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holiday inspired mama and daughter style series

I can’t decide if I love styling my own outfits more or if I love styling my daughters outfits more, but either way, playing dress up every day is so much fun. :) Myself and 3 other mama bloggers are starting a new blog series called the Mama/Daughter Style Series. Each month, we will have some themes and will style outfits for that theme in Mama and Daughter outfits. It is our hope to inspire you all in dressing yourself or your little girls! :)

For our first post, of course we decided to go with a Holiday theme. To me, wearing reds, plaids, golds work great for this holiday season. This is more of a casual outfit as Vivian is wearing some casual Converse sneakers with her dress and I am wearing some two tone boots (which could be either casual or dressed up) from Rack Room Shoes.  Rack Room Shoes offers on-trend footwear for the family through a wide selection of nationally recognized brands of great shoes for men, women and children in a variety of styles.  I am kind of in love with how these photos turned out!  And it’s always a bonus when Vivian flashes her adorable gummy smile.

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My outfit:
Dress: Queen Bee Maternity
Cardigan: c/o Riffraff
Leggings: White Plum
Boots c/o Rack Room Shoes

Vivian’s outfit:
Dress: GAP
Tights: Target
Headband: Maddi and Addi Bowtique
Shoes c/o Rack Room Shoes

Photos by Rachel Laukat Photography

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Now head on over to Coconut Robot, Lipgloss and Crayons and Chasing Davies to see their Mama/Daughter Holiday looks!

*This post was sponsored by Rack Room Shoes, but all opinions expressed are my own.







Outfit Details:

Top: Forever 21 {similar}
Vest: Old Navy
Pants c/o Lee Jeans
Shoes: Shopbop
Bag: Prada

Photo Credits: Hearts of Gold

My favorite pattern to mix as of late is plaid and leopard, oh yes.  Actually I will wear these leopard booties with anything and everything because I am so in love.  They cost a pretty penny, but I think they are so worth it.  Especially because I can wear them all day and they are still comfortable!  And I can dress it up or down and I consider leopard a neutral you can pretty much pair with anything.  I consider this still part of my holiday outfit series, as I feel like most things plaid and red can work for the holidays.  It’s casual yet has a touch of dressy, could work for lounging around the house or date night.

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?!  It’s sooo crazy!  I must say that life back at work is kicking my butt and in the next 2 months we have 4 sets of visitors coming to visit and stay at our house, I have 2 blog conferences to attend, and Austin’s 3rd birthday party to plan too!  Needless to say, I may be a little sporadic on here, but I’ll at least post 1-2 times a week still.  :)

P.S. Winner of the Baby Aspen Giveaway is Lesdedrickson!  Congrats mama!  Email me at sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address please!







Outfit Details:
Sweater: Bohme
Skirt: Spark at Trolley Square
Scarf: Thejodybeth
Bracelets: Poppy Style
Clutch: Saint Laurent
Shoes: Riffraff (take 10% off with code SANDYALAMODE)

I am on Day 3 of holiday outfit inspiration week!  :)  Although I think I have styled up so many holiday outfits lately that I can probably spread this out into next week too.  You guys, can you believe that Christmas is like 8 days away!?  Seriously!?  I can’t believe it crept up on me soooo fast.  It has been a tough transition back into work these past 2 weeks, but I am kind of excited that I will have some short work weeks the next two weeks because of Christmas and New Years!  :)  The other day Vivian giggled so hard and for a long time and my in-laws got to see it, but I still haven’t gotten to see it yet.  I feel like I’m missing out on so many of her milestones by being back at work and that just makes me sad.  So my goal for Christmas break is to make her giggle, A LOT!  As of right now, the verdict is still out there if we will  be getting a white Christmas or not.  It’s snowed a couple days here and there but the snow hasn’t stayed on the ground for too long.  Which is weird because I assumed living in Utah we would have snow from November to May with no break.  But I am totally OK with a mild winter so far.  Are you guys getting lots of snow where you live yet?

And on a totally other random topic, I finally jumped on the iPhone bandwagon and I couldn’t be more excited.  Seriously, it feels like every blogger or Instagrammer I know has an iPhone and I was missing out.  I am still slowly downloading the essential apps but so far I think I’ve got the photo editing apps covered…

1) Afterlight – Android never had this app, so I was so happy to get this one finally!  My sister in law raved about this one and now I know why!  It does basic editing like contrast, brightness, etc. but I also love that it can get rid of grain too!

2) VSCOCam – I love the filters on this app.  I know that using filters has almost because a faux pas, but I love their black and white filters the best!  Because some photos are just taken in too poor of lighting that black and white is the only thing that can do to make it postable!

3) PhotoGrid – So great for making collages!  I actually had this one on Android too, but was so happy to download it again!

4) AirDrop – Such a cool app for sharing photos with friends who are close by!  It’s easy to use and are great to use for blogger events (or any outings really) when you want to send your friends photos!

5) FaceTime – I love being able to chat and SEE my friends immediately.  This is similar to Skype but just a little bit quicker since it’s just a simple video call to other iPhone users!

6) iMessage – Obviously this is just the standard iPhone text messaging app, but I love that you can see when others type.  It makes it really interactive like an IM conversation.  I don’t know why I like that feature so much, but I guess it’s the little things.

And lastly, I have yet to use Siri, but I hear she is pretty great.

Are you an iPhone user?  Care to share your favorite apps with me?  :)

Love this holiday look of a polka dot top and flowy skirt


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Outfit Details

Top c/o Lucy and Lyla
Skirt c/o Lucy and Lyla
Clutch: House of Mimzy
Shoes: Prada
Photo Credits: Hearts of Gold

Do you ever love so much of something that you own it in multiple colors?  I own this top in white with gold polka dots and now I have it in black with silver polka dots.  I own this skirt in this purple shown here as well as red.  Because I am just that much obsessed with both of these things!  They are both such great staples for mixing and matching with a wide variety of outfits!  But seriously, these skirts are so perfect for all year round, holiday parties, date night, anything.  And they make my waist look super tiny and hide just how wide my hips just actually are after having gone through birthing a second baby!  ;)  And let’s not forget to talk about this fabulous clutch.  I love it so much because it’s just the perfect size and has every color of the rainbow, which pretty much means it will coordinate with any outfit I wear, YES!!  It’s so beautiful and well made that I am seriously so in love with it!  I guess we’ll just go ahead and call this week holiday outfit inspiration week… since it was kicked off with an outfit I wore with my son in the last post!








My outfit:
Sweater c/o Conversation Pieces (free shipping with code SANDY)
Leggings: Chic Style Utah
Boots: Seychelles

Austin’s outfit:
Sweater: Hello Apparel from Chic Style Utah
Pants: Good Boy Friday
Shoes: Zara

So on this day that we wore these outfits (it was this past Saturday), it was quite the busy day.  Austin woke up at his normal 7:30AM time (he does not know how to sleep in on the weekends) and his grandma and grandpa went up to play with him. The baby girl and I slept in a little until 8:30AM before waking up. I had plans today to go to a local mall to make some returns, buy some things and last minute I decided that I wanted to get Santa photos taken for the kids. You see, back in Kansas City, our company would always have a fun kid’s holiday party with the opportunity to take free pictures with Santa, but this year, we would have to do like others do and take pictures at the mall.  And I figure that it was Vivian’s first Christmas, so we needed to document it. Anyways, we got all ready in the morning, took these above outfit pictures (I made sure to match Austin in case I would need to be in the Santa picture with him).  You see, I know my son well and know that he would be afraid of Santa because he is always so anxious or scared about “new” experiences or “new people”. We have practiced this at home, the whole Santa dialog while my husband “plays” Santa. “Ho ho ho, what would you like for Christmas?”  In which Austin replies, “cars, trains, candy, books, couches, oranges, etc.”.  Kind of random, I know.  So it always takes us many hours in the morning to get ready, but we finally left the house around 11:30AM.  We drove in our minivan to the mall and parking was a beast but we managed to find the spot.  This was a new mall to Austin and it didn’t have a choo choo train like the normal mall we went to, so that was toddler tantrum battle #1 that we had to overcome.  He kept asking for the train, again and again and again, in which our response is, “we will have to look for one, not sure if there is one”.  After awhile, we found the Lego store that occupied his mind and got him off of is “where is the train” thought.  And then next up, were Santa photos.  There was a line of about 20 kids ahead of us and Santa was on lunch break, so as my husband and daughter stood in line, I took Austin to get some almonds and pecans to fill him up a bit before meeting Santa.  I knew that if he had gone hungry, that would have been bad.  About 30 minutes later, we were second in line to meet Santa and Austin started to freak.  He said, I don’t want to see Santa, I want to get out of line, anything and everything he wanted to leave.  I asked him to take off his coat numerous times and no dice.  Finally, we were up and Vivian was placed nicely in Santa’s arms and got a few pictures… then I picked up Austin and set him next to Santa and the crying ensued!  I placed him there, hopped out of the picture and CLICK!  I’d say we’ve got one of the most epic Santa photos of all time and I can’t wait to show these to his future wife!  ;)

It took a few minutes for him to calm down and we headed to a shoe store for me to do some shoe shopping and wow, this kid was a completely different child.  He was hyper, happy, asking where Santa was, and all smiles.  There was a Santa outside that store that gave him a candy cane and instantly he wasn’t so scared of “Santa” anymore.  Then after that we went to eat at the food court before heading home.  As we were leaving through Nordstrom Austin saw the escalator and demanded to ride it.  Although he still wants me to hold him during the ride, I usually just pick him up and set him on the escalator with me.  We went up and down two times while I explained the second time was the “last time” and once we were done I said we had to go to the car and go home.  Toddler tantrum battle #2… well probably #3 (Santa pictures was #2) began.  He wanted to go back and ride it again… and again… and I just had to pick him up kicking and screaming and run to the car and buckle him in.  He cried the whole way home and kicked the back of the seat, which made Vivian cry all the way home too.  That was fun to say the least.  Once we got home he was taken up to his room by his Daddy to go take a nap and suddenly he was finally in good spirits again.  It was a short nap as we had to head to a friend’s house.  Once he woke up, we got in the minivan and he goes “I’m not crying for the escalator at the mall anymore, I am a good boy, last time means it’s the very last time and no more”.  :)

I don’t usually write stories like these on this blog, but I want to start doing so more.  Documenting the every day moments are what life is all about and I don’t want to forget any of it.  We are facing some tough times with the toddler tantrums, but it’s great to see Austin grow and learn as well.

By the way, the other night I went to a blogger event with some girls at Chic Style Utah where I picked up my legging and Austin’s shirt!  For those of you who are local to Utah, they have stores all around the Salt Lake area that you must check out!  I love that they have fashionable items for women as well as children and each store carries a different variety of brands!  I can’t wait to go check out the other stores and see what kind of items they will have after the holidays.