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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.

 

Rain in Style

In the New Year

2019. It’s here, and it feels pretty good. I don’t know about you but I always enjoy the start of the new year...except for our cold January weather; I could do without that. Not to worry, warmer weather is on the horizon. I’m hoping for an early spring. Where’s that groundhog? Someone make sure he gets the memo.

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What will this new year bring for you? Any big goals in mind? Any big changes? My goals are pretty simple and low key. As far as style goes, I have a goal I’ve set for myself in regards to my closet. And that’s to let go of the unloved pieces and only replace with things that I absolutely love and will wear often. We all probably have quite a few things in our closets that aren’t serving us well...the unloved space taker uppers. I know I do. Don’t even ask me about my dresser drawers! LOL. I have come into my own style preferences, and things that I used to love, or thought that I’d wear forever, just aren’t doing it for me anymore and they should be donated. Yeah, that’s all fine and good, until they get snatched out of the giveaway pile for fear I might someday want to wear it and I’ll forever miss it if I give it away. Just me?

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Seriously though, I’m determined to get a better handle on my closet. Keeping only what I love. I’m also committed to keeping with my mostly second hand shopping. I say mostly, because I know that one of my favorite stores like American Eagle or Nordstrom will have sales that lure me in. And, let’s not forget that TJMaxx and Marshall’s are also loves of my life, so I can’t just quit them. It wouldn’t be fair.

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And of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you are sure to see that I have a bit of an obsession with fitness. My goals for the new year in that arena are to be stronger and to be better at becoming stronger. What do I mean by that? Well, sometimes I’m not the most coordinated or the best with proper form. In fact sometimes I feel like a straight up brick. So practice makes perfect...or just less brick like. I also tend to stay in my lane as far as home workouts go and this year I want to push myself out of that box and try new routines. I have a goal to lift over 300 lbs...and I won’t get there if I take the easy route. Challenging myself means changing myself, and that's exactly what I want this year to be about. Challenging, changing and surpassing.

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That's not to say that fitness is the only place that I feel like I need to challenge myself. Keeping that challenge mindset, I have also set a goal to put myself out there more, grabbing opportunities as they present themselves. Whether that means entering more art shows, or writing more for different outlets, or simply being social more ( I tend to be a homebody)...I plan to do them all and then some. So bring it on 2019. Let's see what you got.

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2019. It's here...where will it take you?

-xo

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Birthdays and Holidays and Bears...Oh My

Ok, so maybe not literally bears... but allow me to explain. I thought for this week I’d reminisce a little bit. About what, you ask? Well...my son. You see his birthday is the day after Christmas. I know what you’re thinking, that that’s rough having a birthday close to Christmas...and you’re right. We try to separate it a bit, by having his party in the beginning of December. So far it seems to work. And really, it’s kind of magical and special having a birthday during the holidays. There are a lot of festivities, lights, decorations.... and in Owen’s case... there’s a little bit more to the cheer. I wrote about this in a post last year, find that here. It’s a post dedicated to my very special guy. I hope you give it a read, it's one of my favorite posts.  

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This year Owen is turning eight! We had his party a few weeks ago and it was a blast. I have always thrown my kids' parties here at home...usually making the majority of decorations and games myself. That's what my mom did for my siblings and I growing up...and here I am doing the same. Funny how that works. My favorite theme was a few years ago when he wanted a Pokemon birthday, followed closely by his Mario Bros party.  While planning his Pokemon Birthday,  I came up with the idea to do a scavenger hunt type of game, where the kids would have to search the house and find all the Pokemon that were hiding. Once they found, or "captured" all of the Pokemon, they got a prize. It turned out to be, not only the easiest thing to create, but the most fun. I have continued that game every year, for both him and my daughter, but with different themes. This year for Owen, we did Ninjas. And those Ninjas were hidden very well...it took the kids a good 45 minutes to find them all. Winning!

 

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 Even with separating his birthday party from Christmas, I still wonder if he will eventually feel overshadowed a bit.  Sometimes, people will question me if it was intentional or if we regret having him so close to Christmas. I wish I could point each and everyone of them to my blog post about our journey to have Owen. Because to me, there is no better time for us to have had him...he is a miracle, and Christmas is about just that.  

Miracles...joy...hope...love..faith...the gift of life.  

 

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So with all that said, what pray tell do I mean by bears? LOL. Well, to be honest, I was going to relate it to this teddy bear fleece coat that I got as an early christmas gift from Nordstrom. I talked about it in my Christmas Wish list post, here.  Why?

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Simply because it's warm and cuddly. And that, my friends, is something that I wish for you at the holidays. Whether that means that you are wrapped in warmth from a coat, a blanket or a hug... or wrapped in warmth from the love of friends and family...or even all of the above. I wish for all of you whatever joy that makes your heart full. For me... it's remembering that Christmas eight years ago when we finally had our little bear (we used to call him Owen Bear when he was a baby) and the warmth and love that both of my kids have brought into our home.  

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-xo

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6 Sizzling Hot Ways to Wear a Bralette in Winter

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Oh, Winter. You’re here! I guess that means it’s sweater weather. I admit, winter is not my favorite season—bless its heart—but it does offer cute and cozy outfit ideas. I’m talking about pairing sweaters and bralettes.

What’s a bralette, you ask?

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Well, it’s sort of like combining a crop top and a bra ... like a bra with lacy straps or a fancy back that’s meant to be seen. So, no more worrying about if your straps are showing, you actually want them to! Bralettes can add the perfect delicate touch to your outfit. Here are a few tips and styling ideas when trying this trend.

1. Look for bralettes that have support or padding. Or, do like I do, and wear them over your normal bra (just make sure the straps on each line up).

2. Keep in mind that lace on the cups might show if you are wearing it with a thinner fabric. Thicker fabrics usually work better.

3. When wearing them with a sweater or sweatshirt, make sure the neck of the top is wide enough so the straps are seen. Better yet, go with a sweater that can be worn one shoulder style. I’ve been known to cut the neck wider on a few sweatshirts from Target to achieve this look.

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4. Wear them as you would a crop top. Try it with a maxi skirt, high-waisted jeans or a pencil skirt. Tie on a plaid shirt or other button down for a cute layered look.

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5. Be unique and pair a bralette with a tutu skirt for a fun outfit for a holiday party. Too much skin? Just add a fitted jacket or tie a short length cardigan over top. Leave the buttons open so you still see the bralette.

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6. Take your lounge wear up a notch by wearing a bralette under a long sweater with long socks, or under a button-up shirt with leggings.

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Ready to give them a try? Awesome! Let’s hit the stores and pair some outfits! Target and Aerie (in Spotsylvania Towne Centre) have cute options! I’ll meet you there with coffee and cozy, warm vibes.

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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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