Stilettos and Diapers: March 2014

3.28.2014

Easter, Pearls and Monograms. {Fashion}


Pearls, Mint, Monogram
I feel like since moving back to the south, I've gone full on crazy with my southern love. Monograms, pearls and new Easter dresses are all things that good southern gals do, so I was really excited putting this look together. Eshakti sent me this dress from their Spring 2014 line and I love it. They custom make the pieces, according to your size and taste. I had this dress taken to just above the knee and it fits perfectly, just like my other fab Eshakti pieces. 
Gigi New York Monogram Clutch Pearls, Mint, Monogram Color Block Nude Pump Guess Pearls, Mint, Monogram Pearl Cluster Necklace: Molly Suzanne Pearls, Mint, Monogram
You know what really seals the deal with this dress? POCKETS. (and all the moms rejoice)
Pearls, Mint, Monogram and pockets
Dress c/o | Shoes: old via DSW, similar | Necklace | Clutch c/o


This weekend is going to be a busy one here! Baseball galore, shopping for the hubs some work clothes and me a new car. I've had my current one for almost 3 years and we're getting the itch! (and also it's developed a mind of it's own.)

Happy Friday, y'all! 

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3.26.2014

To Bikini or Not to Bikini

Oh, swimsuit season. We're a mere 6 weeks from when I will be in a bathing suit at the beach and I'm not exactly ready. I've been working out, using the My Fitness Pal app (LOVE it!) and trying to be prepared, but part of the issue, is the bathing suits themselves. Do you ever feel like you look better naked than when your suit makes everything go in all the wrong directions? It's really similar to a can of busted biscuits. 

I will be 30 this year. 30 y'all. I'm actually quite angry about it. I'm torn between looking more modest as a near 30 year old mom and wearing suits that I think are more flattering. I have such a short torso, that most 1 piece suits just don't fit me right. Although, some of the ones I found on my search for a new suit may really be worth a shot. There are some fabulous looking 1 pieces out right now!  So should I give myself my last year in my 20s to wear a bikini, then cover it all up next summer? Or forget all the rules and wear what I want? Like that one shoulder ruffle number? Gahhh, I love it! You can click on the pictures to go check out my finds. I may be seeing some on my doorstep in 3-5 business days. 

3.25.2014

Easter Centerpiece DIY

Simple DIY Easter Centerpiece

Last year, I made this super simple Easter Centerpiece. I love spring and all the bright colors that come along with it, so it's only natural that I go a little Easter decorating crazy. While there are a few snowflakes falling out my window this morning, I decided last week that it was a fine time to bust back out my plastic egg filled decorations. Only problem is, since the move, I can't find those pretty sticks I had in the original picture. Some random tree branches and some silvery spray paint did the trick just fine, though! 

Easy Easter Table and Centerpiece

A Pinterest printable, my child's Easter basket, bunny garland from Michael's and a little bunny from the Dollar Spot finished the look of my table. I'm so happy my house is feeling like spring, even though outside is far from it!

I'm sure you have everything you need to create this easy centerpiece. You can find the original tutorial over here! Happy Spring! 

3.21.2014

Coral, Mint and Spring! {Fashion}

Coral and Mint for Spring Coral and Mint for Spring Coral and Mint for Spring Mint Tote for Spring Coral and Mint for Spring Coral Stripes and Mint Tote Coral and Mint for Spring Coral and Mint for Spring
Jeans | Top: Kohl's last season, similar | Bag: Legacy c/o | Booties: Kohl's last season, almost identical here | Umbrella: Coach Outlet | Necklace | Bracelet | Nails 


I do realize that my last fashion post was these exact colors. But it's spring now, so you just may see these colors much more! These pictures were actually taken 2 days ago, when it was 40 and rainy out. I do love using my umbrella, which I snagged at the Coach outlet for $20, but I'm so looking forward to a warmed up and sunny weekend! 

Truth about moms trying to take pictures of their outfits: you will almost always have a child (or 2) in your pics. Which I really love. I mean the excitement on his face from sneaking in the shot? It's perfect! 

Also, I never realize just how bad I'm in need of a root touch up until I upload pictures and see them, large on the computer screen. I thought I should try to get some kind of editing program to cover it up in a time such as this, but then I realized that I'm wearing nothing over $40. I think I'll just stick to real life and boxed color over here. 

3.20.2014

The Early Gift {and $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway!}


January 2007

With just over one year of marriage under our belts, we left all our family, friends and life as we knew it and moved to California. We went all over the west coast that year, exploring everything from San Francisco and Napa to Yosemite and Tijuana. 
It was fantastic. We jumped in the car and went, whenever and wherever we wanted to. We worked out a lot. Made mojitos and laid by the pool in the euphoria that is humidity free weather. 

By the spring, my nursing license had transferred and we were DINKS (dual income, no kids) with a 5 year plan. We wanted kids eventually, but we were loving the life we were living. 

August 5, 2007

I was 6 days late, but knew there shouldn't be a chance of pregnancy. I bought a test, just in case, and decided I would use it the next morning. Drank 2 glasses of wine, with the slight fear that I may have to go 9 months without it and went to bed. The next morning, double pink lines had me in tears. I was shocked. Then I felt guilty. I always wanted to be a mom, but I wasn't ready. We were so happy doing our thing and I was afraid to let it go. 

When I came out of the bathroom, the hubs knew what the answer was. He had just been watching the news of the 6 miners that had been trapped in the Crandall Canyon Mine overnight. He hugged me tight and I'll never forget the words he said. 

"Those people who are in that mine, that's a sad thing. This is a good one. We're getting exactly what we wanted, the gift just came early."

So 9 months later, we were parents. Just like that, our world completely changed. There was a lot more staying at home. A lot more downtime. And many more smiles. 


But the newborn phase wasn't so long and once we were confidant in our diaper changing skills, we ventured out. We found out that having a third person isn't that hard and we went everywhere. Tailgating, camping and boating, grape crushing in Napa, hiking in Hawaii and Disney World. Why not? 


Life was better, harder and so much fuller all at the same time. We decided that it was good enough, though, to do it again. Baby #2 added even more to our lives. 

We were happy in our lives before kids. But now, I can say there is tons of joy. You can't help but look at those little faces and feel it. I feel it when I sit and cheer for my little boy playing sports. I cheer at every shot, every swing, and every run to the base. I feel it when I don't care if I get a single present for Christmas, because all I need is to see their excitement. I feel it when school papers come home with little stars or when we have painted fingers from the latest art project we're sending in. I can't imagine my life without my boys. 

Now, more than ever, I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing and what I know I'm supposed to be doing. 

The unexpected has a way of turning into amazing sometimes. Take  Delivery Man. Watch David's journey (Vince Vaughn) as an unexpected discovery unfolds to help him find his long lost children and his true self. I couldn't do 533 kids, that's for sure, but this hilarious and heartfelt movie sure did bring back memories for me. Bring it home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD 3/25/2014 and have a date night with your honey! You can order your copy here. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about this heartwarming movie!  

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3.15.2014

Easy! Sugar Cookie Layer Bars {Recipe}

Problem: You're invited to a party or to someone's house for dinner and need something to bring, fast! I've got you covered. 
Easy Sugar Cookie Layer Bars via Stilettos & Diapers
This past week, it was ladies night in our neighborhood. I glanced through the fridge in hope of finding an unopened container of hummus, but no such luck. I can't, in good conscience, bring anything that has been opened as my 2 year old is a habitual double dipper. 

I almost always have a pack or 2 of sugar cookie mix, since little ones around here want to decorate them for every occasion. So, I decided to throw a bunch of yummy stuff together and see what happened. Well, they were delicious, the ladies devoured the tray full and the remainder that I left here were gone the next day. 

So make them on your next bring a dish emergency and your guest will thank you. 

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 package sugar cookie mix
1 stick butter
1 egg

Topping:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips (I'm trying butterscotch next time!)
1 cup crushed pretzels

Caramel Sauce: (The Pioneer Woman's recipe)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
1 Tbsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make the sugar cookie mix with butter and egg. Line an 8.5" x 11" pan with wax paper and press cookie mix into it. Bake 15 minutes, until just browned. Leave the oven on. 

While baking, make the caramel sauce. Put all ingredients into a small saucepan over low to medium heat. Stir and let it get all bubbly for a few minutes. It will start to thicken a little bit.  

When you pull the cookies out of the oven, sprinkle with chips and pretzels, then pour caramel sauce over the whole thing. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes. 

Allow to cool on the counter for at least 10 minutes, letting the caramel set a bit. Then, you can lift the entire bar out by the waxed paper and put in the refrigerator to chill the rest of the way. Once cooled completely, cut into squares and serve. 
Easy Sugar Cookie Layer Bars via Stilettos & Diapers
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
Easy Sugar Cookie Layer Bars via Stilettos & Diapers

3.14.2014

Spring for the Weekend {Fashion}

Dress and boots Mint bag, coral dress Dress and boots Dress and boots Dress and boots
Dress | Boots c/o | Bag c/o | Belt sold out, similar | Watch | Bracelet | Sunnies sold out,  similar


I'm pretty obsessed with this Legacy bag from JustFab. I've carried it every day since I got it and it's gotten tons of compliments. It was warm when I carried it in these pictures from Savannah last weekend, but since it's turned back into winter here, I'm still carrying it as a protest. Give me some warmth! 


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3.11.2014

Color Blocking {Fashion}



Today, I'm joining a fabulous group of Charlotte fashion bloggers to show you all things colorblocking! A trend I was initially scared of is now one of my favorites. I love pairing bright, bold colors, especially now that it's getting warm. Go check out these ladies blog's for all sorts of fashion inspiration! 


Color blocking Statement necklace Blue Suede shoes Color Blocking Gigi New York monogrammed clutch color blocking
Pants | Top: TJ Maxx, similar | Shoes c/o, similar | Clutch c/o | Jewelry | Watch


3.07.2014

Monthly Mojo: March

It's that Monthly Mojo time again! Linking up with some of my blogger besties, Rachel and Heather for the things I'm loving this month!



1. My new Gigi New York clutch. It's monogrammed and I want to carry it everywhere with everything. 

2. This scripture wallpaper that I downloaded from Hannah Rose Beasley. I actually printed it on card stock and put it on the bulletin board in my office. 

3. This Anthropologie Suit. I've had my eye on this for about a month, but can't seem to make myself buy it. Once I see myself in a bikini, I may be motivated to grab it! 

4. Mint. I just got these shoes from JustFab, the Kira, and I can't wait for a little peep on warmth to wear them! I'm loving mint right now! 

5. Idina Menzel singing Let it Go. It's such a great song! It's on my running playlist and the boys love listening to it. We saw Idina when she was in Wicked on Broadway 10 years ago and she is just amazing. 


3.06.2014

InstaFashion Lately

I haven't posted any of these since we moved into our new house and my background changed a bit. No more unmade bed behind me! Now it's my often messy kitchen...

I realized I wore a whole ton of old stuff over the past couple months. I have old faithfuls that I wear far too much, but I can't stop. Somethings are just too broken in and comfy to get rid of! 

Sweater: old,  similar style | Pants | Boots: sold out, very similar | Necklace
 Shirt | Puffer: old, similar | Jeans: same without print, similar with print | Shoes
 Top | Jeans: same without print, similar with print | Booties: sold out, similar | Bag: sold out, original one
 Sweatshirt | Leggings | Shoes: old, similar
 Polka Dot Jeans: sold out, similar and here | Top: old, similar | Booties, similar | Necklace
Pants | Jacket: sold out | Top | Bag | Necklace| Shoes: sold out, similar

I'm packing up today to get ready for a girls weekend with my mom and sisters! My oldest sister flies in tomorrow and we're road tripping down to Savannah to wedding dress shop with my little sis. Really looking forward to all things wedding this year! 

3.05.2014

Glass Doors, Motherhood and Hot Deliveries.

Motherhood. It's got fine moments. It's got great moments. And it's also got moments that make you wonder if you have any sanity.  

This morning, I get of the shower to find a toddler, not where I left him with duplo and his favorite episode of Paw Patrol, but walking around with a bag of spinach. As he starts whining for "salad drink" aka a green smoothie, I throw a huge promotional robe from the hubs work on and head to the kitchen. I would have put my cute one that actually fits and stays tied on, but it was in the laundry covered in who knows what from yesterday's breakfast. 

I make the smoothie, serve it up to everyone and almost have mine finished when I notice red from the strawberries everywhere. Nope, that's blood. My thumb is bleeding and it's on the yogurt tub, the counters, the blender and the robe. I must have cut it while slicing the  strawberries. Then the doorbell rings. Normal people with wet hair, a robe that doesn't really stay on right and a bleeding thumb would have ignored it. But not me. I'm forced to get it as my 2 year old flies toward the door yelling "PIZZA!" 

I glance up and see it's the FedEx guy. The young semi hunky one at that, which only makes matters even more embarrassing. See, this problem wouldn't be as big of a deal if I didn't have a glass front door. For the love of God, can we please stop building homes with glass doors? They're the bane of a stay at home moms existence. The poor delivery guy is staring right at my just out of the shower, big robed self, while my toddler is basically licking the glass expecting pizza to come out of the shoe box sized package he's holding. 

I shuffle over to the door as the robe comes undone. I jump back behind the kitchen wall, reassemble and wrap my thumb in a napkin while I'm at it. When I finally make it to the door, he looks at me with eyes full of wonder. Not like "what a natural beauty you are" wonder but more of a "you're home all the time and you still manage to look like a disaster every time I'm here" kind. 

I sign for my package, which is in fact shoes (really amazing mint ones at that), managing to not get blood on his signature pad. I wrote an M and that's about it. He looks mortified at my thumb in the air, wrapped in an already red napkin. 

"Bad timing, huh?" he asks. Yes. I would say so. I just chuckle as I think about how a young, single guy would manage a day in the mom life. 

I think if he were to come back in an hour, or 5, I could almost guarantee a scene just as frightening. It's how we do it here in motherhood. Unless it's nap time. Then, don't even think about touching that doorbell. Drop that package and run. 

3.04.2014

Talk Pink (And a $50 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway!)

Pink is a color that is somewhere in every day of my life. My blog, business and wardrobe are all scattered with touches of pink. Being the only girl in the family, if it's pink, it's mine and all the boys know it. 

The first thing that comes to mind, if I were to take a second to think about the color, is breast cancer. Thanks to the Susan G Koman Foundation and all the hard work they've done, pink is known as a color of a fighter. 

Breast cancer is something that isn't far from my mind. My mom's mother had breast cancer and is a survivor. {This is her with my mom and I just this past Christmas.} 
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While it isn't something I want to dwell on, the fear of breast cancer is in the back of my head. I know I'm more susceptible since it has been in my family. I make a very conscious effort to keep a close eye on my body. To make note of changes and keep an open line of communication with my doctor. 

This spring, Kohl's is addressing the Pink Elephant in the Room, which is breast cancer. It isn't something people want to talk about, or think of. But, since early detection is the best treatment, we're all doing ourselves, and each other, a favor by talking about it.  

Did you know? 
  • You should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20 and every year starting at age 40. 
  • Warning signs are not the same for all women. If you see any changes in your breast, talk to your doctor. 
  • 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. 

Kohl's, has worked hard to raise the #TalkPink awareness and will donate $1 million dollars to Susan G. Koman from it! They've also given me a $50 gift card to share with one of you readers! Want to see all the pink things I'd buy if I got to win?

Head to Kohl's to learn more about their #TalkPink campaign and use the widget below to enter to win a $50 gift card! 

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