Sunday, February 19, 2012

"stay at home" style

It happened after Roman was born and again after Liam joined the family- reinvention. Closet purging. Addict-like cravings to get new clothes after wearing the same 4 shirts every day for the past 40 weeks.

The fun part? After funneling the vast majority of our tax return monies into our savings account so we can buy a house next winter, Jerr and I treated ourselves to some "fun money" to shop with. Game plan needed. I thought to myself, "Okay, make it good. Let's get some cute blazers, some brightly-colored skinny jeans- I'm thinking red and yellow- some gorgeous color blocked heels.....heaven.


I spend all of my days at home except for grocery runs and church on Sundays. I'm all for being a stylish SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) but pretending that I'm just going to perch prettily atop my couch all day while wearing 4" heels, skinny jeans, and a blazer is nothing short of delirium. And while I have accrued a pretty extensive collection of yoga pants, running leggings, workout tops, etc that I think looks pretty flattering and "put together" for the gonna take the boys for a walk and then clean the house today times, I hardly feel dressed, let alone stylish.

So I thought about it.

For at least a good week.

And then I figured it out!

Problem: skinny jeans are my favorite but are too tight for comfort when playing on the floor with a toddler
Solution: rolled chinos: they're colorful, stylish, and cotton. Throw in a pair of loose boyfriend jeans to change it up and it's perfect

Problem: blazers are too restrictive for cleaning showers and too hot for Hawaii
Solution: vintage tissue tees from J.Crew- bright colors required!

Problem: heels are out-of-place at Gymboree and I'm barefoot in the house
Solution: ballet flats: especially bedazzled nude ones!

My new daily uniform for home and everyday errands:
Not bad, right? It looks put together but feels good, and allows me to move freely without being leggings or yoga pants. Especially when playing with bright colors.

The best part? I bought three pairs of J.Crew chinos this week: 1 for $26, and 2 for $35. I love online J. Crew sales and ebay.

Oh, by the by- they're originally each $79. SCORE.

Also among my purchases were a few other brightly-colored tees for $17 each (originally $30), a pair of boyfriend jeans for $35, originally $98,(they're a looser fit and a more casual vibe for me around the house, but can still be dressed up when rolled and worn with a pair of 4" heels, a fitted blazer, fitted white v-neck tee, and a statement necklace. Mmm.), and a few more tops that were on sale. Add to that some purchases from Target, like a pair of bedazzled nude flats for $19.99 and two really gorgeous statement necklaces, a black maxi skirt, and a 70's-inspired...shirttopthing... and my closet is feeling much better.

So I feel pretty victorious, figuring out a stylish way to "stay at home" and good sales considered. And I'll definitely post some pictures of myself actually wearing them. It's just that every time I think about taking a picture to post I realize there is spit up on my shoulder or a toddler's fingerprints in ketchup on my pants, or dog drool smeared across my knee.

I mean, my life isn't glamorous. But it rocks. :)


  1. I would love some "what I wore" posts!!!

  2. That's going to be my goal, Chelle! I'll try!

  3. Oh my gosh, you just made my morning!!! I just bought a pair of red skinny jeans (I like wearing skinny jeans every day), some new t's, and a totally AMAZING comfy blazer on Thursday!!! You mean, I buy stuff like you!??? Thats INCREDIBLE!!! Oh, and the new flats are coming. Oh yea, oh yea, oh yea!