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Mommy and Me NYE Outfits & 2017 Ramblings

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Reflecting back on 2017, there is SO much that happened. The world/ the US seems like a completely different place with a new President. From DC to Hollywood, just about every man in power is likely a sex monster. Looking at the bright side as I try to do; females are standing up for themselves now more than ever and making radical changes because of it.  Go us! We’ve been shaken as a country and if you asked me last November, I’d say we’ve never been so separated, but lately, it feels like we’ve begun to bond together in support of gender and social equality. Something we arguably we’re further along with last year IMO, but there is a silver lining, I am sure of it. With so much instability comes the opportunity to discover new strength and stability. While that proves to be incredibly difficult Nationally/Internationally; personally, I’ve been like a ‘real millennial’ this year and really focused on myself ;). Here’s a few of my personal highlights and learnings which I share because some might be helpful if you’re thinking of making big changes in 2018!

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I left my cozy corporate job at the #1 company to work for. There’s many reasons Why I left my job at Google (read more there!) but it has been a wonderful and scary decision for me even now, almost one year later!

Being at home more means, preparing more meals! No more free Google good prepared by chefs. Here’s Simple Smoothies For the Whole Family that I’ve been making for breakfasts or on-the-go snacks! Trying to get healthy meals without a lot of time is always a challenge for me, but smoothies make that a breeze.

I also don’t wear business casual clothes anymore! I finally picked up the most amazing jeans and am obsessed with the fit and styling. If you are looking for jeans in the new year, I couldn’t recommend them more! I wish I got them sooner and saved so much money buying fancy designer jeans. I mean, I love designer jeans, but these are JUST as good!

We’ve lived in small spaces (less than 1,000 sq ft) for 7 years now, but this year we moved to a smaller place than we had last year and with 2 kids it got a little tricky. Here are 7 tips for living in a small space that I find really useful and they make our life in LA that much more enjoyable. I honestly would not trade this tiny house for a big suburban house right now because I love LA / big city life and seeing my family around every corner, but it is certainly not always easy being in a small place.

Our favorite kid’s books change often because they really do grow up so fast. What we’re loving this year is books that help teach kindness and empathy. It’s been our real focus in 2017.

Finally, I shared 5 tips I wish I knew before becoming a work-from-home mom. That was such a huge, life-changing thing that I am so grateful I got to do, but it was/is challenging change for me and for us as a  family. I wish I had a mentor going into it, but I didn’t know a soul that worked from home. My friends are either working moms or stay-at-home moms. Going into the ‘gray area’ alone was crazy hard and I learned a lot from it. I think next year will be so much better because I have learnings to implement and better expectations about what I can accomplish personally and professionally without going crazy.

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I hope you all have an amazing 2018 and thank you so much for reading and following along with me in 2017. It means so much to me.

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10 Jumpsuits For Every Body Type

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Hi friends! I wore the jumpsuit above in a recent post and raved about how comfortable it is and how it would be perfect for any body type, even nursing mothers and then… it sold out. Hate when that happens! Couldn’t leave you hanging, so I scoured the internet to find 10 jumpsuits that would be perfect for your next holiday party! There’s one for everyone including this red one that makes your legs look a mile long. If you are a nursing mom, this jumpsuit might be your best bet from a conveniece standpoint. This silver jumpsuit would look marvelopus on you if your emall chested like me. This sequin one is a classic one could wear for years to come. Shop all 10 jumpsuits below! xoxo


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Modern Separates: Holiday Party Outfits That Aren’t Dresses pt. 3


When it comes to holiday party apparel, what can be cheerier than red? This red off the shoulder top and matching red flowy pants is a modern twist on separates that you don’t have to shave or tan your legs before wearing. Who doesn’t like that? I love wearing red and this monochromatic look and long hem length paired with heels really does wonders for height. ‘Legs for days’ is not something I’d hear walking down the street, but I did hear it in this. Thank you, sweet stranger! For the record, I wore 5 inch heels with these pants which otherwise would need to be tailored. If you didn’t catch part 1 and 2 of “Holiday Party Outfits That aren’t Dresses’, this metallic jumpsuit and this covered, yet sexy top are two of my favorite pieces for the season and can be worn again and again.



I hope you all have a lovely holiday party season filled with love and laughter! Thank you for reading! xo

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Metallic Jumpsuit: Holiday Party Looks That Aren’t Dresses Pt. 2

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I don’t always go to Beverly Hills, but when I do it’s a great place to wear a metallic jumpsuit and heels. This jumpsuit is my second holiday look of the season and I love it because it’s so comfortable it’s like you’re wearing pajamas. Seriously, the most uncomfortable part about this outfit is the heels which I couldn’t forgo because the pants were a little too long for my 5’4″ frame. I don’t have to worry about this now that my kids are older, but this would be a great holiday outfit if you’re a new or nursing mom because the top gives you the freedom to do what you need to do. Make sure you check out part one of holiday party looks that aren’t dresses for a slightly more casual approach.


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Winter Eyelet + Seriously Amazing Jeans


Like it says on this mockneck top’s online description, this eyelet blouse has the whole covered-up-yet-sexy thing on lock. It runs a little boxy, so I ended up going with the smallest size. I wore it tucked into super high rise jeans which I am loving lately. People have long been raving about this brand’s denim and I finally got a pair and am wondering what took me so long. They hold you in, are super comfortable and do not stretch throughout the day. I can’t believe they are so good and that it took me so long to convert. The price point is fantastic too at less than $150 they are just as good as designer jeans that are over $200. I’ll definitely be getting more.


I love this look for more casual holiday gatherings like dinner with friends at home. Living in a casual city and really appreciating comfort has drawn me to holiday looks that aren’t as dressy as traditional looks and I’m sharing 3 non-dress holiday looks this week. That’s right – all pants ie no reason to shave or tan. Come back tomorrow for more!

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Cozy at Home For Christmas + Cyber Monday Picks



Hi friends! I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! If you follow me on instagram you may have seen we went to Portland to visit family. It was beautiful but cold. I was really appreciating LA after that. I love Fall, but having grown up in Arizona, I’ve grown so accustomed to a 70 degree Fall and it’s difficult to acclimate to real Fall! We spent Sunday at home decorating for Christmas. We still have a long ways to go, but got the tree up and it’s made it feel much more festive. I wore this cozy sweater that is 40% off right now. The price is so good I’m thinking of getting the black one too, but I can’t be buying myself gifts this close to Christmas! It’s tunic length so you can wear it with leggings or jeans and it would be gorgeous with just over the knee boots.

Be sure to check out Nordstrom’s Cyber Monday sales for more great deals like this sweater! There are so many good things! Not going to lie, it’s been tough with all the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales. You know what I say when a sale is realllllyyyy good… ‘you can’t afford not to. ‘ A few worth checking out is this plaid button down, this sweater looks really cute on and flatters just about anyone, and these cozy slippers. For this kids, I’m digging this set for boys and this boho sweater for the little lady! Totally didn’t intend to turn this in to a gift guide (there are enough great ones out there already right?) but hard not to share so many wonderful things on sale while I’m browsing the internet at 12:20 am. 🙂 Tomorrow I will probably regret staying up this late, but that’s better than missing out on a good sale, right? 😉

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The Best Cardigan Ever


You may have heard it before, but definitely not from me. This is the best cardigan EVER! It’s long, thick and goes with everything. I can’t get enough of it. It seems to be the cardigan that everyone is wearing this season too. I saw it on a friend at dinner and she proclaimed that her husband bought if for her and she’s been living in it ever since. Smart guy — this is amazingly comfortable and really so, so versatile. If you’ve been thinking about a new cardigan for Fall, I’d scoop this one up stat before your size is gone and you have not-buyers remorse.

Outfit details: Cardigan /Camisole / Jeans / Bag / Shoes /Stack Rings


More cardigans you might like:

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Dressed For Fall

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Hi friends and happy November! Lately, I’ve been living in workout clothes which are typically my go-to because then I always have the right thing on if I get the chance to the gym or be active at some point in the day. Earlier this week, I made a video haul on my new activewear for fall and it’s a good one! When I do have a reason to dress up, I usually reach for dresses even in the Fall. Fall dresses just might be the best dresses out there. They’re easy to layer, comfortable and make me feel great. When it comes to pattered dresses, I like to keep the print on as small a scale as possible so it doesn’t overpower my 5’4″ frame. This dress is my perfect match! Not only does it have a wonderful little print, but the colors are perfect for Fall and the I think the cut is just lovely. I love the juxtaposition of the long and elegant hem, but playful and trendy top. As you can tell, it’s pretty difficult not to twirl around in.


I wore my Rebecca Accessories heart hoop earrings yet again. They top every outfit off so well. Use code bethann to get 15% off your order!
I’ll have a lot more Fall looks to share with you soon – some cozy and some festive. Certainly a lot of dresses, but in the mean time, be sure to check out my video on Fall Activewear I’m loving! Thank you for reading!

Photos by: Kara

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Gone Till November

Rebecca Minkoff Love Nubuck Crossbody Bag

Yesterday The Banker asked me if I was excited for it to be November. In that moment, November seemed like such a long way off.  Turns out, that’s this week! October is always an event filled month for us (like many of you) even if ‘event’ just means staying at home watching horror films – which we do every night in the month of October per Kaare’s request. While staying in and watching movies is nice, I totally get anxiety watching some scary movies so, yes, I am excited it is almost November, but will miss Harlowe decorating the house for Halloween.

It’s finally feeling like fall in LA which sartorially speaking, is magical. Who doesn’t get a little giddy the day they get to bust out long cardigans over their dresses like this? Warm jackets are still a long ways out, but I’m super comfortable for now. Also, this dress is ruched on the sides which makes it super flattering. Perfect for the holiday months when, if you’re anything like me, you get a little bit soft in the belly.

        
I’m taking tomorrow off to celebrate Halloween with the family, but you can find me on my Instagram stories. Have a great Halloween and I’ll see you back here in November!

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Dream Team (+ a Giveaway!)

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Hi Friends! How are you doing this week? It’s been unseasonably warm in LA. Maybe it’s not unseasonable (the locals tell me this is normal), but it is 100 degrees and it’s October and that seems wrong to me.  I threw on this lace sleeved velvet sweater the other day and appreciate it for being festive, but not making me sweatier that I already am. In other news, I’m giving away a pair of the earrings I am wearing here. See my instagram post for details on how to enter. These heart hoop earrings matched with anything lace or velvet are my dream team for the holiday season!