I'm a teacher and mom. I'm on my feet a lot. I also have arthritis in my feet and knees. I need lots of support and cushion, but I still want to look cute and not destroy a great outfit with grandma shoes. I have scoured the planet for shoes that are both stylish and comfortable and let me tell you, they are HARD to come by. It's a terrible shame really. I need to start my own line- but that's for another day. Anyhoo, I was able to come up with these three incredible winners that I now own and completely love. I would not have included them if I could not wear them for 8+ hours.
Yes, I had a spray tan in the first pic and no spray tan in the second pic- man, I'm pale, focus on the shoes. These are called Cloud Steppers by Clarks. Oh. My. Stars. Ya'll. They make me want to praise Jesus for this gift! They are truly fantastic. I got a 6.5 wide- I love a wide shoe because I hate nothing more than the toe squeeze. These have great toe room, soft sole (hence the cloud stepper name), great support and adjustable, barely noticeable velcro heel straps. My mom and sister both got them too- we are all obsessed. You can find them here.
Going out on a date? To a wedding? Office Party? Girls night out? Have no fear- you can be comfy all night, literally for hours in these and they are BEAUTIFUL. The little stones on them are so intricate and pretty! I get so many compliments. Plus you can dance all night! I have paired them with my dressy romper here- great combo! You can find them here.
I never thought I'd be wearing shoes by the brand grasshoppers, (sounds so...elderly) but you guys, they are so dang cute and comfortable for hours on your feet -they kept me hoppin'. They look awesome with a dress, romper, skirt, as well as skinny jeans and even the new wide-leg trousers. They are supportive and the foot beds are so soft with an adjustable velcro ankle strap, and the strap is low enough so that it doesn't make your ankles look fat. Don't mind if I do. You can find them here.
If you know me well, you know that I love bright colors and positive, inspiring messages. How much fun is it to have BOTH in one tee? Um. Yes, please. I've fought really hard to get to a good place with my arthritis this past year. I've had some really hard days y'all. I've had days where I felt so incredibly afraid of what my future might look like, that I just felt paralyzed with fear and anxiety. I had to pick myself up- that's something no one else can do for you. You are the only person that can pick yourself up. Every person is different as to how they do that. I pick myself up with positive messages, hugging my dog, loud gangsta rap and exercising (the exercise reminds me that I'm capable, the rap makes me feel invincible). I'll take the positivity wherever I can get it, but I do feel like I have a lot of control over my fear these days. I still stumble sometimes and have days when I struggle with my anxiety, but overall I feel so much more in control of it now.
I cannot tell you how many people comment on my positivi-TEES. Everywhere I go, people smile at me, give me a thumbs up, or comment that they like my shirt! Now that's uplifting! Spread the love y'all, it's not cheesy- and even if it is, who cares?!
PS. The camo tee is not especially inspiring, and I am not at all "country." I just included it because camo pattern is IN this year and it does not have to be the background of a John Deer shirt! I'm loving the ruffles- can never have enough ruffles. Plus, the ruffles and camo are just a fun and unexpected juxtaposition.
Gray tank- Target; Pink and Blue tees- J Crew; Camo Tee- Sheinlove; Bright shorts- J crew Factory
I promised you guys that I would be sharing my latest obsession with rompers and jumpsuits and now that summer is halfway over, we had better get to it. I'm about to celebrate my 10th year wedding anniversary and I will be wearing, you guessed it- a romper!! I'll let you guess which one (think bridal romper).
If you have never tried one on before, please believe... I was once like you. I thought every outfit should have a "top" and a "bottom" and that these two pieces should not be connected for reasons such as: long butt syndrome, high chance of wardrobe malfunction, and issues with going to the bathroom in public. Well, fear not. Rompers have come a long way y'all. These are NOT your mama's rompers. These pieces are one-and-done one-piece unicorn-style in a single step. Prepare to be transformed. Imagine being totally on-trend with a single piece? Better than a dress because a dress is bor-ing. A dress is so expected. Its not edgy or surprising. Plus you can dance all night in a romper and even bend over after drinking too much- they've gotcha covered! You can dress them up for a date or even a black tie event. Or, you can dress them down for a casual summery look with sandals. Check out my romper looks below and let me know your thoughts! Are they not the greatest?!
Tips for buying a romper: Best to try them on in person, however if ordering online read reviews and look for the ones that appear longer on the leg - if you go too short, there will be a wardrobe malfunction situation. Always size up in a romper. A romper is much nicer looking on any figure if it is looser. A too tight romper is a recipe for channeling Richard Simmons, and that is not the look we are going for here. Try the rompers with both wedges and flat sandals. They can work with either. Don't forget the earrings- a must!
And most of all, step out of the box and enjoy yourself! Have a romptastical time!
*Please do not judge the faces I am making in these pictures. I am not a model and I have no idea what face to make. Focus.on. the. rompers.
Let me start this post by saying that I do not claim to be a fashion expert by any means. I simply like what I like and I make no apologies for that. I love style that is fun and happy. I like color, love stripes and polka dots, color blocking, shoulder cut outs, and jeans with stretch. I cannot bring myself to pay full price for something unless I will literally die without it, and nothing makes me happier than finding a great deal. Except sparkly Keds. Y'all, I freaking loooove sparkly Keds.
So here it goes, enjoy your 2016 Moderation Mama Fall Closet Inspiration... Don't mind the messy bedroom or my lazy dog.
1. Sparkly Keds. Life. Changing. Get you some.
2. Ankle bootie. So comfortable and works with ever-thang.
3. New Balance Classics. Because they take me back to my old high school shoes, and plus they are super comfy for being on your feet all day. These are not work out shoes, they are walking and running errands-type shoes.
4. Color Block Tunics rock because they are great at hiding the flaws and hang just below the booty so you feel ok wearing them with leggings. Plus, hot pink and stripes?! Umm. Yes please!
5. More color blocking tops with stripes and a high-low hemline. Great for a casual jeans look.
6. Poooooolka Dooooooots. You know I can't get enough. Judge away. But I just love them so much.
7. Because Stripes + Elbow Patches = Yaaaaaas
8. Oatmeal waffle top with mini hip capes?! I need a pumpkin spice latte stat!
9. Yep. Everyone needs a bright colored long drapey cardi for those mornings when your pants feel too tight, you just want to wear all black but trying to avoid the "In Mourning" look.
10. Because red jeans do not have to be so scary when they are streeeeeetchy. And plaid in the fall- all day everyday.
11. The red streeeetch jeans again with this fabulous muffin top disguiser criss cross top. Yes, this top is fabulous!
12. Another high-low hem top. Gotta have a weekend casual tee like this- works with leggings or jeans.
13. Cut outs cut outs cut outs! Great for fall because they are not too warm, and you can always bring a cardi if it's chilly.
14. Matching with your bestie, because love is always in style
Find it: Tops 4,5,6,12, & 13 are all from my fave online spot Lime Lush Boutique. # 8 is from Magnolia Boutique, red streeeetchy jeans from Belk, Plaid top from Old Navy, Brown Booties from Red Dress Boutique. #9 & #11 from Zulily online last year.
1) Shower using an exfoliating body wash or gently wash using a wash cloth. Focus on exfoliating rougher areas like knees, elbows, and ankles.
2) Dry off and lightly moisturize rougher areas with a light moisturizer. Allow a couple of minutes for moisturizer to set and begin spraying desired areas holding bottle at arm's length.
3) When finished spraying, use a bundle of toilet paper to gently rub/dab away any excess on knees ankles, feet, and elbows.
4) Wash hands thoroughly and allow 5 minutes for application to set before getting into bed.
General Rules of Thumb:
1) Do NOT be afraid of self-tanners. You will NOT end up looking like The Donald I swear. It would take about a hundred consecutive applications to get that orange, so don't be shy-just go for it!
2) If an area looks uneven or a bit streaky when you wake up, you can even it out with a wet wash cloth and a little scrubbing.
3) Most often, you will wake up wishing it was darker than it turned out, but remember to achieve desired color, it usually takes 2-3 applications.
4) To maintain your color for longer than 3-4 days, wash with a gentle soap like Dove, and moisturize with lotion after showering.
5) Once you get comfortable with the self tanner you pick, you might even try experimenting like, dabbing the bronzing gel on your cheekbones and forehead only, or maybe you just want a little extra color on your face, neck, and chest- you can really personalize your look and it is not rocket science I promise.
In the pic above, I achieved my look after two applications. I've found that when I use some self-tanner, I need less makeup too. Always a plus. So, don't be scared. You can do this. Get out there and have a little fun-summer is almost here! Comment below with your safe sun summer bronzing tips, I want to hear from you!
Has it hit you yet? Swimsuit season is upon us ladies. Get your heads out of the sand. It's time to shop... "swimwear." Cue "Something Bad,"by Miranda Lambert. All kidding aside, are you doing the 21-Day Arm Challenge with me??? If you're not, I need to know why not because no matter what kind of swimsuit you choose, you will likely be flaunting those arms and I'm so serious when I say that I can already see and feel a difference in my strength. Who wants to arm wrestle?
So, I can. not. believe I am about to go "live" with my swimwear choices for this season-but, Moderation Mama keeps it real y'all and let me start by saying there is no Kim Kardashian photo-shop/filter-ation mess going on here, so give me a break would ya? Let me start by telling you how my pool days have changed, demo my swimwear choices, and then finish by telling you to wear sunscreen or else you are an idiot.
Back in the day, like pre-mommin' days, I brought the following items to the pool: Towel. Sunscreen. Like 3 gossip magazines. and a beverage of my choice. My pool bag was some little trendy tote bag. I wore these cute trendy bikinis because mostly I could just lay on a lawn chair, ya know, all sucked in?!
Well, these days are over. Bringing a magazine-or anything to read at the pool is like a sick joke. My two-year old, fearless little nugget has changed all that. Laying on a lawn chair does not happen. Like, Ever. I'm either wading around in a slightly yellow tinged baby pool, chasing after my toddler as she run into the men's restroom, or picking up endless trails of goldfish droppings before we both get kicked out. And my tote has turned into something more like a rolling suitcase because of all the "necessities" toddlers need. My whale-of-a-bag is literally exploding with swim diapers, floaties, towels, pool toys, snacks, and juice boxes, and if even one of those items gets left behind when you head out to the pool, you best believe my daughter will discover it-immediately and lose. her. mind. Trust me y'all, better safe than sorry. Going to the pool is literally an "athletic" event these days and I need swimwear that can keep up, but at the same time, I am Moderation Mama so I'm not throwing in the towel so to speak, just yet. I want to feel good, but not be worrying about a Janet Jackson-like wardrobe "malfunction" and believe me, toddlers are even sneakier than Justin Timberlake at the Superbowl ok.
So, I pretty much hate shopping in stores for swimwear. It is such a downer. It is much better to sit at home, enjoy a glass of wine and peruse Zappos for swimwear because you can order online, try on at home, and they have free returns, duh! Such a no-brainer! So here are my selections for this summer. I also picked one bikini, not pictured- sorry y'all, not brave/crazy enough to put bikini pics out there.
The blue tennis mom, is by Athena Swimwear and they are known for making modest swimwear. You can find them on Zappos and while not cheap, they make super high quality, stylish, and flattering swimwear. I highly recommend the brand. It has a crisscross back and it is flattering from every angle. My husband asked me, "when did you start playing tennis?" Not sure that was the reaction I was going for, but 99% of the time, I'm at the pool without him, so he doesn't get a vote.
The Pink Tennis Mom, is also by Athena and it is also super-comfy as well as flattering although not cheap.
The Trendy Mom was purchased by yours truly on a total whim on a website called Zulily. It's by Betsy Johnson and I got a GREAT deal on it! I love the retro-style suits that are super trendy right now, but I need something functional as well. This one is fun and totally fit the bill. I can definitely toss on some sassy-chic cat-eyed sunglasses and hit the pool like a trendy boss mama-even though I will admit my husband said it looked like a "granny suit." Once again, his vote was not counted. ;)
And finally, my sunscreen rant. Please for the love, tell me you do not go to tanning beds and that you use sunscreen DAILY, like in your facial moisturizer? Like, DAILY? This should be happening because a sun tan might be pretty for three days, but those wrinkles you are creating will NOT, plus skin cancer is not cool at all. Your skin is your largest organ and it gives away your age right away. Do not be a sun worshiper, please- a wrinkly raisin is not cute, even with a tan and a trendy swimsuit. I need you to be wearing a minimum of Spf 30 daily on your face and neck and when spending time in the sun, cover your whole bod in 30+ Spf (I use 50). And wear a hat. There are lots of cute hats out there- no excuses ladies.
But, as I mentioned before, I do like a sun-kissed look and I am a firm-believer in self tanners. I have been testing a few and I will have my results out soon so stay tuned!!!
Ok Mamas, if you're anything like me, dressing for a holiday party can feel like dressing to go to the moon or something. You are used to sporting your yoga pants and old tees every day and the most exciting thing that has happened recently was that your toddler poo-pooed in the potty!!! So the idea of dressing like a legit adult and doing something fun is like... mind. blown. KABOOM.
Well, here are some of my holiday party staples that I know I can whip out and sport anywhere and feel great. You have to feel great in your clothes at a party or else you won't have fun. That's what I tell my husband when he sees that I bought more clothes. He's not convinced.
So the first thing to know is "What type of party is this?" I mean, you might wear something different to a party with your besties since you may get a little turned up, whereas you might need to turn it down a bit at your spouse's work party. You know what I'm saying?
1. The top left outfit is my LBD, or Little Black Dress. It is a classic, elegant dress that you can sport to anything from a charity event to a company holiday party with cocktail attire. If you don't have a simple black dress, then what the heck are you doing?
2. The lower left outfit is my, Look Like You Have Class (even if you don't) holiday party outfit. This outfit is for a more casual holiday party. Yes Mom, the trousers are white. But, they are actually an off white and made of wool, so totally on fleek for the season. I like to pair these trousers with a more fitted top with some lace to dress it up. I will add either a sparkly necklace or more subdued pearls, depending on the company at the party if you know what I'm saying;) Black heels need to be comfortable. Most parties do not have seating for everyone, so wear something you can stand in all night- a must.
3. Finally, the tops on the right are my holiday tops with some color for more casual parties. These are great with a pair of black skinnies and black riding boots (great for standing- and dancing all night). I also love them with a fun necklace, preferably long and with fringe on it. Oh, and don't forget the stacked bangles and dark n' moody nail polish!
HOLIDAY PARTY RULES 'N TIPS:
And Finally, Merry Christmas and have fun! Remember that perspective is everything, so smile and enjoy yourself. Where ever you may be.
So today only, Old Navy is featuring these (and more) hot holiday clothes for 60% off original price. The dresses pictured range from $15-$29 and the vest is $27! You seriously cannot beat these prices right now! Check them out online at Old Navy. These are some of my favorite styles, but there are so many more! I purchased these three dresses and plan to pair them with riding boots and/or leggings for Thanksgiving, date nights, and holiday parties. You know this season there will be several events that you cannot wear yoga pants to, so stock up now and score a major deal!!!!
GET to Costco immediately!!!! This fantastic cowl neck sweater poncho/cape is going for $14.99! Yes, I'm so serious and it is even more fantastic than this picture shows. It comes in three colors: maroon, black, and gray. I'm definitely going back to get another one. It is a total winter staple and can even be worn with leggings. So cozy and fashion forward! You can dress this baby up or down and you know these capes are everything this season right?! You're welcome.
I must admit, I love fashion and clothes, although I'm not an expert by any means or stretch of the imagination. I just know what I like. I've had a total blast dressing up my daughter because we have a ton of hand-me-downs from her big cousin, plus I love to pick up sweet deals at zulily.com. Look at last week's style report from my toddler...too much! Got me thinking... I love fashion so much, but then I wear yoga pants like every. damn. day. Time to shake things up.
During my toddler's nap the other day, I tore through my closet and pulled out all my faves and thought I'd write a fun fashion report for this upcoming season for all you comfort & style seeking mamas. We may wear yoga pants most days, but it's nice to know that we can pull together a fun, fashion-forward outfit in a pinch-should we ever need to.
Disclaimer: I'm not exactly "cutting edge." I just like clothes that are comfortable, colorful, fun, and inexpensive. I usually wear yoga pants, sweats, old tee shirts, and such, but when I do wear real-clothes, I love mixing old things with new pieces and I don't really follow fashion rules like no white after Labor Day, sorry Mom. I will include purchasing info on everything that was purchased recently, but most of these clothes are 2+ years old. Mostly, this post is just to spark some fun ideas for the new season. So, pull out your old wardrobe staples and freshen them up with some fun new shoes, accessories, or a new cardigan!
I love plaids in the fall and winter! They are cozy and pair perfectly with a pair of warm, cozy boots. I'm really into the elbow patches right now too. I recently got this cardigan at Lime Lush Boutique online and boots were featured in my last post.
Once again, I'm loving these elbow patches! They are everything this season and a drapey cardigan is simply fantastic for hiding any of those areas that you might not be wanting to show off right now. I got the cardigan several months ago on zulily for less than $20, but I've seen this cardigan featured on several sites. It's a staple for me this season and looks great with yoga pants too mamas!
Leopard print, yaaaaaaaaas. I'm loving leopard print this season and every season really. This shirt was purchased two years ago from Dress Up Boutique for less than $15 and I've worn it a ton. Leopard just never goes out of style in my opinion. Looks great with or without a vest/cardigan and can be dressed up or down. Add black skinny jeans and black riding boots and a sparkly necklace and this top is ready for date-night! Ow! Ow!
Here is the vest again and this vest is from Lime Lush Boutique too. I think it was $38, a little pricey, but goes with everything and is super warm too. Order a size up because it runs small. I paired it with a bright green long sleeved top here for a very casual look.
All three of these looks are super casual and I love pairing them with my comfy sparkle keds, featured in a recent post. I'm in a flowy top on the left, so I wore skinny jeans, but a more fitted look on the right, so I paired with my old boot cut jeans- and yep, I hear the boot cut is coming baaaaaack! But, don't toss your skinnies just yet ladies, they still serve their purpose. Both tops are over a year old and purchased on zulily for less than $20 each. I loooooove a comfy baseball tee in the fall- most comfortable top in the world and cute too- also works well with yoga pants- thank goodness!
I. love. polka dots. #sorrynotsorry! I am drawn to all things polka dots becasue they are just so fun and they make me smile. This sheer polka dot top was purchased about three years ago from jcpenney, but has been a total staple for me. The moto-style sweatshirt zip up, is a new-ish purchase. I got it over the summer at the banana republic outlet mall. It's a winner and looks great with yoga pants and a long tank as well. A good cardigan zip up is a must this season! And of course the polka dots with the bright green cardigan is just fun! Yep, I definitely need a tank under the shirt though, can we say, see-through!
Pep-Lum, yum, yum! I looove a good peplum top because it flows right over that fluffy muffin top and accentuates the finer-looking areas so well. This top is old...cannot even remember where I got it... but it's a staple. Can be dressed up too with a sparkly necklace. Yaaaaaas!
White pants. Yep. My mom is shaking her head right now and mumbling something about, "In my day, we would never..." I know. I know. But look, it's like I told you, I don't really follow fashion rules. I just like what I like. And white skinnies with brown riding boots (from DSW 3 or 4 years ago) are just yum. And the dots. Yes, the dots! This fitted sweater is from The Limited last year, they always have GREAT sales! And the headband is fun- stripes + dots = fun explosion
White pants again y'all. I know. I know. But paired with the navy gingham and the tan wrap sweater (both circa 2012 and no idea where from). Oh. my. gaw. Could you not just play some croquet in this outfit though?
Now introducing the Palazzo pant. To be honest, I had never even heard of these. I know, where have I been. But I recently started to notice them and love how comfy they looked so I had to try them. But look, I'm not going to spend a fortune on a trend, so I hit up my fave spot for trendy fashion- WALMART and I scored these babies for $12.95. They are like wearing pajama pants in public. Lov-ing this trend. Yes. and Yes. I paired them with an old black cut-out top from Nordstrom juniors last year. You can get great deals in the juniors section by-the-way.
Annnnnnd, this. is. me. like. EVERY.DAY. ALL. DAY. I wake up and put on my work out clothes because I go to the gym in the mornings before I start my day, but no time to shower and change until 8pm when my toddler goes to sleep, so I might as well have workout clothes I like. These are from my fave spot WALMART!!! I'm loving the color blocking and they are so soft and comfy. The top is super fun and looks like similar more expensive brands with only a fraction of the price!
And lastly, a creation of my own... a super long fitted top (AKA a short, fitted dress) paired with a pair of skinnies and my sparkly keds! This is super my-style and I'm sure it's frowned upon by people with cutting-edge style, but it's just fun and comfy, and a way to wear that dress you NEVER wear because it's too short! Dress from a cheapy shop called Love Culture. They have fab trendy clothes for suuuuuper cheap prices, but order everything about 1-2 sizes larger than you normally wear becasue they always run small.
So the bottom line is that you should throw the fashion rules out the window and have fun with your style this season. Wear things that you like and feel good in! Don't worry so much about "fitting in" and don't feel like you have to wear "real clothes" every day. I wear "real clothes" about once or twice a week, but it's good to remind yourself that you can look nice and take a shower occasionally-makes you feel good! And don't spend too much money either. Get out your old stuff and take inventory. What can you still wear? How can you update old staples with new pieces? And most of all, look for comfy. When you are comfy, you are happy, and happy is always in style!
Happy fall Y'all!
I don't really need to say anything about these glorious boots because they speak for themselves am I right? I ordered these a couple of weeks ago and am loving them. They are comfy, cozy, look great with skinny jeans, leggings, and they even unzip to become high boots as well. They are by Muk luk and I love almost all of their boots. They are known for their warm slippers, but their boots are equally dreamy! Check them out! I usually wear a 6 or 6 1/2 and I got a 7, so I'd say they run a tad small. Check them out!!! You're welcome!