Simplicity Series: Megan Smalley

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Hi friends!! I am Megan Smalley, the owner of Scarlet & Gold, an online gift and lifestyle brand. Born and raised in Houston, TX, I moved 10 hours away to go to college and have never moved back. I met and fell in love with my hubby while I was cheering at Auburn University. We settled in Auburn and love living the small college town life. My husband is a teacher and a basketball coach so we spend our winter nights in the gym and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He is so passionate about what he does and that inspires me every day.

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?

Taking care of myself is not something I would say I do well. I am a goer and a doer and would rather spend all of my energy making sure my people are ok than worrying about myself. But over the past few years I have started to realize that I can’t do what I need to do well if I don’t first take care of myself. So this is something that I am continually working on. Right now, I work from home. So finding work/life balance is a daily struggle. To keep my sanity, I have tried to implement some boundaries that have really helped. First, I try to get up and going in the morning so that I have some quiet time before my staff gets to the house. This allows me to prepare for the day, do my quiet time, get organized, etc. I also have started trying to go on long walks 4-5 times per week. I am the type of person that doesn’t sit behind a desk very well. I need to be up and moving around. So I have found that on my hour long walks during the week is when I have my best ideas. It’s a time for me to pray, to think, to clear my head and to get some much needed exercise. I think that finding balance in your life is something that is always an evolution. I don’t think anyone will ever feel like they’ve arrived in this area but it is important to always make strides forward.

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you / your family? And why?

A tradition that me and my husband have that started very early on when we were dating is that we don’t say bye to each other. We say “See ya later.” Blake always used to tell me that it’s not good bye, we will just see each other later. I love this reminder every day because I do travel a lot and Blake works long hours during the school year. No matter what the day has brought us, I love being reminded that at the end of the day (or week), we will be back together again.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 things (products, services, etc) can you absolutely not live without?

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1) Starbucks – I don’t drink a lot of caffeine but I am NOT a morning person. So my morning drive to Starbucks is my alone time to think and pray in the morning.
2)  Young Living oils + Diffuser – I used to be so anti all things “granola” but our art director, Koral, has opened my eyes to the benefits of living naturally. So, I am addicted to our “smoke machine” as my husband calls it. In the mornings I diffuse peppermint + lemon oil to wake me up and at night I love their peace & calming oil. As an entrepreneur, it’s so hard to ever turn it off. It takes me forever to fall asleep at night so this oil has definitely helped.
3) Lululemon – I live in work out clothes. I am a very simple girl and I enjoy being comfortable. I do sometimes think people in business don’t take me seriously because I am young, a woman, and don’t exactly dress “professional” at work. But, our brand represents who I am and this is how I work best – comfortable.
4) Chick fil A – I don’t know what I ever did without Chick Fil A in my life.
5)  Linda – Linda is our wonderful housekeeper. This may sound snobby or crazy but we have had a housekeeper from the very beginning of our marriage, not because we could afford it, but because it is beneficial for our marriage. We both work full time so instead of being a nagging wife constantly begging for some help around the house, we have cut back in other areas so that we can afford to hire a housekeeper. I believe that you spend your money on what is important to you and not being a nagging wife is very important to me. I want our house to be a place that my husband loves to be. So I refuse to that wife that complains all the time about my husband or drives him crazy with a to do list around the house.
6 ) Bible – Stereotypical, I know. But it’s the honest truth. My life, my business, my family, my marriage – God’s Word is essential to every area of my life. Sometimes in the busy seasons, it’s so hard to stop and find time to pour into your spiritual life, but it is a time each day that you will never regret. Find time for it.

At Scarlet & Gold, we believe in building community through being vulnerable about life’s struggles. We use our real lives to inspire our products, our messages and our artwork. This is something that I love about Emily too. What is the point of going through something hard if you can’t encourage someone else along the way? My husband and I are currently battling infertility which is a really hard thing to go through. I talk about it openly on our blog because I know that so many women struggle with it and feel so alone. Our team has created our Give Grace campaign to help raise money for people going through IVF and adoption as well as to raise awareness about the struggle of infertility. You can read more about the campaign and how to get involved here: http://www.scarletandgoldshop.com/givegrace/.

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Website – http://www.scarletandgoldshop.com
Instagram – @scarletandgoldshop, @megansmalley
Blog – http://www.scarletandgoldshop.com/inspirememonday/

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Simplicity Series: Anna James

 

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Hi! My name is Anna James. I am a business owner, blogger, columnist, and Style Editor for Lauren Conrad. After scoring a coveted internship in LA after college, I left behind my small hometown and moved to the West Coast, where I soon began working as a multi-brand, visual merchandiser for 25 Bloomingdales and Macy’s in Southern California. At 22, I was living my dream. But, like the economy, the bubble burst and the company unexpectedly laid off my entire department just days before Christmas. In 2011, I launched a fashion blog as a means to an end. These days, running my personal blog is more of a nice escape after a day’s work. I wouldn’t have the job or opportunities I’ve been blessed with today if it wasn’t for Fash Boulevard or, more importantly, for losing what I thought was my “dream job”.

In your house, how does the most mundane part of life get done?

(Pick one: laundry! meal planning! etc)

I think my husband and I have a great balance. My mother-in-law is a realtor and before that she cleaned houses and managed a hotel, so she passed down terrific cleaning skills to my husband. I like to think of myself as the surface cleaner (clear clutter, laundry, etc.) and he’s more of the deep cleaner (floors, toilets, etc.). We’ve never set any “you do this and I’ll do that” rules. It’s more of a 50/50 thing. For example: I cook seven days a week. It’s a passion of mine and I enjoy making things from scratch, so the kitchen is usually a disaster zone afterwards. Thankfully, he does the dishes every night. I think marriage is all about balance, constant communication, and keeping things evenly distributed.

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you / your family? And why?

We have two biggies: My husband is a screenwriter and writes through the night, usually until 4 or 5am. Still, no matter how tight of a deadline he has, he always makes sure to be by my side when I fall asleep. There’s few things lonelier than being in a big bed all alone, so every night, once I’m out cold, he goes into his office and writes. I never feel alone or like we’re not on the same schedule, which I’m so thankful for.

The second big one would have to be car rides. We travel a lot and if we can, we always choose driving over flying. With our house divided between the entertainment industry and the fashion industry, there’s never a shortage of distractions. Having the luxury of being together in a space where we can talk and laugh for a few hours every other week is always a good idea. No headphones, or sleeping, or reading – just good ol’ conversation.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 things (products, services, etc) can you absolutely not live without?

1) Amazon Prime: I can’t say enough good things about Amazon Prime. Their free two-day delivery is a total lifesaver. From apparel to business supplies, everything’s delivered to your door in just two days with the simple click of a button. I order work related materials on a daily basis. If they had a VIP program, I’m fairly confident I would be a gold member.

2) Kayaking: The best Christmas gift I’ve ever received from my parents was a set of kayaks for my husband and I. We try to get on the water at least once a week. It’s the ultimate escape.

3) Crystal Light Strawberry Energy Drink Mix: I’m not a big coffee person, which is tough, because I’m definitely not a morning person either. Ever since college, I’ve started my day with this sweet energy boost. The to-go packets are crazy convenient for traveling or running out the door. All you need is a bottle of water and you’re set. My cabinets are always fully stocked.

4) Macbook Pro: I’ve always been a workaholic, so if my computer is within arms reach, you can pretty much guarantee I’m working, which is why I have a strict no laptop in bed rule. In many ways, my computer is my best friend and mortal enemy all in one.

5) Steamer: We received a steamer as a wedding gift a few years ago and it instantly changed our lives. It’s quick, easy, and no trouble to transport. My husband and I use it every single day. I haven’t touched an iron since.

6) My dog: If we’re talking about things I can’t live without, my pup is at the top of the list. My freshman year of college I got my dog, Maddox. Sadly, he has a myriad of health problems, from Cushing’s disease to diabetes, which requires insulin shots twice a day. My husband and I would do anything for him. Imagining a day without our little fighter brings instant tears to my eyes. He is my world.

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Blog: http://www.fashboulevard.com

Instagram: @FashBoulevard 

Twitter: @FashBoulevard

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A special partnership with Ashlee Proffitt + Aaden Sage

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After our long battle with infertility, I designed our Baby Book to be a special, simple, beautiful place to capture the stories of our three little blessings. In doing so, I found myself wishing for pages that were specific to our children – each with their own special story. I created four page packs that are now available in our shop: NICU, adoption, foster and infertility. With each one, I had heartfelt conversations with mamas who’d experienced and loved their children through those stories. That’s how each page was selected and developed.

While there are LOTS of other types of page packs in the works and on my heart, one special page pack was heavy on my heart. I wanted to help mamas with heavenly babies tell the stories of their little ones as well. I have goosebumps typing this, but I really believe our baby book is one of the most special things I’ve ever had the honor of creating. I reached out to my friend, Ashlee Proffitt, whose little Aaden Sage had made his journey to heaven. I still can’t wrap my heart around what her heart must feel. But she so genuinely and graciously helped me create pages to hold Aaden’s story, his teeny tiny little details, words that describe his special perfect smell and their funny, crazy first night at home with him. I’ll let Ashlee take it from here.

From Ashlee: The fear of any mother who has ever lost a child is that the life of their precious baby will be forgotten. Forgotten by their friends, by their family, by the world. And even more so, every mother who has ever lost a child fears that she too will forget all those teeny, tiny, seemingly insignificant, but amazing details that she never thought to write down or capture… because she thought she had a lifetime of memories to make, not weeks or days or minutes. I wanted to remember everything about my son. Every single detail. I wish I had begun writing the moment I knew he was gone so that right now, in this moment, I could tell you all those things about him I thought I would never forget. He had my toes and his eyes could pierce your soul. He just smelled so good — that absolutely perfect baby smell. His first night home was an epic disaster that I will be forever grateful for because it meant I held him all night long… hours I still long for. Having a space to capture those memories and moments and all the teeny, tiny and seemingly insignificant details is a gift that will bring joy and hope to all mamas for lifetimes.

100% of profits from the Heavenly Baby Page Pack will be donated directly to the Aaden Sage Birthday Project where Ashlee helps other mamas celebrate their heavenly babies as well.

Shop our Baby Book and all five add-on page packs here.

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3 Steps to overcoming overwhelm

We all have a lot on our plate. But have you ever felt like you’re drowning in a sea of tasks and daily requirements and people who need you? I don’t write about getting organized and doing life because I’ve got it all figured out or because I’m an expert in the area. In fact, I’m quite the opposite. I write about this stuff because I’m IN IT. Like… really in it. The twins are growing and growing and Brady is growing and growing. Preschool, doctors’ appointments, work (new collection, crazy awesome brand partnerships, photos, a new men’s line, team growth). It’s all wonderful and crazy and awesome and REALLY EXHAUSTING.

I cried last night and vented to a sweet friend after everyone went to bed that I felt like I was sincerely going to drown in all this. I went to bed early and God worked a number on my heart. He said, “Emily, I gave you this life, this path, these babies, this work and ALL of this to do right now because this is who I want you to be. And this is the story I want you to share. You’re right where you need to be at this point in your journey. Just do it. And more than anything, you’re not going to find your rest on a pillow right now. Too many babies need you. You’re going to find it in Me.”

Well, alright then. I woke up with this post on my heart. And I’m breaking from my crazy day of production and doctors’ appointments to share this. Three steps to overcoming the CRAZY type of overwhelm. This isn’t you ordinary, “I’m busy” we’re talking about here… this is the tear-crying, prayer-pleading, can’t catch my breath type.

1. Stop. Re-asses. Get yourself back together. I know, you’re saying “I don’t have time to run off to Starbucks for a half hour to do this!” Yes you do. Get a sitter. Call your mom. Get someone to take over whatever it is your hands are doing. Grab a notebook and your planner / calendar and escape. All you need is a little while.

2. Brain dump. Get it all out of your head. Make 2 lists: BRAIN DUMP (I’m talking ALL the things, lady. All of them. Tasks, Ideas. Worries. All of it). TO DO (Get them all on there). Your lists might be crazy long. That’s fine. Just get it all written down. Get free printables for those here in our Free Printable Library.

3. Take action and take care of YOU. Feeling like your brain is a little more open? Now. What can you do about that task list? Find three things. Do them right now. They don’t take as long as you think. Take action. And after you’ve done that, breathe. Say a prayer. Pat yourself on the back. Schedule time in your planner for you. Even if its a ten minute bath after the kids go to bed tonight. You are good for NO ONE if you’re not good to yourself.

Now. Excuse me while I go do all those things. #takemyownadvice.

xo,

Emily

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Simplicity Series: Lauren Chism

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Hi there! My name is Lauren Chism, and I am the owner and designer behind Lauren Chism Fine Papers, a one-woman studio, designing for weddings, babies and lots of little celebrations. In addition to my own business, I also design for some online retailers, like Minted.com, where I am able to exercise a little more creativity and be part of their amazing design community.

I actually started out my career in accounting and discovered my love for design while planning my wedding in 2009. I taught myself the ropes for a few years and took the leap to design full-time in November 2011. I work from my home office in Dallas, Texas, but have been lucky to design for clients all over the country.

My husband, Carter, and my 12 year old dog, Marley, make up my sweet little family. You can see Marley sprinkled throughout my instagram feed. She is too cute for words.

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?

When I first started my business, it was all work, work, work. I ate meals at my desk and worked all day and on the weekends and wasn’t really exercising. I am naturally thinish, but being healthy is so much more than that and last year, something snapped me out of that ‘I’m too busy to work out’ mentality. I didn’t realize how good exercise can make you feel physically and mentally. I started by running a few mornings a week and then began going to yoga classes a few days a week. I felt a difference almost immediately. Exercise just clears my mind in a way that working through a to-do list, just doesn’t. I now schedule it into my day and book things for work around it so that it doesn’t get pushed aside when I have a busy day or week.

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you / your family? And why?

For now, it’s just my husband and I, and even if we are working a lot, we almost always eat dinner together. I love to cook and it’s a great ending to my day to enjoy dinner, a glass of wine and catch up on our day. We also often take evening walks… really anything that allows us to talk with no distractions like phones or TV is really important to me.

What 6 things (products, services, etc) can you absolutely not live without?

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1) Dropbox : I have been using Dropbox for my work-related items for a few years and I am a huge fan. Working from home has allowed me to work on the go a lot and I often am saved by being able to easily access client files from any computer or mobile device. I also love it for the personal side of it – how easy it is to back up iphone photos through their app. It automatically backs up photos when you are connected to the internet so that you can delete them from your device. The perk is that you can still access all your images easily through the app. I love that I never wonder if certain photos have been backed up and I never get that dreaded ‘your device is full’ when trying to snap a great picture.

 2) Fresh Sugar Rosé Lip Treatment –I don’t even own lipstick, but I am basically addicted to chapstick. This, to me, is the best of both worlds. It feels like chapstick but has the perfect tint of color. It’s not sticky and has SPF in it.

3) MyGroceries App – social media apps aside, my most used app is probably the MyGroceries app. My husband and I set up lists for all the different stores we shop at – from Central Market, to Target to Home Depot – and can add and remove items as we shop and they always sync, so we can even split the list up at the store. I make plenty of lists in my office, but they never seem to be around when I think ‘we need toothpaste’, but my phone always is!

4 ) BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream – I don’t always have the clearest skin, so going without make up isn’t on the top of my list, but when I am not doing too much worth putting on a full face of make-up for, I want to have a quick routine to where I don’t mind if a client stops by or I run out of the house. I have been using BareMinerals for years, but I recently discovered and fell in love with this new product. It’s basically a tinted moisturizer with SPF and just evens your skin tone for that ‘no-makeup’ fresh-faced look. With this, a little mascara and my chapstick, and I am ready to go.

5 ) My husband – My husband, Carter, is easily THE one thing that I couldn’t live without, but that goes without saying. Of course there’s all the normal husband-y things that he brings to my life, but he also plays a small, but very important roll in my business, as my ‘business consultant’ and voice of reason. Running your own business is hugely personal and my emotions are embedded in everything I do. If you haven’t had any business issue come up, you haven’t been in business long enough and when those things happen, whether it’s a huge business decision or just how to respond to a tricky client email, his unemotional perspective always seems to make things clear and simple. Maybe it’s not a husband, but a friend, mom, mentor, colleague… getting another viewpoint is probably my greatest advice because things are so much simpler when you get out of your own head.

6) My iPhone – work, email, camera, podcasts, social media, face-time with my family, navigation… the reasons I need it are endless. I am not sure how we functioned before these tiny computers were in our hands all the time. While I try to limit how frequently I’m just looking at it to look, I can’t deny how much it makes life easier.

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Website: www.laurenchism.com
Blog: www.laurenchism.com/blog
Instagram: @lauren_chism

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Simplicity: Ashley Brooke

AshleyBrookeHi friends! I am Ashley Brooke, Owner and Creative Director of Ashley Brooke Designs, a Sunshine State Lifestyle Brand on a mission to make every day just a bit more fancy! We design desk accessories and gifts for the girl who likes a good cup of coffee with a side of sass. When I am not in the midst of deadlines, press checks, blog posts, and photoshoots, you can find me traveling with my sweet husband and fluffy sidekick! Life over here at ABD is full to the brim with adventure, just the way I like it.

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others? 

I try my best to set myself up for success every night before leaving my office: I make sure to clear off my desk, write down the next day’s to-do lists, schedule blog posts, and lay out my journal and Bible. Before bed, I lay out my gym clothes, shoes, hair tie, water bottle, morning snack, and prep the coffee pot! That way I know the first few hours of my day are ready and I can roll out of bed, head to the gym, and when I come home I’ll have my coffee and start tackling the day. It’s funny how a “win” like that first thing in the morning can really set the tone for your entire work day. But, to be honest, I can’t take credit for this genius idea; my parents made my sister and I do this when we were little, packing our little lunches, cleaning up our rooms, getting our backpacks ready and sitting by the door, deciding what we were going to have for breakfast (Cereal? Get out that bowl and spoon!), and picking out our clothes. After dinner each night, my mom would set the timer on the oven for 15 minutes and say, “Alright girls, time to set up for success!” It’s become a habit that I can’t seem to shake!

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you? And why? 

Dinner! I know that sounds funny, but dinner is my favorite and the most important to me. Every night when my husband comes home from work, we eat dinner together and talk about our day–the good, bad, and the ugly. It’s our time to really get the latest “news” in each other’s worlds. It is by far my favorite part of the day. We don’t make that big of a fuss about it. Sometimes the table is set all fancy and sometimes we sit on the couch facing each other with plates in our laps. It’s the best. We both had nightly family dinners growing up, so that’s a tradition I hope we never break. Nothing fills my love tank like dinner.

Your PICK SIX: What six things can you absolutely not live without? 

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1. My iPhone: It holds my Bible app, my notes, my calendars, work, and communication to my favorite people. My phone is the keeper of all the things. I should really stop dropping it so much.

2. Whirley Popcorn Maker: This thing is the best. I make popcorn just about every single day, and the whirley pop makes it so easy! Just add a little coconut oil, kernels, and crushed sea salt and I am in snack heaven!

3. Kenra Blow Dry Spray: This, I realize, sounds ridiculous, but honestly it WORKS!! I pinky promise my hair dries so. much. faster. And really, if there is anything in the world that I want to cut in half, it would be my blow dry time.

4. Gel Manicures: Again with the silly unnecessary necessities, but nothing makes me feel more put together than nicely manicured fingers! I have recently started going to a wonderful salon where I have my very own nail tech who knows me and gets that I am always on the go. I can be in and out under an hour with a fresh manicure and still be able to get my keys out of my handbag and move on to the next thing. Whoever invented gel manicures is a genius I tell ya!

5. Amazon Prime: What in the world did we do before Amazon Prime? Need socks? An umbrella? Batteries? Dog food? Don’t worry, you can have that by Wednesday at noon thank-you-very-much.

6. Audible: I have had a subscription to audible for years now, and I am never ever giving it up. I don’t have tons of time to read, and when I do finally sit down to read, I end up falling asleep– the struggle is real. Years ago, to combat the fear of never picking up a book again, I downloaded Audible and haven’t looked back. I listen to about one book every 1-2 weeks. It’s awesome! Everything from Jesus books, to silly beach reads, to business books, I listen to them when I am editing photos, doing the dishes, diving to and from our warehouse, and out for a run! If you haven’t tried Audible I would highly recommend it.

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Instagram and Facebook: @ashleybrookedesigns

Twitter/Pinterest/Snapchat: @abdesigns

Website: www.ashleybrookedesigns.com 

 

 

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Simple recipes: Darn Good Chocolate Cake

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It’s no secret. I’m not the best cook. I’m trying a lot lately though. I like baking more than cooking (especially if its easy and yummy and makes my fam happy!) Here’s a last minute, EASY, not-super-messy, not-a-ton-of-dishes recipe for the fourth if you’re looking for a quick dessert to bring to a party or to enjoy while watching the fireworks tonight! Recipe came to me from my mama. And its seriously the moistest (is that a word?), gooiest, yummiest cake ever. Last chocolate cake recipe you’ll ever need. You’re welcome!! ; ) 

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Darn Good Chocolate Cake
Serves 8
delicious, easy, quick slice-and-enjoy cake
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Cook Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box devil's food cake
  2. 1 package chocolate instant pudding (small)
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 cup sour cream
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/2 cup warm water
  7. 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix everything, except chocolate chips for about 3 minutes. I mix on low / medium in my KitchenAid.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased bundt pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
  5. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  6. Pop out, dust with powdered sugar (optional) and enjoy!
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Free Printable: Overwhelmed Cheat Sheet

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Download and print for yourself! A cheat sheet – where to begin when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Available in our Free Printable Library (along with 40+ other awesome free printables!)

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EL for A Little Lady Shop Headbands

When I first found out that I was pregnant with two babies, I never imagined that I would get to be a mama to a sweet baby girl. I was certain the doctor would tell me there were two little boys in there, and I was totally ready to rock the whole mom-of-all-boys thing! When we found out that we were, in fact, having a little lady, I squealed, cried, nearly fell off the table and scared my husband half to death. It wasn’t long before I was dreaming of bows, ruffles and all things girly. As they say, “the bigger the bow, the better the mama…” I digress… :)

Dressing Caroline up in sweet, girly outfits with big, beautiful bows has been so much fun for this new girl-mama.

IMG_4763Needless to say, this spring, when A Little Lady Shop asked me to collaborate with them to create a collection of bows for baby girls. I quickly agreed! Caroline’s very first bows were purchased from A Little Lady Shop, and she even wore some of them in her newborn photos, so this was SUCH an exciting and special partnership for me. I designed the fabric and selected the style of the bows, and Marie at A Little Lady Shop did an incredible job making my vision come to life! Not only is each bow handmade, but they’re also really soft and gentle enough for even the most sensitive newborn heads. I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out! One of the bows even features our signature “EL” pineapple pattern! Here’s a little peek into our process and idea bouncing below.

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These bows are now available for purchase on A Little Lady Shop’s website! To celebrate, we’re giving away a set of all four EL for ALLS headbands PLUS one of our SOLD OUT EL Baby Books! Enter below!

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Quick and easy makeup

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a fashionista and I don’t know a ton about makeup, but I know what I like. :) I’ve found a few simple, basic makeup favorites that are pretty tried and true for me. I try and put on makeup every day (doesn’t always happen) because it makes me feel a little more put together and ready for whatever the day throws at me (read: people I run into at the grocery store, surprise work meetings, etc).

I’m super fair and I have a hard time loving lipstick colors, so here’s what I go for: thick, dark upper lid eyeliner, nude (bare?) lip, bright / girly blush and thick lashes. (Seriously, I would wear fake lashes every day if I could.. I LOVE the look).

So CoverGirl sent me these two awesome pieces to try (not everyday you see “CoverGirl” in your inbox, so that was a surprise!) and I really, really love them:  their new Super Sizer mascara (very black) and their Intensify Me precision eyeliner. These two fit my love for a bolder eye than lip and I really love them. The eyeliner isn’t your standard “crayon” type (there’s got to be a more fancy word for that) – it’s a liquid that goes on with a stiff brush (that feels like a crayon… are you with me?) The mascara has a thin wand and goes on thick. I love.

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My friend Kate (from The Small Things blog) sent me some awesome lipstick from Anthro the other day when she saw my sad Insta post about how I can’t do lipstick… and she hit the nail on the head! It’s gorgeous!! It’s peony by Albeit – the perfect pinky – nude color. (wearing it here!)

My favorite piece of makeup is my MAC Bare Study paint pot (it’s an eyelid primer). I wear neutral shadows (also from MAC) and it keeps them on and doesn’t allow them to get oily / crease. All in all, it takes me about 5-10 minutes to throw a decent amount of makeup on in the morning. (Also, run and go to Banana… these drapey tees are my FAVORITE EVER. I have them in every color. Watch carefully and you’ll catch them 40% off on sale!!)

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