Monday, March 28, 2016

Girls' Day Out

Even though we lead fairly busy lives and it can be difficult to balance everything being a working mom, parenting is always a top priority.  It comes first before almost anything else (second only to our marriage) & it's a role that I cherish & treasure.  As my daughter gets older, I'm finding that it's so important to set aside time for just the two of us to spend together.  There are times when it saddens me to see how quickly she is growing up and I miss when she was little enough to carry around on my hip & sit in my lap.  But there's also part of me that's really enjoying this new phase of life with her.  I love watching her become more independent and to see the way our relationship is changing & growing into a deeper bond.  Now that she's in middle school, she's coming to me more often with questions about peer pressure & self-confidence (read more of my thoughts here).  I'm so grateful for the open communication that we have developed over the years and it's something I'm continuing to foster by making time for special girls' days together.

Earlier this month, we took a mother/daughter road trip to Toronto for the weekend and we had so much fun shopping, going to the movies, having long talks and making new memories.  One of my favorite moments was watching her take some extra fruit from the breakfast buffet at our hotel to hand out to homeless people on the street.  I'm constantly amazed by the maturity she has for her age and how she seeks out opportunities to show compassion to others.  Though we share a lot of similarities (we're both strong-willed and have a deep love for music), she's also different from me in many ways (her style is sportier than mine & academics come very easily to her).  There are few things that bring me more joy than being her mother - I am incredibly proud of the kind & respectful young lady she is becoming.

I mentioned the brand Treasure & Bond in this post last week and I was so excited when they reached out to partner with us.  Not only do they have great casual staples for women, they also have the cutest girls' clothing line available exclusively at Nordstrom.  I really appreciate that they are working to make a difference by giving 2.5% of their net proceeds to worthwhile charities & organizations.  We both selected our favorite tops from their new spring arrivals and styled them into casual looks for a girls' day out.  I already own two of their boyfriend tunic shirts (last seen here) and I love them because the fit & length are both perfect and they are unbelievably soft.  The subtle print of this one makes it ideal for spring & summer and it will work well layered under jackets & sweaters in the fall too!  My other top picks include this ombré scarf, this plaid tunic & this cotton jacket.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Treasure & Bond Boyfriend Shirt (wearing a Small), c/o Old Navy Jeans (similar here or here), 
ShoeMint Mules, Zara Bag (similar), c/o InPink Necklace, c/o Timex WatchForever 21 Bracelets

Because my daughter shot up in height so quickly this last year (she's already 5'7"), she has outgrown most girls' sizes.  But thankfully she can wear a women's XS and it's a near-perfect fit.  I love watching her interest in fashion grow, seeing her figure out what pieces work best together and letting her develop her own personal style.  She loved this burnout baseball tee because it is super-soft, lightweight enough for warmer days & it has a slouchy oversized fit (she is all about comfort!).  She has a pretty strict dress code at school so anytime she gets the chance to wear jeans and a shirt without a collar, she is thrilled.  Her other favorites from the girls' line are this ruffled top, this lace tank & this printed dress

What she's wearing:


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