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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Fall Edit: Outerwear and Ross Giftcard Giveaway!

If you live in a climate where the winters can be bitter, making you...well...bitter in response. Around February, the novelty of freshly fallen snow has worn away, leaving resentment and grayish slush. As silly as this sounds, I am always still excited to wear my winter coat. Living in the Midwest, I decided to make my winter coat assemblage an investment since it is the only piece of clothing people see on me many times. This year, I went a bit overboard to say the least, but hey...we only live once, and if you live where I live, you basically only live in the bitter cold.

The Fall Edit: Outerwear- my top picks for the chilly season!


The Statement Piece

My family recently went to an Oktoberfest/Antiques Show (truly brilliant idea- lots of kids games with candy and prizes to keep the little ones entertained, beer for the dads, gorgeous antique shopping for the moms). As we strolled down the first aisle, my eyes locked with the most gorgeous coat I had ever seen. I quick-stepped over to it, because my luck would be that another fashion-forward friend would snap it up before I covered the ground. Although the price tag indicated it wouldn't be coming home with me, I quickly added up all the part time income I had generated as of late and decided I had to have it- a vintage 1960s cheetah print faux fur trench with a nipped waist and wide ebony buckle belt. This will be handed down to Charlotte some day, right? And yes, just for fun, I threw on my leopard heels.


The Fall Edit: Outerwear- Vintage 1960's Cheetah Print Trench


The Classy Classic

I recently attended the pre-grand opening at Ross, a store which opened up in downtown Chicago on Randolph near State. What a fabulous addition to my FAVORITE area to shop! Ross' motto is Dress for Less, and they offer brand names at 20-60% off department and specialty store prices. As I perused the never-before-touched racks, I spied a hint of white amongst a sea of dark colored coats. Yes, white might seem like an odd choice for a winter coat for a mother of a 3 year old and 10 month old, but that is what Shout wipes and dry cleaning are for. Want to know how much I saved? Retail price for this designer coat is $252. I paid $74.99 (Cue Fran Drescher saying "Oh, my god!"). Check out my full review of the new Ross store on The Little Style File. Make sure to enter the giveaway for a $25 Gift Card to Ross below- it goes a long way! Need to find a Ross store near you? Check out their website here!

Classic coat in winter white from Ross

The Movie Star

Some evenings, you just want to feel glamorous (they are usually the days where I have been spit up on countless times, changed 50 diapers and didn't manage to get out of my pjs before noon). We all need a bit of glamor in our lives, whether it be a blinged out coffee cup, a set of pink gardening tools, or a fabulous faux fur. Someone once told me that I needed more "everyday" clothes, that I bought too many special occasion items. Ya know what? Every day is a special occasion as far as I am concerned, and I will wear this to pre-school pick up if I damn well please, thank you very much! Wear clothes that make you feel good, make you happy, make you excited to strut your stuff. Life is too short to be stuck in sensible forever! Guess where I purchased this gorgeous piece of glam? Savers. Faux real.
The Fall Edit: The Movie Star Coat

Now to win a gift card...Ross was kind enough to offer a $25 gift card to give away! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below AND/OR leave a comment on what your favorite winter coat is! Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, October 31st, US entrants only please. Good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards to Ross and Savers for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Orange is the New Parenthood

I recently binge-watched Orange is the New Black, and I was terrified. No, I wasn't terrified by the prospect that one of my past transgressions would come to light, causing me to be tossed behind bars. Here is why I was terrified.

Orange is the New Parenthood- How Parenthood is Similar to Prison (but I love it!)

During the scene where Piper is sleeping and Crazy Eyes comes into her cube, Piper wakes to find CE peeing on her floor. I wasn't even disgusted at this, because the thought that immediately popped into my head was, "Oh Piper, do you even know how often this happens when you have children? They pee all over the damn place." THEN I became terrified, because I started drawing parallels between Orange is the New Black and well....parenthood in general. Here are the random comparisons that ran through my head:

Getting Stabbed with a Shank

Want to talk about creative weapons? Come on people! Has anyone stepped on a Lego? I stepped on Dusty Crophopper the other night and was down for the count for about an hour and walked with a limp for about a week. How about the time I got bashed in the face with Buzz Lightyear and chipped my tooth?

No Door on the Bathroom Stall

Privacy. Piper has more privacy than I do. I haven't gone to the bathroom unattended since early 2011. Showering alone? Riiiiiight. I regularly have an inmate....er....child banging on the glass shower door, throwing sh*t fit because the Mickey Mouse Club is over, or that "Charlotte threw up...and she is playing in it..."

The SHU

SHU: Solitary Housing Unit aka heaven on earth for any mom. Want to know my idea of the perfect vacation? A room by myself in a hotel with room service where I just get to sleep all the time. Umm....isn't that the same thing as the SHU?

Bad Food

Having someone cook for you, no matter the quality of the food, is infinitely better than no food, which is what happens when many moms make dinner. (Anyone else get up and down more times than one of those evangelical masses?) I would eat a Spam & Cheese if someone cooked it for me AND did the dishes.

Interrupted Phone Conversations

I won't even bother to expound on this. Has any mom had a complete phone conversation without screaming, pant-tugging, or suspicious crashes occurring in distant parts of the house?

All said, I wouldn't trade my inmates or situation for all the "freedom" in the world. I love my madhouse and all the insanity that comes with it and am thankful every day that these crazies are my wonderful family!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Totspot- The New Way to Shop for Kids Clothing

If you are anything like me, you have bags upon bags of clothing littering your attic that your children have outgrown. Most of these items were worn a handful of times before your little ones had a growth spurt or declared shirts with buttons more evil than the "loading" bee on the PBS Kids app. Some pieces of clothing have never even seen the light of day, forgotten or misplaced in the day to day duties of well, living.

I have tried consigning clothing in the past- dragging it to the store, having someone appraise and accept/deny it, then waiting for it to sell, and lastly coming back to the store to pick up your money. I am exhausted just writing about it! There has to be an easier way, right? Preferably one where I don't have to leave my couch, can watch SATC and eat Cantina chips and guacamole while shopping? If this sounds like your situation, put down the guac and head to Totspot now.

Totspot is a mobile shopping app that allows moms to buy and sell gently used clothing to each other. No trips to the store. No sifting through endless racks of overpriced goods. It is incredibly easy to get shopping:

Totspot App- Easy to personalize with your kids info

  • Download the app for FREE to your iPhone, iPad or iTouch.
  • Create profiles for your children with their gender, brand preference and size.
  • Shop.
How about selling?
  • Snap a few photos of your item.
  • Type details in pre-populated fields. 
  • Set your price and shipping.
  • Sell!

Totspot App: The New Way to Sell Kids Clothing


I posted these adorable baby shoes that Charlotte only wore in photos- it took me two minutes to get my item listed.

Holiday Shopping

Here's a thought- avoid the crazy holiday shopping crowds and do your shopping from your phone! Pick a pretty dress during pre-school pick-up, grab a great coat during gymnastics class, use those extra minutes to find gorgeous outfits at a great price for the holidays.

I bought Charlotte this absolutely adorable coat with matching hat for the upcoming party season. I usually get nervous about buying kids clothes online, but I was able to message the seller and ask her how it fit her daughter. She so kindly took a photo of her daughter wearing it so I would know how it would fit my little one. This was a steal at $10, and (I may be biased) but I think it looks smashing on her!

Totspot App: The New Way to Shop for Kids Clothing

My Totspot find: Winter coat and hat for $10!

Make sure to follow Totspot on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and promotions!
Want to give Totspot a try? Claim the $2 gift card with my personalized invitation code when you are signing up, TVCLMY.

Keep me updated on your favorite finds for the holiday season, I would love to see photos!!

Disclosure: I was compensated for reviewing the app, but all opinions are honest and my own, as always.