There are three things that I prioritize on my “Must Buy for Summer” list every year – fun statement earrings, carry-all backpack & a pair of neutral, flat sandals. These three things get me through the warmer months of the year, making everyday outfits pretty, but also keep in line with the casual vibe that is very much necessary for this mama of three…especially when we’re out ‘n about adventuring in the warmer months.
About: Camille DiPaola
Recent Posts by Camille DiPaola
Oh, buckled ballet flats. You are the coolest.
When I first saw the trend pop up about 6 months ago, courtesy of Miu Miu (and on beautiful Misty Copeland no less), I was immediately obsessed. However, I knew it wasn’t a shoe I would actually buy (hello $$) and, not to mention, they didn’t appear to be a very realistic shoe for a mama running around after her kids, so boooooo.
Do you ever get to have one of those real Olivia Palermo moments? Ya know what I’m talking about- it involves a nonchalant walk down the side walk, coffee in hand, designer bag in the crook of your arm, all while looking impossibly chic. People turn their heads when you pass, thinking…who is that?! Style: impeccable, not a hair out of place, shorts pressed and unwrinkled…. Wow.
No? You don’t??
Yeh, me neither.
Not ever. Not even for a second.
I do have a lot of Camille DiPaola moments, though. They look a lot like this – me, surrounded by children (or holding all of the children in my three arms), walking into the grocery store…loudly exclaiming, “don’t run into the middle of the street! STOP. No. You’re gonna die. No. We cannot get Lunchables for every meal. Yes, I do love you. No. Do not lay on the floor of the grocery store. Do not lick that! We don’t eat the bananas until we buy them. Walk. Walk…walk forward. Stop. Stop doing that.” 10x over (and over and over and over). My outfit? A bit ruffed and undone. I had tucked my top in when I left the house, but since then my three year old has pulled it out, in a rage of epic proportions over the fact that I didn’t hold his hand when he didn’t want me to. I re-tuck.
People do pass and turn their heads, because…well, the circus is fun! My eldest chants “cookies. cookies. cooooo-kies. COOKIES” and then breaks out into song and dance, almost whacking an entire display down. Anty has sort of gotten over his totally sensible fit and has resigned himself to clinging to my side for dear life and quietly whimpering, sometimes even letting out a pitiful “mama?” every few minutes or so. The baby? Well, he’s just in it for the ride, really…but does have a permanent look of concern plastered on his face, as if he’s just not entirely sure how he feels about his situation in life.
Yep. This kind of act is my normal everyday. I’ve really grown accustomed to it, honestly. I still wear the tailored shorts and the pretty little top sometimes, because eh I want to. I don’t care if it means that they’ll probably be wrinkly and tugged on. My version of refined and classy at this point in life is just a tad bit undone…and I’m okay with that.
I shied away from the bell sleeve trend for a while. At least, the super size bell sleeve style. I just kept wondering if I’d ever actually wear it. Ya know? I think one of my biggest concerns was that it wouldn’t be able to pass as casual, which automatically makes any clothing item less appealing for me, because…umm…MOMIFORM. #alldayeveryday
Oh, yessss. This cardigan. Before you wonder why I am sharing layering pieces of any kind right now (IT’S ALMOST SUMMER, CAMS), let me explain. This gauzy, pretty Free People Cardigan is one of my most favorite purchases to date (and I do not say that without realizing the weight of that statement). It’s lightweight, casual enough to be worn with everyday get-ups and just so damn cool looking.
When the first warm-ish day of the year comes around…I’m in a dress. Oh yessss. They’re easy. I don’t have to think about what to pair with what. I grab the dress, throw on a pair of sandals or flats on…and DONE-ZO. Outfit made for the busy day ahead.
So I ran across an Express ad a while back and immediately got sucked in (well played, Express. Well played), because…uh. Hello. Their dress styles are incredibly on-point right now. I actually ended up ordering two right then and there to try on. I really loved them both, but ended up keeping the one I’m wearing. It spoke to me with it’s floral pattern, sheer material & it’s ability to be worn with either flats or heels. It’s cool, without trying too hard.
Every time I’ve worn it I’ve felt effortlessly pretty, without being over dressed or uncomfortable.
Basically, I think you need to see the dress line-up at Express right now.
The princess/all-things-girl in me from my childhood has been wanting to try a pink tulle skirt, ever since they became a thing. The only issue I’ve had with them is that they don’t seem very realistic. Either you have to wear heels or be wearing it for some dressy event, but sorry nope. I rarely do either, so that doesn’t work for my life…and that’s why I hadn’t spent money on one, despite the fact that I love having a good girly moment some times.
I’ve been hesitant about sharing this, because I haven’t been sure how to broach the subject. This is a tough one. This was going to be a post about chinos, but hey…I feel like getting hardcore on ya’ll and talking about something more – about something that has affected my life and possibly has been a trial in your life, as well.
I have anxiety. It was recently diagnosed as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but I’ve been dealing with it since childhood. I realized relatively recently that I must have been having panic attacks all those times growing up, when I would all of the sudden feel like I was losing control, became short of breath, start sweating profusely and would have to lay on the cold bathroom floor until it passed…and that it was not simply a low blood sugar problem. like I had thought. It’s not something I’d really faced head-on, because it’s not something I realized may be a problem for me…that is, until after having our third baby. It was then that I realized I was having more bad days than good and that the way I was feeling inside was something I needed to confront and seek help for.
I’d like to pretend that I spent a lot of time trying on a bunch of light wash jeans, but I didn’t. I found these Levi’s and stopped there. Ya know, once I find something that works…I’m good. My mind can’t handle too many options. I like simple…or I’m just lazy. Either way.
These are some cool jeans, though.
Old school, relaxed and just the right amount of distressing. I ordered them and crossed my fingers, because I know that Levi’s can be tricky, when it comes to the fit of them.
I’ve had my eyes set on sandals for a while now, especially with the weird, early Spring weather that arrived about a month ago. Needless to say, I’ve had my search on for THE pair of all pairs, to get me through the warmer months coming up. (BTW: it snowed this past Saturday and now it’s freezing cold. ha…ha. SC, you’re so funny. So f-ing funny)