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

 

Our 11th Valentine’s Day!

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Angelina Bowman wearing a red long sleeve tutu dress from BABY GAP, Red heart shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and headband from ETSY

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Angelina Bowman wearing a red long sleeve tutu dress from BABY GAP, Red heart shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and headband from ETSY

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE 

Micheal’s Choice: Suit: SIMILAR HERE // Shirt: SIMILAR HERE // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE

Angelina’s Choice: Dress: GAP // Tights: GAP // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE // Sunglasses: SIMILAR HERE

Happy love day everyone!

This is the 11th time Michael and I have spent Valentine’s Day together!

The first three years of dating before marriage were on and off. But I don’t recall a time where we were not dating during Valentine’s Day.

What I do remember is the first Valentine’s Day we ever celebrated. We had been dating only for a few months and I just started a new job at a market research company I worked for in down town Chicago

It was supposed to be a regular work day and then we had plans to meet for dinner that evening.

When I stepped away from my desk for a meeting at the office I had no idea that there would be this ENORMOUS box sitting on my chair !!! I think I turned all shades of orange and red when I first saw it. The whole office was waiting to see what was in the box… when I realized that it was my boss who signed off on the delivery, I felt so embarrassed and shy about the whole thing I actually stuffed the box under my desk and hid it with my coat!! haha.

Soooo ridiculous I know!! People where whispering like “where did that box go?” ” who was it for?” “what was in that delivery?”

Anyway, when everyone finally went home and the coast was clear I pulled out the box and inside was a beautiful huge bouquet of bubble gum pink tulips.

It was really romantic and thoughtful because they were cute pink tulips and not ugly blood red roses. Of course red roses are lovely too but knowing me I’ve never bought red roses in my life so the pink tulips were personal and sweet. Also, till this day I’m sensitive and shy about certain things. Micheal never lets that get in the way from making me feel special and allowing me a space to feel safe and important.

Later that day he met me at the office after work and I came out with my huge vase of pink tulips. We went to a little Italian place where they had a band that played Lionel Richie classic love songs and I ordered pasta 🙂

It’s funny the things you tend to remember. haha. Not really critical details. I have no idea what we really discussed. We had a lovely evening and have shared every Valentine’s Day together ever since.

Valentine’s Day is becoming more about the kids now that they are getting older and starting to understand the value of Valentine’s Day treats. haha. 

I asked Annabelle if she had a secret admirer and was shocked that she immediately called out this one boy from her old Kindergarten class who used to tease everyone! She said he gave her a flower asked her to marry him on the playground. Haha.

Love is in the air!

Happy Love Day!! However you choose to celebrate it 

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography

 

 

Perfect Little Red Coat

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a red wool Fleurette coat from Nordstrom, Black shoes from Aldo, headband from Antrhopologie, red tassel earrings from H&M and a silver sparkle clutch from Aldo. Angelina Bowman is wearing a faux fur coat from OshKosh.

Stephany’s Choice: Coat: Nordstrom // Shoes: ALDO // Clutch : ALDO // Earrings: H&M // Headband: Similar here

Angelina’s Choice: Coat: OshKosh 

In love with this little red coat!

I think we only got one day of winter but this wool number is so chic and cozy. 

If I ever had to “invest” in a piece of clothing it would definitely be a coat. When I first moved to Chicago a few years ago this was something I didn’t understand. I spent my shopping trips looking for cute outfits and the latest trends. I did not invest in a good coat. 

Ironically, as probably anyone else can guess, it’s the coat that you probably should invest in because that is the item that you will get the most milage out of. Also, that is what most people will see you in when you are rushing off to work, running errands or just going for a walk. 

The Coat you choose should also be good quality and probably a classic and flattering cut. If I wear a flashy coat I feel like I’m wearing the same thing everyday and I get tired of it pretty quickly. When I have a more “basic” option I can change up my accessories, hat, gloves, shoes, bag, hair style, and the vibe is completely new again. 

This red color is one of my new favorites! It’s classic, yet special at the same time. I love that I can dress it up and dress it down. Add heels and a sparkly clutch to jazz it up and then jeans and sneakers for  a more sporty feel.

Michael, said we are going to try a new steakhouse tonight for our dinner date. I know we should probably be going out tomorrow since that’s when Valentine’s Day is technically. BUUUUUTT, when you have a sitter that is available to stay and help out on a Monday evening, that’s when you go!

This is going to sound really bad but I can’t actually remember what we did last year at all. Total amnesia?!! Oh my, I guess Angelina must have just been a few months old and the whole thing feels like a total blur right now! 

Hope this is a Valentine’s Day to remember, at least this year I won’t be pregnant or nursing so I’ll be enjoying a nice big glass of red wine. 

Still a school night, so we won’t be getting too carried away…

This is going to be our 11th Valentine’s Day together! Wow, I don’t remember last year’s but there is one year I surely won’t forget! The first Valentine’s Day we ever spent together! Tune into tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day special to hear more about it!!

Thank you for following along, Happy Valentine’s Day however you choose to spend it!!

Photography: AshelyKayPhotography

 

February is for Flowers

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Angelina Bowman, wearing a little red headband from Claire's Accessories

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing red floral dress for Valentine's Day from Topshop at Nordstrom and pink mules from ASOS

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: Topshop \\ Shoes: Similar here \\ Bag : Nordstrom 

Angelina’s Choice: Dress: Similar here \\ Headband : Similar here 

You can find me in pretty little floral dresses throughout the whole month of February!!

This is one of our favorite spots at the park, right by the water. It’s so pretty and quiet out here, and you can watch the ducks and birds sail down the water. I love a peaceful park bench and knowing that Angelina is safe to March around and not get into too much trouble is the best. Some days I even pick up the kids and come here with a box of donuts and some bread for the birds. They feed the birds and then we have a mini picnic on the bench and catch up on our day. 

I saw this adorable little red floral dress the other day and was waiting for an excuse to take it home 🙂 When it finally dawned on me that it was February (= the month of love= wear red everyday+ flowers+ eat chocolate anytime) – I was sold!!

Typically I shy away from red but it’s growing on me. 

I once picked up a make up book from the 80’s off of my mom’s stack of old books and I read something really interesting about finding the most flattering color for your own complexion:

Tip #1

hold up the dress to your body if you look at your face in the mirror then the color is flattering on you\\ if you look at the dress then the color is off because it doesn’t bring attention to YOU

Tip #2

hold up the dress to your face, if you see the bags under your eyes + the blemishes on your face then the color is not flattering on you \\ if you hold up the dress to your face and your eyes sparkle and your complexion looks good then it’s flattering!

 I always try to keep these two tips in mind when I find something and I’m either on the fence about it, or I love the dress and color but am not sure if it’s flattering on ME.

Okay, the one exception to all this?!! When it’s festive season and you want to wear something because it fits in with the holiday. For example on Saint Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc..

Beisides who needs an excuse to wear florals? Flowers are pretty and they make us happy, in my opinion the more the merrier-on Valentine’s Day and beyond!! 

PS. If you haven’t found an outfit for date night this little number is totally flirty and adorable. It’s under $100, really feminine, flattering and the fit is true to size. Also makes for a perfect transition into Spring!!

Have a wonderful day friend, and thank you for reading along! 

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography 

How to eat healthy on the go! with Snap Kitchen

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

stephany bowman editor of stephany's choice reviewing Snap Kitchen in DALLAS texas

Am I the only one who finds there is little or no time to prepare any kind of healthy fresh meal, continuously throughout the day?

By the time carpool is over, nap time is in full swing and I am showered and all caught up on email, I never seem to find anything healthy to eat in the fridge. The thought of preparing something nutritious is daunting. At times it’s easier to warm up some toast and alternate between peanut butter or jam. This leaves me unsatisfied and circling around for snacks, none of which include anything healthy or fresh 🙁

An hour or two later, I’m still hungry, feel sluggish and low on energy. UGH. Is it just me?!

Right,now I’m all about the short cuts. Whatever is going to give me extra time and whatever is easiest is what I end up going with. So when I heard about Snap Kitchen and their fresh easy meals I had to go check it out!When I went to my local store I was so excited about the big selection.  They had these cute little dishes all stacked up with fresh ingredients. I filled up my basket with a Greek salad for lunch, coconut soup for dinner, and lasagna for the next day! I even picked out some banana pancakes for Angelina as a snack.

The meals were the perfect size. Fresh, delicious and nutritious. The next time I went, I piled up dozens more to try! Chicken and beef, more salads and soups! Just click here to browse the menu. I wish they had these little healthy stores in Chicago when I worked in Downtown! The closest place to my office was a coffee shop and their healthy options were scarce! It would have been perfect to stock up on these fresh meals, they fit perfectly into my fridge and there is a wide selection.

With as many local ingredients as possible Snap Kitchen is in heavy rotation around here. I’ve even urged Michael to go and collect a few salads and meal options to pack for  the office.

Getting healthy is a lot easier. When I’m hungry and want a snack I’ll just grab one of the meals- I actually cannot get enough of the Greek Salad right now. I think I have at least one a day!! The menu has many different options, eventually I will try to expand my dish selections, haha.

My advice is, locate your local Snap Kitchen by clicking here. Head over there and stock up on a bunch of healthy meals, at least a few a day for 2 or three days to start. Pull out and warm your meals when you are hungry or pack them with you for a healthy snack on the go! Just like that easy peasy, you’ll be able to build in those healthy options in a SNAP 😉

If you live in the Chicago area you can even download this cool app! 

Do you ever struggle with preparing healthy, fresh and nutritious meals for you or your family at home? Have you ever visited Snap Kitchen before?! Which is your favorite Snap Kitchen dish?!!! Write below in the comments and let me know, I’d love to hear your suggestions! Thank you for following along, what do you want to read about next time?! ♥

Photography: The RetroPenguin