I thought it might be fun to start a weekly series called We Want Wednesday where I share current favorites for myself and Holden. Since this week has started to finally feel like fall here in San Diego, we have finally been able to break out the sweaters and I now have winter attire and holiday festivities on the brain. Here are a few favorites on our shopping wish lists.
I like my Mondays to be easy without any added fuss. Mondays usually mean a slow start to the morning and an afternoon taking care of our weekly errands, so I try to keep the getting-ready portion of my day as simple as possible. I am constantly looking for easy ways to upgrade my look without expending a lot of extra effort and it’s your lucky Monday because today, I am sharing them with you. Below are four of my favorite shortcuts to glamorizing your everyday attire.
This is the skirt that launched the idea. This image is where the concept for Bel & Beau skirts all started. Stumbling around Pinterest one day, I came across the ensemble pictured above and I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head. I had already been on the hunt for some dressy maxi skirts that I could add to my wardrobe and this image just added fuel to that fire. At first, it needed to be emerald, but when I couldn’t find anything remotely similar to an emerald maxi skirt that wasn’t made out of chiffon, I searched for any color. And yet I still couldn’t find anything even remotely similar unless it had at least $1000 price tag on it. I quickly realized that the dressy maxi skirts that were currently on the market were no where near affordable (or at least for my budget) and so I decided to make one for myself.
I went to Stacie and she knew immediately knew the image I was talking about. We went to work making my first sample skirt and it was exactly what I had been dreaming of wearing. Although I love each and every skirt from the Bel & Beau collection, I think my heart will always hold a special place for The Mrs. Maxi Skirt in Emerald.
Rachel Pally is one of my favorite clothing designers in that she creates collections of comfortable classics that are both stylish and versatile, making you feel and look good without much effort. I like to think of her pieces as easy elegance because you can throw one on for instantaneous style and yet they carry the same comfort of your favorite pair of yoga pants. It just so happens that she is a recent new mother to an adorable little 5-month-old name Tao and I was lucky enough to catch up with her to find out how motherhood has influenced her style.
How old is your little one? Almost 5 months old. Its going by so fast!
Three words to describe motherhood. Incredible. Challenging. LOVE.
Has becoming a mother influenced your style? If so, how? So long, 5 inch heels! At least for now! I have been dressing the same but have been gravitating towards a pair of Isabel Marant clogs and flat sandals instead of my usual heels. That and since I’m breastfeeding I have to always wear things that open in the front or can be pulled to the side. Good thing I make stretchy jersey clothes!
What were your style staples during pregnancy? Black leggings, black tight dresses, black tank tops, black long skirts. BLACK BLACK BLACK. How boring! I lived in my Amelie dress. I cut it for myself in 10 colors and prints and wore it almost every day. Those were my only colorful items!
What pieces do you wear most often or think are must-have for every mother? My long full skirt. I wear it as a skirt and I wear it as a dress. I wear it with a tank or with a sweater, with sandals or with boots. I wear it constantly. And I think that a good maxi dress and a little leather jacket makes the ultimate outfit. The maxi for the comfort and the jacket for the cool. Its a perfect balance.
Why should the Rachel Pally collection should be a staple in every mother’s and mother-to-be’s closet? You look great and you feel great. The Rachel Pally collection is so easy. What more can you ask for? In my office we call our clothes “adult pajamas”. There is no reason why you have to look sloppy just to be comfy. And who has time to fuss with their outfits anymore?
What is most important to you in raising your children? My mom always says “roots and wings”. Make sure to give your child a strong foundation with love and acceptance and also allow them to be themselves, grow on their own and be independent. Thanks, Mom!
3 summer essentials for mothers? 3 summer essentials for little ones? Sunscreen (for both!), hats (for both!). And outside time (for both!).
For moms – Date nights with their partner!
And I think all kids need basic American Apparel t-shirts (I’ve already given up on all baby clothes with snaps)
i teamed up with the lovely and stylish blakely, editor of eloise and me and mama to the adorable little rosie, to get a different take on boy style. we swapped guest posts and shared what our littles would wear if they were of he opposite sex in a fun “if i had a girl/if i had a boy…” post. i adore the classic look blakely put together for the little mister which includes some great pieces for fall.
saddle shoe (not pictured) - a perfect classic for dressing up, or dressing down with jeans
gray corduroy overall (not pictured) - i love little boys in one pieces, keeps them looking like babies as long as possible
i absolutely love styling kiddos, but as a mama to a boy, mind almost always revolves boys clothing (which i love), so it was really fun to put together an outfit for a little girl for a change. below is a sneak peek at my “if i had a girl” look, but head over to eloise and me for all of the outfit details and a corresponding mama outfit too (because you know i just can’t help myself).