Soft hair, with Ultimate Moroccan Argan Oil

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

The ULTIMATE Moroccan Argan Oil Sulphate Free Series, includes hydrating shampoo, conditioner + Instant Repairing Mask 🌼

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

On days when my hair feels really brittle and needs extra conditioning I leave the Argan Oil Instant Repairing MASK for several minutes 💗

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, with ULTIMATE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL hair care system

 

I love love love Moroccan Argan Oil products for my hair! That’s why I am a fan of the Ultimate Moroccan Argan Oil Sulphate Free Series. 

One of my most frequently asked questions is about my hair and how I maintain the color, length and strength.  

My two main tips for keeping my hair strong and healthy 

a deep conditioning mask used weekly if not daily, like this one 

no heat or hot styling products used on hair- my hair would just break off if I used any electric styling tools 

Read more about my best hair practices here

These products can be used on all hair types, are Sulphate and Paraben free.

They gently clean your hair with Argan oil, and I would use the hydrating conditioner  generously. I absolutely  always use hair conditioner after I shampoo.

When I was younger I would sometimes skip putting on conditioner because I was always in such a hurry and didn’t want to take the time to leave it in for several minitus and then rinse it out. As a result I feel like my hair was harder to manage, had more tangles and broke easily because I was impatient and aggressive when trying to manage it. 

Today, I know just a little care in choosing the right products and taking the time to nurture your locks goes a long way.

After I get out of the shower I’ll gently comb my hair and then tie it up in a big clip to ‘air dry’, naturally. 

My hair is stronger now than it has ever been and a lot easier to manage. 

Thank you to ULIMATE Moroccan Argan Oil for this wonderful haircare system 💗

XO,

Stephany

 

 

Special moments, Annabelle’s Birthday💗

We wanted to share a few special moments from Annabelle’s birthday at the park. Annabelle was born on a beautiful sunny day in London, England. Every year on her birthday I remember the magic that was in the air on that wonderful morning. 

Annabelle, picked out her little pink outfit, wings, and balloons. She was dancing to “walking on sunshine” which was her song for this year’s tap recital. Everyone got in on the fun with a few silly props and dance moves. 

Read more on Annabelle’s special day right here

Thank you so much to The Retro Penguin for putting together this darling little clip of our family. May there be many more happy years dancing in the sunshine together 💕 

XO, 

Stephany

Library day with the Kiddies!

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag, Angelina Bowman wearing Janie + Jack, Alexander in TARGET

Annabelle Bowman in Target, with Twist Shake kids beaker

Angelina Bowman in Janie and Jack

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman in Target

Annabelle Bowman in Target, with Twist Shake kids beaker

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag, Angelina Bowman wearing Janie + Jack, Alexander in TARGET

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman in Target, Angelina Bowman in Janie + Jack

Annabelle Bowman in Target, with Twist Shake kids beaker

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag, Angelina Bowman wearing Janie + Jack, Alexander in TARGET

Annabelle and Alexander Bowman in Target

Annabelle Bowman in Target

Stephany Bowman wearing ASOS overalls, Gold Converse sneakers, GAP basic white tee, and Kute 'n' koo diaperbag

 

We love being around books and that makes the library and the book store a popular destination for us! All the kids love to go, and since it’s been raining on and off this past week, being indoors has never been easier.

I love being around books too. It’s so fun to see what kind of reading material each child is drawn to, and how it changes over time.

Alexander is 4.5 and he loves the Bernstein Bear books and a few of the Dr. Seuss ones too.

Annabelle also enjoys the Bernstein Bear books ( she reads them to herself now!) and all stories Princess, Barbie, and Pinkalicious.  I love it, really sweet and girly.

Angelina is almost 2!! ( read here for more on when I was pregnant 2 years ago!!) She LOVES to read and is really into everything we cover.

Last week I read a “learn to potty” book and she really absorbed it! So much so that 2 nights ago she used her potty successfully for the very first time, all on her own initiative !! I was so shocked. I thought we were going to spend days and weeks covering the “concept” of the potty together, so I really think the book helped a lot. Probably doesn’t hurt that she’s been watching her brother and sister go too. I guess those are some of the benefits of being the youngest of 3 kids!

Thank you to Kute ‘n’ Koo for this adorable diaper bag! So modern and pretty, with a really cute aqua changing mat inside, tons of pockets too! Great for a trip to the library! Treat yourself or a mom you love!

Another thank you to our longtime parters TWISTSHAKE bottles for these beautiful beakers that are made for kids as little as Angelina, to as “big” as big sissy, Annabelle. We love their high quality products, since Angelina began the weaning process a few months ago, click here to read more about that transition!!

Thanks for reading along, happy Friday!

XO,

Stephany

Sunnies for a cause // DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Stephany Bowman wearing Yellow ZARA dress, Diesel high heels, and Gold sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear

Love these new sunnies from DIFF Eyewear. It feels great to spread the positive and charitable message behind this company ; for every pair of sunglasses you buy, they send a pair of reading glasses to someone in need.

I absolutely adore this message and business model. What a great way to treat yourself, and someone else. I hope that it catches on and becomes even more “trendy” to work with businesses like this. Not only that but these sunglasses are super cute, come in a bunch of really pretty colors, and are super flattering on the face. 

Sometimes I feel so rushed and flustered in the morning when I’m taking Alexander to school and then start running my errands the only thing that I feel I can hide behind are a cute pair of sunnies!!!

Am I the only one?!! 

This gold shade is darling and matches everything, the color feels new and sophisticated, and the price is really reasonable.

Thank you DIFF Eyewear for my newest Fall accessory! 

Use discount code: STEPHANY 25 and get 25% off!!

You’re welcome- don’t forget you’ll have extra good feels, because you’ll be treating someone else in need to a pair of reading glasses 💗

XO,

Stephany

New Fall Jeans with Mott and Bow

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

Angelina Bowman wearing a Disney princess Mickey Mouse dress and a black feather crown boho headpiece

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

Angelina Bowman wearing a Disney princess Mickey Mouse dress and a black feather crown boho headpiece

Angel with her baby doll that she takes EVERYWHERE with her!! I love this age so much. She also picked out this outfit 🙂

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

 

Stephany’s Choice: JEANS || TOP || SHOES

Angelina’s Choice: DRESS similar || SIMILAR HEAD PIECE

Love my new jeans from Mott and Bow! So excited to have something I can move into when it starts to get too chilly for my denim cutoffs I’ve been wearing all summer. 

My friend asked me the other day, “do you wear jeans”. I guess the answer is “of course!” but then again, I haven’t worn jeans I feel really happy in, in years. Angelina will be two in November and ever since I became pregnant with her, until this point I’ve been living in stretchy pants, dresses, or shorts. 

These skinnies are a really comfy and soft, the motto of the company is “affordable” and “high quality”. I say it hits both of those marks. I picked out this black color because I loved the slits on the thighs but my second choice would be these skinny grey ones. 

If you’re looking for cute jeans for fall and want quality at a fair price, I urge you to check out MOTT AND BOW. You’ll be happy you did. 

PS. Jeans are true to size and if you are between sizes , go down a size because they will stretch a little 😉 

Hope you have a fab week, don’t forget to take it easy on yourself, and remember- you got this!!

XO,

Stephany

 

In the Garden // Saint Paul De Vence, France

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Annabelle Bowman Wearing D&G DRESS

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  ||  HAT

Annabelle’s Choice: DRESS SIMILAR

Alexander’s Choice: Star Trek PJS

Sometimes the best times are when we stay around the house, especially if it’s as gorgeous as the one we stayed in at Saint Paul De Vence ! How dreamy are these gardens though?! 

We loved smelling all the roses and lavender in the garden. The children even gathered some lavender and put them into little cloth pouches to keep under their pillows to make them smell good. It’s so grounding to keep things simple sometimes and just play with the kids out doors. 

Most days we would go out and explore, but since the grounds here were so lovely we found ourselves really enjoying staying close to home. 

It also feels like the focus is 100% on the kids and they just love that. Looking at what they want to show me, and carrying them around. Annabelle loved smelling the pretty roses, Alexander enjoyed riding on my back and little Angelina running with her toes in the grass. Playing little games and laughing at their jokes. It’s so simple and quiet, and I think kids need that everyone in a while. I know I do!

Don’t get me wrong, shortly after “decompressing” and our little “exploration” we were once agin ready to hit the town and find a new adventure in France 🙂 🇫🇷  We ended the night with some tasty gelato and a walk through Nice.. ahhhhh, love the South of France..

Thanks for reading along,

XO, 

♥ Stephany

Cannes on the beach

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina wearing pjs from Hanna Anderson, Annabelle Bowman wearing Monsoon sequins dress, Alexander Bowman wearing Ralph Lauren

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Alexander Bowman wearing Yellow polo shirt from Ralph Lauren, white shorts from Carter's. Angelina Bowman wearing yellow striped organic onesie from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson, Alexander Bowman wearing polo from Ralph Lauren

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Annabelle Bowman wearing gold sequins dress from Monsoon, sequins hair bow from Claire's Accessories

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina wearing pjs from Hanna Anderson, Annabelle Bowman wearing Monsoon sequins dress, Alexander Bowman wearing Ralph Lauren

 

We spent the afternoon walking around Cannes (it moved up to one of my favorite destinations in the South of France)- but you had to see the happiness of the children when they kicked off their little shoes and started to DANCE IN THE SAND !!! 

It was like the sand was magic dust and they rolled in it, played in it, danced in it-sprinkled it all over their legs and each other. They were running and laughing, digging out the sand, putting their toes in the water. 

I love to see my kids so happy and enjoying the beauty of nature. It made me want to live somewhere close to the beach. 

We strolled through Cannes- so fun for shopping by the way. Beautiful shops and boutiques. 

I bought a pair of gold flat shoes, a pair of pink Mary Jane flats, and a couple of little gifts for the kids.

The vibe is laid back but preppy. People look really nice but not over done. There is an easy going atmosphere in the air. Everyone seems happy, and always has a sweet and kind word for the kids. 

We had absolutely no difficulty making our way through the town. I love how you can go from pretty little shopping streets and boutiques to being right on the beach with sand in your toes.

It also feels so good to stroll, and walk. People watching is also fun, the crowds are stylish and cosmopolitan. It’s also such an international community, a sea of accents and cultures. 

This is definitely one of the things I miss most about Europe, being in a place where there is a mix of different people from different places. 

I can’t wait to go back to Cannes, and I think the children feel the same. Unlike other years in the past, this year doesn’t feel as congested as year’s past, and not as hot either. 

Can’t wait for our day to kick in tomorrow 🙂

XO,

Stephany

 

Bikinis before breakfast

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Angelina fighting against wearing her little summer bonnet at the pool 🙂 We finally compromised on total body sunblock coverage 🙂

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman wearing Pak Pak swimwear and Aldo sunglasses

First coffee of the day, poolside!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany’s Choice: Swim suit : The PAK PAK  ||  Sunglasses similar

Angelina’s Choice: Swim suit : Similar here and here

Why can’t wearing a bikini for breakfast be a way of life?!!

I absolutely love being outdoors so much. We eat outside, read outside, hang out, I even caught up on some work outdoors. It’s so pretty and liberating. Makes you really reflect on how much time we spend indoors on a typical day…

How cute is this bikini though?!

I was searching high and low for something that was all tucked in. No need to be spilling out of my bikini while chasing kids around the pool-if you know what I mean. The last couple of years I’ve worn one pieces but they always seem sort of prudish and matronly. Although Target now has some cute ones, and I think one pieces are back in style-luckily.

I would dare to say that the swimsuit style of the season is the high waist bottoms. Two pieces but the bottoms are boy cut and cover the belly button.

I think that this is such a cute look. It hides enough and covers enough. I’d also say that this is such a flattering look for all shapes and body sizes.

The Pak Pak has some sales going on and they have these cute little ruffles right on the waist line.

I loved it so much I bought it in two colors. I’ve seen girls mix and match the tops and bottoms too which is also a fun idea.

I may not wear this style forever but right now, I still am not in my happiest body shape so this a God send till I am back where I want to be.

XO,

Stephany

 

 

Cream + Layered Cocktail Summer Dress

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  ||  HEELS  ||  SIMILAR SILVER CLUTCH (under $25!)

Summer has definitely arrived here in Dallas this week. After some delayed sunshine in May and early June I can finally say summer is in full swing. It is hot hot hot!!!

Personally when it’s this hot the only thing I want to put on my body is something light weight, soft and fresh.

Last week I went to the pool for 2 hours (11-1:00 pm) and I got FRIED! It was horrible. Today several days later my skin is still store, blistering and peeling 🙁 It’s itchy and very uncomfortable. Luckily I didn’t stay at the pool one second longer. Also lucky that I wore a hat, or my face would be destroyed. Lesson learned! I guess thats the punishment you deserve the first day at the pool where you are over eager to be sun kissed, and under estimate the power of the sun.

The funny thing is, I would never let this happen to the kids. I’m so protective of them and the swimsuits they wear are basically a full body cover up. 

They even have cuter bathing suits, hats and flip flops than I do…I don’t even mind it. I actually prefer shopping for them more than I do myself. I like dressing them up and they look so cute in everything. Can’t say the same is true for me. My size fluctuates all the time, most days I feel tired and it shows. More often than not my hair is tied up in a messy top knot and I’m wearing the same outfit several days in a row. 

I guess it’s all part of the “mom life”. I still wouldn’t trade it, and it beats having to look “corporate” all the time anyway…

This cute dress is under $100, easy to move around in, pretty and flattering. I love it!! Need more items like this in my closet!! Fits like a dream-if you’re hesitating on size, size up 😉

XO,

Stephany

 

Date night Gold Dress

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany’s Choice: GOLD DRESS  ||  SIMILAR HEELS  ||  SIMILAR GOLD CLUTCH  || GOLD CHOKER

Friday Night = Date night right?! Nope, not always. But sometimes! And when it does come around I like to dig around my closet for something that I typically would NOT wear when we had the kids with us!!- at least I try to 🙂

I picked up this cute gold little dress on the sale rack at my one of my favorite shops, Free People. I love the metallic vibe, feels very retro disco, which is fun.

One of our favorite things to do on a date night is go out to eat somewhere. We almost never go out to the movies because we feel like we can watch a movie at home anytime and at the movies you can’t really chat and catch up.

Back in the old “dating” days, we’d go catch a movie whenever something came out that we wanted to see, but then we could still do dinner before or after… Now it’s more like one thing or the other so for right now, dinner dates it is.

Once we find a spot that we like and it ticks all the boxes we tend to usually  stick to that same spot. What’s on our check list for a great date night location?

good food

close by

nice atmosphere

outdoor patio

That’s pretty much it! Simple right?! Our favorite kinds of food to eat out are:

sushi

Mexican

steak + salad

Here in Dallas, that means we like to go to Deep Sushi, Mi Cosina, and Toulouse Cafe. All close to home, all have out door space, and all have tasty food.

What places or things do you like to do on a date night? I’m thinking maybe I’ll kick off tonight with a frozen margarita with salt! Yum! Happy Friday Friend!

XO,

💗Stephany