Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts

things and stuff

Hello, friends! Aren't these trees dreamy? I'm savoring this picture while I wait until we actually get to go and see them! We have a trip planned at the end of the month to northern California. I'm super excited to take a break and get away. I think it will be nice to spend time together as a family and see something vastly different than Colorado (like the ocean and precipitation).

Last Friday I had my 20 week ultrasound. We found out we are having another girl! Also, everything looks to be growing right and she's on target for a July due date. It was very happy news. The girls came with us and were only mildly interested in all the parts and pieces of the baby. They were however very excited to hear they were getting a sister. Every doll we have in our house is a girl, so it fits right in with their view of what babies should be. Haha.

I've been struggling this pregnancy with what in the heck to wear over this growing baby bump. I've been trying Le Tote, but so far haven't been really loving the service. It's a subscription box where you get to wear 3-4 pieces of clothing for as long as you want, then you either buy them or return them for a new box. So far I haven't bought anything. I don't love their suggestions, but I'm going to try it for a while longer. The hope is I won't have to buy any more maternity clothes, I can just rent them while I need them. They also have many more clothes besides maternity. I think it might be better suited to regular clothing and not just maternity.

Anyway, I hope you are having a good week. Just wanted to check-in and say hi!

women-owned businesses - Outdoor Voices

I'm a big fan of entrepreneurs. In another life, I would have started my own business long ago and hopefully been successful (maybe not with the first business, but definitely the last). I admire the entrepreneurial spirit. I thrive on out of the box thinking. I get excited by folks who are willing to take risks and make smart decisions. So every time I see a new business pop up that truly gets it AND it's owned by a woman, I can't help but order something and share the news. 

So today I'm sharing a new series about women-owned businesses that kick butt. There have truly been some amazing startups recently that have figured out a niche market or taken something mainstream and made it better. 

Outdoor Voices is one of those brands. Originally started by Tyler Haney in 2013, this athletic/athleisure brand has been giving Lululemon and Athleta a run for their money. Tyler is 27 years-old and has done a great job of quickly building a reputable brand. And she's from Boulder, Colorado! 

I had heard of her brand for a while and decided to try out a couple pairs of her leggings about a year go. I was really impressed with the quality and the color selection of her workout gear. My biggest complaint about workout pants is that they tend to move around as you workout and very few actually stay in place. The last thing you want to be doing while going for a run or lifting in the weight room is hiking up your pants every few minutes. I've had great success with Outdoor Voices and have been converted. Her designs are unique and fun too.

Here are a few links to her website, my favorite items, and an article or two about the company.

free the calves

Sometimes I'm just dying to wear a pair of loose fitting pants.

Just the other day I was noticing at the grocery store that it's no longer taboo to wear your workout clothes or yoga pants out in public. Even a few years ago I felt more than slightly frumpy wearing my comfy clothes out to grab a couple gallons of milk. Now it seems, more than half of the women you see out and about on a weekend are wearing some form of athletic wear. This isn't an overnight phenomenon, but I feel like the pendulum has really swung wide lately to comfortable (and tight) clothing for women.

I won't even touch on women's attire in other countries besides the United States, I know dress codes vary wildly across the world.

I'm not judging the athleisure wear trend, in fact, most of the time I fully embrace it. But sometimes I yearn for the days of loose pants. Remember how a really great pair of bootcut or trouser style jeans felt? Of course, I'm mostly being facetious, I still own all those styles of pants and wear them occasionally. These days, I tend to grab my old standbys and less the thigh-hugging, calf-strangling, belly-pinching skinny jeans of years past. I've been searching around a bit to find more comfortable options to add to my closet (including dresses!).

1. dress from Modcloth

2. boyfriend jeans from American Eagle (my go-to for cheap, good looking denim)

3. boy jeans from Madewell

4. comfy dress from Sonnet James

5. trekkie pant from Athleta

6. floral trousers from The Loft

to excelsior and beyond

We're a big fan of space travel in our house. Chloe watches a lot of Ready Jet Go on PBS and my husband works with satellites as his full-time job, so we kind of nerd out on anything space related. I spotted some really cute girls outfits at Boden recently. I was especially pleased that these were girls outfits, usually only the boys get cool science related designs. Kudos Boden!!

etsy thursday - summer linen

linen dress - linenbeeshop

linen maxi dress - camelliatune

Loose Linen jumpsuit. Light elephant grey washed  linen jumpsuit/ linen overall

linen jumpsuit - notperfectlinen


linen work coat - knockknocklinen

Bluish grey basic linen dress with elastic waistband

linen dress - notperfectlinen