I can’t believe it’s August already! This summer has absolutely flown by, and I can’t quite wrap my mind around the fact that it’s almost over. I’m wrapped up in my seasonal debate of whether to head to New York for Fashion Week — I haven’t been since B was born, and I’m really tempted to go this season. It’s so fun! But also such a long trip and really difficult to leave Bear behind, even for a few days. I can’t decide!
I have a whopping two weeks to make up my mind and exactly zero travel arrangements (or outfits!) planned, so it’s going to be a game-time decision! If I go, I’m planning to forgo the usual frantic, packed schedule, and focus on a few shows for designers I truly love, and make an effort to see friends and family while I’m in the city. Sometimes these trips get so packed that I run from event to show to after-party (ha! not really. I tend to go to bed at, like, 9 p.m. and have made it to, like, maybe two after-parties in my entire fashion blogging career) and barely have time to see my friends from the seven years I spent in NYC.
I always build in brunch with my parents, but still — if I’m going to travel halfway across the country, I want to make sure I get some facetime in with as many friends as possible. Which means… probably this season I’ll spend a lot less time planning my outfits and a lot more time planning coffees, brunches, and museum outings with my friends and colleagues from our time in NY. Some of them have kids who I’ve never met, and it sort of breaks my heart to type those words!
One of my goals for 2015 was to streamline my life a little bit, and this is one of the ways I’m trying to do it. It’s ok if there’s one fewer street style photo of me in a fashion magazine next season (ha! I still sort of can’t believe there was ever a photo of me in a fashion magazine, so this doesn’t feel like a big concession)! Especially if it means an extra afternoon of ice cream with a good friend.
What else? Oh, I should probably tell you about my outfit, huh? It’s actually a dress I’ve had for a while, that I picked up while hosting an event with Macy’s earlier this year. The dress is from GUESS and it was insanely reasonably priced (under $100), so I had to snap it up! I paired it with hot pink heels (obviously!) and a stack of bracelets and called it a day. If I don’t have time to buy something new, this may well be one of my picks for NYFW in September!
Photo Credit: Kate Robinson
Here’s a parenting side effect that no one talks about: the photos.
Oh my gosh, you guys. The photos.
Let’s not discuss that I have an entire cloud storage account devoted to the 10,000 or so pictures that I took of Bear’s first year alone.
Let’s not discuss the 400 videos I took of his first year.
Let’s not even begin to discuss all the times my phone has run out of storage and the countless hours I’ve spent deleting shots of my shoes or my lunch or whatever it takes to make room for his goofy little smile or videos of him toddling shakily around our house.
Instead, let’s talk about what gets lost in the minute-by-minute photo-documentation of life that we’re all guilty of. You know what gets lost? The highlights.
Those special moments get drowned into the hundreds of photos on Instagram, the thousands in “the cloud” that never get looked at again.
When I was growing up, my mom painstakingly saved every snapshot, organized into boxes that lined our closets. She labeled the back of each one with “Katy Birthday 1989” or “Emily Halloween October 1992” so she always knew where to find them. Things are a little easier these days — I can hit “Ctrl+F” and find all my photos from November 2014, or log in to Facebook to see what I’ve saved. But sometimes I get jealous of the limits that came with storing physical photos — you couldn’t take 10,000 shots, because where would they go? Now they go nowhere, and so we take them all.
But sometimes, you want a moment that’s a little more special. The incredibly talented Kate shot these of me and Bear a few weeks ago, and it was a great reminder that sometimes it’s better to pick quality over quantity. I’ve been insanely busy lately, and sometimes I worry that a week or two has gone by undocumented (gasp!) and I get concerned that I’ve missed some special moment without capturing it in digital form. But then I look at photos like this and I try to remember: sometimes one beautiful moment, perfectly captured, is better than 10,000 shots that I’ll never look at again. In an ideal world, I’d do both. But when the days are too short, I try to remind myself that it’s ok to just live my life instead of documenting it.
Even if, at the end of the day, what gets saved are a few snapshots and a lot of memories.
Loren Hope necklace, Maggy London dress, GiGi New York clutch, Jimmy Choo heels.
Photo Credit: Kate Robinson Photography
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I bought this top about two years ago, right before February fashion week. It felt like sort of an odd indulgence, since it was sleeveless and very spring-oriented and I was heading up to snow in NYC, but I just couldn’t resist. To make it appropriate for winter, I paired it with a leather jacket and earmuffs and boom, suddenly it was fit for freezing New York winter temps. I fell in love, then and there: it proved to me how versatile the right pleated pieces could be, no matter what the temperature or event.
Pleated pieces have been all over the runways for the last few seasons, and I’m curious: Have you worked them into your wardrobe? Pleats can be a little tricky, so I thought I’d post some tips to help you guys tackle this trend.
Mix Textures: You don’t have to limit your pleated pieces to the textures you’d expect, like airy chiffon or silk. Think about incorporating heavyweight fabrics for a totally different take on this trend: in the outfit I’m wearing above, the pleated skirt in this outfit is actually pale pink leather, while the top is an airy, lightweight fabric. Both have great movement and add a ton of visual detail to an otherwise simple outfit.
Simplify Without Bulk: Pleats add a lot of volume to an outfit, which is part of why they’re so fun. But if you’re nervous about pulling off a lot of fabric, pair a pleated skirt with a slim-fitting, simple top or bottom. The easiest way to dive into this trend is to limit it to about 1/3 of your outfit: try pairing a solid-color boat-neck top with a pleated maxi skirt or a pleated, mega-volume top with skinny jeans and flats.
Streamline Accessories: The biggest risk with pleats is that they end up looking a little schoolgirl-y when done wrong. (Won’t lie; this was a look I was very fond of in high school!) Combat that risk and keep your image grown-up by grabbing a ladylike purse and a bold pair of shoes to minimize the schoolgirl-chic vibe.
Or take the opposite approach: Embrace it! Grab your favorite pair of kitten heels and a white button-down shirt, and you’ve got a chic statement look that’s on trend and adorable.
What are your favorite tricks for wearing pleats this spring?
Photos by Kate Robinson.