mom fashion

No longer a baby!?!

In just over a week my little angel is going to be one!!!  ONE!!  I still don’t think I can wrap my head around this.  Today was graduation day.  How have I already experienced a graduation with her.  lol.  She graduated from our Mommy & me class and it was such a bitter sweet experience.  I am proud of the little lady she’s becoming and so sad that my tiny baby isn’t so tiny any more.  This class and the mama’s I’ve met have been such a support system for me.  For any first time moms, I couldn’t recommend joining a group like this enough.  Having friends and a support system of people going through the exact same things as you is amazing.  Especially that first year of sleepless nights, new emotions and many firsts.

Lately Carlota has been keeping my hands full.  There are just not enough hours in the day and unfortunately I haven’t had as much time to focus on my blog.  I don’t know how all the mama bloggers do it out there.

Normally you will see the both of us in jeans and a T-shirt but today we got dolled up.  This  shift dress is perfect for any occasion.  I could dress it down or pair it with these boots and hat for a hip night out.  Maybe I need to start planning some more of those soon so that I can wear it more often!!  This clutch is handmade by J c & e and I just love the details. Its perfect for sprucing a simple monochromatic look.

Thanks for stopping by.

With Love,

Andrea

 

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Dress:  COS   (Similar here summer version here) //

Hat: J crew  (Similar here and here) //

Clutch: J c & e  (Similar here and here) //

Boots:  YSL (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota:

Dress: Gap (Similar here, here and here) //

Moccs:  Freshly picked  //

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A Spring in my step

As much as I’m missing the cooler weather, Spring is another fun season for fashion.  It’s that time of year where you can start to layer your summer clothing with your winter staples.  You get to mix and match.  Today’s post is all about that.  I’ve paired a summer silk dress with and oversized winter sweater to create a perfect spring look.

This is so simple and it’s a way to create a new dress with two pieces from your closet.  Living in LA I have a few summer dresses that are perfect for days at the beach.  Adding an oversized sweater, vest or chic jacket can transform a beach look into a stylish chic outfit.

Carlota is wearing a Rag to Raches romper.  I’m a sucker for getting Carlota clothing from small online boutiques.  This brand has the hippest rompers for your little ones.  They were recently seen on Shark Tank so I’m sure big things will be happening for this company.

I’ve been looking on Instagram and Etsy for the perfect party favors for Carlota’s first birthday.  I can’t believe she will be 1 at the end of this month.  So much to plan and not enough time.  If any of you have any recommendations please let me know.

With love,

Andrea

 

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Sweater:  COS (Similar here and here) //

Dress:  Anine Bing (Similar here, here and here) //

Purse: Henri Bendel (New Style here and here) //

Sandals: Celine (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota

Romper:  Rags to Raches //

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Sweater weather??

It’s still winter in most areas of the world but certainly not in LA.  It almost feels like summer is right around the corner.  I can probably pack up my oversized sweaters for next year, but I just can’t help myself.  I keep them for those off days where the weather drops below 70.  If you are on the lookout for a great oversized sweater, now is the time to purchase.  Many shops are having their end of season sales and I will link some great ones at the end of this post.

I kept todays look simple and sporty with sneakers.  I’ve been a big fan of sneakers lately.  I think it’s the combination of LA casual and mom life.  Who wants to be running after a baby in pumps?!?  Any mom that can do that daily I give major props to.  I know I can barely keep up in my sneakers.  I remember when converse and Adidas originals were the “it” shoes when I was in grade school.  I love how the cycle has come full circle and I’m re-living my childhood with both.

Carlota is wearing her…. or shall I say my favorite “Wondersuits”.  These zipper onesies  come in the cutest patterns and are super handy and easy for multiple diaper changes.  I’m slowly learning that the more convenient the better.

To you mama’s reading my blog…what are your favorite baby clothes or items that make life more convenient?

With love,

Andrea

 

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Sweater: & Other Stories (Similar and on sale here, here and here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (Also here) //

Sneakers: Stan Smiths (Also available here, here and here) //

On Carlota:

Onesie: Bonds (Similar here)

Hat: Zara (Similar here and here)

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Ro~Sham~Bo Baby

I melt when it comes to anything baby.  Baby jeans, shoes, hats…the list goes on.  One of the cutest things on a baby are sunglasses.  Maybe its the emphasis of their button nose and rosy cheeks or maybe its because it makes them look grown up.  Whatever the reason, these sunglasses from ro•sham•bo baby are one of my favorites.

Not only are they cute, these shades block 100% of uva/b rays.  Optometrists warn, most lifetime UV damage occurs during childhood.  I’m always careful to protect Carlota’s skin from the harmful rays but I don’t know if I was as aware about damage to her eyes.  I’m thankful to have realized this now.  These shades are made from a flexible and durable material that is certified bpa-free and specially designed for baby’s use and abuse.

The biggest bonus to this company and shades are that all purchases support Surfers Healing, a non-profit that takes autistic kids and their families surfing to provide safe stimulation, fun, and confidence.  I love when there are great products that help support a cause.

Little People Deserve Big People Shades.

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Shades:  Ro Sham Bo Baby (ice ice baby)

Leather Jacket: Zara old (Similar here, here and here)

Dress: Anine Bing (Similar here and here)

On Carlota

Dress: Gap Kids old (Similar here, here and here)

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Lifes a Beach

Its been a while since my last post.  One of my new year’s resolutions was to try and be more present.  Carlota is growing up very quickly, and I am trying to soak it all in.  Not to mention we’ve been fighting the cold and flu on and off this entire month.  Thankfully it seems like we’re starting to get all better, so fingers crossed it stays that way!

A few weeks ago I was able to bring Carlota home to Canada for a few days.  It was very special seeing her explore the place I called home for most of my life.  It was a short trip and we mostly stayed home with my parents.  Carlota doesn’t get to see her grandparents very often so we were very happy to soak up all those snuggles and kisses.

Valentines day is coming up.  I remember when the hubby and I would get dressed up and go for a romantic dinner.  This year I don’t see that happening.  I think we will spend it at home in our sweats celebrating with our little bug.  I wouldn’t even change this for anything.  If you are looking for outfit ideas this dress is one of my favorites.  I’ve worn it for my maternity photos (here), to a wedding, cocktail hour etc…  It comes in a variety of colors and that zipper in the back transforms it from simple and sophisticated to young and chic.

Thanks for reading, I’m looking forward to sharing some new looks with you soon.

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Dress: Felicity & Coco 

On Carlota:

Dress:  From spain (Similar here , here and here)

Bow:  Salt Cities

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Adding some flare

I’ve been living in my skinny jeans for years.  Other than my boyfriend jeans, you wouldn’t find me wearing any other style of denim.  Recently I’ve jumped on the flare bandwagon when I found this perfect pair.  I love the high waist and braided accents.  With my short torso, high waisted pants aren’t always flattering on my figure.  Maybe the detailed pockets are the magic piece, but as soon as I put these on I felt like they were made for me.

I’m very mindful of dressing for my figure or at least I like to think so!! Not everything that’s on trend will suit every body type.  I think it’s important to find those pieces that are stylish and suit you, rather than trying to wear everything that’s trending at the moment.

Carlota is rocking these adorable baby overalls from Old Navy.  Finding cute affordable baby clothes is always at the top of my list.  I’ve found so many fashionable items for Carlota at Old Navy and haven’t had to break the bank.  There is always some sort of sale going on there, on top of the already reasonable prices.

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7 for all Mankind are currently having their winter sale and these flares are included.

Jeans: 7 for all Mankind  on sale (Also available here and here) //

Top: Vince (old)  (Similar here and here) //

Hat:  Revolve (Similar here and here) //

Boots: Rag & Bone  //

On Carlota

Overalls: Old Navy (cute jeans here and here) //

Shoes:  Freshly Picked  //

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Plan check

I love a good oversized sweater.  The larger the better.  If you ask me what a must have winter item is…..it’s a large cozy sweater!  It’s a perfect piece to just throw on over some skinny jeans or leggings and you look put together.  You can also layer it over a collared shirt, add a leather jacket, or wear it as a dress.  There are so many options.

Its a perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list.  I love the checkered detail on this sweater.  The contrast of the white on black and the fuzzy texture adds just enough detail.  Because this sweater makes a statement for itself I kept the rest of the look simple with all black.

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Sweater: & other stories (I love these here,  here,  here & here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (on sale here & here similar here) //

Hat:  Lack of Color //

Sunglasses:  Oliver Peoples //

Boots:  Chloe (Similar and less expensive herehere, & here) //

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Holiday Photoshoot

I can’t believe it’s already December.  Time really does fly when you’re having fun.  We are getting ready for our first Christmas with Carlota and there hasn’t been a dull moment.  I decided this was the year I was going to start sending Holiday cards to family and friends.  I know I’m totally late on that bandwagon but its better late than never.  We had our photoshoot on the beach….because why not when you live in LA.  No winter wonderland backdrops for us here.

This Christmas we will be heading to Spain to visit family.  I’m so excited and I can’t believe we are going in just a few short weeks.  This will be a long flight for Carlota, but thankfully our recent trip to NYC will help make us better prepared.  On our last flight there was a family with a baby sitting right in front of us.  They were baby traveling experts and had all these snacks and teething crackers and opened our eyes to that world…..we have never looked back!!

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Photos by Laura Goutcher Photography

Dress: Rachel Pally (Similar on sale here and here)

Necklace:  Mirina Collections (Use code “withlove20” to get 20% off your purchase)

On Carlota:

Dress: Carters (Similar here,I love these holiday dresses here and here)

Bow:  Salt Cities 

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Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  This is my favorite holiday.  I love how it’s all about family, friends and good food.  Not to mention it commences the start of the Christmas season.  Something about this time of year….full of so much love.  This year is even more special since it will be Carlota’s first.  As much as she may not remember these moments, I’m keeping them all imprinted in my head and cherishing every second.

Today’s look was from our trip to NYC.  We were lucky to have perfect weather.  I kept my look simple as usual with all black but added this vest to add texture and color.  I love an army green coat or vest.  They go with everything and give a perfect pop of color.  This vest was a recent purchase from Anthropology so be sure to pop into one of their stores for their Black Friday Sales.

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Vest: Anthrhopologie (Similar and on sale here and here) //

Hat:  Lack of Colors //

Top:  Zara (Currently everything is 30% off) //

Pants:  J Brand (On Sale here and here) //

Boots:  Chloe (Similar here, here and here) //

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A day on the pier!!

I’m looking forward to the days of going on the rollercoaster and sharing an ice cream with my babe.  As of now I get to just watch her as she’s taking in all of her surroundings, exploring the world and seeing everything for the first time.  Its crazy how alert she has become these past few months.  If only I knew what she was thinking.  We rarely go to the pier, and when we do, we find mostly tourists and children around there.  I do imagine that when Carlota is walking and talking, the ferris wheel and Merry-go-round will be our weekly destinations.

My style is 90% casual and I love adding accessories to make my look pop.  With this sweater, the sequin details do the popping for itself. No need to accessorize.  These details also make it that perfect piece that can be worn from day to night.  I added the jeweled pumps for extra sparkle to compliment the shoulder detail of the sweater.

The rips and light colored denim give this look a daytime casual vibe.  Changing for a date night, I would trade the skinny jeans for a midi skirt and tuck it in to accentuate the waist.  Date nights with the hubby are scarce these days but lets hope as Carlota gets older we start getting back on that track.  For now I’ll stick to rocking sequence during my daily outings.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I’m really looking forward to our first Thanksgiving with Carlota.  So much to be thankful for.

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Sweater: J Crew on major sale with an extra %30 off with code SHOPNOW //

Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (similar here) //

Heels:  Louboutin (Similar here very cool here) //

Clutch:  Clare V (Similar less expensive here) //

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