YES! Made it to the weekend! Barely. The hardest part about going on a vacation is coming home from the vacation. This week has been brutal! So busy catching up on everything we missed during our trip. And to top it all off – after school today I took all three kids shoe shopping. WHAT was I thinking!? I know exactly what I was thinking — we have family pictures Saturday morning and the kids don’t have dress shoes that fit them and match what they’re wearing and this was the only time I could go. But still — what was I thinking!? Kole was a maniac running up and down the store isles. The girls couldn’t sit still. Too busy giggling and dancing around and begging me to take them to get ice cream after. Two minutes into actually trying on shoes both girls need to go potty. Of course. We come back after a bathroom break and try on more shoes. We can’t find anything that fits them right. Now Kole is not only running around but also yelling at the top of his lungs while he does it. I’m throwing shoes right and left at my girls and saying “quick – try these on!” then running after Kole. Huge mess – shoes everywhere! People are looking at me like I’m “that woman.” The crazy mom with no control over her kids. I was the crazy mom with no control over her kids! And I was crazy to think I could pull that off and keep my sanity in check. Welcome home Erin. Vacation is definitely over!
I am thrilled that today is behind me and I am now in my happy place. Blogging about clothes. Clothes that I bought with NO kids in sight.
I’m sharing two outfits today and two different ways I wear them. Should be exciting stuff. Or not. But it doesn’t matter. Happy place, remember?
I bought this shirt over a year ago at Forever 21. Ever watch TLC’s What Not To Wear? I adore Stacey and Clinton! Although I have to admit that I get impatient seeing all of the crazy outfits the people on that show are wearing in the beginning so I just fast forward to the shopping for new clothes, hair and make-up. Nothing like a good make-over! Anyway – Stacey and Clinton are always recommending that women wear tops that are fitted at their rib cage. It’s a flattering spot for all women. I always think of that tip when I wear this shirt.
I usually wear this with my dark skinny jeans and brown boots. Wouldn’t Stacey and Clinton be proud?
If I need to dress up for something, I’ll wear the same shirt with this skirt. This brown pencil skirt from Banana Republic has been a staple in my wardrobe for years now. I love it and it never goes out of style. It really goes well with so many different shirts and sweaters.
I wear brown heels with this most of the time, but when things get really chilly around here (I’m talking a major 5 degree temperature dip) I pull out my brown dressy boots.
I’m so excited to show you all some of the fun stuff I bought in New York! (Ahhh… let me just remember NY and my magical day of shopping on 5th Avenue sans kids….) You’ll see all of my fun finds as soon as I get a chance to wear them! We shopped in so many unique stores, but I did manage to find a HUGE Forever 21. I’m talking FOUR STORIES! I had a PAR-TAY in that store and did some major damage!
First of all, I fell in love with this grey tunic. I actually saw this top in the Forever 21 here in San Diego and wanted it but they were out of my size. I was so happy to see it in my size in New York that I bought two of them in different colors! (Did I mention the tunic was $24 on sale for 50% off? 12 bucks baby! Doesn’t get any better than that!) Does the belt look familiar?
I also bought some new black leggings to go with the tunic. Doesn’t it go great with that belt and my grey boots!? I love it. Kole loved it too. He clearly couldn’t get enough of my new grey tunic and had to head to the mirror for a closer look.
And back to the mirror we go! It’s so fun having a son that shares my love for fashion.
Another option for this tunic is to lose the belt and dress it up with a long necklace. (I’ve shared this necklace before too – I bought it at The Limited.)
I like the belt better, a little more flattering to pull things in at the waist, but I thought this was a fun way I can mix things up. You’ve probably noticed several of my fashion obsessions by now. The world is a happy place when I have on a belt and some puffy sleeves.
I wanted to show you another shoe option with this same outfit, but Kole had other plans.
He clearly did NOT like the flats as well as the boots.
This outfit can go from comfy casual…
to stylish and dressy in two seconds flat. Love that.
I also love that now after posting I feel SO much better! Calm after a very hectic day. It’s a good thing too. I’m going to need all of my energy to get through family pictures with Kole this weekend. I have a feeling this may be the year that I do a Christmas card with our family minus one.
It’s just a really good thing he’s so stinkin’ adorable.
And such a major fashion expert.
Have a good weekend everyone!