CH2T Covets: Cyber Monday Deals for Mama & Baby

Excited to share some fun Cyber Monday deals with all my mamas out there! You know you spent the whole weekend shopping for everyone else on your list – so I’m here to dedicate this Cyber Monday to you. Whether it’s jewelry, makeup/skincare, or a cute outfit for that next date night – I’m here to give you permission to treat yourself for once!

Of course, I’ve also included a few awesome steals for that baby of yours. I see you – and because I’m the worst to blame for ending up in the baby/kids section when I should be shopping for myself ūüėČ Hope you score some awesome deals!

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Ten Things I Love About You: Vol. 2

Can you believe it’s already been three months since Charlotte was born? Cuz I can’t. This time around has gone by even faster than it did with Garrett. Much to my surprise, since it felt like I was holding my breath the whole time with him – dreading the day my maternity leave was up. Now with Charlotte, things are just more complicated – I have a 4 year old literally running circles around me, I’m trying to navigate this whole freelance world, we’re still getting settled into our fixer upper, and I’m working on expanding the blog/styling arm of my brand. It’s such a double edged sword too, because you want to soak up every moment but at the same time you kind of can’t wait to have that 4th trimester behind you.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Age of Innocence

I would have posted this sooner, but it’s taken me some time to gather my thoughts after the tragedy in Vegas. When I was single (or just prior to starting a family), things like this would happen in the world, your mind tells you how horrible it is, and you react like any compassionate person would. But it’s like the minute you have a baby, you no longer think with your head. In fact, it’s as if all of the world’s emotions get sucked into your heart and BAM – you’re a mom. You no longer just fear for yourself, you fear for these innocent little people who you created, and your mission in life is to protect that innocence for all it’s worth. But the duality is that you still have that logical pre-mommy side of your brain telling you that it’s impossible. That they will get to an age where they will become aware of the bad things that happen around them, outside of this parental bubble you’ve created, and you come to grips that this “age of innocence” is over. You accept your job as parents to raise them to be good people who fight for what’s right. Period.

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Cammeo Head to Toe Turns One!

A year ago this April marked the one year anniversary of my other, slightly less demanding and not nearly as cute¬†baby – my blog. Oddly enough, it took having a baby to¬†get the courage to launch my own blog, as if I needed one more thing to tackle. I had just returned to work full-time, was still nursing a 6 month old baby through the night, and figured – “Hey, I’m up at 1am anyway, might as well write.” As crazy as it sounds, looking back at this year, I am so glad I did it. Becoming a mom truly does change the whole life game – it’s as if everything before now was just rehearsal for¬†my¬†“real life” to start. Everything I thought I knew about myself and what I wanted for my future, was turned upside down and inside out. Starting this¬†blog awakened my true love for writing, something I always had a passion for growing up and somehow¬†had pushed aside along the way. It¬†also has given me a creative¬†outlet I so desperately needed, not only to pursue my personal styling, but¬†it served as a way for me to¬†express myself in ways that are so crucial when deciphering your life as a new mom.

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CH2T Covets: Marsala is the New Oxblood

Last week, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2015 – Chicken Marsala. Wait, no…just Marsala. Sorry, I¬†have food on the brain; those¬†five bites of pasta I snuck in between¬†shoveling¬†the rest¬†in Garrett’s mouth and dodging shots flung from his spoon didn’t make for much of a dinner. Let’s try that again – hold your applause please…”Marsala” is Pantone’s Color of the Year. Yes!!!!!!

Now I’m all for a good marketing pun, but let’s call it what it is – it’s burgundy, people. The same way that 2014’s Radiant Orchid was just a fancy way of saying “wear purple, it’s cool now.” What’s more, it’s actually an excuse to dig out all my old Oxblood pieces that I bought when that was the “it” color 2 years ago – no complaints here.

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My Week in Style: Fall Back to Basics

For me, fall fashion is as good as it gets, and October¬†is like the green light to whip out the sweaters and dust off the boots.¬†It also¬†signals the¬†countdown to my birthday¬†and the inevitable “fall back” time change. So to kick things off, I always make sure to invest in¬†versatile¬†wardrobe pieces that can easily be mix and matched and¬†worn for at least a few more seasons.

This fall, I’m all about the oversized knits and leather leggings paired with caged heels (perfectly styled here),¬†or the currently coveted slip on sneaker. Luckily, I was able to¬†find the most perfect pair of imitation leather leggings and¬†two-tone gray sweatshirt¬†at H&M that I will be living in for the next¬†4 months. I also spotted the most chic¬†gray jersey knit dress, with just the right stretch and length to flatter nearly every figure. I could just picture it going oh-so-perfectly with my All Saints ankle boots and leather moto jacket, as styled here.

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Date Night: Color Blocked

If you would have told me just a year ago that going to see a movie on a school night would be the highlight of my week – I would have slapped you silly. Fast forward a year and I am here to tell you that after 10 years of being with my husband and 1 baby down – as clich√© as it sounds, movie night is like gold when it comes to date night outings. I don’t know if it’s the perfectly buttered popcorn as it¬†wafts out the theatre doors, or the¬†oh-so-soft-to-the-touch velvety¬†plush¬†chairs that¬†make you forget all about the¬†fact that you¬†just dropped $60 bucks on Milk Duds and a Coke (seriously what happened to the gold ole days?) Not to mention,¬†that could¬†have¬†paid for those slip on sneakers at Nordstrom that¬†I suddenly can’t live without, but I digress.

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A Spring Affaire – Trina Turk & Operation School Bell

Ladies who lunch¬†took on a whole new meaning¬†as I attended¬†the Spring Affaire event this past Saturday hosted by the Assistance League of Los Angeles. The luncheon was held at the¬†Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and benefit Operation School Bell, a charity dedicated to “dressing children for school success” – now that’s a mission I can get behind.

Working for Los Angeles magazine definitely has its perks. We not only produce some of the best events around L.A., but every now and then you get the opportunity to attend events where you show up not knowing what to expect and you leave pleasantly surprised. I only wish there were more events like this one, that celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the awe-inspiring women who make up this wonderful city of ours.

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My Week in Style: To Crop or Not to Crop

That is the question I have been asking myself ever since the crop top made a resurgence from its resting grounds, the early 90s. Needless to say, it brought back some interesting fashion memories of my early teen self. In fact, I can still hear my dad saying to “turn right back around and put something on that covers up more than your pinky finger”.

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My Week in Style: Summer Friday

In SoCal a summer Friday = beach day, plain and simple. So Grant and I packed up the beach bag, took the top off the jeep, and set our sights on Santa Monica.

Inspired by our local beach volleyball Olympians, Grant put on his best Rosenthal face and I channeled my personal hero Misty May-Treanor for some casual peppering in the sand. After we had officially worn ourselves out, we made our way over to try and snag the best spot on the beach. In case you’re wondering how this is accomplished, the formula is simple – no loud families or seagull lovers…you know who you are.

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