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05 Sep '16

Seven Retro Classics For Mama + Child

Posted by Annie Messing in Fashion and Style

The transition from late summer to early fall is one of my favorite times of the year! The temps are (hopefully) just a bit cooler, school is back in session, and yet the carefree spirit of summertime still lingers during the beginning of September. In just a few weeks, on September 20th, we are adding our fall collection of toys/books/accessories to Brimful!

Kari and I couldn't be more excited about the new products we've chosen for you and your little ones to enjoy this fall! We've always found vintage toys and books to be a major inspiration and this collection really captures the vibe of what I'm calling "retro classic". Not sure if that's a thing, but I'm just going with it ;). Numbers 1 and 3 in this post's mood board are actually two of the products we'll be adding to the shop. Enjoy the sneak peek!

SaveSaveSaveSav1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7


04 May '15

Classic Spring/Summer Clothes for Little Boys

Posted by Annie Messing in Fashion and Style

I am admittedly picky about clothing for my 1st grader and 8 month old boys.

No cargo pockets, no truck or dinosaur themed graphic t-shirts, no camo prints, and definitely no sports team wear. I clearly remember when my older son was born, my mom looked at me like I was crazy because I didn't like the romper she'd gotten for her new grandson. She wanted to know - what exactly was wrong with the basketball motif on it?!

Of course, nothing was wrong with it. It was cute! It just wasn't my style. Like one mother might prefer a particular style of baby carrier over another, we all have different tastes. And mine was and always will be classic and simple.

I will say that I've grown fonder of slogans t-shirts. I enjoy picking out a fun one and surprising my son with it!  But for most pieces in my boys' dressers, it's easy cotton basics that mix and match. So, if you are a mother that is looking for these sorts of classic spring/summer pieces, here are my recommendations:



1) This short-sleeved knit sweater is a nice alternative to a button-down shirt, don't you think?

2) Khaki shorts are a classic summertime staple for my seven year old - and the stain-guard on this particular pair means grass and mud stains come out wonderfully.

3) I get this simple cotton t-shirt in several colors every summer - it's soft, comfortable and just an easy top for long days of playing outdoors.

4) I've been eyeing this good-looking reversible piece for the baby - the snaps around the shoulders give it such a unique flare.

5) All four of my children have worn these basic white sleeveless bodysuits - babies are just cute in them.

6) I just bought the baby a sunhat for summer. I love that it's quick-drying like a swim suit, but still has great structure. I think it will work well to keep the sun off his little shoulders and bald head.

7) Babies should always be comfortably dressed, and these super soft cotton pants are just right for that.

8) Another piece all four of my children have worn - this cardigan gives just enough coverage over a bodysuit to keep the chill away on cooler summer evenings.

9) I think rompers make babies look pulled together and the price of this striped one is superb!

25 Apr '14

Bits of Color

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Fashion and Style

It feels like we’re on the cusp of summer here in the Pacific Northwest. Yet I begin most days still wearing some form of wool!  Annie just reminded me what life in the high desert is like right now… 70’s and sunny. Yes, please.

To follow up from her spring outfit post last month, here are my picks!


Kari's Spring Outfit

Splashes of color, cuff bracelets, and simple earrings are a few things I have never tired of in my wardrobe. Similar to the ones shown above, I’m loving Anthropologie's Pilcro Superscript high-rise jeans right now. They are perfect for playing on the floor with kids and picking up afterwards. The purse is a secret joy mothers will understand. My youngest child is now old enough for me to have graduated from a diaper bag to this saddle bag from Madewell. Oh, the novelty of toting such a small purse*!

Here’s to a sunny weekend spent with loved ones...with a side of wool for those of you who reside here in the Pacific Northwest (wink). 


P.S. While Annie and I have very different clothing styles, but did you notice we have similar purses? We bought them together on a shopping trip to Seattle last summer. So looking forward to time together once she comes up for her summer visit! 




20 Mar '14

The Casual (and Stylish) Mama Outfit

Posted by Annie Messing in Fashion and Style


Spring Mama

Leggings - I've loved them since 7th grade. Thankfully, my sense of style has improved somewhat since then...no longer do I dress in the same color from head to toe, including a matching hair scrunchy! Nonetheless, leggings are more a part of my wardrobe now than ever before.

Let's face it, having children changes our core....what was once firm and impervious to muffin tops...is no longer so firm anymore! I found that after my third baby, I just felt more comfortable with a higher waistband than my jeans could offer. Thus, legging provided the perfect solution. I've tried many brands, but my favorite are by J.Crew. The waistband isn't to high or too low, and the colors and fit are just right. 

This spring, I've fallen back in love with button-down shirts, particularly because they look far more put-together than a simple t-shirt, while still being very comfortable. I would suggest a looser fit  button-down, like this one from Gap. Sleeves worn up or down, I appreciate how versatile it is...and of course, it goes well with leggings.

Try taking these two simple spring/early summer staples and mixing with a few accessories you already have. You can see in the image above that I've shown you how I accessorize my staples. No mother is truly completely dressed until she adds snacks, pacifiers, and a toddler water bottle to complete her outfit, right?

Taking care of small children doesn't always bode well for our fashion sense, trust me, I've had my moments of being a complete slob! But I've found that when I take a little effort to be comfortable and stylish, I am a better Mama. Perhaps just as tired, but definitely more confident and content. 



29 Oct '13

Makeup Products for Tired Mothers

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Fashion and Style

Some days there is hardly a chance to sit down. Then the night comes and we hardly sleep a wink! With dark bags under our eyes, we press on through because that's the ebb and flow of life + parenting, right? 

Annie and I wanted to each share our top three tried-and-true "tired mama" makeup products that keep us looking fresh, even when all we want do to is take a loooong nap to recharge. 

Annie's top three are: 

1. Nars Pure Sheer Lip Treatment 
2. Trish McEvoy Correct and Brighten
3. Maybelline Great Lash mascara 


annie's makeup favs


Kari's top three are:

1. Ecco Bella Soft Eyeliner
2. Pacifica Radient Shimmer blush
3. Ecco Bella Flower Color Coverup 

kari's makeup favs

What are your favorite products that keep you looking fresh? Leave us a comment on Facebook!