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Kid Fashion- Fashion Friday Series May 31, 2013


It’s Fashion Friday! For this week, I want to talk about something that we will all deal with at some point or another. Something that is inevitable for all parents. That moment when your child develops their own fashion. It seems like it happens in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, your child doesn’t want to wear what mommy picked out. They want to put on everything BUT what planned. In these moments, I want to share with you my advice on what to do when you encounter kid fashion for the first time and beyond, too.

My dad and me

My dad and me

I think there is a lot to say for a child who is ready to dress themselves. A child has reached the point that they can start making decisions for themselves. They also start sharing their own personalities and opinions and it shows in everything- including what they choose to wear. My advice to you, and the best advice that I can give myself, is to allow your child to embrace who they are. At this moment in their life, it’s the last time to tell them no. The last time to make them dress how you expect at all times. Granted, there will be times when there are exceptions and times they need to wear a certain outfit you’ve picked out for them, however, most times you can bend. Most times you can allow them a choice in the matter. I encourage you to allow your kids to learn to be themselves. If they can’t learn to be themselves with you at an early age, who will they learn to be themselves with later?

Emma being Emma

Emma being Emma

Here are the only exceptions I think apply to this rule:

  • When your child tries to dress themselves in a way that doesn’t honor themselves and/or God. This works as a perfect teaching opportunity for you and your child.
  • When you have something specific planned. For example, if you have family pictures and everyone has coordinating outfits. I would encourage you to allow your child the opportunity to work with you in deciding their outfit if they are old enough.
  • When your child is being defiant. If you’ve clearly told them to wear something and they say no or wear something else. There is a fine line between allowing them to be themselves and them being disobedient.

Today marks one year with Embracing Everything! I want to thank each of you for your support throughout this year- whether you’re new or you’ve been here the whole year. I’m grateful for you and look forward to being here for another year! Be sure to join me on Monday as I share our very first review and giveaway. See you there!



Jewelry- Fashion Friday Series May 24, 2013


A huge part of fashion, and one that I greatly enjoy, is jewelry. I have always been a fan of it, even at an early age. I remember dressing up in costume jewelry as well as some of my mom’s older pieces. I do the same with Emma. Train them up! Anyways, today I wanted to share some of my favorite places to get jewelry. Join me!

Forever 21- this my absolute favorite place to buy jewelry, especially when I’m wanting it versus saving up for it. You can go in with $20 and come out with 10 or more new pieces. I love that. It is costume jewelry and some pieces are more than others but in my experience it holds up well and resells well, too, at yard sales and consignment sales. They have a lot of unique pieces so keep that in mind.

Premier Jewelry- as some of you know, I use to sell Premier Jewelry. I still have a quite a few of my premier pieces from when I sold and a few from having shows since then. It really holds up well and they have a great return policy, too. This jewelry is more expensive but it holds up better than costume jewelry, too. If you’re interested in having a show and getting some of their jewelry for FREE, let me know and I can get you in touch with my premier mom, Melissa. She’s awesome!

Boutiques- whenever we pass a little boutique, whether local or out of town, I stop. Sometimes the stuff is way too overpriced but sometimes it’s perfect! Mom and I went to a store when we were on vacation last year and found some really cute jewelry for buy one, get one half off. We were excited to say the least! I also like stores that are local, like Vagabond Traders in Abingdon. They sell one of my favorite brands, Good Works. A portion of what you pay is going to charitable donations. I really love that!

Thrift Stores- whether it be a thrift store we find or a goodwill, I love to go through the jewelry they have available. Sometimes there is nothing I like but other times, there are a TON of things! I have been known to get myself jewelry there but also jewelry for Emma. It makes great play jewelry and I don’t feel bad with it being $1 or less!

Hand-Me-Downs- these may fall into my top place to get them. Anytime my mom, grandmother, or other relative gifts me something of theirs, it’s something I hold near and dear to my heart. Knowing that someone else has loved me enough to share what is theirs and trusts me enough to keep it makes me smile. Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are those that were given to me.


A few tips:

*Long earrings make your face look slimmer because it elongates it. True fact!

*Having bracelets on BOTH hands make you look slimmer, too!  They’re in your expressive zone so any attention drawer there helps.

*The recommended amount of worn accessories is 6 and you’ve gone too far if you reach 11 (this includes all jewelry and scarves).

*You can mix together long and short necklaces to add more to your outfit. This is one of my favorite tips!

What is YOUR favorite place to get jewelry? What is your favorite piece of jewelry?


Summer Fashion- Fashion Friday Series May 17, 2013

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I’m going to be honest with you all here. Summer is my least favorite season. I know, I know- that’s crazy. I don’t HATE summer, I just don’t prefer extremely hot weather. On the other hand, I LOVE summer attire. Outside of boots, it’s one of my favorite styles of clothing. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite things to wear during the summer.

Photo by College Magazine

Photo by College Magazine

Sandals. I love sandals! I live in them from the moment Easter comes until Labor Day (or later). I prefer sandals that have some support to them versus cheap plastic ones. I had foot problems one year so I try to stick to ones that offer me support. My absolute favorites are my Rainbows and Tevas. I’ve heard of several good brands, these are just the ones I have and my personal favorites.

Shorts. I love to wear shorts. I cannot stand for my legs to be sticky from the heat and they often get that way with jeans. I’ve got almost all my shorts at consignment stores and GOOD brands. Early this spring I went to one in Gray and found two pairs of Chico shorts for $6. I was beyond excited. They are a longer style short (Bermuda I suppose) soc completely appropriate for work.

Photo by Dresses Style

Photo by Dresses Style

Dresses. I love dresses. They are definitely a comfortable solution to hot summer days. My favorite ones are the strapless dresses . They always have really cute and appropriate ones at Forever 21– for cheap! These are at the top of my list. I wear them with different covers so they remain appropriate for almost all situations. At the beach and other locations, no cover at all. It’s too stinkin’ hot!

These are my three favorite summer attire items that I get to wear this time of year. Going up to the attic is definitely a joyous occasion and I admit, I usually get a little sad having to back them up come fall.

What are your favorite items to wear during summer?


Husband Fashion- Fashion Friday Series May 10, 2013

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about men and fashion, it’s this: men have their own fashion just like women do. It’s hard to believe sometimes, but yes, men DO have fashion. Just because it’s different than ours doesn’t mean it’s not fashion. Today, I want to share how to support your husband in his fashion.

*Allow your husband to shop for himself. I really cannot stand it when a man doesn’t ever pick out anything he wears. Now, there’s a difference between buying clothes for your husband because he wants you to and shopping for your husband because you don’t like what he likes. I try to think about how I’d feel if the shoe was on the other foot. Would you want your husband picking out your wardrobe? I’m saying men don’t have bad taste, but I am saying it’s more than likely different than yours, just like yours is different than his.

*Allow your husband to have his own style and not feel bad for it. Seriously. You’re husband shouldn’t feel like every time he comes in with his clothes on that he’s going to be given a hard time for it. The great thing about supporting your husband here is that when he knows that you support him, he will more than likely ask for your advice on what he’s wearing. This would be the moments that it would be ok to interject and offer your opinion.

*Know when and how to speak up. At our house, JR wears pretty much whatever he wants and he really doesn’t have bad style. I like pretty much everything he wears. At the same time, I really like for us to look pulled together and have a certain style for family pictures and important events. At this time, we work together picking out what we’re ALL going to wear. That’s right, JR can vote on my outfit and I can vote on his. Most of the time he’s good me picking whatever but it’s always open for discussion.

*Be fair with your clothing budget. More than likely, your husband will run a smaller budget on clothing. In the same regard, keep in mind when you go and spend money on clothes and your husband asks for a new shirt, be generous. Consider buying less for you so you can buy more for him. Every once in awhile, we find a good sale and I make a point to take JR shopping so he can pick out some new things. He really likes to get new clothes but rarely, if ever, asks for them. Even more reason to bless him.

So here are some tips from me about hubby fashion. What tips do you have?


Fashionize Your Cloth Diapers- Fashion Friday Series April 12, 2013


Today for Fashion Friday I am going to share the ways you can fashionize cloth diapers. In case you didn’t know, I have fallen in love with the world of cloth diapers. A deep love that may have possibly gone a little on the obsessive side. But I digress. Today is about fashionizing them, not my obsession with them. I am going to share a few ways you can do cloth diapers and how we’re doing them here at the Linkous house.

Emma rockin' her butt fluff

Emma rockin’ her butt fluff

Wear them alone. There are a lot of diapers (including pocket diapers, all in ones, and diaper covers) that are cute as a button. We went with a lot of Kawaii brand diapers and also got some great steals on Blueberry covers. The reality is that these diapers don’t need anything over them at all. They are cute on their own and make a statement by themselves. I have put them with baby legs and a cute t-shirt, tunic, or dress and they work perfectly. Win!

Find diaper colors that work for you. This would go along with using the diaper itself to accessorize. Try to get colors you know you’ll use and will match other things that you have. We went for unisex pocket diapers and diaper covers. I don’t have one “girly” diaper at this point. If we did, I’d be ok with it, but I just figured these colors made her outfits more flexible with the diapers we had. My personal favorites are the ones that have a design on them that we can match with a solid top that blends well. Super cute!

My First "Stash" of Cloth Diapers

My First “Stash” of Cloth Diapers

Wear them with bloomers. If you’ve got a little girl, this is perfect. We have several bloomers that we got for dirt cheap or they came with other outfits that we use for multiples. They slide right over the diaper and over some extra protection from potential leaks. Please note that these are NOT waterproof so you still need your waterproof cover for your diapers.

Keep in mind that butt fluff adds extra inches to your child. It’s true. Emma usually wears 18-24 months clothing when she has butt fluff on her behind. When she was dealing with her yeast infection and wearing disposable, we went back to size 12-18 months. It’s crazy how it can add on the extra inches so keep that in mind if you make the switch or start out with your baby in cloth.

Our Giraffe Blueberry Cover

Our Giraffe Blueberry Cover

This is how we’re fashionizing our fluff. How about you?

**We will not be voting on a topic for next week as I have posts for the next several weeks after your responses for last week**

Next Friday: Cooking Series (5 day series on cooking with Coconut Flour)

April 26th: The Weight Loss Challenge (How to Dress While Losing Weight)

May 3rd: Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes (How to Accessorize Your Summer Shoe Attire)


Preparing for Family Pictures- Fashion Friday Series March 22, 2013


As Easter quickly approaches and spring it already here, there will be a lot of people who have the opportunity to have family pictures made. Different people have different ways of doing pictures and today I want to share with you some ideas on how to do certain themes for your family pictures. I hope this helps you create some ideas to capture some great family moments!


*Your Alma Mater- Take family pictures in either your high school or college attire. JR and I went to different high schools but we both went to King College (now University). We make a point every year to do pictures in our King attire. It’s a lot of fun and reminds us of the college we both love so much. You can switch it up, too. If you and your spouse went to different schools, do some fun shorts of you in your own attire and your kid wearing a mix of both. Whatever you do, just have fun doing it!

*Your Favorite Team- If we have a favorite sports team, dress in their attire for pictures. We love the University of Tennessee but haven’t done an official family photo shoot in the attire. We don’t plan on it for now but may at some point.



*Your child’s favorite things. Emma is a lover of sock monkeys. We did her birthday this past year in sock monkey theme and took many pictures in the process of doing it. As your child gets older, you can do pictures with you all dressed in a certain style. For example, angry birds are something Emma likes and we’d like to do some shots with her and her angry birds along with some clothing and attire to match. JR and I don’t necessarily have to wear angry bird attire, but we can wear colors that match.

*Work on Blending. We try not to “match” so much as we try to blend with one another. For example, we have some outfits for our family pictures this year that pull together different colors. Emma is wearing a bright red, black, and cobalt blue dress. It sounds odd but the color combination is beautiful. I’m wearing a bright red dress with black leggings (of course!), and JR is wearing a dark jean color shirt with a black one underneath (the red color didn’t look good with his skin tone but these colors pulled from ours). It looks great together but doesn’t match so much you want to vomit.

Family Time in South Carolina

Family Time in South Carolina

*Your Style- Based on your style, try to dress like that and possibly spice it up at the same time.  For example, if you are more urban/hipster style, try doing shots at a downtown location. If you are more country, try taking shots at an old barn or farm. If you enjoy the outdoors, then go hiking and take pictures along the way. Use your surroundings (especially those that are free) as a backdrop. It will add uniqueness to your pictures and also pull out your personal style.

These are some suggestions on how to prepare for your next family pictures. Do you have any suggestions?


Lounging Around- Fashion Friday Series March 15, 2013

Emma Playing in the Cabinets

Emma Playing in the Cabinets

For this week of Fashion Friday, I’m focusing on lounging. Why you may ask? Because we spend a lot of our Saturday mornings doing just that. For us, we try to make Saturday morning a relaxing family time. We sleep in, eat a late breakfast, and then do nothing. It’s just about my favorite way to start a weekend! Here are some tips on how we lounge around with a toddler.

We make sure Emma is wearing something comfortable. An important part of being able to sleep in and relax is being comfortable. If you’re wearing something that makes you scratch and itch, you won’t get much sleeping done. Can I get an amen?

Allie Lounging Around, Too!

Allie Lounging Around, Too!

We make sure Emma is wearing something in line with the weather. If it’s cold outside, we usually put Emma in sleep pants with fleece lining. It helps keep her warm, especially since she hates covers so much. My child cannot stand a blanket at all which is funny since she loved to sleep in her sleep sac for so long. If it’s super warm out, we usually do sleep shorts and a long sleeve shirt. It’s a good balance for her.

We make sure Emma has a clean, fresh diaper on. Nothing is worse than Emma waking up at 2am because we’ve forgotten to put a fresh diaper on. Just so you know, diapers can only hold so much pee…or poo. A fresh bottom is the way to go!

We make sure that whatever we’re wearing can be transitioned outside if need be. There are some times we have to make a quick run out and there’s no way to bring Emma out in something that won’t cooperate with her carseat or a trip into the store. The majority of her sleeping clothes are two piece or one piece zipper sleepers. We’ve found those are best for us.

Great Morning with Biscuits and Walle!

Great Morning with Biscuits and Walle!

We make sure Emma is wearing something she doesn’t mind to wear for several hours, even while awake. If we’re going to truly lounge, we’re not changing clothes even after we wake up. We’re going to live it up and relax as much and as long as we can.

Something new we’re having to do is make sure her outfit fits with her extra butt fluff. Now that we’re doing cloth diapers, she has some extra padding at night that needs to be covered. So far, all her clothes have fit well but I’m sure we’ll eventually stumble upon something that doesn’t work right but so far, so good.

There are also other things that we do that don’t necessarily involve “fashion” but are always good to do. We make sure Emma hasn’t napped too late in the afternoon, hasn’t had too much to eat or drink before bed, and hasn’t had too much play time. We’ve developed a routine bed time scenario and she seems to roll with it pretty well (thank goodness).

Pancake Time!

Pancake Time!

I’m excited about this summer and all the fun lounging outfits I found her at Wee Cycle It. Now, let’s make some pancakes and get to relaxin’!

What is your favorite outfit to lounge around in?