Monday, April 7, 2014

WEAR | These are the days

Motherhood is interesting, isn't it?  Much desired (for many of us), so exhausting in so many ways, so rewarding, so messy, so full of love.  I know that these are the days.  These 1000 or so days of his life when he's home with me.  When I'm his world.  That's it, about 1000 days before he goes to preschool and starts exploring the world on his own, with other people.  And I only have a couple hundred of those 1000 days left at best.  And yes, I'm counting them down, but I'll miss him, too.  But lets be real, it doesn't always feel like these are the days when I haven't showered, when I'm working my way out of an endless laundry pile, when I'm cleaning up bathroom accidents from potty training.  Those do not seem like the days, but even in those days, there are the moments.  An unexpected hug, a hand tugging at me to "come play", a quiet observance as he quietly sings a song to himself that I've been singing to him since he was born.  In those moments, I know in fact, that these are the days.  As I type this, I have 30 pounds of love cuddled up next to me watching his favorite cartoon (Dinosaur Train - highly recommend for the toddler boy crowd).  His little head on my shoulder, asking to cuddle because he's "sooo cold", I don't know if today will be a special day, but I know that this moment is.  (I also recommend reading THIS).

Shirt:: J. Crew // Jacket:: Evy's Tree // Necklace:: Anthro // Earrings:: One Little Belt // Pants:: Target  // Shoes:: TOMS via Zulily

Friday, April 4, 2014

LIFE | On the run

I've recently recommitted to running.  Well, I say that just about every week, but this time I mean it (and I'm sharing this here to help hold myself accountable)!  My running journey started about 6 years ago.  I had a deployed husband, a little weight to lose, and time on my hands.  A girlfriend and I decided to sign up for a 5k and I started the Couch to 5K program.  That first 5k wore me out.  It didn't feel good and it wasn't fast, but I finished it.  I kept signing up for more 5ks and kept running, despite not really enjoying it.  After a few months, the running got easier and I enjoyed it more.  I had made myself a runner.  I ran regularly and it kept me in shape.  

I don't know that I have ever LOVED running.  I've never experienced the "runners high" or anything like that.  But I loved what it did for me and how I felt afterwards.  In fact, I ran through the first 2 trimesters of my pregnancy (with doctor supervision; always check with your doctor about an appropriate exercise program for your pregnancy) and largely credit running and staying active during pregnancy for my quick and easy labor and delivery).  

Fast forward to last summer, we moved to Albuquerque and literally went from running at sea level to running at 5500+ feet.  Holy elevation!  I went from being in some of the best running shape I had been in (running a few 10ks prior to our move) to not being able to catch my breath.  Around that time my husband and I joined a Crossfit gym and loved it.  I still ran, but it wasn't my primary form of exercise anymore.  I've struggled with Crossfit since we've moved to Tucson due to childcare and scheduling issues and quit my membership there recently.  I'd love to go back to Crossfit again when time allows, but for now, running it is.  And this is my accountability!  

Now, let me just say, I've never been fast, I don't go very far, and I always take walk breaks.  You can go slow and walk a little and just squeeze in those 3 mile runs when you can and still be a runner!  And you're lapping everyone on their sofa!  

Want to know what makes running a little easier for me???  Aside from the obvious essentials like good shoes (go get fitted!), comfy clothes (I admit it, I'm addicted to Lululemon!), here a few things that I won't run without!

1. My BOB jogger: This was a baby shower gift from some very sweet friends of ours and is at the top of my list!  Runs just wouldn't happen without it!  I love hitting the road sans stroller because lets face it, between the dog and the stroller and Gabe, I'm negotiating 100+ lbs while I'm running, but running Gabe-free isn't always an option.  When it starts feeling heavy, I just remind myself of the extra calories that I'm burning by pushing it.  Plus, it's nice to have a place to put my phone, water, and the inevitable doggy bag that I have to pick up along the way.

2. Nathan Handheld Water Bottle: I use this when I'm able to go on a stroller free run.  We live in AZ where it's dry and only getting hotter.  This fits nicely in my hand and doesn't bother me at all when I'm running.  When it's really hot, I fill it with water and put it in the freezer.  Then it defrosts on my run.

3. Lululemon Swiftly Headband: I have bangs and running with bangs is not fun.  This headband stays put, is comfy enough to wear all day (and I often do), and is easy to toss in the machine and wash.  Bonus points for coming in fun colors.  And shipping is free if there's not a store near you!

4.  Garmin Forerunner: Ok, let me just say, this thing looks ridiculous on my tiny wrist.  I think there are smaller models available now that probably don't look like a cell phone, but I wear this for every run, even the short ones.  It's kind of like having a treadmill on your outdoor run.  I love knowing how fast I'm going, how far I've gone, how many calories I've burned, etc.  I know that there are a lot of apps now that can do this for you, but I don't always take my phone on runs (especially without the stroller) and those apps didn't exist when I bought this, oh, 5 years ago.  I have used the Jeff Galloway apps when training for longer races, but I love this for everyday runs.  I'm also one of those people who likes things to end on a pretty number, like 3.0 miles, 350 calories, or exactly 30 minutes.  In fact, I often find myself going a little further just so I can end on a nice, round number.  

What are your fitness must haves???

Monday, March 31, 2014

WEAR | Mix and Match

I shared a post last week on mixing patterns and prints with our scarves.  I know that's it one thing to do that for styled photos, but doing it in real life is a little different.  One of my favorite print combos is stripes and floral.  I think the secret to making it work is not trying too hard.  Basic tee, comfy skirt, simple accessories.  

I really wanted to take these photos outdoors, but we were having some crazy wind!  I know some of you are dealing with crazy weather of your own, so I'm certainly not complaining about 80 degrees and windy!  It wasn't worth risking my camera for though, so my lovely front door it is!  I'm sure it would have made for some fun outtakes!  

These earrings are from One Little Belt and I LOVE them!  So lightweight, so simple.  They will absolutely be my new go to pair!  I think I've worn them everyday this week!  Supporting other handmade and mom owned business is close to my heart and I was glad I could do just that with this purchase!

Shirt:: Target (old) // Earrings:: One Little Belt // Skirt:: J. Crew (old) // Sandals:: Jack Rogers 

{Psst!!!  Just a few days left to save 20% in the shop!  Everything is ready to ship and on sale with coupon code "SPRINGBREAK"!  Enjoy!}

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WEAR | Pattern Play

I added a few new scarves to the shop over the weekend and decided to have a little fun styling them.

I love the mixed prints.  I think it's fun and a little unexpected.  Exactly what an outfit should be, right?  How do you feel about the pattern mixing trend?

Still not sure about it!  Our Doubletake scarves take the guesswork out of the pattern play for you!

Don't forget, everything in the shop is 20% this week with coupon code "SPRINGBREAK"!  So go snag a scarf and play with prints.  Be sure to use #daisyfayedesigns on Instagram!  We'd love to see how you style your scarf!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

SHOP | Spring Break

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If you visit the shop this week, you may notice a few things missing.  I've decide to take all made to order merchandise out of the shop for the next week or so.  I just need to take a little time to get caught up on orders, work on some exciting new products that I've been pushing to the back burner for a while (like these gorgeous fabrics), and take care of some boring, business related stuff.

I'm hoping to add everything back in within a week or 2, so it won't be a long break.  And when it all comes back, production time should be A LOT faster than it's been lately!  I'm so thankful for all the business that has come my way this month!  I just need a minute to catch my breath and make sure that I'm able to provide the best customer service and quality products to you all!  So that's the bad news.  The good news is that everything in the shop is ready to ship and 20% off with coupon code "SPRINGBREAK"!


{Discount not valid on the Skirt of the Month Club subscriptions.  Thank you!}

Thursday, March 20, 2014

LIFE | Happy spring! {and a flash sale!}

The weather this year has been crazy, right???  This is our first  year in Tucson so we're still figuring out the weather here.  I think we've had handful of days with highs in the 50s, but that's the coldest that it's been!  And I'm pretty sure those days were actually in fall, not the winter!  I've heard that it's been unseasonably warm here, while it seems like most of the rest of the country has been struck by Elsa's curse!  (You know you've already watched Frozen more times than you'd care to admit this week.}  We spent yesterday morning enjoying an empty U of A campus for our play date.  It was a morning filled with sunshine, sticks, and singing!

I know it may not feel like it everywhere, but spring is officially here!  Let's celebrate with a surprise flash sale!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WEAR | Mellow Yellow

Tuesdays have been my favorite day lately.  Tuesday mornings we head over to our favorite toy store, Mildred and Dildred, for their story and song time.  It's only about 20 minutes long, which is perfect for Gabe.  And they hold it in the courtyard at the mall.  The weather here has been gorgeous, so sitting outside is always preferred to sitting inside.  Today we met a few boys from our playgroup and they had a blast.

I've always been a skirts and dresses girl, but with a 2 year to sit with at storytime or play with during his gym class, I've had to look for other options.  These chinos are a great alternative to the everyday jean uniform, are comfy enough for lots of playing on the floor, and the bold color still lets me feel like myself.

I opted to keep it simple today with my favorite basic white tee and colorful flats.  I can't wait to try out some fun color combos with these pants though!  

And of course, my favorite "G" necklace.  I love this one for layering and on it's own.

Of course, the best part of our Tuesday morning is what comes after storytime...  gelato!

Shirt:: Target // Necklace:: Tom Design Shop via // Pants:: Anthro // Ballet Flats:: Nordstrom 

{Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Get your Pretty On}