Current Vibes

October 18, 2017

With October already halfway over, we are trying to fit all of the fun fall things into our schedule on the days that the weather allows us to. Last week the weather got HOT again, so we decided to put off a visit to the Texas State Fair until the temperatures cool back down a bit. Thinking next week we'll make it happen - all in the name of a Fletcher's corny dog and some pretty fantastic people watching. Its crazy to think that in less than a month we leave town for a Thanksgiving trip - it always seems like once October is here, Christmas really is just around the corner. (read on for this weeks vibes!)

1. DREAMING // BLISSHAUS: Who doesn’t dream of a Pinterest-worthy pantry and kitchen? Amiright? Suffice it to say, our pantry is anything but organized or enviable. There’s no doubt that I was initially drawn to Blisshaus by way of a pretty Instagram photo of a perfectly organized pantry. Blisshaus was created from the German tradition of “elegant and clean living”, specifically in the kitchen. The company specializes in in providing kitchen makeovers that include so much more than just organization. Eco-friendly pantry solutions include picture-perfect glass jars, labels, and pantry ready recipes. As well as shopping tips to help with cutting down on food and packaging waste. Blisshaus claims to cut your household waste and grocery costs between 30-80%, while also making your kitchen shelves look like that of one straight out of the pages of a magazine. Sign. Me. Up.

2. SHOPPING // LOLA + LINA: Molly and I have become fans of bold statement earrings and over the years have amassed a great collection that we wear time and time again. We find that a pair of earrings can really take a classic outfit to the next level and instantly make you feel that much more put together. Lola + Lina is our new favorite online shop to find the best selection of said earrings (and other great pieces of jewelry!) all in one place. The shop has the most amazing pieces – many of which I had never seen before. Have a wedding/event coming up? Or looking to jazz up your your date night outfits? Lola + Lina are your girls. How freaking cool are these!? We’re also huge fans of all things Lele Sadoughi (these and these) and Lola + Lina has one of the best selections we’ve seen. There are also so many great gold options that are anything but boring!

3. LAYERING // CUYANA FALL: When Molly and I popped into the Cuyana + Outdoor Voices event this past Sunday, one of the cute Cuyana girls was wearing a sweater coat/cardigan (coatigan?) that stopped us both dead in our tracks. Literally. We looked at each other and turned back to her, asking how we could make it ours. Luckily for us, it is a brand spanking new arrival to Cuyana and one that we know we can’t live without. Ever since we lived in San Francisco I have had my heart set on a really great sweater coat, but never found something I really loved. Until. Now. The Oversized Reversible Alpaca Cardigan is the answer to all of yours/mine/ours sweater coat dreams and so much more. I personally love the fact that it is collar-less making it a little bit more wearable and layer-able with collared shirts, scarves, etc. The fact that the cardigan is reversible is also amazing because you can cuff the sleeves for a two-tone look and basically get two for the price of one. I personally have visions of wearing it with my new Outdoor Voices set (these + this) when I want to look a little bit more put together while running around town “momming” it. The perfect piece for our Dallas weather that stays in that “in between” stage for months.

4. COLOR PROTECTING // RAHUA: I’ve mentioned before (in this previous Current Vibes post!) my love for Rahua’s lovely Shampoo and Conditioner as the best natural shampoo/conditioner that I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a lot of them! But this was posted before I had the chance to try their new Color Full line, which is now a new favorite obsession of mine. I have found that since pregnancy and now with breastfeeding, my hair just does not take to color the way it used to. Which is slightlyyy upsetting for this blonde. I thought that maybe using a shampoo and conditioner specifically geared towards colored hair may help with the fading, but also didn’t want to forgo using a natural product since I had already made that switch. Rahua’s Color Full Shampoo and Conditioner are color-preserving while also being formulated from plant-derived and Amazonian ingredients. The Rahua Oil molecules push color pigmentation deep into the hair for lasting color. Just what I needed to help with my current hair color woes. I instantly fell in love with both the Color Full Shampoo and Conditioner, and its not just the lavender hue that got me. First off, the smell is beyond amazing. Like addicting-good, and almost indescribable. Aside from the smell, the products left my hair feeling soft and shiny without being weighed down, which is a rarity for my hair. Time will tell with how well my color holds up, but I have high hopes. It looks like I may not be the only one whose fallen in love with Rahua’s Color Full line, seeing as its already sold out. Now I’m feeling like I need to stock up… Also a new favorite from the brand – their Dry Shampoo.

5. COOKING // SMITTEN KITCHEN’S SECOND BOOK: ‘ve followed Deb Perelman of the Smitten Kitchen blog for what seems like forever. Over the years, I’ve pulled many favorite recipes from the site – mostly sweets and baked goods (shocker). These were a regular (weekly) part of my pregnancy diet and I loved every minute of it. What I love about Smitten Kitchen is that the recipes contain simple ingredients and nothing uber fancy, making everything attainable and totally doable. I recently saw that Deb was coming out with with a second cookbook, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumph and Unfussy New Favorites”, that contains all of her new favorite things to make. If they’re Deb’s favorites, they’re bound to be mine too. I’ll be honest, I haven’t done much cooking at all since having a baby in May and we generally eat grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner 4+ nights a week, but maybe this is just the inspiration I need? The book would make for a great Christmas gift, too!

6. READING // REESE’S BOOK CLUB: Yesterday my sister in law and I were talking books and she recently started a book that Molly had also started and told me about – Little Fires Everywhere. I mentioned that Reese Witherspoon had apparently bought the movie rights to the book (that’s when you know its going to be good!) and Jenna quickly informed me of Reese’s book club #RWBookClub / @rwbookclub. How. Did. I. Not. Know. This? Needless to say, Reese’s recommendations are where I’ll be turning to the next time I need a good read. Just downloaded “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (thanks Molly, Jenna, and Reese) after finishing “Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker which was SO good.

7. SPOOKING // HUDSON GRACE: When it comes to ranking holidays as favorites, Halloween isn’t necessarily high on the list. But I know I need to learn to love it a little bit more now that we have a little one in the mix. I think what has always turned me off to the holiday is the creepy/scary side of it that I just can’t seem to embrace. I absolutely hate all things scary and have vivid memories of terrible haunted house experiences growing up. If the holiday could only be about pumpkins and cute ghosts and adorable children dressed up, I’d be all over it. But the neighbors down the street with a zombie family, including a zombie baby, set up in their front yard has me concerned on all levels. WHO would spend money on a life-sized zombie family? Zombies aside, in an effort to not be the grinch of Halloween, I’m thinking of adding some of Hudson Grace’s “friendlier” faces to my holiday decor. I can always count on Hudson Grace to offer tasteful holiday decorations – I still love my Christmas gnome I got there when we lived in SF.

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Ruffle Front (on sale!)

October 17, 2017

PSA: I love this Ruffle Front shirt and it's on sale! 48% off. Making it $39.99. That's prettttttty good. I have to say that I kinda sorta wish I had ordered it in the "tall" version that's available online but I was too in love with it when I tried it on in a J.Crew store months ago that I had to take it home immediately.  It's not necessarily short in the regular length but I like tucking things in and since there's a banded hem it would have been nice to have a smidgen more length to do so. But hey, it has been a favorite and worn more times that I can count. So jump on the good deal while it's still in stock (in all sizes!).

 

And because I think it would be loco for me to not mention it: I love the shoes I’m wearing. They’re the Penrose Sandals (but I think of them more as a mule/slide than a sandal?) by kate spade and I even more crazy about them than I thought I would be…super comfortable and just the right amount of embellishment to be eye catching without making me feel like I look like a Christmas tree or something.

In case you’re wondering…I’ll be wearing this exact outfit on a date night with my husband on Friday. Date night! First meal alone, at a restaurant, in months. Can you tell I’m excited?! We might even go crazy and see a movie after. #parentsgonewild

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Baldwin Bliss

October 16, 2017

The title for this post is very appropriate. Not only is BALDWIN a blissful brand and all their products bliss-inducing, but the BALDWIN jeans I'm wearing are named the Karlie and the color I have on is "Bliss." So there you go. If you read this Current Vibes from a few weeks ago you know that Sally and I have a long-time relationship with BALDWIN founders Matt and Emily Baldwin after falling in love with their Kansas City-based retail store Standard Style back in high school. Upon the launch of BALDWIN in 2009 - Matt's namesake line devoted to denim and other wardrobe staples - Sal and I became automatic fans. It wasn't hard to root for our friends and fall for their tight assortment of must-haves. Best of all...the denim fits like a dream. Made in the US with quality denim fabric sourced all over the world, perfect details (the white rivet on the back right pocket is their only branding aside from a simple leather logo), and silhouettes that will work forever.

 

If you’re all “I want to get in on this BALDWIN business!” I can totally understand. If you live in Dallas you can shop at their brand-new store on Knox (their other store locations can be found right here) and they have a lovely website as well. But I have to say, there’s something magic about their stores. They feel like a hug. Maybe it’s the Midwestern girl in me and the fact that Matt and Emily love their Kansas City roots, but the customer service, inviting seating and unpretentious fixtures feel so much like home. Or maybe I just love their store designs so much that I want to move in? Probably both.

So I obviously love the jeans (and if you ask any BALDWIN denim owner they’ll sing the same praises) but I have to note that the Imogen Trench Coat I’m wearing with my Karlie jeans is amazing. It’s not your typical trench cut but that’s what I love about it…it’s got the classic khaki color and length but the lightweight washed cotton, covered button blacket, and drawstring cinch versus belt or tie (done with selvage striped cotton, no less) make it effortless, timeless and (dare I say) beyond cool. And hey, it’s ON SALE. Get yourself one (my mom already has) and thank me later.

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