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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Holiday Wish List...What Are You Wishing For?

Hey everyone! How can it possibly be that Thanksgiving has already come and gone? I admit that I’ve been a bit preoccupied with my photography clients, but man...it’s like I blinked and now it’s Christmas time. Ok ok, I admit, I started decorating for Christmas soon after Halloween. LOL. Maybe I’m the one to blame for that crazy snow/ice/whatever storm we had recently. Ya know, because the weather was just trying to be festive with me. It got into the Christmas spirit.

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Speaking of Christmas, what is on your wish list this year? If you need ideas, here’s what’s on mine! First, let me say, that the majority of my wish list is fitness related. I’ll post a screen shot of my list on amazon.

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Besides that, the style items that are on my wish list are below. I admit, I’ve already bought a good many of these to have my husband and kids give to me. He sets up a little “store” for them and they get to pick from a few items to give to me at Christmas. It works out well; they always get very excited, and I don’t end up with crazy items like a bright pink unitard, or a blinking snowman and Santa Christmas sweater...with matching reindeer nose. Oh, it’s the thought that counts? Well, I consider this quality control and guiding their future thoughts in the right direction.

First up, more Nickel and Suede earrings. If you don’t have a pair of these yet, try them! I’m so totally obsessed, but y’all know this. Find these and so many more beautiful designs and colors, here

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Next, these duck boots from Eddie Bauer, find them here. I’ve been wanting a pair forever to wear whole photographing on location when it’s cold outside. I finally got tired of my feet freezing to the point of pain and ordered them. I even got them at 50% off because I signed up for their emails. Winning!

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And with the duck boots, I needed warmer socks. Let me just tell you, if you work outside during the early morning hours in the fall/winter...you need warm socks. I learned the hard way. I ordered these from Amazon, with the recommendation from a friend. Here's to warm happy feet! Find them here. Does getting excited about getting socks for Christmas mean I am old? LOL.

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I also have quite a few things from American Eagle on my wish list. Currently, I am obsessed with their high rise jeggings! The Dream Jean High Waisted Jegging to be exact, find them here. If you haven't tried American Eagle denim...you should. I like their jeggings because they fit tight at your ankles, which makes them perfect for tucking into boots.  

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And, I have a few things from Nordstrom, they are currently having a sale...and y'all... look

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Ok, you're right, I don't need more shoes. However, these have my name written all over them. Only the black ones are on sale, but they come in red too! Perfect punch of edge. Find them here. I am also ordering this Teddy fleece jacket. I wanted the light brown color, but this burgundy color will work too. Hopefully, it will be a good casual layer to go with my duck boots. Find it here.

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So, what's on your list? Anything fun and beautiful?  

 

-xo 

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Facials at VIVA For the Win

I had the pleasure of visiting the Cosmetic Center by VIVA a little while ago, and y’all, it was probably the best hour of my life. Located at 10401 Spotsylvania Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, this med spa is like a little hidden gem. And, since I have not ever had a facial before, I thought that I would share with you my experience while there.

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First, the staff is very friendly and accommodating, which was great, because seeing as I had never had a facial before, I was of no use when asked to answer questions about what I hope to achieve, or what I was looking for in a facial. No idea. Don’t worry though, if you are a newbie to facials like me, you will be in good hands!

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So first, I need to say that the bed was heated! It was so cozy and warm, probably could have stayed there forever. I was getting the Viva Signature Facial and the Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion. Sounds complicated, but Dina, the Master Esthetician, talked me through the whole thing. They have this pumpkin based scrub or lotion that I wanted to basically eat...it smelled so good! She even talked to me about ways to remove problem spots on your skin. I have, what I thought to be, a permanent bump on my chin, but apparently they have ways to minimize and remove it! The facial and the microdermabrasion alone helped minimize it, and I will be going to back to see about making it disappear for good. So long weird pimple thing. The day after my facial, my skin looked so fresh and it glowed! Obviously, my skin was very happy to be pampered. I seriously don’t know why I waited so long to visit.

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They are also able to help with non-surgical methods of fat loss, a process called Body Contouring. And, yes friends, I will be looking into that too. I workout, yes, I eat right...but there is still a bit of mama fluff below my belly button that I can’t seem to shake. I have been curious about other non-surgical ways to help get that part under control for quite a long time. Perhaps, a Merry Christmas gift to myself. Take note, belly button and below, you are on deck.

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Oh, and they do have gift cards, and they are always running promotions! I've heard that their Black Friday deals are out, so you might want to take advantage. Oh, and if anyone sees my husband, mention that to him, I mean...stocking stuffer HELLO. Seriously though, a gift card for a relaxing facial might just be what your loved one needs. I know it helped me feel relaxed and helped my skin be the best version of itself. What are you waiting for? Give them a call and try it for yourself!

-xo

Lorraine

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Pretty in Plaid

Do you love the look of a plaid shirt but feel more “lumberjack” than “fall chic” when you wear one? I know I do. So, let’s all put our axes down and look at a few styles ideas for plaid shirts that are fall hits and definitely not lumberjack misses.

Over a dress.

Tie a button-down plaid shirt over a dress. Try it with a fit and flare style, fitted or even a maxi dress. You can also try leaving the shirt open over a shorter dress, and roll the sleeves, or tie it around your waist. Mix in some leopard print and you’re good to go. I'm sure no lumberjacks look that cute and put together.

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Open with jeans.

Wear the plaid shirt as a layer with a solid color or graphic tee or a tank top. Either way, it looks pulled together. Plaid shirts make a great third piece to your outfit without adding extra bulk.

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With a tutu skirt.

I’m pretty sure a lumberjack wouldn’t wear a tutu with a plaid shirt...but you should! I love this look for a holiday party. Unique and still chic. Tie the shirt up at your waist or tuck it in to the tutu. You can find this tutu in tons of colors on Amazon. Throw in some sparkle with your accessories, and the party should just come to you!

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Under a jacket or blazer.

Wear it buttoned up, with skinny jeans and throw on a jacket, bonus points if you have a leopard pattern shoe or bag to go with it. A moto style faux leather jacket is a great way to bring a bit of edge to your plaid style.

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Tied up with a skirt.

Wear it tied at your waist with a pencil skirt, mini skirt, or even a maxi skirt. No one chops wood in a skirt. Add tights and booties if it’s too cold for bare legs.

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Ready to give plaid a try? Perfect! Say goodbye to feeling like a lumber jack, my friend ou will surely be pretty in plaid

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On Confidence and Judgment

Hey, y’all. What’s new? Anyone else wonder how it’s already November? I feel like I blinked and that was October. Anyway, I thought this week I’d talk a little bit about confidence and judgment. We all need a good reminder about confidence and how to be confident in an often mean-spirited, judgy world. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat.

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I am not above moments of self consciousness and doubt. And, I’m not talking solely about fashion here, I have moments in every aspect of my life that I constantly doubt myself on. Who doesn’t? There are days when I am my least favorite person. Sound familiar?

Confidence isn’t something someone else can give you. It’s not something that can be bought or worn. It has to grow within you and be nurtured and cared for. We have to find our confidence, or be lost to everyone else’s judgments.

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We live in a society that makes it extremely easy to judge someone based on nothing more than a Facebook or an Instagram post. It seems that we have lost the ability to see past outside appearances, to see past social media posts, to see people as they really are...we’ve become quick to judge and slow to love. I find that people tend to create a version of you based on falsehoods, misunderstandings, or even based on jealousy. People love to say “be yourself”, and when you do just that, you are judged for being too much you. I’ve been there, I’m often judged. I’d love to say that I’ve always been really good about handling the haters, but that’d be a lie. They used to get to me, they used to really tear me down. Like, bawling in the bathroom down. Now...the words bounce. I’ve figured out, that some people simply don’t like your light; they think, for whatever reason, that you shine brighter or have more beauty than they...and they will do anything to dim it. Some people believe only one can shine the brightest.

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Basing your self worth on someone else’s opinion of who you ought to be is the equivalent to letting them control your light. Don’t give them that power. I wish I could tell you that there is a secret to having the confidence to shine on, despite the haters. If there is one, I don’t know it. But what I do know is this, find confidence in knowing that you are a beautifully unique person. We all carry a light, and we all can shine just as brightly and beautifully as the person beside us. Know that your unique light is needed to make this world a brighter place. Have confidence in yourself, in your beauty, in your strength. Know that it is ok to be you...be ALL of you. Don’t hide in fear of judgment, be bold in spite of it.

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And to those that judge others and try to take them down, you too must find confidence in yourself...because taking down others doesn’t make you better or stronger. What it makes you is weaker. Only a flame that’s dying tries to rekindle by burning the ground around it.

-xo

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Favorite Cold Weather Accessory

Well, it got cold quick, am I right? Granted, this is Virginia, and we don’t really abide by the normal definition of fall...or really any season. After all, Virginia is for lovers...lovers of drunk weather and crazy weird storms. LOL. And, seeing as we have some sort of Dectober (that's December and October) weather going on right now, I thought, this week, I’d talk about my favorite cold weather accessory.

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Long socks! They are heaven on chilly mornings and evenings. Mine are from Grace & Lace, and you can find them here. I’m telling you, they are like leg warmers and slippers combined into one glorious item. They come in several different colors and even a few patterns. I would add a pair to my Christmas list, but ya know... they sell out, so I will just buy them now, and fake surprise when I open them on Christmas. Plus they are on sale! It's a win win. 

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Pull them on over leggings or jeans, or you can wear them on their own. I find they stay up better if they are worn over leggings or skinny jeans. Either way, I prefer them to slippers, because they keep me much warmer.  Which is good if you are a person like me who is ALWAYS cold.  

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So, grab a book, put on your long socks and say "see ya" to cold legs.  

 

And, while you are lounging in your long socks, don't forget to enter my giveaway! It ends on October 28! Details are, here.  Hurry! Go now! 

-xo

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