Backyard Baby Shower for Lady Go Lightly

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Baby showers, just like any party these days, can become all kinds of tacky. From cakes in the shape of pregnant bellies to overly complicated themes, simple is best. Why not forgo the Pinterest fails and opt for something a little more neutral and natural for you next party? This is a baby shower I co-hosted with a friend (I confess, I took a backseat on this one–my girl Mena rocked it out!) for my pal Sarah of Lady Go Lightly. Just about every element of this shower can serve as a foundation for any party, whether it’s a bridal shower, wedding, or birthday celebration. Classy.

The guest of honor and her soon-to-arrive baby boy:

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Lemonade is the perfect beverage for any spring or summer party. We tied twine bows around mason jars (found at most grocery stores) to serve as our cups. These yellow chevron paper straws were found at my local Target but you can find similar striped ones online at The Container Store or plaid at Urban Outfitters. The banner was made from twine, clothes pins, and burlap banners found at a local craft store.

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#peonies #babyshower #liveauthentic

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Backyard pink and yellow baby shower for spring and summer | via Style Logical

Backyard pink and yellow baby shower for spring and summer | via Style Logical

Back to basics. Instead of an overload of sweets and themed food, our menu was modeled after a homemade spring or summer picnic.

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Can’t forget burlap and chalk boards for a truly hipster vibe.

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Instead of a cake, the second time mama-to-be and guests enjoyed fresh ice cream sandwiches made from a scoop of ice cream and a choice between home baked chocolate chip or snicker doodle cookies.

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Sarah wore a live flower crown made by her sister Lana.

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The bump of honor!

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Some real live babies made an appearance as well.

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And here’s some of my bump at 29 weeks, 2 days:

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 Photos by Alexis Sargent. Thank you Sarah for taking a few shots of me as well. 

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Bump Logical | 29 Weeks Pregnant

Bump logical: my maternity style

Before I go any further, I never officially announced that we’re having a BOY! We found out 9 weeks ago, which tells you how much of a slacker I am. I take that back. More likely I’m way too laid-back. We are so excited for our little guy to get here in 11 or so weeks (due date is August 22), but we haven’t started shopping for him yet (besides a few gifts from family here and there), haven’t started the nursery, and little guy has no name. However, I do have a plan. I always have a plan. I organize all my to-dos on my Trello project board, I’ve been reading up on childbirth, researching the best and safest products for baby like mattresses that don’t contain flame retardant chemicals, and I realize that we’ll learn everything else we need to know along the way. I have a luxury that parents before me never had… Google and YouTube.

Bump logical: my maternity style

MY MATERNITY STYLE

I confess, I’ve spent probably less than $50 on pregnancy-related gear. My logic is, I’ll only be wearing this stuff for a short period of time, so why not save the money for the things I’ll be wearing a lot longer. But if I’ve spent so little, how am I able to get dressed in the morning? Two words: thrift shops. Apart from a few basics, like this $20 dress from Old Navy, I look for loose dresses (preferably in cotton) that I can throw on and go. I also am repurposing things from my pre-prego wardrobe like roomy boyfriend jeans (using the rubber-band-through-the-button-hole-trick), dresses, and skirts with elastic and adjustable waists, crop tops, and any shirts that still fit.
Wearing: My trusty Vince cropped leather moto jacket / Old Navy maternity maxi dress / thrifted pink Anne Klein shoulder bag / tan Barneys New York Co Op t-strap sandals / SEE Eyewear tortoise glasses.


 

Bump logical: my maternity style

Black is truly a camouflaging color.

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Photos by MJ Sargent

Outfit Inspiration: The Beach

Outfit inspiration: the beach

NEW FEATURE: OUTFIT INSPIRATION

When I had a subscription to In Style magazine, every month I’d flip to the Instant Style section, where they feature outfit inspiration based on a theme. I decided it’s much more fun to create my own looks, and for my first installment, we’re headed to… THE BEACH.

My vision for this beach vacation has a slight tropical flair. I started with my favorite basics (black, white, and tan) and then mixed it up with a vibrant lipstick and two prints: leaf and leopard. I figure those two elements occur in nature together, so it works. Whatever you’re naturally inclined to, essential ingredients for the beach are as follows: bathing suit, sandals, hat, sunglasses, beach cover-up. And don’t forget your sunscreen! In my fictional beach bag, I’m packing a to do list so I can plan my life while lazing in the sand. Organizing my brain relaxes me.

1. Nars Lipstick Schiap, $26. / 2. Leith Floppy Straw Hat, $28. / 3. Quay Kitty Shades, $40. / 4. J. Crew High-Shine Wide Cuff, $66. / 5. Tavik Swimwear Bianca Triangle Bikini Top, $55.96. / 6. Asos Leaf Print Bow Side Bikini Bottom, $26.68. / 7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Broderie Anglaise Cotton-voille Maxi Dress, $122.50. / 8. Seychelles Brand New Sandal in Leopard from Modcloth, $69.99. / 9. Design Darling Sugar Paper Kraft To Do List, $13.

Graphic by Alexis Sargent 

Salon Spotlight: Robert Leonard Seattle

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Getting my hair done is one of the best feelings in the world. I’d rather have a fresh blowout than a massage. Hands down. Second to a fresh blowout is the satisfaction and glee you get after a brand new haircut. This week I experienced both of those amazing feelings at Robert Leonard Salon in Seattle, thanks to my stylist Cara, who kicked ass. Anyone who can deal with my thick, kinky hair and give me a new look definitely deserves some love.

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Can you tell I cut my hair? I left a PILE of hair on the salon floor, but all of the inches I lost were in the back. I wanted to ditch my Kardashian hair (super long and layered) and go for something more one-length. I also didn’t want to lose any length in the front, so I’d still have that slimming effect around my face (I am prego after all). Considering I have ridiculously thick hair, I knew it would be a tall order that most stylists would talk me out of, but I’m so happy Cara found a cut that worked for me. To see more of my cut, follow @stylelogical on Instagram and come back to the blog soon for more photos.

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Robert Leonard has been a Seattle staple since the 70s, providing luxurious hair and spa services to discerning clientele. Prices start at $45 per cut and make their way up and up, say if you were to get the royal treatment by Robert Leonard himself. But I assure you–speaking as a lady who loves a little luxury in life, but doesn’t take luxury too seriously–I encountered no snooty-ness and felt well taken care of, especially by my stylist Cara. Even the man who valeted my unwashed and crum-cluttered Nissan X-Terra didn’t give me the slightest side-eye, haha. The salon is located in Belltown at 2033 6th Ave Seattle, WA 98121. Call 206-441-9900 for an appointment or email info@robertleonard.net.

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The entire salon features extremely high ceilings, three areas for hair services (pictured above is just one), a private and cozy waiting room, spa service rooms, and a nail salon area in the back. 

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Fresh flowers grown by Robert himself always adorn the front desk.

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The salon carries Oribe hair products, which are some of the best I’ve used. Hair update: It’s been four days since my last wash, and my hair still smells good (my husband will vouch for me), even though it’s starting to get a little greasy. Oribe products have the best smell to them.

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Photos by Alexis Sargent

PRODUCTS USED ON MY HAIR

Cara used Oribe’s Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray and what many call “Giselle in a bottle”–Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray–to finish off my look. She recommended the Shampoo for Moisture and Control for my hair type, which is very thick and on the dry side.

Spring + summer shopping inspiration

Spring and summer must haves

Last month I introduced a monthly shopping inspiration feature (see: Get in loser, we’re going shopping.) where I share my fantasy of the perfect online shopping cart. This month, I’m inspired by the full swing of spring and its transition into summer. The full shopping list can be found on my Shop page and is updated frequently. While I can’t purchase everything on my list, I’m hoping you’ll all enjoy my excuse for “market research.”

STYLE NOTES //

New in my beauty bag is NARS lipstick in Schiap ($26), which I love. It’s a classic pink that is lovely in spring and summer. The pigment is actually pretty buildable–I keep it light since I’m pale, but my tan sister looks great when the pink is bumped up a bit. Perhaps I’ll do a little feature on it soon?

The perfect spring and summer uniform = a tent dress + panama hat + sandals. I’m loving this Asos swing dress in pleated stripe (142.91) and would pair it with this white Madewell Panama hat ($58).

VISIT THE SHOP

You’re Superwoman, But You Need A Sidekick.

Simple street style, white button down shirt, boyfriend jeans, and a cross body bag

REVIEW | BEVÉE Bags

Even superheroes have their baggage, but we seriously don’t need to display it all for everyone to see. That’s why I love small bags–I’ve got what I need, but I’m not weighed down by useless, shoulder-wrenching junk. They’re practical and chic, end of story. I used to carry a giant bag with the whole nine yards and the kitchen sink stuffed in. But now I know better–I’ve got my essentials down to a science. Cue BEVÉE, a cool new Seattle-based luxury handbag and accessories brand that recently blipped onto my radar.

I sat down to chat with founders of BEVÉE, Sasha Muir (founder of nail polish all-star butter LONDON) and DT Levy (fashion exec and former board member of butter LONDON) to learn more about their brand. Sasha and DT, both longtime professionals in the fashion industry, realized that your bag needs to pull its weight and then some, much like a personal sidekick. You’ve got things to do and your bag should be there to enhance, not hinder, your performance. It’s the Batman to your Robin. The Watson to your Sherlock. The intern to your fashion editor. You get the picture.

BEVÉE has two bags out right now: the 24/7 ‘continental’ Sidekick ($195) and the  24/7  ‘trifold’ Sidekick ($215). Each have the signature quail logo and come saturated pastels like orchid, sky, and hemlock or neutrals like navy, black, and cream.

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Here are my three favorite ways the Sidekicks kick ass:

  • Detachable chain. Turn your bag into a clutch to better suit your evening wear.
  • Detachable keyfob. This is my most favorite detail of these bags. BEVÉE sells matching leather key fobs separately–and they hook onto the back of your bag (where the chain attaches) so you don’t lose your keys.
  • Detachable billfold. Imagine you’re really on the go, and you want to go completely hands and shoulder-free like the boys do. Just unsnap the inside billfold with your cards and ID, and cartwheel out the door. Or not.

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I’ve been wanting to focus more on developing my own photography skills lately, so I was pumped to drop by BEVÉE headquarters and shoot their beautiful bags for my review. Thanks Cassidy as always for being my mannequin. <3

INSIDE THE BAG: 

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Pictured: the 24/7 ‘trifold’ Sidekick. See those metal snaps near my ID? That’s the detachable billfold I’m talking about. The rest of the bags has lots of zips, pockets, and card slots to keep all your stuff organized. To see my take on what’s in my bag, see the BEVÉE blog.

Photos and styling by Alexis Sargent for StyleLogical. Model: Cassidy Stone.

 

In The Studio | Luxury On Demand

In The Studio | Luxury On Demand | fashion books, Anthropologie deer vase, tulips, office decor

Today we’re going on a little visual tour of Luxury On Demand’s studio in Seattle, WA. It’s got fashion books, lovely clothes, pink, flowers, a vintage rotary phone… basically all you need in a girly and stylish work studio or home office. I’ve been very inspired by home decor lately after posting some photos from a friend’s vintage apartment (see Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books), so when I set my eyeballs on this space, I had to snap a few photos. I hope you are equally inspired and enjoy this new blog feature. [Read more...]

My Top Met Gala Looks of 2014

The Stella Girls | Met Gala 2014The Stella Girls (Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Stella McCartney, Kate Bosworth, and Reese Witherspoon) have my vote for Most Stylish Group.

You’ve no doubt already seen and chosen your favorite Met Gala looks this year at this point. You’ve also probably already noticed that one million other people have compiled their own list of favorite looks of the night. I’m posting my faves here so I can have this to look back on–I have nothing groundbreaking to say, just pretty dresses to reflect on. Here are my favorite looks on the red carpet for the 2014 Met Gala, honoring Charles James: [Read more...]

Crop top, farmer’s market, and a baby bump.

Baby bump style, crop top and floral maxi skirt

So… I’ve been pregnant for six months (24 weeks) now and I’ve been severely lacking in (weird pun alert) milking this pregnancy for blog and social media content. Hahahahaha, oh the ridiculousness of that sentence! At the beginning I envisioned all the elaborate and cheeky announcements I’d make, and all the baby bump outfits I’d create for Pinterest. Getting serious now, one major reason I’ve been radio silent about pregnancy stuff is that I don’t want it to feel forced. Once we shared our baby news with loved ones personally, I realized I didn’t feel the need to make a big deal about it publicly. Secondly, my belly has taken a while to “pop” like those perfectly round, beautiful, and juicy ones on Pinterest. Honestly, I’ve felt a little awkward with the extra weight gain, tight clothes, and a minimal bump to show for it. Lastly, while this is a personal blog, I cover fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics specifically. I want to stay true to my original vision while balancing my personal life. Just because I’ll be a mom doesn’t mean I’ll scrap everything and turn StyleLogical into a mom blog. Not that there is anything wrong with mom blogs. [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gifts for Stylish Moms

Mother's Day gifts for stylish moms

Oh gosh, I spent way too much time on this Mother’s Day gift guide. Maybe it’s because this year I can technically be “honored” during this holiday, since I’m expecting and all. I made this list with the stylish moms in mind, breaking it down into categories of luxe, hippie chic, the new or preggers, Stepford, and rebel mom. Your special lady probably falls into more than just one of these categories, so don’t get stuck on the labels. Enjoy these gift ideas for mom, but also keep in mind that local gifts (I’ve included some Seattle ideas), quality time, and a meaningful note in a nice or handmade card are the best things you can give. The below are just extra for you overachievers out there.

THE LUXE MOM

Salon or spa service. This one is kind of a “duh,” but hey. For a service nationwide, I’d try Sassoon for hair and Bluemercury for skin and makeup. For Seattle-based moms, you can try the aforementioned or go with Penelope And The Beauty Bar for super luxe pampering of all kinds.

A BEVÉE bagThese bags are my new little obsession, but more on that later (I’ll be posting a review and some photos I shot of  BEVÉE bags very soon). What you need to know is that they’re well-made, beautiful crossbody bags that every on-the-go lady needs in her life. See the above collage for a photo.

Luxe candle. You can’t go wrong with the Parisian brand Diptyque or Lafco New York. A popular Diptyque scent is Baies, but my favorite is Mimosa, which is very fresh and springy. I’m also intrigued with Lafco candles because many of them are nicknamed after a place in the house like “Powder Room” or “Dressing Room.” Handy and cute.

Spring Flower perfume by CREEDAs I discovered while writing my Bluemercury post, Spring Flower was apparently a scent Audrey Hepburn regularly wore. CREED is a brand that has long catered to royals, so if it’s good enough for monarchs, it’s probably good enough for the queen in your life.

 

THE HIPPIE CHIC MOM

Birkenstocks. I’m so ecstatic that the coolest and most comfortable shoe right are one-in-the-same. I need.

Fresh flowers from the farmer’s market (alliteration not intended). Bonus points if the flowers are wrapped in brown kraft paper and twine.

Eat Pretty by Jolene HartI received this book as a birthday gift and it’s my new go-to guide for healthy eating. I love it so much, I’m going to post a review soon. Basically, it’s a guide on certain foods to eat for optimum beauty results and cleansing. But it’s so much more than that. Stay tuned.

 

THE NEW OR PREGGERS MOM

Belli Elasticity Belly Oil. My cousin lathered this on her belly daily during her pregnancies and came out stretch mark free. I switch between this and pure coconut oil. Now, I know that many factors can contribute to stretch marks (genes, skincare, rate of weight gain, etc.) but at least my skin feels nice and I feel luxurious.

Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide To Parenting Your Little One by the Stars by Ophira and Talia Edut. I’m a big astrology fan, so when I heard this book was coming out, I squee’d. Written by the “AstroTwins,” it gives parenting guidance based on yours and baby’s star signs. If you’re in Seattle, attend Pine & 14th Family Day on May 24th in Capitol Hill. There will be book signings, mini astrology readings, a braid bar, refreshments, face painting, and a ton more.

Any salon or spa service (namely prenatal massage and pedicures). I can’t think of one reason why a pregnant lady or new mom wouldn’t want this. Beauty is time consuming, and anytime I can hand over the reigns to a trained expert, I’m down. Plus, it’s hard to reach your feet with a big belly in the way, so gifting a pregnant lady a pedicure will earn her love forever. I haven’t tried this, but I hear skoah offers a tummy and mummy facial, belly mask, and foot massage for $140. Hint hint, nudge nudge.

Stylish thank you cards. An influx of baby gifts means that the new mom will be busy, busy, busy writing tons of thank you notes. I found these cheeky but understated gold diaper pin thank yous online, but you can always scour the stationary aisle in your local TJ Maxx or Marshall’s (discount, what what).

Polaroid instant camera. What a cool way to document baby’s first moments. Amiright?

 

THE CLASSIC MOM

Tea party. Take her out to tea (my favorite spot is The Secret Garden Tea Room in Sumner, WA, but reservations are tough to get this time of year) or host a tea in her honor. Teacups and tea kettles make pretty gifts as well.

Next level apron. You can’t just have a regular “kiss the cook” apron anymore. Not when stores like Anthropologie carry such freaking adorable ones.

Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! by Jennifer Shea. Seattle’s favorite cupcake bakery is now immortalized in book form. Get recipes and party tips from local baker and sweetheart, Jennifer Shea.

 

THE REBEL MOM

Not-so-sweet teacup. If you liked Courtny’s “booze” teacup in the recent Apartment Envy post, get one for you and for mom.

GoPro camera. For motorcycle stunts and stuff. Or surfing, skydiving, and throwing babies up in the air and playing it back in slow motion.

TEMPER Bone Pendant Necklace. Remember TEMPER? Get mom a little jewelry keepsake that shows just how badass she is, like this bone pendant necklace.

 

Photo collage and picks by Alexis Sargent