Ha! Did you EVER think you’d see a title of mine with “fashion” in it?
But this isn’t what you think it is.
So I can admit, out loud, that I have lost quite a bit of weight. People will ask how much I’ve lost, and I say, “not much, about 40 pounds,” and they react with bulging eyeballs and sometimes an eye roll. It’s not that I think this is easy to do or no big deal, I just don’t think of myself as this thin person (I don’t think I’m fat, or even big… I just think I’m normal). I also don’t make a big deal of it because I was very fit before we went through infertility, fertility treatments, then pregnancy, then nursing, etc. Before all of that, I was consistently weighing in at 150-155 pounds for years. So being normal/thin again isn’t new to me, but it is new to everyone who met me after the infertility hit (so all of Hottie’s work friends, because he started there after we’d tried to get pregnant for a year, and all of my mom friends, because they met me post-babies, and all of my blog friends). I am a super woman to almost everyone we know.
But I’m not. I’m just me. I’m the me who throws myself into the things I’m committed to, and fitness happens to be one of those things.
I weigh 140 pounds right now, less than I did when I was very fit for years, and less than I weighed when I graduated high school. This is by far the healthiest I’ve ever been in regards to weight, muscle tone, endurance, body fat, BMI, cholesterol, etc. I look in the mirror and I’m happy with where I am right now, no need to lose an ounce more (I was told today by Hottie’s two female coworkers to stop dropping weight, which annoyed me but I understand it).
So with this body that has been this way for over a year now (a year ago, I weighed 153.4 pounds and was running again consistently), I have decided to start dressing like a mom who is fit and healthy, and not like a mom who wants to cover up everything.
I had to enlist some help. I am no fashion guru – I’m far from it, actually. I’ve never had any fashion sense at all and I’ve always been very “vanilla.” Jeans, solid shirts and sweaters, practical shoes, etc. In my defense, I have very limited shoe options because I’m an 11.5 narrow (and 12.5 narrow with pretty bad over-pronation in running shoes = $160 a pair), so pretty strappies take MONTHS to find. But that’s my only defense – it’s time to step it up.
I have 2 pair of skinny jeans in my closet and it’s time to make them the norm, but what about shoes? Ugh. I decided to take the boys to Nor.dstr.om Ra.ck to shoe shop the other night while Hottie was out-of-town (I prepaid them with cake pops – they did great!), and I brought home two pair. I quickly put them on with my jeans and sent the pics to my friend, Chon, who I trust immensely with fashion sense. She gave me the green light and I wore the sneakers last night to dinner – Hottie said I looked cute. I wore them again today at preschool drop-off and I felt very with-it, put together, etc. I looked like the hip preschool mom, which is the goal after all 😉
I also went to onli.nesho.es.com the other night to see what kind of sales they were having and they had Frye boots as their banner ad. I had just seen some Frye handbags and boots over the weekend at a local store so I thought this was maybe a sign. I checked out a bunch of discount sites for the best deal (I’m not paying $400 for boots) and after deciding that yes, I do like them, I went to the store to try them on. They are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I signed up for Sak.sof.f5th emails to get a $30 off $150 coupon code – and I just ordered them today! $170 shipped to my door (they are $370+ normally). If they’re as awesome as I think they’ll be, I’m ordering another pair next month. I will be all stocked up on boots after these cute little booties!
Here are the boots I just ordered – I am super excited!
So… I’m on my way to dressing more like a gal, less like a slob. I do need a smaller pair of jeans, yes I know, Chon! 😉
September 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm
You look awesome and I love both the boots and the shoes!! And I so need to follow in your footsteps in regards to dressing a bit better. While working at home is great in many ways, it is far less then ideal when it comes to motivating myself to dress well. It’s become problematic actually…
September 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Looking great!!! I have always dressed very well for work, but I find casual clothes so hard. I am either dressed to the nines or in sweats…..
September 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm
You always look amazing – I won’t hear it
September 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm
Ha ha I love the pre school drop off you look adorable! And our chat the other day was the highlight in what was a very ordinary day.
September 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm
And the black boot combo is my fave still
September 10, 2015 at 6:07 pm
If I lived near you, I’d gladly be your shoe shopping partner in crime, my specialty! 😉
September 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm
I love how you employed the help of Chon….She would totally be my go to person if I had a reason to be fashionable. You look amazing. I wish I didn’t have the shoe addiction I have. I’m afraid I’m passing it on to LadyBug. I think it’s great you’re where you want to be and are expanding your wardrobe. Good for you. Can’t wait to see more? Maybe you can take a post a week and do what Chon does, except “What Courtney Wore” 🙂
September 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm
Shoes 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 used to be my weakness when I was a corporate miss.
September 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm
You look awesome and so hip!!! I need Chon’s help!! I am back to teaching now so I can’t wear the things I wore last year or during summer camp (usually cut off jan shorts of some sort). Okay, as school principal I did used to dress up sometimes but only if I knew I’d be dealing with parents that day. Now it is everyday and in the class all day and I am struggling to look put together…. sweating from the heat at all times doesn’t help. I can’t wait to see more outfits you put together! And whoa, those boots.. love them!!
September 11, 2015 at 11:46 pm
Honestly you all flatter me too much – I think you all can relate and go “I’ve got something like that” so that’s why you like it!
September 11, 2015 at 8:04 am
You’re a total skinny Minnie! Well done you! So much fun to order new stuff to wear. A girl can never have enough shoes! 🙂
September 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm
You look great and it seems like you feel great!!!
Random question, how tall are you? You and I have similar builds and I just lost 20 pounds down to 140. So pretty similar!
Love those boots!!!
September 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm
Congrats to you for losing 20 pounds! That’s a big deal!
I’m 5’7″. Medium frame but with a very broad rib cage (family trait).
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September 13, 2015 at 7:42 am
The jeans look fabulous on you! I’m loving skinny jeans lately myself and the numerous ways they can be worn. Those boots are hot!! Can’t wait to see all the ways you incorporate them into your wardrobe?
September 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm
I love reading these fashion posts from my blog friends lately. It inspired me to comb through my own closet. 🙂 SF has helped me add a few key pieces, and I’ve gotten a couple of things from ThredUp as well. It’s just fun to make more of an effort! You look totally smokin’ – way to keep the weight off for a year. That’s a huge accomplishment that signifies a lifestyle change for sure!
September 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm
You are exactly right, it’s fun to make an effort in dressing better! I’ve wanted to do SF, but I think you and I are similar in our style and I’ve been frustrated in what they’ve sent you. It’s like they’re only half listening to you. Because I have access to Nordstrom and banana republic, I’m not ready to bite the bullet yet. But I do need to get out of my comfort zone. I think about it every day!
Thanks! I do think it’s a lifestyle change now which makes it a little easier to spend money on clothes. But I still hate spending on shoes. Shoe shopping stresses me out because of my weird feet… Nothing fun and rarely economical. Ugh. So if I can buy jeans that fit now, well… I’ll do that and ignore my feet for the time being!
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September 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm
I definitely don’t love every piece, but I couldn’t afford to buy more anyway 🙂 Those pants they sent me last SF I’ve worn multiple times now – they are my totally favorite item in my closet now!
September 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm
I agree with Josey that these fashion posts from everyone are fun. I consider myself more stylish than I used to be, but I embrace the jeans/solid tees/sweater look too. And I wear the same pair of flats every single day at work – I just keep them under my desk. My feet aren’t hard to fit size-wise but every new pair rips my feet to shreds so when I get a comfy pair, I live in them!