It’s getting warmer here, and I have no idea what I’m going to wear. Everything I wore pre- and during pregnancy is ridiculously small on me now; my hips widened about 10 inches overall, and even my arms are bigger, so my oversized dresses are small in the arms. I have finally come to terms with the idea that this is not permanent, but I also know that it will take me quite a while to lose the weight, and even when I do, my body will be a different shape than it was before.
In the meantime, I need clothes. And if you know me at all, you know that I love clothes – and shoes. Getting dressed is the way I express myself, and exert a tiny bit of “control” over how I move and feel in the world. I like to play with clothes; have a little fun in a controlled way. And lately, I have been flailing.
I’ve bought and returned, or sold, so many things in an effort to find pieces I love and that I feel comfortable in. At the end of the day, I have ended up with three things that truly make me feel like myself, and are comfortable enough in to go about my day without thinking anymore about it: my Lauren Manoogian peg pants, It is Well L.A. maxi cardigan, and James Perse mixed media pants.
We’ve already had a few warm days here, and those items aren’t cutting it as temperatures rise into the high 70’s and 80’s, so it’s time for some skirts & dresses. And since I have credit at Shopbop (I earn some each month for displaying their widget on my sites), I hit up their sale this week and ordered a couple of Ace & Jig pieces.
In addition to this Daphne skirt (which I’m keeping), I ordered the Spencer dress also in large, but I’m sending it back. It fits me, generally, but would require too much tailoring and I didn’t love it enough to endure that hassle. I would have had to shorten it a bit, and take in the top/straps quite a lot, since I’m still not as big up top as I am waist down.
As you can see, I also ordered these ridiculous platform Melissa sandals, because I can’t resist a new pair of Melissa sandals every year or so. If you’re not familiar with Melissa, they’re plastic sandals (recyclable) in very cool styles, which last forever. I’ve had a couple pairs for almost a decade and they’re still in very good shape; they wear beautifully. These are just a little over the top, but they’ll add a bit of personality and some WTF to any outfit, which is what I love haha.
I did buy and am sending back a few other items, but they’re not worth talking about really. Jeans. Ugh. If this Mara Hoffman skirt had been available earlier in the week when I placed my order, I would have tried it. I may order it anyway after my return is processed; I appreciate Mara Hoffman for her sustainability/ethics, about as much as I appreciate Eileen FIsher.
The Shopbop sale goes on until Sunday if you’re inclined to shop. Items that are eligible for the discount are marked with SPRING, and it’s not valid on sale items. Oh, and remember my Baggu fanny pack I love so much? Well, they finally made one without the white BAGGU logo stamped on the strap, and it’s available at Shopbop with the code.
In other news, Hawk is well, he is currently face down, sleeping haha. And I’ve been getting up at 5 AM every morning this week, which is working out beautifully. I rode the Peloton twice, and while it was hell while I was riding, I felt great afterwards, so I’m starting to ease back into having more “me” time, and I love it!!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, what are your plans?