Now in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I’ve made enough maternity fashion mistakes to confidently give you the skinny (er, plumpie?) on how to buy dresses for comfort and cuteness as your bump grows. To illustrate each point, I’ve partnered with my favorite dress brand, Leota, which was started by my college friend Sarah, and was just named one of the 50 fastest growing women-led companies in America by Forbes Magazine!
Ooh, was I ever in denial that our baby needed a haircut! I loved playing with Devi’s soft mullet curls, and thought his long bangs looked stylish and fashion-forward. “No way our little guy needs a haircut,” I scoffed. “I mean, he’s ONLY fourteen months old!”
(Note: Devi is now 22 months old, but I just found these photos and decided this story needed to be told. Just like that first haircut… better late than [...Read More!]
Over the course of six years of travel blogging and 700 photo-filled articles, I’ve amassed tricks to help YOU pack dresses for fashionable travel and great pictures. To illustrate each point, I took a suitcase full of frocks from my favorite dress company, Leota, to the most awesome tourist attractions in Turkey.
1. Color Contrast. Keep in mind that some dress colors get lost against certain backgrounds, ruining your photos. On the fifth day of my Turkey trip, I knew [...Read More!]
It was midnight, I was walking alone through Times Square, New York, and all was right with the world.
What brought me there this week? My husband, baby, and I have been traveling in Manhattan for vacation, and on Sunday, I was afforded a solo night out to meet up with my travel blog mentor. When dinner was over, I decided to walk the 50 blocks back to where we were staying.
You can guess where [...Read More!]
Much is said about travel fashion for the ladies, but what about male clothes for the road? Happily, both my husband and I got to try out some apparel from a hot company during our Ireland trip, and here are the dramatic results.
The hot company in question is called prAna, and you may recall that they are the makers of the pants and dress I can’t stop wearing. Recently, my husband Colin became [...Read More!]
Ever notice that people treat you better when you’re dressed nicely? As an experiment, what I packed for our week-long Ireland trip was… a suitcase full of cute dresses.
“How,” you may ask, “could you be so irresponsible? Dresses aren’t comfortable, nor are they durable.” Nope! If you say such things, you just haven’t yet been introduced to my favorite new dress brand: Leota.
This fashion revelation came the day I learned that my friend from college, Sarah, had [...Read More!]
Several months ago, I was contacted by a clothing company whose name rang a bell. “Hmm,” I murmured… “You’re called prAna?” Suddenly it hit me where I’d heard of them.
TWELVE years ago, I bought a pair of durable black travel pants for my first solo voyage (Mexico), and the company that made these pants was called prAna. Why do I remember this? I am now 33 years old, and have worn those [...Read More!]
Now that I’ve written about the purpose of the White House Travel Bloggers Summit, allow me to gush about its glamour. This post will cover the fashion, idols, beauty, and thrills of those remarkable 48 hours in DC. Get your eyes and heart ready, chum.
First, architecture! As you can tell from the fact that I have a giant category of my blog entitled “Sexy Architecture,” I swoon for pretty buildings… and the White House did not disappoint! [...Read More!]
Want to win at throwing a 1-year-old’s birthday party? Stink at entertaining, like me? Follow these easy steps, laughing all the way.
Step 1: Force baby into overwrought formalwear. Purchase discount baby tuxedo (replete with frilly blouse), and slip it onto squirming baby. This is worth it, despite the fact that the following will happen to this tux: bow tie crumpling, crotch ripping open to permanently expose diaper, and baby soiling tux via an impressive variety of methods.
Step 2: Cake Smash… [...Read More!]
Love travel? Take nice photos? Here’s how to decorate your whole house in a creative way that few people try: Photo collages in large, secondhand frames! Below are the instructions, accompanied by pretty photos of my finished products.
1. Get secondhand frames. Gorgeous, large, high-quality frames can be purchased for less than $5 each at thrift stores, yard sales, fundraising bazaars, internet sales (watch out for Craigslist weirdos), and acquaintances. Note which kind of back opening each [...Read More!]