Feb 28, 2017

ThirdLove Collection
For the first time in about seven years, my body is back to being mine. No pregnancy and no breastfeeding. During the last seven years I rarely went bra shopping, simply because my bra size was constantly fluctuating. My kids are all 20 months apart, so by the time they were done breastfeeding I was already pregnant again. Never to return to a before children bra size. Finally after Odette and many months after breastfeeding I now know what my new bra size is. And let me tell you, it is much different than what it was before kids. But I am okay with that, actually more than okay, I may be alone in this but I actually like that breastfeeding brought me down a whole bra size. 
ThirdLove Bras
Knowing that now, I was excited to get some new bras from ThirdLove. If you haven't heard of ThirdLove, I highly suggest that you check them out. I was a little nervous about ordering online, because there is really nothing worse than an ill fitting bra. But, they have a Fit Finder that will match you with your perfect size, and it absolutely worked! The other amazing thing is that you can try before you buy!! Yes, you read that correctly you can try the bra FOR FREE for 30 days you just pay for shipping!! Then you can wear it around and make sure it is your perfect fit, if not just send it back and try a new size. ThirdLove also has HALF sizes! 
ThirdLove New Nakeds
I happen to love the New Nakeds collection that consists of five neutral shades to match your skin tone. They come in three different bra styles, but my favorite is the 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra in the color Naked 2, but all five neutral shades are beautiful and will compliment every skin tone. 
ThirdLove New Nakeds
ThirdLove Bras
I am seriously so obsessed with these bras. You really don't even know you are wearing one, they are that comfortable. The buttery soft memory foam just melts onto your skin and you feel sexy and confident even under your clothing. 

So go forth and TRY A NEW BRA, you will not be disappointed! 

thank you to ThidLove for partnering on this post

friday favorites: beauty edition

Feb 24, 2017

New Beauty Products To Try
I haven't talked beauty products in a little bit. Not that I haven't tried anything....I just haven't been wowed by too much. Except these five! I have probably been using all five of these since December, so much so that I just replaced a couple, and I think they will be staying in my beauty routine for awhile. 

Carol's Daughter Leave-In Conditioner- This is my second bottle of this stuff since December! I use it every time I wash my hair, and on all the kids. I am pretty sure Chris has been sneaking a spray or two because his head smelled like it the other day. It isn't a heavy conditioner at all, which is why I like it. I use this hair oil once a week to really give my ends some love, but it is heavy! And I usually have to wash my hair the next day if I want to style it. But this spray leave-in conditioner is light and does the job. Plus it makes Avalon's insanely long hair super easy to brush. 

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream- I posted this on snapchat about a month ago and got a few comments like "is this butt cream?" and it can totally be used for a smooth bottom purpose. But, I use it on my whole body. If you have been reading this blog for awhile then you know I am an OCD freak about soft skin. I need baby soft skin from head to toe at all times, and this cream is amazing. I noticed a difference after only a couple uses. It is very softening, and it soaks in quickly while leaving your skin moisturized. And it smells like a tropical vacation. 

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre- I have seen this moisturizer on just about every Hollywood makeup artists must have list, but it just recently has been sold in the US. And what better store to be sold at than Target? I can say that it definitely lives up to the hype. I LOVE this stuff. Probably one of the best moisturizers I have tried in a long time. It feels so good on your skin, and a little goes a long way. It has a nice subtle clean scent as well. I have combination skin, and this does not make me oily at all! And it wears nice under foundation too. So unlock your inner Parisian beauty guru the next time you go to the mother ship. 
Makeup Must Haves
RCMA No-Color Powder- This is another secret of makeup artists that I just had to try. I have watched countless YouTube videos of beauty bloggers raving about the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, so I tried it a few months ago and it just did not work the same way for me. I wanted to love it so bad. I tried it with different foundations and concelalers, and every time it left my face looking dry and flaking. It just seemed to settle into my pores. I thought, of course this would happen to me of all people. So I returned it. Then I came across the RCMA powder. My first thoughts were, the packaging is a little unimpressive, and at $12 how great can it be? Don't judge a book....or a makeup bottle. This powder is legit! It is so great for setting your concealer or even baking your makeup if you want to go that route. I have even set my whole face with it, and it gives your makeup such an airbrushed finish. This little bottle will probably last me a lifetime. 

Jeffree Star Skin Frost- I love a highlighter! As in sometimes I think I even go overboard with the highlight, but I just can't stop. I will put a little here, then a little there, then a little more here, and next thing you know I am looking like some kind of glitter mermaid image off Pinterest. I stumbled across this highlighter in the color King Tut, and it gives a GLOW!!! I am obsessed. I just ordered the  color Ice Cold, and I cannot wait for it to arrive. This one has a gold color to it which I think will be perfect for summer. I apply it with a fan brush right above my cheek bones, and I instantly feel an added boost of glam. Maybe that is dramatic, but sometimes mama needs the drama! 

Okay, I think that is it. Oh I did get bangs yesterday so there's that too. 

Happy Friday!

faux fur + braids

Feb 23, 2017

Fish tail braids
We've all been there, three or maybe four day hair and you just don't know what to do with it. I always opt for some sort of twists, or braids, or of course the ever so trusty top knot. And I guess if I am really desperate, a hat. 
Faux fur and denim
Faux fur and denim outfits
denim jacket: thread and supply (similar here) // shirt: j.crew // jeans: asos (old) 
fur stole: anthropologie (old) // shoes: zara 

As the temps are heating up just a little, I am really trying to push the limits of my layers. I completely forgot about this faux fur stole that I bought from Anthropologie last year. As much as I like it as a winter piece, I thought it would be fun to add a little flare to my favorite double denim combo. It's not groundbreaking....I know. 
Faux fur and denim
Fish tail braids
A little short and sweet post for today. Nothing too exciting going on around these parts. Although I am getting my hair done today (it's about damn time) and I am ready for a change. 

Hope you guys are all having a great week!

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a day at the georgia aquarium

Feb 22, 2017

I am back to bring you tales from momland and a butt load of iphone photos, because I am a real professional like that. 

So Monday Chris and I woke up kind of early thanks to Caspian jumping on the bed to get our attention that he needed to go outside. As we made our coffee we looked at each other and said "what do you want to do today?" I said we could take the kids to the aquarium. I didn't really have any plan, just an idea. Chris said "yes!! I'll go get them up". And that was that. I quickly purchased tickets online. Packed a ton of snacks and drinks. Grabbed extra clothes for everyone. Loaded the car up. Cut up a melon and strawberries to give the kids as they questioned why we were waking them up. 
The aquarium of course!! When we lived in Columbus a few years ago we had a little staycation in Atlanta. It was just Ace and Pierce back then, and they were so little. We took them to the aquarium and it was disastrous. Ace ran around like a psycho (he was almost two at that time) Pierce was only five or six months old, and he slept in the stroller the whole time. When it was time to leave Ace screamed at the top of his lungs from the exit all the way back to our hotel, which was a few blocks away. We walked of course, and people in their cars thought some kind of torture tactics were being used on this child. No, no, just spent two hours at the aquarium, nothing to see here. 
Georgia Aquarium
So I started to get some flashbacks, or maybe hot flashes? Who knows. As we went in, I handed Chris the print out of our tickets and he said "Kelsey!! Thirty dollars per person!! We better find more than fucking Nemo in here". I about died laughing. It's all about the experience right? That is what I have to keep telling myself. 
Georgia Aquarium
The place was packed! But I remember it being so cool, that even though I had to deploy some Disneyland like tactics, you know the dip and weave and rush around the slow people kind of thing, it would be worth it for the kids. My children were not shy about getting up close to the glass. And we are not your model aquarium goers. There were plenty of signs that said "do not climb on the rocks" yet here we are.....climbing. First rule of parenting, tire out the children by any means necessary. 
Georgia Aquarium
There really is so much to see, and it is so interactive for the kids that there were endless things to do. If only these little people didn't move so quickly passed things. As we were crawling out of some tunnel that the kids had me crawl through, Chris was on the other side like "I just saw kids on a leash! On a leash!! Why don't you have these things? We could walk them instead of run after them". Can I get an eye roll emoji please?

Back to the kids. They did every single activity offered. They saw every show. And Avalon walked out of the dolphin show crying. Tears of joy my friends! She is obsessed with dolphins, and this was basically the greatest day of her life. Sadly we were told to put our phones away during the shows, and they were not messing around with that. As I tried to sneak my phone out to get a video of Avalon watching the dolphins, a very large lady appeared before me and shook her head. Sorry, again, I am not so good with the rules things.  
After three hours our children were ready to leave willingly. Through the gift shop. See what they did there? I mean why would you do that to a parent. That entry fee wasn't enough? Now I have to spend $60 on stuffed animals in order to get to my car? 

But it was a fun little day trip. The aquarium is amazing, and if you ever find yourself in the Atlanta area I would say carve out some time to go. 

Fun for all ages (maybe). Tiring for sure!! All my children were alseep before we got out of the parking garage, and Chris and I were mapping out the closest coffee shop. 

weekend culottes

Feb 21, 2017

Blogger Style- Culottes
Spring style outfits
Whew! What a long weekend. And a good one at that! How was yours? What did you do? We basically fell off the clean eating wagon, but it was all in the name of good food and good friends. So I am trying not to think too much about it. Although we were all hurting in the aftermath. Ace was quick to point out that he only wanted honeydew and carrots for dinner because "he just didn't feel like himself" after the pretzel and corn dog he had at the aquarium yesterday. Gotta love that kid!
Striped Culottes
Cult Gaia Bag
baseball tee: asos (old) // pants // shoes // bag

Yes, yesterday we ended up at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, but I am thinking that deserves its own post because I have many many thoughts. So before all that we went out to dinner Saturday night and I decided to pull out these striped culottes that I have been dying to wear since I bought them a few weeks ago. The temps were nice after a little rain shower. I wanted to keep them kind of simple, so I went with a trusty baseball tee. But these wide leg beauties are just destined to be paired with so many more tops in my closet. 
Spring street style
How to style culottes
Sunday night we had some friends over with their beautiful newborn twins, and it was so nice to fill the kitchen with hysterical laughs and lots of bread and cheese! Not to mention my kids can run around like the insane beings that they are, and I don't even flinch. It should also be mentioned that I held not one but two babies and my ovaries didn't make a peep, my uterus was like "nah I'm good right now". That is so surprising after having four kids in five years. But it felt good. I love all the stages that my four are in right now. Not to mention I only have one in diapers. Winner winner chicken dinner!
Blogger Style- Culottes
Cute Spring Style Outfits
So all in all, I am now staring at a sweet potato with avocado and craving some country style bread and butter. 

Let the week, clean eating, and fighting cravings begin! 

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the president's day sales you need to know

Feb 18, 2017

President's Day Sales
Long weekends are prime shopping time! Throw a great sale or ten in there and you have a pretty good thing going, even better if you add a glass of wine! I may have already started shopping some of the sales. And having Chris home these last few weeks has put quite the damper on my UPS delivery excitement. As we were leaving for dinner last night the UPS guy unloaded a very large Target order to which Chris said "Kelsey, seriously! Everyday is like Christmas for you!" Insert awkward cackle..... 

Anyway, here are some pieces I picked up, and other favorites that I found.

more sales:
anthropologie 40% off clearance
asos 20% off your purchase
banana republic 40% off select items 
gap 40% off everything
h&m up to 70% off weekend deals
nordstrom 40% off 
old navy 30% off your order 
target 30% off furniture + and extra 10% off, 25% off clothing and shoes
topshop 20% off 

top 5 pink sweaters

Feb 17, 2017

Let's play never have I ever shall we?

Never have I ever, chipped a tooth. 

Never have I ever, been in handcuffs...for any reason. 

Never have I ever, slipped on a banana peel. 

Never have I ever liked the color pink....until NOW! 

But seriously. I have never been a pink girl. Red I like. I'll even go so far as purple. But recently I have been really drawn to all the vibrant pinks, and blush tones coming out. I will go ahead and blame Zara and their recent campaigns because they are pushing the bright pink, and I am buying it!! 

I especially like pairing it with other pinks and reds. The way they play off each other is so fun and slightly unexpected. Definitely a statement when worn all together, but the pieces broken up could easily work with a number of outfit combinations. 

Here are five of my top pink sweaters right now:

OH! And feel free to share some of your "never have I ever scenarios!"

when the weather says leather

Feb 16, 2017

 Leather Vest Outfits
I really have no idea what the weather is calling for lately. I feel like it has been up and down. Zero consistency. Monday it hit 80, and everyone threw on shorts. Yesterday was in the 60's. I am just ruling nothing out when it comes to getting dressed. We are in anything goes territory, and I am going to live it up before the humidity hits!
Winter Outfits- Leather Vests
Leather Vest
sweater: j. crew // vest: nordstrom // jeans: old // shoes: forever 21 (similar
bag: zara (current) // sunglasses: perverse 

I don't want to say a leather vest is a must have, because it may not be for everyone. I think it is a fun piece to have in your closet and throw on to add a little interest to your outfit. Or if you happen to be Chris you can say "did you park your motorcycle out back?" Laugh.out.loud. 
Blogger Style- Leather Vests
Winter Layers
This week has been a fast one! I feel like we have really been filling up the days. It is seriously so awesome having Chris home, even though his antics are a little over the top. For example, we watched the Westminster Dog Show the last couple nights, not the whole thing but we tuned in for a minute. Well, Chris now has the idea that he wants to show train our dogs. (When does he go back to work?) I spent my entire youth showing horses, and our dogs are very well trained, but not show trained. I wish I would have taken video of him "presenting" Caspian for his sporting category debut. It was a wreck, and highly entertaining. But don't think it stopped there. He had some skinny rope contraption on Shameless yesterday morning prancing him around the house. 

It's all too much. 

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mom on the go

Feb 15, 2017

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant
I feel like no two days for me are the same....yet I am living ground hogs day everyday. Does that make sense? Moms with small humans, you get that right? Like you may go through the same song and dance everyday, but there is a change in tempo, or a slight hiccup here or there. For the most part our Monday-Friday is pretty set. School is at the same time everyday, which means my alarm goes off at the same time everyday. There is library story time on some mornings, others there are playdates at the park. After school is an acquired sense of craziness, going from swim lessons, to quick changes in the car for basketball practices, and throw book club in there as well. A snack is a must and maybe a stop for coffee for me, and by the time we make it home I'd almost rather skip dinner and head straight to bed. But that's where the weekend comes in right?
Mom On The Go- Dove Advanced Care
One thing I have to admit though, between all the running around I forget deodorant ALL THE TIME! If you asked Chris what one of his biggest pet peeves for me would be that he has to make a stop to buy deodorant. It's true. It's been a thing my whole life. I have a stick of deodorant in every possible place, probably more than one. More so because I make a stop and run in and buy a new one more than I care to admit. I don't know what it is. I don't forget to brush my teeth, I never forget moisturizer, but somehow when we get to the deodorant part I have already ran out of the bathroom to break up a fight over who got the red bowl of strawberries and not the blue one. Never mind that they contain the same amount. 

So if you were to look inside my purse you would find, diapers, wipes, nude lipstick, some kind of blush or bronzer, deodorant, and a random crayon mixed in with some crumbs I am sure. For me I have always been a Dove girl. Dove Advanced Care is my personal choice, simply because it is moisturizing and not over powering. I also like that their deodorant doesn't smell like deodorant! More like a lotion, or a familiar scent. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms.
Mom On The Go- Dove Partner
So if you see me out and about running around with a bunch of kids, and we are headed into a store....just know I probably grabbed deodorant! But don't worry, I don't smell! Stay at home moms honor. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

side of mustard

Feb 14, 2017

Adidas logo tee
Jeans and tees....what else is new? I feel like that is my comfort zone. Dress it up or dress it down, it is such a winning combination. Mom jeans really have become my favorite fit. As much as I love a boyfriend jean, the high waist on a mom jean is just so much more flattering. Especially for a short girl, the higher the waist the longer the legs look. 
Cardigans and Mom jeans
Adidas Street Style
cardigan // tee // jeans: zara // sunglasses // clutch: louis vuitton

As I have been on this closet clean out journey I have kind of realized something about my blog, and what I more or less want to translate with my style. 

I first started reading style blogs when I quit my job as a merchandiser/buyer when I had Ace. Seven years ago it seemed like it was just women sharing their personal style. As a new mom at that point, I soaked up all these outfits. I felt like every new mom, too busy to get dressed, too tired to care, and I was also a full time student so I was like, do I spend nap time getting myself ready? Or studying? 
Old Navy Cardigan- Asos Mom Jeans
Mom Style- Old Navy- Adidas
So I clicked on those style blogs, and I read the stories behind why they paired those pants with that shirt. And I pinned images, and I made another cup of coffee and sat in my sweatpants. I missed working on window displays. I missed seeing new collections. I missed playing dress up in the fitting rooms with some of my favorite customers. I love fashion. The creativity, composition and story behind pieces. Chris and my mother in law encouraged me to start a style blog of my own, but I was always like "and what? show the latest and greatest way to hide spit up on your shirt with your hair while answering the door?"

It wasn't until after I had third baby, that I said enough is enough. I am a young 20 something year old, yes I am a mom but that doesn't mean I can't wear what I want to wear. I had started this blog with the intention of just keeping family and friends updated about our adventures in Alaska. Slowly but surely other moms found this space. Some of you have been reading from the beginning and seen this place change a bit. I wanted to incorporate my love for fashion and beauty products. And it seemed like I was getting more and more questions about outfit pieces. So I decided to share those as well. 
Mustard trend pieces
Pardon My French Blog- Outfits
But, when I started sharing outfits it seemed as though personal style blogs had morphed into full on fashion blogs. Sharing a brand new outfit with brand new pieces only to be worn once on the blog. It was about clicks and commissions and just how many new pieces you could fit into a weeks worth of posts. For me, and I am guessing for many others that is just not realistic. I want to wear my clothing more than once, on the blog and off! That is what I loved about personal style blogs, they were taking once piece and building so many outfits around it. Merchandising in a store is very similar. You push once piece in a variety of ways, so that it attracts every kind of customer. 

That is more or less what I want this space to be. Inspiration to shop your own closet, remix pieces you have. Sure I shop a lot. That is no secret. And yes, this blog makes money. But that is what I love about supporting other blogs as well. It is supporting something that someone works hard on, and truly enjoys, so why not click on their links and make their time worth it? 

All this to say that, this is my own little personal style journey. With outfits that I actually wear!! I have four kids, and two large high maintenance dogs, and a husband who is in the army and takes all my pictures. I don't have time to play dress up in outfits that I don't actually wear. I wish, maybe one day! But THIS article really resonated with me. If you have a style blog, or just enjoy reading them it's a good quick read for the day. 

Alright, I'm done. To personal style.....and beyond! 


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