Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day

We took 32 pictures and this one is the best group shot we got. Awesome.

At least the kids came through in the end :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and enjoyed the long weekend!

xoxo Sheridan

How I Wore It :: Day to Day + Kate





I usually take photos for What I Wore when I am dressed up for an appointment, or have a lunch meeting or party to attend; in between those times I am super casual in one of three things: an item of clothing from my line, white jean shorts with a brightly/neon colored shirt, or exercise clothes, with a neon sports bra, obvi.

Biz snapped these photos a few days ago of me in my day to day clothes. Nothing remarkable...except that my new best friend is in the photo: her name is Kate.

I know what you're thinking. "Sheridan, you have reached a new low. Your best friend is a bag?" Yes. Yes it is.

Those who read my blog regularly know how head over heels I am for my Mia Bossi diaper bag. {I talk about it here and here}. I have searched high and low for a worthy competitor and could never find any that came remotely close...until now.

Readers, meet Kate. Kate, readers. You will soon become the best of friends, too. Kate is chic. Kate is stylish. Kate, much like a mother, can carry 51,000 things at once with a child under each arm at the same time. She doubles as a diaper bag, a gym bag, an overnight bag and everything in between, and I can't find enough things to fill her pockets - there are TEN inside alone - never thought I'd see the day!

Manufactured by MZ Wallace, the quality is impeccable and the details are to die for. Um hello red lining! Hi extra shoulder strap! Where do I put my keys and cell phone for easy access? One of the small front pockets, or the detachable purse inside. What about flip flops so that I don't get other things in the bag dirty? There's a big pocket on the back for that. It's so pretty, what do I do when my angel pukes all over it? It's nylon which means easy cleaning in a snap. I like that it is not bulky like the Mia Bossi. I actually use this while running errands even if the kiddos aren't with me. The Mia Bossi is far too large to do that with. You do have to fold things to fit them in the pockets of Kate {burp cloths or onesies, for example} but that actually helps the organization level which is an area I am in need of serious assistance with. There is still plenty of room to just throw everything in and go though, if that's your style.

I am telling you: Kate. Rocks. She is also available in tons of other colors. Visit the website here to scope out the different options as well as all of their other bags. So fab!!



I tied a Crew Cuts bandana around one of the straps just for kicks - I am always tying scarves and whatnot onto things.





Elizabeth and James shirt, Urban Outfitter jean shorts, Havaiana flip flops, Prada Sunglasses, MZ Wallace Kate bag




Had to share my new sunglasses with you all!! Given that all of my sunglasses typically get sat on, eaten by a dog or crushed to smithereens by a toddler within a month of purchase, I usually stick to shopping for them at Super Target. These were just tooooooo good to pass up, though I think Squish wears them much better than Mommy does:




FYI, for those of you that are part of the TCU family, this is how he does "Go Frogs." HA!!

xoxo Sheridan

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Go Nude


Finding the perfect neutral sandal is a happy, not to mention essential, challenge for me. Essential because nothing will make your legs look longer or leaner than a nude sandal that compliments your skin tone. Seriously, your legs just got 4 inches longer. It is a happy challenge because there are always endless options in every possible style of tan, camel, khaki, beige and brown, so you are guaranteed to find something that will work. How often can we say this about fashion?! Here are a selection of my very favorites that help your legs go the extra mile for beach, lake or poolside fun this summer.

{p.s. throw on some neon polish for an insta-tan}



xoxo Sheridan

Friday, May 27, 2011

Feed Me Seymour



Hands up for those who remember the movie Little Shop of Horrors! Anyone? Anyone?? Come on think hard. Rick Moranis, Steve Martin as the psycho dentist, giant fly-trap plant that eats people...yesssss that one. Well. Turns out that the huge plant man-eater was REAL {gasp!} and is in Munchkin's bed every night somewhere between 2:30-4:00am. It's the craziest thing. I put her down and she is sweet little angel doll....I think....


I mean look that pic. Even Squish knows something is up.

I feed her at 10pm and she still appears to be precious darling squeezy squeeze....or am I just being naive? Taken advantage of??

Then, sometime during that four hour window between 10:30pm and 2:30am, darling Munch disappears and the giant man-eating plant that demands to be fed is blowing up the monitor. I am so afraid to press the little video button on it that lets me see into her crib because it scaaarrreeeeeeeeees meeeee when it is all CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP bleeerrrrrggggg grug grug feed meeeee FOOD you crazy mother person or I swear to you I will get out of this crib I WILL and walk down those stairs and you will see my huge sharp plant fangs in person and SNAP SNAP BLERG CHOMP I WILL TAKE YOUR AAAAAAARMS FEEEEEEEED MEEEEEE level of screaming.

I swear to you I am not making this up. Photographic proof:

I rest my case.

Everyone have a great weekend and a wonderful Memorial Day! Remember to take a moment to pause and really think about what the day commemorates.

xoxo Sheridan

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How I Wore It :: Rainy Days


I'm not sure how many of you were tuning into the news this week but around these parts there have been tornadoes every 2.4 seconds, hail the size of softballs, and tons of rain to go along with it. For the moments I absolutely had to leave the house, I threw on my trusty Miu Miu trench that got me through the worst of Scotland's downpours. {Actually Scotland has nothing on Texas storms, but at least I got to give the coat a test run across the pond}.

I added some warm accessories as well to will the sun to make even a momentary appearance: my perfectly over-the-top lemon yellow necklace and favorite orange clutch. Turns out, as soon as we took these photos, the clouds decided to part and gave us some much needed Vitamin D. Guess the necklace and clutch worked ;)






{don't you just adore that hot pink lining?! tooooooo good. check out mary's other bags on her website - she's a texas native!}

{these are my version of dorothy's red slippers. perfect in every way. biz got them for me in london last year for our anniversary. i melt}.

Miu Miu trench coat :: White tank from store on Bleecker in NYC :: Citizens of Humanity jeans :: Miu Miu yellow beveled bead necklace :: Mary Nichols orange clutch :: Miu Miu green patent and silver bow pumps

xoxo Sheridan

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pink and Orange Home Accents


I'm not gonna lie. I'm kind of a big deal... because I finally created an inspiration board! I have given myself a huge neon gold star for this, fyi. {Click the image to see it in a larger format} How do I get this to appear larger on here though, anyone know? Libby??

I have been meaning to start doing inspiration boards since mid 2010 - really - but finding the time to actually learn how to do so seemed too daunting of a task. Nevermore! I was inspired last night at 9pm to get a crackin' and turns out, it was a piece of pink cake! I feel great to have been able to whip one up. Obviously I had to start with pink and orange, one of my favorite color combos of all time.

I adore pink and orange. Truly, I never get sick of it. {just look at my living room draperies, for example}. Probably because seeing the two shades together just begs for some downtime by the pool with some huge pink sunglasses and oversized orange hat...with a big glass of pink lemonade in hand. If you're in any type of Texas-esque heat like me though and would rather not melt on the spot, add some pink and orange accents into your home and you will be just as content...no sunscreen required.

{2} Square Feathers Zebra Pillow {they're out of Austin, TX!}
{6} Elvis Silk Screen {hello I'm in love. Definitely going in Munch's big girl room}

xoxo Sheridan

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Woman's Dictionary



I am sure most of you have seen this but I never get tired of reading it. Truer words were never spoken! Who do I speak to about making sure every groom in the world fully understands this before saying his "I Do's"? ;)

A Woman's Dictionary

{1} "Fine"
This is the word women use at the end of any argument when they feel they are right but can't stand to hear you argue any longer. It means you should shut up. {NEVER use "fine" to describe how she looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.}

{2} "Five Minutes"
This is half an hour. It is the equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so women feel that it is an even trade.

{3} "Nothing"
"Nothing" means something and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with the word "Fine."

{4} "Go Ahead" - with raised eyebrows
This is NOT permission; it is a dare! If you mistake it for permission, the result will be the woman getting upset over "Nothing" and you'll have a "Five Minute" discussion that will end with the word "Fine."

{5} "Go Ahead" - normal eyebrows
This is NOT permission, either. It means, "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care." You will get a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.

{6} "Loud Sigh"
This is not actually a word, but is still often a verbal statement. It is very frequently misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are a complete idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing."

{7} "Soft Sigh"
Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" are one of the few things that some men actually understand. It means she is momentarily content. Your best bet is not to move or breathe in the hope that the moment will last a bit longer.

{8} "Oh"
This word - followed by any statement - is trouble. Example: "Oh, let me get that." Or, "Oh, I talked to him about what you were doing last night." If she says "Oh" before a statement, run, do not walk, to the nearest exit. She will tell you that she is "Fine" when she is done tossing your clothes out the window, but do not expect her to talk to you for at least two days. {"Oh" as the lead to a sentence usually signifies that you are caught in a lie.} Do not try to lie more to get out of it, or you will get a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead" sometimes followed by acts so unspeakable that I can't bring myself to write about them. <---Us? Do unspeakable acts?? Confused.

{9} "That's Ok"
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can say to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before deciding what the penalty will be for whatever you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and in conjunction with a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead." Once she has had time to plan it out, you are in for some mighty big trouble.

{10} "Please Do"
This is not a statement. It is an offer. The woman is giving you the chance to come up with an excuse for what you have done. In other words, a chance to get yourself into even more trouble. If you handle this correctly, you shouldn't get a "That's Okay."

{11} "Thanks"
The woman is thanking you. Don't faint and don't look for hidden meaning. Just say, "you're welcome."

{12} "Thanks A Lot"
"Thanks A Lot" is dramatically different from "Thanks." A woman will say "Thanks A Lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It is usually followed by a "Loud Sigh." This signifies that you have hurt her in some callous way. Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing."


Love you honey!

xoxo Sheridan

Saturday, May 21, 2011

How To :: Basic Brown Eye



Ever since I posted What I Wore :: Black Tie and Pregnant {click} back in November, I have been getting endless requests for makeup tutorials. You, my super stylish readers, want to know how to do smoky eyes, long lashes, red lips, rosy cheeks...you name it, turns out people need help achieving the look!

Most of you don't know this but I love to paint. Love to draw. Any type of art really, I love. I feel like makeup is an extension of art. It is, after all, painting your face. So many different looks and feels can be created with the swoop of a brush...are we talking about makeup or art? See! One in the same! I love the art of makeup as much as I love to paint. All through school - college especially - I would allow for an extra two hours before an event so I would have ample time to do my flatmates' makeup {ahem Fiona, Lindsay, Victoria and Marina} and loved every second of it. It is like playtime for me :)

So, it is extremely flattering to have so many of you reach out to me for help in this realm and I am more than happy to give it. Starting some "How To" tutorials has been on my to do list for months and I am excited to finally have one together for you all!

I decided to start with a basic brown eye. When I first began wearing makeup I refused to wear brown eyeshadow. Refused. I just could not comprehend how brown around my eyes would be remotely appealing. Once I got into the later years of high school and became more comfortable with my look, brown quickly became my go-to shade for my eyes and I have stuck with it as a daily basic ever since. There are no two ways about it: everyone looks good in brown eyeshadow. Learning how to apply it is key, though, so here are some quick and easy steps to get a perfect brown eye to suit any daytime look. The best news: This routine takes a grand total of 3 minutes. Let's begin!

{Step 1} Use an angled brush to apply a deep brown shadow on the outer corners of the eyes. I typically do the top and bottom of my eye, but if you prefer to wear less makeup, sticking with only the eyelid is just fine. Dust any fallen shadow away with a brush, not your finger, to avoid smearing.

{Step 2} Use a brush with a flat bristle arrangement to apply the eyeshadow into your inner eyes. Most people use a pencil eyeliner when they do this but I find that it wears off in less than an hour. Using eyeshadow helps it last much longer.

{Step 3} Using the same brush, apply a thin line of eyeshadow to your eyelids as well as the bottom outside corners if you prefer. Again, I never use pencil eyeliner. It always seems to be too choppy and look too "done." Also: I NEVER draw a line from corner to corner, top and bottom. Unless you are a professional makeup artist, don't do this!! Trust me. Most likely you will enclose your eyes so you look like a Cabbage Patch Kid. No one wants to make their eyes look smaller.

{Step 4} Finish with two coats of mascara. Three if your name is Sheridan. {I can't help it. I'm from Texas.} I always go with black, and have used L'Oreal Voluminous since I was 14. I have probably tried 20 other brands - drugstore to high end - and I firmly believe that it is the best mascara out there. FYI, the waterproof version flakes off so stick with regular. I also coat both sides of my lashes for extra darkness and added depth.

{Step 5} Smile and congratulate yourself on mastering a basic brown eye!

xoxo Sheridan

Friday, May 20, 2011

The 500 Mark


My goal for The Southern Eclectic this year is to reach 500 followers by December 31.

That seemed like such a huge stretch back in January when I had around 120. Now, at nearly 450, the goal is certainly in sight and I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am. How happy I am. How humbled I am that you all keep coming back day after day.

Thank you.

So, I want to do something fun for hitting the 500 mark whenever that day comes...but what?

This is where you come in! Think! Give me suggestions and ideas! Nothing is too crazy. That said, I have already been sky-diving and will not do so again now that I have children, and as much as I would love to {really}, I cannot bungee jump because I have broken both my neck and my back. I am thinking something like...oh I don't know...post a video of me making a total fool of myself trying to do 50 pull-ups. Or smash a cake in my face. Or adopt an animal that you all can name. {The second Biz reads that last sentence I will hear a, "Sheeeerrrridannn! We are NOT getting any more animals!!!} Ok so those are lame ideas... It could be something simple like have another giveaway. Everything is on the table! I am not sure how many responses I will get to this - hopefully a lot! - but once I see how many come in I'll figure out the best way to pick one.

Be creative! Can't waaaaaait to hear what you come up with. Happy weekend!

xoxo Sheridan

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sleep is good.


Image courtesy of Dr. Lill

This is what happens when you don't get enough sleep and are taking care of a sick, teething child with piles of work to do:

- at night when you go to put on your pajamas, you put on a sports bra and exercise clothes instead {I mean, really?? What on earth possessed me to do this I have no idea}
- you find your house keys in the refrigerator
- you try to unlock your house door by pressing the buttons on your car keys...when the door wasn't even locked in the first place

True stories.

Oh and also! Been meaning to share this mini home project with you. Be warned it isn't even close to a knock-your-socks-off before and after room makeover, but I am relieved it is done.

Last Friday - as if I didn't have enough to do - I finally got fed up of toys being scattered in every room of the house. We had Tonka trucks in our bedroom, excavators in the kitchen, stuffed animals in the entrance hall, Thomas the Train engines in my bath tub, tricycles in the dining room and a wagon in the living room, not to mention the 48,973 Hot Wheels cars covering every square inch of floor and furniture in between. We have a big cedar closet in our home that was being used as storage, see:


Well, 99% of the stuff it was storing was junk so I put on my Wonder Woman belt and decided it had to go. It went from that to this in 24 hours:

I only filled it with things we already had around here, like the old Anthropologie rug from our kitchen - and half of the furniture is positioned to block doors to the attic and water heaters - so it is a big mish mash of stuff, but it is fulfilling its role of New Playroom beautifully and I am proud of myself for getting it done!! Pat on the back for me :)

Then I went to the grocery store and wondered why people were giving me funny looks. {More funny looks than usual I mean}. Walked by a mirror when I got home and it looked like I had been rolling around in mud. Mental note: Clean dirt off face before leaving house.


But it was ok because while I was at the grocery store and Walgreens I saw this!

My magazine cover! So amazing to see it mixed in with Time and GQ. Made my week. Next goal: cover of Glamour! :D

7:28pm. Both babies asleep. One last scoop of chocolate almond butter. Bedtime.

xoxo Sheridan

Most Wanted :: Missoni for Bugaboo



With all of the fashion designer and store team-ups lately the really outstanding pairings can get lost. There is absolutely no way anyone would ever be able to overlook what Missoni has created for Bugaboo though. Feast your eyes on this:




Even those of you without rugrats know that those strollers are worth selling your left arm for. What a perfect collaboration! Bugaboo's are the top of the line as far as price but you pay for what you get - a stroller that will last you through every child. We have had ours since Squish was born and it is still in impeccable condition. I thought the bright orange canvas we selected was unique, but it's nothing compared to this Missoni creation! Heartsies. Need now.

xoxo Sheridan

Sunday, May 15, 2011

How I Wore It :: Neon Sunset Tunic :: 50% off!


UPDATE :: All of the tunics were spoken for by the next morning! Thank you to everyone who purchased one. For those of you that I had to turn down - sad day - hang tight until next spring when you will be able to buy directly off of my website!

My factory in Bali decided to do a little switch-a-roo on me.

One of my retailers placed a tunic order and when I submitted it for production, the language barrier got in the way as the fabric that ended up being used on the tunics was not the one I had selected. Since the print is not part of Spring 2011, I have a box of Neon Sunset Tunics with no home. Sad day.

Never one to waste, I decided to just wear one myself to one of Big Squish's friend's birthday parties this weekend. I ended up getting so many compliments I thought, wait...why don't I just sell these to my readers who might not live near one of my retailers?! They are pretty, super soft and mega comfy, after all. Thumbs UP!

For anyone who loves a good bargain or just doesn't want to pay full price {or can't - I know things are tight right now}, I have decided to offer them at 50% off the retail price. This means $149 instead of $295, and I'll even throw in free shipping just to be extra snuggly :)

I styled one three different ways so you could see various ideas on how to wear it and how versatile it can be...

:: casual ::
worn with mirrored Ray Ban Aviators, vintage necklace, black Henri Bendel shorts, Prada python bag, J.Crew sandals

:: crazy ::
worn with pink Ray Ban Wayfarers, turquoise earrings from mi mama, vintage beaded necklaces, turquoise necklace made by yours truly, rhinestone studded skull bag from London, orange J.Crew skirt, Frye boots

:: country club ::
worn with Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, favorite gold necklace, Banana Republic white pants, orange ostrich skin bag - can't remember the designer - bday present from my sweet mother-in-law last year!, bright yellow Louboutins

They are doing me absolutely no good just sitting here in my office and I would rather you have them than anyone, so if you are interested, either leave a comment below or send an email to hello@sheridanfrench.com with your details and we can get to talkin'! First come first serve, so if you would like one let me know and a Neon Sunset will be on its way to you stat!

xoxo Sheridan

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