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BEST COFFEE IN SEATTLE + RUFFLES ON EVERYTHING

We’ve officially given into the cold weather and are trading our favorite ice cream shops for coffee shops! This one is C & P Coffee Company in West Seattle. Doesn’t that bright colored door just beg you to come in and see what’s on the other side? The answer is delicious coffee and an eclectic and cozy atmosphere. It was too busy to try and take pics inside so the equally cute front patio area will have to do, but you guys would have loved it!

The weather was decent (aka, not raining!) so we grabbed our drinks and snacks and sat outside. Americanos are my go-to but opted for a latte just for the foam. Best decision I ever made :)

I’ve also traded in my tees for sweaters (and sweatshirts of course)! And thanks to a Happy Birthday coupon code to Anthropologie, I have a new one with ruffles. There are so many cute ones out there to choose from but I’m loving the detail and placement on the sleeve.

Can we also talk about how cute Poppy’s little ruffle dress is!? I’ll link all outfit details below!

Poppy had fallen asleep on the car ride and woke up on the wrong side of the car seat, if you know what I mean? Come to think of it, she’s always kind of a bear when she wakes up! Could it be a blood sugar thing? Or just a personality thing? Snacks always help but I think that’s just a general rule of being human.

Aside from snacks, we haven’t left the house lately without a travel bag of shopkins for Poppy. They’re easy to sort, line up in a row or pretend play with.

Poppy perked up on the walk back to the car, so we decided to stop by a friend’s house just a few blocks away for some playtime. Not a bad way to spend the morning!

What’s your favorite way to spend a morning?

xo, Rae

MY OUTFIT | sweater from anthropology x straight leg cropped jeans from madewell (similar or same jean in a slightly diff wash and on major sale!) x metallic mules from nordstrom (similar)

+ POPPY’S | coat from gap (similar) x ruffle dress from rockets of awesome x tights from target x puma shoes (in black at nordstrom rack for $25)

(images by Johan)

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STYLE + PLAY: WITH FALL COLORS + PRETEND PLAY

Happy Monday! I’m back with a second edition of STYLE + PLAY and even though my once-a-month attempts at being a style blogger could use some help, I’m super excited for this post!!! Inspired by our visit to the Seattle Children’s Theater to see Go, Dog, Go! (HERE’S the post if you missed it) I thought I’d share a list of ways to encourage pretend play at home. You’ll also see some of my favorite fall colors and a trend I’ve been wearing a lot lately.

Ideas and links to outfit sources below!

P L A Y :

If you saw our kid date post, then you know Johan and I have decided to do a better job of exposing our kids to the Arts while we’re out and about, but I also think there’s lots of things we can do at home too! Over the last couple weeks I’ve found that kids are naturals, but it’s more fun when us parents get involved too. Here’s a few ideas.

  1. Act out a book, song or favorite movie
  2. Write a story, play or song.
  3. Cook together.
  4. Build a fort and then pretend it’s a home, cave, igloo, etc.
  5. Play dress-up.
  6. Make puppets and put on a puppet show. (The theater pictured is from The Land of Nod.)
  7. Play kitchen.
  8. Set up a stuffed animal audience for a dance or theater performance.
  9. Set up a restaurant and let kids take your order, etc.
  10. Build a town for playing with cars or action figures.
  11. Stock up on art supplies and play dough!
  12. Schedule in some downtime without a screen or a smartphone (ahem… mostly talking to myself) — I recently listened to a podcast about how boredom leads to brilliance and creative thinking and after being more aware of how often I check my phone I totally believe it! Johan and I also decided to schedule a couple hours every evening where we’re phone free and it’s been so good for us!

After seeing Go, Dog, Go! I immeditely hopped online and ordered THIS puppet theater but was half expecting the kids not to be that interested in it. However, just a few minutes after hanging it up, Tilly grabbed brown lunch bags and went to town making puppets and before I knew it all of the kids were getting involved.

S T Y L E :

Can’t get enough of that fall color palette! Shades of green, pink and toffee, mixed with dark neutrals are my current favorites. Add in a layer of denim, stripes and scrunchy socks for interest and texture and you have an easy fall outfit!

POPPY | please more broccoli tee x skirt x hair clip

Her outfit is even cuter in person but thought I should mention that the straps don’t stay up very well. Poppy didn’t seem to mind so I just kept letting her pull them up, but they look just as cute hanging down by her side!

TILLY | endless days top is old from zara but love this and this x similar skirt x hair clip

Always try to take advantage of this in-between fall weather that still allows for bare legs!

ME | dress, similar denim vest, similar cardigan (on sale!), clogs, socks

Sonnet James dresses are the perfect base for a fall outfit when you add a few cozy layers. I also love layering a denim vest or jacket under a coat, bomber jacket or even a bigger cardigan. Adds warms, texture and interest!

Trying so hard to catch that popcorn!

What have you been wearing lots of, lately?

How do you pretend play at home?

xo, Rae

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STYLE + PLAY: MESSAGE TEES BY RAMBLE + HAND GAMES

Today we’re starting a new series that incorporates two of my favorite things — cute clothes and playing with my kids — called, STYLE + PLAY (!!!) There have been some requests for more style content and tips and I thought this would be a really good way to share my style in an authentic way since I’m always on the hunt for outfits that make me feel good but that also allows me to wrangle the kids!

With that in mind, I want to make sure these posts are relatable and fun so you’ll see a mix of everything from mom-uniforms and everyday staples to cute dresses and seasonal trends.

I’m also hoping to get a mix of the kids so you get to see outfits and activities for boys and girls at different ages. However, you will probably be seeing a lot of Poppy since she is my only sidekick during school hours these days and even though I do my best to incorporate items I know my kids like and wear into their wardrobe, she is the easiest to influence style wise. Not counting on that lasting much longer though since picking out her PJ’s last night took a crazy amount of time. Hoping it was a one time thing, lol.

I’m so excited for this new series, so let’s get started!

STYLE |

As a graphic designer it’s hard for me to resist a good message tee that uses simple typography to say something cute or relatable and as far as I’m concerned you can’t have too many in your closet. They’re so versatile and easy to pair with leggings, jeans or a flirty skirt.

Both of our tees are from Ramble who was sweet enough to offer a discount! Use code: ramble10 for 10% off through September 24th

I have my eye on this RALLY tee!

MY OUTFIT | lipstick & coffee tee x leggings x jean jacket x similar sunnies x similar birks

These photos were taken after dropping Griffin off on his first day of kindergarten and before running errands and coaching Tilly’s soccer so leggings were and obvious choice. I knew I’d be living for coffee and lipstick for the remainder of the school year so my tee seemed perfect and festive and then a structured jacket of some kind is usually my go with an outfit like this — it gives more of a “don’t I look productive and sporty” and less of a “I might have just rolled out of bed” vibe. Not that there is anything wrong with a good hoodie instead!

POPPY’S OUTFIT | “you can’t always get what you want” tee x shorties x navy pumas (found for $20 at Marshalls) x backpack from state (in a preschool size)

PLAY, HAND GAMES |

These games are free, requires zero props, supplies or prep, will keep kids busy and engaged just about anywhere (at least for a few minutes) and serve as a really good distraction and mood changer when things seem to be going downhill.

A few ideas to get you started!

  • Hand (or fist) stack. Super simple, just keep moving the hand thats at the bottom to the top!
  • Thumb war
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Miss Mary Mack hand clap
  • Down Down Baby hand clap (Tilly and I did it here without the singing)
  • Say Say Oh playmate (the daddy daughter duo is pretty cute)
  • Pick which hand…. has a small toy, candy, pine cone, etc.
  • Make up a handshake!
  • Hand slap game
  • Learn/practice sign language
  • Learn the hand jive from Grease
  • Ro-Sham-Bo (or rock, paper, scissors)
  • Chopsticks… a game Tilly + Espen taught me that I still don’t get, LOL
  • Broken finger trick. Hint: your dad or uncle probably did this for you at one point or another :)
  • Shadow puppets

Please share any hand games that I missed, in the comments!

That was fun! And is there anything better than grabbing a coffee and then walking to the park!? Wish we could do it every day.

xo, Rae

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