is one of those moms who makes you think, "How on Earth does she do it all?" Alex is a mom to toddler Adalyn and baby Eloise, a wife of a busy business student, and a photographer with her own business, Alex Christine
. She specializes in adorable newborn shots, families, and weddings. On top of it all, she always looks great! (I think I'd hate her if she wasn't so darn nice! ;-)
So naturally Alex was a perfect choice for the Stylish Mommy of the Month. I wanted to hear how she manages to stay so together with such a busy life!
BTW... If you have someone (and that can mean yourself, too!) who you would like to submit for this feature, send me a note!
: How would you describe how your style has changed now that you're a busy working mom?
: Well, I've been either nursing or pregnant since November 2010, so my style has changed A LOT. My number one change in style is having to find tops that I can nurse in. You will now always find me in a v-neck or button down shirt.
: What are your mom wardrobe must-haves?AR
: Every mom of young kids needs a few good pairs of back yoga pants. I actually get mine at Victoria Secret because I'm 5'8 and need their tall lengths. My next MUST HAVE is a coat that has a hood [SM
: like this one
.] Whether you're pushing a single or a double stroller, there will come a day when you have to get your babies out of the car in the rain. My umbrella is always covering my babies, so a hood is a must for me. SM:
What do you use as a diaper bag?
AR: As a photographer, I bring my camera almost anywhere, but even when my camera isn't along for the ride, I have my Kelly Moore 2Sues
. I love all of the compartments that help keep me organized and love that it can all be easily wiped down with a wet cloth. SM
: Describe your beauty routine.
: I use Moroccan Oil
when I blow dry and their curl cream when I don't have time to blow-dry. I could not live without either of those! It's rare that I leave the house without concealer under my eyes, a quick dusting of Bare Minerals foundation, my MAC blush, and a coat of Maybelline Great Lash mascara. SM
: What items do you like to have in your home to keep you feeling calm and create a soothing environment?AR:
Pictures!!! But seriously, when I'm stressed or frazzled, or fighting with my toddler over dinner, nothing calms me down more than glancing over at one of the pictures I've taken AND printed out and put in a frame in my living room.
What is currently on your wish list?AR
: A Keurig machine
! I feel like I'm way late to game on this, but my husband just currently quit coffee for tea. There is no way I'm giving up my coffee, but I hate making a pot just for me. I also love that we can buy pods for his tea. So Santa, if you're reading this, that's what I'd like for Christmas. ;)
| || What every busy mom needs: A Keurig.... |
...and a super stylish big bag.
It's one of my favorite days of the year, the day that my online shopping problem actually becomes a good thing! I've quickly compiled for you some of my favorite deals of the day from my usual roster of favorite sites:
Amazon: up to 60% off clothing, half price on some toys
Asos.com: free shipping and up to 25% off women's clothes and accessories
Carters.com : 50% off entire site
Hautelook: free shipping all day long
Nordstrom.com: various Cyber Monday sales
Old Navy: 30% off entire site
Potterybarnkids.com: free shipping and sales on dolls, ornaments and kitchen toys
Shoes.com: 25$ off entire site
Target: buy one get on 30-50% off toys, clothes and home stuff
Tech stuff, various: check out the deals listed here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/02/best-cyber-monday-deals_n_4371546.html
My favorites, you can tell I use them a lot :-)
When I only have a minute to get ready (which is most days), I have a makeups musts routine that I turn to. Here are my favorite go-to's that work for a playdate or party. What are your everyday makeup musts?
Slather on the BB cream of your choice, which conceals, moisturizes, and perfects fine lines. My top pick: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.
Concealer time! I love Bobbi Brown Face Touchup Stick because it can go under eyes, on zits, or on freckles- it's a one stop concealer shop.
Give cheeks a glow with a liquid bronzing/illuminating potion. I love how this product perks up skin fast: Stila One Step Illuminate.
Use the most volumizing, lengthening mascara you can find to play up eyes with one product. I keep the mascara wand close to the lash line to make it look like you're wearing eyeliner. I recently got a sample of Korres which makes lashes look super plush.
Swipe on a tinted lipbalm that doesn't require looking in the mirror. I love how sheer Burt's Bees
As I revamp what was formerly the blog 9 Months of Style into a commentary on my (attempt at a stylish) life as a mom to a toddler, it seems like a perfect chance to share those items that have become staples over the course of the last two years. These are my all time mom must-have picks, from head to toe:
Lancome Waterproof Concealer
Do you know what tired is spelled backwards? MOM. If there's only one thing that you do for yourself this month, buy this concealer. This is the only one that made me look like I was sleeping close to 8 hours when it was really more like half that amount; it blends in without making lines look worse, and best yet- it's waterproof, so when you are crying out of frustration that your kid won't stop crying, at least it won't show!
Gap Legging Jeans
These are seriously my go-to mom jeans. They are stretchy enough for climbing around on your hands and knees with a kid, high-waisted for holding in muffin top, and sexy enough to wear for the rare date night. They make your hips look small and your legs look tall. They should be renamed "Gap Magic Pants". I have them in a stack of washes and patterns, but start with the 1969 pair and build your collection from there. (see about me pic at top- I'm wearing a pair!)
Belli Pure Radiance Sunscreen spf 25
I have been using this fantastic lightly tinted sunscreen since before Toddler was even conceived. I used it all through pregnancy and nursing, and while I could easily switch to a paraben packed concoction now, I keep using it because it never breaks me out, it's moisturizing, it gives me a glow, and it's made without yucky bad-for-your-body ingredients. I've gotten a few friends hooked as well.
I may have an obscene amount of Gap legging jeans, but my Tom's collection is a close second. Aren't they just the perfect mom shoes? You can slip them on while holding a kid in on arm and your diaper bag in another. You can wear them to just about any event and with any outfit and look cute. I promise to line up my whole collection for you and take a pic, so I can prove to you that I probably have too many pairs. But how can you say no when they help a kid in need? That's what I tell my husband. :-) What are your mom must-haves? Let's start the discussion below!
pictures are worth a thousand words, then this is why I use Babyganics The Grime Fighter.
When your toddler insists on sitting bare bottomed on the kitchen floor, you want to make sure you are using something that really keeps things clean. The Grime Fighter is tough on dirt, but gentle on kids. it leaves no toxic residue behindd for little behinds, because Babyganics knows what goes in your young child's mouth (or on their bottoms): is pretty much...everything.
Here's something I've always wondered about sunscreen: if you're using it to protect your skin, why would you use a sunscreen on your skin that's filled with chemicals? After all, your skin absorbs every ingredient you put on it.
'This is my reasoning for using sunscreens on both myself and my toddler that contain non-chemicals such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or a combination of both. I also look for a sunscreen that is free from preservatives such as pthalates, sulfates, paraben or PABA, an acid that can lead to skin irritation. Finally, my ideal sunscreen has to be fragrance free (because who wants to attract yet more insects during summer months??) and easy to spread on my always in motion toddler.
If you're looking for all the same things in your sunscreen as me, a winning formula is Babyganics
Pure Mineral Sunscreen. Now, you may have noticed that I write often about Babyganics. To start, the brand has such a vast array of products for all your family's needs that it's great to help readers keep up to date on all the latest; and second, the brand aligns with what I value for my family: natural, non-toxic, and family-friendly. They have useful products for all seasons (and all reasons!) and right now, I'm all about a great sunscreen.
Babyganics contains half titainum dioxide and half zinc oxide, so your kids get full spectrum coverage the natural way. It's SPF 30 and water resistant for 40 minutes (so be sure to reapply after a dip in the pool!).
And very importantly, it did not cause skin problems on my son's very sensitive skin. I'm a fan!
Tell me, what are your thoughts on natural sunscreens vs. chemical-based ones? I'd love to know!
Luke loves his time in the sand, so I always keep Pure Mineral Sunscreen on hand!
Being the first-time mom of a toddler boy, I've learned a couple things; one)
never wear a white shirt when you have to be anywhere important with your toddler; and two)
never put your little boy in a white shirt unless you have plans to use it for an arts and crafts project.
Still, messes will happen no matter what you're wearing, and since you can't put your toddler in a burka, you're going to need to carry wipes...and plenty of 'em. I'm a big fan of the Babyganics
brand because they have such a great assortment of head-to-toe kid (and parent) personal care and household must-haves. I was definitely psyched to try out their Fine and Handy wipes, since I could see them becoming a must-have in the diaper bag, car, kitchen drawer, under the pillow...you get the drift. So let's see what 18-month-old Luke thought about them, since he would be the main subject of the wiping:
"I don't know...will these really clean off the food that's still caked on my face from two meals ago?"
"Hey, pretty cool- the package says there's no chlorine, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or stinky fragrances!"
"Good thing too, because not only am I going to clean my mouth with this wipe, I'm also going to eat it for dessert!"
If I can get Luke to wipe his own face, then we're onto something good here. Mommy is pleased; the only thing that seems to be missing is a directive on the package telling Luke to wipe his own butt. Oh well, you can't have everything...
They say the key to a peacefully sleeping baby is a good bedtime routine.
That's why Mommy's Bliss, maker of the much-loved Gripe Water for colic, gas, and tummy issues, has come up with a new line designed to become part of your baby's wind-down process. The Sweet Slumber products are perfect for every step of baby's bedtime. I decided to give them a try on my very non-peaceful teething toddler.
I started with Sweet Slumber Baby Wash
, a 3-in-1 bubble bath, shampoo and
body wash, in the tub. FYI, I love that it's free of alcohol, sulfates, phthalates and parabens, so you can feel safe about your little one sitting in
a bathtub full of it. The scent of Lavender, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang is
subtle enough that it didn't smell fake or overpowering. My toddler's very
sensitive skin had no reaction.
Next, it was PJ time. I rubbed a little bit of Sweet Slumber Massage Cream
onto his arms and legs. Since I started the massage thing late in the game,
he's not so into it- he thinks we're trying to bother him with medicine, not relax him. Still, I enjoyed how soft my hands felt after. Might have to get Daddy to use this massage cream on Mommy !
Finally, I spritzed Sweet Slumber Mist
into the middle of his bedroom. It's
supposed to create a calm and familiar bedroom enviornment through smell.
Loved the gentle, non-chemical smell. I felt like I was
breathing in natural lavendar. In fact, I liked this spray so much, I've started to spray my own sheets with it every night.
The verdict: While I didn't necessarily see any change in habits from dear
teething toddler, this mommy certainly enjoyed the subtle, relaxing fragrances
and has started using the products on herself. If you like the idea of baby skincare that can double as mom-time
products, you can feel good about how natural this line is. Give it a shot on your little one!
See how a real mom uses the Sweet Slumber Bedtime Routine!
No one wants to see their little one in pain. When they can't tell you what's wrong, but you know it's something going on with their tummy, grab Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water
. This all natural remedy for colic, gas, and other tummy discomforts is safe, effective, and trusted by enough moms to make it the number #1 selling gripe water. I've found it effective for the upset tummy my guy gets from teething. It also makes me feel good to know I'm not giving him nasty, artificial ingredients. My reco? Add this to your arsenal of baby must-haves in the medicine cabinet.
I have a one year old, and my eyes tell the story of the last year. Crinkles, wrinkles and bags aren't just toys for my little boy- they're under my eyes!
For months, I've been looking for a solution to make me look closer to I did in the days when 8 hours sleep was an average, not a daydream. I've tried numerous top-selling eye creams, but was sadly disappointed each time. I know only sleep can make you look like you've slept, but there's gotta be something that can at least help a mom out a little, right? Enter Dermagist Eye Revolution Ge
l. This cosmeceutical level product uses a secret combiantion of peptides to depuff, lighten up, and smooth out lines around the eyes.
I was skeptical at first: the gel felt too light and refreshing to seem like it would do much. I've been trained by the beauty industry to believe the thicker, heavier creams are the ones with the most "power". I've been using it for a week, and I have to say, it's possible that I might look like maybe I have slept a bit more ! ( I haven't.) My eyes are less puffy, and the dark circles slightly less prominent. I'm excited to check back after a months' use!You can try Dermagist Eye Revolution Get too- for free!
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