Spring is here!! I honestly can’t believe it. I don’t know about you, but I was beginning to doubt that it would ever come. In fact, I’d been planning to write this post for weeks now, but kept putting it off because 1) Houston weather is sucha tease, and 2) I was afraid by writing this it would jinx any nice weather we’d had 😉 But we’ve consistently had a week’s worth of sunshine, so I figured what better way to officially kick off spring than sharing one of my favorite styling collabs I’ve done with my talented friend and jewelry designer Hattie of Hattie Now Designs.
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If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already had a sneak peek into what the last week and half has been like for our little Murray clan (oh, and for the foreseeable future I’ll be referring to my family as “The Murray Clan” – not because we’re part Scottish, but because that’s what happens when you binge watch Outlander for the first months of a child’s life). So long story short, my mom (who stays with us and helps me with the kiddos a couple times a week), ended up going to my oldest brother’s in NC to help out with his little one the week after Easter. I kid you not. It never fails. Anytime she’s gone, Grant gets told he has to travel for work. The first time it happened actually spawned my very first ever “Mom Jean Confessions” post where I so lovingly referred to myself as a Momaholic. But you wanna know the even more ironic part – it was literally three years ago to the day that they both left me hanging 😯. I’m convinced it’s a sick joke they like to play on me, just to test me. Not funny guys, not funny. Especially because this time around, Garrett and Charlotte both came down with the stomach flu – need I say more? No, but I will for entertainment’s sake. Oh and just in case you’re wondering why we all look so happy in these photos – this was literally the one day of reprieve we had. The hubs had just gotten back into town the night before at like midnight, Garrett had finally felt good enough to go back to school that day, and little did I know Charlotte would come down with what Garrett had exactly 24 hours from the moment these were taken. Hence, the title “Subliminal Messaging” 😉
A year ago this April marked the one year anniversary of my other, slightly less demanding and not nearly as cute baby – my blog. Oddly enough, it took having a baby to get the courage to launch my own blog, as if I needed one more thing to tackle. I had just returned to work full-time, was still nursing a 6 month old baby through the night, and figured – “Hey, I’m up at 1am anyway, might as well write.” As crazy as it sounds, looking back at this year, I am so glad I did it. Becoming a mom truly does change the whole life game – it’s as if everything before now was just rehearsal for my “real life” to start. Everything I thought I knew about myself and what I wanted for my future, was turned upside down and inside out. Starting this blog awakened my true love for writing, something I always had a passion for growing up and somehow had pushed aside along the way. It also has given me a creative outlet I so desperately needed, not only to pursue my personal styling, but it served as a way for me to express myself in ways that are so crucial when deciphering your life as a new mom.
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.
The first time I laid my eyes on a Ripley Rader jumpsuit, it was donned by a chic coworker who styled it so effortlessly that I just had to have one. Believe it or not, I bought this navy classic jumpsuit when I was 3 months pregnant and rocked it all the way to the end – that’s how versatile her styles are.
Now, as if she read my mind, Ripley Rader’s latest S/S15 collection includes everything from maxi wrap dresses and A-line sheaths, to sophisticated crop tops paired with a wide leg pant – not to mention the most luxurious kaftan this side of Palm Springs. I was fortunate enough to snag an invite to the fashion show debuting the new line.
Now that NYFW has officially ended, I’m rounding up just a few of the designers and trends that caught my sartorial eye. I must admit, I had a hard time choosing just 5 – but I’m a stickler for the rules, so head on over to my “What to Wear” Pinterest board for a few more picks if you so desire.
The chosen few boast a mix of bold patterns and structured pencil skirts, to floral dresses with the most ethereal lines. Safe to say it’s going to be hard for this girl to wait until Spring to don these looks. Besides, isn’t it pretty much spring 24/7 in LA? I mean really…
A week ago I set out on the perilous, and at times tedious, hunt for the great white…t-shirt that is. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about shopping – it’s always when you’re looking for a certain piece of clothing, that it’s nowhere to be found (amirite?). Luckily I’ve perfected the art of the “power shop”, with the arrival of my son Garrett, and set out like a woman on a mission.
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?
That is the question I have been asking myself ever since the crop top made a resurgence from its resting grounds, the early 90s. Needless to say, it brought back some interesting fashion memories of my early teen self. In fact, I can still hear my dad saying to “turn right back around and put something on that covers up more than your pinky finger”.