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wear: favorite convo tops

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we’re suckers for a good convo tee around here. the designer in me enjoys the typography aspect but i also love that they add a little sass to what would otherwise be a plain top. here are a few cuties i spotted while poking around my favorite online shops this weekend…. something i’ve been doing a lot of to pass the time while i feed pop-tart. how i ever got through the nursing stage without an iPhone is beyond me! ha!

for MAMA | 1 2 3

for MINIS | 4 5 6 7 8

also stumbled upon these for girls, after the board was already made.

(SAY YES sweatshirt, on sale. the kids’ tops were both from j.crew factory but are sold out.)

do you guys have a favorite place to shop online?

7-message-tops-for-mom-and-minion another note, it’s time to celebrate because tilly jane is SIX!!!!

happy birthday sugar. you are pretty much the best thing since sliced bread and your boldness and endless energy is both inspiring and contagious. watching you grow up is one of my greatest joys. i love you mucho – (and then some) – and hope you have the best birthday yet! xo . mama


boy meets girl

since nursing makes it difficult to wear dresses lately, i’ve been swooning over skirts and sprung for this one a couple weeks ago. mostly because, plaid. i can’t get enough of  the classic preppy meets cool kid print lately — can you!?


top (similar) | skirt (on sale!) | booties (similar, similar)

i also love how skirts make it easy to mix feminine with masculine – just throw on a boyfriend or graphic tee or sneakers for a low-fuss vibe. so effortless and super comfy.

what do you think of the tomboy, mix-match trend and how do you pull it off? i would love some ideas!

xo . rae


wear: overalls

let’s talk fashion today, shall we!? after all  that’s what girlfriends do, yeah?!


overalls // sunnies // old top & necklace // sneakers

sept-2014-164so, the 90’s are back and they brought their overalls with them (berkenstocks too, but we’ll save that for another day!).  at first i had mixed feelings about this new trend, but after having poppy they started to sound like a really good idea so i splurge on a pair and have to tell you – i am totally obsessed. they do a beautiful job of hiding all the not so cute parts of postpartum (leaky boobs and a pooch, ahem) and definitely fit the requirements for us mamas – comfy, low-fuss and nothing pops out when i bend over. i also like to think they give off a fun, hip and carefree vibe…. and it’s possible that they could be dressed up for date night don’t you think? maybe with leopard heels?  it’s almost like they have super powers (ha!)!

so, what do you think? love, hate, have a pair?

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//


bus stop style (dad + mini)


as promised, a little bus stop style for the men in your life! honestly, i could pick out and dress boys all day everyday — it’s the girlie stuff that tends to trip me up a little! hope you like!

for DAD: hat, top (option), pants (option), shoes

for MINI: top (option), sweater, jeans, shoes, headphones (option), backpack

i finally got around to doing a little back to school shopping earlier this week but am only about half way done and still need to decide on backpacks! purchasing a new backpack for back to school is like a tradition around here… and since it’s something they carry everyday i also tend to splurge a little too. however, after talking to several moms who purchase new ones when the old ones are worn out, i’m starting to feel like a major sucker! what do you guys usually do about backpacks?

xo . rae

ps – love the state backpacks (pictured) because for every bag purchased, they give one away to a child in need in the US… they also put on motivational rallies and events that create change in communities. so cool. and so are their bags!


bus stop style (mom + mini)

bus-stop-style-mommy-+-mini2for MOM: hat, top (option), rings, denim, tote, shoe (option)

for MINI: hat, denim jacket (similar), top (option), backpack, track pants, sneakers (option)

just two weeks left before we send our kids back to school and even though there is an abundance of cute fall duds in the stores and online right now, i haven’t purchased a single item. not feeling quite ready to say goodbye to summer! or my kids’ cute faces!! hoping this outfit collage get’s me inspired to check a few things off my back-to-school shopping list today!

how about you!? are you ready for back to school?

xo . rae

(ps – i haven’t forgotten about the boys in your life. come back tomorrow for a daddy + mini bus stop style!)

gray-stripePPS – for more style inspiration, check out this fun video we did as part of a back-to-school series with!


xo . rae

creative direction: rae ann kelly
video production: mark titus, august island pictures
production asst: paul moore, jane kelly + stacy jacobsen



crushing on: sonnet james

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happy tuesday love! how’s it going?

i’m excited to share my latest crush, sonnet james. a company that puts function first, but design and style a close second – all in the name of making it easier for moms to be more playful with their kids while also feeling cute (amen!). if you haven’t heard of them then you are in for a real treat!

i purchased a couple of their dresses  (1 & 2) to wear durning my pregnancy (and hopefully well after) and sport each of them at least once a week. i’ve worn them for everything from date night to playdates and all the kids’ activities. oh, and i must mention how well they wash so there is no need to stress when little ones use you as a napkin!

also, how do you resist a company that uses statements like,

“young at heart, present in the moment, and more playful will the ones you love.”

in their marketing… sign me up ASAP!

well, i’ve gushed enough. time to take a peek for yourself…

xo . rae


let’s go to the beach.


some mini style inspiration because all i can think about with this warm weather is summer vacation with the kids and long days at the beach… #summerforever

BOY: swim goggles (j. crew factory), baseball hat (H&M) ^cute on a girl too!^, hoodie (j. crew factory), swim trunks (zara), flip-flops (tea collection)

GIRL: sunnies (crewcuts), chambray top (zara), swimsuit (H&M), coin purse (peek kids), sandals (zara) these are cute too (gap kids)

xo . rae


mother’s day gifts that support moms.

if you are still on the lookout for the perfect mother’s day gifts i have some ideas to share with you today! the best part about these shops is that they empower moms and women to rise above poverty and support their families. on top of that, they also create beautiful products.

if you’ve already checked gift giving off your to do list, these sites are still worth taking a look at. i’ve found myself getting lost in the stories behind each company and the artisans – so inspiring. you may even find a mother’s day treat for yourself and not feel guilty about it!!!


31bits web site // their blog has fun stuff too // 31bits on instagram // throw your own house partygifts-for-moms-by-moms-KK


krochet kids web site // meet the artisans // KK blog // KK on instagram


no. 41 web site // the blog // their story // donate // on instagram

if you know of any other great companies feel free to share a link in the comments below!

happy shopping & celebrating the lovely mamas in your life.

xo . rae


Hello… spring training.

later this month, yoder and i are surprising the kids with a trip to sunny arizona for some baseball games, concession food and all the pool time we can handle. for the past couple weeks i’ve been secretly sorting through last year’s summer gear and stocking up on all the things we’ll need to bring with us, including some ballpark must haves.

here are some of the baseball ready goodies i’ve found:



01/nostalgic baseball tees, peek kids (BOYS/GIRLS). 02/floppy sun hat, sonnet james. 03/canvas tote, gap. 04/sunscreen, the honest co (we’ll need some of this too). 05/notebooks, minted. 06/beach blanket, kate spade saturday. 07/a staple in my baseball bag, entertaining and easy to share, sidewalk chalk.


winter wardrobe: sweaters are a girl’s best friend

last fall while taking care of back to school shopping for the kids, i snatched up a few new items for myself (including the cutest sweater) and planned on putting together a “bus stop style” post for all the mamas.


//SWEATER: aritzia (& it’s on SALE!), DRESS: j. crew (similar H&M, old navy), BOOTS: zara (similar)//

however, my insecurities got the best of me (an epiphany that i’m not a fashion expert…duh. so silly) and i never hit published.

even though the post never came together, i’ve worn that sweater almost weekly for school drop offs – either layered over a cute ensemble, my workout clothes or the t-shirt i slept in the night before (shhhh… no one even knows… at least i tell myself that, ha!) and it only seems right to give it a shout out.


as well as share a few additional sweaters on my wish list.


1 j. crew / 2 zara / 3 old navy / 4 madewell / 5 spool 72 / 6 forever21 / 7 boden

what’s not to love about a cozy sweater? they are fitted yet roomy, easy to layer, requires little accessorizing, and are kid friendly… bring on the sticky fingers! unless of course cashmere is involved.


//whistle NECKLACE, j. crew (similar on etsy!)//

another thing i wear weekly is this whistle necklace (so brilliant).

when i was little my friend’s mom would pull up to their house with a car full of groceries, let out a big whistle and all 4 of her kids would run outside to help carry things in. i was so blown away by the whole concept that i filed it away in my brain under, “when i’m a mom…”.

unfortunately i whistle like a wimp.

so when i saw the necklace i had to have it.


what about you… is there anything in your closet that you find yourself wearing all the time?!






saved by the trench (coat)


i’m always on the hunt for pieces i can add to my wardrobe that are simple and versatile, but that also make me look (& feel) put together without actually requiring me to be put together.

i mean, (side note) i have a hard enough time getting myself ready and out the door on time and then you add little people to the mix and some mornings it seems almost impossible, but that’s a whole other blog post.


it’s those kinds of mornings that makes this trench just the thing i need to grab from my closet when things get chaotic. i can throw it on over jeans (even the ones that have a paint stain on the butt from this little fiasco) or leggings, a tee and a pair of flats.



TRENCH COAT | JEANS (i’ve had mine for 2 years & <3) | SHOES


what’s your secret to getting out of the house on time? a simple hairdo, go-to brekkie, planning things out the night before? i’m dying to know!?

xo . rae

ps – hope you had a fun weekend! we spent ours visiting friends and going to a football game in our old college town – where our family began. felt so good to be “home”.

{images by stacy jacobsen}