TOTALLY stepping outside of my comfort zone (thank you Esther for kicking my arse into doing it!).  Granted, I have only shared it with a few of my closest friends hahaha, but whatever.

So, fast forward to me REALLY stepping out of my comfort zone.  Little Boogaweezin is an online store/blog that caters to fashionable moms and babes (uh, LOVE that!!).  I originally stumbled upon their blog and found the “Revamped Mom Uniform”.  I poured through all of them, visited the mommy blogs, and was hooked.  Then I looked at their store.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!  They have this perfect vintage look to them, and then you stop to read what’s written on them….SO COOL!

Seriously, does this not almost bring tears to your eyes (ok, maybe only if you’re a mom haha)

Dear Big MeIf you can’t read it, it says “dear big me, i can’t wait to see who I become one day-the little me”

GAH!!!!

I’m following them on Instagram, and they announce that they are looking for a mother and daughter Style Ambassador for their Spring/Summer ’14 line.  NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS would I enter anything like that….before.  Then it hits me.  I LOVE the “Revamped Mom Uniform”.  One of the big reasons I wanted to do this blog was to show that a 40 year old, work from home mom could get out of her sweats and look decent.  So, I would kick myself if I didn’t at least enter!  At this point, I don’t even care if we get chosen (ok, bit of a white lie :}), I’m just so glad I actually did it.  This is what we submitted…StyleAmbassadorIt was relatively easy doing this first little collage (don’t kid yourself I had a few glasses of wine before I hit “ok” on the posting!)  Then a few days went by and I thought.  Holy &$%.  On the off chance we get chosen, could I style their pieces, and more importantly photograph them NOT on the sidewalk in front of our house/in the alleys blocks from our house??  I didn’t want to be a complete a-hole that just enters random drawings willy nilly in the hopes of getting free stuff-BARF!!  I knew I had to buy something.  I was looking and loving EVERYTHING I was seeing, and then because I’m me (!!!) I checked out the sale button and found the PERFECT TANK!!!!  Sadly, it’s sold out now, but maaaaaybe it will be back and in different styles???Little Boogaweezin TankA)  It’s almost our logo!!!!  B) My dad has called me Beez for I don’t even know how long.  Like, doesn’t call me Lauren….ever?  Maybe he’ll comment and tell me 🙂  That morphed into LMB when I had Maya “Little Mama Beez”, so this was just about perfect.  All they had left was a XS, but I bought it immediately thinking I could either squeeze myself into it or have it be a tunic for Maya.  Happy to say it fit me!  Yay for having no boobies!!  And…that leads us to the actual blog post.  PHEW! 🙂  We took the tripod on a little field trip.  It was a MIRACLE that it wasn’t raining sideways, but…there were 20mph winds.  Can we just pretend I hired a wind machine?? 🙂Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-1 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-2 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-3 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-4 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-5 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-6 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-7There was no looking at me with all the puddles we found… Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-8 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-9Seriously love this next one.  PUDDLE!!! Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-10 Blog Doma Leather Jacket Little Boogaweezin J Brand Coach Slip ons-11Three more days to enter, for all those Mama’s out there!!

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, but similar here less expensive here.)
Top- Little Boogaweezin (sold out, but even cuter stuff here)
Shoes- Coach (thrifted, and OMG are they comfy! Similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)

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Neutral Shades…

 I bet you’re thinking…”I think I’ve seen that outfit recently…?”  Ok, yes.  It’s the oatmeal version of the Zara Boyfriend sweater that I wore last week.  I LOVE IT!  Am I the only one that buys things in multiple colors when you find something you love?  Especially if it’s on sale?!  Anyway.  So comfy, and I love the elbow patches.

Side note-don’t you just want to squeeze her (obviously, I do!)??  Since I take all these with a self timer, I don’t really know what she’s doing until later.  GAH!!  I could just eat her up.Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-1 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-2 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-3 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-4 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-5 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-6 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-7 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-8 Blog Zara Boyfriend Sweater J Brand Frye-9On me…

Sweater- Zara
Scarf- Thrifted (similar here)
Jeans- J Brand
Boots- Frye (similar)
On Maya…
Sweater- Gap (thrifted, but similar here and here)
Top- C&C California (thrifted, but similar here)
Pants- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Zulily

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And…we’re both wearing booties :)

Ok, so the 3rd day in a row that our shoes kind of match.  But again…love both of ours, so oh well 🙂

Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-1 Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-2I love this vest from Stylemint (another black Friday score :}).  It’s cozy, has fringe, and…is black.  What more could I want?  I just wasn’t sure if I should let it hang loose…belt it? Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-3So, first I belted it… Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-4 Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-5Then loose… Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-6 Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-7Belted?  Not?  Truth be told, I kind of like it belted, but ended up wearing it loose for the rest of the day because I had a shoot, and I thought it would be more comfortable 🙂

This?  No question.  ADORABLE! 🙂Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-8 Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-9 Blog Stylemint Vest DL1961 Emma Born Booties-10On me…

Sweater- Stylemint
Top- Gap (similar)
Jeans- DL 1961 (these are the Emma Leggings)
Boots- Born (similar here)
On Maya…
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar style here and without the distressing here)
Top- Gap (thrifted)
Jacket- Guess (thrifted, but similar style here and here)
Scarf- Mine-thrifted 🙂
Shoes- Stride Rite (thrifted, but similar here and here)

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It’s ok if our shoes kinda match, right?

 I am such a sucker for Converse.  I snap them up every time I see them at a thrift store, and I may have screeched when I saw these silver glitter ones for Maya.  And $4?!!  How could I not???  A little scrubbing on the rubber part, and they look almost new!  Mine are also thrifted.  I think for $10?  Not as good as $4, but I still love them 🙂

Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-6Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-1This Zara shirt is one of my Black Friday scores.  I love the swing tops.  Hides everything and is flattering on just about every body type! Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-2 Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-3 Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-4Yes, this is what happens when you use a tripod + self timer + a toddler ha!  I thought it would be funny to show an “out take” 🙂Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-5 Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-7Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-9 Blog Zara Polka Dot DL1961 Converse-10 On me…

Jacket- H & M
Top- Zara
Jeans- DL 1961“Kelly Slim Straight” (similar here)
Shoes- Converse (similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Gap (similar here)
Top- Old Navy (thrifted, love this one here)
Jeans- Old Navy (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes-Converse (thrifted, similar here)

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Cape and Boots! Hmmm, now I feel like a cartoon character…

 I’ve had these boots for…I don’t even know how long!  I’ve only worn them 2-3 times, and never as over the knee.  They have the option of folding them down “pirate boot” style, and that’s how I’ve always done it.  I just feel too…I don’t know.  Self conscious??  Ok, streetwalkerish :{

So, truthfully, this outfit only got as far as the alley haha.  But, I had to photograph it to see what it looked like, because I’m loving all the over the knee boots I’m seeing others wear!

Thoughts? Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-2Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-1Windy much???  Sheesh… I was nervous the tripod would blow over!!Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-3I tried to sell these on eBay a few months ago (obviously didn’t sell :|).  I accidentally left them in our sun room and the sun bleached them!  I’m pretending they’re ombre… 🙂 Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-4 Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-5Then folded down.  Which is more my comfort zone… Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-6 Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-7 Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-8So, up or down?  Which do you like better?  Or should I just drop them off for donation and be done with them? Blog Cream Cape Goldsign Mayhem Over the Knee Boots-9Then for Maya’s picks.  I took these a few days ago when it wasn’t so windy! blog Maya 111 weeks Fair Isle Sweater Skirt boots Laugh-1 blog Maya 111 weeks Fair Isle Sweater Skirt boots Laugh-2 blog Maya 111 weeks Fair Isle Sweater Skirt boots Laugh-3She is such a funny kid.  People often ask if she’s really that happy.  70% of the time…yes, she is 🙂 blog Maya 111 weeks Fair Isle Sweater Skirt boots Laugh-4 blog Maya 111 weeks Fair Isle Sweater Skirt boots Laugh-5On me…

Cape belted as Sweater- Thrifted, but similar here and less expensive option here.
Belt- Linea Pelle (old, similar here and less expensive here)
Jeans- Goldsign “Mayhem”  (Sold out, but similar here and less expensive here)
Boots- Corso Como
On Maya…
Skirt- Gap (thrifted, similar here)
Top- (thrifted, similar here)
Sweater- Old Navy (thrifted, similar here)
Boots-  (thrifted, similar here)

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Dinner with the Huz’s boss…

The Huz’s boss came into town last night from Chicago, and took us out to a nice dinner.  I was all excited to get a little dressed up, and even had some options picked out (duh)!  Then…got a call a few hours before go time.  “So, we got done with our meetings early.  He wants to go back to the hotel and change into jeans.”

What??  Jeans?  Conservative?  BOSS??

So…nothing fancy, but here’s what I wore.Blog Moth Anthropologie Sweater Community Denim Frye Boots-1Blog Moth Anthropologie Sweater Community Denim Frye Boots-2Blog Moth Anthropologie Sweater Community Denim Frye Boots-3Blog Moth Anthropologie Sweater Community Denim Frye Boots-4Blog Moth Anthropologie Sweater Community Denim Frye Boots-5Blog Moth Anthropologie Sweater Community Denim Frye Boots-6And, earlier, this is what M wore.

{Eating a pretzel}

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 On me…

Sweater- Moth (old from Anthropolgie. Similar idea here)
Jeans- Community Denim (Old, but similar here, and less expensive here.)
Belt- Linea Pelle (old, but similar here)
Boots- Frye (similar here)
On Maya…
Jeans- Gap. (old, but similar on sale here ).
Top- Old Navy (similar here)
Sweater- Pumpkin Patch (thrifted, similar here)
Hat- H&M (Mine from last years, but similar in toddler version here)
Shoes- Zulily

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