My Stylish Girls!

By on November 7, 2014

Oh hey there! Have you missed me? I know I have been crazy MIA lately but I have been working my little booty off trying to get my boutique out there. Have you checked it out? No? WHAT?! 
Ok so if not and you have kids, know people with kids or love kids fashion than you probably should. My new favorites are our Baby Moccasins. I mean they are the cutest and I love how perfect they are as first walker shoes. 

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Everly wearing the pink Moccs
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Ashlyn in White

I took my girls to Target (shocker! haha) and had them decked out in Target and Anchor & Bows Boutique clothes. I seriously die over their cuteness every time I look at this picture. 

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Headbands // Moccs // Ashlyn’s Leggings // Everly’s Leggings // Shirts // Stroller

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Featured Friday: Sarah from Frills for Thrills

By on August 3, 2012

I am thrilled to have Sarah from Frills for Thrills to be guest posting today. She is pregnant with her first child, a little boy! I found her page through Merrick’s blog who was featured here on her Mommy Style. I loved Sarah’s blog and style so much that I asked her to do a similar post but to talk about Pregnancy style. here is her post.

Hello Perfectly Imperfect Mom readers!
My name is Sarah and I blog over at Frills for Thrills. Most of my posts are pictures of my daily attire, accompanied by some thoughts on life. 
Sometimes funny and sometimes deep… you never know what you’re gonna get! 
Fashion has always been a passion of mine, and blogging is just one way for me to enjoy the beauty and creativity of getting dressed every day. 
By the age of three I was dressing myself and doing my own hair. I always had a distinct style and knew what I liked and what I didn’t. Diva much? Hahaha! 
My self expression through clothes only grew as I did and I looked always looked forward to getting dressed every day. 
That is, until I got pregnant.
Some of my friends say they loved being pregnant because they had an excuse to have a big belly. I don’t mind having the belly, but sometimes it’s just uncomfortable! Add to that the fact that your self-esteem is the lowest it’s ever been (at least for me it has), so it’d be nice to fit into some of those items in your closet that make you feel pretty. 
By about the time I busted the zippers on my favorite pencil skirts week ten of pregnancy, I  promised myself I would still make an effort to get ready every day (hair, makeup, and something besides the stretchy pants and oversized tee that sang my name). 
For me, someone who has always expressed myself through dress, I knew this was just one way to boost my daily confidence and embrace my new body with a little more joy! 
But as I’m sure you know, relearning what looks and feels good on my new body versus the body I’d had since I was eighteen has been a project! 
There are three wardrobe tips I’ve found to be pretty consistent during my pregnancy and I’m here to share them with you! 
1. When nothing seems to fit, overcompensate with accessories. We all have those days when we give in to the stretchy pants and oversized tee I mentioned above, and that’s OK. Try taking it a step up and wear at least one piece of statement jewelry or a fun colored accessorie! 
{About 6 Weeks Pregnant}
2. Layer something structured over something snug. As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll want other people to notice. Accentuate your cute bump with a fitted tank and a structured blazer to hide your new curves (i.e. love handles) and flatter your old curves that disappear by the week (i.e. your waist).
{29 & 23 Weeks}
3. Show off your legs. I’m sure they’re looking tinier than ever beneath that baby belly you’ve got, so show them off in some shorts or a stretchy skirt. And if you’re stable enough, some heels! 
{30 & 27 Weeks}
As I said earlier, these are all things that I’ve found helpful while getting dressed during my pregnancy.
They may not work for you, but I encourage you to try something on besides those stretchy pants! 
I promise you’ll feel more confident in your new body, even if you happen to be one of those women that love being pregnant! 
And disclaimer: I totally throw on my “uniform” (i.e. sweats) the second I walk through the door…

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Featured Friday Poster: Merrick from Merrick’s Art!

By on July 20, 2012

I recently was cruising around Pinterest (Shocker!) and found a pin about Merrick’s blog. I instantly became obsessed with how creative and stylish she was. I immediately emailed her and asked her to do a featured post. I know many new Mom’s could use some of her awesome tips and ideas. I am thrilled to welcome Merrick to Featured Friday. Here is an amazing guest post from her!

Hi there, I’m Merrick from Merrick’s Art, where I blog about sewing, style, and family life. I’m excited to be over here on Perfectly Imperfect Mom today talking a little bit about Mommy Style.

Before I became a mom, I was a student, and then spent a few years working as a project manager for a local company. Both of these required getting dressed every day, and looking both put together and appropriate. But once my little Peanut was born, I was suddenly thrown in to the world of staying at home with nowhere to be, no one to see, and no one caring what I looked like. And yet, I could count on one hand the number of times I haven’t gotten dressed and put on makeup for the day in the last two years since his birth. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Here are six reasons I get dressed and ready (which, for me, includes hair and makeup) EVERY morning:

  1. It gets my day started. I am not completely ready for the day by 7:00am, like my old work days, but even being ready by nine or ten gives me the whole day to get things done.
  2. It makes me feel more productive. There is nothing that makes me feel more lazy and less productive than walking around in my pajamas and bed-head until 5:00pm. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t get ready every day.
  3. It makes me feel confident. When I wake up in the morning, I certainly do not look my best (surprise, surprise). Putting on makeup, doing my hair (even if it’s just a top knot or a pony tail), and throwing on even just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt makes me feel infinitely better about myself.
  4. It makes me a better mom. Carrying on from #3, feeling confident makes me a better mom. I am more patient, more fun, and more energetic when I’m happy and have taken some time to take care of myself
  5. It allows me to walk out the door any time. It is hard enough to get out the door with a child, but adding getting dressed and presentable to that is just crazy. You’ll never get your errands done. Taking fifteen minutes in the morning to get yourself ready makes it easy to walk out the door (without being embarrassed) any time of the day.
  6. It is a favor to my husband. You guys. I cannot talk about this enough. Coming home after a long and tiring day of work to a messy house, a smelly and sweats-clad wife, and crazy kids is probably the LAST thing a husband wants to do, regardless of how much he loves you. Despite how crazy and busy my days are, I always make an effort to straighten up the house and put on a little lipgloss or perfume around 5:30pm before he walks in the door. He just deserves that.

So now that you know why I do it, let’s talk for a second about how I do it. Because some people think that getting ready every day (especially as a mom) takes way too long, doesn’t allow for comfort, and just isn’t worth it.

Here are five of my go-to Mommy Style outfits that make me feel put together, are super comfortable, and are just as easy to throw on as a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants.

1. stretchy pencil skirts

skirt: made by me, t-shirt cardigan and sandals: target // skirt & sandals: target, graphic tee: made by me

 I just recently discovered my undying love for stretchy pencil skirts. I’d always worn pencil skirts to church or work, but with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sandals, they can be very casual, so cute, and really comfortable. 

2. jeans & t-shirts

red jeans: f21, scarf: bought in London, tee: hand-me-down (heart by me), flats: payless // jeans: gap, belt: husbands, leopard flats: steve madden via platos closet, button up: target // jeans: abercrombie, tee: hand-me-down, belt: local boutique, necklace: gift, sandals: target // jeans: h&m (maternity), tee: target, necklace: c/o wild about jewelry, wedges: old navy

 Jeans and t-shirts are probably the easiest thing for a mom to wear, right? But it doesn’t have to be so basic. Add a scarf, tuck (or half tuck) your shirt, add a skinny belt, or a big statement necklace, and suddenly your jeans and t-shirt ensemble is put together and pretty, but still comfortable and simple.

3. lightweight dresses

pink dress: target (maternity), cardigan: target, flats: h&m, belt: local boutique // maxi dress & leopard belt: target, cardigan: local boutique, necklace: c/o lisa leonard designs

As with pencil skirts, dresses were something I only wore to church or work in the past. But lightweight, stretchy dresses (especially maxi dresses) are the most comfortable thing you could possibly put on. It’s like wearing a blanket all day long, but you look fabulous.

4. tunics & leggings

tunic: made by my mom, cardigan & leggings: target, leopard flats: steve madden via plato’s closet // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target

 Tunics have become a summer staple for me. They are so simple and effortless, and beyond comfortable. Add a fun belt or a cardigan, and you step it up just a little bit more.

5. pattern mixing

jeans: gap, striped tee: lucky brand via sams club, cardigan, belt & sandals: target // dress: gap maternity t-shirts (turned into a dress), cardigan: f21, boots: target // jeans: f21, top: old navy, belt: target

Pattern mixing is one of those things that is a bit scary at first, but can transform even the simplest of mom outfits if you do it right. Two easy rules to start out: use patterns that are in the same color family, and keep one pattern smaller than the other. Give it a try — you’ll suddenly look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you actually did!

So there you go. Six reasons to take care of yourself as a mom, and five easy ways to do it. Thanks again for having me!

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