Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Loving It

Lately I've been loving (as shown through the way-too-many Instagram photos I've been taking)...

1. My Birkenstock sandals. I'm going to wear them from now until they completely fall to pieces. I don't know why people refer to them as "ugly." They are beautiful! Comfort is beautiful!

2. These two fellows. Loving them.

3. Our first "date night" out. Thomas' aunt babysat, and Robert and I went to a friend's '80s party. It was totally tubular!

4. My friend who hosted the '80s party is married to a Catawba Valley potter, and he had his awesome work all over the house. We own three things by him -- all pretty small. I want to own 1,000 things by him especially the really giant, strange face jugs.

5. These are my new shoes, one size bigger than my feet used to be. Nude, ballet flats. Pretty cute!

6. Thomas as a surfer dude. Giving a little side-eye.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Abstract polka dots

I obviously had to buy this when I saw it on eBay. Abstract polka-dots? Yes please! It's so cute and fun, and I'm refusing to wear it around my baby because I know he'll spit up on it, precious boy that he is. So this weekend, I changed out of my spit-up-on maternity tank top (those suckers are comfortable) and into this new-to-me shirt and went out shopping for a couple hours.

On this shopping expedition, I came to terms with the fact my feet have gone from a size 9 to a size 10. To help with processing this life change, I bought a pair of size 10 shoes (not pictured here, but I'll probably post them some time). So, yes, I went out for a little adventure and left my boys at home. It's something I'm trying to make a habit of, although I think some people find that fact surprising. (Right now, we're keeping Thomas mostly out of public places because he's so young and not vaccinated yet. When that changes, Thomas and I get to go on adventures together. Very exciting!)

When I was at school last week, I had someone ask me if I was leaving my husband at home alone with our baby. (Yep.) Was it the first time?! (Nope.) A doctor was once shocked that it was Robert who changed Thomas' diaper instead of me during our visit. (Fun fact: Changing diapers is not gender specific. Both men and women can do it!) And Robert told me how he was annoyed when someone recently asked him if he was "babysitting" Thomas. Um, if it's your child, you're not babysitting. Truth.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Style Icon: Kate Bush

I love Kate Bush's atmospheric, dramatic, operatic music. It is so '80s and so is her leotard-heavy style, and that's what makes it so great.

I wore a lot of leotards in the '80s too. I loved, loved, loved me some leotards back in elementary school. Then in the '90s, leotards started being called "body suits," and I loved those too. Kate Bush obviously shared my inclination. She also really loved tall boots, and who can blame her?

Such great boots! This is my favorite Kate Bush style -- lots and lots of hair, jeans, boots and a casual white top. 

Kate Bush wasn't all '80s dancer/sex kitten. She was also mystical, woodland fairy. Hence the ivy head wear.

And the loose, flowy opposite-of-leotards dresses she liked.

The '80s were a time of heavy makeup, and I love Kate Bush' pouty red lips. I discovered her during my Tori-Amos obsessed phase in high school. "You like Tori Amos, well you'll like Kate Bush" I was told, and it was true. The two ladies, while definitely both originals, also had a lot in common -- fairy style, serious lipsticked lips, melodic piano-playing, dramatic lyrics, soaring voices.

Kate Bush just wore way more dance wear. As seen here:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mommy Wars

When I was pregnant, I had the Mommy Wars going on inside my own head. I was utterly convinced I should stay at home with my child, and I was utterly convinced I needed to keep working if only for sanity's sake. I went back and forth about what to do and felt pretty terrible about all potential choices.

I really love my job. I also really love my son. So I ended up going for a bit of a compromise. I'm taking three months off from the school year and then returning to work. Yesterday was open house, and I went to see my students and let them know I wasn't going to be there at the start, but I'm coming back! We were supposed to wear school colors -- red, black and white -- so I wore this.

These are new Dansko heels I bought on eBay. So cute. A little Wicked Witch of the West in the best possible way.

While at school, I really wanted to be back at work. I love the start of the school year. I love my students. I love teaching. But now that I'm back at home, I'm glad I get to spend more time with my son. He will only be this little once. He's already huge compared to what he was three weeks ago! I love his little dolphin noises and his snuggles and the weight of him in my arms. I am glad I get three more months to enjoy him all day every day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

House loyalty

I don't normally wear shirts representing schools I didn't go to, but I'll make an exception for this thrifted Gryffindor shirt. Although, to be honest, I think the Sorting Hat would more likely put me in Ravenclaw. I bought this beauty during my second epic onesie thrift haul. For some reason, I have 1,000 adorable things for Thomas in the 3-6 month range and very little in the 0-3. Luckily, I'm a thrifting maven, and those little suckers are $1 to $2 a pop. No big deal! And it's true what they say (and "they" do say this to you a lot if you're a new mom): You can never have too many onesies. (Or thrifted Harry Potter T-shirts, although "they" don't say that one. That one, I say.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Remix - Black and white maxi-skirt

I thrifted this skirt years ago. I wasn't sure about it at first. I think the pattern wasn't exactly my thing, but it was comfortable and long enough to touch my toes so I bought it, and then I wore it here and there and enjoyed it.

Then I got pregnant, and the skirt's stretch proved to be very appealing throughout the barely-there bump of the beginning second trimester to the Whoa Nelly! of the third trimester. 

My favorite thing to do with it now is to pair it with another black and white print. Check out those polka-dots! They're loving the pattern mixing! Me and my big ol' belly are loving the beach! Remixing joy all around!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stretch and spit up

I enjoy clothes with stretch these days. Super comfortable clothes with a lot of stretch. Clothes that can handle a little (a lot) of spit up. That's what I enjoy these days.

Since having a baby, I find that I brush my hair and teeth with less regularity than before. I'm working on fixing that. I mean, I get to it eventually, but "morning" is kind of a relative term these days. Is it when I'm up at 3 a.m.? 4:30? My routine is so all over the place right now. In this photo, my hair is not brushed, but I think it's still looking pretty okay anyway. Way to go un-brushed hair!

This is my beloved, thirfted Mickey Mouse tee (and I'm holding my beloved, adorable baby). Mickey Mouse probably has spit up on him. Thomas is sporting a thrifted onesie. It also probably has spit up on it. We are looking good!