My whole entire life I’ve faced the eternal sartorial struggle: a closetful full of clothes (and let’s be serious, often overflowing) and nothing to wear. Having spent nearly ten years working in fashion and publishing, you’d think I wouldn’t have this problem. That I would have learned the skills necessary to have a well edited wardrobe and the eye to curate a perfectly chic and put together get-up for every day of my life. But the reality is that like most women and working moms, I’m constantly strapped for time, often too bleary eyed or distracted by the millions of emails, dog, baby, husband and everything else to spend tons of time on my outfits. And I don’t have a limitless budget or endless designer freebies (that doesn’t really happen) to fill my wardrobe.
When I was younger, I used to pull magazine clips of outfits that inspired me and tried to recreate them. I filled binders with them. That drew me to a career working for magazines like Vanity Fair, Glamour, The Knot and Seventeen. Along the way I learned a ton about style as well as weddings, travel, interior design, entertaining, pregnancy and parenting, and just about every other topic. I also met some of the most hard working, stylish, kind, inspiring and amazing women. Though my interests extend beyond fashion these days, I know the power of having the right outfit and what it can do for your confidence and worse, what the wrong outfit can do to your confidence and day. I also know that few of us have tons of time and money to throw at our wardrobe and looks. I also know that while magazines and big websites can be invaluable resources and inspo, when we’re looking for recs for baby gear, the best maternity or post-baby jeans, heels that you can actually wear all day, that adorable coat you saw your friend wearing at drop off — you turn to other women in your life, whether it’s someone you know, a Facebook Mom group (I belong to like ten), Instagram or blogs of women you can relate to and admire. I also believe that if we shared more about our struggles, our lives, what works/doesn’t, we could help kill this notion of perfection and having it all and feel less alone when we feel like we’ve come up short whether in terms of how our homes look, our outfits, our careers, our kids or our relationships.
Although I’m by nature an introvert and mortified by pics of myself most of the time, my own struggles with the perfection I see everywhere and the lack of relatable resources for everything from outfit ideas to baby gear to work totes to sleep training to weekend activities inspired me to create this blog.
What started as a fashion blog aimed to help me and hopefully women like myself get dressed has morphed into a lifestyle blog covering everything I’ve learned and haven’t been able to find but wish was out there. I’ll be putting myself out there and please bare with me and my imperfect life as I share moments, struggles and pictures. My hope is to show the truth about motherhood, life, work, getting dressed and ready for your day and trying to create a stylish, functional and chaotic life that’s full, challenging and as real as they come. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
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