Favorite clothes and accessories

It’s no secret that I have a lot of clothes – possibly a borderline abnormal amount. I’ve been trying to parse my wardrobe down – selling certain items on poshmark and donating the rest. I’ve been feeling weighed down by all of my ‘stuff’ and I want a more contained wardrobe consisting of items I truly love and feel great in. I was pretty inspired by Marie Kondo’s, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and have been trying to feel the magic.

One of her suggestions is not to decide what to throw away, but to decide what to keep. This is definitely a more logical way of looking at your possessions and deciding what you truly love v. have an unproductive attachment to. I think another way to look at it is to be cognizant of the items you constantly reach for, and what items you pass over or try on and then take off. For instance, I have probably 15 pairs of jeans, but I wear the same three pairs over and over again. That’s kind of the basic principle of building your style – loving everything as much as your favorite pair of jeans.

Some of my favorite items include:

  • A day to night top. I bought this Madewell top a few months ago and I’ve reached for it countless times this summer. It looks great styled with denim, white jeans, and shorts. It’s loose and flowy, yet flattering. The blue and white stripes make it a classic style with a current spin.

  • A top for nights out. I bought this top at J.Crew during the holiday season and I always feel dressed to go out when I put it on. It’s fitted but the ruffles make it forgiving. The sheer black lace makes it sexy. It can be dressed up with a skirt or down with denim.

  • Great jeans. I’ve been a longtime fan of J.Crew’s toothpick jean. They always fit well, maintain their shape, and stretch but don’t stretch out.

  • A timeless purse. My Chanel bag is probably my favorite thing I own. Period. I feel grateful on a regular basis for buying it before it doubled in price…because then I probably wouldn’t have been able to justify buying it. If you’re shopping for a Chanel bag, buy the caviar (pebbled) leather. My bag has had a lot of wear, but looks like it’s in mint condition. The lambskin is beautiful but shows every scratch.

  • A dreamy cashmere sweater. I love the halogen cashmere cardigans from the Nordstrom Sale. I first bought one of these cardigans a few years ago, and they have been a regular fall/winter staple ever since. The cashmere is soft, thick and warm.

What my wardrobe is missing…

  • Shoes. find that I struggle with shoes! I know ‘the shoes make the outfit’ but I can’t get past the comfort factor and feel like I wear flip flops all summer and Uggs all winter. I’ve even tried to up my game with ‘dressy uggs’ (one shouldn’t be able to use those two words together). I’ve been trying to incorporate better shoes into my typical outfits…but this girl is all about comfort and I think comfort is always going to win.
  • The white button down shirt. Why is it so hard to find an amazing white button down shirt? I’m relatively flat chested but yet I’m a 38 width…so whenever I wear button downs that awkwardly gap at the bust. I’m looking for something that drapes elegantly but also looks crisp. Why can’t I find this?? Everyone must be looking for the same thing! I know it’s out there…and one day, I will find it.

Day 5 of gratitude

Yikes… I keep forgetting to post! Today I’d like to express my gratitude for my health. I’ve been trying to lose my remaining baby weight and begin an exercise routine before we start trying for baby #2. I’ve been trying the Kayla Itsines BBG workout and it is so hard for me. I can only get through two out of the 4 rounds and I’m like done at the end. Totally dripping in sweat. About the puke. Today, it was pouring rain, but I forced myself to go outside and take a walk. I felt pretty energized and I started to run. I only ran a mile but it’s the first mile I’ve run since having Harrison and I felt really proud of myself. I’m grateful that I’m healthy. That I’m in a position where I can exercise and run and jump up and down and feel good.

Day 3 of gratitude

I realize that I missed two days…. but I’m back on the bandwagon.

I’m grateful for my job. I’m an attorney and I work for a big law firm. My days are busy and demanding. But! I work with people who I mostly genuinely like, including one of my best friends. I love going to court. My firm was extremely kind and understanding throughout the whole baby process – literally from sharing the news I was pregnant, to my maternity leave, to coming back. It made me feel so much better about coming back to work. I really admire and respect the managing attorney of my office and feel like I’d want to have his job one day. I remember being told that if you didn’t want your boss’s job it was a bad thing – and now I finally realize how accurate that was! And finally – I feel like I have a career and not just a job. It took me a while to get here but I’m so glad I did!

Day 2 of gratitude

Sometimes you just have to be grateful for the simple things. Like right now, I’m in bed. The baby is sleeping. I’m getting some quiet time on my phone. And my bed is so comfortable. It feels so good to be in bed. And I’m grateful for that.

365 days of gratitude

I was driving earlier, and thinking about a long list of things I want. I’m in the process of organizing my home and getting rid of a ton of things…yet I still constantly long for more things! Consumerism, materialism…they are crazy things.

It got me to thinking that I should focus more on what I do have v. What I don’t have. I was driving my brand new Lexus SUV, with my beautiful Chanel bag sitting in the front seat and my perfect baby boy in the back seat taking a peaceful nap. To the majority of the world, I’m sure I look like I have it all. And, if I shift my focus a little bit, I really do have everything that’s important in life.

Today, I’m going to start with what I’m most grateful for. My son. I love this boy with the deepest part of my core being. My days begin and end with him, and to quote Faith Evans (who must’ve been singing about her child, duh) I never knew there was a love like this before. I just love this kid so much – sometimes It makes me cry because the magnitude of the love is so overwhelming. I’m grateful for having a child and having THIS child. I’m grateful for having had a healthy pregnancy. I’m grateful for having had an uneventful delivery. I’m grateful for having a husband who takes an equal part in raising our son. I’m thankful for family who have helped us out. I’m grateful for a job that gives me flexibility so I can spend more time with him. I’m grateful for the privilege and opportunity to try to raise a man who’s going to do good in this world. I’m grateful for baby cuddles and baby laughs. I’m grateful for getting to be a mom.