If you’re in LA, I hope you are surviving this heat wave! OMG it is hot. I moved away from AZ for a reason and surviving 100 degree Falls in LA was not it. I haven’t blowdried my hair in a week. Having it up in a messy bun is key, but I wore it down (and curly!) today because I have a work event and wanted to look a bit more professional.
^Love my new cuff that you can’t really see here, but it’s engraved with a very important word, ‘adventure’. Every Adventure Project + Shopsoko Adventure cuffpurchased will feed one person in Kenya and support local entrepreneurs.
Being constantly on-the-go means reaching for anything nearby the moment I become ‘hangry’. Often the nearest thing is not the best thing which is why I try to have health-conscious snacks on hand. Don’t get me wrong, I would probably eat chips and guac twice a day if I could, but in trying to set a good example for our kids I have to supplement some good-for-you treats too! Plus, it can be difficult to carry chips and guacamole in a diaper bag.
Both of these recipes are made with LÄRABAR Cashew and Almond Butter, a new item available exclusively at Costco. The rest of the ingredients are pretty easy to find — you probably have most of them at home right now. I did and that’s why I made these. Feel free to adapt these to utilize what you’re working with in the pantry. My ingredients are below and this video has instructions!
Banana Nut Butter Balls
1/2 cup packed whole pitted dates
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup LÄRABAR banana nut cashew and almond butter
1 cup gluten-free oats
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup raisins
1 tbs chia seeds
Coco Loco Smoothie
1 organic banana (cut into chunks and frozen)
1 1/2 cups almond & coconut milk
3 tbs LÄRABAR chocolate coconut cashew and almond butter
This post was sponsored by LÄRABAR all opinions are my own.
What I love about blazers is that they instantly elevate whatever else you wear. Throw this blazer on over sweats and your school drop-off duds are now office appropriate. Throw a blazer on over a denim skirt and your on-trend brunch outfit just got even better. I call this blazer the ‘mom blazer’ because well, it can do anything. You know, like a mom. The cut lends it the ability to be perfect for work, but it’s softness makes it comfy enough for playdates. I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness it’s Fall so we can get back on the layering train. I love how polished adding a simple blazer can make even the plainest of jeans and tees. Psstt…I have a promo code for this blazer below!
My office has a casual dress code. We’re talking backwards hats, ripped jeans and sandals. This is one of the many things I really like about working at The YouTube Space LA, but — you can be unabashedly you, wear whatever you want and that has no baring on your performance. It’s the kind of freedom I’ve always dreamed about from an office job, the kind that affords me the opportunity to have lavender or silvery-gray hair.
Since outfits can greatly affect my mood and confidence levels, there are days when I go in looking like an outsider, but feeling like a boss.
As a mother to two young (and ridiculously adorable!) children, I love the culottes movement. All the fanciness of skirts, but none of the potential wardrobe malfunctions. Running down the street chasing a lost, but very critical, rolling toy and inevitable bending down to collect it from underneath someone else’s car in no need for concern in culottes, my friends.
When cutouts initially made their way on to the scene, I thought I was too old to wear them. The thought that, as a mother, it may be inappropriate to show this much skin crossed my mind. Now, years later I say, why the heck not? Wear the cutouts. Wear them in red and wear them braless! One thing that really sunk-in for me in the years since we first saw cutouts is that fashion is not something to be taken seriously. Unless we’re talking seriously fun. Moral of the story: Enjoy your dessert…and wear the cutouts, my friend. Life is too short not to be bold, right?
While I’m usually not one to give up the opportunity to wear a dress (favorite benefit: you only have to think about one piece) it’s denim that has been on heavy rotation in my closet lately. Frayed hem jeans, denim jackets and yaassss, this denim skirt have become daily staples lending a casual, but polished hand to my work and weekend uniform.
^Cutest little butt! For those interested, he’s wearing these moccs (on repeat) and his pants are from Cotton On.
^My ornery girl! I think she decided I needed to change up my hair and who better than her to take care of business? PS these photos were taken a few weeks ago and since then, I actually have changed up my hair. Looking at these photos I can’t believe how light it was. I’m glad it didn’t stay that way for long because t’s not my favorite, but that’s what I get for being experimental.
: ) Stay tuned for the new ‘do!
I definitely didn’t think my favorite outfits from childhood would make a comeback, but I’m not mad at it. It’s innocent and bold at the same time which is one of the best combos there is, right? I love how a denim skirt #elevatesmomstyle in a snap, but keeps the look carefree.
I’ve been carrying the same ‘work bag’ for awhile now. An MZ Wallace tote to be exact. I use the term ‘work bag’ lightly as it quickly became my diaper bag and gym bag. I sing it’s praises any time someone asks me to recommend a semi-stylish diaper bag. Today’s moms don’t want a diaper bag, they want an everything bag because today’s moms aren’t just moms, they’re everything. Chef, athlete, corporate powerhouse, friend, student, volunteer and everything in between.
This bag gets that. Whether you’re in the market for a diaper bag, work bag, travel bag or gym bag, I can not recommend MZ Wallace totes strongly enough. They are easy to clean, crazy versatile and have a sleek design complete with easy to access pockets so you can carry necessities for all of your roles. Mine is currently full of lip products (Harlowe’s Lipsmakers and my Colourpop, diapers/wipes and all of the snacks because… weekend!
Come along with us down one of my favorite streets in Santa Monica. It’s lined with the cutest houses which are aspirational at best, but KW and I like to pick out which ones we’d live in if we won the lottery. We always make minor changes to them; usually I add a pink coat of paint to the entire exterior and a mint green door. He’s down with that which makes me 100% certain that he is my person. What a guy!
I’m not a diaper bag kind of gal and the MZ Wallace Abbey tote has been a game changer for me. It’s become my work bag, weekend bag, gym bag and even beach bag. It is the perfect working mom’s bag because it has compartments for EVERYTHING. I’m really proud of myself when I need to get my keys out and BAM!, they’re in their designated pocket. I used to carry this bag and had no complaints except I wanted a cross-body strap so I could use my arms to carry the babes. With both of my MZ Wallace’s bags I’ve found that it’s money well spent because they’re so versatile and the quality is really wonderful. This is not a sit-in-the-back-of-your-closet kind of tote, guys. Do you have a favorite multi-tasking bag?
Sometimes you just want to crawl, but the middle of the street is so not the place for that.
Not happy that mama wouldn’t let him be a free-range baby on the street.
Surely Harlowe has something up her sleeve to make Gunnar happy again.
Yup, there you go. Thanks for being so sweet, Harlowe.
I hope you all have a great week!
I don’t know what’s harder for me to believe… that Harlowe is 5 or that I have a 5-year-old kid. Some days it feels like she was just born and I think back to when we wearily made our way home from the hopsital to our tiny 1-bedroom apartment in San Francisco. Our place was tiny, so Harlowe’s crib was positioned in our living area, which itself sat above a bus stop on the corner of Sacramento and Octavia. It’s fitting that Harlowe was born in SF; her personality matches the traits of the city: Inquisitive, challenging of the status quo, but completely unique and always changing. We adore her independent spirit and strong personality and can’t wait to see what this year has in store.
First on deck is getting comfortable in the ocean. Most of her life, she’s been a bit apprehensive about the waves and only goes in if someone is holding her. She prefers her human buggy to be quite tall so that she only has to get her feet wet. We met some friends at the beach (hey, Tracy and Jake!) on Saturday and she placed me and Tracy side by side and says, “okay, who is taller?” She eyed us and decided that Tracy was taller and therefore the one to carry her in to the ocean. We had no idea what was going on in her head until the three of us were knee deep in the water and Harlowe refused to get into my arms. “No mom, you’re too short,” she said. She is a little too smart for her own good sometimes.
On the subject of smart; the next ‘big thing’ for us this year is KINDERGARTEN! I can’t believe she is going to ‘big girl’ school already! Seriously guys, where does the time go? Luckily, it looks like we’ll have a handful of weekends at the beach ahead of us. It has been warm in LA and to me, there is nothing as refreshing as ocean water. We’ve had to step up beach game a little bit since moving here last February. I just found this towel for Harlowe on Octer which I just discovered. It’s an online marketplace where you can shop departments, or shop by store to compare thousands of items. You can usually find exactly what you’re looking for… or you know, a donut towel which I could NOT pass up.
Not one member of the Wagner family appreciates accessories like our little Harlowe. Like many four-year-old girls, she has her own style. One that we try not to influence. One that brings me so much joy and even inspiration. I hope she always wants to wear five things in her hair at once, tights in the summer and handmade necklaces. Her innocence and fearlessness come through in so many of her choices and the fashion-y kind are sometimes the most obvious and definitely, the easiest to document. There are times I try to intervene, like when I tried to tell her that we don’t need to sleep in down jackets…in LA…in June…but she doesn’t listen to me.
^New hair accessories from BanaBean just in time for Summer. The monthly subscription box for girls keeps her hair game on point and saves me a ton of time. I love doing her hair each morning, but I’m not great at shopping for them (that might shock some of you!) and we both really enjoy having a box of cuteness arrive each month just for her.
^Bathtime fun with her unicorn towel and our favorite shampoo. It is actually a body wash, shampoo and conditioner in one and since it’s so versatile I love traveling with it. I packed it for a recent trip Oregon and somehow it ended up in Harlowe’s carry-on so sadly, I lost it going through airport security. #Fail. We like a lot of SoCozy’s products especially their mousse, gel and leave-in conditioner too. They all smell SO darn good…think mangos.
^One of my all-time favorite Harlowe pics.
What are you favorite shampoos and body washes for kids? Do you have any go-to shops for hair accessories?