Monday, September 22, 2014

Oh eBay

This outfit comes to you courtesy of eBay. Shirt, shoes and purse: all eBay. Pants not so much, so I guess I should say most of this outfit comes to you courtesy of eBay. 

Have I been hitting the eBay a little bit hard since becoming a stay-at-home mom? Maybe so.

But, um, a tooled leather purse and a pink Anthropologie shirt with Swiss dots? If these things are wrong, I don't want to be right! (Shoes: sold at Modcloth for a much higher price not so very long ago.)

I wore this to go eat Thai food and see a movie with a couple of child-free chick friends. They both met Thomas, and they both were like "Yep, no kids for me!" I'm all for people choosing to be child-free. I think it would be terrible for someone who didn't want to be a parent to do it just because that's what they feel they "should" do. I think if you have kids (or a kid), you should really, really want to be a parent. 

I love being a mom to Thomas. I so badly wanted to have a baby. In fact, it was right about this time last year that I was hanging out at the ocean and feeling really melancholy about my inability to get pregnant. I'm so happy to have Thomas now, and to share him with my friends. They can ooh and aww and then hand him right back. That works for us all!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Style Icon: Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson is on Dancing with the Stars! I am rooting for her because I love her! Way to be 72 and awesome!

Betsey Johnson has such an infectious, joyful love of life, and it comes out in her clothing line and her personal style.

Who doesn't love a woman who wears a tutu? (Probably really cranky people I don't want to hang out with. Those people might be anti-tutu, but not me! I am pro tutu for sure.)

She is not a subtle, minimalist woman. Instead, she is all about COLOR, lots and lots of color and maybe some stripes and ruffles and Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe. 

She wears her wackiest creations, and not only that -- she also does splits and cartwheels in them.

Betsey Johnson -- forever young, forever fabulous. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Second hand gray

I wore this little ensemble to go visit my parents with Thomas this week. Thomas loves to snuggle up with his grandma every chance he can get, and I love to leave the house! This gray dress is the result of another exciting leaving-the-house moment: thrifting with Erin. It's pretty darn comfortable and might become a wardrobe staple.

Something that's not going to be a wardrobe staple? Necklaces. Thomas, at two and a half months, is now a grabber, and this necklace came off pretty quickly because he was all about it. Isn't it a great necklace, though? Hot air balloons are the best! As seen from the ground! Or represented in jewelry! I think in reality I would be terrified to go up in one. (I went up in a tethered one once. So doesn't count.)

These are my new red moccasins, and I am in love. They were purchased from eBay and have already been broken in by someone else. Thanks someone else! I might have to get a few more pairs in different styles/colors because they are so cute and so comfortable.

Please note that black ball of fur behind me. That is my precious Sunshine Dog. She is not the star of the show anymore now that Thomas is on the scene, but she is still the best, most loved puppy! And by "puppy" I mean 13-year-old dog. Such a sweetie. She's been making my outfit photos cuter for years.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Loving It

Lately I've been loving...

1. My sweet boy's sticking-out tongue

2. Public parks

3. New hot-pink flats

4. That my baby is being raised in a home brewery 

5. Good luck lady bugs

6. Great-grandmother visits and baby smiles 

7. Monkey toys and baby toes

8. Soggy spiderwebs 

9. Little monsters on the front

10. Monsters on the butt!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Remix - Riding boots (RIP)

Along with my heart and hips, my feet grew during my pregnancy, which means my shoe collection no longer actually fits my feet. Sadness. Such, such sadness. The shoes I will miss the most? My riding boots. I am clearly going to have to find another pair. Clearly. That is absolutely clear. 

I bought these new via the wonderful Internet right before that "polar vortex" situation we had last winter. I wore them all the time. All of it.

There was a period in my life when I wore pants whenever it was really, really cold. Then I discovered that you can throw on knee-high boots and leggings, and you're just as cozy and comfortable! So, yes, there were a lot of leggings/boots combos happening last winter. 

Riding boots look good with all the things -- especially heart sweaters. They also work with skinny jeans and maternity dresses and Mary-Poppins-esque purses. They are versatile, those riding boots. 

I'm a pretty thrifty lady, and I generally steer clear of buying new, expensive things. These boots are a clear exception, and when it comes down to cost-per-wear, I actually think they're cheaper than a lot of thrifted heels I've bought. (Oh how I love to buy the heels and then wear them maybe once. Heels are uncomfortable! I never actually want them on my feet. But they are so pretty! So I feel compelled to buy them...) Anyway, at least I got a lot of use out of these boots before they no longer fit! It was a beautiful time, riding boots. I will also remember you fondly. It was a great love. A true love. A shoe love.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Style Icon: Rhoda Morgenstern

 Oh Rhoda, Queen of the Head Scarf.

When I think fabulous '70s fabulousnes, I think Rhoda Morgenstern. Yes, yes I do. 

Doesn't she look great? I love her bohemian vibe. The above look is my favorite ever.

Rhoda and Mary are such cute friends. Mary's a lot more trendy and Rhoda is more... heavily accessorized.

I love that Rhoda went from being the funny best friend to having her own television show. I also love all the bright prints, headscarves and costume jewelry she wore on that television show.

I mean, come on, in this look she's has a polka-dotted headscarf and lots and lots of bangles! She really does scream '70s, but I think you could wear pretty much all the Rhoda-liciousness today. I probably don't have it in me to wear a headscarf and a bright print and a ton of bangles and a giant necklace. But one of those items at a time? For sure! Rhoda, on the other hand, she throws it all together, and that's why she's a style icon.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Love, roses and lavender

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” -- Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic 

(Advice for your Friday.)