Friday, October 28, 2011

A Clothes Family

 Today's inspiration came from this 'mash up' of photos Bee (from the famous Atlantic Pacific Blog) did back in September. She had this tiny photo:
Hers is a more dressy version with slacks. Mine is the more casual take with cotton capri's and a denim shirt:
 The idea of pairing yellow and blue with a splash of neon. Hers is orange mine is pink.

I took the photos upstairs so used one of the sunglasses I have in my dresser drawer...

 I wanted to layer all my thin and colorful bracelets like Bee did. The process takes forever though and I was having such a tough time so I asked my son to help but he got bored but my little daughter was more than happy to hold the ends so I can hook each one. Then at pre-school she used the toy ring links stacked up like bracelets and said 'look mommy like yours!"

 Most of these are evil eye pieces collected over time from Turkey. They look cool together.

 White wedges or sandals would have been better but I was too cold so opted for the wedges which I can wear with socks.

 Did not notice the giant finger print on my lens apparently!

 This pose was my son's idea. He likes to get creative like this! :)
Denim Shirt - from Turkey
Tank - J Crew
Pants - J Crew
Wedges - Victoria's Secret
Bracelets - from Turkey, gifts, Tiffany's etc...

Busy day today with preschool in the morning and t-ball after naps followed by dinner with friend's at Sammy's Pizzaria.
Had to rush home for baths. Tomorrow we are scheduled for our xmas card photo shoot. Our friend's photographer has a great deal and she was doing her family and could takes us afterwards so we said 'yes'. Except I was absolutely not prepared at all. I ran through all sorts of ideas of what the family can wear. My husband of course was no help with these discussions so luckily my friend and I bounced ideas during kids' t-ball class and I bought a new shirt for my son before dinner from a store by the restaurant.
When I got home I started laying out the clothes so I can see how they looked together. First I had a green button down for my husband but with both of us in green it blended. So I swapped his top with a brown button down and the results were great:
 As many bloggers agree I am not a fan of every family member wearing the same color tops and bottoms. I feel the outfits should compliment but not match perfectly. And also not take away from the faces which should be the focal point of a family photo and not the clothes. So hopefully this combo will work.

This dress is from my cousin's childhood. It was the start of my inspiration to go with a 'green' theme...

This is the new top I got my son since everything he has is more or less solid green and I wanted a pattern. This top was perfect with dots of brown where it picks up my husband's shirt and my necklace. And the blue dots go great with the blue jeans. I might have him wear a long sleeve green tee under this so when the photographer is doing just the kids he can be in that to not clash with my daughter's dress...

Do you guys like it?
I am currently doing my nails in a dark brown with a gold tip and also going to try to do my hair a bit differently too. Hope it all works out.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Animals love Red

Today's outfit was inspired by two separate blogs that wore a similar look. 
First is Becks from Oomph Blog:

And second is from the Glam Timee blog of the lovely sisters of Izzy and Maria:

This cardi which is on a loan from my mom was a bit too crop so I added the tank underneath...

I noticed the 'tangled' sticker was left on the cardi after my daughter put it on me. I guess that is a 'mommy badge'!
 Notice the feather cuff!? That and the ring are both thread show purchases!
 A bit odd but quite unique right!?

Cardi, Pants - Forever 21
Tank - Ann Taylor
Cuff bracelet, ring - Mika Design (from Thread Show)
Nude Heels - Steve Madden

Our day started with a dentist's visit for both kids with my dad. Unfortunately my son has two small cavities and next week he has to get a filling. He asked 'why' so many times and I explained so now he is all ready for deep flossing and refuses anything with sugar!
 My daughter wore her new hot pink ugg type boots today under a denim mini skirt. She looked so cute and was literally giddy when I took out the boots from the closet to put on her. I have never seen my son that excited about any clothing item. Just goes to show you!

After naps we played with the kiddies. Our elderly neighbor had a stroke while we were on vacation and is now in the hospital. His newly acquired cats are so lonely and they come out now as soon as we come out to be petted. The neighbor's son comes morning and night to feed them but they miss companionship.

My daughter with 'blue collar' (that really is his name).

My son and 'red collar' behind him.

In the afternoon we went to our indoor play area's Halloween Party and met my Turkish friend there with her daughter. The kids had a great time.
 She keeps doing these funky 'stripper' moves as she dances. I have no idea where she picked it up. It is hilarious to watch!

Every little thing is going to be allright

 Here are some photos of our wonderful Jamaica trip.
We went with 2 other families. Each of us have a son over 4 years old and a daughter around 2.5 years old!
The resort we stayed at was a 'Beaches' resort in Negril which was a 1.5 hour bus ride from the Montego Bay airport.
Here is what it looks like traveling with 6 children under the age of 5:

The Beach Entry from our Resort:

The slide and the water park in our resort. None of our kids were tall enough to use the slide though.

The Cabana set-up that awaited us everyday. Since we all wanted to stay together instead of booking a room for each family we booked the 3 bedroom suite which came with a butler. The butler set-up the cabana and a cooler full of drinks, then came around 11 to take our lunch order and served us lunch right on the beach. He also made all the dinner reservations and nanny services etc. It was so nice to be pampered...

Some cool fruity drinks for the kids!

 Beaches were so beautiful. The Sea was super warm and the sand was soft and smooth.

My son and his friend...

The two girls enjoying a swim with the 3 boys...

Oh, we also had this guys who works for the hotel come to beach and play with the kids and build sand castles...

Our family doing a photo shoot on the beach cabana bed:

The boys rented jet skis to take all the kids. All our boys were a bit timid about it but our daughters were yelling 'super fast'.

One of the lunches on the beach!

The lazy river was in one word AWESOME! You just floated away. The kids loved it too...It went all around that water park...

My husband and daughter on the glass bottom boat tour we took. Didn't see anything at all as it was not a clear day but we had promised the kids a boat ride... 

This resort was all inclusive and their kids program entails Sesame Street characters. We paid extra to do breakfast with them one morning!

Here are all our kids:

My daughter has the most candid and such cute photos with each character as she truly enjoyed them...
Here she is with cookie monster

Exploring Zoe's necklace...

My son and husband with Count. Even though he scared everyone he loved him and bought a stuffed toy of him!

And Elmo of course!

This is so cute!

After breakfast they did a dance party. Here is my daughter swinging away with Zoe!

One afternoon we went on an adult catamaran tour...

Having fun at the gift shop!

My daughter and my friend's daughter had put on all these items in the gift shop. They were hilarious!

My little 'angels':

After dinner Ice Cream...

Here is our whole group! Looks quite big!

Dinner the last night: