Monday, February 13, 2017

Love and War: A Non-Traditionalist's Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day. Roses. Jumbo heart-shaped balloons. Oversized teddy bears. Hallmark cards filled with someone's deepest sentiments and red glitter... 

I hate to be a Scrooge, but I can totally do without all the theatrics this year. Don't get me wrong, I love love! I am a true romantic. I believe the fairytale is real. But I the older I get, the more non-traditional I get and the more I enjoy creating my own way of doing things. The idea of wearing red from head to toe (especially since red doesn't work well with my very yellow skin tone), and trying to find something festive that doesn't look cheap, and waiting for an additional hour to get that french mani/pedi with one red nail with a heart design simply makes me cringe. It was totally cute when I was a teenager, but as I got older, and looked around the crowded restaurants at other couples dressed almost exactly like us... It lost its novelty. This year, I want to keep things simple. And since VDay falls on a Tuesday this year, I am more than happy to just enjoy some Quality Time, Hi-Five style (Don't get the reference? Google it!).




Because I plan on going to the movies, pigging out on snacks, and bringing the kiddo along, I kept my non-traditional valentine's date night look utilitarian. Army fatigue can hide little kiddo spills without the stains being obvious. Overalls will hide my inevitable food baby (cuz I'm eating til my heart's content). And wearing the heels adds intrigue and keeps me from falling into full on soccer-mom mode. 



I hope you have a phenomenal Valentine's Day, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

THE DETAILS:
Distressed Fatigue Overalls // Ribbed Turtleneck // H&M Longline Coat - no longer available (similar) // Pom Pom Pumps //


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,

        B.


Photography by Stephanie Omens (@bloggerscaptured)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gossip Girl


This weekend, I watched my beloved Atlanta Falcons #RiseUp and dominate 3 quarters in the Super Bowl 51... and then they hit their plateau. Although I am disappointed in the outcome of the game, I am still so proud of my home team making it all the way to the Super Bowl and giving the league's current record holding quarterback (Brady has 5 rings now) a run for his money!

After faithfully wearing Falcons Red and Black for a week, I was happy to change into something more me. So I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf and came up with this look. I spent the day in downtown Decatur with my favorite girls: my mom and my daughter. 

Although this was not a practical outfit to be in to walk around a city with a toddler, I still thoroughly enjoyed how it came together, and better yet, how it made me feel. It's amazing how getting dressed can change your entire demeanor!






THE DETAILS:


Coat: (old) Forever21 (similar here) // Blazer: (old) Banana Republic (similar here) // Bell sleeve blouse: H&M (similar here) // Skirt: (old) (similar here) // Pumps: purchased at a shop in Italy (similar here and wishlisting these)


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,


        B.