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Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Intro + My Capsule Items

January 23, 2017

Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? They were very popular a few years ago when blogging was first on the rise, and then they sort of fell by the wayside. Some of my favorite bloggers, like Kendi Everyday, and What I Wore used to do them often, so I decided to bring it back! 

During the whole month of February I am going to be styling the same thirty clothing itemsI am so excited to be trying a capsule wardrobe out because it is something I've wanted to do for so long! Because I adore the community that blogging brings, I'm asking my readers and friends/family to participate with me! I already filmed a video (see below) on the items I chose, and even created a Facebook group to share daily outfit threads for people who want to share what's in their capsule! Read on to learn more about what a capsule wardrobe is, and why you should try one out!
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?

A capsule wardrobe is where you choose a specific number of key clothing items, usually basics or neutrals, and mix and match those pieces for a specific amount of time. Some prefer to do it monthly, while others have a capsule for specific seasons! This time, I am just trying it out for a month, but who knows? I may love it so much I'll want to purge my whole closet.

WHY SHOULD I USE A CAPSULE WARDROBE?

There are really three reasons that people use capsule wardrobes. They are all really great reasons, and will differ from person to person!

1. To shop their own closet.
Some people (myself included) cannot believe how many items of clothing they own, yet do not wear! You won't believe how giant my closet is, and how much stuff I own, but I probably wear 30% of it, if that.

2. To save money.
Husbands around the world are rejoicing at the thought of saving money on clothes, am I right? No, really, we all love to save money!

3. To declutter and practice simplicity + minimalism.
I watched a couple of documentaries (I'm a total documentary junkie) and it made me realize how many things I have, and how obsessed I am with owning stuff, and I wanted to do this to take a step back from the fast-paced "I have to own everything that's cute and new" world that fashion can entail, and get creative!
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN A CAPSULE WARDROBE CHALLENGE?

Like I said, we are doing a capsule wardrobe challenge starting next week (FEBRUARY 1st) and I would love for you to join us! All you have to do is follow the steps below:

1. Pick 30 key items.
Ideally 5 bottoms (pants/jeans/skirts), 10 tops (tees/dressy/sweaters), 5 shoes (a variety is best!), 10 miscellaneous items (so dresses, hats, scarves, etc.) Note: The items you choose depend on your lifestyle. I'm a stay at home/working from home mom, but when I was teaching my items would have been drastically different, so keep that in mind! Also, we don't include PJ's :)

2. Set your items aside and photograph them to share in our Facebook group!
I would love to see what items you chose and what you do during the day, are you a working professional, college student, mom? Let's get to know each other!

3. Get dressed and SHARE! 
The work is really all in step one - haha, but before you leave or at the end of each day, snap a picture of what you wore, so you can show the world how you styled the same 30 items for 28 days! You'll be a pro after February is over!
WHICH ITEMS DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR CAPSULE, LARISSA?


I filmed a little video showcasing/explaing the items I chose to style! I am still going back and forth on a few colors, but the clothing is definitely a go! (I have soooo many hats - there are like 5, guys) I need to narrow some stuff down but for the most part this is it! I hope you enjoy!
I cannot wait to have you join in on this challenge with us! Be sure to use our hashtag (see below) and our Facebook group to share your outfits each day!

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP HERE.
LIKE LIVING IN COLOR ON FACEBOOK FOR OTHER UPDATES
Use the hash tag #LICCAPSULEWARDROBE on Instagram for a chance to have your photo featured on my blog+social media channels!

xo. L

10 Sweaters to Last You Through Winter + a Link-Up

January 19, 2017

This cold season has been great for me and my evolving mom style. I've learned that two things help make an outfit complete for me when it comes to cold weather. Comfy leggings (love these $14 ones from Boutique Amore) and an oversized sweater. You can pair these with ANYTHING. A pom-pom beanie and OTK boots, or some booties and a floppy hat like I did here. The possibilities are truly endless. Because it's likely going to be pretty cold for a few more months I've rounded up my favorite oversized sweaters to last you the rest of the winter months!
OUTFIT DETAILS: SIMILAR SWEATER | BOUTIQUE AMORE LEATHER LEGGINGS | BOOTIES | SIMILAR HAT | BAG (REFURBISHED)

 *Photos by Erika Greene Photography | @erikagreenephotography

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TEN SWEATERS TO LAST YOU THROUGH WINTER:




Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! Each week we style a specific theme and share it with our readers + fellow bloggers alongside a special guest host! We love the community it encourages and learning about everyone's unique take on a specific trend. Come back weekly to visit us! This week our theme is black and white!

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: L from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin', and our guest host Brittani of By Brittani Lauren on Bloglovin'(The first 3 links in the link-up.)

2. Please link back to Larissa and Jacqueline's blog on the post you linked to, stating that you joined in on the fun over at Spotlight Weekly.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!



SPOTLIGHT: This week's spotlight is Joi of In my Joi. Jacqueline and I adore her look from last week's link-up! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.


NEXT WEEK: Next week is a free week so we are styling winter white! Thanks so much for linking up each week! Have a fabulous rest of your day!




  xo. L



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Three Tips to Keep Your Child Safe When Posting Their Photo Online

January 15, 2017

As a mom who both cares about my child's safety, yet loves sharing photos of her bright and cheery face I struggle with whether to post her picture online. I know many parents who have the same fears. I've figured out a few simple ways to be sure I am protecting her, but allowing others to enjoy all she has to offer the world through her sweet smile. Read on for three tips for keeping your children safe when posting their photos on social media.
It took me a year to post my baby's face online. I just couldn't get comfortable with it. Especially after reading another blogger's story about her baby's photos being stolen by children pornography sites, I wanted to vomit just thinking about posting my little one. But as she grew up and started to do cute things, and wear cute outfits, and hug me during our shoots, I didn't want to leave those things out. My website became an avenue through which I celebrate motherhood, so how could I leave her out of it? I decided it was time to figure out the best way to show her off without being too lax.

THREE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE WHEN POSTING THEIR PHOTO ON SOCIAL MEDIA

1. Make sure your child isn't looking directly into the camera lens.
Apparently predators prefer for their victims to make eye contact with them (seriously, absolutely disgusting), so they want the person to be looking straight into the lens. I try to be vigilant when posting G's photo and only pick ones where she is looking off, or looking down or even just the back of her head. I have tons of photos of her on my Instagram during her first year of life where it's just her little body, haha. A mom has to do what a mom has to do!

2. Watermark your photos.
This is something I do for every photo that Grace's face is showing at all. It sometimes doesn't look the prettiest, but I am to the point where that doesn't matter. with Photoshop and all sorts of editing software it may be a bit easier to steal photos, but for the most part, a watermark across their chest or near your child's face will help deter others from stealing your photos.

3. Try to post photos where the child has an adult in it.
Online predators prefer photos of just children, which is absolutely disgusting. Therefore, I am very selective in choosing photos where Grace is alone. More often than not I choose ones where she is turned away from me if I am not in the picture with her. Keeping you or another adult in the photo says "this is my baby, not yours, you sick, disgusting pervert." Okay, maybe I'm a bit over the top, but honestly - you don't mess with a mama bear and her cubs.
My Outfit: SIMILAR SWEATER HERE & HERE | DENIM | SHOES

 *Photos by Erika Greene Photography | @erikagreenephotography

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I truly hope these tips are helpful to you. I completely understand the struggle. I have a few friends who are so amazing and have held out in posting their children. I truly envy that decision and sometimes wish I had kept my word on it, but I just couldn't help but show her off!

Thank you so much for reading!



xo. L

New Mom Essentials | Items I Used Daily in the First Year

January 12, 2017

*Thanks to Citi Babies for sponsoring today's post. As always, all opinions are 100% authentic and my own!
I've had quite a few questions over the last eighteen months as to which products I felt were absolutely necessary for new moms. However, I'll start with this disclaimer: every mom is different. Some parents wear their babies, and others choose not to. Some moms bottle feed and don't breastfeed, and that's okay too. So before you get worried, know that parenting looks different for every family. I love and appreciate you for being a parent and this is a judgment-free zone where I simply share my experiences! Here are products I used every day as a co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing, documenting-crazed, germaphobe.
This is number one on my list, and if you've followed my blog for any given amount of time you'll know that I wear my baby/toddler daily. My baby carriers saved my life. Read more about how babywearing affects my experience with motherhood here.

For the germaphobes out there...(myself included) this one's for you. I cannot stand the filth and grime of high chairs. I refuse to use a high chair without some sort of barrier because food and slobber germs are the worst kind of germs. I used to wait tables... I know how often high chairs get wiped down (insert grossed-out face here). This Summer Infant one is pretty cute though, and it is super cushy!

My carseat covers always served as a sunshade, but also a blanket, and a burp cloth! I even used mine as a playmat at a friend's house once when Grace was super tiny. These things have so many uses and are a must-have for the carseat. I love these Muslin ones from Summer Infant.

Fawn Design has had my heart for quite sometime. I've gone through four different diaper bags in 20 months, and finally settled on this functional, simple, and super cute diaper bag. I love how it has several pockets, and you can carry it three different ways. I wear Grace often, so the back pack option is so valuable.
A CAR ORGANIZER
I'm an organization freak - well at least I used to be. Some of that has changed since becoming a mom and I have to let it go. It's okay to have a messy house sometimes and it's okay to pick up the same blocks three times in the same day, haha. Such is life. But anyway, the worst thing is when you have bows, diapers, snacks, shoes, blankets, and toys strewn about your car. This car organizer saved my sanity; therefore, it makes the list!

MULTI-USE COVER
This mom tool is literally the most versatile item and only takes up a tiny bit of room in your diaper bag. I love how this product serves as a carseat cover, a cart cover, a high chair cover, a nursing cover, and even a scarf! I've also used it as a burp cloth or to clean up spills in the car. It's so functional. Citi Babies has the most adorable and stylish prints too!





BABY BOOK
Lucy Darling Shop is my go-to place for baby books. I love how detailed her books are and they have so much character. I didn't feel like I needed to be super creative because the books are perfectly decorated and I was just able to add the information and photos in. With mom brain strong the first year, I needed all the help I could get :)



xo. L

$99 Over The Knee Boots (Lowland Dupe) + A Link-Up

January 11, 2017

I've been wanting to share these Lowland boot dupes for quite a while now. I absolutely love the price tag on these, and I can vouch for the quality as well. My search for the perfect Lowland dupe was a long one. Stuart Weitzman Lowlands run around $800, if you're unfamiliar and I wasn't about to spend that amount of money on a pair of shoes...no way.
SHAFT HEIGHT IS KEY

I was thorough in my search because I've seen tons have claimed that they've found the perfect boot that is comparable to the Stuart Weitzman Lowland yet the shaft is way too short. These boots that I found are almost the EXACT same shaft height!. There is a .7 ish difference. This was important to me as I was trying to replicate the look of the Lowlands! Shaft heigh also affects how well the boots stay up on whatever part of your leg they reach, so it totally makes sense that that part is key.
 OUTFIT DETAILS: DRESS | BOOTS | SIMILAR HAT









  *Photos by Erika Greene Photography | @erikagreenephotography

Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! Each week we style a specific theme and share it with our readers + fellow bloggers alongside a special guest host! We love the community it encourages and learning about everyone's unique take on a specific trend. Come back weekly to visit us! This week our theme is prints and patterns!

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: L from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin', and our guest host Valery of Valery Brennan on Bloglovin'(The first 3 links in the link-up.)

2. Please link back to Larissa and Jacqueline's blog on the post you linked to, stating that you joined in on the fun over at Spotlight Weekly.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!



SPOTLIGHT: This week's spotlight is Sara of Haute & Humid. Jacqueline and I adore her look from last week's link-up! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.
NEXT WEEK: Next week is a free week so we are styling black and white! Thanks so much for linking up each week! Have a fabulous rest of your day!



xo. L



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