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Jacket – Cleobella / Necklace + Bracelet – Maslo Jewelry / Shoes – Emerson Fry / Ruffled Hem Tee

Sam asked as I was walking out the door what band I was going to see. haha.  What can I say, I’ve always just felt good in black.  I usually like to break it up with a color, or just white, but all black everything felt pretty good to me on this particular day.  I’ve had a hard time keeping up with this blog as of late (I am sure you’ve noticed if you’ve been following me for a while).   Nothing has changed really, other than the lack of time I have to devote to this space.  With the growth of Rylee & Cru (the business, but I guess you could say my kids too) has come a ton of work that still rests almost solely on my shoulders.  It’s been such a blast and I wouldn’t change a thing about this past year, but with the growth of one thing, comes the sacrifice of others.  My creative output into the brand takes just about all the creative energy I can muster…..so when it comes to this blog and social media, I have found myself a little bit burnt out and uninspired.  I guess everything has it’s ebbs and flows.  Right now I am in a season of working my tail off to hopefully build a sustainable business that can support my family, as well as just being the best mama I can be, despite the workload.  Fashion and crafts and diy projects are still things I am passionate about, but don’t always have the time to share anymore.  Hopefully one day I can get back to more of that.  But for now, this is where I’m at and hopefully you’ll stick with me through this crazy adventure :)

Photos by Jackie Wonders


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Monica Rich Kosann Locket dRA dress / Stetson hat / SALT sunglasses / Velveteen dress

Being a mother is the most important role I will play in my life. Before my kids, I didn’t know the depths with which I could love. It’s been an extremely emotional week as one of my dearest friends, a mom of 2 sweet babies, is fighting for her life right now to the grips of cancer. It’s moments like these that you realize how fleeting life is. How nothing matters but the love you put out into the world, the people you impact, your friendships, your family, your legacy. The things that often preoccupy my mind and the things that bring me worry are so insignificant in the greater picture. One thing I know for sure is that as a mother, I have a tremendous influence on the lives of my kids. I have the opportunity to shape them and direct them toward becoming all that God created them to be. It’s my job (but not my job alone) to make them feel loved and valued, to teach them that they are unique and beautiful, strong and capable.
I recently got this beautiful locket from Monica Rich Kosann which I have been wearing close to my heart, especially this week. It holds a photo of both of my kids…a constant reminder of who they are to me, and who I am to them. Motherhood is this wild rocky beautiful adventure, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. May I never take that for granted.

Photos by Nicole Moser


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December, you’ve been mighty nice…and all together too fast.  Temps have finally dropped and coats are finally acceptable attire.  (hands raised to the heavens!)  This cocoon coat by Emerson Fry is the perfect weight for a California winter.   Shop this entire look below:

 

Photos by Jackie Wonders

Can you believe Christmas is on Friday!!!?  I got 90% of my shopping done early online this year and was quite proud of myself.  But the last 10%, in true fashion, I procrastinated on and am now forced to brave the mall tomorrow! Wish me luck ;)


Caramel Apple Cider Floats with Zevia
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It might not feel like Fall, but this Caramel Apple Cider Float certainly tastes like it!  Plus, it’s a nice cool down treat that we’ve been enjoying on these hot fall nights.  Real Apple Cider mixed with Zevia’s Ginger Ale makes a pretty tasty combo!  Zevia is a naturally zero calorie soda (sweetened with stevia) with 15 flavors, all of which are color-free and non-GMO.  Pair these two with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and top it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of nutmeg!  And there you have a great Fall drink (dessert!) that’ll still help you beat the heat until our ‘real Fall’ arrives!  Hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup  Zevia ginger ale
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon

Directions:

Combine Zevia Ginger Ale and Apple Cider in a glass (or mug).  Drop in 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Top with caramel sauce, nutmeg and cinnamon!

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XO Styling Products
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wearing: d.RA Peplum Top / Tens Sunglasses / Boyfriend Jeans (similar) / Emerson Fry Mules

I chatted a couple months ago about how I create loose beachy waves in my hair using the XO Styling Iron by A Fashion Love Affair.  Well, they’ve just come out with 2 new great liquid styling products to enhance this look:  XO Styling Texturizing Spray and XO Styling Weightless Finishing Oil.  My hair is stick straight, really fine and it doesn’t have much body.  So the texturizing spray works wonders for me.   Paired with the styling iron, it gives my hair the volume and texture that it lacks. A perfect balance of all-natural ingredients – Sea and Epsom Salts give amazing texture, Hazel Seed and Sunflower Seed Oil provide intense hydration, and Vitamin E and Oleic Acid stimulate healthy hair growth while providing UV protection.

The Weightless Finishing Oil is an every day treatment that helps to nourish your hair and protect against heat damage and UV Rays.   It’s light enough for everyday use, unlike some of the other oils I’ve tried that have left my hair feeling greasy.  The weightless oil smooths, softens, eliminates frizz, tames flyaways and seals hair cuticles.

If you’re interested in seeing some of these products in action, visit afashionloveaffair.com for styling tips and tutorials!