3 Easy Pieces to Ensure That Your Outfit Doesn’t Scream “I’m a Mom!”

07 Apr 2015 Permalink

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

leather jacket, gray sweater, flared jeans, wedges, leather tote

I’ve been doing this mom gig a while now.  It’s not always easy taking care of a house and kids…and all the other things that pop up during life.  And it can be natural to let appearances slide.  (At least the kids are dressed, right??)  But I find that when I DO take the time to look presentable, I feel so much better.

There are a few short cuts that I’ve been using recently while getting dressed to make sure that my outfit doesn’t scream “I’m a mom!”  (Not that there’s anything wrong with yoga pants and a top knot…I just don’t want to leave the house looking like that.)  So after I pick out a basic top and jeans combo, I add the following…

1. A cute yet functional shoe.  There’s definitely a time and place for sneakers, but I’m a huge fan of wearing a dressier shoe with casual clothes.  Wedges, ankle booties, and pointy toe flats are all great choices for moms.

2. A big enough bag.  I hate carrying around a massive bag, but as a mom I usually end up with everyone else’s junk in my purse.  This leather tote that I’ve been using is perfect!  It looks great and can house a number of things.  Even better that it’s not too big and overpowering!

3. A cool jacket.  I love it when the temps are just right for wearing a light jacket.  This (faux) leather moto is one of my faves, but I also have a soft spot for great denim jackets.

moto jacket – Carson Pirie Scott // sweater – Gap // jeans – Joe’s // leather tote – Baggu // wedges – Steven

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Outfit of the Day | Striped Dress and a Trench Coat

17 Mar 2015 Permalink

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfit

Nicole Miller striped dress, London Fog trench coat, black tote bag, Madewell flats, spring outfitSpring came and teased us a little over the last couple of days.  I was already flirting with the rising temps by wearing open toe shoes with a leather jacket, but on Sunday I had the chance to wear this fun striped number from Nicole Miller.

I also felt like I had to wear some sort of light-weight jacket.  Usually I reach for one of my trusty jean jackets, but this time I wanted something a little less casual.  I thrifted this London Fog trench and had my trusty seamstress (Hi, Mom!!) hem it up a few inches.  That tiny bit of altering turned it into the perfect piece of springtime outerwear!

dress – Nicole Miller // trench – London Fog // tote – Baggu // flats – Madewell

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4 Truths About Getting Older

12 Mar 2015 Permalink

black leather skirt, birthday outfit

black leather skirt, birthday outfit

black leather skirt, birthday outfit

black leather skirt, birthday outfit

March 11th.  Another birthday to enter in the books.  I tell ya, after my 25th birthday, they just weren’t that exciting anymore.  And then the 30th one came…that’s when I noticed those pesky wrinkles really beginning to show up.

But as much as I might complain about getting older, there are a few great things that make those higher numbers seem not that all bad.

1. Confidence.  When I was in my 20s, I dealt with a bunch of insecurities.  Worrying about fitting in and being accepted were a high priority.  It’s difficult to tell what exactly made me stop worrying about the opinion of others, but once I did, I was able to grown into my own skin…and it feels great!

2. Accepting my body.  After having two kids, my body has definitely changed!  For starters, my lady lumps will never look the same again.  I have stretch marks to forever remind me of growing babies in my uterus.  And gravity has begun to fight me.  As far as I see it, I have two choices.  Accept that this is my body now, or do something about it.  I’m doing a combination of the two.  The Tupler Technique has really helped with getting thing back to prebaby.

3. Finding style.  Once I became accepting of my body, it was easy figuring out how to dress it.  I learned easily what styles highlighted my features, and which ones did not.  Understanding my body type was the key to finding my style.

4. Higher sense of self-worth.  The older I get, the more I realize that I’m proud of who I’ve become.  I understand who and what the most important things in my life are, and I’ve been focusing on creating the best quality life that I can.

First Signs of Spring | Open Toe Shoes

09 Mar 2015 Permalink

leather bomber jacket, j. crew jeans, leather tote, black mules

leather bomber jacket, j. crew jeans, leather tote, black mules

leather bomber jacket, j. crew jeans, leather tote, black mules

Something remarkable happened over the weekend.  The temperature started to warm up!  I actually went out on Saturday night in a skirt with NO TIGHTS!!  That calls for a celebration!  And as much as I hate talking about the weather, if you live in a place with seasons, it’s always on everyone’s mind.

I took my chances and went with an open toe shoe here.  My piggies were begging to get some fresh air!  One of the worst parts about winter for me is wearing socks…I can’t stand them!  There may still be snow on the ground, but if the temps are above 40, I’m exposing my toes.

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