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Birthday Braids at DB Sutton and Company in Chapel Hill

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1. Deceiving hairdo that looks easy to accomplish when watching YouTube tutorials.  However, it can only be accomplished by interlacing expert gods and hair professionals.

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

   DB Sutton and Company in Chapel Hill 4_2265P I N this to pinterestA couple of weeks ago, Becky and I met Cara, hair stylist extraordinaire from DB Sutton and Company, at Creatives for a Cause.  She had a fun braid demonstration and spoiled us with some fun hair products so we can braid away in our free time.

We were in love with the fine art of braiding and decided to treat ourselves to some one-on-one time with Cara to celebrate Becky’s birthday.  We met Cara at her hair studio in Chapel Hill and relaxed while she played with our hair.  We joked and laughed the whole time – and looked great in record time!  Becky’s hair is perfect for braids, so I expected hers to look as adorable as it did.  I was concerned about mine – since I have so.much.hair.  I may have needed one or two (okay, maybe like five) extra bobby pins – but the end result was amazing.

We were so excited! Braids, just like the perfect pair of jeans, can be dressed up or dressed down.  While Becky went to a lunch date right after – I rocked mine at carpool and got so many compliments.  Surprisingly mine was intact for a couple of days, so definitely worth the investment.

Intricate braids and chignons took center stage at the New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2016 shows – so you know they are going to be ‘hot’ (no pun intended) this summer.

Oh, and one of the most wonderful things about DB Sutton and Company is online booking (see here) We definitely used it to book our braids.

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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family photography and travel sessions.

Spring Mommy and Me Mini Sessions Raleigh | Style 

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

Spring has sprung…I surely hope so! Every time I check the weather app I wonder if it they have an on-going April Fool’s Day joke. Eighty degrees one day, 60 degrees the next..and oh wait, 25 degrees tonight!

For the next couple of weeks, the weather is looking wonderful – and surely looking forward our Mommy and Me sessions next Saturday!  Planning for this session has been so much fun  and can’t wait to introduce our newest friend! To keep the suspense, let’s call her Mrs L.

A little known fact is that most Rebecca Keller photography sessions include the services of yours truly.  When pulling outfits for this spring I found lace and floral patterns to be so in..LOVE IT!

This set has my heart – so perfect for mother’s day brunch or spring pictures!  And it can all be found at one store..even better!   Sadly Zara does not have a store in Raleigh, but my order arrived in record time.  Sizing seems to be true to size so will definitely be shopping  there again.

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Mom Dress | Mom Shoes | Dress Girl | Shoes Girl| Shirt Boy | Pants Boy | Shoes Boy

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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Spring Mommy and Me Mini Sessions Raleigh and Raleigh family photography.


What to Wear Wednesday | Date Night

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

This is a story about me and my closet.  And how it is full of perfectly comfortable playdates, playground and carpool outfits – but not so much of a selection of cute outfits for a date night – YES, I said a date night!  Mr. Little Apple and I are so busy running around with our kids activities that when is time for us, we normally choose a Netflix Movie and some microwave popcorn.

For my birthday this year (shout out to all my Aquarians out there!) Beau surprised me with dance lessons.  I was really surprised for the thoughtfulness of his gift – I guess the Dancing with the Stars marathons I “make” him watch hinted him how much I love ballroom dancing.   Growing up in South America you are born dancing.  You dance Salsa before you crawl and you just move when a song starts.  It is in your blood.  You THINK you know how to dance…until your husband takes you to dance lessons and you meet your dance instructor Jordan…but that is a whole different blog post!

I wanted something Spring and happy. The dress couldn’t be too short since I was going to be twirling, and not too long because I did not want to trip and fall.  I also wanted something budget friendly and since I had to pick up my preschooler in one hour – it needed to be all in one store.  WELL, let’s see what I could find at Target!  I think it turned out great and I will be wearing it on Easter Sunday as well.  I just love how it works great with the light blue/gray color palette I chose for the kids this year — I happened to find at the same store while I stopped for detergent.  Am I the only person that goes to Target for one thing and ends up with a full buggy every.single.time?  I am sure I am not!


The shoes and necklace were already in my closet – The “Tara Heels” are so comfortable I can see me wearing them all summer, when I am not chasing a 3 year old of course:)

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Dress | Clutch | Shoes | Necklace

Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about What to Wear Wednesdays and Raleigh family photography.

I mentioned last week how it is really hard for me to pick outfits for myself.  I also have to confess I am a “subscription box” junkie – Stitch Fix, Birchbox, Rocksbox, Fabletics – you name it, I have tried it.  I needed a party dress and I had read good reviews about Rent the Runway. After finding out one of my most favorite designers, Monique Lhuillier, had several dresses available in this site I was sold!

The search tools are very user friendly and I was able to find a dress I liked quickly. Interestingly, the cost of rental for the dress I chose was slightly higher than their Unlimited Package. In the Unlimited Package you can rent up to three products at any time – and you do not need to return all three at the same time, you can return one a time to receive a new product.  I, of course, immediately upgraded (remember I said I was a subscription junkie?).  After signing up I realized the dress I wanted was not included in the Unlimited inventory. ERRRRR.  If you decide to sign up for Unlimited RTR, please note the inventory is not the same as regular RTR.  I contacted Customer Service and explained the misunderstanding.  The total cost was reimbursed to me within minutes.

I was overwhelmed and decided to hold on my rental for a couple of days…BIG mistake.  My beloved dress was no longer available for the time frame needed when I checked a couple of days later.  The reviews are best part of RTR – real users post pictures and comments on fit, material, and/or experience.  These comments are easy accessible when you are looking at each dress.  I looked for alternatives and found a couple that would work – for ease of this post we will call the dress I chose, Dress X.    Most commentators had issues with Dress X’s length – it was super long…and I am super short.  I called customer service and they offered sending me a second dress for half of the rental price.  I told you their customer service is amazing!  WELL – there is more.  Four days before the event, I get an email from RTR to let me know that my back up dress was returned damaged and was not going to be ready for shipment.   As an apology they were asking me to pick another dress with up to twice the rental value, at no additional cost.  At that point I had found a pair of shoes that were making me look super tall and this would solve the length issue.   I decided to receive only Dress X.  RTR will also send you another size of the same dress at no additional cost.  They also assured me that if I had any problems with the dress, they would overnight me another.  I am happy to report that Dress X fit like a glove, and I felt like a princess!

I accessorized with my last Rocksbox shipment.  This is one of the few subscriptions I have actually kept…and am planning to keep.  I love their statement jewelry and how they try to match the items shipped to your wish list – as much as possible.  The mother of pearl earrings from Kendra Scott were just perfect for my blue dress.  Having my hair up was also different and made me feel extra fancy – dressing up is so fun!    Talking about hair – that almost did not happen.  I was forty five minutes late to my appointment because a major accident in I-40.  I was stuck in between exits for one hour.  When the cars started moving and drove by the accident – I felt terrible for complaining.  For me it was a hair appointment, for others it was something much more important.  Counting my blessings!

While I would love to make this post all about me – it really is not.  Ethan also dressed up for me.  He wore and ah-dorable suit that complemented my dress.  I have to add the colors are perfect for Easter and the fabric is super soft and very comfortable.  He did NOT want to change back to his regular clothes. He wanted to play “daddy at work” with his sister instead.  He is the hardest to cooperate, so the fact that he loved his momma’s styling makes me very happy.   I may be biased but he is just the cutest! *heart melts*

If you decide you want to give RTR or Rocksbox I can share some discounts with you.  For $20 of your RTR order click here. If you want to try Rocksbox for free for one month just click here  and sign up using the code ‘erickabff1’

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

What to Wear Wednesday | Rebecca Keller Photography
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Dress | Shoes | Earrings (Kendra Scott Carey Earrings in Ivory Mother of Pearl) | Makeup | Hair | Ethan’s Blazer | Ethan’s Pants | Ethan’s Shirt | Ethan’s Shoes

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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about What to Wear Wednesdays and Raleigh family photography.

Gala season for the Little Apple family! I am a good example of “the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot.”  I have the hardest time picking outfits for myself.  Maybe because I just had a baby….three years ago….if you know what I mean!

There were a couple of things I wanted to make sure were considered when looking for the perfect dress.  I wanted a long dress and I wanted to stay away from black.

My first instinct was to look for dresses in the Pantone color of the year – Rose Quartz or Serenity.  I know what you are thinking – what color is Serenity?!  To me it looks like if a beautiful light blue and a light purple had a baby.   I went shopping with a palette in mind and found several options.  This one below would be perfect for Spring Wedding or a styled Mommy and Me session *hint,hint*!!!

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Cary Family Photography.