10 Reasons Your Mom Deserves a Mother's Day Time Out

CLICK TO WATCH as Mommy, blogger and business woman, Jenn, gives us a peak into #MomLife and how she unwinds from it all at Bubbles Salons. Plus, take advantage of our special gift card offer just in time for Mother's Day!

This is #MOMLIFE

Hi. I'm Jenn. I am a working mom, wife, the brand manager for Bubbles Hair Salon's exclusive haircare line Cibu and a capsule wardrobe fashion blogger.

Even though I make hair products for a living and write about fashion, my life is far from glamourous.

Once upon a time I was a sassy, well-rested career gal with a convertible and no cares in the world. Today my house is a mess, the laundry never ends and I spend hours a day barking at my children to stop barking at each other.

I guarantee your mom can relate. I also know she works too dang hard to look like a hot mess. So, as you brainstorm this year's Mother's Day gift, consider these 10 reasons why she might appreciate a little peace and quiet and a fresh new hair do.

10 Reasons Why Mom Deserves a Time Out

Reason # 1 : Carpool Karaoke

Reason # 1 : Carpool Karaoke

Reason #10: Carpool Karaoke

Sure, it's #hillar when that British dude sings acapella with Bruno Mars, but in real life your mom is lucky to feel "Happy" enough to sing along to the Displaceable Me 2 soundtrack on backseat repeat.

Reason #9: Yogurt

Good for calcium, they say. Active enzymes, they say. "I don't like yogurt!" you say. Your mom says if nobody ever eats it why is it smeared on both sides of every cushion of my once pristine Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa.

Reason #8: The Rising Cost of Daycare

For the same monthly price of a matching set of his and her 2017 Range Rover Sports, your mom and dad can afford double daycare in the Washington DC metro region.

Reason #7: Unrealistic Expectations Set by YouTube Kids

No, your mom cannot make you a mega-size surprise egg stuffed with Minecraft and Shopkins blind bags and covered in a Play Doh shell crafted in the likeness of Olaf.

Reason #6: The Bathroom Audience

There was once a time when your mom could use the bathroom alone. Those days are over. Props to your mom for teaching you to fetch some toilet paper.

Reason #5: Spilled Everything

Reason #5: Spilled Everything

Reason #5: Spilled Milk, Orange Juice, Wine and Cashews

Your mom asked you 10 times not to drop that box of chocolate milk. Your mom should know better.

Reason #4: Waking Up at 7AM... Forever

Before your mom had children she had a nightlife. When she finally went to bed she slept it off.  Now she wakes up when you do and knows that no open bar or headlining DJ is worth that type of torture.

Reason #3: Laundry Day

Reason #3: Laundry Day

Reason #3: Laundry Day

Have you ever watched the movie Ground Hog's Day with Bill Murray when he is forced to repeat the same day for the rest of his life? Your mom calls that movie Laundry Day. She never wants to see it again.

Reason #2: Prize Fighters

The only reason you kids get a tiny pass on the never ended screaming match over nothing is because your mom knows how much she fought with her own sisters. All the time. Over nothing. With no concern for her dear parents' ears. Now she also knows that karma is a bitch.

Reason #1: That New Hair Feeling

Reason #1: That New Hair Feeling

Reason #1: That New Hair Feeling

Under your mom's tired eyes and sparkly grey regrowth, there's a pretty lady begging for a fresh new hair do and that amazing feeling she gets walking out of the salon.

I guarantee if you give her a beauty time out for Mother's Day, she'll be a lot nicer when she finds what you hid behind the couch.


This Mother's Day, give your Mom a well deserved time out and a dose of that amazing fresh new hair feeling with a gift card for a service at your local Bubbles Hair Salon. Plus, every gift card purchase of a $50 or more earns a $10 bounce back for you (psss... you should use it try out some Cibu. Just saying.).

Behind the Scenes at the Bubbles Mother's Day Shoot

Sure the finished images look great, but pulling off a photo shoot with a 2 year old model is no easy task... Check out my guest blog for Bubbles Hair Salons: 10 Reasons Your Mom Deserves a Mother's Day Time Out: http://www.mappcraft.com/jenn-mapp-bressan-ootd/mothersdaytimeout

4 Tips: How To Land An Epic Gift

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

The Art of The Ask

An effective capsule closet, one that guarantees out-the-door outfit solutions that make you feel fantastic every day, is hinged on a solid wardrobe core. Expertly crafted accessories and signature jewelry strengthen this core considerably.

Sartorial objects d’art do not come often, nor do they come cheap. Such investments must be plotted, planned and timed impeccably – which brings me to Christmas.

The holidays are a critical wardrobe core strengthening opportunity.

I will not let you blow this.

Here is my well-oiled, time-tested strategy to ensure that you wake up December 25 with a love token befitting of your year round fabulousness.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #1 : Start Early

If you are embarking on this process today – we may be too late.  Men are not trained to read brains. It is your responsibility to approach this mission with thoughtful consideration to what you want and how to get it. I'd advise spending the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas researching by day and  – ahem – wifing by night.  

Additionally, volunteer back rubs, ask him if he lost weight, laugh at his jokes and exclaim, “you’re so smart!” at least once.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #2: Recruit Support

Toddlers are awesome at telling people things you told them not to repeat. Work this in your favor.

First, emphatically make your toddler promise not to tell Daddy about that time in Target when the check out boy told Mommy that she was the prettiest Mommy he’d ever seen.

Now wait one week and show toddler a picture of your gift.  Say “Isn’t that pretty for Mommy?” Make toddler promise not to show the picture to Daddy or tell Daddy how much Mommy wants the gift for Christmas. When toddler asks why, tell toddler you are sad because the gift is so expensive.

Try to fake cry a little.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific

Now that we've laid the groundwork it's time to clarify exactly what we want for our Christmas gift. Print out a picture and information about your gift and tape it to the refrigerator. Circle the gift in red. Specify size, color, retailer and shipping deadline.

No need to be clear on price. 

If you have a husband who insists on selecting his own gifts, present him with three options. Include the gift you actually want and two lovely but more expensive ideas. 

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan

Let’s pretend it’s December 25. You put in the wife work, planted hints and provided impeccable purchase instructions. Surprise! Daddy bought Mommy a reindeer sweater and wind chimes.

Girl! Promise me you’ll buy that beautiful gift for your damn self. You have my permission. You earned it and your capsule wardrobe will thank you.


Arm Candy Canes

Whatever you do, don't tell Matt I want these gifts. They are just too much.


I hope you've enjoyed this satirical gift getting guide. I would never actually be so brazen in my attempts to land a gift. Or would I? Only Santa knows for sure. 

You know what would make a great gift for less than $10? (Hint: It's an e-book I wrote.)

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Take the Guess Work Out of Getting Dressed

  • Eliminate the "I Have Nothing To Wear!" dilemma
  • Look amazing in holiday photos
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Here's What You Get

  • How to create a micro capsule for the holiday season - using garments you already own 
  • 36 piece Holiday Capsule Wardrobe (including accessories!)
  • Holiday Capsule visual guide
  • Holiday Capsule checklists
  • Buying Guide with links for every budget
  • 4 Festive Outfit Formulas 
  • 65+ Festive outfit ideas  -- Thanksgiving to NYE
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Astro Style: The Saturn Life Lesson I Found Hanging In My Closet

Astro Style: The Saturn Life Lesson I Found Hanging In My Closet

Astro Style: The Saturn Life Lesson I Found Hanging In My Closet

Summer 2016 is donzo and while Instagram mourns the end of festival season I'm chill AF about it.

The past few months have been a hot, slow slog towards enlightened self awareness. I don't know what's been going on in your universe but I am officially exhausted from over thinking my purpose and ready to get on with the next transit of my life. 

Girl, I know you feel the same way. We all do.

Over the past few months, the energetic approach of today's (Wednesday, August 24, 2016) power punch Mars conjunct Saturn transit forced us to confront what we really want out of life and kicked us in the pants to craft an action plan.

This is your chance to release those old pattens once and for all – and to welcome in the new stuff you really want to build and create. When Mars and Saturn meet tomorrow morning, they will start a new two-year cycle around our life’s work, how we take action, our belief systems, and the structures in our lives.
— Anne Ortelee, www.anneortelee.com

That sounds productive, yes?

On paper.

In real time, this energy has erupted our sense of security with upsets, chaos and hella emotional upheaval. However painful, the process holds a mirror in the face of our outdated stories and the areas of our lives that simply don't inspire joy.

That's Saturn for you - a real ball buster. 

The Mars-Saturn chart (is about) seeing the patterns, releasing them, and creating new ones that support you... (it could) bring “fated” events, where we don’t always have free will. Think of it as a cosmic course-correction, redirecting you to where you’re meant to go.
— Anne Ortelee, www.anneortelee.com

Don't fret, I won't burden you with a deep tale of existential crisis. My monumental A-HA was hanging in my tiny closet. 

Archetypal Influences

In July I started How to Cement Your Personal Style, a two part (and counting) interactive Pinterest activity that explores 9 primary Style Archetypes: Classically Chic, Edgy, Editorial Eclectic, Minimalist, Free Spirit, Americana, Full On Glam and Athleisure. 

For weeks I poured over fashion bloggers and street style shots and categorized hundreds of looks, paying close attention to what images excited me and which fell flat.

I write about fashion and I only wear 35.7 painstakingly selected garments per season, so naturally I assumed I was in touch with my personal style: Classically Chic for work and Editorial Eclectic + Athlesuire for weekend. 

Classically Chic by Day

Weekend Eclectic with a Side of Athleisure 

Findings

My weekend Eclectic meets Athleisure aspirations are solid but I do need to up my sneaker and textured overcoat game. Overall though, this look is still me. I like it. It vibes.

But Classically Chic? Not so much. I never wear the business garments I've kept in my capsule. Pencil skirts, blazers, blouses and killer heels simply don't serve me anymore. Instead, they reflect a bygone era before children when I was career obsessed and hell bent on dressing exactly like my boss. 

The Forgotten 

So what do I actually wear? A rotating mix of fluid, soft fabrics with stretch, paired with flat sandals, a novelty tank or slouchy top and piled on accessories. 

On Repeat

The realization I'd gone boho completely contradicts an image (and ambition) I was clinging to yet had long since outgrown.

You do not attend an executive level meeting in flat shoes, distressed denim and a gauzy t-shirt.

That's what you wear when you write about fashion, chase your children, practice yoga and work from home helping small businesses build a brand identity.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Business Boho


If you haven't checkout MappCraft on Pinterest - DO IT.

For more astro insight check out my girl Anne Ortelee online and listen to her awesome weekly podcast

Did Saturn or Mars (or just maybe your mom) shake up your life this summer? Tell me about it! 

xoxo

Jenn

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The Best Blog Post I Ever Wrote

Photo Credit:  Erin Nicole Brown

Photo Credit: Erin Nicole Brown

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it means to "blog" these days, how far this blog has progressed and where it started. 

There is pressure in this community to be very specific with subject matter, to stay to true to a niche and to write headlines like this: 5 WAYS TO WRITE HEADLINES or THE 1 SECRET TO WRITING HEADLINES THAT NO ONE WILL EVER TELL YOU.

I started MappCraft.com for two reasons.

  1. I love writing

  2. I love outfits

As I try to figure out my direction — and work to perfect a lovely Up, Close and Personal Style piece about my dear friend Ada Polla - I thought I'd share what was ultimately the best received blog post I ever published. 

Maybe you can tell me why?

xoxo

Jenn


May 2015: AKA Before Erin Nicole Brown photography

May 2015: AKA Before Erin Nicole Brown photography

Alternate Realities

I have been awake since 5:45AM. Someone left the sunroof open in my car and it rained. There is a pimple the size of Manassas on my lip. The baby is congested and teething. It feels impossible to get anything cleaned or organized with a full time job and small children. Our refrigerator is very small. Daycare costs more than a mortgage in a normal town. I waste too much money on Starbucks. I am having a bad hair day. 

Or

Our new home has a playroom. It takes 14 minutes to get to my office from my driveway. I am paid to make Cibu hair products. People love Fresh Crunch pickles. It is nearly summertime. The bruises on my triceps are from extended side crow. I’ve been blessed with beautiful children, a very cute dog and an excellent cook for a husband. Everything is funny. The peonies are blooming. Life is full of creative opportunity. 

Which of version of my story is more interesting? Which version of your story do you tell each day?

Today’s outfit is so much more put together than warranted for my level of fatigue. Why? Because last night I said eff it, let the baby cry a little in her crib and ruthlessly edited my summer capsule down to 33 items, exactly. More on that story later.