• Secrets of Stylish Moms: Jen


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    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…

    Photography by Mary Costa. Produced by Ashley Aikele. (more…)

  • What’s Your Favorite Baby Gear Invention?


    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!

    So today I’m partnering with Munchkin and their Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail to talk about some favorite baby gear inventions I’ve found since Henry.


    Keep reading to see my favorites and more about Munchkin’s fantastic diaper pail…

    Photography by Tara Rudolph


  • 21 Easter Dresses for Girls under $40

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    In case you missed it, I’m doing Easter looks for the next few Fab Finds. Today is 21 dresses for girls under $40. I’m trying to focus on finding dresses that are more simple than the typical Easter dress. Wouldn’t that striped dress at the top be so darling paired with some pastel flats! Easter can be done in so many ways. Happy Shopping!

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    Here’s last weeks post, 21 Easter Dresses for Infants under $40. And don’t worry, boy’s outfits are coming next week!

  • DIY Easter Foliage Eggs

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    I was going through my archives and found this rose petal tray project that I loved and thought it might be fun to use foliage in a similar way for making simple Easter eggs. I love the nod to spring blossoms and bright green foliage on these eggs. Nothing more Easter-y than that! Keep reading to see how we made these in just 10 minutes with no special supplies…


  • 5 Tips for Organizing Baby’s Changing Area


    I’m working with Mustela today to talk about organizing baby’s changing area today.  When Mustela contacted me about working together on a few posts I was thrilled because we’ve been huge fans since I was gifted a Mustela lotion at Edie’s baby shower. My friend who gave me this gift I consider the baby whisperer because she always knows exactly what to do with babies (do you have a friend like that too?). It doesn’t help of course that she’s in the health care profession as well.  Anyway, in the note with her gift my friend told me that this French brand, Mustela, was her secret. It was her absolute favorite, although I was surprised I had never heard of it! Now we’ve become big fans of Mustela as well and I love to give new mom Mustela products too.

    Because Edie shares a small room with Henry, there’s limited space so I have to be very deliberate and organized about everything. Her changing pad is secured on top of their shared dresser and we hung this simple white shelf (above) into the room as well to keep all of her small care items, and a few of her cute little shoes and hats we well. Here are 5 tips to organize your own baby changing area.  I’d love to hear your ideas as well!


    Keep reading for more and a promo code to try Mustela…


  • Look for Less

    By fashion editor Ashley.

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    If you are anything like me you are getting a serious itch for spring right now! New trends and looks for spring can be overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to start. The easiest place to start is with denim blues and bright whites! Nothing says spring in a more classic way.

    The look: J.Crew

    For less: hat / top / shoes / skirt

  • How to Wrap a Bouquet of Fresh Flowers (and a secret freshness trick!)

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    So you’re heading to a dinner and want to bring a fresh bouquet of flowers you picked up at the farmers market yesterday. They’ve been sitting in water at your home but by the time you run all your other errands on the way to dinner, the flowers have wilted in the front seat of your car (!!). I’m going to show you today a great way to not only wrap your bouquet, but also keep them well hydrated with a secret freshness trick so you can show up with something happy at your dinner party.

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    Keep reading to see the step by step process…


  • Corned Beef and Cabbage: A St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner


    Every St. Patrick’s Day I make the same four Irish recipes and I always look forward to them. The leftover corned beef is great for sandwiches and breakfast hash. Are you making anything special tomorrow night? Here are my four St. Patrick’s Day dishes…


  • My sister My sidekick: Melissa and Sara

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    Did you know that my amazing craft assistant Sara, is an identical twin?  I’m really excited to feature her and her twin sister, Melissa, for this month’s My sister, My sidekick.  Sara and Melissa grew up Georgia peaches and Indiana Hoosiers, bouncing back and forth between the two states. They both attended Indiana University and both studied broadcast journalism. They now live in San Francisco and a little ski town called Crested Butte, Colorado but stay connected through their lovely blog, Alice and Lois. They’re so close and super similar, they even describe each other almost exactly the same. It’s incredible! Almost all their family vacations are taken together and their kids are best friends, even though they live far apart.

    Keep reading for much more, times they’ve switched identities and what it’s like for your best friend to be your identical twin…

    Photography by Alex Fenlon. Produced by Ashley Aikele.


  • Weekend Roundup

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    Hi! This photo above was taken by Sara moments before we went live for the Pottery Barn Kids Easter DIY video. It was a live broadcast that you can watch a snippet of it online here. The set was gorgeous and they were all so great to work with (also doesn’t my ‘backyard’ look lovely?). It was a busy day! Today is even crazier though. I’m filming three more videos here in our home with another brand (I can’t talk about it specifically yet but will soon!) and we’re scheduled to film from 7am to 7pm with 23 people in our home- it’s going to be nuts. You can check in to see some behind the scenes shots on my instagram. Oh, and I’m still on that juice cleanse with Reset Meals. I was only going to do it for two days because I knew how crazy the end of this week was, but it’s been SO good and has given me so much energy that I’ve continued it for the full 5 days (just a bit of cheating at a dinner party Wednesday night). I’ll report more about that next week. After these videos are filmed, I’m going to crash Friday night and catch up on some tv + maybe open a bag of Easter candy. Have a great one, here are a few links to explore:

    If you’re into spending a bit more on a little girls Easter dress, I’m obsessed with these from Le Bees Knees

    Lovely watercolor linen printable napkin on Julep

    Gorgeous floral blouse + Old Navy dress my assistant Sara found!

    Super rad Ikea hack

    This house is amazing, I love that each child has a secret entrance into their room.

    I’d love to add these oxfords to my collection

    Delicious looking lentil recipe

    Eyeball kitchen towel. Love this DIY!

    The best roasted carrot recipe I’ve seen

    If you have any fancy events this spring, this dress would be amazing

    Love this belted coat (this one though are what dreams are made of…)

    A stovetop cutting board. Brilliant for small space living!

    I’ve already bookmarked so many pages in this new book, Real Sweet by my friend Shauna Server focused on baking with natural sugars. Some amazing recipes to try!

    I’d love to wrap all my gifts in fabric if I could

    The cutest socks

    This DIY minimalist clock is beautiful

    I already have a thing for deep blues, but this house tour is making me want to paint everything navy

    Natural green fondue. Maybe a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert?


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