• Fashion

    military vest / distressed jeans / mlb hat / chambray shirt / arrow necklace / converse / gold sandals

    as i said in my this post dodger hats are mandatory in this house.

    it has literally become my favorite accessory.

    especially when worn with unexpected twists like this winter when i wore this to a clippers game.
    chambray shirt / leather jacket  and another good one here/ fur vest (have to wait until fall again for a good one) / leggings / hat / bag / boots

    okay now bare with me. you have to wear the layers accordingly or you are seriously encroaching on biker chick territory. be careful. this chambray shirt hangs longer in the back, making it appropriate for lady like myself to wear with “liquid leggings”.  yep, i said it, “liquid leggings”. completely doable peeps. then when you add the leather jacket you have the peekaboo of the denim shirt dividing the leggings from the leather and you are gold.  the effect of the leather sleeves through the vest is rad. just plain R-A-D.

    and i also mixed this same outfit up like this, adding a black blazer in exchange for the leather jacket.

    many of you have been asking me for my own outfits and as i work up the courage to do real nice selfies i will leave you with these iphone photos for now. forgive me.

  • Fashion

    toddler boy style…

    new era hat / h&m shirt / target button up (old but similar here and here)

    if you follow me on insta, you know we are BIG dodgers fan.

    a new era dodger hat is a must in this house. you can’t spit without hitting one here. i have this one and i am pretty sure it goes with everything.

    you must also love lions. mandatory. double points if your name means “lion”, which his does.

  • Fashion
  • what to wear in family photos… peaches and cream

    for my most often asked question, what should we wear in our family photos here is a little color story i have been thinking of. peaches and cream.  everywhere i look there is peach. pretty, soft, simple and great layered with lots of cream accents.

    white top / jcrew shorts / topshop cardigan / herringbone throw / necklace / sandals / teepee image via pinterest

    men’s timex watch / vintage skateboard / vans / striped shirt / gray pants / modern home

    stripe shirt / peach toddler sweatshirt / burlap toms / bone colored khakis / youth ringer tee / gray hoodie / coral native shoes / ikat tunic for girls / ball necklace /

    here are what i think pairs well with peach

    and just in case you didn’t see enough peaches and cream, here are some more ideas to fit every style:

    pair this gingham bowtie  for boys with a khaki suit or cuffed chinos and rolled up sleeves on their oxford

    are you a little bit of a hipster family? pair this colorblock cardigan with a striped tee.

    pair this sweet tulle skirt with a white tee, denim jacket, knee highs and the ballet flats below for a classic look.

    floral flats

    catch her riding on her beach cruiser in this fun peplum top, denim shorts and slide on sneakers around a beach city for a carefree and relaxed portrait.

    have an art lover? let her express herself with this quirky rendering top on top. high top sneaks on the bottom. this is just enough graphic to be interesting, not distracting.

    anthropologie not available online

    club monaco sweater

    similar at anthropologie

    joy folie flats

    crew cuts leggings.

    these would be great under a long slouchy sweater for a casual look or layer a button up with a sweeter and ballet flats. or  try them peeking out of the bottom of a trench coat.

    for a field or rustic shoot i would keep this floral sundress simple with soft leather sandals and put everyone else in khaki and shell colored clothing.



    pretty floral cardigan by boden


    stella mccartney polka dot tulle skirt.

    i would pair this with a simple cardigan (or the one above) and metallic flats to let the ombre polka dots be the star of the outfit.

    convinced you can’t get the older boys in peach? i know my hus wouldn’t go for it. i would layer mine in creams and grays. BUT if the guys in your life are more daring here are some fun pieces to try.


    quiksilver coral chino


    perfect for the beach shots this super casual flannel will help him relax in front of the camera. and it comes in sizes from little boys to mens.





    suede studded flats


    next pull on coral chinos. a great update from just plain blue denim. these would work great for baby and toddlers.

  • Fashion

    for this ruby tuesdays we are talking tulle skirts.

    i am not a huge fan of the fluffy tutu, but what little girl doesn’t like a tutu? the tulle skirt seems to elevate the tutu to a more sophisticated level. for a family who is really not girly- girly- girly these more streamlined skirts work well for us. not too frou frou while still having fun with the tulle trend.

    the tulle skirt is a perfect compromise for us.

    Striped Shirt from zara
    This shirt is a must have in your daughters wardrobe. it can double as tunic with leggings or be tucked into a skirt like ruby is wearing AND its under $15 bucks AND comes in red, blue and pink. look here for other must haves tees i love.
    Tulle skirt from jcrew (old) but similar in link (look below for the best $5 tulle skirt)
    leopard shoes from target
    denim jacket from gap

    poor cracked lips

    last summer i happened upon a rack of $5 tulle skirts from target, not on sale, just 5 bucks for the fun of it.  i immediately  liked the neon yellow.

    put the frilly tees down and pair it with something simple like a denim shirt or stripes or a twist on the classics like a plaid shirt or graphic tee. i love the juxtaposition of frilly and light mixed with something harder or more structured like a collar shirt.

    here ruby is wearing it with this denim vest we made here, plain white tee and target ankle boots.
    and the photo girl in me cannot deny how pretty a tulle skirt is in photographs. the light filters through just right and it can add either an edgy look (like this neon one) or a ethereal look like this skirt below from wunway.

  • Fashion

    this week for mama beauty we are talking about how to wear bronzers in the winter.

    bronzers can be really good way to liven up your winterized skin with a slight glow but can be a little intimidating if you haven’t tried  them before. the two things every girl wants to avoid is an ORANGE or a DIRTY looking face. below are some great bronzer options ranging from darker to lighter and shimmery to matte.

    recently i looked in my bins (and bins) of make-up and realized something. i have tried 5 different bronzers in the last year. crazy? a little. but they all have their purpose.  so here is my break down for you. hopefully this will save you some time buying 5 different bronzers.

    for a long time i used Nars in Laguna, like every beauty magazine recommended. i am happy enough with it during the summer months when my skin is a little darker  but i wanted something softer and withoutshimmer. a slight shimmer is fine with me in the summer months but it just doesn’t translate when it is overcast outside. also i don’t love the way the little specks creep into my fine lines and highlight them and make them yell “look at me! look at me!”. not good.

    i got laura mercier in dune bronzer which is almost an identical color to Laguna, if not darker, but without shimmer.

    “no, something softer, lighter and asher” i told myself. “its the fall. you are pale. those colors aren’t working anymore”.

    enter Mac in Golden. Aww, ashier, pinker, prettier, but wait there are flecks of  SHIMMER, again. no thank you. (i do use it on my eyes quite often though).

    finally my friend, and fellow freckle face,  gave me Hoola by benefit  and  i really like it, especially for the cooler months when my skin has faded a little. it is lighter, softer, ashier and MATTE.

    another bronzer i like just as much but is just a pinch lighter is

    too-faced in milk chocolate.

    a real light matte bronzer and i have been real happy with that during these winter months.

    and by winter i mean it is has been in the 50′s here in california and we are all bunkered down in the house.

    so i got out some paper and my 5 compacts and made a little diagram for you.

    which bronzer do you use?

    1. nars 2. laura mercier 3. mac 4. benefit 5. too -faced

    my bff and fellow beauty junkie loves this trio by fresh.

    source: drop dead gorgeous daily

    i like to watch step by step videos to help me with makeup application.

    check out these links below:

    click here for another step by step video on applying bronzer the right way.

    these gorgeous sisters got me hooked on youtube make up videos years ago.

    here is their video on bronzers:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9KWFdykEU

    if i ever have a make-up question, i go to them first.

    love this guy’s youtube channel. he is so straight forward and blunt.


  • Fashion

    i consider myself pretty lucky to live so close to LA and the beach. if you can bite the bullet and sit in LA traffic you are golden.

    i get lots of city perks like downtown fabric stores such as Michael Levine and Mood.

    and fantastic shopping like here and here.

    but at the end of the day i can retreat right back to my quiet suburban oasis or the beach.

    kind of perfect-ish.

    a few weeks ago i got another perk when i visited  the California Market Center in LA  for the Kids on 6 trade show. this is an event where for four days showrooms open up their doors to buyers and the like to debut various children’s lines that are coming out for Spring/Summer 2013. i met some lovely people who embraced me and were very excited to tell me all about their lines. i learned about who the designers were, what their history was and who their target market is.  now i have been researching a lot of the products and been so inspired by their pieces and concepts.

    i had two main objectives for my visit;  discover new labels and trend prediction.

    i was introduced to some great lines. with the help of Alyson from Kids on 6 i got a press pass and toured the showrooms. there is  nothing quite like actually getting your hands on some of these clothes to discover what they are all about. i loved feeling them and seeing the colors and fabrics right in my grubby little palms.

    max and bean  had great age appropriate layering pieces for tweens.

    dino bebe completely stole my heart. this korean inspired brand is so modern and fresh.

    i cannot wait to share their fur cap sleeved dresses in the fall. ok ok and their heart print sweaters and their apricot color palette for coats.

    millions of colors for all kids with you guessed it, great colors.

    nununu was a favorite of mine  for baby and boys especially. alternative and edgy style.

    lilo tati for the most adorable bathing suits for girls. this line strikes the perfect cord between cute fabrics with modern cuts. the colors, the mixing and matching it is just really good. really really good. i mean the ruffle? come on.

    find them here.

    and these my friends are lady bugs. what a great new way to approach such a playful little creature.

    for fancier pieces i loved the indian influence of  rayli kids.

    how cute would this maxi skirt be for an easter outfit or wedding?

    and i love the playfulness of this pom pom stole

    it made me want to yell “bring on the summer!”

    stay tuned for my post on upcoming trends. so glad neon is still here this season. woot woot.

  • Fashion

    how to turn a denim jacket into a tribal denim vest…DIY

    i don’t consider myself crafty but every once in a while i get on a kick and can’t be stopped.

    right now its stamping.

    i stamped tribal designs on dishclothes for my friends for christmas and had so much fun i started scouring the house for my next stamping victim.  and then i remembered cleaning out ruby’s closet and thought of the denim jacket she had that i never really loved. two thoughts collided and my new baby was born.

    i have been wanting to get her a denim vest so this was the perfect solution.

    i never loved it. the denim was neither dark and rich or light and worn enough for me so cutting it up did not inflict any pain.


    denim jacket (washed)

    fabric scissors

    stamps (i got mine here and here)

    paint colors

    fabric medium

    as many paint brushes as paint colors you have, i used two

    a small paint brush for touch ups

    Step 1: cut off the sleeves.

    easy as that, cut close to the seam line and cut. if you want you can take a blade like a box cutter and rub on the freshly cut armhole to create a fray. i chose not to for this project. you will see a small amount of denim i did not cut off. i later decided to cut the whole thing off close to the armhole.

    Step 2: mix your paint

    i had these paints on hand. ruby had picked the pink and gold for another art project she did this holiday season.

    mix 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts paint

    Step 3: test your pattern

    i then used my newly scrapped sleeves as a canvas for testing pressure, paint amount and pattern. i paint the stamp to get an even finish and use different colors in the same design.

    i had several stamps i ordered from here for christmas and like i said, i am not crafty so i used those. however you could make your own stamps. the small triangles on the front turned out great during testing and then not great when i applied to the actual vest. make sure that you lie your stamping area completely flat without any seams or other fabric behind it to get the most consistent stamping.

    Step 3: stamp it on the vest

    after stamping i went back through with a chisel tip brush to touch up any bare spots.

    Step 4: clean up and let dry for 24 hours

    Step 5: heat set the paint

    the next day heat set the paint with an iron set to a no steam setting. put a piece of fabric like a towel in between the iron and the stamped vest and press down. hold for about 20 seconds on each spot.

    you are done.

    oh joy blogs




    maddy C blogger

    Maddy C. blogger

    the pouf

    tomorrow tune in for a ruby tuesdays… how ruby is wearing her denim vest

  • Fashion

    this little family went to the snow and had a revelation…we don’t know how to dress for the snow.

    it is only a three hour drive to the snow. we go every year after christmas.

    this year there was actually legit, pull- your -sled- out -and- go- down- that -really- pretty -snowy- hill -without- mud -and- rocks -scraping- the- bottom- of- your- sled- type snow. it was reeeal nice.

    we were not that prepared. it is the same thing every year. i see snow clothes at random in the gap and think “oh snow clothes, but we only go once a year”.

    i don’t get them. then they are gone. then we go to the snow. we panic. we stop at the only store in town, kmart, and pick up some really bad snow clothes.

    this year we didn’t even stop at Kmart so myes didn’t have proper boots and kept sneaking into mine. the kids only had mittens, not waterproof gloves and no goggles or sunglasses. so after they handed us our Parent’s of the Winter Season award we decided it was time to start looking for some proper snow clothes, because this year we are going to the snow two times.  yep. so the search has begun.

    the key to happy snow kids is warmth. daddy got them all patagonia jackets this year which were life changing. they are light weight so the kids don’t feel too younger brother from the Chirstmas Story-ish walking in the snow, BUT warm. real real warm.

    i usually try to buy gender neutral so we can pass everything on down. it doesn’t always work, when ruby looked at me with those eyes and begged for pink boots, i caved. however, her super small gray bibs are all me baby. no caving there.

    and baby ello, well his pants are maybe for a 12 month old…but you can’t tell from looking at the length can you? baha. poor kid, doesn’t even know.

    we decided to take our outfits public since we were lookin so fly and put the kids in ski/snowboard school. as you can tell ruby is super self conscience and not having any fun at all.

    myes caught on so fast and did great… the instructor said he was the best in the class if you will allow me to brag for a moment.

    so here is a round up of the best snow boots for families and kids… i mean a mom and her kids, sorry hus:)

    converse boys boots/ white timberland boots/ green hunter boots from piperlime/ red free people boots

    fairaisle boots/ crocs snow boots/ classic sorrels / yellow martin boots

    white and cheetah ugg / pink suede boots / tan suede boots / red rubber boots

    for many many more styles check out my pinterest board

  • Fashion

    welcome to baby week at the blue closet. we will be talking bout babies all week. to start out we have the best blessing and christening dresses from around the web.

    i have a good friend who asked me this week where to find good baby blessing dresses so naturally i obsessed over it until i came up with this list…

    rachel, this one is for you…

    sleeveless dress with crochet trim / white lace trim dress

    you can always trust the french brand bonpoint to have fabulous, sweet finds. i always enjoy looking at how they layer their pieces together.