mama style with hey natalie jean…

do you follow hey natalie jean? you should. she is a brilliant writer and funny and strong and oh so stylish. we decided to team up to inspire one another on what we wear. i looked to natalie for overall inspiration and she looked to me for some kaftan inspo. click on over to her blog and check out all the deets. hope you like it.

overalls 3 overalls 2 overalls 1

denim shirt / overalls from h&m / shoes/ bikini top / hat / glasses /

fridays, i can’t stop…reading the classics

i can’t stop… rehashing my youth and reading the babysitters club . that claudia. swoon.

reading the classics

hat / suit /sunnies/ book

you know what else i can’ stop doing? losing expensive sunglasses so you have seen these $18 pair in full rotation until i get up the nerve to splurge again.

actually my last pair were set on the counter at Nordstrom, i forgot them, ran back 20 minutes later and they were gone!! one week old. tears.

beauty closet… easy dress, easy concealers for LOTS of coverage

big dresses for body coverage with breeziness underneath are my jam right now. this shirtdress from urban outfitters is thick and roomy. it will transition real nice into the fall.

and these concealers have become my face coverage jam. see why.

side note: ello decided to make a ” real live ocean” in our bath tub for his polar bears to swim in. he is checking out their progress, one was drowning.

urban outfitters black dress urban outfitters black caftan shirtdress


best concealers for the job

dress (and i think i might have this hemmed to just an inch or two under my knee) / sandals / vintage bolo tie from this amazing shop

1. covergirl illuminator (comes in three shades, the light is really light)

2. bobbi brown tinted brightener ( i use bisque 3 and yes i like it more then the YSL version. remember THIS post. a must read, still one of my favorites and i use the tricks EVERYDAY.)

3. covergirl tru blend fixstick (i use medium/light)

4. laura mercier secret concealer ( i use 2)

5. urban decay 24/7 concealer  (if this were easy to sharpen i would give it a 10 the matte coverage is flawless but it is such a pain to sharpen and you lose so much make up in the process.)

how to tie a sarong that you haven’t tried before

my sister is crazy beautiful. i mean she was called “katie crawford” through the 90′s because, well she had the whole “oh this mole perfectly placed next to my lip” thing going on. today i am stealing her style. she wears sarongs all the time and as a woman who lives, literally, on the beach she knows a thing or two about beachwear. i never tried the sarong until we went to fiji  (and click here) and now i am completely hooked.

i love how easily the sarong can take you from laying by the pool to effortlessly covered up to grab lunch in a restaurant. i like sarongs the most for vacations at resorts. light and easy to pack, sooo versatile and can double as a towel in pinch without packing all the bulk.

How to tie a saronghere we have the halter dress, harem shorts and the side tie maxi dress. which is your fave?

how to tie the halter dress:

how to tie sarong into a dress


how to tie the harem shorts (my fave):

how to tie your sarong into harem shorts


how to tie a side tie maxi dress:

How to side tie a sarong


i found so many of these amazing looks online and a million more. the sarong is here to stay, even if it doesn’t make me look like a 90′s super model.


mama style… denim on denim my uniform

i went to a blogging conference this weekend with two brilliant and inspiring women, Lisa Leonard and Ashley Stock, and i am not just saying that. i tried to soak up every word they said and even more then that the feeling they emitted to everyone around them. they are warm and smart and creative all rolled up in these gorgeous packages.  luckily for me i got to spend three hours in the car with them AND spend the night all cozy like in a hotel (complete with CVS mumus, i will blog about these gems one day). You know Ashley is a dear friend of mine. She introduced me to Lisa and I was blown away by, not only her gorgeous hair and smile, but by her business savvy and creativity and most of all, her story. read more about lisa here and i dare you to not fall in love too. Shop her heart warming, perfect for every women jewelry and accessories here. i can’t wait to get my hands on her metal cake toppers.

and now my uniform. i have two of these shirts, one long sleeve, one short. i wear them at least three times a week and cannot wait to get the dress. i am loving the jeans because they are distressed and frayed in all the right places and the heels? i wore them all day no problem. comfy and perfectly casual with jeans.

and a note. i have been to enough conferences and events to know, the more you are yourself the more comfortable you will be. this was not a high fashion conference and i am representing myself and my brand. it would be silly and a misrepresentation of myself and this blog if i got all gussied up in some outfit that i spent too much on. this is just right… for me. i was so comfortable all day and felt completely like myself.

ashley and me at elevateshort sleeve chambray shirt $69 / distressed frayed jeans $128/ sandals block heels $119 / sunnies $145

all jewelry was stolen from my mom’s vintage collection;) thanks mama.