Jump into Spring with a Jumpsuit

Not sure if our seasons got the memo here in Texas but per the calendar we are officially in Spring. It’s time to bring out the ever-innovative florals and pastels (LOL) and cruise through to summer. One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the feminine details in fashion. It seems Spring brings an overload of ruffles, lace, and girly fabrics.

As a woman on the go my biggest struggle is finding something to wear quickly. I have had to develop a system that helps me find things to wear in under five minutes. Because sometimes five minutes is all I have between bath time and the time I need to leave to go somewhere. In the past, dresses were always my go-to easy outfit but things have changed. Move over dresses, there’s a new garment in town.

With the jumpsuit continuing to be a trend again this season, they are one of my go-to garments. Jumpsuits can be casual enough to sport on a beach vacay and dressy enough to wear to a wedding. One of the reasons I love them is because it’s only one piece you need to style. It can be as easy as pairing the right shoes and walking out the door. If you choose the style for your body, they can be very forgiving and flattering.

I styled this look to be a little more casual yet flattering for my body type. If you are like me and have some areas for improvement, the jumpsuit tied in the middle with a vest can create an illusion of a slimmer mid-section. What women doesn’t want that?

Jumpsuits can really be a year round garment if styled appropriately. I’ve heard some women say they just don’t fit correctly. Trust me, there is a jumpsuit for every body shape. I have linked some of my favorite jumpsuits of the season, a little something for everyone.

[Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make.]


If you are interested in seeing how I styled my jumpsuit with a blazer for a presentation on color, check it out here.

Why you Should Consider Attending a Blog Conference

The blogging world can be the perfect place for the introverts (myself included). You have the ability to stay behind the screen and use technology for almost everything. Although this can be fantastic for your online numbers, there is something to be said about meeting someone in person.

Thrive 2016

Networking is the “other” piece to blogging puzzle that I believe is imperative for growth. Blog conferences are great for this. They last a couple of days and put you in “not so typical” situations with opportunities to meet your fellow creatives and brands. A way to connect with others over something different (like salsa dancing) and in a relaxed environment!

Thrive 2017 – Ammar Selo Photography
Blog Elevated 2015

WHY?

Having a background in the HR/Recruiting I was exposed to the power of networks on a regular basis. You should always consider networking and go into it thinking of what you can provide for someone. Sound advice or a new tool you introduce to someone could help them tremendously and they will never forget that. As Maya Angelou says, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Business Advancement Conference 2016

If you are a fellow introvert and the thought of these conferences make you nervous. Trust me, you will be with your own kind. The people that geek out about the same blogging world that you do, the people that take 500 photos of everything, and the people that will finally understand your struggles. If nothing else, you should at least try one. You never know who you may meet and the motivation you feel when you leave can move mountains!

Blogger Bliss Break – Thrive 2017 Stacy Anderson Photography

The conferences I have attended are Blog Elevated, The Business Advancement Conference, and Thrive. Click here to read about my 1st Blog Conference Experience. If you want to read other networking posts click here or here.

Easy Rodeo Inspired Fashion!

The Rodeo season is in full effect here in Houston. BUT… What if you are not a western kind of girl? What If you don’t own cowboy boots? What do you wear?

Finding something to wear to the rodeo is easier than you think. I wanted to provide alternative outfit ideas if your not feeling the cowgirl vibes or if you are a busy woman and want to find inspiration within your own closet. These selections might be just what you need. You can bring a western flair to your outfit without having to go the typical route.

I teamed up with Thinking Girls Boutique and some of my favorite local bloggers (@annamakemeup AND @thehurriedhostess ) to bring you some easy Rodeo fashions.

1. A SUMMER DRESS can easily be Rodeo ready by pairing it with denim, a belt, and boots (or sandals).

2. A WRAP DRESS and boots paired with a fringe bag.

3. OFF THE SHOULDER DRESSES are all the rage now and this one paired with tights, boots, and a beautiful bangle makes a great option.

4. A PATTERN DRESS with denim can take you from the office to the show.

5. A MAXI DRESS paired with denim and booties make a great combination.

As you can see from the options above, not all Rodeo wear has to be so over the top western. I do love to wear cowboy boots but you don’t always have to. You can mix and match and still look great. All of these options are available at Thinking Girls Boutique if you are still looking for your Rodeo Wear!

Clothing and Accessories: Thinking Girls Boutique
Makeup: Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics
Photography: The Hurried Hostess

A Royal Experience with MontLargo!

The thought of buying a house can be quite daunting. There are so many questions to ask. Who can you really trust to give you the right and best information? With a city full of realtors and the fact that everybody has a relative, friend, brother, cousin that is a realtor. Where do you begin?

Well I recently had the pleasure of getting a “day in the life of a client” tour from Steve Montoya of MontLargo Properties. MontLargo is a Sugar Land based real estate company that truly provides their clients with the VIP Treatment. If you know anything about me, I love to be treated like a QUEEN!

I knew the day just wouldn’t be the same without a luxury van full of some of my favorite blogger babes to share in this royal experience. We toured the homes in Riverstone, a master planned community which is a HOT spot for MontLargo. The gorgeous homes made such a beautiful backdrop for photos and it was definitely fun pretending we lived there! As you can see I made myself right at home in that amazing closet. Call me Carrie Bradshaw because, “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.”

We enjoyed touring the homes, taking lots of photos, and learning about this unique company. Not to mention taking some awesome pics with the Ferrari, which is also available for house hunting- YES PLEASE! So, if you are in the market for a new home and looking for a VIP experience contact Steve. You can get more information regarding his listings and services at www.mlpsold.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event:

Host: MontLargo Properties
Photography: CWright Photography
Clothing: Tutu Cute by Jacqueline Smooke
MakeUp: Beaute By YBF
Cotton Candy: Twirl Cotton Candy by Toast from the Host

Bloggers:

Crafty Thrifter
Hey Wendy Vanessa
Hurried Hostess
Lifetime of Bliss
New Mom in A New Era
Positively Beautiful Life
Sirene World
Toast from the Host

[Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with listed companies but as always, opinions are fabulously my own.]

Traveling with Children, I say yes!

I recently took a girls trip down south with my mom and daughter. It reminded me of how everyone used to tell me, make sure you travel now because when you have children you won’t be able to. We didn’t travel very far this time but I still think it’s important to travel with my family as a whole. I have always loved traveling, I spent a year abroad working in my twenties, and vacationed regularly before I had my child. I don’t think having children should stop you from doing this, it just changes how you do it!

Nobody said traveling with your littles ones is easy but I am always up for a challenge! You have to pack a bunch of extra gear, entertainment, and still plan around their schedules. I definitely recommend doing it anyway. Traveling with your children even when they are young can be really beneficial for you both and here’s why.

5 Reasons you Should Travel with Children:

1. Traveling can be educational beyond any classroom.
Traveling to new places and seeing new things can truly help your child understand history, culture, and new experiences. It brings their story books to life. Seeing my daughter at 10-months old at the beach for the first time was truly a joy. Discovering sand for the first time was priceless, even though she tried to eat it!

2. They are exposed to different things.
Seeing new things and trying new foods helps develop a curiosity for the unknown.

3. You have time outside of your normal everyday routine to appreciate them and spend quality time together.
It’s hard sometimes to take a break from our everyday schedules to spend quality time together as a family. Taking a vacation helps you remember this and see people in a more relaxed environment. It’s amazing what you can learn by being in the same room without having phones and computers on all the time.

4. You make memories that will last forever.
Traveling with my family growing up I have so many great memories, tons of pictures, and good times. I still remember the family trips we took and cherish the trips I have taken with my family now. Experiencing new things for the first time together is special.

5. The cost is minimal for the reward.
Traveling doesn’t mean you have to go overseas or to a lavish location. Travel can be to the nearest beach town, lake, or even camping. I have found so many gems in and around Houston that are great for mini trips. Also if you do plan to travel further, resorts and cruises usually have childcare options and children under 12 stay for free.

Trust me, I have been that parent with the crying child in the plane, the mom who left the diapers in the checked luggage with an 8-hour delay, and the mom whose child pooped in the resort pool. It wasn’t always rainbows but I still wouldn’t change this for the world. I have made so many enjoyable memories with my family and will continue to take my daughter on vacation as much as possible. I think it’s the little things like travel that bring us together and help us better understand the world around us. Can you tell we love the beach? What do you think about traveling with children?

[Disclaimer: I was given the showcased product (hooded towel – Stiches by Natalie) in exchange for this review/post. All opinions are my honest ones, and I would buy their products anytime.]

My Galentines!

This week I had a lot to celebrate, it was Valentine’s Day, my 6 yr wedding anniversary, and the start of a new venture! I was under the weather with all the temperature change but I am finally able to breathe. In the spirit of all things “LOVE,” I am sharing my love for my fellow blogger babes.

Community over competition is really important in the blogger world and can be just as valuable as networking in the corporate world. When you support your fellow bloggers your community grows, your network expands, and brands see the power of influence from the blogger community. It’s a win-win for all parties!

This past week I attended several blogger Galentine celebrations. Valentine’s Day should be about love for yourself, first and foremost. A celebration with “gals” was just what I needed. I enjoyed meeting new faces and seeing some of my favs gal pals.

Sarah of Gracefully Sassy and Christine of CWright Photography joined forces to have a Galentines Night out at Kate Spade. Having a boutique this cute as a backdrop makes for beautiful photography. I was able to get the cutest braid up do, sip champagne, and eat delicious cupcakes.

Shasie from Live Life In Style hosted a gals brunch at the Presidential suite at Hotel Sorella. The views from this high up were so picturesque. She had a lovely spread from Eddie V’s – the banana’s foster was divine! I love DIY and I was able to make mommy and me matching earrings from Pop Shop America. I had a quick makeup lesson from MoonSun and we ended the afternoon with some awesome giveaways from Kendra Scott (sad I didn’t win).

My hubs was out of town so I had so much fun celebrating Valentine’s this year with the gals! I spent many years as a single lady on Valentine’s Day and never minded much. I think it’s important to give yourself some gal time it can make a world of a difference! As far as my new venture goes, you will have to stay tuned until next Wednesday for the official announcement on my blog!

Healthy Meals in a Snap with Snap Kitchen!

It’s 6pm and you’ve spent all day running around, cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping, working, chasing the kids and now it’s time for dinner. You’re exhausted and the thought of cooking just makes you nauseous. You have already skipped your workout because you were too busy. You decide that you want something quick and start going down the list of fast food places. Sound familiar?

This is usually me and the phrase “TOO BUSY” is relative, but it happens. Then I discovered Snap Kitchen. A healthy option for those of us on-the-go. They have meals, snacks, and drinks that make it easier to eat clean and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They take the guess work out of it and clearly label everything, have different portion sizes, and dietary restriction options.

When you imagine healthy dishes you think, veggies + protein = NO FLAVOR. Not here! I decided to try some of their most popular dishes, the Bison Quinoa Hash and the NEW Hot Chicken with Mac and Cheese. These two dishes are so flavorful and remind me of home cooking. I love spicy foods and the Hot Chicken comes with a container of sauce to spice up your meal to your liking.

Five reasons you should try Snap Kitchen:

1. It’s quick and easy. Just as quick as other “fast food” options minus the processed junk and preservatives.
2. It’s healthy and won’t add to your waistline. All meals are portioned, responsibly sourced, and clearly labeled with nutritional facts.
3. The options are abundant and they have something for everyone’s taste. Including gluten free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.
4. No kitchen clean up. Time saver!
5. You can buy ahead and plan meals. No excuses for not eating healthy in a rush or when the kids want chicken nuggets and macaroni for dinner.

As a woman/mom on-the-go, eating healthy is not always easy and sometimes not a priority. I encourage you to visit Snap Kitchen and see what they have to offer. I was surprised to see healthy cookies, brownies, and chocolate bars that are low in sugar. Sweets are my weakness and I loved that I was able to satisfy my sweet tooth as well. What will you try?

A Makeover Day with Beaute + Giveaway!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Beaute Makeup and Flowe Studio in collaboration with The Hurried Hostess. As always, opinions are fabulously my own. Photography: The Hurried Hostess]

What woman doesn’t love to get pampered and look like a million dollars? As a mom that falls a little lower on the priority list these days. Tousled hair, t-shirts, and lots of caffeine fill my existence. I was really excited when I was invited to Flowe Studio and Beaute Makeup Bar for a makeover morning. The idea of having someone else do my hair and makeup had me doing a little happy dance.

This year, I said I was going to be that mom that takes a moment for herself and this presented the perfect opportunity. The studio is super chic, quaint, and nestled right in the heart of Oak Forest. The modern ambiance created a relaxed environment and the friendly staff greeted is with a smile.

The morning began with makeup by Natalie utilizing The Perfect Face Makeup. We decided on a more dramatic look, after all if we are going glam, why not go all out? She gave me a sparkly eye with the Penny, Stone, and Satin Sheets eyeshadows. The foundation she used made my skin look truly flawless. She finished the look with a little contouring, some dramatic lashes, and the Vixen lipstick.

Morgan followed up with a massaging (heavenly) shampoo and blow out. My hair is really long so I admire anyone willing to take on the task of a blowout. She finished my look with amazing smelling shine product and a little curl.

As you can see from the before and after- major difference! The mombie look was in full force that day! As I age, I can appreciate a makeup that is highly pigmented and has full coverage. Beaute Makeup Bar is a Professional makeup company which provides services by Houston’s leading Makeup Artists including special event makeup, party makeup, makeup lessons, and luxury makeup. The will be providing free makeup lessons on Valentine’s Day February 14 (10-5), February 15th (10-5) and February 16th (12-7 pm). Lessons are about an hour each and they will focus on our “Girl on the Go” look which will include a customized face chart. To book, email BeauteByYBF@gmail.com.

If you just want to stop by, The Perfect Face announces their official grand opening at Flowe Studio February 8th from 7-10pm. They invite the public to come check out the facility located at 3420 Ella Blvd. Houston, TX 77018. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff, see the studio, and have a chance to enter in the giveaways! I encourage you to stop by and learn about their Blow Dry bar options, full service color, and hair/makeup packages for events.

As an added bonus, we are offering our readers a chance to win some of The Perfect Face Makeup of their own. Beaute will giveaway one BB Cream and a Lipstick from The Perfect Face Cosmetics. Please follow the steps below for 6 chances to enter:

Beaute Makeup Giveaway

5 Ways to Dress Yourself Thin

It doesn’t fit again? Story of my life right now! The biggest wardrobe challenge for me after having a child has been finding clothes that fit right. They tell you that your body changes but you have no idea until it really happens. I was always the petite one growing up and I never had much trouble finding things to wear. I could walk into the GAP, Ann Taylor, and J Crew; pick my size, purchase, and things would just fit.

Being a mom has changed this and I am ok with that. I did experience a difficult pregnancy and have a miracle child so I am truly blessed. I know one day I will focus on weight management but right now I am focusing on being a mom and enjoying this phase of my life. I feel more confident in my skin now than ever I did when I was less than 100lbs.

That was one of the main reasons I started my blog. I was now experiencing so many challenges finding something fashionable to wear that was flattering for my figure. I wanted to provide encouraging posts, outfit inspiration, and tips for women my size (smaller or larger) that face these same challenges. Quick things you can do as a woman on-the-go to find the perfect outfit while staying on trend.

Here are some of the things I do to create a slimming look:

1. Focus on colors that I know look good on me. Colors can make a huge difference in how you look. Wearing darker colors on the bottom can create a slimmer look overall. To learn how to find your colors- read my suggestions here.
2. Make sure to cover up areas that I think are not flattering. Some easy garments that do this are dresses with sleeves, vests – which cover back fat, and capes that take the focus away from your midsection.
3. Wearing heels. As a mom, I not always in heels but I try and wear them when I go to events and non-kid parties. Heels really elongate your legs and create a slimmer look (even if they are not 5 inches).
4. Understanding what lengths work best. In dresses/skirts I have to do short or long, nothing in between is flattering. I know in pants I usually can wear ankle or long. Knowing the lengths that work best saves you time and effort and you can then (well sometimes) shop online.
5. Remember, just because they make things in all sizes does not mean they should be worn. Look to see how something drapes your body and take a picture. The camera does not lie.

I hope that I will always provide some encouragement for women like me that struggle to find clothing quickly. We can all look great by taking the time to understand our bodies and using some simple guidelines when shopping. I am sure my weight will change again soon but I love to eat so the struggle remains. I must say Kate Moss lied when she said, “Nothing tastes better than skinny feels.” Yes, Kate- tacos do!

To see more of my outfit posts, click here.

A Cape Look!

The weather in Texas is seriously so indecisive lately you never know if you need a coat, a tank top, rain boots, or all three in one day. I have always lived here and you think I would be accustomed to this but it seems I spend too much time watching The Batchelor (don’t judge), This is Us, and Project Runway and not enough time on the weather channel. I am usually not a TV person but this weather has me indoors!

For the days when the weather changes without notice, a cape is a great solution. It covers enough to keep you warm but is airy enough to keep you from sweating. Capes are a great piece for layering and make for a beautiful silhouette. An added benefit is they are tummy friendly and I can always appreciate a garment like that! After all, when you have curves, sometimes you want to hide them.

I decided to give a little Valentine’s Day inspiration for my look today. I am obsessed with hearts and just can’t get enough of them this time of year. I paired my heart heels and bag with a black and white ensemble. This vintage caplet completed the look. This outfit is a nice combo for Valentine’s Day and can be paired with flats for a mom’s night out with kids.

To see more caplet looks- you can see my caplet styled for work here and a casual look for the rain here. I have put together some of my favorite caplets of the season below. Have a “cape” day loves!

[Disclosure: These photos were done in collaboration with Le Zu Photography, as always, opinions are fabulously my own). This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make.]

To shop my look:

For my “cape” recommendations under $100:

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