Okay I’m going to be real with you. It took me forever and a day just to decide whether or not to post these outfit pictures. Because quite frankly, I’m not a fan. Sometimes I have those days where my clothes feel weird, my hair won’t lay right, or my face just seems like it’s doing something strange. When I went through the pictures of this outfit, I realized this was apparently one of those days. Please tell me I’m not the only one and this happens to you, too. It does, right?? But I love the skirt so much I just had to share it now. Remember in this post when I mentioned my mother-in-law helping me transform one of my old dresses into a skirt? Well here it is. I could not love this print any more than I already do! While all of these pieces are older items, I hope you can draw some inspiration from the floral + feminine vibe.
Everett hates sleep. Really truly hates it. This makes things exhausting around here. It’s not that anyone minds when he’s awake. We love to play with him, make him laugh, and watch him learn and grow. But here’s the thing– when Everett gets tired, he turns into the angriest baby I’ve ever seen. Not just fussy…angry. I didn’t know babies knew how to yell, but mine sure does. When he gets angry, he yells. He doesn’t cry…just screams at the top of his lungs. And boy does that baby have some serious lung power. It amazes me, and the high pitch he can reach sends shivers down my spine and makes my hair stand on end. So a typical day with Everett looks something like this (from his point of view):
7:00a- wake up in a wonderful mood, get diaper changed, get dressed, eat
8:00a- play and laugh and make funny noises
9:00a- start to get tired
9:01a- begin fighting sleep (aka begin kicking my legs furiously just to try to keep myself awake)
9:10a- start yelling to avoid falling asleep
9:15a- MUST. NOT. FALL. ASLEEP.
9:20a- slowly begin to doze…
9:27a- startle suddenly and begin wailing at the top of my lungs
9:35a- fall asleep
10:30a- “I’M UP! I’M UP! MOM YOU CAN COME AND GET ME NOW, I’M UP!”
12:00p- start yawning and rubbing my eyes, because I didn’t take a very long morning nap
12:15p- take any measures necessary to keep from falling into sleep’s trap again
12:20p- kick legs and just make any noise I can think of…anything to avoid sleep
1:00p- fall asleep
1:25p- startle myself awake and cry until my mom gives me my pacifier
1:30p- fall back asleep
2:12p- “MOM I NEED MY PACIFIER AGAIN!”
2:15p- fall back into a light sleep
2:23p- “MOM I’M UP AND NOW IT’S FOR GOOD, YOU BETTER COME GET ME RIGHT NOW!”
2:25p- “MOM CAN YOU HEAR ME? I SAID I’M UP!!!!!!!!”
3:00p- rub my eyes and yawn
3:15p- screech at the top of my lungs for a good half an hour
3:45p- cry for a while, because screeching made me more tired than I already am
4:00p- kick and scream and cry and yell
4:15p- keep fighting sleep
4:30p- spend the next 3 hours screaming and crying because I’m so tired, until my daddy holds me while walking up and down the hall until I surrender to sleep in his arms
In honor of the upcoming holiday this weekend, today’s outfit post is inspired by the 4th of July! I’ve been so obsessed with blue lately (as you know if you’ve been following this series), and I could hardly think of a better occasion to go completely overboard with it. The stars on this tee add an extra patriotic touch, I think. The funny thing about this tee is that it’s actually maternity. I learned while I was pregnant that Gap’s only real criteria to consider something a “maternity” piece was basically adding a little extra length. Or some gathering on the sides. None of the Gap maternity pieces I purchased even fit all the way through my 2nd trimester. But hey, I can wear them post-pregnancy without looking pregnant, so I guess that’s still a win. The extra length on this tee makes it perfect for knotting at the waist which has been one of my favorite ways to wear my tops this summer, and I’ve found that cute little tees are perfect for mom-on-the-go outfits!
skirt: Target (here)
Find the other looks in this series here:
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!
top: Boden (here)
jeggings: American Eagle (here)
sneakers: American Eagle (old, similar here)
necklace: JC Penney (on sale for $11 here!)
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?
top: The Limited (on sale here!)
jeggings: American Eagle (here)
shoes: American Eagle (old, similar here)
kimono cardigan: Handmade using THIS tutorial
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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!
^^just had to get a picture of Everett’s upside down heart-shaped bald spot!^^
^^I had to keep telling Austen not to look at the camera, so Jake decided to help me out^^
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.
top: J.Crew (similar)
jeans: American Eagle (here)
necklace: J.Crew (similar)
shoes: American Eagle (dying for this alternative!)