Photography: Cathryn Elizabeth Photography
Invitation Design: Etsy
DIY Hot Air Baloon Centerpieces: 36" Baloons-Party City / Baloon Net-Amazon /Baskets-Michaels
Cake: Le Chic Treat
Lilly will be two next week so I thought it would be fun to recap her first birthday photo shoot and party details. We celebrated with an "Oh, the places you'll go!" theme. I love the message of the classic book and I thought it would be a great theme for her first year and representation of the hopes and dreams we have for her.
I went with inspired elements from the book as I didn't want the theme to be so literal. While I love the book, I didn't want a all the Dr. Seuss characters/colors (it's a little too busy for my personal taste), so we chose the hot air balloon element and a mainly pink, aqua, white and gold color scheme. Cathryn Elizabeth Photography killed it at her photo shoot and even had a hot air balloon prop made!
My favorite element of the party was her sign in book. We left out a copy of "Oh, the places you'll go!" and asked all of the guests to write a special message to her for her first birthday. I cant wait for her to be old enough to look back at all of the sweet messages and well wishes from all of our closest family and friends.
Now I am off to finish planning the details of her 2nd birthday. I can't wait to share it with you all!
Jewelry: Windsor Avenue
One of my favorite things about starting my blog has been all of the photos I now have of Lilly and I together. The Mommy & Me posts are my favorite because I get to capture the moments we spend together doing everyday things we love and bond over. Moments I would otherwise not be able to capture as I am usually the one behind the camera. As Lilly grows, I notice more and more that she loves to do anything and everything I do, whether it be getting dressed for the day, putting on makeup and jewelry, preparing meals, etc. She loves to be a part of everything and I adore spending that special time with her.
We recently discovered Windsor Avenue Jewelry and the Mommy and Me Collection. The Collection includes coordinating jewelry for Mommy and Daughter as well as the most adorable "Mommy and Me" book written by Windsor Avenue's Founder and Creative Director, Olivia Hollaus.
Olivia is another reason I was drawn to the Windsor Avenue brand. She is the definition of a Mom Boss, creating and running a successful jewelry business, designing the collections as well as being a mommy. I am all about supporting other moms and their brands and I absolutely love the Windsor Avenue line she has created, The jewelry exudes timeless elegance and classic femininity. I am loving the "MOM" pendant necklace and Lilly was so excited to receive and wear her very own Nola xo bracelet and necklace. I have have even enjoyed wearing her Nola xo earrings until she gets her ears pierced and can wear them herself. They are the perfect, dainty pair of earrings that can be worn on a daily basis, casual or dressed up!
To check out the collections and learn more about Windsor Avenue, click here and treat yourself (and your little!) to something beautiful. As a special offer, exclusive to my followers, use code MOMMYLIFESTYLED now through this Sunday (6/12/16) to receive 60% your purchase!
Happy shopping, Lovelies!
After weeks of rain we finally got some sunshine and so we broke out some of Lilly's new summer pieces. This flamingo swing top is so sweet! The rips are DIY, you can catch the tutorial I posted here.
Lilly's seriously cute new sneakers are by Oomphies. We have a hard time finding shoes that fit her (despite her shoe collection, sourcing those babies is work!). Her feet are smaller and narrow so most toddler shoes are too large and buying baby sizes isn't always practical as they don't offer enough support or traction for an active toddler. Oomphies offers great styles in a large range of sizes that boast many practical features like bungee laces and easy to maintain canvas uppers. We love them! If you have similar issues finding shoes for your little or are just looking for a great new brand to check out, I highly recommend them!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week, Lovelies!
Lets talk functional fashion and comfort, As the bump gets bigger and the weather gets warmer, dressing can get a little bit tricky. My go to has been the Cardimom by Multiwear. It is the most versatile multi-function sweater for my busy mom lifestyle that I have found yet. It serves as the following:
During my pregnancy I have been wearing it on cooler days that require layering. I style it as both a flowy sweater as well as a cardigan. I love the longer, flowy fit. It pairs perfectly with and balances the silhouette of skinny jeans, leggings and yoga pants (a.k.a. the mom uniform). The lightweight knit is so soft and perfect for the shoulder seasons when weather is changing.
It is a piece that will certainly get lots of use pre and post baby #2. I can't wait until baby boy is here to use it for nursing and babywearing this fall!
Multiwear is offering an exclusive discount to you lovely mamas on the purchase of any Cardimom. Use code: MOMMYLIFESTYLED and receive 10% off your purchase!
1: Black Scalloped Edge High Neck Halter / 2: Geo Print Bandeau / 3: Strappy Braided Racer Back / 4: Coral Front Tie Tankini / 5: Textured Stripe Halter / 6: Palm Print Halter
Swimsuit season is almost here and if you are pregnant like me that means navigating the somewhat limited world of maternity swimwear. I have spent weeks scouring the internet for chic and affordable swimsuit options for a beach vacation we have planned for May.
These are my top 6 picks, ranging in price from $30 (use sale codes!) to $66.
Happy shopping Mamas!
We celebrated the 19 week mark of my pregnancy with some mommy and me maternity photos. I got this mint maxi dress 2 years ago to wear at my baby shower and have been waiting for an opportunity to wear it again. Zappos still carries it and it's non-maternity, so it can easily be worn post pregnancy as well. I ordered a Medium and it is flowy enough to accommodate a growing bump. Lilly's gauzy mint dress is from Old Navy. It's no longer on their website but may still be in stores and I have linked a similar mint gauze dress.
I styled our dresses with Baybee Boutique Teething necklaces.
I was pleasantly surprised how versatile these silicone and wood teething necklaces are! It's one item I never got when Lilly was an infant and definitely wanted to have this time around with baby #2. Lilly loves having and wearing her own mini version of the adult necklace and enjoys playing with the beads on my necklace while I'm holding her. When Baby #2 arrives I will use it during nursing, and of course teething! I really love that Baybee Boutique offers neutral color options in addition to their brighter options. The neutral colors give me the ability to incorporate my necklace into many looks and doesn't scream "teething jewelry".
I am all about versatile and functional baby gear this time around, so get ready for more posts on my favorites and feel free to share any of your faves that you can't live without!
Photo Credit : Cathryn Elizabeth Photography
When building a maternity wardrobe, I usually gravitate towards basic/staple pieces that will pair well with items I already own and will get a lot of wear. Knowing that I will be pregnant during the spring and summer months, dresses are definitely at the top of my list of must haves. This versatile dress by Pink Blush Maternity is a perfect Spring/Summer maternity wardrobe staple. It is comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and it's affordable! I styled the dress 3 ways to show how I would get the most out of this one item, using mostly accessories to create looks for this shoot. Jackets, utility vests and scarves are some more non-maternity items that will elevate the look of a casual dress. Getting more than one look from a single piece using items you already own is a great way to add variety to a limited wardrobe and makes dressing the bump that much more fun!
I hope you enjoyed my styling options and if you would like to snag some Pink Blush pieces for yourself, I am giving away a $75 Pink Blush gift card on Instagram! To enter, head over to my Instagram (@mommylifestyled)!
Rules for the Pink Blush $75 gift card giveaway:
1. Follow me, @mommylifestyled
2.Comment on the photo for this giveaway that you have done so.
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That's it! Once completing the above steps you will be entered. The giveaway will close on Thursday April 14th at 8pm EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced over the weekend. This Contest is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. *Please note, if you have won a Pink Blush giveaway within the last 3 months, you are not eligible to participate.
Lets talk distressed denim. It's trending big time right now and for good reason; almost anyone can pull it off and it can be dressed up or down. Most retailers are including it in their lines, so it is fairly easy for me to acquire for myself, but when it comes to finding a good pair of ripped/distressed jeans for Lilly, that is another story...
I have found it difficult to find truly ripped/distressed jeans in toddler sizes at a reasonable price point. The retailers that I frequent have started to offer "distressed" options, but they are not really what I look for. They tend to look more like they have patch work or stitching rather than fraying and/or ripping. There some great sellers from small shops on Instagram and Etsy that make distressed denim for the littles but they have a 3-5 week turnaround time and a bit of a higher price point, which is totally justified! Making these babies is a lot of work and has to be done by hand, so the price and turnaround time is definitely reasonable, I'm just not patient enough to wait 3 weeks plus and then 5 -7 business days for shipping. And so, I decided to take a crack at making them myself and it was surprisingly easy!
Step 1: Find your first victim(s)
I decided I would start with 2 pairs of Lilly's jeans that I wanted to update but wouldn't be heartbroken if I ruined in the process (it was my first time tearing up some jeans and mistakes can happen!). I chose a pair of boyfriend jeans that I love, but that needed some rips to be complete (in my opinion) and a pair of stretchy skinny jeans that have a faint stain on one knee (what better way to get rid of a stain!?) that she will probably outgrow by this fall.
Step 2: Put them on and mark them up
Putting the jeans on to mark where your rips will go is a must! not everyone's knees fall at the same location and this is especially true of children. Mark with a pencil, chalk or anything else that will wash off easily.
Step 3: Cut
Once your jeans are marked, make a snip on your marker and cut as straight as possible. The great part about DIY distressing is that you can customize the look of your jeans. I chose to stay a little conservative with the rips my first go round.
I went straight across to about the seam on the knees of the grey skinnies, as I wanted them to be just frayed slits as well as cutting them along the hem line for a frayed hem. If this is the look you are going for then you are done and all you need to do is wash and dry! (Step 5)
On the boyfriends I cut into the knees and added an extra slit on one of the legs below the front pocket. These slits were cut slightly shorter as they were going to be a bit larger in width because I chose to add exposed threads, you'll see how to do this in the next step.
Step 4: Pull the threads
For the boyfriend jeans I decide to do exposed threads in each slit, which requires an extra step and a seam ripper.
Using the seam ripper, gently pull up on the threads that run horizontally, one at a time. I found it helpful to turn the jeans inside out to do this because the horizontal threads were more visible. As you pull your threads up it also helps to cut away the excess vertical frays that are exposed (see below).
Step 5: Wash and dry and done!
Once your are done pulling threads, which is undoubtedly the most tedious and time consuming of all the steps, the only thing left to do is toss them in the wash and then dry them! They come out soft and frayed and perfectly imperfectly distressed!
I Hope you find this tutorial helpful. I really kept it simple and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to distress the jeans myself! I may never buy another pair of ripped jeans again!
Now go have some fun shredding some denim and Good luck!
This past weekend we announced my pregnancy, with the help of Miss Lilly of course! I am currently 12 weeks and baby is due in September. I am equal parts excited and terrified. How does one raise a two year old and a newborn and remain a productive, functioning human being!? I'm guessing lots of coffee... But really, I know it will be just fine and my husband and I can't wait to see our first baby become a big sister.
Below are some photos from our DIY announcement shoot. My husband played the role of photographer and the photo shoot took place at our home to keep it casual. I am all about casual these days as I am just now starting to get some relief from the all day "morning sickness" and fatigue. I will be doing more outfit posts soon, specifically maternity looks, but for this shoot we just wanted the focus to be on the announcement, and Lilly.
Any advice/words of wisdom for going from one little to two?
Lilly's Dress is Old Navy from last spring (this little bean is still fitting into her 12-18 month clothes!). Her floral crown/headband is also from last spring, from H&M, They currently have similar headbands in the girls department!
Hi! I'm Lisa, a wife and mommy who loves fashion, home decor and projects and sharing our favorite baby / kids gear and activities. Thanks for following along on my journey through Mommy Life. Styled.