Child of the 80's.
Some days, in order for me to show up, I’ve got to dress up. Confidence starts within and when I feel good, I perform even better!
We’ve had a rocky start to the week with a sick little one and very little sleep but we’ve hit our midweek stride and I am grateful for that. Yesterday, however, I was running on 2-hours of sleep fumes as was my Lola. Blame the incessant coughing from a nasty little school virus but I knew we had a busy day ahead of us and if I was going to run on all cylinders, I needed to do my hair, my makeup and get DRESSED. Copious amounts of caffeine help, too.
Needless to say, Lola killed it by showing me she is the ultimate trooper and attended one city meeting with me as well as sat in on numerous conference calls coloring away or climbing up for a snuggle. She’s a good kid and quite honestly, I think she enjoyed having mom all to herself. Can’t say I was bothered by it at all either!
Calling all moms: you are not alone. We are doing our best trying to balance life, work and family and it’s rocky, that is for sure, but it’s possible to be productive and nurturing even whilst rocking a good pair of heels and ruffles. Here’s to you grinding it out and I hope you are having the most fabulous Fall week!
Exact outfit details linked below. The boots and dress fit 100% true to size and are comfortable; under $100. Enjoy!
I resisted the teddy-type coat for a long time. Guess what? This style isn’t going anywhere and once I laid eyes on this star print…it was over. OVA! Best part? No animals were harmed in the making of this coat. See, everyone is happy.
I recently did a collaboration with Dunkin and the colors were too good to pass up. I had to turn this into a post for two reasons: 1. I am really into shades of espresso when it comes to Fall dressing and 2. This wall was on point!
Last week, my youngest approached me while getting ready for school and lifted up her shirt in the mirror and said, “Mom, I look bloated.” At that moment, I thought to myself, “My god…you have got to stop talking about your body, Johanna.” There I said it. I do all this work on the sidelines but the person who least appreciates it is…ME!
This Labor Day Weekend I slept. Normally this would not be a cause for celebration but I don’t think you understand…sleep is a wishlist item for me or at least it has been lately. This weekend I REALLY slept and you don’t really realize how bad you need sleep until you do it and wake up feeling 100% different. Funny how that works.
Two things about New York:
It’s incredibly hot in July.
It’s impossible to get lost if you know about the grid system.
Life is intricate and one dress does not fit all occasions. That was a major life lesson for me over the years. Some are flirty and some are for business. This is my “get down to business dress.” I found it at Vici, no longer available, but I’ve linked some fun alternatives if you like the cut and style. Regardless, if you like their price points, they have a myriad of lace options that are perfect for summer. Most of their clothes fit TTS for me which seems to be the consensus with most bloggers.
Summer speeds up and slows down all at the same time for me. Yes, there are endless activities, parties and sleepovers but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The “slow” usually hits right around July; specifically on the weekends. Lazy backyard BBQs, bike riding and a heavy dose of strolling. And when I say strolling…I really mean strolling. One of our favorite Saturday activities is to plan an event and a city lunch. This is where the strolling comes in. Walking the neighborhoods at our own pace is probably my single, most favorite pastime.
If I am going to add a print anywhere in the wardrobe mix, it’s undoubtedly going to be cheetah. A little bit sassy and a whole lotta fun. This is my ideal summer night outfit, too. A simple, well made tank with a flouncy skirt. Add a denim jacket for layered warmth and you’re good to go.
After our March trip across the pond, I became passionate about some of the new labels I stumbled upon. Conditions Apply was one of them; also carried at Anthropologie. Known for their whimsical prints and strong use of color, it was just the brand my closet needed to take a break from my uniform B&W routine. And while you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I can vow that the two pieces I now own will become permanent fixtures in my closet.