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Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

Outfit Post: Minimalist Vibes With Lo & Sons

Photography By: Anthony Hudson Minimalism has got to be my favorite fashion trend. It’s simple, easy and stands the test of time. I’m not a huge fan of color, so I’m quite happy in my black, whites and neutrals. I recently got a Lo & Sons Waverley cross body bag which practically goes with me everywhere and is so easy to pair with any outfit. Whether its running errands, going out with family or out on a shoot, its the perfect bag for my minimalistic tendencies and essentials. Don’t be deceived by its small size, this compact little bag can carry a surprising amount and can be worn 4 ways which is a really smart idea for people (including moms) on the go. First as a wristlet. As A Shoulder Bag. As a crossbody. Or even as a hands free belt. This cute little bag is one of my favorites to take around! Very easy to switch from one style to another. From one purpose to another. How would you style it?   Disclaimer: This was …

First Outfit Post: Spring Florals, Denim and Red Block Heels

I’ve been blogging here for the past 3 years and I haven’t put up very many outfit/style post. To be honest, I’d much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. But sometimes we have to push past our comfort zones and show up. So I decided to give this a try. I’m not a big print person, but Spring is here and I was inspired by all the pretty flowers in bloom. I picked this really minimal location because I just love the colors. It’s the James Turrell Sky Space at the De Young Museum, San Francisco. It’s a must see! Floral Blouse: The Kooples (Now On Sale at Bloomingdales) Jeans: Denim Studio Paris (Now on sale!) or  Alternative Socks: Urban Outfitters $2 or Alternative Shoes: Style Nada or Alternative I heard Everlane is coming out with a pair of cute red heels! Leather Jacket: Serge Pariente  (Now On Sale) or Alternative Sunglasses: Ray Bans   I gave the shirt a lot of thought. Did it seem spring enough? It’s black! The good thing is, …

How I Overcame Self Doubt And Decided To ‘Just Start’ Freelancing

It Takes Time To Warm Up To The Idea Of Working For Yourself For my entire life, I never thought about working for myself. I always thought I’d be working for someone else for the rest of my life. But circumstances changed. I had my son and quit my job to be a stay at home mom. It took me a few years to get over the idea that I needed to go back to work right now and it that it would have to be a full time job, working for someone else. Anything else just seemed inadequate. But gradually, I warmed up to the idea of working for myself and being a freelancer. It’s not for everyone. This post is about how that happened for me, and if you are trying to figure out your next steps in life I hope this will help you weigh your options! This was my path: About 2 years ago, I picked an area I felt I had a lot of interest in. For me it was digital marketing (I …

“Bien dans sa peau” A lookbook with Pascaline Paris

I read somewhere that women in France don’t categorize themselves – ‘I am a grandmother therefore I should dress like a grandmother’ kind of mentality. French women seem to be women first – then they are girlfriends, wives, mothers or grandmothers afterwards. They are confident and effortless. It’s more than what they wear or how they look, its more of a blissful state of being- of not feeling self-conscious. They know who they are and they listen to their inner voice; as a result they can embrace their own unique beauty. They have an expression for this: “Bien dans sa peau”, which means “to feel comfortable in your own skin”. It must be nice to feel that way about one’s self all the time. In Asia and America it seems as though we’re always so body conscious and body shaming. Like there’s a perfect standard of how we should look and what we should be doing at any given life stage. To me that’s just stifling and we miss out on so much because we’re too …

A Night At the Museum – The Oscar De La Renta Exhibit @The De Young Museum SF

Last Friday Night my husband and I had our date night at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Entrance fee was free, and tickets for the Oscar De La Renta Exhibit were only $20 that night (Regularly $30 for adults, $15 for children). It was the first time I’ve actually ever seen the designer’s dresses and I was blown away. Made the mannequins look goooooood! These photos do not do it justice. Fashion is a trend, Style is within a person. -Oscar De La Renta My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best – Oscar De La Renta We spent most of our time at the Oscar De La Renta exhibit, but I hope to check out the other exhibits again some time. What’s your favorite exhibit at the De Young?

Why Millennials Love Everlane (And Why I’m One Of Them)

Let me just say this. If you’re looking for a “no-frills” approach to clothing, look no further than Everlane. For those who aren’t familiar, Everlane is a San Francisco based online-only clothing brand that adopts a minimalistic design aesthetic for their clothing. They do basics: T-shirts, cashmere sweaters, leather backpacks, silk everything and crisp poplin shirts. Nothing you haven’t seen before, but you get quality items you can wear daily and still look stylishly cool for an affordable price.  As a customer, it finally feels like I’ve found my home and can see myself sticking around for a while. Here’s why. Initially I was looking for alternatives to fast fashion retailers (which comes with unethical fashion practices), and designer brands that carried too high of a price tag for what they’re selling. I was on the hunt for brands that believed in doing fashion ethically in addition to what they could offer their customers aesthetically. Everlane was one of those brands that stood out to me. First their story. Everlane is a refreshing gem in the already barren San Francisco fashion …

A modern mom’s solution for tackling “accidents” (I’m not talking about the baby’s)

For the month of February I’ll be addressing women’s health and raising awareness for an issue that is not openly talked about: urinary incontinence conditions in women following child birth. I think this is an important issue because 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experiences episodes of leaking urine involuntarily (Source: National Association for Continence). Thats a high-number and yet, “On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problem(s)”. I suspect one of the reasons this happens is because we don’t openly talk about it –  it’s taboo! So i’m going to open the floodgates (pun intended) and begin a dialogue about it, so if any of you are going through this, you don’t have to endure it in the dark (or day) anymore. Or if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, here’s a quick heads up! There are many kinds of urinary incontinence conditions in women but I won’t go through all of them. Instead, I’m going to focus on Stress Urinary …