Dear Mom

 


Becoming a mom wasn’t something that I was ever afraid of. I was mentally prepared for all of the things that I would need to do. I was a nanny from 12 (yep, I have always been an old soul) until I left for college. I knew how to warm frozen breast milk and deal with a blowout. I had practiced the creeping out of the room as they fell asleep maneuver. Basically, I was confident going in to being a mother. It helped having an amazing example of a mother, but if I’m being totally transparent I was eager (and stubborn) to do it all myself and not need help. I still am in ways, but that’s another story for another day.
Having Elliot was by far the most humbling experience I have ever had. It doesn’t matter how much you think you know or are prepared for, there is absolutely nothing. NOTHING. That can prepare you for the love that you feel as a mother. For the absolute joy and absolute fear that can all be happening at the same time. I struggle to even write this, because there aren’t words. I’ll keep it short and say that moms are insane. We are overbearing. We are (or should be) an unfiltered support group for one another. We nag. We forget to brush our teeth. We hover. We worry. We are silly. We are hard on you. We let you fall. We pick you up. We wipe tears. We make smiles. We think about you before we think about ourselves. We don’t want to let you grow up, but are so excited and proud to see who you will become. We see ourselves in you, good and sometimes bad. And we love. Unconditionally.

So to my own Mom. I get you a little bit more after these last few years and thank you, quite simply because I don’t have any better words. To expecting moms. Brace yourself for the most fearfully wonderful ride. To new moms. Come find me if you need a hug and a moment of “holy crap”. And to the moms who have experienced loss. I sincerely hope that your loss and sadness are one day met with overwhelming joy and healing.

“Mom” Shirt 

Neckace

 

Putting on My Face

Everyday makeup
The first time that I ever had my makeup professionally done was in college. I made an appointment with the Bobbi Brown Rep and haven’t looked back since. Often when makeup is professionally done (this was from later experiences) you come out looking like a different person. In my opinion, makeup is intended to enhance your best features, not mask the ones you don’t love. The campaigns that the brand runs really show this and embrace women as different and unique individuals!
With the exception of my mascara (I used BB in the past and love it, but recently tried the L’oreal and thought it was a less expensive alternative), I use all Bobbi Brown products because I feel like they protect my skin. I can say that I’ve tried a lot of other foundations, but they all make me breakout and my skin feels like it is suffocating. In addition to makeup, Bobbi Brown has an awesome skin care line which I can also speak for!
I haven’t tried it yet, but there is a new Skin Serum that has SPF 40 and all sorts of skin benefitting ingredients. It’s in my shopping bag for the summer! Looking forward to giving you feedback on it in the coming months!
*Check out this and other sets on my Polyvore account!