Motherhood: Riding the Waves and Trusting What Is

Hi friends!  Thanks so much for sharing your own experiences and lifting me up in mine on this post from a couple of weeks ago!  One of the best pieces of advice I received when Teo was a newborn was to “ride the waves”.  This was general life advice when it was given to me, but I clung to it like a life raft this past year and a half with Teo.  So I’ll share it here and hope that it helps one of you.  There are times in parenting (and in life in general) that you’re pushed to the very brink- physically, mentally, emotionally.  When your babe is teething and not sleeping and you are fighting with your partner and the pressures of life are looming it can feel like nothing will EVER be ok again, right?  Exhaustion couples with frustration and worry and a host of other emotions pile on top.  It can be suffocating.  It’s like a wave that knocks you down.  You’ll make it up for air eventually, but the time underwater feels like it will never end.  Hopefully you land on the other side of the wave soon, and have a ride on the topside that is fun and thrilling and magical!  But either way, whichever side of the wave you’re on your only real choice is to ride it out.  This idea that the good and the bad all comes and goes brings a sort of ease into life I think.

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Motherhood Musings

Hi friends!  Today I want to share a bit about my experience of motherhood these first 20 months (it has gone SOOO FAST but also somehow feels like just yesterday that I found out I was pregnant in a wild life timewarp).   So here we are almost two years in, our beautiful son and I, madly in love and figuring this out as we go.  It’s been the best years of my life but filled with some of the hardest moments that have pushed me to grow in ways I never expected.  I want to share a few of the things I’ve struggled with, mainly because I’m starting to come out the other side and I think it’s important to reflect back with a bit more understanding than I was able to muster while I was in the thick of it.  And hopefully some other mama who is in the thick of this will read it, feel compassion for herself and march forward knowing she is soooo not alone.

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Pregnancy Styling

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Hi friends!  My belly has really taken on a life of it’s own now that I’m six months in (wide-eyed emoji)!  But that’s appropriate I suppose!  I picked up a few maternity staples early on in my pregnancy and have managed to make my closet work for me up until this point, largely in part because aforementioned pregnancy staples were  this skirt in black and white that I paired with every top I own.  But now it’s time to pick up a few pieces to carry me through the final months- and stubbornly I’m avoiding maternity wear at all costs.  I want to be able to wear whatever I buy after our little boy arrives.  Is that crazy of me?  Here are some dresses I’ve got my eye on- dresses I think could work both in pregnancy and that I could wear once my belly is gone.  But I’m new to this, so moms if you think I’m delusional and should count on my belly not squeezing into anything non- maternity please, please tell me!  Links for everything above, and a bunch of other dresses I have my eye on, below….  xx- Sarah

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Hi friends, happy Wednesday!  I’ve been obsessed with the idea of a capsule wardrobe from the first second I heard of the concept.  In case you’re unfamiliar, a capsule wardrobe is a select number of carefully curated pieces that can be mixed and matched.  It’s a very intentional collection of clothes and shoes designed to be versatile and fit all of your needs.  Even with all of the clothes I have (and you can see the abundance that is my closet here) I somehow still find myself in there spinning in circles thinking I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!!  Which is crazy silly and also embarrassing.  And then I inevitably reach for the same thing I wore two days before, or one of the small collection of favorite pieces that are always in my rotation.  I think I pretty much wear the same 40 pieces 95% of the time, so it’s only sensical that I do so with intention.  And there are perks to this sort of wardrobe:  I’ll truly only buy pieces that I love and know I’ll wear: there will be no dress that sits in the closest for 18 months without seeing any action.  I’ll save money and time, shopping only seasonally to make small updates.  I’ll leave a smaller footprint on the planet.  I’ll have clear and easy choices that will make getting dressed simple.  SO MANY BENEFITS!!!!!

As I said, I’ve loved the concept from the moment I heard of it but the HOW to do it always eluded me.  It seemed a daunting task, to tackle a closet and make decisive choices about what stays/goes.  It seemed complicated to try to figure out which pieces in the closet would go together and create a cohesive collection.   Overall it just seemed like too major a task.  Which is why I pretty much happy danced all over my office when I got an email introduction to Capsules, a site that walks you through the process each step of the way and makes creating a capsule wardrobe an organizational BREEZE!  I’m going to show you the steps I took below so you can get a feel for the site.  And below can see what I came up with for my Winter/Spring/Fall capsule wardrobe for our year on the road!  I’ll be packing a few extra pieces for Summer but will be trying to make what I have work for the majority of the year.  Can’t wait to hear what you think!  xx- Sarah  {This post was produced in partnership with Capsules, thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this site possible!}

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Sources: army jacket, nude blouse, white high-waisted denim, white tank top, chambray shirt, off-shoulder blouse, denim top (have, shown), blue high-waisted denim (have), navy jacket, grey dress, black dress, striped dress, b+w sweater (shown here, no longer available), black denim, black dress, plaid shirt, grey coat (sold out), black mini, black tank, black joggers, tan hat, converse, black hat, black booties, black sandals, black heels (sold out), black flats.  *Note:  I tried to find photos of the exact items I own, but some of them are years old and no longer available.  In those scenarios I found images of similar pieces and linked to them if possible.

Not shown:  I didn’t include my workout or lounge clothes/shoes in this mockup but they make up the rest of my capsule collection and are just as well planned and sorted!

The whole process starts with a closet cleanout, which is such a great way to get hands-on with your current wardrobe.  Capsule walks you through the process of sorting through everything you own to help you determine your style, and really refine what you already have.  I stored items that I love and may want to revisit at some point as part of another collection, donated items that I knew I would never really wear, and got a good feeling for the items I have that I love and wear all the time.

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The Classic White Shirt

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Hi friends!  Lately I’ve been thinking (again, more) about paring down- in our house, my wardrobe and life.  Lou and I are 99% sure we’re going to head out for a year on the road (!!!!) and I’ve been obsessing about the idea of a capsule wardrobe, a collection of neutrals that I can mix and match.  I’ll keep you posted on our travel plans and all capsule wardrobe updates, promise.  For now, the perfect white shirt.  Hope you love!  xx- Sarah

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Casual for Life

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I’m going to go ahead and say, right off the bat, I don’t know if my decision to wear this dress straight out of the bag was a good one.  I think a steamer would’ve done wonders for the situation.  But I pulled it out, I thought to myself “AMAZING!  It’s one of those pieces that’s MEANT to look like you just rolled out of bed!!!!” and then I proceeded to wear it.  In hindsight, I think it IS meant to look relaxed and casual, but maybe just a little LESS so.  Eh!  What’re you gonna do.  I still love it.  It’s the kind of dress I’ll throw on until one day it looks like a scrap of fabric I found at a thrift store.  I’ll layer jackets with it, belt it, wear skinny jeans under it, mix it up with booties, hats and tall boots.  There are so many possibilities, and all of them allow for eating lots of burritos with no one the wiser.  HA!  I’m just promising myself right now that next time I’ll at least pretend to have run an iron over it. xx -Sarah  {ps- I cannot stop wearing those shoes- they go with EVERYTHING and are so comfortable!!!!! I may be in need of an intervention!}

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