Tuesday, July 9, 2013

outfit schmoutfit ((real life go-to summer outfit))



One thing I never want to do is be the least bit inauthentic in this space. Far too often, I see outfit posts that are completely unrealistic and way too flashy for everyday wear. They may be real life for those ladies, but ever since I quit my job at Anthropologie, I haven't worn a real pair of heels except for at a Christmas party. Have you ever tried to carry a carseat in heels? Far too dangerous. ;) Thus, unless I'm actually wearing an outfit somewhere, it will not be documented here. I want my style posts to represent me and not someone that I'm trying too hard to be. 


Right now, in this season, I'm a mom with a very humble lifestyle. I have no day job to get dressed up for, no personal shopping clients to meet with, and our date nights are less about getting all fancied up for a nice meal and more about just connecting as husband and wife over a meal not interrupted by Knox screams. With meal planning and grocery shopping on Mondays, Missional Community on Tuesdays, blog and shop work on Wednesdays, house cleaning and such on Thursdays, mom's small group on Fridays, and trips to the pool & lunch dates thrown in here and there…there isn't time or reason to mess with a perfectly styled outfit. 


Outfits I wear must be comfortable, realistic, easily accessible for nursing Knox, and normal. We live in Boulder -- voted worst dressed city in America. If I go to the grocery store in heels and lipstick, I get more stares than if I walked into a southern baptist church in the Bible Belt with dread locks, Thai fisherman pants, and a sleeve of tattoos. That may be a terrible example, just roll with it. Anywho, my goal is always to inspire - not to intimidate or come off as unapproachable. I never want it to look like I have this extravagant wardrobe and lifestyle that I'm flaunting…because that's simply not real life.


These shorts, sandals, any tank, and a headband seem to be my summer uniform. It feels simple, yet put-together. A little bohemian, but not too out there. Age & life season appropriate, but not too soccer mom. No offense to any soccer moms. Chances are - you're rad and bring a mean juice box and fruit slice combo to the table.

Headband - Oh, Sweet Joy! ((coming to the shop soon))
Sunglasses - Ray Ban
Diaper Bag - ℅ Timi & Leslie
Sandals  - DSW
Ring & Earrings - ℅ Splendor Shop
((you can get 15% off at Splendor with the code SWEETJOY!))

Wow. This blog post was not supposed to be this long. I guess since I spend my days saying, "Hi Knox! Where's your smile?" in a high pitched voice, I needed to form some longer sentences and thoughts. 

25 comments:

  1. Love this outfit. So simple, cute and a classic mom outfit for me! I agree w you on the heels. I always wonder how are these moms playing on the playground w their kids in heels?! LOL

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  2. I've been living in jorts, tanks and lightweight scarves this summer. And side note--good for you for already setting a loose schedule for yourself. I'm pregnant with my third and just now realizing that our weeks flow so much better that way. You are so ahead of the game:)

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  3. I love this, so funny.....this getting pregnant.....I've been obsessed with buying flats. I know I won't be wearing heels on a regular basis!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  4. I KNOW! I live just down the way from you (in Canon City) and if I wore the outfit you're wearing, I'd definitely be the best-dressed person in Wal-Mart (our only store...if only we could lure a Target). I can't imagine running after / picking up / playing with a one-year old while wearing skinny jeans / a cute skirt / wedges. (Especially since our fun usually takes place next to the river or at the playground.) Thanks for keepin' it real. :)

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  5. I love that you keep it real. fashion is fun but there are so many more important parts of life.

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  6. Thank you for being real. Nothing drives me crazy more than seeing blog post after blog post of women dressed like they're going out.. when really, they're probably spending the afternoon chasing kids.
    You look adorable. I love the casual but still super cute and put together outfit. That purse is great too. Hope that you're adjusting well to mommyhood.

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  7. I appreciate your authenticity! Yup, the reality of being a mom of a baby is that most days, I'm wearing something that can be spit up on, and gives easy access for nursing! That is sometimes cute, and sometimes not. You always look adorable though - and I love that tank top.

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  8. Girl, one of the reasons that I love style bloggers like you is because you're real and you take photos of outfits that the everyday girl (like me!) can actually wear or imitate without having to go to the store. I also love that your outfits are stylish while being comfortable and modest. Don't ever stop with these posts + your authenticity! :)

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  9. I love this look, and the honesty–who has time for all those accessories and high heels in real life?!

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  10. So true....carrying a car seat (or a baby) in heels would be a nightmare!! I love "real" outfits...because that's what I wear. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. All so true! I feel much the same way with three little ones at home. I do "real" outfits too because as much as I want to wear the others and buy some of that stuff, it is just not practical for work at home, life with three under 7!

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  12. This is why I love your blog! You keep it real!

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  13. cute outfit. i love how "real" you are. i look through a lot of what i wore posts and think that sometimes it's nothing more than a big brag session about how many expensive handbags you own. i love seeing how real people dress and appreciate your genuine attitude.

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  14. Love your tank!!! And yes- I totally agree. Unless you're posting an outfit for date night, I hardly believe that a mom of a young one is chasing baby in heels and a pencil skirt (and if they are, then well, they be crazy!)

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  15. LOVE that top!!!! You are stinkin' beautiful, lady! I'm also going to be keeping an eye out for that headband... :) XO!

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  16. I definitely appreciate you being real with your outfits. I live in Oklahoma and we are SO casual here, so if I didn't have to get dressed for work everyday I'd be in gym shorts and a t-shirt. Anyway, we need inspiration for "real clothes" and I am glad that you are willing to share!

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  17. I am loving your go-to summer outfit. So fun!!

    Thank you for choosing to link up with Style Sessions!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  18. Super cute outfit! I love that you're keeping it real, too. :)

    xo

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  19. Amen! I've had the same thoughts about all the pencil skirts and high heels. That just doesn't fit my lifestyle (working from home). I think this outfit is really cute, and a great summer go-to.

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  20. adorable...and real life. love it.. =) we can still pull both off!

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  21. Casual and cute! And again, I love that you rock the headband so well!

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  22. I don't understand the concept of dressing up for outfit pictures, and then changing, though I know some bloggers say they do it. Every outfit I post is one that I've actually wore, and I just managed to take pictures somewhere along during the day I was wearing it. My own style tends to be a little more "outlandish" though, even on the average day. Getting dressed is one of the happiest things for me, and I know I feel better when I love my clothes, so I try to always make sure I'm wearing something I love.

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  23. I love this new attitude & approach. You've always felt real to me, but I really appreciate when popular, enviable, seemingly-perfect bloggers make the effort to remind people that they're people, too, & that nobody is perfect. It makes them feel genuine, & it's refreshing, especially when so many bloggers are trying to do the opposite - to sugarcoat their existences, only show the pretty parts. Not that we always have to show the bad or difficult parts - but the little reminders that we're all dealing with the same general life issues, be they an inability to carry a baby in heels or a something bigger, feels much more honest & admirable to me.

    Anyway, that was too deep for this post, I think, which is really just to say that I like the casual outfit & appreciate real-girl style. :)

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  24. I have this tank. Such a fun laid back outfit.

    run-style-run.blogspot.com

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