Winter Uniform

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So here's the thing. Layers, they're great... they look awesome... but ain't no-one got time for that. When it comes down to it, I'm wearing easy clothes, outfits that require little thought. Clothes that I can throw off when I need to nurse or get a hormone hot flash. Yes, those happen. This jean and bootie combo has been a favorite of mine lately, see last weeks ootd post. I wear my trusty Felicity Nursing Tanks from Target under every damn thing. The tanks aren't online right now, but I've still seen them in the stores. They are 25.99 and rock my world. Buy. TONS. This is the outfit I've pretty much been living in when leaving the house, my sweater probably needs a wash, but I just keep spraying it with Tubby Todd Mama Spray in the hopes that no one will be able to tell it's been days since I last bathed... Cheers to that!!!

Happy Taco Tuesday/Valentines Day!! Talk to me about your mama uniform in the colder months!? I wanna know!

grungy mama

Photo Jan 29-2 Photo Jan 29-3 Photo Jan 29-4 Photo Jan 29-5 Photo Jan 29 Over the past 8 years, I've gone from warm climate to warm climate and rarely seen temps deserving of my giant leopard coat. It was purchased for a steal from the new defunct Piperlime. I miss Piperlime, it was good stuff!!! Any who, this is as close to a winter look as you are going to get from me, I have been able to justify wearing my coat a total of 1 time... 30 degrees in the sunshine. That's stinking cold. Also, grab a pair of these Gap jeans, so comfy. I suggest going down a size as after a bit of wear they loosen up big time.

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Evolution of the Diaper Bag

chicdiaperbags.0011.Fjallraven Kanken Daypack  2. JEM + BEA | Amber 3. Hatch | The [anti] Diaper Bag 4. Marc Jacobs | Biker Baby Bag 5. Lily Jade | Madeline 6. Rebecca Minkoff | Knocked Up Diaper Bag 7. Fawn Design 8. Petunia Pickle Bottom | Boxy Backpack

So here's the thing. When I first had Roc, I never carried a diaper bag. I personally didn't find it necessary to carry anything more than my regular purse. Armed with a single diaper, a small pack of wipes, and some burp cloths I was good to go. I always had a bigger bag in the trunk of my car with more diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes as a back up! Now as Mister got bigger it became painfully obvious that I needed something more. Snack pouches, diapers, toys, more snacks, and more toys... Sound familiar!? My purse was becoming a disaster and I found that I was having a hard time finding my wallet, keys, and phone amongst the wreckage.

Enter Fawn Design. OBSESSED. Shoulder bags are not really my thing for all the time, they are heavy and start to hurt. So when I found this adorable company based out of Utah that made the chicest shoulder/backpack everyday bags, I realized the world has come a long way from the traditional, cutesy bags of the past.blissfulfarewell3iblissfulfarewell2kPhotos via Kelsey Erin Photography

So this bag is sort of perfect for my style, no!? I love all the pockets and the fact that it lays flat when you set it down so you can really see inside. Pockets!! Oh yes, all the pockets. This is the main difference, from purchasing a diaper bag vs a big purse. Having a spot for everything really makes life more organized. For me more organized = less scatterbrained = very happy momma!

I've found just a few bags that definitely go above and beyond in style and quality. Rest assured there is a bag for every kind of mom: sporty spice, posh spice, boho rock star spice [that'd be me if I was a spice girl]. There is a whole world of chic bags out there and one is bound to fit your vibe.

What kind of diaper bag do you carry? Any listed here? Tell me, Tell me!!!

My Ode to Sweatpants

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetMy Dearest Sweatpants, oh how I love thee, Recently you came under vicious attack by an obnoxiously bronzed celebrity, who is so beautiful it actually makes me angry, but no mind. She deemed you, “the number 1 cause of divorce...” in her slanderous attack. Not only only does this statistic seem grossly inaccurate, it’s just plain disrespectful. The poor gorgeous celebrity has of course since eaten her words, but alas, the damage was done...  Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI am writing to reassure you that despite such a heinous remark you are still much loved and appreciated by wives everywhere!!! Me included. You are soft, stretchy and can easily go from grocery store to nap. You don’t make me feel self conscious about my post-baby love handles. You are just as comfy after an entire Chipotle burrito and a bag of chips and gauc as you are after a morning run-- [hahaha, but let's be serious, I'm never running…yet you love me anyways] And as an added bonus, you can be removed with ease anytime the mood strikes and that makes you sexy as hell.

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With the highest adoration,

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Yes, I love fashion AND my sweatpants. GASP! I have a ton of different styles, some more appropriate for leaving the house than others... Here are a few styles that I would love to add to my collection!!

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In Pinning News…

So every few weeks I thought it would be fun to catch you up with my latest Pinterest obsessions because, as it turns out, I'm a superiorly talented pinner. I wish I could make it a job… Does that mean I should be an editor?! I think yes. Anywho, a few years ago I even won a Rachel Zoe Pinterest contest and besides my wedding day and the birth of my child, it's my proudest moment. You think I'm joking. I'm not.  My handwritten note from Rach is most definitely framed on my dresser… No shame. She's Bananas. BA- NAN- NAS. Moving on, here are my top pins from last week!

sloppy joes[I never actually had a sloppy joe when I was a kid. I mean, ew. But lately they sound delicious. I'm gonna share my own red lentil sliders recipe later this week.]

snickers[Vegan Snickers Ice Cream Bars, literally one of my favorite things in the world pre-veg!! Can't wait to try these. The Minimalist Baker is my hero]grey jacket[This is my top repin of the past 2 weeks. I love the all white with the boxy gray coat. The black bag and nails are perf.]subway[I'm currently obsessed with moving and buying a house. A house, hopefully, full of subway tiles]

diy[How much fun is this!? I want to make one in a fun color to hang on the all white walls of my new imaginary home!!]

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The way, way back…

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Since I spend most of my days to in some sort of stretchy pant, not the kind acceptable to wear out in public, I thought I would take a quick journey down memory lane. Let's have a quick moment of silence for all the ridiculously fun clothes I used to wear [I miss you leopard pencil skirt], the kind of fun clothes I hope to wear again… someday… If you have the energy to dress up or wash your hair, I've also included some pieces the chic Lauren buried deep down inside is currently lusting after for you to shop!!!! Someone needs to be fabulous in my stead!

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Oscars 2015: The good, the bad, & the hot damn messes.

image1So these 3 were easily my favorites. I really enjoyed the red carpet this year. I thought that there were a ton of classy and chic gowns. There were also a few misses… Nothing that was just so awful I wanted to vom, just gowns that didn't quite sit right with me… not that anyone cares what I think… what am I talking about!?!? Everyone cares what I think… I haven't slept in 5 months. Let's start with the good. My numero uno was hands down Emma Stone in Elie Saab. I mean, shut up. SHUT. UP. This was pure magic. The color, the slit, the back, the lip color, the hair, all perfection. The shoes look a bit like dyeables, but I'll let it slide because I am THAT obsessed with her gown. I thought Julianne Moore looked exquisite. I know a few folks took issue with the natural waist detailing, but I am absolutely obsessed with this custom Chanel. I mean, it's classic and she looked so beautiful. I loved the lack of accessories. And Rosamund Pike, my favorite Jane Bennett, in Givenchy, like really!? She had a baby like 2 seconds ago and this red is magnificent. She is seriously the picture of all that is sophistication. I am obsessed with her shoes… If Emma Stone was wearing these shoes in the same chartreuse as her gown… Shut the front door. My honorable mentions went to Dakota Johnson in YSL and Zana Roberts Rossi in Valentino.

badThe bad.  Now, I should start by saying these aren't really bad… I mean, they aren't my favorites and  they are fine, but something didn't quite sit well with me… I love all of these ladies and just wanted more… or less… I am so bored with Sienna Miller's dress. Like snooze fest. The bottom is interesting, but the top, the bows, the overly contoured face, and Heidi hair?!? It just fell very flat for me… And then my love, my spirit animal, Gwyneth… What the whaaaaaa!??! She's beautiful and her body is banging. Like BANGIN, but what is going on here!?! Maybe without the flower and with her hair put up… Maybe!?!? Then J.Lo. Ohhh J.Lo, ohhhhhh dear. This is not doing it for me. She is so unbelievably beautiful and I am just not a fan of this dress. It looks like she is desperately searching for her youth, but she doesn't need to search, she's found it, she's freaking Benjamin Buttoning. This just seems like way too much, put the tatas away for the love of all that's good and holy. Feel free to disagree. I also don't like the lipstick. I also wasn't a huge fan of Reese Witherspoon or Jennifer Aniston, BOR-ingggggg.

messThe hot damn messes. Ah-gain, these aren't really the MOST awful gowns we've ever seen, but they are certainly not the best looks… Not by a long shot. I get about a million texts from friends on Oscar night and my favorite goes to my ginger bestie, Em, with, "Nicole Kidman's dress made me wanna vom. Not pretty." I have to agree. I love Nic, but damn this is weird. The iridescent sequins, the strange hemline, the awful red? orange? belt… Nope, not working. AT ALL. I'm glad to see her face a little less frozen, but damn, this is not good. Moving on to Marion, she's French so I suppose she's allowed to wear whatevs the heck she wants, but this Dior is just so weird… I know that fashion people think this is so chic, blah blah blah, nope. Now that I have a child I can only think of one thing "diaper butt." It's like, let's think of a way to make a beautiful lady look like she's wearing a strange back diaper with a black band right under her poop shoot… Nah. I'll pass. Then there's Lady Gaga… What can you say!? It's almost not even right to critique her because she's truly from another planet. This dress isn't awful. In fact, while a touch cray, it's kind of cool and avant-garde, but dear Lord leave it to Gaga to ruin that with Uuuu-gly gloves and a strange hair piece. I really enjoyed her completely over the top performance and thought her hair and makeup were stunning. Definitely something you don't hear much about her… way to ruin a good thing by trying too hard to be wacky.

That's my quick breakdown, definitely riddled with grammar and spelling errors. C'est la Vie. Who was your favorite? Who was your least favorite!? Do you agree with my choices!? Lemme know!!!!

*All pics via PopSugar*

Mom Shoes

Blissful pink purse - 09 DSC_0795-(ZF-0752-24041-1-006)DSC_0719-(ZF-6193-92140-1-003) - Version 2[Yes, I'm a tad obsessed with leopard] Blissful Happenings  2 - 08 DSC_0741-(ZF-6193-92140-1-011) Blissful Happenings  2 - 05[booties. get a pair. or 3] DSC_0867-(ZF-4886-48187-1-019)[loafers with flare]DSC_1290-(ZF-7445-37833-1-040) - Version 2[fun take on the classic oxford] | Photos via Kelsey Erin

[Make BH a drinking game. Drink every time you read the word comfy. You're welcome.]

I have lost all patience with uncomfortable shoes… This happened long before pregnancy and baby. I mean, after moving to Cali I pretty much shelved all of my heels. I don't know. I just think life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes. It is totally possible to be fashionable and chic and wear a comfy pair of shoes. While trainers are back in style these days, I'm currently debating between this pair, this pair, or this pair, running shoes are not your only option for comfy shoes. I love the return of these cool Van-like shoes and in leopard!?! Stop it. They are so comfy and look so hip. I have a few pairs, but I'm also lusting after more. Booties are also a serious win in my book. They look so cool and dude, you'll never guess, they are so damn comfy. I also have quite the collection of oxfords and loafers. They are making the shapes and colors so cool and feminine these days! If you are looking for something a little more girlie a chic pair of d'orsay flats may be exactly what you need! I've been lusting after this pair for ages, I think it might be time to make the leap. They are so chic and definitely have a little more panache than a pair of ballet flats.

Happy Shopping and Stay Comfy, my friends.

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