Planning Your Spring/Summer 2017 Wardrobe

It might be the dead of Winter and the ground outside might be covered in snow, but I can’t help day dreaming about ruffles, bright tropical prints, and pink, pink, PINK! It may be only January, but Spring is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning next seasons wardrobe, right? It seems there are a lot of excited changes coming to the fashion world this spring, Even if it does mean giving up some of my skinny jeans.

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It can be tough to stay on top of the latest trends when your a busy mom, so I’ve tried to narrow down some of the highlights of the season’s hot new trends so that we can be cool, hip moms who stay on top of fashion, without having to buy a totally new wardrobe.

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1. Ruffles. I love all of the feminine ruffles seen all over the runway for Spring! Ruffles are definitely still in this season, so I am keeping all of my ruffly, romantic tops from last year and carrying them right over to 2017. (Photography via Vogue.com )

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2. Pink. This is a really fun and surprising trend this season. I will definitely be keeping my pink dress from last year as well because it will be totally on trend this Spring. (Photography via Elleuk.com )

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3. The Track Pant. This is the one I am probably most excited about (and what mom isn’t?) because dressing up track pants seems like an ideal way to be hip, on trend, and still be able to roll around on the floor with my kids all day. I don’t have any track pants yet (just the leggings I haven’t been able to pry myself away from since my last pregnancy…I mean seriously, why are they so comfortable??) so they will definitely be on my shopping list this Spring. (Photography via Minimalblogs.com )

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4. Statement Earrings. The statement necklace was super fun, but being an earring girl myself I am pretty excited about glamming out my ears this Spring with some bold, structural earrings. (Photography via Stylecaster.com )

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5. Tropical Prints.Nothing conjures up images of warm Summer days quite like bright, bold, tropical prints of palm fronds and Hibiscus flowers. This is another trend to that will be continuing this year, so hold on to those Summery prints, or go ahead and purchase that palm leaf swim suit you’ve been eyeing because tropical prints are going to be in for at least another season. (Photography via Vogue.com )

November Bucket List and Instagram Photo Challenge!

 

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I know we are already well into November (a couple of sick kids set me back a bit), but  I wanted to celebrate the remaining days of Fall with a my November bucket list and fun Instagram photo challenge! I will select 4 photos representing the items on the bucket list for each of the remaining weeks of November to feature on my blog and Instagram feed.

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Here is my November Bucket/Photo Challenge List:

  1. Bake cookies
  2. Jump in a pile of leaves
  3. Drink Apple Cider
  4. Go for a walk in the woods
  5. Wear the perfect Fall outfit
  6. Collect pine cones
  7. Build a fire and/or roast marshmallows
  8. Do something nice for someone else
  9. Drink a London Fog (or PSL)
  10. Watch a Christmas movie
  11. Photograph (capture) something you are thankful for

There is no order to this list, just check them off as you can. To participate simply tag your Instagram photo with #wildpony_november.  Even if you don’t participate in the photo challenge, I hope you take a few moments for yourself this month to enjoy the season and soak in the Autumn air before the holiday chaos begins. You deserve it!

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Zander’s 4th Birthday Camping Party

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Zander turned 4 last week, and has been all about camping recently. He and his dad even camped out in our postage stamp size back yard a few weeks ago and I have honestly never seen him so excited about going to sleep. We roasted marshmallows, and ate dinner outside before they tucked into their tent for the night. We thought it would be a fitting theme for his birthday party this year, since the weather is getting cooler, and who doesn’t love to roast marshmallows by a campfire??

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I think I may have had more fun planing this party than Zander did running around with all his friends. I printed off this hand drawn wood grain pattern I found online for the kid’s cups. I thought about going more literal with the cups and using something like mason jars, or actual wooden cups which definitely would have been cute, but I liked the simplicity of the black and white and the reference to wood rather than the real thing.

#camping #theme #birthdayparty - cupcakesandwildponies blog I used the same pattern for the firewood for the indoor campsite. The tent came from IKEA and has proven to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The kids have had an absolute blast with it and it fold up into a neat, small, flat package for easy storage.

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The cake was my favorite part, and the idea was stolen right off of Pinterest so I can’t take too much credit for that. I used Pillsbury Purely Simple cake mix and frosting which in my opinion didn’t taste super great, but I felt a little better about it. I topped the cake with crushed thin mints and chocolate covered nuts and raisins, with pretzel stick trees and a graham cracker tent.

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Unfortunately it was too windy out to roast marshmallows outside, but the kids didn’t seem to mind eating the toffee and coconut covered ones inside.

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Fashion Finds Friday: TOPSHOP Abbott Lace up Brogue Ankle Boots

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My latest obsession…These totally rad, leather, Abbott lace up brogue ankle boots from TOPSHOP. Originally sold for over $100 at Topshop, until they sold out. I found them last week on Ebay for $25.00 with free shipping. Now I don’t usually buy used shoes, but these were brand new with the Topshop sticker still on them. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked.

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I love the vintage look. Not only are these ankle boots easy on the eyes, but they are super comfortable too, which is a really big deal as a busy mom since I am on my feet ALL the time. I will be rocking these bad boys a lot this fall with over-sized sweaters and jeans, dresses, shorts and tights, basically anything I can get away with.

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Now, if I can find them in black my life will be complete.

Fair Trade Tote and Baby Goods ~INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! Ends 9/29

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I am always looking for unique and interesting bags. That’s why I am totally obsessed with this Fair Trade Tote, hand crafted by local artisans in Nepal. I loved it so much that I bought two, and decided to feature one in my giveaway today. I’ve never liked carrying a diaper bag and a handbag (keeping track of two bags and my kids is more than I can deal with), so I try to find one bag that can fit everything. This bag is so sturdy and well made, and its the perfect size for carrying all my extra baby stuff. Plus, I love that it has a history; I am such a sucker for anything with a good story.

Also included in today’s giveaway is a Fierce Hugs Bodysuit size 0-3 Months. This is another Fair Trade, sustainable product made with organic cotton, a super cute, hand made, reversible Bandana Bib (which is green and black plaid on one side, and gray on the other), and an Ever Earth wooden baby toy. If you remember my post from a couple weeks ago talking about my love for wooden toys you’ll know I had to include one in today’s giveaway.

To enter:

  1. Go to my Instagram @aubriofsorts and like this post.
  2. Follow @aubriofsorts and @coffeeislandtradingco
  3.  Tag two friends in the comment section who might want to join in on the fun.

The drawing will be Thursday, 9/29/2016. Good luck!

The Cactus Print and the Baby

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There is something so sweet and totally ironic about a baby dressed in a cactus print. I always love a bit of irony. Babies are so cuddly, all you want to do is hug them up, and a cactus is anything but. A few weeks ago I talked about tribal prints and how popular they are. The cactus phenomenon is a natural progression of that southwestern trend, so it’s easy to see why it has spread to all areas of design. The cactus is the new pineapple. The minimal, low-maintenance, resilient cactus is so cute and fun in baby apparel because it is unexpected and full or irony. Here is a list of 5 of my favorite Cactus prints for baby:

  1. Organic Animal and Cactus Print Leggings and Cap from Lovely Lyra Organics

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2. Triangle and Cactus Baby Romper from LillyBrooke Baby

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3. Cactus Print Baby Pajamas from Quinn and Jade

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4. Organic Cactus Print Baby Girl Leggings from Creepy and Cute (I adore that name)

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5. Cactus Print Baby Onesie with Matching Toy Bear from Rocky Racoon Apparel

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Fashion Finds Friday: 1950’s Jacket Edition

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I always try to plan ahead when I go shopping, otherwise I end up buying 10 slightly different variations of the same gray sweater. So this week I was on the search for a unique jacket to dress up jeans for Fall.

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You can imagine my glee when I happened upon this little gem: A 1950’s, 100% wool, The Eagle’s Eye jacket made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, in absolutely perfect condition.

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I love the moss green color and the unique style of this jacket! It will be perfect for those busy Fall days when I want to dress up a little, but still want to comfort of jeans.

Plus, I love the idea of giving new life to such an old piece, bringing the 1950’s into 2016, and allowing this beautiful vintage garment to live another day. And now I can check unique jacket off my “To Buy” list for this season.

5 Wooden Toy Craftsman that are Amazing!

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In a world filled with wires and screens, I am feeling an increasing love (as I think many are) for all things raw, natural, and wholesome. I am always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my kids, because I want them to learn to think outside the box. That’s why I have put together a list of 5 wooden toys that lack battery packs and on/off switches because they run entirely on imagination.

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These adorable little creatures are from Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts, a family run business specializing in hand-crafted toys. The idea behind the simplicity of the toys they offer is to awaken the “creative impulse” within children at play.

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My first thought when I saw these wooden swords was of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, dueling it out. I haven’t met a little boy yet who didn’t love to play sword fighting, and these little wooden ones from Friendly Fairies are about the cutest swords I’ve ever seen.

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If woodworking is your jam and you are interested in making your own wooden toys, here is a great site that offers plans for making trucks like these. I can definitely see this being something that my husband and kids will be into when they are a little older.

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I remember being a kid and looking for the perfect stick to make a slingshot with. Of course, when I found the perfect stick I would wrap a rubber band around it and use an actual ROCK to lob at my siblings. That’s why I love these tiny slingshots with pom poms from Tweet Toys. They are way cuter and way less painful!

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There is something so inspired about the simplicity of these futuristic toys hand crafted out of wood. Japanese craftsman Nakagawa Takeji or “Take-G” is a true artist that portrays the whimsy of childhood with a sophisticated attention to detail in each piece.

I love that there is a growing demand for toys more closely resembling nature.  I want to make sure my kids stay in touch with their imagination and nature as our world becomes more and more tech focused.

Fashion Finds Friday: Lord and Taylor Over-sized Jacket

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I’m always inspired by over-sized jackets, but finding a way to pull them off can take a bit of planning. If paired with anything else that’s baggy, I could easily come off looking like a big sack. Paired with other professional looking attire would be a bit too business-like for my taste. That’s why I’m wearing this over-sized, vintage Lord and Taylor jacket with a basic gray tee and cut-off denim blue jeans.

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The contrast of the heavy jacket with a summer time classic like denim cut-off’s is a fun and versatile look for transitioning into Fall.

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I was so excited to find this vintage jacket with the tags still on it second hand at a thrift store. The Italian made navy fabric is a combination of Wool and Cashmere.

#fashionfindsfriday Vintage Lord and Taylor Jacket - cupcakesandwildponies This outfit will be perfect for a Saturday morning farmers market run, meeting a friend for coffee, or basically anytime I want to add a bit of winter to my summer look as the days begin to cool off.