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Time Flies – JORD Watches Review + Giveaway

This post is written in partnership with JORD Watches. All thoughts and opinions are our own.



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Denver and I can’t believe how time seems to be flying by us so fast! Time is so precious to us, especially since the introduction of our little one! Lately, we’ve been trying to cherish small daily moments together. We want to be able to track that precious time beautifully. Denver and I each received a wooden time piece from JORD watches, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Here are a few of our favorite aspects of our experience with JORD watches –

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CARE + PACKAGING

If you know Denver at all, you know that he is meticulous about his things. He keeps all of his electronics, games, clothes, watches etc. in impeccable condition. Side note – I am not so wonderful at this, so I’ve learned a lot about protecting my gear since being married to him! We are especially impressed with the packing as well as the detail in the care  for the watch. If you’re planning on giving one to someone as a gift, you will not be let down by the packaging. The watches come in a beautiful cedar valet box pictured below. In addition, the cedar boxes come with drawers for a humidity pack that keeps your watch in mint condition. 

FIT

A beautiful watch is great but how well does it fit? While the watch can be sized by a local jeweler or watch shop, there’s an option to get it sized to your specific wrist before shipping. The site comes with a printable ruler so that the watch is precise, and let me tell you, precise it is. When I first put mine on, I told Denver, it fits like a glove – err, in this case a watch. Denver and I both have small wrists, so I’m always swooning over well-fitting watches. I chose the Frankie Series – Zebrawood and Champagne, and Denver chose the Hyde Series – Walnut & Black — both of which can be seen below. If these aren’t quite your style, they have many other wood watch options for both men + women.

PERSONALIZATION OPTIONS

Because the watches are made of wood, the addition to have them personalized becomes possible. You can choose to have something engraved on the watch or the storage box, both of which make for beautiful sentiments or surprises for gift giving.

GIVEAWAY

We’ve partnered with JORD watches for a chance for one of you to win $100.00 toward a JORD watch of your choice! Anyone who enters the giveaway will receive a $25 giveaway code toward a JORD purchase. Enter GIVEAWAY HERE. This giveaway closes September, 17th.

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Until next time (get it),

Bethany

Spring + Summer Baby Items Haul

It’s Bethany and Tera here on the blog today, and we’re so excited to share our favorite baby and toddler items for the Spring and Summer! Baby stuff can get so overwhelming because there’s so much, well, stuff. We are proud thrifters + D.I.Y.ers , but we thought it would be really fun to share our favorite special items, and we’ll save our thrifting list for another time (although we couldn’t help but to add a couple). Whether you’re searching for some new brands to follow, fun items for a friend’s baby shower, registry ideas, or you’re just doing some digital “window” shopping, we’ve narrowed it down to some our favorites!

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◊ MEET THE MOMS + LITTLES ◊

Bethany (@bethanympoteet)

If we haven’t met before, I’m Bethany, and my husband Denver and I have an infant boy named Oliver Finn. I’m a work at home mom (which gets a little bit crazy) and I enjoy taking Oliver on little weekend adventures. I’m figuring out this whole boy mom thing, and it’s such a fun and crazy ride!

Tera (@terapianalto)

Hello, and to all the newbies here on Oak and Earth, I’m Tera! I’m a wife, homemaker, and mom to two little gals, Norah and Elsie. This stage of life is a lot of messy bun and t-shirt days, coffee breaks, and peanut butter bread crusts for lunch. We’re embracing this new season of crazy and having a blast along the way!

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◊ HATS + BOWS ◊

Madrenido Bonnet: Ash (Bethany’s pick)

We use this bonnet, or as Denver likes to call it, hood, all the time! I love it because Oliver doesn’t have much hair, and it’s provided sun protection without having to have on a hot beanie. I love this small shop, and they have both boy and girl options. I hopped on the boys-can-wear-bonnets trend pretty quickly and I haven’t looked back!

Little Green Radicals Sunhat: (Tera’s pick)

This bonnet has been one of my favorites for Elsie, mainly because really, who can resist a baby in a bonnet? I love it because aside from it’s practical functions, it’s such a cute design, the fabric is lightweight, and of course, #baeinabonnet. C’mon.

Kinship Cap Co: Infant cap (Bethany’s pick)

This is one of my favorite items on my list. I searched long and hard for an infant 5 panel flat bill cap. This one can be used through 12 months of age, so I decided it was worth it for me to purchase. I have NOT regretted it one bit. We use this every day on walks and especially on weekends when we are out and about. It provides eye protection as well as head protection, and I finally found one simple enough to match so many of his outfits.

Amelia Hand-tied Baby Bows:  (Tera’s pick)

I was on the hunt for some cute hand tied baby bows for the girls, and I stumbled upon Ames + Olivia Etsy shop. She has lots of sweet hand tied bows in tons of colors for some really reasonable prices, and you have the option of ordering them as a one size headband (SO soft and comfy), or as a clip! I ended up ordering some of each, and we wear them nearly every day right now.

◊ SHOES ◊

Starry Knight Design: Sea Glass Sunrise Sandals (Bethany pick)

Tera and I both love this brand.  These moccs are really well made + they have breathable cutouts for spring and summer, and it’s the best pair I found for boys (as many boy moms can attest, not an easy search)! It’s so hard to choose a color with their massive selection!

Starry Knight Design: Mint T-strap Sandals (Tera’s pick)

I love these little baby moccs for Elsie! They are so comfy and soft, they’re versatile, and the design is adorable and perfect for spring! Plus, there are so many color options available for them–I’ll probably order another pair for fall!

Pretty Brave (Bethany’s pick)

Oliver was gifted a pair from a shop I collaborate with, Minted Method Shop, and we absolutely love them. It’s another great brand for boys!  I’ll admit that before having a babe, I never understood why babies need shoes. Oliver’s feet are pretty much always ice cold, and he likes to put leg pressure on surfaces, so I like having his feet protected. These are on the higher end of a shoe budget , but again, they would make for an investment piece (like sandals for all summer), or a splurger registry gift! The cutest stinkin leather shoes you ever did see.

Salt Water Sandals  (Tera’s pick)

So Norah’s little Sun Sans sandals were a consignment find, as is much of her wardrobe, but I added them to our list because she wears them All. The. Time. They’re comfortable on her feet, great quality, and so versatile! I’ve linked toddler’s salt water sandals because they are very comparable in price, and almost identical in style!

◊ PLAY ◊

Hazel Village: Oliver Mouse  (Bethany’s pick)

This was also gifted to Oliver by Minted Method Shop. Oliver the mouse (a beautiful coincidence in names) quickly became a favorite of ours for many reason. From day one, Oliver loved playing with all the skinny limbs, it’s small enough for us to put in the travel pocket of the diaper bag, it’s made of organic cotton fleece, and it has stood the test of time of Oliver’s biting + pulling.

Wooden Sensory Rattle + Lexy Pexxy: Wooden Teether – The Baily  (Bethany’s pick)

These wooden teethers and rattlers are fantastic for on the go entertainment! Oliver loves shaking these and chewing on them when his gums are sore. They’re practical and can double as a nursery decorations as well. I get asked on a daily basis where I get them both, so here you go!

◊ MOMLIFE GEAR ◊

Solly Baby Wrap (Bethany’s pick)

This is my practical pick! I love the Solly Baby wrap for spring and summer because the material is light and I take a lot of walks! As a mom you really need 16 arms, and I feel like this is as close as I’m going to get.

Milk Snob Cover (Tera’s pick)

These little multi purpose covers have been a staple for us since Elsie was brand new (one of Bethany and Oliver’s favorites as well). We still use it almost daily, only now, if I’m not using it for a car seat cover, Elsie is using it as a lovey (don’t worry, it’s constantly being washed)! It’s so funny how it’s become a security item for her after being around it since day one. I love these covers, and almost 9 months later, we’re still getting daily usage out of ours!

Plum and Sparrow Moses Basket (Tera’s pick)

Another piece that we are still using a ton is our Moses basket! We ordered it for Elsie to sleep in during her newborn stage, and though she’s since been upgraded to her crib, we still love to use it during the day as a play place! She loves sitting in it when we’re outside for a picnic, or more likely watching big sister do “super good gymnastics,” as she calls it. I love how portable it is, and it’s still one of my favorite baby purchases I’ve ever made!

Tadpoles Palm-Woven Moses Basket (Bethany’s pick)

I wanted a simple basket for Oliver, and I couldn’t be happier with this thrifted find. We found this basket at a consignment shop for a $15 steal, but it’s less expensive than most Moses baskets, even at full price. We use this for picnics, and when Oliver was a newborn we used this as a napping basket. When he’s not in it, we use it as a really cute storage basket in his nursery.

◊ BLANKETS ◊

Muslin Swaddle Blankets – Modern Burlap (Bethany’s pick)

Our organic cactus muslin swaddle is probably the most “fun” item I had on my registry, and it’s been a favorite of ours! We have a few of their swaddles, and I can’t say enough about them. We used it for newborn swaddling, and now we use it for play and a light blanket to pack for travel. I LOVE these for spring and summer because they’re so light. Oliver loves the black and white patterns, and I also use them for decor in his room. Win, win, win, win… you get it.

◊ THREADS ◊

L’oved Baby via Minted Method Shop (Bethany and Tera’s pick)

We love these because they’re great for all seasons! They’re soft and come in the sweetest muted pallets. We have footed ones as well the kimono body suits + the long sleeved ones come with built in mits (cue hallelujah chorus). A fantastic gender neutral registry gift!

Sparrow Designs (Bethany’s pick)

About 90% of Oliver’s wardrobe is consignment based, but I added this to my onesies’ list because this material is super light and soft for spring and summer, and they’re perfect graphic onesies for minimalists! I get asked about these frequently, and they’re some of my favorites for sure!

Old Navy: Cami Rompers  (Tera’s pick)

These little cami rompers have legit been a staple at our household! I love how easy they are–I mean one piece for a whole outfit–PLUS not to mention how stinkin’ cute those little baby rolls are in them. They’re just cute, simple, trendy, and a score.

Toddler Jersey Shorts +Toddler Sleeveless Swing Dress (Tera’s pick)

Modest is Hottest, right? Well, that’s my motto. I’ve added these shorts because we really have gotten a ton of wear out of them this season, because A). You can wear them with t-shirts and tanks, and they come in dozens of colors and prints…so cute! And, B). As I said before, with Norah constantly wearing dresses, I usually always have her slip a pair of these shorties on underneath for a little underwear coverage, and they work perfectly! Go on and flip, spin, run, and twirl to your heart’s content, Norah.

So, I don’t typically buy my girls a lot of “new” clothing–we find a lot of our wardrobes for them at consignment sales and hand me downs. Ain’t no shame in my game. BUT, when I do “splurge” on them, it’s most usually at Old Navy! They just consistently have the best sales on kids clothes! These little swing dresses are a huge hit for my dress lovin’ little gal. They come in lots of colors and styles and they have a great price point. These have by far been Norah’s favorite for her spring and summer wear.

◊ SWIM ◊

Grovia Swim Diaper – Onyx (Bethany’s pick)

I wanted a really simple swim diaper for Oliver, and this one has done the trick + it has appeased my stripes addiction. It keeps all his messes contained, and then we can wash it when we are done!

Swim Zip // baby + toddler suits (Tera’s pick)

Okay, so I found Swim Zip on Instagram a few months back, and when I checked out their site and browsed their suits, I knew right away I’d be ordering some for the girls! We got ours in the mail a couple of weeks ago and they’ve both already been in them multiple times! I love the patterns, they have different styles, and the price point is really great. We’re leavin’ on a jet plane (aka in my super cool mom van) in a little over a week for the beach, and these will be perfect for protecting their sensitive skin from the harsh sun rays!

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We hope you enjoyed our spring + summer haul for our fun items! We want to reiderate that we are very real moms with very real budgets, and these are some of our special pieces that we mix in with our thrifted items and these are pieces we get asked about frequently! You asked, we answered! We have a few ideas in mind for our next tag-team #momlife posts, but we would love to hear from you! What would you like to see next?

To keep up with our crazy motherhood adventures you can follow us at @BethanyMPoteet and @TeraPianalto. We would love to keep in touch!

XOXO

-Bethany + Tera

 

5 Trendy Fall Fashion Looks

You’ve decked out every surface in your home with pumpkins, pinned all the latest Fall fashion trends and recipes, consumed approximately 36.5 Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and are counting down the days until Fall officially begins. Sure, it may still be 90 degrees out, but no one is going to stop you from wearing that perfect scarf you just snagged at your favorite local shop. It’s on. For all intents and purposes, Fall is here, and so are these 5 outfits to help you get on trend for fall fashion.

Fall fashion 2016Fall Fashion 2016Fall Fashion 2016Fall Fashion 2016Blazer: Banana Republic / Top: Occasions / Boots: Nordstrom by Jeffrey Campbell / Necklace: Belonged to my great, great Aunt Ruth


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Fall fashion 2016Fall Fashion 2016Fall Fashion 2016Fall fashion 2016Hat and Blanket Scarf: Target / Top: Occasions / Jacket: Loft / Boots: Nordstrom by Jeffrey Campbell / Watch: Michael Kors


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I love this season. The colors, the tastes, the sounds, the smells, the festivals… and of course, the fashion. It’s a great time of year to really play around with your style and try new things. All of these looks are very versatile, taking you from morning to evening with ease. Have fun checking out all of these items, and Happy Fall y’all!

As always, live healthy and love hard,

-Shelby


All photos by: Jeff Rose

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3 Trendy Hair Styles for Fall

This post is written in partnership with Megaphone Influence and Soapbox Insights + Influence on behalf of their client, Thermaluxe, by Remington. All opinions are 100% our own.

Hello Oak and Earth readers, it’s Bethany and Tera here, and we are getting so excited about the Fall season! What’s not to love? Pumpkin Spice Lattes (oh so typical), changing leaves, cooler weather, yummy candles, and new fashion. We want it to hurry up and get here already! All of us girls at Oak & Earth love Fall hair and fashion.

It’s always fun to see the newest Fall fashion trends, and we did our best to research and find some of the cutest Fall 2016 hair trends (before they overtake our Pinterest pages and our favorite magazines) so that we could share some of them with you! A big thank you to Thermaluxe, by Remington for aiding us in selecting some great hot tools to get #RemReady for these Fall looks!

Trendy hair styles for fall 2016

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← T E X T U R E D   S T Y L E →

Textured hair is in for Fall, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Whether it’s straight, wavy, short, or long, all hair types can be textured! Even better, this look takes almost no time at all. To achieve texture, you can use a small curling wand for short hair, and a larger wand or a straightener for longer hair! Lightly wave a few chunks or pieces and leave the others how they are naturally! Another fun way to create texture for medium to long hair is to keep the ends straight and blunt while tousling or waving the rest. The final touch for this look is to add some sea salt spray or dry shampoo. This creates tackiness to your hair so that you can kind of rough it up for your free style! For shorter hair, use a little bit of hair paste to create a fun, tousled look, and a finishing spray to make it last all day! Check out the captions to see what hot tools we used to create texture!

 

We used a 1” slim Thermaluxe straightener on Bethany’s mid length hair for blunt ends.

We used a 3/4”-1” Thermaluxe wand on Tera’s short hair to give it body.

← K N O T   I T   U P  →

Who doesn’t love a good knot in the Fall? This can be a top knot, mid knot, or even a half knot! If you wear your hair textured the day before, throw it up the next day into a knot of your choice! These knots pair amazingly with a big fall sweater and a scarf. A fun little Oak and Earth tip is to create the textured style on day one, do a half knot on day two, and a top knot on day three! This gives you three different looks, and only one day of using hot tools on your hair! Even better, all of these looks align with the Fall 2016 hair trends.

← B I G  W A V E S →

Big waves are on trend for a Fall look! You can use a curling wand or a straightener to create big waves. Because of the high heat, wands allow you to do a wrap-and-go technique. This gives you a loose and natural wave without having to rest your hair on a hot tool for an extended amount of time. Instead of curling it to perfection, run your fingers through it to give it a more natural wave! Short hair is so fun to play with on this look! You can create a soft, beachy wave for a more natural look, or create a bigger curl for a more dramatic ‘do’! Check out our captions to see which hot tools we used for our waves.

Tera and Bethany waved their hair with the 3/4”-1” barrel Thermaluxe curling wand. You can use the larger 1”-1 and ½” barrel for longer hair or bigger waves!

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What are our favorite brands and products to use to achieve each of these looks?

Since us girls of Oak and Earth are real women with very real budgets, every product we mention in this post can be purchased at Wal-Mart and on Walmart.com!

Texture Spray

Getting your hair to be tacky is imperative for your textured look! We both use Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray. We love the texture it gives without weighing your hair down, and the bottle lasts such a long time! If you’re wanting that textured look, this is such an easy and inexpensive way to achieve it. For a pixie, a waxy hair paste is a great way to create the same tackiness that the sea salt spray makes, making it easy to use for almost every style. Here is a brand that has some great reviews!

Hot Tools

As mentioned before, we used a few hot tools to achieve these styles. If you’re going to use hot tools on your hair, we highly recommend products that focus on keeping the integrity of your hair! This is what we love about the Termaluxe tools. We loved that the tools were so smooth on our hair, making the styling process easy and quick! With the curling wand, the base of the iron is hotter than the tip. This keeps volume at the root of your hair where you need it without frying your ends! We also love that there are different sizes of each tool, giving variety for different hair type and length. Since the Thermaluxe tools reach high heat, you only have to do a one pass wave over your hair. The high heat also lets your style last longer and can be used fewer times throughout the week. Spray your day old waves with your favorite dry shampoo or texture spray, and your hair is just as trendy and cute as the day before!

Dry Shampoo

Not washing your hair every day helps retain hair health and moisture. But what about the excess oil and flat texture it leaves behind? Dry shampoo allows you to go a couple days without washing your hair, and also gives you root volume and texture! Since these particular Fall looks will be able to last a couple days, skipping a few washes also keeps down the damage! Here are a few dry shampoos that we have found work well for us: Dove, Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo and Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo.

Which one of these Fall 2016 looks are you looking forward to the most?! If you try any of these looks, we want you to share it with us! Tag us on Instagram @OakAndEarth! We’ll be using the hashtags #OakAndEarthBlog and #RemReady for these posts, so be sure you’re following along on our social media accounts! You can find these on the side bar or in the footer. We would also love to see you following on our personal Instagram accounts at @BethanyMPoteet and @TeraPianalto. Now to go snatch a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hopes that drinking one will make the humidity drop and the cool weather roll in! Makes perfect sense, right?

Happy Fall, yall!

Bethany and Tera

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D.I.Y. Pom Sandals

Hey, readers! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the warm summer sunshine! My family and I have had a crazy busy few weeks, but we’ve managed to hit the water park a couple of times, and we’ve indulged in quite a few milkshake nights…it’s how we like to roll. If you follow my personal instagram or Oak and Earth’s instagram page, you may have seen that us girls of O&E have recently started participating in the Whole 30 meal plan (basically a diet eliminating grains, dairy, and legumes and of course any processed foods). We plan to share with you guys how each of our Whole 30 experience goes, but so far I can tell you it’s been a challenge on my end! I am keeping some dairy and tiny bit of grain in for pregnancy purposes, but for the most part, those things are not in my diet. I’m a lover of bread and pasta and cheese, so this has not been an easy feat! Aside from this lifestyle change, we have some big house news going on that I’ll share after things settle down a bit, AND not to mention we are on the homeward stretch to meeting baby girl (10 weeks left) EEK! Starting to feel a little bit of stress and a lot a bit of crazy, but we are trucking through. Nothing a fun little DIY project can’t distract me from for a bit anyway!

I’ve been so excited to share this post with you because I really love how these sandals turned out! It’s such a fun accessory to add to your summer wardrobe. These pom sandals are super trendy this season and they’re all over Pinterest and Etsy. It plays up any outfit, so you can be comfy in your boyfriend shorts and a tank, and slap these puppies on, and BAM! You’ve gone from comfy casual to super adorable in .5 seconds! The best part? If you go online to buy these pom sandals, you’ll see that many of them are selling for $100+…I was able to buy my supplies and shoes all for around $30! You can look super cute and trendy without it costing you an arm and a leg, which is always my kind of style!

These did take me a full day to whip up, mostly because it’s a bit of trial and error–especially for the first sandal you assemble. So this makes a perfect summer weekend DIY where you can either spend a Saturday creating them, or split it up over two days!

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Okay, now for the fun part! To make your own pom sandals, you’ll need:

  • Sandals  (Here are some similar ones to mine)
  • Pom Poms
  • Wooden Beads
  • Mini Tassels (if wanted)
  • Thread/Needle*
  • Scissors

* I chose to stitch my materials on to the sandals to make them a little sturdier, but there are some great Pinterest DIY’s for these that just use a hot glue gun!

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To assemble these, I started with trying the sandals on in front of a mirror and placing poms (with a sewing pin) in the desired areas. This part took some trial and error to get them where I wanted them! You can leave sewing pins in place or just make tiny marks with a pen to remember where you want them. Once you have an idea of where you want your poms, unlace the sandals and before making the poms permanently attached, string the wood beads along the sandal straps in desired places. I tried my sandals on during this process a few times to see where I wanted beads once the sandals were actually wrapped around my leg. It helps to do this so that you can see where the pom poms are, and where you’ll have some naked space on the straps! Here is a photo of mine about midway through my second sandal: (You can see I had the beads strung in place and the poms are temporarily pinned with sewing pins)

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After the beads are placed along the straps, then you can begin stitching or gluing your poms into their permanent place! I just did a couple simple stitches to secure them to the sandal, and voila! It was the easiest part of the process. For the strap around the toes, I bought some pom pom trim (from Hobby Lobby), measured across, cut, and stitched. Other than figuring out placement for the poms and beads, it was the most time consuming part of the project. I think hot gluing would do just fine for this part and would save you a good chunk of time!

The last thing I did was assemble the mini tassels to the ends of the straps for a cute added touch. I just looped them on the end of the strap and stitched them to make sure they were secured.

After this was done, I had some super adorable and colorful sandals! They look super cute gladiator style, which is how I wore them here, but they also looked super cute wrapped and bunched closer together! I deemed this to be a very successful DIY and can’t wait to wear them around town!

This was such a fun and cute DIY for summertime, and for the steal of a price, I’d do it all over again! I’m obsessed over this look right now!! We can’t wait to hear what you all think of these pom sandals!

Keep up with us by following our social media pages, and stay up to date with all Oak and Earth happenings! Until our next summery post, stay cool and eat ice cream!

 

Peace and Love,

Tera -xo

I Let My Husband Dress Me for a Week: Here’s What Happened

My name is Bethany, and I let my husband dress me for a week.

I’m sure you’re asking what I asked myself all throughout this process– why would I go through this? I wanted to stretch myself! I like situations that I can control. I like everything in its place, and I live by plans and organization. The only way to really learn about yourself is to get out of your comfort zone, and for me that means letting go. The rules of the project were simple. I didn’t have a say in what I wore, he could utilize anything in my closet, and when dressing me for work, it had to be office appropriate. Right out of the gate I knew we would have some challenges. Spring weather is unpredictable. Some days it’s cold and raining, and then it can warm up into the mid 80’s. I also have a pretty minimal wardrobe! I hate clutter and excess, so I try and keep it simple to mix and match. He didn’t have it easy.

I know that appearance isn’t an incredibly important part of life. This project tested that. Yes, I’ve known my husband for eight years, but there’s no one who knows you better than yourself. I know how to hide my insecurities, I know what makes me comfortable etc. I love being creative and fun and simple, and the clothes I choose help me guide that expression. Denver dresses well, but it’s not something he spends too much time on. Giving up my opinion was pretty tough.

Although he was nervous, Denver agreed to the project.

bloglovinphotoTo start us out, I asked him to describe what he thought of my personal style.

“Comfy Chic. You’re really fashionable yet you always look comfy.” – Denver

I looked up “Comfy Chic” on Pinterest. Apparently it’s a real thing. I love outfits that fit my personality, but I also value comfort so he’s not entirely wrong! How would he translate that himself?

Let’s take a look at how he did.

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Monday: “I’m sweating because my husband dressed me”

“I picked this because I think these pieces are really pretty, and I really like black and white.” -Denver 

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Feelings: Low

He chose this shear business button down, black and white sweater, and  black ankle slacks. An all black and white ensemble is something I love, but this just seemed over worked and awkward!  I love this sweater, but it’s for the dead of winter. It was sunny and 75, and I felt strange. Everyone else was walking around in t-shirts, and I wanted to shout “I’m sweating because my husband dressed me!”. He knew he wanted me to wear this shirt, but everything else seemed like a rushed after thought. I think he could tell I was sweaty and not thrilled, so I had high hopes for a turnaround! Overall, I like these pieces individually, but not necessarily together.

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Tuesday: “You should wear rain boots. It’s going to rain”

“I picked this because I’ve always like this combination. And I think you look good in this color. I like the patterns.” -Denver 

Office Wear

Feelings: Confident

He chose this orange sweater, white and black button down, and black ankle slacks. He bought me this sweater a couple of years ago, and I love it! This day was a cloudy and cooler day, so this outfit was much more appropriate. I think the polka dot button down under the sweater was a smart pairing. I got a little scared when I saw him look over at my bright orange and white rain boots saying “You should wear rain boots. It’s going to rain.” Thankfully he grabbed my more professional shoes. I wear a lot of basics to work, so wearing this bright and patterned sweater is always a bit out of my comfort zone. I got three compliments before 9:00 in the morning, specifically on my sweater. Maybe Denver dresses me better than I dress me? I felt proud of him.

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Wednesday: “You need more pants”

“I picked this because I really like the lace detail on this shirt. The burgundy pants are different.” -Denver 

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Feelings: Moderate

He chose this denim lace detailed button down, burgundy ankle pants, and a gold necklace. Once he found out I only have three pairs of work pants, he went straight for these burgundy pair while saying “You need more pants”. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like my husband saying I need to go shopping. Maybe this experiment is golden. These pants are more like capris than ankle slacks, but I couldn’t say anything!  I felt okay other than my pants being too small. I feel good about the button down choice, and I love the lace shoulder detail. He put this gold necklace with it, and I think it pairs well. Overall, he didn’t seem as confident as the day before, but I think he did a good job. This day made me realize I need to donate these pants.

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Wednesday Night: “I thought the cardigan would fix it”

“I picked this because I think the pizza shirt is hilarious, and I really like the casual comfy look of the flannel with the leggings. Pom pom hats are awesome.” -Denver 

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Feelings: Exhausted, but happy

He chose this pizza t-shirt, zip up flannel, leggings, vans, and a beanie. We are always under a time crunch on this day, and that added pressure to this process. Denver knew that he wanted me to wear this pizza shirt, but he also wanted me to wear my boyfriend jeans. I already knew this would be a problem. They’re both relaxed fit, and I felt pretty sloppy when I tried it all on. The cardigan he picked out was too small to go over this shirt, and I legitimately felt like a stuffed sausage. He was really confused— “I thought the cardigan would fix it”. He went back to the drawing board. It was so hard to bite my tongue! I wanted to help him fix it. He had me try on different pants, shirts, jackets etc. Denver wanted nothing more than for me to feel comfortable and confident, and he finally landed on this. I felt a little bit like a black ninja, but over all I think he ended up picking something that was very me! This day he admitted that dressing a woman is much harder than dressing a man.

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Thursday: “You need a pop of color”

“I picked this because I really love this blazer. I think it’s  a trendier look  as opposed to a business suit. I think the burgundy top contrasts really well with the light blazer.” -Denver

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Feelings: Happy

He chose these high waisted black ankle slacks, burgundy tee, cream blazer, and a statement necklace. The weather was perfect for this kind of outfit. I was really excited about this one because I had never worn all of this together before. For the first time all week, I felt like I looked like me! I was really impressed that he picked out this necklace, and I got a lot of compliments on it as well. He was so cute picking this out. I could hear the hangers sliding around as he yelled “You need a pop of color!” On this day he learned to think of the outfit as a whole, instead of just putting together individual pieces. Progress.

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Friday: “Where’s your Papa’s flannel?”

“I picked this because I just love the over-sized flannel with the simple top and leggings. I like the fact that it’s casual and you can still wear it in public. It’s your grandpa’s shirt, and I think it’s really neat when you wear it.” -Denver 

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Feelings: Comfortable and fun

He chose this flannel, white t-shirt, black leggings, and camel boots. This flannel means a lot to me, and I’m really glad he picked it out for me. I babysit on Fridays, so I felt comfortable. He knows that I run errands or do things afterward, so he wanted to give me something that I could also wear out and about. For the first time in this process, he had a couple shirts he wanted me to try on so that he could see what he liked best. Overall, I think this outfit looked the most like something I would pick out.

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After this experience, I realize just how much thought and care you put into getting dressed each day. You are always able to find multiple combinations of tops and bottoms to create a really great appearance. I didn’t realize how difficult that can be for a woman until this. As I was picking your clothes, I had to take more time to think than I would if I were dressing myself. I just really learned that it’s a creative process that takes time and consideration just like any other art. I can see why the fashion industry is a high art now. I had to learn how to paint with a different palette. -Denver

This process was both fun and exhausting, and we learned more about each other than you can possibly imagine. I learned that I’m hanging onto a few items that could be donated. I learned that Denver takes great consideration of wanting me to feel confident and comfortable. I learned how hard it is to let go of control. You don’t realize how much your clothing impacts your confidence, until you’re no longer given a choice! Denver is right. Fashion is an art, and I love having the freedom to express myself every day. If you think it’s not important to you, try this yourself!

Let’s keep the conversation going! You can follow me on Instagram @BethanyMPoteet. You can also see our blog updates easily by liking our Facebook page, or following our blog Instagram @OakandEarth.

-Bethany

Big Personality, Little Cash: Tips for Dressing the Unique Young Professional Woman

Hello, readers! It’s Bethany here on the blog-o-sphere today. Let’s play a quick game:

True or False?

Life after college is an enigma. True

Being in your mid twenties is tough. True

Landing a decent job is tough. True

Dressing yourself as a young professional WHILE maintaining your personal style once you have said decent job is also tough. True.

True, you say? Well what do ya know, it’s like I forced the answers to lead into my blog post or something. Heh, guilty. Allow me to connect the dots:

As a 20 something individual, I understand stumbling around in the abyss looking for a decent job. Jobs are not easy to find these days. So when you snag a good one,  use your style to celebrate yourself and  your professional achievements! When I first started working a professional job (or big girl job as it is so often referred), I had no clue what to wear. All I knew was this: I couldn’t wear my skinny jeans, vans, or my hats. I have always loved fashion, but I didn’t have much experience in how to create a business casual style that reflected my own personal style. Don’t get me wrong I had a few pieces for college presentations and interviews, but none of my pieces reflected the style I enjoy. Anybody else having flashbacks of over-sized flared black slacks and a plain blouse? There’s nothing wrong with this style; however, this is what I assumed to be my dead end fashion destiny. I wanted the yellow brick road, not the dead end.

A year into my first job I started slowly building a better professional wardrobe. Fast forward to now (two years later) and I have a better understanding of how to balance  professional life and  personal style. Why does this matter? It matters because I don’t want Monday through Friday Bethany to be a completely different person than Weekend Bethany. You feel me?

How do we achieve a balance?

Take the typical business casual rules (give or take a few minor changes depending on the institution):

  • Skirts/dresses must meet the knee
  • No tank tops (some companies may have an allowance for wide straps)
  • No sheer tops without something decent underneath
  • No shorts (some places may allow business knee length shorts)
  • No flip flops (at least everywhere I have worked)
  • Nothing low cut
  • No t-shirts/graphic tees (some places a plain fitted tee is acceptable)
  • No jeans (except for the beloved casual Fridays)

Anybody else feel like this leaves one option?

Those blasted baggy flared slacks and a plain blouse.

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This is my perspective on how you take the dress code and blend it with your personal style, all while sticking with a small budget! The key is to get nice neutral basics, and to pair them with your style of clothing! Let’s take a look at the basics, and how to use them in multiple ways.

If you only remember two things about this post, REMEMBER THIS:

  • Get neutral, well fitted, modern, multi functional basic pieces.
  • Having these basic pieces will allow for fun additions. These fun additions should be used to bring your style into the mix.
  1. Black Blouse:

Getting a comfortable black blouse is imperative. I would suggest long sleeved, stream lined, and long enough to tuck in.  Having this classic piece  allows you to pair it with more fun/trendy bottom pieces. This would also pair well with a chunky necklace; however, my necklace collection is minuscule. A girl can imagine right? Below you will also find brands and estimated pricing. Check out how I paired my black blouse for some ideas:

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Black Blouse– Forever21 $12.90

From left to right:

  • Skinny ankle slacks– JCPenny’s (Worthington Brand) $24.00
  • Patterned pants–Forever21 $19.90
  •  Burgundy ankle slacks–JCPenny’s (Worthington Brand) $4.00…yeah that was some kind of genius Sale I hit. Genius I say.

2. Knee lenth black dress:

I would have preferred this dress just a few inches longer, but I believe over time it shrank in the wash (whoopsie). **Helpful tip: Wash on cold, tumble dry. I love spicing this one up with colored tights in the fall/winter. Here I have paired it with a few blazers, but it can also stand alone! This length of dress or skirt pairs best with a very small heel. On the right I paired it with a modest nude wedge. It is rare to spot me in a heel, but this is just my personal style. What can I say, flats win over everything else! I’m a touch biased.  Always say yes to a little (or in this case knee length) black dress. Below you will find brands and estimated pricing:

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Black dress–Old Navy $29.00

From left to right:

  • Cropped striped blazer– Forever21 garage sale (original price unknown)
  • Light beige blazer– Forever21 $32.00

3. Plain Button Down

I chose to show my light blue button down, although there are many neutral colors you can choose from! For example,  I have white, light blue, jean, and white with black polka dots. I can use this piece in countless ways. This is one piece you will want to make sure is tailored to your body. An ill fitting button down can cause problems. I would love to invest in a little bit better one, but this shows you an idea.  One shirt, so many options. Below you will find brands and estimated pricing:

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Blue button down– JCPenny’s $14.00

From left to right:

  • Black ankle slacks– JCPenny’s (Worthington Brand) $24.00
  • Blue patterned sweater–Forever21 Garage sale swag (original price unknown)
  • Black pencil skirt: JCPenny’s $20.00

4. Neutral Season Blazer (Modern fit)

This is my most recent (and favorite) basic piece. A neutral blazer can be worn with almost anything. This modern design would make it easy for me to transition my business outfits to a night out with my friends, simply by switching the slacks for a dark wash skinny jean. I chose this color specifically because it can be used across all the seasons. This light beige looks great with black and burgandy–making it a great addition for fall and winter. You can also pair it with light pieces to flow with spring and summer. Below you will find brands and estimated pricing:

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Neutral blazer (modern fit)–Forever21 $32.00

From left to right:

  • Black knee length dress–Old Navy $29.00
  • White dress– Charlotte Russe $29.00
  • Black ankle slacks– JCPenny’s (Worthington Brand) $24.00

5. Basics allow for FUN details:

You have seen me pair the above basics in many different ways. While these are great basics, I would also suggest these basics:

Additional Basics:

  • Modern black ankle slacks
  • White blouse
  • Pencil skirt
  • Black blazer
  • White button down
  • Black flats
  • Cream/neutral flats

Now that you understand how to pair your basics with modern style, let’s learn how to spice them up a little! I suggest these basic pieces so that your FUN pieces aren’t too overwhelming in the work place.  I suggest the following to light up your basics:

Fun Additions:

  • Colored slacks (seen above paired with black blouse)
  • Watch that matches your personality (seen below)
  • Trendy high-waisted slacks (seen below)
  • Fun hair (seen below)
  • Fun patterns (seen below)
  • Vintage pieces (seen below)
  • Colored/metallic shoes
  • Bold necklace
  • Fun belt
  • Colored tights in fall
  • Colored/patterned scarf in fall
  • Bold hand bag/briefcase
  • Fun nail polish

Let’s check it out for a few fun additions ranging from jewel details to high-waisted slacks to vintage pieces:

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While I don’t have all the answers or a heaping pile of money to spend on clothes, I do have this: A better understanding of my own style, and how to incorporate it into the workplace. I would love for you to try the same! Get your modern basic pieces, then find fun ways to incorporate your style! This allows you to have more confidence in yourself while you’re working! Always keep your company’s dress code in mind, and have fun with what you can wear.

Keep in touch with me on Instagram at Bethno13. While you’re there, check out a really easy way to keep up with our recent blog posts: #OakAndEarthBlog. We would love to hear from you. I also want to give my husband Denver a shout out for taking these pictures of me while I posed awkwardly next to our garage while the Landlord mowed our lawn. Instead of ending on awkwardness, I’ll close with this lovely quote:

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”- Coco Chanel

Unitl next time,

-Bethany <3

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D.I.Y. Fourth of July Top

Hello again readers! It’s Bethany here, and I am bringing you a fun D.I.Y. project just before Independence Day! I have done quite a few D.I.Y. tank tops in the past, so I thought it would fun to try a different one for this special holiday. I am really happy with how it turned out!

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What I like about this dip dye project is that you can make personal choices along the way. This can be done on a tank, t-shirt, or a do it  yourself crop. I chose a t-shirt turned crop top! Let’s get started!

Materials:

  • White t-shirt or tank (make sure to check out my helpful hints for the best fabrics to dye)
  • Latex or cleaning gloves
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Tulip Powder Fabric Dye [Red]
  • Tulip Powder Fabric Dye [Royal Blue]
  • Salt
  • Access to stainless steel double sink OR two cleaning buckets (make sure the sink is stainless steel, otherwise you have the possibility of staining your sink).

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1) Pick a top

You will need to determine what kind of top you would like to dye. This year I wanted to do a modest t-shirt crop top with high wasted jean shorts. If you have a white shirt on hand you can use that, just be sure to check out my list of best dye-able materials below. I chose to buy a new white shirt so that I could form it to my liking. I bought a white cotton scoop neck t-shirt from Wal-Mart for $3.88.

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Choosing Fabrics:

  • 100% cotton, linen, silk, wool, ramie
  • Synthetics such as rayon and nylon
  •  Fiber blends with at least 60% cotton or other dye-able fiber (blends will tint evenly but will not achieve full color)
  • DO NOT use pure polyester, acrylic, nylon, or fabric with special finishes

Step 2) Cropping

Making a crop top from a t-shirt is very simple. To get the desired length,  I always put the shirt on and fold or measure it to where I feel most comfortable cropping it. Eye balling it on the floor or just hanging in front of you is not always the best idea, because it often comes out too short or not cropped enough. Once you have your desired length, cut along that line. On this top I decided to also cut the collar a bit wider.

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3) Prepare to dye! *draws sword*

For this step, you will need to decide where you want your stripes:

  • Vertical stripes: With options of red on left or red on right
  • Horizontal Stripes: With options of red on top or red on bottom

I chose to do vertical stripes with red on the left and blue on the right. Deciding where you want your color will determine how you role your shirt to dye it. If you want vertical stripes like I had, then you want to role your shirt starting with the collar and role down to the bottom of the shirt. If you want horizontal stripes, you will want to roll it from the right sleeve to left sleeve. Once you have rolled it like the picture on the left, go ahead and grab your rubber band. Gather it in the middle and rubber band it. This will leave you a white space in the center of your shirt.

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4) Dye

For this particular shirt, I used Tulip Fabric Dye (powder) of Royal Blue and Red. I found these in the craft section at my local Wal-Mart. These dye packets come with step by step instructions on the back, and I did not deviate at all. These are the steps on the back of the package:

  1. Fill bucket/stainless steel sink with one gallon of STEAMING HOT water.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) salt
  3. Pour in dye packet and stir until dissolved.
  4. Submerge fabric in dye mixture
  5. Stir continually for 15 minutes, and then occasionally for 45 minutes.

Submerge each side in the sink or shallow bucket for almost an hour. Remember to make sure each side is dipped into the color you want for that part of the shirt.

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5) Rinse, Wash, and Dry

Rinse fabric in cold water. The instructions on the dye package say to machine wash warm; dry per laundry instructions. So that any excess dye wouldn’t stain any surrounding clothes in the wash, I decided to hand wash mine in the bath tub with detergent. This was quick and effective. I then put it in the dryer with other clothes I had going.

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7) Work it! 

At this point, my shirt had turned out just as I had wanted it to! I love simple Fourth of July tops, and I am so excited to celebrate in my own style!

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Now go out and make your own! This process was really simple and fun. Please do not hesitate to ask questions and comment! Feel free to keep up with me on Instagram at Bethno13. We hashtag all our posts with #OakAndEarthBlog and our travel adventures with #OakAndEarthRoutes. This is an easy way to keep up with our posts, and as always we love talking to you all! Happy Independence Day!

Peace, love, and Rocketships.

-Bethany