love styled: winter in the desert + a giveaway

mama and mini desert style | thelovedesignedlife.com

Winter here in the desert looks a little different than most parts of the country, so today’s Love Styled post is our mama + mini version of what we wear here, now. To be honest, there are times I miss the snow. Mostly it’s around Christmas and that whole “dreaming of a white Christmas” thing. But other than that, I am perfectly content NOT dealing with it. After Christmas is over I’m all ready for spring! Haha.

So I am pretty happy that most days, we can get away with just one light extra layer over what we wear for most of the year. For me, I love finding pieces that layer well and can be worn again and again. Since little miss grows like a weed, I find it more fun to find her unique pieces to dress her up in.

little miss sassy pants wearing crew + lu | thelovedesingedlife.com

modern motherhood, desert style | thelovedesignedlife.com mama + mini style goals | thelovedesignedlife.com adventuring through the desert with my girl | thelovedesignedlife.com

Since becoming a stay at home mom, my style has changed dramatically from my fashion industry days. I used to wear heels every day. And while I wouldn’t call my previous work attire very “businessy,” I did like to dress the part. After leaving my job, I went through a brief stint of wearing my yoga pants all the time [haven’t we all, mamas?!]. In my defence, for a good 10 months of that time I was pregnant. And then postpartum. Anyway, now I feel like I have finally settled on more of a casual everyday ‘mom style.’

One of the things I vowed never to do after becoming a mom was to wear a backpack. Despite how convenient everyone claimed they were, I just couldn’t see myself actually wearing one. It’s kinda like the whole minivan factor. Yeah, it’s convenient. But it’s a backpack [minivan].

Well last year I got this Nena & Co. day bag and it has been on heavy rotation ever since. So when I heard that Nena was planning to add straps to their wonderful bags to make them backpack optional, I was sold! Bonus that I love this company because they employ local Guatemalan artisans to hand make each bag. And each piece is unique because it is made from vintage Huipil [a special hand woven shirt in Guatemala].

this nena + co. leather convertible day bag makes me so happy.
love styled in the desert for mom and mini | thelovedesignedlife.com mama + mini style and adventure | thelovedesignedlife.com

As you probably already know, my Twelve Days of Giveaways is going off right now on my Instagram and today is day six! And today, I have teamed up with Nena & Co. to give one lucky winner a $100 giftcard to Nena & Co., the makers of my beautiful new bag! But you can only enter over on my Instagram @thelovedesignedife.

love my new nena + co. convertable day bag backpack | thelovedesignedlife.com

If you are loving our looks here as much as we are, stay tuned because later in the week, we are also giving away shop credits to Vida Moulin [my dress] and Crew & Lu [her outfit] on Insta!

mama / daughter love | thelovedesignedlife.com

on me: shirt jacket // dress // boots // backpack //

on her: hair bows // top // bloomers // tights [similar] // boots

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