Scenes: A Clean Plate

I was chatting with a friend the other day, commenting on my training schedule, how I’m producing the This is My Brave Show and how I need to meet deadlines for blog posts and work projects, not to mention laundry and house charming {which basically means I just pick up LEGOS all the time}.

 

While I’m telling her all these crazy things she just looked at me, her face becoming more and more serious “WOW! Your plate is full,” she said.

 

“Well, yeah,” I stammered. “But it’s a good busy. I’m not freaking out {yet} or anything.”

 

I mean seriously isn’t this all I wanted? Isn’t this what it’s all about?

 

When you go to the buffet don’t you heap everything you love and then some onto you plate, so you can capture each scrumptious bite?

 

I know I do.

 

But I also know this to be true.

 

When you cram too much on your plate, it can taste like crap. Your gravy gets mixed with your peas and your fruit and it just becomes one big disgusting mess
that you can’t even bear to look at let alone taste.

 

One of the lessons I’ve learned this year is to grant myself and my family grace. We eat cereal for dinner some nights or blow off laundry for blog posts or better yet trips to the park. By letting go I was able to stop rushing and set the pace.

 

Plate 2

 

It was hard, but once I did it felt pretty darn awesome.

 

So…it’s time to pitch the plate in the trash.

 

I’m picking up a new one. Clean and fresh and I’m filling it with only the things I love and not too much, because I want to savor those moments.

 

Plate 1

 

So my plate will be filled with family, friends and a life of joy, because I don’t like it when my peas are drowned in gravy.

Mom Style Files: Three Tips for Mixing Patterns {#msfiles}

MSFiles Rule Breaker

 

So, how have you been doing breaking the fashion rules?

 

Have you worn white or combined gold and silver jewelry?

 

Out of all the rules the one I have the hardest time with is mixing patterns. I talked about this last summer when I combined floral shorts with a striped shirt {gasp}. Once I realized no one was going to point and laugh, I decided it might be time to be a bit braver.

 

Here are my top three tips on how to mix patterns.

 

Mixing Patterns

 

1. Compliment don’t Compete

The key to coordinating patterns is to allow your patterns to compliment each other not compete with one another. For example a large floral pattern shouldn’t be worn with a large stripe. Always keep one pattern smaller than the other, and a good rule of thumb is to only have two patterns in one outfit.

 

mixing patterns 2

In the outfit above I paired large polka dots with a pair of gray pinstripe pants. As you can see from the photo, the pants almost look just plain gray and take on a neutral palette.

 

2. Be Subtle

Accessories are nice subtle way to mix patterns. A printed scarf with a coordinating top, or leopard print belt with a striped cardigan are a great way to dabble in pattern mixing.

 

3. Stay in the same color family

This is my top guideline for mixing patterns. I typically pick one color and try to work around it, black makes an easy base color. The key is to look cohesive and not confusing. If you have too many contrasting colors and patterns you will look more clown than chic.

 

This week I’ll be following these tips and sharing my outfits on Instagram search #msfiles to follow all our Mom Style fashion tips and become inspired.

 

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Give it a TRI: Run Smart and Safe {#GiveItATRI}

I never liked running.

 

Sure I compete in triathlons, but running was not my thing. Until I hired my coach. Then I finally found a new love of hitting the pavement. Now I crave it like a preschooler craves candy; I just can’t get enough.

 

The feeling of my heart thumping in my chest, sweat dripping from my brow, and my feet pounding the pavement…it’s a symphony to the senses. On the treadmill I was safe and cozy, but running outside was a different story.

 

When you run outside there are so many things to consider and one of them is safety, especially as a woman. I hate the fact that because I am a woman I have to worry about running in the dark, running after dark, running on a secluded trail, and all sorts of other stuff.

 

However, I’m not going to let this worry keep me from running. It just means I’m going to run smarter.

 

Here are a few of my tips on making the most of your run and still staying safe.

 

Read more here

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