Bold Move

 

red cut out dress

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?

Cut Out V-Neck Solid Color Dress	 A.J. Morgan 'Ditto' 50mm Sunglasses

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Dress c/o Dezzal / shoes / sunnies 40% off!

 

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Momming in a Denim Pencil Skirt

Denim pencil skirt

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.

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^Cutest little butt! For those interested, he’s wearing these moccs (on repeat) and his pants are from Cotton On.
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^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!

Button Front Denim Pencil Skirt


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.

Demin Pencil Skirt

Button Front Denim Pencil Skirt

Button Front Denim Pencil Skirt

Wearing: similar body suitdenim pencil skirt c/o The Limited / choker / Celine sunnies

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That’s why I need a one bag

MZ Wallace Abbey Tote

^Streets not safe, but I never run away.

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.

MZ Wallace Tote

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!

Tibi Sweater

Speaking of, I hope you have a great one!

MZ Wallace tote c/o / Tibi Sweater (Tibi on sale!) / DSTLD jeans / Aldo shoes (similar here)

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Palm Trees and Happy Babies

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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! Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
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?Processed with VSCO with b1 preset
Sometimes you just want to crawl, but the middle of the street is so not the place for that. Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
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Yup, there you go. Thanks for being so sweet, Harlowe. Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
I hope you all have a great week!

Similar teeShorts / Bag / Trainers Stroller

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Harlowe Turns 5

doughnut towel

donut towel
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.mermaid suit
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.doughnut towel
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. 

Mermaid swimsut / Donut round beach towel c/o Octer / No. 5 tee / shorts from Mac and Mia

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Unicorns and Hair Bows

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.

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^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.
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What are you favorite shampoos and body washes for kids? Do you have any go-to shops for hair accessories?

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Fitness after Baby #2

workouts after baby

A few of you asked about getting back in to shape after having a baby. Gunnar is now nine months old and I’ve finally started to nail down a fairly strict (yet fluid) health and fitness regime. I decided it would be a great time to share what I’ve been doing to ‘get my body back’.

working out with kids

First, coming to terms with the fact that my body will probably never get back to ‘normal’ was key. This amazing body has had two children, sits at a desk for a good chuck of the day and enjoys wine more than water so yeah, it’ll take longer to get strong abs and that is A-okay. Remembering my body created two beautiful babies makes abs seem trivial.

workout out after baby

Strength training is critical. Carrying a 25 lb baby (yes, he is THAT big already!), sitting at a desk and missing out on some serious zzz’s depletes my energy in a major way.  Luckily, strength training elevates endorphins which helps boost energy levels, contributes to more restful sleep and serves as a natural anti-depressant.  This is hugely important for new moms suffering baby blues like me. I take an OrangeTheory class 1-2 a week to get my weight training fix.

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Get sweaty and social. KW and I will have a workout date instead of a fancy dinner more often than not. We choose a gym that has childcare we felt comfortable with and go together when we can. On a whim, we took Zumba a few weeks ago and we can’t wait to go back again! It was hilarious…. mostly for him because I have no rhythm. :)

Hold yourself accountable any way you can. If you know you have trouble holding yourself accountable get friends to nag you or sign up for an event you’ll need to train for. I’m definitely more likely to stick to something when there’s external pressure and signing up for a half-marathon has helped me stick to a moderately stringent running schedule. I’m running the race with KW and a group of girlfriends, so they are all holding me accountable too. We tell each other when we are training and it’s been so inspiring. (I’ll see you in April, Nashville!)

working out after baby

Everything in moderation, including moderation. I’m still nursing and you can trust me when I say, I am ravenous. Being hangry all the time can lead even the best of us to grab some junk food and devour it, so I do make a point to carry healthy snacks at all times. I keep snacks in my bag, my car, my desk and home. My favorite snacks are string cheese, fresh fruit, greek yogurt with almonds and chips and guac. For the non-perishable variety, I eat a ton of This Bar Saves Lives – the dark chocolate cherry and sea salt is f’ing delish and I probably have 1-2 every day.  :)

Wearing: Bra / leggings / tank (all c/o Lucy) / similar Nike shoes also love these for everyday wear.

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Santa Monica Pier Pictures

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Photos by Karly Spalding 

A few weeks ago I managed to talk the family in to sitting pretty for family photos. I really wanted to capture our family now that Gunnar is a little older. The last ones we took he was a wee little 9-week old! I can not believe he’s now almost 9 months old. Man, time flies. He’s grown SO much and is still the happiest baby ever. He laughs at just about everything, especially anything Harlowe does.

I LOVE the way these turned out.  We took them at Santa Monica Pier about a mile from our house. Having a short drive for the kids is key. Besides that, I really dig the colors, memories and cotton candy. We did give Harlowe cotton candy for being such a good sport that day. Much deserved. I cannot recommend Karly (our photographer) enough. She had a wonderful temperament, a kindness and silliness that resonated with our kids, and a swift and focused management of the session.  If you’re in LA, book Karly, stat! Not sponsored in any way — she’s just that marvelous.

Wearing

my top / skirt / shoes / necklace

H’s dress / H’s skirt and leopard camiGunnar’s outfit

 

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Maui Mama

white summer dress

It’s been a week since we got back from Maui and I’m still dreaming of lobster-stuffed mahi. And sleep. I reluctantly didn’t bring the kids on this trip because it was a work trip for KW which meant events each night that were not kid friendly. As hard as it was for me to be away from them for that long of a time, I have to say, I felt brand new after that much rest. Brand freaking new. At first, I didn’t know what to do with my sans-kids self. Most of my time away from the kids is time at the office. With the laptop at home where would I invest my energy? Would I even have energy? Well, I did figure our what to do. Hashtag, adaptable.

white summer dress

We took these photos at Mama’s Fish House on our last night there. The restaurant is totally worth all of the hype. We had a few locals tell is it is a haven for tourists and warned us against the over-priced menu, but since we don’t get these dishes or views in LA, we had to try. We ordered so much food and oddly, ate everything. I’ll definitely go back on an empty belly.

Things to do in Mauiwags in the wilderness

I’ve been stand-up-paddle boarding only once before, but I am hooked. Ever since my last SUP excursion, I’ve been dying to get out on the water again. We paired a SUP session with a little snorkeling by our hotel on Wai’alae Beach. I am happy to report I saw a sea turtle again, but there wasn’t a lot going on under the sea that day. We did see a lot more sea life on our last snorkeling trip which was on Kaanapali Beach.

white eyelet dresseyelet dress vacation dress

^This was at our hotel. I spent most of my time at the hotel because there was so much to do there. My favorite activities were sipping pool side margaritas and indulging in spa services. KW and I got a pedicure and a couple’s massage on the beach. OMG, it was the best massage I’ve ever had. If you ever go to Hawaii and get a massage go see Bethany at the Fairmont Kea Lani. :)

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I’m putting together a video with loads of fun highlights from Maui so be sure subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss it. Thanks for reading! xo

Wearing: Banana Republic Tie Front Dress c/o / Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Heels

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