Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

January 26, 2015

Life With The Lady

I came to the realization that I’m trying to do too much at once with this blog. Creating content that I enjoy and hope that others enjoy isn’t an easy task. At the end of the day if I’m happy with something that’s all that really matters, right? There is so much that I want to do and want to accomplish in a short period of time, that I find myself rushing to the end result without figuring out the important details in the middle.

Look, I’m not out for overnight success and that’s not what this is about. But I want me content, 5 days a week to speak to something. I had a huge reality waking moment this morning at 5:30am. Not because of my mind racing with ideas (which does happen from time to time) but Ava was awake and thus started my morning of checking emails and getting things done. I sent over my Wednesday post to Julia and let’s just say she called me out on my shit. I tried changing too much at once and she felt it. In that moment I realized I had to stop, refocus, and start with small baby steps. So the post you read on Wednesday will be re-worked and you may never know that it was any different. But that’s what this process is about.

Part of me is super hyped up because I finished #GIRLBOSS over the weekend. My god, the energy I have and motivation that is in my veins is ridiculous. I want it all. I want to do it all. And I want to do it all NOW. That’s just my personality, though. I like to get shit done and move on to the next thing. When creating Wednesday’s post last night (on Sunday) I had all of these great ideas, mashing things together, changing how the Must Have posts would look. venturing into new territory only to realize it probably wasn’t the smartest decision. Hey, that’s what friends are for right? To call you out on your shit when you are not in the right lane at the right time. Even if you want to do it all like Sophia Amoruso.

I don’t want to be a sell out and I don’t want to create things I’m not happy with, and you’re not happy with. Heck I may have been happy with the post I created but knowing that a friend and reader didn’t seem to get it was a smack in the face to back off and not to reinvent the wheel.

It’s definitely a Monday!

 

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

January 23, 2015

Here’s the thing. I love jewelry but I’m a complete dummy when it comes to pairing things together and purchasing the cool pieces. I’m just not cool enough to have a decent jewelry collection. I envy the ladies that can effortlessly throw it together, a bunch of rings stacked on their hands, a big chunk statement necklace and cool earrings. I just lack that gene I guess. I constantly lust after pieces, purchase a few bits and they end up hanging in my closet taunting me because I splurged and have no idea how to pair them.  I’ve been stalking BaubleBar lately for some inspiration pieces. What I love about their site is that not only are the pieces trendy, and you get a sense of how to wear them based on the images, but they include style pics from instagram on how real people, like you and me, wear the pieces. I don’t know about you but seeing a model wearing something and then seeing an average Jane sporting a piece makes me feel two different ways.

With my stalking I have a collection of pieces that I’m lusting for. The pieces that I think are trendy, hip, cool but still say I’m a 32 year old mom that has her shit together and I’m pretty freaking great, even though I’m not cool. It doesn’t scream that I want attention or I’m trying to hard. If you’re in the mood for some pieces to add to your jewelry collection, then look no further.

Friday Favorites

Assymetrical Intial Cuff ::  Metallic 360 Studs :: Fringe Fir Drop Earrings :: Gold Kocoum Bib Necklace :: Juniper Ear Jackets :: Wishbone Bracelet :: Ice Bandage Ring :: Twin Band Ring :: Organic Romania Bib Necklace

 

Recipes

Winter Detox Soup

January 22, 2015

Winter Detox Soup

I posted a similar recipe a few years back and to be honest this is really similar. I’m just posting it again because there are slight differences and this is my favorite version of a detoux soup. It’s soup season afterall and in our home, we have soup at least once a week. This Winter Detoux Soup was so good that I portioned it out for lunch for a few days and then saved some in the freezer for a rainy day. This isn’t something my husband goes running to. This is not his jam. It’s just a bit too healthy for him. This soup recipe is pretty much guilt free and filling at the same time.

You’ll Need:

  • 7 cups of veggie stock
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 stalks of leeks, rinsed, cleaned and diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bunch of kale, rinsed and chopped into chunks
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • handful of cilantro
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper taste

If you have a stock pot or dutch oven, it’s time to pull it out but by no means is it necessary for this recipe. Start by adding about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the pot and heat with the onion and garlic. Add in the celery and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes until the carrots start to soften but still have a crunch to them. Next add in the tomatoes, beans, leeks and veggie stock and cook for an hour, on low. You essentially want it to be simmering for an hour. Before serving throw in the kale and zucchini because you don’t want them to get too mushy in the cooking process. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Kale is one of those veggies that is pretty gross on its own but in this soup it realy absorbs that flavors it’s swimming in and tastes pretty good. And in left overs it doesn’t get too soft and mushy.

Life

Month Seven

January 21, 2015

Month Seven

Ava –

Time is flying by. So much so that I almost forgot that today marks your seven months of being in this world. We’ve had our hands full with your lately so it’s no surprise that we forgot. You are rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling and rolling. We’ve been trying to get you to crawl but you have little to no desire. Instead you roll over and keep on going. If you start to crawl it will be because of the cat. You watch Jack with the most extreme purpose. You follow his movements and love to sit in the window and bird watch with him. Sitting up has become your latest trick, until you decided to throw yourself back and end up flat on the ground. But you’ll learn that’s probably not the best way to get back onto the ground.

You personality definitely shines these days and it’s all sass. You’re into everything, you never sit still especially during baths or diaper changes, and you stretch those vocal cords to really scream and laugh. One minute you’re crying and the next you’re giggling because you know you have us locked down for your every want and need. You love doing this when we’re changing your clothes or when you’re in your bouncy seat – which by the way you love and go crazy for!

Oh! and you finally have hair! well sort of… you had hair to begin with but it’s really starting to fill in. Your bald spot on the back of your head is filling in nicely and you’re starting to look like a real little girl.

Pretty girl you are the light of our lives. Each day I look forward to my mid afternoon picture of you and to see what you’re up to. I love watching the world through your eyes and how you experience everything new around you. It’s hard to believe we are in 2015 and you’ll be a year old soon. Until then we are going to cherish every moment of every day with you and save these memories bit by bit.

Love you always,
xox

Momma and Daddy

 

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Recreate The Look

January 21, 2015

I’m back with the Recreate The Look series. I have so much fun putting these together once a month and I hope you enjoy them as well. They aren’t going anywhere so except them once a month. All of the posts have been centered on a Fashion Week look, and this month is no exception. The only difference this month is that this look comes from the Rachel Zoe Resort 2015 Collection that is more of a showcase/lookbook than your traditional catwalk show.

The looks were very boho 70’s inspired, which rings true to Zoe’s personal style. I’m mentally preparing an image of Rachel Zoe in bell bottoms, chunky shoes, bell sleeved blouse and long blonde hair. The makeup that accompanied this lookbook seemed like a page out of Zoe’s personal look. I’m sensing a trend here. Of all her collections this one seemed pretty true to life and right out of her own closet.

I love a good smoky eye look and this one is no exception. It’s a very easy look to recreate and there isn’t much to it. Less is more, am I right?!

This look starts off with a great base. Contouring, highlighting and a soft focus finish from Charlotte Tilbury help to set the stage. Add some Chanel Cream Blush in Chamade to your cheeks before starting on your eyes.

Recently I started getting into and lusting after the Tom Ford Beauty products. This eye look can be recreated with the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Ice Queen. Now, depending on the level of smolder you want depends on how many colors in the quad you use. I prefer something extra deep so I use all four. Focus the lighter shades on your lid, inner corner and brow bone. Blend the darker shades into your crease and outer corner of the eye.

For the lips we are reaching for Tom Ford again with lipstick in Blush Nude and a coat of lip lacquer in Vinyl. Since this look is emphasizing the dark eye, keep the lips subtle.

Finish off with some coats of mascara or if you’re feeling extra sassy these dense lashes from Make Up For Ever.

The Makeup Lady – Recreate The Look

Tom Ford Eye Quad in Ice Queen :: Tom Ford Lip Lacquer in Vinyl :: Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude :: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow :: Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Flow’ :: Chanel Cream Blush in Chamade :: Make Up For Ever Lashes #109 Janet

 

-Jamie of Hello There, Lady!

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Marsala Tops

January 20, 2015

HSWI January 2015

One of the easiest ways to add Pantone’s 2015 color of the year: Marsala to your wardrobe is with a shirt. If you’re hesitant to try Marsala but don’t want to make a big dent in your wallet, start with a top. Sure, you could go out and buy yourself a Marsala scarf and call it a day but that’s too easy, a top is just as versatile and gives you more options head to toe.  Last week  I showed you how to pair Marsala with neutrals using it in a romantic outfit, and then how to pair it with blue and green with a 60s mod style outfit. Today is about showing you two more ways you can add Marsala, one outfit is a little modern day rock n roll and the other is 70s inspired. Though we’re focused on tops today, all of these outfits can be used as inspiration, and the colors of the individual pieces in each outfit are interchangeable. In other words, and taking our second look as an example, you could easily swap out say a light brown skirt and Marsala top for a Marsala skirt and an ochre or light brown top.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Marsala Tops

1. J.Crew Collection Double-Cloth Trench

2. Report Signature Toby Leopard Mid Heeled Ankle Boots

3. BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studs

4. Armitage Avenue Plaid Scarf

5. Le Skinny De Jeanne Distressed Mid-Rise Jeans

6. UGG Australia Ribbed Knit Beanie

7. TOPSHOP Rib Tunic

8. BaubleBar Crystal Spike Stretch Bracelet

9. BaubleBar Baguette Stretch Gem Bracelet

10. Tory Burch Emerson Tote Bag

Though I coined this outfit “modern day rock-n-roll” it’s quite clean cut. We have distressed jeans which are perfectly rock-n-roll but then we’ve paired it with a sturdy beautiful leather tote bag and luxe overcoat. So while we have sexy leopard ankle boots, we also have a preppy plaid scarf and slightly punky double pearl earrings. The pieces balance each other out and the juxtaposition works to create an outfit that can be worn day or night.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Marsala Tops

1. TOPSHOP Super-Soft Cape

2. J.Crew Hexagonal Stone Ring

3. J.Crew Stone Signet Ring

4. Brahmin ‘Melbourne Mimosa’ Crossbody Bag

5. TOPSHOP Cape Stone Earrings

6. Janessa Leone Charles Hat

7. Zara Midi Skirt With Belt

8. TOPSHOP Long Sleeve Ribbed Funnel Neck Top

9. BaubleBar Gold Tassel Bracelet

10. TOPSHOP CAPTIVE ’70s Straight Leg Boots

The midi skirt paired with a tight funnel neck top was the inspiration behind this 70s style outfit. That and the amazing forest green hat. Adding the cape seemed like the right dramatic touch. And as expected, gold jewelry is an ideal match for Marsala, but particularly for an outfit with so many earthy tones. These colors of forest green, ochre, and Marsala are rich and beautiful together, and cinematic in a Bonnie & Clyde Faye Dunaway sorta way.

– Julia of  Style and Cheek

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

January 19, 2015

Life With The Lady

The past month I have worked HARD at getting this baby weight off. My definition of hard is working out, in home, 6 days a week. I despise the gym and have gym-phobia. You know, when you feel that people are watching and judging your workout routine and likely laughing behind your back. Gym-phobia. Plus the beginning of the new year means gyms are packed, everyone and their neighbor are trying to work out. I don’t have time for that.

When I was given the “all clear” from the doctor I started doing some pilates and yoga in home. Then I posted about my transition into working out more and finding my inspiration from Tone It Up. It worked and I started to see results. Then I got bored and for 2 weeks straight I did nothing. I enjoyed coming home and being with my baby instead of working up a sweat. Right after Christmas I got into the groove again and told myself I had to be serious about it. If I wasn’t going to be at a gym a few times a week then I needed to be dedicated in home where I had no excuse.

I became addicted to Skinny Mom, a local Cincinnati fitness company dedicated to healthy lifestyles for moms. Seeing videos of founder Brooke Griffin working out around town, in her studio, on the street…it just made me feel that I could do this without a gym. From there I ventured to Blogilates with Cassey Ho and Fitness Blender videos on YouTube. And I still venture to Tone It Up every few days.

This is what works for me. I am not bored, yet. I mix up where I get my fitness inspiration from each day. I get bored with routine and that’s what happened in August and has happened for many years when I try to work out. I get up at 6am each morning (yikes!) to make sure that I get my workout in before everyone is awake that way I can’t make the excuse that I want to spend time with Ava and Adam. So far it’s been great. I feel better, I have more energy throughout the day and I only have a few more pounds to go! I tried on a pair of real jeans the other day and could get them zipped and buttoned. They didn’t look desirable but they fit!

I hope I stay motivated to keep this up after I reach my first goal – losing all the baby weight. If it works I want to venture out into a barre class, rock climbing, even a boxing class if I’m feeling crazy. I’m no young spring chicken so staying healthy for myself and my family is of the utmost importance these days. Wish me luck! If you work out, what works for you? I’d love to see what others are into and gain inspiration for something new.

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

January 16, 2015

This week has felt like complete chaos. Most days I didn’t know if I was coming or going, sitting or standing, sleeping or thriving. But I of course made time to online shop and find things to save on my Shoptagr account...because this lady loves a good deal. It’s boot season and boy do I love a good pair of boots. My black heeled boots took a nose dive this week as the heel started to crack in half leaving me with a wobbly walk and fear that any moment I was going to face plant onto the floor. Naturally I started searching for my next pair because they need replaced ASAP. The problem I have with boots is that I can’t just stop with one pair. I need a pair for every possible occasion. Booties, over the knee, riding and wellies. I need them all. This week I’m sharing my top picks and styles with you. Hopefully a few of these beauties make their way into my closet in the near future.

Friday Favorites

 

Enzo Angiolini ‘Eero’ Leather Boot :: Sam Edelman ‘Petty’ Bootie :: Stuart Weitzman Lowland Suede Over The Knee Boot :: Rachel Zoe Porter Slouchy Bootie :: Givenchy Shark Lock Knee High Leather Wedge Boot :: Hunter Adjustable Gloss Black Rain Boot

Recipes

Chicken Corn Chowder

January 15, 2015

Chicken Corn Chowder

I’m so glad that we decided to put this recipe up this week. Not only is it good mood, cold weather, comfort food but Jamie Oliver posted the recipe as his Recipe of the Day on Tuesday. It’s like the stars aligned and it was meant to be. From one Jamie to another, this is perfection. I can’t say I have ever been a fan of corn chowder now have I ever seeked it out at a restaurant. This recipe is basic and adding the chicken takes it to a new level. Shellfish would even be a good option.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups milk – 1%
  • 2 chicken breasts – shredded (make ahead by poaching in chicken stock)
  • 2 cups frozen corn, unless you can get it fresh – not in a can
  • 1 stalk of celery – diced
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1 medium yukon gold potato – diced
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Add butter to a saucepan over medium high heat and add in the celery, onion and thyme. Cook until they start to brown. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the veggies then add in the milk and potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are tender and stiry constantly. You don’t want anything to stick to the bottom and start burning. It’s a soup after all and you want that creamy, smooth consistency. Once the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes later, add in the corn and chicken. Serve in a bowl with some cheese or oyster crackers for added texture.

 

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Beard Grooming

January 14, 2015

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This week it’s all about the men in your life. Guys, if there was ever a time to pay attention this is the moment. Beard care and upkeep is the trendy “it” thing these days. Long beards are as popular as the ombre once was. As more men fine tune their look they are becoming more aware of the products that can be used to groom and take care of their facial hair. The products out there aren’t just meant for the long bear wearing men. They can be used for the shorter bearded men that prefer a bit of facial hair but not something that is hanging down to their chest. Whether your man prefers a shorter or more extreme beard look, we have something covered for everyone.

My husband has sported every length of facial hair since we dating. Currently he is in the process of growing his beard out because, well…he can. He wasn’t really into facial grooming products until recently. Partially because I wanted him to try it and mainly because he’s shallow enough to be into his grooming. Most men don’t think adding product to their beard is worth it but I’m here to tell you otherwise. There are 3 easy C’s to remember – Cleanse, Condition and Comb.

Cleansing is key! Just like you wash your hair, face and body, cleansing the beard is important. Why? Would you want to walk around with a beard that smells like dried skin and sweat? I didn’t think so. Cleansing 2x a week is all that you need. Facial hair could have a tendency to dry out faster than the hair on your head. Plus your skin is already doing some of the work for you by producing oils to keep it naturally hydrated. Try this Billy Jealousy Beard Wash because it looks manly enough from the bottle.

The Makeup Lady - Beard Grooming

Next up…conditioner! My husband is known to use my super awesome expensive conditioners to hydrate his beard. At first I thought it was weird but it’s pretty essential. Yes your face is producing natural oils but a weekly condition can help to soften the coarse hair that you’re familiar with on your face. This can be done in the form of a conditioning cream or a beard oil. They sometimes come in scents which is a win to keep from smelling foul. Tree Ranger Beard Oil from beardbrand smells great and is easy to use.

The Makeup Lady - Beard Grooming

Lastly you need to comb that beard. It gets tangled quite easily and I don’t think you want to build a birds nest which can quickly become intolerable and you’re left with only one solution – shaving it all off. Being vain here and there isn’t a bad thing. The beardbrand comb is pocket size and looks manly enough to keep the lady in your life away from stealing it.

The Makeup Lady - Beard Grooming

Cleanse, condition and comb. All in a days work. With Valentine’s Day coming up a gift set is perfect or even a professional shave treatment from a Barber Spa is all the rage these days for men. Treat yo self!

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