So I was sitting here sorting through and editing the photos I took for Melody Lane and a few other brands while in Minnesota last week, because this is the kind of relaxing, up at 1 am night I like to have. No really, I edit photos to relax, because at this point in my life, the only way I can relax is if I am actually doing something useful and productive that isn’t what I have time to do during work time.
So anyways, I was editing photos and thought “Hmmm, maybe I should post about these. It would only take me half an hour at most to write this up, the pics are ready. Why not?”
This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included Carter’s clothing as compensation.
Lexi is becoming more independent and with that independence I see a lot of specific preferences. Some I know she will grow out of and others that define her tastes and personalities.
One of the big changes is her preference in her wardrobe. She was never a picky “wearer”, so up until recently she would just wear whatever she was given. She still is very compliant, as long as we cater to her preferences.
One specific preference is NO PANTIES. This has been really hard because, you know, it’s not like she can just go commando all the time. Has anyone had that problem before? She hates underwear with a passion. I get it, no one likes a frontal wedgie, but we deal with it. However, she will only tolerate undies when she is wearing a dress and only because we have basically told her she cannot wear a dress without them.
For the past few months she has absolutely refused to wear pants and shorts with the exception of loose crotch pants. She goes for skirts and dresses. “I am a girl, I don’t want to look like a boy.” Gender definition has clearly kicked in.
Some of you who follow me on IG might have noticed me mentioning Melody Lane a few times and I am sure you saw the announcement and I have finally found the time to talk about it and give you some background information on how it came to life and what it is. ( and a coupon just for my readers at the end)
Some of you, who follow me on social media, might have noticed that for the last 6 months I have been working on a few projects. I am ready to officially announce the first one.
Together with a friend of mine, I started a new business, Melody Lane, a clothing store that is focused on making sure that women in all stages of their lives have access to comfortable, affordable and most importantly versatile clothing. (see below on details of a $500 giveaway!)
Pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, party, fitness, vacation, career, school – it’s amazing how many stages we go through as women that require a completely different wardrobe. So our goal is to offer clothing with versatility and affordability in mind. Items you could wear for several occasions and during several stages of your life. Clothing that is comfortable, yet still looks good, because I have to admit that since becoming a mother, comfort trumps looks, however I still want to look good.
If you ever want some eye candy, all you have to do is check out See Kai Run shoes. I am amazed every season at how they manage to come out with the cutest designs.
There is one particular type of shoe that I am most in love with. It’s a high top sneaker, and every season See Kai Run manages to do something amazing with the patterns. It’s the single most complimented shoe since day 1 (different seasons and styles). Every season it’s a different pattern, but same compliments. The most unique shoe in the history of kids footwear.
The reason I am writing this post, however, is to let you guys know three things:
So about a week ago, I was contacted by Burlington to do a post about the brand. They sent me a $100 gift card and instructed to visit the store and then do a little haul video based on what I got there.
This is my first haul type of video, however instead of sitting in front the computer and showing the pieces like that, I decided to actually model them really quickly instead.
Burlington stores are similar to other discount type of stores where you can find clothing and home decor items at 65% off department store prices.
When I was shopping there, I found a pair of amazing jeans ( not allowed to mention the brand) that would normally be over $160. They weren’t in my size, but I contemplated buying them just to gift to someone who is size 2, because they were being sold for $16.99
I was going to the store with a few things in mind. I haven’t really written much about my lifestyle change, but if you follow me on IG, you have noticed that I have finally adopted a very active lifestyle which means that activewear and casualwear is what I prefer most of the times, something to throw on when running out the door. That is exactly what I focused on in the hour that I had to spend at the Burlington store before my volleyball game.
Surprisingly they had a really decent activewear section and I was able to find 3 items that will work nicely with my current fashions.
Pants are really hard for me to shop for, there are only a handful of brands that have the right length and look, so I focused on casual tops I can wear when out with Lexi and activewear.
All together I was able to buy 7 pieces using the $100 gift card which I would consider pretty good.
I shot the photos and the video literally ten minutes before having to run out the door, so I didn’t get to “style” or even match any of these, but this gives a good idea of what I bought nonetheless.
You can watch the video for the full haul or see some of the photos below that highlight a few items from it.
Of course, Lexi was helping me shoot these, the little ragamuffin
Top and Leggings bought at Burlington
Top purchased at Burlington
Sports Bra from Burlington
Neon Shorts from Burlington
One more thing that is worth mentioning about Burlington is that they have partnered with a national non-profit WomenHeart and are committed to education women about the importance of their heart health through their annual Red Dress Event. Customers can donate $1 or more at checkout to support women’s heart health through March 31st.
And for every dress purchased throughout the campaign, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000 to support WomenHeart whose mission is to educate and support women living with heart disease.
Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
So the plan was to have the girls wear these adorable and cool outfits to Disney and take lots of adorable and cool photos with them hugging and holding hands and looking adorable and cool with the Cinderella’s castle in the background.
Just like most everything in motherhood, then real life happened.
Real life means two crabby 2 year olds who either wanted a balloon or nothing to do with each other (hold hands…ha!) or out of the heat or to go ride rides.
I am super excited about getting this series started.
Aside from the fact that we live in Florida with eternal sunshine, UV rays, SPF, UPF and swimsuits, I am just really stoked about the swimsuit companies I have found and have been using that I want to share with you.