It’s funny, because back in high school, I can remember hating the color grey. I remember saying that humans shouldn’t wear grey because it wasn’t a naturally occurring color on the human body – even grey hair isn’t actually grey, but an illusion caused by the growth of white hair mixed with the original color. So in my mind, being the all-knowing, hard-headed teenager that I was, it all made perfect sense!
But one day… I can’t remember when, or even how, I fell in love with grey. I fell in love with it’s softness, it’s smoothness and with the way it made me feel comforted; and I have been loving it ever since.
This gorgeous, oversized t-shirt dress from boohoo.com is probably one of my favorite items in my closet right now. After all, I’ve shown it to you in prior posts, in cream and in black too. It’s incredibly versatile, comfortable and luxurious feeling, so imagine my elation when it was restocked in my size in grey!!! Woop woop!!!
I’ve paired this delightfully simple dress with my favorite cognac colored belt from Additon Elle, mustard yellow and cognac wedges from Walmart, this delicate cross necklace from Forever 21, and a fun, chunky, animal print bracelet for an effortlessly chic look that is totally true to the relaxed vibe it exudes.
So, this past December, I had already decided upon my new year’s resolution – to stop being afraid of wearing color. I kicked the year off, a little in advance, by wearing a fabulous dress from Monif C. which I featured in a blog post – Color Me Fearless. Soon after, I realized that my photos didn’t show this dress off as well as it deserved, so I wrote another post – Extra Credit, and I showed off just how sublime the print of this dress truly is and promised to take better pictures in the dress- pictures worthy of its greatness.
So here you go, once more… As promised – the most mesmerizing print I’ve ever seen, let alone worn, the most beautiful dress and the most flawless combination of class and vibrant color. I just had to makes sure this dress got the credit it deserved, and not to mention, give credit to the amazing and talented Monif Clarke, of Monif C. for her fantastic designs!!!
Yay! The big day has come!!! What day, you ask? Why, the day I finally get to wear the incredibly sexy “Tricia” dress from Monif C. of course!!!
I’ve been obsessing over this dress since it was first posted in January for pre-sale, and I haven’t stopped coveting it since. At first I had reservations. I loved it, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of a crop top. I know they’re all the rage right now, and I think they look super sexy, but I couldn’t cease thinking – how is a dress with a crop top going to look on the tummy of a mum of four who’s covered in stretch marks?
So, I went back and forth on the idea for a little while and then finally decided – so what if I have stretch marks!? I’ve been working so hard to accept my body and love the skin I’m in; am really going to let the insecurities I have about my stretch marks stop me when I’ve already come so far!? They are the product of carrying each of my four children in my womb – four little humans who depended on me, and still do, to live. They remind me of the sacrifices that I’ve made for my family and of how, no matter what happens, I gave life to four beautiful beings who are, and always will be a part of me and who I love with a love that is stronger than any other force imaginable. To be ashamed of my stretch marks is to be ashamed of my four greatest accomplishments and nothing about that makes sense.
In a way, this dress and my desire for it, somehow managed to push me to face a fear, to let go of my inhibitions and accept just one more aspect about my body that I had been insecure about. I don’t know if it was the fierce turquoise and tan animal print or the bodycon style that Monif C. dresses do so well, but it made me realize that this tiger momma has earned her stripes and I’m not gonna hide them anymore!!!
This morning was a typical Monday morning. The kids were tired, so were the hubby and I. It’s always so hard to get back to reality after the weekend. Blah.
So, in light of my general lack of motivation or desire to even get out of bed this morning, let alone have a productive day, I figured I’d wear blue.
It’s strange how blue is so associated with feeling melancholy and down, because it really is quite a lively color. I don’t wear enough of it (blue jeans don’t count) but I do quite like the way it looks on me. And I must say, as far as blue foods go; blue candies, frozen treats, cupcakes and the like, are the absolute coolest looking goodies in the box, always; hands down. (Great. Now I’m craving sweets!)
So try not to let the Monday blues get the best of you, and instead, get the best of them!
Top, pants – Addition Elle
Shoes – Payless
Sun glasses – Coach
Watch – D & G
I seem to be obsessed with all things pink lately. My journey to become more comfortable wearing color is going well, and I’ve even been shopping and opted out of buying the black version of a dress in lieu of it’s more colorful version (this is BIG).
Anyway, I was skimming through some pre-blog pictures again, and found this lovely little collage.
As you can see, I was still sticking to using only minute accents of color at this point (which I still love the look of, but needed a change).
I just had to show you all these dainty and delightful pink flats from Old Navy. I will definitely be feeding my pink obsession by wearing these again very, very soon!