Target skirt, old (similar) and sweatshirt; gifted coat (similar!); ℅ Lulu’s heels; ℅ Boutique Sui Araceli earrings (similar.) These earrings are also available in pink and bronze (swoon!) by special order!
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I read an article in Vogue a long time ago where the author talked about how all these chic, amazingly dressed city women go to their country houses and dress in things they would never wear in public. I think she mentioned she wore an Oprah sweatshirt she bought in the gift shop at Harpo? I love the idea that even the most fashionably dressed women out there have pieces of clothing that make them feel amazing, and they don’t necessarily look like what we think they wear in private. I think in blogging (or anywhere really, perhaps even staring at Pinterest late night?) it can be easy to think that some women live a completely curated lifestyle where everything is perfect and photo shoot worthy. A lot of it comes form social media, I know I’m certainly not Instagramming my piles of laundry to be folded, the marker stained all over my kitchen table or the stained sweatpants I wear many days past the day they should have been washed. I live a messy life, with many parts not seen by the outside world. I pick up my daughter from the car rider line in sweatpants a lot, and talk myself out of showering for a day (or three.) I eat macaroni and cheese for dinner and serve my kids way too many chicken nuggets (they’re Tyson ones at least? Is that better? For every pretty blog photo you see there are a zillion downright gruesome real days where my hair is so dirty it stays when I take it out of a ponytail, I procrastinate simple tasks to the point of stupidity and I let down those I love. I argue with family members, show my kids too many instances of how not to behave when stressed and almost always see the glass as half empty. I’m a work in progress.
I tell my kids I love them every single day.
I pack them lunches and draw them pictures on their napkins so they know I’m thinking of them.
I put on makeup even when I’m home by myself because it makes me feel better.
I build impossible Lego tree houses with my son.
I work out to be healthier and to show my family it is important to take care of myself.
I help my children create the ugliest gingerbread house known to man, and we love it.
I rub my husbands back at night even when I’m dead tired. (Mostly;)
I look up and feign interest in football plays that he replays for me that seem to excite him (?????)
I wear sweatpants. And sweatshirts. And wear my hair in a messy, ugly topknot. Almost every day.
Do I show a lot of this stuff here? Not really. Not because I’m afraid, or because I’m hiding it. Most of it is mundane, not meant for public consumption or just plain boring for a blog. The snippets you DO see are real life, don’t get me wrong. I love dressing up, love wearing pretty clothes and sparkly things and heels and all those pieces that makes me feel like me. I just also have the part of my life where it’s not glamorous. At all. These are my secret clothes moments. What I put on after the day is done (or before if I’m being honest) and I’m just me. The mom that is cooking dinner for her family and balancing a zillion details and stressing over the vegetable consumption of her kids. It’s not a curated life, but its mine.
On to the giveaway!
I’m not typically an earring person in my regular life. They tend to press into my head when I talk on my phone (first world problems, I KNOW) and are a detail that just escapes my mind in my day to day routine. Nighttime is a different matter. I love taking a simple black dress or simple look and really popping a gorgeous, shiny, full on Princess Kate moment, earring on and feeling dressy. Did you SEE these earrings I’m wearing? I almost died when they showed up and saw them in person. They look like the real thing, yet they are light weight and don’t pull your ears down in an old lady with droopy earlobes way (which will happen to me, I know. Yikes.)
Boutique Sui is being generous enough to give a pair of the Aracelli earrings (the ones I’m wearing!) to one of YOU. Boutique Sui has a gorgeous site full of dresses, accessories and vintage finds. They are more expensive than I usually spend on a daily basis, but I’m not above splurging on an accessory for a special moment or browsing for the sheer fun of seeing gorgeous dresses. Does this wedding dress not remind you of Jackie Kennedy in the 60’s? I also love this black and purple midi length dress, worn with spike heels and messy hair. Love!
Good luck, friends!
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