Tuesday, October 22, 2013

a fancy skirt by day

Old Navy top (here)/Skies Are Blue skirt (no longer available)(LOVE this one)/Aldo Booties (here)/Rebecca Minkoff Sunglasses (here)/Deux Lux clutch - old (want this one)/Michele Watch (similar)/Crow Steals Fire necklace (here)

I have quite a few skirts in my closet including a few I imagined I would wear for "date night." A couple kids later date night doesn't come around as often as it used to.   So, in an effort to get more use out of my existing wardrobe, I managed to tone down what could be considered a fancy skirt into a fancy day skirt. A sweatshirt and booties later...I think this could work as a dress up day for a stay at home mom.

ps. the secret to making a longer sweatshirt work under a light weight shirt is...spanx! you're welcome.

xo Ellen

pps. I'm linked up with Totally Posted ,  Style Elixir, and trend spin

Monday, October 21, 2013

mama's new bling

Check out my new bling! Baby girl and I are both pretty happy about it. I'm not a huge collector of costume jewelry (no judgement please.) I prefer my jewelry to carry a personal meaning or story behind it so it's an understatement to say I was excited to receive my new mothers necklace from Crow Steals Fire. I'm in love with it because  a.) it's beautiful b.) it gets me lots of compliments and c.) it has my kids' birth dates stamped on it so I should never have  a problem remembering them.  Seriously, every mother should have one. And if you're not a mother, Crow Steals Fire has something for you too - I've got my eye on the pendant necklace which can be personalized to your favorite sports team (or I think it would look amazing with initials.)

I could go on and on (and on some more) about what an amazingly talented designer and creator Donna (the owner) is but you should probably just check out her website yourself (here.) She has a TON of great things to offer. I've laid out a few of my favorites below. You should know that Donna makes each personalized piece herself by hand so she does have a 4 week turn around on those items but at the bottom of this post I've listed some great independent locally owned shops in and around St. Louis that carry ready to buy items by Crow Steals Fire including make your own pendant necklace.

St. Louis Retailers of Crow Steals Fire:
E.L. Riley (Kirkwood, Mo)
Serendipity Gifts (Kimmswick, Mo)
Local Lucy's (Belleville, Il)
I Am What I Am (St. Charles, Mo)

Now go check it out!
xo Ellen