Bright and White

A white denim skirt is a fun fresh take on denim for Spring.  Versatile, easy to wear and super comfy!

White denim skirt – similar under $25! and in a fun blue jean wash || Button-down top – J. Crew on sale || Lace-up flats: solid colors, similar and love these colorful ones! || crossbody bag – cute affordable one and love this higher end version || Earrings – Nickel & Suede || Sunglasses – Amazon || Watch – Michael Kors || Cuff –  similar under $20! and love this one ||My fave lip color combo: liner – L’Oreal Color Riche in Au Naturale, lip color – Jouer in Cassis, Lip gloss – Revlon lip lacquer in Rose Quartz

While balancing out silhouettes in an outfit is always a good idea (blousy on top, streamlined on bottom and vice versa) it’s especially important if you’re dressing strategically after some weight gain.  Since I’m not planning on wearing skinny jeans through an Arizona summer (ugh), I was thrilled to find a stretchy pencil skirt in a fresh white denim to make hot weather dressing bearable and fun!

A pencil skirt is perfect paired with a loose button down like I did here, as well as a boxy pullover top, or a flowy tee or kimono/sweater.  So many options!  And stretch is key when it comes to comfort with pencil skirts.  If you can’t find a stretchy denim skirt, knit pencil skirts are suprisingly versatile as well.  After all, moms need to move!

Throw on some fun jewelry and/or cute shoes and you’ve got a home run of a simple outfit.

Denim on Denim

Wondering if you can pull off wearing denim on denim?  You can!  Here are some fun tips to try…

Chambray top – Loft similar || Denim – Joe’s || Sandals – Sole Society ||
Earrings – J. Crew (my color sold out but I really want this one too!) || Clutch – Similar here and here

One 90’s throwback trend it took me a little while to hop on is pairing denim with more denim.  Something about memories of those awkward junior high outfits  had me hesitating.  But I’m over it now!

The trick for this trend is to keep it simple and change up the denim tones.  I love the idea of layering white and black denim or just two shades of blue like I did here.  And when your outfit is all neutrals, you get to have lots of fun with accessories.  These gigantic embroidered earrings are my latest obsession.  I wear them with everything!

So, what do you think about mixing and matching denim??

Alice’s Blessing 

We loved being able to share baby Alice’s blessing day with friends and family!  Here are some highlights…

So glad we got pictures of both sets of grandparents!  These are Luke’s parents…

And my parents!

My dress – Asos (it’s been hard to find something flattering lately but I LOVE this dress!) ||
My shoes – Sold out but these are similar and I love these || Alice’s dress – similar and other gorgeous special occasion dresses!

This last Sunday we invited our extended family to church with us to watch Luke give Alice a father’s blessing!

It’s common in the LDS church for fathers to publicly bless their new babies with gifts and talents they feel would help their child live life to the fullest. It’s one of my favorite things to witness.

Luke blessed Alice that she would be able to tell right from wrong and make good choices, that she would have a healthy body  and that her beautiful voice would help others feel God’s spirit.  He also blessed her to be able to love unconditionally and to find joy in serving others.

It was a beautiful day and a great celebration of this new sweet baby who has joined our family!

Summer Uniform

Get warm weather ready with a T-shirt dress and pops of color!

Dress – Anthropologie (I sized up to a large for length)||
Wedges – sold out but I also love these and these || Earrings: J.Crew similar and here

The weather’s heating up over here already and I’m on the hunt for great, cool dresses I can throw on and go (bonus if they’re easy to nurse a baby in!) This dress from Anthropologie is SO soft, comfy and flattering plus stretchy enough to pull the neckline down. I almost bought every color.  It’s on sale now but going super quick!

And if I’m headed out the door in a neutral outfit, you can believe I’m throwing on a pop (or two) of color to liven things up.  I’ve been looking for bright yellow wedges forever for this very reason…they make any outfit so happy!  I linked to a couple other pairs above.

What’s your favorite warm-weather momiform??

Stepping Out

Mommy & me matching plus the case for buying quality kids’ shoes…

I officially have too many kids to all dress up cute every day (or even more than once a year!) but every now and again I put some effort into one or two of the little stinkers, and today we got to match!  Marilyn’s chubby thighs looked so cute in this romper that I just couldn’t pass it up…and I won the nursing-mom lottery by finding a shirt dress that is actually long enough!

These rose gold moccs from Freshly Picked just kill me though.  Rose gold is everywhere right now and I can’t get enough!  The stripes on my sneaks are the same color and seriously the most comfortable shoes I own.

Similar shirtdress – here and here on sale! || My jacket – Old Navy || My sneakers – Anthropologie || Earrings – Nickel & Suede
Mimi’s jacket – BabyGap || Mimi’s romper – Similar || Mimi’s moccs – c/o Freshly Picked  || Hairbow – Little Poppy Co

You guys know I’ve recently learned how important it is to invest in a few quality wardrobe pieces (like great fitting jeans and swimsuits) but kids’ shoes are just as important.  It’s tempting to buy them cheap because they grow out of them so fast (and let’s be honest, my 11 year old just wears flip flops all year round) but for the little ones quality really does matter!

These moccasins fit both long, skinny feet and short chubby ones (I’ll give you one guess as to what type Mimi has) and they DO NOT come off!  I got this pair a tad big for her to grow into and she can’t even pull them off herself.  Which means no more lost shoes in the grocery store!  I anticipate them lasting a lot longer than her other shoes and I’m in love.  I also anticipate more embarrassing matching with this munchkin in the future.  Maybe until she’s 12…

DON’T MISS Freshly Picked’s Customer Appreciate Sale going on TODAY!

Just 24 hours: 10am MST March 30- March 31st.  Get 25% off specific styles!

Photography by Chrissy of Let Me See You Sparkle

Pajama-like street style

Similar Joggers – nicer option: here and here; casual options: here and here || T-shirt – Topshop ||
Slip on sneakers – SO MANY cute options!|| Baseball cap – Collection XIIX || Watch – Arvo || Sunglasses – Diamond Candy

Whether or not you enjoy getting dressed up for work or pleasure, we pretty much all enjoy spending some time in our lounge wear (i.e. pj’s).  I’m convinced that this “active wear” trend we keep seeing is simply women’s excuse to hang out in really comfy leggings and sneakers all day.  I dig it!

It’s nice to have a couple pieces that feel like you’re wearing pajamas, but wouldn’t make you feel embarrassed if you ran into a friend (or an old boyfriend – eeek!) out in public.  This is one of my favorite combos for running errands and leaving the house without the fear of ridicule that comes with wearing actual pajamas and no bra to the grocery store.  Not like I’ve ever done THAT…

What’s your default momiform style??

The 4th Trimester: Leaving the House

Similar jeans – Gap and Kut from the Kloth (on sale!) || Top – Lush (my favorite and on sale!) || Similar Vest – Levi’s and Max Studio
|| Slip-ons – Caslon (so comfy!!) || Watch – Michael Kors || Sunglasses – Amazon || Similar Tote – Sole Society || Earrings – Nickel & Suede

Our little Miss Alice is 2.5 weeks old now, which means that while my body is still nowhere near normal-looking yet, I’ve had to start leaving the house and wearing something other than pajamas – boo!!  I told Luke this last week that I’ve been feeling so great this recovery, every day I’m torn between getting up and scrubbing my dirty house or just taking one more day to lounge around in sweats and snuggle my babe.  It’s a struggle!

It’s hard to be both patient and forgiving with your postpartum body, especially while trying to look decent.  I’ve collected a few tricks over the years for embracing this fourth trimester, while still feeling confident enough to be seen in public.  Here are a few of my favorite items for flattering those extra lumps and bumps; and remember, a lot of the clothes that worked during the first (and early second) trimester, will work again after baby!

  1.  Mid-rise jeans and high-rise leggings: that soft and squishy post-baby belly is gonna feel much more comfortable tucked into some high-rise pants, rather than spilling over a waistband that stops at your hips.  Leggings are stretchy and forgiving so I like to go with the highest waistband I can find, but with jeans I prefer mid-rise since your waist and hips are kind of disproprotionate right after having a baby.  For example, right now I have about 5-6 inches to lose around my waist but only 2-3 around my hips.  That makes it difficult to find super high rise jeans that fit right. The boyfriend-style I’m wearing in these pics have been a favorite of mine for after the past 2-3 pregnancies (they’re about 2 sizes bigger than what I usually wear).
  2. Long, flowy polyester-blend tops: luckily for us new mamas, loose tops are in right now!  But beware of boxy and cropped varieties which don’t do round tummies and ample bosoms any favors.  And 100% cotton tees, while comfy, tend to cling to belly squish which is less flattering.  The top I’m wearing in these pics has been the BEST for most of pregnancy and now the post-partum period.  I have it in 4 colors!
  3. Vests, cardigans and jackets: these types of outerwear are key for adding an extra element of style, while camoflauging weight around the middle.  If I had more of them, I’d wear a vest every single day!  It helps dress up even the most boring of jean/tee momiforms and helps break up the wide expanse that is a post-partum nursing chest. You all know what I’m talking about.
  4. Good-fitting bra & underwear: do yourself a huge favor and buy new lingerie for this period of life! There’s nothing quite so awful as trying to squeeze a newly post-partum booty into old bikini briefs that you wore 30 pounds ago.  Don’t do that to yourself!  Buy some nice, high-waisted granny panties in an ample size and enjoy life 🙂 Ditto for a good nursing bra.  Nobody will know if you’re wearing panties 4 sizes bigger than you usually do…and the comfort factor is more than worth it!

In the end, just try to enjoy this newborn phase of life as much as possible!  Sure, you’ve got lumps and stretch marks and rolls in places you never did before…but you also have a perfect new baby to feed and cuddle and love on.  So put on your stretchy pants, eat a couple of cookies and relax.  You’ve earned it!!

Black and White and Red

Dress – H&M old (similar herehere; maternity version here) || Bag – J. Crew (other cute color-blocked option!) ||
Heels – Payless (similar here)

There’s no way around it  – it’s hard to feel cute at the tail end of pregnancy.  But if anything will help, it’s a fun pair of red high heels! Fitted dresses are also about the only thing I wear anymore and I give any comfy, knit version two thumbs up.  If you’re dressing a bump like me, then knit tunics and dresses are the one thing you can almost always get away with buying non-maternity because they’re so stretchy!

Here’s hoping there are only a few more days of dressing a bump instead of a baby!

If You Love Them, Leave Them

Getting away from the kids and house can do wonders for any mom’s soul.
If you need a recharge, chances are good maybe you need an escape!


If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I recently spent a few days in sunny, colorful Palm Springs for Altitude Summit (also known as Alt), a conference for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers.  I’d been looking forward to mixing, mingling and learning from other amazing creatives at this conference for almost a year…but it was only a couple months ago that I realized I’d be 38+ weeks pregnant at the time!

I decided to take the risk and make the four hour drive with some friends (including another very pregnant blogger) and I’m so glad I did!  You all know how passionate I am about taking time for yourself as a mom and homemaker and even though this was technically a “business” trip, it was just what I needed to recharge.

Moms spend their days pouring their hearts and souls into their children’s lives and their homes, it’s only right that we take time for ourselves sometimes.  Whether that comes in the form of a weekly art class, a lunch date with friends or a weekend away with the hubs, the important thing is that we never forget to take care of ourselves first and foremost.

I’ve found that I love being productive during my alone time by working on my blog or creating something of beauty.  At Alt, I met and saw women (and a couple brave men!) who were sheer powerhouses in their businesses and creative ventures.  Stylish fashion bloggers, savvy PR and marketing managers, creative Instagram moguls, you name it!  They were all in the business of kicking butt and taking names.

Every one of these women had taken something they were passionate about and turned it into a a fulfilling career that they were pursuing regardless of all the other obligations hanging over their heads.

While I’ll always consider the time invested in my children and husband the best use of my time, I remind myself regularly that by developing my own talents, hobbies and interests, I’m becoming a better mother and wife to those I love.  And I’m confident that our eventual transition into the “empty nester” phase of life will be a lot less jarring if we’re already pursuing some of our own passions.

What do you do to make yourself feel recharged and ready to take on the tasks of motherhood?

The Magic of Black



Dress (worn as top): Socialite on sale! (similar) || Faux-Leather Jacket: Topshop || Leggings: Zella ( and these are my maternity favorites) || Booties: BP Faren (I wear these every day!!) || Necklace: Anthropologie || Sunglasses: Duduma (in pink)

This last month of pregnancy is hitting me hard lately and it’s a rare day that I don’t plop on the couch for an hour or so to just chill.  I don’t know if  it’s the chaos of all the other kids, Mimi getting into a naughty stage (that kid is into everything!) or just my “advanced maternal age” 🙂 but I’m pooped!

I did manage to get off the couch to share this look with you because it’s made up of my maternity faves!  Now that I’m as big as a house, only a handful of items are comfy enough to qualify for space in my closet and leggings and tunics continue to make the cut. Notice the abundance of black in this otherwise color-loving mama’s wardrobe.  There just ain’t another color that minimizes a belly (and hips, and thighs, etc) like black!

But my latest faves are this jacket and these booties.  The jacket caught my eye a while ago and I couldn’t get it out of my head.  I bought it right after Christmas and wear it multiple times a week – it’s so cute and warm!  I’m usually a medium (without the huge belly) and bought a size 8, for reference.

The booties are the result of literally months and months of looking for and trying on shoes.  I’ve been looking for a great pair of low heeled, black booties since last winter and can’t tell you how many pairs I tried on.  These fit all the criteria: low enough to wear with long pants, interesting cut-out and mesh detail, low heel and super comfy!  Bonus: they can be slipped on and off without bending over.  Score!

My other top three bootie contenders were the Caslon Tara, the BP Tripp and the Sam Edelman Petty Chelsea.  I seriously could’ve been happy with any of these, but the BP Faren were/are perfection!