Mom Style + Stella & Dot Giveaway!

When it comes to getting ready in the morning, I'm a minimalist. With Colette still waking up around 5 or 6 a.m. to nurse, and Eli typically waking up for the day raring to go at 7 a.m., I don't have much mental energy, let alone time, to put into my appearance. I have a total momiform: skinny jeans, a tee and a cardi are my go-to's, and if I remember, I'll throw some makeup on over the old stuff - that's right, I don't even wash my face at night, only when I shower. And since my tiny dictators give me pretty much no time to shower EVER, I tend to shower about every four days in the evening, when my husband is home. My weekly hair routine goes something like this:  

  • Day one: Hair down with (some) effort 
  • Day two: Hair down with no effort (AKA, I ran a comb through it)
  • Day three: Hair up in a sock bun 
  • Day four: ONE BIG HOT MESS

And I gotta be honest, now that I don't know anyone here in Chicago, I have most definitely worn the same combination of jeans/tee/cardi not one, not two, not three, but FOUR days in a row. Heck, I'd wear it seven days of the week, but I figure if I'm going to shower on that fourth day, I should at least put on clean clothes. 

I'm also a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. It's like I want to try with jewelry, but I can never seem to get it right: I don't really know how to combine more than one piece together, my ears usually hurt if I wear big earrings, heck, my neck has even started to hurt when I've worn a big statement necklace - apparently I have a weak neck and ears? And really, I just don't want to think a lot when it comes to accessories.

So when my friend and cousin-in-law, Kim and I started chatting about her new gig as an independent stylist for Stella & Dot, I was intrigued. Stella & Dot is big on wearing one piece multiple ways and they have a lot of great classic, staple pieces that my minimalist, mom-self was drawn to. 

Plus, Kim is probably the most fashionable person I know. Seriously. I've known her for years and she's always the best dressed anywhere we are. She graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising and even worked for my oh, so, beloved Target Corporate in apparel merchandising. 

Do you ever have those friends where you're like, "How am I friends with her again? She's too cool for me." That's Kim. 

See what I'm talking about? 
Anytime I need to get dressed up, I look in my closet and try to channel my inner Kim - wondering, "What would Kim wear?" (And she has an awesome Instagram account to answer that exact question - follow her!)

Kim is now a stay-at-home mom back in Ames, Iowa (Yay Ames!) to the two most adorable little girls and working with Stella & Dot part time. I mean, just look at those three:
So when Kim said she would style me in a few Stella & Dot pieces, I couldn't refuse! Since she knows me well, she already knew that I'd be looking for super simple and easy to wear pieces. To style me, I sent her pics of me in my main two momiforms: the jeans/tee/cardi and the jeans/fancy top for an "event" (Bible study, date night, church, etc.) I also requested that she include an initial necklace in her styling, as Eli had ripped my old one off my neck in a moment of gusto and broke the chain, so I was in the market for a new one. 

And here's what she picked for me: (I'm seriously nervous right now and I haven't even hit publish on this post. If you can't tell, getting in front of the camera on the blog isn't really my thing, heck, getting in front of the camera at all isn't my thing, but I'm working on it.  But of course, I still had to take pics with my super cute children to help take the focus off me. Also, please note, these photos were taken on Day One Hair. It's as good as it gets, folks.)

Up there with Colette I'm wearing the Cleopatra Studs, Engravable Bar (it says "E | M | C" and it is my FAVORITE piece she sent, I've worn it pretty much every day since I got it!) and the Rebel Pendant Necklace. Also, please note Colette's elbow dimple.

Below with Eli I'm wearing the déjà vu studs (which are reversible and amazing) and the Rebel Cluster Necklace. 

I love that she sent jewelry that could all be interchanged and worked perfectly for my mom-life. To be honest, at first, I wasn't sure if the Rebel Pendant would work since I'm nursing - I tend to be super annoyed by things getting in the way, but since it has a nice weight to it, I can just move it off to the side and it stays there. Also, I love that she included such interesting studs - again, I don't like anything dangling that my kids can rip right out of my ears, and these are perfect for being streamlined, yet add interest to my outfits. 

I think the any of these Stella & Dot pieces would be perfect as a Mother's Day gift (It's less than two weeks away, can you believe it?), especially the engravable necklaces! And they have super fast 3-4 day shipping, so you still have time to leave a tab on the computer open and subtly hint to your hubby ... 

And good news -  today, Kim wants to give one of YOU a piece of Stella & Dot jewelry! Just enter the giveaway below to win your choice of a wishing bracelet - my favorite is the arrow!

Plus, as I mentioned, Kim lives back in my hometown of Ames, Iowa and I know there are LOTS of Ames/Des Moines readers here! If you book a trunk show with Kim for the month of June, you'll receive a $20 product credit to use towards anything you want - jewelry, scarves, bags, wallets, anything! Just let her know you found her through Oakland Avenue. She's seriously amazing at styling - you'll love her parties! (Contact her via email: kimjojensen(at)

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  1. You are adorable so should be in more photos with your kids! :) If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the olive colored cardi and the tshirt underneath? Thanks! Love the jewelry too!

  2. i second what ami says about you being in front of the camera :) and i know the 'same outfit for days' struggle. i only own one pair of jeans and there always seems to be some unidentifiable crusted piece of something somewhere on them -- ha. and i love the necklaces so much!

  3. I have the "on the mark" arrow necklace from Stella and Dot, wear it all the time. Also had a necklace with the initial E for my daughter but the chain broke. Does Stella and Dot replace chains for free? I also highly, HIGHLY recommend Chewbeads. They go great with t-shirts and skinny jeans and the kids can chew and yank on them!

  4. Hi Megan! When you purchased your chain, was it with a Stylist? If so, try contacting her if you have her information and she can try submitting a return for you because she would have your order information. If not, let me know and I can help you out! (

  5. Thanks for the tip on Chewbeads, I'll check them out! And I LOVE that necklace from Stella & Dot - might have to be one of my next purchases. :)

  6. Ha! Thanks Valerie, very sweet of you to say. Totally with you - my clothes always have odd stains all over. That might be part of the reason I don't change so often, I just know stuff is going to get stained again! :)

  7. You are too sweet Ami! The Tee is from Target I have it in three colors, and it even works to pull down for nursing, though it does stretch the neck a bit. The cardi is SUPER old (like five years old) from Banana - sorry!

  8. The diaper changing station on every floor of the house - so true. In my sleep deprived, newborn haze I didn't figure that out for a few weeks. Then suddenly I had the brilliant realization, I could set up a changing area in our fished basement! Then I wouldn't have to go upstairs! So much easier.

    Something I would add that's not really out there:
    Strip you baby down to their diaper and sit them down on the clean carpet/rug. Let your baby move around unencumbered of clothes. We did this a couple times a day and my daughter loved it! The freedom of movement is so good for them.