Talk about stress

Last few weeks have been full of planning and organizing. I have started many new projects and I’m writing a column once a week to a magazine in Estonia that covers basically everything in our daily lives. End of the year has always been stressful and more busy than usual with thanksgiving, 2 kids out of our 3 have birthdays, wedding anniversary and naturally christmas and new years! Yikes, just typing it all out is giving me anxiety!

We are also getting ready for a big change so it has been more hectic which naturally leads the kids acting up more which leads us being grumpier than normal and so on and on. Never ending cycle!

On top of that I have been invited to a few military spouse events and blogging conferences. Can I just hide under my blanket and hibernate???

I know it will all work out and once we get over the holiday craziness I will be fine, just got to get to that point first.

Shabby Apple

I have always loved girly vintage looks a la 1950s. Beautiful skirts, nice tops and naturally red lip to top it off.

Being a 30something it’s not easy to find something that wouldn’t transform me into a pinup (not a bad thing but I need something more today and practical I guess) or look like a 5-year-old Tinkerbell minus the wings.

I recently stumbled on Shabby Apple that sells beautiful clothes. I’m more interested in skirts than anything else right now and I found beautiful ones on their page that are easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion.

This beautiful First Snow Skirt will go beautifully with Fancy Abroad Top and will look feminine and very glam if you add the right kind of jewelry. Like I said easy to style!

 

 

 

I love tutus and Shabby Apple really makes it easy for us who are older than 5 to pull it off by selling Bloom Skirts. I also love Anytime Wrap tops that will look great on any body type. Again very simple yet feminine combo that is easy to take from day to night.

 

Has anyone ordered from them? What was your experience? I have read a few reviews online and some had concerns about the quality and sizing and others loved their purchase. Like always there will be people that will complain about anything while others might have had real problems with their order. Hard to tell and I’m not sure if I’m ready to order….their clothes are too cute though!

I could be wrong but it looks like one of the contestants on House of DvF, Codi Critchfield, wore the Bloom Skirt in mint and Bielby sweater in the last episode of House of DvF.

Currently obsessed

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I guess the fact that we are getting closer to Christmas is making me little bit anxious but also excited. I have been going through endless lists to Santa that mostly contain toys and crayons but for the last 2 weeks I have been shopping for me. I’m lucky to have a husband who spoils me and surprises me so I never really have to ask for anything but it’s always good to have hints on hand ;)

I love bags and have been looking for a new one for a while now. So far no luck! I need a Mom bag that doesn’t look like one. Although our family has been diaper and bottle free for a long time I still carry those random things your kids might want: zombie cards to play Go Fish, candy, DS, flashcards, book, random toy….

I have always liked bigger bags and I think I have found a couple that might work as fashionable yet big enough mom bags. My heart belongs to the A-list haircalf satchel in black and blue. I have seen it in person and it looks amazeballs! Another favorite is the black and white polkadot Carlyle haircalf satchel. I think it’s the quirky polkadots that appeal to me. My third bag obsession is the gorgeous fur clutch by Alexander McQueen. I get nostalgic looking at this bag because years ago I had a bag like this. It was one of my favorites and used it daily until it broke, it was a sad day! This bag is not a mom bag but I’m also known to carry 2 bags when needed, especially when travelling.

Talking about fur I love the Prada T-strap fur sandals.

If you have been following my blog for a while you know I love sparkles. I guess my taste is similar to my 5-year-old whol loves glitter. I just try to pull it off with glass and not look like a 30+ -year-old Tinkerbell. French Connection sequin mermaid skirt is perfect for all the upcoming holiday parties. Just add a simple top, nice heels and you are ready to go.

I always wear gloves, not just because I’m always cold but because nice pair of gloves can make your whole outfit and with these crystal stud gloves you can count on standing out.

I love fashion illustration and I’m constantly on the look out for a notebook or calendar book. I know I can add everything to my phone or Ipad but love writing it down and keeps me on track with our schedules. I usually have a big calendar on my desk that I write down all the events and schedules for everybody and that husband can add to and then another one that I carry in my bag when I’m on the go. I found the Red Carpet desk diary and pocket journal on Henri Bendel.

Everybody loves to smell good and I’m no different. Omnia Crystalline is my first Bvlgari perfume that I love. Have you tried it?

Ready for Halloween

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Yesterday was another fun day. We left after breakfast and got some shopping done to just head to lunch. We picked McDonald’s because kids love the play area and to be honest we don’t eat there often enough to feel bad about loading them up on junk food. While me and hubby were talking and eating they were climbing, jumping and coming down the slides with huge smiles on their face. Obviously there was no eating happening on their part till we got in the car and they started to snack on their apples and fries. After running more errands and getting more shopping done we stopped at Meijer to stock up on fresh veggies and fruit. Meijer is on top of my list when it comes to grocery shopping.

We got home for dinner and everybody was ready to relax on the couch but we still to carve the pumpkins that have been sitting on our porch for couple weeks now. After almost an hour of carefully carving, scooping and running around we had our scary witch pumpkins ready to go on the porch with candles.

This morning we woke up to find one of them snacked on by one of the neighborhood squirrels.

Oh well, they need to last only couple more days…

Weekend

This weekend was hectic but also tons of fun because we attended my sister-in-laws wedding. All 3 of my kids had important jobs to fill (junior bridesmaid, ring bearer, in charge of the guestbook) and they all did great even though it was a long day for them.

For our family the wedding preparations started with our niece, who is the same age as our littles, staying the night with us. They were having fun playing and watching Frozen. Bedtime was obviously later than normal because who wants to stop giggling just to go to sleep?

Next day was the rehearsal that only lasted 2 hours but felt more like forever to my 3-year-old and 5-year-old. They both did awesome and thank God for Nintendo DS for keeping the 3-year-old busy while he was waiting for his turn.

After that it was fun time with Gramma (my mother-in-law) who had arrived with her adorable pup Lulu. Lulu is so sweet and PrettyPrettyPrincess fell in love with her right away. It was mutual because the next morning Lulu climbed in her bed to wake her up with some extra wet puppy kisses. We are currently looking for a dog to add to our family after we had to give up our frenchie before we left Germany (health issues that made the flight risky) and having Lulu around just made us even more sure that we need to find a pup.

Saturday was the big day. House full of people we were getting ready for the wedding and I’m lucky to have a great mother-in-law who can pull off cool hairdos. I was going to curl and mess with my hair but last minute after doing some of my hair I decided to go with a sleek and simple ponytail instead. I love my fashion but I don’t really bother with makeup or hair. Never really have but then again I’m lucky to be able to pull off just mascara and blush.

 Once we got to the church my kids were ready to do their thing but we still had time to go to the actual beginning which meant getting bored and grumpy.

Considering everything they handled it great and I’m sure there was people who assumed my kids would be on the floor kicking and screaming to find that the ones acting up were the sweet little angels of somebody else.

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PrettyPrettyPrincess was the first one to walk into a church full of people. I’m lucky to have a little girl who is not scared. She did awesome and stood without any complaining. So proud of my sweet girl!

Little Munchkin was a ring bearer and even though we had practiced the walk the night before his walk turned into a run. He was super cute and many people came and talked with us about how great our kids did and how adorable they looked. Obviously this made me and hubby very proud.

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After the wedding and pictures it was time to get everybody in the car and head to the reception. Non of us realized how hungry we were after a long, busy but beautiful day but once we got there we were excited to see the newlyweds but also to eat. Another reason to be proud that there was no complaining and our 3 kids love their snacks and meals so that was huge for them.

They were obviously more excited to eat all the sweets (that were delish) than the actual dinner but since they were hungry they finished off their dinner first. Reception was great just like the wedding had been beautiful. Kids got to let loose, we got to catch up with people we haven’t seen in ages and all in all everybody was enjoying themselves.

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We left quite early because the kids were tired and to be honest the idea of kicking off my Badgley Mischka heels and soaking in a bubble bath sounded quite appealing.

It was a beautiful wedding with 2 amazing people joining their lives!