10/9/17

Ruffle Trim Tops + Monday Motivation

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One of my shopping objectives this year was to stop buying the items I like in every single color option. I did a post a couple of years back where I counted all of my Portofino Shirts and that was kind of a wake up call for me! Having more than a dozen of any one item felt excessive, and I've tried to learn from that and not make the same mistake again. That said, I haven't set an exact limit on multiples, but two colors is pretty reasonable, right? I liked the black version of this ruffle hem top so much (posted here) I decided to get the burgundy version as well. Luckily these are the only two colors so I can't even be tempted to buy more!

Top | Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet

The top runs true to size (I'm wearing an XS here) and it's a very low-fuss piece. No tucking in required, machine-wash friendly. I have avoided a lot of the trumpet sleeve, ruffle sleeve and bell sleeve tops that are trending right now because the ones I've owned in the past have been kind of impractical. They tend get to accidentally get dipped into food, the sink...you name it. With this length it's not a problem at all, and the best part is it's only $14 with free shipping! It's almost identical to this top from Nordstrom (shown in green below) but at a fraction of the cost.

If you're interested in this style of top but have a different color/print/retailer preference, I rounded up a little quasi-rainbow of alternates:
1. Shop English Factory Tops (Top with Ruffle Details)
2. Shop Cupcakes and Cashmere Tops (Katlyn Top)
3. Express (Currently 40% off )
4. Express 
5. Lark & Ro (2-Day Shipping
6. Nordstrom Top $49

Last week I also talked about the medallion necklace trend, and this is one of the pieces I ordered. I liked that it was smaller and I liked the layered look, but I will say after wearing it a full day, this version did tend to get tangled a lot. I might end up just removing the shorter layer since I had to adjust this a lot throughout the day and that gets annoying!
Top | Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet

Monday Motivation: Parenting Goals and Progress
Most of the time I feel like I'm doing okay on the parenting front. Not the world's best but certainly not the worst. Then I have some weeks like last week that make me think I'm on the low end of "okay." I forgot to pick up my child at school one day (in my defense the schedule was unusual that day but still...it's on me to know these things), forgot to check some homework, lost my patience more than once, etc. I also read this article about nine things parents should do to raise successful kids and wouldn't you know I'm falling short there, too. I'm not a complete failure, but there's room for improvement in several categories (e.g. eating dinner as a family is essentially a holiday event at our house).

I'm not telling you all this to be a downer by any means. It's really the opposite. I think I can do a little better in some areas and I want push myself instead of settling. I started Monday Motivation to keep myself accountable in areas where I want to improve in life, and parenting is a big one for me so I didn't want to ignore it here. And if you're not a parent, I'm sure you can relate regardless because there are other important relationships in your life as a wife, sister, daughter or friend that may require a little evaluation and improvement from time-to-time too!

Incidentally, one of the nine things parents should do per this article is "make your kids do work." I don't know if they had "blog photography" in mind as work when they wrote that, but I'm going to go ahead and count it. This post and last week's both feature photography by my ten year old! It's tough to find time to get together consistently with my blogger friends, and an actual photographer would be too expensive. My husband's work schedule eliminates him from the running, so my kids got the job by default! Raising the next generation of Instagram Boyfriends was not one of my parenting goals, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up that way!

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you're planning to take advantage of some of the huge holiday sales going on right now, I rounded up some of my current favorites and my wishlist items in my weekend posts for both Express and Abercrombie. Lots of great stuff for Fall - I can't wait to get my orders in!

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21 comments:

  1. Love this pretty top on you and you pics are so nice. It's a great idea to make him take pics, it's a skill he will have for life and who knows he may end up loving. Starting to shoot at 10 yo he will probably have more practice than most photographer. Kids are also fast learners, so I'm sure he will master it soon ;)

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Thanks so much Rachelle! It's a learning process for both of us and you're right, I feel like he picks up all of this much faster than I do!

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  2. That's awesome that your 10 year old took these! And I don't think that having two of the same top is excessive, especially when this one is so cute on you!

    By Lauren M

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  3. I feel like it is so rough to look at what you should be doing as a parent because you will always fall short. Instead I try to focus on what I actually am doing that is beneficial. Like teaching photography skills (such a good life skill in this day and age!) or having your children involved in extra curricular activities, and even showing your kids it's okay to make mistakes sometimes because we aren't perfect show you are a great parent!

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    1. That's a great perspective, Laura! Thank you :)

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  4. Raising the next generation of IG boyfriends! Haha!! I love it! His future GF will thank you! The top is really pretty in this color! I agree with you on scaling back of the multiples. I was more conscious of that this year. Especially because once one of them doesn't fit you, ALL of them don't fit you. For me it was luckily weight loss and not weight gain, but it does still suck to lose a big chunk of your tops as a result!
    And you and I previously discussed your "parenting fail" last week. Obviously I can still relate even though I don't have kids. It happens to the best of us. If we were all perfect, the world would be boring! But it's definitely always nice to strive to be better!
    Caryl | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. That is definitely a good reason to be saying good-bye to a big portion of your wardrobe, but frustrating nonetheless. And thanks for your support last week! It's nice to know I'm not alone!

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  5. I need this same motivation and I enjoyed reading the linked Inc. article. I failed to pick up my kid one morning during his first week of kindergarten. I got the call from the principal and apparently everyone else got the memo about early release on Fridays. Been there. We too never eat together as a family. It should be one of my goals, but it's just not possible on most school nights. For us, eating together usually means a restaurant and every other Sunday night. I thought that was interesting about daughters of working mothers. These days, with all of the blogging mothers out there, I bet we're seeing a new generation of little entrepreneurs in the making. Keep putting them to work. They're doing a good job with the pic snapping.

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    1. Yeah, I thought that was very interesting about mothers/daughters too. And when I look at my family and adult friends, I find it quite accurate. But I agree that they may need to update the research eventually with a new category for all the Work from Home opportunities out there. And thanks for making me feel not alone in my mom fails!

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  6. That top is so cute! I thought it was the Nordstrom. What a great look for less. I need to follow your lead and not buy every color of something. I'm in the middle of cleaning out my closet and it is crazy how many duplicates I have...

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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    1. Haha, well, if you're in a closet clean out phase that's the best time to start changing your ways!

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  7. It's so cute that your kids are pitching in with the blog! My daughter likes to help me when I'm doing product flatlays - and keeps bringing over items she thinks I'll need for my pic lol! I hear you on needing improvement in parenting - I always feel like I need more patience and discipline myself!

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    1. I do think parenting is like blogging...always something you could do more of or something area you could improve! And that is too cute that your daughter helps out with flat lays! She'll probably want her own blog in a few years. ;)

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  8. This outfit is fall perfection! LOVE that top! I'm gonna have to check it out.

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  9. I am always afraid I am going to forget to pick up my kids!
    I think as moms we always feel like we should be doing more or something differently. It's tough!

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    1. I guess I should be amazed that I made it this many years without forgetting to pick someone up! Ha! And yes, there's always some part of parenting it feels like we should be doing more or better!

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  10. Hi there, love the red top. It when i click on the link nothing happens. Can you tell me where its from please.

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    1. Hi Nikola! Sorry to hear the link isn't working for you! The top is from SheIn. Here is the link for the exact top. Not sure if this will work in the comments for you if you can't access it via the original post (that link is working for me so who knows?!) but I'll try anyway since it can take forever to browse their large inventory!

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