Work It With What You’ve Got

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I LOVE getting new clothes. There’s just something about it. They make you feel g.o.o.d. However, new clothes are not always in the budget. Especially when you’re buying for 5 people. That being said, when I shop for clothing, I try to find classic styles that will last me at least a few years. Now, I’m not saying I don’t ever buy “trendy” clothes, but that’s not where I spend the bulk of my money. The outfit I’m showing you today I put together from things that I’ve had in my closet for awhile.

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I’m still in this weird phase where I can’t lose the weight I gained from the twins we lost. So finding clothes that I actually feel good in (and that still fit) is definitely a win (and a challenge). I don’t want to buy a ton of new clothes that I won’t be using for a long time.

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So into my closet I head every morning trying to find something that works, fits, and looks cute. Also, on a side note, we’re working on this whole posing thing. I am NOT a natural. ūüėÖ

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These ankle boots are basically my favorite. I have flat feet, and when I don’t wear supportive shoes, or my orthotics, my feet KILL. Needless to say, I have a slim selection of shoes that I wear on a regular basis. These are one of those pairs. I love that I can wear them in any season and with basically any look. They look great with dresses, skinny jeans, graphic tees, or flowy blouses. Talk about more bang for your buck! I found them on TJMaxx.com¬†for about $30 last August. It took a lot of searching and waiting to find them, but, oh, they were so worth the wait! These¬†are pretty similar.

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These beautiful pale pink capris are from Kohl’s. They’ve been in my closet for a few years, and I love pulling them out every Spring. I will admit that as much as I love them, they aren’t terribly kid friendly. I get something on them every. time. I wear them. However, they wash up really well, and so far I haven’t gotten any noticeable stains! Fingers crossed!

My sweater (which is actually a t-shirt), as well as my necklace and jacket are all from Target. I bought the sweater years and years ago-like, before I had kids-off of the clearance rack. I wear it every year, and love the texture it gives my outfit. A lovely friend bought the necklace for me as a birthday gift a couple of years ago-I get compliments on it every time I wear it. As for the jacket, my mom bought this for me as a birthday present WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL!!! Or maybe I was just out of high school…either way, it was around 10 years ago. Talk about a classic! I have always loved this jacket. Unfortunately, it’s time for a new one. This one is still in great shape, but it’s been a little tight around my arms for several of those 10 years. I just haven’t wanted to fork over the cash for a new one¬†yet. I have been eyeing this one though. I don’t like it quite as much as the original, but it’s still a great jacket. This is definitely one item that I would say every woman needs in her closet. It makes for a great go-to, light jacket that you can pull out at least 3 seasons of the year. I also have one in a dusty rose color. I’m telling you, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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My earrings are from my absolute favorite earring makers Nickel & Suede. I am admittedly a little bit obsessed. I’ve actually lost count of how many pairs I have. At least 10. But here’s the thing. I have very sensitive ears, and if my earrings are even a tiny bit heavy, I have to take them out midday and then deal with sore ear lobes for a few hours after. These earrings, however, are made with leather. Which means they are basically weightless. I cannot get enough of them. They have so many different colors and textures, plus they make some seriously beautiful bracelets and chokers too. You should definitely check them out.

And that’s it! It can be really difficult to be in this awkward stage, and trying to work with the things that do fit, can get tiresome. I’ve just been challenging myself to look at what I have with fresh eyes, pair things together that I haven’t tried yet, and to keep things creative. I hope this helps you¬†to maybe see what you have in your closet with fresh eyes and a new perspective. I would love to see what you put together! Show me below in the comments.

 

*This is not a sponsored post.

Style Me Saturday

After you have kids. Everyone tells you to make sure you do something for yourself every day-even something little. I’ve come to realize how important this is in my life. Now, don’t get me wrong, what this looks like for every momma is SO DIFFERENT! I think it’s easy for us to look at one another and compare, thinking someone else’s thing is better or more impressive than ours. But the truth of the matter is as long as it’s your thing, and it makes you happy, and it somehow makes you a better mom/wife/person, I think you’re pretty good. For me, my thing, is trying to look cute. I know, saying it like that sounds totally lame. But for real, I feel better about myself, about my day, when I look like I did something with myself. I’m not kidding. That’s the little thing I try to do for myself every day. I am in no way saying that this should be anybody else’s thing. Some people like to cook, or bake, or clean, or read, or watch t.v., or flip through magazines, etc. etc. etc. No one is better than ¬†the other, they’re all simply different. So how about we start appreciating each other’s “things” instead of comparing .

For those of you who don’t know, I am 12 weeks pregnant-with twins. Now, I don’t know about you, but being pregnant brings a whole new set of problems with looking and feeling cute. For one, maternity clothes are expensive! Two, it doesn’t take long for them to feel worn or dated. Three, you’re terribly uncomfortable, which just complicates everything. Four, you’re getting bigger by the day, which doesn’t always feel the most flattering. Five, it takes some time to adjust being in your new skin-on a regular basis. These are only a few of the bumps in the road when it comes to feeling great about your bump. And again, everyone is different. So these issues look different for different people.

Well, I have a few tips for those of you preggie mommas who are wondering what to do with their ever changing bodies. For me, this is my 5th pregnancy, and I don’t plan on doing this again. That being said, I don’t want to pour a bunch of money into clothing that I can wear for the next 9 months and then never again. Some pieces, like jeans, you just have to suck up and buy. BUT for all the others, I’m really trying to buy things that will work before, during, and after pregnancy. Right now, a great solution is Lu La Roe.

I’m SURE you’ve heard of this great company. They are all about looking good, and feeling comfortable. While I don’t sell it, I have a few friends who do, and I’ve been to a few parties. If you don’t attend a party, you can buy most of it online, through Facebook, etc…One of my current favorite things to wear is the Irma in medium. It’s crazy comfortable, I like the way it lays, and there’s plenty of room to grow.

img_0440The leggings are also Lu La Roe and everything you’ve heard about them is true. They are buttery soft and feel so good on. Right now I still fit into the One Size. But I’m fairly certain I’ll have to switch to the Tall and Curvy as I continue to grow.

img_0438img_0413img_0421img_0415Tunic: Lu La Roe Irma, medium

Leggings: Lu La Roe, one size

Puffy Vest: Old Navy, similar

Boots: old, Target, similar

Earrings: Nickel and Suede-hint, these , as well as all their other earrings are on sale for 20% off until tomorrow. Discount will be shown in cart

Wrap Bracelet: Nickel and Suede

Necklace: Premier Design Jewelry, Tango

Beaded bracelet: Noonday Collection