That Time I Agreed To A Playgound Workout with American Heavyweight and Brooks Running

My Workout Profile:  3-4 times a week, only Bar Method.  I don't particularly like to sweat or wear shoes.  I prefer being tricked into working out.  I like having fun, and enjoy nice walks on the beach...

But for sure I believe in the benefits of working out, for my health, my sanity, and the longevity of my muscles.  Code for feeling my age lately.  I can definitely get behind the need for endorphins in my life. 

As we are looking down the fun house slide of holiday school break, woohooooo! and whoa - kids are now in tow.  It's not totally realistic for me to hit the studio 3-4 a week.  As moms, how do we fit in workouts during the fun of breaks?  And make the workouts fun.  It is so important to take the time to take care of ourselves as the holiday schedules fill up and life gets hectic.  Finding space to breathe, and laugh and sweat - if that's your thing.  Because when mama's filled - everyones' life just works so much better.  Am I right?

So...I actually agreed to a workout.  With Jenn by my side, and Angie leading the charge, outfitted in Brooks - I couldn't say no.  Angie dreamed up a playground workout that had us both sweating and laughing, and with Brooks gear I was covered for the PNW elements and in complete comfort while looking stylish.  Best part, this is 100% doable while the kids monkey around on the monkey bars.  Win win.

Here is a peak at what we did, you can see the entire workout on Angie's blog.  She's the expert, best to take her advice, I just did what I was told, plus she has videos.   

I couldn't figure out how to upload our blooper reels, but it's so worth checking back tomorrow after I get my lesson in video technology - from my 9 year old.  Honestly.  Of course there's the chance that only I think I'm funny.  But I'm ok with that too.

TGIF.  Hope you all laugh and sweat today. 

Thanks for reading.

This post was done in partnership with Brooks Running.


Anthro Head to Toe

anthropologie outfit

Confession:  I'm a bit of Anthro Addict.

Sometimes the clothes speak for themselves.  As is often the case with Anthropologie.  Almost always a weakness for me.  Especially for shoesdenimstatement coatsdresses -especially the sale ones...

Today I have my eye on these socks because I love the sock with dress shoe trend.  Always have.  And all of the luxurious textures and embellishments, it makes everything more bright and happy. 

And of course their home decor.  My bedding is from there, as are many of my pillows.

What I love about Anthro is that you can pick a statement piece, like this fur collar coat, and it will give a your staple fall wardrobe new life.  These jeans and shoes, oldies from Anthro, have a whole new fresh look with my new coat.  The lace shirt, also from Anthro, is still available.  I was hesitant to spend 50$ for a lace white shirt, but I have worn it all the time.  It's a basic I keep reaching for to go with all my high-waisted denim.  I have also worn it backwards to change up the neckline.

I had been stalking this coat and waited until they had a sale to finally purchase. 

faux fur collar coat

shirt - Anthropologie
shoes & jeans - Old Anthro purchases
cocktail ring - Queen Anne Frame

PSA:  make your wishlist now, as I'm sure Anthro will have great Black Friday deals.  Check back on my blog to find out.  

photos by Jessica.

Thanks for reading.



5 Tips On How to Have A Good Curly Hair Cut

If you have curly hair I am sure you can relate to having walked out of a salon totally bummed about what just went down.  Too many times I have left completely disappointed with my haircut.

And then it takes forever to grow it back out.  Right?


So before I knew it, not wanting to deal with a bad haircut led to my 3 year hiatus to hair grooming.  On the 3 year anniversary since my last haircut, I was contacted by Alisha.  Serendipitous?  Perhaps.  She answered every single question I threw at her, and walked me through the process she would do.  She wasn't the least bit deterred by my curl anxiety.  So eventually I agreed.  

And I'm so happy I did.

Before.  I have been doing the messy curls look for quite some time, but it was to the point that my curls really didn't have much shape, were definitely weighed down and my ends were getting too ratty. 

And after...

medium length curly hair style

naturally curly hair layers


curly hair style

A bit more polished and cleaned up, and a little bit of bangs, which I love.  I feel current and my hair is much happier. 

So all of the questions and comments about my hair has got me thinking.  We all have different heads of curls but there are definitely ways to help guarantee a positive outcome when it comes to cutting them.  Here's what I think...

1.  Research the different techniques.  Two main curly hair camps are Deva vs. Ouidad.  

Having had both cuts, I can now say I prefer Deva.  The main reason is that a Ouidad cut tends to thin your hair out a lot.  I don't have thick hair, just a lot of body, and I want my hair big!  If you want your hair thinned, I think Ouidad is a great option, they focus on studying your hair pattern and thinning throughout the curl.

The other reason I prefer Deva is because they cut your hair dry while Ouidad cuts wet.  This is especially important to me because my hair is not very curly when wet which often leads to too much hair being cut off.  When my hair dries it shrinks up substantially.  

2.  Ask lots of questions.  A confident stylist will be happy to answer all of them.  I had heard that a Deva cut takes 3 hours, even these are questions I need to know.  

3.  Bring a picture of what you have in mind, and THEN ask the stylist how he/she thinks that would translate to your head of hair.  Sometimes what's in our head and what's in a photo is not the same thing.  Shocking.  Other variants are how thick your hair is and the curl type.  Realistic expectations are key.  There should definitely be an agreed upon plan before starting.  

This is the haircut I had in mind.  It was important for me to realize that my hair is not as thick as hers *sigh* and my curl pattern isn't quite that lose.  

4.  Go to your appointment with your hair styled, even if it means washing and styling just to go get it cut.  Honestly I think these are my very best hair days - it's a "please don't cut me off" ploy by my locks.  This is very important for your stylist to see how your curls fall, your problem areas, what you love about your hair, etc etc etc.  My last unfortunate haircut 3 years prior I had been at the pool all day (I know tough life) and came with my hair in a messy bun, this definitely did not help my success rate.  

5.  Don't be afraid to research your stylist.  Many have instagram accounts now.  A particular stylist that was recommended to me, upon researching his instagram account, only showed straight hair, or curly hair that he had straightened.  Don't get me wrong I have (almost) nothing against an occasional blowout, but if your stylist isn't celebrating your curls, and you wear your hair curly, there is a high likelihood that this cut isn't going to go well.  

After my hair cut with Alisha, she did a wonderfully thorough job of explaining the Deva technique, from washing and conditioning to styling.  I have to say I actually learned some great tips that I didn't already know.  

If you live in the Seattle area, I would highly recommend Alisha for a curly haircut.

And I'd love to hear your thoughts and advice on curls, it's a curl community.  You can see more of my curl talk under "the Curl files" up top.

photos by Jessica


This post was done in partnership with Alisha, she is responsible for the cut, I am responsible for the gushing over her results.


School Spirit in Style, Because On Saturdays We Wear Purple.

university of washington vintage style sweater

Hillflint Sweater

Washington Tailgating Sweater

University of Washington apparel has got a new star player.  

I am super excited for my beloved alma mater this year.  Devoted fans through the highs, watching the Huskies win the Rose Bowl my senior year, and the lows, not winning a single game all season.  Besides all sports having to do with my little men, Husky Football is the only sport I care about, or care to watch.  

So as I started looking for collegiate gear this year, bracing myself for the always lack luster results, I was pleasantly surprised.  Hillflint has gotten college apparel right.  So right.  I love the vintage style of this sweater, and the quality craftsmanship to know it's gonna last - hopefully through a championship and beyond!  It perfectly shows my school spirit but is stylish enough that I can wear it outside the grand stands.  

Hillflint wanted to create something that would outlive all those souvenir tees of our glory college days and I think they nailed it.  So many great styles, it was hard to narrow it down to one but the tailgating sweater got me with its purple and white stripes, I have my eye on the Colorfield Sweatshirt too.

Let's be clear,  I love my college souvenir sweatshirt from the first dance I went to with my now husband, but it's reserved for lazy days around the house. 

huskies apparel

UW womens sweater

naturally curly hair

sweater - Hillflint c/o 
note on size, I am wearing a size S because I wanted to be able to layer underneath it, but a size XS would fit just right.  The sizing is unisex.
jeans - Levi's
shoes - Kelsi Dagger c/o.  similar
earrings - made by me, avail at Queen Anne Frame.

photos by Jessica.

Go Dawgs!


Some Days You Just Gotta Get It Done.

This is my get it done mom outfit for fall.  

So I sit here trying to come up with something witty and new to say about this flannel shirt.  Cozy and layerable, it's the quintessential PNW piece when the days get gray.  And why shouldn't it be?  The updated blue and red plaid give this shirt a fresh bright look, but it's still the classic you reach for when presented with a day in the elements.  It keeps you warm and comfy and paired with great denim it's PNW classic chic.  

So no whit needed.  

I love layering a henley underneath with exaggerated cuffs.  And I pretty much live in these rain boots.  Rainclouds enter - goodbye suede hello rubber.

For sure the coolest piece about this outfit though is the bag.  I can honestly say for once it's all about the bag.  I feel a little bit badass, carrying this as my mom bag throughout my day.  

This bag was born from a vision that Filson had when they realized that the bags they replace through their lifetime guarantee can have a new life.  FDR specialists in the Seattle flagship store start by taking these returned bags apart by the seams and repairing all aging and damaged parts.  Then the bag is put back together, often using uniquely found pieces including drop cloths, tin cloth from pants and cast off leather pieces from other projects.  These bags are original works of art that tell a story.  Which is of course my favorite part.

If you visit the Seattle flagship store you can watch these specialists in action.  Many of these designs and pieces are only found in the Seattle store.  

flannel - Filson
jeans - J Brand
boots - Rag & Bone Gray on sale.  More sized in black avail here.

Happy Monday.


The post was done in partnership with Filson.