holiday gift guide: for mom.

Shopping for mom can be tricky, I mean, what can you possibly gift the women that gave birth to you that says… well, enough. Here’s a few pretty pieces carefully curated to pamper your sweet momma:

mom gift guide



holiday ready: in tulle.







Tulle Skirt: Corilynn & Co. Top: Old Navy. (similar here. I buy size 10-12 in boys, works like a charm.) Heels: Enzo Angiolini. (similar.) Bag: Melie Bianco. (similar  here.) Pearls: Vintage (similar.) Necklace: JCrew. Ring: TJMaxx (similar.) Sunglasses: H&M. (similar.) Nails: Essie (really red.) Lips: MAC (russian red.)

A festive holiday look for you in our brand new Ebony Tulle Skirt on this lovely Tuesday.  Because, as it turns out, black tulle is just as fun as white.  I love dressing down uber formal pieces with something a little more casual, like a gingham top, then I stack on the jewelry and go for a deep red lip, because it’s Christmas time, and why not?

Here’s a little tip for you all, if you can’t find gingham in the color you want (why don’t they carry more colors for women?) Consider raiding the little boys section.  You can always find gingham shirts in a myriad of colors.  (I usually buy either a size 10 or 12, and normally wear a XXS in women’s) ;-)

And speaking of black, here’s a friendly little public service announcement reminder, that our biggest sale of the year is this Friday, and we’ve got a whole bunch of fun new pieces dropping in the shop this week, just in time for it.  I can hardly contain my excitement, eeek!





le duds pour le littles.

Shopping for toys is fun and all, but my favorite thing to buy my kids for Christmas is a new outfit.  It’s probably not their favorite thing to open.  Okay, fine.  It’s definitely not their favorite.  The boys usually say something to the effect of “Not a squishy present!” or “Oh, thanks.”  Before setting it in their pile and forgetting about it.  Hannah’s just starting to reach that age where clothes are a little bit exciting for her, which makes me want to stand on the rooftop and shout “hallelujah!”

Anyways, because my boys are rambunctious, and busy and creative, they also basically destroy their clothes in a matter of weeks. (let them be little and all that.)  So for the most part I’m very practical when buying them clothes.  Sturdy and simple, they are t-shirt and jeans boys all the way and their everyday wardrobe, which needs to be completely replaced every single time the season changes, reflects as much.

The girls, I can have a little more fun with, but even Hannah can put a hole in the knee of her jeans with surprising accuracy.  And Ava, well she’s just growing.  Growing like a chubby little weed.

Most of their clothes are pretty basic, everyday pieces that can be mixed and matched, that aren’t too pricey and that can hold up to at least a few months of hard wear, but for Christmas I like to buy my littles something a little special.  I don’t overwhelm them with a smorgasbord of new duds, but I love to get them one new outfit each and I love to make it really special.  Something that just fits their personality.

Here are my picks for this year.  Almost everything was found at mini boden, because let’s face it.  Boden is just my jam.

baby girl christmas clothes


I chose this quirky little farm dress for Ava because the print was so darling and unique, and it also reminded me of my childhood and the dresses my grandma used to sew for me.  She had to have boots, because boots are her thing right now and you should here her say “boooot.” So hilarious.  Sweater tights keep those chubby little legs of hers warm, and that cardigan with the ears… enough said.

ethan wear


Ethan is just one of those boys who looks so at home in stripes.  He’s kind of a solid little bruiser, and if any of my kids end up a rugby player I predict it will be him.  Plus he’s got the sweetest disposition, I can just see him in a pom beanie.

carter wear


Carter’s a little bit rockstar and a little bit lumberjack, somehow rolled into one kid, so plaid in a punky green and a pair of vintage cords just felt so him.  And if you’ve ever met the kid you’d know that that beanie was basically made for him.

hannah wear


Ah Hannah.  My dreamboat ten-year-old.  She’s such a print mixer, she loves stripes (I have no idea where she gets that from) and mint is her favorite color.  Mixing this bird skirt with a peter pan color breton shirt, was the obvious choice.  That mint toggle coat just has to be hers, with those sweet mary janes to match.  She’s not a lover of tights, so these footless ones are a fantastic option for her.  And of course, every girl needs a little sparkle.  This headband does the trick.

Boden is offering free shipping on all orders right now, and a lot of their stuff is on sale.

Happy Shopping.

A few other greats for finding kids clothes:

JCrew Factory. Old Navy. Gap. Target.


staying in.



PJ’s: J Crew. (find them here .) Socks:(similar.) New Favorite Mug: Saffron Ave. (c/o)

It’s a cold, rainy Saturday, so I’m camping out on my cozy living room floor and finishing up my Christmas shopping.  Online shopping is my favorite.  Pass the cozy pj’s and the cocoa.

Here are some great weekend sales if you are doing the same:

30% off at Old Navy. Use code: EARLYBIRD.

40% off at Gap. Use code: SHOP.

Fresh cuts at Anthropologie. Lots of beautiful tops for under $40. (Free shipping on orders over $150)

JCrew 30% off winter picks and an extra 30% off fall sales with code: SHOPNOW

Up to 60% off everything at J Crew factory, plus an additional 15% off when you spend over $75 and an additional 20% off purchases over $125.

$25 off dresses, skirts & sweaters at Loft. Plus an extra 50% off sale styles.

Buy one get one 70% off on Boots and Booties at Steve Madden. plus 30% off sale styles.

Up to 50% off on sale at Eddie Bauer. All sweaters are 40% off (today only!) Plus free shipping on all orders.  Use code: WARMTH

20% tabletop and throws at Pottery Barn. 30% off candles.

40% off advent calendars at Pottery Barn Kids. and 20% off on stockings.

Winter warm up sale at West Elm. 20% off Rugs, bedding, curtains, pillows, and throws.

25% off clothing purchases of $125 or more at Jack Spade. Use code: GIFTYOURSELF

Also, have you seen the cute video of Anna Kendrick on Kate Spade’s homepage?  Love it!

Happy Weekend everyone!









Hat: Nordstrom. Faux Fur Vest: Loft. (old. similar here and here.) Jacket: Nordstrom Rack. (similar here and here.) Jeans: ZARA. (similar.) Booties: Target. (similar.) Bag: Ivanka Trump. (similar.)


Happy Friday everyone!

(I don’t know about you, but I could use a weekend.)


farewell fall…






Boots: Steve Madden. (similar.) Hat: Nordstrom. Coat: Gap. (similar here and here.) Jeans: Target. (similar.) Sweater: Zara Kids. (similar here and here.) Ring: TJMaxx. (similar.)

I was driving home from my studio yesterday, through this perfect little mini valley that I pass through almost everyday, and I realized that all the beautiful golden leaves had fallen from the trees.  Autumn is almost over and winter is fast on it’s way.  It’s been so cold here lately, and snowing in other places.  People are putting up their trees and Thanksgiving is only a week away. I don’t know where this year went, but it’s passing in a blink.  Winter is almost here, and then the new year.  I feel like I was just looking forward to 2014 a few weeks ago and now it’s almost over.  Crazy, crazy…

This time of year I really start pulling out all my cozy favorites, and this season I’m all about the pom beanies.  They’re just cozy and fun.  It’s a hat, but not too serious.



more cozy favorites:


on christmas eve.

for him: pj’s./slippers.

for you: pj’s./slippers.

for little her: pj’s/slippers.

for little him: pj’s/slippers.

for baby little: pj’s/robe/slippers.

On Christmas Eve we always open one gift, and that gift is always jammies for the whole family.  We’ve been doing it since I was a kid, and I love carrying it on with my own family.  It’s one of my favorite traditions.  Shopping for PJ’s is really fun this time of year, and one of the first things I buy for Christmas because, well, I love pajamas.  There are so many perfectly cozy options out there for littles and parents alike, I thought I might show you my absolute faves this year.  With a few runners up below. (it’s so hard to choose!  Especially where Ava’s concerned. ;-) )

I mean,


Enough said.


put a coat on it.







Coat: JCrew. Jeans: Hudson. Shoes: Payless. (similar.) Scarf: Old Navy. (similar.) Sweater: Loft. (similar.) Bag: Target. Sunglasses: H&M (similar.)

Raise your hand if it got like insanely frigid where you live over the last week.  Granted, we’ve had beautiful sunny weather here in Seattle and who’s going to complain about that this time of year, but good grief it’s been cold.  They weren’t kidding about that cold front.  This time of year, during that first really wicked cold, I start thinking about coats.  Coats are one of those things that I just die over.  It might be because they are so elusive to me (finding a coat that actually fits is nearly impossible when you’re super petite) but beautiful coats have always been my weakness.  Luckily, with more and more retailers offering great petite options for coats, especially online (hallelujah) I don’t have to just dream about them anymore.

I’ve learned over the years, that a great coat is a worthy investment.  Like a great pair of boots, or the right classic handbag, it’s worth spending a little more on.  A good coat will keep you insanely warm without adding extra bulk and will last for years and years to come.  And like all classic closet pieces, it should both fit and flatter you.  I bought this coat two winters ago, (you can still find it at J Crew) and I’ve never regretted it.  It’s not bulky in the slightest, but it’s by far the warmest coat I own.  I also love how long it is, it keeps me warm all the way down to my knees, and I love that it’s off white.  I’ve always had a thing for white coats.  And just in case you were wondering, it doesn’t get nearly as dirty as you think it will, I’ve only had to dry clean mine twice.  I love this coat, I wear it constantly during the cold months, and I know I will for years to come.

And for all my petite ladies out there, here’s the 411 on great coats for us tiny folks:

J Crew’s petite coats fit like a dream, Loft as well, and Banana Republic.  J Crew Factory, same great sizing and even better prices, plus they’ve got lots of great petite options.  So far, my luck with Anthropologie’s petite section has been superb, and I’ve never tried Asos’ petite coats, but I do know that the rest of the stuff I order from them fits really well, especially petite pieces, so I’m guessing the fit is good.

Gap’s petite sizing is dismal (which makes me want to cry because I love their stuff) but I find all their tops, and coats (petite and otherwise) are huge on me.  Old Navy is the same way, which is a shame, because they have some really cute trendier pieces this year that I love and are a great price (up to 50% off right now), but they are all huge on me.  And I’m just at that point in my 30’s where I don’t want to look like I borrowed my big sister’s coat, if you know what I mean.

Also, with regards to coats of the wool variety, if you’re oscillating between adding a blue or black coat to your closet this season, might I suggest this beauty as an alternative.  Grey is a great option because it’s versatile and can be worn with almost anything.  Also, I think it’s a little unexpected, and you know how much I love that.

Find all my favorite coats this season below, and let me know where you find your favorites.  Any other great places to find petite coats out there? (I’m always on the hunt.)




ps. J Crew is still having their 25% off sale (including their beautiful coats) until tonight: use code: SHOPNOW


casual camo.








Pants: Loft. Sweater: Michael Kors. (similar here and here.) Shoes: JCrew Factory. Jacket: Old Navy. (love this one.)Bag: Ivanka Trump. (similar here and here.)

It’s a rare thing when a pair of pants fit me this well right off the hanger.  Granted these still need to be cropped a bit, but still.  Bravo, Loft.  I’d almost broken up with Loft for good about a year ago, but they’ve gone and reeled me back in.  So many good pieces for the last two seasons.  And you know how I feel about their sales… they are the best.

Hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.  I’m looking forward to it!

(I’ve put a list of some of the best sales going on this weekend below.)




Loft Friends and family sale is this weekend!  That means 40% off everything.  run, run like the wind.

Boden has 30% off all they’re dresses and 20% off everything else plus free shipping.

40-60% off EVERYTHING at J Crew Factory. 

25% off at J Crew. use code: SHOPNOW.

30% off at Gap. use code: HAPPY.

Ann Taylor is also having their friends and family sale this weekend.  40% off your entire purchase.