I've been struggling with my blog identity. If you've ever read about how to start a blog or follow any successful ones, you'll know that it is best to have a focus. Home interiors, fashion/beauty, organization, parenting, arts/crafts, gardening, etc. Home interiors is definitely the thing I post about the most, but I have so many other interests. I usually go through phases of what I'm interested in at any given moment, so I guess I'll just blog about whatever I want and hope it doesn't come across as too schizophrenic. It's not like I'm trying to monetize this blog or get a huge audience anyway. Only my family and a few friends read this. I think I'll start adding tags to my posts so that they'll be better organized, at least.
So why am I writing all this? Well, I want to write about fashion and I don't think it is something I've written about before. I'm not really a big fashion follower. I have a subscription to Lucky magazine, but I just quickly flip through it and toss it aside as soon as Country Living comes in. Still, it was on my 30 Before 30 list that I wanted to dress more like an adult. (I just noticed I crossed dressing like an adult off the list. I'm not sure why...I got some clothes that fit? I'm still basically a jeans and tees kinda gal, same as always.)
It's been difficult for me to dress more maturely since my weight has fluctuated so much since having Sam. I gained 50 pounds while I was pregnant. Immediately after Sam's birth, I lost half of that, what with the near 8 lb. baby, placenta, and various icky fluids. The remaining 25 pounds stubbornly clung on despite my daily walks, probably because my appetite was still bigger than it was pre-pregnancy. When I was stuck wearing maternity clothes and nowhere near fitting into my old clothes, my mom helped me with a transitional wardrobe courtesy of Old Navy. We were pretty much starting from scratch, so I didn't want to spend much on pieces that (hopefully) would only be worn for a little while. A couple pairs of jeans, some shorts, several tees, and two sweaters, and I was all set.
I didn't start losing the weight until Sam was 15 months old and I started a diet for health reasons. As I was getting thinner, I resolutely kept wearing those transitional clothes, even though they were starting to hang off of me. I wasn't going to buy more clothes until my weight plateaued. I finally made a trip to our storage unit and dug out the bin that had my smaller pre-pregnancy clothes inside. And they actually fit! Well, some of them did. I may be the same weight as I used to be, but my body is definitely a different shape now. Bigger boobs, the "mom pouch", and probably a bigger ass (I don't look back there). Luckily, most of my old pants and jeans fit, but a lot of the tops didn't. You know what that means, right? Time to go shopping!
My mom gave me some early birthday money to go shopping. J. Crew and the Gap were holding their 40% off discounted items sale, so I was able to get a lot of nice items for cheap. Since I'm planning on going back to work after I graduate next spring and when Sam will be old enough for pre-K, I picked out some clothing that would be work-appropriate, as well as casual stuff. I've gotten a few things that are different from what I normally get in an effort to stay current. I don't want to be one of those stuck-in-the-'80s women with the permed hair and Whitesnake tee. I've mostly stuck with neutrals too since that is what I'm most comfortable with and I'll be able to mix and match better.
I was going to play around with Photoshop and try to create a style board with all my new purchases, but Sam has a cold and it took me forever to get him to sleep tonight. He'll probably be up at some point during the night too, so I should get to bed and stop messing around on the computer. I'm going to leave some casual inspiration pictures from my Pinterest board and call it a night.
I love this blog for casual but cool looks that work for moms. Also, I bought those sneakers! (Jimmy thinks they're dumb.)
Can you tell I can't wait for fall? I love the slouchy, tomboyish look of these. I'm not sure I can pull it off without looking like a slob though.