An Essential Fall Item | A Duster Cardigan

Hi, friends!

Hoping that you all are having wonderful week so far.  For me, days are blurring together ever since Emerson’s arrival but I am hoping that we will have found our new normal a few weeks from now.  Several friends have said that once you hit the three month mark post-second baby that things have generally settled into place so fingers crossed that will be the case although that seems so far away.   We are definitely floundering a bit but David and I are so fortunate to have supportive families who are helping us out a great deal.  Not to mention the fact that David is doing anything and everything he can to help out.  Whether that means taking Ryan to and from school, taking over a night feed because I can’t keep my eyes open or simply having a cup of coffee brewing for me in the morning, he is constantly anticipating what Ryan, Emmy and I might need.  I had a c-section so I’m a bit limited for another three weeks.  I mentioned on social media recently that the physical healing is not the difficult part, it’s the fact that picking Ryan up is not allowed for six whole weeks.  He is constantly asking me if I am feeling better and if I can lift him yet.  My heart aches every single time he utters those words.  Thankfully, as long as someone else places him in my lap or if he climbs up himself, we can spend much-needed snuggle time together.  He’s just been so incredible during this major transition so it’s important to both David and myself to make sure that he is receiving loads of quality attention right now.

The good news is that the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.  I have passed the halfway point and we are starting to get out and about as a family of four…granted we have yet to leave the house as a foursome at decent hour but we’ll get there.  We will get there, right?!  One of my go-to post-pregnancy looks consists of a cardigan, a layering tunic and some cute booties.  This particular one is a personal favorite because of the length.  The fact that it hits well below the knee makes it a bit different than the other cardigans.  Technically, because of the length, it is a duster cardigan.  The great thing about dusters is that they create a great line for your body.  Because they add length to your figure, they are instantly slimming.  Many dusters have a tie around the waist which adds a nice bit of detail but if you’re like me, tying that baby only accentuates your hips.  The design of this one has a tie-back detail but it is actually built into the fabric.  It doesn’t actually need to be tied and it doesn’t hang down…just adds some aesthetic detail.  This green is almost sold out but there are three additional color options available!  (I have linked everything at the end of the post.)

 

 

 

Wishing you a fantastic day today and an even better weekend…only one day away!

xoxo

Lindsey

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Black & Cream

Happy Monday, friends!  Fingers crossed that you all have a great start to the week.  In our household, weekends and weekdays have been running together since Emmy’s arrival.  Besides the fact that Ryan goes to preschool a few days each week, there is zero other difference between a Saturday and a Wednesday in our home.  Everyone is adjusting well to being a family of four.  I have to give Ryan a big shoutout.  During my pregnancy, I shed countless tears and spent many hours worrying about how much his little sister’s birth would rock his world.  Well, she has shaken up his world…in the most amazing way possible.  He ADORES his baby sister.  He wants her to be in the same room as him at all times and only likes to refer to her by her full name, Emerson.  It’s the sweetest.  This isn’t to say that issues won’t arrive and that behaviors won’t rear their heads but, for now, his response to her has been pretty close to perfect.

We have been venturing out a little bit recently.  This is such a different experience because when Ryan was born, I refused to take him anywhere until he was three months old and had been vaccinated.  It was also December so cuddling up inside was highly appealing.  We are taking very precaution with Emmy, like only eating outside at a restaurant and keeping her covered up in her bassinet.  It’s just so beautiful outside that we can’t resist.  More importantly, Ryan needs to spend time outdoors and outside the home.  Being out and about makes him unbelievably happy…even if it’s just a run to the grocery store.

Because my body is far from where it was pre-pregnancy, I am trying to put together looks that draws attention away from my soft and round belly.  The easiest way to do this is to 1. Wear black and 2. Wear layers.  When I spotted this amazing cardigan, it was an easy decision to bring it home.  The classic black and cream color scheme drew me in initially but the insane softness won me over.  Plus, it’s a great layering piece that can be worn over a tank in the fall or over a black turtleneck in the colder months for a sophisticated bundled up look.

| As always, you can shop the look at the end of the post! |


 

 

 

xoxo

Lindsey

Blush and Olive Green


Truthfully, I have ever been much of a “pink girl”.  Even when I was a little girl, other colors were always more appealing.  It’s logical to assume that this was the case because my mom has never worn much pink.  My mom has always had such a cool, easy sense of style and I think that has been something I have always tried to emulate.  She never dressed herself or me in anything very frilly or traditional.  Dresses were for church only (and even then I remember protesting) and they  were often navy, gray or maroon.  The majority of my closet was filled with a variety of colors…but definitely not heavy on pink (or purple for that matter).  Not that my mom and I didn’t like those colors, we just preferred other ones.  Well, move forward many (many, many) years, and clothing pieces in beautiful blush tones are everywhere and I have fallen hard.  I am officially a fan of pink.  There is just such a beautiful softness to these pieces.  My favorite way to wear blush this fall is to pair it with a color that is considered more masculine…olive green.  Pairing blush and olive green together makes for such a pretty combination.  They play off each other perfectly.

I wore this outfit over the weekend while grabbing coffee with a friend and then while out and about with Ryan and David.  The temperature here in Raleigh was close to perfection so it was the perfect opportunity to wear this cardigan as well as my new hat.  This cardigan is insanely soft.  It’s the kind of piece that you want to wrap yourself in all fall and winter long.  The hat?  I am obsessed.  I’ll give warning that it will likely appear on the blog often because it has already become one of my favorite accessories.  It’s great because the band around the center is actually detachable so you can wear it as a plain gray hat if the colors on the band don’t work with your chosen look of the day.

| As always, you can shop the pieces at the end of the post by simply clicking on the individual images! |


 

 

xoxo

Lindsey

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