Heads up Chicago parents and expecting parents! The largest baby expo is coming to Navy Pier August 26th and 27th, and there will be a fun family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers, big giveaways, and lots of learning, bonding, and support for you. I’m especially excited to see all of the new products and innovations that weren’t around when Adam was a babe. Tickets are normally $30 for a family but I have been given a few free tickets for my readers! Just click the link below to redeem your free ticket:
If you aren’t Chicago-based, not to worry, I will be reviewing everything I see there and coming up with my list of favorites to share with you! If you have any trouble getting your free ticket using my link, send me a message or leave a comment!
School is starting next week! I saw a video that perfectly describes my feeling – in it a mom drops her child off to Kindergarten, sobbing all the way home and every day after. In the next scene she is dropping off for First grade, singing Hallelujah while calling her friends to hang out and celebrate. Pretty darn accurate.
Lately I’ve had to get Adam involved in every clothing decision because, as I’ve learned, he will go to any lengths necessary not to wear things he doesn’t like. I found a few shirts stashed under his bed apparently in an attempt to hide them – one had a cactus print he wasn’t a fan of, and one had a heart somewhere in the design, which was too ‘girly’ for him.
So when Woodfield Mall invited us to do some back to school shopping with them, I didn’t hesitate. I’m there several times a week anyway, I love that it is so spacious and all indoor – this crazy weather makes outdoor shopping such a hassle. It is also an easy way for me to get a little exercise strolling Sophia around while checking out the latest trends and my low-key favorite thing to do- people watching. Shopping isn’t really his, or most six year old boy’s, favorite past time, so luckily I was able to bribe him to behave by promising a trip to the Virtual Reality experience, and a new splat ball from the Splat Kiosk. Check out our day on my IG story before its gone! And why not follow me too while you are at it 😉
We hit up several stores but found the most luck at Kids Foot Locker. I fell in love with these shoes, but after trying them on he decided on this pair. They have a lot of great sportswear too, so we picked up some cool Adidas tees and jackets too. He already has this Fjallraven backpack which I love, and it is also available at Urban Outfitters.
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These days my outfits always require two things, 1) a low neck or a button-up for easy nursing, and 2) flat or low heeled footwear, preferably ones you can slide your foot into. Functional tops and comfort footwear sound like a recipe for some really boring and unflattering clothes, but it doesn’t have to be. Example: this tie-front dress with cut outs and button detail, layered over an off-shoulder top.
I wore this look to lunch while mom and sis were in town recently. The same two family members who were with me in Paris last year when I purchased these sandals – the same fateful day I lost my DSLR camera and a year’s worth of photos on my memory card. Le sigh. We spent an entire afternoon retracing our steps that day, spending an obscene amount of money on taxis, and crying and then laughing at our (read: my) own stupidity. These sandals were the silver lining to an otherwise dreary day, and to this day they bring me joy.
In addition to wearing my favorite shoes, I’m also employing my favorite layering trick, an off shoulder top worn under a dress or a vest. The cold shoulder look without the need for a strapless bra is a win-win IMO. Oh and the bag is actually a cross-body. If I were any more comfortable here, I’d probably be asleep.
It took me five years of blogging about style to finally understand how important is is that a wardrobe fit your lifestyle. I used to buy stuff I just thought was cool or looked great on the model, but then I never really wore. Besides ending up with a cluttered closet and nothing to wear, I also had no money left for practical clothes.I love clothes way too much to compromise my personal style simply for comfort though.
I now make sure to only buy clothes I love that are also easy to clean (hello baby spit up!), and aren’t a pain to walk in. Side note: painful shoes should be reserved only for girls night’s out and Drake concerts. It takes a little creativity to be both stylish and comfortable enough to get through the day, but its worth the effort. When I’m comfortable, I’m confident, and confidence is what makes me feel beautiful.
In other news, you may have noticed a slow down in how often I put out new blog posts lately. I’m actually working on some really fun projects at the moment to be shared here soon (stay tuned!) but I’m also taking more time in general to unplug and do things that fuel my own creativity – more time to read books, journal, cook, play with my babies, and basically just appreciate life and all the blessings I have. In essence, it will be quality over quantity around here. My mind is still always racing with my to-do lists and blog ideas, but I just keep on telling myself to slow down and enjoy the ride. Thanks for riding with me, always xx