Showing posts with label Shopping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shopping. Show all posts

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Hats by 2 Legged Mermaid


I have so much to be thankful for this year. I'm thankful for my beautiful, creative and hilarious children. I'm thankful for a husband who is endlessly loving and kind and who has found his true path and calling with a career switch into education. I'm thankful for my health, which allows me to participate in things like Turkey Trot 10K races, despite how much I may limp the next day because once again, I forgot to train and I think I'm still 21 and invincible...but I digress.

And as always, I'm thankful that I have a talented friend who is the innovator and creator of 2 Legged Mermaid. Tia sent me this sweet Thankful hat to sport during my big run. She has created a holiday line that will allow your head to speak what is in your heart. Check out her "Believe," "Merry," and "Joyful" line. They are perfect for your Santa Dash, for spicing up your airport excursions on the way to see family, for trips to see Santa at the mall, or for hiding your unwashed hair during holiday shopping trips over winter break ( it just me?) Bonus: they come in kid sizes! Can we say cute matching holiday photos? I pretty much just planned your holiday card. You're welcome.

Custom "Believe" Trucker Hat- 2 Legged MermaidCustom "Merry" Trucker Hat- 2 Legged MermaidCustom "Joyful" Trucker Hat- 2 Legged Mermaid

No joke - you won't find a more comfortable hat. Check out 2 Legged Mermaid on Etsy and follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new designs. You can custom order your hat - no color combo is out of line! Get festive!

Disclosure: Tia threw me a free hat because she loves me. I wrote this post because I love her and because I truly love her brand. Power to small, women-run businesses and hot chicks with mermaid hair!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Crushing on Clothes: Hometown Hero Collection at Gymboree


Every so often, a section of clothing speaks to me. It's like the section is beckoning me over, like a lighthouse in a sea of fog. Like a moth to a flame, I'm propelled towards the light.

Last weekend, I found my latest clothing crush. And for once, it is not for me.

I want to run to Gymboree, waving my wallet and shout, "Shut up and take my money!" I love the new Hometown Hero collection for the fall season. The blue, gold and gray combo is sporty and preppy. My eye was immediately drawn to this Hooded Henley - now on sale for $14.97!:


But as if this wasn't enough to sell me, I looked down and I saw this tough little bulldog staring up at me:


And then I saw this football bulldog tee and I melted:


I'm pretty sure Turbo would be upset if I didn't buy these. The good news is Gymboree is having a sale for Labor Day weekend. Check out Gymboree's latest markdowns! You can get 40% off regular priced items and up to 70% off sale items.

Tell them Turbo sent you...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Challenge of Shopping With A Toddler


I've had people ask me why I don't post outfit photos as much anymore. I have lots of reasons, starting with a lack of time and ending with sheer laziness. It's a sliding scale on any given day of the week.

One of the main reasons I'm not as focused on clothes is that my shopping trips typically end in failure. Bringing a toddler along on to a clothing or shoe store can be disastrous, stressful and non-productive. I mean, look at this picture above. Who can expect a kid not to be tempted to play and run free? The long aisles that demand a game of chase! The shiny boxes that all need touching! There are new obstacles to climb and knock over at every turn. And who wants to sit in a cart for an hour? BORING.

My shopping trips are now limited and timed out. There is no room for distraction from my mission. I have fifteen minutes, maximum, to get in, find a pair of black flats and get out. There will be no gazing at gorgeous stilettos. One eye on a nude pump means one eye that is not on my little girl tangling herself up in a rack of purses.

And trying on clothes? Please. Confining a kid to a dressing room is worse than attempting to keep him sitting in a cart. If the dressing room has curtains, the entire store is guaranteed to see your lady business. If the walls are partitioned, then you will certainly be dragging an army-crawling toddler back into your section of the wall and shouting "I'm sorry!" to your unnamed neighbor.

Shop online, you say? Sure. I can do that. I DO do that. But that is not nearly as fun as taking my leisurely time sifting through racks in hunt of a sales steal. I love to look at window displays and the way things are styled. More so, I love taking my time while I walk from store to store. Clicking and scrolling is not the same.

So what do I do? I chose my moments. I find time when I can, thanks to my agreeable husband, to get out now and then. And when there isn't time, I drag the kids along with the knowledge that this probably isn't going to work out in my favor, but there is always a guaranteed laugh somewhere in the chaos. And instead of writing about my new shoes, I write about the time I tried to get new shoes and my daughter decided instead, it would be way more fun to run from me and bang her head into a shelf (she quickly learned she was mistaken - not fun.).

It all evens out in the end. I'll show you the shoes I bought while they napped in a later post.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Embracing Prescription Sunglasses


My weakening eyesight is just one more reminder I didn't need about getting older. My creaking knees and my inability to stay up past 9:30 PM are already pretty solid indicators of a youth left behind. In my last eye appointment, my prescription crept upward a bit and it was time to go on the hunt for new sunglasses.

I shopped the frames at my optometrist's office but they all felt a bit ostentatious. I was looking at upwards of $300 for the one pair I only kinda, sorta liked from Prada, and I'm just not a Prada kind of girl. All I wanted was some classic Ray-Ban aviators. I wanted glasses that would go with everything and rarely fade out of style.

After stopping in to no less than five local optometrist offices, I finally found my perfect pair at a shop near my work. I was able to customize, get polarized lenses, choose the brown lens color I had been desiring and have them fitted to my face. With insurance, I paid less than price I would pay buying them off the rack with plain lenses. But here is the best part - I can actually see! Imagine that. Street signage is legible and I'm not squinting in confusion before affirming it actually is my neighbor that I'm waving at awkwardly.

So maybe that's the wisdom that comes with age - learning to invest in what is necessary to my daily use while still trying to look cool - even if I am just a blind old lady under these sweet new frames.

Aviators: Ray-Ban

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Recreating My Youth Through Vintage Tees

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Last week, I dug a photo of my seven year old self out of the archives, sharing my mission to find the adult size version of my favorite childhood t-shirt. I'm back to report my success!

I haven't aged a day, right? Riiiight. Though I may be a few feet taller and blonde (although my roots tell the true story), the look of determination I employed while skating in the '80s is the same one I had today when I searched for my new Thriller iron-on vintage tee.

And may I say, it is, like, totally awesome.


My new rule of thumb is when in doubt, go to Etsy. It was there that I discovered Dazed and Vintage, a store that specializes in vintage tees from the '70's and '80's. My childhood icons and favorite bands leaped out at me in tee-shirt form. Wonder Woman! Pat Benetar! Ghostbusters! All of the iron-on decals of my youth were laid out before me.

And there was my beloved Michael Jackson decal on a perfectly sized ringer tee. I was sold before I could say "Sch'mon". I want to give an extra shout out to Monica at Dazed and Vintage (who you can follow on Twitter, along with following Teal In Motion!). There was a hold up in the shipping due to big southern storms and Monica was ready and willing to replace the missing shirt at no extra charge. She was so quick to communicate with me and for that, she has earned a repeat customer. Fortunately, the original package came through and I ended up with this happy face:


I'm not sure if I'm moonwalking or trying to get up on my tip toes here, but I do know that this tee is just the right dose of nostalgia needed to bring happiness to the heart of this P.Y.T.

Disclosure: I was not compensated or gifted for this post. I am simply spreading the word about an awesome product. In other words...Dazed and Vintage is not my sponsor. It's just a store that sold me my faaaaaaaa-vorite shirt! But my opinions are my own. (See what I did there?)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finding a Bridesmaid Dress You Can Wear Again


I'm one of the lucky ones - I was in a wedding where the bride let me pick my own dress.

Dress: Ralph Lauren
Heels: Madden Girl
Clutch: Banana Republic

The only direction the bridal party was given was blue. Not teal (lovely color, though), not sky, but true blue. When given the green light to pick my own bridesmaid dress, I was thrilled to be unleashed into the shopping world. Your average bridesmaid dress does not come cheap and I love to find dresses that will have some longevity. I tend to drift toward classic silhouettes so that five years from now, should the occasion arise, I have a dress on hand that doesn't look dated.

It was not hard to fall in love with this Ralph Lauren one shoulder dress. It felt sleek (though I'm not gonna lie - I broke out the Spanx for this one), the color was vibrant and Ralph Lauren seems to remain pretty timeless. Plus, I scored it on sale for about $110 so it didn't break the bank. If you are in a wedding where the bride is as cool as mine and let's you pick your own dress, I highly recommend this one. I see it reappearing in future fancy events!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shopping Warby Parker Spring 2014

Did you know your eyesight can change after a pregnancy? I found that out during a recent eye exam. My vision has gotten worse. Ugh. I'm telling you - the wheels seem to be falling off of this train.

What better excuse do I need to go shopping for some sweet new frames? I've talked in the past about how I love Warby Parker's home try-on process so I thought I might give it another go. Their Spring 2014 line just came out and I'm digging the bright colors and modern shapes. Here are three frames that I'm considering:

Finch in Grenadine- I've been wanting a pair of red frames for a while. Think modern day Sally Jesse-Raphael. Oh man, did I just date myself with that reference?

Seymour in Whiskey Tortoise - I love a classic square shape and the tortoise color goes with everything.

Walker in Canton Blue - These are look-at-me glasses and I feel that they need to be on my face.

What frames are you loving from Warby Parker right now? They also have a new collection called Palm Canyon that brings a woodwork finish to some of their classic frames. I'm going to have to check that out next.

Disclosure: I was not compensated by Warby Parker for this post - I'm just a fan of the company.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: Boden USA and Mini Boden Clothing

Two weeks ago, I shared a giveaway for Boden USA, an online retailer that offers British styling. Boden was kind enough to send some clothes my way from their fantastic children's line, Mini Boden. I picked out some winter wear for my kids and I'm now completely obsessed with Boden. The quality is undeniable; the fabrics feel luxurious and expensive though the price is still attainable, particularly when they have killer online sales, which they often do.

We had an open house at Keagan's school last week and he got dressed up in his new wool sweater and slim fit jeans. I'll just say that sweaters have been a big struggle for us lately. Somewhere along the way, Keagan has decided that sweaters, jackets and coats are not for him and tantrums ensue when we insist he put them on. Of course, he made this decision the minute the temperatures dropped into the thirties. However, he made no protest with this sweater and he has even requested to wear it three times since! The jeans are thick and of great quality - perfect for winter and complete with a hip and modern style. It is safe to say he was the best dressed kid in the class as he darted about the room, showing us all the things he has learned.





For Sutton, I chose an adorable penguin sweater dress. You wouldn't believe how soft this sweater is. It is perfect for sensitive baby skin. What I love most about this dress is the versatility. It could be paired with tights or layered over jeans. I chose some blue leggings I already had to make sure she was warm and cozy before we left the house. I also feel that she can grow with this sweater dress. As her torso quickly grows, I know that she will still be able to wear this as a sweater for a few months longer. I'm not joking when I say that I want this sweater for myself. Boden has some beautiful little sweater dresses. I appreciate that the colors for girls clothing aren't all pink and there is variety in their coloring.



I've discovered Boden at the perfect time because they are having a HUGE sale. Starting Sunday, December 15 through Sunday, January 5th, you can find items at up to 50% off at I've learned that items sell out quickly so I suggest you leap on it now. Whether you are shopping for Christmas or spending some of that Christmas gift cash after the holidays, you can't go wrong with Boden for the little ones in your life.

Disclosure: Boden has sponsored this post by supplying the clothes, but as always, opinions are my own. Seriously, I want my own penguin sweater.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Must-Have Items for the New Mom

There are certain items that have kept my waning beauty regimen afloat over the past six weeks. Since finding time between feedings, naps, toddler play time and my own personal attention to eating and sleeping is rough, I don't seem to be succeeding in doing much more than the bare minimum for myself. However, the following are the items I can't seem to live without and I highly recommend them to any new mom on the go.

MAC BB Cream and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Bronzer

My face is prone to acne - like deep, dime-size blemishes - but ever since I started using BB creams, my face has begun to clear up. MAC's BB cream leaves a very sheer, natural finish. I haven't found anything better. I top that with this bronzer in Give Me Sun! at the edges of my face to provide a natural color - one that seems to get sucked away by a lack of sleep, a winter's sun and the inability to get outdoors.

Target Gillian & O'Malley nursing cami

Call me lazy; I want my nursing tank to function as an actual shirt that can be seen in public. I love a nursing tank that I can l layer with button-ups, jackets or cardigans. The buttons on these tanks bring a little sense of style that distracts from the fact that I've got maxi pads shielding my leaking chest.

Bun Shaper


As seen in my last post, I've been rocking the bun shaper on a daily basis. Don't feel like washing your hair? Don't feel like wearing a ponytail for the umpteenth day in a row? No problem! Put a bun on it and feel fancy.

Ergo carrier and infant insert


I honestly don't know what I would do without my Ergo. My little girl loves to be held and this carrier allows me to be hands-free and still keep her close and cuddled to my body. My carrier is from the Petunia Picklebottom collaboration and I got it for a screaming deal on Zulily.


Ah, yes. In the biggest latte mug I can find.

Monday, August 5, 2013

H&M Online Store Now Open and I Feel All The Feelings About This News

H&M officially opened its online store on August 1st. I'm not quite sure I can possibly capture my feelings over the news in words. It may be time for a .gif party.

When I first heard that it was opening sometime in August, I thought "I've heard that before." I was like:

Then, my online shopping wishes came true. No longer would I have to wonder when I might find the time to actually get into the physical store, sans kids. My glee felt something like this:

I told my friends on Facebook and was so happy to see that people were sharing my joy. Their responses were:

And now that the realization has set in that I will have to maintain some sense of shopping self-control, all I can think is this:

H&M - now just one click away! Have you shopped online yet?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Week 24: Vintage Shopping in Austin



Hello, Congress Ave in Austin, TX. You are my kind of street.

Tank: Old Navy
Maxi skirt: Express (similar)
Scarf: Cost Plus World Market, gift
Bag: Banana Republic (similar)
Sandals: Target

All I wanted to do in Austin, besides eat tons of BBQ and Tex-Mex (mission: accomplished), was shop the vintage and thrift stores on Congress Ave. It was my own personal pilgrimage, my shopping right of passage in a very eclectic city.

On this trip with my girlfriends, we talked about clothes we wore when we were little girls and it hit me that since I grew up not very well off, most of my childhood clothes were either from thrift stores or hand-me-downs from teen girls in town. It was only when I hit high school and grunge was in full effect did thrifting become cool for the first time and my wardrobe suddenly made a statement other than "Hi, I'm poor". Perhaps that is why I've carried a love of thrift and vintage stores with me ever since - they are a part of my fashion roots.

I drifted from store to store on Congress Ave - from New Bohemia (which I'm standing in front of) to Allen's Boots, where I could have dropped thousands of dollars on unique boots (if I had thousands of dollars) - so happy to be in such shopping glory but so sad that my body wasn't in any position to try stuff on. Instead, I encouraged others to buy fancy boots, listened to the perfect mix of music that drifted out from each store front and snapped photos of my favorite things.


And yes, when I saw $99 price tags on vintage concerts shirts, I was a bit aghast, but then I realized that you might never find a sweet Foreigner shirt like this original ever again, so $99 seems totally worth it, if you are into that sort of thing. Which I am.


Allen's Boots - cowboy boots to dream about


Jo's Coffee - when I saw tourists posing with this graffiti, I snapped a pic and sent a text to my boys at home.


I would give my right arm to have these prints in my house.


Chicken and Waffles with maple butter and chipotle gravy at Moonshine Grill. Thank you, Texas.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Let's Go Shopping - ASOS maternity dresses

I'm heading out of town for a girls' trip at the end of the week and I've been in search of maternity clothes appropriate for warm early summer days. I'm in desperate need of dresses for my trip. ASOS has been my go-to shop for stylish and affordable maternity clothing. Here are some of the items I've been eyeing...

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ASOS Maternity Bandeau Maxi Dress in Dip Dye - The dip-dye ombre makes this maxi feel more modern and formal. I'm obsessed!

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ASOS Maternity Midi Dress in Vintage Floral Print - I love the versatility of this dress. It could work for weekend shopping or be dressed up for the office. It is a classic style in a universally flattering print.

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ASOS Maternity Dress in Blocked Scarf Print - Love the simple shape, love the print, love the colors, love it all. I only doubt if it would be long enough for me. At 5'11", this dress might have me tugging it downward all day, but I would definitely steer shorter ladies in this dress's direction.

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ASOS Maternity Ovoid Shift Dress - Basics are right up my alley. You could change this dress up depending on shoes, purses, jewelry, hair and makeup. And it is currently on sale at just over $40.

Is there anything you are obsessing over at ASOS?

* Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but guess what? I truly do love ASOS's maternity collection. Like, crazy love.