I’m focused hard on prepping for our trip to Tokyo on Sunday. Eeek! At this point on my to-do list is organizing snacks, movies/games downloaded, reading material, and laundry. Oh, well there’s one big thing: Jared may have to stay here with Edie because his work’s been so crazy. So there’s that!! We’re still trying to figure it out. It would be super sad if he didn’t come, but it certainly would make things easier traveling without Edie. Anyway, if you have any last minute recommendations I’d love to hear them. We’ll be in Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. I’ll be slow on email the next two weeks but we have lots of great posts planned for you. Have a great one!
Oh, and Henry sent a note to the Easter bunny a couple weeks ago to let him know we’ll be gone for Easter and to ‘please leave the goodies here’ for when we come back. Instead though, I think we’ll have the Easter bunny show up early this Sunday before we leave so we’re putting together some preparations for our baskets tonight. If you’re looking for Easter ideas, here are some great one from the archives: Decoupage Surprise Eggs, Pastel Meringue Kisses, and Perfect Polka Dot Easter Eggs
Here are some links to explore:
I just got Gabby’s Design Mom book in the mail today and it’s beautiful and amazing, full of such great advice for every room. It’s extensive, but not overly wordy with one really well thought-out piece of advice on every page and tons of gorgeous photos. Even if she wasn’t my sister in law I would still highly recommend it. Such a great gift for anyone with kids. Pre-order it right here (image above by Kendra and Seth Smoot)
Love this gorgeous DIY lunch bags
One of my very best friends, Kendra Smoot, did a lovely shoot + interview with Mother Mag. She’s brilliant and super stylish, there are so many great gems in this interview
Awesome bobby pin ponytail trick
Oooh this summer dress
Gorgeous David Wellington watches (and use the code SAYYES to get 15% off through April 30th)
I think I’d live in this sweaterknit pencil dress (and hugely discounted)
31 delicious things to cook in March. All of these look amazing for any month
This tote seems so perfect if you’re in the market for one (love the navy the best)
Smart idea: a lego gift box!
By fashion editor Ashley
I have a new appreciation for parents of boys after doing this post. Putting together a boys Easter look takes a lot more searching and coordinating since there are so many pieces to consider. I’ve put together a round up of 41 pieces that you can mix and match, all under $40! My favorite combinations from the pieces are above. Happy Shopping and Happy Easter!
SHIRTS: one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight
TIES: nine / ten / eleven / twelve / thirteen / fourteen / fifteen
BOW TIES: sixteen / seventeen / eighteen / nineteen / twenty / twenty-one
ACCESSORIES: twenty-two / twenty-three / twenty-four / twenty-five / twenty-six
SHORTS: twenty-seven / twenty-eight / twenty-nine / thirty
PANTS: thirty-one / thirty-two / thirty-three / thirty-four / thirty-five
JACKETS: thirty-six / thirty-seven / thirty-eight
FULL OUTFITS FOR THE LITTLE GUYS: thirty-nine / forty / forty-one
Remember our old Sister Style series? It was a fashion series featuring my three sisters Celeste, Becca, and Katrina and I and one of my favorite series but it got so tricky to all get together and take photos. I’m excited that with the help of Maurices we’re bringing it back! In this first post we’ll share some photos from our shopping trip to Maurices and putting outfits together back at Katrina’s home. The second post next week we’ll be sharing our final outfits and take a little outing together. Keep reading to see more shots from our afternoon…
Even though we don’t have really defined seasons here in San Francisco, every spring I get antsy to clean out my closet, revamp my wardrobe, and experiment with a few new trends. I’m partnering with Zappos to do exactly that, and I’ll be sharing a couple posts about it over the next few weeks. Today I’m sharing a fun way to pair edgy with feminine. Peeerfect timing because I just did something kind of crazy and got pastel pink highlights in my hair! A bright pink french braid is pretty much the definition of edgy feminine in my book.
Keep reading for more details about this outfit + trend, and spring shopping with Zappos...
By fashion editor Ashley
I’ve been on a huge neutral kick so I’m thrilled to see the neutral trend carry on through spring. That being said, I’m excited to trade in my black and gray for nude, white, blush and light blues. Also, watch for lace, suede and anything with fringe and you’re in. What’s on your essential list for spring?
1. statement necklace 2. trousers 3. nude sandals 4. suede jacket 5. lace dress (or top) 6. translucent sunglasses 7. fringe bag (or fringe anything) 8. cool sneakers 9. chambray 10. high waisted skirt 11. white jeans 12. soft neutral tee
By fashion editor Ashley
This is my first year of doing an Easter basket as a mom. As I’ve been thinking about what to get my daughter, I’ve been drawn to simple classic toys, like bubbles or sidewalk chalk! I love the idea of my daughter enjoying the same toys and activities that I grew up with. What do you like to put in your children’s Easter baskets?
1. classic bonnet 2. stuffed bunny 3. etch a sketch 4. sidewalk chalk 5. giant googly eyes 6. skateboard army men 7. rock coloring crayons 8. paper plane origami 9. paint set 10. sling shot 11. kite 12. yo-yo 13. hand sand scoop 14. baseball 15. wind up chick 16. bubbles 17. top 18. paddle ball 19. slinky 20. mini doodle books (we’re bringing these for the Japan flight!)
Did you know March is National Nutrition month? Last week Henry and I put together some packages for our local food bank with Ella’s Kitchen and Earth’s Best and their partnership with the charity No Kid Hungry whose mission is to end child hunger here in the U.S. We often do charitable activities during the holidays like donating toys or working at a food kitchen, so it was nice to do something outside of the month of December. Here are some photos of our afternoon…
Ooooh guys I have such an indulgent Easter treat for you today: Easter bark made with white chocolate, marshmallow and Cadbury Mini Eggs. Fancy looking but so simple to make! Any excuse to buy another bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs, right? These would make a great Easter hostess gift, favors for a gathering, or packaged up and left in baskets Easter morning.
Keep reading to see how we made it…
I’m so excited to feature my new friend Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic. I met Jen in January at ALT summit in SLC the first night, and we hung out with each other for the whole conference. I knew instantly that she would have the best advice for a stylish moms feature. Jen is a wardrobe stylist and has worked with celebrities like Kristin Wiig, Molly Shannon, and companies like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Coach, and Anthropologie just to name a few. Jen and her husband Aaron have the cutest daughter Parker who is almost one.
Jen, tell us about your style since becoming a mother!
This past year I’ve examined my personal style more than any other time in my life. There were some major wardrobe identity crises after Parker was born and many an impulse purchase was made. Maybe I need more color! Maybe a different silhouette! Most of those things have already ended up in the bottom of some clothing donation bin. There were also the logistical issues of nursing and a body that wasn’t quite the same as my pre-baby one. Ultimately, I’ve learned this past year that I don’t actually need more things in my wardrobe, I need less that I love more. I’m also learning to shop for specific holes in my wardrobe and be patient until I find the right one. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect pair of white jeans. Has anyone found any great ones recently?
Keep reading for Jen’s great fashion and beauty advice, like how to rebuild your wardrobe…
There is a 6 year gap between our two kids, so we really were starting over with Edie. We had moved a couple times and gotten rid of most of our baby stuff because we’ve had very limited storage. When we started buying gear again I was so pleasantly surprised at how much things had improved in the world of baby gear that make my life so much easier! Bowls that suction to the counter! Food pouches for feeding on the go! Swivel carseats! Baby shoes that don’t fall off! Sleek diaper pails that hold a lot and don’t stink!
Keep reading to see my favorites and more about Munchkin’s fantastic diaper pail…
Photography by Tara Rudolph
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>