Every year we travel to Seattle for several weeks to visit family and escape the heat in Phoenix, but it had been years since I'd been to Victoria, British Columbia. I decided to take Christina up on the Victoria Clipper to see the beautiful city and stay at the Fairmont Empress, which presides regally over Victoria Harbor. Known for its history and world-famous high tea, staying at the Empress has been on my bucket list for years. Plus, we have relatives in the area, so it was a terrific opportunity for some quality family time. All in all, we had a wonderful, memorable trip and can't wait to go back! Leaving ...Read more.
Back-to-school time is exciting, nerve-wracking, invigorating and emotional all at the same for both parents and kids. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or middle school, picking up some new outfits that your kids feel confident in is an important part of the process. Involving your child in the shopping -- if they let you -- is a good idea, since it gives them an opportunity to express their style and individuality. Of course, some kids are more interested in their wardrobe than others, and many wear uniforms, which puts the focus on shoes and accessories. We turned to locally-owned boutique for both moms and ...Read more.
If you've been a Mom Style Lab reader for awhile, you know that every year around our daughter's birthday we like to do a photo shoot to document this moment in time. Or, as the iconic band Rush sang in their hit song, Time Stands Still -- "Freeze this moment just a little bit longer... make each sensation just a little bit stronger." Pictures bring back the memories and the moments that fly back so quickly. As I looked back at last year's post when Christina turned 10, I realized how much she changed over the year. Last August, she was in the middle of round 1 of braces and getting ready to start 5th grade and middle ...Read more.
If you've been reading Mom Style Lab for the last few years, you'll know that every year my mom and I hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for back-to-school shopping time! We have fun going to the store and trying on all the new clothes for fall, then picking out my favorites for the start of school. This year I'm starting 6th grade and my school doesn't have uniforms, but we do have a dress code. Shorts and skirts have to be below fist length, and tops have to have a collar if they don't have a sleeve or a sleeve if there's no collar. I need basics like tees and jeans, and workout clothes for PE and after school ...Read more.
"I've always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman's outfit," once said iconic designer Michael Kors. True, so true. We are self-admitted accessory addicts as our closets will attest. Accessories have the power to completely change your basics... to up level an outfit from simple to extraordinary. They are a terrific way to express your individual style, whether it's through a beautiful scarf, elegant jewelry, a statement handbag or retro hat. And, a sophisticated pair of designer sunnies that flatter your face are essential to creating a cool, chic vibe and completing your look. We love taking the ...Read more.
One thing we love about Nordstrom is that they have something for everyone, from luxury designer goods to quality, affordable brands. The highly-anticipated (you could say infamous or even iconic) annual Anniversary Sale is no different. The NSale takes over our Instagram grid like no sale we've ever seen and always includes items from popular contemporary lines, such as Rebecca Taylor, Tory Burch, Veronica Beard, Stuart Weitzman, to name a few. Of course, not all items on sale are created equal. We've spent hours looking through the sale and found the best of the higher-end finds that we feel are worth the splurge! ...Read more.
One thing we really love about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it truly has something for everyone and every budget, from high-end to mid-range to affordable. And, at MSL, we absolutely love pairing our Chanel and Gucci with our Topshop and H&M ... we strive to be the queens of high-low mixing! We believe in investing in classic pieces you'll wear on repeat, designer handbags, and special statement items you'll have forever. BUT, when it comes to trendy looks and basic tees, we say go for the deal! For this year's Anniversary Sale, we went on the hunt for the best pieces under $100 and here are the ...Read more.