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Nov 26, 2015


The day has come, our bellies are undoubtedly still full, and it is time to work that turkey coma off. I don't mean on the treadmill....I mean at the mall. Do you venture out into the sea of Black Friday shoppers? I will admit that I do most of my shopping online. Crowds of people fighting for deals is not my kind of fun. No combat shopping for me. So allow me to give you a Black Friday round-up so you too can get the best deals!

Old Navy 50%  off everything online and in store



Nordstrom up to 50% off select styles 



H&M 60% Off Select Items



Anthropologie 25% off your order code: SHOPTOIT



More sales:

Amazon: 30% off select clothing, shoes, accessories, watches. Code: 30BLACKFRI

Asos: Up to 60% off. Code: BLESSED

Banana Republic: 40% off your entire purchase, and 1/2 off sweaters. Code: BRFRIDAY


Gap: 50% off everything, some restrictions apply. Code: EARLY

J Crew: 50% off online and in store. Code SHOPGIFTS

J Crew Factory: 50% off everything. 


Nike: 25% off clearance items. Code: GETOUTHERE


Victoria Secret: Buy 1 bra get 1 free. Code DOUBLEUP



Side swept curls tutorial

Nov 25, 2015

Hello friends! So I finally, finally got a video tutorial done! I know that many of you guys have been asking for me to get some started, so I figured I would start with a recent look that got a lot of questions. The hair I did for military ball a couple weeks ago. Super simple, and perfect for all your holiday parties!

But on another note, my hats goes off to all the YouTube mavens out there! Getting a video done is no easy task, at least not for me. The lighting....the camera angles....the children. So allow me to give you an excuse to laugh today, because none of those things were working in my favor!



Products Used:

If you have any questions, or you would like me to torture you with some other videos, let me know!


SHOPBOP SALE STARTS NOW!

Nov 24, 2015

Why wait for black Friday to start shopping some of the best sales? One of my favorite sales of the year is happening NOW! The Shopbop sale. This is a great one to get a chunk of your holiday shopping done. The more you spend the more you save. So, call your mom, your sister, your best friends, your sister in law twice removed. Anyone. Go in on an order together, so that you all save. 
Shopbop Black Friday Sale
pajamas: splendid
sunglasses: westward leaning
sweaters: blanket cardigans 

This is the perfect sale to grab those pieces that you have been lusting over all year. A great pair of denim. A bag. A trendy stand out piece that will carry you through the season. Those boots that you already asked Santa for, or how about some cute Christmas pjs to lounge around in? 

And this sale is not just limited to shoes and clothes, I had to split it up to showcase some of my favorite items for your home, and of course the kids stuff!

Shopbop Sale

I mean, seriously? There are so many things to choose from. And the best thing is the amazingly fast shipping that comes along with it. Which means I probably won't be wrapping anything because I will be too excited to try it on. 

What are you waiting for? Go forth and play one of Santa's elves! 




plaid with a side of fringe

Nov 22, 2015

 rivers island flannel zip shirt
fall fashion inspiration
asos- rivers island flannel zip shirt
flannel zip shirt with fringe
fall outfits
flannel shirt: asos // turtleneck: zara // leather leggings: nordstrom
boots: stuart weitzman // hat: target (similar)

Since winter in Alaska lasts for longer than I care to discuss, I am constantly on the lookout for warm layering pieces. Things that I can get away with outside running errands without having to throw on my michelin man jacket. This flannel fringe top is a welcomed addition to my cold weather collection. It is thick, but not bulky. I sized up to a medium because I wanted some length, and room to throw layers on underneath. But you could totally get away with a smaller size and wearing it as a killer shirt! It is also the perfect tent like design for a Thanksgiving meal, a maternity shirt would be sooooo cute too! I am not currently pregnant. Although this would be my best friend if I was. 

Add it to your Christmas list...it's a good one!

Just a short post for today, you know, it's Monday....we still don't know what we are doing for Thanksgiving....yadda yadda yadda!



Everyday Clean

Nov 19, 2015

I wish I could say that my house is in decent looking shape everyday, but that would be a bold faced lie. I mean, I try to keep a sub-standard clean house on the regular but the fact is, I am outnumbered. I could pick up and wipe down until my OCD heart is content, but my children would laugh at me as they wipe their faces on the side of the couch, or use my windows and walls as their pad of paper. So when it comes to cleaning products I need things that work! Like really give it to my children's messy little fingers. So that when sleep schedules allow I can let my inner cringing clean heart get to work. 

A little bit ago I introduced you to a great company, Everyday Happy. You can read more from this post. But today I am back with their latest release, home cleaning products
Everyday Happy
Seriously, I was probably a little too excited about these coming in the mail. Does anyone else have an obsession with cleaning products and office supplies? Maybe we save that for another post. Anyway, these are amazing. Which I could have expected because all the other products I've tried are on par.

Everyday Happy- Home Care Products
Not only did they arrive quickly at my door, LOOK at this packaging!!! The box, the colors, the stuffing. I am a sucker for presentation and they get an A++. 

First thing I noticed with the products was the smell. These are plant based products, that also contain oils to keep your surfaces sparkly clean, but do not do any damage. The smell is so clean, but I feel like you can smell the different ingredients. Since Odette is at the stage of, let me lick everything I can put my mouth on, I feel confident letting her gnaw on the side of the table after wiping it down with this cleaner. 

Mom of the year over here. 
Everyday Happy Products
Put them to work! Gotta earn your keep in this house. 

The other product that I was impressed by was the Power Sponge. It takes crayon and pen off the walls, water spots off stainless steel, and smudge marks off the base boards. Also any sales of the power sponge will go to UNICEF. 

Honestly, I have been working with Everyday Happy and the people, customer service and company background are amazing. You can read more about Elle, their community manager and how she balances motherhood, and working on a start-up company, all while training for the NYC marathon. Some seriously good stuff my friends. 

And for those that emailed me about ordering kits online from my previous post, Everyday Happy is now offering Pardon My French readers 40% off any order of $50 or more. Starting November 27 through November 29th. Use code: EDHBF-PM-FRENCH at checkout. 

Add this to your Black Friday shopping list. Your house deserves it!


Huge thank you to Everyday Happy for sponsoring this post!


jeweled shoulder

Nov 18, 2015

 
sweater: j crew // blazer: banana republic // jeans: old navy // shoes: converse 

Okay, guys. Don't think I am a total creep, but, who is ready to open their house up to me and my heathens? It is too damn cold for me. Like, nose hairs freezing upon opening the door. My windows frozen shut. And my children saying, "but mom it too cold to go out there, just leave me inside". So we are seeking refuge....preferably somewhere that is in the 60's, sunshine, a light jacket possibly required. Anyone got that? Don't tempt me.....

But really I have nothing to complain about because while we were indoors trying to make new friends at a playgroup (more on that in a second) Chris was enduring a twelve mile ruck march in -10 degree weather. Kind of puts heat and seat warmers into perspective. 

And as far as Pierce making friends in life....it's gunna be touch and go. He is his mothers son. Tells it like it is. No filter, no holding back, just pure honesty. He told a kid he smelled. I mean, he said it not me. And he didn't say it discretely. It was in a very four year old observation fashion, also known as LOUD! Safe to say we are back to the drawing board when it comes to finding new indoor places to go. 

Which brings me to outfit planning when living in Alaska. If you know you will be entering the great indoors then throwing on a cute sweater is still a necessity. You will eventually peel off the layers. And this grey jeweled number is too perfect. The back zipper pretty much sold me, I mean the details. I did however dress it down with some high tops, but it could just as easily transition to night with a pair of killer grey pumps. 

Do we agree? Yes. Okay. 



right here, right now

Nov 17, 2015

pardon my french blog

Ugh, getting back into the swing of things after having my mom here for two weeks is hard. She is always such a huge help. Even in the mornings, not having to load up all four kids for school drop off and pick up was amazing. Having a thought provoking conversation to start my day over a cup of coffee. Having another body to keep the girls occupied while I was helping the boys with homework. Staying up late watching movie after movie while Chris worked well into the night. All so good. 

But now it's time to get back into the swing of things....however long that may take me. 

So what's going on? 

We wake up and go to bed with negative temps as of right now. I mean seriously? Alaska. You couldn't ease us into this shit? You had to just go balls to the wall with the freeze. I feel so bad watching all the little kids get bundled up in their cars and then have to take ten minutes to try and get un-bundled once in the classroom. One of the teachers told me it is 45 minutes of their day just dressing and undressing. Whoa! 

We currently have yet another mouse in our garage. I think this brings the count to five. No, not five in their all at once, although who knows. We got the other four. Chris so lovingly calls them all Jerry, which is a running joke in the house. You seen Jerry today? Did you see that Jerry ate the peanut butter off the trap and is still taunting us with his presence? Jerry, Jerry Jr., Jerryetta, I fucking hate Jerry. Your time will come mouse, just ask your friends. I just hate the fact that there is a mouse in my garage, like gross! We have talked to housing about it because clearly there is a hole or something, I mean I don't know the logistics of the situation. But they said "when there is an influx of them they can send a crew out". An influx? Is five not an influx? I'd say that is a hostile take over, and we have declared war. 

My neighbors put up their Christmas lights. It seems like every year the internet tries to one up the year before. Oh you busted out your tree on November 1st? Well, shit I had my Halloween decorations down, and tree up on October 31st. Take that! Kidding I don't have a tree yet. But have we all forgotten about Thanksgiving? I mean take out those cornucopias! I do love Christmas don't get me wrong, but I have a hard enough time dodging the Santa related questions without a tree's lights flashing for my children. I'll have my tree up by December 15th, for sure!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I don't know if I will be cooking a feast this year. I mean, I loooooove it, but we don't have family visiting this year, most of our friends are going home, so I just don't know. Chris and I are toying with the idea of turkey sandwiches. HAHA! But, let's be honest. My kids will only eat small portions, Chris and I do not want that many leftovers because butter and heavy cream aren't whole30 compliant, who made those rules? So I don't know, do you have any thoughts on this? What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Finally, Chris' birthday is on Friday and because I absolutely suck at surprises, I gave him all his gifts like a week ago. Clothes, shoes, and a new car. Well, I can't take complete credit for the new car, he did all the wheeling and dealing, I was just sneaky enough to have the dealer tell him that the car he wanted with all the fancy upgrades was not on the lot and he would have to wait for it. But, then it showed up in our driveway. And now......I really have nothing left up my sleeve for Friday. See...I suck at this.

YOLO!




mix a lot

Nov 15, 2015

fall outfit inspiration
quilted leather jacket, Zara
Gap velvet pants
Gap Burgundy Velvet Pants
Winter Outfit

jacket: zara (old, super similar here) // sweater: oldnavy  
pants: gap (this years version, and love these!) // boots: zara (old, similar here)


I'm cold. No joke, this weekend was just too cold. I know, I know, every time the cold temps roll in this blog becomes a weather filled play by play, and I apologize in advance. But, the weather in Alaska is always changing and no matter how many weather apps I download, no one ever gets it just right. In any event....we persevered. 

My mom left late last night and we are hating it. My mom is so used to a fast paced lifestyle, that when she comes up here she is just in constant motion. Constantly cleaning, cussing the fact that every room in my house has some outrageous number of toys. She was vacuuming non.stop. I kept telling her, you might as well wait until they go to sleep or you will drive yourself crazy picking the same things up over and over again.....in one ear out the other. She picked up the same basket of toys, and Odette would crawl over and dump it. Endless entertainment for me. 

The other thing my mom likes to do is shop. She taught me all she knows growing up. Going to Target with her is lethal. I mean she just picks up whatever and puts it in the cart. Ulta with her was so bad too. But she made a good case for me against Chris because he was like wow, Kelsey is like a kitten compared to this shopping beast! Apple...tree...you know how it goes. 

And with the temps being crazy, the sunlight decreasing, I just want to wear any and all fabrics. Velvet pants, mixed with some cable knit, and blanketed with quilted leather. An outfit ready to take on any shopping mall, and ice filled parking lot. Just walk with caution.....




photo dump

Nov 13, 2015

Happy Friday party people!!! In honor of Friday, why not throw up a random post full of random pictures? I was looking through my camera roll the other day and thought, so many pictures, so little post cohesion. And with that I dump all my random moments on to you, you're welcome. 

First up, Chris' promotion last week. In true Army fashion, we were told the promotion would take place inside because there was so much ice outside. So, I got the kids dressed in cute little coordinating outfits only to be told once I pulled into the parking lot that the promotion would take place outside. COME ON! I mean, coordinating outfits only happen once in a chaotic morning. So I had to scramble to find whatever cold weather gear I had stuffed in the back of the car. Not much matched, Pierce's boots are too small, and Avalon had no gloves. But the promise of donuts kept them happy. 
I loved pinning Chris because I have been with him since he was a private. Since before there were velcro ranks, when pinning really was a pin, and they would jam it through your uniform and pierce your skin. The picture above pretty much sums up Chris and I. Me...an eternal goof ball....and him....just trying to keep his composure. God, I love him!
You know what else I love? This damn macaroni and cheese!!! Anchorage people, get to the Whale's Tail. Better yet, get take out or something. I cannot stop thinking about the food. I think that is the hard part of eating whole30 as our regular diet. The second you cheat, the cravings come back so hard and it is like pressing the reset button. But, I am not pressing that button just yet because grandma is leaving this weekend so we are planning on sneaking out for one last date night :)

A shot of my cute little shopping buddy! She is all about being held right now. No car seat sitting, no carriers, no stroller. Just mom and her hip as a perch, and my arm hitting muscle failure. But how can I say no to that face? 

Every time my mom comes to town she has her own little Alaska shopping routine. We have to run into Second Run, a cute consignment store downtown. Grab a cup of coffee and a few pastries from Fire Island Bakery, and then go through Ozarks, the mecca of home furnishings. It's pretty great. She makes me feel normal with my spending habits ;)

And finally, grandma and her merry minions. My mom owns her own business and wanted me to snap a few updated head shots for her, so after we had a little glam session I got behind the camera. I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to throw the kids in there. My mom usually visits us up here about every six months. Which is so so hard, and the kids change so much in that time that I wanted them all in the moment. Dirty faces, pajama shirts, and after school beanie hair. The best!

And I have wasted too much of your time today, so have a great weekend!




the perfect topper

Nov 11, 2015

sheinside color block coat
color block coat
color block coat from sheinside
color block coat: sheinside c/o // grey tee: nordstrom // jeans: oldnavy // lipstick: lorac in goddess

Is it winter where you are? It is winter here in Alaska. Fall went by quick....it always does. But now we are getting to some pretty frigid temps. So cold that outside play isn't really an option with the little ones. The other night I decided to make a list of indoor things and places for us to go. Since all the kids aren't home full time during the week, and after school activities mean we spend a lot of time in the car, the few hours during the day I just want to have fun. Having grandma here this week means lots of play-doh, have I ever told you how much she loves play-doh? It's true. And have I ever told you how much I do not love that stuff? So you can imagine the Christmas like cheer that has rung out loud and clear from my children. "Oh mom hates that stuff!!!" or "Grandma you are the best!!" (she is really). What happens when grandma leaves? We load up and go to the indoor jungle gym. Or open gym classes! 

And while we make that parking lot stroll from inside the car to inside the building, you will probably catch me in this coat. I know you all have seen it one too many times on the gram....but you know what they say...if it ain't broke.....

I love this because the color blocking is amazing, the colors are on point, and it is just the right length. Not to mention it is all of $33!!!! I mean. Go get it. It really is well made, and a piece I will wear long after this winter. 

Now if you will excuse me I think my mother just told the kids they could have another cookie. No.

Color me the fun sponge. 






keeping it camel

Nov 10, 2015

J Crew Cable Knit Sweater
J Crew Sweaters
J Crew Turtleneck Sweater
J Crew Outfit for Fall
J Crew Cable Knit Sweater
sweater: j crew // jeans: blank denim via shopbop 
purse: tory burch (old, more options here)// boots: shopbop

Coffee, camel, and cafe's! I could go for a little of that right now. Yesterday school was cancelled for any and all children, which kind of threw a wrench in our daily routine. But grandma was pretty happy about it because that was just more time with the kids. And I can't blame her, it is hard on all of us to live so far away from each other. Especially with the holidays coming up. So we are soaking it all in. Although I have to say, she looks forward to bed time as well. And says things like "I don't know how you do this" or "I'm surprised you don't have a drinking problem". You and me both mama. Especially when you hear things first thing in the morning like "mom I think there is poop on the floor" or a fight breaking out over someone looking at them while they eat breakfast. Or my absolute favorite from yesterday, Pierce trying to teach Avalon how to pee standing up.....not successful. 

No one ever said it would be easy....but it's pretty worth it! 

Another thing that is worth it? A sweater collection. This camel colored beauty is the newest addition, and I think I need it in all colors. Over sized turtleneck, soft as can be, and the classic cable knit. Just perfect! And in perfect time for another snowfall. We spent the majority of yesterday outside, and took breaks to come in and guzzle down some nutella hot chocolate (coffee for me!), while checking on some yummy potato soup for an early dinner. Chris pulled in the driveway at some point and said...."look at you out here having fun! Who would have thought". Ha-ha-ha. I can let loose in the snow when I am not holding an infant. So boo-ya fun parent, simmer on that!! 

How was your Monday? 








annual night out | military ball

Nov 8, 2015

Well, the weekend has come and gone, and with it went date night/ military ball/ mini staycation. And I think my body is still recovering. I ain't gettin any younger folks, and I know now that I indeed have a bedtime, and it does not look like 3 am! More like nine. So go ahead and sign me up for a room at the nursing home, because I will be there in no time! 

Friday night started off with the kids playing twenty questions as to why there was a small suitcase on my bed, and why I locked the door so I could do my hair and makeup, and why oh why weren't they getting dressed as well. I'll be honest, leaving them, even with my mom is rough for me. Especially when they turn up the drama and the "noooooo don't leave me, what will I do without you?". But Chris kept directing me to the car with the statement "we are going to be late."
military ball in tadashi shoji
(dress is tadashi shoji

We weren't late for the ball. Which was a good time as far as those things go. Shake a bunch of hands, smile at people I don't know, eat food, listen to the guest speaker, and say see ya next year! Truly I was looking forward to going to our favorite wine bar The Whale's Tail because if I am going to cheat on our whole30 lifestyle, it is going to be with massive amounts of bacon mac and cheese! And we ordered three of them. We promised our friends that they would be put into a food coma of goodness with this concoction, and they were skeptical. But never doubt a dairy induced food critic, and they all were making borderline inappropriate noises with every bite that went in their mouths. 
We tasted wine, we ate, I sent one too many texts to my mom annoying the crap out of her to give me in depth details of every child. And we had fun. Which is the goal right? When you very rarely ever go anywhere without your children you really do appreciate conversations with your friends, uninterrupted conversations. Well, that's not true. I had to run up to our hotel room and pump since my milk supply was like, where is a baby? Give me a baby!! All the friends we were with do not happen to have children. They have been around our children many times, but they did not fully understand the intensity of the childless situation at hand for Chris and I. 

Although, we should really learn how to not eat like barbarians. We are conditioned to shovel food in our mouths, and truly hit max speed potential if standing up. But we tried to take it easy. 

After it was all said and done, we headed back to our room and stupidly thought we could rent a movie, I think we both lasted ten minutes and the next thing you know my alarm goes off. There is a text from my mom telling me that all children were up and alive, and she can't figure out the apple tv. 
military ball gown
We figured we should get up and moving before the kids declare war, and we came baring gifts of coffee to my mom....and ourselves. Many many cups of coffee. The kids wasted no time in letting us know how much they missed us, and how they thought we left them forever, and how grandma doesn't know how to put on cartoons. And instead made them listen to classical music which Pierce said was "vampire music and it was awful". 

We told the kids we would take them to get a new toy if they would take a family nap.....I think the only ones that napped were my mom and Odette. 

But they survived, and we had fun. 

So see you next year date night.......




bronzed makeup

Nov 4, 2015

I am a creature of habit. Although I like to try new things and experiment, once I find something that works, I tend to stick with it for awhile. This makeup look is something I have been constantly wearing for the last month. Maybe not all the elements put together every time, but more or less the same thing. Variations of brown are where I feel most comfortable when it comes to makeup. And my obsession with brown lipstick this season knows no bounds. For me, this is a look that goes on fairly quickly if I am only interrupted a handful of times to refill water cups, or retrieve a stolen toy. 

I will list all the products used at the bottom of the post. 

I just started with a primer, then used a beauty blender to apply my foundation. Next, I added concealer to my under eye area, making an upside down triangle underneath my eyes, and then blending that out. I also put a line of concealer down my nose, and blend it. 

Then I used a bronzer and blush combination on my cheeks, and topped with a highlighter. 
I then just filled in my eye brows with a tinted eyebrow gel. Moving on to the eye shadow, I used my Butter London palette and did a base of dark brown, and topped it with a bronze shade in the middle. Then blended the top with a lighter shade up to my brows. 

A few coats of mascara and those are done! 
I finished the whole look off with a slightly brown matte liquid lipstick. 

It seems kind of like a lot, but I can promise you the process goes really fast. 

Boom. Done! 

Products Used:

primer: smashbox
foundation: doucce
bronzer/blush: neutrogena
highlighter: lorac
eyeshadow: butter london in matte chocolate brown, quartz, and matte vanilla
mascara: loreal 
lipstick: doucce in dark lust


So, I have to ask.....I have been getting quite a few requests for makeup and hair tutorials. With a few skincare questions. Is this something that anyone really wants to see (other than the people that have emailed me?). I mean, clearly that is not in the realm of my normal posting, but something I am totally willing to incorporate if that will help you out with some hair and makeup tips. Let me know. Or just say, Kelsey, no. Just no. 

I can take it. 




 

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