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STYLE + PLAY: AN INVITATION TO PLAY + MORE ATHLEASURE, PLEASE

Earlier this week, Johan and I took Poppy to the children’s museum followed by our favorite cupcake shop and ever since I can’t stop thinking about a few things. 1. How/why do kids stay so much more engaged at a museum vs. at home, aside from the obvious newness of the activities? 2. Why aren’t there smoothie/juice bars as cute as ice cream and cupcake shops? And 3. Why don’t I have more athleasure in my closet!?

Keeping the kids entertained (and honestly myself too) while being mostly cooped up in the winter, is a challenge so I didn’t waste anytime looking into question number 1. Turns out, aside from being in a new environment with new things to do, it’s all about the invitation to play. Which is a fancy way of saying you set no-strings-attached activities out for kids to do, before they get home from school or up from nap, and then sit back and see what happens! Brilliant, right!? Well, the noise and chaos level in our home that occurs from the time the kids walk through the door after school until they find something to focus on, has been off the charts lately so again, I didn’t waste anytime trying this method out and I have to say…. it worked really well. Shared a few pics below.

Question number 2 wasn’t so easy to figure out but I’m currently trying to convince Johan it would be a good idea to open up an adorable shop that serves smoothie bowls, cold pressed juices and simple snack boxes. He’s not convinced it’s such a good idea so if you know of something similar that already exists please share!! It would be nice to switch up our ice cream and cupcake intake a little :)

Now for the most pressing question… why so little athleasure in my closet!? Ha! Not sure I can really answer that, but since I’ve upped my number of workouts per week I find myself reaching for outfits that can pull double duty more often. The 2 pairs of lulu’s in my closet just were not cutting it so a couple weeks ago I hesitantly ordered a red pair of adidas joggers and I can’t believe how much I love them! Bonus, they also passed the husband and teenager test :)

Now for a crazy amount of pics from our outing…

Is there anything that gets a kids attention quite like water play? Maybe dirt and sand?

Poppy has been obsessed with anything involving kids scissors. Just ask a couple of her dolls :)

OUTFIT DETAILS:

RAE | red joggers, white tee (men’s undershirt), jacket  (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!)

POPPY | skirt (I bought her this too,both on sale! size down), shoes (similar from amazon), hoodie (in different colors), top from june and january (love their “grapefruit” color)

See what I mean about cupcake places being so cute and inviting?

There is a really fun and well decorated smoothie bowl place by my parents house called Healthy Bonez, but there isn’t anywhere to sit and enjoy once you ordered (insert cry face emoji!).

Shops that sell mini versions of menu items is always a big win in my book!

I’ve been setting out an activity or two for the kids after school and it’s been so helpful with getting them transitioned. Of course it’s still a little chaotic, but there’s always a couple of the kids that take an interest which is a huge help. Last week I set out these beads from IKEA, a heart and tissue paper craft, and a number guessing game and this week so far it’s been classroom Valentine’s cards to work on and red cups to stack and knock over.

What have you guys been wearing, going, and doing to have fun and stay sane this winter!?

XO, Rae

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WIW: A WEEK OF WINTER OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Because we all know that the longer it takes us mamas to get ready, the higher the odds are that someone’s playing in toilet water or coloring on the wall and because, everything about winter takes a little more effort, including getting dressed, I’ve been documenting outfits from the last week or so to share with you guys. Rest assured, the other half of the days I was in leggings and a hoodie.

Now just bare with me through these mirror selfies. Never not an awkward situation, but I tried to have fun with it! Oh, and if clothes shopping or buying has ever been a struggle for ya, be sure to read all the way down to the “PS” at the bottom of this post!

OUTFIT NO. 1 | beanie + tee + trendy jeans + sneakers

Ripped or boyfriend jeans would look cute with this too!

Details | hat from the Gap (similar in light pink or hot pink), tee is old from madewell (just bought this one + it’s an extra 40% off), jeans from madewell (same pair but with a finished edge and also 40% off), vans

OUTFIT NO. 2 | jean jacket + white turtleneck or top + velvet joggers + sneakers

Also looks really cute with a white tee and/or booties!

Details | jean jacket is old from J. Crew (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!), turtleneck (it’s on sale and the white is a little see-through)  joggers, sneakers are old and according to Ozzie, dirty is the best way to wear white shoes right now :)

OUTFIT NO. 3 | hat + pullover + leggings + sneakers

OK, so this isn’t that amazing. I was hoping to show you a monochrome workout look (more like this) because I love how it looks and it also takes the guesswork out of getting dressed. Hopefully you get the idea though!

I’ve been wearing this pullover on repeat with leggings lately –I sized up so it covers my booty but isn’t too oversized.

Details | hat from target (couldn’t find online), pullover (wearing a medium), leggings, old new balance sneakers (other cute options)

OUTFIT NO. 4 | sweater + skinnies + slides

Love this look because I can switch up the sweater and hair (either a hairstyle or hat will do!) and it looks and feels fresh… even 2 days in a row. See below.

Details | mock neck sweater is old from the gap, ripped skinnies old from madewell (I think these are the same tho), slides from nordstrom (similar options here), green sweater below in other colors here and here

Almost twinning with Poppy!

OUTFIT NO. 5 | hat + jean jacket + dress + sneakers

Switch up the hat (or no hat!), jacket and shoes for different looks.

Also, showing off my legs just in case you’re wondering how pale I am at the moment!? ha! Not that playing in the sun is an option for most of the country, but gosh I miss sunshine. And heat. And just enough of a tan to not look like a zombie?

What do you think?! Fun post? Helpful?

I’ve also been working on cleaning out my closet and making a few changes so my wardrobe functions better without needing to make a capsule for each season. Let me know if you would like to see details of the process!

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!

xo, Rae

P.S. — One of my goals in doing fashion posts is to share ideas for outfit combinations you could find in your closet or new trends that would be fun to try. I share links just in case you’ve been looking for something similar or have a hole to fill in your wardrobe. However, I hope you don’t ever feel discouraged or limited by these posts or the cost of clothes in general. It can easily become a struggle if we let it and I have definitely been there before!

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STYLE + PLAY: WINTER UNIFORM + BUSY BAGS TO GO (OR STAY)

Only 6 more sleeps until Christmas and we’re celebrating STYLE + PLAY that features 2 things that are giving me life right now and might make the rest of the holidays a little easier on you too!

  1. this outfit combo — long wool coat, sneakers, boyfriend jeans, t-shirt or turtleneck and hat.
  2. busy bags for the kids — filled with mostly dollar isle items but I’ll share a list of ideas below!

A winter version of jeans and a tee so there’s no need to overthink it… I’ve worn a different version of this same outfit several times over the last couple weeks and feel cute and pulled together but still effortless and comfortable. Perfect for this busy time of year!

MY OUTFIT | coat from gap, turtleneck from madewell (similar or solid pink), jeans from madewell (similar), vans, beanie from the gap  (don’t see it on line)

*There was a 40% off promo going on at the Gap when I purchased the coat. Wearing a size xs but fit in the small too and usually wear small at the Gap.

POPPY’S OUTFIT | coat from zara (they have so many cute ones to choose from!), sweatshirt from childhoods, jeans, sneakers, beanie from j.crew

A few weeks ago I put together a bin full of busy bags I could throw in my purse before leaving the house or pull out to distract the kids while making dinner or finishing up some work at home. They’ve saved my sanity on so many occasions I wanted to share. I mostly filled bags with items from the dollar isle at Target or my craft closet. You can find a ton of ideas on Pinterest too, but my number one rule for busy bags is that it can’t be anything I wouldn’t want to leave behind or throw away. Here’s a few ideas… pick a couple things from the list and throw them into a bag together or grab an easy activity at the store!

BUSY BAG SUPPLIES:

  • play dough
  • pom poms
  • small cups
  • brown lunch bags (or similar)
  • suckers (or candy canes)
  • washi tape
  • small coloring or note pad
  • colored pencils or crayons
  • cars
  • marshmallows + toothpicks
  • wiki sticks
  • post it notes
  • shopkins
  • small plastic animals/dinosaurs
  • stickers
  • bubbles
  • temporary tattoos
  • popsicle sticks
  • ready to stick googley eyes

 

These bags are pretty great, don’t take much time to put together (hint: make a bunch all at once!) and are handy to have on hand (they make a great impromptu reward too!). However, sometimes less is more and a quick show or kid app is the most practical option! Just don’t want you guys to think we do non-stop crafts and activities and no screen time ;)

xo, Rae

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HOW TO DRESS KIDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

Eeek! You guys, we made a video that I hope will take some of the stress out of dressing the fam bam for the holidays. There’s a bonus tip for all you mamas if you watch to the end! Press play below to watch…

There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to planning, shooting and editing video, but I’m so incredibly proud of Johan for his editing job… pretty impressive for a newbie! We have a couple more Holiday videos waiting to be edited and shared but are also anxious to make some adjustments and shoot new content for the winter (and valentine’s day!). If you have any topic ideas please share in the comments!

xo, Rae

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SIMPLIFYING CHRISTMAS + A PRETTY GREEN DRESS

We’re only 4 days into December but just wrapped up a seriously festive weekend and half of me is wishing this is how life always was while the other half is wondering how I’m going to keep up for the next 21 days!? Yesterday after church with friends and a quick visit with my parents, we attended the kids Christmas party at Johan’s fire station. There was Santa, presents, bingo, bouncy houses and an antique firetruck that looked more like Santa’s sleigh (shared a few pics on Insta Stories!). Poppy spent most of the party trying to sneak the bingo prizes and chasing around a little girl that was dressed up like Elsa, asking her to “do the magic!” HAHA! Needless to say, bedtime was easy last night and this morning’s wakeup call was not.

Christmastime with kids is the BEST but can also be exhausting and stressful, even for the little ones. In an effort to keep things somewhat simple while also doing all the things and making it as fun, festive and special as possible — I mean, it is a holiday and birthday all wrapped up into one — I’ve decided to pick a word to focus on for the month.

The word I chose is (drumroll….!):  T O G E T H E R 

Hoping it will bring some focus and clarity to this season and feel like it’s already helping. Particularly when things aren’t going as planned, I’m having a hard time prioritizing my to-do list and commitments or I feel that tendency to compare!

Another way I’m simplifying this month is with this pretty green sweater dress. My kids and husband will attest that I’ve worn it 4 of the last 7 days. You guys know I can’t resist a one and done outfit, but this dress also feels like a snuggie, can be washed and dried on delicate, is long and warm enough not to need tights, and is casual enough for errands but cute enough for church or date night. Oh, and it’s under $100.

Would love to know what your word would be this Holiday Season and what you’ve been wearing on repeat!?

Happy Monday!

xo, Rae

PS — One more way to simplify is by shopping the pop-up and checking teacher, friend and stocking gifts off your list! Oh and don’t forget Holiday cards! Thank for everyone who has already placed an order and have loved seeing everyone’s choices and family photos so much! The shop will close this Friday and all orders will ship by the following Tuesday.

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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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A GRILLED CHEESE FRIDAY AT PIKE PLACE MARKET

When a cute new company, based on comfort food and a Friday tradition, reached out to see about sending us some of their tees, I jumped at the chance for 2 reasons, 1.) because I loved their designs and knew my kids would too and B.) because the name of the company alone gave us the perfect excuse to plan a trip to Pike Place Market for our favorite Beecher’s grilled cheese. Our outing didn’t quite go as planned, but we had more than enough fun to make up for it, lots of cute pics to remind us of our day and are currently working on a very yummy plan “B”.

I’ll explain more below but first I want to make sure you don’t miss the link to Grilled Cheese Friday so you can checkout their goodies and maybe snag a couple tees for back to school… I love the “grilled cheese friday” ones for the kids to wear on Fridays, but they are all really cute. Get 20% off your order with coupon code: GRILLEDCHEESE

Now for a ridiculous amount of pics because I love Seattle so much in the summer!

Instead of fighting traffic to get to the middle of Seattle and try to find reasonably priced parking, we headed to West Seattle, parked on the street and took the 6:15 water taxi from Alki Beach to Pike Place. A quick 15 minute ride that was both low stress and a lot of fun!

The jaunt from the pier to the market was a good 20 minutes (with kids anyway) and full of good people watching (did you spot captain america!?) and pretty sight seeing if you count the Great Wheel, water front, and these stairs decorated with lights and flowers along the way.

Our first attempt at a tourist pic of the market sign, wasn’t too successful. Realizing that the kids were probably starving as it’s now 7pm, we decided to head to Beecher’s for some gooey grilled cheeses…

… but it was closed. Noooooooo!

I had never personally visited Pike Place in the evening and it hadn’t occurred to me to check and see what time it closes beforehand, but now I know that things start shutting down at 6pm and Beecher’s closes at 7. :)

Starving, annoyed and a little whiny (and not just the kids) we crossed the street and grabbed our go to bistro boxes and juices from Starbucks. While we snacked, the kids shared their highs and lows from the day… their low being the obvious lack of grilled cheese… and decided we’d make up for it by trying some new grilled cheese recipes at home. Hoping to have something share-worthy for you guys next week!

Now with full bellies we attempted to take more Pike Place pics before heading back to the water taxi.

Outtakes are forever my favorite. Just look at how helpful Espen is being… Poppy loved the tickles he was dishing out and Griffin was super excited about being picked up and carried into frame, LOL. :)

Johan and I kept chatting about how comfortable Griffin looked as he walked around the city. A far cry from his anxious and OCD 4 year old self. A stage that he spent the last year growing out of. I’ll take Griffin anyway we can get him, but love seeing him so confident!

We also couldn’t help but notice how much fun Tilly was having taking pictures with my old iPhone. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

All that chatting and noticing had us loosing track of time tho, an easy thing to do on summer nights regardless, and we ended up having a home alone moment as we raced to catch the water taxi. By this time the kids were getting cold, Poppy was getting tired and we would have had to wait another hour for the next taxi, so running seemed like the only reasonable thing to do and it paid off!

(Pic of Johan and me by Griffin)

A tired and very salty Poppy by the time we made it off the boat, but even with the grilled cheese set back and missing Ozzie who had baseball, a perfect summer night.

I’m still very much in the “summer forever” mindset, but if there is anything that can get me excited for fall it’s comfort food and more specifically grilled cheese sandwiches!

Don’t forget to head to Grilled Cheese Friday and snag a couple tees at 20% off with coupon code: GRILLEDCHEESE

And if you’re feeling inspired by Poppy’s pretzel tee, here’s our favorite recipe to make some at home!

Happy (grilled cheese) Friday friends!

xo, Rae

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MOM + MINI: WHAT WE WORE IN NY

We’re home! Even though we had the time of our lives (Tilly was plotting ways to stay) it always feels so good to be home. I’m excited to share all the things we did and ate, but thought it would be fun to start with what we wore. I know I’m always on the lookout for cute and easy summer outfits for the kids and me that last for full days of exploring!

As far as packing goes, I followed my usual tips (blog post HERE!). It was nice having an extra top layer (either jean jacket, button up shirt, or sweatshirt), a few accessories and extra outfits to choose from. Although, between adventuring in the city and eating on the go, I really thought we would be changing more! The only other thing that surprised me was how often our days involved swimsuits. Most parks, playgrounds and even The Met had water features or a splash pad and it was always a welcome and unexpected treat for the kids!

Here’s a peek and links to what we wore…

RAE | top, jeans, similar sandals here and here (old from J.Crew), sunnies

ESPEN | crew neck (old from PeekKids), tee, shorts, shoes

TILLY similar crew neck (old from PeekKids), tee, similar shorts (old from Target), shoes

RAE | sunnies, dress, similar jean jacket (old from J. Crew), similar sandals here and here (old from J.Crew)

TILLY | dress, sneakers

ESPEN | hat, tee, old swim shorts from J.Crew (he wore these earlier in the day), shoes

RAE | jumpsuit (wearing a size small and had to knot the straps :), similar jean jacket (old from J. Crew), shoes, sunnies

ESPEN | polo, old swim shorts from J.Crew but think these are so cute (!), shoes

TILLY | tee, similar shorts (old from PeekKids), sneakers

RAE | tee, skirt, belt (thrifted), sandals (similar), sunnies

ESPEN | tee, shorts, shoes

TILLY | tee, similar skirt (old by cat and jack), sneakers

This trip was so good for my soul you guys. I need those full days of exploring and being present with my people, but I’m also so excited to (mostly) be home for the rest of summer (just a couple close rode trips!)… Ready to adventure in our own city.

Are you planning any trips this summer or staying close to home?

xo, Rae

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5 THINGS: FAVORITE LIP STICK SHADES FOR SPRING

You guys! It’s Friday and I’m super excited to share my current rotation of lipstick shades with ya, yet slightly embarrassed of the montage of selfies above (and below). Unfortunately I couldn’t think of a more practical way of showing different lip colors, so lets just pretend that making silly faces in front of the camera is a normal adult thing to do (ha!) and skip to the good stuffs!

1. THIS IS THE BALM | agave lip balm by BITE that is! I know this isn’t technically a lipstick, but ever since finding it at Sephora about a month ago it’s become an everyday staple. I love that it leaves just a touch of glossy shine and has made my cracked wintery lips feel so much better. (Another example pic below.)

(I have the best little sidekick — Tilly!)

2. BARELY THERE PINKRunway Hit in Retro Matte Nudes by MAC adds just a hint of color that makes me feel/look refreshed without making much of a statement. Perfect for everyday. Tempted to buy a couple more shades in this collection! Pictured in the next image too…

3. I NUDE IT WAS YOU | Viva Glam II by MAC a pinky-brown-mauve color that reminds me of my Grandma’s old couch… in a good way. It’s also a new buy and quick favorite!

4. IN A MOODY | Growing up mostly in Seattle means I have a little grunge rocker in my blood and this Lolita liquid matte lipstick by Kat Von D is proof. I haven’t worn it all that much but it’s a fun one to have in my stash and not too loud for everyday wear.

5. LOVERS CORAL |  Tilt by Urban Decay at Sephora is a color I purchased last fall with the help of a friend and am always excited when my outfit or plans for the day call for a pop of color… just can’t quit this shade of coral!

Do you have a favorite brand or color lipstick!?

XO, Rae

P.S. – I’ve always wanted to be the person that comes up with names for lipstick and nail polish colors, can you tell? Ha!

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MOM + MINI: HOW WE HALF UP TOP KNOT

It’s Friday! Time to let your hair down… or at least half of it, ha! Next to beanies and hats, the half knot is my most worn hairstyle these days. It tends to work well on a bad hair day or days when I’m not quite sure dry shampoo is enough (i.e. day 2 or 3 of dry shampoo). And because I throw my hair up in a top knot by the end of each day (if not before), it’s feels fun and slightly more pulled together than having all my hairs up.

Not that this style is super new, but if you haven’t tried it yet, new styles can be intimidating and hard to know if you’re doing it ‘right’, so thought I would put together a tutorial. Since it’s easier to explain (and less embarrassing) on someone else’s hair I asked Tilly to play along and be my model. As usual, she did not disappoint…. there are no shortage of facial expressions below, LOL. Oh and, just a side note, I usually leave out a bit of the teasing when doing Tilly’s hair on a normal day.

If this is also one of your go-tos, I hope you still enjoy seeing how we DIY and share any changes or tips in the comments!

YOU’LL NEED: small elastic bands, standard bobbie pins (not pictured…oops.), teasing brush or rattail comb, clips — optional but we love the ones from ryan and wren (pictured)

STEP 1: Grab your supplies and section off hair from the top of your head.

STEP 2: Dividing into smaller sections and moving front to back, tease hair a little at the scalp.

STEP 3: Put in a pony with elastic band and then tease hair a little again to add volume to your bun.

STEP 4: Twist hair and wrap into a bun/knot. Fuss with it until you like how it looks.

STEP 5: Bobbie pin in place.

STEP 6: At the scalp, tease hair that is left down…

… Add a clip for extra flare and then pose for some really silly photos (optional, of course).

As I mentioned at the top, this is how I like to do mine and sometimes Tilly’s half-knots, but will often just pull up half of Tilly or Poppy’s hair into a half-pony and then only pull their hair halfway through… If that makes sense?

Have a fun weekend you guys… see you back here on Monday!

XO, Rae

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