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MINI STYLE: VALENTINE’S DAY OUTFITS

Gimme all the red, pink, and hearts this time of year, but I think there’s also something to be said for trying valentines day styles and decor that are a little less obvious. Since my kids (mostly the boys) agree wholeheartedly, I decided to keep that in mind while putting together outfits for all the classroom parties next week. While they will most likely be editing what I picked out, I think they turned out pretty cute and (BONUS!) will be wearable long after the Valentine festivities end.

POPPY’S HEART DAY DUDS | heart sunnies, target | hair clips, ryan and wren on etsy | bomber jacket , peek kids on sale | swing dress, june and january | leggings, peek kids on sale | metallic high tops, zara kids (similar here + here)

TILLY’S HEART DAY DUDS | striped tee, peek kids | denim pinafore, mini boden (similar here + here) | heart, eyes + fries before guys patches, ban.do | emoji, ice cream + monster patches from crewcuts | necklace, DIY here | big and small ice cream shooters, amazon

GRIFFIN’S HEART DAY DUDS | navy bomber, zara kids | eyes patches, ban.do | white button up, cat and jack | pizza patch, crewcuts | denim, peek | vans, nordstrom (similar here + here)

ESPEN’S HEART DAY DUDS | pizza shirt, crewcuts on sale | wild thing tee, peek kids (similar) | joggers, crewcuts | new balances, crewcuts (similar)

Espen’s outfit is my fave. If it could talk I think it would say… I like a good party and love pizza but don’t take all the lovey dovey heart day stuff too seriously. Which is exactly what most 4th grade boys are thinking so it’s perfect :)

Happy weekend you guys! Hope it’s a warm and cozy one. We’ll be spending ours running the kids around to their activities and putting all the finishing touches on our Valentine’s. Thankful for activities that keep us busy indoors right now because brrr!

xo, Rae

 

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PLAID STATEMENT COAT 3-WAYS

I’m one of those people that swoons over statement coats but then walks away convinced I won’t know how to wear it. Or that I won’t  wear it often enough. About a month ago however, I spotted a buffalo check coat at old navy and decided to finally give it a try. To my surprise, I’ve worn it at least a couple times a week and haven’t had to work too hard to find outfits to pair with it. Thought it would be fun to play style blogger for the day and share three of my favorite looks! Linked sources too and (bonus) most things are on sale!

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OVER MONOCHROME

I chose to pair shades of whites, but all denim, gray or black would work too!

ME | coat (similar), sweater (similar), jeans, shoes (similar)

GRIFFIN | coattee shirtjeansshoes

(Outfit pics on the bridge by the always amazing Stacy Jacobsen!)

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OVER A DRESS (with tomboyish accessories)

Wore this look yesterday then dressed it up with tights and booties for date night. Another great option!

ME | coat (similar), dress (it has pockets!), beaniesneakers

POPPY | sweater, jeans (similar), shoes

GRIFFIN | coatjeansshoes

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OVER DENIM + A GRAPHIC TEE (with booties)

ME | coat (similar), denim jackettee shirtjeansbooties

GRIFFIN | coat (sold out in navy), boots (they aren’t fancy but work great in the snow!)

POPPY | coattutuboots

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Griffin is my personal bubble burster but I love that he stays close and (with the exception of parking lots of course) ALWAYS wants to hold my hand. He fills my cup, that boy.

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One more for the road, because behind every blog worthy(ish) picture there are ten like this. Well, maybe not quite this bad. Or this funny. But you get the idea. I don’t ever want to take myself (or be taken) too seriously. Not that my kids don’t already do a bang-up job of that. HA (Hashtag momlife)!

So now I want to hear… Which look do you like the best? Which would you wear most? Which would you style differently?

Thanks for humoring my fashion blogging for the day. It’s been fun!

XOXOXO, Rae

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FALL THINGS ON REPEAT

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I’m what some might call, a creature of habit. It’s easy for me to find something I like and then wear it, listen to it, do it, or eat it until it either goes out of style or I’m sick of it. There’s just one exception — encouraging thoughts. Sure, I’ll see a cute graphic or read something affirming and think, “Yes! I like that!”, or even “So true!” and then assume it will sink in and stick with me. But you know what I learned a few months ago at a women’s retreat?

Our brains don’t know the difference between a truth and a lie, but they do know repetition.

Isn’t that crazy!? Or do I just get excited about dorky things? :)

Since learning that, I’ve been trying to keep all the good thoughts, scriptures, quotes and so on, on repeat until I know and believe them. Basically tricking my brain into believing the things I know in my heart are true. The difference it makes has been amazing!!!

In addition to good vibes and thoughts, here are a few other FALL THINGS that are currently on REPEAT around here.

Wearing, all the neutrals and specifically black or gray and brown or tan.

Drinking, pumpkin spice of course, but instead of a latte I order an americano with one or two pumps of pumpkin spice and cream. I like to think it has fewer calories but have no idea if that’s true. Ha! Good thoughts, right?

Cooking, these yummy baked apples and eating crepes at a newish coffee shop down the road from us.

Smelling, all the  fall candles! Have you started lighting candles in the evenings?

Watching, football, baseball, and the debate (oh my.).

Working on, some cute decorations and costumes for a Halloween party and another segment on King5. Pictures and details for both, coming soon!

What fall things have been on repeat around your home?!

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POPPY’S OUTFIT/ sweater is old, but love this one (on sale) / ballet dress from alice and ames / shoes are cat and jack from target

MY OUTFIT / hat from target / top old / jeans are new fave from madewell / shoes old, similar

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Hope your weekend is full of pumpkin spice and everything nice :)

XO, Rae

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BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE: BACKPACKS + SHOES

As I mentioned in my last post, I finally started back to school shopping and cannot believe the amount of cuteness out there! It’s so hard to narrow down our faves but here are a few of the backpack + shoe combos that the kids and I both love. All backpacks are by State Bags, a company that gives bags to kids in need with each purchase, and the first two are for preschool ages. Links below!

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DINOS + DINOS / SWANS + HEARTSBLUE + RED / SPLATTER + MOCS or THESE / MARLED + HIGHTOPS / GIRL SCOUT + SPARKLE

I enjoy everything about back to school shopping (hello summer to fall style and new school supplies) but my favorite part is helping  the kids pick out backpacks and shoes. Probably because it was always such a big deal to me growing up. What is your favorite part of BTS shopping?

XO, Rae

PS – If you are local to the Seattle area, tune into KING5 during the 4 o’clock hour this Friday, August 26th… I’ll be sharing stress-free back to school wardrobe tips for kids (!!!).

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MOM + MIN: OUTFITS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

We’ve been gearing up for all the 4th of July festivities and one of my favorite things to do for holiday prep is put together outfits so I thought I would share some of my favorite red, white + blue finds.

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MOM OUTFIT – striped tank / paper bag waisted skirt / sunnies / clog sandals

MINI BOY – tee-shirt / dock shorts / hat / slides

MINI GIRL – tank for babe or big girl (50% off plus an additional 20%!) / short overalls or chambray romper (on sale + 40% off right now) / hair clips / chuck high tops

Do you guys usually go all-out for the 4th (red, white and blue everything!) or keep it casual?

I typically keep things simple and purchase one new thing per person that goes with items they already have and can be worn well after the fireworks are over. Everyone always ends up in their swimsuits anyway :)

XO, Rae

PS – 3 weeks was way too long to be away but work has slowed down and if feels so good to have all my babes home! We’ve been filling our days with friends, play dates and fro-yo so basically all is right with the world. Lots of updates on Instagram @raeannkelly + Snapchat lately too if you want to hangout!?

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WHAT I WORE (MAY)

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Every month I say this and every month I swear it won’t take me by surprise next time but, can you believe tomorrow is June 1st!? Crazy how fast May went but we’re looking forward to the downhill climb to the end of school and beginning of summer. It feels so timely doesn’t it?

To close the month I though a what we wore post would be fun! I love any and all outfit posts but putting them together is a bit awkward for me and good lighting can be tricky in the pacific northwest so bear with me while I try to figure out the best way to document. This ones a little random!

Here are 4 of my favorite outfits from May:

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//OUTFIT No. 1 // ME: top or similar / similar shorts 1 2 / similar sandals / similar sunnies / POPPY: top / shorts / uggs / hair clip (our fave!)

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//OUTFIT No. 2 // ME : similar overalls / top / birks / TILLY: dress / shoes / hair clip

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( L O L s ! )

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//OUTFIT No. 3 // similar top 1 2 / jeans / similar wedges 1 2 / similar sunnies

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//OUTFIT No. 4 // ME: similar jeans / top / similar sweater / birks / POPPY: top / shorts / uggs

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Happy last day of May and cheers (also known as Poppy’s new trick!) to a fresh new month!

XO, Rae

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MOM + MINI: THAT TIED SHIRT TREND

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But I disagree and if you’ve been hesitant to tie a shirt or jacket around your waist but think it’s a cute look, here are a few things that might push you over the edge… It’s a fun, playful and low-fuss accessory, adds a little extra coverage over shorts or skirts and makes sitting down in white pants less intimidating.

Not sure if there is a “right way” to do it but I keep my shirt unbuttoned, fold the collar down and tie, keeping the front of my top tucked into my pants. The first couple times I wore one, it felt odd but that’s pretty standard anytime I try something new.

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(A random little note to Tilly Jane: I love every ounce of your big-hearted spirited self and I never want to take these moments of hand-holding, twirling and dressing a like for granted. Thanks for teaching me to lean into the seasons, challenges and especially God’s grace…. and for being on my squad :)

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Do you guys like this trend? Have you tried it?

Happy, happy hump day!!! For some crazy reason that I can’t figure out, this week is feeling like a  m a r a t h o n  and I’m so, so happy to be one more day closer to the weekend!

XO, Rae

kids-bathroom-refresh-sourcesTILLY, 7yrs: tea collection top (on sale!) / peek flannel / target shorts / native jefferson shoes

ME: sub_urban squad tee / madewell boyfriend shorts (similar) / madewell flannel (option + on sale) / j.crew birks (similar) / j.crew factory sunnies (similar)

 

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FAVORITE FINDS FOR A GIRL’S SPRING + SUMMER WARDROBE

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There isn’t usaully a need to switch from cold to warm weather wardrobes around here in the pacific northwest until June-ish, but the sun has been out and showing off (with temps in the 80’s!) lately. Warm weather combined with the lack of clothes that still  fit my kids from last summer has me doing some online shopping. Which I love. Maybe a little too much!?

Here are some of my favorite finds for the girls. Everything linked is for older girls, but most have smaller versions for the babes and toddlers too.

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ACCESSORIES / 1. hat / 2. hair clips / 3. purse / 4. sunnies

DRESSES + ROMPERS / 1. blue stripe dress / 2. banana shirt dress / 3. floral dress / 4. twirly play dress in charcoal / 5. red stripe skater dress / 6. wide leg overalls

OUTERWEAR / 1. poncho / 2. jean jacket (Tilly + Poppy have this jacket and it’s so soft!) / 3. yellow frilled sweatshirt cardi

SHORTS / 1. striped short / 2. cutoff jean shorts / 3. olive shorts

TOPS / 1. flower tank / 2. olive split back tee / 3. natural wonder tee / 4. tres cute sweatshirt / 5. patches tee / 6. floral print tank

SHOES / 1. slip-on sneaker / 2. converse / 3. brown sandal

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Still need to hunt for some basic tanks, play shorts and of course flip-flops and beach gear, but it was fun to play around with different outfits. Tilly has all of a sudden decided that she doesn’t like skirts (with the exception of this one) or rompers but is thankfully still ok with dresses. Can’t beat the one-and-done outfits!

Are your kids picky about what they wear?

Happy (spring/summer) shopping!

XO, Rae

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I USED TO BE IRISH

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Happy, happy St. Patrick’s Day!

You guys want to hear a funny story? For most of my early childhood I thought I was Irish. With the last name Kelly, why would I not? I felt extra cool at school on St. Patrick’s day because of it and loved wearing a “kiss me I’m Irish” pin while actually being Irish. Sometime around middle school however, I learned that Kelly was an adopted name and I was not in fact Irish. At least not as far as anyone knew. I remember feeling seriously disappointed as I lost that small part of my identity. Thankfully no therapy was needed and I’m pretty sure I got over it quickly.

Years later I attended a women’s retreat where the speaker talked about identity and prompted all the ladies to look up the meaning of their first name. Skeptical of the association of identity and name it wasn’t long before I remembered how I used to be Irish and about how I thought of myself shifted when I discovered I wasn’t. So jumped right into the exercise.

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What I found was exciting, encouraging and oh so fitting. Not to totally bore you but more as an example — “Rae” has a few different meanings, depending on the origin. It means Grace (Scottish), Protector (German) and — the one I was drawn most to — Ewe (Hebrew). Oddly enough I have several things in common with sheep (HA!). They have no sense of direction, need community for survival (something I know in my heart but am quick to forget) and they know their shepherd well. Even more interesting is that mama sheep draw closer to their shepherd after birthing their first little one. This could not be more true for me (a little more about that in this post). I can’t imagine raising our babies without Jesus’ direction, joy and grace each day. I would be a mess!

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Do you guys or have you ever looked into the meaning of your name? Do you relate to your name meaning? How about your kids’ names?

Regardless of last names, I hope you enjoy being Irish for the day and having all kinds of rainbow-y green fun! Johan and I will be hopping on a plane home later today and I can hardly wait to kiss all our little non-Irish faces!!!! I’ve been sharing a little of our trip on instagram and snapchat @raeannkelly if you want to check it out!

XO, Rae

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ME – who what wear top from target / white jeans from madewell / similar shoes from madewell

ESPEN – throwback t-shirt from peek / similar jeans from gap kids / shoes from nordstrom / similar coat from zara kids

TILLY – swing top from wildly co. / leggings (on sale) from gap kids / shoes from nordstrom

POPPY – t-shirt from peek (on major sale if you want to buy and save for next year!) / shoes from nordstrom / bow from amazon

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MARCH EDIT: EASTER OUTFITS

My to-do list has been expanding rapidly lately and while I had a few more urgent items I should have taken care of the other night (like cleaning out the fridge and writing a shopping list), I found myself shopping for Easter outfits instead. (Sorry kids… we have no food but you’ll look adorable on Easter!)

Here’s a peek at some of the egg hunt ready and Easter Sunday cuteness that caught my eye…

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MINI BOY (Egg Hunt) – let’s play tee from peek / navy v-neck from zara / yellow joggers from zara / blue nike’s from j.crew / (Easter Sunday) – chambray top from zara, red chinos from mini boden / tan birks from nordstrom /

BIG BOY (Egg Hunt) – green trim ringer tee from j.crew factory / denim jacket from peek / stan smith sneakers from j.crew / lightning bolt joggers from zara / (Easter Sunday) – check shirt from mini boden / linen shorts from j.crew / tan birks from j.crew /

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MINI GIRL (Egg Hunt) – oh happy day hoodie from peek / teal jumpsuit from zara / gray converse from nordstrom / (Easter Sunday) – lemon rose dress from mapamundi kids / bunny ear headband from gap kids / yellow clogs from zara /

BIG GIRL (Egg Hunt) – mint swing top from wildly co. / floral twill pant from peek / pink converse from peek / denim jacket from zara / blue gingham dress from j.crew / giant bow headband from j.crew / yellow clogs from zara /

I also stumbled upon some perry dresses for myself on Boden (like these: 1/2/3) but will probably end up wearing something out of my closet. Not sure why but it’s always easier to buy holiday outfits for the kids…?

Happy hump day you guys! Now to go check a couple other things off my to-do list before the big kids get home from school.

XO, Rae

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MOM +MINI: MID-WINTER BRIGHTS

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MEsweater, jeans, sneakers (similar, similar, + these boots would look adorable too)

POPPYturtleneck, overalls, high-tops, hair bow

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How I feel about mid-winter is exactly how Poppy’s face looks in this picture… I’m not impressed. For no real reason other than it’s just not my favorite time of year. It doesn’t help that we’ve been cooped up and recovering from a stomach bug followed by a flu virus for the last few weeks. On the bright side, I guess if we have to be sick this would be the best time of year to do it! Positive thoughts, right!? But either way it certainly doesn’t help with the winter blues situation.

There are however a few things I’ve found that have put a bit more pep in my step lately…

  1. Wearing brighter colors! My closet if full of neutrals which I love but apparently there is only so much I can take especially with the gray Seattle sky so I pulled my white jeans out of summer retirement and surprisingly don’t feel weird or out of place wearing them thanks to a few oversized sweaters in my closet.
  2. The days are getting longer (hallelujah!).
  3. Easter is in March instead of April this year which makes spring feel that much closer.
  4. Johan and I have decided to plan a long weekend away to someplace HOT and close-ish. If you have any suggestions or feel like taking care of our kids, please let me know!
  5. Staying warm and lighting things. Like candles and the fireplace. This is kind of a no-brainer but sometimes I forget how affective both of those things are. The fireplace has especially been an important part of our morning routine this winter.
  6. Planning outings and playdates ahead of time. This one is key for me because when it comes down to it, all I feel like doing this time of year is, well — nothing. Scheduling ahead means my feelings aren’t planning my day for me. Of course there is always room for an afternoon spent inside snuggling and baking cookies this time of year too!

How have you been coping with the mid-winter funk!? Or maybe you love this time of year!? Either way, spill the beans on why you love it or what you do to make it more fun.

XO, Rae

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