Yesterday, on St. Patrick’s Day, marked my husband’s and mine two year wedding anniversary — No, we’re not Irish. St. Patrick’s Day just happened to be the day we went out on our first date. Plus, I’m horrible with remembering dates so I also needed an easy day to remember our anniversary. My husband surprised me this year by taking off work the day before and the day of our anniversary. We spent our anniversary day relaxing, planning our daughter’s first birthday party (excuse me while I tear up a bit), and going out for an absolutely delicious hibachi and sushi lunch. The weather was magnificently gorgeous with the sun shining, a beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds, and temperatures in the mid 60’s. The perfect kind of weather for wearing a three quarter length sleeve shirt, jeans, and sandals. Since it was St. Patty’s day I wanted to be celebratory with these clothes but without looking like a leprechaun had too much green beer to drink and threw up all over me. I find that I can prevent this best by using subtle accessories to show my green spirit. I have quite a fondness for the contrasting of pink and green so I automatically knew that I would want to pair a pink shirt against my green accessories. This pink button down is one of those mind-blowing easy care cotton shirts that you don’t have to iron because they don’t wrinkle! In my incredibly bias iron hating opinion, this has got to be one of the most astonishing clothing inventions ever. This crisp easy care shirt is made by Jones New York and came from Ross on clearance for less than $10. My cuffed go to skinny jeans came from Target, as well as, my flower printed sandals. These super cute and satisfyingly comfortable sandals were one of this year’s anniversary gifts from my husband. Another gift from my husband, a few years ago for Christmas, is my Coach purse with green snake skin details. This super affordable Coach outlet purse is awesome because it has three divided sections in it that makes it foolproof for carrying all my baby gear. My scarf, which truly shows my St. Patrick’s day enthusiasm, came from the Dollar Store last year. I was inspired by Jessica Fletcher, on Murder, She Wrote, to tie my scarf to look like a chain necklace. True confession time: I am seriously addicted to MSW (yes, I just abbreviated it like a true addict). I have been binging on all 259 gloriously stupefying episodes that are currently on Netflix. I’m not quite sure what about this show sucks me in, it could be: Angela Lansbury’s subtle and mesmerizing voice (I secretly wish she was my grandmother), the antiquated 1980’s settings, or the crazy plot twists — I can never figure out who done it! Someone hand me an AARP card, compressions socks, and butterscotch candies.
Anyway, to sum it all up, St. Patrick’s Day for me is more than just green beer, leprechauns, and four leaf clovers, it’s about celebrating the day that I got to marry my best friend.
I must start off by saying that this Transformers shirt is completely out of character for me. I would normally never wear or buy a shirt like this — in fact I don’t even like Transformers. However, I love my husband who happens to be a total Transformers nerd. When I found this $5 shirt on Target’s clearance rack, the great price and nagging from my husband to buy it because “it’s so cool AND Transformers”, I couldn’t pass it up. Sigh, the things you do as a wife. Anyway, with today being the eve of Christmas Eve (aka the day to get all your last minute Christmas stuff done) and cleaning up copious amounts of snot from my sick daughter I decided to go super causal and comfy. I paired this shirt with old jeans (which is why they’re not shown) and my favorite sneakers. I bought these leopard print sneakers from a Coach outlet store for only $24! Not only is $24 an amazing deal for a pair of sneakers but Coach sneakers?! Unheard of and completely unable leave without them. Since there was so much visually going on with the shirt and sneakers I decided against accessories except my ol’ faithful Trollbeads. In my bias eyes, Trollbeads can do no wrong to any outfit.
Sometimes it’s the little things in life (like wearing a Transformers shirt for your husband) that can bring the biggest smiles.
Today I decided to go Christmas shopping with my seventy year old grandmother and my seven month old daughter. With it being a week until Christmas I knew the stores would be packed, checkout lines would be long, my teething daughter would be cranky, and my grandma would be walking rather slow. Knowing all these factors would be coexisting, comfort was at the absolute top of my list. So I opted for the oversize fisherman’s sweater, blue jeans, and comfy flats. The sweater is by Sonoma from Kohl’ s, which I actually purchased last year while pregnant because I knew the sweater would stretch with my growing belly. The jeans are Mossimo and came from Target’s clearance rack for $13! Anytime I can get great jeans for less than $15 makes me one happy mama. The brown suede tassel loafers are Sperry Top-Sider. I was able to get these $90 loafers for only $20 from Ross. I tend to be a sucker for patterned socks and love to show mine off with plain loafers or Toms. These socks also came from Target. Since we’re on a Target kick, I also purchased my scarf from there quite a few years ago. I remember the day after I bought the scarf, I wore it proudly and stylishly to college. That same day, my 60+ year old photography professor decided to wear the same exact scarf. . . Totally not embarrassing at all. My large leather B. Makowsky satchel (that works perfectly as a diaper bag) came from My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe consignment shop. This bag was on the 50% off rack and I quickly grabbed it up and happily paid the $25 for the bag that was originally $200+ brand new. To jazz up the boring white bag and give it a much needed pop of color I added a Coach silk scarf that I didn’t pay more than $15 for from the Coach outlet store.
There is just something so satisfying about being able to get great classic pieces for a great price.