Stripes and Ballet Flats


TOP // JEANS // SHOES (30% off right now!) // CLUTCH (old) // SUNNIES // CUFF // EARRINGS // RING

We're back! It's hard to believe it, but in the last week Soren and I crossed the ocean and came back again. It was definitely a life changing trip in so many ways. I flew across the Atlantic, got my passport stamped for the first time, learned to navigate foreign public transportation, met with Italian tanneries, and saw so many new things! We played tourists in Milan, Parma and Venice and doing so required me to step outside of my box in so many ways. It was stressful, and scary and fun and totally worth it. I need to decompress and write down the things we did right and things I want to do differently. I plan on putting together a blog post or two about those things as well as pictures from our trip. We had a great time sharing our trip on IG stories and also posted some pics along the way on social media. If you have questions or things you want to hear about, speak up here in the comments or send me a DM!Life is always such a whirlwind when you get back from a trip so bear with me as I try to wrap by brain around what to get done first. I hope your week is going well! 

PS- Jet lag is no joke so bear with me if this isn't coherent!


Fur and Black and What To Wear to Europe In February


TEE // LEGGINGS // COAT (sold out)  // EARRINGS // SHOES
PC: Sarah Sweeney

Every once and a while the "pressure" of being a style blogger gets to me. I usually can find something to wear in my closet and part of my job means buying a lot more clothes and shoes than I ever did before blogging. But this trip to Milan has really pushed me outside of my element! I feel like I need to fit in, but I want to stand out. I need to be comfortable and warm, but also want to dress up and less practically than I do in everyday life as a mom. The weather for our trip is supposed to be in the 40's and 50's so cool weather clothing was still required. So I'm not going to lie, I spent more time planning my wardrobe for the trip than I should have. I ordered and returned so many things. And I'm sure it was overkill, but oh well. I think I ended up finding things that fit the bill, but it did take a lot of looking and trying things on. 

The majority of what I packed is black or goes with black. Because nothing says Europe like all black right? So this outfit is something that I will likely be wearing on our trip, minus the fur coat and instead wearing a black moto jacket. You can see what I ended up wearing on Instagram and I'll share all of my outfits to the blog in the near future. I've linked many of the items I took below if you want an early preview of them. Have a great Friday! 


Spring Overalls and Self-Love


Valentine's Day may be over, but I still think of February as the month of love. And I don't think it's just about being in love or having a valentine. A huge part of love is loving yourself. Loving yourself for who you are and who you know you can be is critical in being able to show love to othersand to receive it!

Self-love is a battle that I fought hard for a long time. I was always self-conscious in junior high and high school, and I dealt with an eating disorder for many years. I've been to all kinds of counselingpersonal counseling, eating disorder treatment, marriage counseling, the works. And so many of those issues stemmed from having trouble loving myself. I didn't really intend to go this deep about this topic, but it really can be a deep issue. I could blog all day about a lot of the things I just briefly mentioned, but today I want to touch on a couple of easy things to boost self-love. None of these things is an end-all fix-all, but I think they help on a daily basis to boost self-confidence and to get in the habit of treating yourself better.

1. Stop weighing yourself. I haven't weighed myself since I can't remember. At least before Baker was born. When I was in outpatient treatment for an eating disorder, my counselor told me to throw my scale away. And I did. We have one now because Soren likes to keep tabs on himself (and they are useful for weighing things like luggage!), but I don't use it. I don't like how it makes me feel. Whether it makes me feel better or worse about myself, neither is really a good thing to attach to a number. I go off of how my clothes are fitting, and I avoid knowing my weight if I can.

2. Start taking some extra vitamins. Add a hair and nail supplement and vitamin D to your everyday regimen. These things are just good for you. You can give yourself a pat on the back for maintaining a good habit, and if you are low on anything you may notice you start feeling better. This one is just too easy not to do!

3. Add an extra exercise habit into your day, like calf raises or squats while you brush your teeth. I struggle with finding time to exercise regularly. Instead it's much better for me to include a lot of movement into everything I do. I'm mentally healthier if I don't attach being good/bad, good looking/not good looking to whether I've exercised. So I just try to move a lot. And with four boys, that isn't too hard hard. It's easy to throw in some extra movement during the day if I'm thinking about it. 

4. Go through your closet. Get rid of things that don't make you feel great. Don't hold onto things you think you should wear or that you think you should fit into. Spend a little bit of time weeding out the confidence suckers in your closet and focusing on the winners. Add a few more winners to that pile as your budget allows.

5. Journal things that you are grateful for about your body. Journaling was a big part of my overcoming my eating disorder and my negative body image. I started journaling about how I was feeling instead of keeping a log of what I was or wasn't eating. Once I learned to notice my feelings and how they affected my behavior, I could process things better. I started to remove food from feelings, and journaling helped put those feelings in the right place. Gratitude is another part of finding love, so if we can find things we love about our bodies and our minds and how they help us, we can come to know ourselves better. And we just may find more awesome things about ourselves than we knew we had!

I hope these tips give you one or two good ideas, and I'd love to hear yours! What do you do to increase your self-love?


Grayed Out


PC: Sarah Sweeney

Lately I've really been gravitating toward muted neutral pastels. I described them the other day as any pastel color with gray added to it. Tone down pink to blush, green to a pastel olive, and purple to a grayed out lavender. While I love color, I don't wear a whole lot of it. But muted tones are really a great way to mix up a mostly neutral wardrobe without committing to brights and a wide color palette. Some of my favorite Nickel & Suede earrings are also muted neutrals, like Sterling, Lip Gloss, Luxe Linen, and Gala Gold
You may have also noticed that I've been styling a lot of clothes from Abercrombie lately, like these pants. I don't know about you, but I tend to really like a certain brand during one season and then move to another one depending on what their collections look like. Abercrombie has been a fun new place to browse and shop lately, especially their spring collection. I love their color palette for spring, and I like so many of their sweaters and jeans. I think they have done a great job at reviving their brand by making it less sexual and immodest, while still keeping their cool, effortless vibe and keeping the price points reachable. I'm excited to see how their brand continues to move forward. 
Soren and I are in Italy as you are reading this, and hopefully I survived the flight and we arrived okay. It's a 13-hour flight to get there, and I'm hoping I can find a way to sleep, relax, and enjoy the time! Be sure to check in on us on Instagram and our Instagram stories to see live updates from the trip! Happy Monday!


Everyday Style Early Spring




I hope you have had a great week so far! I'm excited it's Friday although it feels like there is a lot to do before I'm ready for Sunday. Soren and I are leaving for Italy on Sunday and even as I type it it doesn't seem real. I think once we are packed and on the plane I'll start to really take it in. The stress is real though and there are a lot of reasons for it. Mostly I'm nervous about leaving my boys, but I've been doing a ton of prep work so that they and my MIL can have a fun time while we're gone. We'll be gone a week which seems like a long time but I know it will fly by! I'm thankful that we have good people to leave our kids and our business with and I feel confident that everything will go just fine while we're gone.

The weather here in KC has been crazy warm and wonderful so I've had every excuse to start dressing for Spring. It is weird to be leaving this warm weather in exchange for cooler weather though. It will only be around 45-55 degrees in Italy so everything I'm packing is black, long sleeved and Winter-ish. I hope to have a couple of blog posts go up next week while we are gone, but you can always check in on us on Instagram and my IG story. I'll try to share a lot of what we are doing while we are over there! Have a fabulous Friday and I'll see you next week!
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