Apr 15, 2015

Style: Floral al Pants That Don't Fit

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chambray: loft // pants: target (similar) // shoes: dolce vita (similar) // earrings: ks

This is actually what I wore Easter Sunday this year (yes, yes, I'm always behind on blog posts). Dresses aren't an option since I'm nursing and it ended up being a cold and dreary day so I didn't want to mess with a skirt... floral pants for the win. Of course these pants don't actually fit... I'm using the old rubber band maternity trick which obviously needs to be advertised as an option for those of us hanging on to a little extra post-baby extra as I like to call it. Don't worry Piglet, you were totally worth it.

But don't know what you can't see, right? Well, unless I just told the whole internet. Whoops. 


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Apr 13, 2015

Style: Green Heels & Gold Necklaces

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blouse: f21 (similar) // jeans: target // heels: dsw (similar)
// necklace: wal-mart (similar

I wore this outfit to my cousin's wedding shower - it was a Friday night casual sort of thing. Is it bad that I just created the outfit around the green heels? I hardly ever wear heels and for some reason I just needed to feel like the sort of person who isn't embarrassed to be taller than nearly every man in the room (I'm 5'10" so most heels put me at 6ft). It probably helps that my husband was there and he is always taller than me, heels or not. 

Oh and I have been wearing this necklace non-stop. I still can't believe I found it for $5 at wal-mart. I mean, crazy. When I factor in the fact that I have been to walk-mart one time in the last 10 months, well it seems I have seriously good luck. 

Happy Monday, friends. I hope your day is less dreary than ours - I have a cold, it hasn't stopped raining and poor Piglet got lots of shots today :(


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Apr 8, 2015

Style: Skirts & Blogging

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shirt: h&m (similar) // skirt: target (similar1, similar2) // shoes: converse // earrings: ks


Looking at these photos... this outfit is kind of... blech. I wore a cute jacket with this outfit but for some reason I forgot to take a picture with it on. It is what it is, I suppose. And it IS a skirt. Yay skirts. Yay spring. We all love you, spring.

Normally when I write my blog posts, I just try to think of the strangest thing I have experienced lately and then try to make it into a funny story. I really enjoy looking back on the blog at all the funny things that have happened over the past few years - the blog really is a journal of sorts... more than just a clothes journal. I have been blogging for a while now and I finally feel as though I have found a comfortable spot. Blogging is not my job, nor do I want it to be. I had about three stages of "I should grow my blog!" over the past few years - most were pretty short lived. I never did anything weird to try to get more followers and I'm so glad. I like knowing that the people who "follow me" actually read my blog and enjoy it. Now that I have a baby I don't really foresee myself posting more than a couple of times a week and I actually feel great about that. Quite a few blogs I read have shut down over the past year, but I still love it so I'm sticking around :)


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Apr 6, 2015

Style: Chambray & Jeans (again)

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chambray: loft // jeans: target // watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m 
// booties: franco sarto (similar) // earrings: ks (gift from sister!)

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! It was so wonderful to celebrate with Piglet for the first time. It's such a special day to celebrate the Savior and the incredible sacrifice He made for us. We went to church, then spent some time with both Eric and my families, which was wonderful. Piglet essentially got passed around for a couple of hours and he did great! He is seriously such a sweet baby. 

And now, Monday. Here is an outfit that... isn't recent at all. I have a terrible backlog of outfits that are obviously more winter than spring, but it is what it is, yo. Besides, the Texas Tuxedo has never failed me - see different takes including a maternity version,  a 2012 version, and one with a vest. I'm sure in twenty years my kids will look back on these pictures and be horrified (they'll also probably say something like "mom, nobody says blog anymore"), but right now jeans and chambray are just so easy. 



Let it Shine via Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons
Manic Monday with   More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

Apr 1, 2015

Style: Weddings & Winter

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dress: target (similar) // scarf: f21 (similar) // tights: target // 
booties: steve madden (similar)  // watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m



I wore this a couple of weeks ago to a friend's wedding shower. I was pumped to wear a dress (I left the baby at home so no need to be nursing-friendly) and this dress especially. It is so easy to wear and I have definitely gotten my money's worth (I think I paid $12 for it!). Anyway, this summer I am going to a few wedding and I am really excited. We were on a streak of not attending any weddings for a couple of years (but lots and lots of baby showers!) and now there is another waive of weddings. I am so glad. I love weddings. I was pretty indifferent about them until I got married, now they remind me of that moment where Eric and I committed our lives to each other (almost 7 years ago!). 

Side note: It's 80 degrees in Oklahoma today so this outfit is pretty much irrelevant. Apparently I am holding onto winter this year.

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Mar 30, 2015

Becoming A Mom: The First 3 Months

Ah, motherhood. It's something most women will venture into at some point in their lives, but somehow it seems completely terrifying to be outside of it. I am a mom to a three month old, so I know approximately nothing, but I want to share my thoughts and experiences for no other reason than to look back on some day and laugh at myself.




Alright, so. The newborn phase is hard. Real hard. The hospital experience was actually really great (read my birth story) but coming home with an extra person to care for is pretty crazy. The first week was a blur... Piglet only slept for like 2 hours at a time round the clock so I was essentially a zombie. Having Eric home was wonderful. He brought the baby to me during the day when it was time to feed him (which was... all the time) and he made sure I ate something on occasion. Loveyouboo.


Here is what I learned in the first 3 Months:


It's Vital To Accept Help
It has never been easy for me to ask for help. But, there were so many changes so fast that I was so thankful to everyone who offered something. Eric had to take some finals the second week Piglet was born, so my mom came and stayed with me while he was gone. It was nice to just have someone unload the dishwasher and make coffee and hold the baby while I showered. We also had people drop off dinner for us the first few weeks. I have just now started cooking (occasionally) so that was so helpful. Eating takeout gets old!



I'm Not As Patient As I Thought I Was
I've never really considered myself the most patient person in the wold, but I am definitely less patient than I thought I was. Babies are babies (duh) which means they cry when they are tired instead of just falling asleep. It doesn't make any sense and it invokes a lot of Dear Lord, please let this baby sleep when his eyes are slowly closing and they jerk back awake again the second you try to set him in his bed. In addition to the prayers for sleep, I have also prayed for a lot more patience - I know I will only need more of it as time goes on.


Resting is Important
I actually felt really really good after Piglet was born. I was in very little pain and I didn't need any pain meds, which I am so thankful for. Still, I didn't take it easy enough. I tried to do too much too soon and I wish I hadn't. People are coming over to see the baby? Okay, let me wipe down the kitchen counters real fast. Stupid, Ashley. No one cares. I only had a short window of time where I could sit around and people wait on me hand and foot (and it's wonderful) and I wished I had let myself rest a little longer.



The Love is Like Whoa
Oh man, I love my little guy so much. I mean, I knew I would, but it's definitely more intense than I expected. And it has just increased as I have gotten to know him more. When he smiles at me... it's like my heart is going to explode. Just so intense. And yes, everyone told me it would be that way. I just didn't fully understand until I experienced it myself.



Mar 22, 2015

Style: A Winter Outfit for Spring

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dress: old navy (same dress with sleeves) // blouse: f21 (similar) // boots: halogen (similar) // 
necklace: gift (similar) // watch: fossil

Well, I inadvertently took a little blog break last week. I told myself it was because it was spring break, even though I haven't had a spring break for a really long time. Isn't that the worst? Why don't adults get spring break? Seeing pictures of college students I know sitting on the beach was definitely a little bit jealously inducing. Buuuuuut we have been having some GORGEOUS weather in Oklahoma this week so I am handling it ok. It's currently 75 degrees and I am sitting on the porch as I type this. Gah, I love you spring. 

And since I like to keep you on your toes, here is a completely non-spring outfit. I wore this a few weeks ago when it was chilly, hence the tights. As much as I sometimes wish I was a legit style blogger (posting spring outfits months ago and talking about this year's new spring trends) I'm just not. I'm really not sure what the new tends are this year. Maybe florals. "Florals? for spring? Groundbreaking." 



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