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.
About: Camille DiPaola
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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.
I was pretty excited to tackle this room. I love a good design challenge and with it being a room for both my daughter and son, I knew that I’d get the chance to get creative. It couldn’t be ALL princess (which would have been totally fine with Mads) and it couldn’t be just one monstrous dinosaur, much to Anthony’s chagrin.
How could I mix girly with boy-ish elements and have it all be fun, pretty and whimsical all at the same time?
While I would have loved doing an entire room over-haul with *new* everything, I had to reign myself in and go with just a few items that packed a punch and would give me the over-all look I was going for.
Well, six months later…
and I finally got it all together.
I snort a little when I hear “sexy nursing bras”, because let’s be honest…how sexy can a nursing bra actually be? Ya know, that whole clipping and unclipping thing kinda takes away from the whole hot factor a bit. ha. That said, I have learned over my years of nursing sweet babes, that it is SO important to have a really good bra…and not only that, but also another in the sidelines that’s pretty, lacey and makes you feel…well, less like a cow whipping out her udders on demand.
Since I am still nursing our now one year old, I am starting to get “stir crazy” and by that, I mean…GET ME OUT OF THESE NURSING BRAS.
…but since that won’t be happening for at least another couple of months, I’ll have to go with the only other option – find a sexy, new nursing bra (preferably one that isn’t old, milk stained and nude). Yehhhhhh, that’d be good.
I was a tad skeptical going into this search, because the last time I tried to find something resembling sexy-ish a couple of years ago, I came back with one result that was sorta okay-ish. Well, I am happy to report that I found a few more options for us this time around…
Anyone else remember when I shot my heavier winter look? I do…it was in the mid 60s (ha). Whereas when I was in this outfit (sans socks, hats and gloves)…I was up North, in frigid temps. Funny how that works. The life of a blogger, man…it’s intense.
Anyway, let’s talk about this cape coat. It’s darling and since I am usually in the Carolinas, I am used to a pretty mild winter, so I can make good use of it. We DO get our cold days, but they’re usually short-lived and I can get away with wearing a lighter coat (even when it’s cold), layered over a really warm sweater and long sleeve shirt. I usually do try to wear long socks and not bare my ankles to the cold, but for some reason when I packed for our trip up north I didn’t have my northern brain on hand. Ah well. It worked out okay.
I didn’t freeze…too badly.
Well, as I am writing this it is currently hovering around the upper 70s here in the Carolinas. In fact, it was in the 60’s when I got these pictures…so yeh. FULL DISCLOSURE: I was hot and it was not, in fact, winter weather conditions. Ya know, sometimes you really have to commit to the cause though…and you all asked for real winter outfits – coats, gloves & warm socks included. I delivered, gosh darn it! (not damn it, because I’m trying to scale back my terrible swearing habit).
Now, the rest of The Mom Edit team likes to joke that I never see winter weather, butbutbut…we actually do get about a total of 15 really cold days down here, so. HA. I do, in fact, experience winter. It’s a really hard two weeks, too. wah. We have to wear layers…andand COATS! So. When this happens, I like to get down with a long, sophisticated coat, a basic beanie, gloves and a pair of moto boots…to edge it all up a bit.
My husband’s style is very much so…I-don’t-give-a-crap. The man would still be wearing cargo shorts and tie die shirts if I hadn’t come along. That said, he has grown to appreciate a low-key, comfortable look – with a bit of cool snuck in (by yours truly). I think we have finally gotten to a good middle ground. He won’t wear vests or tall, hipster boots (damn it), but he will allow for some edge now – for example, a utility jacket or Converse. I’ll take it! In fact, he’s really settled into a style now that I find very attractive on him. PRAISE JESUS. I have been working hard on this for years, ya’ll, so…this is a victory I gladly celebrate.
So, for Christmas, I got him these Clark boots. He was in need of an anytime-boot and these were perfect – not too cool, but just cool enough.
The week after Christmas is rough. WINTER SLUMP, ANYONE? *lays head down on desk and silently sheds a tear* I had so much energy and creativity flowing before the holidays and now…nope.
So I was packing for our trip to MD a couple of weeks ago and I literally just started throwing shit into the suitcase, because I realized a) I didn’t have the time to plan out outfits and b) I had no ideas. At all. So shiz I threw…into the big ol’ communal family suitcase. I crossed my fingers that when we arrived, I’d realize that I had actually been super inspired and included stuff that could totally work together. Such a good plan.
Well, I kind of did…and I kind of didn’t.
I found that I had forgotten to pack enough clothes, so there was that. Also, I didn’t necessarily consider the weather up North. Hello, Cams. You aren’t in South Carolina anymore. I mean, I went as far as throwing a coat and pair of boots in the mix, but super warm socks? No. A hat? Nope. Gloves?? That’s a negative.
(…and to think, I used to be a well-seasoned Northerner. hmm.)
Anyways. All of that just to say, I guess sometimes ya just gotta throw stuff together and hope that it looks okay…especially when you’re fresh out of Winter outfit spunk (like moi). I ended up finding a now favorite outfit – one that I know I’ll be wearing at least a few more times before the Spring.