Mom Style: Breton Top

 

     Hi guys! French-girl style is definitely one of the main influences on my personal style. I just identify with the simple and classic but interesting M.O., and have always felt the most inspired by the way French women dress. Another great word to describe this style is understated elegance. It's about looking put together, but still relaxed. Here, I've decided to showcase that ever-chic Breton style top. A Breton top is essentially a striped t-shirt, classically with navy or black stripes. It's history, coming from the coast of France, is slightly nautical, but to me, it doesn't necessarily give off that vibe. For me, the stripes add an extra detail to what could be boring with just a white t-shirt instead. 

     Because this piece is such a classic, I decided to pair it with a couple of my favorite trends! Chokers are having a moment in the style world, and the 90's kid in me is loving it. Nowadays though, the chokers on the market are much more elevated than the plastic criss-cross ones of our youth. I love how simple the black ribbon looks, and I featured my new favorite vintage gold one in this post.

      I also decided to style the top with another trend that's killing it right now. Frayed hem kick flare jeans give another detail to just plain old jeans. They are a great way to give your outfit a little more personality. Due to the exposed ankles, I thought it would be a great way to show off my favorite lace-up flats!

Wearing: Vintage Top (similar here) / DIY-ed Hudson Jeans / Lace-Up Flats (similar here) / DIY Ribbon Choker (it's literally just a black ribbon) / Pearl Back Earrings (similar here) / Target Shades

All Photos by Kristen Williams

Mom Style: Spring is Here!

 

     Hey there! Just wanted to say a quick hello and announce that spring is officially here! I'm wearing sandals! Life is awesome! I actually bought these sandals a couple of years ago in Boulder, CO, on sale for $10. This was a little before this minimalist style became trendy, so it turned out to be a major score! Another great deal featured in this outfit is the midi skirt. It's by Madewell and I thrifted it for $8, which is basically 95% off. I pretty much died when I found it, and am pumped to wear it all summer. I'm going to go play outside now, bye!

Wearing: H&M shirt (similar here), Madewell skirt (similar here), BDG sandals (similar here)

Photos by Kristen Williams

Mom Style: Mom Jeans

 

       Hey there! I recently decided to kind of rebrand my style posts, coining them "Mom Style". Being a mom only slightly effects my style, mostly in how wearable clothes are. Is this top too restricting to climb around the playground with Bailey? Will the little rocks get stuck in these shoes? Usually those are the only "mom" questions involved with clothes and shopping. You can still have personal style while being a mama, and that's what these posts are about!

     I figured I should tackle the most mom piece of clothing that my generation is aware of, and that would be "mom jeans". Mom jeans typically have a high waist, tapered ankles, and come in mostly light washes. They were the normal jean style in the 80's and only received their mom title in the 2000's as the butt of an SNL joke, which thanks to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was pretty hilarious, even if you love the jeans. They ironically became popular to wear again, due to the skit on SNL, and now are sold in any store you can think of.

     Mine are from Old Navy, which is my jean place. I just know my size there and they always have great quality for a pretty low price. The super high rise is also awesome, and weirdly more comfortable than a low rise jean, because I know they are going to stay put at my waist. Another benefit of a high rise: it's the perfect opportunity to wear a crop top, without having to show skin, which was another change in my style once I became a mom. I don't mind showing a little sliver of stomach, but anything more than an inch just feels wrong now. Here, I'm wearing the only cropped sweater I own, which when worn with these jeans, perfectly tucks in at the top. That gorgeous mustard color is another favorite detail of mine, and works perfectly with a simple gold choker, and some white sneakers. Get the details below!

Wearing: Old Navy jeans / Forever 21 sweater (similar here) / vintage gold choker (similar here) / Adidas sneakers / Target shades

(All photos by Kristen Williams)

Side note: Along with the new style posts, I've hired Kristen Williams to shoot the style posts! She's amazing, and has made it so much easier to give these style posts the look I want. Thanks Kristen!

To List the Essentials - New Mom Edition

 

     Hi readers! My older sister, Hannah, is having a baby in May! I'm so excited for her, and also excited that there's going to be another little one around. I figured it would be fun to put together a little list of the essentials for a new mommy. I had to stretch my memory a bit to remember what I loved when Bailey was a newborn, but I pulled a pretty tidy list together. I hope this helps any new mama that needs it! Check it out below.

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1. A luxurious bath soak for what will be a much needed pampering sesh at some point.

2. Comfy and soft lounge pants are a must for post baby comfort.

3. You won't regret buying a few good nursing bras.

4. Gotta have the fuel to wake up a couple of times during the night! This coffee maker is my favorite.

5. A good rocking chair is a worthy investment. Your back will thank you later.

6. Keeping track of all of your post delivery appointments will be a lot easier with a cute planner!