Friday, August 22, 2014

Seasonal Shift

I'm thrilled to partnering once again with DaisyGem to offer an exclusive discount for PPF readers - not only do they make beautiful & affordable jewelry (like the necklace I'm wearing here), but they consistently give back by supporting various non-profit organizations.  When they asked me which cause I wanted to highlight for this collaboration, I couldn't help but choose one that is close to my heart.  In addition to being a spokesperson for them, I am currently working to raise support as I will be participating in their annual walk this October in NYC.  You can use code SLEP15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase and DaisyGem will donate 10% of the net proceeds from all orders placed to the SLE Lupus Foundation.  My current favorites from their site include these crystal earrings, this statement necklace & this spike bracelet.

What I'm wearing:
J. Crew Factory sweater (on sale!), JOA skirt c/o DailyLook (also similar here or here), 
Pour La Victoire pumps (similar under $60under $65 or under $80), c/o DaisyGem necklace
Bracelets: c/o BaubleBar & Zara (similar), Nails: Essie Angora Cardi


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Moment of Truth

It finally happened.  That moment that every mother of a little girl fears.  Standing in a fitting room with my 10-year-old daughter, trying on back-to-school clothes, when she looked in the mirror and stated: "I just wish my legs were skinnier."  I took a deep breath & swallowed hard, knowing full well that this was a turning point.  What I said next would burn into her memory and stay with her for years to come.  My heart ached for her - for the arrow that had pierced her heart and made her believe, even for a split second, that she was less than.  I felt angry that society had already affected her at such a young age and made her question something so beautiful & special.  All the while remembering that I was not too much older than her when I started to believe those same lies - which, years later, led to a destructive eating disorder.  I desperately wanted to save her from the pain & agony that I went through.

I paused for what was probably too long and tried to form words that would adequately convey the truth which I longed for her to grasp...that she is fearfully & wonderfully made.  Though she may be taller & bigger than all of her friends, her size has nothing to do with her self-worth.  I took a step back and thought about what I would say to my younger self, if given the chance.  I wanted to discover where this seed had been planted and just how deeply its roots had grown.  So I simply asked, "What makes you say that?".  She responded that her classmates had skinny legs, that they looked better than her in certain clothes and that she wanted that for herself.  

My mission as her mom is to encourage her to accept & love herself as she is, so I said the only thing I could say:  You are born to be who you are.  You aren't supposed to look like your best friend or your cousin or your neighbor.  You have a beauty that is unique & cannot be duplicated.  The world will tell you that your body & your face are everything and that they alone determine your value.  Don't listen to the world.  Listen to your heart.  You were blessed with a healthy, strong body.  You also have a brilliant, creative mind. Your heart is tender & you're sensitive to the needs of those around you.  You have a natural ability to lead & you do it in a way that makes others want to follow.  You were given the gift of music and you have an artistic eye.  All of these characteristics define who you are - they are what make you special.  No one can take them away from you and no one has the exact same combination of gifts and talents.  Comparing yourself to others will rob you of gratefulness for the many amazing things you are and all the incredible blessings you have been given.  

As we walked out of the store that day, holding hands & smiling, I knew it wouldn't be the last time we'd have this conversation.  In the years to come, she will need to be reminded again that she is beautiful just the way she is.  I know this because even I need reminding from time to time.  And when those moments come, I will pray for wisdom to have the right words to say so she will believe what is real over the lies that threaten to steal her joy.  But, for now, I will cherish watching her run, play, sing & dance - carefree, confident and blissfully unaware of how radiant she truly is.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Double-Duty Denim

It's hard to believe that it's almost September (how did that happen?!) and that fall weather is just around the corner.  I'm already in the thick of back-to-school shopping for my kids and, let's be honest, I'm picking up a few things for myself too.  Because my size has changed a bit from last year, I am stocking up on essentials and new jeans are high on my priority list. 

I have fallen in love with the new fits & washes at Old Navy ~ the skinny boyfriend has just the right amount of slouch without being overwhelmingly baggy and this mid-rise pair is one of the most flattering styles I've ever worn.  Both are endlessly versatile & destined to become closet staples in heavy rotation for the coming season.  I've styled them here with polished basics that will help take the weekend wardrobe up a notch - perfect for a day of shopping, browsing the local farmer's market or enjoying a casual brunch with friends.

What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 chambray shirt (similar under $25under $30 or under $40), 
c/o Old Navy MidRise RockStar Jeans (I'm wearing a 6 regular), Kendall & Kylie Madden Girl flats, Madewell belt (similar here or here), Zara tote (similar here or here), c/o ShopLately earrings
Bracelets: J. CrewForever 21 & Madewell (similar), Rings: Etsy Ring & Vintage (similar), 
J. Crew Factory sunglasses (similar), Lips: L'Oreal Colour Riche (Volcanic)

What I'm wearing:
Oasis jacket (or similar here), c/o Old Navy tank (I'm wearing an XS), 
c/o Old Navy Skinny Boyfriend Jeans (I'm wearing a 0 regular), 
c/o Sole Society booties (similar under $45 or under $80), 
c/o Old Navy bag, Bracelets: H&M (similar), Vintage (similar) & Forever 21
Vintage necklace (similar), Ray-Ban wayfarers
Nails: China Glaze Life Preserver
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