Mom shoes? Maybe

The last few years I have really honed in my so called uniform. It consists of mostly black, white, blue, and camel. My daughter calls it boring, but it works for me. I have honed in so much so that my whole wardrobe fits in a 2 ft space. How do I mix it up? With my never ending love of shoes. This love started when I was just a girl. I still remember my papa driving me to countless stores in search of the white hightop reebok sneakers with two little straps that my babysitter had even though they would have been a splurge for my parents back then. I never got them as I was too late to the party and they sold out everywhere, but have you seen they are back! 80 and 90's girls did you love them as much as me?!?! Better yet did you own some? As much as I love a good heel or mule, I tend to lean towards a tennis shoe for daily wear. I dress them up and down. My back thanks me daily and it's much easier for me to keep up with my almost teenagers. This is also where I tend to invest. Once I realized I will wear a shoe for years to come, and no longer think of fashion as passing trends or disposable, I now lean towards better quality as for my finicky feet need comfort and support. Plus now that Ellie and I can share shoes it's like I am buying for two, sort of. These are most recent acquisition and these need to go on sale, because this love is real. I save in areas, like this wedge, that I won't wear too often. Although I am not a fashion blogger and I prefer to be behind the camera, I thought the only way to truly share my affinity for a good tennis shoe was to share myself wearing the said shoes. So here is a mere 5'3" girl who is creeping closer to 40 wearing what she feels most comfortable in. What makes it even better is that my 11 year old boy took them. I have to say he can drop my guard better than anyone. Do you all have a style that you lean towards or has your closet evolved into a uniform over the years? I would love to hear! 

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tee:  everlane  | purse:  Noha Nadler
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dress: everlane

dress: everlane

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Tote:  madewell

Tote: madewell

Sweater Perfect

Aging. It happens to everyone and at 36 I am slowly, but surely seeing signs of it. Some absolutely refuse to admit that aging will occur, but I am welcoming it with open arms. The lines on my face that are developing are ones that represent a life lived with ups and downs. Just recently I noticed my eyelids getting softer and looser as I applied makeup, but I also saw laugh lines that represent years of joy. My hand veins are popping more as KJ likes to point out. I am also noticing the lines between my eyes growing deeper from years of squinting in the sun and maybe concentrating a bit too hard. I now try to be conscious of when I am furrowing my brows and never leave home without sunnies. No one wants to look permanently grumpy. Ellie is starting to wear my clothes more and more and I although I love it I also wonder if she is dressing older or am I dressing too young. This past week as I walked into Abercrombie and Fitch for the first time since high school I knew I aged out, but it did not stop me from finding the very piece I went in there for. The lights were so dim I could barely see and the music I found to be a tad too loud. The kids working there gave me "may I help you ma'am" and my only thoughts were how absolutely adorable they were. Alas none of that stopped me from finding the sweater I saw on a much younger generation that I knew would become a staple in my small rotation of clothes. So here is me sans makeup sharing the most perfect sweater fit for any age. It hangs just right, I sized up to a medium from my usual small. It's warm, but not so warm it can't handle a hot flash or two. It's soft enough to wear as I throw it over my pj's for carpool and can then be worn to client meetings or on a date with the Mr. I loved it so much I even bought it in green. 

* I have been reading Cameron Diaz book longevity and the insights it has on aging. It's a great resource for those who inch towards 40 and beyond. 

SOURCES: sweater | PJ shorts old {similar} | jeans this line by Paige bought mine years ago {this is a great similar deal though!} | heels are old coach ginny found at nordstrom rack a few seasons back {similar high, medium, low}  | most comfy new boots 

{photos by Ellie age 11} 

Long Hair No More

Somebody chopped off all her hair for her Mr's birthday! He's a short hair fan and my Rapunzel locks weren't his favorite. I joined with the girls of Irrelephant and let me just tell you I feel like a new woman! I took about 14" off and am donating it to Wigs for Kids. You can see the drastic before and after on Irrelephant. Molly and Joanna are top notch amazing at what they do. Plus they are pretty fun to be around.

{photo by Joanna}