Friday, January 25, 2013

Leggings Are NOT Pants.

I generally live by this rule...but today, I bent it just a little. See, I love this sweater so very much, but since it's high-lo (higher hemline in the front, lower hemline in the back), pairing things with it is super frustrating for me! Add to that the fact that I love these wacky leggings from Forever 21, and well, I'll let you check it out for yourselves.



A feeding frenzy for Cheerios. 




He came thisclose to falling in.








Notice that the bum is completely covered.












I adore my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. (They'll probably discontinue it now that I've said that.)




This pose lasted all of two seconds. 








The only thing missing is our oldest kiddo, who was in school when we snapped this. :/
Sweater:  Victoria's Secret, Similar style
Leggings: Forever 21, Similar pair
Boots: Shoemint, Similar pair
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Special recognition must be given to the glorious Japanese Friendship Garden, where all these photos were taken.
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I decided to submit this post for the "Mama Style" link-up. It's one of the few style posts I've got, but my goal is to do more. :) Anyway, as part of the fun, I'm supposed to share how my style has changed since becoming a mother.

This is a funny question because, for me, my style sorta went downhill after becoming a mom...which is why I had to make the decision not to lose myself. I found myself wearing the same t-shirt-and-jeans combo day in and day out, and I didn't like it. I'm not saying I wanted to be J-Lo or Beyonce' (okay, maybe a little bit!), but I did want to look put-together and, perhaps, every once in awhile, downright glamorous! So, I embarked on a journey toward simply taking more time for myself. I watched YouTube for makeup tutorials and scanned Pinterest for clothing inspiration. It hasn't been super easy, but I'm much more satisfied and I'm having tons of fun!

My biggest beauty accomplishment has got to be mastering the application of false eyelashes. They're a big pain in the butt at first, but once you get the hang of it (tip: wait a full minute before applying--the glue should be sticky/tacky!), they will elevate your entire makeup look. If you're nervous about it, dip a toe in with some corner lashes. They're easier to apply than a full strip, but still add a subtle punch. :)

As for clothing, age and motherhood have made me less obsessed with Do's and Don't's. As you may have noticed, my thighs are not particularly skinny, and for that reason, "they" say I'm not supposed to wear leggings or skinny jeans or whatever, but ya know what? I really liked these leggings, so I bought 'em and found a way to make them suit my body. Life's too short for "rules", ya know? I'm comfortable with who I am, and that includes the body I'm blessed to call my temporary home.

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Have a blessed weekend, everyone!!

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24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful garden! I love strolling through gardens, parks, and conservatories. You get the best pictures.

    OK, you're fine with this outfit because your butt is completely covered. That's the key. I can't stand seeing young (and sometimes older!) women walking around wearing super thin leggings as if they were a pair of jeans. They're not! Leggings are NOT pants, people! I feel like this needs to be taught in school or something.

    sagegrayson.com

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    1. I can't believe it's in AZ--it's like an oasis in the desert! Yeah, I've definitely seen a number of folks who fail to utilize the legging in the right manner. It's a lose-lose situation for everyone. :/

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  2. My son goes crazy over fish:) Love those pants on you! Beautiful style. Thank you for linking up!
    x, Anna

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    1. Thank YOU (and the rest of the lovely ladies) for hosting such a fun link-up! :)

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  3. Thank you...thank you for this post!...Now I'm just hoping that all the people who insist leggings are pants and choose to wear them with short tops or sweaters will be transformed! *love* your outfit and new to your spot by way of the wiegands. enjoy your day;)

    Chandra
    astylishlittlelady.com

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    1. I have to agree with you there, Chandra! Even people with model figures need to either choose longer tops or switch to form-fitting pants with a thicker material. Otherwise, it's a recipe for TMI!! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! :)

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  4. i think leggings can be pants if you have a long shirt to cover the booty hehe! :)

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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    1. Yep! That's the only way I'll do it...unless you're a toddler. Sweet little kids can get away with anything! :) Thanks for commenting, Sandy! :)

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    1. Well, THAT just made my week! Thank you so much!!! :)

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  6. I am loving those pants and as a skinny girl I wish I had a little thickness to fill out my leggings! They look great on you and I love them even more with the boots.

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    1. Girl, let's trade, lol! Thank you for your comment! :)

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  7. I am so glad I stopped by your blog.

    I am loving. LOVE.ing, the top and the leggings. you look amazing in them. such a stylish mama :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm trying to be more stylish, but I must confess that it was easier before kids! :)

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  8. LOVE the baggy sweater with those adorable leggings!! Way cute style!!
    (found ya on the mama link up!)
    Ashley

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  9. you are gorgeous. Love the leggings :)

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    1. That is so kind of you to say, Emily! Thank you. :)

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  10. Very cute. You are so pretty! I love the leggings are not pants rule- but lately I have been breaking it too. Uh oh!

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    1. Well, rules were made to be broken, eh? :)

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  11. I live in leggings. :) and I'm in love with how you styled your printed ones. I've been eyeing am Aztec pair from American Apparel for weeks now! Love your style. I'm in a similar situation of rediscovering my style also and it's been tough, but fun and rewarding, although slow. :)
    Xo
    Eleanor
    Http://eleanorjamesblog.blogspot.com

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  12. I live in leggings. :) and I'm in love with how you styled your printed ones. I've been eyeing am Aztec pair from American Apparel for weeks now! Love your style. I'm in a similar situation of rediscovering my style also and it's been tough, but fun and rewarding, although slow. :)
    Xo
    Eleanor
    Http://eleanorjamesblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Eleanor!!
      It's such a journey, isn't it?! I swear it's been mostly positive, but every time I have a baby (I've got two at the moment) and/or another birthday, I've got to reassess my body. :) Despite that, I'm accepting my body for exactly what it is and attempting to dwell on the positive. Thanks for commenting!

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  13. I love your outfit and makeup! So tired of seeing girls wear leggings as pants ----_____---- Like, we know you've got a nice body, don't have to rub it in.....I haven't been into style ever, but now that I have no time for it as a mom, I want to be more stylish! ha, great timing. I really have to pay more attention to pinterest, I think!

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