I’ve always been drawn to neutrals, especially during the colder months, but lately I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone some with lots of bright colors!  We recently added a set of colored lights to the girls playroom, as well as some colored stockings and trees, and I love how they pop and add some to fun to an otherwise neutral space.

And fashion!  It’s so much easier to have fun with styles for little people, everything just looks so much cuter in pint-sized versions & obviously, they can pull off way more than we ever could.  

Even garlands used as extra long necklaces. ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now, I’m loving bright colors on Waverly Maye, in fun silhouettes and with lots of sweet little details, and no one does that better than Little Skye.  They are the cutest children’s clothing boutique, with one-of-a-kind pieces that have a vintage, artful vibe and that just capture the joy & magic of childhood so well.  Their products are personally curated from around the world and they have pieces for children of all ages.  Along with the dress that Waverly is wearing above (which can be found here), which is from the Paper Wings clothing, I am in love with this one. It would be perfect for a special little birthday girl!

And right now, all Paper Wings for Little Skye and Blu Pony Vintage for Little Skye purchases through 12/15/2015 receive free shipping and a $25 gift card valid on future purchases for every $100 spent when you use the code BLGLS2015.  Also, make sure you check out Little Skye on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Annnnnnd, a couple sister pictures of both the girls in bright colors!


Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Happy Monday, friends!!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend, the weather here was absolutely beautiful & we got a jump-start on some holiday shopping.  I don’t think I have ever been as excited for a holiday season as I am for this one, so much fun coming up over the weeks to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m really excited to share a review with you all today, I don’t always focus that much of what I get for myself on here (more the girls!), but this opportunity was too good to pass up.  Jord contacted me to try out a watch & I immediately knew that this is was the perfect fit for me.  Their watches are made of wood and have a total rustic, natural feel, which is my favorite, favorite!!  I chose the fieldcrest series, made of zebrawood & maple wood.  There are some other amazing options, but I felt like this was the most practical for me & my (mom!) lifestyle.

I typically don’t wear a whole lot of jewelry & instead stick to a couple of pieces that work with most things that I wear, I have a gold bar necklace with the girls’ names on it that I literally wear every single day.  I really needed something to pair with it, and this watch ended up being the perfect fit!  It goes with everything that I wear, whether I am at work a little more dressed up, at home with the girls, or the rare occasion that we are out at night.  Which, for the record, has maybe happened once over the last few months. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The company was great to work with, they offer free shipping worldwide & will fit your watch for you.  I just love their overall vibe, it fits with where fashion is at right now and where I think it will be for years to come, and I just know that this watch will be a timeless piece that I will get tons of use out of.

You can choose your own watch here, the biggest thank you to Jord for working with me on this fun opportunity!  And wishing you all the happiest week ahead!

*Jord Watches gave me this watch to review, but did not compensate me for this post.  All thoughts & opinions are my own!

Happy halfway through the week!  First, the biggest thank you for all your feedback on Avalon’s current sleep situation.  I read all of your comments & suggestions, used them, and … guess who took TWO hour & a half naps in her crib yesterday?! ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually had a sleep sack from when Waverly was younger (it was sitting in the drawer in Avalon’s room!), in the fog of my sleep deprivation, I never even thought to use it.  It really made such a difference, Avalon seemed so much cozier yet not too cozy like she had been in the rock-n-play.  I have been a parent long enough to know that this definitely doesn’t mean we won’t ever have nap issues again, but baby steps.  We are headed in the right direction!

And in other news, some fun fashions!!  I thought I would celebrate Halloween week with a few styles inspired by the holiday, looks that could work this week but also could take you (or your little ones!) into the months to come.

White Shirt Black FlatsBlack SunglassesSleeveless TopMustard SweaterTrapper HatBlack Flats – Black & White Checkered DressBlack Dress
I know that the toddler sweater is not exactly orange, but it just screams fall to me.  I love it so much & want three, one for me and both the girls, if only it came in all our sizes!

Also, a few pictures from our week so far.  We are getting so excited for the holiday, it’s been too much fun celebrating with two little ladies this year, especially since Waverly understands so much now!  We have her first holiday party at school tomorrow, and she is beyond excited (like counting down the minutes) until Avalon & I get to come hang out with her there.  I’m so thankful it fell on a day that I didn’t have to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Waverly’s Hunter Boots
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday week!

So, we went to the pumpkin patch again.  I promised the hubs this was our last trip, we’ve kind of been on a pumpkin tour of the city the past few weeks & I’m pretty sure if I throw one more fun-filled, family fall day at the patch in front of him he might just lose it. ๐Ÿ˜‰  In my defense, the babes love it, Waverly gets to run free in a field & Avalon is an outdoor girl just like the rest of us.
Avalon’s One-Piece (Similar) – Avalon’s ShoesWaverly’s Outfit
Also, apparently dance is really paying off big, miss Waverly Maye wanted nothing more than to stand on top of the hay and perform for everyone.  We thought it was cute, the long line of people waiting for their turn to get a picture perfect photo-op however, were less than impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

And some favorites!  One, I’m so excited that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, the past few years I was working so I have never gotten to spend a full day at home to celebrate with my babies.  That calls for a fun breakfast, I love the idea of these fruit cups paired with some pancakes made into some holiday shapes!

We are yet to own Hannah Anderson pajamas, but I have heard all of the amazing things about them and would love to get them for the girls for Christmas!  I have a hard time justifying spending how much they are normally, but these are currently on sale!  So cute & fun for December.

And speaking of December, Gap’s holiday line is out and there is so, so much cuteness.  I love these leggings for the toddler girls, along with this beanie (fair isle on kids = amazing!).  And boy mamas, this hat, I can’t even! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing you all the happiest of weekends!

Styling outfits is definitely one of my very favorite things to do, I was a fashion major in college and if I had actually been brave enough to move to a big city, being a stylist definitely would have ranked high as one of my dream jobs.  Of course being a wife & mom in my hometown, surrounded by our families, is pretty amazing too, plus I still get to have fun with fashion for my babies and the hubs, when he lets me. ๐Ÿ™‚

With the holiday season right around the corner and lots of families taking pictures for their Christmas cards, I thought I would share some tips that I try to go by when choosing looks for own family photos!  Of course like anything else these are just suggestions & you have to make them work for your own style, one of the many things I love about fashion is that there really is no right or wrong and your own style really should be unique to you.

Hat Cream Sweater – BootiesDenim Button DownGrey BeanieEmerald Dress Plaid DressMustard Vest SweaterMustard Bow
1 – Choose one look/piece first & then build everything else around it.  I typically will come across one piece I love and use that as an inspiration for everyone else’s looks.  It’s kind of like decorating a room to me, my mom always taught me to find one piece & then look back at that before you buy anything else – that’s exactly what I do when choosing looks for our entire family.  That way everyone is cohesive.
2 – Coordinate, don’t match.  I hope I’m not offending anyone here when I say that the days of “everyone wear a white shirt & jeans” are long gone.  Nothing drives me crazier!  Instead, pick a few colors that you like together and choose everyone’s looks around that.  Once you have that color palette, pick a piece (or two) with a print and add solids as well.
3 – Pair neutral looks with fun accessories to add dimension & make it fun!  I am all about cream, white or tan pieces (as dangerous as they are, especially with kids), but I think they make the prettiest backdrop to accessories and also are so versatile.  Obviously the girls’ looks are easy to accessorize – super cute bows! – but the same can be done for boys, just using scarves, hats, vests, or even a cool pair of shoes.
4 – Stick with looks & styles that you would actually wear in real life.  I feel like this is a no-brainer, but I have had to learn the hard way with my husband.  While I am all about trying new trends, that is definitely not his thing so after a few years of bringing pieces home & getting laughed at, I focus on classic looks only for him. ๐Ÿ˜‰  There is obviously no point in spending money on clothes you won’t wear again, yet just as important, you want to feel comfortable and like YOU!  Especially since you will be looking back on these photos for years to come. 
I’ve had a few people email me with questions on looks for their own families (which I take as a huge compliment!), I wanted to put it out there that I am open to doing this for others.  It takes me some time, especially since we can’t meet in person, I wish we could! – but we could work it out on a case by case basis.  And if you are in the Hampton Roads area & are interested in styling, please email me at abrickner1@gmail.com.
And I can’t resist a couple photos of our weekend, love these little girls of mine!
Hope you all had the best weekend!