thank goodness for big sisters. (+ a freshly picked sale & giveaway)

before William was born, i thought a lot about what it would mean for Amelia to be a big sister. i’m the oldest of five kids, and i’m only 13 months older than my brother, so i’ve never really known what it felt like to be an only child. i’ve only ever really been a big sister. the sibling relationship fascinates me, and so instead of worrying about if i would have enough love to go around (i knew i would), i wondered what that relationship would look like for my children.

from the moment they met, all my wildest dreams for my children came true. Amelia was instantly infatuated with this tiny baby brother we introduced her to, and amazingly, William seemed to know and love her right back. it seems crazy, but it was easy to see that there was an immediate bond between them.

ever since that first meeting, Amelia has been the best big sister. she wants to hold William all the time (as long as he isn’t crying), she lets me know if she thinks he wants a diaper change or is hungry again (she’s almost always right with her suggestions), and whenever she sees “baby William”, she goes over to him and reminds him that “it’s okay, big sister is here!”.

i mean, she’s not perfect, she is only two. she has asked me on many occasions if she can hit her brother, and has also demanded that her stuffed animals be allowed to sleep in his bassinet instead of him. she also thinks everything belongs to her; blankets, swing, moccasins, you name it, she would like it to be hers.

but the overwhelming feeling from her is love. and she is a big help to me with getting clothes and diapers when i’ve forgotten them in the other room, or even talking to him when he’s fussy to calm him down. as she gets older, i know she’ll help me dress him, and teach him how to drive me insane, as older sisters should. 

there’s something awesome about watching their relationship grow from nothing to everything. i feel like i’m watching some sort of secret club be formed, and it’s a pretty great feeling knowing that i gave them the gift of each other. 

we love Freshly Picked moccasins in this house (see above about Amelia wanting all the moccasins to be hers), so i am super excited to be partnering with them as they kick off their biggest sale of the year! 

the sale starts TODAY, november 22nd at 10am MST, and only last for 24 hours. this is Freshly Picked’s biggest sale of the year. everything on the site is 25% off, which only happens twice a year!!! if you’ve ever thought about purchasing a pair of moccasins from Freshly Picked, this is the time to do it!

and now for even more fun news: in honor of the sale, Freshly Picked is allowing me to give away a pair of moccasins this week! the giveaway is going to be held over on my instagram (@erinhzauner), and will run during the week of november 22nd to november 27th. to enter, go to my instagram post about the giveaway. then just do the following to be entered:

  1. follow both my instagram account and Freshly Picked’s instagram account.
  2. “like” the instagram post.
  3. tag a friend who would like to hear about the giveaway and the sale in the comments. you may make two comments tagging different people for a total of two entries.

that’s it! the winner will be picked at random on november 28th, and i will send a message to the individual to gather their information.

good luck! Amelia says she’ll take any extra mocs if you feel like sharing, since she doesn’t fit in her brother’s.

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9 tips for handling problem skin.

if you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know i’m no stranger to problem skin. i’m almost 29 years old, and it’s taken me until this point in my life to figure out how to handle my skin issues. my new skincare routine helps keep them at bay (you’ll hear about that soon), but they’re by no means fixed. because i still have breakouts more regularly than i’d like, i’ve developed a few tricks that i use to handle those with minimal irritation. i thought i’d share them here if anyone else is in this boat with me.


me, looking hot in my face mask.

9 tips for handling problem skin

  1. wash your face every night. no exceptions. this is so hard for some reason. some nights, i’d rather do anything than spend time washing my face before bed. you tired ladies hear me, right? but it’s so, so important to do. having a clean, moisturized face before bed allows your skin to breathe, and keeps those gross germs off your face (and your pillow), which makes breakouts less likely to happen.
  2. use face masks regularly. i would suggest picking a day of the week to use as your “extra pampering” night. then, every week on that day, spend a little extra time on your bedtime routine. instead of just washing your face, wash, exfoliate, then use a face mask. i love this charcoal mask from origins, but there are a lot of inexpensive ones from the drugstore that are wonderful too.
  3. keep those filthy paws off. i need to take my own advice on this one. DON’T TOUCH YO’ FACE! there are so many germs on your hands, and when you touch your face, those germs get on your face. i can’t tell you how often i find myself resting my hand on my chin or cheek during the day, or absentmindedly picking at a blemish. pretty sure i’d never get breakouts, or they would at least heal faster, if i just didn’t touch my face.
  4. drink as much water as possible. again, need to take my own advice on this. the more water you drink, the more hydrated you are. the more hydrated you are, the more hydrated your skin is. the more hydrated your skin is, the less natural oils it needs to produce to keep from drying out, which means less chances for your pores to get clogged and turn into blemishes. i’m trying to get better about drinking more water throughout the day (it’d be so easy, except, COFFEE). if you have a hard time getting your water in during the day, may i suggest investing in an adorable water bottle? my fave is bkr (pronounced “beaker”), because they come in a million colors (i have light green and dark purple), they’re glass, and they look damn cute when you carry them around.
  5. use moisturizers that match your needs. if you have really oily skin, you probably aren’t going to want to slather on a heavy cream, whereas if your skin is like a desert, that might be a good idea for you. if you don’t have the right moisturizer, you can cause your skin to overproduce or underproduce the right amount of oils, which can throw everything out of whack. it might take some trial and error, or maybe even a trip to an esthetician, but it’s worth it to figure out your skins needs and prevent the problems.
  6. be gentle with your skin. up until a couple of years ago, i would wage war with my skin, even when it wasn’t behaving badly. in my head, i had problem skin, so that meant i always had to try to fight it and control it. this is not smart thinking. if you’re gentle to your skin, by letting it breathe when you can, using natural products and keeping the harsh treatments to only the times you really need them, your skin will be able to find its rhythm. so even though it’s easier said than done, be nice.
  7. get a facial when you can. i know, this sounds frivolous, but if you have issues with your skin, this might be the very best thing you can do. and i’m not talking about getting a facial at the spa. i’m talking about getting a facial from a place where that’s all they do, and where they use medical grade equipment and products. those estheticians know their stuff, and they can help figure out where your best place to start to fi your skin issues will be. it can be expensive, but give up your latte one week a month (replace that latte with water in you cute water bottle!), and you’ll have enough to have a facial 2-3 times a year. or do what i do and ask for gift cards for christmas and your birthday.
  8. take vitamin d and fish oil and probiotics. i’m religious about taking my vitamin d and fish oil, and since i started taking them a few years ago, have noticed an ever so subtle improvement in my skin. i’m trying to get into the habit of taking probiotics for about a month at a time to make sure my bacteria is in a good place, because when your internal bacteria is out of whack (due to stress or illness or whatever), it can cause your skin to get really inflamed and clogged up. take it for what it’s worth, but if you’re looking for something you haven’t tried, treating your skin from the inside out along with the water could be what you need.
  9. when you get a breakout, heat and treat. if you’re doing everything you can to keep your problem skin under control, but you still get the occasional (or common) breakout, don’t pick at it (see #3 above) like i normally do. i have a face full of scars that will show you why that’s a bad idea. instead, if you absolutely must do something to a breakout and can’t leave it along, heat it and treat it. by that, i mean wash your face and remove all makeup and dirt. then, take a washcloth and run it under hot water until it’s kind of steamed. hold the washcloth on your blemish(es) until the rag gets cool. repeat 1-2 times. the heat and steam help open up your pores so they have a chance to get cleaned out. rinse the washcloth in hot water once more and hold it over your whole face, then wipe your face off gently. let your face air dry, then apply some kind of spot treatment to your blemishes, be it tea tree oil, a salicylic acid treatment, a benzoyl peroxide treatment, or something else. this should help sanitize the blemish and also dry it out and shrink it, which will make it go away sooner.


what do you all do when you have breakouts? any awesome tips i haven’t mentioned above? please share, because i am always looking for the magic idea that will cure my skin once and for all.

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inexpensive holiday outfit inspiration.

i’ll admit, i’m feeling a bit lackluster in my holiday style this year. i’ve opted out of buying anything new (waaaaah!) until after i know what christmas brings, but because of my recent closet purges, i haven’t really added anything that i feel exceptionally festive in.

i decided that i’m going to rely on my staple outfits, but i’ll add some festive holiday flair to them with some inexpensive items. think tights, socks, scarves, makeup and jewelry. it’s not exactly a reinvention of the wheel, but i think we all find ourselves in a place where we don’t have the “perfect” outfit and need a way to make what we have work for the occasion.

i honestly get a lot of inspiration for this from my friends. in particular, my friend caitlin is notoriously good at looking perfect for whatever occasion she’s in, whether it’s brunch or a bachelorette party, while hanna (she’s actually a cousin-friend) is amazing at using accessories + jewelry to look amazing ALL THE TIME. every time i’m with either of them, i’m like, alright, i am going to look adorable every day by copying them. it usually lasts for two days until i fall back into my old ways, but every now and again (like during the holidays), i get reinspired and try my best to live up to their awesomeness.

for the sake of this post, i’m going to take one dress and show how with a few changes to little things, you can have multiple outfits to wear to holiday events (which, if you’re anything like me, you have plenty of).

scarf + tights + hair

add tights, a scarf and a cute updo to any simple dress for a simple holiday outfit.

scarf: CAbi | dress: stitchfix | tights: target | shoes: macys (old, similar here) | makeup favorites: here



my original plan for this look was to wear my cranberry tights, because cranberry is festive and also you know i love it. but then i realized my cranberry tights had a HUGE run in them (please tell me that happened when i got home from wherever i wore them last, amen.) and had to improvise. i like how the purple tights turned out! they’re not too flashy for those of you who don’t like that sort of thing, but they add a fun, unexpected pop of color in a not too obvious holiday way. a topknot is always a good idea when going for the holiday vibe (and also when you were out at the last party too late and decided that washing your hair was overrated).

shoes + jewelry


necklace: CAbi | shoes: banana republic (old, similar here)



you can’t go wrong with leopard shoes. that’s a fact. they’re basically a neutral, and yet they scream, LOOK AT HOW GREAT AND FUN I AM! tell me, where is the downside? i paired these with the same purple tights as before, but you could wear black tights, grey tights, any tights with these, or go bare-legged if you live in a climate suitable for that sort of craziness. and i’m not usually a statement necklace sort of gal, but if any occasion calls for some glitz around your neck parts, it’s a holiday party.

makeup + jewelry


makeup favorites: here | eyeshadow + bronzer: urban decay naked on the run palette (unavailable) | lips: revlon (similar here) | necklace: target (old)



i love a bold lip any old time of year. give me orange lips in the summer, berry lips in the fall, and fuschia lips ALWAYS. but never is there a more fitting time for a classic red lip than the christmas holiday. it’s color appropriate, it’s fun, and it goes with everything. paired with some brown + slightly sparkly eyes, it’s classic without being boring. the palette i used for the eyes is unavailable, but use any matte light/dark browns with some brown/gold shimmer and you’ll match it easily. i went for a colorful necklace here to complement my lips and because my dress is so neutral, but it would be so cool to get something big and shiny and neutral to wear with something more colorful or festive.

hope you liked these ideas and that they gave you a bit of inspiration for this week. let me know if you’re like me and constantly looking for last-minute holiday outfits. what are your tips + tricks for making it work without going online shopping crazy?

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how to find your personal style (part three).

if you missed my first post or my second post on this topic, i highly recommend taking a moment to go back and read them. it will give you all the background you need so you won’t be lost as we jump into part three of this series. make sure to save or pin these posts so you can come back to them if you decide to use these tips down the road!


okay, so by now you’ve hopefully cleaned out your closet, identified your personal style themes and given your style a name. high five, amazing job, does it feel wonderful? hopefully! now your ready for the last step, filling the gaps and living your damn life.

not everyone will need to fill gaps. you might have started with enough clothing or had a good enough grip on your style to get rid of just enough to have a solid wardrobe. i was almost there, but did find some gaps here and there that needed to be filled (and still need to be filled, if we’re being honest). you might find that once you went through your dresses, you were left with a handful you love, which makes you want to wear more dresses like that, but you need to invest in a few to round out your collection. in my case, for work and everday dresses, i love jersey knits with tailored waists and swingy skirts, as well as shirtdresses with belts. but i only have one or two of each of these. i could stand to pick up a couple more in black, gray, or green (hell, maybe a nice blush color too).

edited wardrobe dress wishlist

you might also find that you’re fine with jeans, but your shorts collection could use a little boost. i realized that while i am totally set with my tank tops, short sleeve shirts and sweatshirts, i’m woefully lacking in simple, long-sleeved shirts. this is a problem where i live, and i’m not sure how i didn’t realize this sooner? question mark? once you fill your style gaps, all you have to do is remember what you’ve learned and go out into the world & look gorgeous.

edited wardrobe wishlist 2

how to find your personal style

(filling gaps AND looking gorgeous)

  1. identify gaps in your wardrobe. are there any items that you know you love, but you’re starting out with only one or two pieces? when you look at your wardrobe, is there anything you’re outright missing like long-sleeved shirts, blazers, or shorts? once you see what you’re missing, make a list of the key pieces you want to add to your wardrobe. [insert photo collages of key pieces for wardrobes; tops/bottoms/dresses]
  2. fill the gaps in your wardrobe. don’t feel like you have to do this all at once. in fact, anytime you add pieces to your wardrobe, it should be a well thought out process, and you should take the time you need to do it right. don’t buy a piece just because it’s the right color, or has the right length of sleeves. anything that you buy should be something you love, because otherwise you’re going to have to repeat step one of this process over and over again. now that you know your style inside and out, you can tell what you love and what you’ll wear, so make your choices accordingly.
  3. look gorgeous. this is self-explanatory. now that you know what clothes make you feel good, getting dressed everyday isn’t going to be a chore because you know you’ll love anything you put on. and when getting dressed isn’t a stressful process, you’re going to be happier and more confident in your own skin and your personal style.

i hope that these tips have been helpful for you. i know that my mornings are so much easier now that i’ve gone through this exercise, and easy morning make me really happy. hopefully you find the same to be true. also, if you ever want help naming your style, please let me know because i live for that stuff!

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how to find your personal style (part two).

if you missed my first post on this topic, i highly recommend taking a moment to go back and read it. it will give you all the background you need so you won’t be lost as we jump into part two of this series. make sure to save or pin these posts so you can come back to them if you decide to use these tips down the road! click here to read the final post in the series. 


now that you’ve gone through and cleaned out your wardrobe, you’re starting with a clean slate. you’re hopefully down to the clothes that you love and actually wear, which is the best feeling ever, right? and now comes the fun part, at least if you’re a nerd like me. taking what you have and using it to find what your personal style really is.

the great thing about the next step is that it allows to to learn things about your style that you might not have been aware of before (who knew that you liked relaxed denim more than skinnies?), and it allows you to be creative while still following a style blueprint that you set for yourself.

the important thing to remember as you go through and identify themes and name your style is that you need to make it a judgement free process. for example, i realized that i own a silly amount of leggings. but because i did the work to figure out what i love and wear, that’s okay, because they all get some use, even if it means i’m not the high fashion maven i wish i could be. once i let go of some of my preconceived notions of my style, i’m able to more fully express myself in what my style actually is instead of what i wish it was.

how to find your personal style

(identifying themes and naming your style)

  1. notice any common color themes. what colors does your style tend toward? are all your tops in vibrant, bold colors? do you lean more towards neutral tops with colored bottoms? or are you black on black on black, all day everyday? once you identify your color themes, you have a better idea of what to add to your wardrobe in the future. if you’ve figured out that you NEVER wear pastels, then you also know to not buy any pastels, because they’ll just go to waste. how-to-find-your-personal-style
  2. notice any common style themes. when i took a closer look at my wardrobe, i was shocked at how clear my style became. i clearly favor classic dress silhouettes, styles with nipped-in waists, and relaxed tops with fitted bottoms. when you start to notice style themes in your own wardrobe, you might see that you love tops that show off your arms, or high-waisted bottoms. it doesn’t matter what you find, as long as it helps you identify your style more clearly for the future. how-to-find-your-personal-style
  3. let go of your preconceived notions. we all have trends and styles we wish we could wear and look good in. but the reality is that some of us (me) will never look good in some styles (racerback tanks). and it’s okay to be okay with that. once you let go of what you wish your style was, the sooner you can embrace what your style is, and make it your own.
  4. give your style a name. this is my favorite part of the process, because you get to nerd out a bit. when you name your personal style, you make it official. i’ve dubbed my style “classic bohemian”. i tend to like classic cuts and colors, but at the same time lean towards styles that are more relaxed and easygoing. now whenever i see the words “classic”, “relaxed”, “bohemian”, “comfortable”, “polished”, etc. describing clothing, i know that there’s a good chance that it’ll fit my style. your style might be “retro chic” or “uptown polished”, but whatever it is, it’s yours to embrace!

next week i’ll share the final post on this topic and talk about filling the gaps in your newly identified personal style. hope to see you there!

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