5 Must Have Accessories for Spring

Some of my best outfits are usually topped off with some accessory.  A must-have when you are trying to diversify any outfit.  And when you’re on a budget, it helps to make the same LBD look 10 different ways.  This Spring, I am trying to collect some new pieces to extend my wardrobe.  Here are some items I am currently after.

 

  1. The Straw Tote.  Found this beach-ready tote at Nordstrom and love the pom-pom detail.  So fun and I love that you can fit your arm through the handles to keep your hands free for all the other stuff moms have to carry. Stripe Woven Cornhust Tote

 

 

2.  Silk hair scarves.  One of the easiest ways to disguise a bad hair day is with a scarf wrapped around a ponytail.  Sure the scunchie is making its comeback, but I prefer this look.  The versatility of a head scarf also gives you many options to change up your everyday look.  Wrap it around your head like a bandana, or tie it around your head like a headband.  There are numerous options.  Take a look at this one from Free People.

Songbird Printed Bandana

 

 

3.  Wide-brim hat.  It wasn’t until recently that I took precaution to avoid sun exposure on my face.  As soon as I spotted my first brown spot under my left eye, I took cover.  I’ve been using makeup and tinted moisturizer with SPF but the added protection of a wide-brimmed hat just can’t be beat.  This hat is a steal at just under $13 at Forever 21.

Braided Trim Panama Hat

 

4.  Cat-Eye Sunglasses.  Protect your peepers and hide your bags (you know, from those frequent wake-up calls thanks to baby) with some trendy cat-eye sunnies.  I love the gold detail on these from Rose Gal.

Cat Eye Sunglasses

5.  Statement Earrings.  How fun are these?  Such a great way to dress up a casual ponytail when you’re out and about.  I love how big and chunky these are and the color is just lovely.  These are a steal from Nasty Gal at under $8!!

Let's Rock Tassel Earrings

There you have it!  My top 5 accessory must haves for this Spring.  What else am I missing?  Please let me know any suggestions.

Shoe Obsession: Espadrilles

Just in time for the summer.  The warm-weather staple, The Espadrille, is back!  From platform sandals to classic flats, everyone from Gucci to Steve Madden is playing with the trend.  I love the unique look of the rope-like soles.  You know this shoe style is ancient, but its timeless look never goes out of style.  Here are some of my favorite variations all under $100 that I found at Nordstrom.

 

Munoz, Party of Four.

Oh the joys of parenting.  Sleep deprivation, selflessness, cluttered home, the death of quiet time, endless need for caffeine (see 1st example) —  it can be overwhelming.  So at what time did I decide to have another?  Funny how mother nature tricks you into thinking that its “not that bad” and then the second one comes along and you remember, “Why did I have another?  What was I thinking?”

Family Photo

That’s right, it was because you wanted to grow your family.  Although I keep telling myself that two is the right number for my family, I can’t help but to think about a third.  I know it wouldn’t be easy for our family situation.  Thankfully I have my mother-in-law living with us so she is an at home daycare provider for us.  But if she was to move out, I couldn’t imagine how I would be able to afford daycare for two, much less three!  It’s bittersweet when I think about my current situation. I love my girls, but am I done?  It sounds so permanent when I think that THIS is it.  It makes it feel like it’s the end of one part of my life.  Like when you graduate high school or college, or when you move out on your own.  Well for the past 4 years, I’ve been growing my family and to think that we are done with that it makes me kind of sad.  I’ve had such a hard time getting rid of my maternity clothes– you know, just in case.

So when do you decided that you are done? I’m not sure, but I know that I can’t dwell on this thought for too long because I have two amazing little girls that need me to show them how to be strong, independent little ladies.  I have two amazing little girls who need to be taught how to ride bikes, play sports, dance, cook and be kind, compassionate human beings.

Tough life decisions.  What are yours?

Practicing Self-Love

My little one is almost 8 months and, to my surprise, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  Definitely not the case with my first babe.  Kid #1 weighed in at almost 10 pounds and momma at nearly 200 on due day!  I remember going to my last doctor’s appointment before delivery and cringing at the scale that read 1-9-6.  Of course weight gain is expected during pregnancy, but 60 pounds?  I struggled losing the baby weight for nearly 2 years.  I kind of just accepted this new mom bod.  I eventually slimmed down, but still carried around “the pooch” and just figured it was something I had to live with.

My second is a different story.  The weight seemed to melt off.  Not because I was eating super great, maybe OK, but not great.  I still indulged in my fair share of ice cream and chocolate.  I chalked it up to my breastfeeding – burn 500 calories a day, right?  So what could be to blame (or praise) for this weight loss?  That’s when it hit me!  I’m damn near starving myself!  Having two kids along with work, keeping a tidy home, laundry, making time for friends, making time to work out, cooking dinner, making time for the hubby, taking kid #1 to school, taking care of kid #2’s every need, it can be exhausting!  When do I make time to eat?

I fell into the mom-zone.  Taking care of everything and everybody else regardless of my well being.  But that’s our job, right?  Making sure everyone else is happy.  But what about our happiness? Yes, my family means the world to me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to be alone sometimes.  Sometimes we just want to be able to do what we like.  Go shopping without having a toddler to look after.  Go to the gym without having to be called down to change your babies diaper.  Book a spa day and not feel guilty for leaving your family at home.

So this year will be different.  This year I will make an effort to practice self-love.  I’m a firm believer that if momma is happy then your family will be happy.  If momma is happy, she is present in the moments that most affect her family.  She is attentive to her family’s needs.  She is available to be there for her kids and her significant other.  Being happy is about fulfilling your needs along with your family’s, not suppressing them.  So do something that makes you happy today.

What do you like to do to unwind?

 

Motherhood

It’s been just over a year, and I must admit that it’s been the most life-changing experience.  I read all the books, heard all the stories, but had no clue how my life would be transformed.  I thought I was prepared.  I read “What to Expect While Expecting” twice before Olivia was born but had no idea what to expect.  I can’t even tell you what my life was before she was born.  But I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I feel like although your life is altered, you just adjust to those changes.  Life goes on.  Olivia has been such a blessing.  She has taught me about patience and that parenting is different.  No book or person can tell you exactly how it will be.  Books are great for reference, but there is no way to predict your child’s personality.  And even when you think you have it figured out, your child goes through a “phase.” 

Ecuador Trip

So to all those soon-to-be mothers, I only have one piece of advice.  Have faith in yourselves and your abilities.  Motherhood is a journey.  You learn as you go.  It’s great to hear advice from others, but only you know what is best for you and your child.  And it’s OK if you don’t get it right the first time.  You both will learn from each other.  I really feel that women have their instincts but we are sometimes hesitant to act on them.  Trust your gut!