May10

What I Got My Mom For Mother’s Day: A Guest Post by Milly Jane Harris

{Wearing: Dress: Ramona La Rue. Necklace: c/o T.J. Maxx.} Today is a special day because I get to post a story on my mom’s blog. I’m writing this because it is almost Mother’s Day. Shoutout to all the mothers in the world! OK, let’s get to the point why I’m writing this. I went to T.J. Maxx because I know my mom likes the jewelry there. She likes the jewelry there, because she never knows what cool surprises she will find. I had an adult drive me there, because I am not old enough to drive.  I found this necklace by searching for things I knew my mom would like. I knew she would like it because it had two birds on it that represent me and her. It also has a heart hanging in the middle. That represents our love. I can’t wait to give it to her, I…Read More

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Mar29

A Funny Story About Birthdays and Balloons

{Kiddo in all her 9th birthday glory.} I was scrolling through Instagram about a month or so back and I spotted a pic of a girl surrounded by balloons. It was insta (pun intended) love. Totally recreating this for my annual bday shoot. And I’ll do one for kid, too (we’re a whopping four days apart.) I could see it now, it was going to be epic. So after school last week, I picked up kid, hit to the local party store, picked out three dozen balloon in spring hues and then waited an hour while one guy filled all of them. One. At. A. Time. For whatever reason I managed to muster the patience of a saint. This was, after all, going to be the best picture ever. EVER. So here I am shoving three dozen-plus balloons into my Jeep only to get home, set them up and realize…Read More

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Sep23

Hello, Fall

{Wearing: (On me:) Bikini: c/o Bianca Coletti Swim bikini. Necklace: Kore. (On Mills:) Bikini: c/o Bianca Coletti Swim. Necklace: Vintage. Headband: American Eagle. Photographed by me.} And there you have it, the first day of fall. How did Mills and I celebrate its arrival? In Bianca Coletti Swim bikinis. Mind you, it’s still in the high 80s with 1,000 percent humidity, but hey, that’s fall in Miami. Those of us who live here know autumn in this neck of the woods is a weird animal. The AC is still at all systems go, but the stores are fully stocked with boots and scarves that you can’t wear for risk of having a heat stroke. But the cravings, oh the cravings, to wear those fall fashions. So we do, in doses. Boots with shorts (and a layer of sweat). Leather skirts with crop tops (and a layer of sweat). Sweaters with…Read More

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May23

Holy “It”

  {Behold: Miami’s “It” Girls: Erin, the queen of style herself Elysze, Violet, Maria, Me and Kiddo.} I don’t remember exactly how I met Elysze Held, but moments later I realized she was a legit fashion badass, noted by an Alexander McQueen bag she was carrying, one of two in the entire world. In the time that I’ve known her, I’ve decided I want to be her if/when I grow up. So, when this fashion guru called to say she’d like for Mills and I to participate in her Miami “It” Girls Indulge fashion show at Dadeland Mall, I got all verklempt and my brain went straight to, “Elysze thinks I’m an “it” girl? Mind blown. Winning.” Turns out, being an “it” girl comes with great company: Maria, Erin, Violet and a lucky winner chosen by The Women’s Fund (an org that gives back to women and also our charity…Read More

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May10

Happy Mama’s Day

{Wearing: (On me:) Bikini: Maaji. Hat: New York street fair. (On kiddo:) Bikini: Maaji. Hat: H&M. Photographed by me.} What’s my favorite part of being a mom? Jumping around like silly monkeys in matching Maaji bikinis? No, but that’s pretty damn close. My favorite part of being a mom is kid. She’s my favorite part. I have always said that once you have a child it’s as if your heart goes walking around outside of your body. And it’s true. Milly is my heart. Her loves are my loves. Her pains are my pains. Her joys are my joys. And with her in my life, I see the world differently. I hugged her today and told her being her mom is my favorite job. Being a mom has also helped me see my mom in a whole new light. So, as much as this post is about how much I…Read More

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May07

The Joys of Motherhood

{Cooking supplies (muffin tin, roller, measuring utensils, oven mitt and whisk) and apron: c/o T.J. Maxx. Photographed by me.} Being a mom is not for the faint of heart. Being a mom and having a job is a juggling act that’s worthy of the center ring at the circus. Being a single mom, having a kid and multiple jobs, well, I’m just going to go ahead and call myself Wonder Woman who has a host of Calgon-take-me-away moments. When it comes to this balancing act, it’s all about maximizing my time. (Breakfast in the car on the way to school while I tie her shoes at red lights? Been there, done that—a lot.) So when T.J. Maxx asked me to share my #MaxxMoms moments in honor of Mother’s Day, I was happy to. Mills and I love to bake together. Plus, when we bake, it means breakfast for the week…Read More

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Mar20

I Let My Six Year Old Dress Me For the Week: Day 5

{Wearing: Top: Touch Boutique. Baroque Print Leggings: c/o Peony & Me. Boots: Vintage. Headband: Urban Outfitters. Photographed by me.} Well, I saved the most outrageous for last. Day 5, or as Milly calls it “French Revolution.” She’s on the money because these Peony & Me leggings are actually called Baroque Print, which neither of us were aware of until a little post-shoot Internet research. Aside from being on the money with the time period aspect, there’s a lot going on here. So, I had to ask: Me: Why this shirt? Mills: Because it looks like the French Revolution. Me: How? Mills: The puffy sleeves. And the boots look like a soldier. Me: And this wreath headband? Mills: I like the leaves. Me: Where would I wear this? Mills: To go shopping. Or a museum. I actually didn’t wear this one past the back yard. Mostly because I had to be in Winter…Read More

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Nov27

Happy Pumpkin Pie Day

{Wearing: Dress: Blush. Necklace: Vintage. Platform Wedges: Aldo. On Kid: Dress: Target. Moto Boots: Gap Kids.} Normally, on Thanksgiving, I launch into some rant about how it’s my least favorite holiday, or go on a tirade about how shopping on Thursday instead of Black Friday is morally wrong because it takes employees away from their family time. Basic “Ginger on her soapbox” regalia. But not today. Today, I’m just grateful for kid. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her. And I mean that. In fact, today, I did things that shocked even myself for her. What? The specifics don’t matter. But she does. And that’s what it’s all about, finding that person in life that you would do anything, and I mean anything, for. They take up such space in your heart that you find yourself stepping so far outside of your comfort zone that it amazes even you. And…Read More

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Oct09

Leather Weather

{Wearing: On Me: Dress: Touch. Moto Vest: Vintage. Booties: Bib + Tuck. Bag: Marc Jacobs. Necklace: Vintage from Fly Boutique. Hair: Nue Todd at Nue Studio. On Kid: Top: Gap Kids. Leggings: Target. Booties: Gap Kids. Glasses: c/o OptiWow. Photographed by me.} In recent days, several things have happened to confirm it’s my favorite time of the year: 1) Pumpkin-flavored everything has taken over stores. 2) The Autumn Mix bag of candy corn has arrived. 3) My family is posting pics of the fall festival up north and dropping hints that divinity (my most favorite sweet treat ever) will arrive 4) The guy dressed as Super Mario is back on the corner swinging his Halloween store sign 5) At 8 a.m. in Miami, it’s now 79 degrees, instead of 92. Sure, that may still sound like “summer” to you non-Miamians, but here, it’s legit fall. It’s time to start riding my…Read More

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