Everything Coming up ROSES: #ECootd

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Everything’s coming up ROSES around here! My obsession with Rose Gold started more than a year ago, but I still haven’t tired of this precious metal trend. I scored these Rose Gold sneakers at Old Navy this season and I’m loving the look of mixing & matching with Silver and Platinum.

PS: I didn’t don the floral headpiece at work, but I couldn’t resist pulling it from our prop room for the photo

(snake print sweater: Equipment, grey denim: Mossimo for Target, rose gold sneakers: Old Navy, rose gold bracelets: Stella & Dot)

Blogger Takeover: Shay Shull aka Mix & Match Mama

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Hi everyone!  My name is Shay…but most people know me as the Mix and Match Mama.  I’m a cookbook author, foodie and lifestyle blogger, wife, mom of three, world traveler, baseball lover, coffee addict and Erin Condren obsessed gal.  I love being home with my kiddos and making every day a little bit special.

 

On my blog, most days you’ll find me talking about my adoption and infertility journey, things I wear, things I love on TV, faith, friends, and lots about my kiddos.  One constant thing I talk about daily is food.  I’m a busy mama like many of you, but I love being in the kitchen.  Years ago, I decided to take some of my tried and true recipes and just tweak them a bit to create a refreshed version of my staples. These small tweaks result in hundreds of variations on the same simple dish, that family and friends alike can enjoy! Whenever I deliver meals to friends and family, I place one of my “made for you by Mix and Match Mama” EC gift labels on their dinner and this way, they know it’s made from my kitchen with my love.

 

I pride myself on showing my readers simple recipes that can be on the table in no time.  I don’t like lengthy ingredients lists or overly complicated recipes. I like meals that the whole family will love and won’t stress out busy mamas.  My recipes include everything from breakfast to lunch, dinner and dessert and of course, lots of seasonal and holiday treats too. I use a different EC notebook for each season’s recipes so I can easily locate and reference favorites from the past. These notebooks keep my recipes so organized and makes blogging and cookbook writing simple!

 

Speaking of cookbook writing…I have two new cookbooks out right now! Cakes shows you one simple little bundt cake recipe that can be mixed and matched into 101 different versions.  They’re all seasonal, simple and so festive!  Meal Planner breaks down the calendar and helps get easy and delicious meals on your table each day of the week while also providing you with pantry and grocery shopping lists.

I love meeting new ladies, so please stop by and say hi!  You can also find me on  InstagramFace BookPinterest and Twitter too.

EC in NYC: Press Pop Up!

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With this year being the 10th Anniversary of my company, there has been a lot of exciting buzz in the press.  We decided the best approach to all the inquiries was to create a “pop up” store in a swanky NYC studio for a day and invite the press to stop by to see what’s to come in the next decade of EC. With the price of NY apartments, we only rented the location for 24 hours but it was amazing what we pulled off in a day!

Other than showcasing all of the exciting upcoming products, many that have yet to debut on the website, as well as our revamped collection for Staples, we wanted to infuse the space with the feel and personality of the EC Brand.
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Metallic EC balloons, confetti, pops of color and gorgeous wallpaper helped add to the decor. We found an amazing new paper stock to print the wallpaper on, easily applied simply by spraying water on a wall. The best part was its easy removal: no residue, which is so critical in a rented space!

 

When given the chance, we tend to turn any event into a PARTY! Guests sipped champagne from polka dot straws and took polaroid pictures in front of our canvas stretched “screen” that we had custom-made in our printshop for the event. Paper cut turquoise glasses were the perfect prop for this fun day with the press. We got it done…and we definitely had some fun!

Trend Alert: Printed Socks

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It’s no secret I’m constantly following what’s new in fashion but I’ve really jumped in feet first (appropriate seeing it is LEAP day!) on this crazy printed sock trend! It really started more than a year ago when I saw my son and his teenage friends make a statement with their socks. My son is actually very conservative with his fashion style (unlike his mama!), so he started slow with neutral striped & spotted socks but his collection (and confidence) has grown and now my whole family is on board with this trend.

I stole these turqouise stripes from my husband’s drawer and I mixed and matched two pairs of Star Wars socks from my son’s closet to create this “force”-ful combo. I’m hoping this fashion statement continues for a while now that I have every theme from Valentine to Christmas covered (literally.)

FRID-I-Y: Tie Dye with Sharpies!

Capture your Creation!

Tie dye is one of those trends that seems to continually be in style. From vintage 70’s inspired tie dye to more modern interpretations, we had to try our hand at making our own “EC” version!

 Using Sharpies, we created our own art from blank canvases: white pillows, shoes, napkins and drawstring bags. The results? Absolutely stunning, mess-free & relatively easy. The best part about tie dye is that mistakes and smudges just enhance the design!
Turn your tie dyed masterpiece into your very own LifePlanner™ cover or phone case! Take a picture, zoom in on your favorite part of the intricate pattern and upload to see your DIY come to life!