Tie-Front Dress and Off-Shoulder Top

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tie-front-dress-off-shoulder tie-front-dress-Dress: Nordstrom | Shoes: Chanel – Similar Style (on sale!) | Bag: Chloe | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Stroller: Babyzen Yoyo | Bracelets: Monica Vinader | Thanks to Pali Roots

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