The Quick 6: Swimwear, Home Decor, Skin Savers, Workout Wear and More...

Just a random sharing of things I want you to know about:

1- FLAGPOLE Swimwear: Credit on this one goes to my bestie Miryha- she told me about her new swimwear obsession and it very quickly became mine too. The most gorgeously modern suits with unexpected but amazing color combos- plus, you can order on Zappos and Shopbop which means trying and returning is so simple- key when it comes to trying a new swimwear brand.

2- PLAE Sneakers for Kids/Toddlers: I have raved about this smartly designed brand many times in the past (including HERE), and currently, we are loving this hightop in Aurora Suede- reminds me (and more importantly, Alexa) of a Unicorn in Outer Space, which is clearly an upgrade to the basic Unicorn trend that we are slowly tiring of. 

3- Magic Globes for Cooling/Sinus/Facial Massage: They stay cool for HOURS, and feel amazing first thing in the morning when you wake up congested and puffy. The stimulation also helps to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and large pores, and the cooling effect may also help to activate collagen fibers to improve skin elasticity. I am obsessed with using these twice a day- right when I wake up after applying eye cream, and, if I am going out in the evening, before applying my "time to face the world" makeup. And YAY that you can get them on Amazon Prime!

4- Opalhouse Throw Pillows: Stumbled across this new brand at Target the other day, and bought 3 pillows- itching to go back and get more though. The quality is insanely good- and especially, in my opinion, the velvet styles. They look like custom-made super pricey designer versions, seriously. Check out the entire assortment HERE and swoon.

5- Urban Decay HiFi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in SPL: Overall, this new gloss collection is top notch, but special shout out goes to this holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkles shade that still lets your natural lip color shine through so you don't look as if you are suffering from an oxygen deficiency. IMHO, this is a grown up way to wear a festival-inspired lip trend. 

6- Outdoor Voices Activewear: When this brand first reached out and asked if I would like to test it out, I was like "meh, sure." My workout wear preferences tend toward the more glossy black compression, high-tech looking styles- so the heathered fabrics and simple designs didn't grab me right off the bat. Well- when I am wrong, I am WRONG. These leggings are so flattering- and quick-drying, important if you sweat like I do and then want to run errands without looking like you should be wearing adult diapers. I am not that girl who works out in a sports bra and leggings- but in Outdoor Voices, I totally do. The combo of THESE high waist leggings and THIS crop bra top is EVERYTHING! Get on it, people. 

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The 5 White T-Shirts You Need To Own

Having a great white t-shirt ready to be worn at a moment's notice is the ultimate fashion gift to give yourself right now. As we head into warmer temps (hopefully!), being able to throw one on with jeans, track pants, a pencil skirt, these leggings, whatever it may be is the easiest way to get out of the house in minutes looking totally put together.

Currently I am madly in love with THIS t-shirt/tank top hybrid, as seen in the photo above. Tucked into my beloved Madewell high-waist jeans (THIS is the pair I own in every wash), it is an instant outfit.

Below, additional picks to round out your collection. From the waist up, consider your Spring style update DONE. 

1- My Favorite: You already know this one- but in the interest of making the numbers in my shoppable image (trying new things to make this blog easier for you guys to shop from- just click the + icon on each image to go to the product page!) line up with the text, linking it again HERE

2- 70's Inspired Color Pop: THIS Monrow tee is perfectly cut, and has the best striping situation. All you need are roller skates, and you are off and running :)

3- Knotted: A big trend at the moment, THIS front-knot tee hits at the perfect spot, and the price can't be beat- sure, you can find $10 versions but when you want a white tee that is gonna last for more than like 4 washes, spending $30 on quality is wayyyy worth it. 

4- Beach Ready: Put pom poms on anything and I swoon (case in point, THIS hat I shared on Insta that quickly became one of my most clicked items)- especially when they adorn THIS simple white tee that has the most flattering shoulder situation. 

5- Best Basic: Slim cut, crew neck, substantial weight but not at all heavy, THIS is a keeper. 

 

Why Alexa's First Concert Was So Major. For Me.

Sure, taking your child to see her first music concert (or movie, or play, or museum, or so many things for that matter), is a big deal for them. But let's take a moment to appreciate what a big moment it is also is for you.  Of course, the reason for the bigness is different for everyone- depends on the kid, depends on the relationship, depends on so many intangible parts of this life. This is about why it was so major for me.

P!NK is my favorite artist- most people who know me well know that this obsession runs deep. My love and appreciation of her has only grown stronger as she- and I- became moms (around the same time, and I wonder if I am the only one who feels this weird connection with a celeb when you are pregnant at the same time? Bueller? Bueller?). When I heard she would be at MSG, and my friends suggested getting tickets and taking our daughters, at first I was like YES! Then I purposely pretended to forget about it and hoped it would just fall by the wayside- because truth be told, I wasn't sure how Alexa (or I- as a result) would handle the loud, crowded atmosphere. And I was sure that my friends- and their daughters- would be totally cool with the whole experience, which made me even more anxious about it. 

The other day, when one friend excitedly shared with the group that she found great tickets at a great price- and minutes later the reply-all emails saying "WE'RE IN!" starting flooding my inbox- I kind of wanted to throw up. I knew we had to go- superficially because it was something we had always talked about doing together as a group- but also, on some level, because I knew we HAD to. If I let my fear of Alexa's fears get in the way of an experience that could be as special as this, I was setting in to motion of pattern of behavior that would only get worse as time went on and the stakes got higher. Oh, the places I let my brain take me at 2am...

So, I hit send on the "CAN'T WAIT!!" email (as my sweat glands started working overtime), and spend the next few days mentally preparing myself for the worst. Granted, these girlfriends are basically like family- and they have seen the good, bad and ugly time and time again over the past 5 years. But this was gonna be a bit different.  This time, I didn't have Brian there to help me calm Alexa down or distract with a funny joke. It was just moms. And daughters. All girls. We all know how girls can get. And even if they aren't like that at all- which, for the record, these girls really aren't- that fear of judgement, of being the odd one out, lingers (damn you, middle school bullies in 1994!). Plus, we were 90 minutes from home, in a concert venue I was unfamiliar with (if I had to leave in a rush, where would I even tell the UBER to meet us!? No clue.)

Yesterday, we all met at the train station, and off we went. In my backpack were 2 packages of earplugs, a fully charged iPad, headphones, 2 sets of UNO cards, and snacks. My friends of course had little crossbody bags that held simply their phones and wallets. Arriving at Grand Central, my friend Anne (who is the only one in the crew without a daughter in her brood, so she left her 3 boys at home and came solo which was awesome) announced that we should totally walk to Madison Square Garden. Inside, a piece of me died (okay, that is dramatic but you get the gist), because I could already see Alexa flipping out 4 blocks into the walk that her feet hurt/she was hot/how much farther?! I took a deep breath, grabbed Alexa's hand and off we went. Lex started to mutter a bit about being scared of the billboards and noises and while in my mind I thought- oh my, so it begins- out of my mouth I just reminded her that P!NK is a mom and wouldn't be anywhere that wasn't safe for herself or her kids, and kept pace with the group.

Yada yada yada (lots more happened but I imagine by now 95% of you have stopped reading- I get it!)... The concert started and Lex was not happy. It was loud. There were fire effects. It was crowded. Her earplugs kept falling out.  My always resourceful friend Hannah offered up tampons to use as emergency earplugs- kinda genius, right? I kindly declined (because 10 years from now she would NEVER forgive me for letting her sit through a P!NK concert with tampon strings hanging out of each ear!). While my friends and their daughters danced and sang, I held Alexa on my lap, keeping on a brave(ish) face while looking for the nearest exit and feeling around for my phone so I could hit the UBER button.

Anne sprang to action and ran out to pay someone off to quickly get Lex and the other 7 year old in the crew, her friend Sylvie, a giant bag of cotton candy. Heather snuck knowing glances my way in sympathy, reminding me that she too had been there and knew how I was feeling. Jen danced and kept spirits up, changing her seat so Lex and I could cuddle up, without making a big deal of it so as to make me- or Alexa- feel even more awkward.

Eventually, Lex settled enough to look at the stage, and, while holding Sylvie's hand, stood up on her seat and together they softly sang every word to "What About Us". It was the sweetest moment, and one I will never forget. 

Like all things in this mom life, we had the highest highs and the lowest lows- all within a span of 3 hours. As incredible as the concert was (and it was INCREDIBLE), the moments that will replay on loop in my brain for the rest of all time having absolutely nothing to do with who was on stage. It will have everything to do with who was sitting in the seats next to me.

Question: Have you ever felt like this when bringing your child to a "first" with friends? What is your best advice for others from that experience? Please share below in the comments!

The Quick 6: Best Spring/Summer 2018 Bags To Buy

Wear Everywhere Woven: This is like a bracelet and a bag in one- adore the gold metal handles dangled from my wrist, and the woven knit bag is sturdy (and roomy enough for an iPad or hardcover book if I am commuting) but still looks really light and airy. It comes in blush and black as well- selling out fast, so GET ON IT, peeps. 

Red / Pink: First off- you guys won't believe how well-priced this bag is- or where I happened to find it. But besides that, the whole red/pink combo is one of my favorite trends right now, and this easy clutch has just the right touch of whimsy to make it work for day and evening.

One Word- Gucci: Basically every single Gucci bag is top of my wish list at the moment- and this one (which we happened to get my mom for Christmas in hopes she will let me borrow it) is, in my opinion, the perfect pick from the current collection. A subtle sheen, sized just right, able to go cross body or over the shoulder, and, there happens to be the sweetest hidden detail on the back that just makes it even that much more special. (This is also a great option at a less daunting price point, FYI.)

Belt Bag, But Not As a Belt: The return of the fanny pack freaked me out too, guys. But then when I saw (don't judge) one of the Kardashians wearing it slung under her arm like this  I was like- oooh, this I could do (esp. because she did it while carrying a kid on her back, an accessory-averse situation many moms are familiar with). Love this sporty version- because it just feels like it makes sense as part of an athleisure look more so than a glam going out deal. 

Beach Ready Boho: Under $70, this also fills my typography quota, and the color combo is such that it literally works with every single thing in every single closet. The distressed canvas and the just-right-to-tuck-under-the-arm straps are also A+ attributes. Oh- and check this version out, too...I kinda want them both. 

Round w/Tassels: The bag made to be worn with every spring dress imaginable, let this hang down off your shoulder for a long, lean line, or you can get practical about it and go cross-body. Either way, it holds what you need it to, and is that perfect juxtaposition of structure sitting next to airy silk ruffle springiness...This bag is the current style blogger obsession- and while I adore it, truth be told, if my kids can see inside my bag, it is only a matter of minutes before lipstick is all over everything in arms reach.

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The $17 Pants In My Closet That I Can't. Stop. Wearing.

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I am a total sucker for the ads that pop up in my Instagram with splashy images of the fashion items I am currently on the hunt for (how do they know EVERYTHING?!?) and price points that make it impossible to NOT click through to "Shop Now." Which is how I stumbled upon THIS site- and ended up filling a shopping cart with random items to try. As my husband and I joke when I eat a donut after breakfast, or polish off a second martini when I swore I was just going to sip one- "it's for SCIENCE!". 

As I delved into the abyss that is SHEIN, I threw this hi-lo floral print trapeze top, these leggings (a knockoff of the Lilybods I had been wanting to purchase anyway), this summery embroidered top and- the piece de resistance (sorry no clue how to do accent marks on Squarespace!): THESE TRACK PANTS

You guys, they are AWESOME. The material is soft instead of scratchy, the elastic waist doesn't pinch and sits at a good spot just below the waist,  and the length hits right at the ankle- no tailoring needed (which is a good thing because I would surely have a moral issue paying $12 for a tailor to shorten $17 pants).

I wore the tunic to dinner last Friday night (as you may have seen in my Instastory, if you happen to follow me there which I hope you do!), and, while the material is more sheer than in the photo, I kinda loved it. I added a belt because the fit is WAY roomy- but for $14, it is a fun piece to have in my closet. Same goes for the embroidered top- cute and whimsical, no complaints. The leggings were a fail!- See-through, flimsy, and the white striping started to peel off within an hour of my first wear.

If you have never shopped SHEIN, you have nothing to lose- shipping on orders over $49 is free, you have 60 days to return for a full refund, and the site has like 1,000,000 items on sale at any given time. 

Here (pictured below) are 10 of my favorite finds on the site. Please leave a comment if you have ever ordered off SHEIN and share your hits and misses so I can add to my list, 'kay?

PS. I recommend you steer clear of the workout leggings- unless you like the person behind you at SoulCycle getting a full view of your butt- and perhaps a peek at some crack- while you ride.