Hey November, I See You

It’s been a while since I have blogged over here and it’s something I really enjoy so I’m setting the goal again of blogging more often! I feel like all I have done in 2017 is alternate between working and having surgeries. 2018 is going to be a better year, I’m determined!

This week has been one of those weeks where I felt like I just can’t handle everything on my plate. My husband originally assured me that he wouldn’t be leaving town for work this month, so I booked up a bunch of seasonal mini sessions. Of course, as it usually happens, plans change and things come up and he had to leave after all. I opened up my Facebook this morning and saw in my memories of past years on this week that it seems this week has been my most difficult week every year for the past several years. Four years ago, my husband was gone and our son came down with an ear infection and roseola. As a first time mom, I almost lost my mind. Three years ago, I had a D&C for one of the babies we lost. Last year, my boys and I collectively lost our minds because doing photo mini sessions while my husband was unexpectedly out of town pushed us to the brink of a collective breakdown (my older son was sobbing that he couldn’t handle hearing other people’s babies crying any more in my photo studio….mini sessions can be super stressful for everyone!). This week, my younger son came down with the wonderful ear infection/roseola combo that his older brother had. Thankfully as a more experienced mom this time around, I was able to handle it without completely freaking out, but it was still pretty stressful. I had to cancel a photo session for the first time in years and it kind of broke my heart.

I realized this morning it was a red lipstick kind of day. Something about throwing on some bright lipstick when things are super stressful always seems to make me feel better. My older son loves red and so he wanted to take a cell phone picture of me on our way out to school this morning. This is my favorite red lipstick, from the Kylie lip kit. It stays on most of the day which is great when you’re a busy mom! So here I am, in all our chaos this week….trash cans falling over in the street and everything lol. I’m always a bit jealous of young hip bloggers who have boyfriends who can take amazing photos of their outfits all the time. Maybe I can get back into blogging more with the help of my little 4 year old photo assistant! ๐Ÿ˜‰ He actually has been a great help lately with some of my recent sessions so it will be a fun way to document his learning process with photography.

I used to be like Carrie Bradshaw in my younger days….always in heels, coming up with crazy creative outfits, and usually had an entire room as a closet. Now that I’ve become a mom, things have changed so much. My former closet room in our current house is now our boys’ play room. Our house actually has no closets, so I was forced to pare down to just what can fit in an armoire. It was a bit heartbreaking the day that I realized that my pre-pregnancy clothes were never going to fit again. My hips and ribcage are wider now, which was to be expected given the fact that I’m barely 5′ tall and each of my boys were big babies in the 9 pound range at birth! So I started over and planned out a capsule wardrobe that will work with my lifestyle now. It’s pretty hard to chase a toddler in heels, so most of those had to go (I kept the best ones though of course). I actually really love my capsule wardrobe now though. I can grab a few things in a rush and pretty much everything always looks good together, no matter what I grab.

This outfit has a few of my favorites. Black skinny jeans from the petite department last year from Ann Taylor (I worked there back when I was in college and their petite options are always one of my favorites). Grey tee is the whisper soft tee from Madewell. I have several of these, stripes, black, white & grey and they are my favorite tees. Chambray top was from H&M (last year I think?) and I love it because even though it’s not a petite size, it was shorter in length than others I tried and didn’t overwhelm my frame. The tiny bit of stretch in the fabric helps too.ย The trick for pulling off a layered look when you’re super petite is making sure most of the layers are fitted. The sweater is one of my favorites and was actually from Motherhood Maternity a couple years ago (and I think I even was wearing this sweater in my last outfit post, which was about two years ago!). I loved getting a few maternity pieces that will work well even postpartum (truth…I wore my pregnancy jeans long after my boys were born, until they were falling off me lol).

I stopped carrying my favorite vintage Louis Vuitton purse after my boys were born because I always need a free hand. Then recently I realized this vintage strap from my great-uncle’s camera bag made the perfect attachment strap for my purse. Now this purse is back in the rotation! Sunglasses are my favorite go to from Gucci (bought last year I think). My ring was actually an amazing find in our garden and it appears to be an antique ruby, which is amazing! I jokingly tell my husband that I’m also now married to my garden. The shoes are not my favorite and I am looking for a replacement for them lol. I love the style of them, but they are falling apart already with less than a year of light use so I definitely don’t recommend them (they were from Target and I’m sorry but I just don’t have the infatuation with Target that most moms seem to have). They were an impulse purchase and need to be replaced soon for sure. I’m also carrying my favorite Kate Spade coffee mug (ordered from Nordstrom), which I usually always have with me lol.

Back when I was in fashion school, I remember one of my teachers telling us that there are two areas to splurge on for quality…shoes and sunglasses. Cheap shoes can be bad for your feet, and cheap plastic sunglasses can break and cut your face if you’re in a car accident. I laughed and I didn’t listen because I was a broke college student who couldn’t afford to buy nice things. I didn’t listen even though I had already been victim to a pair of cheap shoes which contributed to my fall down a flight of concrete stairs, where I ended up fracturing my spine. Several years later, I got rear ended at an intersection in my car and my face smashed against the steering wheel. My sunglasses broke and cut my undereye area. I immediately went to Nordstrom and put a pair of Dior sunglasses on my credit card. I realized then that my teacher really did know what she was talking about. Now, I would much rather have one or two pairs of high quality sunglasses instead of a drawer full of trendy ones, and just a few good quality shoes that won’t fall apart on me. Some replacements for these tan suede loafers is at the top of my Christmas wish list. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next year, this week will be better. I am going to start coming up with a plan now how to better tackle this stressful time of year!

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