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Mom style: Ankle boots for fall

Ankle Boots for Fall

Yup, I’m the last one to get ankle boots. It’s such a shame.

I do have these Frye boots that I bought years and years ago, before ankle boots came back into style, but they really go above my ankles, so they are more like low-calf boots. I can’t wear them with jeans, just skirts and dresses, which kind of defeats the whole ankle boot movement, right?

These are my top contenders for ankle boots for fall. All available on OnlineShoes.com, of course. Let’s break them down…

Matisse Dodge, Natural, $167 (currently on sale for $156)

I’m not sure that this color goes well with my skin tone (pink and pale), but I do love it and think it would be great with jeans or with black pants. Love the worn-in look and I’ve had Matisse shoes in the past that have been amazing and well-worth the price. The heel is a bit higher than I’d like for an everyday boot, at 1-1/2 inches.

Kork-Ease Velma, Meteora, $185

These are so pretty and since they’re Kork-Ease, I’m sure they are very comfortable, as well. I love the color, which could be worn with practically anything. These are the dressiest of the four pair and I’m not sure that’s what I’m going for.

Clarks Desert Boots, Beeswax Leather, $110

I’ve had my eye on a pair of these for ages. They are obviously much different from the others, being much for casual, but I think that I’d wear them a lot. And, I’m a clumsy girl, so I like the look of that rubber sole!

Frye Anna Outside Zip Shootie, Camel Antique Soft Vintage, $278

Of course, at this price tag, these are my favorite. I know that spending the money on a pair of Frye are worth it, as they literally last forever, but ouch. Nearly $300? I really love that there is a side-zip on these boots, not just for the easy on/off access, but for the look of being able to leave it half-zipped for a more casual feel with jeans.

Which pair are your favorites?

All products featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle
companies and I love working closely with them to feature their products. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.

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Mom style: A winter vest in the middle of summer
Mom style: Stitch Fix No. 2
Mom style: All about Birks

Mom style: Stitch Fix No. 2

My second box from Stitch Fix arrived last week and I was so excited to see what they picked for me. If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix, you can read my initial review and visit their website for details.

I’d heard that the longer you subscribe, the better your fixes become, as  your stylists can tweek things to your liking, based on what you picked and returned from previous fixes. While I liked my first box, I wasn’t in love with it. So, in the meantime, I left a note on my profile, letting my stylists know that I started a Pinterest board dedicated to styles I loved and I started pinning everything that caught my eye and that I’d love to see in my fix. And, let me tell you, it worked.

In fact, it worked so well that they even sent me the exact shirt that I’d pinned!

Here’s what came in my second Stitch Fix box…

Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet from Stitch Fix

Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet // $88 

This bracelet was gorgeous and I had forgotten that Stitch Fix included jewelry, so it was a nice surprise. We chatted about whether or not to keep it on Instagram and Facebook and the general feeling from bracelet-lovers (which many of you aren’t, surprisingly!) was to keep it. At $88, it was just more than I would spend on a bracelet, so I sent it back.

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Sweet Rain Tiffani Belted Racer-Back Maxi-Dress // $38

First of all, this dress was a steal! I had to take a double-take at the price. I really loved it, but it was just too small in the bust, which is why you’re not getting a picture of me wearing it. I would have kept it in a heartbeat, had it fit a little better.

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41Hawthorn Ivy Embroidered Trim Tab-Sleeve Blouse // $68

I fell in love with the color of this blouse immediately, as well as the detailed herringbone-esque stitching along the neckline (also on the cuff tabs, not pictured). I was hoping that it would fit and it did, like a dream. Love the bunched up sleeves, the low neckline and the oversized fit. This was a keeper!

Stitch Fix White Jeans

Nolan Skinny Ankle Jeans // $78

I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair of white jeans and I don’t think that I’d ever buy a pair from the store, but these, I would consider. They were very soft and fresh and the fit in the legs, from the knee down was great (they do have a little side ankle zipper, not pictured). However, from the knees up, the fit was a disaster. They were too baggy, and as you can tell from picture above, the crotch situation was not working. Too much material and the waist had about 2-inches of space. I realized that I had my pants size a bit too large on my profile, so I adjusted it. If these had been a size smaller, I would have kept them. They were a great basic addition to the tops they sent me, which leads me to…

Stitch Fix Tulip Blouse

41Hawthorn Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse // $68

This was the shirt that I’d pinned to my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board. Another blogger had reviewed it from her fix and somehow I came across it. Honestly, I had no idea that they could actually send me the exact same blouse! It is the same brand as the coral blouse that I kept above, but with a more structured fit. It’s a bit dressier and I think it will be perfect for my fall wardrobe, so I kept it.

What do you think? Did I make good choices? I was certainly pleased with what they sent in this fix and they certainly nailed the style. Hopefully we can improve on the fit the next time around!

I’ve heard and seen that many of you have tried Stitch Fix since my last post and I’d love to know what you think and what you got in your fixes! (Also, if you used the bellingFAM referral link, thank you!)

If you haven’t tried it yet, but would like to, you can use the bellingFAM referral link to get your first fix. If you’re interested, I know that when I looked this morning, they were booking fixes into the first week of August already, so grab a date… And, let me know if you have any questions as you’re filling out your profile. I’m happy to help! (You can always email me at bellingFAM @ gmail.com)

Review is my own opinion and not sponsored by Stitch Fix. Please note that all links are referral links, as referenced above. I appreciate you using them if you sign up for Stitch Fix so that they know you came via bellingFAM… thank you!

Mom style: A winter vest in the middle of summer

The North Face Darella Vest

You know how sometimes, you fall in love with a piece of clothing and you know that you can hardly live without it?

Even if that piece of clothing is a winter vest and it’s the middle of summer and suppose to be 80 degrees out today and you’re sitting in front of an air conditioner while you order it?

Yeah, me too.

I spotted The North Face Darella Vest on OnlineShoes.com a few weeks ago and I’ve resisted the urge to buy her, but I can hardly stand it any longer. I know it’s a ridiculous purchase, considering it’s, um, summer, but isn’t she pretty? And won’t I be happy once temperatures start cooling down for fall? In, oh, two months?

Please tell me I’m not crazy. Do you buy clothes off-season, too? Or, do you love this vest as much as I do? Gosh, the more I type, the more insane I sound.

Let’s take a vote. Buy it now and tuck it away until fall? Or leave it be and hope that it will still be there or that I’ll find something cozy that I love more in a couple of months?

(Psst! Want to order this vest? Or anything else from OnlineShoes.com? Email me for a discount code! bellingFAM@gmail.com)

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Have you chopped your hair for summer?
Mom style: All about Birks

Have you chopped your hair for summer?

Short Hair for Summer

 

the i’m-really-early-to-preschool-pick-up-in-the-car-selfie.

Have you noticed that even your girlfriends who are known for their long, luscious locks are cutting it short for summer this year?

I joined the hair-chopping bandwagon earlier this week, letting my lovely stylist, Jama at Argyle Salon, lop a good 8-10 inches off of my very overgrown hair.

I’m loving mine, but still getting used to it. Long hair is long, but it’s also so much easier, in my opinion. Plus, when my hair is shorter, I need more makeup. Always.

Have you chopped yours off for summer, too?

Mom style: All about Birks

Birkenstocks on bellingFAM

Top left: Women’s Birkenstock Madrid Birko-Flor in Black Patent, OnlineShoes.com, $70
Top right: Women’s Birkenstock Boston in Taupe Suede, OnlineShoes.com, $130
Bottom left: Women’s Birkenstock Arizona in Twilight Blue Oiled Leather, OnlineShoes.com, $120
Bottom right: Women’s Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor, OnlineShoes.com, $90

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock that has blocked your view of what everyone and their mother (literally) are wearing on their feet this spring and summer, let me introduce you… or reintroduce you, as the case may be.

Birkenstocks.

For some of you, Birks are new. For many of you, Birks have been in your closet for years and your favorite pair is either getting bumped up into your current shoe rotation more these days, or you’re rocking them with pride, just like you always have.

While I don’t currently own any Birkenstocks, they’ve been in and out of my own shoe closet since I was a teenager. You know, back when I was wearing perfectly ripped in all the right spots vintage, thrifted Levis and the comfiest tee I could find in my dad’s closet. Which is pretty much the same style I’ve been wearing lately. I suppose the ’90s are back after all, aren’t they?

I’ve had my eye on a few pair of Birkenstocks from the selection at OnlineShoes.com to get me through a busy summer with the kids and these are my finalists.

What do you think? Do you own a pair of Birks? Which pair are your faves? Let’s vote on it, shall we?

All shoes featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle companies and I love working closely with them to feature shoes. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.

Mom style: My new favorite sandals

Splendid Sandals from OnlineShoes.com

Surprise, surprise. I’ve fallen in love with a new pair of shoes.

Meet the Splendid Cargo Sandals (OnlineShoes.com, $68).

These beauties arrived last week and it was swoon at first sight. But, you know how sandals can be… sometimes, they look amazing, but they kill your feet. These, however, are like butter from the first time you put them on. They go on super easy and I wore them for hours on Mother’s Day, and yesterday, without even thinking about them.

I’ve been wanting a pair of shoes with an elastic cross-strap like this for a long time (I’d had my eyes on these for years), so when I spotted this pair from Splendid on OnlineShoes.com, I knew they had to come home with me. Plus, I’m obsessed with a neutral shoe right now and that pop of color sealed the deal.

Splendid Sandals from OnlineShoes.com

Little did I know that they also had this super fun, bright zipper on the back. (It was a bit hard to selfie the back of my heels with the shoes on…) The zipper does come up a bit high on the back of your heel, but it is covered with leather on the inside of the shoe, so while it is rubbing a bit at the top of my heel, it’s not bugging me or leaving a blister.

Splendid Sandals OnlineShoes.com

The Splendid Cargo Sandal also comes in black, which is a classic alternative to the neon yellow in the pair I have. I admit that I’m very tempted to grab a pair of these as well. Cute with a long black maxi, perhaps?

Which color do you prefer?
The classic black? Or the pair with the pop of neon?

All shoes featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle companies and I love working closely with them to feature shoes. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.

Mom Style: Stitch Fix Giveaway

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I’m regretting not keeping this shirt…

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The response to my Stitch Fix review was overwhelming this week! I was so excited to hear from those of you who are already Stitch Fix fan and to answer some questions from those who were thinking about trying it.

After chatting a bit with the Stitch Fix team, I’ve decided to giveaway a $25 Stitch Fix gift card, which means that you can basically try Stitch Fix without paying a dime… unless you want to purchase something from your fix, of course! And, if you do, that $25 will go towards whatever pieces from your fix you fall in love with.

To enter to win a $25 STITCH FIX GIFT CARD, please click the Rafflecopter link below:

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bellingFAM Giveaway for $25 Stitch Fix Gift Card

(If you’ve never used Rafflecopter before, I promise that it’s easy and the BEST and safest way to enter a giveaway on a blog, as well as for me to run a giveaways on bellingFAM. No registration necessary. All of your information provided is kept private. U.S. residents only, please.)

This giveaway was provided by bellingFAM. Please note that links to Stitch Fix in this post are referral links, as referenced.

 

Mom style: Stitch Fix review (Giveaway)

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You’ve likely heard some buzz about Stitch Fix on Facebook or through one of your (other) favorite blogs. My first box from this super-genius online styling service came last week and I could hardly stand how excited I was to see what they picked for me.

Do you have no clue what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick rundown:

Stitch Fix is like having a personal shopper, but much better. You start by filling out a very detailed (but fun!) online style survey where they ask you all sorts of questions about what clothes, accessories, fit and styles you prefer — you can even tell them specifically what you don’t like or want, which is helpful.

You pay a $20 styling fee (which is automatically applied to anything you buy from your box) and then pick a date for delivery. I had actually ordered my first box a couple of months ago, but they are in such high-demand right now that it just arrived.

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Once your box arrives, you have three business days to pick what you want to keep. They send you five items in a box, all hand-picked by your own personal stylist, who stays with you during your entire Stitch Fix relationship (I love that!). As you can see from the little note that my stylist, Maria, sent me, they even check your Pinterest account to see what current fashions you’re inspired by. Hello, that’s so brilliant!

Here’s what came in my first Stitch Fix box:

Stitch Fix on bellingFAMRETURNED:
I loved this super-soft dolmen-sleeve tee, but it seemed to collect my muffin top in just the wrong place.

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RETURNED:
I really loved this top, even though it was something I would have never picked off of the rack. But, the fit under the arms was just too big.

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RETURNED:
This jacket just wasn’t my cup of tea. The color was cute, but the fit was all wrong. I might take outerwear off of my list of what I’d like them to include in my box.

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RETURNED:
I considered keeping this skirt, but it was a hint too small and I wasn’t sure I’d wear it much.

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KEPT:
This lightweight sweater was so soft and fit great. I knew that I’d wear it often over the spring and summer and that I could easily dress it up or down. Smitten, for sure!

The sweater I kept was $48 and I had already paid the $20 styling fee when my box shipped, so I owed Stitch Fix another $28. If I would have kept all of the clothes they sent me, I would receive a 25 percent discount, making this box less than $200 for all five pieces. Not bad, especially for the quality and selection they sent. These are pieces that you will have for years, not cheapies that you’ll burn through in one season.

Once I made my selection, I packed the others in the pre-paid envelope and popped them in the mail, back to Stitch Fix. Then, I hopped online to tell them what I was keeping, to pay my tab for the sweater and to give them feedback about the pieces I had returned.

And, of course, to schedule my next fix, which will arrive in early July!

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? You can use the bellingFAM referral link to get your first fix, but if you’re interested, book it now, as they are already scheduling into July! Goes to show how popular it is, right?

To enter to win a $25 STITCH FIX GIFT CARD, please click the Rafflecopter link below:

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Thank you for participating! //

bellingFAM Giveaway for $25 Stitch Fix Gift Card

(If you’ve never used Rafflecopter before, I promise that it’s easy and the BEST and safest way to enter a giveaway on a blog, as well as for me to run a giveaways on bellingFAM. No registration necessary. All of your information provided is kept private. U.S. residents only, please.)

This giveaway was provided by bellingFAM. Please note that links to Stitch Fix in this post are referral links, as referenced.

Mom style: It’s going to be hot this week

Not that I really believe the weather forecast, but they keep saying that it’s going to hit 80 degrees later this week. What? That’s crazy. Summer before last, I ditched all of my good sandals and lived in a pair of Tory Burch leather flip-flops and a pair of classic black rubber Havaianas. But, I know that I need to add a new pair of casual sandals to my wardrobe… especially if this nice weather sticks around!

Sandals from OnlineShoes.com

 

Here are my faves from the new selections on OnlineShoes.com:

1. Elliott Lucca Bona, Aztec Black/White, $79
The pattern caught my eye on these sandals and I love the little gold toe-cap.

2. Sperry Top-Sider Lacie, Sand/Ivory Woven, $75
One of my favorite brands, Sperry never disappoints and they are always comfortable too.

3. Adam Tucker Nina, Fango Velluto Nubuck, $99
This is a new brand to me, but I thought these looked super functional and easy to wear for a busy spring and summer.

4. Matisse Jacob, Black, $89
The dressiest of the bunch, Matisse is another favorite brand and I think these are my personal favorite on the list. The high ankle would look great with dresses.

5. Juil Luna, Pewter, $89
A super simple option (that also comes in a few other colors!), I loved these because they look like butter. And, that pewter color goes with everything.

6. Matisse Hawaii, Black, $60
I thought these could be fun, although I’m not sure what I’d wear them with, as they feel a little young to me. Loving the pattern, matched with the brown leather!

Do you have a go-to sandal for hot weather?

All shoes featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle companies and I love working closely with them to feature shoes. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.

Mom style: Would you wear these shoes?

Gentle Souls from OnlineShoes.com

I came across these shoes (Gentle Souls Maeko Wedge Bootie in Stone Shiny Nubuck) when I was scrolling through the new arrivals at OnlineShoes.com and they caught my eye immediately. But, I can’t tell if I love them… or not. At $250, they’re quite an investment, but I know that Gentle Souls are so comfy and well-made, so I’m sure that they’re worth it.

What do you think? Would you rock these shoes? Vote below:

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Shoes featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle companies and I love working closely with them to feature shoes. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.