I've had this denim shirt for awhile now but it only hit me last week to wear it over a dress for a more casual (and a bit warmer) style. Paired with tights and boots it's the perfect solution to a warm-ish January day in Colorado. Maybe it's just me but after single digits for a full week 40 degree weather felt like spring had arrived.
January has been a good month. I started not feeling like myself in December (and also right after getting home from Christmas break and getting sick for a week and a half) and I realized I'd been slumming it in the wardrobe department for awhile. It had been so cold and I wasn't motivated to put anything on other than jeans and big sweaters or would stay in my workout gear all afternoon instead of getting cleaned up right away and shifting gears for the day. Whenever I start to feel this way I usually have to ask myself if I'm getting enough sleep and exercising. Then I realized I just wasn't making the effort and I was starting to feel the way I looked. Frumpy.
Whenever I start wanting to ditch outfit posts because I feel like they're a bit superficial or I feel the pressure to do something really trendy or buy something new I come back to the fact that I don't necessarily post these for everyone else to think I'm the trendiest (I'm not) or the most creative with my wardrobe (nope). I post these because it keeps me interested in developing and maintaining my style as a woman through my years as a young mother. I do it because I love going back to two years ago and seeing how I looked different, what outfits I felt pretty in, what I've learned about my body shape, etc. These photos are all part of the documentation of our lives in this family and while I have to continually refocus my sights when I am tempted to compare myself and our life to others, I'm so thankful for this one little space and all the ways I get to use it to express myself.
So, here's an outfit post for myself celebrating the fact that a little effort in the wardrobe/hair/and makeup department can sometimes bring a little life back to the party.