Burgundy Boots for a Pop of Color

Good morning, friends!

Did everyone have a fantastic weekend?  I know that many of you have the day off today so hopefully it will be filled with relaxation, productivity or both…whichever you need.  Personally, I am still tired from Saturday night.  Tiffany and I went out with our girlfriends for dinner and then hopped around downtown Raleigh.  I rarely stay out late since having Ryan, and by late I mean after 10pm.  Well, I finally crawled into bed at 2:30am after a night of delicious food, insane amounts of laughter and dancing!  I had not had a “full night out” in ages so it was a blast to spend such a fun time with my girls.  That’s not to say that I wasn’t EXHAUSTED yesterday but my sweet husband took Ryan out so I could sleep in and then they brought me home an egg and cheese biscuit and glazed donuts.  Score!

Samantha, the blogger behind the blog, “Go French Yourself,” recently posted a new pair of boots she purchased and they were the most beautiful burgundy color.  I immediately became fixated with finding a pair of my own.  The little pop of color gave her looks such a cool edge.  We have gotten to know her over the last few months and it has been cool to feel so inspired by her sense of style.

I wanted to share some pretty options for burgundy boots with you all.  I have been so surprised by just how often I wear them.  The color looks great with a denim jacket and a plain white tee or with a tailored black dress for a more formal look.  My favorite way to wear them is with any look that is all-black.  I like the small pop of color that the burgundy gives to an otherwise chic but dark look.  On this particular day, I opted for a casual look.  I threw on a cozy tee, denim jacket and skinny jeans.





Wearing Overalls in the Winter

Good mooooorrrrrnnning!

I am a bit exuberant this morning because the ice has melted (for the most part) and this girl is leaving the house for the first time since last Friday!  Playing outside has been such a blast and the sight of melting snow bums me out but I am ready for the ice to disappear.  When the streets are covered in ice here in Raleigh, everything shuts down.  Really, the entire city seems to go on a winter hiatus.  Well, the temp hit close to fifty degrees yesterday so the roads should be relatively safe.

I am a stay-at-home mom but Ryan has a babysitter on Wednesdays for 4-5 hours.  His sitter was actually my nieces’ preschool teacher when they were little so we have known her for years and I thank my lucky stars for her constantly.  I struggle with leaving Ryan (EVERY SINGLE TIME) so I feel very fortunate knowing that he is spending time with someone I trust implicitly.  We made the decision to have her start watching Ryan when he was just shy of one.  I wanted him to become comfortable with the idea of me leaving so he could learn that I would always come back.  As wonderful as Ryan has been and still is running errands, it provides me the opportunity to be more productive when out and about because I don’t have to worry about his nap schedule.

Anyway, today I am picking up my mom to head to the mall and do some returns from Christmas.  After that, we are meeting up with my sister-in-law to view the space where sh is throwing my brother’s upcoming 40th birthday party.  We are selecting a color scheme and looking at table linens…two of my favorite things to do!  I am so psyched to see the event space.

Okay, let’s switch gears and talk about overalls.  I featured overalls and discussed my lifelong love affair in here in a previous post.  It seems that people think of them as a spring or summer piece but then keep them in the closet during the winter.  It is incredibly easy to transition overalls in the colder weather.  My favorite way to do so is by throwing on a cardigan or duster over them.  That’s all you have to do.  Crazy easy, right?

When wearing overalls, I tend to keep the look fairly simple so as not to appear over-styled or juvenile.  For this particular outfit, I wore a black and white striped shirt and a black open front cardigan.  I felt that it was safer to leave any pop of color for my lips and selected a bright red shade.


Hope you have a wonderful day!



Family Snow Days

Good morning, everyone!

 Each year here in Raleigh, we expect to see snow just a few times each winter.  Sometimes the occurrence is even more rare than that but I was keeping my fingers crossed.  This was going to be the first time that Ryan was old enough to actually play in the snow and I couldn’t wait for that experience.  Well, my wish came true this past weekend as we woke up to a mini winter wonderland on Saturday.  While we didn’t get a foot of snow, we did get just enough for us to have the best time outside.

While spending the fifteen minutes of bundling Ryan up in his snow gear, there was that tiny bit of concern that my kid would not be a fan of the cold air and wind…and understandably so.  If you’re that tiny and and have never experienced freezing temperatures I would think that it could prove traumatizing!  Perhaps it is because his mom’s roots are based in Rochester, NY (one of the coldest areas in the states) because Ryan LOVED the snow.  He immediately started to trek through the snow and surprised me with his sense of balance.  Although, truthfully, the moments that David and I looked most forward to were when he did topple over and had to pull himself up.  There are few things cuter than a teeny tiny little one decked out like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man trying to figure out how to get back up on his or her feet.  We FaceTimed various family members while Ryan played so they could be part of the experience and while we were on with my brother, Ryan began to get up from his seated position.  The sound of my brother laughing (in between his words of encouragement) was priceless.

Because we don’t experience much snow here, David and I had not purchased any snow toys so out came Ryan’s beach bucket and sand shovels.  They worked perfectly!  My brother and sister-in-law had passed down an inflatable snow raft so we pulled Ryan all the way the street and he enjoyed the ride.  We somehow had a as well so David plopped Ryan down on it and slowly pushed him down the hill in our backyard.  It is funny how as parents you need to ease your child into things…not for the sake of your child but for your own sake.  By the end of the day, David was shoving Ryan down that very same hill.

Our little guy loved playing in the snow so much that our first day out ended in a huge tantrum.  He isn’t a kid who typically tantrums so I have to admit that we found it humorous.  Of all times to choose to throw a fit, he chose to do so facedown in a bed of snow…while wearing eighteen pieces of clothing.  With his coat and snow pants on, he was trying to kick little legs but they barely moved.  It was one of those moments when we were thankful that he couldn’t see us giggling.

Ryan and I are currently relishing in the fact that snow remains on the ground.  Sunday was crazy cold…as in frostbite warning windchill levels so we had to take a day off from being outside.  We headed out again yesterday and he showed even less fear during sledding, although he laughed the loudest when his dad came flying own the hill!  My parents are are heading over today so we will head out one last time because the temperature is supposed to hit close to 70 degrees on Friday.  (Nothing like a good old 40+ degree temp jump…i hear that’s great for keeping people healthy.  Ugh.)

Here are some pics of our days in the snow…




Have a wonderful day, friends!