Coziness. That’s pretty much all I can focus on clothing-wise right now, especially with a trip to the coast. (Think: cold, windy, rainy). And I love how even a quick trip to the shore is so renewing and refreshing…there’s just something about fresh air and being near a body of water. I forget how much my soul needs these little day trips to the beach.
I recently had a dear friend visit for a week (you may have seen our adventures over on Instagram @elletrain). She lives in Toronto and our time together is far too little. She left a few days ago and I’m feeling pretty bummed. It’s tough when good friends live far away, even with technology. And I think it gets harder as moms, wives, and business women to find time to foster friendships. The kind of friendships that reflect our best selves back to us. It’s too easy to lose ourselves in our families. And while it’s a very noble cause, I sometimes wake up and think “Wait, what happened to me? Where did I go?”
Nicole and I met at a creative conference last year, the first one I attended as a mom. I was feeling proud as a mama, but extremely lost in who I was outside of that. I was in a really tough spot. Cue new amazing friend who made me feel completely competent and exciting and cool about who I was and what I had to offer the world beyond motherhood. I began slowly putting some energy into finding myself as a creative woman again. Then, not long after, Shana invited me to contribute to The Mom Edit, a dream job I didn’t even know was a possibility, that allowed me to use my creativity and have something that was just mine again.
I wanted to share all of this simply to encourage anyone who might be feeling lost. To nudge you to do something that gets you out of your comfort zone, something that makes you feel badass, something that renews your spirit and reminds you of who you are as an individual, beyond your role as a mama. It has not only made me feel like a better mama, but a better woman…contributing my unique gifts to humanity.
I think I need another soul-renewing trip out to the coast to lift my spirits after my dear friend leaving. And I need allll the cozy things to wrap up in again. Modcloth has the most interesting cardigans and jackets – I’m especially enamored with the one I’m wearing – it’s so soft and cozy that I’ve also been wearing it around the house as a robe.
Cardigan: Simply Snuggly Plaid Cardigan in Woodland – This cardigan has a fabulous weave that is perfectly between soft and structured. size small, for reference
Scarf: Central Park Cinema Scarf in Blueberry – So soft and huge! Great for keeping warm without wool and great for snuggling up in.
Top: Marketing My Words Tank Top in Ivory – Love this top for a little softness and lace peeking out. size small
Jacket: Old, but I’m adoring this olive green Delighted Discovery Jacket – yes all the way.
Boots: Madrid It Again Suede Booties – Love these. So easy to slip on and off with the elastic at the side. The color goes with everything.
Gloves: Saturday At the Stables Convertible Glove in Oatmeal – Soft, warm and oh so cute. Converts to a mitten.
More Cozy Layers from Modcloth
I still haven’t figured out completely who I am inside and outside of motherhood, but where I am now compared to last year is a start. I hope if you’re someone who needs to take that first step that you’ll do it. With gusto, even. And you may even meet a soul sister best friend in the process…making the risk all worthwhile.
Get out there,
Lovely photos by Posy Quarterman Photography
A big thank-you to Modcloth for sponsoring this post. There are some seriously cute and cozy options over there these days! As usual though, all opinions are mine and I do get to choose the items worn here (a few of you were asking). TME readers, thank you for your continued support of The Mom Edit. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is very much appreciated by all of us.