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Can’t Touch This

Hammer pants, Harem pants, whatever you want to call them, I bought a pair. I actually bought them right before I was pregnant with Matilda & never had a chance to wear them. I remember being doubtful when I bought them & then thought, “Oh, why not?!” I’ll be honest, I’m still doubtful. They’re pretty comfy though, so at the very least, they’re a stylish alternative to sweatpants. They’re also a verrrrry low-key version of this style, so that helps make it a little less scary. Their biggest drawback is actually the fact that they’re a silky material that’s really staticky. Staticky pants = not good. The first time I tried them, I wore them with an ivory crop top. Don’t worry, it was the loose kind that ends at the waistband, not a skin-baring one. I mean, give me some credit here. It looked great, but I was couldn’t figure out how to lift my arms without showing skin. It probably goes without saying, but if you have three kids, you need to be able to lift your arms. So, I pulled out one of my favorite shirts of the summer, my New York tee from Madewell, and it was perfect. The tee was a big splurge for me, but the minute I tried it on, I knew I couldn’t leave without it. I’ve worn it so many times, that it’s definitely paid for itself. Don’t you love when that happens?

On a totally random note, I tried something different photographically with these pictures. Normally, I like to shoot with the sun behind me or to the side, preferably in open shade. For some reason, I decided I wanted to play around with me facing the setting sun. It’s definitely a different look than I normally go for, but it really made the graphics on the pants pop, so that’s fun.



Every summer it seems like I have a new go-to hairstyle. Ponytails are always a classic, but it’s nice to feel like you put a little extra effort into you hair, even if it’s something that only took 30 seconds longer than a ponytail. Last year was the side braid that wrapped around the back of my head. This summer is the year of the milkmaid braids. Two braids on either side, pull them across you head, pin in place & voila! Instant “hairstyle”.


These sunglasses were a spur of the moment purchase from Anthropologie last winter. I’m kind of obsessed with them. The lipstick (subtle that it is) was recommended by my cousin, Aquila, who just so happens to run an amazing blog called Haute in Texas. She’s tall & gorgeous & a talented writer. What more could you ask for in a blogger? Definitely check her out when you get a minute! Anyway, the lipstick. It’s Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon. It goes on smooth & is a nice, subtle color. Also? It’s only about $6. Score!





Sunglasses – Komono (I just saw that the style name is Urkel. Ugh.)

Shirt – Madewell (sold out, but here are their latest graphic tees)

Necklace – Stella & Dot

Pants – Mango for JCPenney (sold out)

Shoes – Target (sold out)

Lipstick – Revlon (I bought mine at Target, but here’s an Ulta link)


Aquila - Oh wow, thanks so much for the shout out! Glad you like the lipstick! Love this look so much, you rock so many different styles so well!

APRIL - You’re so welcome, Aquila! Thanks for the sweet words. I really do love your blog, so I hope everyone checked it out!

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