Happy Presidents Day!

Enjoying a day with the fam!! But you should definitely check out some P-day sales!! 40% off at Gap [code: WINTER] and Banana Republic [code:BRLOVEYOU]. I did some Gap damage and picked up this cute pair o pants for me and a few things for the mister and some super cute stuff for Rocco, obsessed with these lil' pants. JCrew [code: WEEKENDMUST] is offering 40-50% off final sale. Loft is offer 50% off of select styles. Oh and don't forget to enter our Freshly Picked Giveaway!

Peace out!

Rock Star Mommy

DSC_0728-(ZF-6193-92140-1-006)DSC_0730-(ZF-6193-92140-1-007)Just because you have a baby doesn't mean you can't still be a bad ass. I would like to think that I'm a cool mom and not a regular mom, so a fun pair of ripped up black denim and a solid leather jacket is the perfect remedy for the post baby body blues-- Say that 3 times fast!! I think attitude can be just as important as your actual clothes when you are trying to feel good in your skin… This can be crazy difficult after having a kid. I mean, when boyfriend jeans that used to be super loose barely squeak up your thighs it's hard not to break down!! And all of the "give yourself time" "you just had a baby" "it took 9 months to make a baby" nonsense does nothing to make you feel better. You just wanna cry. Eat a cookie. Then cry some more. I've found the trick for post baby jeans is [drumroll please] stretch. Those puppies need to have a crap-load of lycra!!! Now I'm not the type to buy jeans with stretch, I like good ol' denim so this was new for me, but I swear it's the best thing ever!! I know some of your are thinking, I don't want to waste money on transitional clothes, I hear ya, but you're wrong. Having a pair or 2 of jeans that make you feel awesome is absolutely worth the cost. Also, with stretch denim you will probably be closer to your normal size than you would think… but I'll warn you things can get a bit muffin toppy and this is where your slimming tanks and baggy tees come into play!!

[Note to those women who rock their maternity jeans much, much longer than you should…] Yes, some maternity denim will continue to fit after bambino especially for the fist few weeks, but once you are sans big baby tummy your pants will fall down, your hips will start to go back to their rightful place and you will probably have mom-jean butt… Buy yourself a pair. Do it.

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My favorite denim with some give. I'm partial to skinny jeans, I think when worn correctly they work on all body types and are super duper flattering.

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Clothes I Can't Live Without These Days…

Preggo Pieces 2.001[1] [2] [3] [4]

So these days it's not particularly easy to dress myself in super cute clothes all the time, but I do what I can. I'm 8 and a half months pregnant in the dead of summer in Southern California and all I can say is that I would really like to just walk around naked all the time with a cooling towel and a fan. I honestly would prefer to never leave my house, but alas that is not a realistic dream.

When it comes to preggo fashion the 4 pieces above are about the only things I've bought "maternity" and I love them all! The jeans were a great purchase until about 6 months when the average temp began to hoover in the high 80's, but for the fall/winter you absolutely must buy a few pairs! JBrand are so pricey, but I tell you they are amazing and they don't look a bit like maternity! Love that. Now shorts, I've tried a few pairs and the ones I liked the most are shockingly Jessica Simpson. I know, right!? They are super comfy and look really stylish! Fab. I've bought a few colors of this dress and it's great for layering with a kimono, I feel cute and they were super cheap. Winning. I also bought a similar baseball tee and I love it! I probably didn't need to buy maternity, but I love that the hem curves and that it's a bit longer. So those are my 4 maternity pieces.

Preggo Pieces.001[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

I honestly think it's completely possible to not buy a single maternity piece when you are pregnant in the summer. So really what I've been sticking to are maxi dresses, leggings, and tshirts. Boom. I have found that you usually can wear your same size or just one size up in more body conscious pieces. The key to wearing non-maternity clothes is material, gotta have some stretch! I've bought a ton of maxis and really found that they are easiest thing to throw on when you are just hot and tired and feel like someone punched you in the vag. Gap, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack have been my go to shops for dresses. I refuse to spend a ton of money on anything I can't be sure will fit after Rocco joins the world. Even with the heat I have been wearing leggings and my go to are the high-low pant for Lululemon which are just so crazy, comfy and make you feel super skinny! I also have a pair of liquid leggings similar to the pair above that I absolutely love for a night out! I think they look so cool with a bump. I am obsessed with v-neck tees from JCrew, I went up a size and they have lasted through out my whole pregnancy! Finally, I invested in a crazy comfy pair of leopard sneakers. Chic mom shoes, if you will... I will, thank you very much!

What are your go-to preggo pieces!?!? Do you buy a ton of maternity items or prefer to stick to adaptable regular clothes!?

casual glam

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This is a solid winter look here in San Diego... no jacket required. I know, you can hate me. It seems mean to brag about the weather in sunny SoCal, but alas all the sunshine has fried my brain. In all seriousness the weather here is why I never want to leave, well that and the food and the beach and the hiking and the proximity to awesome shopping etc, etc. We probably only have another year or 2 in the Golden State, so I'm gonna keep bragging until I can no longer. Side note: I think my hair is looking longer… It's time to put my mind to growing it out… whatever it takes. Anywho, hope you are staying warm wherever you are!!!


Blissful Happenings - September 2013 - 096Blissful Happenings - September 2013 - 091 Blissful Happenings - September 2013 - 095Photos via Kelsey Erin Photography | [shirt] Equipment, similar here [jeans] JBrand [jacket] last year H&M, similar here [booties] Cole Haan  [lipstick] Mac Russian Red

 Sometimes you just need to get a little feisty and leopard is ALWAYS feisty. I splurged majorly on this top, but justified it by saying that my love of leopard print only grows, so having a classic silk leopard print top is always a brilliant idea. I'll have it for the rest of my life… I'll wear it in the old folks home when I'm 92…  Yeah, yeah whatever, that's what I'll tell The Captain at least. So I liked the idea of pairing it with some dark rinse skinnies and a utility jacket, so I did it. Super casual like. I'm still really loving the trend of the ankle length denim, somehow it makes me feel skinnier and taller… not sure how or why, but that's how I feel. Don't get me started on these booties, like walking on clouds!! Heavenly! Side note: Look how adorable my baby Hammond is!! He had just had a shave, so he looks so skinny!! Luckily his hair has grown fast, I wish I could say the same. Side note from the side note: Don't ever let me cut my hair again! I'm growing it until I can actually sit on it. Fact.

Camo Rules

gap - banana republic - camo - oxfords - cole haan - Pic byKelsey Erin Photography | [sweater] super old Gap, I really like this one [pants] Banana Republic, similar here [oxfords] Cole Haan, similar here

I never would've guessed that I was a camouflage pant kinda person, that's more The Captain's thing, but when I tried this pair of BR heritage pants on I was sold. Almost. The fit was perfection, I just wasn't ready for the jelly. I put them back and left with only a new chambray shirt because this girl doesn't think there is such a thing as "too many chambray shirts." Those who disagree are more than welcome to kiss my ass. I got a 40% of coupon the next day and BAM! Online purchased. I love the simplicity of this look. It's so easy, so comfortable. Don't even get me started on the shoes. I should write an open letter to Cole Haan professing my undying love. I'm a big fan of walking around on pillows cotton candy  clouds. Lalalalove!! I think the key to camo is to keep everything else pretty tame! Whatcha think? Would you ever rock camo?