Hey there! I’m back from my talk with the mom’s group at St. Anne’s Church and so happy and relieved it went well! I prepared all week for it and I was a bundle of nerves the morning of the event! Allllll those negative thoughts kept popping into my head about how it wouldn’t be any good and I’d be stuttering all over the place with awkward pauses. Isn’t it just like the enemy to put those kinds of thoughts into our head before we do something that takes courage?
I read your comments about what fashion topic I should share and went with great, affordable basics for fall and how to mix and match them. I embraced that part of the talk with ease because that’s something I’m super comfortable with. But, I wanted to share more and open my heart about how God has worked in my life and I wanted to encourage these younger moms to take care of themselves and make themselves a priority in their life. With juggling so many roles and responsibilities, it’s easy to get burned out and feel overwhelmed. That was the part I felt nervous and vulnerable about. I just hoped what I said would resonate and be well received.
The women I spoke to were so inviting and genuine and kind, and ended up being wonderful to talk to. We had a lot of interaction and questions/answer and chatted so long we went overtime! I have to thank you for sending supportive messages to me on Stories the morning of, it really helped get me through it, knowing you were rooting for me! A lot of you asked if I recorded the talk, and unfortunately, I didn’t, but I can put together a fall basics and mix & match post for you!
OUTFIT FOR BH&G IN NYC
My next event coming up is waaaay less scary! I’m heading to NYC for the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker event (thank you for the invite BH&G!) and Cassie and I will take the opportunity and spend an extra day seeing the city and a show and eating everything in sight! #thatsmygirl
Of course, I’ve been on the hunt for something new to wear to the actual event. It’s held indoors and the invite says, “come dressed to impress, whatever reflects your unique style – from jeans and a nice top to anything that represents you and your brand.” I’ve been looking at dresses, skirts and jumpsuits since I don’t get as many opportunities to wear those at home.
But I’m still not sure I have a clear winner. I’d love to hear if you have a favorite!
This skirt has haunted me since I first tried it on in my latest dressing room post in bright pink! You know you want something when you can’t stop thinking about it! It’s fitted on top with two tiers of ruffles on the bottom. Even though it’s a wool blend (and I cannot wear straight wool- too scratchy) this one feels fine and didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t grab the pink one initially because it was too big, even in 00P, but I was so drawn to it that I had the alterations lady take a look and she said she could alter it!
With the navy, I liked this blouse and tweed jacket so much! I felt like a real, grown-up, stylish lady in it! I think it’s a great work outfit, but since I work from home, I can’t justify the cost of the jacket. 🙁 I don’t think I’d get that much wear out of it for the price. If you work at an office where you wear suits often, you might consider it. It’s absolutely darling on and the frayed tweed fabric detail is uber chic.
The jacket looks great with jeans and a simple white peplum tank too.
But the bright pink is so much more fun than navy! This is the one that’s been in my dreams lately! You can see in this picture where the alterations will be at the hips. I like it with the white blouse, but I’m a sucker for eyelet or anything that resembles eyelet. I’m wearing a regular nude bra with it and don’t feel like it needs a camisole underneath.
I may take this to NY with me, but I have another event coming up in October that I think this skirt would be perfect for. (P.S. There’s currently 6 seats left and you can use my code HONEYWEREHOME for 20% off your ticket before October 1st).
And I really can’t wait to pair this skirt with black tights, black booties and a solid black fitted top with it this winter. Would be really fun for a holiday party!
Fit & Flare Dress TTS, 0P
This creamy white dress with contrasting black trim felt very classy on, but still modern with the bell sleeves. I’d love to see it dressed up with a statement necklace. It also comes in navy with black trim, but the ivory makes more of a statement. And it’s lined so you won’t have to worry about it being see-through. The dress fits TTS everywhere, but I’d have to take the waist in a tad for a perfect fit.
Choker Dress 2P
The pretty plum color on this one stopped me in my tracks – it’s so perfect for fall! I loved the classic fit and flare cut with the loose fitting mock neck and small v cut-out in front. It looks so much better on, than the photo online! The fabric feels amazing on and it’s extremely comfortable and I’m also a fan of the little cap sleeve. I felt like this dress would also be perfect for dinner with hubby’s work colleagues too. It fits TTS, but I am having it taken in slightly through the waist and hips and shortened as a personal preference.
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Somehow this dress reminded me of the city at night, like all the buildings lit up. It’s so soft and silky and very lightweight. It’s got navy and purple in it, but the purple isn’t at bright as the online photo, it’s more subdued. Very pretty! I can see this dress transitioning well into the cooler months with a fitted blazer on top.
I don’t feel like this jumpsuit photographed very well because you can’t see the wide waistband detail or the detail on the sleeves. It’s actually so, so cute in person and I’m always crazy for a well-fitting jumpsuit! This one fit perfectly on top in 2P (so actually runs a little small), but was a little too big in the waist and through the legs. I’m crazy for the silhouette though, so I’m considering having it altered. I probably wouldn’t wear this to the BH&G event, but maybe for the show and dinner afterwards.
Ruffle Hem Dress 0P 40% off
Oh my word, this dress is darling in person and feels amazing on! It’s kind of hard to tell from the photo, but it has a slight ruffled collar and sleeve! It’s too big on me, but if they would’ve had 00P, I would’ve snatched it up in a heartbeat! Like the basic black t-shirt dress y’all have been loving, this one is also super versatile and would end up being a staple in your closet for any time you want to look chic and put together and also feel great! It’s so flattering on because the material is thicker and skims your body perfectly!
I don’t typically wear a lot of pattern in my wardrobe (except stripes!), but I do love a floral dress! Although this style could say spring, the darker background and print make it more fall appropriate. We’re seeing lots of ruffles these days, but I like how these ruffles are on the more subtle side. I also feel like I could dance the night away in this dress. I know I’d be comfortable in it all day.
Tweed Romper XS
I absolutely love this romper! It’s tweed and the colors are vibrant and the pattern is stunning! I absolutely love that it has pockets and this little faux leather lining adds to the level of chicness! It’s also great because it’s more structured so it looks dressier, even though it’s a romper. This is a serious contender for the event. I think it would look amazing with a pair of black heeled booties.