Showing posts from June, 2016

An Ode to Timeless Friendships

I’m writing this in a crowded airport heading home after a weekend away from myhouse, my family, my life. All by myself. I spent the weekend with my oldest friend in her lovely home in Arizona. It was something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time but it never quite worked. But then, I just threw caution to the wind and booked the weekend. It was, easily, the best decision I ever made. Over the past two years, I’ve learned that life can change in an instant. I did not want to have any regrets and I think, in hindsight, my heart knew what I needed.

I am so very lucky to have a person in my life that knows me as I was and who I am. We met when we were sixteen and instantly connected. We had many adventures (some we cringe at as mothers to girls now!) and had a bond that glued us together through the tumultuous teenage years. As life happens, college came and we lost touch. Through the magic of social media, we found each other again and met after a long time from seeing each other. A…

Trend Try: Off the Shoulder Dress

It appears off the shoulder is a strong trend. I saw this dress in Target for a mere $7.48 and I thought, why not?! I loved the dress but I couldn't help feeling like Mrs. Roper from Three's Company in it. I know, ridiculous, but there was something about the shape or lack thereof in this dress that made feel like I was wearing a mumu. Tried to spice it up with my obnoxious orange sandals. All in, I'll wear this again and there is something subtly sexy about a little shoulder exposure. Always good to rattle myself out of my comfort zone.

Versatility of Dresses

To say I'm a fan of dresses is an understatement. They are comfortable, adorable, and let's be honest, it's hard not to feel cute in a dress. (Well, for me, anyways.) Dresses are also a one piece outfit. Only one thing to button, or iron, or style. I just love them.  In the hopes of authenticity, the picture below bothers me. The way I was standing makes me look like I'm pregnant, but I'm not going to be negative. It's my body. I've created humans. (Even if I hadn't, I'd feel the same way, I'm sure.) It is what it is. I'm learning to love myself just as I am in the moment, at a snail's pace, but I'm getting there. I love this shirt dress, especially paired with the booties.
Next up is a T-shirt dress.  This dress is beyond comfortable and can be made casual with flip flops or work ready with flats or a heel. It was a TJ Maxx clearance score for $7. Necklace, borrowed from my daughter, Crewcuts. Sunglasses, Betsey Johnson. These babie…

Style vs. Fashion

In thinking about what my style would be, there is no single answer. Some days, I'm feeling bohemian. Other days, I'm edgy casual. I don't dress on trend so much as I dress on my tastes. There are certain things I love: stripes, olive green, distressed denim, florals, cobalt blue, pleated skirts, tutu skirts, peter pan collars, and my recent obsession, fringe. My mood is what dictates my clothes. It's not trend, it's not brand, it's how I'm feeling.   This outfit is by far, my most comfortable.   Clogs: Hanna Andersson, Jeans and Necklace: Target, Shirt and Jacket: Anthropologie via Plum Consignment I love watching how each day my girls carefully choose clothing that secretly tells me how they are feeling. Bea tends to be relaxed casual in her leggings, cute tops, and her beloved burgundy Vans. Pippa tends to be a bit more whimsical, loving skirts, dresses, and fun and funky patterns. (I mean, really, the sunglasses and the leggings!) Her shirt, by the way,…

A Recital, a Semi-Formal, and One Weepy Mum

So, it is now mid-June and I'm just getting around to loading pictures from May. May was a hurricane of activity. We had a play, a recital, and ended it last weekend with my eldest's semi-formal. In the flurry of activity, I'm not sure I ever stopped to take it all in. Thank goodness for photography.  First up was Pippa's ballet recital. She expressed interest in ballet early this year but I was fearful of loading up her schedule, as she already has soccer four times a week. However, she is relentless. Come to find out, she is a natural in those ballet slippers and I was a hot mess of ugly tears watching her scamper and glide across that stage.
 A very proud Papa.  Sisters. These two define what it means to be a sister. They are each other's best friend, loudest cheerleader, and honest critic. I'm so grateful they have each other. They are as different as night and day but compliment each other so well. My girls.  Next up was Bea's semi-formal. Guys, I had…

Purchasing with Patience

It may appear to some that I shop a lot. This may be partially true, but 95% of the time, I rarely come home with much. I just love treasure hunting or being inspired by colors, patterns, fabrics, and accessories while exercising some retail therapy. I place parameters on myself to be budget conscious and I never buy something unless I am 1000% sure it would be beneficial to my wardrobe. This is not always easy. Take, for example, my mild obsession with Vans sneakers. I own quite a few different pairs and they are not cheap. I've been dying for a pair of high tops but could not rationalize the $70 price tag, even though I wanted them badly.  Enter a day searching for summer clothes for my girls at Nordstrom's Rack and just by chance, I wandered over to the shoes and found just what I was looking for at $29.95. This then freed up my budget to peruse the men's shoes and lo and behold, I found a pair for the mister at $29.95 as well. Two for the price of one.  I had fun styl…