so if there’s one fashion tip i could share, most people probably already know this, but hey just in case. don’t hesitate to buy clothing out of season. i went to get my annual physical this summer and walked out the doctor’s office and saw a sign that everything at loft was fifty percent off. this jumpsuit was a hundred bucks, marked down to twenty dollars and then fifty percent off so i got it for ten bucks. even though i had to wait three months to wear it. it was worth getting. i wore this to my friend’s annual chili cook off in the burbs. we had a great time and it was the perfect backyard day to night time shenanigans kinda outfit.
josh and i have been chatting a lot about how to make our home a positive space for ourselves and our daughter. we both decided to choose to focus on the positive, which is what makes us all happier. we live in a city of extremes. there is a significant amount of poverty and there is a significant amount of wealth. it’s very easy to want all the flashy new things that come at us from so many angles. i’m going to admit that i’m guilty. i’d love to renovate our kitchen and have a fancy dining room set, heck i’d love to stop sleeping on a futon mattress and get a real mattress and a queen at that. the list of wants are long, but i am very grateful for what i have. my little family, our health and our home that we own. i’m going to let go of the desire to fill our house with things. the things will come steadily as we can afford to purchase them. i’m going to focus more on breathing positivity and happiness into this home by giving thanks for all that we already have.
now that that’s out of my system i can chat about this dress. i got it two years ago from a vintage shop called the odd twin in park slope. this store has since closed and i got this at a great price as she was getting rid of her inventory. it’s a brand new (deadstock) vintage 60’s dress. i bought it when i was five months pregnant and couldn’t zip it. i took a chance on it fitting postpartum and two years later here we are. last week we were headed to brunch at our friend’s place and we had just put little miss down for her nap. we were in a huge rush and the dress i originally had in mind was wrinkled so i went with this. i’ve worn this dress three times in the past week and half. it’s wool so it keeps me nice and warm and it’s a throw on and go kinda dress, no wrinkles which i love.
during the week, i usually have a smoothie for breakfast. on the weekends we either brunch or make something special at least one of the weekend days, usually waffles or pancakes. josh followed this chefsteps recipe and boy was it good.
over labor day we celebrated our friends marriage in wisconsin. we took the cheesy weezy from our hotel to the wedding venue. don’t let me get started on the cheese bus shenanigans. so the day before the wedding i went to get a mani pedi and beacon’s closet is across the street from the nail spot. i stopped in and found this dress. i knew that the wedding was an anything goes deal as far as attire, so when i scored this second hand dress for eleven bucks i was thrilled. i got my splendid sandals on sale for forty five bucks and the bag is vintage and was gifted. my total casual wedding getup was fifty six bucks. see, i told y’all i was changing my ways. erm i won’t calculate my hair and nails into the equation.
the highlight of our summer was our trip to the hampton’s. our relatives offered us a weekend stay at their summer home and it was such a treat. we enjoyed every second. i brought my niece and nephew along as i knew they’d appreciate getting out of the city.
our mudroom is still a work in progress. we need to get custom blinds. we had the windows measured, but decided to hold off when we realized how pricey they were. my goal is to have them installed by the end of the year. we spent a lot of time enjoying our breakfast smoothies here. the house is very old and was quite hot. we have to update the wiring so we can have air conditioning so this year we just kept the windows open. this is one of my favorite rooms in the house as it gets tons of light.
we spent a lot of time at the lefrak center splash pad. it’s so close to our new house and a lot of fun. we even celebrated her 2nd birthday there. they have delicious food and the space is so massive, the children never feel boxed in.
when i didn’t feel like wearing foundation, i’d throw on some bright red lipstick and felt somewhat put together.
she got to spend a lot of time with daddy in between his gigs.
on hot days he’d let her roam around the brooklyn museum.
she became a bit of a hoarder, always wanting to take stuff with her every time we left the house. can you tell we love this romper?
we spent the fourth of july at a wonderful backyard bbq with tons of delicious food and lots of kids her age.
speaking of food, i’ve been failing on the food posts. we grilled a ton this summer. almost any day that was raining. we even grilled pizza.
the weather just got a bit cooler in the mornings and the evenings and it’s still pretty warm during the day. looking through photos from this summer reminds of a question my daughter asked me the weekend of her birthday. her whole birthday weekend we told her, “it’s your birthday!” when monday rolled around and we stopped talking about her birthday she said, “where’d my birthday go?” we had to explain that her birthday was finished and that after a while she’d have another birthday. i feel the same about summer. where did it go?
ps summer 2014
we stole away to wisconsin to see our friends get married. in route to our hotel we happened upon a sunflower farm. for a city girl like myself, it was momentous. sunflowers as far as the eyes could see.
every now and then we like to sit and watch a good doc. if you are interested in the life of miss nina simone this doc is worth a watch. check out the trailer photo via
p.s. other docs worth checking out here, here and here
what with nursery school fees, mortgage payments and on and on. i’ve learned to be a bit more financially savvy with my clothing budget. don’t get me wrong there’s still room for improvement, but i think i’m better. i use to tell myself that i couldn’t remix outfits, but now i have to, so i’ve forced myself to learn. rebecca of a clothes horse is very clever with her remixes and i admire how she can get so many looks out of a single dress. with that said, this was a vintage secretary outfit. it has a matching blouse that was way too big. the skirt, i decided to keep and the top i traded in to beacon’s closet, where i originally got it. the two piece with the high collar felt dated and a white top gave it a crisp modern feel. oh and this is my brand spanking new afro. i decided to get my hair professionally trimmed and will work on maintaining healthy hair from here on out.
outfit details: blouse necessary clothing, skirt vintage, wedges j.crew (old), earrings etsy