Fashion for Today

Fashion for Today

Blogging Through the ABC’s -Letter F

 

Fashion For Today {maternity edition}

 

My fashion tends to stay the same.  The fashion for today focuses on maternity though.  Since I’m pregnant my fashion has to have a few tweaks so that I can remain modest and yet comfortable through the months of pregnancy.

Fashion for today for me is different than it is for many people.  I like to wear skirts and dresses.  I never realized how hard it was to find skirts and dresses that were modest and yet also maternity until recently.  When you do find them, they’re normally pretty expensive. 

I recently decided to give stitch fix a go.  They now offer maternity boxes which is just what I needed!  I got my first box the other day.  I had left notes for the stylist to tell them about my style but I’d forgotten to say what colors I enjoy and what colors definitely don’t look good on me as well as styles, etc.

For those who might not know, Stitch Fix hand chooses via a stylist five pieces for you and your wardrobe and they mail them to you.  You get a few days to look them over and then send back what you don’t like.  If you like it, you keep it.  There is a $20 styling fee but that is taken off the price of any of the articles you choose.

My box contained an infinity scarf in a lumberjack type shirt flannel print.  I’m not a huge scarf wearer and definitely did not keep this one.  Red and black lumberjack print is not my thing.  I have red hair.  Just did not go together well.

Next I  pulled out a pretty blue dress.  It was a gorgeous color but had ruching on the side that did not line up with where my natural waist is and just didn’t look very nice on me.  It was lined and a nice knee length so it could have been worn with or without leggings.  A nice dress was on my list of things that I wanted but sadly I had to send it back.

The next piece I didn’t even try on.  It was a cardigan.  I love cardigans!  This one was an open drape front which is fine with me but it was tiny black and white checks.  For some reason this style of print just did not appeal to me so back in the box it went.

Fourth item I pulled out was a blue and pink print loose type maternity top with a pocket.  It was a bit see through and the pink was a coral that made me looked washed out.  

 

Fashion for Today {stitch fix maternity}

 

At this point I was beginning to despair a bit.  And then I pulled out my keeper item.  A nice black t shirt with ruching on the side.  It can be longer or shorter depending on the ruching and I was in love. It easily dresses up a skirt for church or works with a denim skirt for everyday!  Also a cardigan looks super cute over it.

I do apologize that I’m having to take the photos inside and with my phone in a mirror, but it’s cold outside.  And I don’t have anyone else handy to take photos unless you want just the belly which is what my kids focus on!

 

Fashion for Today {stitch fix maternity}

 

So all in all my first stitch fix and my fashion for today brought me a new top to style several ways.  I learned that I needed to add more information to my stitch fix profile and notes and can’t wait to try again.

Some of their items are pricey while others are reasonable.  Others might find all their prices reasonable, but as a frugal mom of 9 soon to be 10 I would have a hard time spending almost $100 on a dress.  I mentioned this in my review as well.  They have you review all the items in your box and give them feedback so they can better style you next time.  I think this is going to be a great service for me and am looking forward to hopefully getting a few new spring pieces next month.

Did I mention that you get a prepaid envelope to send the pieces you don’t like back in?  That really sealed it for me.  I can just toss that in my mail box and I don’t have to go to the post office with all the kids.  It’s easy!  I really don’t like clothes shopping either so if I can get the stylist to understand what I do and don’t like then this is going to be awesome I do believe!  Have you tried stitch fix before?  What was your experience like?

So my fashion for today remains the same.  Maxi type skirts or denim skirts that are maternity with t shirt type tops and cardigans.  I’m hoping to branch that out and change it up a bit but for now it looks to be staying the same.

Let me mention that both the skirts I’m wearing in these photos are from Deborah and Co.  They’re both awesome maternity skirts as well and so so so comfy.  If you’ve never tried their clothing line you should check it out!

 

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Falling into Autumn in Skirts #seasonalskirt

I so cannot believe that it is fall already!  I love Autumn for the changing colors and the cooler weather, but not for the shorter amounts of daylight.  If you follow my blog you know I’m participating in a blog hop all about wearing skirts!  So let’s talk about falling into autumn in skirts!

  What can I say, I love a good denim skirt.  I probably wear denim skirts 90% of the time.  Not lying.  That’s how much I love them!  The skirt above is one that I purchased from Deborah and Co.  It is sadly no longer available.  It was the Nantucket I believe.  They still have the denim rainbow skirt though which is awesome!  And the maternity version of that was my absolute favorite maternity skirt.    For the top I’m wearing a grey tank top topped with a grey short-sleeved tee-shirt.  Over that I have an adorable loose knit sweater.  I love sweaters in fall!  Honestly, I’d wear a sweater everyday if I wasn’t afraid I’d stain it up or tear it up with some of my normal daily activities. And then there are the shoes.  Remember I’m a shoe girl.  These are another pair of Chelsea Crew shoes that I got on sale off Zulily.  Really, Zulily is my go to place for shoes.  They have awesome sales and I can always find my size!  That’s a biggie for me because I have small feet.  Think tiny.  Let me give you a for instance, my 9-year-old daughter has recently started wearing my shoes. . .. and they fit her.  Yeah I’m fairly small here.  See below for a better picture of my footwear.    

 

A photo posted by Erin Slocum (@forhimandmyfamily) on

 

Gorgeous huh?!

 

 

 

A photo posted by Erin Slocum (@forhimandmyfamily) on

 

Okay so let’s see another outfit and another denim skirt!  This is an of the rose ruffle skirt from Love My Jean Skirt.   Love this detail!  This is a skirt I’ll wear for running errands or being out and about, I’ve even worn it to church with a dressier top.  

My pictured top is one that I got at a thrift store for $1.  Just a nice half button up, 3/4 sleeve polished cotton type shirt.  Love the blue hue.  I’m a blues and greens type of girl though I am trying to branch out a little and try out a few girly colors.

For instance, I wore my hair down the other day!  I know it’s shocking.  I tend to put it up so much that when fall started to pop up I wanted to try a few new styles.  In the below picture you see my hair slightly wavey(this is it’s natural I air dried it look) with a size small flexi clip in.  You can check out all kinds of flexi’s and other gorgeous hair accessories on my Lilla Rose website.      

 

A photo posted by Erin Slocum (@forhimandmyfamily) on

 

I am in love with Lilla Rose for hair accessories.  They are all I use anymore.  Great for my hair, no snagging, stays in no matter what I’m doing, looks gorgeous, and makes me appear put together even if I just twisted it up.  Yes please!

Something else I’m doing more of lately is my nails.  And I’m even doing them in girly colors!

 

 

A photo posted by Erin Slocum (@forhimandmyfamily) on

 

The above picture is my latest Jamicure.  Jamicure is a manicure done by me at home using Jamberry Nails.  They are awesome!  Super easy to do and last up to 2 weeks.  I normally change mine around a week though because I like change and get bored with the colors I have.  The ones shown are Gala which is a new autumn design.  I was surprised with how much I LOVED this coloring!  You should definitely try out Jamberry Nails if you haven’t ever!  They are so easy and make such a great statement.  

Let’s talk a bit of makeup now too.  I don’t normally wear a lot of makeup.  But I have been wearing more lately as part of my lets not be frumpy persona.  I’m on a quest to make myself feel better about myself and I feel better when I know that I have taken time to make myself look nicer and put together.  I’m less likely to be flustered or grumpy.  So you might ask what I wear for makeup.  I have been wearing L’Bri makeup.  I use the compact foundation, brown mascara, blue eyes quad eyeshadow, plum eye liner, and brown mascara.  Some days I top with a slight blush and lipgloss.  I have been trying out a few of the lipsticks as well.  The entire line of L’Bri makeup and skin care are all natural and contain aloe vera as their #1 ingredient.  Very moisturizing and feel wonderful on your skin.  

The above photo was as I waited on my Azure Coop to arrive last month.   I got all “dolled up” including some jewelry.  Those are just some cheaper pieces from Walmart but they made me feel beautiful and I got several comments on them.   I have on a plain jane skirt.  It was knee length and just a straight skirt.   I have on a tank top that is white with a blue light weight sweater over the top.  It had three quarter sleeves.  I’m not normally a fan of 3/4 sleeves but do wear them just as fall is beginning as we’re apt to have some warmer days still.  

seasonal skirt

 

Again I’m wearing my L’Bri makeup and a Lilla Rose flexi clip with my hair all up in a twist.  For a twist I use  size large.  My makeup is once again L’Bri and totally wonderful! Any questions?  What are your favorite skirts to wear in fall?  Do you say autumn or fall?  I use both interchangeably for myself.  Please let me know what you think!  Oh and check out the other blogs on the linky below!  Some awesome posts about skirts going on here!       

New August Flexi of the Month with Bobby Pins

August Flexi of the Month with bobby pins

I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited that Lilla Rose is now including the extras in their August flexi of the month designs.  This month the Anchor’s Aweigh is available in bobby pins as well as all 7 sizes of flexi clips!  

That’s right!  If you’re a sailing enthusiast or someone with family in the Navy you are going to love this Anchor flexi.  It’s super cute and I love the blue color!  There are so many different fashion accessories that would go with it!

Cute outfit with bobby pins

This skirt, swooning here!

I personally love this look.  That skirt is definitely something I can see myself in and blue is one of my favorite colors!  

What would you get?  A flexi or the bobby pins?  If a flexi what size is your favorite?  

I would definitely purchase the bobby pins first as I’m trying to wear my hair down more.  My go to size of flexi is a medium because I can use that to put all my hair up or just part of my hair.  I really need to figure out how to do videos of how I do my hair so I can share them with you!  It’s on my todo list for this month!  If you know how feel free to chime in.  

Lilla Rose incentive

Don’t forget for all new Lilla Rose customers to me I offer a Buy 3 and get 1 Free incentive.  You purchase 3 clips through my website and sign up as a new customer and I will send you a Coupon to order your very own flexi for free!  Awesome deal!  

Also if you’re interested in earning some money while staying at home and being your own boss let me know.  Lilla Rose is a wonderful business opportunity.  You only have to buy or sell $29 per year!  Yeap that is such a ridiculously low number that it boggles my mind still!  Only $29 per year to stay active and there is so much room for growth!

Anchor's Aweigh

Lastly, don’t forget that the August Flexi of the Month is only available for the month of August and when it sells out it’s gone.  These are going to “sail” away fast(hahahahaha) so make sure you purchase yours NOW if you want one or you may be crying when your size is gone.  

 

 

 

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Skirts in the Summer #seasonalskirt

Do you struggle with staying cool in the summer?  

Wonder how hard it is to stay covered and modest without falling over in a dead faint from the heat?

It’s not as hard as you’d think.  I know you’re thinking I’m fibbing to you, but I’m not!  In fact, what would you think if I told you I still tend to wear long ankle length skirts in the summer?  You might think my many years of being a Civil War re-enactor and wearing layers upon layers of fabric may have scrambled my brain, or you might keep reading and see what I’m talking about!  And in truth my brain might be a big scrambled, but I can honestly say that I have NEVER suffered heat stroke or passed out from heat.  Now low blood sugar is a totally different thing. . . 

Anyway.

I had a special friend snap some pictures of me in one of my favorite summer skirts.  It is long and flowy and denim.  To me, it’s not much different than wearing a pair of jeans on a warm day.  

Seasonal skirt

Showing off our casual everyday at home with my monkeys look!

I chose this skirt to feature this time because there is so much you can do with it!  I can wear it around the house.  I can wear it out to play with my kids.  We can go for hikes in this skirt.  And then I can take it the next day and wear it out on a date or simply out grocery shopping.  The above look is my normal look.  Some makeup, but not a lot, casual hair style that is functional and secure.  Comfy shoes or no shoes at all if I’m in the house(I’m a barefoot lover).  I layer my shirts even in the summer.  I’ve been a breastfeeding mom long enough that I love having an extra layer between me and leaks and it makes me feel more comfortable that no one can simply see through my shirts.

seasonal skirt

Here is a cute way to dress up the outfit for running errands with the kids.

Now a cute outfit above for running errands.  Yeap same tshirt, same undershirt, but adding a bit of lace in the from of a loose flowing vest.  This gives you a bit more femininity and a bit of extra layering.  This is oh so the style these days it seems and who doesn’t want to feel just a bit more in style?  Awesome addition and hides those stains and fingerprints you might have already acquired from working around the house with the kids.  Oh wait, am I the only only one who gets those?

seasonal skirt

And here is a cute little date night outfit!

I have to admit the above is probably my favorite of the pictures.  I feel gorgeous!  I love the date night look.  Of course, I don’t remember the last time we went on a date, but that doesn’t mean I can’t prepare for one!  And those shoes. . . swooning here.  Yes I’m a barefoot lover, but I’m also a vintage heels lover.  

super cute vintage shoes

These are my favorite shoes!

Oh yes, I did have to have a close up of my shoes.  I love them!  Seriously.  And yes the ribbon ties matches the blouse perfectly.  These are Chelsea Crew shoes.  They are European sizes so make sure to measure and remeasure before purchasing.  I wear a size 5.5 US and these are a 37UK and fit wonderfully.  I got them off Zulily.  And drumroll!  Zulily is having a sale on Chelsea Crew shoes starting today!  Make sure to hop over and check them out if you love these.  To me this brand has a great vintage flair.  You will find several that are 1940’s reminiscent.  I’m a fan of the ’40s myself and that’s probably why I really love these shoes.  

So we’ve talked a bit about the one skirt.  I also have some nice jersey knit skirts that I tend to wear in summer, but those are only on days I know I won’t leave the house because I refuse to wear them in public.  I’m just not a fan of how they make me look and I think they are a bit too clingy.  It’s like wearing yoga pants in public, not something I think is appropriate.  Afraid I’m not sharing a picture of me in that.  Shows off my mommy tummy to perfection and all those extra pounds I can still stand to lose!

You might ask about what little girls should wear.  Well mine do denim or cotton skirts.  I also am a huge fan of jumpers.  Stick a plain colored t-shirt under a jumper and they’re nice and cool but still able to play and move around.  We do NOT do shorts in our house at all.  Not for girls and not for boys.  They are not practical on a farm.  

 I’ve shown you my favorite skirt, my favorite shoes, and now lets talk my favorite summer hairstyle.  Trust me when I say this is the way my hair is 99.9% of the time in the summer.  I use a Lilla Rose flexi clip to secure it up in a twist.  It’s simple.  It’s fast.  It’s secure. And it looks pretty too!

Lilla Rose flexi clip

My favorite up twist

This is the simplest style ever.  You gather your hair into a ponytail with your hands, twist it around, twist it up and around on itself and secure with a flexi.  Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you may need a different size than me.  This one is a large.  I used to have to use a mega before I cut off over 2 feet of hair to donate.  I’m loving my shorter locks.  This design is one of my favorites.  Nice an feminine but no danglies to get caught up in my hair.  It’s called Tree of Life and I love the class that the pearls lend it.  

 This is my workout outfit, a jersey knit skirt with my layered tanktop and t-shirt.  I don’t have any workout pants but this skirt still lets me run.  And considering I love to run and easily can run 6 miles when I’m running, I think it’s an okay workout outfit!

When I’m not in my workout skirt or my long denim skirt, I do have a few cotton or shorter skirts as well. But all of my skirts are knee length or below.  I don’t want to have to worry about bending over or kneeling and showing off more than I want to.  Life has a way of making us move and bend and I want to be able to do so uninhibited.  One of my favorite shorter skirts for summer is a cute little knee length denim number.  My second favorite long skirt(the pictured denim is my favorite) is a long flowy cotton skirt.  It’s a khaki and green coloring and matches several of my solid colored t-shirts. 

Right now in this stage of my life, comfort is a key factor.  I have 9 kids so I want to be comfortable and able to move freely.  I don’t want the fear of my skirt blowing up or my top getting pulled down to expose things running my life so I try to make sure that those things aren’t going to happen instead of worrying about every move I make.  

Let’s talk makeup for a quick bit as well.  For summer I wear a BB Cream from Southern Magnolia Minerals in fair.  It’s light and you don’t need a lot.  If I’m going out I add a bit of a mineral powder over the top in matte to help soak up any excess oils.  I also wear their brand of brown mascara which was just reformulated and is marvelous!  My eye shadow and eye liner are from Physicians Formula’s organic line up.  My lip shimmer is a new product that I recently reviewed from Beeyoutiful.  I have the shade of Kiss of Cupid which is a great natural shade that is barely there.  It’s close to my normal color but still gives me the feeling that I’ve dressed it up.  That in turn gives me a confidence boost!  Make sure to check out my Review for more!

I have joined these awesome bloggers for part two of our a year in skirts with seasonal skirt wearing.  Below find my fellow bloggers and make sure to visit them on the linky as well!  The linky is below our list of participants!  


Dusty at To the Moon and Back
Erin at For Him and My Family
Laura at Raising Soldiers 4 Christ
Kyndra at Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones
Selena at Look! We’re Learning!
Mrs. Warde at Sceleratus Classical Academy
Caroline at The Modest Mom
Melissa at Life Off the Paved Road
Dawnita at Fogleman Forerunner
Hilary at Our Homeschool Studio
Annette at In All You Do


Seasonal Skirt Wearing -Spring #seasonalskirt plus a linkup

Seasonal Skirt Wearing -Spring Edition

 

Season Skirts

I don’t know about you, but I think that wearing a skirt makes me feel more feminine and like a lady.  Now, I’m not saying you can’t be feminine or ladylike in a pair of jeans or slacks.  You can.  But for me, I get that special feeling from skirts.   I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures of myself this past week so I’m sharing a picture a friend (photographer friend) of mine did for me last year this time while I was pregnant with our youngest who is now 10 months old.

 

spring skirt

 

I live on a farm and I love a good long skirt.  This can be a bit problematic at times and requires me to have a free hand to hold up my skirt when I’m walking around the farm due to all our wonderful animals.  Yes those are our free range chickens.  I’ll show you how the look can change through the seasons, but today on seasonal skirt wearing it’s the spring edition!

 

seasonal skirt wearing- spring

 

This shows how I hold up the skirt to walk around.  See the little bucket behind me.  That’s the scrap bucket we feed to the chickens.  Gotta love it!  This is actually a super simple denim skirt I made out of some maternity jeans.  I’ll be showing you how to make this type of skirt in my summer post so make sure to pop back over for that one in a few months!

A big thing about wearing skirts in spring or even jeans to me is layering.  I layer my tops.  I love to wear a camisole on bottom.  Now if you’re breastfeeding I recommend the Undercover Mama tops.  They are great and modest.  Otherwise I buy regular camis and make them into my own nursing tanks(yeap coming to a blog post near you soon).   If you are not nursing then a normal cami top will do.  Then a short sleeve top comes next for me.  I like the cami under because then I don’t have to spend as much time looking for a modest neckline.  On top of that I like to pair a sweater.  I’m a sweater lover.  I love big bulky sweaters that keep you good and warm.

Now, I’m not pregnant anymore so let me talk about what skirts I like to wear.  I’m a denim lover.  90% of my skirts are denim.  I have a few soft jersey type material skirts that I use when I’m working out or just hanging at home with the kids.  I also have a few cotton skirts that I use when I’m going out on a date with my husband or church.  I have 2 dresses.  Only 2 dresses, and neither of them are ones I can wear currently because they are not breastfeeding friendly.

Let’s talk length now.  I have to have my knees covered up.  My knees I don’t like to show.  That really isn’t that hard for me to do because I’m so short!  The problem I have is the one shown above by everything being too long.  So the easiest solution is to make my own.  That’s not always the best though because of the time factor.  I rarely have time for sewing these days with 9 kids!  So, the  next thing I do is go to thrift stores because I can’t afford to buy brand new.  I also go to places like ThredUp and Twice for clothing for myself and my kids.

seasonal skirt wearing spring

Kierrah Jane showing off how to walk in a dress. 

I had to bring in a few pictures of my girls in dresses.  This time it’s the baby.  Here she is in a super cute little GAP dress(they are adorable) that I got at a thrift store for 25 cents.  Yeap one quarter.  Because it was a chillier day I layered it with a long sleeved loose t shirt.  She is in cloth diapers so I try not to do onesies as they require more fastening and unfastening and I like to make diaper changes fast.

I know some people often tell me that they can’t believe or don’t think that little girls can crawl or learn to walk in dresses and I shouldn’t put mine in them until they are older.  Well let me see Kierrah is 10 months old.  Kierrah loves wearing her dresses and skirts and she was crawling at 5.5 months and walking at 7.5 months.  Now, she is running everywhere and her dresses do not slow her down!

Seasonal Skirt Wearing

Spring in a skirt!

Okay so this was too adorable not to share.  Here is my little enjoying some sun on our deck.  She has on just a tshirt and a homemade skirt.  This is another design I’ll be sharing about in a coming post.  Super simple to make and super cute to wear!  Oh and don’t forget the cute little Flip diaper peeking out!  She hates shoes though so we put little gripper booties on over her socks when we go outside as an extra protection on her feet.

I know this post is shorter than I wanted it to be as life happens and I didn’t get pictures taken.  Keep looking for the summer post which will contain links to at least two different skirts that I’m hoping to teach you how to make plus more on what my daughters and I wear when we’re gardening, hiking, and just plain having fun!  And some on how to stay cool, because everyone knows that summers in MO are hot and humid.

Make sure to visit the other blogs that are participating in this link up and see what they have to say about their Seasonal Skirt Wearing for Spring.  If you have a post about wearing skirts or what you do for spring fashion feel free to link it up below as well!  Please share around with all your friends!

 


Dusty at To the Moon and Back
Erin at For Him and My Family

Laura at Raising Soldiers 4 Christ

Kyndra at Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones

Selena at Look! We’re Learning!

Mrs Warde at Sceleratus Classical Academy

Cynthia at Cynce’s Place

Melissa at Life Off the Paved Road

Dawnita at Fogleman Forerunner

Hilary at Our Homeschool Studio

Annette at In All You Do