Happy hump day babes!
Hope everyone’s having a great week! I’m currently without a phone while it’s being fixed (hopefully replaced) at the Apple Store today, so I’m feeling a bit like I’ve lost an appendage or something. Michael just took it with him this morning since he had meetings at the office downtown (near the Apple Store), so it was gone when I woke up and immediately reached for it to take a pic of Gatsby looking adorbs cuddled up next to me. I’m trying to take advantage of my current phone-less existence by cleaning up some old blog posts, catching up on emails….and obviously sharing another pair of my favorite shorts-trend of the season. The comfy, stretchy, figure-flattering, food-baby accommodating, paper-bag waisted…shorts. I feel like everyone needs at least a couple pairs of these babies in their wardrobe, and the good news is you can usually find some very budget friendly pairs. A great example are the ones I’m wearing here, which come in tons of colors and are just $13. You may recall that I also shared a green pair with yall earlier this summer (you can check out the post here), and I loved them so much that I ordered this black pair.
I’m also pretty happy with this sort of gauzy tie-front button down, which was also just $13. When it first arrived I shared it on my insta stories and mentioned how I was kind of disappointed that the lines didn’t match up when buttoned — I thought maybe I received a defective shirt. But after checking out the image online, I realized that’s how it’s supposed to be, so I guess I’m cool with it now;) It’s super lightweight, so it’s great for when you’ve had a bit too much sun, but still need to stay cool(ish;)). I think it pairs great with high waisted pieces for a more modest look, so you can take full advantage of the tie front and really cinch it up to show your waistline, without showing too much skin;)
My straw boater hat is a French Connection piece from a couple seasons ago and I can’t find it online, but I’ve linked a couple others at different price points (including this very budget friendly one from Target;).
Now Back to Real Life Stuff
So in my last post I did a bit of whining about some odd feedback we received from a couple who had seriously considered buying our (off-market) home. I’m feeling pretty silly about getting so worked up over it now, as really things could be exponentially worse in life. Just this morning I came across a facebook post in one of my blogging groups that really hit me hard. It was a prayer request from a young mother whose husband committed suicide earlier this summer, and she’s about to give birth to their second child. I don’t know this woman personally, but I’m actually tearing up as I type this bc I just cannot even begin to imagine the vast extremes of emotions she’s feeling right now, and that she’s felt every single day since he took his life. My heart just breaks for this woman and her children who will grow up without their father.
When I started this blog I wanted to keep things pretty lighthearted, but that’s not real life. Of course we all have bad days, or even feel a sense of impending doom on occasion, and I think it’s completely okay to get upset about seemingly trivial things, vent, whine, rant…..whatever. We’re all human, and that’s our nature. But I also think it’s important to be constantly seeking some perspective. It’s healthy for our mind and soul to come to the realization that, whenever possible, we shouldn’t dwell on the things that don’t bring us joy. And by gaining this perspective, it helps us to become better humans when we can devote more of our energy toward others who are truly suffering.
I’m going to sign off now bc I don’t want to go on and have anything come across as a lecture or preachy….or as though I’m some sort of authority on the subject of mental health and living a fulfilled life. I just wanted to share what I’ve been feeling today, acknowledge my bratty behavior, and ask you all to send out some healing vibes to this young mother’s heart who is going through the absolute worst time of her life, while in the process of welcoming new life.