Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Office Chic

When people ask me what my occupation is, I am simultaneously nervous and proud that I'm able to say I am a stay-at-home mom. Most of the time, people see it as one of two things: a) she's lucky her "man" pays all of her bills or b) she's lazy, that's not a real job!
My fiancĂ© does handle pretty much everything financially, and my mother is the greatest grandmother ever! So I am grateful for my support team. I'm not sure why anyone would think being a stay at home mom isn't a "real" job. It's a full time, 24/7/365 job! If parents pay daycare workers and teachers, which are considered real jobs, why is being a mother and a homemaker not seen in the same light? Being a stay at home mom is a sacrifice, but it is so rewarding. I've seen my daughter's firsts (smile, steps, laugh, word, fever, tooth, etc.) all firsthand! But let me get off of my soapbox...
Although I don't go to an office on a daily basis, I am a budding Mompreneur and I still have appointments and meetings with clients from time to time and showing up in sweats isn't an option! Here's one of my recent work looks:

The weather in Georgia changes constantly, especially when the seasons are starting to change. I always bring some back-up layers to add just in case. 

Photography by Cameron Tabbs

And of course Char wanted to show mommy's blog some support :)

What I'm wearing:
Tuxedo style blouse: Forever21 (similar // similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack  (similar // similar) If this skirt were a dress...
Cap-toe pumps: Bakers (old)
Handbag: H&M (similar, also from H&M)
Phonecase: Fancy Little Thingz Boutique (link currently unavailable)
Are any of my readers mothers as well? How do you juggle motherhood and a career? I'd love to hear from you guys! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today Was A Fairy Tale

  No matter what the temperature is, if there is an outfit that I have spent time on putting together, accessorizing, and conceptualizing makeup looks for... I'm GONNA wear it! Just so happens, the cooler air came through a bit sooner than I expected. You'd think me living in GA my whole life would have prepared me to NOT get too comfortable with those 80 degrees October days.
 I had been saving this tulle skirt all summer because I was still carrying too much in my post partum midsection. After dropping a few more pounds, I was ready to finally take this fluffy little cloud out for a spin. I initially planned to pair it with a tribal print crop top, and single sole sandals, but after checking the temperature, I opted for a chambray top under this lightweight sweater and studded chunky heels. I actually think this look came together beautifully! I ended up liking this pairing more than my original idea.
Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?
 I had so much fun shooting in this skirt, maybe too much fun! I am incredibly thankful to have a patient beau-tographer who is willing to snap pictures while I act silly. And all he asks in return is that I cook a nice meal later (which I am usually already tasked to do!). I know he doesn't necessarily enjoy, nor understand this, but he'll grin and bear it from time to time and he actually has a pretty good eye for product placement, background, and angles.

Photography by Cameron Tabbs

What I'm Wearing:
Chambray Shirt: F21
Blush Cable Knit Sweater: F21 (old), Charlotte Russe and ASOS offer similar styles
Tulle Skirt: eBay
Heels: Bakers (old)

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fancy in the Kitchen

Although my first love will always be fashion, shopping, and the art of getting dressed... A very close second hobby of mine is cooking.
BREAKFAST: flour-free strawberry pancakes made from flaxseed and oatmeal, scrambled eggs with cheese, sautéed spinach with sun dried tomatoes, and chicken sausage

I've been able to prepare a full meal (mostly from scratch) since elementary school. I have just recently gotten into baking. I've always had a sweet tooth, but during my pregnancy, it went into overdrive! I would eat the snacks that I always liked, but they just didn't satisfy me anymore. That's when I decided to just MAKE what it was I really wanted. 

DESSERT 1: dark chocolate double layer cake with white chocolate icing, milk chocolate drizzle, and Oreo crumbles

Since having my daughter, I still find myself getting lost in the kitchen. She enjoys watching the steam rise and hearing water boil and I enjoy feeding my family food made with love. ❤️

Adding garnish for texture and visual aesthetics
DESSERT 2: fudge double layer cake with milk chocolate icing and mixed nuts garnish served with chocolate chip ice cream
I am thinking about posting recipes every once in a while. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as my family does!