Monday, April 29, 2013

Mint, Gold, and Coral: Picking out a Fun Spring Outfit

I LOVE being a mom more than anything in the world. I never really thought much about having kids, or planned for it until it happened. My husband and I met in high school, dated through college, and got married after graduation. 10 months after our wedding, our son Benjamin was born, and 16 months later, our daughter Lyla was born. The whole thing was like a whirlwind. My life changed so quickly and completely. I went from an adventurous, fashionable college student living in California to a married, stay at home mother of two living in Florida in what felt like the blink of an eye. Now my kids are 2 and 3 years old, and they keep me busier than ever.


By far, the most difficult part of becoming a mother, was getting used to the new flow of my day to day life, and dealing with the fact that being a parent (especially a stay at home mother) is a 24-7, 365 days a year kind of job. There are no breaks. Ever. You get woken up in the middle of the night when you're sound asleep, called home to your sick child when on a vacation, and you even have to take care of your sick children when you yourself are the sickest you've ever been. So as much as I adore my sweet kids and love being a mom, sometimes all I want in life is to be left alone. I've heard other moms joke about how a trip alone to the grocery store on a Friday night is like a mini vacation, and I totally relate.

It has also been difficult dealing with a constantly changing body. In the past 4 years, I've gone through about 10 different sizes of jeans. So lately, when I've gone shopping for myself, I usually try a few things on as quickly as possible while my kids sit in the changing room with me fighting over my phone. I'm not usually happy with how something looks or fits, and then I find myself picking out something cute for my daughter to wear (because it's always cute on her and I know exactly what size will fit).

So when I got the opportunity to go to Sears to shop for something fun and stylish for myself for Mother's day, I was thrilled. Shopping by myself would be fun enough. Honestly though, I had never shopped for clothes at Sears before, and I figured I'd end out picking a new pair of shoes or a summery purse. (Check out more pictures from my shopping adventure here.)

When I got there, I wandered all over the store checking out all of the fun departments. Without my kids grabbing at things and wandering all over the store, I was actually able to enjoy myself, and take the time to look around. I was actually slightly underwhelmed with their selection of shoes and purses (although there were a few that I would have taken home with me in a heartbeat), but I was really thrilled with their selection of stylish clothes. I especially loved the Kardashian Kollection from the Kardashian sisters. I picked out a lot of different pieces to try on, even ones that didn't seem like my style, in a lot of different sizes.



I was thrilled with what I found. By actually taking the time to look through all of the clothes on the rack and try on styles and sizes that I wouldn't have 5 years ago as a college student, I was able to find things that fit my body and lifestyle now as a mom, but that were still stylish and fun. I ended out getting this gold striped loose fitting top, and these mint capris, both from the Kardashian Kollection. I also used my Shop Your Way rewards membership. It's free to sign up, and you can download a convenient app for your phone, or just give your phone number when you check out. The prices were also great!

I love this outfit I picked out, for three reasons:


1. The color pallet. I LOVE these colors together, and they are very popular this spring: Mint, gold, pearl, and coral.

2. The style. Since I live in Florida where it's HOT HOT HOT, I need clothes that aren't too constricting or warm. But of course, I don't want to wear shorts and a tank top all of the time. Capris are a great alternative to jeans or long pants, and even though this top has sleeves, they are light, loose, and cool.

3. The stripes. I love stripes. The end.

I paired this outfit with boots and coral wedges from my closet. I think it would also look great with gold or pearl accessories.


What about you? Has your style changed since you had kids? Do you find it easy to shop with your kids, or do you need to shop alone? What color pallet do you love for the spring/summer?

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10 comments:

  1. cute outfit. You are right about being a mother is 24/7. As a stay-at-home mother, I remember watching the window for my husband to come home from work and give me a break. I loved being with them but needed some down time to regroup my thoughts. Sometimes in the evenings when the kids did not want to stay in bed, I will tell them that I had taken my mommy button off for the day. They knew I was joking, but that it was time for them to go to bed.

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  2. Love the colors you picked. So pretty!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. I love these colors together right now!

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  3. Awesome color palette! So springy and you look super cute!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! This is my favorite color palette right now :)

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  4. I am in love with those mint pants! Great job taking some time for yourself!

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    1. Thanks Katie! It was so fun getting to meet you at SNAP :)

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  5. Love this color combination, Rachel! I've been digging mint ever since I picked up those mint shorts from the GAP outlet and gold has been my obsession for years now. I love how it looks with both the boots and your coral shoes. And I can see this outfit being great for casual days, and dressier ones, too! Great picks.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Those mint shorts were really cute. This color pallet reminds me a little bit of your blog design :)

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