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Let’s Get a Move On

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Soooooo you’re moving!?! That happens a lot in The Captain’s line of work and I’m finding that so many of my nearest and dearests are currently dealing with moves that are taking them West Coast to East, or vice versa. Packing up the house, the kids, the dogs… it’s stressful enough, packing up your wardrobe shouldn’t add to the headache.

My plan for a non-winter move is simple; basic layering pieces that can all be paired together or separately. They will work for a truck stop outside of Austin, a coffee break in Boulder, or a dinner in the windy city. You can add a piece or 4 to make this suit your particular route. You’ll also need undies and a set of pjs, but that’s about it. Pretty simple folks. You might even find yourself wearing these 15 pieces almost exclusively post-move.

Happy Moving!!!

 

What I’m up to…

So confession, this week blogging has been quite the afterthought… I’m behind on posts and taking my sweet time. We’ve had a sick miniature, taxes, visitors (yay!), and I’ve been busy with a little venture called Rocco + Norah. We are so excited about our Spring line and been working to get it all to you in a few weeks!!! I decided to throw in some sneak peak shots!!! We have added patterned leggings, which like all of our prints are our own designs!! You won’t find them anywhere else!! We’ve also designed our first graphic tee!! We are so excited to see where this next step leads us!!! We will have all the goodies you know and love plus all of our new additions. Say a prayer for us over the next few weeks as we get closer to dropping Spring!!! It’s stupid adorable.

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram for daily laughs and all the good words about launch day!!! If you just can’t wait for April we still have limited quantities of Fall which you can shop HERE![we call this digging for gold. HA!]

lazy fashionista

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So some days I barely have time to shower, so when I get dressed it’s something that must be documented… and sometimes when I document those days of getting dressed I forget to look at the camera. See above. And then somedays I forget to blog completely, so I pop on my computer and throw together a quick post about an outfit that made me happy. Again, see above. #lazy

Note: The work that the Kula Project does is brilliant and my coffee tree bracelets are ah-mazing!! With the purchase of each bangle a farmer is able to plant a coffee tree in Rwanda that will provide their family with income for 30 years. Magic.

Glossier Dossier

IMG_7668So I was introduced to Emily Weiss and Into the Gloss years ago, by an insane person… but that’s neither here nor there. Still good gauge. Well, when Glossier launched I was absolutely obsessed with their branding, design, social media presence, etc. They are funny and don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh and it’s crazy affordable. #WINNING Since trying their goodies I’ve only fallen more in love!

Boy Brow is my new live for product. I might not change out of pjs today, but dammit I’m fixing my brows. I use the brown and it’s literally the most perfect color + styling product for your brows. They look crazy natural and it’s just simple.

Generation G Lipstick in Cake is another use for the rest of my days kinda product. The lip color is just the perfect fleshy perfecting color. I have nothing but love for this stuff.

Balm dot com in Rose is a perfect pale pink moisture bomb for your lips. It was the first product I bought from them and let’s just say it began the obsession.

IMG_7666Oh and let’s talk Cloud Paint, their newest product is as dreamy as it sounds. The creamy texture melts into your skin. LOVE.

The Stretch concealer is a great product creamy enough for under eye, but also easily covers up blemishes. The Perfecting Skin Tint is like your skin, but better. And I’m also digging their serums, Super Bounce has done great things for my crazy dry postpartum skin. I love it all, now if only we could get them to develop a mascara, it would surely be perfection.

Click HERE and get 20% off your first order!!!!

Quality Over Quantity

If you follow me on Instagram and you’ve watched my InstaStories you may have heard me talk about “The List.” Sounds ominous. But a friend of my bestie Em, [stay tuned for more fun with her soon, get very excited] described her method in how she shops. Basically, she has a master list. It’s got homegoods, clothes, basically anything you want on the list. And you don’t buy anything unless it’s on your list in hopes of being at Target or the mall and seeing a cute *insert item here* and impulse shopping only to realize later it’s something you’re okay giving away, this keeps your mind on track. And if you’re anything like me, you buy so many little things over the course of a few months that you could’ve bought the one nice thing you really wanted and you’d have for years and years to come. This is a classic quality versus quantity argument. Fewer nice things over tons of disposable items. I realize this may seem exorbitant, but note, this is the long game. It could very well take years and years to acquire what’s on the list, but that’s the point. No wasteful spending and saving for things you want. Anywho, I thought I’d share some of the goodies on my list.
Now I want to know. What’s on your list??? Tell me, tell me.

The bounce back conundrum. 

So if you’ve had a kid chances are you’ve found pages like 4th Trimester Body Project or Birth Without Fear, etc. these amazing groups celebrate moms in all of their forms, shapes, and sizes. I love it. Every woman, especially those who have made, housed, and birthed a baby, should never hate their body. It’s beyond miraculous what the female body can do, the power we are capable of… It blows my mind. Staring at my 7 month old and 2.5 year old it’s like “HOLY HOT DAMN!! I CREATED THEM!!!” Like shit!!!! So yes, I’m amazed and in love with what my body has done… Butttt I still desire to get my body to a place where I’m wholly confident, healthy, and strong. Don’t hate me, but I have kids and still want to look good in a bathing suit. *gasp*

So like anything in this day and age you are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. On one side you get the, “stop shaming moms who don’t bounce back after baby” and then there’s the “stop shaming moms who desire to spend time on themselves and exercise” Why is it always like this?! All it takes is 10 seconds on a comment thread of any mommy related story for the claws to come out. We are always offended. Everything is offensive. Dear sweet baby Jesus!! I’m offended, you’re offended, I’m offended… Geez!! Why?! Did agree-to-disagree just fly out the window?  Since when did your opinion mean so much more than your neighbor’s?! And why in the hell do we have to tell everyone?! Hell, I’m a blogger, I love giving my 2 cents about all things and I have plenty of thoughts about child raising ideals and practices… Sure, I might quietly judge or disagree with another mom for a certain behavior, but guess what?! I keep my freakin mouth closed because that mom is just doing her best! The poor mom who lost her child to an alligator attack hopefully never looked at the comment thread on a story about their situation because the terrible awful things that were said would leave even the toughest skin bruised. She was doing her best. Don’t get me started on the Gorilla kid…

I’ve gotten off topic…

IMG_7084When I stare in the mirror, I’m gonna be honest, I’m like Meh. I don’t hate my body, but I am genuinely excited about getting back into my old clothes and feeling happy with my nekkid body. I hesitate to say “get my body back” I don’t want that body, I want my -amazing, birthed 2 babies naturally with no drugs, fed two babies from my boobs- body, I just want strength and stamina to chase my kiddos endlessly. I want to be able to pick up my kids until they’re teenagers. Slight exaggeration? Possibly.

It doesn’t have to be one or the other. We can love our bodies and all they’ve done and desire to spend time on ourselves excercising and getting in shape. If you’re anything like me, the time spent exercising is just as much a mental cleansing as it is a physical challenge. It gets my brain right. Even if it’s just a walk or a 10 minute arm series. You’d be amazed what that can do for your soul.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOn top of exercise and good old fashioned clean eating, after F bomb I decided to wear my Belly Bandit compression gear for REALS this go around. I had it for after Roc, but was not consistent. Let me tell you consistency is key!!! I wore my Original Belly Bandit, all-day everyday for the first month. After that I tried to wear it for at least 4 hours for the following few months until it [hooray] became too big! I switched to the Mother Tucker corset after that and again wore that for a few hours a day . On top of these tummy products, I decided to try the Hip Bandit because with Rocco it was a solid year before my hips were back down to size. Guys!!!! At 5 months my hip measurement was a half an inch away from pre-baby… NUMBER ONE!!! So yea, if you’re wondering if this stuff works. I’d have to say a resounding yessss ma’am. I also rock their Mother Tucker leggings, like, all the time. Just look at my past two fashion posts. I feel so good when I wear them and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what a comment thread says or Instagram or People magazine says, feelin good is all that matters!!

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