Hang Loose

Just by guessing, you would never know that I’m a Cali girl.

The beach is ok….

I’m not a huge fan of sand, or being hot, or sunscreen, or salt water up my nose.

Chambray: Gap Outlet, Sweater: Old Navy, Jeans: Gap, Necklace: ??, Shoes: Target

I may not be a surfer. I don’t tan….I burn. And any blonde you see in my hair is courtesy of my hairdresser.

But the one typical Cali girl look I’m trying to embrace is the loose, flowy look. I’ve always been afraid it would make me look big as a house. But as some point, I stopped caring. It’s just too comfy :)

 

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Real Momma, Real Style

Out of the blue it hit me the other day….my baby isn’t really a baby anymore.

How did I come to this not-so-shocking conclusion? My white pants stayed white all day.

A minor victory in mom land, but exciting none the less. No sticky handprints, to wiped on mystery goo, no shoe scuffs from dangling feet. They started white, they ended white. In my world, that means LJ is getting old.

Shirt: c/o Novae Clothing (COMING THIS WEEK!), Vest: Old Navy, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: c/o Old Navy via Crowdtap, Necklace: c/o Krafty Kash, Watch: Michael Kors

I know white pants seem like a strange thing to measure my kid’s “bigness” off of, but for me it’s a major milestone. One that I’m not so sure I’m excited about.

One thing I am super excited about….Novae Clothing is now carrying plus sizes!!! XL and up, Novae Clothing has new options coming this week! My killer floral shirt will be released this week. Check out Novae Clothing and follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with all the latest styles.

For more great fashion, I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday on The Pleated Poppy. You should too!
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Soaking It All In

There are times in life when I know that I need to savor each moment, cause it will be gone all too quickly.

Like this morning.

LJ woke up at the annoying hour of 6, so I put him back in his bed and told him to go back to sleep.

Sometime shortly after, we heard him knocking on his bedroom door asking to come out. I didn’t even move, but simply said, “your turn” to the hubs.

Shirt: Gap Outlet, Skirt/Tee: Old Navy, Sandals: Target, Necklace: ???

The next thing I know, it’s 8:00, LJ is nuzzled in next to his daddy, and Hubs is lucky if he has half a butt cheek on the bed. We spend the next few minutes snuggling before Hubs had to get up, but it was what happened next that I want to remember forever.

My little Boo snuggled up as tight as he could next to me, rubbed my arm, and kept saying, “I your baby, I love you mommy.” It was almost like a little kitten purring as it nuzzles up to its mother. So sweet, innocent, and just so much love from someone so small.

It makes me want to throw up to know that the days of him wanting to snuggle in bed, give me kisses all day long, and telling me, “I love you” in front of his friends are coming too quickly to an end.

I just want to sit here, soak it all in, and pretend he will be my little man forever.

 

 

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Jeans and Tee Kinda Day

I tend to over think things. I’m a planner, what can I say?

I don’t like “grey area”. I need a schedule. I like to know exactly what will be happening.

Sometimes, I need to learn to just chill and go with the flow.

Tee: Old Navy, Jeans: Gap, Necklace: c/o Scarlet Samples, Hat: Charming Charlie, Shoes: TOMS

I’m super notorious for over thinking outfits. Ever since I realized that I don’t have to wear jeans and a tee everyday, I’ve been afraid to wear jeans and a tee at all. I feel like I’ve come so far, I don’t want to feel like I’m going backwards.

Some days just call for jeans and a tee, and I’m learning to be ok with that.

Jeans and a tee doesn’t have to mean frumpy, un-put together, or lazy. Jeans and tee can be an un-over thought outfit, with just the right amount of thought put into it.

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Real Momma, Real Style

Priorities.

Sometimes life just slaps you in the face and reminds you of what is really important.

Like beach days with the cousins…

Or Uncle Blair’s Senior Day, after 12 years of lacrosse…

This past week, I put my priorities in the right place. Hours spent with family in from out of town. Trips to important games. Endless hours of snuggles, playing in the sandbox, swimming in the pool.

Outfit pictures became non-existent….cause I would have had to be dressed in more than a bathing suit and basketball shorts. Drives to see great grandparents trumped spending time on my hair.

Tee: Gap, Shorts, Old Navy (old), Shoes: TOMS, Watch: Michael Kors, Necklace: c/o Krafty Kash

So please excuse my disappearance over the last few days. With all the craziness of the past few weeks, I decided it was time to refocus and get my priorities in line.

For more great fashion, I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday on The Pleated Poppy. You should too!
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Creature of Habit

I can eat the same cereal for months, then not touch it again for years.

I do my makeup the same way almost everyday.

I cook the same few meals for dinner over, and over, and over again.

I have to remind myself that I need to wear something else besides my favorite Gap 1969 Always Skinny jeans….even though they do always make me look skinny :)

I wash in the same order: shampoo, conditioner, face, rinse conditioner, rinse face, body. If I ever accidentially deviate from that, I usually end up conditioning my hair twice or something equally as lame.

Right now, my habit is insanely loud colors. It was only 2 days ago that I wore my loudest green pants, so of course that’s long enough that it’s perfectly normal to wear my hot pink pants, don’t you think?

I’m sure I’ll do the same thing with bright colors as I do with everything else….wear them to death for a few months then banish them to the back of my closet for a year or so.

 Pants: c/o Old Navy via Crowdtap, Top: Old Navy, Sweater: F21, Ring: Charming Charlie, Shoes: Target

Am I the only weird one who does this? What are you a creature of habit about?

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Exploring

I hadn’t realized just how comfortable in my routine and surroundings I had become until I up and changed them all. We only moved 10 minutes down the road, but it’s far enough that my whole routine is changed.

New Target, Costco, Home Depot to go to.
New park to play at.
New streets to drive.
New places to take pictures.

I feel like I had gotten so comfortable in the places that I took pictures. Not because I no longer cared who saw the wacko with the tripod, but because I knew I either wouldn’t see anyone, or I’d see the same people I saw the day before…and they already knew I was wacko.

Now, I feel like I’m starting all over again. I don’t know the busy times of day at the park. I don’t know when I get great lighting at the church parking lot. I don’t know what my new “spots” will be.

Pants: Old Navy, Sweater Top: INC, Scarf: Charlotte Russe, Flats: Target

So for now, while I’m still exploring my new neighborhood, I hope you don’t mind the endless pictures you are about to get of my back grassy strip, and my front porch. So for the first time, here is my front porch/gate. Hope you like it, cause you might just see it again tomorrow ;)

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Real Momma, Real Style

Hey there folks! Sorry to fall off the face of the planet for the last week. Between the big move to the new house (pictures to come, I promise!), and LJ’s 3rd birthday, it’s been slightly insane around here.

Most of my kitchen is still in boxes, but the purple wall of death is gone!

 

We may have had to move on LJ’s birthday (don’t get me started with that one!), but he loved his little family party and never knew the difference.

LJ and Wesley

So  now that things have settled down just a bit, for the moment, it’s time to jump back into the saddle of real human clothes and share some style :)

Pants: Gap, Sweater/Tee: Old Navy, Scarf: Gift, Shoes: Tory Burch

After spending a week + in nothing but sweats, workout gear, or pajamas, it felt really good to actually put an outfit on and look presentable. It was a great reminder of how much better I feel, how much happier I am, and therefore how much happier everyone around me is, when I look like a human. It’s funny how that works!

Not to mention, it was very exciting to get to walk out of my patio onto this great grass area that runs behind our townhouse and take pictures! SOOOOO convenient!

For more great fashion, I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday on The Pleated Poppy. You should too!
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All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go

Last Thursday I was so excited. I got up early, got in the shower before LJ was even out of bed. Did my hair, picked out a cute outfit, got my makeup on, and sat. Sat, and waited, and waited some more.

The phone never rang.

I shouldn’t have been surprised considering how well this whole buying a house process has gone, but I was. I was convinced that we were going to sign the papers that day.

Instead, I ended up at the park to avoid box city at home.

I was so disappointed that day, and well, for the next 7 days following last Thursday.

Blazer/Jeans: Gap, Tee/Undertee: Old Navy, Shoes: Target, Necklaces: c/o Lisa Leonard Designs & c/o Krafty Kash, Watch: Michael Kors, Ring: Charming Charlie

Now today, I’m all not dressed up with somewhere to go….to go get our KEYS!!! Sweatpants and a greasy ponytail are just what this day calls for.

I guess this is the way it should have been all along. The important adventure was going to the park for a playdate with my favorite boys, not sitting in some office agonizing over numbers and screw-ups and paperwork.

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A Lesson In Humility

I’d been looking forward to the other night for years. 10 years to be exact. I proudly admit that I called in every time Ryan Seacreast and Brian Dunkelman (yeah, remember that guy?) told me to.

Source: amazon.com via Lilia on Pinterest

 

And that hair, I totally rocked it. Please, be gentle….it was Freshman year of college….going to the “White Trash Bash”…..I know….

Needless to say, I was beyond excited when my dear friend told me she could get tickets and asked if I wanted to come. DUH!!

I was expecting a fun night out with my girl, dinner without the kids, and a blast at the concert. What I wasn’t expecting was a lesson in humility.

Kelly’s a superstar, has a 10 year career to back her up, and could totally get away with being a diva if she wanted to. What I found was someone truly honored to have the support, thankful for her fans, success, and those who support her. Someone who took time out of her show and the attention being on her to highlight a cause she cares about and highlighting those less fortunate. An artist who will never remember my name or face, but made 1 minute of my life 1 minute I will never forget with a smile, a hug, and genuine gratitude that I would come to see her show.

Kelly’s ability to make it so clear to everyone in the theater that night that she is so thankful for all of this really struck me.

Am I thankful enough?

Do I tell people thank you enough? Am I grateful enough for where I am? Am I teaching LJ to be humble?

cell phone pic…whatcha gonna do?

 I am so blessed in this life, but sometimes it’s so easy to loose sight of that. To get lost in the disappointments, the struggles, the things that don’t go my way.

Thanks Kelly for showing me how humility is supposed to look.

And the show was AH.MAZ.ING, so thanks for that too :)

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