There is something sexy about a leather/khaki combo with a pair of stilettos. When I was gifted this belt from Killer Curves Clothing, I knew it would go perfectly with a pair of older-than-old Urban Soul heels I haven't worn in years
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@karinaxoxo) you would have seen I recently chopped my hair to a short style.
I'll go into more detail next week about the ease of styling short hair, but today I want to talk about how I dress my new hair. Because my ear lobes and neckline are always exposed now, I am really loving being able to dress up my outfits with earrings and necklaces.
I'm not against popping into a chain store accessory shop, but now that I will be wearing costume style earrings every day, I'd rather buy a good quality product.
One of my new fave online shops is www.shabbysisters.com.au
I was kindly gifted the Devon Dolman sleeve top by www.killercurves.com.au to consider using in my How I Wore posts. I only had to put it on to know it would be more than a top I would consider! It is quite possibly the most flattering top I have every worn. It's the perfect length for leggings and if you could feel the fabric you would know why I never want to take it off!
Stay tuned for an update of my first night out on the town in nearly 12 months!
* This product was gifted to me, however opinions are that of my own and have not been influenced.
My little Hank was 3 months old this week (1 monthbcorrected) While he is still a wee, tiny little man - he has come so, so far! I count my blessings every day that despite being small, he (so far) has no serious health issues.
I found a poem by Erma Bombeck, called 'How a Premmie Mom Is Chosen', which explains how God choses which mothers will have premmie babies. Here is an excerpt of it that really touched me;
Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles. "Give her a preemie."
The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."
"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a premature baby a mother who knows no laughter? That would be cruel."
"But does she have the patience?" asks the angel.
"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she'll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has a world of its own. She has to make it live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."
"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."
God smiles. "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect She has just the right amount of selfishness."
The angel gasps, "Selfishness?! Is that a virtue?"
God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't know it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says momma for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see-- ignorance, cruelty, prejudice-- and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."
A few weeks ago, we had our first day out without Hank. Everyone told me I would cry when I dropped him off to my mother in laws. But I knew I wouldn't (and didn't)... And I felt guilty about that... I felt that must mean I don't love my son and I was surely missing that emotional connection I should have with my child.
Now I know that I have just the right amount of selfishness to leave him at times (like I had to do many times for the first 6 weeks of his life) and that there is nothing wrong with that.
Today I wanted to show you all that I don't always dress in a perfectly put together outfit.
I always look at other bloggers outfit posts and think "wow, they ALWAYS look so put together". I can't speak for other people, but I generally only showcase an outfit if I've put thought into it, and have taken the time to put it together (read; I am actually going somewhere that requires such outfit)
When I am just running errands for the day with my little man, I a) dress for comfort and b) wear something that can be easily inter-changeable should it get covered in baby spew!