12 Days of Christmas Tops, day 3: Red Buffalo Plaid shirt from Target. This top is totally affordable and perfect for a Christmas house party or a Holiday dinner out with friends. I love to dress plaid shirts up with a super sparkly accent necklace like this or this to make it a little more holiday-appropriate.
Ps. Check out all of the 12 Days of Christmas Tops.
October is the month of months – perfect weather: it’s cool but you don’t need a jacket, it’s warm but you don’t sweat profusely. Fall flavors: pumpkin, apple, cinnamon. Fall clothes: jeans, vests, long sleeve shirts. And Halloween! Kids talk about for months and months what they’re going to be, you find the perfect costume to buy (or make) and then they wait and wait to wear it. There are a few costume-optional events leading up to Halloween (for example we went to Davis Farmland’s weekly Halloween party last weekend and it was great!) but really it’s a painful month of waiting excitement leading up to the one big night. To help things along I’ve picked up a couple cute Halloween clothes for my kiddos to wear all month to get a little of their Halloween fix in. Here’s a round-up of some really cute options. That pumpkin shirt from Target was like $5 or something, definitely snag one before they sell out!
1. Zara Boo dress (Zara has tons of adorable, non-traditional Halloween clothes for kids, check out the whole line!) 2. Target neon orange pumpkin shirt 3. H&M Bat bow tie 4. Old Navy Halloween undies 5. GAP onesie (teething is scary especially when it wakes your baby up at 5am every day for a month…eeeeeek!) 6. Zara ghost pants 7. GAP Halloween socks 8. H&M ghost dress 9. Zara costume party top
If you’re like me, you have a plethora of striped shirts in your closet. There’s something so simple yet stylish about a striped shirt, am I right? Wear it with jeans while running errands or dress it up with a statement necklace for a night out. In my book, a striped shirt is almost a neutral and pairs well with any bottom – brightly colored pants, denim, and even floral patterns. Now personally, I need another striped shirt like I need a hole in the head, BUT an affordable, decent, quality striped shirt is hard to come by these days. I always went for the shirts at J. Crew, and I don’t know about you, but I find they end up getting tiny holes in them if the material is thin or they pill around the armpits if the materials is thicker. So, when in my travels I always seem to have eyes in the back of my head keeping watch for a good-looking striped shirt.
And so the story of this striped shirt is that we were at Target earlier this week and when you’re at Target around 11:30 with a toddler and a baby there is little to no time to be browsing the clothing racks – you have to get in, get what’s on your list, and get out before anyone needs to eat lunch, tinkle, or sees the dollar area. And obviously you should walk a crazy route around the store and avoid the toy aisles at all cost. But, on our way to check out and avoid the dollar area, out of the corner of my eye I spied a great looking striped shirt that I had a gut feeling about and decided immediately I needed it in my closet. I only stopped fast enough to feel the fabric (it’s so soft and thick!), find my size, and throw it on top of our cart. You guys – this is an awesome striped shirt that you need in your closet right now. I love the thickness of the fabric, the scoop neck, and the fabulous exposed zipper in the back – exposed zippers are a favorite of mine.
And it’s only $23!!!!!!!! It’ll be a great transitional piece from now to spring. Run and get yours before they’re gone (I searched for like 15 minutes on target.com and cannot find this shirt online, maybe it’s in store only? It’s Merona brand)! And no, this is not a sponsored post, I just like to report when I find good deals on great striped shirts.
I can’t believe in less than 3 weeks my little Z will start going to Nursery School. SCHOOL. Anything with that word in it sounds so grown-up! She is more than excited and I often hear her trying to tell whoever will listen “I go school!” She asks me to read “The Night Before Preschool” multiple times a day. And she is officially obsessed with her teeny tiny backpack. I decided to order a Swankaroo backpack since they are made for kids under 5 years old – she’s so small and anything we found in stores just made it look like she’d tip over. Anyway, the big first day is all the talk around here so I thought I’d pull together and share with you what she’ll be wearing for her first day of nursery school.
Chambray shirt – babyGAP (similar, similar girly version)/ Skirt – Target / Shoes – Livie & Luca / Socks – Amazon / Backpack – Swankaroo
My Z is a girly girl, that comes as no surprise. So, once she realized how much she loved wearing dresses, she has requested them non-stop! Since most of our days include playground and backyard playing (sand! dirt! mud!) they aren’t always the best choice, but she does have a small collection of cute, wear-anywhere dresses. Here is one of her faves:
Hair bows – Forever 21 (there are 2 because we’ve been doing a lot of pigtails lately) / Blue Dress – Tucker & Tate (similar) / Bike shorts (that don’t usually show, but are worn to cover up her diaper, she’s a lady!) – Target / Silver Sandals – Saltwater (these are the best! They’re cute enough to be dressy but durable and waterproof enough to wear anywhere – including puddles and splash pads)
Unless you are genetically lucky (or a Hollywood star) it’s going to take you some time to get back into your skinny jeans after you have a baby. Since my guy is coming any minute now I have moved on from maternity style to think about what I’ll be wearing this summer in my postpartum days of feeling chubbier than my norm. When I had my Z, the weather was cool so my postpartum style included yoga pants (obviously) and jeans that were a size or 2 larger than my norm. This time I’ll be postpartum in the heat of the summer so I’m lucky I’ll be able to wear flowy skirts and maxi dresses – only when I feel like getting out of yoga pants, ha! Another thing that I’ll be sporting is the newly trendy dressy tie (or elastic) waste pants. Have you seen these? They’re like fancy sweatpants! And everyone is making them! I got the pair from Zara below, but I’ve included plenty of links to others I’ve seen out there.
1. Nursing Scarf – I am by no means an in-public nursing aficionado and still rely on some sort of blanket/cover/scarf thing to ensure privacy. This nursing scarf is pretty cute.
2. Gilligan & O’Malley nursing tank from Target – perfect for summer as it looks more like a top than a nursing tank so you don’t have to wear something over it.
3. Loose-fit Printed Trousers from Zara – the print of these is perfect for summer. I am showing how I’d wear them every day with a nursing tank and my Birks, but you could easily dress these up with a buttoned top or dressier tank and strappy sandals once you’re out of the barely-leaving-home infant stage. Here are some other links to similar elastic or tie-waste pant options: GAP, Asos, Asos, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Old Navy
4. Skip Hop baby bag – we haven’t used our baby bag as much now that Z is older, but infants require SO much while out and about we’ve taken it out of the closet and will use it constantly. Ours is actually the Wave Dot design but the one above looks cuter with this outfit.
5. Silver Gizeh Birkenstocks – I think I said enough about these shoes yesterday.
I have been talking about showing you the baby’s nursery for weeks now and I am finally doing it! It’s been pretty much set but I was waiting to get a couple pieces of artwork up on the walls. I ordered prints from Society 6 that turned out to be odd sizes and had trouble getting just the right frames. But one is hung so I called it ready to be photographed! By the way…it’s a boy! I realized I had never formally announced that here on the blog so I thought I’d start with that because having a boy obviously helped decide the color scheme. I went with blue and green with a hint of gray for the color scheme of his room. I guess you could say the theme is polka dots, too since lots of things are polka-dotted in white. We painted the walls Cress Green by Behr paint, and by “we” I mean I picked the color and my husband did the painting.
We used the nursery furniture from Z’s room (she already transitioned to a toddler bed and got a big girl dresser for her clothes) and then I found an adorable blue polka dotted changer pad cover at Land of Nod and that sort of confirmed the color scheme. You can see one of the prints I mentioned above called “Tickle Monster” and since we’re big ticklers in this house, we thought it was just perfect to hang here. Once baby brother is here, I will put a photo of the four of us in this polka dot frame you may recognize from a post a couple weeks ago (the print and frame aren’t hung yet but I wanted to include them in the shot anyway).
Changer pad cover – Land of Nod / Basket – Home Goods / “Tickle Monster” Print – Society 6 / DIY Polka dot frame / Gray chevron toy chest – Home Goods
This is the cozy corner with a small bookcase (that needs some books!), lamp, and recliner chair that used to be in Z’s room. We bought the bookcase at an unfinished wood furniture store and my husband painted it. The second print is hung here above the bookcase – this one is of little superheros and the alphabet and it doesn’t look quite so tiny in person, must be the angle of the photo I took.
Recliner – Babies R Us / Green throw – Target / Bookcase – Unfinished Furniture Store / “Superhero Alphabet” Print – Society 6 / Lamp – old / Stuffed Dinosaur – Anthropologie
For the one window in the room we used a simple white curtain rod to match the white trim with blue polka dot sheer curtain panels and a room darkening shade for naptime (pardon the old, ugly window AC unit!). I couldn’t find any curtain tiebacks I liked so I used green striped ribbon from a gift we received and made them myself. The rug was a lucky find on Gilt and is one of my favorite things in the room.
Curtains – Land of Nod / Curtain rod – Bed Bath & Beyond / DIY Curtain tiebacks / “Play” Rug – Momeni rugs (found on a Gilt sale)
And now – the accent wall! I thought it would be fun to use some wall stickers and polka dot one of the nursery walls, I just love how it came out! I found a matching crib sheet to the changer pad cover and a simple crib skirt to bring it all together. I think our little guy is going to LOVE his room!
Crib sheet – Land of Nod / Crib skirt – Target / Polka dot wall stickers – Brickyard Buffalo find / Floor lamp – Target / Dinosaur nightlight – Home Goods