sneak peak...

So I teased about my master bathroom renovation a few weeks ago, and I actually followed through!!!! *Projects at my house are usually put on hold due to the perpetual busyness that I get sucked into on occasion. But this time I went ahead and started it!!!! Notice I didn't say finished...

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So, in the first picture you'll notice there is a little bit of a glare, but I love the color!!! I feel like dark and sharp colors make a home feel rich and intentional. I'm so happy to get away from that builder's grade tan color!

In the second photo you can see the color a bit bettter (and yes, on the tub to the right is one half of a Max-D Monster Jam Truck. What can I say, kiddo plays in the bathtub:)

I am so excited that I finished the paint so quickly, taking about three and a half hours on a Saturday afternoon to be exact, but the perfectionist in me quickly discovered some unevenness in the walls that I need to correct. You guessed it, project extended. I'll post soon about the sanding and third coat! Hopefully...

mama cute does not = daddy cute

As a former competitive swimmer, who has since gained a freshman twenty-five, had a child, and gained weight steadily over the last few years as I maintain a fairly "busy" schedule, I have completely lost my way as it comes to fashion. I enjoy comfort. And more comfort. Did I say I love comfort???

Before having my son, I ventured out to my office at the time most days with a pretty great business casual wardrobe, consider it my love for a great Rachel Zane (kudos to her stylist on USA's Suits!!!) pencil skirt, blouse and crazy cute pump combo. You know, nothing crazy. But absolutely everything that your husband will love while still remaining classy and maturely dressed! A total jeans and tee kind of girl nowadays, I consider myself fancying it up a when I toss on a pair of cute wedges and a necklace with my distressed boyfriend jeans and blouse. Just being honest...

While I'm comfortable, and I could easily fit it with a group of the college-aged kids at church, I've completely lost all sense of maturity in the way I dress. And while jeans are my forte, my husband has his own idea about what's attractive. (Hint, extra tall pumps and cardigan-free ensembles :). As a thirty-two year old, mother of a four year old, I also feel the need to dress maturely and in a way that represents who I am. Wife, mother, creative-thinking child of God. Which means I love a great cardigan (or ten) and am all about long maxi dresses, cute booties and a staple leather jacket that can (and will!) go with EVERYTHING. What I've had a hard time with these last few years is finding a balance. How do I dress in a mature way that makes my hubs give me THAT LOOK. You know the one... :)

I've decided to do a complete wardrobe overhaul and here are a few tips I will be keeping in mind as I shop!

1) Remember that you are a mother, but you are also a young, attractive married woman.

2) Yes, the hubs may have a certain look that suits his tastes, but if you only try to appease him, you may loose yourself and miss out on an opportunity to discover your true personal style. Make sure there is a balance for both in your closet!

3) Know that it's okay to be sexy. Just know that this doesn't mean you have to show skin. Exposed zippers and joggers with a hot pump are everything.

In my attempts to build a new, mature, and husband-child friendly wardrobe, I recently visited one of my favorite stores, Ann Taylor Loft!

I grabbed two of what I would call statement or feature pieces, and a few basics that are always necessary.

Daisy Tie-Waist Button Skirt,  Ann Taylor Loft.  I love this piece! I think this will be great with a solid v neck tee and flat sandals for a casual summer day, or wedges with a dressier fabric tank and great necklace for date night.     

Daisy Tie-Waist Button Skirt, Ann Taylor Loft.  I love this piece! I think this will be great with a solid v neck tee and flat sandals for a casual summer day, or wedges with a dressier fabric tank and great necklace for date night.  

 

Periwinkle Lace Tee , Ann Taylor Loft. I was immediately drawn to this piece. Anything identified as having lace immediately goes into my category of classy and mom-worthy. However, I can easily see this as part of a date night ensemble with the hubs paired with with a black short and cute shoes!

Periwinkle Lace Tee, Ann Taylor Loft. I was immediately drawn to this piece. Anything identified as having lace immediately goes into my category of classy and mom-worthy. However, I can easily see this as part of a date night ensemble with the hubs paired with with a black short and cute shoes!

Left: Essential Tank. I bought this item in nude and navy. When trying these on, they had a dressier look than I thought they would, so these would not only look great with shorts and jeans for a good casual day, but they will also look quite appropriate with hair pulled up, an oversized necklace and maxi skirt for a romantic look out with the husband.  Switch the maxi skirt out for a pair of joggers for a morning out for coffee with your girlfriends.

Right: Vintage Soft Pocket Tee. I bought this in Pink. (It is super cute with the Daisy Tie-Waist Button Skirt!)

I hope you will follow me on this journey filing a daddy-approved mommy style that is all ME and no one else!

xoxo

Marlena