Style File 04.19.11

Last Monday it was 80 degrees. Kev also had the day off so we headed out for a delicious breakfast at one of our favorite places. Mmmm Spill’n the Beans. I love going out for breakfast. Isn’t it the best? It was also nice to not worry about if it was cold out. It was a little glimpse of what is to come. I got to wear bear legs, sandals and short sleeves. Yay! I found this stripped pink tee so long ago and it is such a staple in my wardrobe. I feel like it goes with everything. I love the little scoop neck in both the front and back.

This is totally off topic but anyone teach their kiddos sign language? Kev and I really want to and we have been starting to do the signs as we say the words more, milk, please and all done. I am pretty excited. Our friends did it with their kids and it was so cute and useful.
Express Striped Tee: Thrifted (Similar Top)
Wool Pencil Skirt: J.Crew
Sandals: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Franklin Be Thankful Necklace: c/o Jess LC

And I may be bugging you all week but could you please vote again today for me in the Top 25 Moms with style. I was way late to the game and have some catching up to do. You can vote once a day. Please and Thank you!!!

  1. demoree •

    jen, you are so pretty! 🙂 i just love the jcrew skirt– you’ve worn it so many ways and each time it looks great. they have such good pieces.

  2. baby sign language is really fun and super helpful for those months before they can talk, but when you know they’re able to communicate. my son is over 2 and he still sometimes will sign “please” instead of saying it.

  3. i love going out for breakfast too! it starts the day out right! and your skirt is a gorgeous color 🙂

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  4. I LOVE your skirt and shoes. Super springy and cute!

  5. Hey Jen! We’re teaching our daughter sign language as well! We started just after she turned 6 months, and our sister in law said it took her daughters about 2 months to start doing the signs themselves. We’re starting to see some little glimpses at attempts for signing… we think! It’s hard to be sure if she’s trying to say more or just clapping her hands haha! We are pretty excited about it though, too!

  6. Huge fan of a few things about this post:

    First, pink and mustard. Love that combo. Always unexpected but the colors go so well together. I was a little obsessed this fall..
    Second, going out for breakfast. It’s probably my favorite meal and there’s nothing like starting the day off right with a delicious meal that someone besides myself made.
    Third, that it was in the 80s. I need more of that weather please and thank you.

    Good luck with the sign language! Don’t have much input but it sounds like a great idea.

  7. A. I too love going out for breakfast, even though it’s such an easy meal to make!
    B. Sign language is a great idea, i know lots of parents who loved using it.
    C. The idea of you with “bear” legs is adorable. 😛

  8. You make those Forever 21 sandals look gooooooooood! How are they holding up for you, being F21 and all? I have been considering getting them, but am wondering if it is even worth the $30.

  9. when we had foster babies, we did some basic sign language. we had one little boy for a year, and we got him when he was about 11 months old. we taught him “more please” “milk” “all done” “no touch” “thank you” “please”

    it was so cute to watch him sign to us. 🙂 i highly recommend teaching rowan sign language. its also been proven to help with the verbal communication skills.

  10. I really like the simplicity of this outfit! I’m saving it for inspiration.

  11. that skirt is making me swoon. LOVE IT! you look terrific. can’t wait for real spring!!!

  12. Voted girl!

  13. I love this outfit! classic!

  14. perfect outfit for a fun family morning, i love it!

  15. I love this mustard skirt!

  16. Love the mustard for summer! I’m dying to get more yellow into my wardrobe. And how I heart Spillin the Beans! Am hoping to move back to the Capital Region this summer, and this reminds me of one little reason why 🙂

  17. That yellow pencil skirt is super flattering! I love it on you with the platforms!

  18. Hi! Signing is a really great idea and I plan on starting with my daughter soon. She’s 3 months old so she’s probably still a little young. I’m a special education teacher and when I was doing my student teaching I was introduced to something called “Signing Time”. It’s a series of songs, books and videos that were created by a lady named Rachel whose daughter is deaf. The videos and songs are catchy and I want to get some to work with my daughter. :o) You should check them out.

  19. This outfit is perfect for spring! Mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors. It seems to work so well in spring and fall! I love your simple striped top. I would love to replicate this outfit.

  20. Voted for you! Love the mustard skirt!

  21. I love going out to breakfast. I think it is so much better then going out for dinner. Also your outfit is amazing! I love the color of your skirt.

  22. I adore that J.Crew skirt, so fun to see it re-mixed. The pink stripes + platforms are just perfect with it, love it! Hmm, and your little breakfast place sounds absolutely wonderful!! xx veronika

  23. Definitely start using baby sign with Rowan!!! It is the most amazing way for her to communicate with you two before she is developmentally ready to verbalize. I use it at work all the time!!

  24. You look so pretty!
    I voted for you! 🙂

  25. My parents did a little sign language with my younger brother and sister, and it was amazing how much it helped them. They develop the necessary skills for communication long before the ability to form words and speak, so it’s a great way to have a less-frustrated kiddo, and be less frustrated yourself, as they cry less and tell you what they want more. : P It also really sets them up for language once they can form the words. I probably don’t need to sell you on it, as you’re already doing this, but it really is a great thing to do for many reasons. (And honestly, it is just SO CUTE! That’s a great part, too.)

  26. I started teaching our Munchkin sign language at about 7 months. It was great for a while, but he pretty quickly learned the words and started talking. He would rather be talking. 🙂 It is great for communication before they can use words.

  27. Isn’t the warmer weather here amazing?! I’ve been wearing skirts + bare legs all week, and spending my lunch breaks in the park in the sun! Love it. 🙂

  28. Thank you for showing me that a fall color can also be a SPRING color. So beautiful!!

  29. my parents used baby signing with my younger sister, who was adopted at 10 months old. it is good for them developmentally and gives them the ability to ask for what they want instead of SCREAMING it! seriously try it, it will save lots of sanity 🙂

  30. We are trying to teach our little bean sign language, but mostly we just make the signs and she coos. Though she just started clapping at us, so who knows, maybe she trying to sign to us? From what I hear most babes don’t pick it up until 10/11/12 months old, so we’re just going to keep at it. We bought the DVD Signing Time and Ella loves, LOVES, it.

  31. I LOVE the colors in this outfit! Work it Jen! That skirt is amazing on you and those shoes are fabulous!

    My two cents on sign language — my mom and I were talking and a friend of ours has taught their baby sign language, maybe too much or even primarily, but now she’s 3 years old and they can’t get her to speak! So maybe thank you, I love you, milk, or poop but don’t lose the actual speaking language within teaching ASL…?

    And maybe throw some Spanish or French in there too, eh?

  32. Those were the signs that my sister taught her son, also Rowan. It was great that he could tell us when he wanted more to eat and more milk! We also had 3 cats in the house so he learned that sign too! 🙂

  33. I love this outfit! I’m a new reader but it’s my favorite one so far.

    We taught our boy sign language starting really young. We had the Baby Signing Time series recommended to us since neither of us know a ton of signs. They have cute videos and books for babies and toddlers. We didn’t do any other tv but this was a wonderful was for us all to learn. Our son knew over 100 signs by the time he was 2, it was wonderful for communicating before he could talk. He’ll still do some signs as he says the words, he’s 2 1/2 and though we don’t use the signs anymore I think of this as his first exposure to another language. We plan to teach our next baby sign from the beginning as well.

    Good luck!

  34. This comob is one of my favs. I love that mustard skirt with those shades – hot mama!

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