Hi, I'm Dara!

Welcome to Living My Someday! 

Here on LMS, I share my Whole30 tips, hiking and travel adventures with my family, motivation + life  lessons, and a few blogging biz tips.

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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


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


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


Madewell Transport Tote


MAC Ruby Woo

Special recognition must be given to the glorious

Japanese Friendship Garden

, where all these photos were taken.


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


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 lashe

s. 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


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.


Have a blessed weekend, everyone!!

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