Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Today I’ve rounded up my outfits from the past two weeks. Since it’s been a while, this post is a bit lengthy, although I haven’t exactly been photo worthy every day so I don’t have pictures of every outfit I’ve worn. You are very welcome.
Not only is this an outfit post, it’s a recap of the past two weeks — which, as you may know, have been QUITE eventful. So sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and hold onto your hats!
What I Wore + Life Events 05.12.18
First up, an outfit I wore to church two weeks ago. I spent the day obsessively checking my phone because we had an offer in on the house we’re buying. By the time I went to bed that night, we had come to an agreement, but it was definitely a loooooong day.
This sweater is on sale for $39.99 and then you can take 30% off plus another 10% with code LOVEMOM.
As much as I like the sweater, this outfit is more of a miss than a hit in my opinion. You can’t win ’em all, amIright? The stripes in the sweater are more of a salmon, and the jeans are more of a true pink with blue undertones, so as I wore the outfit, it started to grate on my nerves. I probably won’t wear them together again, but I was trying to diverge from my typical blue jeans. Give me an A for effort, okay?
I spent the next day at home, organizing and preparing to put our house on the market. It was rather chilly so I threw on this cardigan over my t-shirt and jeans. I’ve determined that the secret to keeping a cardigan from looking frumpy is to wear a thinner cardigan that fits snug to the body. So many cardigans add visual weight because there’s too much fabric. Yes, it’s the spendy one, BUT I just discovered a similar style at Ann Taylor for a fraction of the price.
I also like this length a lot — long enough to cover the bum, but not so long as to be flowy and impractical. The t-shirt and jeans create a pleasing 1/3 to 2/3 balance, and the cardigan kind of sits back and frames the look without throwing off the overall proportions.
I think this next outfit is what I wore the day we put our house on the market. By this time my husband was in the hospital with diverticulitis, and I was trying to hold down the fort here at home. We agreed that we didn’t want to postpone the Open House we had scheduled for that coming weekend, so I ran around all day like a chicken with my head cut off moving heavy boxes, decluttering, and generally making the house look ready to show.
Our realtor arrived late in the day, and we went over all the paperwork without Paul. I signed everything we needed to list the house, and then the photographer arrived. We went around the house, moving furniture and staging as the photographer took pictures for our MLS listing and my girls bickered about anything and everything. #lifewithgirls
Finally, we went outside to say good-bye as my realtor put the For Sale sign in the yard. It was probably one of the most stressful days of my life, but I was keeping it together and actually feeling pretty calm about it all.
He looked back over his shoulder as he was leaving, paused for a second as he seemed to consider my situation, and said with a fatherly affection, “You’re doing a good job, kiddo.”
That’s when I realized the enormity of the responsibilities I was shouldering. I think I even teared up a little bit, but then squared my shoulders and went back in my house to feed the kids dinner. It’s not like I really had any choice but to keep this train on its tracks, and really, I was fine. But it was nice to have someone notice that I was juggling a lot and doing a pretty darn good job of it.
By the way, the leg opening of these shorts looks ridiculous. I really need to look into having my shorts taken in on the side seams. And also, I switched into Converse after taking this picture. No way was I doing manual labor all day in these shoes, but they’re cute with this outfit!
Fast forward two days, and the kids and I were hanging out in the front seat of my car, which was parked in my neighbor’s driveway, while the family who is buying our house was having their showing.
I posted this outfit to pass the time. It’s not what I was actually wearing (trust me, you don’t want to see that!) but I wanted to share a look with longer shorts than I typically wear. If you like a 5″ inseam, these Gap shorts are pretty good and less than $50. They’re marked down to $45 plus an extra 20% off with code YOUMAY. For size reference, these are the 29. I wear 28 or 29 in jeans, but usually a 29 in jean shorts.
This stripe tee is one of my favorites, but sizes are limited. I’m wearing the medium, for reference. The navy and white is on sale for $17.99, and the pink and red are $25.50.
The next day was last Saturday, and I wore this outfit to vacate the premises once again while two more families toured our house. I took my husband (finally home from the hospital) and the kids to Starbucks to pass the time. We spent the rest of the day hanging out on the front porch together, and later that evening we enjoyed pizza and conversation with friends. We had one strong offer on the house, and we were awaiting a second. Everything was coming together splendidly!
This top is from Express, and I really like it. In fact, it makes another appearance below. Most tie-front tops have a way of ballooning out in the belly area when you bend forward or move around, but this one seems to stay put and have a better shape through the mid-section. I’m wearing the Coco color, but there are a ton of other pretty options. They’re BOGO $9.90, so it’s probably worth it to get two if you like them. I don’t usually buy duplicates, but I wouldn’t mind having this in two colors.
For size reference, this is a medium, and it’s a little low-cut. I’m hoping it will shrink a bit when I wash it. Meanwhile, I’ve taken to using fashion tape (hat tip to Kelly Snyder) to keep it in place; otherwise, it’s obscene when I bend forward.
On Sunday morning, we accepted an offer on our house and canceled the Open House scheduled for that afternoon.
My husband was on the mend, and despite a sore throat, I was feeling much less overwhelmed by life. I almost stayed in bed, but I decided to rally and go to church, and I’m really glad I did. It was good to worship and see people, and we even went out to lunch after with friends. I did take a nap that afternoon, tho!
These red espadrilles are so fun. They remind me of my 3rd grade teacher back in the 80s. I think she had these in all three primary colors.
On Monday, we had our home inspection at the new house. Paul was feeling better, the sun was shining, the weather was warm and sunny, and all felt right with the world. I spent the day in this pink sweater, cropped jeans, and Vans.
This sweater is 30% off plus an additional 10% off with code LOVEMOM. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.
I spent Tuesday at home so I threw on this comfy grey boyfriend tee with my favorite jeans and orange slides. I’m still not sold on this orange color, though. I think I’d rather have the saddle, so I boxed them back up before I wore them on any hard surfaces and went back to my trusty Converse.
By Wednesday, my sore throat had morphed into a cough and I was feeling pretty cruddy, but I got myself dressed anyway and went to the mall. I didn’t stay long, but I needed to make a return, and I wanted to check out the furniture at Pottery Barn. I’m shopping for a new family room couch!
I came back home and spent the rest of the afternoon sunning myself on the deck — I figured the Vitamin D could only help matters, plus I love soaking up the sun on a mild spring day. The weather has been positively glorious here this week.
Ooooh, good news! This top has been restocked in all sizes and you can also save 30% with code GETSET. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.
On Thursday, I was starting to feel better. I wore this tie front top again with boyfriend jeans to go to the spa to get my nails done.
The Maui Jim sunnies are new — I’m partnering with them again for a few posts this year, and their package came in the mail this week. I am obsessed with these; they’re my favorites of the three pairs they sent.
That night, we went to my son’s high school band performance so I changed into something a little nicer. The sandals are old favorites and they’re no longer available, but I found some similar wedges in a lighter nude color, and I also really like this gold pair.
This flare sleeve sweater is 30% off plus an additional 10% with code LOVEMOM. I love a short-sleeve sweater for this time of year, and it also comes in white.
Finally, this is what I wore yesterday morning for a casual meeting and some errands. I love how this off-white ruffle sleeve sweater pairs with colored denim, and the grey flats and grey bag are a nice contrast against the pink and white.
It’s hard to believe a week has already passed since we sold our house. It’s been nice to get back to some semblance of normalcy before things get really crazy with packing and moving. I’m trying to maintain the status quo until my son’s high school graduation — which is only four weeks away! After that, all bets are off.
He’s planning to be a camp counselor again this summer, and during that time, we will be packing and preparing to move. For now, we’re trying to savor this time, enjoy every moment, and keep things as regular as possible for everyone.
This summer will be a whirlwind to be sure, so I’m trying to enjoy the downtime while I have it. This is my favorite time of year. Everything is fresh and lovely and blooming. The sun is warm, and the breezes are cool. I’ve been keeping the windows open as much as I can, and it feels good to air everything out after a long winter.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I hope all of you mothers out there have a happy Mother’s Day!
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