Monday, October 31, 2016

HALLOWEEN: TOY STORY EDITION







COSTUME: Disney Store (another version here) // SHOES: Vans 

Happy Halloween everyone! Liam is ready to go trick or treating tonight and bring back a bucket full of goodies. Like most toddlers, he goes through phases of things that he loves! First it was Minions from Despicable me and now it's Toy Story. We've have continuous amounts of Toy Story marathons and I love it. It brings me back to my childhood and I'm glad that I can share that with Liam. (Tommy is in for it when he comes back!). So it was only fitting that he would become Woody for Halloween. I die at these pictures of him, he looks so adorable and when he holds bullseye...I melt. I even bought the onsie version that he wears to sleep. What are everyone's plans for the evening and what are yall dress up as this year!? I know characters from Stranger Things and Suicide Squad are this years "it" costumes. 

Stay safe tonight and thank you for stopping by!

xo,
Annie

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

HOW TO MIX NEUTRALS...





DRESS: Missguided (similar here and here) // SCARF: Old Navy // SHOES: Steve Madden (old, very similar here) // HAT: Hinge // BAG: Gucci // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker 

Hi everyone! 

Neutrals have obviously been my go to colors these past few weeks. My favorite neutral combo is black and cognac (or any shade or brown), they contrast beautifully together. Here's this post from last year mixing those colors :). One tip that I would give about mixing neutrals is don't be afraid to try new things. I would have never thought that grey and tan complemented each other until I was in front of a mirror throwing random pieces together. One way that I incorporated the tan into my outfit was to add at least 2 accessary pieces. I didn't want it to look like I randomly threw on a tan hat to my grey toned outfit, so I brought out my tan cross body to even out the colors. Another way to mix your neutrals during the fall is a scarf; a light colored scarf lightens up dark toned clothing. A neutral patterned scarf is also a great way to mix colors because the scarf already ties everything in. 

A little life update...If you follow me on Instagram (@anniemescall) or snapchat (@anniemescall), you'll know that I've been in Colorado house hunting. Well, after traveling here TWICE, we officially have a home to move into next month!! The hubs comes home so soon and I can hardly wait to have our family whole again, just in time for the holidays too! Now all that's left is packing...and driving 14+ hours, woo-hoo! Wish us luck! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by This Lavender Life 

Friday, October 21, 2016

NEW MOM SERIES: PLANNING YOUR FIRST TRIP WITH YOUR NEWBORN & WHAT'S IN MY DIAPER BAG...


 ^Liam is always picking up the phone and saying hello, he wants to Skype with daddy


^OMG, my fatty has two macaroons! We are obsessed with them! 

 TOP: Missguided // JEANS: AG // SHOES: Vince Camuto // Liam-TOP: Rags to Raches // JEANS: Old Navy // SHOES: Freshly Picked // STROLLER: Nuna // BACKPACK: Jon Hart

Hello everyone!

I’ve had the honor of being apart of the “New Mom Series” on Ruthie Ridley’s blog and the ladies that I’ve teamed up with are beyond incredible. Every week Ruthie has a special guest on her blog to share their new motherhood experiences. This week, I’m sharing a few tips that will help make your new mom life a little easier. I’m going to be sharing what I pack in my diaper bag to get me through the day and tips for your first outing with that sweet newborn baby.

First, I would like to share our first outing story. Liam was about a week old when we went out. My husband and I had driven to San Antonio to visit our friends and family before we headed out to our new home in Colorado. We met our friends at Perry’s to have dinner. Everyone so excited to meet Liam for the first time. Everyone wanted to love and hold him. I brought hand sanitizer to give my friends when they held Liam. No, they weren’t offended, lol, most people are courteous about washing and cleaning their hands before holding a newborn. Don’t be afraid to ask because it could prevent your child from getting sick or catching an infection due to their undeveloped immune system. Dinner was very pleasant and easy because Liam was asleep 90% of the time and everyone was eager to learn about my delivery and how much my life has changed. I think I barely held Liam that night; he was getting so much love from everyone. My only obstacles that night were feeding him during dinner when he got fussy and changing his diaper-normal mom stuff. After dinner, we took tons of pictures and headed home for the night. 

Our days out now are a lot different. Last week we went to the park to play with other babies and grabbed snacks at a nearby bakery. I mostly dress Liam in a comfy tee and shorts so he doesn’t get too hot running around. I got this one in the mail last month and it’s our new favorite. Toddlers are a lot more active and require a lot more chasing. I remember wishing Liam would “do more” when he was a newborn. I miss those days where I could eat lunch while he slept. Now, I’m feeding him first and then entertaining him while my food gets cold. lol. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Soak up every minute with your baby, they grow fast.

Most new moms stress or worry about taking their newborn babies out the first time. Reasons like getting a cold or infection, crying in public, having a diaper accident, forgetting something at home, or anxiety. Though they are good reasons, don’t let that stop you from sharing your baby with the world. If your baby is healthy and the doctor has no orders for him/her to stay at home, then enjoy being out. It’s a lot easier than you think it is. Here are 8 tips that’ll help you and your newborn baby enjoy that first outing together.

1.     Plan an easy outing- Make plans for something that is easy and enjoyable, dinner, museums, parks, or family and friends visit. I wouldn’t suggest going to the mall, grocery store, or somewhere far. You’d be surprise how difficult it can be to load up your groceries while your baby is possibly crying, car is too hot, and all that. You’re learning how to be out with your newborn so try to not overdo it. If you know you’re capable of handling situations like that, you go be a supermom!

2.     Pack your diaper bag- Make a list of what you might possibly need in your diaper bag. Pack everything and always have backup in your car. (I’m sharing my diaper bag below).

3.     Make a schedule- Know you and your baby’s schedule. How often does he or she need to be changed, fed, and rested? Make sure to make stops through out the day to do these things. I would always check Liam’s diaper before getting in the car, getting back in, and every other hour. He pees and poops A LOT!

4.     Dress accordingly- Check the weather for the day and see how hot or cold it is. Babies overheat easily, don’t dress him/her in warm clothing and wrap them up in a swaddle if it’s 100 degrees outside. If it’s snowing, you bundle that baby up with everything you got.

5.     Don’t stress- Your newborn baby sleeps majority of the day and will probably be asleep 90% of the time. If your baby does cry, don’t worry about what other people think. I’m pretty sure we have all heard crying babies in public. If you’re at the movie theatre or restaurant, and he/she won’t stop crying, take a moment outside; it’ll help the both of you.

6.     Make sure your baby is fed, cleaned, and rested before heading out- If your baby is having a bad day, chances are they just need some sleep and milk. If you’re not comfortable with breastfeeding use a blankie, bring a bottle, or find a private place to feed your baby. I didn’t feel comfortable for about 6 months about breastfeeding in public (I was worried I would have a nip slip or Liam would tug with the cover) so I’d go back to my car and feed him there. My husband was very patient with us and helped.

7.     Ask for help- Don’t be afraid to ask your husband, mom, sister, or friend to go out with you for assistance. I always had Tommy with me and it definitely made things easier.

8.     Have fun! Enjoy your new family and newborn baby, theres nothing like you and your babies “first”.
  

WHAT'S IN MY DIAPER BAG:




My diaper bag now doesn’t have as many products in it compared to my newborn bag but a lot of the same things. I didn’t include milk and food because those are kind of obvious, lol. Here are essential products you should have in your newborn diaper bag: 

1.     Diapers
2.     Wipes
3.     Extra change of clothes
4.     Hand Sanitizer
5.     Thermometer
6.     Diaper Rash/ Healing Balm
7.     Plush animal/ Toy
8.     Blanket
9.     Small Rag
10. Teether (depending if they are currently teething)
11. Pacifier

I don’t think I could get through the day without my wipes. I use them for everything, spit ups, cleaning, diaper changes, and sanitizing. I use Honest Wipes, they are thick and hold up really well. . ALWAYS bring extra clothes! Liam’s first accident was at the airport AFTER I checked my bags. I was snuck wrapping him in a blanket the entire plane ride. I know, bad mom move. Pack a cute tee shirt like this “duh” one or a onsie. I love Rags To Raches, they carry the most adorable and unique rompers. They also carry these baby “pouches” that are made for newborns! Lastly, pack the blankie-even if it’s 100-degrees outside, I still brought a blanket when Liam was a newborn because it would get cold inside the grocery stores or restaurants. As your baby gets older, you’ll know what he/she needs. It’s always safer to pack it than to not have it.   

Be sure to check out all the incredible moms apart of this series on Ruthie's blog!! We have teams up with Rags to Raches to giveaway a $25 gift card, head over to my Instagram of details (@anniemescall) 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo,
Annie


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BLACK TIE FRONT...



TOP: Nordstrom (wearing size S) // JEANS: AG // SHOES: Christian Louboutin (love these too!) // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // BAG: Gucci // EARRINGS: Kendra Scott // BRACELETS: Gorjana & David Yurman 

This fall season has been so much fun as far as fashion goes. The trends have been one of my favorites and most versatile. To name a few: chockers, OTK boots, OTS sweaters, patched jackets, bomber jackets and tie fronts! I picked this black top at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago and it's great for work, dinner with family, and meetings. I just love how classic black blouses are, they are versatile and some great staple pieces. I got a small, but I probably should have ordered an XS for a fitter look. It could also be paired with a suede skirt and booties for a more chic a & casual look. I saw this top styled that way on A Pinch of Lovely's blog and adore it! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by This Lavender Life 

Monday, October 17, 2016

GOLDEN COLORADO...




SWEATER: Chicwish (similar here and here) // JEANS: Topshop // SHOES: Vince Camuto // HAT: Nordstrom (old, very similar here) // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // BAG: Gucci 

I'm ready to be cozied up by the fire, making smores, and enjoying the crisp air. Colorado in the fall is exactly what it looks like on pinterest, yellow golden trees, red orangish leaves everywhere, and beautiful mountain views. Living in sweaters are ideal there, I love the richness of golden and orange colored sweaters. They pop with a pair of black jeans or leggings. For some reason, I only like wearing hats in the fall and winter. When I don't feel like curling my hair or putting on make-up, hats and sunglasses are a lifesaver, lol. 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Rachel Wright

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

FOUR WAYS TO STYLE A PONCHO...





 PONCHO: BP (under $40!) // TEE: Nordstrom // JEANS: AG // BOOTIES: Old (love these) // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker (rent them here!) // BAG: Louis Vuitton 

One trend that I've loved for the past few years is the poncho trend. There something about a big warm blanket like cloth wrapped over your body that makes me feel so cozy and chic at the same time. I'm obsessed-all the rich colors and patterns paired with over-the-knee boots, ruffles dresses, and tights. I got this one at Nordstrom for $39. It's gets restocked a lot and are on back order sometimes, but worth the wait and money. I usually get all my ponchos at Nordstrom because they carry a great selection of ponchos, at all price points!

 There are many ways to style your poncho for fall and winter. From street and edgy to feminine and classic, I'm going to share four ways to style them.

WITH OVER THE KNEE BOOTS: Layer your poncho over a dress with OTK boots. Play with the lengths of your outfit. It doesn't have to be symmetrical. You can style it to where you have about 2-3 inches between your OTK and dress or wear a shorter dress underneath for an edgier look. 

BLACK OUT: This style is super easy to recreate, edgy, and will work with {mostly} every poncho. Grab a black tee or sweater, a pair of long black bottoms, and a pair of black boots. Add a scarf if it's colder or a cute pair of earrings to dress it up. 

CLASSIC STYLE: My go to poncho outfit includes a white top, skinny blue jeans, and leather booties (as shown above, lol). This style is perfect for a day out with your hubby or girlfriends. You could also snuggle up with your poncho since you're already wearing warm clothing underneath. I love using mine as a blanket for Liam! 

WITH A SUEDE SKIRT: A couple of trends from last fall are back this year-including suede skirts. They are boho chic and tie in with fall leaves and a PSL. Ponchos with a suede skirts and OTK boots, gives me NYC feels. You can also wear a pair of booties (and tights, if it's cold) if the OTK boots look "too much". 

I hope these tips help you look effortlessly chic the next time you thrown on you're favorite poncho!   If you have other ways to style them, I would love to hear it. I also have a coupon code for my sunnies if you want to rent them, I've rented all my Karen Walkers and have enjoyed wearing several pairs without paying over $250 per sunglass. Use my code "THEANNIEISSUE" at Ditto when you check out to receive your first month free! 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Rachel Wright 
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