fit to be floral.

bright pink and mint

the perfect spring casual outfit

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pink peonies sweatshirt

spring floral sweatshirt

Sweatshirt: Loft.  Jeans: Zara. (similar here and here.) Shoes: Nordstrom.  Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.  Sunglasses: H&M (similar here.)

You know I love a good casual glam outfit, and I think a sweatshirt and stilettos pretty much fits that bill.  I wore this yesterday when we had both the science fair AND the pinewood derby in the same night.  At the same time.  Gosh, I love it when that happens.

Just kidding.

I really, really hate it when that happens.

You know what I love?  This sweatshirt.  I spent a lot of years kind of “off pink,” and then for some reason over the last couple months I’m all about the color.  Only problem is, when you are off a color for several years, you end up not having any of it in your closet.  In fact, a couple months ago when I reorganized my closet, I realized I didn’t have much color in it at all.  Lots of navy blue though, plenty of that.  Anyway, this spring I’m all about pink, and florals, and minty accents, because let’s be real, I will never quit that.

Happy Friday everyone!

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A few fun things for your weekend:

The Loft friends and family sale is happening now.  40% off your purchase.

Gap’s spring sale is happening right now, up to 50% off.  Also, their best dressed event is happening.  $30 off all women’s dresses, $15 off all girls dresses.

Nordstrom has a fun April trend guide. Their graphics and florals look is my favorite.

Loooved this post on Time Management hacks by one of my faves.  Seriously love everything she posts.

This floral jumpsuit look by Kendi, still has me floored. (insert slow clap.)

Loving all the new arrivals at JCrew Factory.  Everything is 50% off right now, and also this sailor sweater is the best thing ever.

Speaking of JCrew. extra 30% off sale with code THEBEST.

This adorable couple’s Cookbook launch party was the dreamiest thing ever.  Loved every single image.

  

a little leopard.

cheetah and stripes plus a graphic sweatshirt

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red kate spade bag

Jeans: Zara. (similar here and here.) Shirt: Forever21.  Sweatshirt: H&M. (also similar here and here) Bag: Kate Spade. Shoes: Target. Sunglasses: Loft.

“As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” -Jenna Lyons.

Amen to that.

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A few fun things from around the web:

Mother’s day is coming up!  Have you seen Nordstrom’s mother’s day gift section?  So good this year.

Are you pregnant and looking for style inspiration:  this momma, and this momma are both amazing (plus they are the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet.)

This girl (who’s one of my favorite bloggers ever) posted an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe, plus she even made a water color of it, because she’s basically the most creative human on the planet.  I want her art skills.  Also, her whole house is just beyond.  Why haven’t I met her in real life yet??

Just found this adorable mama.  I know, I KNOW.  Where have I been.  She has the best style ever.

I just bought these pants the other day, and HOLY FLATTERING.  Also they are a linen blend… dreamy.  Perfect for spring and summer.  And they legit make me look taller.  We all know what a miracle that is…  They are so similar to my original wide-leg linen pants that I’ve had for years and still love, I basically did a little jig when I found them.

Also bought this amazing sweatshirt.  Holy Pink Peonies. (not the blogger ;-)

Gap’s spring sale is on, up to 50% off.  Loving this striped sleeve top.

I found THE most amazing pair of rip/repair boyfriend jeans and they’re on major sale.

  

spring sneaks.

Sneakers are one of my favorite things to wear this time of year.  The weather is getting nicer, and it makes you want to get outside and do active things.  I love wearing a pair of cute sneakers because I still feel put together but I also feel like I’m ready for anything…  Also, can we just acknowledge that cute sneakers are like the best invention ever for moms?

I thought it would be fun to throw it back to a few of my favorite sneaker looks today…  I linked to each original post and included as many pieces (or similar items) as I could find.

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Camo, Sweatshirt, Jacket: Old Navy. (similar pants, sweatshirt, jacket.) Shoes: Chuck Taylor via Nordstrom.

Original post here.

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Thermal: Old Navy. Overalls: Target. (similar.) Scarf: Gap.(love this one for summer.) Sneaks: Converse via Nordstrom.

original post here.

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Jeans: ZARA. (similar here.) Jacket: Anthro. (similar) Top: Target. (similar here and here.) Bag: Target. Shoes: Converse via Nordstrom.

Original post here.

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Shirt: Boden. Jeans: Zara.(similar here) Belt: Borrowed from Craig. Hat: JCrew. (love this one too.) Bag: Michael Kors. (similar here and here) Sneaks: Converse.

Original Post here.

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Dress: Old Navy. (similar here, here, and here.) Hat: JCrew. (similar here.) Bag:Target. (similar here also.) Tee: Target.  Sneakers: Converse via Nordstrom.

Original post here.

cognac and black

Tee: My collection. Jeggings: Target. Shoes: Target. (loving these for spring.) Bag: Target. Jacket: Old Navy. (similar.)

Original post here.

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Pants, Sweatshirt, Jacket: Old Navy. (similar sweatshirt, jacket) Shoes: Chuck Taylor via Nordstrom.

Original post here.

So I obviously loooove my Chuck Taylors, but this year I’m also feeling the slip-ons, boat shoes pastels and (of course) stripes!

Here are my current Spring favorites.

(all of these are $60 and under!)

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lady in white.

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pastel pink shoes, white dress, mint bag

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Rebecca Minkoff mint bag with a white dress

Dress: Loft. Shoes: Nordstrom. Bag:Rebecca Minkoff. Necklace: via TJMaxx. (similar here and here.)

A great white shirt-dress has been on my closet list for a very long time.  I have a navy short-sleeved shirtdress that’s been a favorite for probably 6 years, so when I stumbled upon this pretty number a few weeks ago I was delighted.  Finding dresses like this that actually go to or past the knee?  So rare.    Even better too, because it has side seam pockets one of the few short comings of my navy dress, and it came in petite to, so no hemming involved (for once.)  I tried on the non-petite version of this dress in store and it’s a nice longer length (for you taller or even normal height ladies out there) and should hit you in just the right spot of the knee.

A white dress is such a great spring/summer staple.  Dressed up or down, worn alone or layered, there are a million different ways to style this dress. I wore this one a week ago with my navy hunter rain boots and a denim jacket and then changed it up by adding a pair of pink heels and a pretty mint bag for a pastel church look.

Find more great white dresses below:

white shirtdress and pops of pastels

 

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tulips.

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babies in boots

hunter boots for spring

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red tulips

mint hunter wellies for kids

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Skirt: JCrew Factory. Sweater: JCrew (old similar here.) Bag: Rebecca Minkoff. (on sale!) Boots: Hunter Kids.  (adult version here.)

Hannah’s boots here.

Ava’s boots here.

I took my kids to the tulip festival in Skagit county yesterday.  Horrible traffic aside, it was a beautiful day and the tulips were amazing.  It’s a lot of work taking four kids on an outing (especially one that’s 1.5 hours away) but I’m always glad I made the effort afterwards.

Good reminder to say yes to life more often…

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my beauty favorites.

I’m often asked to share my go-to beauty products, so putting together a post about all my favorites has been on my list for awhile.  Here we go:

Skin:

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Garnier BB Cream. Up & Up Makeup Cleansing Towelettes. Up & Up Exfoliating Towelettes.  Jergen’s Natural Glow. Aveeno Blue.

1. Garnier BB Cream.  I’ve been hearing buzz on BB Cream forever, but just started using this one from Garnier and I am obsessed.  Before this, I have to admit, I wasn’t doing anything special in the way of moisturizer, (just using my Aveeno lotion on my face) but this product is so great.  And at about 13 bucks it’s super affordable.  My skin is noticeably softer and more even (even when I don’t have makeup on).  My favorite part, because it’s a mineral tinted moisturizer I can put it on when I don’t have time for makeup without feeling like I’m leaving the house with a naked face.  Plus, it has SPF which is really important to me.

2. Up&Up Makeup cleansing wipes.  I don’t know what happened to me in the past six months, because I used to LOVE washing my face at night before bed, but I’ve just been so blah about it and  more times than I’d like to admit I’ve gone to bed with my make-up still on.  (I know, I know.  Gross.)    These were a revelation.  They take off the day so quickly, they are super soft and smell delicious.  And it’s much easier to get my mascara off then do a low-key rinse with something mild.  Also, gotta love Target’s Up&Up brand because these babies are $3 and they work like a charm.

3. UP&Up Exfoliating Towelette.  Are you kidding me with this one.  An exfoliating towelette.  Game changer.  These smell divine and work like a charm, make my skin look super blowy, and are so fast.  I use them every other day.

4. Jergen’s Healthy Glow daily moisturizer.  For those days when it’s been a little too long since your skin has seen the light of day and you need a touch of color.  Jergen’s has a whole line of these Natural Glow products, but this moisturizer is my fave.  I think it smells amazing, and I like the subtle color it gives me.  A little tip for applying tanning lotion:  Apply your regular moisturizer first and blend well, being careful to avoid going to heavy on your knees and ankles.  Applying your regular lotion first keeps you from getting streaks and uneven spots.  You will thank me later.  Also, don’t use this on your face.  Jergen’s has another product for that, (disclaimer: I’ve never tried it.)

5. Aveeno Blue.  I saved the best for last.  You guys.  This is miracle lotion.  I’ve stopped random strangers in Target to recommend this lotion.  That’s how much I love it.  I’ve always had dry skin, but when I went away to college in a high mountain desert, I developed terrible eczema on my hands.  I mean, peeling and splits all over my palms and fingers.   I had scales for skin on my hands.  It was humiliating and so so painful.  Add to that, I was a mom of young kids and washing my hands constantly.  My sister and I had a joke about only using the tip of our index finger and thumb while we cooked, cleaned, etc. so we wouldn’t have to get our whole hands wet to wash them.  I’d use liquid bandaid to try and seal the cuts and that stuff (I am thoroughly convinced) was invented by Satan himself because it’s stings so bloody bad when you apply it, I would literally cry every time I had to use it.  And I’ve given birth naturally, so you know, I can take at least a decent level of pain, but that stuff, it kills.  I’m not trying to be dramatic I just want you all to know exactly how bad my eczema was.  I tried everything for years and years, dermatologists, expensive steroid creams, hydrocortisone creams.  Everything.  Then we moved to Arizona and it turns out it’s even dryer there, and the eczema got so much worse.  Now it was spreading to my legs, parts of my arms.  I was desperate.  Then a friend suggested I start trying Aveeno Blue because her pediatrician has offered it as an alternative to steroid cream on her daughter’s skin.  I was skeptical, but willing to try anything.  You guys.  Within a week, my eczema was gone.  8 years of struggling to clear it up, thousands of dollars in doctors bills and prescription creams– this little grocery store hand/body lotion cleared it up in a week, and it has NEVER come back.  It’s also such a great lotion for babies, FYI.  I love this stuff so, so much.  It’s not chalky or greasy.  It goes on/soaks in easy.  I seriously can’t say enough good things about it.  Phew.

Lastly, my best advice for great healthy looking skin?  Drink a lot of water, wear sunblock everyday (best to get a moisturizer and foundation with spf), and get enough sleep.  (I’m a little bit of a hypocrite here.  I stay up too late way too often.)  If you’re having trouble drinking enough water, try slicing up a strawberry, some cantaloupe or a cucumber and putting it in your glass (not all at once.)  It will add just a hint of subtle flavor, and make drinking enough water everyday a piece of cake.  I’m completely addicted.

Hair:

corilynn beauty favorites- hair products

the products:

Suave Dry Shampoo. Pantene Hairspray. Organix Moroccan Oil. Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.

1. Suave dry shampoo.  Want your hair to look and stay healthy longer.  Stop washing it everyday!  I’ve been not washing my hair everyday since high school, but the invent of dry shampoo means I can go anywhere from 3-6 days without washing.  (I’ve got really thick hair, and it doesn’t get greasy very fast)  I’ve tried expensive dry shampoos, this $3 suave number works just as well. If you’ve never tried dry shampoo, what are you waiting for?!  But seriously.  You should really jump on this band wagon.

2. Pantene Hairspray.  This stuff works pretty well, and I’m not much of a hairspray person, just a light spritz on days when I curl my hair, so I like this lightweight option and the price tag attached to it.

3. Organix Moroccan Oil.  Hair serum is a game changer if you are ahem blessed with frizzy hair like me.  Apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair and work through.  Don’t use to much, you’ll be grease city and you’ll have to wash your hair again…

4. Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. This stuff smells like heaven, and works great on frizzy hair.  Plus it’s sulphur/phosphate free so it doesn’t strip out the keratin treatment I have done to combat my frizz.  It’s spend, but when you’re only washing your hair every 3-6 days and you’ve spent a pretty penny on a keratin treatment, a $30 bottle of shampoo is worth it.

corilynn beauty favorites- hair tools

the tools.

Chi straightener. Hana Blow dryer. Conair curling iron.

1.  This Chi straightener changed my life.  I bought it probably 6 years ago and it still works beautifully.  It gets super hot and smooths your hair without frying it.  i have a Hana straightener as well and it’s also great.  I go back and forth, but I’ve been on a Chi kick for a year or two.

2. Hana Blow Dryer.  This hair dryer has saved me so many hours of blow drying.  It you have thick hair, a high powered blow dryer is a worthy investment.   I can’t find it anywhere online but here are a few other options

3. If you’ve ever wondered how I get my curls, this con air curling iron is the answer.  1″ shaft is perfect to set the curl, and get the shape I’m always after.

Makeup:

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corilyn beauty favorites- make-up skin

Face:

Bare Minerals: Bareskin liquid foundation, Original Powder Foundation, mineral veil, warmth, blush. Brushes: 1(for the liquid foundation), 2 (for the powder foundation.), 3 (for blush), 4(for all over warmth powder.)

I loooove Bare Minerals.  I’ve been using their powder foundation for years and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.  I added their bare skin liquid foundation a year ago and I love it.  It turns your skin to porcelain and the powder buffs it into perfection.  Warmth powder is great for color, and this blush is to-die for.

corilynn beauty favorites- makeup eyes and brows

Eyes:

MAC Shadow: Carefree (creamy  shimmer off-white) and Wedge(deep khaki brown).  MAC brushes: 1,2. Maybelline define-a-brow brow pencil: medium brown.  Brow drama. Spooly brush.  tweezers, brow trimmers. Covergirl eyeliner: Espresso.  Loreal Voluminous mascara.

I’m a pretty basic girl when it comes to my eye make-up.  I have a routine that works for me and I stick to it on the daily.  Occasionally I will darken up my eye-shoadow when I’m heading out on a date with my hubby, but for the most part this is it.  I’m not a huge fan of the Loreal Voluminous mascara, and I’m always searching for that perfect one.  If you have one you know and love, do share.

Brows are my thing, and I use quite a few tools to tame my wild/uneven brows.  I’ve gotten it down to almost a science over the years, but when I first started doing my brows they took me forever.  Now it’s around 2 minutes a brow and worth every second.  If your eyes are the windows of your face, the brows are their frame.  Frame well, my friends.

coilynn beauty favorites- makeup lipstick

Lips:

Nars: Jungle Red.  MAC: please me. Bare Essentials: Marvelous Moxie: Risk it All.  MAC: Russian Red. Revlon: Fairest Nude.  MAC: COSTA CHIC.  Bare Essentials: moxie gloss.

I’ve got a lot of great lipsticks I use depending on my mood and here they are.  (FYI I’m always looking for great new colors, so if you have one you love, do tell.)

Nars Jungle Red is a vibrant slightly orangey pink red that’s pretty matte.

 Mac please me is a great summer pink.  Really bright and cheerful, its also a great matte lipstick.

Bare Essentials: Marvelous Moxie: Risk it All.  If there as a shade of pink that belonged in front of an exclamation point, this is it.  Deep fuchsia with just the right amount of glossy shine.  Lasts forever.

Mac : Russian Red.  The ultimate red lipstick.  Matte with blue undertones.

Revlon:Fairest Nude.  This is my serious go-to.  I go through a lot of tubes of this stuff and I’m not even sorry…

Mac: Costa Chic.  A light orangey pink, perfect for spring/summer months.

Bare Essentials: Moxie Gloss.   Great lipgloss for when you’re in a pinch.  Just the right amount of glossy color to shake off the dead lip look.

So there you have it!  My beauty favorites!  Any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.  Also, a few of you have asked so I may do a video and show you all how I curl this mane of mine…

  

all tied up.

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Skirt: Asos.  Lady Tie: Corilynn. Shirt: JCrew. (similar here and here.) Jacket: Anthropologie. Bag: Target. Shoes: Enzo Angiolini. (similar here and here.) Sunglasses: H&M (similar here and here.)

I’ve been a big fan of the whole female in a tie, borrowed from the boys look since I saw Nottinghill my Sophomore year of high school.  When Julia Roberts does menswear, you pay attention.  I didn’t however, have the guts to wear one myself until I was married and had a boy to borrow from.  I was immediately addicted.  Seriously, have you ever tried wearing a tie.  I can’t explain why, but it always makes me feel fabulous, and daring and maybe a little bad-a.

The only problem with borrowing from the boys, is that boys clothes are bigger, so I ran into a problem of proportions.  The ties were always a little too wide, and much too long.  I’d end up tucking the tail awkwardly into my shirt and the look was never as clean as I’d like it to be.  So I did what I seem to always do when I want something that I can’t find anywhere.  I designed one myself.

I give you,

The Lady Tie.

Inspired by him, designed for you.

Real ladies wear ties.

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how to nail the laundry like a ninja with Persil Proclean.

laundry tips and tricks with persil proclean

Mint Baseball Tee: Loft. Jeans: Zara. (similar here and here.)

So let’s be real, laundry is not may favorite thing, but then, is it anyones favorite thing?  I remember  when I was in college I did maybe 2 loads of laundry a week at most and it was a piece of cake.

TWO. LOADS. A. WEEK.

When I think back on that, I seriously wonder why I thought that was a chore at all.  Why wasn’t I prancing my way over to the laundry room with glee to do my two little loads of laundry?  Cheerfully folding my socks, happily hanging my shirts… Then I got married, and still, the laundry was a piece of cake.  Now instead of 2 small loads, we washed three decent loads a week.  No big deal.  Sure, we were living in a tiny basement apartment and I was tromping those three loads through the snow to the laundry room, but still only,

THREE. LOADS. A. WEEK.

Then something happened.  We had a baby.  Tiny little Hannah came along, all 6 lbs 14 oz of her and suddenly our laundry doubled.  Doubled.  How on earth a little human the size of a small pumpkin is capable of doubling the laundry output is beyond me, but that’s what happened.  Burp clothes and swaddling blankets and teeny tiny socks, our laundry doubled.  Fast forward a decade, three more kids and lots of grass stains later, I can’t even begin to tell you how much laundry I do in a week, but let me just say it is the biggest job in the house.

After a decade of dealing with the never-ending pile of dirty-then clean but not yet folded laundry on the floor, I’ve found a few life–er laundry saving hacks that will (I promise you) change your life.

Or at least your feelings about the laundry.

And today I’m going to share them with you, along with a new detergent that I think you’ll want to try.

Let me just start by saying that my laundry room is nothing special.  In fact, it’s little more than a hallway between the garage and the house, (who in their right mind designed that?) and it’s my least favorite space in my home, mostly because it’s where everything gets dumped–shoes, coats, backpacks, and all that dirty laundry.  No wonder I’ve got such a large laundry/mudroom board on pinterest… le sigh.

Even so, the laundry, I’ve found can be a positive experience, even with less than positive conditions.

Because laundry is such a big part of my life as a mother, and because it took me so many years to find a system that worked for me and for our home, when Persil Proclean approached me about trying out their brand new line of detergents, I jumped at the chance.

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Available in three forms, Persil ProClean detergents have power-packed formulas that are great for everyday laundry and are powerful enough to help remove those tough stains.

I was excited to give all three a try because with four active kids I’ve got all kinds of laundry stain problems.  I tried the Persil ProClean Power liquid first, it’s the perfect everyday detergent for me.  It has powerful enzymes designed for lifting stains and making your clothes look amazing.  The ProClean Power Pearls detergent is my favorite for whites.  The detergent is designed to brighten your whites, but it’s still safe to use on your colors as well.  Best of the three, in my humble opinion, its the Persil PowerCaps.  I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who has trouble not using too much detergent.  (I want to get those clothes really clean!)  But in the process I go through way more laundry soap than I need to, and I don’t like to be wasteful.  These power caps are awesome  because each pre-measured Power-Caps detergent capsule combines Pro-Lift Stain Removers plus a Brightness Formula for a powerful cleaning combination. Persil Power-Caps are formulated to dissolve in all water temperatures and can be used with whites or colors.  Anything that simplifies laundry gets two thumbs up from me.

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Speaking of simplifying the laundry here are my top four life-changing laundry hacks:

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#1: Fold right out of the dryer.

Folding an entire load of laundry takes maybe 8 minutes if you’re going slow.  It’s when you let the loads pile up that laundry folding turns into a 3 hour gig.  If you fold right out of the dryer that never happens, you avoid the clothes getting wrinkly and you get to enjoy that warm fresh-out-of-the-dryer smell.  Don’t start a dryer load until you know you’ll be there to fold it when it stops.  Clothes get just as wrinkly cooling off in the dryer as they do in a basket.

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#2: Keep a basket and a change catcher.

I keep a jar next to the washer and dryer to catch spare change that falls out of pockets.  That way I don’t have random piles of change all over the laundry hallway, and I can raid it for quarters when I need to go to the carwash.  I also keep a basket with dryer sheets, dryer balls, and other loose laundry tools in it.  Keeps the room cleaner and more organized.

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#3: Do a load of laundry every single day.

I know, I know.  It sounds crazy, because who wants to do laundry every single day?  But I promise you, if you wash a load each day of the week you never get behind and it’s never more than a 10-15 minute job.  5 minutes to start a load, 2 minutes an hour later to switch it, another 5-10 minutes to fold, and voila!  I promise you, this will change your life.

Find my super secret laundry schedule below, if you follow this you will never get behind on laundry again and all the clothes get washed.

ninja laundry schedule

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#4: Use a Cheat Sheet.

Stain removal can be such a time suck.  I can’t tell you how many hours I have waisted trying to figure out how to get this or that stain out, only to fail.  Get a cheat sheet.  I love the stain guide on Persil ProClean’s website. 

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Bonus Tip: Get yourself a collapsable drying rack.

I love getting dolled up for a night on the town with my cute husband which usually involves something sparkly.  All those delicates are fun to wear but the whole “lay flat to dry” can be a real pain when you don’t have a dedicated drying area.  Especially in a place like Seattle where the air has so much moisture and it takes literally forever for things to dry.  I use a collapsable drying rack and I place it in front of the fireplace in my living room.  A little heat dries out the air and speeds up the process, saving me time (which I love).  When the clothes are done, the rack folds up and tucks away nicely in my closet.

I know you all love going out as much as I do and right now Persil ProClean is giving you the opportunity to win a year supply of Persil and a premium night out on the town. The Premium night on town includes a $300 Nordstrom.com gift card, $200 OpenTable.com gift card, and a $150 Uber.com card credit. A second place winner will also receive a year supply of Persil®.  Go here to enter and hurry hurry, sweepstakes ends on 4/12/15!

 big thanks to Persil ProClean for sponsoring this post!  All opinion were my own.  Thank you for supporting that brands that support this blog.
  

pike place market.

mom and toddler at the market

Jumpsuit: Old Navy. (similar here and here.) Jacket: Old Navy. (similar here and here.) Flats: Target. (I like these even better.) Bag: Target. Hat: JCrew.  (this one is even better and more sturdy.) Sunglasses:H&M.  (similar here.)

a sunny day at Pike Place

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beechers cheese

dad and toddler

fish throwers pikc place

fish throwers pike place market

flowers at Pike Place

kisses part 1

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kisses

looking through the window

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pike place public market

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seattle waterfront

the littles of pike place

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veggies at pike place

 

with auntie at the market

If you only had one afternoon in Seattle, Pike Place market is where I’d tell you to go.  Located right in the heart of the city, just off the waterfront, it’s the quintessential Seattle experience.  A walk through the inside of the market is a mix of smells (fresh seafood, veggies, breads, and every kind of seasonal flower) and sounds (feet walking, vendors calling out prices, people ordering flowers, someone is always playing music) the cement ground is always damp ( from melting fish ice or rain or who knows what) and the whole feel is gritty but not grimy, and real genuinely Seattle.  The outside market is just as fun, and boasts Beecher’s cheese and the Crumpet shop, my two personal favorites, plus Metsker Maps which is always worth going in, and the umbrella shop, which is just what it sounds like, a shop with hundreds and hundreds of umbrellas.  The gum wall is just around the alley from Pike, a gross but cool spot that spells of bubbleyum and spearmint at the same time.

The waterfront is just a quick walk down (what I like to call) the staircase of death, and has the Aquarium, (which is awesome) the ferris wheel, Ye old Curiosity shop, and lots of other fun spots.  Although admittedly, the waterfront is a bit of a mess right now, due to construction and lots of our favorites places are closed right now… (I’m looking at you Ivar’s.)

 I’ve never been much of a jumpsuit person, but I bought this one for our cruise last month and it’s turned into a closet favorite.  I wore it on our 11 hour red eye flight down to the Caribbean and then all around town on our first day in San Juan.  It was so, so comfortable on the flight I slept like a baby, and perfectly breezy in that muggy tropical humidity.  Then worked well for dinner on the town that evening.  I love a great transitional wardrobe piece and this one is a gem.  I like to wear my jumpsuit with wedges, but I still think it’s cute with ballet flats or a pair of flip flops.   Also, I thought you should know, while I love, love, love this panama hat from JCrew, it’s rather delicate which can be interesting with kids in tow.  I tried on an amazing white one at Madewell last week and it is so much more durable (plus it’s less expensive so…).  I still wouldn’t drive a car over it or anything, but it can take a bit more of a hit and keep on coming.

Find these items, plus more of my favorite jumpsuits right now below:

middle of the market

 Shop the look:

More amazing jumpsuits:

  

casual pastels.

casual pastels

mint and blush

mint bag

mint baseball tee

pastel casuals

Baseball Tee: Loft. Jeans: Zara. (similar here and here.)  Shoes: Nordstrom.(go down half a size!)   Sunglasses: Old Navy. (similar here.)  Bag: Anne Klein. (similar here and here.) Nails:  Essie. (ballet slippers.)

You guys.  I found the most perfect slouchy mint baseball tee.  I’ve been searching for years to find this baby and then low and behold, I find it at Loft.  I should have known.  Also, you should probably know it’s linen and is on sale right now, plus an extra 40% off.  (It comes in petite too!)  You’re welcome. ;-)

Can we also talk about these shoes for a minute?  Because seriously, they are the stuff pastel dreams are made of.  Perfectly pink.  You know it’s love when you’re basically planning all your outfits around your new shoes.

I hope you’re enjoying your week!  My sisters and I are having the best time together.  Yesterday they came in and helped me rearrange my studio, which was actually so fun, despite the heaving lifting involved.  It’s nice to have another girl’s opinion.  The studio is totally feng shui now.  Then we went shopping and stayed till Nordstrom closed.  Turns out they lock you out of the mall if you stay past closing time, and there’s no way to access the parking garage from the inside so you have to walk all the way around the outside of the mall, in the dark and the cold, and the rain, with the babies you have in tow.  Look how dramatic I made that.  But seriously, we were cracking up, mostly because neither me or my sisters have any sense of direction, so locating the proper parking garage (there’s about a hundred) was an experience.  Today, we’re heading downtown, for some fresh flowers, a little more shopping (hello Zara), and I’m pretty sure there’s some crumpets with our names on it.  If you’re in the city, come find us and say hello!

pastel spring

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