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Two Ways To Wear It : Simple Black Tee

Alyssa Walls

  I don't know about you, but as a mom I tend to live in t shirts. They are some of the best staples to have in your closet because they are so versatile and so perfect for mom life. They can be layered, worn alone, oversized, tight fit, dressed up, dressed down. T shirts are the bomb. However, I don't think this means that we have to dress casually all the time. As I said, they can be  dressed up, too! I am going to show you two very different ways to wear a simple black tee, just to prove how versatile they are. In fact, I may make this t shirt Inspo a regular thing!

  Look one is pretty casual as I paired it with some denim and my favorite sneakers. However, I added interest by throwing on this knit vest, which I looove, and by wearing denim with a fun raw hem. This look is what I would call Casual Chic. It looks like you put some effort into your outfit, yet you still look comfortable and casual. This is the kind of outfit that is perfect for every day mom life. Or on Saturdays when you just want to wear something comfy for your weekend plans.

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Now, take that same black t shirt, throw on a faux leather skirt and some ankle boots and you're ready for date night, an event, girl's night, concert or anything else you may want to dress up for. This faux leather skirt is so beautiful in person, and I love how it looks with a simple tee! As a mom, I don't often get the opportunity to dress up, which is why I like pairing dressier items with more causal items such as t shirts and ankle boots. It brings the dressiness of the skirt down just a notch, making it perfect for my lifestyle. 

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I love pieces that can easily create different looks. T shirts are those closet staples that can be styled in countless ways effortlessly. They come in endless colors, fits, shapes, and styles. You can create just about any look you want with a t shirt. One piece of closet advice I can give, stock up on your t shirts! Grab them in all colors, black, white, gray, navy, olive, burgundy, blush, etc. Get some that are loose fitted, some that have a tighter fit, v neck and crew neck, long sleeve and short sleeve. Solid colors, stripes, and florals. You won't regret it, and hopefully I can help inspire you in how to style them!

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Fearless Friday : Denim Pinafore

Alyssa Walls

  I have to admit, we were too enamored with our ice cream that we failed to get a good full outfit shot. In fact, we failed to really get any shot of this look, you'll see what I mean! So I apologize for the short and sweet (pun intended! ;) blog post today.

  A trend that I have really been seeing come out this summer is denim overalls. Now, there are a few people that can rock this look, but overall I am just not a fan. That is just my personal opinion, though! There are also overall dresses, also known as 'Pinafores'. I knew this was a look I could give a try. Maybe someday I will be brave enough to try overalls, but that day is not today!

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  My consensus for this item? They're cute, as long as they are worn with the correct top. I think a more tight fitted top looks best, since these dresses have no shape to them. I think they look casual and cute with some sneakers, I paired them with my favorite wedge espadrille sneakers. Personally, I didn't fall in love with this look and felt it was impractical for my lifestyle.

  That is the whole reason behind these posts, to try out a trend that I may or may not end up liking, and to give my followers an honest opinion! If you don't have three little toddlers to chase around and constantly pick up, I say why not try it! They are definitely a more casual piece, and I do love that this one was light pink! 

Style Tips For The Working Mom : How To Stay Cool While Still Looking Professional

Alyssa Walls

I'll be honest, I haven't been in the 'professional work force' for a number of years, but I do have some tips for you to staying cool and looking professional at the same time. It was a requested post by several of you, so I did some research, asked around, and came up with a few answers for you. I also want to make sure I'm not leaving out my working mamas!!

I've been told that most companies are moving to a dress code titled 'smart casual'. The definition of this term is 'neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a certain dress code'. This is good news! While there are still some obvious dress guidelines in place, it means most companies are becoming a little more lax in what they allow you to wear. Of course, this does not mean sweat pants and sneakers, unfortunately, or anything too revealing. But thats okay, we are striving for classy!

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 My first tip for you women working in the professional business world is to stick to dresses and skirts. (Only in the summer, of course. Pants are so chic for fall/winter) As you can see, the dress I have styled here is still very modest, yet it allows me to stay cool with it's sleeveless silhouette. Dresses and skirts allow for more movement, and therefore more air circulation, whereas pants keep you constrained and will cause you to heat up faster. If you can, go with sleeveless styles. If not, try to find a smaller cap sleeve. As for skirts, pick a mid length that is a little looser and flowy. 

Next, try to stick to light, breathable fabrics. Again, these are going to help with air circulation and will allow you to stay cooler. If your office is cold, style your pieces with light layers. Find a lightweight jacket or cardigan that can easily be removed when needed. Also, I think lighter colors tend to keep you cooler, whereas black attracts the sun. 

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 Thirdly, go with open shoes. I have heard that shoes is one of the things you have the most freedom in. I would go with a open, heeled sandal like the one I am wearing here. Open shoes actually make a huge difference in body heat. When your feet are trapped inside a shoe, they will quickly heat up and it will heat up your entire body. Once your at that hot point, it is hard to cool down! And none of us need that melting makeup look, am I right?

 Lastly, wear your hair back. Unless you have short hair, then you are all set. Your hair can feel like a thick scarf keeping your neck warm, or so I've heard. My hair is so thin that it is no good at keeping me warm in the winter. But still, even with my thin hair, it feels good to pull it back when I am feeling nice and toasty. Throw your hair back in a classy top knot or a slicked back pony, not only will it help keep you cool, you will look very stylish and professional, ready to conquer the days tasks!

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 I hope these tips helped a little! Stay tuned because I plan to do another work wear post soon with my absolute favorite blogger (and idol), Loverly Grey.  I am so beyond flattered and excited. She will be giving you guys more work wear inspiration, so make sure to stay tuned for that! And if you're not already following her, you should check her out. She is so sweet and genuine and has the best taste in fashion.

  Dressing for the professional world can make it difficult to dress in a way that keeps you cool. You have to make sure your clothes are professional and that takes a way a little bit of the freedom you would usually have in your wardrobe. I have four tips to help stay cool while still looking professional.

  1. Wear dresses and skirts, they allow for more movement than pants which can be constricting and heat trapping

  2. Get your pieces in lightweight fabrics. This may be an obvious choice, but your fabric choice can really make a huge difference.

  3. Wear open shoes that allow your feet to breathe!

  4. Wear your hair back! We all know that our hair can be one of the biggest culprits in heating us up, wearing it back in a chic style can really help as well!

 

Budget Friendly Family Fun in Denver Colorado

Alyssa Walls

 August is family fun month so I thought it would be appropriate to share some family fun things to do in Denver.  The best part is, most of these places are absolutely free, and the rest are very budget friendly!

 I don't know about your family, but come summer time, mine lives in the water. It is so hot and dry here in Colorado, that getting wet is the best thing to be doing! One of our absolute favorite places to do this is in front of Union Station. Union Station is right at the heart of downtown Denver and is a cool place to check out, in and of itself! However, they have the biggest fountain splash pad I've ever seen (that is free at least!) right outside! It's situated right in front of some fun restaurants that are connected to Union Station. There's even an ice cream spot right there! We love to pack a lunch, hop on the light rail which drops us off right at Union Station, and play in the fountains. We usually get ice cream afterwards, of course!

More splash pads and water fun

1. Central Park Stapleton, 8601 MLK Blvd free

2.  H2Odyssey City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd free

3. The Pop Jet Fountain, 1300 Pearl Street free

4.  Pirates Cove Water Park , 1225 W Belleview Ave

5. Puddle Jumper Pool, 2401 N. Xenia Street

6. Confluence Park, 2200 15th Street free

7. Cherry Creek Reservoir, 4201 S. Parker Road

8. Paradice Island, 5951 Monaco Street

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  Another fun little place to check out is Delaney Farms. Delaney Farm is a 158 acre historic property. It is one of the last remaining homesteads in Aurora CO. You can schedule a tour of the buildings still standing, such as the Round Barn, the School House, and the Gully Homestead house. They do have open days on select Saturdays, too.

The kids had fun exploring and the little girl inside of me loved all the Little House On The Prairie feels! The volunteers there were eager to share their knowledge of the farm as well as show us around. Some of them were even in character costumes! 


 A newly discovered favorite of ours is Oblio's Pizzeria. Every Tuesday  is kid's night. The kids get free pizza (with the purchase of an adult pizza), and ice cream sundae bar. They also bring in a face painter and a balloon animal maker. My kids looove getting their faces painted with their favorite characters, and choosing what kind of balloon they want is the hardest decision they have to make at this age! 

Have any favorite things to do as a family in Denver?!? Share them in the comments! I know there is sooo much more to do here in CO, but I think I want to do more posts like this, so didn't want to share them all at once! Let me know what you think!

August Style Challenge: Helping You Style Your Closet

Alyssa Walls

  Hello lovely readers! Thanks for stopping by today :) I am super excited to share with you guys my style challenge for August. If you've never done a style challenge, they are usually done over the course of a month and they are really created to help inspire you, to help you think of new ways to wear the pieces in your closet, and to get you to think outside the box. 

Every day has a different 'theme', or piece, and you get to style it in your own way. If you don't follow me on instagram, you're going to want to do that because that is where I will be sharing all my looks, updates, encouragement, and more direction on what the day's challenge entails. 

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  As an example, as you can see August 1st will be a stand out accessory. Now you get to choose an accessory that stands out and plan your outfit around that piece. August 14th is stripes, because who doesn't have something with stripes in their closet?? You get to pick your striped piece and style it in a way you love or challenge yourself to style it in a new way.

  I just have a couple rules for this Style Challenge..

ONE. It's absolutely okay to skip or miss a day! I understand life gets busy. By participating in this challenge, you are not signing anything that says you have to participate every day. You have the freedom to participate however you want! If you miss a day just jump back in where you left off. If you're unsure how to style something or don't have the right piece to style, check out the Style Challenge hashtag to see how other people did it.

TWO. This is not the time for you to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. No, I want to challenge you to use the pieces you already have in your closet! Sure if you want to go out and buy something for the challenge, i'm not going to stop you. That is definitely okay and would make me happy that you want to participate. But I want to encourage you to use as much as you can from your own closet. This is called a style challenge for a reason, and trust me, it is going to be a challenge for me, too!

THREE. Share with your friends! Invite your friends, co workers, moms, sisters to join in on the fun! The more the merrier! And I am so excited to see everyone's looks and personalities come out!

FOUR. Share your photos on instagram tagging @teddybearsandlipstick, and using the hashtag #TBL_stylechallenge. With permission, i'll be sharing my favorite looks for the day on my IG stories, every day! I will also be giving away $100 PayPal cash and a free style consultation at the end of the month to one lucky participant. To enter the giveaway follow these simple steps!

1. Participate at least once, by uploading a photo, tagging @teddybearsandlipstick and hashtag #tbl_stylechallenge

2. Follow me on Instagram 

3. Tag a friend

Every day you participate is an additional entry! 

  I hope you will join me for my first style challenge, it is going to be fun!

5 Summer Pieces To Have In Your Closet Part 2

Alyssa Walls

If you read part one of this series, you know what my first two summer must haves are. (If not, you can read it here!) We all want to be cool and comfortable in the summer, but that doesn't mean we can't put some effort into what we wear. Though I am guilty of just throwing on a tank top and shorts, and throwing my hair back in a pony tail, I do have some pieces that make dressing for summer a bit easier.

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3. denim cut offs

A big trend you are probably already seeing, is denim cut offs. Not only are they perfectly comfortable in the undying heat, they are extremely versatile as well. You can pair just about anything with denim cutoffs, from a simple tee and sneakers, to an off the shoulder blouse and heeled sandals! Shorts are obviously the best option, especially if you are a mom, but denim skirts with a chopped off raw hem are also extremely trendy right now. No matter how you choose to style your denim cut offs, you are sure to be on your A game.

4. bare shoulders

 Summer become the time to show as much skin as possible, it seems. Personally, I don't feel comfortable, nor do I feel the need to 'bare it all'. That being said, I do love showing some shoulder. It helps me stay cool, while still feeling modest. Cold shoulder, off the shoulder, and one shoulder pieces are great because they can be elegant and dressy, or comfy and casual like this tee I am wearing!

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5. cute sandals

 Sandals are great for summer because they are open, comfortable, and easy to just throw on and go. I try to go with something a little more than just those $8 Old Navy flip flops. Though, don't get me wrong, there is definitely a time and place for those, but the right shoe can really tie the whole look together. If you are wanting your summer looks to be cute, classy, or just look like you put some effort in, find a sandal with some cute or unique details. Like these gorgeous pearl ones I styled here. I knew they'd be the perfect sandal for my summer wardrobe and I was not disappointed, I have worn them pretty much every day and get so many compliments. They are a little bit of an investment with a price tag of $70, but they are so worth it. Aaaand I did find a $25 dupe for you guys!

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