axis backpack [giveaway!]

Petunia Pickle Bottom does it again! They launched this new Axis backpack in their Inter-Mix line yesterday and I get to give the set away to one of YOU today! Woot woot! (Head to Instagram @smallfryblog to enter!)Intermix Giveaway!I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, you can get away with not buying a diaper bag, but buying a bag from a company that makes diaper bags their business means you will get organization and pockets and details that you simply wouldn’t find otherwise. Things you wouldn’t even think of, and then suddenly can’t live without. Petunia Pickle Bottom makes it SO much easier for parents and their products get better and better.Intermix Giveaway!

Within the Axis you will find a spacious top section with five interior pockets and can be attached to the stroller with our valet clips. And then an insulated bottom section that the pixels line fits perfectly inside. Intermix CaddyFor someone who gets giddy about organizational systems (nerd alert!) you already know how I feel. But let me show you this new system and all the ins and outs! You can win not only the backpack but also the Pixels set as well! Valued at $200+Intermix CaddyIntermix Giveaway!

Axis Pack

Intermix Giveaway!

SHOP THE POST: Dress // Boots // Sunnies // Backpack // Lip is Pink Plaid by Mac

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kindhood towel ponchos

Snapped a few pics of my boys in their Kindhood towel ponchos while we were beaching it this weekend in California and had to share. My friend Carly started this company and I am thrilled to team up on a really great giveaway on Instagram, too! (@smallfryblog) You guys are gonna flip over these, read up below!Kindhood I made the switch to towel ponchos earlier this Summer (SO much easier than schlepping/dragging everyone’s towels) but there are only a few designs anywhere and they’re not that great. Then came KINDHOOD!Kindhood I currently have these hanging in the bathroom as they have also replaced my boys’ bath towels! KindhoodKindhood is terry lined and made with bamboo cotton which is THE softest material you can find. So silky and buttery and cool to the touch.KindhoodThese fabrics have a 97% UV ray filter so once they’ve had enough sun, but maybe not enough play, the fun doesn’t have to stop! KindhoodIt’s also moisture-wicking and the bamboo is antibacterial, too!  I have been loving these for bath time, and don’t have to worry to much if I forget to bring them in from the car after the pool. See all their darling prints here, they also have infant towels!KindhoodAnyway, I hope you all love them like I do and grab some for your water babies for bath time or get a headstart on Fall break vacation plans! Head to Instagram to win one for you and a buddy!!

HAYES // CAL  // RALEIGH

weekend deals

Good deals galore!

That Brickyard Buffalo backpack that has Fjallraven vibes is out, sorry for the delay!!bbMy comforter from West Elm (the ones in Insta Story today!) is an additional 20% off right now!Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 9.35.39 PMUrban Outfitters has BOGO 50% for my favorite BDG jeans (distressed, regular) and super good deals on Adidas and a bunch of other sneakers:jeansAnthro has 20% off going on, so many beautiful Fall pieces!4130099510054_008_b

F21 is 50% off activewear. I had literally just bought these, pretty sure they don’t price adjust, but if you all get a good deal I’ll be happy. Swiss Dot // Colorblockf21

FAQ’s FROM INSTA STORIES: 

This might have to be a weekly post on it’s own, but we’ll combine today!

My two book picks for September – The War of Art (hardcopy) and A Little Life (audio) — Read with me! Maybe we can start a DM group to talk about it.

Also as always find all the outfits I wear on Insta Story Outfit of the Days right here! I have been trying to feature at least one a week on my main Insta page, let me know if that’s too much or if you want more!

Lastly, here are the products featured in my Ode to The Beyouty Bureau Story…These are all the recs I’ve picked up from Kayti. There are a lot, and even more I wish to buy. Follow her to stay up to date, she is always abreast of the best stuff around.

SHOWER FAVES: Oil for shaving and body wash that eliminated my razor burn, even closer shave then Creamo Cream. // Exfoliating Towel // Lined Shower cap for keeping styled hair extra dry in the shower.

EYES: Blue eyeliner – Vivid Brights NYX  // Rocket Volume Mascara // Tarte Shapetape Concealer // Nars Concealer // Black and Gold eye patches // Also did grabbed this glitter eye and it’s so cool. I am all about it for Fall. LIPS: Colour Pop lips // Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

FACE: Becca Highlighter in Moonstone // It Cosmetics Brow Power // White Wedding  Moisturizer  // CosRx Black Head  // Urban Decay Setting Spray // Whish Oil Cleanser (she has now chosen this one over Whish, but I haven’t tried it yet! Its half the price though! // Palette 

HAIR: Kristin Ess Beave Wave Style Spray  (my favorite of all this year) // Spiral Ponytail Holders

trend watch: peek-a-boo sleeve

Fall is for sure my favorite season for fashion and so I always jump the gun a little bit with the transitional dressing. Wearing things that have no business in 80 degree weather while I impatiently wait for things to cool off is my M.O. So! Here is one of of my favorite transitional trends this year. Making use of all those crazy sleeves I know we’re all buying because every brand on earth is shoving it down our throats. 😉 I am not complaining, but I love seeing them filter into Fall so we can get more wear!Runway to EverydayLayered with a blazer, leather jacket, coat, vest, under a sleeveless, short sleeve or even 3/4 sleeve dress. These peek-a-boo cuffs are my go-to this Fall! Here’s where I spotted and liked what I saw (I’ll put the non-collaged full looks after the jump)Fall Trend 2017 - Peek-a-boo SleeveVersace Ready-to-Wear FW 2017 // Loewe FW 2017 // Madewell FW 2017 // Ari Abidari // Atlantic Pacific // 5,7,8 Refinery 29 Streetstyle Roundup (it’s ALL over this slideshow.) //

And how I styled it this weekend:Runway to Everyday

Runway to Everyday

SHOP MY LOOK: BLOUSE // JEANS DIY raw hem, they were too long // SHOES (old Zara) better options below // BLAZER love the stretch of this one // LIP in Beso

I am sure you have a top to recreate this trend at home (if you like of course) but if you need some in store now, here’s some nicely priced options!

Happy over-heating/dressing! Runway and Street Style looks below:

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best of: backpacks

bckpacks

RED: Jetpack backpack // Red NY pack

PINK: Pink with black straps // State Multi Red and Pink

ORANGE: Fjallraven – also if you hate the price Brickyard Buffalo has a super similar dupe for $25! Posted a pic at the bottom of this!

YELLOW: Legobag // Leopard // Mustard and Navy // Gold irridescent

GREEN: Herschel day pack // Dragon bag

BLUE: Denim patch // Legobag, made of water bottles! // Popcorn backpack // Skiphop Raccoon. Too many cute animal packs not enough years in my life!!

PURPLE: Herschel //

GRAY/BLACK: Gray with tan tipping // Plain black perfect for patching! // Cream windowpane // Space Backpack

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BTS haul

***COTTON ON – 20% off full priced kids “SMELLYALATER” (until August 17, 2017)***

What did we actually buy for Back to School shopping this year? I’ll tell you! And although I haven’t been blessed with a girl, I don’t discriminate so find girl looks at the bottom of this post! 😉 So here’s what they wanted to wear to show the internet!Back to School Shopping FindsHayes – Zara tee / H&M jeans / Nikes /// Cal – Cotton On Tee / Cut off shorts (DIY) / Natives

Strategy: Like most of you I go through the boys closets and figure out exactly what they need before we shop. Donate whatever they can’t use, and write down what holes we need to fill. Hayes being the oldest almost always needs to start from scratch each season. He is growing like a weed! Cal has yet to show much care toward clothes and is more than happy with Hayes’ old clothing, but he doesn’t like the same shoes, so he picks his favorites out and we get him a few fresh shirts he likes!Back to School Shopping FindsAlso I don’t go shopping with them. (Gasp!) They don’t value it or enjoy it yet, so I’d rather spend that time doing something we all have fun with and shopping in store always means they’re asking for something I don’t want to buy. Sorry Minion hat. So it’s all online and I show them a handful of options and let them pick from those. My kid fashion motto is “They won’t want the light up shoes if you don’t take them down the light up shoe aisle.” It sounds like I take it a lot more seriously than I do, but the gist is that you have more control than you think you do!Back to School Shopping FindsMy favorites are H&M for jeans (their two packs pictured on Hayes are such a good deal!), Cotton On for graphic t-shirts (2 for $20 deals like this!) and Zara for graphic tops and basics (their basics are so cheap but the best quality!) Old Navy does pretty good with basic tees, too! Zara tops last FOREVER and Cotton On’s aren’t as good but their price point is great and I die over the designs. These two were in our haul, so cute!cottononZappos for shoes. Their return policy is too good, they price match, and being a VIP (just ask them, that’s how I got to be one, ha!) means they come next day so it feels just as exciting for them as going shopping. Nearly instant gratification. Here are their picks:

Natives // Tanjun (I bought these for $37 so look out for deals!) // Natives for Cal, his fave! We’ll obviously need something more substantial for cold weather but this will be great until October!sgiesQuick fam pic!! What am I gonna do when they’re gone? Oh yeah, catch up on mountains of work. Work from home mom ain’t easy man!Back to School Shopping Finds   New Ergo OMNI 360 you can see it here!

We have seen some seriously cool packs this year but they died over Parkland MFG. and they were so nice to gift them. They have a ton of different shapes and sizes, from small packs, to duffle bags and weekenders. They are sturdy and look great! I’m just glad they didn’t ask for Pokemon themed this year, praise!!Back to School Shopping FindsHere are some other styles of Parkland I am loving! // Tie Dye // Orange with Blue Straps // Mustard // Gator Print //backpacks

Also snapped this after we finished shooting these pics. I choked up at the sight. I hope they always walk into school side by side. Man they fight a lot but they’re also the silliest, most chatty brothers around. They’ll be at the same elementary this year which is so fun!Back to School Shopping Finds

AND for the GIRLS!!girlsbts

Here’s what I’d put her in, if I had one. (Random popcorn pencil case here!)

SHOES: Ultra feminine ballet flats with jeans // Adidas in a neutral gray and pop of color ($40 down from $65!) // Lace up ankle boots for dresses and skirts //

DRESSES: Easy dresses for warm Fall days like this sleeveless button down dress // Gingham long sleeve // Fall plaid with a fluted sleeve//  A floral pleated skirt // This tulle covered patched up dress

PANTS: This burgundy color trouser is perfection with a perfect velvet bow detail // Jumpsuit ($12!) to keep her covered with all those cartwheels and hanging upside down on bars! // Jeans of course, these have fun detailing and the elastic waist so they should be more comfortable for sitting all day! //

TOPS: Stripes forever! Sweater with multi colored sleeves // Stripe jersey tee with tipped sleeves and pocket detailing ($7!) // Lace detail frilly sleeve top // This tie waist long sleeve comes in 5 colors and is such a great basic, not boring, just basic! // Another great detail on an everyday tee, this peplum top, and that orangey red is so good.

 

and then there was one!

I’ve got a big update for you all today, but since no one wants to read an essay with no pictures here’s a few from our Lake Day this weekend! Kortni Jeane was so sweet to send my fam these mix and match swimmers! I am not a huge blatant matcher, but I love that all her pieces are so easy to coordinate with each member of the family. Kortni JeaneI love the polka dot line SO so much and grabbed the super flattering racerback crop top for myself and then the shorts for Hayes. I’d put him in the Euro fit forevermore but he isn’t down anymore so we went with the trunk which still has a little shortness to it which I love! The red stripe bottoms tie in with that perfect black drawstring and they’re such a bold bright red! I love that they’re a thicker stripe, too! Trunks for Cal and the Euro Short for Raleigh.Kortni JeaneI love that the tank is easy to wear out and about too, just threw on this high-waisted wrap skirt and these red sunnies! They’re coming from China so 2-3 weeks shipping, if anyone has found them in the states holler at me! And of course the Petunia Pickle Bottom Fair Trade Woven Bag which I am in love with. Adidas Slides.Kortni Jeane And now for the update! This is the first time at Small Fry we’ve gone out and shot our own post, Russ and I with our very own nice camera. I would never dare or care to do it with such a talented partner in Nicole, but now that I am the solo Fry it’s been an exciting endeavor to do and learn with Russ. He has been so supportive every step of the last couple months as we transition to just me running the show. To put it simply I would’ve run for the hills if it weren’t for him cheering me on. Although I feel super vulnerable every day, and some days are more rough than others, it’s been a big blessing in our life. And I know how fortunate we all are (Jenna, Nicole and myself) to have been able to dissolve a business partnership with friendship still in tact. I will always be grateful for that and have the best memories. When we started this thing Cal wasn’t even walking yet, it’s crazy to think about!Kortni JeaneAnd a few more pics and updates for good measure! Cal cracks me up in this. I never know what I am gonna get when I go through photos after taking a pic if him. He never ceases to surprise me! He has come such a long way this Summer, growing up, learning new things, caring so much for his baby brother. Heading to Kindy and turning 6 in a couple weeks. Kortni JeaneMy Hayes. Going into second grade, being so grown up. Makes me quiz him in multiplication all day. Listening to audio books and telling me big words he likes. Kortni Jeane Raleigh Rex. Putting his head on my shoulder, peeking around my hair to catch my eye when I fill up his bottle. Egging me to chase him while we crawls up the stairs. Getting more sass and teasing nature to him. Kortni JeaneMy man. He works his body to the ground everyday building our house (more on that soon!) and then comes home and backs me up every step of the way. Pulls through every single time. Also, he has gotten a few trunks (they have a shorter version as well!) gifted to him this season and he says these are his favorite fit, Russ Frame doesn’t give his stamp very often so that is saying a lot. 😉Kortni JeaneAnd I did the high-waisted bottom. Why do guys hate this fit but all girls love it? I love that it hides my stretch marks and gives me that hourglass figure.Kortni Jeane  There are so many exciting things to come for Small Fry and my family, I am really excited to share them all with you and am so grateful you’ve been along for the ride. Hopefully you haven’t felt the bumps along the way, but I always want to be open and transparent so thanks for hearing me out today!

Also if there’s anything you want to see from Small Fry or me, I am all ears! For now I am adding a big home element to things in this space with my favorite home tours and updates on my own home building process. Some of you might not know this, but Russ is currently building our house with his very own two hands so we’ll have lots to say on this as we get our stuff together filming wise. Yay I get to figure out iMovie, too! Aaaand maybe more fashion? For now I have been sharing my daily outfits on @smallfryblog Insta Stories and anytime I wear something current or linkable I put it in smallfryblog.com/outfits for you to refer back to. Anyway, I am here and listening so don’t hestitate to hit me with questions or suggestions.

xoxo

Emily

summer musts for mama

We have covered (and covered and covered) Summer fun for your kids but what about ideas for keeping things smooth for US? It’s hard out here for a mom! Here’s some universal gotta-gets to make it a titch easier and of course pretty while you’re at it.summermusts

  1. We aren’t 19 anymore (or maybe we are, hey girl hey!) but cover that face either way because you’ll regret it. Big ol’ hats, visors, straw hats with straps. Whatever you gotta do. Go bright with the visor if you feel weird, it’s less serious! Resting Beach Face // Natural Visor // Billabong Hat
  2. When you’re rocking a baseball hat or lower brim hat the only sunglasses that work are aviators. Getchoo some good ones. Quay (said KEY) makes awesome ones for a good deal! Aviator // Brow Bar
  3. Colorscience Mineral Powder SPF. No oil, a light dusting, and mineral is WAY better for you!
  4. UV Protectant. My hair gets so worked in the Summer this is a great option to keep it shiny!
  5. Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner! No joke my hair fees like straw most of the time. When I use this I get to feel like I have goddess hair. It works AMAZINGLY well.
  6. Summer time means you’re schlepping all the things. Anytime we can find two-for products we’re game. This backpack beach chair also has a cooler pouch. You’ve got snacks a bevy and a seat all in one!
  7. Coverups! Dresses or my personal favorite easy shorts. I don’t really want to walk around the pool making sure my bikini line, or bum isn’t showing too much. Remember that beach bod I was supposed to have? Didn’t quite get there. Abstract Graphic Shift // Striped Maxi (nursing friendly!) // Tassel Dress $15 // White off the shoulder $20 //
  8. Slides. Its gotta be easy and slides are easier to chic-up then flip flops. Waterrpoof Birkestocks! One // Two // Three // Don’t laugh but I DIG these yellow platform babies and they’re $15. // Multicolor heeled mule for an extra fancy get-up // Cork looking mules // Platforms for a little height and edge!

FRYday Sandals Shopping

Have you been sandal shopping like us? We are finding it’s not the easiest task. We want something chic, fresh AND comfortable. Here is a lineup of a few of our favorites that fit the criteria! AND they are almost all under $50Sandals-

Black Espadrilles // Gingham Espadrilles // Brown Leather Slides with Toe // Black Platform Slides // Black Slides // Katy Perry Color Block Slide // Katy Perry in Black // Two Tone Leather Sandal // Red Strappy Sandals // White Strappy Sandals // Braided Sandal // Striped Espadrilles 

And here’s a dupe for the Loeffler Randall Starla sandal from our insta today! Steve Madden’s for $60!Loeffler Randall Knock off