4/23/18

Stone Moto Jacket + Monday Motivation

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A lot of my shopping habits and style preferences have changed over the years since I started blogging, but a couple of things things have remained the same: I still shop at Express and I still love a good moto jacket. The jacket I'm wearing in today's outfit is evidence of both of those facts, and it's a great neutral, go-with-anything piece for Spring.


This jacket runs true to size (I'm wearing an XS) and does have a slightly boxy fit. Based on how it looked on the model I wasn't sure it would work, but I ended up really liking it. The fabric is kind of like the Silky Twill Express has used on other pieces, so it's very soft and comfortable. It is very similar to the Spring Staple jacket I shared in this post, but I really liked the open collar of this one as well as the lighter color. I bought this during the Easter sale along with this military jacket and told myself I would only keep one since they are the exact same color and fabric. I find I get the most use out cropped jackets and this collar style works a bit better for me so that's why I kept this. But if you favor a slightly longer jacket I would still recommend the military jacket version.


This jacket comes with a belt (you can see the strap hanging all the way down my leg in the second photo here), but after wearing it with the belt for a day and then reviewing these photos, I think I'm going to end up removing it. It's not attached - it just runs through two loops in the back. It didn't really add much to the overall look of the jacket and it got in the way of everything I did, including getting stuck in the car door several times.

We've had a few warmer, Summer-like days this month (mid to upper 80s) so it's time to dust off my jean shorts and start using a darker sunless tanner on my legs for the next few months. My jean shorts are a few years old, but luckily the styles of jean shorts haven't changed much in the last few years so there are quite a few similar options in stores this year like this pair or this one, both under $50. I've been using this affordable self tanner in Deep Bronze and am pretty happy with it thus far.  This actually my first time posting this style of photo (outdoor + posed vs. a selfie of any kind) and I was a little (er...a lot) worried that the DSLR would make things look more splotchy or streaky than what my eyes were seeing in real life. I've seen this in photos from far more professional bloggers than myself so I know the struggle is real! But thankfully my worst fears weren't realized and I can continue posting outfits with shorts when that's what I want to wear in real life, rather than having to dress for the blog since I know for sure I don't have the editing skills to hide a bad sunless tanning job.

Monday Motivation Update:
After my last update in March, I came to the realization that this blog series is due for a little re-evaluation and some consideration as to whether I continue posting it or not. I was very consistent with it in 2017 and it really helped me stay accountable and on track with my goals and progress. That said, my life in 2018 has been quite different from 2017 thus far, largely due to my transition into this tween/teen mom stage. I've had to re-focus my efforts on helping develop my kids more than myself, and that's made it a bit challenging to write anything relevant here. It's one of the more time consuming segments of my blog, and that time was worth it when the passion was there. But as things have changed for me outside the blog, it's started to make this piece feel like more of a chore than a passion, and that's not worth it. So for now I'm taking an indefinite break from the series, but if the motivation strikes I'm sure you'll hear about it in another update here. I truly appreciate all of your comments and support on this series and hope you'll stick around in spite of the change!


Linking up with: Rachelle | Carylee | Laura

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18 comments:

  1. Such a cute outfit love this jacket too, although I really don't need a new one right now. I will miss this series but I totally understand.


    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Ha, I didn't *need* a new one either. I'm trying to be better about shopping less but...I'm far from perfect!

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  2. I love that moto jacket - it seems lightweight enough to be perfect for the warm weather here and I need a cropped fit since I'm short waisted. Looks great with the shorts too! I have been using that self tanner for several years now and I love it. I have tried a few more expensive ones but I always come back to it.
    You look great Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thanks Kellyann! I agree, I just can't justify more expensive sunless tanners. I do think they look nice on others but since I use it year round, I just don't want to commit to that kind of recurring cost!

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  3. That's a great moto jacket and good to know that the belt is removable--I have a feeling it would bug me!
    I think it's a good thing that you're evaluating this series and whether it's something you want to continue. I enjoy reading it, but ultimately you have to do what works for you and it's smart to take a break when it no longer brings joy. I feel like too often we continue with things because they're what we've "always" done or feel like we're supposed to do--but we're in charge of our lives so why should we feel that way?!

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    1. Thank you so much for your support and understanding, Shea! I totally agree about continuing to do what we've always done...habits of any kind are hard to change. Even the blog kind! I hate to feel like I'm disappointing anyone! But I also know I have to do what works for me here, otherwise I'll want to stop entirely.

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  4. A moto jacket is one of my favorite items in my closet. I have taken breaks before because of lack of motivation and I find when I do it helps me so much!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Yes, my thinking is I an always go back to it if I'm feeling into it. If not, I just need to do what works.

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  5. That is such a nice jacket, I can see why you kept it :) it's a shame the belt is so annoying, but great that it can be removed! :)

    Definitely drop the series for a bit if you need - it's your blog and you should have fun with it, if it's a stressor it makes sense to put the series on hold a little until things change :)

    Hope you are having a nice week so far! It's a good one here as we have a day off tomorrow! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thank you Mica! It's always hard to make changes but I appreciate your support and understanding.

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  6. I hear you about having time to write due to the stage of life your kids and family is at! I've been struggling with that lately between late night feedings, nursing, and working. I know it will be better when my oldest is in kindergarten next fall, since my youngest will still be taking naps, but right now it's hard! Your jacket is really cute! I love the neutral color of it!

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    1. You are most definitely in a very busy, hands-on stage! I sort of thought I was done with that since my kids are older! And I am done with a lot of those things, but the mental involvement just went up a few notches lately!

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  7. i love moto jackets. yours looks great!
    Xx
    Kali
    www.lovelaughexplore.com
    @love_laugh_explore

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  8. Love this look, and such a great moto jacket!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  9. You look so great in shorts! I wish I had your legs! I have never done sunless tanning other than using the jergens natural glow but I’m so pale these days that I should reconsider that!

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    1. Aw, thanks Noelle! Definitely give it a try! I find it to be pretty forgiving since it takes several layers to build up a good color.

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