New Confessions Series!!Yellow jacket + Red print scarf

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow zip up, bell sleeve jacket and printed red scarf from ZARA, black cat eye sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, and personalized Speedy bag from Louis Vuitton

Stephany’s Choice: JACKET // SCARF  //  SIMILAR SHOES  // SUNGLASSES  //  PURSE

I’ve decided to put together a list of my 5 confessions. I know with being a blogger and putting certain parts of my life, family, and ideas out there readers don’t get to see the whole picture of who I am.

I guess it’s kind of human nature in a way, you only really want to highlight what you are proud of, and we are always trying to put our best foot forward.

I do see blogging as more than just putting style ideas and cool products out there.

I want this to be an honest place where I can truly be myself and use my voice so that the true me comes through.

I’ve put togehter a list of 5 confessions (of course I have so many more!) 

  1. I am a super shy person! People are always surprised when I tell them this, because for some reason they don’t think of me as being shy. When I come out and admit it people are always like, “yea I see that now”. Although I’ve grown in confidence as a mother, adult and a women, a quiet voice will always be tugging at me from the inside.
  2. Although I am such a shy person (see above!) my dream when I was little was to grow up and be an actress! I loved being on stage, and although this sounds sounds crazy, the I always felt at home on the stage and NEVER felt shy! I grew up watching musicals and it always felt natural and like home to me.
  3. I have a terrible singing voice. I absolutely love singing out loud in the car, or anywhere! 80’s music is my fav to sing a long to (Whitney? Mariah anyone?!) but sadly I can’t carry a tune!
  4. If I had to change anything about my body I would be one inch shorter so that I could wear higher heels (especially around Micheal!)
  5. I struggled with really bad self esteem when I was a teenager (or longer)- from 17 till about 24 years old. I always felt insecure about my body and I battled acne and had braces in high school. *looking back as an adult now I can see that pretty much everyone else had acne and braces in high school too!* -we only ever focus on ourselves. haha.

That’s it!! Embarrassing and silly of course. 

Hope you are having a fab weekend!

XO,

Stephany

Cooking with Class Featuring Blue Apron

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, cooking with BLUE APRON // pork chops dinner// wearing a ZARA DRESS, and H&M flower clips

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Easy Meals are all I want to be preparing right now. If it’s not easy, and it’s probably not going to happen. Blue Apron has such delicious meals, all fresh and hormone free. They send them right to your door step, and every single ingredient that you could ever need for the recipe is included in the package-in EXACT MEASUREMENTS! Wow!

I spent the weekend cooking with my dad and we had so much fun following along with the recipe and putting it all together.

To be really honest with you, I’ve never even cooked Pork Chops before! I never really knew what to do with them or how to prepare them?! Seemed so scary for some reason , but with the simple steps all broken down and perfect quantities from Blue Apron, it was pretty fool proof.

The whole process was so easy. 

A box shows up at my door step with 3 meals for 2 adults.

Inside the box are 3 recipes, one for each meal. The recipes are clear, colorful and simple to follow.

There are spices, vegetables and meats all included for each individual dish!

I ordered a salmon, pork and chicken meal.

Today, my dad and I prepared the Pork Chops and it was so fun and stress free. We didn’t have to measure anything, or waste one moment at the grocery store. It was simple, easy and so delicious. It was actually more than enough for the both of us and the kids too! They loved it.  Annabelle loved the pork chops, Alexander and Angelina loved the potatoes.

I would definately use this service again.

Even my folks were impressed and wanted to know what other recipes were available on Blue Apron.

If you are in a pinch for time, are picky about fresh ingredients, or simply want to try out something new with no stress- Blue Apron is an awesome solution!

If you go to Blue Apron now you can even get $30 off when you sign up for your first meal!

As a busy mom of 3 little ones, with little time, and even less new meal ideas, I say give Blue Apron a try!

I’m sure you and your family are going to LOVE it!

Thank you for reading along,

XO,

♥ Stephany

 

The Basic black dress

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing ZARA black jersey dress, black buckle ALDO heels and Cat eye HENRI BENDEL sunglasses

Let me introduce you to my everyday uniform: The Little Black T-Shirt dress!

I’ve decided to go out and buy a bunch of cute little black soft dresses to wear on rotation every day. Since they don’t show dirt, are comfortable to move around in and look pulled together I’m sticking to this look for my everyday formula.

This makes scrambling to get ready in the morning a lot quicker than picking out a whole outfit. It also helps to hide dirt (yes, I know- It wasn’t always like this!!!!), because I may or my not wear the same outfit 2 or 3 days in a row 😉

When I found this cute puff sleeve ZARA dress, I was excited because it was something I could throw on and dash out the door in, and if I wore it over and over no one would notice.

Sometimes we even go from day to night, and I can swap out sneakers for heels! You could even add a necklace and blazer for a  meeting?! It’s a perfect staple.

My body fluctuates at times and a dress will always be flattering and fit comfortably.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a cute black dress. 

Splurge on softness, and that’s it!

Good Friday EVERYONE!

Thank you for reading along

XO,

Stephany

Stephany’s CHOICE: DRESS //  SIMILAR SHOES  //  SUNGLASSES

Flower dress with StyleWe

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Angelina Bowman wearing a Claire's accessories headbands and keds sneakers

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  //  SHOES-SIMILAR   // PURSE-SIMILAR

Angelina’s Choice: DRESS-SIMILAR  //  SHOESsimilar  //  TIGHTS  //  HEADBAND-similar

I’ve been focusing really hard on my gym routine these last couple of months and it’s amazing how much happier I feel.

I never liked going to the gym in the past because obviously its easier to sit around and put your feed up-however, going to the gym is one of the only times in the whole day that for exactly one hour I am doing nothing else but focusing on my own mind and body.

Even when I take a shower I get interrupted a lot, which is sweet of course, but still… a moment to gather my thoughts and break a sweat does wonders for the soul.

I used to go to all the “classes” but I have put all that on hold for the moment. It was getting stressful scrambling to be there in time for the class, etc..

Now I just stick to the treadmill, plain and simple. I don’t go over board with it and never go over one hour a day.

My goal is always make sure I knock out at least 450 calories.

After the first 3o minutes I stop and stretch and take a water break and reenergize myself to kill the last half hour.

Sometimes I watch the news, other times I like to watch shows about remodeling homes, tasting food from all around the world, Seinfeld or even Friends.

Other times I like to crank up the music videos. Watching them is like a mini dance party. Each video is a few minutes and sometimes I find myself getting lost in them. Time flies.

When I want to jack up the pace and squeeze out some sweat I turn to my iPhone and put on my favorite jams.

Of course a great dress helps when you are thinking about Easter and what to wear for the fun family weekend.

When in doubt I go STRAIGHT to my favorite website StyleWe. You’ve probably heard me say this a thousand times before but they have thousands and thousands of dresses and options. For this dress I literally typed into the search button on the site: flower dress. It’s perfect for Spring and Church. Flirty, pretty and fresh. Currently sold out 🙁  But I also love this one, this one and this one!!!

(Also great for wedding season 😉 )

Hope you are all having a fabulous week! What’s your favorite part about working out?!!

XO,

Stephany

Spring is in the air!

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander and Angelina Bowman wearing Ollie and Mae

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander, Annabelle, and Angelina wearing Ollie and Mae

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

I frequently get asked questions about what my favorite baby products and accessories of all time are.

It’s true that there are products today that I would tell my younger self to invest in, and other products that I would advise against. 

One product I always loved but never had, was a sophisticated baby carrier. They always seemed a little bit more pricey than the other standard baby carriers, so I settled. Now that I’ve tried the LÍLLÉ baby carrier I wish that I hadn’t waited so long. 

It’s light, cute, and easy to strap on. Putting it on feels the same as putting on a backpack. The cool thing about this product (and I’m a sucker for this) is that it is multifunctional! You can carry your baby in the front OR on your back! 

This is the first time that I have carried a child on my back, and I loved it.

It kept my hands free, and the load was easier for my strong back to carry than pulling down on the front of my chest. 

Angelina was very comfortable back there. It was like a piggy back ride only she was much more secure. 

There were even a few moments were I sort of forgot that she was back there! 

This product is definitely a Stephany’s Choice must have item. It would also make such a cute baby gift! It comes in different colors and can hold a child that weighs up to 60 lbs!! Wow!! Talk about a great investment piece!

Thank you so much to our favorite children’s store OLLIE & MAVE boutique for these gorgeous outfits!! We love soft high quality kid’s clothes and these are super stylish and adorable! I mean, did you see Alexander’s swimming trunks?!! It’s almost impossible to find cute boys clothes like this! 

How happy is Annabelle, reading her very own Cover of Dallas Child Magazine?!! Thank you so much to the whole entire team for making us feel so welcome! This was definitely an opportunity of a life time. 

I also want to give a shout out to the MS Dallas team for this gorgeous poster of Annabelle’s cover!! It is beautiful and we love it so much! The team there feels like family, and product and service is incredible.

Thank you so much for reading along! Hope you are having a fantastic week

XO

 Stephany

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA  //  Shoes:  CONVERSE  //  Sunglasses:  HENRI BENDEL  //  Baby Carrier:  LILLÉ baby 

Annabelle’s Choice: Top: OLLIE & MAVE  // Tights: OLLIE & MAVE similar here // Boots: SIMILAR HERE

Alexander’s Choice: Swim suit : OLLIE & MAVE 

Angelina’s Choice: Top: OLLIE & MAVE  // Shorts: SIMILAR HERE  //  Socks: OLLIE & MAVE  //  Shoes:  FRESHLY PICKED

 

Trench Coat + Fedora Hat

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

Stephany Bowman , Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a cream trench from TOBI, heels from Aldo , Sunglasses and snakeskin fringed bag from Henri Bendel

It’s so hard writing this right now as it’s spring break and the house is full of kids.

It’s 4pm on Thursday and I’m about to go crazy with everyone jumping around all day.

The demands never seem to stop,”I need apple juice”, “Someone isn’t sharing”, and then BOOM the whole house is a complete disaster! Sometimes it feels as though life is just going from one meal to the next.

I’m starting to feel really tired and over it.

Even when we go somewhere it’s a whole to-do getting everyone dressed, ready, fed, out the door. Then, after a full day of being out, I still have meals when we get home, tired kids, bath time and then bedtime.

The issue we seem to struggle with the most, or what makes me the most exhausted is keeping things even. There is always someone who is worried about feeling left out, or not having the same opportunity as someone else.

I’m constantly questioning my parenting skills, wondering and hoping and praying that I am able to keep everything even and fair.

I think next Spring Break we will definitely take a trip out of town, mix things up and get out of the house. I even feel itchy to see something new, be somewhere new.

Explore, refresh, restart, reset.

Anyway, Tonight is a new night and we are about to go out and grab some dinner.

I guess it’s just been a busy and eventful few days (we spent last night at the ER with Alexander-long story, I’ll elaborate another time ;))

Hope you are having a wonderful day however you choose to spend it. 

On a fun note, how cute is this Tobi caramel trench coat?! Feeling so London city girl in it, and I actually like the way it looks open almost more than I like it closed! This piece feels timeless and classic, and I can dress it up or down, which I LOVE! 

XO,

Stephany

Stephany’s Choice: Coat: TOBI  //  Hat: Similar here // Purse : Similar here  // Shoes:  Similar here  // Sunglasses: Similar here

Angelia’s Choice: Dress: Similar here  // Moccs: FRESHLY PICKED  //  Headband: Similar here 

 

Belle Sleeves + Hair Tips!

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a purple bell sleeve knit dress from TOBI, sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL New York, messenger bag from Louis Vuitton and Purple fringe high heels from Steve Madden

One of my most frequent questions are about my hair color and what tips I may have to keep it long and healthy.

So I thought I would put a little list of my top tips to keep it strong, long and baby blonde!

Stephany’s Choice best hair practices

Keeping it blonde:

I have a hair stylist that I trust and love. When I get my hair highlighted I ask for a “mini partial” so only the top 20% of my hair gets treated (to look natural and control damage) .

I ask for the color “baby blonde” and make a point to say that I do not want any brass in my hair 🙂

I use violet shampoo to keep the brassiness down (2 times a week at least)

Keeping it healthy:

 I don’t own a hair dryer or curling iron! I never put heat on my hair, I always dry it off with a towel and then let it air dry (if you see me on school runs now you understand :))

I never use hair spray or gel on my hair

I use tons and tons of hair conditioner and masks

I apply leave in detangler in my hair and then brush it gently

I try to wait every other day to wash it if I can help it

Keeping it long:

I try to wait as long as I can between hair appointments (2-3 months) and cuts

I cut my hair on my own straight across with no layers to look full and neat at the bottom

Thank you for reading along, do you have any favorite hair care tips or questions? Write to me in the comments below, I love hearing from you. All the hair products I live by are linked right here, so you don’t have to scour the web to find them 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Tobi , my new fav place to shop for cute outfits. This adorable dress is under $20 and comes in 4 gorgeous colors, I think I’m going to order them all! Loving these bell sleeves and cool vintage vibes!!

XO

Stephany

Stephany’s Choice: Dress : TOBI  //  Sunglasses :  Henri Bendel similar here // Heels :  Smilar here //  Bag:  Louis Vuitton similar here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weaning Angelina, with Twistshake

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing pink dress from Anthropologie , heels from Steve Madden. Angelina BOWMAN is wearing Pajamas from Baby Gap, and a pink headband from CLAIRE'S. Baby bottle is from Twistshake

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a pink dress from Anthropologie and cream caged heels from Steve Madden at Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing pink dress from Anthropologie , heels from Steve Madden. Angelina BOWMAN is wearing Pajamas from Baby Gap, and a pink headband from CLAIRE'S. Baby bottle is from Twistshake

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing pink dress from Anthropologie , heels from Steve Madden. Angelina BOWMAN is wearing Pajamas from Baby Gap, and a pink headband from CLAIRE'S. Baby bottle is from Twistshake

Weaning Angelina was something I had been dreading for probably 2 months before I actually pulled it off.

As a breastfeeding mother you are so focused on making sure that you have a consistent milk supply and that your baby is well fed you don’t really put as much thought into weaning your child.

At least I never did.

I fell in love with my baby on my breast. We would cuddle up so close and snuggle. I could smell her skin, look into her eyes, fold her cruncky legs into the creases of my arms and waist.

Sadly, all good things come to an end.

I tried to give Angelina a bottle of milk when she was around 13 months or so but she spat it out and made no effort to pick it up again.

Why would she? Plastic bottle, cold milk? Her whole life was cozy with mom, a soft touch, and warm sweet milk.

I delayed weaning a few more weeks then months. Finally, I started cutting out one feed a month. So for a month I didn’t nurse her between 9 am and 9pm. She could eat food, or I would try giving her the bottle.

Next, I would cut out the 10pm, 1 am feed. One after the next.

Eventually, she wouldn’t wake up at 10pm for a feed. Then she wouldn’t wake up till 3pm. It was starting to work. I was cutting back one feed at a time, very very slowly.

The only feeds that were left were the “pre-bedtime” feed and then the “3am” and “6am” feeds.

Every few weeks I would cut one feed out. 

The final feeds left were the “pre-bedtime” and the “3am” feeds. 

Finally, I got her to kind of take a bottle at bedtime, eventually she would sleep trough the night.

One morning she went out for Sunday breakfast with Michael and the kids. I woke up to an empty house. No baby to nurse. 

She didn’t need me anymore. She was a big girl out to brekkie with the gang. I had a choice at that momemnt. I could feel sad and miss my sweet baby. Or I could take a shower , toss that nursing bra, and put on a non-button down blouse for the first time in a year and a half!!

So I did!!

A huge thank you to TwistShake bottles for helping me transition Angelina ! This was the only bottle she would come near. It comes in several gorgeous colors, easy to clean and has won multiple awards like baby product of the YEAR!! Wow!! Use coupon code: stephanykhayat20 and receive 20%  your entire purchase !!

Did you struggle with weaning your baby? would love to hear your thoughts below 

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ANTHROPOLOGIE  //  Shoes: Steve Madden 

Angelina’s Choice: Pajamas: GAP

Blossoms and bell sleeves

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany Bowman WearingBand Of Gypsies Floral Print Surplice dress from Nordstrom, and Steve Madden shoes

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: Nordstrom  //  Shoes: Steve Madden

It may just be the prettiest time of the year. 

Spring is around the corner and with it comes the feelings of rebirth and newness.

I am working on something really exciting at the moment and I can’t wait to share what it is. A life long dream in the making.

Until then, long outdoor walks, cool coffee drinks and singing out loud in the car with the music way up and the windows down!!

I’ll be ready to get my tan on, and flip flops too! 

Spring can’t come soon enough and we are so ready.

This lovely little dress is so feminine and light. It’s really flattering and perfect for the season.

My little fedora hat is a savior on bad hair days!! 

Happy Thursday everyone! 
Ready for the weekend!

Ruffled yellow dress

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

When life gives you lemons make lemonade.

It’s been a long week where almost everyone at home has the flu. I’m always the last man left standing and I joke it’s only because I can’t really afford to go down!

But I think the busy week and non stop sniffily noses have caught up with me. A lot of stress in a day and sometimes you just don’t see where things are paying off. 

I guess I’m just in a bad mood.  I’m entitled to feel that way every once in a while.

On a brighter note, at least this cute dress is perfect for spring and we are ready!

Do you think brighter colors uplift your mood?

Cheers to the weekend and hope you all can recharge your batteries. All I want is a simple walk and a coffee, maybe even a good movie with popcorn- a tear jerker would probably be nice too.

Let me know if you are doing anything fun!

Thank you for reading along 

Stephany’s Choice:  Dress: ZARA   //   Shoes: similar here

Angelina’s Choice: Blouse:  Similar here  //  Pants:  BABY GAP  //  Headband :  Similar here