Being Real on TV

Back on TV & Being Real, Multi-Tasking Products for Multi-Tasking Moms with Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

TV is my favorite form of media. It’s live (usually), fun and I get to interact with interesting personalities. I also treat the camera like it’s my best friend, which I hope comes across when I’m doing my thing.

There was a time – aka pre-babies – when I traveled the country doing all kinds of segments.  At first, it was just bags and accessories, because I used to run an online shop, magazine and host live events with BagTrends.com. Then I had agents and other chirping birds telling me to diversify – that was the ticket to more money. So, I did. I started doing celebrity scoop, runway fashion reviews, home decor, college fashion trends … you get the idea. I went from being a solid expert in handbags to being a pointless, talking head. After a few years, I felt lost, but I didn’t know what to do.

Ya, and then I had BABIES!

After much soul searching and excess thinking (thank you to my dear sister, mother and husband for listening to my often, all-over-the-place thoughts), my life and my career are finally in sync.

Much like this blog, the segments I’m currently developing will focus on smart style and beauty tips and empowering lifestyle changes, for real women and busy moms. If it doesn’t save YOU time, if it doesn’t make YOU smile, if it doesn’t rock YOUR world, I’m not interested. Overall it’s about helping you and me find ways to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou, as well as find time for Meaningful Me Moments.

I can’t do a segment about college fashion. News Flash: I’m NOT IN COLLEGE.

I can’t talk about beauty problems and resolutions for women in their 50’s. I haven’t been 50 yet!

When I see a 20-something talking about style for all ages, I cringe. When a non-mom is telling me how my mornings are going to be easier if I use X product, I say, “Hey, toots, you have NO IDEA what I need in the mornings.” (Side note: to be fair, these gals are wonderful experts and TV personalities, they just don’t realize they aren’t speaking their own truth. Duhh. I was them!!!)

So, now that I’ve unloaded that nugget, I’m delighted to share that I’ve been getting back into TV land with a string of segments on PIX11 Morning News. It feels so great to be on set with my friend and fellow mom Sukanya Krishnan. PIX11 was one of my first television spots – thank you to my friend, and diva, Tamsen Fadal for hooking up a young, 24-year-old, back in the day!

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Here’s one of my favorite recent clips that focus on Multi-Tasking Products for Multi-Tasking Moms. Yes, this ran during the summer and today is the last official day of summer, but most of the items are great all year long. Enjoy.

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Friday Five Finds Mom, Baby and Home

Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home: Time Savers

Second day in a row of blogging. I know. It’s epic! It’s 9:30am, I finished this post in 35-minutes – granted many of these goodies have been on my radar for months. I’m delighted to share them. Oh, and in case you wanted to know, I’ve been up sine 6:15am, like most of you gals … morning rush – laundry folding, baby feedings, edited beauty routine (yup 3-out-6 only) daycare drop off, nanny finally comes at 9am. Wahhuu. Friday is my work day, and a change for some extra Meaningful Me Moments time.

But first, here are my first Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home, in a very long time! Enjoy. They all focus on saving busy moms time in the morning. You welcome. Leave a comment and let me know if you have a go-to time saving product or tip.

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1. Party Partners Design Fancy Pre-Folded Paper Party Napkins $10/24 Napkins – I spotted these at Flying Tiger, a really cool store from Copenhagen that’s kind of like IKEA meets Bed Bath & Beyond meets the funnest DIYer. Yon can also find them on Amazon. My guests love them and it looks great on the table.

2. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion $60 – Obsession!!!! Cushion is the new wave in coverage. It’s lightweight, amazing coverage and has SPF50. If I have time for no other makeup, this – and mascara, of course – is the can’t-skip item. Seriously, it only takes a hot second to put it on. Please don’t leave home without it! #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

3. Remington Hair Bendable Head Wrap $7 – For those morning when a comb in not an option. There are over a dozen styles to create. Play around – when, um, if, you have time. Otherwise, wrap a bow and head out the door. Showers are options.

4. Plum Organics Grow Well Tummy $2.39  – This is a new product, which I just learned about this week at a fun Parenting Expo hosted by Cercone Brown Company. Plum Organics is my go-to for ready-made snacks. Usually we make everything, but sometimes I’m tired or we’re traveling and I just need a break. Any who, the new “Grow Well” collection has four categories focusing on what parents worry about most – tummy (ya that’s me now!), muscles, bones, and dha. Ilana is already enjoying her Tummy packets.

5. Keds Double Decker Quilted Jersey $55 – A comfy, stylish and easy choice that gets me out the in seconds. Plus, there’s a little wedge for minis, like me.

Have a wonderful weekend. Count those blessings. Oh, and come back next week. Maybe there will be NEW content. What? It could happen :).

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Day in The Life of Motherhood

Motherhood A Day in the Life aka Why Bother Making Plans

Motherhood A Day in the Life … So, where should I begin … oh, yes, 1am!

1amMs. Ilana Rose (now 2.5-years-old) is whining/sobbing. “Mama, ahah pee pee”. Wait, what? We sleep through the night. But, Okay,  you’re having bowel issues.

5am– Ms. Ilana Rose (who started daycare last week) is whining/sobbing. “Mama, ahah pee pee”. Wait, what? We sleep through the night. But, Okay, you’re a bit off since starting daycare.

5:10am – I’m not moving and not sleeping. Icing up the lower back/coxic bone area with Dr. Teal’s Muscle Relief Cream. Two toddles is no joke.

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5:15am – 5:45am Ms. Ilana Rose doesn’t want to sleep and I’m not in good form. Normally, I’m all for cry and leave me alone, but daycare has her in a tizzy. Striking a balance of comfort without coddle, I wake the hubby (HOW DOES HE SLEEP THROUGH ALL THE NOISE ANYWAY?!!) to go into her room and quietly put her on the potty,then let her know it’s still dark and time to sleep. This doesn’t work – twice!

6:10am – The morning rush has come. Time for my quick bathroom run and edited morning beauty routine, using 3-out-of-6 products. With toddlers you need plan A, plan B and plan S*#T if you want to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

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6:15am – Ms Ilana Rose has her beauty routine- brushing teeth. Wait, what’s that on your tongue? ____ insert preferred profanity

6:20am – Wake up daddy to show our booboo and enjoy a three-way-cuddle. Ilana is sad about her spot.

6:35am – Ms. Ilana Rose is ready for wardrobe and hair. PS Styling a toddler with curly hair requires patience and good tools. Thanks Wet Brush Mini.

6:55am – Baby Buddha, aka David (now 15-months-old) wakes up and assumes lotus position. He’s mumbling and then he spots us approaching, through the glass French doors of his room. Ilana plays while David does what he does best, laugh, while he’s being changed.

7:15am – EVERYONE is hungry. We head downstairs. Cue the back pain of holding one that is walking and one that you can’t yet trust to walk while the other is walking. Does that make sense? You know what I mean. If not, pardon my writing. It’s not even 8am and I’m exhausted!!!

7:25am-8am – Feeding David cream-of-buckwheat kasha, while Ilana drinks her milk and feeds herself mashed prunes. Then David chills in his chair with a car book, while I assist Ilana with her kasha.

8am – I scarf down leftover kasha and fruits. This is not an #AlwaysBeYourBestYou, healthy breakfast. I eat less than the kids. It’s one-of-those-mornings.

8:20am – Grandpa is going to work late and lives down the block. Sweet. Watch David, while I take Ilana to daycare!!

9am – Back home and ask grandpa for 5-more-minutes. Grab a LUNA bar (still HUNGRY), green tea with a spoon of matcha powder and my adorable Old Navy walking-the-kids-in-the-park bag. Oh, gotta check emails for a hot minute.

9:15am – I have the best Father-in-Law! David is outside in the stroller waiting for mommy. Off to the park. Secure doctor appointment for Ilana 11:30am, today. Hmm. Rggg. I don’t want to drag David. What if he gets sick. Babysitter comes through, last minute.

9:30am-11am – Swinging, playing, laughing, pushing his bubble machine and making me laugh my tooshy off. I’m so lucky to be David’s mom.

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11am – Babysitter takes David. I take to the wheel. Mad dash to get Ilana and pray to make it back to daycare by 12:15pm or she’ll miss lunch.

12pm – Wait, didn’t we have an 11:30am appointment. Ilana is so exhausted, she rests at the office. Good news: it’s just a canker sour. Put honey or rose preserve on the spot and we’ll be good.

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12:20am – Ilana falls asleep on the way home. Poor thing.

12:30pm – Hungry hippo, aka Ilana, eats mama’s meatballs, pasta and loads of steamed veggies. I’m SO HAPPY she’s eating more.

1:30pm – Ilana is in bed. The babysitter has left. David is in bed.

1:40am – Wait, I’m hungry too!!

2pm – 2:45pm Call hubby to tell him all is well in motherhood land. Field calls from grandparents and great-grandma. Ya, we’re THAT kind of family. #Blessed

2:45pm – 3:30pm Power nap with two phone call interruptions, but i’ll take it.

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Wow, loving the energy rush. Why not change bedding, unpack hubby’s luggage from business trip, and start this post?

4pm – Baby Buddha is awake and talking to himself. 25-minutes later he starts to talk to me “Mama, bee beep” He loves cars. “Mama, amm amm” He loves to eat.

4:30pm – “Mama ah ah pee pee.” A potty trained baby is good, except that they no longer chill in bed. They have needs! I’m coming my darling.

4:45pm – Ilana is dressed and we head to David. My mom pops in after work. Yes! I love help and good company of adults.

5:30pm – Everyone eats – even me.

6pm – Following some in-door play and counting games, it’s off to the park.

6:45pm – Walking back home, Ilana wants to push her brother’s stroller. I lower the handles and watch, realizing this was long, but blessed day. Don’t blink. It will pass. #MakingAMentalPicture AND taking a real one, for daddy.

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7pm – Last meal of the day, then it’s off to bed for David.

8:30pm Ilana is in bed, later than usual, but she got to see grandparents come over.

8:35pm – Too exhausted to eat anything dinner worthy. Tea and grilled cheese sandwich with sliced tomatoes always does the trick.

9pm – Physical Therapist arrives. Like I said, two toddlers is NO JOKE.

10:15pm – Delusional Me meets Reality Me. RM: “Hi, you’re not blogging tonight. You can’t even spell your own name.” DM: “Bi&ch.” But, she’s right. Off to bed, but first: check weather, plan tomorrow’s outfit and prep breakfast. Attempt a few pages of The Paris Wife.

 

If this sounds like a day in your life, grab a glass of Rosé, and park it here when the kids are napping, or when you just need a minute to yourself. I’m going to be making a better effort to post, now that one of the kiddos is in day care. But, you know, things rarely go according to plan in The Land of Motherhood!

As always ,wishing you a blessed day full of style and smiles. Oh, and don’t forget to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou !

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Friday Five Find mom baby and home March 20 2015

Friday Five Finds for Mom Baby and Home: Happy Finds for Spring Solstice and International Day of Happiness

Today, is the official first day of spring. It’s also International Day of Happiness! And, my son turns 9-months-old. Wahooweee.

Never mind that we are expecting snow in NYC, in a few hours.

Who’s ready to unwind and Get Happy, TGIF style?

To get you into the weekend spirit, here are Friday Five Finds for mom baby and home.

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1. Lollaland Lollacup $16 – a BPA-free, phathalate-free, valve-free, weighted straw cup designed by real parents who wanted their children to easily and effectively drink from a straw. I first saw this on Shark Tank (yes, they got a deal!) and it was also in a recent BumpBoxes.com package I received.

2. Keurig K400 machine in Marsala $169 – If you’re a wine lover, bring Pantone’s color of the year to your morning, coffee routine.

3. JCPenney Cooks 5-in-1 Metallic Power Blender $17 major sale alert!!!– It’s great for my new smoothie craze, pureeing the kids food and even grinding coffee bends.

4. Doyle & Doyle Victorian Garnet Necklace $2,985.00 – I’m a Capricorn, garnet baby who loves estate jewelry. This garnet carbuncle set in a heart-like shape circa 1890 must be mine. If you’re in NYC, check out their amazing assortment of jewelry. You may even run into some celebrity faces – like my recent encounter with a major fashion journalist/ tastemaker/ icon. (I’m not mentioning her name out of respect for her privacy … but, it was epic! NYFW, front-row epic!)

5. Shaffer LA The Rose Clutch $475 – This could be my favorite fringe clutch of the season.

For more spring fashion, check out my Spring 2015 Trend: 70’s Accessories Roundup.

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Friday Five Finds – Tropical Dreams, Wishing for Spring

Dear G-d,

I’m not asking for much, but can we get on with spring? Here’s a little poem just for you.

I love your blizzards, they’re fun for play.
And, it’s a blessing to be alive, on any day.
Now that that’s been said, let’s get on with the show.
I’m praying for sunshine, and an end to this snow!

XOXO,
Pamela

In case the above poem doesn’t move the big gal upstairs to usher in spring flowers, here are five finds for you, your kids and your home, that will uplift your sunny spirit.

Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to carve out some time for YOU! You’re fabulous, and you deserve it!

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1. Ted Baker London Oletta Mirrored Tropics Tunic Dress $275

2. Mini Boden Printed Tunic Pink Grapefruit Seed Packets $34

3. Keds x EOS Limited Edition Collection available in lavender (aka Passion Fruit) and baby blue (aka Blueberry Acai) $50

4. Fresh Flowers trimmed, arranged, and accented with butterflies and sparkly faux leaves from Michaels (This is one of my favorite things to do on a Thursday night, to have fresh flowers in the bedroom and living room for the weekend. #MeaningfulMeMoments) $15 for a dozen roses $5 for the props

5.Tommy Bahama Island Life for Her 1.7 oz. Eau De Parfum $60

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Home Accents Inspired by Chinese New Year 2015

I’ll take any excuse to get some new accessories for my home. Catching a Chinese New Year dragon show at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, and then seeing the amazing home decor vignettes they had on the 8th floor, got me in the mood for rams, red and redesign. (Have you noticed I’m obsessed with alliteration?)

Here are some great ideas to kick off your spring decor. Always Be Your Best You is a motto I extend beyond myself into my home. It’s my calling card and another way for me, actually, my husband and I, to reflect our style.  Love your personal space and make it a happy home that uplifts your spirit and gives you joy. 

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1. Baccarat Small Rectangular Eye Vase $735

2. L’Objet Han Tea Cup + Saucer (Set of 2) $356

3. Naked Decor Ram Skull Double Sided Cotton Throw Pillow $75

4. Natori Dragon Salt & Pepper Shaker $140

5. Wine Crocodile Round Napkin Rings Set of 4 $20

6. Lalique Large Ram Object $2300

7. CB2 Goldie the Wall Hanging Ram $69

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Friday Five Finds – Go Red For Women Heart Health

In honor of National Wear Red Day which is part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to educate women on simple changes that promote a heart-healthy lifestyle, today’s Friday Five Finds are all red.

Have a healthy,  happy, heart-fabulous weekend.

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1. Calvin Klein Go Red For Women Cap-Sleeve Ponte Dress $80 (Now through February 28, 2015, Macy’s will donate 10% of the sale price from this dress to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women)

2. Bling Go Red iPhone Case $12 (Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women)

3. L’Objet Coral Bookend $850 each

4. American Heart Association The Go Red For Women Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Heart-Healthy Weight and Good Nutrition $18

5. Janie and Jack Patterned Sweater Vest $11

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Cooking for 1, & My Miso & Mustard Glazed Lamb Chops Recipe

With the hubby away all week on a business trip, I wanted to cook myself fish for dinner because he hates the smell of fish, so it’s usually not on the menu. But, while perusing my friend Candice Kumai’s cookbook Pretty Delicious, I had a mouthwatering craving for her lamb.

On my way home from the gym, I called the local butcher and asked for one pound of rack of lamb (which equals 3 pieces) Frenched. Don’t worry, I had to google the turn to find out the meaning before I put in the order.

Fast forward to 7:45pm and both kids are in bed.

I poured myself a glass of Pinot Noir. Normally, I’m a white wine girl, but I was trying to do the red wine-meat thing.

As I’m going through the steps, I realized that my meat was not on a rack, rather each pieces was separate. Also, I didn’t have the right mustard and my fresh garlic clearly fell out of my grocery bag on the way home.

What’s a girl to do?  … Get creative.

Here’s the recipe I came up with on the fly. Enjoy and have fun in your kitchen.

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Miso & Mustard Glazed Lamb Chops
Serves 1

1lb of lamb chops
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried sage (fresh is better)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (fresh is better)
3 pinches of garlic powder or 1 garlic glove minced
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
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Prehead toaster oven to 400F.

Toss the panko, garlic, sage, thyme and 1/4 salt together on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the mixture and mix together with your palms to incorporate oil into bread crumbs. Set aside.

Rub the remaining sald\t into lamb chops. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium/high heat. Be cafe. I’m always scared of jumping, happy, hot oil! Place the lamb chops into the skillet and cook each side for about 3-minutes. Use tongs to transfer the lamb to a tray.

Mix mustard and miso in a bowl. Use a brush to cover the lamb chops in the mixture.

Press each lamb chop into the bread crumb mix making sure to cover all sides. Wrap a sheet of foil over the tips of the bones (so they don’t burn). Place the lamb chops onto an oven-safe tray and put into preheated toaster oven for about 7-10 minutes, depending on how you want the meat cooked. Flip the lamp chops to the other side and let cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Remove and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy with wine and a Shark Tank marathon.

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For Candice Kumai’s original Date-Night Knockout Rack of Lamb, check out page 185 of Pretty Delicious. The book is loaded with great recipes to enjoy for every meal of the day.

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Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home

It’s snowing. It’s Friday. It’s time to shop. Here are my Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home.  I’m sending you lots of love and wishing you a relaxing weekend.

Bootights – I love wearing dresses during the winter with fabulous tights, but I hate when my toes get cold. I used to layer socks over tights, which was too thick, too sweaty and constantly bunching up. Thank goodness someone came up with Bootights, tights that have a sock foot base, making it a dream for pairing rugged Sorel boots with a fab knit dress. (That’s going to be my #ootd for a casual birthday party, tonight.) $36

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Extensions – This new mascara just came across my desk, this week, and I’m beyond obsessed. With a one-of-a-kind Melted Fiber Technology that melts the blackest black nylon fibers to create crazy volume and lash-enhancingc ingredients like peptides and collagen, this mascara is a jacked-up version of the original Hello Lashes. $24

Kelly Wearstlericon Sculptural Legs – Not going to lie, I don’t actually own this scultpure, though I’ve been drooling over the original gold version for years. It’s not toddler friendly, which means in my current home, given the open layout plan of the living/family/kitchen area, the only place I could safely place it would be my bedroom. Oh, but wait there’s no more extra space since I now have an office in my bedroom thanks to baby 2 taking over my former office! So, can someone out there please buy this and love it for the both of us? PS Dear Sculptural Legs, I’ll see you in the next house. Love, Pamela $1495

Gamboree Valentine’s Day CollectionI hate the concept of Valentine’s Day for adults … really, you only take your wife out and give her an overpriced red rose once a year? Or, you only put on sexy lingerie for your man one night out of 365? Stop the madness. But, give me an excuse to dress up my kids and I’m in for that Valentine’s Day party. I’m getting my little ones stylishly loved-up with these adorable looks from Gamboree. $6-$35 (currently on sale $5-$28)

Kusmi St. Petersburg Black Tea – In case anyone is wondering, I’ve been up since 4:50am! Getting a kid potty trained during the day is one thing. The nights are a whole different animal. The current cup of tea by my laptop is my happy salvation. The hint of caramel makes this a yummy treat for your taste buds and nose. I love it so much, I packed a tin in my labor & delivery bag for both births. #TeaNerd $18

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How Mom Can Look Stylish at Home with Lysse Fashion

Dressing up at home, even if the only person that sees you is the mailman, is essential for positive self-esteem. I’ve preached this on TV in numerous style segments, but the concept only became my reality in 2013 when my daughter was born and I gave up my office in the city and the daily, running-in-heels life that came with it.

When I first started to work from home, I would wear dresses, tons of jewelry, even heels. (The heels never left the office. And the floors in that room were constantly vacuumed!) But, as Ilana got older, and then David was in my belly, I began to need home clothing that made me feel stylish, while allowing me to jump from Work Mode to Mommy Mode.

Lysse Fashion, pictured in all the images in this post, is a great choice for stay-at-home moms, women that work from home, and everything in between. It’s the 30-something gal’s fashion essentials for an Always Be Your Best You life. The collection has body-hugging pieces that are age appropriate and ideal for casually entertaining friends and family. There are lots of layering options, including the Martine Wrap flyaway black cardigan with leather trim. That piece is an essential. Get two and keep one for out-of-the-house wear.

As a company that originally only produced leggings, it’s pretty clear they  have mastered the art of the perfect legging. For those of us who’ve had babies or one-two-many of Santa’s cookies, it’s scary to think about wrapping our thighs so tightly to fabric. You have to take a leap of faith and try ANY of Lysse’s leggings to understand why they are so much better than the competition.

So, if you’re sitting at home in sweatpants and a baggy shirt, shame on you. Get up. Look in the mirror and ask yourself “What am I doing? Why don’t I love myself enough to take care of myself and slip into something better?” We all have days when we want to be in pjs, but those should be the rare – VERY rare – exceptions. If it has become your norm, stop the madness. If you want to be loved, look like somebody who deserves to be loved on. What you wear, even at home, says a lot about what you think about yourself. I want you to say to yourself, “I love me enough to get up, get dressed, put on a little mascara, and spend my day in the light of confidence!”

Top – Lysse  Damaris Long Sleeve Tee $88  /  Bottom – Lysse Vegan Leather Legging $84

Top – Lysse Martine Wrap $118  /  Bottom – Lysse Vegan Leather Legging $84

David is happy mommy wears clothing that not only looks good, but let’s her move around and play with him. Ya, he said that during the photo shoot!

Top – Lysse Leather Modal Top $98 / Bottom – Lysse Cotton Tight Ankle Legging $64

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Top – Lysse – Summer 2015 collection / Bottom – Lysse Cotton Tight Ankle Legging $64

Playing with my little man, while wearing Lysse Fashion. David is sporting his signature smile.

Photo credit: Lasting Memories

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PS If you like this post, check out my thoughts on wearing sexy lingerie more often. It could save your marriage!