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

3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

Blogger Secret #1: The Third Piece Rule

Recently I fished up an article on Pinterest with a totally click bait title that hooked me immediately: Fashion Blogger Secret: The Third Piece Rule.  

According to WhoWhatWear the secret to looking stylish is to add a third element (not including your jacket or shoes) to your outfit. Otherwise: Accessorize. Uh, thanks Captain Obvious. 

But maybe it's not so obvious?

Today's outfit delights me in many ways but it really does boil down to the impact of the third (and fourth and fifth) piece rule. Had I not applied that theory, the outfit would have looked like this:

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Not horrible. But how about one more layer - an accent color to break up the grey, perhaps?

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Now just a few more accessories, to make the look "pop."

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Now you're ready to go - once you add a jacket, shoes and bag.

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

VOILA! So simple. Just add one more piece and you've performed outfit magic.

Okay, that's a lot of extra pieces but you see my point. It's the considered extras that add oomph to an outfit, which is exactly why I preach that you should maintain a well edited capsule wardrobe and flex your fashion fun in the accessory department. 

Blogger Secret #2: Power Palette 

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #2 Power Palette

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #2 Power Palette

It's easy to create a personal Power Palette. First start with 3 - 4 Neutral anchor colors (take a look at your shoe collection for inspiration). Now, think back to what were you wearing the last time someone said "that color looks amazing on you!" Bam! Accent color #1. Now add 3-4 additional colors to complement the color that complements you. Get creative. 

Blogger Secret #3: Layering

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #3 Layering

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #3 Layering

The last critical element of this style hack trifecta is my favorite technique -- layering. A sliver of the poppy red J.Crew silk cami sandwiched between the heather grey Market & Spruce hi-lo tee and the charcoal grey Banana Republic mini skirt makes all the difference. 

Sure the outfit would have worked without it, but that simple element illustrates the thesis of the Third Piece Rule:

“It adds nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit, making you look put together, polished, more interesting and like you put a little effort into your look.”
— Cat Kollings for WhoWhatWear.com

Share Your Style Secrets!

What do you think? Do you employ any of these styling tactics to get dressed in the morning? Do you have styling secret formulas of your own? Show me! Share your pics and your feedback on the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide private Facebook group.

 

Be the Bright!

xoxo

Jenn

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The Only Capsule Wardrobe E-Book You Actually Need

If you appreciate the practical "how to put an outfit together" tips in this blog post you are going to LOVE my new e-book!

MappCraft | Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide is the definitive source for creating a customized capsule wardrobe (full of color, texture and personality) and cementing your personal style in the process.

Nail Editorial Eclectic Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | How to Nail NYC Street Style 2017

MappCraft | How to Nail NYC Street Style 2017

This is NYC Street Style 2017

Editorial Eclectic Style is my way of describing the fashion girls that roam the streets of NYC in all manner of texture, colors, prints and patterns with a mysterious photographer not far behind snapping pics that appear on WhoWhatWear.com. 

These girls embody my childhood fantasy life. After graduating from FIT, they now live in Manhattan and work in fashion houses, PR agencies, as stylists or lifestyle bloggers. Their social influence earns gifted Gucci bags and they wear crop tops with gusto. They always have plenty of pocket cash to shop, dine and walk the High Line.

#IRL they may live with 4 other 20-somethings in a 600SF walk up way Uptown, but there is no disputing that NYC fashion girls influence trend cycles all over the world. The problem with trying to teach you their outfit formula is the simple fact they don't have one, which is also what makes them awesome. 

The Editorial Eclectic Style Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down 5 key items to help you channel NYC Street Style in Spring 2017. Unless you actually live and work in fashion, I do not recommend you wear them all at once. 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

These fuzzy puppies may be hibernation by mid May (I guarantee they'll emerge again in October), but right now, nearly every fashion girl on Pinterest is warming her toes in fur lined mule loafers - almost always crafted by Gucci (see #4).

Shop Fur Loafers

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

Our bevy of street style muses are totally over skinny jeans and welcomed this expansive pant silhouette as a breath of fresh fashion air.  Incredulous? Wide legs paired with a slim top and flat sandals are surprisingly flattering. 

Shop Wide Legs

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeves

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeve

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeve

Just like their Broome St. kissing counter parts, arm holes are huge this season! Another street style trend easy to pull of when paired with the right proportions. Feel free to pull out your skinny jeans for this look. 

Shop Statement Sleeves

 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

Ever since British native Alessandro Michelle took over the house in 2015, Gucci is #everything with the in crowd. Thanks in part to the wild popularity of his whimsical Dionysus handbag collection, those ubiquitous fur lined loafers and an inspired collaboration with street style artist Gucci Ghost, under Michelle's direction, Gucci is THE luxury design house informing the moment. Hello wish list!

Shop Gucci

 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

A refreshing spin on a classic staple and very much in line with maximalist vibe on the streets, Spring 2017s proper topper is a reimagined trench coat, usually oversized. Again, this trend is actually quite wearable if you keep the rest of your look streamlined. 

Shop Modern Trenches

Editorial Eclectic Style on Pinterest

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 

MappCraft | Jenn Mapp Bressan

Are you sporting statement sleeves this Spring? Show me your looks!

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Be the Bright! Jenn

24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

World's Most Versatile Accessory

If you know me, you know I adore my Hermes scarf collection. Aside from their sentimental value (a decade of gifts from my husband), silk twill scarves are my chic and endlessly versatile secret for adding color and flair to my capsule wardrobe.

The 1 Scarf Styling Trick Guaranteed to Transform Your Capsule Wardrobe

Master this one simple little folding trick and you'll be well on your way to tying your scarves a million different ways.

24 Ways to Wear a Scarf

Now that you know how to knot, check out all the different ways I've rocked my scarves below. 

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

Shop Silk Twill Scarves

Silk Scarf Styling on Pinterest

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 

Did this photo montage inspire you to tie one on? Show me! 

Join 👉🏽 MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide 👈🏼 private Facebook group for my daily live #OOTDS (bloopers and all) and plenty of capsule fashion chatter.

PS: We're friends, right? If you click the heart below you'll make my March!

Be the Bright! Jenn