Welcome to Skylark's Hidden Cafe
'Classic American meals served in a homey brick building featuring regular live jazz music.'
Hi friends! These photographs don't do the restaurant justice. Trust me when I say that you need to stop here for breakfast, lunch or dinner when you are in the area! This spot is located in historic Fairhaven! On a map you would see it in South West Bellingham, Washington (West of interstate-5 near the Bellingham Bay). The vibe here is so unique, the friendly service is top notch and the food takes the cake! Everything is always SO delicious! The restaurant neighbors my favorite pottery painting studio. Read more about that daytime activity here. In fact lunch at Skylark's paired with a craft makes for the perfect date day! Have a wonderful day visiting! xo Chelsea
We had the best time! Read more about Chelsea and Adopt Adventure here. Our pieces are currently gettings glazed, fired and will be ready for pick up in 3-5 days. I will update this blog post with images of our final products as soon as they are ready! Read more about Creativitea in Bellingham, Washington here. Visit Google to find a pottery paint location near you! Be sure to say, "Hello" on Instagram! If you have a question and enjoyed this post please leave a reply! xo
Hello ladies! Welcome back to many of you! If you are new here, stay a while! I think you will like this space! My name is Chelsea and I am so happy to have you! Read more about me and my blog here. Today's article is exciting because I get the pleasure of featuring a fellow boss babe in the fashion industry! Recently, I asked the @AdoptAdventure community on Instagram if anyone would like to guest post on my blog and Corina was one of the first ladies to speak up! My first impression of Corina is that she is kind, adorable (see below), stylish, passionate about loving other women well and very professional! Today you will read her testimony about her humble beginnings that lead her to where she is now walking in confidence and in style! Her business is like nothing I have ever seen before and I am here for it because it's a product that helps others! This article is a must read! If you see something you love click on any of the links in the post to shop them directly! If you have a question please let Corina or me know. I hope enjoy this guest post and stay tuned for more! xo Chelsea
I was never very fashionable. I always played it safe. If I put something “cute” together it seemed to always be by chance.
Then I became a mama to my precious firstborn. My body changed and since I decided to stay home with him, I no longer needed my closet full of business attire.
On top of that, I didn’t go out and see people very much now that I stayed home.
My fashion dilemma reached a critical point and I need HELP!
I couldn’t find very much online that helped walk a frumpy mom to chic mom territory.
But that’s what I desperately needed!
So I started my own blog about it. I wrote it for myself. But the throngs of other mamas thirsty for the same help found it too and the community behind Frump Fighters® was born!
4 years later, I am excited to share with you that not only is my wardrobe 100% transformed, I was able to do it on a budget!
How to Defrump Your Wardrobe After Kids
I’m going to walk you through the basic steps you need to take to update your wardrobe and refresh your style on a budget.
Now over 40,000 moms have used this method I discovered to learn how to dress well again after kids.
Download my free capsule wardrobe plan for moms that walks you through this! It also includes videos so you aren’t ever lost or confused!
Purge your closetOne of the reasons we feel like we “have nothing to wear” is because our brains are bombarded with so many decisions when we open our closets.
We usually have SO much in there that we don’t even like wearing, doesn’t fit us, or isn’t going to work for the current season.
Set a date with yourself on the calendar RIGHT NOW to go through your closet.
As you pull out each item in your closet and drawers, decide whether you love the item and would wear it tomorrow. If so, put it back in your closet.
For everything else that you didn’t decide you loved, place in one of three piles:
If your options decreased drastically after finishing “the purge,” take heart… you’re actually going to have an EASIER time finding something to wear in the morning because only your favorites are visible!
Plan your wardrobe’s color schemeThe purpose of planning a color scheme for your wardrobe is to allow remixability among your clothes.
When you stick to a pre-planned color scheme, you insure that everything you buy will “match” with the other clothes in your closet AND it will narrow down all the bazillion choices out there.
Right now you’re brainstorming a color scheme to start with, but it’s super flexible! You can change it as much as you like as you work on your wardrobe.
Here is an example color scheme:
What colors are you drawn to? What colors already show up a lot in your wardrobe?
These make a great starting point to a color scheme that will insure your future purchases mix and match with each other!
Want more help putting together a color scheme for your wardrobe? My Year-Round Outfit Guide for Moms breaks down the steps with free templates you can use!
Use a wardrobe checklist to shop your closetYou can download my free Wardrobe Checklist for Moms to complete this step.
With your checklist in hand, it’s time to go through your freshly purged closet to see how much of the items in the recommended list you already have.
The list will explain the main features you’re looking for in a piece—if you have a match then you can check that off the list!
For example, Neutral Long-Sleeve Tee. The checklist explains it needs to be a long-sleeve shirt in a solid neutral color like navy, black, or gray. Have something that fits the bill? Check it off!
Once you’ve finished going through the list and finding matches in your wardrobe, you’ll likely have some items left unchecked on the list.
And here’s where the magic happens…. Voila! You just created a shopping list without doing any of the thinking yourself!
Plan a healthy clothing budget and fill in the gapsIt took me three years to fill in all the gaps in my wardrobe. But you know what? I felt 100% more stylish from day 1!
You don’t need a big wardrobe with ALL THE THINGS to feel more stylish.
You just need the RIGHT things. And that’s what the shopping list you just created (in the last step) is helping you shoot for.
Plan a monthly amount you can set aside for yourself to go shopping. Then hit the thrift and consignment shops first to see what you can find.
You might even host a clothing swap with some of your friends! (Tip: Invite some of your most stylish friends because they’ll be getting rid of some cute stuff!)
If you hate shopping and just want it done for you, you’ll love the shopping guide that comes with my Year-Round Outfit Guide for Moms. We keep it updated with options around the web!
Try new outfit combinationsI read once that moms make an average of 35,000 micro decisions every single day.
That’s why when we get dressed it’s too easy to reach for the same tried-and-true outfit combinations every single day. But did you know there are dozens (maybe even hundreds) of outfit combinations in your very own closet that you’ve never tried?
To help moms try new outfits without causing more decisions, I created an Outfit Guide book that contains 374 outfit formulas that are perfect for everyday mom life.
Learn More About the Year-Round Outfit Guide for Moms
Thanks for letting me walk you through the steps to defrumping your wardrobe after kids. I hope you learned something new and more importantly I hope that you feel inspired, encouraged, and motivated to revamp your wardrobe!
You can do this!
Let’s stay in touch. Start by downloading your wardrobe checklist and open the door to a new world.
A world in which any mom can feel like a chic mom, with zero fashion savvy.
Let's thank Corina for guest posting today!
Please leave a reply and enjoy more articles here!
Hi friends! Welcome back! If your new to AdoptAdventure.com read more about me and this space here. I can hardly believe Valentine's Day is coming up in just three short weeks! Now is the time to place your clothing and accessory orders so that your new styles arrive in time! I am not sure what Brently and I are doing yet but I'd like to get a babysitter! #momlife If you have a casual date planned I recommend going all out! This means different pieces to everyone. Overall think 'Dress to impress!' Choose something a little bit more stylish or edgy than the casual norm! Trust me on this. It will instantly add a spark to your relationship in a good way! This holiday only comes around once a year and it gives you an excuse to be extra cute for your Valentine!
When browsing below you will see sections of outfit ideas that I have bundled together; inspiration just for you! If you see something you love simply click on the photo! Once you click (or tap) you will be directed to the product page at the retailer where it is sold. I made sure to include the prices by the item so you know the important details of what you are heading to before you tap. :) Be sure to browse your current wardrobe and get ideas on how to mix and match styles that create a casual outfit that says, "Hello!" with a wink! ;) That is what we are talking about today! I hope this post is inspiring to someone out there! Happy styling!
Casual outfit ideas to help you dress to impress!
You are about to see three sections broken down by the style size options ;
1) Standard Sizing Outfit Inspiration
2) Extended Sizing Outfit Inspiration
3) Maternity Sizing Outfit Inspiration
Each section has three bundles of clothing and accessories that create a different look!
The first look:
This outfit is such a fun and comfortable one! The idea is that you take a more formal dress that has a pop of color and style it with sneakers and a cozy teddy coat! This gives three illusions. Overall you are cute, totally touchable (because cozy) and you are up for anything! When your coat is removed and your sneakers hide under the table you will fit in at any restaurant on Valentine's Day! I linked a red dress for this occasion specifically! #vibe The hair, purse and bracelet accessories add dimension/texture to your style therefore giving this look all the pretty flair!
The second look:
Calling all lovers that would like to flirt with their Valentine! The ruffle on these pink dresses paired with a light cropped denim jacket and these gorgeous neutral animal print western booties will surely do the trick! Pairing an outfit this way creates the illusion that you are sweet and edgy ready to have some fun! The key here is pairing neutral toned accessories with a sweet ruffle dress that pops! #pinktonesforvalentinesday
The third look:
This outfit is for anyone who hasn't shaved their legs all Winter! Just kidding. Kind of. :) I would recommend this look for anyone that doesn't want to wear a dress or is heading out on a blind date that they are unsure about! This look will also be good for anyway pairing an activity with dinning such as bowling, a movie, concert, an arcade, a painting class, etc. When you pair faux leather leggings and black sock booties magic happens! Your legs instantly slim down and become a mile long! Throw on a comfortable and oversized top that covers your bum! This outfit idea looks SO good on EVERY body but now add flair with the accessories! You might already have some fun pieces to make this look pop. If not, I linked some ideas for you to shop!
Standard Sizing Outfit Inspo
Extended Sizing Outfit Inspo
Maternity Sizing Outfit Inspo
ENJOY getting ready and have FUN on your date! If you found inspiration in this post please leave a reply!!
Be sure to come follow me, say, "Hi" and join the Adopt Adventure community on Instagram too! I love hearing from you ladies!
Happy Valentine's Day! Stay cute!
Hi friends! If you are new here, welcome! I am SO glad you are visiting! Read more about me and this space here. Did you know that everytime you visit my blog it helps support my hustle of loving others well and bringing you as much inspo as I can? I mean it when I say I am so glad you are here on AdoptAdventure.com! Thank you from my the bottom of my heart! Alright let's get to it! Today let's talk about how to style a flat brim hat from a girl next door, down home perspective! You might also refer to this hat style as a fedora. This 'how to style' has been a popular request from the Adopt Adventure Instagram community so let's see if I can spread some style inspiration on the topic!
Off the top I'd like to tell you that styling your flat brim, wide brim fedora hat is easiest when you have shopped one in a neutral color! I'll link my favorite hat here. It's $44.00 USD and it is available to shop at Urban Outfitters in 5 great neutral colors! I love this hat because it is easy to style but most of all it's comfortable! It's a felt hat so it's the perfect material to wear year around! I also love this hat because it has a strong brim that stays flat. This is an important feature if you are looking for a hat that you will wear a lot! A strong brim allows you to sit the hat on your head differently. In the Spring you might like to light up your face by sitting your hat on the back of your head so it reflects light onto your skin. This is a hack if you wear highlighter makeup or glowy skincare! This will help your skin look extra radiant! I have actually talked about my favorite brightening highlighter on the blog before. Here's the link to visit the blog post! In the Fall you might like the hat to rest parallel with your eyes laying flat on top of your head. This appearance will add a cute edgy or western flair to your outfit! I hope you keep these outfit ideas on how to style a wide brim hat in your back pocket! Also, if you purchase the same hat as me I want to see your content! Tag @AdoptAdventure in your post! :)
Alright now let's scroll through some styling outfit ideas! The main point of these pictures is to share that you can style a hat year around with denim, leggings and dresses! These are the things my closet consist of the most! I am sure some of you can relate. :) Happy scrolling...
Okay friends, what did you think? Leave a reply on this blog post! I enjoy connecting with each of you! If you have a favorite hat I'd love to shop the link too! Please be sure to share it with me! :) In a photo above you might have noticed a really pretty hat with embroidered floral detail. I will link that hat here just in case you would like to shop the style! It's cute on and also looks great styled on a hat wall as home decor, haha! Good news for you... I just checked and it's on final sale at half off!
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You guys! I turn 30 this year and I can certainly see my skin changing! It's like I woke up one day and my skin was telling me to figure out a new skincare regimen because what I was using did not cut it anymore! If you have been around here for some time you know that my corporate background is working in the field of facial plastic surgery. With this comes a lot of knowledge about understanding exactly where wrinkles, decreased skin elasticity, brown spots, surface blood vessels and skin tags come from. These are the things we don't love to see on our skin. Am I right? I got to learn how and why they can appear from a double board certified physician. The surgeon I worked for, which is the best in the Seattle area, would often say from age thirty on is when women start seeing these changes in their skin. For me he is right! What I am starting to see in my skin today is from sun damage that occured years ago but the impurities are unfortunately showing themselves now. I didn't wear sunscreen enough, wear a hat and I didn't use a proper skincare routine in my teens or twenties. These things, plus my genetics, are why I am now trying to combat forehead wrinkles and discoloration on my face.
Now I'd like to take a moment and say that not all wrinkles and skin impurities can be fixed with skincare products. The severity of this varies person to person and wrinkle to wrinkle. It is always my recommendation that a facial plastic surgeon should ultimately determine the best treatment plan for you - non surgical or surgical treatment options are out there! They are always getting better and changing too. If you feel like you have neglected your skin for too long or you are truly unsure of which way to go, scheduling a consultation with a qualified professional might be a great option for you! More often than not, a consultation fee is minimal and sometimes can be transfered as a payment towards your treatment. If you can gain more confidence from having a more radiant complexion I encourage you to pursue this.
Now that I have put that important information out there let's get back to what is working for me in the season of life I am in. Wouldn't it be exciting if I could tell you that I am seeing a change in my skin after implementing some new products into my routine? Today I am letting the secret out! Here are the five clean beauty products that I have been using for the last three months. They have been a game changer! My skin is brighter, more firm, my wrinkles are not as prominent (I can't wait to see the result in another 3 months) and my pore size is much smaller. Overall my facial skin is more refreshed and rejuvenated! If you have dull skin let my testimony be one that encourages you to make a skincare switch! I would love for these products or this content to be one that increases your confidence like it has mine. Beauty should be good for you and that is why I have linked clean AND effective products from both Beauty Counter and Tula Skincare. It is also why I have educated you about the option of scheduling a consult with a qualified professional. Here is what is working for me, how I apply the products and why I use them!
A little bit of product goes a long way!
The Overnight Resurfacing Peel is all about making your skin more radiant. I apply it to a clean face and wear it overnight (or sometimes during the day if I'm at home with the kids) 3x/week. I remove this product with a washcloth and my dead skin cells wipe away. TIP: I apply extra product to my forehead, 11 (between the brow) and cheek wrinkles for extra exfoliation. Price(less): $63.00 USD
I use the Charcoal Facial Mask to balance my skin. If you want to remove excess oils and impurities from your pores to help minimize the appearance of them this is your product! I apply the Charcoal Facial Mask to a clean face and area treat with it. I typically notice pores on my nose and when it's that time of the month I see excess oil around my chin area. This product is actually pretty cool because not only do you see results afterwards you see the oil come out of your skin while it is on. I leave this clean skincare product on for about ten minutes then wash it off. Price(less): $49.00 USD
The Tripeptide Radiance Serum is what rejuvenates my skin. I maintain a clean complexion with the two products that I previously mentioned and then I brighten and firm my skin. This product also helps to minimize wrinkles! I apply the serum daily at least 1x/day sometimes 2! TIP: Similar to when applying the Overnight Resurfacing Peel I apply extra Serum to the areas I want the most improvement. This tends to be the areas where I did extra exfoliating! This product will transform your skin when used with the two other products listed above! Price(less): $79.00 USD
The Tula Face Filter Primer is all about prepping your skin before applying makeup to it. This product helps to blur your complexion/skins texture and it also provides nutrients to your skin with probiotics + superfoods. I know that when I apply this to prime my skin ; I am protecting my skin and helping it be the smooth canvas that I want! This product comes out of the packaging white and during application turns to a nice tan tinted product. I always recommend this product to anyone that wears makeup. You will fall in love with the Face Filter Primer! It is such a great base! Price(less): $34.00 USD
As we age our skin becomes tired and dull. The Brightening & Cooling Eye Balm, when applied underneath and/or on top of makeup brightens your appearance by giving your skin a glow! I apply this product underneath my eyes just above my cheek bones! I also like to highlight the bridge of my nose with this stuff. The product works like a tube of lipstick and it's really easy to carry in your purse for an on the go pick me up! Bonus- this stuff also has a cooling effect that feels amazing upon application! Price(less): $30.00 USD
Thank you for visiting AdoptAdventure.com today and shopping directly through my affiliate links! If you have any questions about skincare or facial plastic surgery I would love for you to leave a reply on this post! I will do my best to point you in the right direction! I hope you enjoy these clean beauty products, tips and tricks!
Hi friends! I hope this travel tip finds you well. Thank you for visiting the blog! If you would like to read more about me and this space click here. In the Northwest corner of Washington state right off of a popular mountain road, Mount Baker Highway in Whatcom County to be more exact, you are in for a treat! On a gorgeous countryside nest the perfect hideaway with a bright, clean and welcoming atmosphere. Welcome to the Blackbird Farmhouse AirBNB vacation home! Please notice throughout this content that the superhost of this location pays extra special attention to the details and the cleanliness of this home. Ultimately providing all guest with the most welcoming stay! Perhaps that is why they are so super!
I recently enjoyed this location with a girlfriend of mine, Haley of @HaleyParkerStyle, and we had the best time! I plan to book this location again with my family. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around and comfortable seating for mom and dad to relax. I am also planning on booking this AIRbnb for a work staycation. The Blackbird Farmhouse provides free WIFI internet, complimentary top of the line coffee, a full kitchen and washer/dryer set up. The two bedrooms are fresh, clean and comfortable. This is the perfect space to hideaway!
Local amenities include but are not limited to five star dining in Bellingham, Washington. Both the ocean and the mountain are within an hour drives distance each way. This is the perfect landing spot for all of the adventurous souls out there as well! If you enjoy boating or snow skiing visit here in the Summer and Winter months! The airport is a short UBER drive away!
I also recommend this space to anyone that has family visiting from out of town. Be sure to say, "no" to the local hotels if you can get a night or two at this sweet home. Your guest will be so pleased! By scrolling the images below I hope you can see why I recommend The Blackbird Farmhouse. Want to see more? Visit them on Instagram and click here to book. I know that you will be pleasantly surprised by their prices. :) They currently have this cute tourist homestay listed for UNDER $100/night!
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Let's have a beautiful year filled with some fresh and clean hideaway vacations! I love this place! Cheers!
Hi friends! If you are new here, Welcome! I am so glad you are visiting! Read more about me and this space by clicking here. I hope you enjoy this content and find adventure that is worth adopting! The year 2019 was a great time! It was the second year for Adopt Adventure Blog and marked the start of representing brands through partnerships! This was a new experience for me. I have learned alot and still have so much to learn! The highlight of the year was building good relationships with both PR professionals and the people that make up this community. Those of which I will cherish forever! Join the Instagram community here.
I like to keep this space bright and light! If you are visiting again you know that. I am all about feeding the positive and starving the negative. The reason I do this is to spread love and happiness to anyone who visits AdoptAdventure.com and then they can take it with them when they leave! I never want anyone to feel depleted. However, today's topic might leave you feeling uneasy. I have this hope though that my voice will be a service for greater good. This topic has been on my heart all week. Perhaps because we are celebrating ones life and achievement for being an influential civil rights leader. The man who paved the way for political, social freedom and equality ; Martin Luther King Jr.
At the start of this blog post I mentioned that my partnerships with brands started last year and with that came an eye opening realization. I started coming across brands and services who sometimes would refer to themselves as either, "LGBTQ friendly" or "LGBTQ un-friendly." First things first I apologize for not realizing that this was even a dilemma. Secondly, The Adopt Adventure Blog believes in accepting people for who they are as an individual and everything that coincides with that.
If you are someone that is reading this and you disagree, that's okay. I feel it in my heart to put the word out there that I love everyone just the same. Happy MLK Day! What do these achievements mean to you in the year 2020?
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