Nov 24, 2015

"Thankful" Doesn't Even Begin To Describe It

Ah, Thanksgiving week. I seriously love this holiday so much. The world kind of sucks lately (if you haven't noticed) and it is so easy to become pessimistic. But this week is all about stepping back and recognizing how great life is. God is so good. His faithfulness constantly overwhelms me. There have been so many moments with Baby Piglet lately where he is just laughing so hard and I have thought "even if I did not have a warm bed to sleep in and my belly was empty, I would still love these moments with him." Obviously my life is easy so it's easy to say that, but having a child really puts the important things in life in perspective.

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!"
Psalm 107:1

So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, what I am thankful for this year:

  • My job! I had a big change in March when I switched to a different department at the university and went part-time. And it has been wonderful. So, so good. I love what I do and I love how often I do it. I cannot even tell you how much of a blessing this has been in my life. I literally feel thankful every time I walk into work.
  • My mom. I have always been thankful for my mom, but this year the feelings have been strong. My mom cares for Piglet on the days that I am at work and it is wonderful to know that he is with someone who loves him so much. She has given me lots of good advice throughout the last year as well. She's the best.
  • Eric. Obviously, I am always thankful for my husband, BUT watching him become a parent has been so fun. He is patient and thoughtful and I know that he will be the exact type of dad that Piglet needs.

  • Our new home! The house is so pretty and we are loving the area too. We haven't done much in terms of decorating, but we are getting there!
  • My iPhone. Sounds silly, but I love that I have the ability to capture so many of Piglet's sweet, everyday moments. Sometimes after he goes to sleep at night, I will just look through our pictures from the day. #crazymom
  • A happy, healthy baby. My little boy is just so precious. I cannot even put words around how much I love him and how thankful I am for his presence in my life. He has had a very happy, healthy first year and I do not take that for granted.

I am also thankful for my amazing, kind family; cars that don't break down; booties; coffee; thoughtful friends and dry shampoo :)

Nov 17, 2015

Style: Pajama Dress

scarf: f21 (similar) // dress: target (similar) // booties: dolce vita (similar) 
// watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m (similar)// earrings: kendra scott

So back when I was on top of blogging enough to be sharing what I bought every month, I showed you this dress I bought from Target that is actually a nightgown. I bought it post-pregnancy when all I wanted to wear was comfy clothes that didn't look like pajamas... which is a bit... ironic. Anyway, I actually wore the dress/nightgown out and about. And I wasn't embarrassed. Well, until this moment, when I confessed on the blog. 

In other, less embarrassing news, Dana has been doing a great series lately about what to wear to work from lots of different bloggers who work in different fields. I am so excited to be featured today! Head over to her blog to read my thoughts about office-wear and see some of my favorite work looks. 

Also, thanks to my office pal Nicole for taking these pics :)

Nov 11, 2015

Style: A hat and some stripes

dress: h&m // jacket: target (similar) // hat: walmart (similar cheap option) //
necklaces: f21 (similar) // booties: steve madden (similar) //
watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m (similar)
Guys... I'm wearing a hat! It has only happened one other time on the blog. That other hat cost $1. This one was $10. So I guess you could say I am getting a little crazy in the hat department :) I found this one at Walmart (!) for ten bucks and I decided to give it a shot. I loooooove the felt hat style that is going on this fall, and I decided to give it a (cheap) try. I'm still not 100% in love with the way that hats look on me, but it was fun feeling all fancy for a day.

Also, have I mentioned that OKC finally got an h&m? We are moving out of the dark ages and it's wonderful. Well, not wonderful for my wallet. I picked up a few things recently including this dress which I can't stop wearing. It can be casual or dressy and it is a great length for a tall girl.

And in other news, it's the middle of November!? I have lots of "life update" blog posts in my queue right now, but time keeps flying by and I feel like the year is almost over and somehow I haven't really shared anything about what a great/hard year it has been. 2015, how is this the end!?

Nov 4, 2015

Style: Plaid Shirt and Baby Weight

shirt: old navy (similar) // skirt: target (similar) // shoes: ann taylor (similar)
 // watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m (similar)

I wore plaid... to work. I don't know if that's considered appropriate or not, but I did it. So, boom. Okay, I don't actually say boom. But anyway, I felt like the pencil skirt made the plaid a little more work appropriate, though obviously this wouldn't fly in everyone's office. Ours is pretty casual; I think I'm the only person who ever wears pencil skirts. But um, my pencil skirts finally fit so I just feel like I need to wear them. I mean... Baby Weight. I think that subject probably deserves its own post. I don't know if people are even interested in discussing the subject, BUT it is not my favorite. I didn't remotely care about gaining weight during my pregnancy (I gained over 50lbs which I think is hilarious), but it was when the weight stuck around afterward and my pants didn't fit that it got annoying. I actually lost weight relatively quickly and consistently (cheers to the power of breastfeeding!) but it still felt like a long time of wearing "interim" pants (I bought one pair of jeans and one pair of black slacks and wore them over and over). We don't own a scale, so I just went off of whether my pants fit... when they finally did it was like a small miracle. And miracles deserve to be celebrated by wearing pencil skirts. With plaid, obviously. 

Nov 2, 2015

Style: Rainboots and Fringe Scarf

sweater: h&m (similar) // jeans: jcp // scarf: walmart (similar) // boots: hunter

I hope everyone had a good Halloween! I used to not really be into Halloween (scary stuff is not my favorite), but once you start torturing your children by forcing them to wear ridiculous costumes, it gets kind of fun. We had some friends over, ate a yummy dinner together and passed out candy. It was a good time. And fortunately, I don't really have a sweet tooth, so the leftover candy isn't even a situation over here. 

And all of a sudden it's November. What?! I mean, seriously. Piglet will be one (ONE!) next month. Excuse me while I freak out a minute. We are also figuring out plans with family for the holidays already. How did this happen, you guys!? 2015 just flew by. Whew. 

Oct 28, 2015

Style: Boring Clothes for a Birthday Party

shirt: jcrew // jeans: jcp (similar) // booties: franco sarto (similar
// watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m (similar) // earrings: ks
This outfit is totally boring. I don't really have much to say about it. I liked it and I felt decent in it (isn't that all you can ask of an outfit?) but looking at these pictures is kind of a snooze. So, I'll tell  you about where I wore it. I wore it to a child's birthday party. Because I go to children's birthday parties now. I mean, when did that happen? The only parties I go to these days are child birthday parties, baby showers and the occasional 30th birthday party. Gah, when did I get old? Was it when I got my first gray hair? Was it when I had a baby? When I turned 27?
Okay, okay I'm know I'm not old. But there is just something about going to a four year old birthday party that makes you feel like an old lady.

Oct 14, 2015

Style: Short Sleeve Chambray

shirt: f21 // pants: target (similar) // booties: dolce vita (similar) // necklace: versona (similar)
Oh hey. Remember me? Yes, this is my first outfit post in a loooong time. Not for lack of wearing clothes, either. I mean, nudity is great and all, but I tend to wear clothes most days. I made a joke about dressing like a mom on Instagram, but the truth is that I do work in an office part-time, so I do wear the occasional bloggable outfit. Now, just figuring out how to capture them is the hard part. I was thinking about posting the occasional outfit on Instagram, but is that ok? I know it's a thing, but for some reason it just feels so weird to me. Tell me it's okay, please.

As you can see, my cobalt pants from a hundred years ago are still the love of my life (see a "4 ways to wear them" post). And this shirt. Oh, this shirt. Chambray is the best thing that ever happened to clothing. I was eying this shirt because it was inexpensive and seemed to be pretty good quality. Then it sold out. Then it came back and I bought it. Crazy story, right? Seriously though, it's amazing and I want to wear it everyday. Oklahoma fall is kind of a joke, so I'll be rocking short sleeves for a little while longer.

Thanks for reading and making me want to keep blogging. Here's to getting my crap together and getting more posts out!  
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