Tuesday, May 31, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH THE BLOG ISSUE...

I had the honor to be interviewed by The Blog Issue a couple of days ago about Motherhood, my Blogging career, and being an Army Wife. I gave a true insight on my daily life and essentials. I hope yall enjoy!


You started your blog after Liam was born, what inspired you?

The idea of starting my own blog started while I was in college, but my husband was the one who pushed me to get everything started after we had Liam. I wanted to create a place where I could share and document my family, motherhood, and fashion style. My family was my inspiration

Who are some of your favorite bloggers?

I have 3 favorite bloggers that I love! Barefoot Blonde, Hello Fashion Blog, and Pink Peonies. They’re all moms and I love how inspiring and different they all are.

Blogging is truly a business and takes a lot of dedication, how do you incorporate blogging into your everyday?

Planning ahead and being organized is key! My blog post are up at 6 a.m and I set up my Instagram post(s) for the entire day in the morning with RewardStyle (which I have an alarm for when it’s time to post). Throughout the day, I’m constantly on the look out for potential shoot areas and I also snap an Instagram picture of my outfit. Being a mom is my number one job, so when Liam is taking a nap, I take advantage of that time to work on anything blog related. Anything that I didn’t get to do during the day, I make up for at night when Liam is asleep.


How has being a mommy changed your style?

Becoming a mom hasn’t changed my style too much, I do keep in mind to dress more “conservative” (not that I didn’t dress more “conservative” before). I love keeping up with the latest trends and incorporating them into my style. As time passes by, so does my style.

What are some of your favorite children brands?

There are so many…for spring and summer, I would have say that my favorites are Gap, for clothes and Freshly Picked, for shoes. Zara is by far my favorite (for clothes and shoes) in the fall and winter though.

What are your everyday mommy essentials?

Right now, it would have to be Honest baby wipes, a track of the Little Einstein’s theme song, and a cup of Starbucks coffee. Baby wipes are a lifesaver… Liam is at that age where he gets really messy with food and drinks, so having durable wipes helps me clean up his messes. Liam isn’t a big fan of car rides, so the Little Einstein’s song (his favorite song) helps him feel better. Lastly, Starbucks….that helps me get my day going! I definitely need the energy with all the work that I do.


What recommendations can you give to new mommy’s?

Set daily goals for yourself/family and be organized…having goals keeps you focused and you’ll get the best out of life. Even the “little” goals like teaching your baby how to roll over will drive you. I would be a mess without my planner, I write out every important date, goal, note, and any finance information in my planner. You don’t want to have your baby’s Dr. appointment and a personal event to collide.
Becoming a mom is life changing but it doesn’t mean you have to set your life aside. I hate when people say things like “ your life is going to be over” or anything along those lines. I’ve had more accomplishments, more excitements, and done more traveling this past year than I did my entire life. This chapter of my life has been the most cherished and adventurous yet.

What is life like as an army wife and how do you deal with deployment?

The army life is extremely different than what I was use to. I’m the type of person that needs to know everything. With the army, you don’t get a day-to-day planner. Anything can change at anytime. It was hard for me to accept that at first but being patience has helped out a lot.
For deployment, I stay positive and BUSY. Liam and I moved back to Houston to be with family during this time and I’m so glad I have them to help me out. With me having full time jobs, I’m constantly busy and focused on what needs to be done. We Skype almost everyday and we treasure that time.

Can you tell us what your daily routine typically looks like with Liam?

When Liam wakes up in the mornings, we always snuggle for a while and then head to the kitchen for breakfast. Then we head to Houston for our shoots, our shoots are around 10 a.m. and I always prepare our outfits, his diaper bag, and any other necessities the night before. Liam isn’t in all my outfit shoots so my sister, thank God for her, always comes with me to help with Liam. (My husband, before he deployed, would always watch Liam when we had our shoots). Afterwards, we would all grab lunch, do some shopping around the area, and snap a few pictures for Instagram. If I am eating something healthy, I would shred it up and feed it to Liam for lunch/dinner. If not, I always bring one of his beechnut organic foods.
During the day, I stop every 2-3 hours to change his diaper, every 3-4 hours to feed him, and every 4 hours to put him down for a nap. Liam is still breastfeed, so it’s pretty easy to feed him wherever we are. When we get home in the afternoon, I take him to the park and let him swing on the swings or play on the playground for about half an hour. We’re pretty hungry when we get back, so I get us dinner and we hangout with my family. Tommy Skype’s us almost every night and it’s one of the best parts of my day. Liam always gets super excited when he sees his daddy. I try to show Tommy anything new that Liam has accomplished so he doesn’t feel left out.
Liam loves bath time, he gets his bath around 9 and typically goes to sleep an hour after his bath. When Liam is asleep, I take this time to catch up on my Instagram post (if I didn’t have time to post one during the day), comment on my friends post, go through my planner, and work on a blog post. I stay up pretty late catching up on my blog, but I knew it would be a lot of hard work and I love doing it. I usually turn in around 1am and get rested with my baby.

A big thank you to The Blog Issue for giving me this opportunity

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Elysian Fine Art

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NOIR...

DRESS: Chelsea28 (wearing XS) // SHOES: Valentino // BAG: Tory Burch (old, similar here) // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker 

This outfit has been on repeat this week, I wore it to brunch with my besties and out shopping with Liam and my sister. (I'll probably wear it again this weekend, lol). This dress has everything I'm looking for...tassels, lace ups, swing, AND it's very flattering. It's a great black dress for spring because it's very light and sheer. Okay, so I usually don't splurge on shoes, but how amazing are these flats?!?! I love black on black and the Valentino Noir collection is to die for! They are my first pair of flats and I know that I'll be able to wear them year round. I've been wearing them out a lot to break them in for longer wear. 

On a side note, Nordstrom's half yearly sale started and they have a great selection! Shop it soon because everything is going fast.

Thank you for stopping by!

xo,
Annie


Friday, May 20, 2016

LACE...



ROMPER: Wayf // SHOES: Marc Fisher // SUNGLASSES: Quay // EARRINGS: Kendra Scott // BAG: Sole Society (sold out, similar here and here

I'm going to keep it short and simple today.

The obsession with rompers is real! I found this one at Nordstrom ( I know, I shop there too much, lol) and immediately fell in love with the lace up and the white lace stitching detail. If you're looking for a cute sandal that you can wear everyday and also use for dressier outfits, this Marc Fisher one is it!...and there are fringe tassels!!! 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Lauren Beatty 


Monday, May 16, 2016

BRUNCH STYLE...



TOP: Ann Taylor // BOTTOM: Ann Taylor (skirt version here) // SHOES: Marc Fisher // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // EARRINGS: Kendra Scott // Mini- TOP: Gap // BOTTOM: Gap // SHOES: Freshly Picked

Happy Monday! 

I wore this seperate the other week to brunch and am in love with it!! The eyelet detail makes it look designer, but for a fraction of the price. I actually bought it from Ann Taylor...it's not usually a place I shop at, but now it's definitely one of my favorites (you can get 40% off with code: MYSTERY40). This is probably the outfit that has received the most compliments :), I'm thinking about getting the skirt for church.

It has been so dreary here and all I've been doing is staying in and snuggling with Liam. His birthday is in two months so party planning is in full swing. I'm going all out for his first, lol. Any tips on planning a great birthday party for a baby?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Elysian Fine Arts


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WEARING YOUR WEDDING GUEST DRESS AGAIN...




DRESS: J.O.A // SHOES: Christian Louboutin // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // BRACELET: Kendra Scott (old, similar here). // EARRINGS: Kendra Scott // BAG: Louis Vuitton 

WEDDING GUEST: For spring/summer weddings, I like to keep it pretty simple; a midi or maxi dress with a classic pump. To dress the outfit up for the evening, try adding your favorite jewelry pieces and a cute clutch/or purse (mine is filled with diapers and everything else Liam needs, lol). Of course, doing your hair and make up helps too! Try looking for a dress that could be worn after the wedding, like a polyester maxi or a lacy midiChicwish has a great selection of dresses for weddings; I wore this one to my friends wedding in March. 



DRESS: J.O.A // SHOES: Marc Fisher // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // HAT: J Crew // BRACELET: Kendra Scott // EARRINGS: Kendra Scott // BAG: Sole Society (similar here)

CASUAL WEAR: Dressing "down" your wedding guest outfit is a lot easier than you think. Trade your uncomfortable heels for a pair of sandals and change up your accessories. I'm not one to spend more than $50 on flat sandals, but these Marc Fisher ones were too cute to resist! I also added this hat because it goes well with just about any casual spring outfit. You probably couldn't wear this outfit running errands (I mean you can, but I like to stay comfortable in my sweat pants and nikes, lol).... but it's perfect for Sunday brunch, shopping with the girls, or date night.

Thank you for stopping by!

xo,
Annie 


WEDDING GUEST DRESSES

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

STRIPE BELL SLEEVES...




TOP: J Crew // BOTTOMS: Nordstrom // SHOES: Dolce Vita // BAG: Tory Burch // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // EARRINGS: Baublebar // BRACELETS: David Yurman & Kendra Scott

The trends this spring have been on point...off the shoulders, stripes, fringe, espadrilles, and bell sleeves. I'm obsessed with all of it! This stripe top from J Crew is SO cute..I love how the big bell sleeves give it a feminine flare and that it has a boxy shape (There's also a dress version!). I'm wearing a small and it fits loose...it's how I prefer my tops in the warmer weathers.  I didn't understand why espadrilles were so in until I bought my first pair. They look great with everything and are comfortable. Mine are under $100 and come in 4 colors.

Thank you everyone for all of the warm wishes and comments that were said on Mother's Day. I had a great day with Liam! We went to Houston to pick up a surprise from the hubs and it was delicious. He ordered me a big box of cookies from Tiffs Treat and a cute little note that was "written" by Liam. Liam dove into the box of cookies and stuffed his cubby face, lol. It was the cutest/funniest thing ever. We spend majority of the day eating just about everything and playing at the park. I got him a walker a couple of days and he LOVES running in it! These are the moments that I live for. 

xo,
Annie  


 

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