Blooms, Baby, a Blouse and Buckled Shoes

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This shoot was probably my favorite that I’ve posted so far for several reasons. It’s no secret that I’m an advocate for never getting rid of things that are in good condition; the blouse is a perfect example. My mom gave this to me probably seven years ago after she wore it and I have never put it on. Every time I tried to purge, I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. I love the feminine details of the ruffles and lace; while you can’t see them, the button closure is so unique that it was one more detail that kept me from tossing the shirt. I found the neck line bit revealing for everyday wear, so on the day I planned to wear it to meet Minh for lunch, I sewed an extra button on and what always felt a little over-exposed for everyday became a functional flowing top that was perfect for a warm spring day.

The shoes are another example. I honestly have no clue what decade they are from, based on the Gap label and knowing when they re-branded, they are probably from the early 90’s, but I’m obsessed. They are another item that I snatched from my mom, and boy am I glad.

The last reason I loved this shoot so much is my daughter. As she’s getting older, seeing her discover the world has been so incredible. It’s truly a reminder of appreciating the simple blessings in life, like breeze on your face. Seeing the wonder in her face makes me appreciate the things that so often I take for granted. I think Minh did an incredible job of capturing her amusement as well as the beautiful day that we got to share together.

Here’s to a happy Tuesday, and taking a minute to feel the warm sun on your face.

Faux Bob: Fob

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As the Bob, Lob, Mob (mom Bob) and various other versions of the haircut that’s “taking over the world” are emerging I have come to decide that the hair that I have been trying to grow out for almost 2 years (since I DID chop it off) isn’t going anywhere. That being said, I love the look of the Bob, I’ve had it before and comes with a refreshing take on the world (I kid). I know that inevitably my hair will be chopped again, but I like extremes and the gratification of looking at eight inches on the floor is too great to compromise.

With it being all the craze and since revealing my turtleneck obsession; I’ve devised a temporary fix that includes your wardrobe. If you’re having a day where the temptation to use scissors is so great that you’re about to make the horrible mistake of doing it yourself,  run to your closet, grab a turtleneck and tuck that hair.

A very important tip: you’re not going to put the turtleneck on, pull your hair out and then tuck. Just throw that sucker on, leave your locks exactly as they are and Voilà, the Fob (fake bob). You’ll be surprised how long they stay put and if you’re like me and have hairs that have broken off due to dying damage, the whispy hairs will make the look even better.

Happy Friday and try this look while it’s still chilly enough for a chunky turtleneck (it might not translate so seamlessly with a rash guard)!

Pants (Ann Taylor) Sweater (Gap: No longer available)

Elliot’s outfit.

Popcorn Turtleneck 2.0

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I have to be honest, I am thrilled that wide leg pants are making a note-worthy appearance from fashion houses. They never went “out” for me, in fact this pair was purchased to wear at the rehearsal dinner for my wedding (oddly enough, I also wore them to my brothers rehearsal dinner, paired with a navy crop top sweater and a brown leather sandal).

To me, they are a timeless piece. Here, I’ve embraced the front tuck. I love it for a t-shirt, but lately the transitional weather has me giving a little tuck to my sweaters! Why not? In this outfit, it gave what would have essentially been a shapeless line, some waist.

I’m not one to encourage buying for the sake of buying, but this sweater is on sale at Banana Republic for UNDER $30. If it’s something you anticipate needing, that’s quite a deal! (Also noteworthy, I purchased this two sizes up from what I normally would as I do my t-shirts)

Happy Thursday to you! One more day and then relaxation (hopefully) begins.

 Sweater (Banana Republic), Pants originally purchased at Ann Taylor (Similar also Ann Taylor) Boots (Ralph Lauren)