So, I bought these shorts literally one day before finding out that I was pregnant — and not surprisingly, pretty shortly afterwards I tried to button them up and the answer was a resounding ‘not a chance, lady.’
In fact, big shock, I wore them exactly one time before tucking them away into a post-baby drawer, where they stayed for almost exactly a year, until this weekend.
And here they are: and oh my gosh, I sure do love them.
And they paired perfectly with these boots from Nine West, who very kindly let me pick them out from the Galleria store as part of their breast cancer awareness efforts! They’ve partnered with the CFDA to donate $25 of every $125 purchase to a breast cancer research fund, so if you’re looking for some boots this season, stop in before the 21st to take advantage of their pledge! (And you’ll also get a free gift with purchase too!)
We have a good friend who is in treatment for breast cancer right now, and this month, I feel particularly grateful for the medical advances we’ve made in the last ten years. Nearly everyone I know has been touched by this disease in some way, and I know it’s near and dear to many of your hearts, as well as mine.
Nine West boots, LF shorts, Forever 21 tank and necklace, FEED x Rachel Roy purse, Soko and Tanya Lochridge bracelets.
So, something kind of amazing happened when I took these photos.
In one last burst of Houston humidity, the air outside was literally wet. I’m used to this by now: I feel my hair starting to frizz, my skin starting to “glow” — it’s a familiar drill.
But this time, my camera lens got in on the action. And when I took a look at one of the photos, I found that they all looked like this:
Do you know what those remind me of?
Kind of amazing, right?
Truthfully, my logical mind knows that Glamour Shots were totally absurd and ridiculous, but can I confess something?
I know I shouldn’t admit this…
But as a kid…
I wanted them.
Oh my gosh, I wanted them so badly.
And I know Glamour Shot were more than just the super-blur filter (there were also the props! and poses! and perms!) — but to me, that super-blurry filter was just the epitome of cool.
(Or something like that. Man, though. I wish I’d gotten some as a kid, just to look back on them now and laugh myself to tears.)
So these photos are my consolation prize. Frizzy hair, check. Blurry filter, check.
The outfit, on the other hand. Very current, very subdued, very chic (if I do say so myself).
And — best of all — it’s full of pieces that look expensive but aren’t. The dress is from Macy’s and under $100. Brahmin bags are decidedly affordable and insanely beautiful — I get compliments every time I wear one. The necklace? Forever 21. Boom.
And the bracelet, I have to say a special word about — it’s from a website called Soko, that connects women artisans in sub-Saharan Africa with a global market for their beautiful creations, using principles of fair trade and sustainable design. This bracelet was made in partnership with an organization called Sasa Designs by the Deaf, and each bracelet is made by a deaf woman in Kenya (you can read more about it on their blog here).
Projects like this are a great reminder that fashion and technology can change people’s lives and offer opportunities to support communities that we couldn’t otherwise reach. It’s a beautiful piece and I love how it looks — but more than that, it’s a reminder to be grateful, to give back when you can, and to think about the small ways that you can make a difference for others.
Fall is my favorite time of the year in Texas — when the heat and humidity of the deep summer melts away, it feels like I’m living in a tropical paradise. The weather calls for light dresses and tank tops, and the days are long and sunny until daylight savings hits. As much as I miss the changing seasons in the Northeast, I love my long summers here in the south!
And what better pick for a late summer night than these mirrored Foster Grant aviators? These have been my favorite sunglasses all summer long, and they’re not going away anytime soon! I love the classic aviator style, and the reflection on the lens makes them fresh and modern. Swoon! (If you haven’t seen them yet, Foster Grant sunnies can be found everywhere from CVS to Walmart — they’re super affordable and come in a ton of amazing styles!)
I matched them with this new scarf top — the print is perfect for a hot evening, or it could be adorable under a blazer (and in case you want something with a little more coverage, I’ve linked to some other options below). Here’s to summer nights!