Ask Mommy in Heels

 As I am mentally preparing myself for the week ahead, I figured I would bring you a low key, but necessary (to me) blog post!

Every once in a while I like to do "housekeeping" on this little blog of mine, part of that is maybe changing things up a bit, or gauging what works and what doesn't work. Not necessarily a re-branding, just a little tweak!

This is where you all come in, of course! What are some things you would like to see more of, less of, etc?

I of course want to stay true to myself and my voice, but would love your input as I work on my editorial calendar for the new year. I will definitely stick with style posts, because that is my favorite, and in my opinion, what I do best! But- I don't mid switching things up a bit for you guys! 

Additionally, I'd love to take your style questions- what to wear with this or that, how to style something, basics every girl should have, anything and everything! 

Based on your "Ask Mommy in Heels" questions, I will do a post or two answering them! Comment below with your question, email me, post on facebook, whatever you like!

I definitely value your input, because without you, I wouldn't be able to do what I love every day!!

Leave your input, and ask away!!

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Dressed Up Plaid

If there is one thing I have been wearing a good bit of this fall it is plaid button ups (here, here, here, and here). Love them, and they are great to toss on for a comfy casual look, or to even dress up a bit with a cute skirt!

Old Navy is typically my favorite place to purchase them, because they tend to have a good variety, and you can't beat the price either. If you haven't invested in a few, you should definitely consider it- they are more versatile than you would think-as seen here and here!

Outfit Details:
Blazer: Elizabeth & West /// Top: Old Navy (similar) /// Jeans: Old Navy /// Booties: Forever 21 /// Purse: Target /// Necklace: Stella and Dot /// Bracelets: Stella and Dot, Stella and DotAlex and Ani, My Saint My Hero /// Watch: Target

I love the look of tossing a blazer over something as casual as a plaid button up-it dresses it up a bit without being too over the top. But I really do believe that you can toss a blazer over anything and it will look good! 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I can't even believe it's that time of year already! But- it is! Over the next few weeks I will be doing a Gift Guide series for you all, from stocking stuffers to gifts for him and her!

Today, I will be focusing on stocking stuffers. I don't know about you guys, but I always end up having a stocking that is overflowing for my girls. I get small things here and there, forgetting along the way how many "small things" I have gotten! I know I can't be alone on this one!

I love stocking stuffers....between my husband, my in laws and my parents, I am set on gift cards for a long time, never have to buy socks and have enough of my favorite yummy snacks (Boston Baked Beans are, without fail, always in my stocking) to hold me over for a while!

Here are some great stocking ideas for the gal in your life (or me if you are my family/friends reading this). I tried to keep it pretty affordable for

Of course I love all of this. Like every single one, and it was hard to not buy it all for myself. I already have a few My Saint My Hero bracelets, but they are so meaningful, affordable, and look great when worn together! A photobook of my instagram photos would be so cute! I have always said how I want to make some sort of photo book...this would be the perfect and most stylish way! A portable charger is probably one of the most useful gifts (way more useful than a blender or vacuum, am I right?!). I know as a blogger it's something I could definitely use! 

What are some of your stocking stuffer favorites? 

Don't forget to enter an amazingly generous giveaway from Kohls here. They are giving away a diamond ring!! Who wouldn't want to win that?

See you back here next week- I'll be sharing some outfit inspiration and Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping guides! 



Kohl's Diamond Collection + Giveaway

If there is one thing that is certain, it is that diamonds are a girls best friend. I don't know if I have ever met a gal who doesn't love a sparkly gem.

Lately my (nice, non costume) jewelry preference has been white gold. When my husband first started buying me nice jewelry it was yellow gold, because to me, that is what "adults" wore. Now? Not such a big fan of yellow gold. Luckily, my husband pays attention to what I love, and making me happy and treating me well is important to him!

What's also awesome is my husband and I understand how important it is for us to have time to ourselves, whether it be a whole day or just a few hours. I love to treat myself sometimes, and sort of unwind a little. Spa days are one of my favorite ways to unwind. A good massage and facial is where its at, ladies! Of course, shopping is awesome too. I think that goes without saying! As much as I love shopping with some girlfriends, the alone time to shop at my own pace can't be beat.

Date nights are another great way we like to unwind. Sometimes, they are just for the heck of it, but others for something special, like our dating anniversary (14 years!) or a birthday. Those are the times my husband likes to make it special (and me too, of course) with a little something that sparkles!

I am a frequent shopper of Kohl's but never really knew they had such an extensive diamond collection! Lately, I have been telling my husband to not worry about gifts for me for the holidays or my birthday....that is until I saw their selection. The Simply Vera Vera Wang wedding bands are super cute and (to me) have the look of a right hand ring-it doesn't scream "traditional wedding band." I am also a fan of anything that shows sentiment to my daughters, like initial necklaces. I'll take two please, one C and one E! What I like about their selection is that I (meaning my husband) can shop for me, but also get some other Christmas shopping done while he is there (toys for our girls, something nice for our parents).

Here are a few of my favorite picks!

1.Diamond Square Halo Engagement Ring /// 2. Black Diamond Earrings /// 3. Diamond Initial Disc Pendant /// 4. Sterling Silver Diamond Link Bracelet /// 5. Simply Vera Vera Wang Flower Wedding Ring /// 6. Sideways Cross Pendant /// 7. Round Cut Martini Stud Earrings /// 8. Vera Wang Two Tone Engagement Ring

I know I don't need to impress my husband a ton, but I do like to get dolled up for a date night every now and then...the Diamond Square Halo Engagement Ring is the perfect finishing touch! (and if you are wondering "why the heck is she wearing it on her pinky?? I will tell you this-it doesn't feel good and makes your finger swollen when you jam your finger unloading boxes at your store. I can't even get my wedding rings on my swollen finger! This is typical of me...a real 'this is my real life' moment for sure!)

Outfit Details:
Top: Old Navy (similar) /// Skirt: Elizabeth & West /// Shoes: Kohls /// Purse: Elizabeth & West (in store) /// Diamond Ring: c/o Kohls /// Necklace: Target 

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Layering Up

So we seem to ave had a temperature drop this week. It started on Sunday a little bit and has just gotten colder and colder!

Sunday was one of those days where I just wanted to stay in my pajama's but I don't think that would have been acceptable for church. I mean, I know church is a judge free zone, but still. Factoring in the cold, and the whole comfort factor, I just decided to layer, and layer, and layer.

Adding a vest underneath your jacket is a great way to layer and add warmth without adding bulk!

Outfit Details:
Striped Shirt: Old Navy /// Plaid Shirt: Old Navy (similar) /// Utility Vest: Old Navy (old) /// Jacket: Old Navy (similar) /// Jeans: American Eagle /// Shoes: Converse via Kohls /// Purse: Blair Ritchey /// Hat: Target (similar)

I don't know what it is, but I have really been loving stripes and plaid together...maybe it is the fall/winter version of florals and stripes? I don't know, but I love it! 



Faux Fur + Stripes

Please excuse the tired look in my eyes...my husband and I squeezed these pictures in after my long workday over the weekend...I was exhausted, my hair was flat, my feet hurt at one point in the day but by this point they were just numb from hurting so much! 

But- if I had to be in something for the whole day long at work, it would be this dress and this vest. Faux fur has been something that I have been incorporating into a lot of my looks lately. After searching for the perfect one for a couple of years, I thought maybe I would wear it here and there, but I have found that it goes with a lot more. Maybe it's the fall/winter version of my Old Navy vest? So far, I have loved pairing it with plaid and stripes! 

Outfit Details:
Faux Fur Vest: Elizabeth & West /// Dress: Old Navy (similar, similar)  /// Tights: Assets /// Shoes: Forever 21 /// Purse: Target /// Necklace: Brin and Bell, BaubleBar (Courtney Bib) /// Bracelets: Stella and Dot, Alex and Ani

Have a great week! I have some fun things planned for this week, including the start of my Holiday Gift Guide....I'll be starting it off with stocking stuffers! 



Handbag Guide: What's in my Handbag?

I think you can tell a lot about a person by what's in their purse...if they let you actually see what's in their purse.

A lot of factors play into my taste in purses, whether it is my age, what I am wearing, if I am with or without my daughters for that particular outing, just to name a few.

More often than not though, I love a big purse. The larger the better. Totes in particular are my favorite because to me, they are like the Mary Poppins bag- bottomless and neverending!

When I checked out Rue La La's Handbag Guide, it was pretty much confirmed, yet again what I prefer! Their guide also helped me break down the names of several other bags...I knew in my head what they looked like but never knew the names! So helpful (and didn't realize how non knowledgeable I was!)

Rue La La - Handbags and purses - The Clutch

While I love the clutch, it is only something I use for date night, or girls night out. In the past, I have even been known to toss it in the diaper bag! For shuffling around two children, it just isn't practical for me all the time. My Blair Ritchey is my favorite. You can see how I styled it here and here

Rue La La - Handbags and purses - The Hobo

The Hobo bag is one that I haven't really used. I've sort of been on the fence about it and haven't yet pulled the trigger on a purchase. After reading the description of what a "Hobo Bag" is on Rue La La, I realized it's not for me. The over-the-shoulder straps are too short for me, and the slouchiness would just bother me!

Rue La La - Handbags and purses - The Tote

Aaahhhh the tote. this is me all the way. The roominess of it, the structure, the versatility. To me, you just can't go wrong with it. I have several totes that I have used as a work bag, my everyday purse, and even an overnight bag.

I have also noticed that I am a fan of the satchel. It's a little more structured than the tote is, but I feel like it stores just as much. It usually (at least in my eyes) has a little more hardware and detail on it that totes typically do. You can see how much I love satchels here, here and here.

Lately, my go to purse has been Blair Ritchey's Lango Messenger Tote. It holds all of my essentials (which is like everything under the sun). I also eliminated using a diaper bag over the last couple of months, so the Lango is the perfect size to toss in a diaper and some snacks on top of all of my other stuff! Take a peek at what I keep in my tote-my go-to bag!

This is literally what is in my purse 90% of the time! I do always have something in my purse to keep my lipsticks, chapsticks and some headache medicine, as well as my wallet (obviously). Those are non negotiable!

What I love about the Lango, is that the wallet is attached to the inside of the purse. When I got the bag, I didn't realize how much I would love it. So easy to find. The snakeskin clutch is also a Blair Ritchey (can you tell I'm a fan?) and what I use to keep any makeup and medicine. I know I can quickly find my chapstick if I need it! 

Like I said, I stopped using a diaper bag, so I usually just toss a diaper or two and wipes in my bag. I usually also have a sippy cup and a baggie of snacks as well. I don't know what happened that I don't have any in there now! 

Sunglasses are also something I always have on me-always. I am quite shocked I only have one pair! Usually I have two or three roaming around my bag!. 

Trash. I always, always, always have trash in my purse. Whether it be receipts, candy wrappers, half eaten granola bars (those are fun to find), I always have trash. And also a program from my church. I always have one of them on me. Eventually they accumulate (like my receipts and food wrappers) and I do a clean out, but nine times out of ten you will find trash and church programs in my bag! 

Not the most gorgeous looking, but its real life! (remember....#ThisIsMyRealLife)

What do you keep in your purse? Do you keep it clean, or are you like me and have it filled with the essentials and trash? Haha!

What about the style? Is there are certain type of handbag you stay away from (like the Hobo for me) or to you typically carry anything and everything? Not sure what you prefer? Check out Rue LaLa's Handbag Guide- you might be surprised with what you like or don't like! 




I know the season of sheer kimonos has just about bit the dust, but I couldn't resist squeezing in this fringe kimono one last time. The temps were pretty mild, and there was no wind, which made it even that much more bearable outside so I figured I would take it for a spin! I think adding a floppy hat and booties (instead of sandals) qualifies it for a fall-ish outfit though, right?

I have grown so fond of kimonos over the last few months. The comfort they give, without sacrificing style makes them a popular piece in my closet. I have purchased them a lot for my store, which means I have worn them a lot! Being able to dress them up or down makes them even more appealing! My favorite way to wear them though is with a basic (sometimes graphic) tee, jeans or cut off shorts (here, here)

Outfit Details:
Kimono: Elizabeth & West /// Shirt: Old Navy /// Jeans: Old Navy /// Booties: Forever 21 /// Necklace: Target /// Purse: Target (similar) /// Hat: Target /// Bracelets: Elizabeth & West (in store), c/o My Saint My Hero, Stella and Dot