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Fashion At Fourteen (And Twelve…And Eleven): {Fashion Friday}

In honor of our gradually cooling temperatures, I wanted to offer a fresh feature for relevant, trendy, age-appropriate fashion options for adolescents!  

Here are some outfits that my girls put together themselves 🙂
The key to keeping it funky is in the details: layered accessories, plaids paired with florals and dynamic color punches.
(…actually, this is true at any age 🙂

Emilie has a very retro/indie hipster vibe, so the sheer floral combines with the leather moccasins seamlessly!
The freedom to express personality in fashion is key to keeping teenagers aligned with the expectations of parents.

Larken is a no-nonsense kind of girl, so built-in textures and simple color schemes make more sense for her.
The lace skirt and heart-y tights communicate, “yes, I’m a girl” while the rugged boots simultaneously say, “but I’ll still beat you to the swings!”

Ms. Alayna Kate is the most organized, professional 11-year-old you’ll ever meet, so her style tends to be more matchy-matchy than her kitschy sisters.
She likes to coordinate in a more controlled and predictable way, so her colors are consistent and her accessories are kept minimal.

This is my fashion inspiration for you (and your daughters) this week!  

  Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness!


Seven WaysTo Wear Skirts In The Winter {Fashion Friday}

Despite the plunging temperatures outside, I prefer to wear skirts and tights during the winter.  (There is no reason that we must pack away our feminine and flirty summer wardrobe in lieu of a bulky and boring pants repertoire!)  With some funky tights, warm boots and strategic layering, you can transition more of those skirts than you think!  Here is how I put it all together. 


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Fashion at Fourteen: A Study In Pink {Fashion Friday}

There are so many completely inappropriate fashion trends right now for adolescent girls. 

They grew up watching Hannah Montana turn into Miley Cyrus, and as mothers, we have to work especially hard to make sure our daughters have age-appropriate alternatives in their wardrobe that allow them to be expressive and trendy, but not suggestive or immodest. Read the rest of this entry

Seven Things You Should Find Time To Do {For Yourself}

If you’re anything like me, you’re busy

You change diapers, build science projects, fold forever laundry (the kind we have at our house where both the washer and the dryer have perpetual occupancy), memorize and maintain the schedules of everyone in your family and yet still have a color-balanced, budget-conscious dinner on the table every night.  Right? 

And if you’re anything like me, you feel a little run down sometimes. 

A little more like this…                                             instead of this…

Well, I have discovered seven things that are worth my time and money. 
Seven things that make me feel beautiful and strong and empowered 
And if Mama’s happy, then everyone is happy.  Read the rest of this entry

My Version of the Kitschy Hair Clips

This week I set out to make some of those kitschy hair clips and headbands with the ribbon-rolled rosettes.  Here is what I started with:  Read the rest of this entry

Newsprint Nails

This fun variation on nail art is surprisingly easy to do, and the supplies are likely right at your fingertips (haha… aren’t I witty?) 

What you need:

a base nail polish (lighter is better)

a clear top coat

rubbing alcohol, poured into a small container (shot glass seems fitting)

scrap newspaper

Paint your nails with your standard base coat and then two coats of your color polish.  Then dip your finger in the alcohol long enough to evenly soak it (5 seconds should do it…) and lay the newspaper across it.  (If I were you I would make sure the article you’re imprinting on your nails isn’t about last weekend’s homocide, but that’s just me.)  Smooth the paper down and then lift back off.  When all nails are done, finish up with a shiny clear topcoat

Coolness factor:  pretty nifty!

First color: OPI Heart Throb; Second color: OPI My Chihuahua Bites

Repurposing My Wedding Fabric

These kitschy flowerets were easy to make and these specifically are special to me since I made them with the silk shantung left over from the hem trim of my wedding dress.  When I wear them, even just with jeans and a sweater, it puts an especially graceful spring in my step!