Casual Outting


Hello friends! I can not believe it is almost Thanksgiving! Yesterday, I shared 4 tips for effortless holiday dressing¬†and today’s look is for Black Friday or Shop Small Saturday or any day. ūüôā If you’re like me, you’ll be in workout clothes Friday morning burning off those margaritas. (We have cranberry margaritas for Thanksgiving!) ¬†After that, I’ll be on the couch catching up with my lovely in-laws. I can’t wait for all the family and friends time, but of course I’ll shop online just a tiny bit especially on Shop Small Saturday.


Where do you shop this time of year? Any good tips for kid’s gifts? Some of my favorite small shops for this kids are:

Whistle and Flute
Purl Lamb
Brooklyn and Fifth

No matter what this weekend brings, I’ll probably be in this cashmere hoodie quite a bit. It’s 50% off if you’re looking for a gift for yourself. ūüôā I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with family.

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4 Tips for Effortless Thanksgiving Outfits

velvet camisole and jeans

Holiday looks around here have gotten quite effortless. I’m talking boyfriend jeans, ultra-soft camisole¬†(40% off!), one-step-removed-from-pajamas effortless. This season, it’s pretty hard to avoid velvet…but why would one want to? I opted for a sleek, velvet top that is fitting for LA’s faux-fall when worn alone and can easily be layered under a jacket for the office or if you need to dress a little warmer this Thanksgiving.

edgy velvet holiday look

I paired it with IRO boyfriend jeans¬†because I’ll be spending ¬†this Thanksgiving chasing a toddler but want to make sure my velvet top is on full display when I’m seated at the dinner table (not matter how brief that may be).¬† I need to be mobile and comfortable all Thanksgiving year long. Am I right, fellow moms?


Since the holidays are such a sartorially festive time, a time that many of us want to dress up even when we might normally take a more casual approach to personal style, I’ve put together some holiday outfit tips specifically for busy women like you.


  1. Wear an effortlessly festive top. This velvet cami¬†won’t show stains (read: it’s baby proof!), can be layered and is on-trend with it’s velvety softness. I also love this velvet blazer¬†from Old Navy which is perfect for those that experience real Autumn. You can also go for a sleeveless turtleneck¬†in case it gets drafty, but you want to show those guns!
  2. Give in to the choker trend. I know what you’re thinking, but there’s a reason they’re back. It’s a good one! If you have a toddler you know how dangerous it can be for both parties when you wear a statement necklace. A choker¬†is simple and sweet, but still makes a statement. They’re also super affordable.
  3. Wear loose-fitting bottoms. This is a no-brainer. Everyone does this for Thanksgiving. It’s your time to let loose… your pants that is! I like these¬†…and I love their price.
  4. Wear a dress over your jeans. If your Thanksgiving plans are too formal for jeans and a cami, throw a dress on over your jeans (that’s a thing now!) and wow your company with your top half while being strategically comfortable on the bottom. Check out this article in Vogue for inspiration. I’m adding everything on there to my ‘dream wish list’; especially outfit #2.

Wherever Thanksgiving takes you this year, I hope you have a wonderful time and know that you are beautiful and loved no matter what you wear to the dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!


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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.
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^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¬†cuff purchased¬†will feed one person in Kenya and support local entrepreneurs.

Harlowe’s dress¬†/¬†My dress

Two Easy-Peasy Snack Recipes

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 L√ĄRABAR¬†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¬†L√ĄRABAR 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¬†L√ĄRABAR chocolate coconut cashew and almond butter

This post was sponsored by¬†L√ĄRABAR all opinions are my own.


Mom Blazer

striped longline blazer

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!
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Blazer c/o get 15% off with code: FALLBETHANN15 / DSTLD jeans / James Perse Tee / Rag and Bone boots 

Work, Work, Work, Work, Workwear

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.

work outfits

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.

work outfits

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.

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!


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 suit / denim pencil skirt c/o The Limited / choker / Celine sunnies

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)

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
Not happy that mama wouldn’t let him be a free-range baby on the street.¬†Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
Surely Harlowe has something up her sleeve to make Gunnar happy again. Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
Yup, there you go. Thanks for being so sweet, Harlowe. Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
I hope you all have a great week!

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