| doe and fawn // five minute face |


Sometimes I feel like having a toddler is a test to see how fast you can do something, cooking, showering, maybe even getting in and out of the fridge without a breakdown?! Getting myself presentable before a day out is no exception. Luckily I have figured out a pretty fast and easy mom friendly morning (or afternoon routine, no judgements) to help get the door and feel some what human.

If you are familiar with my other beauty posts, I am a fan of the all natural route with products. In the past few months I have also been taking a closer look at my cosmetics and been transitioning to brands that truly do not test on animals. I know it sounds hippie-dippy but we all have our stuff we care about and this is mine! 

So here we go!


I am a big advocate for moisturizing, maybe it’s my years as a teen trying my hardest to dry up every inch of my face, but I feel like I am constantly looking to see how I can quench my skin without sacrificing my finally clear skin! 

I always start with a toner to help balance my skin, currently loving…

Herbivore Botantials Sking Toning Elixir 

The next step is how you are hydrating your skin, I have a summer and winter one since my skin changes with the season!

Summer…

Mario Badescu Aloe Oil-free Moisturizer

Winter…

Herbivore Botanticals Lapis Oil

Your face is prepped and now it’s time to add some color…


Oh watch those little hands…


Okay I am a pretty low-maintenance gal, I love the effortless look, so it’s not a joke when I saw these are my everyday products I use. I will get fancy, but for trips to the park, a day at work, or chasing around a nugget this is all I need!

Correct…

Lush Colour Supplement

need a little extra coverage? Mix with your moisturizer for a more thorough coverage!

Cover and Set (in one)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation 

A little swipe to make your eyes pop! I have blonde lashes which makes this step a must! No matter what I skip a few swipes on the top lashes makes me feel like I can fake awake!

Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara

Time to rose your cheeks and dress those lips…

URB Apothecary Lips and Cheek Stain

That’s it! Keep feeing beautiful mamas!

| mama musings // just breathe |


Today I woke up and felt heavy, full of doubt in the life decisions I was making, fear in starting a new chapter with our family and confusion in how did I end up here?! Talking Heads anyone, “how did I get here?”

Okay so I know I am not the first working mother to wake up one day and feel completely defeated, but I also know how difficult it can be to talk about. Heck, it’s even difficult without kids. Adult life, it’s tough. It’s how we handle it that can help you avoid being completely devoured by these feelings of anxiety. Funny story, it’s actually becoming a mother that has helped me find a new perspective, and really a new way to conquer these feelings.

I wish I could give a step-by-step solution but I have devised a way to take a step back and try to survive these feelings.

// breathe //

Have you ever noticed that when you get really overwhelmed your whole body can freeze, and your mind goes at such a speed you forget to breathe. You forget to do something your body normally does without thinking!

This morning when I opened my eyes I immediately felt the heaviness of my thoughts of self-doubt “what am I doing? Can I really do this?” This first thing I did was sit up, close my eyes, breathe in slowly through my nose feeling the air fill every millimeter of lungs, then opened my eyes and slowly exhaled. 

My doubts were still there but my mind had calmed and I could start the day thinking clearly.

// change //

I don’t mean change your hair color and good things will come professionally, I mean looking at what your problem you have really is and ask yourself “what can I change today? Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year?” 

Great example, I remember talking to husband about feeling frustrated professionally because I wasn’t feeling fulfilled creatively at work. Instead of sitting down and finding a solution I let myself feel less than, like something was lacking. Then my husband said “you need a hobby, something to make you fill that void.”

So then this blog started, I started an Instagram account, and I started working towards a professional goal; to open my own store. I always talked about wanting it, but wasn’t changing my direction towards it. It’s still very far away, but I am hoping in the next month or so to have an Etsy store started to begin testing out my concept…and guess what guys it has me very excited. 

Scared, but excited!

// let go //

The past is in the past, the future is in the future, but today is the only thing that is happening. Having to learn to let go of mistakes I have made, regrets I might have and just be present each day. 

Some days you aren’t going to get something done, instead your daughter will want nothing more than to draw, and throw toys and want to sit in your lap. And guys…that’s okay! 

Do you remember all the laundry your mom didn’t do, the dinners that weren’t crafted or the parenting books that weren’t read? NO! You remember the times your mom, or parent, was there. I want Harper to understand that everything has its time and place, but I want her to remember all the fun and laughs!

// list it //

Baby, when all else fails, make a list. I keep a notebook with me at all times for this purpose. Feeling overwhelmed? Write down what you have to do, and start attacking that list one by one. With every check you will feel lighter and lighter. Ever notice how you can spend more time worrying about what you need to do then actually doing it? It’s amazing what your mind can trick you into wasting time on!

// relax and connect //

Life shouldn’t be so serious, and sometimes we need to sit down with the ones we love and just focus on spending time with each other. It’s a way to realize you have support, get advice, laugh your troubles away and feel like you aren’t alone.

This has been the hardest part for me because I don’t have the same support system that I have had in other cities I have lived in. My husband has to be so much to me, and he does his best, but I know we are working towards getting this part in a better spot.
Stress will always be there, and I know I will feel swallowed by it many times, but I will cope with it. I will not let it weigh me down or keep me from my goals! PHEW! Feeling better already!

| mama musings // gift guide |

  

In about two weeks I will get to experience my true second Mother’s Day, and I am not-so-secretly excited. Not only do I get a FULL family day, very much a rarity, but there will definitely be a brunch in there. Let’s all agree being a mom is probably the greatest gift, but there are a few things that if they appeared next to a stack of pancakes and a cup of coffee in bed, I know I wouldn’t complain. Here is a little compilation of gift ideas perfect for a mama you love…

1. Pamela Love: Muses & Manifestations pamela love $45

2. IVYIVYIVY Open Palm Plate meus shop $40

3. Cactus Napkins moon and arrow $28

4. Cainnon Wood Comb general store $50

5. Pins; Davide Bowie etsy $10, Things Will Work Out general store $10, Coral Arrowhead Pin rejoice the hands $22

6. Love Your Mother Tee the bee and the fox $28

7. Native Bear Bound Book moon & arrow $15

8. Muralist Striped Romper Madewell $128

9. KStewart Custom Family Illustration etsy $86

10. Maewoven Oversized Market Bag etsy $50

11. Gold Rush Ring rejoice the hands $130

| mama musing // dôen collective |

colony embroidered gauze dress

 
whipstitch sweater
 

Have you guys checked out Dôen yet? After stumbling upon some of these breathtaking photos on Instagram I knew I had a major brand crush. I wanted to share my favorite pieces that leave a puddle of drool on my iPad. Think Jane Birkin with two naked babes on each hip in the French country, with a Cali girl twist. Perfect swoon-worthy pieces for any modern mama!

 Ran by a collective of 7 women, and founded by two sisters Margaret and Katherine Kleveland who wanted to bring a strong female ran business to the LA fashion scene. This is business ran by women who wanted to empower the women who design, make and wear their clothes. Based in LA, this company strives to stay local, but when they venture out to India, Peru or staying in LA they utilize factories owned, or co-owned, by women. Each season they are dedicated to designing one children’s garment that has 100% of its proceeds go to a charity dedicated to closing the gender gap. That’s girl power! 

source embroidered gauze top

yearling by dôen children’s poncho
  
  
  

| mama musing // denim rules |

  
Madewell is featuring #denimrules currently and being a denim junkie myself I wanted to share my #1 denim rule…denim head-to-toe. I have featured a small selection of my denim collection a few posts ago so it may seem crazy that there are a few extra pieces I am looking to add to my collection. Luckily Madewell has a few right up my alley!

// the perfect crop flare // 

rivet + thread high-rise crop 

pairs with // classic sneakers, summer clogs, Birkenstocks, or mid-calf boots

  

// the perfect shirt dress //

denim midi shirt dress

pairs with // small leather cross-body, strappy espadrille, or leather mules.

 
// perfect jumpsuit //

coverall zip jumpsuit

pairs with // lace layering tee, squash blossom necklace, Pons, or worn in vans

 
// perfect denim jacket //

oversized denim jacket

pairs with // white cotton embroidered dress, enamel pins, or distressed band tee 

 

What are your favorite denim looks? 
  

| mama musing // shut eye |

 Maybe it’s my excitement that she, and us, are finally getting some shut eye, but this mama is really digging anything with an eye print. I particularly am in love with this Lizzie Fortunato bag, dreaming big. 

Now before I go overboard and suddenly feel like I am in Alice in Wonderland I thought I should edit down my top picks of how to work this quirky print into mama and baby’s life and scatter through our home…and don’t worry I threw the sleeping nugget in their to prove her ability to sleep!

  
 

sources

// lizzie fortunato //

// mudpuppy ceramic khamsa //

// tellkiddo storage bin //

// anchore deep jumper //

// rug by gur // 

// le repere des belettes //

 

| mama musings // mother & daughter dressing |

  

      
       

Matching outfits was never a road that I thought I would travel down. It always just seemed like a bad Christmas card from the ’80s to me, but that quickly changed when Imogene & Willie released their Little Ones line.
A little background here…

A few years ago I took a chance and, quickly, took a job opportunity in Nashville. I settled in 12 South, just a 5 minute walk from a jean shop housed in a converted gas station. To say I enjoyed living there is an understatement, I loved it. Having moved from Philly, a place I never truly felt at homein, I finally felt I had found my place. There was just one problem, my boyfriend (now husband), wasn’t able to make the move, so eventually I left that city I had fallen so in love with. I left to marry my love and start a family. 

So really I wanted to share a bit of my love for a city with my daughter, in hopes that one day soon I can introduce it to her. Also when the shirt is as adorable as this one, matching isn’t such a terrible thing. 

Side note: in the photo where Harper is pointing to herself she is letting me know she is Harper and I am mommy.

| mama musings // faux fur coat |

 

 

 

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The weather has finally gotten brisk, and this mama can not stop dreaming of the perfect faux fur coat. My Pinterest has been filling with dreamy outfits, and nothing has been on my mind more than getting that perfect coat. Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, or Sienna Miller, they all know how to make this feel effortlessly cool. With slightly rumpled hair, minimal makeup and a sultry stare, I keep feeling inspired to create my own mama friendly spin on this daytime look. Wrapped up and cozy, with a tote bag full of fresh market flowers under my arm I could live every cold, grey day in this scrumptious coat.

This jacket, it’s almost surreal it’s so beautiful!

one // Janessa Leone Hat

two // Madewell Herringbone Sweatshirt

three // Erin Considine Necklace

four // Felix Boot

five // Re/Done Denim