12 Gifts for Your Stylish Mother



…and for you because I’m pretty sure you’ll be a mom sometime down the road…or you’ve thought about it.  You own a dog?  Fine, the real title of this post is “12 things I found on Modcloth that I LOVED so much that I had to share with you!”

For whatever reason, I seem to have the hardest time with choosing gifts for Mother’s Day.  I’m a DIYer at heart so days before Mother’s Day I’m stalking the pages of Pinterest in an overly ambitious attempt to find something I can make with the little ones for granny (my mom) and granny honey (hubby’s mom).  Even though I consider myself a “for-real” mom being that I have four kids and all, I don’t think of Mother’s Day as a day to celebrate me.  I thank God that I’ve been blessed with a mother and mother-in-law who are still alive and well so as long as they’re here, the day will be about them.


“Oh, you didn’t have to get me anything,” is really mom-code for “is that all you got me, where’s the rest of it?”  What did you say?  Well, yes I’m a mom, but I meant other moms.  That’s what other moms…nevermind!  It’s the thought that counts when it comes to Mother’s Day. In all honesty, while store bought gifts are great (especially when they’re wrapped in a familiar blue box and white ribbon) I LOVE gifts that are conceptualized in my kid’s brains and made with their own two hands, well six hands.  That’s how my mom did things with us when I was a kid. We’d make practically everything by hand.  And it was fun.  Those were some of my favorite memories.  The best part wasn’t the beauty of the final product (my kixlace was the bomb make no mistake) but the tons of fun we had making it.  I think any mom would agree that seeing delight and a sense of accomplishment in your child’s eyes is better than any gift.

Here are my top 12 picks for Mother’s Day or any day really:

Long dress – You just can’t go wrong with a wrap dress…and Spanx

Closet fit flare dress – This is just adorable.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

Maxi dress – Let if flow.  Let it flow.

Fit flare dress – From brunch to wedding to church even to WERK!

Maxi dress – Even though it’s white, this will be a year ’round go-to.

Chiffon dress – Talk about stylish.  I want this now!

Top – Imagine the possibilities.

Long white top – No wardrobe is complete without a fresh white top.

Long sleeve top – So, I need this one too.

Sleeveless top – I don’t usually do sleeveless but this right here…

Dolman sleeve knit top – Because moms are always cold…at least this one is.

Crochet shawl – For obvious reasons.

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The ball’s in your court.  What are some of your Mother’s Day ideas?  Even better, do you have Mother’s Day traditions?  I’m always up for hearing about what other people do.  I spend Mother’s Day at church.

Because I love freebies and lists of all shapes and sizes, I created a handy dandy list that you can print off and download for your shopping convenience.  If you download it you’ll be able to click on the links in the shopping guide!  Snazzy!

Print this Mother’s Day Shopping List

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I hope you can use these tips this year and the years to come.



How I Wore a Sleeveless Trench Coat

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 Always do more than you get paid for. – Sadly, most people will only do the bare minimum of what’s required of them.  You stand out when you do just a little bit more.

Don’t be a complainer, ever. – Do you like being around someone who complains all the time?  I have never been around anyone who likes to be around someone who likes that.  Unless you’re looking to decrease your friend count, don’t complain.

Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view, –  Especially in disagreements, a lot of are more focused on being right than trying to honestly see things from their point of view. When we try to see things from the other person’s point of view it shows that you care about them.

Listen more than you talk. – Almost everyone I know, enjoys when people are interested in them.  How do you know when someone’s interested in you?  They ask questions.  Be a question asker.

Linked up with Dressing Dallas, The Pleated Poppy, Pumps and PushUps, Shopping My Closet,


How To Wear Your Lazy Grey Tee

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Because there are literally a million ways to style a plain tee, I figured I’d share another look here.  You might recall the way I styled a tee with a granny sweater here or how I styled my tee with a massive scarf wrap here or how I styled my tee for the Thirtee Days of Tees challenge here.

Today, I linked up with Shopping My Closet’s Link up!

Shopping My Closet

And be sure to link up with the BLM Girls for the #StyleWERKshop challenge.  Currently, we’re stying our pencil skirts!  It’s a blast!

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Winter Fashion Finds | TideStore.com

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Is it me or do you also get excited when you find an item you’ve had your eye on at a really reasonable price?  I’ve been looking for one of those trendy overcoats that we’re seeing everywhere.  Granted, I live in Los Angeles, where there climate is seasonless, but that’s all the more reason I try to find items at reasonable prices.  I recently came across this website http://www.tidestore.com/ and it was a treasure trove of great wardrobe pieces. See for yourself.

Plus size coat here

Over coat here

Coat here

Womens plus size coat here

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Womens plus size coat here

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How to Work Your Curves


Newsflash!  The average American woman is a size 12-14, and sadly the average woman has minor body image issues.  Even women who are considered petite have days when a pair of super skinny jeans are not in the plans.  I’m here to tell you, that you don’t need to hide behind ill-fitting, boring clothing.  Sure, black is a sliming color to wear, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to funeral every day.  Here are 5 ways to use your wardrobe to celebrate your curves.

First, patterns are still very much in style.  The key to making this look work is to find a dress with an allover dark pattern.  The darker the pattern the better.  Patterns keep the eye moving and take attention away from shape concerns.

Next, the easiest way to define your waist is to fake it.  Add a cropped jacket over a dress and voila, you’ve got a waist.  The jacket will hit at your natural waistline creating the illusion of a curve right where you want it instead of where you don’t.

In this warm climate, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little skin as long as  you do it tastefully.  As I tell my daughters, make sure you’re always appropriate.  I’m a huge fan of wearing layers, but did you know that when you wear too many layers you can end up looking larger than you actually are?  It’s true.  A great way to show more skin without showing more skin is to wear sheer fabrics.  Blouses with sheer sleeves as well as dresses and skirts with sheer hemlines will always allow you to suggest more skin without revealing too much.  And they’re much cooler during the hot summer months.

You’d be surprised to know that working your curves doesn’t only apply to what you wear, but also how you accessorize.  A bold sparkling necklace or dazzling drop earrings will draw attention where you want it.  The more spectacular the better.

Color is your friend.  I’m not sure who started the rumor that curvy women should not wear color, but that’s a complete and total fib.  Color looks amazing on curvy women especially in monochromatic tones deep blues and emerald greens, even a sapphire red.  This fall, think about pairing your solid monochrome dress with a dark colored pair of tights.  This combination will make your legs look amazingly slim and trim.

Here are a list of some of my favorite curvy bloggers to see how it’s done:

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MOMMY 101: Stuff for Baby

If you ask me, it’s a conspiracy.  There are tons upon tons of cute thingamabobs and whatnots for baby girls but when it comes to baby boys, you can hardly find a stitch of cuteness anywhere.  Granted, Jonny won’t be leaving the house for the first two months of his life, but it’s the principle, right?

While Jonny was napping a stole a few minutes and found some really cute boys stuff for the little mister.  Take a look.





9 Fourth of July Finds

It goes without saying that the real meaning of fourth of July is to celebrate our wonderful country’s independence.  Independence that is hard fought for and protected.  On this day we celebrate liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.  Traditionally, Americans like to spend fourth of July with friends and family enjoying good food and the great outdoors.  And it doesn’t hurt to look super cute while doing so.

– find your favorite item below –




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Dressing around a baby bump can be exhausting.  I mean, when else in life does your body inflate to two to three times it’s normal size?  Some of us gain weight everywhere and so the challenge is not only dressing around a bump but also finding things to wear that are comfortable around all your growing parts.  Even for women who seem to be all baby, there’s still the struggle with finding a top or bottom that are the size you normally wear but are stretchy enough to fit around the circumference of your belly.  Of course there are bigger and much more amazing things going on with our bodies and how we look should be the least of our concerns, but it’s hard to ignore it when nothing in your closet seems to fit.

Here’s a look that any pregnant (or not) lady can pull off this summer.  Enjoy!


19 Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

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FASHION DU JOUR |  How to wear boyfriend jeans

FASHION DU JOUR |  How to wear boyfriend jeans

FASHION DU JOUR |  How to wear boyfriend jeans.

FASHION DU JOUR |  How to wear boyfriend jeans

FASHION DU JOUR |  How to wear boyfriend jeans

There are tons of ways to wear boyfriend jeans and really I don’t think you can go wrong.  What’s your favorite way to were boyfriends?