Ok, so I’ve been trying to get this post out for at least a week now, but I’ve been super distracted. Things are moving ever so slowly on the house buying front, and I’ve had it with this crazy holding pattern that we’re in. I need to know, and I need to know now! Mostly, I need to know if I can start packing yet…Things have ground to a halt while I wait to see if I should start filling boxes or not, and one of those things is the never-ending rotation of baby clothes. Any baby clothes smaller then 12 months goes through this crazy cycle of waiting for it to fit, wear it once and then its too small so you donate it and move on.
** Just a little update, this post now includes affiliate links, but was originally written before I had a relationship with the company and I wasn't compensated for any of the services or products discussed below.**
Luckily, I really hit the hand-me-down jackpot with this baby, which means that I can spend all of that money on silly over-priced shoes and frilly little outfits. So when I found Mac & Mia, a service that offers to ship you a box of baby clothes picked out by a stylist I couldn't resist. I was so impressed with the my stylist, not only is there a questionnaire when you sign up to help determine the style your looking for, but I was assigned an actual stylist who contacted me by email to further discuss what I was looking for and followed me on Instagram so she could get a better idea of how I was currently dressing the baby.
You can get a better idea of how the service works from their site here. All of the pieces that were sent to me were beautiful, well-made and that being said they did run a little on the expensive side around an average of $40 each. I ended up returning a few of the pieces mostly because Charlie already had something similar. For me this is just a little too expensive to do on a regular basis, but I will definitely consider it again during the next big growth spurt. If you’re a really busy mom who loves to put beautiful clothes on their kid but doesn't have the time to shop around then I would really recommend this service. They will also shop for an occasion, so if you’re looking to splurge on a special birthday or holiday like Christmas or Easter, but picking out baby outfits isn't your thing let one of Mac & Mia’s stylists handle it for you.
We're buying a new house. If you have ever had the privilege of being in this position you know that its a long and manic process swinging between terror and elation, punctuated only by what feels like unending red tape and waiting... so much waiting. Luckily while you're waiting you have lots of time to take mental inventory of all of the crap you own and how long its going to take you to pack it. We have a lot of crap, an extraordinary amount and just like every other time we've moved I have vowed to trash or donate all of the stuff we don't need, don't use or hasn't seen the light of day since the last time we moved. This of course means that I need to go through my closet... which is a bit of a disaster since I've been pregnant and/or breast feeding for the better part of the last three years. The end is near though and I can see the light! Bring on the shopping (my husband is weeping somewhere as I write this).
In honor of 'out with the old, in with the new' I thought I would share my favorite go-to white tee, a linen v-neck from J Crew. I love this shirt, the linen gives it just the right amount of drape and it has a great subtle sheerness to it. Linen tends to give things a really nice luxurious texture aka it looks expensive, which is important considering how much I wear this. And yes it is a $40 t-shirt, and yes I do think that is a ridiculous amount to spend on a t-shirt. Here’s a secret, J Crew has a pretty huge sale at least once a month with an additional 40% off the sales price and this includes a lot of their basics. So if you’re like me an you have a favorite piece that you know you will wear constantly you can keep an eye out and score a $36.50 shirt for 30% off 24.99 (true story! the scoop neck version of my linen shirt is on sale here).
t-shirt J Crew (and they're 25% off right now!) | cardigan vintage Christian Dior (similar here) | belt Levis | jeans American Eagle | shoes Converse | bracelet Hermes
On the other hand I’ve had this pair of jeans for at least five years, which is a crazy cost per wear value on a pair of $20 American Eagle jeans. They just aren't doing it for me anymore and I feel like I’m in a place where I can afford to spend a little bit of money for a pair with a really great fit. Finding the perfect pair is turning out to be a bit of a struggle though or maybe I’m just being picky. Help me out here, who makes your favorite jeans?
It’s been a while, because you know…life. Things have started feeling very adult lately and its been stressing me out. Some thing had to give, and yes I have two babies and a house and a dog and a husband, and yes I should know how to adult. Some big and exciting changes are coming and I’m going to be super busy for the next little while, but I’m making a concerted effort to be more consistent with my posts. That being said lets talk about todays love list, because what could be more adult then reading a book about cleaning for your book club?
That’s right, I belong to a book club, normally we just drink and spend an inconceivably long amount of time trying to decide what to read for the next month. In January, to honor the new year we decided to each choose a different self-improvement book to read. New Year, new you, am I right? Can you tell I am not the self-improvement type, it conflicts with my natural sarcasm and carefully cultivated cynicism. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up has been on my radar for a while. I have stuff that's constantly in need of tidying, and its promise of changing my life sounded self-help adjacent.
I highly recommend reading this book for the entertainment value alone. Between the translation from Japanese to English, the cultural differences, and the authors own quirkiness this book really is magic. And while I felt that you really had to embrace a true minimalist lifestyle in order to really utilize the Kondmari method I did pick up a tip or two. My folding technique is new and improved and my clothing has never been happier.
Read this if you're in desperate need of throwing out everything you own, and even if you're not, you wont regret it. And don't forget “storage experts are hoarders”!