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9 Work Out Gear Must Haves

For 2016 I didn't make resolutions because I am not good at keeping them. I decided instead to make goals. A few of my goals are to become more organized, eat healthier and workout at least 2-3 days a week. I have been doing okay on the working out. I feel great after I finish a spin class, it just sometimes is hard to get there. I am sure you understand! One thing that gets me excited to go to my cycle class, is cute exercise clothing! I recently purchased some new active wear. As I put on the clothes, it got me excited to go workout and changed my mood. Investing in a few key active wear pieces that you will want to wear is worth it.

Inner Peace Hooded Pullover       1980 Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoe  Breathe Logo Tank

                                Live in 2 Capris        Be Tote        Double The Fun Headband

 

                   Jubilee Water Bottle      Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor        workout capris

 

 

 

I have fell in with the Zella brand that is only at Nordstrom. The rumor is that Zella is designed by LuLuLemon. It is a more affordable which Is awesome. Working out is the same as anything you do in your life. If you are dressed for success you will succeed! Tomorrow morning you will find me at my local gym at cycle class! What exercise do you love?

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How to Make Everyone Smile in Family Pictures

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How to Make Everyone Smile in Family Pictures

The biggest challenge when selecting outfits for your family pictures is not coordinating pieces.  The biggest challenge is making sure everyone in the family looks like themselves.  It's easy to pick four outfits with navy and mustard yellow. And Maybe when your children are small it isn't that difficult because your kids' style is really just your style.  But as they grow and get a style of their own you need to be mindful that everyone loves what their wearing and feels great.  Because feeling great in your outfit is the difference between a good family photo and a fantastic family photo.

The O Family was super fun to work with.  They have a tween son and pre-tween daughter who know where they like to shop and have strong opinions on their outfits.  Their son is Abercrombie all the way and their daughter loves to mix prints and stand out.  Add in a preppy dad, Anthropologie loving mom and new baby and you have 5 totally different styles that need to compliment each other.

Their photo session will take place outside in the fall color and they wanted outfits to compliment the changing leaves.what to wear for fall family picturesThe result is a twirly-boho-preppy-outdoorsy look that will make everyone say CHEESE!

If your interested in our virtual styling services, send an email to info@thelittlestylefile.com.  Thanks to the O Family for allowing us to open our style files to them!  We can't wait to see your pics!

 

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Family Style:  The World of Ralph Lauren

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Family Style: The World of Ralph Lauren

Growing up, I loved the "World of Ralph Lauren" commercials.  Everyone was smiling and happy, wearing gorgeous clothes.  After watching the commercial - remember when we watched commercials?! - my sister and I would say "I want to live in the world of Ralph Lauren."  And after 8 years of family pictures where we have mixed and matched designers for our family, this session we went full out Ralph Lauren.

All too often we hear "stay away from prints!' when planning outfits for family pictures.  We say the opposite.  We say the more prints the better!  The key to mixing prints for family pictures is layering.  Textures with small prints, medium prints and large prints to scale with the size of the person can make for stunning photos.  Here was our inspiration board for this photo shoot.

The ribbon on the pink dress coordinates with the green striped dress.  The white lace dress works as a neutral but also adds a layer of texture and dimension.  The blues in the guys' shirts highlights the blues in the girls' stripes.  For the boys shirts I did shop in person.  I brought the belt with me to make sure colors were a good compliment.  When planning outfits, you'll want to make sure all family members outfits look great together.  In this set, you can mix and match any parents and children and have a great combo.

Here is the result:

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I just love how these pictures turned out.  Every combination of family members' outfits look great together.  You would never know we had to cross a muddy river with children on our backs to get to the garden that was under construction.  It was a little tricky to get to the World of Ralph Lauren, but it was totally worth it!  The colors look amazing and the prints just make the images pop.

Just to keep score, in these photos we have horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, plaid, solid and solid colored lace.  With thoughtful planning, the prints compliment each other and don't compete.

What do you think?  Do you mix prints?

Photo Session Details

Styling:  TLSF Styling Services

Photographer:  Gina Cristine Photography

Clothing:  Ralph Lauren

Location:  Museum of Science and Industry, Japanese Garden in Chicago

Need hel styling your family for photos?  Contact TLSF Styling Services at info@thelittlestylefile.com to learn more about virtual styling.

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Summer Mom Essentials: The High Waisted Bikini

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Summer Mom Essentials: The High Waisted Bikini

Here I am today, exactly at the weight I was when I got married (actually half a pound less if we're being exact) and 15 months postpartum with my third baby.  As you can guess, being the same weight after 3 babies looks a lot different. I love the women who have had three babies and then proudly wear a string bikini stretch marks and all.  They are awesome and a serious inspiration.  I am not one of those women.  My once flat stomach now resembles a pumpkin that has remained on a front porch long after Halloween has passed.  Short of drastic measures, that's how it's going to be and I'm okay with it.  I've filled my swimwear drawer with one pieces and tankinis.  Until now.  This summer for the first time in more than 8 years I'm bikini shopping.

The High Waist Bikini is an answer to my saggy stomach prayers.  Hitting at or just above the belly button, my loose skin is covered and you still get all of the fun that is a bikini.  Here are a few of my favorite high waist bikinis in stores now.

high waist bikini roundup

tropical print bikini || nautical bikini || geometric print bikini || teal bikini || aztec print bikini || leaf print bikini

 

What do you think?  Are you loving this high waist trend?

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Fill Your Top Two Drawers with Peach!

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Fill Your Top Two Drawers with Peach!

One of the most frustrating things to do as a woman is to go bra shopping. We each have our own style, size and preferences, and any of those factors can change in an instant. Add in the fact that we usually have kids tagging along during this necessary yet complicated excursion, and it is a recipe for disaster. If millions of women wear these things...heck, billions, and why is the process so incredibly confusing and filled with misinformation? Did you know that 80% of women are in the wrong bra size and 95% of women hate the shopping experience? Time for a change. I recently attended the Peach Perfect Fit Tour on their stop in Chicago, and received a "Perfect Luxe Bra Fitting" with a Personal Stylist. My Stylist, Katey, was so incredibly knowledgeable about how a bra should fit. She took a look at my current bra and could immediately tell that it wasn't working for me. After taking a 10 point set of calculated measurements (and no, it wasn't just a quick whip of a measuring tape twice around), she found a size that was truly me. She asked questions about the clothes that I wear and how I prefer to have my bras fit.

Want to know the best part about Peach? The stylist actually comes to your house. No more getting shoved alone into a fitting room, armed with an arsenal of assorted garments, only to rush out of the store with something passable because your kids are driving you crazy. Your information and sizes are then stored in the Peach system, and you have access to your Stylist moving forward. They are currently in 25 states and expanding- you can see if they are in your area with this link. Appointments are made at the convenience of the client (you) for dates and times that work within your schedule.

In addition to bras, they aim to "fill your top two drawers." This means everything from panties to shapewear to hosiery to chemises to t-shirts and camis, even loungewear and cardigans (which are all the absolutely softest clothing items I have ever worn). Here is one of their Spaghetti Strap Camis peeking out from under my favorite wrap dress. This gorgeous item stayed put all day- it didn't ride up, and held shape after washing.

I also tested out their insanely soft Infinity Scarf- perfect for those deceptively chilly days right now where the sun is out but it is still in the 60s. It also doubles as a nursing cover! One item that I have my eye on, which happens to be a best seller, is their Simply Soft Flyaway Cardigan.

The whole goal of Peach is to inspire women to be their most "beyoutiful" through their one of a kind shopping experience. Take a look at what they have to offer you!

 

PS- They are actively looking for stylists to add to their team, so if you are entrepreneurial in nature and looking to get in on the ground floor of a new company, check them out here!

Disclosure: I was provided with select Peach apparel for review purposes, and even purchased some with my own funds because I simply loved it. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

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