Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finding the Right Shirt and Tie for the Man in Your Life

Paul Fredrick
My husband wears a suit and tie to work every single day. For the most part men have it easy. They can get a few basic suit sets that will last a few years and then interchange their dress shirts and ties. He has some work headshots coming up and we were discussing ways he can wear a good shirt and tie combo that won't scream trendy. The thing with headshots is that you want to use them for years to come. At least I would think 4 years until styles drastically change and well you just get a new set.

I found this site: Organic Headshots which have some great tips on making your headshot look natural and classic.

I came across Paul Fredrick as they have some great combinations of ties and dress shirts that are very classic in nature. I love the look above as well as some of these below. They recently launched their summer collection and there are some great light weight pieces in there for the man in your life. I had a hard time looking at men in suits in the summer while living in Chicago because it just looked painfuly stuffy and hot. So obviously lightweight fabrics are the way to go. Also you can't get a better deal then 3 shirts for $169!

Paul fredrick

You can find all their new summer shirts here: Paul Fredrick

Monday, May 19, 2014

Learning How to Dress well with Clinton Kelly. Macy's Style Show

clinton kelly macys dress for your body
Of course the most important picture of the day is blurry

Have you ever wondered if you were dressing right for your body type? I always do. I always try to accentuate areas I am happy with and disguise areas that well I'd naturally rather hide. Some fashion trends I love on other people I know for a fact won't work with my body type. I also know some basic rules of putting a nice outfit together. I know how to dress my age. I know how to play up the accessory.  I know how to put touches on an outfit to move it from day to night, which I use most when I travel so I don't have to pack as much. 

I also love Clinton Kelly. I watched What not to Wear all the time on TLC while it aired and loved the advice he and Stacy gave to these chosen women who had no idea how to dress their bodies. It also reminds me of living in San Francisco having a lazy Sunday with my roommate/best friend watching marathon sessions with wine. 

I honestly took the advice Clinton and Stacy gave their "clients" on the show when I went shopping myself. It stuck with me even in the chubby aftermath of having two kids almost back to back and extremely slow weight loss.  Since having kids and getting back to a somewhat more comfortable figure I notice that I carry my weight all over rather then my hips and legs like I did when I was younger (teens and 20's). That's where seeing Clinton Kelly's show at Macy's in Fresno, CA came into play.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Carmel-By-The-Sea Recommendations: Part I: Relax and Eat Lunch

bloody mary aw shucks

Recently my parents opened up an office in Carmel by the Seam (they live in town part time). Since they have opened the office they also rented the apartment above it for anyone to use while said person goes to Carmel to meet clients. That being said we have sort of taken it upon ourselves to go out once a month as opposed to going every 3 months and staying with my parents. Because we go so often I not only wanted to jot down places I love for my own record, but also to share with anyone who may go there for the first or second time. I am by no means an expert on Carmel because obviously I am not a local but we do a lot in town and are constantly trying new places and I just have grown to really love it there.

The apartment my parents have is tiny but cozy and we can let the kids run around and not be afraid they are going to break something fancy. We often go with the kids however for our 5 year wedding anniversary Nik and I went by ourselves while his mom watched the kids at home.

As you would imagine the places we visited without our kids varied from when we go with our kids.  But I thought I could bring some insight into where to eat and drink, where to enjoy a night out, and great places to relax as I have gotten to know the town pretty well.

Read on for some of our favorites:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun kissed Makeup That Doesn't Make You Look Overdone

A couple of weeks ago I came home to a package from Influenster. Inside was the Mary Kay Sun Kissed make up collection. I couldn't have been more excited.

I have never used Mary Kay products except for their eye make up remover which is the best remover I have used. (reminds me I should buy some). In any regard I received a blush, bronzer, gel eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, translucent powder, and a cream eyeshadow.

I have used all the products for a couple of weeks now and what stands out most to me is the mascara, blush, gel eyeliner, cream eye shadow, and bronzer. Well actually those are the products I have been using most although I love everything I received.

Lat weekend we attended a fundraiser here in town and I used the gel eyeliner, black mascara, bronzer and blush for the event. The eyeshadow in the picture below is RMS, which is another fave, I wrote about them here: RMS Beauty Review

mary kay makeup
Dress JCrew Factory, Necklace: Stella and Dot, Purse Stella and Dot Jacket: Target, old

I am a very fair person and I feel like some bronzing powders either go on extremely dark or barely show at all. Mary Kay's gives me such a natural glow without looking fake. The mascara and gel eyeliner make my eyes just pop, and the blush had a great shimmer to it that complimented the overall look. The photo above was taken with my iphone without any enhancements to the photo.

Here are a few more from the evening.

jcrew factory dress

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day and Palace Pets, a 3 Year Old's Obsession

Mothers Day Dinner
My children just super pumped and excited to celebrate with me

I was looking back on my blog to see if I even wrote about Mother's Day and I really haven't. But I also think this was the first year we actually celebrated it. Instead of the run of the mill brunch we decided to do a Mother's Day dinner at Campagnia, a local restaurant here that has a great outdoor patio. It is even nice to sit out on when it is a million degrees outside. (which it isn't yet). We sat out there for a while, had some wine, and relaxed. Amazingly the kids sat still, which was a miracle unto itself.  

 I had a Cesar Salad and a chicken entree and we split a bottle of Talbot Pinot Noir  and I managed to not to "bites" of my kids pizza. I did absolutely nothing during the day which I haven't done in quite some time. It was incredible, one of the best gifts really, I even caught up on some tv. So now I declare Mother's Day my new favorite holiday! Well behind Christmas and Thanksgiving.

disney palace pet
found this on my phone along with 4 other princesses

So as we dined Claire played with her Palace Pet app on the iPad. She is crazy obsessed with Palace Pets, you know the pets of the Disney princesses? I didn't know they had pets but apparently they do and Claire wants to collect all of them. Right now she has Snow White's Bunny. Claire will brush her tail and push the button so her pet talks which by the way is extremely loud.  When Claire won't go to bed at night which is a regular basis now she will crawl out of her bed and sit at her doorway in the dark and play her Palace Pet,  it's incredibly creepy but its a signal that Claire is not sleeping. We will take turns walking down the hall and find Claire sitting in the dark. Claire almost acts surprised and says "hi how's it going". We do this routine a couple times a night. 

In any regard she loves saving the pictures that she creates on the iPad with her palace pets and princesses. I guess you can add the accessories and background? Not sure. But as Claire has gotten a little older she has created this obsession with these things and she has started to ask for any toy kids play with on  commercials. Which if I remember I used to do as a kid. You know that "I must have this toy NOWWW" attitude. Yikes. 

Here are a few Mother's Day pictures. Hope you had a great weekend!

claire in carters cliff kids bar
mothers day
Deciding what to eat for Mother's Day breakfast

Thursday, May 8, 2014

That One Time I Did a Cleanse...and Survived

I hear so much about juicing these days its somewhat information overload. Don't get me wrong I do own a juicer and do enjoy my green juices, however I don't have them every day. Every time I read a blog or look on Instagram someone is making some fabulous juice which in turn makes me think "crap I should juice more". Here is back when I started Juicing Jucing Fun.

I took things a step further and decided to go for a 3 day juice cleanse from a deal I found on my favorite site. Joyus (watch the video to get more details.)

I won't lie, the cleanse was pricy (a good $200 or so). But the holidays had just ended and I felt just so blah, had gained a few lbs and wanted a clean slate to start eating better again. Plus I wanted to get rid of my sugar addiction and my nightly chocolate binge. 
The juices showed up at work and naturally all the guys in the office made fun of me but I was determined to do it. I did Urban Remedy's Signature cleanse. The first day was great, I had energy,  the juices were fantastic, and because there were 6 a day the second I felt hungry It was already time for another juice. I had no problems the first day. The second day I woke up with the worst headache and was dragging energy wise. I was moody, starving and thinking what am I doing! The headache wouldn't go away either. I grumbled through my second day angry at the world. The third day I still had a headache but I wasn't as angry. I felt ok actually. However my hunger didn't subside. That night I caved and had some veggies and hummus because I just couldn't go on. I did make it the 3 days though, hardest thing I have done with food or diet. I missed chewing my food. 
I lost a couple pounds (water weight) and did feel like I had a new start to jump back into my normal eating routine. So in that sense it helped. Over all would I do it again? Probably not. But it did get me back into juicing. And had me thinking I should open a juice bar in Fresno and charge 10 bucks for a bottle! I can dream. 
Actually now Urban Remedy has these kits you can get automatically delivered to your door with juice and snacks. This sounds more like a reset I would do once in a while then just the juice. They have partnered with Cindy Crawford to bring this to the public. Sounds interesting. Not sure if I could get away with spending $164 once a month for it though. Nik may be breathing down my neck. 
My friends who asked me about juicing I said try it once and see what you think. For me I won't do it again unless there are snacks involved, (which is now available at Urban Remedy). But I sure did feel good about myself loading up on all those vitamins after a month in December of pure junk. 
Have a good one!
Juice Cleanse
Checking out my juice stash in the garage

Juice Cleanse
This actually looks really good to me right now, at the time it was headache city (I am sure from withdrawing from sugar and caffeine) 

Juice Cleanse
You want a juice now mom?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Health and Fitness Strides and Life as of Late

Every week I say to myself I am going to do a blog post! And well here we are several months later. My life has been so incredibly busy lately but in a good way. I am working part time at my parents financial firm Mon-Wed learning the tricks of the trade and working on their advertising and social media. I am also still helping out with projects for my old company in Chicago Th-Fri and then again on Sundays. In between that I have been just doing a ton of work with the Junior League of Fresno. Being my first active year has been crazy busy, plus the volunteer opportunities have been incredible. My favorite so far was holding a baby in the NICU. I am an official baby cuddler! I can go anytime too, which will be nice during the summer where I won't have near as much going on.

In addition to everything I have been crazy addicted to The Bar Method of Fresno. I started going at the beginning when they opened in October and have been consistent. I started going 3 days a week and have recently moved up to 4 times a week then doing one day of cycle tabata at Copper River. Muscle really does weigh more then fat. I have only lost 5lbs but I am a size smaller and officially in my clothes from before having Claire! As in my pre Claire clothes are comfortable on me, not tight. The class is never ever easy. Sometimes I get frustrated that I am not stronger but I really think I am, I am just pushing harder. I will never be a total cardio queen again. This has completely reshaped my body. I feel comfortable again and am looking to continue going to see where it can take me. The best part is I haven't even dieted!

Speaking of diet that is a whole other topic. I haven't been dieting however, I have been reading and trying to learn as much as I can about eating clean. Not low carb, or low calorie. But examples include coconut oil in my daily smoothies (because they apparently help with thyroid issues), eating as much vegetables as possible and I have sort of cut back on meat. I still eat it but I have become really picky about where I get my meat. I have been reading too much about how bad certain types of meat can actually be. With that said I have been crazy over the weekends so my next goal is to tone it back a bit on the weekends.

Tom and Claire are doing great. They are in daycare/preschool 2 days a week and Tom has been starting to talk a lot more. He still loves wearing my big heels around the house and following his sister everywhere. Claire has been saying the funniest things lately that it's hard to keep a straight face especially when she's in trouble.

In any regard I am still here just trying to get that whole "work/life" balance in order. Here is to more blog posts!

We celebrated our 5 Year wedding anniversary and Nik wanted me to leave him here

At our annual Junior League fundraiser. 

Tom loving down the Easter Bunny

Family fun on Easter

Claire has begun to smile for the camera! Now to work on Tom