Sunday, January 1, 2012

Give and Take Away

 Happy New Year! I have plenty of New Year's resolutions like exercising more, eating healthy and all that jazz. As a parent I also had to make some tough resolutions. Ben and I decided New Year's Day was the day to get rid of Levi's soothers. He's 2 1/2 and quite frankly I'm tired of seeing a piece of plastic  glued to his face. So my in-laws came down for moral support and we set the soothers free! I know it's a bit dramatic (or poetic. We do make our living by art after all) to attach them to helium balloons and send them to the sky but we needed the good-bye to leave a lasting impression on Levi because he was addicted. Many tears were shed and bedtime took a while but there's no going back now. The New Year is about moving forward. 

Don't worry, no whales were harmed. The balloons and soothers drifted back to shore and were safely discarded by my brother-in-law once we left the scene with Levi. 

I thought I'd pop in a what I wore pic because I've been doing some reflecting on personal style. When I look back on different outfits I've posted over the last year I cringe. First of all, I struggle to know what to wear when I'm pregnant, secondly I realized I still don't have any sort of style. How we dress can be a form of artistic expression and many style bloggers know exactly how to portray dress as art. I know what appeals to me aesthetically but I haven't figured out how to translate that into what I wear. So this year I want to keep track of outfits I put together and decide what works and what doesn't on my bod, ultimately using dress as a way of conveying some aspect of my personality (Just for fun, why not?). 

This outfit was super comfy and breast feeding friendly. I liked how the pants are high waisted so they didn't give me plumber's butt when picking up my babes. They have pleats which cover some unforgiving areas and the tapered ankle works well with these booties, which I also give a thumbs up for comfort. I'm pretty proud of myself for wearing boots with a heel. This outfit isn't on the cutting edge of anything but I'd love to hear what you would add or take away to make it all sorts of awesome.


  1. Ooo, I am hoping my 2012 will be filled with more pants and less skinny jeans. :) These are so cute!! For myself, I would add a lightweight printed scarf or a printed cami instead of the white... But that's me: hardly comfortable unless I'm wearing at least two different prints!

    Miss you!! Hey, when did you switch to Etsy??

  2. Very cool idea with the soothers attacthed to the baloons! Also, from what I can see by reading your blog, you have a fantastic sense of style, I have shared your blog with a few ladies at work.
    Also you have kind of inspired me to go beyond the jeans and sweatshirts look.
    Keep being fabulous!!

  3. Anonymous, you're sweet! Style is an evolving thing. We'll see what I'm wearing 10 years from now! Tami, miss you! I switched to Etsy a while ago but haven't moved all my products over yet.

  4. I think you have a definite style, and it's gorgeous! I can't tell you how many times I've been out shopping and seen something funky, flowy, flowery, or fun, and said "This is such a Michelle shirt" or "Michelle could SO pull this off." You are one of the best dressed mamas I know!!!!

  5. I always think you dress so well when you're pregnant. I've often thought during these last 7 months that I wish I could dress more like you did this last pregnancy!

    As for the outfit, it definitely needs something else . . . I think another layer on top. Vest, scarf, or short-sleeved wrap sweater maybe?

    love you.
    miss you.

  6. Thanks for the great ideas for this outfit. I've got a couple things in mind to rework it. I just have to be careful how much I layer because I have to whip my boobs out easily and often : )

  7. Gorgeous. Love your blog.

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