A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Fall Wish List: Black Open Toe Booties

Posted on July 31st, by Melanie

I am getting an itch to start buying fall! Which is crazy because I typically hang on to summer as long as I possibly can. One thing I definitely want to get this year is an open toe black bootie. It’s a great alternative to a strappy black shoe in the fall and winter. It looks great with denim, you can even wear them with a dress and your feet won’t be freezing! I have suede open toe booties in a rust color that I have lived in the past 2 seasons. Here are a few of my faves; especially the textured Via Spiga’s!

 

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Florals and The Fashion Show

Posted on July 30th, by Melanie

I am still recovering from my crazy weekend. Fashion shows are so much fun but a lot of work! There is a lot of effort put into a very short amount of time on the runway, but it is well worth it. I had a BLAST coordinating the show for Park Place and everything went off without a hitch! Outside it being 100 degrees in the shade, we had a wonderful crowd and the  models did amazing!

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I ended up getting the floral jumpsuit I blogged about a while back! It was a steal to begin with and then another 20% off at Alysa Rene Boutique during the Paint the Night event. It was worth every penny! It is by an obscure brand; I looked for it online and couldn’t find it! So sorry, I wish I could share the resource with you!

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Paint The Night Fashion Show at Park Place!!!

Posted on July 25th, by Melanie

Happy Friday! Sorry for the lack of posts this week…I have been running around crazy pulling clothes, doing model fittings and organizing everything for the Park Place fashion show that is happening tomorrow night! The show will be just one of the many fun events happening during the Around The World inspired Street Fair.

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The event is FREE!  There will be entertainment from 5-10Pm…everything from an Italian opera singer to Pan-Asian acrobats. The  lineup of artists is amazing! The fashion show starts at 6:45PM and will feature looks from all the stores in Park Place as well as The Metropolitan Strings academy who will be playing popular rock music. I am SO excited, I can’t wait to see it come together!

Here is a list of all the wonderful things you can experience during the night…

ASH STREET STAGE (Located near Michael Shae Salon) 
5-5:45pm: Mariachi Band - The Three Amigos 
5:45-6:15pm: Irish Puppet Show - “The Magic Cauldron” by the Stone Lion Puppets 
6:15-6:45pm: Caribbean Steel Drums - Bryan Alford 
6:45-7:15pm: Italian Opera Singer - Ashley Wheat 
7:30-9pm: Reggae Band - Arm the Poor
9:15-10pm: Pan-Asian Aerial Acrobats and Fire Dancing - Rhythmic Flames 

116 PLACE STAGE (Located near Pinot’s Palette) 
5-6pm: Polka Music/Dancing - Bavarian Brass Band
6-6:15pm: Mariachi Band - The Three Amigos 
6:30-6:45pm: Instrumental Rock - Metropolitan Strings Academy 
6:45-7:15pm: Fashion Show featuring Park Place Boutiques choreographed to instrumental rock byMetropolitan Strings Academy 
7:15-7:30pm: Egyptian Belly Dancing - Bridgette
7:30-10pm: Irish Rock Band - Blarney Stone

BARKLEY SQUARE 
5:30-6: Italian Opera Singer - Ashley Wheat  
6:30-7:15: Mariachi Band - The Three Amigos
7-7:45: Egyptian Snake Charmer 
7:15-8: African Drums - Bryan Alford 
8-9: USA Rock Acoustic – Nick Nave 
8-8:45: Egyptian Snake Charmer 
9-9:45: Gypsy Fortune Teller 

ROAMING STREET PERFORMERS 
5-5:30pm: Irish Puppets -  Stone Lion Puppets 
5:30-6: Scottish Bagpiper – Kevin Gilstrap 
5:45-6: Chinese Dragon 
6-6:15: Italian Opera Singer - Ashley Wheat  
6-6:45: Egyptian Snake Charmer 
6:15-6:30: Chinese Dragon 
6:15-6:45: German Accordion – Bavarian Brass Band  
6:30-7: Scottish Bagpiper – Kevin Gilstrap 
7-7:30: German Accordion – Bavarian Brass Band  
7:15-7:30: Chinese Dragon 
7:15-8:15: Pan-Asian LED Performers – Rhythmic Flames
7:45-8: Egyptian Belly Dancing - Bridgette
7:45-8:45: Pan-Asian Acrobatics – Rhythmic Flames
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Product Love: Nest Pretty Things Kids

Posted on July 23rd, by Melanie

I find there to be a lot of junky kids jewelry out there. The kind of stuff you know will break in a day! I fell in love with this line, Nest Pretty Things Kids when I was on Etsy one afternoon looking for a gift.

Her pieces are sweet, colorful and not too mature for a young girl.

My favorite pieces are her necklaces

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But she also makes adorable hair accessories and earrings as well…

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They would make a great gift for that special little girl in your life!

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Our Weekend

Posted on July 22nd, by Melanie

Is it really Tuesday already? This week is flying by!

We are trying to soak up the last of summer. We have only 3 weeks until school starts! It’s always a little depressing when Target rolls out the back to school section. We have truly enjoyed our summer having both kids at really good ages. I feel like the last two summers were hard with Vivi since she was so little!

Friday night I celebrated the birthday of my dear friend Rachel.  It was a fun girls night that started with dinner at Gram and Dun and then ending with drinks at Hotel Sorella poolside (The Rossotini is delish!). How hot is the birthday girls Clover Canyon dress?! I think I need to add one to my dress collection.

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The It List-7/18

Posted on July 18th, by Melanie

Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited the weekend is finally here! I get to celebrate a friends birthday tonight, model fittings for a runway show all weekend and then hopefully we can squeeze in some pool time in between!

Just a few things on the it list this week…my favorite Nars lip color is being sold in a super cute set at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I would love to try the gloss and the polish as well!

Have you seen these Mara Hoffman look alike dresses on Sheinside.com? Adorable! Thanks to fellow blogger Sandy for the inside tip! They are all under $35!!!!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks!

Posted on July 17th, by Melanie

Back when I was 15, Nordstrom was my first REAL job. I was one of those girls that got to put all the clothes back from the fitting rooms…fun, right?! Who knew that would lead to many other jobs in the fashion world!

One of the most exciting times to work at Nordstrom was during their Anniversary Sale.  There is no other company that delivers fall merchandise in early July at a DISCOUNT!  It’s really a fabulous time to get those higher end or investment pieces. After perusing the sale (Nordy card holders can shop early access!) I came up with a few favorites. For non card holders, you can start shopping on the 18th!

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Product Love: Man Up Inc.

Posted on July 15th, by Melanie

Women aren’t the only ones loving bracelets. It seems the men have jumped on board with the “masculine arm party”.

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I personally love the look! My husband has asking for some of his own and I found an amazing Etsy shop with just what he has been looking for. The shop is called Man Up Inc. This shop out of Ontario Canada is making simple, chic and affordable bracelets for guys.

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They have everything from wood beads to leather and natural stones. Prices range from $9 on up!

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Each piece is custom sized so that your guy gets just the right fit. What do you think? Will your guy be stacking bracelets anytime soon?

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