Outfit for Work | Black and White

22 Sep 2014 Permalink

black and white

black and white

black and white

black and white

I have been reaching for way too much black and white recently.  It’s just so easy…

I did end up trying to incorporate more color into my outfits while I was planning for the week on Sunday.  (Yes.  I plan all my outfits for the week.  If I’m not organized, I fall apart.)  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can share those outfits soon!

I’m hoping this week goes by fast!  On Sunday I’m co-hosting a children’s clothing swap event.  It’s going to be super fun!  If you’re a Chicago reader, there’s a few tickets left.  (Click here to purchase.)  I hope to see you there!!

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How To (Really) Get Rid of Post-Baby Belly

19 Sep 2014 Permalink

How to really get rib of your post-baby belly!  Totally sharing this with all my mommy friends!

Back in March, I decided that I needed to get serious about my workouts again.  I got myself a gym membership, picked up some cute workout gear, and set myself up with a little fitness plan.

Everything was going great…well, sorta.  My legs and arms had no problems toning up.  It was that dreaded post-baby belly that was dampening my progress.  I tried endless ab exercises, but they only made things worse!  After a quick Google search (because, that’s what we do when we need answers, right?!) I found out that I had diastasis recti.

Huh?!

Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles.  And it is very commonly caused by pregnancy.  Oh, joy.  As if saggy boobs post-nursing weren’t enough…

One way to get the muscles back in line is through surgery.  Yeah…no thank you.  But another way is through proper exercises that target the transverse muscles.

Let me just pause briefly to say that I know when it’s time to call in the experts.  Finding workouts online for toning my tush is easy.  But making sure that I come across the right tools and resources to close this gap in my ab muscles that have been open for the last couple of years…I needed help.

Fast forward to the Tupler Technique and Bonnie.  Bonnie is a mother of five and she has the flattest stomach I have every seen.  Seriously.  She closed her diastasis after each one of her pregnancies…which is nothing short of amazing!  And now she teaches others how to get their fix their tummies too.

I’m finishing up my 3-part workshop with Bonnie and I am so impressed with the results that I’m seeing!  (I’ll share pictures soon.)  Honestly, I don’t remember the last time my stomach was this flat.  In fact, the other 11 ladies in this workshop are seeing amazing results too!

I’ll be posting my before and after pictures in a couple of posts!  In the mean time, STOP doing those crunches!!  They are bad for you and will make your mommy tummy worse.  And if you’re in the Chicago area, you owe it to yourself to try setting up some time with Bonnie.

4 Tips for Helping Your Kids Look Good

17 Sep 2014 Permalink

cutest little outfit from @FabKids!

cutest little outfit from @FabKids!

cutest little outfit from @FabKids!

cutest little outfit from @FabKids!

Sometimes it’s hard to find a balance between taking care of my own appearance and taking care of my kids’ looks.  Obviously, I want all of us to look good, but there are only so many hours in the day…

Here’s a few things that I always sometimes do to make sure my kids look put together whenever we’re making a public appearance:

  1. Make sure their clothes are free of stains and rips/tears.  This is tricky.  I hate washing laundry and am horrible at stain removal.  I keep a bottle of Shout in the laundry room and forbid the color white on my children.  So far, so good.
  2. Keep a variety of shoes on hand.  We all know that shoes can make or break an outfit for us.  Same concept applies with kids.  We have gym shoes for the park, dressier gym shoes, casual shoes…you get the point.  And thankfully we have lots of loving family members who have fun providing these options for the kids.
  3. It’s all about the accessories.  The sunglasses and hat collection that my two got going on is borderline ridiculous.  We are always finding super cute ones during thrift trips which means we pick them up on the cheap.  I love it though.  A fun little pair of sunnies or a crisp baseball hat totally pull an outfit together.
  4. Hairbrushes and nail clippers are a must.  My kids look ratty more often than I’d like to admit.  Most of the time they just need their hair brushed.  (How does it get so messy?!)  And then while I’m brushing their hair, I realize I need to clip their nails, too.  In fact, they are way past do for a nail clipping…I better get on that.

Raising kids can be crazy.  But knowing how to at least appear like it’s all together isn’t that tricky!

What tips/tricks do you use to keep your kids looking somewhat presentable??

shirt, jeans – c/o FabKids // hat – Gap

Outfit of the Day | 2 Essentials for a Fall Outfit

15 Sep 2014 Permalink

Perfect outfit for fall!  These @vionicshoes leopard print loafers are stylish and comfy!!

Perfect outfit for fall!  These @vionicshoes leopard print loafers are stylish and comfy!!

Perfect outfit for fall!  These @vionicshoes leopard print loafers are stylish and comfy!!

Perfect outfit for fall!  These @vionicshoes leopard print loafers are stylish and comfy!!

Now that the weather has cooled down, my warmer clothes have started creeping in.  It takes a little bit longer to put together a fall outfit – nothing is as easy as throwing on a summer dress and sandals! – but I usually have a couple key pieces on repeat.

Structured bags are great for fall!  They help balance out the shapeless sweaters and other outerwear.  I got this little satchel back when Phillip Lim did the Target collaboration.  It’s been perfect!

Anything in animal print is always spot on for fall.  (Pun untended!)  I have many great leopard print pieces that I turn to once the temps drop, and now I get to add these Sydney Flat Drivers from Vionic into the mix.  Just a tip about wearing leopard print – it’s considered a neutral and looks great with other prints.  Just don’t get too outta control.  Keep the total colors that you wear to three or under.

sweater – thrifted // white tank, satchel – Phillip Lim for Target // loafers – c/o Vionic

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