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How Blog Photos Happen at ONE little MOMMA

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CARIBOU RIVER CARDIGAN from White Plum, gray tee and wedge boots

Aztec cardigan, gray tee, dark denim


Aztec cardigan, gray tee and dark denim

Aztec cardigan, gray tee and dark denim

Last week I posted about the gap that can exist between real life and what is on the internet. I'm glad it resonated with so many of you because I know I'm not the first to write about the subject. I wish that more of the bloggers that I follow would offer a little more transparency about their lives. And if I want them to, I figure I should start.

As a blogger, I have found there is a certain level of "perfect" that makes a style blog successful, no matter how relateable you try to be. And your blog photography is really the biggest part of that - so today I thought I'd share how these blog photos happen. When I started my blog, I had no idea how style bloggers got so many outfit photos and how they looked so professional. So I'll share what happens at my house.

When I first started my blog 2.5 years ago, Easton took all of my photos. Every day when I got dressed, I would have him snap photos of me in whatever shade we could find, and out of the 200 I would make him take, something would work. He was such a trouper, and it was so not ideal. I tried to blog in somewhat real time, so I figured the outfits had to be in real time too. About a year ago, I started having Soren take them. He would snap them if he got home from work in time or if it was the weekend.

But at some point, after consulting another blogger, I realized that we could take photos in batches. For about the last year, almost every Sunday night, you can find Soren and me in the street outside our house, taking outfit photos. (Sundays are the days when I already have my hair and make up done nice for church and we are almost guaranteed to be home.)  And it's quite a scene. Soren is usually in his backwards baseball cap, slippers, and a tee shirt. I'm dressed up to some degree and we are trying to beat the neighbors and get our photos before they bring out their trashcans for trash day on Monday and line our backdrop with trashcans. After we take photos of one outfit, I run inside to change, which usually involves throwing clothing and shoes all over my room, re-applying lipstick, or pinning my hair differently, and then it's back out to the street to try and beat the sunset. We usually get about three outfits done, depending on how much Soren is complaining (he gets embarrassed when neighbors walk or drive by) and how much trouble the kids are causing. Knox (our one-year-old) might be toddling around outside in only a diaper or pulling apart the house inside with his brothers. Someone usually ends up crying, and no one thanks me for the experience I just put them all through. But it's always worth it. I get my blog material - although sometimes the photos turn out better than others - and we don't have to take photos for another week.

As much fun as all that is, I am working on taking more blog photos with a photographer - I'm sure you can imagine why! I'm sure Soren will always be employed taking blog photos for me in one way or another, and I'm so grateful he does it. He really has tried to improve his camera skills and does a great job supporting me in that way.

And today's outfit? I'm loving this Aztec cardigan from White Plum. I showed it to Soren when it arrived, and he said he was sure that I already have one just like it. If by "just like it," he means four other Aztec print cardigans, he would be right, but I don't have one in these colors! I love, love, love the brown, navy, and burgundy colors and have worn it non-stop for the last week. If you want to snag one or anything else from White Plum this week, use code KILEE20 to get 20% off of your order. (Code runs thru 10/29.)

I hope that demystifies things in a good way for you. For me, blogging is such a fine line between being inspiring in a "How does she do it?!" way and in an "I'm not alone" way. Hopefully most posts do a little of both!





// Outfit Details //
Cardigan - White Plum c/o
Tee - Nu-Mod
Pants - Lucky Brand
Boots - Frye
Earrings - Nickel & Suede


What I Wore - Buffalo Plaid and Denim

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Denim shirt, buffalo plaid pants, fringe bag

Denim shirt, buffalo plaid pants, fringe bag

Denim shirt, buffalo plaid pants, fringe bag

Denim shirt, buffalo plaid pants, fringe bag

I love plaid in the fall, but for some reason, I've always felt like red buffalo print plaid was exclusively for the holidays. I wore these pants last Christmas, but I recently realized I could pull them out before December. I'm seeing so many great accessories, jackets, and clothing in this red print that I had to style a little bit of it too. I think the key to styling it for fall is to tone it down with other casual fall basics like a chambray shirt, a denim jacket, brown leather, a shearling jacket, or sneakers. You can see a few of my other favorite buffalo plaid print items below - and links to this exact outfit even further below.








// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Target
Pants - Delias (similar)
Shoes - GAP
Bag - Chicwish c/o
Earrings - Nickel & Suede (coming soon)


Asymmetrical Ombre Bob - Hair Update

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Short ombre bob

Short ombre bob

Short ombre bob

Short, angled ombre bob from all sides

It's time. Time for a quick hair update - mostly because my hair is probably the reason that 90% of people find my blog. I love my short ombre and plan on keeping it this way, but I also love hats, and it's hard for me to wear hats with a really short bob. So I've been growing out the back over the last few months, and it's almost there. I'm working toward an asymmetrical bob that is about an inch longer than my current style. And of course once it gets there, I'll change it again. Don't we all? You can find a few links to past hair and hair styling posts here. And if you are a new reader, I do my own color and the tutorial can be found here.

Are you considering chopping your hair? Growing it out? What hair are you loving right now?


What I Wore - Blanket Scarf + a Shop Update

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Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots
Photo Credit - One Sparrow Creative

I have some exciting news to announce today! The Nickel & Suede Holiday Collection will be released on November 3. We are finalizing it right now and, holy cow, I'm still gasping at some of the pieces. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but just wait - you'll see! Much of what is in the shop now will still be available, but several earrings and cuffs will be leaving. You can still grab them for the rest of the month, so I wanted to let you know before they are gone. The following accessories will no longer be in the shop after October 31st - Olive, Mustard, Pumpkin Suede, Cinnamon Apple Red, and Antique Brass earrings, all braided headbands, and the Cinnamon Apple Slit Cuff.

We have been blown away by the support for our small business venture over the last four months and cannot wait to see what the holiday season will bring and what God has in store for our little family. Thank you for your support, your kind notes, your emails, and your referrals. We couldn't be doing this without you!

Have a terrific Monday!



// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Target
Scarf - Groop Dealz (sold out) (similar, similar)
Pants - Lucky Brand
Shoes - Duo c/o
Earrings - Nickel & Suede
Cuff - Nickel & Suede



Sunday Style - Fur and Florals

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Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

Fur vest, Pumpkin Suede Nickel & Suede earrings


Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

I've said before that Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. Sundays mean no work, lots of family time, and going to church. On a typical Sunday, I get up around 7 and write my Sunday Style blog post. (I don't count Sunday posts as work!) The kids wake up and we eat breakfast. Today I'm making German pancakes, but usually we just have cereal. I clean up the leftover clutter from Saturday and breakfast while the kids play. Church isn't until 1 pm, so we have a pretty slow morning in our pajamas. I teach the three-year-olds' class at church, so while Knox naps, I get my lesson, snacks and coloring pages ready.

Usually we are about 10 minutes late to church, no matter what, but we get there. Church lasts until 4 and because I have 8 three-year-olds for 2 hours of it, I usually come home exhausted. After church, we'll get dinner ready and play outside or go on a walk. We love to have people over for dessert or to watch something uplifting. After the kids go to bed, I usually just want to read a book or watch something with Soren, but if I'm on the ball, I'll get out my planner and plan out meals, activities, and to-do lists for the week.

That is our typical Sunday. It's pretty predictable, but considering the rest of the week isn't, it is nice to have one day that is! What are your Sundays like?



// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Old Navy
Vest - Brickyard Buffalo (similarsimilar)
Skirt - Groop Dealz c/o
Shoes - Old Navy (similar)
Earrings - Nickel & Suede (on sale!)
Hair - Tutorial here



Oh Social Media

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maroon scarf, orange sweater, hunter green nails

Maroon scarf, orange sweater, ankle boots and cuffed denim

Nickel and Suede Metallic Gold Earrings

Maroon scarf, orange sweater

Maroon scarf, orange sweater

On my mind recently has been the gap between real life and what I (and everyone else) share with you here on the blog or social media. I need to do a Day-In-The-Life post so that I can really show what my daily life looks like because it's mostly pretty messy. I love looking at pretty blogs and reading uplifting things as much as the next gal does - it's natural. And I actually wouldn't really want to see a shift to an Instagram feed full of messy houses or parenting fails. I think the reason we read and follow people are because we want to be inspired in a way that we can connect with. But unfortunately when you spend too much time in that media world - like I do - you start to feel like you are the only one who fights with their husband or leaves dirty dishes on the table for a full 24 hours.

If I showed you three day's worth of my life, you could see one day with a clean house, one day where orders were all caught up, and one day where I took my kids somewhere fun. I try really hard to keep our life balanced, but that usually means everything gets balanced out for the week. I can't get all things done in a day, but in a week I can have several days where I go to bed with the house picked up, several different days where I blogged and shipped orders, and other days where I took my kids to the park or to a friend's house. I usually have to pick one theme for my day, and the rest of life kind of falls apart until the next day. If we were less busy, I think life would be a little tidier, but I love what we do.

I do share outfit photos where I'm in full makeup and well coordinated because I want to give outfit ideas and share my personal style. I Instagram cute snacks we make for preschool or days when we make play dough because it's important to me to do those things as a mom. My husband and I go on a date every so often and because it is so rare, it's worth sharing on social. But none of those things happen everyday. Or even every week. So in case you think our life ever looks perfect or unattainable, I'm dispelling the myth. I hope I do an okay job at keeping it real and that most of you are reading this thinking, "I know she's normal. She definitely doesn't look too perfect!" And if that is the case, mission accomplished.

Do you ever get frustrated by social media? How do you deal with it?

PS - You can find the winner of the Fall Favorites giveaway here. The winner of the N&S Graphic Sweatshirt can be found here. Sorry I'm terrible at announcing these giveaway winners! I usually email the winner and forget to do a big announcement.

PPS - I don't drink coffee - it's Pero in the mug.



// Outfit Details //
Sweater- Target
Scarf- Forever 21
Jeans- Levis
Shoes- Duo
Earrings- Nickel & Suede


Heated Eyelash Curler Review

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Today I have a quick little video for you about one of my newest beauty tools, a heated eyelash curler. One of my good friends gave it to me for my birthday and it was a fun surprise. It is surprisingly easy to use and makes a big difference when I'm wearing my favorite Covergirl Lashblast mascara. In these before and after photos, I have on 2-3 coats of mascara so you can really see the difference. I haven't tried this curler with my 3D Fiber lashes, but I don't wear those every day. This curler with my daily mascara is a good everyday solution for my thin and short eyelashes. 

I get asked for beauty tutorials all the time and let me tell you, I would love to more of them! Unfortunately I keep waiting for time to do a better job at them and well, time is not available. So I'm going to try and do them anyway, and you'll have to try not to compare me to anyone more professional. 


It is hard to see the results at the end of the video, but you get the idea about how to use it, and then I've shown the results in the before/after photos today. All in all, I don't think this is an absolute must, but it's a fun tool to have. I think it would make a great Christmas gift for your beauty tool loving friends (or put it on your own list)! You can find this tool here or at your local Sephora.



Have you tried a heated eyelash curler? What are your favorite eyelash tricks?