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fridays i can’t stop…skimming

do you love to have the scoop on everything from Suge Night’s arrest to ISIS? Me too. My news obsession has led me to programming four different Sirus radio news outlets in my car from finance to NPR. i scan each station, each day, to get the scoop on what is going on in the world. it takes dedication.

Now The Skimm does all the “skimming” for me. As their logo suggests, “We Read. You Skimm.” Their daily e-newsletter does just that. They give you the quick down and dirty scoop on everything so you are as comfortable talking to your overly aggressive uncle about the Middle East as you are to your to your girlfriends about the latest Hollywood break up.   Now you are in the know. Everyday.

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ruby tuesdays, fringe all day

ruby tuesday is la la loooving this tank by rowdy sprout from hatched baby. as soon as we saw it ruby gasped. literally. you know how she feels about her fringe. all fringe, all day er’day. the vibe of this hits every note for her juuust right.

you have to check out hatched baby. the shop has one of the most well curated selections of baby to 6T clothing on the web. all the brands you don’t know you will love, but you will, all in one place.
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and remember when i told you about these magnetic picasso tiles for a holiday gift? pricey but so worth it. ruby and ello play with them every single day and myes loves to jump in on the action too.

here are our picks for ello from hatched baby (minus the vans)…

toddler boy fashion from hatched baby

skate shirt / camper tee / harem pants / shoes


Fridays… i can’t stop using beauty oils

here in the beauty lab we test and test beauty products and only our very favorites make it to the “best of the beauty closet”  so listen up yo!

Best face oils | face oil review | beauty blogger picks


i am hooked. obsessed. in the tank and every other cliche to mean “addicted” to face oils. you can find a beauty oil for everything from your face to hair or even cleansers now but  this dry skinned girl is being rocked by face oils. lacey, my fave beauty partner in crime got me addicted on oils about a year ago and i haven’t looked back. i jones for the new oil coming out. i live for slathering it on my face and feeling all dewy and glowy throughout the day. in a nutshell, face oils make my friday ” i can’t stop series” as well as “best of the beauty closet” because i literally cannot stop using them.

lets break them down, left to right.

1. Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C: aside from the yummy citrus smell this lightweight oil is quite literally an oil without being greasy. figure that one out will ya?  this one is packed with Vitamin A and C and anti-aging ingredients and boasts all sorts of benefits aside from hydration. it will repair, brighten and help defend against future damage. The bottom line: my skin feels nourished and brighter.

2. Caudalie Overnight Recovery Oil:  this oil i love for being a little more heavy duty. after a few months of morning sickness when i layed in bed for hours on end, my skin felt well, just gross. i felt puffy and dehydrated from not being able to keep water or liquids down. this face oil is great for sensitive skin and you will wake up with better looking skin.

3. Josie Maran Aragan Oil (sensitive and acne prone skin) : from the girl who started the whole beauty oil craze, Josie Maran lit the beauty world up with this oil. this is the first oil i tried and fell in love with. not to mention i rub it on my kids dry patches, my cuticles… pretty much any place that needs that little umph. it heals, it hydrates and has anti-aging properties. if you are a girl with sensitive or acne prone skin this is the oil to try.

so tell me, have you tried them yet? what do you think of beauty oils?

tween style… dances

tween fashion | what to wear to school dance

i will never forget dancing to boys to men, The End of the Road.  My perfectly straight arm clasped on his shoulder swaying under the disco lights at my middle school. Back and forth from one foot to the other, almost as though you were making Legos dance.  every boys’ hair was expertly gelled down per their cool older brother instructions times 1o.  the smell of stolen cologne from their dad’s medicine cabinet permeated the air leaving you feeling slightly nauseous and light headed all at once. coupled with the loss of blood from my horrible, newly acquired shaving skills and it was a recipe for pure love. enter the age of the middle school dance.

awkward but fun. carefree but not at all. a time to take some fashion risks, like my floral body suit and high waisted mauve bongo jean skirt. it is a tough spot. girls want to look cool but not trying to hard, comfortable but not babyish. lets talk about it.

i have gotten several requests lately to address tween style and i am excited to do so. I have answered a few personal emails about it but i thought this one could probably benefit more then one mama/daughter out there. one of my favorite tweens is going to her daddy/daughter dance soon and is stuck on a very common problem.

” i don’t fit in juniors, but i don’t want to look like a baby. what do i wear?”

i love this question and am happy to give a little round up of outfits i think would be cool enough and not too old and not too young for the cutest tween in your life.

maybe send a face mask for all the cologne, eh?

1. black neoprene dress. i like this dress for two reasons, okay three. 1. it is neoprene which is one of the coolest fabrics trending right now. 2. it is black, my fave. 3. it is a razor back. so cute on little shoulders while not being a spaghetti strap so they can wear a bra.

2. cream lace shift dress: paired with combat boots or fringe booties and you are set.

3. dr. marten mary janes

4. metallic shift dress: i love this dress just how they styled it. metallic keeps it interesting at night while the straight cut makes it modern and cool. love it paired with boots.

5. leather moto jacket: add this jacket to any dress and it is instantly edgier.

6. boho peasant dress: feeling a little boho chic? try this with fringed boots and a great braid.

7. leather sandal

8. suede fringe dress: i just died.

messy bun image, via pinterest board here.

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Fridays, I can’t stop… listening to Podcasts

serial podcast

i patiently waited for my sister in law to join us for a day of painting with the kids at Color Me Mine during Christmas break. She sent her son in and followed a little after. I figured just another day in the life of a nursing mom but then she dropped the most delightful bomb ever.
“do you listen to serial?” she said. “what?” was my basic response. then she went on to tell me about the podcast, Serial from The American Life and how its gripping nature will literally prevent you from getting out of your car until the episode is finished. I downloaded the podcast the next week and  found myself, sitting in the car, outside of Target, listening and not moving.

I texted her everyday as I devoured the podcast. things like.

“who did it?”

“do you think he is a sociopath?”

“i am not sure why i am obsessed but i think it is the narrator’s voice.”

then sadly it ended. just like when finishing Harry Potter or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, i mourned Serial. I wanted to reach for it and listen again. i kept checking my phone to see if maybe just maybe i missed an episode and could listen again.  I thought about the characters, who are in fact not characters but real live people, dealing with a real live murder investigation and trial. I did that really annoying thing where you try to talk to people about it that don’t listen and explain it’s brilliance.

This week i found a new list for those of us addicted to Serial to listen to until Serial comes back on. Check it out over here on the Coveteur. Excuse me now while i sit in my car.

This Friday, I just can’t stop listening to these podcasts.

Invisibilia: The Secret History of Thoughts

what else can i not stop this week? i can’t stop wearing these heels. they are high but the heel is blocky enough that i have worn them three times this week alone. perfect for a night with the girls and some meetings. and they are to die for in tan also! get them. you won’t regret it.

dolce vita heels

dolce vita nakita woven heelpaired with this pleated leather midi skirt and you are gonna be reeeal happy.

trouve pleated metallic skirt