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Wear Burgundy Skinnies & Tights (& Why I Finally Added My Full Body Shot to This Post) – Petite Curvy Mom Style

Wear Burgundy Skinnies - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY MommyWear Burgundy Skinnies for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

I’m totally digging the fact that the colour burgundy seems to be trending again this fall. I really think it’s pretty! I’ve always been a huge fan of the colour red, and burgundy is such a gorgeous, muted variation of red that’s perfect for fall.

The above outfit featuring burgundy skinny pants is a simple and casual style that works well for mom-errands. The skinny pants are nice and stretchy (perfect with boots), and I’m wearing a flowing and forgiving blouse, cinched in the waist with a belt to highlight my waist. The fun leopard print scarf is an easy DIY, and I really enjoy how the black and white heart print of the blouse contrasts with the tan and chocolate print of the scarf.

Scarf: DIY $5
Chiffon Blouse: Old Navy $29
Belt: In my closet $10
Skinny Pants:  Joe Fresh $29

Wear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY MommyWear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Another way I’m enjoying wearing a bit of burgundy is with these lovely tights. They work nicely to fall and winterize my summer skirts and dresses. Here, I’ve worn them with a lacy skirt (I’m a huge sucker for anything cream coloured and lacey, and this skirt is made from an ultra-comfy knit jersey which is so easy to wear) and boots.

Knit Jersey Blouse: Old Navy $19
Lace Skirt: ShopRuche.com $39 (This one’s not available any more, but here’s a similar one: Renewed Nostalgia Tiered Lace Skirt)
Tights:  Joe Fresh $6
Boots: Leatherette strappy boot from GoJane.com $27.50

Below is a full-body shot of the outfit above. I almost wrote this post entirely with the pictures showing only bits and pieces of me. These last few weeks have honestly been some of the toughest ones of my mom career due to extreme exhaustion from a sleepless baby, a really busy fall so far that’s including a new DIY house build for our family (is it just me, or is fall about one million times busier than summer anyhow?!) and some shenanigans with a rear-ender car accident. I’m thankful for a God I can trust, loving family and friends and strong coffee, but my face and body haven’t been loving me – I feel like I have bags under my eyes that reach to the floor, stringy hair and a perma-mad expression. I’ve been wearing my glasses most days because my eyes are so tired that they sting when I put my contacts in.

While my youngest was having her afternoon nap, I shot the below picture as my 3 year old girl looked on. I looked at the final photos with disdain, shaking my head at all of my imperfections.

“This looks like a tired, fat mother”.

My little angel-girl, with her eyes sparkling (she loves taking pictures and seeing pictures): “Can I look, mama?”

“OK”. I’m smiling, but I’m feeling defeated.

My baby peers into the camera and looks at the preview. I hear an audible gasp as she says:

“Wow! That is wonderful. You are beautiful, Mama!”

And that’s why I post the photo below.

Wear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Despite the imperfections I see in myself, despite my less-than-perfect few weeks, and despite my lack of sleep I have two little girls that think I’m beautiful. I have family and friends that think so. I have a heavenly Father that thinks so. I have a job to do that requires so much more than physical “perfection” – being a mother is a beautiful thing.

I’m reminded of this eloquent post I read a short while ago that reminds us mothers to “stay in the picture” despite how we see our physical selves. How true (though it’s a tough mental and emotional block to battle)!

How do you feel when you see a photo of your mommy self?

DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes

9 Favourite DIY Make-at-Home Hot Drinks

by Christina Dennis

I love me my coffee. And my hot chocolate. And my apple cider. I enjoy pretty much any type of warm drink when the weather cools and the autumn leaves begin to fall! I’m one of those moms that needs my coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate) for my “get up and go” some days. When you live a little off of the beaten path like I do, it’s nice to have some DIY recipes on hand to make your own yummy, hot drinks if you can’t zip to the coffee shop. Here are my 9 most favourite DIY make-at-home hot drinks (I’d like one of each right now, actually!):

9 Favourite DIY Hot Drinks by The DIY Mommy - Mochas, Lattes, Hot Chocolates, Cider

  1. London Fog from Just Bella: This luxurious combo of Earl Grey tea and vanilla syrup is definitely a tasty treat.
  2. Homemade Gingerbread Latte from Mom Advice: What a festive, spicy drink (and you’ve got to love the little sprinkles)!
  3. Chai Latte from Fitness Chicks: Here’s another spicy drink that’s such a classic. FYI: the site’s in Dutch, so here are the English ingredients:
    1/2 tsp ginger
    1/2 tsp cardamom
    1 clove
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 bags of black tea
    1 tbsp sugar
    500 ml water
    500 ml milk
    … and the pictures are easy to follow!
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte from Pastry Affair: Who doesn’t like one of these at Thanksgiving? Pumpkin + spices + a latte? Nothing better.
  5. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Savory Sweet Life: This would be glorious at the end of a fall/winter day when coffee just won’t do.
  6. Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Hot Cider from Favorite Family Recipes: Here’s another great drink for an evening curled up in front of a fire – and it’s so simple!
  7. Salted Caramel Mocha Latte from Mom Advice: Here’s the coffee version of a salted caramel hot chocolate – the savory + sweet combo is delish.
  8. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate by Une Deux Senses: What a unique idea! A rich combo of cream cheese, chocolate and whipped cream make this drink sound absolutely heavenly.
  9. Homemade Peppermint Mocha by Mom Advice: This just screams “holidays” to me. Chocolate and peppermint always go so well together.

Enjoy DIYing your own hot drinks!

Knitting & Crochet, Life

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

by Karla Zeigler

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

I’m excited to be able to share a simple infinity scarf tutorial with you today. As the summer draws to a close an infinity scarf can be a fun accessory to help transition your wardrobe into fall. This is my first guest post, so bear with me if I’m over explaining things ☺ The instructions are for a ‘mom sized’ scarf, but you can easily adapt it for a toddler or child by making a shorter chain.

Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • worsted weight yarn (pretty much any yarn will work, for a thicker scarf use a thicker yarn)
  • crochet hook size 6.5mm (again not super important-the bigger the hook, the bigger the scarf)
  • yarn needle

We’ll be making a simple crochet chain. To start, make a slip knot-insert your crochet hook into the slip knot you just made, hook the yarn and pull it through the slip knot. You’ve just made one chain. Continue to lengthen your chain-for my scarf I chained 180. You can hold the chain up to yourself to see if you’d like it longer or shorter.

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Once your chain is the desired length (picture 4), join with a slip stitch into the first chain you made. Picture #5 shows you what this looks like. Once you’ve joined your chain, you’ll have a big circle.

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

To make the scarf thicker, we’re going to repeat the steps we just did. You’ll start chaining from the slip stitch you just made (picture 6). Chain 180-or the amount you used the first time. Then join with a slip stitch where you started the chain (picture 7 & 8).

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Now you’ll have 2 strands to your scarf (picture 9A). To keep your scarf from getting tangled while you continue to add bulk; I recommend draping it over something to hold the shape. I used 2 little IKEA chairs (picture 9B).

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Continue chaining and joining with a slip stitch at the starting point (it doesn’t need to be exact-we’ll be covering it right away). I made 16 strands for my scarf. Again, if you want a thinner scarf-use a thinner yarn or make less strands. If you’d like a thicker scarf with more bulk, use a heavier yarn or add more strands.

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Once you’re happy with the size of your scarf, cut a tail of yarn about 1 meter long. Use the tail of yarn to tightly wrap the area where you joined all of your chains (picture 11). When you have a few inches left, thread the yarn needle and weave it under the yarn you just wrapped. Secure with a knot and tuck in the loose ends.

You’re done! Now you can wear it out or stay home and make lots more in pretty fall colors. This is also a super-fast last minute gift idea ☺

DIY Simple Crochet Infinity Scarf

Karla Ziegler is a wife to one very smart guy, a stay at home mommy to one very active little boy and is very excited to be expecting a little girl this fall. In her spare time she enjoys designing and creating. Her Etsy shop, Twisted Fibres, is full of knit and crocheted goodies for both mom and baby. To see what she’s currently working on, find Twisted Fibres on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TwistedFibres or email Karla @ twistedfibresshop (at) gmail (dot) com.

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