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The Stylish Mama’s Guide To The Holidays: Dressing For The Holidays With Lisi Lerch

Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Sweater || Velvet Leggings ||Lace Top (sold out similar here) || Ellie’s Outfit || Ellie’s Hat

Home: Chair || Stockings (similar here) || Similar Tree Here || Ball Ornaments

Happy Monday!  I Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  This weekend we had the first snowfall of the season here on Long Island and even though it was just a few inches, it officially made it feel like Christmas.  Unlike her mama, Addison could care less how cold it is outside, and as soon as she sees snow on the ground she wants to “suit up” in her snow gear and head out to play.  Luckily, I have a willing husband who doesn’t mind a good snowball fight with a toddler!

If you read my post last week about how we are spending the holidays this year, you know we are having Christmas day at our house.  It’ll be small and not that many people but whether you are hosting three people or 30 people you want to make sure you are equal parts dressed for the holidays and dressed for comfort.  I pretty much wore this exact outfit when we hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year and let me tell you I am not ashamed to replicate the look for Christmas day.  The velvet leggings and lace detail on the tank top make it a little dressier, while the oversized cardigan (it’s under $30!) makes me feel like I am cuddled in a blanket all day long.  Finally, these Lisi Lerch tassel earrings in green add the finishing touch to this very easy, and still festive holiday outfit.  There is something about oversized earrings that just seem to dress even the simplest of outfits up, I’m not sure why, and maybe I’m the only one that feels this way, but they just do…right? If you haven’t been on Lisi Lerch’s site recently you should head on over beacuse they have so many cute items that would go with any holiday outfit.  I also have these tassels that I cannot wait to wear.

If you want some more holiday style inspiration be sure to check out how some of my other favorite mama’s styled their Lisi Lerch accessories.  You can find their posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

xo Ali

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Holiday Gift Guide Under $50

 

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It’s been a whirlwind of a long weekend over here and I’m glad to finally be coming up for air.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our family and the celebrations didn’t end on Thursday since we had family visiting from out of town.  On top of the much needed family time, trying to keep up with all the amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals was totally insane!  My goal was to get ALL my holiday shopping done by today and I am 95% done…so I call that a victory!

If you still have shopping left to do, don’t worry, there are still tons of sales still going on, and there is plenty of time to check everyone off your holiday list.  My latest round-up of holiday items is perfect for your BFF, the party hostess, or really anyone you are shopping for and the best part is everything is under $50!  A few of my favorites include the cozy sherpa cardigan, and the body lotion from Colleen Rothschild. Finding the perfect gift doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune, it’s really the thought that counts…right?!

In the spirit of holidays I’ve teamed up with my favorite mom bloggers and Colleen Rothschild to give away $200 worth of product to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is enter the giveaway by following the instructions below.  Good luck!

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xo Ali

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The Holiday Juggle

Dress: c/o BURU White Label || Boots  (more affordable option here) || Earrings

I have always loved celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years (as long as celebrating New Years means I can be in my PJs, with my family and  few good friends and a bottle of wine!), but ever since having kids I feel like the holidays have become extra special.  Mostly, I think it’s because my parents always made the holiday season a little magical at our house and  I want my kids to have those same beautiful memories to look back on, because was never a Thanksgiving or Christmas that wasn’t filled with family, lots of laughter and lots of amazing food.

This year had all these plans of creating a magical first Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years in our new home, but as always life has thrown a little curve ball our way.  If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m headed into surgery tomorrow to place some screws and plates in my broken ankle.  This means I’ll be in a cast until right before Christmas followed by a boot for at least a another six weeks after that.  That means I can do very little without relying on the help of others at the moment and it has been a bit of an adjustment around here in terms of who is helping me with the kids while Brian is at work and how is helping me with me as well.  I have really been living my that phrase “it takes a village…” because I think in the near future I’ll be relying on others a lot, and while some days I am struggling with coming to terms with this, I know if I take a deep breath everything will happen like it is supposed to.

While I can’t control much lately, one thing I can control is each morning getting up getting dressed and starting the day on a positive note.  It might sound silly, but putting on something “cute” or “cozy” to get me through the day helps so much.  When I got this  shirtdress from Buru White Label I couldn’t wait to try it on with an oversized sweater and a pair of over the knee boots.  While I may only be able to get one boot on at the moment, I still love this dress! And, at a price point that is less than $100 it really is a no brainier that you should add this to your wardrobe not only for the holiday but all year round.  If you haven’t hear of Buru yet, you should head over to their website ASAP because they just got in their new Holiday collection and it is pretty awesome.  I have linked some of my other Buru favorites below, but I have to tell you this animal print  jacket is something I might be adding to my Christmas list this year.  I love the colors and the subtle leopard detail!

Don’t forget to head over to see how the rest of the #MommyMonday crew styled their Buru White Label pieces and to see their tips and tricks for making it through the holiday season:

 

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

 

 

 

 

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xo Ali

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Holiday Staples with Shelby Dillon


Earrings: c/o Shelby Dillon || Sweater|| Clutch (old similar here || Boots || Pants

Happy Monday everyone!  While I typically love the weekends I have to say I am really glad that Monday is here and I am ready to tackle another week.  I am also excited today is Monday because it means that I am officially in “holiday mode” and today is the first installment of a fun new holiday series I am doing from now until Christmas with my other favorite mom bloggers.  Each Monday we be posting about all things holiday, think gifts, hostessing ideas and much more.  Today we have teamed up Shelby Dillion a fabulous jewelry designer to show you some holiday style that is both festive and practical for the upcoming season.

If you have been following along with me for awhile you know my go to style is usually casual and comfortable.  I know with the holidays coming up I’ll have to step up my game a little bit, but I definitely don’t want to sacrifice comfort.  A long tunic with velvet leggings and a pair of over the knee boots (also part of the Nordstrom sale!) is the perfect combo.  Adding these bauble earrings in this great red color add just what I need to make it holiday appropriate.  Also, if anyone else is interested this outfit makes it possible to eat all the turkey, stuffing and dessert you want without feeling like my pants don’t fit after…that’s important, right?

Now back to the earrings, what I love about these earrings is that they are pretty lightweight (sometimes statements earrings can get really heavy!), and they don’t aren’t too large, which is always my other issue when trying to find the right statement earring.  The price point is also hard to beat, so as you start thinking about what to get for those on your holiday list this year these make a great stocking stuffer or gift.

Don’t forget to head over to see how my other fabulous holiday savvy mom bloggers styled their earrings.  You can find all their posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

 

Let the holidays officially begin!

 

xo Ali

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Fabulous Flats For The Holidays

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Ok, so I know what all of you are thinking it’s far too early to be getting into the holiday spirit, right? Well, Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away which means Christmas and New Years will be here before you know it.   I also know that I am not alone when I say sweater weather, yummy food, and time spent with family and friends really does make this the best time of year.

 If you are anything like me you are already thinking about what to wear for all the holiday events that are coming up in the near future.  While I am still up in the air about some of my outfit choices what I do know is that when it comes to what I wear on my feet comfort is always key.  Don’t get me wrong I love a good heel, but flats are a girls best friend during the holidays especially if you will be like me and hosting a few of the festivities.  While I have had my eye on all of these choices I recently purchased this pair and they are a really good dupe for a higher end designer version that retails for close to $900.  If you are in the market for something a little more glitzy, maybe for those holiday photos, try these with a tiny jeweled block heel.  Finally, I can’t tell you how many times I have taken these in and out of my shopping cart over the past few weeks but they look like slippers that you can wear outside in public and not feel bad about it.  They also are an amazing designer dupe that you won’t want to pass up.

Many of these flats are under $100, which means they would be the perfect addition to your closet this holiday season or make a wonderful gift for you mom, sister, BFF, any shoe lover in your life.  Oh, and a friendly PSA starting this Monday there will be a fun new holiday series so don’t forget to check back then!  Happy Friday!

 

 

xo Ali

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9 Essentials For The Postpartum Mom

 

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Eleanor is just about three months old, so I thought it was about time I get this post up on the blog and share some of the items that helped during my recovery the first few weeks home.  I know, some of you are thinking none of these items look like necessities, and you are right, they aren’t really, but any new mom can back me up on this when you feel “put together” it makes your day go so much smoother, especially when you are trying to settle in to a new normal.

If you have been following along with me on the blog or on Instagram, you know I am giving breastfeeding a go  this time around.  I was sent this tank top from Bun Maternity along with another sweatshirt and they are both two of my favorite nursing pieces.  I actually packed the sweatshirt in my hospital bag, and have warn the tank top both around the house and out.  I like their products because you really cannot tell they are actual “nursing” items, which is a huge plus for me.

After I got home from the hospital I made a real effort to make sure I got showered “dressed” each day, even if that only meant changing into a pair of comfortable sweats and an oversized cardigan.  It also helped me feel like I was ready for visitors, which I very much embraced in the first few weeks and days after brining Eleanor home.

Once I felt comfortable enough to venture out of the house I was constantly looking for items in my closet that were nursing friendly.  Button front dresses were, and still are, my go to pick.   With the weather getting a bit colder wear these dresses with high boots or booties and layer it with a light jacket or cardigan.

Finally, my two secret weapons, if you will, were a good pair of high waisted jeans, and a baseball cap.  They sound simple enough but seriously, when I didn’t have time to wash my hair, and wanted to hide the post baby belly these were just what I needed.

Now that I am three months post baby I feel like I am starting to feel like my old “new” self again, but let me tell you those first few weeks were literally chaos, so anything that helped me feel more human, even just a little, I was all for it.  Now excuse me, while I go cry a little and snuggle up with Eleanor, because I cannot believe I have a three month old already!

xo Ali

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Fall Mornings


Fleece Sweater c/o Dudley Stephens || Jeans || Bag || Sneakers || Sunglasses ||Stroller

Happy October everyone! It finally feels like fall around here and that has me doing a little happy dance.  It was so gorgeous this weekend that we spent as much time as we could outside, going to the park,  putting new flowers around the house for fall (give me all the mums please!), and taking a few family walks around the neighborhood.  All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better, more relaxing way to spend the weekend.

And, because it is the first Monday of the month it means another addition of #MommyMonday and today we are talking about Dudley Stephens.  If you haven’t heard of them before you need to hop on over to their website.  This fleece that I am wearing is pretty much the perfect turtleneck for the changing weather.  The cut is just right and the quality is amazing.  When the package arrived at my house my mom happened to be over and I didn’t have the box open 30 seconds before she was trying it on.  Needless to say, I think I need to get her one of her own now!

I can totally see myself layering this with a vest as the temperatures dip a bit lower at night.  It will even be great as we head into the spring and early summer.  Along with my pullover, I am also loving this vest for the fall.

Don’t forget to head over to see how my other favorite stylish mammas have styled their Dudley Stephens pieces.

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

Also, check back on our Instagram accounts tonight at 7pm EST for a fun little giveaway!

xo Ali

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Making A Statement

Earrings: c/o Brynn Hudson || Jeans Jacket || Jumpsuit (old similar here) || Shoes || Bracelets || Necklace

Happy (Mommy) Monday everyone! I don’t know about you, but these few weeks before the chaos of the holidays start to set in are my absolute favorite. It’s like the calm before the storm if you will.  I also love the weather in September and early October, it is cool enough to throw on a jacket, but still warm enough that you don’t have to bundle up.

I also love that this season we are seeing tons of statement jewelry pieces and while I have always loved large statement necklaces (with the right outfit of course),  I have always been a little leery when it comes to oversized earrings. However, lately, I have found myself eyeing tons of oversized earrings including this fun style from Brynn Hudson.  There is something about adding a statement pieces of jewelry to your outfit that  just makes you want to go out to a fancy dinner or a party with friends.  The piece can instantly elevate even the most causal t-shirt and jeans to the next level.

If you haven’t heard of Brynn Hudson before, you should definitely head over to their website to see the full collection of not only earrings, but necklaces and bracelets too.  And, as always don’t forget to head over to see how my other favorite and fashionable mamma bloggers styled their pieces.

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

 Oh, and you might notice one name is missing from the usual MommyMonday list, that’s because Katie had her beautiful baby girl a week ago.  If you want to see incredibility cute baby photos (as well as some of the most incredible DIY before and after’s) head over to her Instagram and blog!  Enjoy the week!

(Thank you to Brynn Hudson for the beautiful earrings!  All thoughts and opinions on this post are my own.)

xo Ali
The Perfect Pants for A Post Baby Body

Pants: c/o VFish || Tank Top || Wedges || Sunglasses

Eleanor is exactly three weeks old today so I thought it was about time I get back (or trying to get back ) to a somewhat regular posting schedule, but in all honesty we are still trying to figure out this whole two kids thing so I’m going to do the best I can.   So stay tuned for some new content in the next few weeks, including our maternity photos, a review of some new mom must haves, a post on things that have helped make the past few weeks easier with an infant and toddler and of course some new fashion posts.

Anyway, I thought I would celebrate my return to the blog with my favorite moms in a new installment of our #MommyMonday series and this time we have teamed up with VFish to style some of our favorite pieces from their online boutique.

Since I am only three weeks post partum it’s pretty safe to say my body is not “back to normal”, whatever that means, but I am definitely embracing all this post baby body has to offer.  Lately I like items that are less body hugging and more light and flowy.  These printed pants are every new moms dream, with an elastic waist that sits a little higher up on your hips, they were the perfect choice.  While the weather has been a bit dreary here the past few weeks, next time I am by the pool I can totally see myself wearing this with my favorite one piece swim suit for a day chasing the kids around and then transitioning them to dinner with family or friends.  If you haven’t checked out the Fish site you definitely should, they have a ton of items in a bunch of different patterns that are perfect for the end of summer into the fall.

Don’t forget to head over to check out how my other favorite mom bloggers styled their Fish pieces.  you can check out all of their posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

And, since we love all our readers so much the five of us have teamed up with VFish to give one lucky reader a chance win a dress of their choice from the VFish site.  All you have to do is click the link below and enter via Rafflecopter and we will pick a winner on Friday, good luck!

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xo Ali

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My Favorite Activewear and Loungewear Picks From The Nordstrom Sale (Now Open To the Public!)

Happy Friday and what a week it has been!  Baby girl decided she wanted to make her grand entrance 10 days early and Eleanor Sutton was born Monday morning  in a very exciting whirlwind of events.  I promise I will update you all on that in a much more detailed blog post in the coming weeks, but in the meantime if you have any questions feel free to email or message me I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Now, lets get down to business!  It is the official start of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it is open to EVERYONE as of this morning.  If you follow along on my Instagram account  you may have seen a few products I picked up along the way, and you can read all about what I purcahsed during the early access part of the sale here.  I’ve been back on the site quite a few times today and it seems everything I have my eye on is either something I can wear while snuggling up at home or a cute sports bra or workout top that is seriously motivating me to want to get out and work on my post baby body.  Also, lets be honest, as a young mom of two kiddos these two categories of clothes are what I wear 99% of the time.

So, lets start with activewear. I already purcahsed these leggings and the high waist as been my best friend since returning home from the hospital.  I also have my eye on these and need to act fast because they are almost sold on in the green color (but don’t worry things tend to get restocked!).  Here is the rest of what is on my list:

Moving on to loungewear, I’m obsessing over all the cozy matching sets as well as oversized sweaters that have me counting down the days until chillier weather (well, not really…but you know…).  So far, this hooded open front cardigan is a sale favorite.  It is so soft and Eleanor nuzzles up against it all the time.  It makes me heart melt!  I’ve also had my eye on these favorites and I’m anxiously awaiting for a few to come back in stock in my size:
If you plan on shopping the sale I highly recommend doing it sooner rather than later.  Things sell out fast, in fact, a lot of things are sold out already.  The good news is that they are always restocking items and you might even notice a few new items added over the next few days.  If you want to see all my Nordstrom sale favorites head over to my “shop the boutique” page and happy Friday!
xo Ali