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.
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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)
Sole Society’s theme for this month is “The Power of Us” and how important strong women are in our society, homes & world…and it’s perfect timing. These past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a woman, but also how my daughter, Maddie, sees me as a woman. What am I teaching her? – as a wife, mother, nurturer, creator & even blogger. Also, in how I treat other women. How I shape her view of what a woman is and what a woman can do for the world around her…that’s so very important to me.
I’ve never been too crunchy, unless you count going to Trader Joe’s for chia seeds to make smoothies with (which I did…maybe twice) or pinning natural cleaner DIYs…and not actually making them. That’s the extent of my “crunchiness”. Yeh. #hardcorecrunchy #totallylivingnaturally
Recently though, my skin has been bothering me. It has been breaking out into random red bumps, drying out and just looking…tired. I have tried every cleanser and moisturizer out there, but none have really wow-ed me or helped my face situation. Not to mention, some have dried my skin out or caused even more bumps to surface.
Damn Good Facewash caught my eye, a long ways back when my bestest, Kallah, tagged me in one of their giveaways…and immediately I was a fan, because of the packaging (I’m a sucker for pretty marketing). I then delved a bit more into what they are all about and started to think, “hmmm. Maybe I can get down with this whole natural thing”. I needed something different for my skin.
So. I had Kallah over (she was the one that introduced me to DGF in the first place, so it just made sense) and we tried out the products, all while keeping tabs on our scruffy little babes. It’s always a part-ay when we get together, with 6 kids between the two of us (thank goodness for the mute edit option ;)…
The weather has been wacked out here. 60s/70’s, when it’s supposed to be…cold. It’s been weird, ya’ll. Not that I’m complaining too much about it (ha…ha. Sorry those of you that are still getting snow and are feeling rather bitter about it by now), but it does mean that I’ve kinda broken into Spring territory already. I am really hoping this isn’t some kind of sick joke being played on us and that March doesn’t freeze over… Don’t you do it, Carolinas. Don’t you dare.
On that note, BOMBER JACKETS. They are easily the best transitional piece you can own for that weird end of Winter – early Spring period. It’s easy to throw on with a tee and jeans and it looks cool, so YEH. It’s one of those winners we all like so much.
So, OKAY. My style seems to be more preppy. S likes to loudly point this out on a regular basis, with a cheeky grin on her face (it must be her black, cold, edgy heart coming through). “Cams. You wore black Vans once with a lace skirt and called it edgy…” Ughhhhh. I will never live that one down. “I do do edge though, guys. Laura? Scotti? Come on. I doooooo.” I DO…right?! Back me up, ladies. Yeh, so I am aware that it’s kind of on the preppier side of what one might call edgy, but…I’m not all prep. Oh, f it. I just can’t get away from my District of Columbia roots. I can’t help it! Must. wear. all. the. blazers.
That said, I love my moto jacket & boots and am regularly scheming new ways to wear them…and I see rockin’ outfits on gals with that all over biker chic look on the reg and…I WANT THAT. For example, this gal with her hoodie, belt & crazy awesome boots. Too. cool. for. school. If I could just take that inspiration and the things I already have in my closet and turn it into an actual outfit on my body, then I’d be totally edgy. TOTALLY.
It’s funny that The Mom Edit team picked a category I always think I fit into already (at least somewhat)…when I so clearly do not. haha! It’s the perfect challenge, because I have to stop talkin’ the talk and walk the frikkin’ walk.
So. How did preppy Cams ensure that she got down with the edge this time?
ALL THE BLACK CLOTHES.