Dearest Lou

Friday Finds: Century 21 Mother's Day Outfit Inspiration

Today's stumble across post features Century 21! I love that this store has not only women's clothing but men, children, beauty products, and home decor. There's truly something for everyone.

Century 21 is a US based company and has been around over 50 years. They have retail stores around the country and for those of us who don't have a store nearby there's the option to online shop. They are best known for having designer items at amazing prices. I do have a bit of an expensive taste and love looking at designer items for inspiration!

I created a Century 21 Mother's Day outfit! With Mother's Day only three weeks away now is the time to start shopping. All of the items are under $50 and if you are on a budget like myself, your welcome (; If you aren't quite sure what to get a special mama in your life a gift card to Century 21 would make a fantastic gift!


Century 21 Mothers Day Outfit

Century 21 Mothers Day Outfit by dearestlou on Polyvore
Vienna Wrap Dress- This stunning black dress would make for a perfect classy Mother's Day piece. I created this look around this dress since I could totally see myself wearing this on a weekly basis. I love that it has a nursing friendly neckline, cute ruffled sleeves, and a flowy skirt. I can only imagine how gorgeous the skirt portion of this dress would be if it caught some wind (; It's also on sale for 55% off which is a steal for such a staple.
Givenchy Bangles (1,2)- Since dying my hair rose gold I have been even more obsessed with that color and want all things rose gold! I love these givenchy bangles. They are timeless,  beautiful, and on sale for less that $30 a piece.
Givenchy Drop Earrings- I love a good statement earring and these are definitely high on my wishlist! These would really pop if you have short hair like me or wear your hair up on Mother's Day.
Marc Fisher Pumps- Every mama is in need of a good neutral heel and I'm really loving these caged pumps. The heel isn't too high which would make them bearable to walk in for a few hours before needing to switch to flats, lol. 
Under One Sky Tote- Every mama needs a good ol' tote. Now that I own a Tote Savvy I know I can use any bag as a diaper bag and I would totally use it with this Under One Sky tote. I love that it's very basic and would go with any outfit. Oh and did I mention it's REVERSIBLE? You get two bags in one and for only $26.99 that's such a steal.

Perfect Play Teepee


Rainy days are best cuddling and playing indoors or jumping in puddles! Zaden has outgrown his rain boots so today has been an inside day (; Whenever we pull out the boys Whimsy Way Teepee there are so many giggles, tickles, and rounds of peek-a-boo. It's also the perfect hiding spot to hide from bears and ghosts (Z has quite the imagination) or to snuggle and read a good book. 

Something unique about the design about this teepee vs other similar ones I've seen is that it has a cute little side window. Perfect for getting a little more natural light into the teepee and for more creative play. In the photos above you can see that Z stuck Adrien's plush elephant in the window, haha. 

The boys play and get along so well together and it makes my heart so happy. I always worried that a nearly 4 year age gap would be a problem but the age gap doesn't seem to stop these two cuties.

City Select Stroller

Towards the end of my pregnancy with Adrien I knew we would need to upgrade to a double stroller. I figured for the most part we could get by with baby wearing Adrien in a baby carrier and having Z hop in the stroller but sometimes it's nice to have a little break from baby wearing. Especially when shopping at the mall for clothes, haha. After looking around online I stumbled across the City Select Stroller by Baby Jogger. I loved the variation in seating, comfortable seats, and large canopys.

Variation in seating-What attracted me to this stroller is it's versatility. This stroller can be a single stroller, double stroller, or even triple stroller (you can get a little glider board for the back for an older child). It has a total of 16 different variations (configuration guide here).
Comfortable seats- These seats were made for comfort and can hold up to 45 lbs. I also love that the seats recline.
Large Canopys- There's nothing more annoying than having the sun in  your eyes when trying to sleep. I love the large canopy's on the City Select seats. They also have a peek-a-boo window which is perfect for checking in on little sleepers. I love that it has a magnetic closure and not a noisy Velcro strip.

The only con to this stroller is storing it in a compact car. The stroller along with the seats take up quite a bit of space in our trunk which leaves little room for other things. It's just something to consider!

Overall we love this stroller and highly recommend it.