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Thursday, August 9, 2018

DO'S & DON'T TO WEARING CAMO



Camo should be on the top of your list for prints to add to your wardrobe this Fall.  I have always loved camo when done right.  What I love about Camo is it very versatile, you can dress it up or down.

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Outfit 1: Top - Jeans - Bangles - Shoes - Handbag - Sunglasses 
Outfit 2: Top - Jeans 
 I've created my top Do's and Don't list for you to consider when putting together your Camo look! 


Do's:
Pair with color: Explore pairing Camo with a fun color to spice up your look.  Since I am partial to yellow I would pair it with a mustard yellow.  I've seen Red and Camo paired and that's look great!

Add a feminine flair: Camo of course is a more masculine, so don't be afraid to add a feminine flair. I'm thinking skinny jeans and Camo top or midi body con dress with Camo jacket. Its easy for Camo to look like you are ready for combat so just at that girly touch.

Acquire multiple Camo items.  You can incorporate Camo in many different type of pieces. Consider trying a top, jeans, jacket, or jumpsuit.  But not at the same time.

Dress Up or Down: Camo really is a day to night look. You can wear a Camo t-shirt, ripped jeans, and sneakers in the day. Then for Date night get a Camo blouse, skirt, and heels.  Completely versatile print.

Explore different Camo variations: I love seeing Camo is different colors other than Olive Camo.  While yes that is a classic, there are so many other fun Camo colors.  I have a neutral Camo sweatshirt that is a personal favorite. I've also love seeing a soft pink Camo, or even black/gray.

Keep it classic: One of my favorite items to pair Camo to is classic Earth tones.  It's perfect for Fall and brings a classy and edgy feel to your outfit.




Don't
Mix bold prints:  While I love mixing prints.  Camo is a print I would say let it be the star. If you do choose to pair another print, stick with a subtle print that won't over power the Camo.

Overkill the print: When I wear Camo I only pick 1 item that will be Camo, because anything more is overkill.  Plus the likelihood your Camo prints will match are slim to none. So I highly recommend sticking to 1 Camo accent piece per outfit.

Be afraid: I've never really worn a lot of Camo in the past. To be honest, I didn't know if I could pull it off without looking to masculine. That was so silly to think that.  Camo, is an easy print that you can dress up or down, and can be worn in every season.

Go to Baggy: With Camo being a masculine fit, I tend to gravitate to Camo styles that show off my curves or that accentuate you body. This will help balance that natural masculine feel to Camo.

How do you like to wear Camo? Give me some new inspo, so I can wear my Camo some new ways!

Happy Styling!

XO TARYN


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE FROM SUMMER TO FALL






I am already thinking Fall with my wardrobe, but I know this Texas heat won't allow me to switch over to sweaters and boots. Yes, I know Fall doesn't start until 9/22, but I am counting down the days.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  From the cooler weather, football, kids back in school, the wardrobe.  There are just so many things that I love about Fall.
Oh and I can't forget that Bath & Body works has already dropped their Fall scents which I have already gotten my first round of supplies! If you are like me and ready to throw out the shorts and tank tops too, but the heat just won't allow you to. There are some transition items you can start doing now! 
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Here are a few ways to start transitioning to Fall without pulling out the long sleeves and boots. 
Add some Fall Hues: Some of the easiest way to start getting in the Fall mindset is to add some fall colors to your wardrobe.  Some of my favorite colors are Burgundy, Grape, Mustard, and Olive.  Of course I also start adding in more black looks. 
Grab some booties:  While i know that in most parts of the country you can't pull out boots quite yet.  You do still have some options for booties that are appropriate for this transitional season.  Consider open toe booties or ones that have multiple cut outs.  This is a perfect hybrid for a boot and sandal and can be worn now but also in the Fall. 
Layer: Soon the weather will start being many different climates in the course of 1 day. Grab layering pieces to help you be ready for whatever the transitional weather brings. I'm wearing this perfect Summer to Fall Transition dress that I can wear as is, or throw on a jean jacket or cardigan when it starts to get cooler. 
Lastly, I know you will soon start adding Fall pieces to your wardrobe.  Pause before you do that, take a Saturday to go through your closet and assess what Fall/Winter clothes you have before you add new items.  So often when the season is changing I will buy duplicates because I have not properly assessed my existing clothes.  Start pushing your summer wear to the back and take inventory of your Fall wear!
 
XO TARYN
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

BREAST PUMPING EXCLUSIVELY TIPS





It's WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK! YAY! Shout out to all those moms that breastfeed their babies in any capacity.  And honestly even if you have made the choice to not breastfeed I salute you as well.  I did not breast feed Cameron, but I have with the other two.  And what have learned is every experience brings its own fair share of hurdles.  Breastfeeding is the most rewarding yet toughest jobs and takes much sacrifice.  I previously gave a full on breastfeeding guide, click here to read it.  Since that post I wanted to center this post today on all the pumping moms.

I have shared that Cyrus has never been a baby that likes to nurse long, to be honest he has always preferred the bottle.  Even after endless trips to the Lactation consultants, watching youtube, I could never get him to stay latched longer than 10 minutes max! And as Cyrus has gotten older his desire to nurse just continued to decline! So I have always had to pump on the side.  Which honestly helped stock up quite a stash of milk. Look at all the ounces. I was able to stock up during my maternity leave!



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As Cyrus has gotten older he has grown to not want to latch hardly ever. I am almost exclusively a pumping mom. I wanted to share a few tips to those pumping moms or really any moms that are on that last half of reaching a year.  It can get challenging for some to keep that milk supply up.  Especially if you are exclusively pumping.

Attempt to Latch baby
I understand that Cyrus would prefer eating off the bottle.  However, at least a couple times a day I will attempt to latch him.  Just to keep my body programmed that the baby still needs this milk.


Get the right pumping gear
I have been using the same pump that I used for Calvin so it is a bit old ad really has started to decline.  When I switched over to pumping exclusively I teamed up with Willow pump, to try this style of pump.  I fell in love with it because it was freeing, I didn’t have to be tied to an outlet plug. You get a coach that helps you with any questions you may have to assist you with learning how to use  the pump to be able to get the maximum amount of ounces during each pump.  I know that is what was tough for me before is when I switch to pump I just felt like I had to always go in my room and pump for an extended amount of time. Its freeing and convenient.

Once I made the switch I was able to pump more ounces.  It is important that regardless of what pump works best from you, just ensure that it is pumping efficiently so it does not affect your milk supply.



Set a timer
It can be easy to start stretching those pump session out further and further.  Especially if you have milk stored up.  Once that happens it will just slowly decrease your supply.  Set a timer to remind yourself to go pump.  Staying frequent with  pumping is essential! I pump every 4 hours now but used to pump about every 3 hours.



Consumption of food/drink that promotes lactation 
There are many options.  Pinterest help me with tips, click here to see lists of foods. I personally always drink Mother’s milk regularly, and drink LOTS of water.

I am not going to lie I was a little bummed at first with I made the decision to exclusively pump.  I also had many questions on would pumping exclusively work.  With the right tools and resources I have been able to keep up my milk supply!

For me it was either stop breastfeeding or continue on and pump until a year.  It is important to me  that Cyrus gets his nutrients.  And as long as I am able to do that through pumping, then that is just what I am going to do.

If you are like me and no longer could nurse for whatever your circumstance may be.  Stay encouraged and keep pumping! 

XO TARYN

*I've teamed up with Willow Pump to show you the benefits of Willow pump, all thoughts are my own.