Bday Onesie (handmade gift from aunt – ribbon rose tutorial here )
Well, it’s official. Our little Cha Cha turned one and is definitely not a baby anymore. She’s a walking, talking (although these days it’s more screaming), full fledged toddler. I always wished I’d had more of the baby months with my first – Garrett weaned and walked at 10 months old and mama was not ready for either. So hey, at least I got a couple more months with Charlotte, who just started really walking in the past week – on her first birthday, believe it or not. I keep joking what a strong-willed child she is, and she was gonna make darn sure she’d be walking by her first bday. Well played, Cha Cha, well played.
Well, I made it to week 37 and it’s as if ’80s one-hit-wonder Europe’s “It’s the final countdown, do-do do do, do-do do do do” is the theme song to my life right now. Not really, but wouldn’t that be cool – or am I just showing my age? Anyway, I thought it might be time to do a little bump update since I have so many sweet friends and family members checking in with me daily, anxiously awaiting any signs of baby girl’s arrival. I also wanted to show off this flirty little non-maternity dress, or “maternity-friendly” as fellow Fashion Mama and owner of Audrey & Olive likes to say of her uber-cute line (you may remember her chic kaftan/kimono I donned at my sprinkle a few weeks back). Plus, mama’s not so much feeling photog moments these days, so these were taken a few weeks back by the hubs – which explains the last two photos where he’s comparing me to Napoleon Dynamite and then I proceed to walk off set, bahaha 🙂
Last week I had started a draft for this blog post with a working title of “Happy Place.” Except a lot’s happened between now and then. As I laid awake after a much needed cry fest last night, the only thing I could think of was that it was time for me to “get real.” Too often we feel the pressures of putting on that happy face, even though we know well and good we are holding back tears or anxieties that eventually come to a head when we’re least expecting it. Last night was one of those times. I was preparing to give my son a bath just like any other night, but this night he insisted on having a “boo boo” that was going to hurt if he put his foot in the water. Oh dear. So for a solid five minutes (felt like 30) I tried every bribe in the book, until tears ensued and dad walked in asking buddy what’s wrong. To which I went off on a lightening speed explanation on why I’m so frustrated after trying to negotiate with a toddler for ten minutes, which results in said dad backing out of the bathroom slowly, very slowly.
Waiting for fall to come in Texas is like waiting for cherry blossom season, and then it’s gone before you know it. I’ve never let it cramp my style though. Granted, I definitely miss my LA “seasons,” which essentially allowed me to dress like it was fall year round (le sigh). But alas, I vow to prepare for fall like a medieval knight going into battle. The easiest way, if you live in a warmer climate like we do now, is to start transitioning your wardrobe with a few key accessories.
I spy with my little eye…espadrilles, espadrilles, and more espadrilles. I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of the espadrille sandal. I think the last time I owned a pair was in the 90s, and I was pretty content to leave them there – but that was before “The Great Espadrille Takeover of 2015.” I mean seriously, it’s everywhere (amirite?). Now, I’m not one to jump on just any bandwagon trend, especially when it comes to my shoes – but you can’t deny the cuteness factor of the new wave of espadrilles. Flats, this is.
What is a Birk-off, you may be asking? It’s a new term I coined after laying my eyes on a whole display full of Birkenstock knock-off sandals at Nordstrom on Saturday. Pret-a-Reporter goes as far as calling this style of sandal “fugly yet fab”, and Nordstrom features them as the latest trend in “earthy cool” cork footbed sandals.
I’ve always loved the brand Seychelles for their comfortable and quirky style, so I did a major double-take when I spotted their new line of Birk-offs (it’ll catch on, you’ll see). I snagged my own pair of zebra-print thong sandals – thanks to my more than generous husband, who brought me back to mommyland after straying too far to oogle at the gallery-like wall of Jimmy Choo’s…can’t a girl dream a little?
Tonight I braved a drive into the valley, during rush hour no less, just to get a sneak peak of Fall Fashion trends at Bloomingdale’s Sherman Oaks, and some key styling tips from Los Angeles magazine’s Style Editor Linda Immediato.
Although we were all in agreement with being so over shopping for summer, we haven’t felt quite ready to start thinking about fall. Let’s just say once the fashion show got into full swing, with enough denim, fur and leather to put anyone in the shopping mood, we were all singing a different tune.
Not to mention Bloomie’s was having their Mad About Fashion Loyallist event, lord only knows how I managed to walk away with just a Medium Brown Bag – but hey, a girl has to have some self control…
Black Drawstring Pants: H&M (Phillip Lim, ones I really want). Gray Tee: Mossimo for Target (similar here and here). Blazer: Anat B. Beverly Hills (Spring/Summer 2012 Collection). Messenger Bag:Kristen Bell for Erica Anenberg. Shoes: Halogen Vivian Sandal (not pictured). Chronograph Watch: Michael Kors. Leather Studded Bracelet: Ron Herman. Leather Wrap Bracelet: Isabel B. boutique at Hotel del Coronado (similar to Hermes version). Cocktail Ring: BCBG (my best friend has a matching one – a modern take on the bff necklaces, circa 1990).
Fashion illustration by Simone Elum. We all loved how she made our legs somehow look 10 feet long.
I spotted these Rag & Bone embroidered jeans when I first walked in, and it just so happened they styled Linda in them with a Joie silk top that went perfectly.
My boss and I ogled over some Rebecca Taylor pieces – which happens to be one of her favorite brands, and it’s getting up there in my book with this tweed, fringed blazer and pleated leather skirt.
I’ve had my eye on the brocade jeans trend ever since I saw these gold brocade ones from J Brand’s Fall line. Have to say, I was resolved to let this trend pass me by – that is until I saw these Current/Elliot black brocade jeans. After seeing them modeled, they made a true believer outta me.
See more of my fav looks from the evening – just keep in mind most styles aren’t available online yet, but I’ve listed out each article of clothing which can be found in store at Bloomingdales (so apologies for no links).
Joie blouse, Current/Elliott color block jeans, Chloe bag, and Vince Camuto shoes.
p.s. Moni’s in the background of this photo, can you find her? Hint – she’s got some killer heels on…
Helmut skirt & t shirt, Joie leather jacket, Rebecca Minkoff purse, and Dolce Vita shoes (loved them).
Rag & Bone jean, Theory leather jacket, Splendid tank, and Dolce Vita shoes (again).
DVF leather dress, Marc Jacobs purse, and Vince Camuto shoes (the models wore these with a lot of the outfits, which really shoes what a staple a great pair of black pointy-toe pumps can be).
Vince leather jacket in indigo, Vince tank, Vince jean in citron, Ted Baker purse (really loved the structure of this bag), and Vince Camuto shoes.
Vince fur vest, blouse, and jean, Leibskind bag, and Vince Camuto shoes (this ensemble might have been the crowd favorite of the night).
Theory fur vest, Vince blouse, Theory leather legging, and Vince Camuto shoes.
Joie fur vest, Vince blouse, Rag & Bone leather jean (want these in a bad way), Chloe bag (Linda’s pick of the night for best everyday/carryall bag), and Dolce Vita shoes.
Vince fur vest and blouse, Rag & Bone jean, Rebecca Minkoff clutch (love anything by her), and Vince Camuto shoes.