Easter is a big day in my house. Aside from the very important religious and family aspect, it also signifies the start of spring for me, even though it officially started last month. Part of that spring kickoff, in my opinion, should always include some kind of colorful or floral dress. As much as I love the four seasons, there’s nothing like coming out of my regular rotation of grey sweatpants, blue jeans and black yoga pants to a bright and happy piece of clothing to wake me up from that winter slumber.
Here’s my sweet little family dressed in our Sunday best!
My dress is from Old Navy and the girls dresses are from Target.
No matter how exhausted I feel from packing for a trip or returning from a trip with the girls, I never regret actually going on the trip. We went to visit my parents for a couple weeks in Wisconsin recently, along with my sister and her boys. Fortunately, we had extra hands on both legs of the trip since I have yet to tackle flying solo with two little ones. They couldn’t have had more fun between my parents house essentially being converted into a funhouse, compliments of my awesome, former school teacher of a mother, crafts, trips to the indoor swimming pool, Moana and one magical snow day that I know I’ll definitely never forget.
One of my biggest goals as a mom is exposing the girls to lots of different things that might spark their interest and instilling a sense of adventure in them. This trip definitely fulfilled a little bit of both. Now, off to plan a little getaway for moi. 🙂
As I do most mornings, on the morning of the Oscars, I asked my daughter, Ava, if she had good dreams and what it was that she dreamed about. This particular morning when I asked her what she dreamed about she said, “dresses!” It made my day. The day before I told her another red carpet (which she calls the magic carpet…how cute is that!) was going to be on and having watched two with me already at the Golden Globes and Grammys, she knew what to expect. So when I said a new dresses show was going to be on, she got a huge smile on her face. For those of you who know me, you can imagine how happy this made me feel being a forever fan of glamour, fashion and all things that sparkle.
Truth be told, Elena of Avalor on Disney Junior was the show of choice when push came to shove but never fear, TiVo was here.
These were a few gowns that took my breath away. I do wish they would go into more detail on all the time and effort that went into the dresses. For example, Emma Stone’s dress, they said on E! Fashion Police took 1700 hours to make, 11 seamstresses and was hand made. Those people are stars in my book.
p.s. kind of funny all but one of my dress picks has a belt!
If I were to ever attend a red carpet, I’d be happy with whatever event it was for but if I had my choice, I’d love to get to go to the Grammys. I’d also probably feel the most pressure on how to dress for it because it’s the one huge Hollywood event that combines ultimate fashion, with that acceptable rock edge but while still maintaining class and glamour.
Now I love a man in a nice, crisp black suit but I rarely do a double take for a mans ensemble on the red carpet, over all the beautiful dresses. The one exception though from last night at the Grammys was Ryan Seacrest’s blazer (from his own line). It was delicious! Such a beautiful color, design and just looked smooth as silk.
I pretty much have the travel bug year round but February in particular for some reason. Maybe it’s because I usually need the month of January to recover from and reflect on the holidays but once February rolls around, the wheels start turning and I can’t help but think where to next. Since we are currently in the process of house hunting and being extra budget conscious, aka not going anywhere soon, I was taking a look back at a cool work trip I took back in July to the quaint and charming town of Quebec City. I was fortunate enough to stay at the stunning Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. I even got to practice some of my French. It felt like a little slice of Europe only a couple hours outside of the states.
I also got to try the local dish, Poutine (photo above), and can see why this combination of French fries, cheese curds and gravy tastes so amazing. Highly recommend!
I can’t help but feel all the feelings when thinking about the past 12 months with our baby girl, Capri. She officially turned one on December 8. Everyone has asked me if it’s harder with two. The short answer is yes but for me it’s only because I wanted to treat Capri as if I was having a baby for the first time and not assume anything would go how it did with Ava. Some things were similar but she’s got a sweet little spirit all her own and we learn more about her big personality every day. So much fun and adventure is in store for both our girls and I don’t want to miss a second of it.
Now that I don’t have a lot of my favorite stores close by anymore (Columbus sure did have some great shopping), I rely heavily on online shopping, which can be good and bad. I stumbled across this black and white plaid tunic top on Nordstrom.com and absolutely love it. It accomplishes everything I’m looking for in fashion these days: comfortable, functional for kid-friendly reasons, slightly figure flattering and classically stylish to be worn season after season.
This top would make a real cute outfit for happy hour or dinner out with the girls with a pair of pumps, a waist-cinching belt, a chunky cocktail necklace and clutch.