Chasing Davies

September 28, 2016

Mama & Mini Style Collective: Fall Layers & Leggings (+ a GIVEAWAY)


Last weekend it FINALLY got cool enough for layers, leggings and jackets! We rejoiced by spending Sunday outside as much as possible, doing all kinds of fun things around Kansas City.  I seriously love this time of year.  It is so crazy how important good weather is for to truly enjoy my surroundings.  We started the morning out by doing brunch at the Homesteader Cafe in downtown Kansas City. It's one of my favorite spots for brunch (and lunch!). See our last trip to this spot by way of the streetcar here!

Nora's 3-piece outfit was the perfect pick for our day, and the cooling weather.  I love how sporty, but also sweet and feminine it is - and honestly, I wish that dress came in my size.  She accented her navy outfit with kitty cat shoes by morning and then pink mary janes by evening (which I think might have been because I was wearing my pink shoes). We both wore our longer top layers over leggings - which is the way to go on a weekend running around town.

{Outfit Details:  MAMA - Long Slip, White Blouse, Leggings, Pink Sneakers, Purse;  NORA - Jacket, Dress & Leggings c/o Egg by Susan Lazar, Purple Rose Bow - part of the October collection, Kitty Cat Shoes c/o & Pink Shoes c/o}

After brunch, it started to drizzle a bit, so we (along with the rest of the city so it seemed) took the kids to the Nelson Atkins Museum, inside for the first time!  We love going to the lawn for picnics, running around and seeing their outdoor sculptures, and Liam had been asking to go inside for a couple of months now.  I wasn't sure how'd they do - especially Nora - but they did a great job looking at everything, and really seemed to enjoy it. 

We went home, just for a few hours to squeeze in naps - then woke up and rushed down to the Plaza for the last hour of the annual Plaza Art Fair.  Greg and I had gone Friday with friends and a night out, but we also love taking the kids, too.  Lots of are for these kiddos this day. :)  

Nora was so into it - strutting down the street in her fuzzy jacket, which got so many people asking about it and where it was from.  As she was window shopping and checking out the art, I felt she looked so old!

 During the last 15 or so minutes of the Art Fair, the food vendors started slashing their prices, and the kids were hungry for a snack (before we were going to head home for dinner).  Nora wanted meatballs - and for only $3, we got the biggest bowl full! Pretty sure it fed 3 of us, but she definitely looked the cutest eating them!

 This month, the Mama & Mini Style Collective has an awesome giveaway for you guys - especially those with younger kiddos!  We are giving away a Pacapod diaper/baby bag.  This is literally the most functional bag I own.  My kids are now both potty trained, so I need less of a baby bag, and more of a "in case of life" bag.  We have used it for picnics, soccer games, traveling and even to hold all those toddler needs...  

Mine is the 'Madison' Leather Diaper Bag - and has 2 different mini bags inside - perfect for food, diapers and other random things, but totally customizable.  It also comes with a changing pad, which I removed now that I don't need it!  Make sure to enter in the below Rafflecopter for your chance to win a Pacapod bag of winner's choice!

Make sure to check out Sandy, Laura and Carly's blogs, too to see how they're prepping for fall!

You can see past post Mama Style posts from this series right here!

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September 27, 2016

5 Minute Makeup Routine!

I wish I had more time in the mornings to leisurely do my hair, makeup, sip coffee and coordinate my outfit with the right bag and shoes... but I don't. It's pretty much my least favorite part of every day, because it's hectic as all heck trying to get two unpredictable toddlers and myself ready. My husband and I basically tag in and out with the them, taking turns getting ourselves ready.  So, I do as much as I can at night to pre-get ready for the day (like shower, pick out my outfit and pack my bags).

So, as a result, I've gotten my weekday/everyday makeup routine down to about 5 minutes or less, using my favorite/tried and true products and techniques, saving experimentation for the weekends when I have more time (because I do love to try new things!).  

I made this video of my routine by literally taping my phone to my pink/taupe bathroom mirror, and squinted towards the small screen to make sure I was putting my products in the right place, and don't even get me started out the lighting.  Someday we'll redo our bathroom, but for now...You are welcome.

My quick morning steps to my makeup routine:

Always start with a wash faced with your serums, moisturizers and aging products of choice (I'll have a post on my favorites soon!)

1. Apply Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF 37 under your eye to combat those dark/puffy circles (one of my magical products)!
2. I use bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (my favorite concealer!) with the BeautyBlender, so I don't touch my face as much, to cover the blemishes and spotty skin (the BeautyBlender is now at Beauty Brands!).
3. I also use concealer on my eye lids, or eye primer when I have it (my favorite one here), to even out the coloring and helps eye shadow stay longer later!
4. I never leave home without eyeliner! Adele-inspired, applied with a wing is easily done with this pen-like eyeliner!
5. I use this dual-side eye brow pen to fill my light and thin eyebrows in and brush them into shape.
6.  I use bareMinerals' bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 all over my face and upper neck area. I also cover under my eye for added coverage to step #1.
7. This is the part I might cut if I am running super late - but I love Laura Geller's eye shadows and this pallet keeps it fresh all the time.  I also love, alone or to accentuate my eye (aka, look awake), Laura Geller's illuminator in gilded honey.
8. Along with eyeliner, as mentioned, mascara is also super important to me - I like to start with Lash Primer when I do have an extra second, and right now, I'm loving Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara
9. Extra Extra! I don't always do this for my day to day, just trying to get out the door makeup routine... but if I have time, this bronzer + blush in one from Tarte helps add a bit of demission to my face!

And then lipstick isn't really considered a step for me... more of a way of life. haha!  I almost always have some on, and typically apply on my way to work on once I get there.

I'm curious what your quick, down and dirty/everyday makeup routine includes!  This is the stuff I can do with my eyes close - quickly and efficiently... with the right products, of course.  I'll spend a little more time to do up my eyes and contour a bit fuller for special occasions or big meetings.

Oh, and I hope to see some of you at my Beauty Brand event later this week! It's sold out - different that the last event I did that was open - but if you didn't get a spot, don't worry! Stay tuned to November event details coming soon!

This post is in partnership with Beauty Brands! But all opinions are my own!

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September 26, 2016

Entertainment for your kids when you need it most.

We leverage screen time limited with our kids - and it's something I am constantly monitoring and checking (myself) on, because it's just so easy to turn on the TV, hand them my phone or let them use the computer/tablet in the many moments of need.  We have two Amazon Fire tablets for our kids that we use sporadically, like while out on the go/out to eat, traveling or at select times during the day to help entertain and educate. 

When I'm desperately trying to get dinner ready without my two getting into a fight over sharing, or in the morning when I'm running late (again), and trying to get myself ready (after having got the kids ready), Amazon Underground is an awesome resource to have at my fingertips.  It has a wealth of free apps, including educational ones, to help keep parents sane, but also not feel bad about how their spending their limited screen time.
The Amazon Underground catalog of totally free apps & games is part of the Amazon Appstore and gives you access to great content that you would normally have to pay for in “other” App and Play Store’s, but now at zero cost. AND Amazon Underground has over 300+ premium Education apps (Dr. Panda, Flashcard Machine, Easy French, etc.)!

This particular morning, I was running late to get to work early for a big project. So I pulled out my secret lucky charm and was able to entertain my earlier riser, Liam (while Nora was still sleeping),  over breakfast. I love that he was practicing his letters and visual space skills instead of zoned out to the TV, over his bowl of cereal.

Amazon Underground apps & games are available to those in the United States, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain and is only supported on 5th Generation (2012 – newer) and newer Fire tablets, and Android phones. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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