There really isn’t any big secret to wearing a crop top after having kids. All it takes is a little confidence and the right balance. last year I tried a crop top with a high waisted skirt and a white blazer (click here to see the entire post). The skirt and crop top were sexy and the blazer gave it a conservative touch – the perfect balance. This isn’t my day at the park outfit but it’s definitely a date night outfit. Below are some tips on how to rock the trend effortlessly.
If you feel sexy you will look sexy. It’s that simple. The key is to own it! I have a belly and lots and lots of stretch marks after having babies, but life is too short to deny myself the clothes I love and want to wear. Below is the perfect example of a crop top with class!
By balance I mean that if you plan on rocking a crop top make sure your bottoms are on point and choose a crop top that falls at your natural waist. High waisted bottoms are prefered because they fall at the smallest part of your waist and in return expose a tiny bit of that area. See Kim Kardashian, the crop top poster girl below.
If in doubt or out with the kids…layer! Layering is fun and has no limitations. Try a lose crop top over a white button down, a long lean tank or even over a dress.
Always Stay Simple
Avoid prints and loud colors and/or excessive accessorizing. Instead go neutral with beige, white, black or gray and keep accessories minimal. The idea is to look effortless and Kim Kardashian again is a perfect example of how to keep it simple.
One of the easiet ways to wear a crop top is by wearing a head to toe color – black crop top and black pencil skirt – then try a white blazer over the crop top. It will draw the eye to the tiniest part of your waist. Try it. You’ll thank me later!
Kourtney KArdashian pregnancy style is so effortless and always fabulous! I personally think she dresses better when pregnant it’s a bit sexier and feminine as opposed to her non-pregnant quirky style. Her she is leaving a NY hotel wearing a jumper from the Kardashian Kollection. If you can pull them off jumpers are a comfy, stylish option in pregnancy and can be worn post baby as well. Tip: looking to get add a blazer for the office or a denim jacket and sandals for a chilly night. Get the exact jumper and the remaining outfit pieces for less. *** product info below the pic
A little late on posting this. Hope everyone is having a great week! Here’s a quote that got me moving this week: “Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.” ~ George Canning
This weeks flowers.
I’ve bought a piece or two from the Kardahsian Kollection at Sears but I’ve never really paid too much attention to their line of denim or shoes until this weekend. I went to do some shopping for a summer must have post and I totally fell for their denim and snagged myself a pair of heels. SO SO comfy and I love that they have a bootie look to them (you can see full outfit here).
I’ve never ever been a fan of cooking but lately I’ve been having so much fun cooking for the boys. I decided to try out some brussels sprout this week. I sauteed them in olive oil and added salt and pepper. I’m not sure if I’m totally sold on them. lol They look a lot yummier than they tasted so I’m going to look for another recipe.
Joseph is starting to reach out and grab stuff and it’s so fun to watch him. I caught him grabbing a bag of limes and the look on his face was hilarious. Below are some CUTE stuff I found on clearance at Sears. The crab romper was only $5, the striped romper $8, the pj’s $6 and the infantino sling (perfect for traveling) only $30.
Yep that’s a kettlebell! I have got to kick into high gear and lose some weight and get back into shape. I’ve used the kettlebell before and it makes for a killer work out.
Jessica Alba brightens up a black pencil skirt with coral pumps, a white blazer and a striped tee making it the perfect summer outfit for the office. Great pieces that you might already have sitting in your closet and can also be worn for a casual summer day or night by swapping out the skirt for cut off shorts. Get Jessica’s Look for less with pieces from H&M, Dorothy Perkins and more! ** product info at the end of post
If street fashion, magazines, blogs and the latest runway shows are any indicator, the 1990’s fashion trend is still in full effect. To this, I say: woohoo! While the resurgence of Grunge 2.0 gets plenty of flak, I’m still stoked to see my favorite childhood and adolescent garments popping back up on savvy fashionistas and in glossy publications. For those experiencing these fads for the first time, let’s do a quick primer on 90’s summer fashions – both the lovely and the ludicrous…
Bike shorts are back, baby – feel free to leave the bicycle at home. While some say that the brightly colored, skin-tight shorts don’t look good on anybody, I say it can be achieved if you want it bad enough. Pair these funky shorts with a plain, long white tank (or short dress) that covers at least most of your bum. Because the pattern and style of these shorts scream louder than Fay Wray in King Kong, it will only work with an otherwise minimalistic outfit. Think plain black flip flops, minimalistic tribal jewelry and sleek hair.
Horn buns…or does this hairstyle have an actual name? Whatever it is called, I would say this look is staying in the past. Instead of a bunch of small buns all over your head, go for just two. Better yet, try a twisty one like Kate Moss in the photo below.
20 years later, platform shoes are still hazardous to your health,- especially the velvet variety. I know, I know – they looked great under your big baggy pants while raving in the nineties.
If you are going to try to pull off the platform, go for something a little more cute and doll-like such as the Syndrome Kitten shoes below. Syndrome Kitten Platform Shoes – $31 at
Syndrome Kitten Platform Shoes – $31 at
Slip dresses: These used to be worn as real dresses. No white ‘baby tee’ underneath required. Some still advocate for the slip-as-dress style, but can it be done without looking like you just rolled out of bed and decided to take your chances with something a little more comfortable?
For a little more polished and elegant sophistication, and a little less Courtney Love, try covering up a bit with a light weight pea-coat and standard pumps.
Denim overall shorts appear to have become much more tailored than they were in the nineties. I love them with a tight, black and white striped t-shirt underneath.
Crop-tops – evidently, bare midriffs never go out of style. This is one of the 90s fashion trends that I plan on fully embracing once I finally make it through that Jillian Michaels ab-workout DVD.
Cat-eye sunglasses are also making a comeback, but be warned – they can kinda make you look bitchy. Of course this guy above is an exception. Like most things in the nineties, Kurt Cobain pulled it off. Guys wanted to look as cool as him, and women dreamed he would look in their direction of the mosh pit.
Forget “mom jeans” – it’s all about the “dad jeans” in the above photo. If you can rock them with confidence like Wynona Ryder, then go for it. Of course, don’t attempt to rock the dad jeans while wearing the shoe atrocity shown below.
REALLY, sporty slide sandals and socks?! Again? REALLY?! When will people learn the objective truth that socks with sandals is never okay?
Be bold with mixing prints and patterns. I, for one, have never feared the dreaded ‘pattern overload’. I say, BRING IT. It especially works with florals, you just have to play with the size of the prints and go with a mix that matches, or mismatches in the right way.
Bodysuits: the new (old) foundational undergarment. This trend is alive and well, but I just can’t get with this one. I assume it would be an uncomfortable pain in the butt, why not just tuck in your shirt? Why do you have to pretend you are an amateur gymnast while snapping your shirt together at the crotch? What do I know though? I have heard they are super comfortable and allow for that perfectly tucked in look even with the most stubborn skirts.
Kool-aid colored hair is evidently ‘back in the saddle again’… But the jury’s still out on face jewels. Also, there are those tiny horn buns again. Gwen Stefani looks good regardless, but will you be as lucky?
Tons of ear piercings became the thing to do with your ears in the 90s. Now-a-days, it isn’t exactly a trend, but you have to ask yourself a serious question: Is the ear-to-nose-ring chain back in style yet?
Daisies, daisies everywhere: currently omnipresent at every single teenybopper, hip mall store, which I am stoked to see. The daisy trend never left the boundaries of my heart. I guess that is true of most 90s fashion.
Readers, what trends from the 90s will you never let go of?
Camille Pearson is a collector of vintage sunglasses, ’90s memorabilia and cute puppy memes. Follow her on Twitter and her blog,
I don’t know about you but I’ve had my fair share of occasions where I was in deperate need of a quick shave – especially now during the summer when anytime is beach time. Gilette has done it once again and created another genius product: The
The video below features Tessa Violet who’s helping spread the word on The Venus Snap with the catchy Venus Snap song. The adorable video blogger’s jingle is about a collection of oops-moments we all have and why the Gillete Venus Snap is an essential must have in any girls beauty survival kit. If it were up to me this baby would come as a bonus gift with swimsuits, travel kits and even in gym bags – I’d buy it! Follow all the fun on all of their social pages (see links below).
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When I was little, every time I saw my mom put on a strand of pearls I immediately thought she was going somewhere fancy. I always thought it was a bummer that something so pretty had to be saved for a special night and her response was always the same, “what do I need pearls for when I’m in jeans running errands every day?” That pretty much shaped what I thought of pearls for most of my adult life – pearls are too fancy for every day use.
That’s definitely not the case anymore. In the past couple of months the pearl has been popping up everywhere in a much edgier way. Chanel debuted its choker with massive sized pearls and Christian Dior came out with gorgeous double sided pearl studs. Looking to add some pearls to your every day looks? Look for styles with more details like studs and chains. Pair them with your favorite jeans and tees or stick to a little black dress and add the updated strand of pearl.
Jennifer Lopez looking flawless as usual in a Markus Lupfer sweater, Gucci wedges and celine satchel. Cute little outfit that can be worn for day or night in lots of different ways. Swap out the sweater for a tank for those really warm days or wear some strappy sandals for a date night. Get Jennifer’s look for less with pieces from American Eagle, Aeropostale and more!
Summer is a year round season down here in Florida. Sure it gets a little cooler during winter but for the most part it’s always warm. It’s funny because while everyone is out shouting, “summer is finally here!” I’m preparing for what I call our winter (of course when everyone is dealing with the cold, the weather is perfect here). Other than going to the beach, I crank the AC during these insane months of humidity, scorching heat
and daily thunderstorms and during the past 10 years I’ve come up with little tricks that help me and my family breeze right through the summer.
1. One of the most important parts of summer any where you go is being bikini ready. You always have to have a swimsuit on hand and be groomed. I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t really have to shave that often. And I don’t really like nor am I very good at using razors. Hair removal products from Veet are always kept in my shower for those last minute trips to the beach or bbq. Simply cover your legs or bikini area with the gel cream, remove with the plastic spatula and in under 3 minutes you’ll be good to go! Keeps skin stubble free for a few days longer than a razor and smells way better than those old smelly depilatories thanks to the lightly scented rose fragrance and citrus oils.
2. I can never have enough water in my house! My kids go though a five gallon jug of water every three to four days so during the summer I take the biggest cooler I have, place it in the sunroom, fill it with ice and stock it with small water bottles. Besides making them re-use the water bottles, it helps minimize the kids running in and out of the house (keeping the cool air inside).
3. I have 5 boys and every time I go out I hear, “mom I’m hungry can I buy a snack..can I buy a drink?” It can get kinda costly SO I grab another trusty cooler and keep it my trunk and fill it with their favorite snack bars and drinks. It’s so common for them that sometimes I find the cooler filled before I even get in the car.
4. During the summer I don’t like to blow dry my hair at home…it’s just too hot and takes way too long. For those days when the temps are almost at 100 I wash my hair and spray it with a sea salt spray I make at home. I take a inexpensive spray bottle add 1 cup of warm water, 1 tsp of sea salt, 1/2 tsp of of your favorite conditioner and a 1/2 tsp of gel for some hold and shake. If I’m going to be home I braid it and if I’m headed out I leave it loose and let it do it’s thing. Always leaves my hair soft and wavy.
5. I hate dry lips and when you live in Florida you’re always exposed to the sun. What I do is make my own lip scrub and use it every night before bed. I use a contact lens holder for the scrub but any small container will do. Mix 1/2 tsp of coconut oil or olive oil, 1 tbsp of white sugar and 1 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tsp of honey and mix. For a touch of color you can add a drop or two of red food coloring.
Veet® helps you feel smooth all summer long.
There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom that summer brings.
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When it’s hot and humid out I like to keep things simple. I want my summer beauty products to be able to be long lasting and portable because my Summer’s are busy and fun. Below are some of my must have items all under $20. I didn’t include amoisturizer on purpose, I have extremely oily skin and have yet to find one that doesn’t make me break out so right now I’m just using the Clarins Double Serum that I was sent to review (read about it here) it leaves my face incredibly soft and so far I have not broken out or really needed any moisturizer.
1. Here in Florida sunscreen is a year round must have and I always carry Neutrogena’s pure & free baby sunscreen for me and my kids. $8.99 available at
2. I do not lay out and tan so I love me a good self tanner. This one from avon gives the best sunkissed glow, smells so yummy and leaves my skin SO SO soft and it’s on sale for only $4.99 right now. Great price to stock up! Sale price $4.99 at
3. Self tanners and skin scrubs go hand in hand. They will give you smooth skin and help ensure a even tan from your tanning lotion. This one from Victoria Secret is hands down one of the best I’ve tried it’s $18 but one bottle can last all summer. Smoothing Scrub – $18 at
4. I’m a lip balm addict and have a ton of them on hand all of the time but the one that gets the most use is eos. eos lip balm $3.29 at
5. I use Nivea’s cherry lip balm under the eos for a pretty pink lip and at night I wear it under lip gloss – love it! $2.99 at
6. Creme eye shadows are the best for summer! These creme eye shadows fro Mary Kay last ALL day even in Florida heat. Plae Blush and Taupe are my favorite colors for a simple smoky eye. Mary Kay creme eye shadows – $14 at
7. Finishing dust is an absolute must. This one has a slight yellow tint, so it offsets redness and dark circles! On a good day I can skip my foundation it’s amazing. $14 at
8. Just enough color and not too much shimmer. Photo Ready Bronzing Powder – $10.97 at
9. My go to mascara – Cover Girl Lash Blast – $7.98 at
10. On those days where I can’t manage a mani I dab a little cuticle oil on my cuticle and throw on some clear polish. L’occitane cuticle oil – $18 at