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March 2nd, 2015 · Print Print

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So, here’s the thing. I used to post all these cute outfits that I’d wear on the weekends, and exactly none of the way-less-exciting suit rotation that I wore to work every. single. day.

But lately, since my weekends revolve primarily around machine-washable clothes that can be spit up on (sigh, but it’s reality), I really haven’t had many outfits to photograph.

But you know when I do get dressed up? For work! And since I started my own practice, I have a little more freedom to take fashion risks, even in the courtroom. The legal profession is very conservative, but I’ve become pretty good at choosing workweek outfits that are professional but still fun — I’m frequently (always) the only lawyer sporting colorful blazers and stiletto heels, but hey: it’s what I like.

(The other day, going through security at the federal courthouse, my Jimmy Choos set off the metal detector, yes they did. The officer asked if my heels were dangerous, and I promised him they wouldn’t hurt anything except my feet. Hahahahaha. I had to work that story in because I thought I was hilarious, but it occurs to me now that it might also be construed as wildly dorky.)

I didn’t actually wear this to court — it was for a regular day of meetings and a charity event. What I love about this outfit was that it went really easily from work to play — just taking off the blazer made this a cute, summery outfit (I know, it’s February, but this is Houston we’re talking about), but I could still put it back on and be professional.

What I don’t love about this outfit: the blazer is probably four years old and was originally under $100 from Zara — it’s showing some wear, and I need to upgrade. I’m insanely picky about blazers — the cut, fit, and style have to be exactly right before I’ll buy one. But here are a few I’m thinking about ordering, and I’d love your thoughts! None of them are exactly like this one, but they’re all under $200 and could be really fun additions to my workweek wardrobe.

I’m thinking about ordering this one from Shopbop in black — I like the three-quarter sleeves and the single-button style. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably try this bold blue from Nordstrom, or maybe even this blush pink from Topshop. (I wish I could see the color in person on the last one, but Houston doesn’t have Topshop yet!  It’s only $90, so I may order it just to try on.) Let me know if you have any thoughts and I’ll let you guys know when I decide!

So, here we go: Workweek Chic. What do you guys think? Should this be a regular Sugarlaws feature?

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Wishes for Baby

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February 27th, 2015 · Print Print

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From the moment your child arrives (or before!), you want nothing but the best for them.  A mother’s Wishes for Baby are the hopes and dreams that fill her heart and guide her decisions in shaping her child’s life.  I’ve teamed up with Fisher Price for their #WishesforBaby campaign. They’ve partnered with artist Adele Enersen to bring moms’ wishes to life in her stunning images!  (You may remember Adele from her beautiful blog, Mila’s Daydreams – if you’re not familiar with it already, she is such an imaginative and talented artist, and obviously an incredible mother too!)

As part of this partnership, I’m sharing a few of my own wishes in hopes of inspiring yours! My first to my son, I hope you learn to appreciate the warmth and beauty of a loving home. Join me in sharing your hopes and dreams for your children using #WishesforBaby!

One of my biggest wishes for our son is that he grow up with a warm and loving home.  I spent months choosing every detail for his nursery to create the happy, cozy environment that I wanted our son to experience.  From choosing the perfect shade of paint to the wall to picking out my favorite childhood books for his nightstand, the time I spent creating his nursery was filled with the dreams of the many hours we would spend in it, playing games and learning new things. 

Because a warm and loving home isn’t about getting everything to look perfect.  It’s about creating a space that will be filled with love and memories, where our son would feel free to explore, challenge himself, and discover new interests of his own.  For our son, that’s my biggest wish: that no matter what he goes on to do, he’ll remember growing up in a home that was filled with warmth, love, and kindness. 

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LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge Update!

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February 23rd, 2015 · Print Print

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As you guys might remember from this post, I’m taking the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge this month!  In addition to my regular brushing habit, I’ve been using mouthwash twice a day to amp up my oral care routine and kill the germs that brushing misses.  I’m on day 13, which means that my gums are up to five times healthier now than they were when I started.  Not too shabby! 

And I’ve definitely noticed a difference, just in these few weeks.  I’ve always loved that feeling of having a clean mouth right after brushing, but it never seems to last long enough.  Sure, my mouth feels clean and fresh right afterwards, but ten or fifteen minutes later, I hardly notice a difference. 

That’s actually the biggest change I’ve noticed so far, now that I’m using LISTERINE® Antiseptic.  When I brush my teeth and then use mouthwash, that clean feeling lasts a lot longer.  It’s a huge difference that really feels great, and I noticed it right away, after the first day or two. 

But fresh breath and a healthier mouth isn’t the only goal of the 21 Day Challenge: I’m also receiving organization tips from Peter Walsh, a professional “Clutter Organizer.”  Chad is really neat and I’m sort of messy, so organization is something I constantly struggle with.  I’ve found his tips to be extremely helpful, and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you guys!

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Keep Flat Surfaces Clear: Oh my gosh, this one has changed my life.  I have this terrible habit of getting the mail or some papers or magazines or whatever junk seems important to me, and leaving it all on our kitchen counter.  This drives my husband insane because our kitchen is the focal point of our home and literally the worst place in the world for clutter.  So one day, I went around our house and took all the papers that were randomly piling up on our tables and counters and desks, and sorted through them.  Do you know how long it took?  Less than an hour.  Do you know what a difference it made?  An unbelievably huge difference.  So thanks, Peter, for helping clear our clutter and also strengthen my marriage! 

Spend 5-10 Minutes Every Day: This was another huge one.  I tend to let things pile up for weeks, and then clean everything up in one giant effort.  And then things are tidy for a day or two, and then they start piling up again, and after a few weeks, I go through the whole cycle all over again.  Instead, I’m trying to set aside a few minutes a day to clean out the clutter in a couple of spaces, establishing it as a habit.  (Just like mouthwash!) I’m hoping that by the time Day 21 rolls around, this will be a lasting change too.

So, that’s where I am so far!  Have you guys been participating in the challenge?  What are your favorite tips so far? 

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do so by clicking here!  Once you sign up, you’ll receive daily personalized emails from an expert in fitness, nutrition, or home organization *and* be entered to win some amazing prizes like a Fitbit®, a $100 Container Store® gift card and an Amazon Fire TV!  So what are you waiting for?

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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