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Entries in fashion friday (30)


Fashion Friday: Never Enough Shoes for Twin Girls

Girls Like SHOES

Just one reason my house is a mess.

There are shoes by the front door, by the back door, in the kitchen, in the family room, in the bathroom and in the mudroom.

The mudroom is where I want the shoes to live. I like them to live on this bench:

shoe bench


The problem is that this bench can't possibly hold all the shoes. The left 2 sections of the bench are for El and Em and you can see it is overflowing.

Because this is how many shoes they actually have:

shoes for twin girls


And notice this does not include winter boots, rain boots, riding boots and the 8 pairs of flipflops!

Where do we keep all of their shoes when we clean up the front door, the back door, the kitchen, the family room , and the mudroom?

In those nifty drawers that came with my Frigidaire affinity washer and dryer set!

pedestal drawers of Frigidaire washer and dryer hold shoes too

Because who needs to store laundry detergent when we only do laundry once a week because the twins have so many clothes? But that's another post.



Fashion Friday - Don't play with mommy's Choos

The twins love to play dress up in my closet. They love the handbags, the scarves, and Em especially loves my shoes. Here's what the floor of my closet looks like after she is done:



But there is one pair of shoes that are off limits and apparently even The Mister knows this.

Me, whining... "Ohhhhh - Emmmmm! Can you please put my shoes back when you are done with them!"

Em, "I'm sorry mommy!"

Me, "Oh nooo - not my Jimmy Choos."

To my shock and surprize I hear from The Mister,

"Jimmy Choo?!?! You have Jimmy Choo shoes?? Em you are not allowed to play with those shoes!"

Me after picking my jaw up off the floor, "YOU know Jimmy Choo?"

The Mister, "Everyone knows Jimmy Choo! When did you get those??"

Jimmy Choo shoes

The Mister - football loving, fashion hater who broke into a sweat when I brought home an orange shirt (he's never branched out beyond navy, white, green and grey). This man knows Jimmy Choo?

Everyone. Knows. Jimmy Choo.

But not everyone can wear my Choos.



Fashion Friday - Focus on Makeup with e.l.f. coupon code & how to get smokey eyes

I first met e.l.f. (eyes lips face) cosmetics at last year's Blogher conference. After a few freebies I was sold. Well, I wasn't sold, I was bought? No wait. That doesn't sound right. I was freebie-d?

Whatever - the fact is that a free sample can go a long way to brand loyalty. Not because it's free. But because the product you get to sample for free is actually really great!

e.l.f. Coupon Code

Right now and through September 16, 2010 you can get  20% off any e.l.f makeup purchase with code: TAKETWENTY

Not only that but I see a great sale going on at e.l.f. right now so, while it's not entirely free, you can sample e.l.f. for a very low price! And, it's already affordable. This makes it, well, freebie-ish!

Need Help Applying Makeup?

These days if I swipe some powder across my nost (e.l.f. mineral powder of course) and brush on some mascara I'm lucky. But for the nights I want to be a little more dramatic I turn to...Carmindy.

I love the show What Not to Wear and Carmindy's makeup tips always seem a) realistic and b) totally do-able. I've been trying to take notes during the show but really, isn't it easier just to buy the book, The 5-Minute Face.

That Carmindy - she knows we moms barely have 5 minutes so she's come up with easy steps to get us looking our best with makeup but also - she has product recomendations for high and low budgets! For example, do you have combination skin? You can splurge on Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk, or get great results with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (my personal favorite).



Fashion Friday: Animal Print Backpacks and Converse "Chucks" for back-to-school

You want to know THE SHOE all the kids have to have this season?

You've probably seen them around in every store, including Target.

If you shop online you'll notice things in red saying "Only 4 left".

May I present the ever-classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers :



I am not sure when The Twofer became aware of them. Last Spring you'll remember they fell in love with the purple Sketchers Twinkle Toes. Somehow (inner fashion sense?) they knew these would be the thing to have.

They are classic.

They Come in a variety of colors (seriously,check out this rainbow of Converse Chucks )

They are the perfect back-to-school shoe.

A Little on the WILD side

Of course what goes better with a classic shoe than a non-traditional backpack?



Bold prints are in for backpacks this year and my kids were tuned in to this fashion trend before I even had a chance to crack open the cover of this season's The New York Times: Fashion of The Times.

Again, a quick search online and many animal print backpacks are in limited supply so order one today if your daughter is pining for one!

What fun things did your kids ask for this year while shopping for school?


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Fashion Friday - cover ups for beach or pool

The other day I was invited to a friend's club for a little adult-only swimming and lunch. (Can I just tell you how nice it was to have an uninterupted conversation that lasted about 3 hours!)

The first thing I thought was,

"I can't wear the same cover-up that I wear to my pool!"

So I grabbed a lightweight dress I picked up on our Jersey Shore vacation instead.

I started to think about it...what is a cover-up? Is it supposed to be obvious you just came from the beach or pool? Or is it something that is supposed to disguise the fact that your sitting in a swim suit? I tend to err on the side of modesty rather than....


Image of Vintage 80s Bikini Oversized Beach T-shirt Cover Up Mini via midnightflight on EtsyYes, that over-sized t-shirt is considered vintage according to Etsy. Want to shop more vintage 80s? Check out Midnight Flight.

Here are a few cover-ups that I found that would be suitable for beach, pool, or country club:

This is the Athleta Sugar Tunic is perfect for the early days of summer when it's warmer in the water than when you get out. Or bring it to the beach for the cool nights you have with bonfires.


Some cover-ups are more fitted like this Speedo Tie Front Cover-Up Dress so be sure to test them out over any suit that has a swim skirt.


A maxi dress is a great way to cover up at the beach or pool as well. This Xhilaration® Maxi Dress in yellow is fun and 'summery'. It also provides great coverage around the problem areas.

How do you cover up at the pool? Do you go for full-coverage or something a little more revealing?


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