I usually get about thirty minutes tops to get ready for a night out, and it involves kids running in and out of my closet and bathroom while I am getting ready. When I have to make quick decisions I almost always turn to black. It just works. Add in a sparkly, spur of the moment purchase belt and a turquoise necklace and I feel ready. I have a couple of things that always make me feel finished even if I have very little time. A little black dress, bright pink lipstick and a slicked back ponytail work every time for me.
Tell me: what is your go to night out look?
-Saying, “put your pants on and let’s go” daily in my house. I’ll let you figure out who I say this to.
-Sitting next to a man in a striped convict suit at Chik Fil A last week. Really?
-Brady running into a man in the aisle of Marshall’s, then coming back to tell me that, “he looks evil.” Hmmm, too many Disney movies?
-Walking by the kiosks in the mall and avoiding eye contact at all cost. No, I don’t want my teeth whitened. Not ever in view of others, thank you.
-Trying to have a conversation with a stranger while my kids play under my maxi skirt on the floor. It’s not a tent, damn it!
-Being so relaxed at the end part of yoga (where I swear they put you in a trance) that I think I maybe even drooled a little. Still worth it.
-Listening to my kids sing the theme song to Jake and the Neverland Pirates in perfect harmony. Ahoy!
-The hug I got from my son after his first day of school.
-Eating my birthday cake. Frosting, chocolate, yummmmmmmmm. It also said, “Eat me, 32” on the top of it.
-Talking to friends who live clear across the country. It’s amazing how far away some live and how it really doesn’t matter.
-Next week I will have two morning to myself while the kiddos are in school. Two! Whatever will I do with myself (mani/pedi, shopping, sipping ice coffee by myself…)
-My husband’s idea of cooking breakfast for the kids on my birthday while I sleep in? Egg McMuffins and hash browns from McDonald’s. Well if you twist my arm…
-Shopping with my daughter for school. She picked out a tutu, crown, Hello! Kitty necklace and a polka dot cardigan. She’s definitely mine.
I’ve noticed lately that whenever I browse Pinterest or fashion magazines I become somewhat dissatisfied with what I have. There always seems to be something I need. Or more correctly, want. New shoes (riding boots!), handbags (Coach Legacy tote!), dishes (all white!), matching glassware (Ball glasses!), jackets (leather with studded sleeves!), clothes for the kids (moccasins with skulls and crossbones!), paint for the walls (mustard color!), pretty towels (yellow chevron!) The list is never ending. It seems as soon as I do get something new I only enjoy it for a second before I begin wanting something new(er.)
I am not an unhappy person and I do consider myself grateful. I just want to step off the hamster wheel of always wanting something new or something different than what I already have. Maybe take a breath. Think about what I really need. What really makes me happy. Am I shopping and buying because I love something? Or am I filling a void? I hate shopping when rushed or under pressure, but having two kids underfoot usually means I am shopping while rushed or under pressure. I make rash decisions and end up buying things I don’t really love or need. So I guess my intentions are this: I only want to buy things I love. I want to put things up on my blog that are all me. Not what I want to be, just who I really am. It may not be always exciting, but I think if I am more careful I will be happier in the long run.
In case you were wondering, this gorgeous hunk is my newly turned three year old little boy, Brady. He had big brown eyes, bites his lip like his Grandpa Mercer, and can’t pronounce his B’s (“I’m Bee!” means he is three.) He is sweet and stubborn, cuddly and tough, happy go lucky and the devil himself when he wants to be. He loves pointing out construction equipment and correcting me on whether something is an excavator versus a bulldozer.
He started school the other day and loved it. He ran in and sat and never cried. I’m so darn proud of this little boy, I just can’t tell you. I also got the biggest, tightest squeeze when I picked him up that frst day. It was the highlight of my week.
Stylemint tee; J Crew shorts (similar); Zara necklace; gifted bag; F21 sandals (similar or another cute option here.)
A good friend asked me to include this post as she works for Disney and visits there often with her daughter and was wondering, how can a person look cute and be comfortable while visiting the parks?
Now I have been to Disney World many times as we live a little over two hours away and it is way too much fun to bring the kids (or not, as my husband and I have done as well.) I have been there in the blazing heat, a raging week long monsoon (and seven months pregnant, while wearing a poncho…) and the coldness of December in Florida (probably 40 degrees, don’t laugh my Northern friends.)
Most of the time I have worn sandals and suffered sore feet with an extra dose of tylenol at bedtime. I am not a sneaker girl and rarely wear them unless working out. I have bought some orthotic style inserts at Walgreens and fitted them into a pair of flats for more comfort. Above I showed a simple tee and jeans shorts, paired with a collar necklace for interest and a fun, inexpensive bag to stuff kids snacks in. The crossbody style works for the hands free experience of gripping the handles of a rollercoaster and screaming my head off.
I have worn sneakers in the park and was amazed by how comfortable they were. Imagine that. If I were to wear sneakers, I would buy a colorful pair (or these!) and wear with simple jeans and a baseball tee for a simple look. Throw on cat eye shades and some bright pink lipstick and you would be good to go. I tend to take a theme and run with it. I would embrace a “tomboy” look while wearing sneakers and toss in some girlyness to remain more like myself. It is always good to stuff a lightweight jacket in your bag for unexpected weather events. Orlando can either be way hotter or way colder than you expect, so wearing/packing layers is important.
1) I eat the food on my plate one item at a time from least desirable to most desirable. So if I have green beans, fries and a steak I will eat all the green beans first, then the steak, then the fries.
2) I am not graceful. At all. I have bruises all over my body from bumping into things and have no rhythm whatsoever. Unless you put some drinks in me. Then I can dance up a storm:)
3) My husband outweighs me by a hundred pounds, but I sleep on 2/3 of our queen size bed. He loves this about me.
4) I watch QVC obsessively. I love it. It kind of makes me happy to veg out and watch it while reading a book. It’s my happy place.
5) I don’t wear my real wedding rings a whole lot. They are really pretty and I don’t have anything against them, I just get bored wearing the same thing all the time. I have a bunch of “fake” sets that I interchange depending on my mood. In the summer I usually wear a plain, white gold band I got on my first anniversary.
6) I am a really fast reader. I can read an entire book in a couple of hours. I also reread favorites all the time. I have read the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon many times. I fall in love with characters and don’t want to let them go.
7) I met my best friend on the first day of college. She was heading to the bathroom and I intercepted her by offering her a beer. Classy move that paid off.
8) I met my husband in college, too. I love that we have a shared history and have memories of the same places and people.
9) My daughter was born three weeks early and I had no idea I was in labor. My best friend (see item 7!) had to convince me to go to the hospital. Molly was born six hours later.
10) My family owns a deep sea fishing business and I worked in the tackle shop selling bait and tickets all through high school and into college.
If I were to be touring Florence or Paris (instead of the Target in Florida, sigh…), I would wear something like this. A light and airy dress feels comfortable in the heat of the summer and takes little effort to coordinate as it is one piece. I love traveling with dresses because of this reason. Toss a hat (worn on the plane to save packing space) and a chunky necklace and you are good to go. Now, I would not wear sky high wedges while exploring a new city (I am not that crazy!) I would wear this dress with these and probably throw on this for fun, too.) While I am not one to wear sneakers, a cute pair of white sneakers would look nice with any dress as well as rolled up boyfriend jeans and a tee shirt. I love to multitask the items in my suitcase and I try not to pack things that don’t go with everything else.
As you can see, I got the orange! My mom and I were shopping at Dillard’s yesterday and this bag was on the marked down shelf for having a couple scuff marks on it (which rubbed right out!) It was marked off $140 less than full price. My heart is palpitating just thinking about it. It was two feet from the full price ones, looking just as pretty and it was fate. My mom surprised me with it as I was waffling over the color. What can I say, I am a super indecisive person. It was between this and the pink one. You just can’t say no to the bag of your dreams on sale.
I. Love. It. So. Much.
I also love that my daughter shopped with us and “had to have” a hat and a sparkly shirt and, “can you take a picture of me and put in on your blog?” came out of her mouth several times. So be warned, I have created a monster.