I’m feeling so fresh and so clean! Freedom!
Sooooo, I still ended up missing Fashion Week. I’m the lamest! But, Ever’s first birthday kind of knocked me down emotionally (when did my baby get so old??) and we have been/are crazy busy. I am really looking forward to June, when all will calm down and just family time will reign supreme. The summer days are coming.
But, I did get dressed!
Excuse my messy house, but… I got a tattoo! Right?! I’ll post more photos/back story soon. But for now, there’s the peek at my red and swollen, raw and scabby little tattoo. This dress is one of my faves, I picked it up when I was a million weeks pregnant and dreamt of the days of nipped in waists and summer dresses. And they have arrived. It was a clearance rack snag from Old Navy
Also, this is too funny not to post. Hair flip at it’s best.
Headband; local saturday market find
And one more tattoo picture for good measure.
Here’s to May going quick and June going slow!
OH MY WORD. Ok, the true confession here is this- I haven’t looked at/read anything in my reader in…. six months? I have been behind. I think of a blog I am aching to read, but by the time I get to my computer, get a moment, I get distracted and lose it and then the babies up, the toddler needs a snack, the hubby is home, dinner needs making, you know the drill. BUT, in the last week my baby has started being a big kid and napping. Like, real life naps not on me. And it’s every bit as weird as I thought it would be.
But I am finding a groove. And tonight I found myself with time, impetus, and energy. So, I opened my reader and found something INCREDIBLE. It’s fashion week!!!! Okay, it’s half over and I am late to the party in a big way. So I am putting a placeholder collage of outfits out there and tomorrow I will get in the game in real time!
I can’t wait to spend tomorrow night checking out all your lady’s pretty looks! If you want to play along, or just get some outfit inspo from gorgeous women. Head on over to Delirious Rhapsody and check it out!
The outfits come from all over. . . but, nearly all of them are gifts from my parents. I’m a lucky lady.
I took a hiatus there. Big changes in my heart, working on getting sweet baby to nap in our bed (nursing to sleep is basically the best tool out there, seriously!), and finding our springtime groove.
After boudoir photos (read about them in the post below) everything in me changed. And I am taking that feeling and running with it. Being free of that beast and just living feels.so.good.
Three things I am super into right now; Braids, Juicing, Crafting ALL THE THINGS. I have some kind of spring time nesting bug and it’s seriously benefiting my home.
Have you seen all the roman blind DIY tutorials poking around on pintrest? We did some blinds about a year ago with some cute cheapy fabric but I wasn’t really loving it. I just put them up quick for Ever’s birth so I didn’t have to labor (hey homebirth!) in a fishbowl. So this re-covering job was a long time coming. I bought the fabric in February but had been putting off the project. Yesterday I finally went at it and the whole thing took maybe 30min and totally changed the look of our dining room. I’m in love!
I also have had this beautiful wood headboard, that Charlie made me, that has been begging to be crafted for quite some time (uh, like, a year+) so I finally got to town with that one and LOVE the result.
And some braids, because, yeah. Into it. My hair has gotten CRAZY long and I have been needing to shake it up a bit but I don’t have any crazy hair skills. So braids are a perfect go-to for me.
And, finally, do you juice? I inherited this awesome tank of a juicer from my Grandma. And I am in love with it. We have been juicing for a couple weeks now and I can feel a big difference in my energy level. I just do it in the morning (and sometimes some apple/carrot at night for dessert!) and it is incredible. I feel more energetic, and FULL for so long. Here are some pretty juice pictures.
And, two of my favorite juice concoctions.
Pink Detox (and, fair warning, beets and detox for real; whoa)
One large beet
One hunk of ginger (caution! spicy!)
One small apple
One big bunch of kale or three handfuls of spinach
One green apple
Three big carrots
One half lemon
Two handfuls Spinach
Getting dressed for Christmas Parties used to mean cocktail dresses, elaborate hair and make up, and bringing an incredible side dish that took hours to prep. Now? Not quite the same deal. I think I am perfecting the way to dress for a kid-friendly party, still feel a little dressed up, be able to nurse at the drop of a …milk? and still be able to bend/crawl/ergobounce and not look too disheveled.
This first look would be great for a kid birthday party, or a daytime holiday get together. Dark jeans, a cute top, and round toes flats. Add in a sweet little vintage scarf and I look pulled together enough but still super movable.
This second outfit is better for an evening (but still kid friendly, as all the parties we go to are!) party. All the same needs (nursable, ergoable, movement friendly) apply but this one is a little fancier and I even did my hair! Well, if no heat curls count as “doing” then I did it! I have been trying to figure out it peplum shirts would work for me (hips for days!) because I love how they look but wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. Then I realized, who cares!, I love them and that’s all that matters. And, I do think that they work well on my hourglass shape.
This weekend will be partypacked. We are invited to 4(!) parties on Saturday and are striving to make it to three of them…. eeesh, I am tired just thinking about it! Sunday will be a recoup day full of coffee, cozies, and Christmas card addressing.
scarf: hand knit by my Grandma
jacket: Old Navy ($20 clearance score!)
This is one of the easiest ways to wear my hair when it isn’t at its cleanest or styled. I just make a low pony tail and then do a “topsy tail” (please tell me you know what I am talking about), but instead of pulling the hair all the way through I just push it in till it forms a bun like ball. Easy and still looks somewhat pulled together.
And here is a peek at the first half of Nolie’s celebratory Day- we have been having a blast.
So far, being three is the tops.
No nonsense tights and leggings offered to send me a pair of tights and a pair of leggings to try out. And, well, these aren’t just leggings. They are Jeggings. Have you worn jeggings before? Would you? I hadn’t. I have always wanted to but felt like I was 1. too old and 2. too big. But, both are wrong. These pants blew my mind. I can throw them on with a tunic top and they serve the same purpose as my tights or typical leggings, only they will fit into ANY of my boots, are thick(er than tights or most leggings) enough to keep me warm and give a jean look but are SUPER comfy for chasing after Nolie, bending down to play/diaper change the baby and then throw on flats and look almost fancy (and in the very least pulled together).
Here are my jeggings in action!
I had an easy time fitting these into my my wardrobe and feeling like they gave clothes I already have a great update and very different feel. I am a jeggings wearer from here on out (like, four out of the last five days, oops).
No nonsense also sent me some tights. And when I opened them up I thought they looked like a sweater (dream come true). Only, once I put them on they were thinner and had more of a pinup’y look to them- a huge departure from any tights I have/would buy. But I have ended up really liking them. They add some vintage’y interest to my typical shortdress/bright tights look.
Note: if you purchase from No nonsense, they don’t include playdough to adorn your shoes with.
Find your pair of affordable No nonsense tights and leggings here. I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.
I had such grand, cute, pintresty ideas for Nolie’s Halloween costume. Homemade, with lots of felt and cute embellishments. Very homemade, but that’s half the charm. Other Moms would think it was darling, be impressed (right?), and I would feel like I was Mom Enough. What a wreck. Such a dumb way to think, celebrate, and set myself up for failure.
Nolie was gifted a super darling Minnie Mouse dress and she has hardly taken it off since she got it (you know, except for the one costume party we went to where she wanted nothing to do with it). So the girls are in store bought (handed down) costumes this year. And they are stinkin’ cute, and I am relishing in spending my evenings cuddled up to Charlie instead of my glue gun.
Here is an overload of the ladies in their costumes this morning. Because lets face it, they might not be wearing them by the time we hit the witching hour.
We ended up being two rosies, one nerd, and a toddler with lipstick. Nolie, ever the toddler (as well she should be), had a blast getting ready (changing costumes three times minnie mouse- ballerina- rosie the riveter) and then melted down and decided she was much more comfortable in her jeans and t-shirt. Ah, oh well. We have many Halloweens to comes!
What are your plans? Do you trick or treat (like, door to door?)? Do you trunk or treat, down town treat, harvest party or. . . nada? We will likely downtown treat this year and Charlie and Nolie (as Waldo and … who knows?) will go to a Harvest Party in the evening (Ever is an early to bed baby so I will party by myself handing out candy to the neighborhood kids, kinda psyched.). I have SO many fond memories of Halloween growing up and am so excited to celebrate with our little ladies each year! Costumes, trick or treating, it is all just So Fun!
and then the reality shot. . .
I am thinking Rosie probably nursed during her off hours too.
first time wearing make up. (and Papa says never again!)
I couldn’t love this big girl more.
Sweet nerdy Papa
me, my girls, and my gnome.
Linking up here with Harper’s Happenings, Happy 4th birthday you old lady!
Pardon that my boobs look insane… its a weird angle and they are nourshing two kids so they are a little insane.
In other news, 21 pounds down (from my 6 week appointment). Still trucking with tracking my calories (mostly every day, more for my own accountability than anything else) and attending stroller strides and running at home. The last two weeks I have been sidelined with sick kiddos, but I am hoping that this coming week (and then all the rest!) will be filled with Stroller Strides and running, then I know that the strength will continue to grow and my ability to feel comfortable and fit into my old favorites will keep growing.
In that vein, I got to wear a skirt and jacket (all buttoned up!) that haven’t fit me for a VERY long time. It was fabulous. As was the two hours of alone time writing at my favorite coffee shop.
jacket: J.Crew (10 years old!)
scarf: little local boutique
skirt: Old Navy