How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Fancy Sweatpants

July 29, 2014

HSWI July 2014

I’ve gotten so into the athletic trend that I wish this month was longer, but we’ll end this month with an oldie but a goodie, your good ol’ sweatpants. Well, kinda your old sweatpants. More like luxe sweatpants because the 2nd pair aren’t exactly sweatpants, they’re loose fitting pants with silky fabric and a sweatpant fit. Who wouldn’t like that?

Here’s what’s up: you can wear sweats with heels if you treat the rest of your outfit like you aren’t wearing sweatpants. This means your top and accessories need to be on the nicer side. However, same goes for flats. This is clothing for leaving the house, not for sitting around the house. The other pieces don’t have to be extravagant, just make sure you go beyond what you wear to watch Netflix all day.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Fancy Sweatpants

1. MADEWELL Princesse Tamtam™ Sublime Bra

2. Ray-Ban Rayban Aviator Craft With Leather Detail Sunglasses

3. Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Sandal

4. Moorea Seal Tiny Arrow Earrings

5. Current/Elliott Loopback Jersey Track Pants

6. DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen Day Embroidered Cutout Cotton-Jersey Sweater

7. Tai Star Dust Bracelet

8. Madewell Transport Tote – English Saddle

For real sweatpants like these I think it’s important to pick a pair that aren’t too baggy, especially if you’re going to be wearing heels. You want the sweats to act as an unexpected twist instead of looking messy. This outfit has a subdued, natural color palette which makes recreating a look like this pretty easy. Just add some delicate gold jewelry and a pair of cool girl sunglasses. As for the bra, I’ve been watching a lot of Dexter so I thought I’d channel a little Hannah McKay, queen of black bras with see-thru shirts.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Fancy Sweatpants

1. J.Crew Jeweled Shield Necklace

2. Madewell Double Ring

3. Champagne Druzy Ring

4. Coach Madison Foldover Crossbody In Leather

5. Saint Laurent Strong Sunglasses – Dark Havana/Green Gradient

6. J.Crew Turner Pant

7. H&M Jersey Top

8. Leather Equestrian Wrap Bracelet

9. Steve Madden ‘Elusion’ Half D’Orsay Flat

I’ve seen a few people tucking fitted striped shirts into their loose pants and it looks really cute. Initially I thought heels for this look but figured if you have really sleek, pointy toed flats then that’s just as good, and much more comfortable. Keep up the theme of comfortable luxe with a leather crossbody bag, chunky rings, and gorgeous tortoiseshell sunglasses. The outfits I styled this one after had massive statement necklaces but the neckline of those shirts were higher, so if you wear a shirt with a lower neckline like the one above then go for a smaller piece that still packs a punch.

Julia of Style and Cheek

 

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

July 28, 2014

Life With The Lady

14 days. 6 minutes. 56 seconds.

Two Weeks.

aka…when I return to work. But who’s counting…

Being a stay at home momma these past 5 weeks has been incredible. I never thought of myself as the stay at home type, but once this babe arrived, there is nothing else I would rather do than stay at home and hold her all day. While that’s not reality and something we can afford to do, I have to return to work in two weeks. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I get to join adults on a daily basis with real conversations and interactions about real life things. I’ll be back in the workforce, doing something creative with my day and engaging my brain in different ways. On the other hand, I will be without my babe. There’s really no comparison.

No one tells you how hard or how easy it will be to return back to “real life” after having a baby. In fact it will never be the same. Here you have a new tiny human, who is beyond perfect and adorable, and your world revolves around this little bundle every second of the day. All of the things you use to fret and obsesses over are no more. Just the other night we had our first night away from the babe since her birth. Well should I say I had my first time away from her. A friend’s 30th birthday allowed us the opportunity to get out for a few hours while my parents stayed and watched the little one. I wasn’t too sad leaving the house and was quite okay for the first hour of the night. But once I text to check in and found out she was “getting tired” I knew that meant she was screaming and having a fit. Every ounce of me wanted to leave the party and get right home. This wouldn’t have been the case 2, 3 or even 12 months ago. We didn’t have those worries and concerns. I found myself that night having a great time but feeling sad and lost. The newest piece of my heart was missing and I wanted her so badly.

Translating that into returning to work isn’t going to be a cake walk. In fact, I’m sure I will cry some days when I drive to work. Fortunately I have the greatest bosses on the planet that are allowing me to return part time to ease back into the swing of things. Can you imagine if I had to jump right back into a 40 hour work week?? Oh wow…the tears and cries would be non stop.

The other thing making this easier is knowing she is in safe hands. Between The Beard, my mom and my mother-in-law, our little babe will have the best care in the universe. And I know the pictures will be non stop all day long if I need them. That doesn’t make it easier but it helps to easy my worrying momma mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipes

Lemon Greek Chicken

July 24, 2014

Lemon Greek Chicken

Last week we featured Lemon Mint Red Potatoes, which we paired with the Lemon Greek Chicken. You might think it’s a lot of lemon but trust me. The lemon flavor isn’t over powering and is quite refreshing. Make this recipe on the grill or in the oven, depending on how much of a grill master you claim to be. Either way, the recipe will work for both methods and will be enjoyed by all.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons greek seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and prep your baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Combine the dry ingredients into a bowl. Brush the chicken with the olive oil and coat with 1/2 dry mixture. Once thoroughly coated, toss in the baking dish and cook for appromxiately 25-30 minutes.  Turn the chicken over, and coat with the remaining mixture and lemon juice and place back in the oven for another 25-30 minutes.

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The Makeup Lady – Sunburn Remedies

July 23, 2014

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By now you have spent plenty of time in the sun and likely had a sunburn or two, if you’re of the unlucky, pale skin kind. The unfortunate side to spending time outdoors is the pain and redness associated with the nagging sunburns. They aren’t fun and can likely ruin a weekend getaway. If after applying layer upon layer of sunscreen and you still happen to win yourself a sunburn, then look no further than to some of these tried-and-true remedies. It’s likely you will already have 2 or 3 ingredients already on hand so it makes treating those pesky sunburns that much easier.

Milk Based Products – Milk can be used for a lot of remedies, and one of which is sunburn pain and dryness. The fats and proteins help to coat the skin eleviating the redness, pain and to help with the stubborn peeling that occurs a few days after the burn happens. Some great products to try are the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Body Lotion or Nivea Body Milk Lotion.

The Makeup Lady - Sunburn Remedies

 

Oatmeal Bath – One of the oldest tricks for healing dry, sensitive skin is an oatmeal bath. There are products out there like Aveeno’s Soothing Bath Treatment, or Barr-Co Oatmeal Bubble Elixir, but did you know you can use a food processor on some plain oatmeal to create your own oatmeal bath? You can customize it with some mint, lavender or vanilla for an extra soothing bath.

The Makeup Lady - Sunburn Remedies

 

Apple Cider Vinegar  – This may seem like the smelliest and least desired option of the bunch, but trust me it works. Vinegar has natural antiseptic properties to alleviate pain and calm imflammation. Mix half water, half apple cider vinegar and apply to your skin as soon as your sunburn appears. Repeat for 2-3 days or until the redness disappears.

The Makeup Lady - Sunburn Remedies

 

Aloe Vera Gels - Last but not least, the aloe vera gels. The most common remedy to soothe that pain and to remove the heat from your skin. Make sure to keep your products in the refrigerator for that extra cool, soothing sensation. There are tons of products on the market so anything will likely work. Some top performers are Banana Boat’s After Sun Aloe SprayBurt’s Bees Aloe After Sun Linden Flower Soother or Clarins After Sun Gel.

The Makeup Lady - Sunburn Remedies

 

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Yoga Dress and Sneakers

July 22, 2014

HSWI July 2014

When Jamie and I were discussing the inspiration for this post we realized that yoga dresses aren’t actually a thing. When I asked her what she meant she sent me this really cute Salutation to Savasana dress from lululemon, but sadly options like these are few and far between. You can find some dresses on yoga websites but often when you go to an athletic website you have athletic tops and pants but no dress section. This is something I find odd. Don’t you want athletic style dresses you can wear on a hot day or after your workout? I’m talking breathable fabrics. Lightweight. Simple. The look we went for this week is yoga dresses and sneakers. This can be an outfit to wear after a workout, running errands, or if you’re like me, to the nearest diner on a Sunday morning. Think simple and easy but still cute.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Yoga Dress and Sneakers

1. Gap Gapfit Mesh Jogger Jacket

2. Deux Lux Luka Tote

3. MADEWELL Top-Bar Aviator Shades

4. Athleta Shiva Shimmer Tank 3

5. Free People Galloon Lace Racerback

6. Pamela Love Ajna Ring

7. Pamela Love Alacran Ring In Brass

8. Pamela Love Dove Ring

9. Deborah Lippmann Like A Virgin Nail Lacquer

10. Nike Air Pegasus ’83 Sneakers

The ‘dress’ above is actually a tunic but I loved the look so much that I had to keep it. However there is a great solution to make such a short piece appropriate, even when you throw it on after a yoga class. The solution is to wear shorts underneath, similar to what you’d wear under a tennis dress, like these adorable ruffled shorts or these knit ballet shorts. I know, it’s a ballsy move. This casual look is perfect with some colorful Nikes, like these neon orange and pink retro sneakers. Then all you need is a tote (this one has a sequined bottom), some aviators, white nail polish, and a few rings.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Yoga Dress and Sneakers

1. C9 By Champion Women’s Hooded Yoga Coverup

2. Converse All Star ’70S Sneakers

3. Calypso St. Barth Trista Pima Cotton Slip

4. Marc By Marc Jacobs Thin Frame Sunglasses

5. BaubleBar Organic Western Pendant

6. Kate Spade New York Metro Odometer Watch

7. Lo & Sons The Catalina Large Canvas Weekender

A cotton slip dress is the easiest thing to throw on for running quick errands. I’ve always been a fan of the slip dress plus sweater combination because it’s comfortable and easy, yet still feminine. Chucks are the perfect shoe for this outfit because they’re classic and go with pretty much anything. With such a simple base you could take this outfit anywhere but I went with oversized sunglasses, a layered necklace, and a large tote which could also fit your workout clothes and gym shoes.

- Julia of Style and Cheek

 

Life

Month One

July 21, 2014

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Ava -

Happy One Month Birthday, pretty girl! It’s hard to believe that you are already a full month old! Where has the time gone?! Everyone always says to live in the moment and not to wish you away and they are exactly right. As much as I dream of your future, I don’t want to miss any minute, hour or day of your new life. You currently love your Hippo which plays Rock-A-Bye-Baby and you like it played on repeat at least 20 times. You’d also rather be laying on or near us (near meaning touching)…you already have us trained.

Your daddy and I love you more now than the day you were born, if that’s even possible to imagine. Each day you change before our eyes, whether we realize it or not. We spend most of our time napping (on our chests or in our arms), eating and giving the occasional cranky moodiness. But hey, you’re a month old so what else would you want to do?

I hope you know how loved you are. You have a great foundation of family around you and “aunts” and “uncles” that are taking you on as their own. Jack, the cat, isn’t so fond of you but I feel overtime he will eventually warm up to you – or just dislike you even more when you get to the point of chasing him around and pulling his tail.

We look at you each day in complete awe. How could we have created such a tiny, perfect little human! And when people ask who you look like, we just now agree that you are the incredible combination of both your momma and daddy. You look like you, Ava, and no one else.

Stop growing so fast because I don’t want to think about writing a Month Two post in the next month.

Love you always
xox

Momma and Daddy

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

July 18, 2014

 

We’re back! It’s been a while since we have had a Friday Favorites post up but I’ve managed to organize my new momma life with new blog content and the result is this week’s Friday Favorites. We’re doing something different this week because now that I’m postpartum and ready to be back in my pre-baby body, I’ve been doing a lot of online browsing. No, tons of boxes will not be showing up on our doorstep just yet, but I’ve enjoyed seeing what is out there, what’s on sale and what I can sink my teeth into here in a couple of months. Right now it seems that there are SALES-a-plenty so of course being the frugal shopper I am, that’s where I began. I pulled together my favorites for the week in hopes that someone loves them just as much as me, but actually buys them instead of just dreaming about them through a laptop screen.

 

Dolce Vita “Alpha” Leather Flat Sandal - I’m really into flats these days (but when am I not?) and anything caramel leather color I adore. Plus these flats are 50% off right now at Nordstrom so definitely worthy of being on my feet.

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Topshop “Frieda” Perforated Oxford – I may be late on the oxford shoe trend, but I’m really digging it these days. Paired with the J.Crew Minnie Pant (which may make an appearance after these shoes) it would be a great low key office look.

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J.Crew Minnie Pant – I’m new to the J.Crew love affair. Only within the past year have I dedicated time to looking at their catalog and shopping in the store/online. The Minnie Pant comes up repeatedly so I think I need them. I have yet to try them off, due to pregnancy body changes, but if all of the reviews and testimonials are true, I think I will love them. AND they are on sale.

Friday Favorites

ZARA Draped Top – I have a similar top in black which I have been sporting with my smaller maternity jeans lately. It sits on the waist in the most perfect way to cover up post baby bumpage. It flows to hide any imperfections and for a mere $19.90 I would buy one in every color available.

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ZARA Soft Trench Coat – A trench coat is the quintessential staple item for your wardrobe, next to the LBD. This sky blue option from ZARA is currently 50% off. I really like the leopard print details to one up this piece from a typical trench.

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Anthropologie Clementina Pullover – Yes I know it’s summer but I love a good pullover. Basically just give me this entire look from top to bottom. I think it screams mom attire without the mom jean look. This could be my new wardrobe staple.

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Anthropologie Galen Dress in Blue Motif – This lovely dress is marked down to $79.95 fro $128. That itself is worthy of a purchase. But the pullover style with the faux wrap dress look makes this dress a winner. Is it too soon to be thinking of PTA mom/play date outfits? Because this is a winner in my book.

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J.Crew Crystal Chandelier Pendant Neckalce – Delicate jewelry is on trend right now. While I’m still a fan of statement necklaces, this piece is a good medium. It’s currently 50% off and you can get an additional 40% off using the code SALEFUN.

Friday Favorites

Recipes

Lemon Mint Red Potatoes

July 17, 2014

Lemon Mint Red Potatoes

I owe the success of this dish to The Beard. It accompanied the recipe that we will feature next week, but could stand alone, or be paired with another main dish. He picked it out, he went with it and in the end it was a superb choice. Lemon Mint Red Potatoes were not something I thought would be a great combo, because to me mint reminds of me of sweet desserts. I was completely wrong and will look at it differently forever. This is now my favorite summer side dish, minus mexican corn.

You’ll Need:

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon greek seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Fill up a pot of water and when the water comes to a boil, add in your potatoes. You can keep them whole or halve them. We opted for whole sized. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, drain and add to a large mixing bowl. Toss in all of the ingredients above until the potatoes are thoroughly coated and served.

Does it get any easier than that?

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The Makeup Lady – Charcoal Skin Care

July 16, 2014

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Have you noticed the buzz around charcoal lately? And no I don’t mean weekend BBQ’s. Charcoal, or more specifically Bamboo Charcoal is all the buzz in the beauty industry these days. It’s an essential staple for your skin that you likely never knew about. What’s so amazing about this run of the mill summer grill out ingredient? It helps to absorb impurities, toxins while cleaning out your pores from drawing out all the gunk, oil and dirt. It’s quickly becoming the super ingredient of the year with skincare so take note. Not many companies are marketing charcoal products….yet. But soon I bet we see an uptick in bamboo charcoal with every skincare product possible. I’ve long been a fan of Origins’ Active Charcoal mask and it’s been mentioned a time or two on the blog before. Slowly but surely there are more products to choose from; sponges, bar soaps, face scrubs and even towels! Yes all of these products contain charcoal! So get to shopping and purifying your skin.

The Makeup Lady - Charcoal Skin Care

boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal :: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask :: Binchotan Scrub Towel :: Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub :: boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser :: LUSH Dark Angels Cleanser :: Binchotan Facial Soap :: Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Clay Bar Soap ::

 

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Gym Shorts

July 15, 2014

HSWI July 2014

For this week’s athleticism inspired trend, we’re exploring gym shorts. With this ridiculous, sweaty, nasty summer heat I find myself being drawn to comfortable workout clothes as my every day clothes. But it’s one to wear gym clothes around the house, it’s another to elevate sporty pieces to a daytime or nighttime appropriate outfit that won’t make you look like you’ve come right from yoga class. There were quite a few directions I could take this trend but I went with a printed bomber for the first outfit and heels for the second. You’re probably thinking, “Heels? With gym shorts? No way” but yes way, not only is it possible, it’s actually very cute. Even the first outfit could rock some high heel sandals but I wanted to make that outfit as cute and comfy as I could.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Gym Shorts

1. Kate Moss For Topshop Lace Swing Camisole

2. ModCloth Boho Shop The Southwest Ring

3. BaubleBar Raw Geode Ring

4. Dannijo Ashton Ring

5. Isapera Paparouna Strappy Sandals

6. Lee Renee Pineapple Stud Earrings

7. Marc By Marc Jacobs Mirrored Sunglasses

8. MADEWELL Track Shorts

9. Thakoon Addition Pink Floral Pocketed Bomber Jacket

10. MADEWELL JM Drygoods™ Clutch

I noted how the focus of this outfit is on comfort, and these pieces are mostly cotton which makes this outfit über comfy and breathable. The jacket is lightweight and a good summer choice for air-conditioned rooms or nighttime strolls. A key component in this outfit is the mix of sporty and feminine elements; we have a sporty style bomber jacket and elastic waist track shorts but the jacket is a floral pattern and it’s paired with a lace camisole. And don’t forget the accessories! Pile on some gold rings, mint colored sunglasses, a leather clutch, and most importantly a dainty pair of pineapple earrings.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Gym Shorts

Some people might be apprehensive about pairing gym shorts with heels but you really just have to own it as the result is pretty sexy and definitely cool. These satin gym shorts combined with this embroidered blouse give the look a casual date feel. Add a pop of color with a lime clutch and some offbeat accessories. Nobody is even going to notice you’re in gym shorts, only that you’re hot to trot.

- Julia of Style and Cheek

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