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What I [Really] Wore

Waaay back in April one of my blogging pals, Andrea from Seasons and Salt, started an awesome series featuring outfits she really wears everyday — as opposed to carefully curated blog looks that we see so much of the time.  So simple, but so powerful.  I instantly fell in love with the idea and (if I’m being perfectly honest) thought: well crap, how come I didn’t think of that?

I’ve been wanting to do something similar for awhile — I’ve continued to get more outfit post requests all along — but I just never knew how to pull off consistent outfit posts (or any really) in a way that felt authentic to me. Something that feels lighthearted and inspiring, yet also honors and resonates with real (mom) life. Ya know?

Andrea has executed this series so perfectly that I was just like YES! Haha! I asked her if I could join in and well, here we are: a few short months later with my first ever ‘What I [Really] Wore’ blog post.

I hope to share this series in a weekly format as well, so we will see how that changes over time.  I started documenting daily outfits last Tuesday, so this week’s post includes outfits worn (last) Tuesday through Monday (yesterday).  I’ve decided to say “meh” to the arbitrary nature of this sharing format  (something I would typically scrutinize and attempt to perfect) and embrace the heart of it instead.  Here’s to starting where you are. ;)

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TUESDAY

Tuesday was a day at home and of running errands with the boys. I rotated back and forth between throwing my hair up in a ponytail and wearing a hat and sunglasses.  I’ve had this shirt on my wishlist for over a year, it went completely out of stock and then, miraculously was restocked!  I finally pulled the trigger on it this spring.  I’d been looking for a white button down for about two years, but one that wouldn’t feel starchy or too dressy.  When I saw Andrea wearing this white linen one over a year ago (I told you, she’s awesome) I was sold.  It’s silhouette, and the fact that it’s a button down, means I can wear it to the office with a pencil skirt.  But it’s wrinkly and relaxed nature make it a perfect fit for mom life too.

BUTTON DOWN by Everlane (made responsibly) / Similar 

DENIM SHORTS (secondhand J. Crew via local shop) / Similar / Similar (made in USA)

SANDALS by Birkenstock

HAT (old by Old Navy) / Similar 

TOTE c/o LiveFashionable

 


WEDNESDAY

Oops! I missed my photo for Wednesday. Days I’m at the office just don’t really allow for anytime for well, anything really. Haha!  BUT I figured out a work around for this come Monday (yesterday), and I pretty much wore the exact same thing as I did on Wednesday — no shame — so if you want you can scroll down to take a peek.

BUTTON DOWN BLOUSE (old secondhand via local shop) / Similar in real silk (made responsibly) 

PENCIL SKIRT (secondhand Banana Republic via local shop) / Similar  / Similar (secondhand)

SANDALS by Salt Water

WATCH (old by Michael Kors) / Similar 

TOTE c/o LiveFashionable

 


THURSDAY

Thursday brought with it a continuous threat of rain, in fact it even started drizzling when we set out to take this photo.  The boys are awesome and are still willing to join in, so we just made a thing of it.  After this we packed up a lunch and dared to head to the playground.  It ended up raining for a bit, just enough to clear out the playground so we had it all to ourselves. ;)  Still a huge fan of these overalls! Although I don’t get much wear out of them in the summer months (it’s just too dang hot) on Thursday I reached for them right away because the temps decided to dip just enough.  Also, it’s worth noting that I absolutely love this striped tee.  I came across Amour Vert via catalog mail (can you believe it?!) and after checking them out decided to take a chance on purchasing two of their tees.  I hope to do a review of sorts at a later date, so I’ll leave it at that for now.

LEIF SLUB TEE by Amour Vert (made responsibly) / Also available at Nordstrom

DENIM OVERALLS (secondhand Madewell via Ebay) / Similar 

SNEAKERS by Converse 

TOTE c/o LiveFashionable

 


FRIDAY

Friday was a total top knot kind of day, if you know what I mean.  I wore this top un-knotted and untucked most of the day with these shorts, but at dinner time I spilled taco sauce all over the bottom of it.  I spot treated it as much as I could, but when we decided to suddenly head out of the house I just knotted it and successfully covered up (most of) the stain.  I know, I’ve got some tricks.

CENTRAL SHIRT (secondhand Madewell via Ebay) / Similar / Similar (in white) / Similar (made responsibly)

TRACK SHORT (old by Madewell) / Similar / Similar (made responsibly) 

SNEAKERS by Converse

TOTE c/o LiveFashionable

 


SATURDAY

Whoops! Another day, another miss on an outfit photo.  In all fairness I spent most of the day in a paint covered tee and pants and old hiking shoes as we quickly refreshed a rental property of ours for a family to move in on Sunday.  It was such a busy, full day that I even went out like this to grab dinner!  I’m choosing to say “meh” about that one too.  In the future though, would it be kind of cool/unexpected/fitting  to see those outfits too?

TEE  (old by Target) / Similar (made responsibly) 

OLIVE MOTO PANT (secondhand Old Navy via local shop) 

SHOES (old)

PAINT SPLATTERS (by me, haha)

 


SUNDAY

This look was actually the second outfit of the day for me.  Earlier in the day we had gone to a family reunion so I wore a sleeveless denim shirt dress I recently picked up at local secondhand store of mine (don’t worry, it gets tons of wear so you’ll likely see it soon) so I felt a little more pulled together.  The evening called for more sturdy wear as we helped my brother move his stuff into a storage unit, I put on a tee and shorts to be a little more comfortable while hauling  boxes.  I always feel a little European when I wear this top, and I love it.  I think its the cut of the sleeves and the neckline that does it.  Its cropped nature threw me for a loop at first, but since I’m akin to high waisted everything these days it didn’t take me long to figure out exactly how I love to wear it.

ELLA SHORT SLEEVE TOP by Amour Vert (made responsibly) / Also available at Nordstrom

TRACK SHORT (old by Madewell) / Similar / Similar (made responsibly) 

SANDALS by Salt Water

TOTE c/o LiveFashionable

 


MONDAY

End this week with a work look!  As mentioned earlier, come Monday I was struggling to figure out how I was going to fit in an outfit photo on my (currently) 12 hour office days.  And then I saw this tile and was like, duh!  So work looks will likely be coming to you in this format, but you know it works. ;) (You guys, I seriously can’t help the puns.  They just happen.)  Anywho, my favorite hack for combining mom-wear with work-wear  is the good ‘ol elevated tee paired with a pencil skirt.  I work in a relatively casual office when it comes to attire (not a pantsuit to be found) but alas there is no dressing up your jeans to be found either.  I bought this pencil skirt secondhand shortly after Thurser was born.   After awhile it became too big and I stopped wearing it all together.  I still really loved the color and the cut so I finally brought it to tailor and holy crap am I ever glad I did.  It fits better than ever and I was thrilled that I was able to give it yet another life.

LEIF SLUB TEE by Amour Vert (made responsibly) / Also available at Nordstrom

PENCIL SKIRT (secondhand Banana Republic via local shop) / Similar  / Similar (secondhand)

SANDALS by Salt Water

WATCH (old by Michael Kors) / Similar 

TOTE c/o LiveFashionable


That’s it for this week!  Like I said, I hope to be back every week with this series and mixing it up with all my other usual lifestyle posts.  I  really appreciate you guys, so thanks for always reading along! :)

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristian
    August 1, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Love this- realistic and yet you are still so cute while obviously the outfits are functional. As another mama- I’m digging that so much!

    • Reply
      blantonlaura
      August 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Kristian! :)

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    Jonessa
    August 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for being real, Laura! I have also recently discovered Amour Vert, although haven’t purchased anything yet. I have my eye on the same Leif tee, as well as the Casey tee. I would love to hear your thoughts before I buy!

    • Reply
      blantonlaura
      August 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Hey Jonessa, thanks for the feedback! :) I honestly have only good things to say about the Leif tee. It has a great neckline, the kind that shows off theg collar bone but you can still wear around grabby toddlers. The weight is perfectly light but has shown no signs of tiny wholes appearing out of nowhere. And and the offset hemline detail makes it feel tailored and a little more elevated. I haven’t checked out the Casey tee, but probably will now! ;)

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        Jonessa
        August 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm

        Awesome, thanks – that sounds like just what I’m looking for! :)

  • Reply
    Andrea H
    August 2, 2017 at 12:08 am

    LOVE this! You did such a great job! I love hearing your honest thoughts. And you look so pulled together! I am excited to see you take on this weekly series!!

    • Reply
      Laura
      August 2, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Thank you so much Andrea, this means more to me than you probably think. : ) I am excited about this series as well, and look forward to bumping into you around these parts more often! : )

  • Reply
    Julia
    August 3, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Nice to see posts from you! I always look forward to them. This is so cute — you look way more pulled together than I usually do! It’s all I can do sometimes to change out of my night clothes, haha. xo

    • Reply
      blantonlaura
      August 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Julia! Hope to be a little more of a regular around here. ;) And, haha! I guess we’ll see how I spin that one on days that I’m in the same boat… maybe you’ll have a pajama post coming at ya soon?? Lol

  • Reply
    Jessica Chandler
    August 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I’m curious about your 12 hour work days. How does that work for your family? I currently work 40 hours outside of the home in a traditional 9-5 job but would love to test out some different condensed days… or even a shortened work week (eek) in order to have more time with my littles.

    • Reply
      blantonlaura
      August 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Sure thing Jessica! Currently I work 20 hours a week outside of the home, in two 10 hour days (I say twelve, because with commute time + dropping off/picking up kiddos it’s a solid 12 – 12.5 hours). It’s by far been the best “balance” for me as far as working outside the home goes. Since our oldest has been born I’ve tried a little bit of everything: Working 40 hours a week at home, actually working 3 – 12 hour days (36 hours) at the office and then 4 hours at home, and now 20 hours at the office over the course of two days. My employer has been extremely accommodating over the last four years when it comes to figuring out what works best for everybody! Feel free to ask me any other questions you might have!

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    amy
    August 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Laura – You look great! Can I ask a personal question? What size do you usually wear. I ask for 2 reasons. 1 – I usually think other people look smaller than they are & that I look larger than I am 2 – It helps answer the question – I love that outfit, but could I wear that and look OK? If someone is a size 2 and she looks great in something – I probably can’t pull it off.

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      blantonlaura
      August 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Hey Amy! Thank you so much. :) And no problem! I normally wear a large in tops (and sometimes a medium if oversized), size 10/12 or 30/31 in pants, skirts, dresses etc. I hope this helps — I’ll aim to include sizing details in future posts. :)

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        amy
        August 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

        Thanks!

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