What I Wore Real Mom Style :Labor Day Weekend

babywearing boba pink

 

It’s a long 3 day weekend so we are packing lots of family fun in before our life gets really crazy. We went apple picking, got out the 50 foot homemade slip n slide and went to a neighboring parish festival. Every week I post outfits of what I wore, and I have those today too, but one thing that I wear daily that doesn’t get as much mention is my baby. I am an avid babywearing mama I really could not handle having as many kids as I do or kids this close together with out babywearing. Without babywearing my life would be so much more limited as my kids do not love strollers for long periods of time and my weak arms can only hold a baby so long. So this past weekend, like every single day, I wore my daughter in her Boba carrier while we apple picked and at the parish festival and just happened to get some photographic evidence of me wearing my sweet 9 month old baby girl while we apple picked.

 

festival outfit

 

As you can see I opted for a neon pink v-neck with my distressed boyfriend shorts for apple picking and my Reebok Skyscape shoes. For the festival I wore this outfit and my baby of course!

What I Wore:

  • Chico’s cardiagn
  • ShopBop heart tank
  • Maxjeans leggings
  • ShopBop shoes
  • Mialisia jewelry

 

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This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops, Very Busy Mama and me Thrifty & Chic Mom, the link up is hosted by Very Busy Mama this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style!

 

The Story Behind Mialisia Jewelry Plus a Giveaway

The following is a sponsored campaign through MomDot and Mialisia, all opinions are my own.
gold mialisia necklaces

 

For the past 2 months I have been sharing with you the versatile and stylish jewelry pieces from Mialisia Jewelry. The jewelry line was not even on my radar until a few months ago and now I am loving the idea of interchangeable jewelry. Mialisia is sold through independent stylists via home parties and I had to know how this brand came to be. The founder of Mialisia Jewelry is Annelise Brown a mother of 4 boys. At the founding of her company she was a stay at home mom, just like me, who wanted to look good with great jewelry but couldn’t find the right pieces to go with all her outfits. One day a friend asked her to join her at a craft show and Anneliese Brown created the first interchangeable jewelry and unknowingly launched the highly successful Mialisia Jewelry Company. After lots of successful craft shoes and an expanding staff of ladies to help make the jewelry, the first in-home party was launched and the rest is history. You can hear Annelise Brown tell the story of Mialisia Jewelry herself in her video here.

 

mialisia golden necklaces 3

 

This month I am showcasing some fun gold jewelry pieces from Mialisia. All summer long I have been enjoying a touch of gold here and there and these three necklaces from Mialisia are a great addition to any wardrobe. Worn alone or using the VersaStyle hook system I was able to create three totally different looks with ease.

 

mialisia gold

 

Adding a simple long strand gold necklace like the Mialisia Jewelry Fancy Nancy necklace is a simple way to elevate any outfit form plain to stylish. I love how the fancy Nancy necklace mixes metals making it perfect for the person who wants a touch of gold, but not all gold. Even an outfit that has a lot of character like leopard print, needs some extra jewelry to really finish it off. I added the Mialisia Jewelry Gold desire and Spun Gold necklaces to this fun look that already has leopard and lace so some great gold jewelry just finished it off.

 

mialisia gold jewelry september

 

When Annelise Brown created Mialisia Jewelry her goal was to create interchangeable jewelry so every woman had the perfect necklace to fit their need. I think she achieved her goal don’t you?

 

mialisia leopard gold necklace

 

gold necklaces mialisia

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Meet the Oh So Cozy Tee

conversation pieces oh so cozy tee teal

 

When you read the words Oh So Cozy Tee you got excited didn’t you? I mean who doesn’t want a cozy tee, right? My favorite online boutique Conversation Pieces has this great new tee called the Oh So Cozy Tee, it’s soft and cozy ( of course) and it’s a stylish mix of your classic v-neck tee and a tunic. The Oh So Cozy Tee comes in 3 colors and after getting the deep turquoise one I want it in the other 2 colors too.

 

conversation pieces oh so cozy tee

 

This tee is a must have for the mom wardrobe. You can throw it on with some cute jeans and accessories and voila you look chic and put together and super comfortable too. I love that I can still cling to my skinny jeans with this tee/tunic shirt and it looks great. How about you, are you still looking for some new great options to keep wearing your skinny jeans?

You can pick up the Oh So Cozy Tee from Conversation Pieces for $24 be sure to use code THRIFTYCHICMOM for free shipping!

 

I am a Conversation Pieces fashion blogger and received product to style.

New Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bags for Fall

petunia pickle bottom hideaway hobo

 

Petunia Pickle Bottom came out with a new diaper bag silhouette for fall the Hideaway Hobo and it is super stylish. To me this is the sleekest looking diaper bag to date and definitely my favorite. I love the hobo silhouette and the chain and leather handles, definitely not your typical diaper bag straps. The Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway hobo still comes with everything you need to take care of baby but it looks really good while doing it. The new Hideaway Hobo diaper bag comes in glazed, signature and embossed patterns, I fell in live with the bold glazed pattern Venturing in Vienna, it really commands attention in a good way!

 

hideaway hobo in venturing in vienna

 

What do you think, is this new silhouette from Petunia Pickle Bottom appealing to you? Another great new thing for fall is the Wistful Weekender in chenille, I love my Wistful Weekender perfect for multiple kids and traveling! And then there is the new Signature Collection with sleek and stylish black and gray prints in all the silhouettes.

petunia pickle bottom signature collection

And don’t forget that Petunia Pickle Bottom makes more than just diaper bags they also have lots of great items for baby including the Receiving Blankets with printed trim. These ultra plush chenille blankets are perfect for cuddling and oh so luxurious, I wouldn’t mind an adult size one for me!

petunia pickle bottom blanket

 

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What I Wore: Real Mom Style Knit Blazers

knit blazer conversation pieces

 

It was almost 90 degrees yesterday but even that cannot keep from thinking fall fashion, I am just so ready to bring in a new wardrobe! So in the spirit of looking forward and honoring the retail trend of buying for the next season waaaaaaaayyyyy before you need it (yes I worked retail a long time) I decided to style my new knit blazer for you. Last year I fell really hard for the knit blazer trend and I saw a super cute gray knit blazer on Conversation Pieces recently so of course I snagged it before my size ran out. The blazer arrived and is PERFECT, the fit, the cut exactly what I wanted, and because everything is better with distressed jeans I have the most comfortable and perfectly stylish outfit for fall. I know that I will be living in various version of this outfit all fall, it is just too perfect for all of my mom imposed needs while looking great and on trend.

 

gray knit blazer conversation pieces

 

WHAT I WORE:

 

knit blazer fall fashion trend

 

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops, Very Busy Mama and me Thrifty & Chic Mom, the link up is hosted by Momma in FlipFlops this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style!

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I am a Conversation Pieces ambassador and as such get pieces to style.

New Women’s Denim from Land’s End #jeans101

Thanks to Land’s End for providing samples for feature.
lands end indigo medallion jeans

 

Land’s End has completely revamped their denim and the results are shockingly updated and on trend while still providing the trusted quality you expect from Land’s End. I admit that it has taken me years to not think of Land’s End as a brand for my mom but not me, after finding some great pieces the last few years my mind has been slowly changing and the new jeans collection keeps pushing me to be more of a fan. The new Land’s End denim collection offers slightly slanted back pockets and a higher waist in the back that trims your backside immediately plus an added discrete panel gives a touch of tummy control to all sizes. The new Land’s End denim is available in low rise, mid rise and high rise, and three distinct fits to accompany every-body type, so you’re guaranteed to find a pair that best flatters you. Did I mention there’s also an additional touch of stretch that allows a more forgiving fit? Yes there is!

 

lands end medallion jeans

 

I decided to experiment with not only a traditional dark wash but some fun patterned jeans and I was really impressed with the thickness of the jean and the fit, super cute ladies! So as you can see I am wearing a medallion print jean in the outfit pictured above. The Women’s Fit 1 Low Rise Slim Leg Jeans – Indigo Medallion is a fun and subtle pattern that is perfect for transitioning into Fall. Here I paired them with a great layered look of a chambray shirt, khaki safari jacket and some metallic oxford shoes. I love the twist of trendy with classic and can’t wait for it to be cold enough for me to layer up and wear this outfit out!

 

lands end slim leg jeans

 

Next I am wearing a classic jean in a great wash the Women’s Fit 1 Low Rise Slim Leg Jeans – Medium Indigo, these jeans fit great and are super comfortable to wear. This Fall western is still very trendy so I pulled out my plaid shirt and ankle cowboy boots, perfect for with this slim leg jeans.

 

lands end ankle jean

 

Finally I went with a  great pinstripe jean, I love how light and airy these look, even though they are a jean, perfect for these last days of summer and early days of fall. The Women’s Stripe 5-pocket Ankle Jeans – Fit 1 are fun to style and even though they are already ankle I added a cuff to show off a bit more ankle.

lands end pinstripe

 

So what do you think, is Land’s End going to be your new place for denim? I was pleasantly surprised by the comfortable fits and trendy styles @LandsEnd. Be sure to check out how Andrea is styling her new Land’s End jeans over on Momma in FlipFlops.

Starting at just $59.00 for solids and $69.00 for patterns, you can afford to have each of the new and refined washes, to take you from day to night.

Back to School with Keen Footwear

product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own
keen wapato wp boot

 

I love, love, love Keen for not only me and my husband but our kids as well. Keen has perfected the active lifestyle footwear that is supportive and stylish AND it lasts! I have a favorite pair of Keen boots that I turn to every Fall and Winter when the snow comes and now my daughter has a favorite pair of Keen boots too. Check out the fabulous Keen Wapato WP boot in Blackberry/Bougainvillea.

 

keen wapato boots purple

 

These boots offer a sturdy and function tread so no slipping for my girl, but they are also stylish and fun. We both love the bright purple color with the faux fur detailing on top. My daughter styled her new Keen boots with gray skinny jeans, a graphic tee and a cute denim jacket with faux leather sleeves, I love the whole thing. She has a great fashion sense all her own, mom is proud!

 

keen wapato wp kids boot

 

No matter what kind of weather Ohio brings this year my daughter is ready with her cute Keen Wapato WP boots and she is going to look super stylish too. I mean I want these boots for me, who wouldn’t?!?! Be sure to check out all the other great Keen boots and shoes available for the whole family, I have my eye on the Keen Cortona Bow CVS in camo.

Colorblocking Made Easy #FashionTrend

colorblock lee shorts

 

Colorblocking is still very popular and it is an easier trend to pull off than you may think, simply pair two solid pieces together to create our own colorblocking effect and voila you have it You can find shirts and dresses and even jackets that are colorblocked on the piece themselves but your closet is full of DIY color block options, you just need to find the right pairing.

 

lee blue shorts

 

I recently received a pair of light blue Lee Platinum Label No Gap Ventura Bermuda to style and they inspired some colorblocking fashion fun. I initially wore them with a floral blue and white top and it was very cute but I wanted something with a bit more pop that would transition into fall. I decided to add a coral cardigan with 3/4 sleeves and matching coral wedge heel sandals. I love the two bold colors together creating a colorblock effect that really catches the eye. Normally I would have a white tank sticking out in between to break it up but I really like the stark contrast without the white in between.

As you can see colorblocking is really that easy, so will you be doing some DIY colorblocking? Now that I created this outfit I have many more to try as we head into fall.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: This Is Not Your Grandmas Floral Cardigan #RealMomStyle

floral cardigan oxford shoes

 

I am not a flowery person when it comes to my clothes, as I am sure you have noticed, so when I decided to give this floral cardigan a try I asked Andrea if it looked too grandma-ish. Yes those were my exact words as I debated ordering the Easy Peasy Floral cardigan from Conversation Pieces and I am so glad I decided to order it. I am trying to branch out my style a bit and I tried out 2 new items that have never before been in my wardrobe a floral cardigan and oxford shoes. I must say I am pretty happy with the way I pulled them together and it is not something a grandma would wear.

 

conversation pieces floral cardigan

 

WHAT I WORE:

metallic oxford shoes

 

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops, Very Busy Mama and me Thrifty & Chic Mom, the link up is hosted by me this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style!


I am a Conversation Pieces ambassador and was provided product for feature.

9thelm.com Flash Sale Site For Handmade and Independent Designers

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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I love finding unique pieces to add to my wardrobe and my home, but handmade and independent designers can be very expensive. 9thelm.com is a flash sale site that exclusively features handmade and independent designer products. You can find jewelry, shoes, clothing and even home decor all at reduced prices! The sales last about a week and product is limited so it moves pretty fast. One time they had monogrammed Converse Chuck Taylors and I hesitated and missed my chance! Prices are typically around half off retail which is a great deal and the selection is new from day to day.

 

9thelm goodies

9thelm.com is a members only site but there is no fee to join. Once you sign up you will get periodic emails letting you know of sales and new hot items that have been added to the site for sale. Just look at all of these great pieces available right now on the site, I would love each and everything pictured!

Are you a flash sale site addict? I kind of love them!

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FabKids Back to School Fashion: Ikat and Sparkle

Samples were provided, all opinions are my own.
fabkids mommy and me

 

As you start planning all of your back to school fashion don’t forget to check out the great selection at FabKids. This month I loved the outfits my daughter chose so much I even went out and bought a coordinating look, you know because that’s what most people do! Here’s a sneak peak of our mommy and me look, you can read all about mommy and me matching and coordinating look over on the FabKids blog soon.

 

fabkids august dress

 

 

The dress that I wish I had, seriously if only it came in my size, is the Ikat Outfit. I love the black and white print dress with the pop of yellow in the leggings, so classic and fun! The other outfit I picked was the Shining Star outfit. The Shining Star outfit adds the perfect amount of sparkle and bling to please any little girl yet it’s a knit that is perfect for playing and having fun.

As you know I am a fan of Fabkids, they offer stylish children’s apparel each month for the low price of $29.95. This is a subscription based service but you choose the items and you choose whether it comes or not. Recently FabKids made some great changes to the service that make me love it even more including the option to mix and match the outfit pieces creating the look that your child will love best. And your first outfit is just $15.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: Neon Pants #RealMomStyle

neon pink pants

 

That’s right neon pants, hot pink to be precise! I bought these neon pink pants from Old Navy last year on a whim and am so glad that I did because I love them. Not only are these pants super comfortable but they are fun and stylish and they look good. Neon can be scary for women as it tends to be thought of as young, but don’t be afraid of neon, or color for that matter. You can easily incorporate neon in classic silhouettes like these pants and keep it toned down by adding  a dark or neutral shirt. I paired my neon pants with a semi-sheer tribal print burnout top from Kohl’s and I am really happy with the final outfit.

 

neon pants tribal print shirt

 

WHAT I WORE:

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops, Very Busy Mama and me Thrifty & Chic Mom, the link up is hosted by Very Busy Mama this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style!

Introducing New Lee Modern Series Curvy Fit jeans

product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.
lee modern fit curvy jeans

 

I am sure some of you are thinking what do you know about curvy? And yes I see your point I am not overly curvy but after 5 kids my body has curves it never had before and that leads to the awful back gap. You know the loose space at the back of your jeans because the jean doesn’t quite fit your body the way it should? Lee has heard the cries of women everywhere and come out with the Lee Modern Series Curvy Fit jeans and they are pretty spectacular. Lee jeans sent me a pair of bootcut curvy fit jeans to try out and I can not say enough about these jeans. I often share what I am wearing on Instagram and the day I first tried out these jeans I shared the above collage and as you can see no back gap, those jeans nicely hug my middle!

 

lee curvy fit jeans

 

I am still at that awkward stage post baby where I am loosing weight but everything is still saggy and flabby and muffin top is a real problem. Not only was there no muffin top with these jeans but GASP I went down a size from my other Lee jeans and they fit perfect. These jeans were so fantastic they warranted red lips and an animal print top because I felt amazing in them.

 

lee curvy fit bootcut jeans

 

Whether you have big curves or have earned smaller curves from kid’s I highly recommend checking out the Lee Jeans Curvy Fit jeans. These jeans offer a tilted rise no gap waistband with shape memory fabric to highlight those womanly curves and make you look your best!

Back to School Fashion Trends for Kids Plus Target $300 GC Giveaway (ends 8/29)

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
target back to school style plaid

 

Target has always had a pulse on the fashion industry and manages to deliver on trend clothing at great prices for the whole family. As back to school approaches my little fashionistas are excitedly updating their wardrobes and we found some great outfits at Target that they loved! We found a great mix of brands at Target including Cherokee, Circo, C9 by Champion and new this year Sport by Sketcher. Here are just a few of the great outfits you can put together at Target for you kids back to school clothes!

target back to school fashion boots

 

target back to school style plaid shirt

Top: Cherokee Girl’s Checkered Buttondown Shirt $14.99

Bottom: Cherokee Girl’s Hearts Front Zippered Jeans $17.99

Boots: Girl’s Cherokee Feebie Back Zip Riding Boots $29.99

 

target back to school style jacket

 

Jacket: C9 by Champion All Weather jacket $24.99

Top: Cherokee Girl’s Lace Overlay Top $12.99

Pants: Circo Girl’s Jegging $12.00

 

target back to school style leopard dress

 

target back to school style sweatsuit

 

Sweatsuit: Circo Animal Print zip up hoodie and pants

Shirt: Circo Girl’s Short Sleeved Tee $5

Shoes: Girls S Sport designed by Sketcher Slip On $24.99

In case you want to surprise your fashion conscious child with some trendy new clothes just follow these trends and you will look like super mom!
Boys:

  • Varsity Sport influence: collegiate graphics, sporty knit tops with football details, pull over sweatshirt, knit joggers
  • Factory Made: Denim looks, woven shirting, industrial inspired graphics, knit bomber jackets

Girls:

  • Neo Traditional: preppy kitsch, collegiate colors, classic plaids and stripes, pins and patches.
  • Vintage romance: Victorian romance, rich tones, cosmetic pastels, painterly florals, feminine fabrics and lace

As you can see we found some really adorable outfits complete with my daughters new favorite boots! Target also offers uniform clothing too with Cherokee brand instore and Classroom and French Toast online. So what do you think? Does Target have some great clothes for back to school or what? My girl’s sure think so!

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4 Fall Looks from prAna Plus Win $250 Worth of prAna Clothes

Samples were provided for feature, all opinions are my own.
4 fall looks from prana

Fall is quickly approaching and that means itis time to talk fall fashion and a great brand to check out is prAna, home of outdoor and athletic apparel for women! The new Fall collection is available online and there are some really great pieces you must check out. This years fall line from prAna is really versatile with so many pieces that easily can be mixed or matched for lots of outfits. I chose 5 pieces and created 4 different outfits that are perfect for fall, all of which I love.

 

prana flannel shirt an skirt

 

 

prAna Fall outfit 1: Western is in for fall so this outfit is on trend while being fun with the bright color!

 

 

prana skirt

 

prAna Fall outfit 2: Here is a slightly less cowgirl look but still with that great skirt and boots.

 

 

prana pants and cardigan

 

prAna Fall outfit 3: Swapping in skinny jeans and flats you get another great fall outfit.

 

prana plaid top skinny pants

 

prAna Fall outfit 4: Nothing says fall like  cozy flannel and skinny pants.

So what do you think, any prAna pieces you just must have in your wardrobe this fall? Be sure to chekc out the prAna fall fashion being featured on Momma in FlipFlops too!

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