+ - - - - - - My thoughts on mom style over at Sayyes

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Last week my good friend Liz from Sayyes.com (I love this lady, check out her beautiful DIY site and her cute new squishy baby girl) asked me to give my thoughts on my mom uniform and style and current trends. For details head over there! Something I didn’t add was my tip on mommy bags – I usually go with something inexpensive so I don’t have to worry about it getting ruined, something big, and fashionable – I found something perfect from Old Navy (from the picture above).

When I took these photos Beck decided to photo-boom, so naturally we took a lot of crazy jumping photos. His kind of picture.

+ - - - - - - DIY jersey sweatshirt – styled 2 ways

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I spotted a fraying numbered sweatshirt somewhere and instantly thought that this would be the easiest sporty related thing ever. So unique to pair with a skirt or some heels that you are bound to feel stylish. Quick! If you don’t like it later, seam rip off the letters and be on your way.

top: hanes/refashioned   pants/skirt: hm   shoes: steven madden (old)

+ - - - - - - DIY and style inspiration: Sporty Chic

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I’m in love with the sporty trend! It can be edgy, casual or dressy. With the graphic combos of stripes, numbers, and logos, it creates a very unique and fun new way to dress. I love the many outfit possibilites like adding a pop of colorful running shoes added to the classy wool coat or adding a  bright logo hat a top to the feminine fitted dress.

A few DIYs that can accomplish this sporty trend:
1. Add a stripe up your pant leg or pencil skirt (tutorial here)
2. Slap a sporty number and/or name on it a tee shirt, jacket or sweatshirt. You can do this several ways, freezer paper (tutorial here and here), cut out and sew some numbers to your top (tutorial coming soon), stencil it (tutorial here), or buy some iron on letters.
3. Buy a thrifted (or whatnot) top with a sports team on it and refashion it to be more fitted or what have you (Tutorial here)
4. Buy a very long and oversized jersey, tee shirt, or sweatshirt and take it in at the sides and sleeves and wear it as a cute dress (Tutorial here).

+ - - - - - - Easy gathered girly top tutorial

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The first thing that popped into my mind after I finished sewing this top was….wow this is SO Spring-y and girly I love it. My husband’s was…that would look good with just panties (but I digress and tmi…sorry and not sorry). All I needed with this top was a warm sunny day, picnic blanket, lunch, my boys, a bike and trailer, and some flowers hanging from my bike basket. Instead I got a freezing cold and on/off rainy day, parked outside of a random building on a random street with my littlest napping in the car 5 feet away as I was peering in on him in between pictures to make sure he wasn’t waking up. When will spring really get?!  Oh and did I mention this top is PERFECT for pregnancy too?

pants: hm    top: self-made tutorial below   hat: oasap   lipstick:mood lipstick (I’m obsessed)

+ - - - - - - Very Simple neckline facing tutorial

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I’ve wanted to make this video forever now, and hopefully you guys aren’t too picky about quality, because I made it myself. I have never shown how to make a perfect looking neckline with facing before! So, here you go, if you were wondering what one of the many proper ways to finish your neckline, here it is. Very easy, and simple. I know in the video and the pictures below it shows me making it on a dress form, but you can do the same on a table. Both ways work.

Continue below for more complete step by step picture instructions too!

+ - - - - - - Quick outfit with a tailored blazer and tutorial

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This is a very quick way to tailor your blazer…I’ve done this about 6 or so times now on a few blazers, my brother in law’s jacket and an overcoat. It is pretty straight forward and easy! It does take lots of patience, ironing and for the bigger jobs, time. This jacket was a small men’s blazer thrifted by my sister-in-law (maybe a bigger juniors). This one took me a little more time because I had a lot of seams to take in. I actually took in 9 out of 11 seams and removed the flap in the back. I turned out greater than I thought and I will definitely see myself wearing it with everything. Now if I hadn’t run over my cute wide brimmed hat I would have paired it with that!

pants: h&m      shoes: old (similar, similar)    top: refashioned (tutorial here)    blazer: altered (tutorial here)   necklace: sosie