WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY IS TRES CHIC

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Rules in fashion are often meant to be broken.  And though we're no Anna Wintour, we can almost guarantee that the Queen of V(ouge) would agree that wearing white after Labor Day is not only acceptable but quintessential!  We're not saying break out the terry cloth coverup or white-linen loungewear but absolutely transform a section of your closet into a Winter Wonderland of cashmere, silk, leather and lace.  After all mamas, who the hell buys clothes to be worn half the year?  We've got college to pay for.  

On that note, here are the Top 5 Whites you should slip into post-Labor Day for a Tres Chic getup.  Trust us, you'll turn major heads at Drop Off!  Speaking of which....Yiiiiipppppppeeeee our kids are back in school!!  (eh hem -- ok back to the fashion :)  

SNEAKERS

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Ultra Chic Sneaks

 

Original Stan Smiths

1. Golden Goose $500+

2. Gucci $800+

3. Balenciaga $800

4. Stan Smith $70-$150

COCKTAIL DRESSES

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JACKETS

Bloomingdales

$98

St. Laurent

$3990

 NAILS

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HANDBAGS

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HOW TO GET YOUR BEST NIGHT SLEEP WITH BUNDLE OF DREAMS

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As parents, we'll pretty much do whatever it takes for a good night sleep.  And let's face it, the only way that's happening is if our littles are sleeping well too.  It's funny to think of the great lengths we go to in order to secure a solid 8 hours (as if any of it really makes a difference anyway)

It usually goes a little something like this-  "Ok, be sure the blinds are all the way down and the sound machine is all the way up.  Rain.  That's the only sound she likes.  But it has to be 'City' rain.  White noise just won't do.  Oh and her panda pajamas?  Well those go with the purple sleep sack.  Ya know, she knows the difference and always gets the best night sleep in those as long as her humidifier is on.  Level 1 -- not two or three-- Two is soggy and Three is down right rain forest.  Got it???  Ok" 

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Please tell us you've been on one or the other end of that convo at least a hundred (thousand) times before.  While we're constantly obsessing over how to get them to sleep we rarely dive into what they're actually sleeping on.  Ya know, the mattress.  

As new moms, we're so overwhelmed with picking the right stroller, carseat, crib, yet the mattress, that's just an afterthought.  And wait, get this--- by the age of two, most children have spent more time asleep than awake and overall, a child will spend 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep.  

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So if you're totally freaked out now -- not to worry, we were too.  And that's how we came to fall in love with Bundle Of Dreams. The guys behind this company have 3 generations worth of experience in beds so they know what should and more importantly, shouldn't go into your mattress - especially as it pertains to our precious little babes to keep them healthy and happy.

Bundle of Dreams mattresses are 100% breathable and non-toxic.  You know that funky smell that sometimes comes out when you yank the plastic off a new mattress??  It's called off-gassing and basically it ain't good.  Bundle Of Dreams has none of it -- no smell, no funk. Also (and here's some fancy talk) there are no VOC's (volatile organic compounds) which you absolutely want to stay away from when buying a bed for your babe.  Who knew??  

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Now for the part parents'll love.  The mattresses are made with an Organic Cotton, totally water resistant cover -- meaning if your little pees in the bed, it will NOT seep in but rather bead at the top like some cool little magic trick.  

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The crib mattress is two-sided (which this frugal mama LOVES) One side is firm for a newborn, the other side - super cushy so your little will feel like he's at the Four Seasons or something fab like that.  Meanwhile, the twin is delectable - trust us, we've slept in it probably more than we'd like to admit.  It also has two different firmnesses so parents can choose the perfect feel for their tot.

The reason these beds are so dang comfy -- and really the sweet sauce here -- is that Bundle Of Dreams has a special bundle fiber with memory technology that you sink into for the most perfect night sleep.

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You, like us, are probably thinking -- ok this all sounds amazing but how much will a bed for my babe set us back??  How bout this - they're actually affordable.  Crib mattresses start at $179 and twins at $350 - which you know is totally on par with all the other premium mattresses out there.  Only thing here is you're bundling all the best features from each of them into one!  See how we did that??  Well, not us, but them.  And thank goodness because we're benefitting from it.  

After a few years of parenting, we can safely say that it makes no difference which color combo your child wears to sleep, but what does make a difference is how comfortably your babe sleeps.  Bundle Of Dreams -- is where it's at.  They're the mattresses we use for our littles and they certainly offer a better, healthier night sleep... for them AND us.  Sleep tight www.bundleofdreams.com

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WHY BACKPACKS ARE NO LONGER LIKE MINIVANS

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Warning:  If you own a minivan, don't read on :).  If you do read on, please promise you'll still be my friend.  

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Minivans & Backpacks 

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We've always thought of backpacks like minivans; confusing, unsexy, and basically a last step before totally giving up.  Too harsh??  But seriously, think about it -- There's never, EVER been a time when you've pulled up in your minivan and someone's like, "Dayyyyyyuuum woman! Love your ride."  And in our mind, the same thing applies to backpacks.  Or, well it did.  See, we've come around.  Well actually, they've come around.  Backpacks that is.  They used to be so Jansport-y, so "I've got too many text books to carry and don't give a S%$U about style so I'll just strap one of these big burlap sacks to my back and call it a day."  Oh and then there was that craze of the mini backpacks in the 90's (which now seem to be a major hit with A-listers again)  BTW, what the hell are you fitting in there anyway?  

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Yea, and remember that nylon Prada that made the rounds with moms off to Italy for the summer??  Unoffensive but EVERYWHERE.  

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So back to the part of coming around.  Backpacks are now hip.  Wait did I actually just say that?  There are just so many new styles.  It seems like designers love making them and fashionistas love wearing them.  

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Shapes, Sizes, Styles...Hollywood's cray for them

 

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And as it pertains to us, moms; well they're actually kind of conveniently amazing.  Hands-Free and totally on-trend.  We love that you can smash a million things into one compartment (like a big Mary Poppins purse) but the difference is the backpack's not always falling off your arm, or whipping you in the face as you reach down for your crying toddler, ass in the air.  C'mon we've all been there.  The security of the two over-the-shoulder straps (yes like a bra) -- offers so much more support for a juggling mama.  

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Okay, so now let's talk about a Haute Mom's Life fave.  We've fully got our sights set on a V pricey (2k) Valentino Rockstud backpack - as gorgeous as any handbag you've ever laid eyes on - but let's face it, unless we're hitting the jackpot, we'll be stalking The Real Real until a recycled one pops up in the budget.  

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Not every Backpack costs a month's rent -- Check out these -- super chic and affordable- $39.

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GAP, $40

 

 

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OR DARE WE SAY...THIS? 

JANSPORT $55

So while we can safely say backpacks are errrr, back and we're totally on board, it may take a few more years and lots of annoying car rides to break us in to the idea of a minivan.

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#MommyMondays

Mondays used to be the most-dreaded day of the week...until it became my FAVORITE.  After a long weekend catering to the little ones- cooking, cleaning, spit-ups, slip ups, this errand, that birthday (oh don't even get me started) I've turned Monday into MY day.  At least some of it.  I still cart one to camp and the other to....oh well let's face it, the second child always gets shafted.  But point is, I make sure after a long kiddy-filled, overloaded weekend that I take time for myself.  CorePowerYoga.com followed by a nice, long, warm shower is a start.  Calls, catch up, writing, talking (to adults), manis, pedis, even lunch -- sitting, not standing- yep it's all about me/us.

Oh and get this-  I may even Netflix and Chill...by...my...self while the lil ones are passed out.  Wait, that came out wrong but you get it.  Whatever your situation may be, please take time for yourselves.  Working moms, this means you too!  Maybe you leave a little early to the office on Mondays to "work" uh I mean, sit in your car uninterrupted scrolling the gram and or Nordstrom.com or whatever your guilty pleasure may be. 

It's time to enlist a friend, neighbor, mommy's helper, family member, nanny - ANYONE - to give you some much deserved rest and relaxation.  

Mama's Note:  Disregard all feelings of guilt.  Remember, oxygen mask - right - oxygen mask :)

OH, IT'S GETTING REAL

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Life and style as we know it was totally revolutionized for the savvy shopper when high-end consignment website, The Real Real launched in 2011.  It wasn't until July 2016 that our fashion cherry was popped!!  We placed our very first of many orders to the online retailer.  2 pairs of (never-before-worn, mind you) Giusepeppi Zanotti heels - one oxblood suede fringed bootie - super ladylike...The other more Lady Gaga; Nude platform wedges with a dainty little ankle strap. 

Since then we've been a walking billboard for the company.  Literally, people are like "Do you get a kickback from them?"  Nope - but we probably should.  It's just honest to goodness enthusiasm for these guys who've cracked the fashion code -- at least in the minds of frugal suburban moms who crave couture but once settled for copies.  

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Top designers at up to 90% off!? Sounds too good to be true.  Oh but it isn't. Theory, Tibi, Alexander Wang, Brian Atwood, Vivienne Westwood - they line our closets now - marked down from thousands to hundreds easily.  And they're all in pristine, very good, or good condition as the website so eloquently puts it. 

They've got 90+ in-house authenticators inspecting thousands of items daily ensuring the authenticity of every piece it sells -- at a fraction of the original price.  Economic? Check.  Environmental? Check, Check.  The Real Real gives new life to pieces and is leading the circular economy for luxury.  Ya know that whole, "One person's trash is another ones treasure" thing.  Only, there ain't nothing trashy here.

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Ok so we sorta buried the lede in this story but it's only because the site is just so overwhelmingly satisfying and BEWARE, time-gobbling :) The Real Real has taken it one step further by opening their second brick and mortar store -- landing in LA at the corner of Melrose and La Cienega.  

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Sure it makes sense that with prime real estate like that, the retailer would flex their muscles showcasing the best of the best from the site.  That also means, most of it'll set you back a pretty penny.  Speaking of which, the space isn't just pretty, it's IMPECCABLE! -Like what you'd imagine Anna Wintour's closet to look like (with a splash of Jlo)  Sky-high walls lined with the chicest Valentino, Chanel, Gucci...Racks stacked with Marni, Missoni, Balmain - "Hey, isn't that the bejeweled micro-mini Kim K just wore to the MTV awards?"  

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And if that's not enough, well - there's this:

  • Men’s Store - First-ever men’s store features a sneakerdome, watch bar with rare watches, and a suiting and tailoring area.

  • Handbag Vault - The store boasts a 1,500 square foot vault with wall-to-wall luxury handbags, curbside consignment drop-off, and a cafe serving up fresh juices, snacks and coffee.

  • Free Valuations - Via the Luxury Consignment Office, The RealReal’s team of expert gemologists, horologists and authentication specialists are available – in-store and by appointment – for complementary fine jewelry, watch, and handbag valuations.  

  • Seamless Consignment Drop-offs - Curbside and in-store consignment drop-offs offer ease and efficiency.

  • Personal Styling Services - Select items from the site available to view in person, or pulled for shoppers by expert styling team.

  • Expert Workshops - Workshops and master classes provide consumers with expert content in authentication, styling, design, and current trends.

  • Luxury Services - Item repairs, alterations, and authentication of all luxury goods.

And when you're totally cashed, there's the Real Real Cafe - The cafe serves up coffee, pressed juices, salads and pastries.  No wine??  :) 

So while most of the time you'll find us sitting down, scrolling up for the latest deal of the day, perhaps we'll get our lazy butts off the couch and down to the Real Real for some in-store inspo. 

****The store's doors are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details please visit: www.therealreal.com/la