Hip to be #Shopping: #HolidayGiftIdeas for #CatPeople

Hip to be #Shopping: #HolidayGiftIdeas for #CatPeople
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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that cat person in your life? Look no further. Man, do I have some awesome gift ideas for you.

How’s about those adorable kittens in this Cuppa Kitty Cat Mug Earring Set?

Cuppa Kitty Cat Mug Earring Set

Or Here Comes Santa Paws Cat Leggings for a sister, niece or girl friend who simply loves to work out or lounge around?

Here Comes Santa Paws Cat Leggings

And for the guy who can never resist a purr or roar, the cat guitarist in this pair of Paw-ty Hard Men’s Cat Socks will tickle his toes silly.

Paw-ty Hard Men’s Cat Socks

Pick 1 or 2 or all, you simply can’t go wrong with these. You’ll make someone very happy.

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Hip to be #Shopping: Make a statement with bell sleeves

Hip to be #Shopping: Make a statement with bell sleeves
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Trumpet, flute, bell, call them what you want. They all point to elaborately flared sleeves that would be the envy of Elvira (remember her from the Addams Family).

Embroidered Lace Insert Flute Sleeve Dress
Embroidered Lace Insert Flute Sleeve Dress

This is you, the Queen of Elegance, when you step out in this simple yet classy burgundy tunic. Let the long flute sleeves of see-through embroidered lace do all the talking as you strut into the spotlight.

Trumpet Sleeve Geo Crochet Overlay Form Fitting Dress
Trumpet Sleeve Geo Crochet Overlay Form Fitting Dress

Or you could be the Queen of Pastel Pink in this form-fitting mini dress of all-over pencil cutout lace, unlined and see-through in its elaborate trumpet sleeves. Perfect for an afternoon garden wedding or a tea party with friends.

Exaggerate Bell Sleeve Buttoned Keyhole Dress
Exaggerate Bell Sleeve Buttoned Keyhole Dress

For a night out on the town, this black mini dress displays all of its elaborate elegance in those dramatic bell sleeves. Wave your hand with a flourish or lift a glass with grace, the theatrics are yours to create.

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Hip to be #Shopping: Embroidered black #dresses

Hip to be #Shopping: Embroidered black #dresses
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As busy moms and working women, we can all relate to the need for a black dress. Whether it’s to appear professional at work or to camouflage the random stains inflicted by a cranky kid at an eat-out, black dresses are the answers.

If you’re thinking bland and boring, remember, not all black dresses are created equal. Guess what clever black dresses are doing to get to the top of the pile.

Contrast Embroidery Mesh Tied Sleeve Frill Detail Dress
Contrast Embroidery Mesh Tied Sleeve Frill Detail Dress

This simple black dress refuses to stay simple. Instead it insists on playing things up with beautifully colored floral embroidery in see-through sleeves that end in a long swishy tie. Genius! Clearly this loose-fitting shift dress is made for looks and comfort.

Aztec Embroidered Hem Dress
Aztec Embroidered Hem Dress

Prefer a sorta tribal look? No problem. How about this black tunic with short sleeves and a geometric embroidered hem to invoke images of hills, tents, skies and sand? Hmm, I like it.

Lantern Sleeve Embroidered Rose Applique Dress
Lantern Sleeve Embroidered Rose Applique Dress

Looking for something stretchy that will keep you comfortable all day? This black sweatshirt dress is perfect for the cooler days of fall and features an eye-catching embroidered rose applique on its long sleeves.

Elbow Sleeve Embroidered Flare Dress
Elbow Sleeve Embroidered Flare Dress

One word comes to mind – classy! This black flare dress with white floral embroidery on the half sleeves and hem is so pretty and classy it’s going to turn heads for sure. What more can I say?

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Hip to be #Shopping – In the mood for Halloween

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If you dress the kids up for Halloween every year but have always stood on the sidelines cheering them on their trick-or-treat adventures, then this may just be the year to join and get yourself into the mood for Halloween!

I promise you won’t have to gear up in some elaborate witchy outfit or block your vision with a pirate’s eye patch lol. This is going to be so simple you’ll wonder why you never got in the Halloween action sooner. Follow me, here’s what you do.

X-Ray Kitchen Oven Mitt

Baking monster cookies? Scare away the hungry little goblins milling around the cookie tray with these X-Ray Kitchen Oven Mitts.

Verae Much Appreciated Cardigan

Show your love, and your rib cage lol, and be that Verae Much Appreciated Cardigan-clad monster mom we all love.

Hell Bunny Haunt for Nothing Button-Up Top in Festive

Want something that’s sweet and subtle yet packs a punch with witches, ghouls and skeletons? This short-sleeved button down top is perfect for the job.

So don’t miss out. Have a fun Halloween with the kids this year. Booo!!

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Hip to be #Shopping: Summery open shoulder blouses

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Guess what, ladies? It’s time to bare some shoulders. What you hidin’ them for? These are swelterin’ days and it ain’t gonna get cooler any time soon. So come on, bring out those poor suffocating shoulders and give ’em some air, will ya?

Floral Print Mesh Contrast Off Shoulder Blouse
Floral Print Mesh Contrast Off Shoulder Blouse

Hip2bMom’s Choice! This multi-colored floral print blouse is made for showing off those toned shoulders that have been hidden away for far too long. And while you’re at it, let that mesh top show off just a little more.

Whether it’s all year or just for those few magical months, those happy, bouncy gathers scream girlish fun and laughter. Pretty enough to be worn in the day and just peeky enough to be worn at night.

Butterfly Print Open Shoulder Blouse
Butterfly Print Open Shoulder Blouse

Keeping things simple is what this open shoulder blouse says to me. Let the pretty butterflies do all the talking as they flutter around those puffy sleeves so reminiscent of lanterns that flicker on the beach in the fading light. Save this top for a gorgeous day out.

Ruffle Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Embroidered Blouse
Ruffle Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Embroidered Blouse

Feeling like keeping things low-key? This blouse may seem plain and simple but it ain’t ordinary. Why? Because those embroidered red flowers bring just the right pop of attention to your day. And you just gotta love those cute ruffled sleeves with the cute ties.

Lace Contrast Open Shoulder Blouse
Lace Contrast Open Shoulder Blouse

Hip2bMom’s Choice! Feeling all bright and perky this morning? This is the perfect blouse for you – light pink and casual with enough pretty lace, gathers and puffs to lift your spirits up, up and away.

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Hip to be #Shopping: Lace tops for high tea

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Some days, you just feel girly and want to look pretty. And lace is both pretty and girly, don’t you think? So go ahead, go lace-y!

Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace 3/4-Sleeve Top
Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace 3/4-Sleeve Top

This beautiful bluish grey all-lace blouse features a plain camisole and three-quarter trumpet sleeves. Perfect for all occasions.

Set: Short-Sleeve Top + Spaghetti Strap Lace Top
Set: Short-Sleeve Top + Spaghetti Strap Lace Top

This cutesy combo of a short sleeved top and a contrasting strappy lace top is perfect for an afternoon out to high tea with your high school friends you haven’t seen in years.

Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace Tank Top
Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace Tank Top

This lace tank top is perfect for the changing of the seasons. It comes with a plain nude camisole to be worn inside. There are 2 earthy colors to choose from, take your pick.

Set: Hooded Light Jacket + Ruffled Camisole Top
Set: Hooded Light Jacket + Ruffled Camisole Top

Okay, this isn’t lace but it’s so cute I just had to throw it in. You can wear the ruffled camisole top on its own and throw on the light hooded jacket when it gets windy or chilly. This sweet dual function set is perfect for going from day to night.

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Hip to be #Shopping: Long sleeves with character

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With cooler weather (fall or spring, depending on which hemisphere you’re at) just around the corner, you’re probably thinking you should be adding some sleeves to your tops. And you’d be right. But instead of those same old long sleeves, how about long sleeves with character? Like these?

Choker Neck Bell Sleeve Heather Knit Top
Choker Neck Bell Sleeve Heather Knit Top

This elegant grey knit-top features beautiful bell sleeves that fall all the way down to your fingers. The stretchy fabric of this casual top lends itself so well to these overly-lengthy sleeves. Great for work or a day out with the hubs or your girl friends.

Trumpet Sleeve Pearl Embellished Keyhole Top
Trumpet Sleeve Pearl Embellished Keyhole Top

Striped and beaded, this red and white blouse is both cute and practical. Gotta love those three-quarter length trumpet sleeves – long enough to shield from the chill and short enough that they don’t get in the way of handling kids, groceries or work.

Keyhole Back Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Top
Keyhole Back Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Top

Here’s my favorite – an otherwise simple burgundy top made instantly chic by tiers of ruffles running down the three-quarter sleeves. This all-occasion top is best worn tucked into your pants or jeans to accentuate those gorgeous tiered ruffle sleeves.

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Long days and the deception of work

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When my morning alarm goes off, I jump up with a start thinking that I’ve overslept because the sun’s shining so bright it’s like high noon outside. I stumble across to my cell phone at the other side of the room and whew, it’s only 6-ish. To those of us who’re constantly complaining that we don’t have enough hours in a day to get everything done, these unseasonably, incredibly long summer spring days are a dream come true.

Getting an early start knowing you have a full 15 hours of daylight ahead of you is a great feeling. While it’s technically not quite summer yet, Summer seems intent on elbowing Spring swiftly out of the way. And if our air-conditioning weren’t acting up so often, that great feeling might easily be a superlative. Except the darned thing keeps blowing hot air instead of cold.

So between toasty temperatures and cranky AC, we figured we really must do something about it. We did the next best thing: jump in the car and drive to San Francisco to escape the heat. Well, okay, the heat was one thing but our real excuse was the Memorial Day sales. Now if you’re a serious shopaholic, you don’t just stand there doing nothing when it’s raining discounts and promos out there.

Two productive days of retail therapy later, I’m happy to report we have a few, not many bagfuls of spoils to show for our hard work. Shopping is work? You’d better believe it! Do you know how many pairs of jeans I had to try on before I found my one true love? And don’t even get me started on the shoes. Sifting through rack after rack, shelf after shelf, hunting down your size, waiting in line for the fitting room clutching armfuls of clothes, yeah!

But it’s only when you get into the fitting room that’s when the real work (or workout, depending on how you look at it) begins. You’re doing countless squats trying on a pile of jeans and your ankle socks keep coming off with your jeans and you’re doing countless bends to get them back on. At some point, I hear someone saying, to heck with these socks, I’m leaving them off. But not me, I hate stepping on the cold, sandy floor and getting my bare feet dirty… so I keep on keeping on with the battle of the socks!

So yeah, it would seem, and I’m not even going to fault you for thinking, that it’s been all play and no work around here lol. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’ll know that around here, the term ‘work’ often takes on meanings that are worlds away from how others may view it.

Peace out… uttered with tongue in cheek.

The end of living dangerously

The end of living dangerously
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So okay, enough of living dangerously. Our reality-show-inspired skinny grocery carts of the past two weeks have been interesting but for someone who’s used to stocking up for the Apocalypse on a weekly basis, I’ve been struggling through the week with my finger over the panic button.

Will we have enough food to last the week? Are we going to run out of onions, milk and bread before the next grocery run?

Well, run out of almond milk we did. No milk for cereal? No problem, we can have bread and jam. Oh wait, we’re out of bread too!! And we can’t eat jam by itself. So we ate our cereal dry or, in my case, doused in my morning coffee. How weird is that! Even weirder is that as a mom, I’ve never left us stranded without meals before!

Neck stretched out like a crane’s, desperate for grocery day, couldn’t wait. Came the weekend, we rushed to the store and piled our carts up high. Okay, not that high but high enough that we won’t have to go into panic mode again this week.

Almond milk – double pack, pasta – 3 boxes, yogurt – a big tub. shredded Colby Jack cheese – a big bag and a slab of Parmesan, not shredded,not grated but the real deal (woohoo!). Mushrooms, bananas, pears, tomatoes, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, chicken… now that’s more like it!

The end of living dangerously

And cereal, of course. Did I mention we’re down to our few measly spoonfuls and our oats won’t be arriving till next month? So hurry down the miles of cereal selections we did and I would’ve so picked this.

The end of living dangerously

Mini Wheats have long been my favorite! “Found it!!!” I declared victoriously. “Nope, you don’t want that, Mom. Look at the sugar!” Ooops, in my excitement, I’d only looked at the words, not the picture. Bah humbug! I eyed my Mini Wheats longingly but had to bid them a hasty goodbye.

Instead we picked out something new (to us though new and ever more exciting cereals are coming into the market every time we look) – the Cranberry Almond Crunch – and 2 bags of onion bagels (encore!), eggs, pears and garlic powder. And now we’re all set for the week!

The end of living dangerously

Lessons learned from living dangerously: If we’d been hoping to eat less by buying less, it doesn’t work because all that stress will fire up the appetite of a horse. Okay, fine, we could’ve eaten out but we didn’t want to, that’s all. If we’d been hoping to save money by buying less, it doesn’t work in terms of the time and gas money to run out mid-week for one or two items. So there!

First days of fall and living dangerously

First days of fall and living dangerously
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Our grocery cart was pretty empty this weekend. We’ve decided to live dangerously for a change. So here’s our two loaves of multigrain bread, a tray of chicken tenderloins, a bag of those fat, juicy shrimps we used to cook that delicious shrimp scampi pasta, and a box of Bartlett pears.

First days of fall and living dangerously

Seems like the price of strawberries is holding steadier than the exchange rate. So I guess we’re moving from a week of intense watermelon juicing to a week of strawberry-ing and grape-ing. Our goal is to eat as much of these amazing grapes before the season ends and so far, we seem to be doing grape *hick*!

First days of fall and living dangerously

Remember I said we’d go back and have that Vermicelli Bowl which I enjoyed so much. Well, we did. This time, we ordered two Beansprout Vermicelli Bowls, one with the works and the other with only grilled pork. They were delicious but could use way less beansprouts and more noodles. We think we might’ve stuffed ourselves and still had leftovers to take home. Are we such small eaters and didn’t know it?

First days of fall and living dangerously

Fall is making its presence felt but we’re still clinging on to summer. The sun is still unrelenting but temps are down and the wind is picking up. Still I refuse to give up my summer uniform – just yet! On grocery morning, I went out in my cap sleeves and shorts and it was like stepping out into nature’s air-conditioning with the fan blowing. This morning, it was 45F (8C) outside when I threw the windows open. Whoosh, that cold refreshing air. How delicious is this kind of weather.

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