:: one in every color, please! ::

I have fallen in love with this top. When I say I want one in every color, I mean I literally want this top in every single color they make it in. I would live in it if I could. Lounge in it, wear it casually, dress it up…you name it. It’s just that comfortable and just that versatile. Sometimes it’s easier to just keep an outfit simple. This is the perfect outfit for me when it comes to running quick errands. An easy tee thrown on with some jeggings and my beloved floral sneakers. Comfy casual, and I still feel put together. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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top: Boden (here)

jeggings: American Eagle (here)

sneakers: American Eagle (old, similar here)

necklace: JC Penney (on sale for $11 here!)

:: summer blues: outfit #2 ::

I love this outfit. I L-O-V-E this outfit! Mostly because I made the kimono cardigan myself. That’s right…I made it! With my own two hands. It’s not perfect by any means, but the simple fact that I could proudly wear it out in public was quite the accomplishment for me. I used Merrick’s 30 Minute DIY Kimono Cardigan tutorial to make it, and while I’m slightly (okay, maybe more than slightly) embarrassed at the number of 30 minute increments it took me to actually make it, I’m totally happy with the result. This fabric is so soft, and the cardigan is so comfortable. I can’t wait to figure out more ways to style it! Here I just kept it simple. But sometimes simple is best, right?

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SHERLACY | summer blues: outfit #2 // sherlacy.wordpress.com

SHERLACY | summer blues: outfit #2 // sherlacy.wordpress.com

SHERLACY | summer blues: outfit #2 // sherlacy.wordpress.com

top: The Limited (on sale here!)

jeggings: American Eagle (here)

shoes: American Eagle (old, similar here)

kimono cardigan: Handmade using THIS tutorial

jewelry: old

Find the other looks in this series here:

:: summer blues | outfit #1 ::

:: summer blues | outfit #3 ::

:: family funday ::

Last week we had the opportunity to drive a couple hours North and spend the day with my in-laws. My husband has a lot of younger siblings, and it’s so fun to see them taking on their aunt and uncle roles. We had such a fun day with them, and unfortunately I was so busy having fun that I only captured about 5 minutes of the day on camera. I hate it when I do that! We spent the day relaxing, cooking, eating traditional Vietnamese food, and my mother-in-law helped me turn a too-short dress into a beautiful new A-line skirt. (Can’t wait to style some new outfits with it!) But like I said, in the midst of all the family fun I only managed to capture about 5 measly minutes on camera. But a few pictures are better than none!

SHERLACY | family funday

SHERLACY | family funday

SHERLACY | family funday

^^just had to get a picture of Everett’s upside down heart-shaped bald spot!^^

SHERLACY | family funday

SHERLACY | family funday

SHERLACY | family funday

^^I had to keep telling Austen not to look at the camera, so Jake decided to help me out^^

SHERLACY | sometimes you need a little neon

//sometimes you need a little neon//

I feel like all I’ve been wearing lately is blue (which is probably why I’m able to make a whole style series out of it), so a couple weekends ago when I went out to the farmer’s market, my only outfit criteria was that it couldn’t be all blue. This neon striped top seemed like the perfect solution, and paired with my favorite green statement necklace, I think it’s the perfect warm weather color combo! Normally I tend to go for some type of skinny jean or jegging, but when I found these old jeans from way back before I got married, I just had to try them on. And you know what? They fit! Much to my surprise, I must say. Sometimes it’s nice to mix it up from the standard go-to’s. And sometimes you just need a little neon.

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top: J.Crew (similar)

jeans: American Eagle (here)

necklace: J.Crew (similar)

shoes: American Eagle (dying for this alternative!)

SHERLACY | Everett's Four Month Wellness Check

my baby is four months old!

Seriously, how is it that my baby is four months old already?! Wednesday was his four month wellness check, and we were so excited that daddy finally got to go to the doctor with us. Our little peanut is now 14 lbs 14 oz and 25 inches long. No idea what percentiles, because the nurse forgot to write it on our paper this time. We finally got him on some medicine for his reflux, and I can’t wait to see if it makes a real difference. This poor kid throws up about a hundred times a day. Everything else is looking great though. After his shots he screamed bloody murder for about ten minutes and then fell asleep on his daddy’s shoulder before we even got to the car. Here’s to hoping he recovers from his four month shots much faster than he recovered from his two month ones!

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SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

SUMMER BLUES | OUTFIT #1

SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

SHERLACY | Summer Blues Outfit #1

top: Old Navy (on sale!)

belt: The Limited (similar)

jeggings: American Eagle

shoes: Sam Edelman c/o DSW (similar)

Monochrome outfits have been one of my biggest style obsessions lately. I’m all about choosing a color and making a tone-on-tone outfit using it. I’ve noticed myself really gravitating towards the color blue in the last few months, so this Summer I’m going to do a whole series about blue Summer outfits. (With some gray thrown in here and there.) For my first outfit in this series I went with a really simple combination that is one of my go-to’s lately. I’m one of those girls who finds something they love and then wants it in every single color and pattern it comes in. This top is definitely one of those items! I’m all about easy, comfortable pieces that still look chic and pulled together. It is easily one of the most comfortable tops I own, and it doesn’t take any fancy styling or tucking. A simple throw-and-go piece– I would have bought every single one if I could have! A skinny belt strategically placed adds a little bit of structure to an otherwise flowy top, and still it’s super comfortable.

Find the other looks in this series here:

:: summer blues | outfit #2 ::

:: summer blues | outfit #3 ::

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

Everett James: a birth story

“A C-Section will be your best option.” Never in my life had I felt so much relief and fear rush over me all at once. I wasn’t surprised. I think deep down I’d known all along that this baby would arrive by C-Section. That didn’t change the fact that I was (and always had been) terrified of surgery, so it was probably a good thing that I didn’t have much time to warm up to the idea.

After two months of consistent round-the-clock contractions at 5-10 minutes apart and two trips to the hospital in pre-labor that resulted in no baby, we finally had some answers. He was breech, my amniotic fluid was low, and a C-Section would be our safest delivery option. I got so lucky with such a caring doctor. It was after office hours when she was finally able to confirm via ultrasound that we were dealing with a breech baby, and she stayed late to call the hospital herself to schedule my C-Section (which she would perform) for the very next morning.

Austen and I would have to be at the hospital the next morning at 6:00 AM. 12 hours isn’t much time to prepare for a C-Section, but because of the over-planner I am by nature, I had most of the things I would need in the event of a C-Section anyway. We ate dinner, relaxed (or tried to anyway) and went to bed early. I didn’t get much sleep that night. Being 40 weeks pregnant made it difficult enough to get comfortable, and knowing I was about to have surgery and meet my little baby in less than 12 hours certainly didn’t help my brain shut down to get any rest.

On February 18, 2014 I woke up at 4:00 AM. I took a shower, dried my hair, put on the tiniest amount of makeup, and finished packing last minute things. At 5:30 it was time to go, and the butterflies were fluttering in my stomach more than ever. The 30 minute drive up to  the hospital is somewhat of a blur to me. I remember being in the car, I remember what we listened to, and I remember that we didn’t really speak at all. I think we were both too consumed with the fact that after 40 very long weeks we were finally going to meet our little boy.

Before we knew it we were at the hospital. Before going inside we said one last prayer together and then began making our way to Labor and Delivery. The hospital was so quiet and in a way almost peaceful. I’m so thankful for the lack of commotion during that time, because it was all I could do to keep my composure in the first place. We were led to the room we would be staying in for the next 4 days, and they gave us a few minutes so we could get settled and I could change into my gown. I remember just standing in the bathroom for a moment, looking in the mirror at my huge baby bump one last time. And when I say “huge,” I really mean “HUGE.”

Shortly after we were settled in, I met my first nurse, Heather. She went through all my paperwork with me and gave me a rundown of what to expect in the next few hours. Austen brought a chair and his laptop over to my bed, and we spent the next couple hours watching old episodes of The Office on Netflix. It was just the distraction I needed. Occasionally we would have to pause for a nurse to come in and ask me a question or do some kind of prep. Getting my IV was the worst. I was so dehydrated from not being able to eat or drink anything past midnight in preparation for surgery that they had the hardest time getting a vein. After 3 nurses, 2 (extremely painful) tries, and about 15 minutes, my IV was finally in. Thank goodness Austen’s hand had been right there for me to squeeze. Although, I think even he was surprised at my sudden burst of physical strength.

My doctor came in to do a quick ultrasound just to confirm that the baby was still breech, and after being prepped the rest of the way and being pushed back a couple hours due to an emergency C-Section that needed to be performed before mine, we were ready to go. Austen put on his scrubs, and then suddenly I was being wheeled down to the Operating Room. This was actually happening. I was about to have a baby– a real baby of my own to love and cuddle and take care of. I had waited my whole life for this. All I’d ever wanted to be was a mom, and it was actually happening.

They made Austen say goodbye outside the doors before the OR so they could take me in and get me all set up. That was one of the worst parts for me. I was so scared about the epidural, and I hated that Austen couldn’t be in there with me to hold my hand while I got it. I was so lucky with all my nurses though. they had me sit on the operating table with my legs hanging off the side, and one of my nurses came up and just put her hands on my legs and told me to lean into her while I got the epidural. I was so scared, but she was such a tender mercy. I could not have done that without her. She held me the entire time and helped me be as still as I could be, even though I couldn’t stop shaking. I felt the first prick in my spine and immediately felt the burning of the numbing shot spread. This was it; it was time for the epidural. I was so terrified. I think I held my breath the entire time. The numbing shot had done its job though, and all I felt with the epidural needle was a lot of pressure. It was done, and all we had to do was wait for me to get good and numb.

After what felt like an eternity, I couldn’t feel my legs or really anything below my chest. They strapped my arms down, and they finally brought Austen in. It had been 30 minutes since we’d said goodbye at the doors, and I was so relieved to have him back by my side. We were having a baby!

The next few minutes really were a blur to me, because it all happened so quickly. I remember feeling pressure as they cut into my abdomen, pressure as they pushed and pulled to bring my sweet little baby into the world, and then I heard him cry. The flood of emotion in that moment was so powerful. I immediately burst into tears and said a quick, silent prayer to thank my Heavenly Father.

I don’t know much of what happened with Everett in those next few minutes, because unfortunately I was strapped to a table being sewn up layer by layer. I could hear him crying and all the nurses expressing shock at what a big baby we had and “how did this baby come out of that tiny girl?!” I could hardly think straight. Due to the epidural and the fact that my baby had just been ripped from my womb, I started to feel extremely nauseated. It was all I could do not to throw up right there on the operating table, but finally they brought my bundled up, 9lb 13oz 20in baby to me. Everett was finally here.

Everett’s breathing was fast, and he had to be taken to the nursery to be monitored for a while. Austen went with him, and I was left to be sewn up and wheeled to recovery to be monitored myself for a while. In my experience, things were a little bit different from what a lot of other moms experience. Because Everett was delivered by C-Section, the real magic and bonding didn’t begin until I was already back in my room and he was finally brought out of the nursery. He was the cutest baby I’d ever seen, and he looked like a little baby Buddha. We were all so smitten with him right away, and I could swear my heart was growing so much it was about to burst right out of my chest.

My baby was here. I’d waited my whole life to be a mother, and Everett gave me the gift of finally being able to fulfill my true purpose in life.

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story

SHERLACY | Everett's Birth Story