I’m currently in an evolutionary stage of my life. Not only am I trying to work on my inside, but I’m also working on the outside, too. I’ve never been one to take extremely good care of myself. I’ve abused my body in more ways than I care to admit. But this past year, I’ve been trying to go a different direction. I’ve quit (most of) my bad habits. I’ve been trying to exercise more. I’ve been eating healthier. And I’ve been trying to drink more water. But it wasn’t until I started doing all of this stuff that I realized something. I have absolutely no taste in style. I don’t even know what style is. (Seriously. There is a romper I’m going to talk about later and I don’t know if it’s snakeskin or giraffe. I think giraffe??).
Changing myself means changing my daily routine. I’m a stay-at-home mom who loves her life. But let me tell you something: it’s way too easy to fall into a lazy, unmotivated routine. At least it was for me. I always promised myself that when I became a stay-at-home mom, that I wouldn’t let myself go. And that’s exactly what happened. I was exhausted so I didn’t want to take the time to straighten my unruly, frizzy hair. I’m often covered in stickiness (or something worse) from the kids, so why wear anything nice…or white? And with two little ones, I don’t get out much…unless it’s to grocery shop. So why bother putting on make-up?
I need to do it for me. I need to do it for the girl a few years ago that promised herself she would always keep it together. The one who promised never to live in sweat pants. I need to do it for the woman who wants to keep the spark alive with her husband. And the woman that wants to feel good about herself. I feel so much better about myself when I get up early, work out, take a shower, and put the effort into looking presentable. I got to the point where I was just downright lazy. And that’s not right. When you find fruit loops in your hair and you don’t know how old the stains are on your yoga pants…you need a motivation makeover. That’s where I was.
So, I’m here and I’m ready.
But I have clothes like an asshole. They look like they were made by a third grade sewing class. I’ve had most of them for years and a lot of them are falling apart or stained. I want a whole new wardrobe. A whole new look.
But here’s the thing:
Fashion is hard. Keeping up with the changing styles every season and year can get exhausting and expensive. And like I said, I have no idea where to begin. I’ve always been kind of a “boho/hippie” style girl but I really never pulled it off. I just looked sloppy. Ya know…the kind of style that looks amazing when your hair is perfectly messed up, your eyes have that awesome smoky brown look, and your jewelry is on point. Yeah. I could never put an outfit like that together and I never wanted to put forth the effort it would take to figure out how.
I never wanted to put forth the effort…into myself…before now. The effort it took to look presentable. That’s a little crazy when you think about it.
But the timing couldn’t be more perfect. The past few years I’ve gotten married, worked on adjusting from working endless hours to being a stay-at-home mother. (Still an endless hour job. Just different work.) I’ve grown spiritually. And I’ve grown as a mother, wife, daughter, and friend. Now I’m ready to grow as a strong, confident woman. I just gave birth to our second baby girl and since I’m a different person now than I was a year ago, it’s a great time to find out who I am…and a style that reflects that.
The boutique I went shopping at this weekend was located in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. (Sidenote: This is where Matthew McConaughey was born!). The boutique was called Oasis Outback Boutique. It also had an entire hunting department, and a bar-and-grill on the inside. Everyone was super nice and helpful. And the store was clean and organized.
Texas most definitely has it’s own style. It has a wide range but from what I can tell, Western and Southwestern are dominant. (Obviously. It’s Texas.) Western being the leather and suede and silver and Southwestern being more sarape, moccasins, and turquoise. Either way, you can find anything you want in these two categories from home goods to clothes, and from high end to passively priced. This weekend I was looking for passively priced clothes and this boutique did not disappoint.
Here’s what I found:
* Please excuse the bad picture quality. The lighting in the dressing room was far from ideal for a good picture. Lesson I learned the hard way, as a new lifestyle blogger, while writing this post: If a dressing room has horrible lighting, try to find a full sized mirror out in the store where there is sure to be better lighting…and maybe even a better backdrop.*
This dress you guys!! I absolutely fell in love with it. The top picture is the original but since it turned out so dark, I tried to lighten it a little in the bottom picture. (Still working on my photo editing skills, too.) Off-the-shoulder, from what I can tell, is in this season. Every online and brick-and-mortar store has had some sort of off-the-shoulder line. The thing I loved about this dress is that the sleeves didn’t ride up my shoulders every time I moved. I wasn’t constantly pulling them back down. The material was soft and thin, but the skirt was layered so it was warmer than what I expected. It had an elastic cinch around the waist, arms, and neck which gave it a flattering fit. Overall, I loved this dress. The only reason I didn’t buy it is because, while I genuinely loved the color scheme, I didn’t feel like it was right for the upcoming season. I got more of a spring/summer vibe from this dress and I was looking for fall.
Here is another picture of it, unfiltered, on the hanger. Again, sorry for the poor quality:
Next up is this is-it-snakeskin-or-giraffe romper…
Again, the top picture has no filter and the bottom picture is where I tried to lighten it. I absolutely loved this romper. Snakeskin or giraffe…it was adorable. The material was thin and it was lightweight. It was easy to get on and off. And it had a tie around the waist for a great fit. I’ll admit, this one made me feel sexy. Just like off-the-shoulder, animal print seems to be in this season. I would have bought this one too but again, I was looking for fall fashion. Not summer. However, I could totally see pairing this with some over-the-knee boots and a duster cardigan for a night out with friends or your husband…without the kids.
Here is a picture of it unfiltered, on the hanger:
Snakeskin or giraffe? What do you think?
Next up is this sweater:
I loved the color, cut, and style of this one. It flattered and hid all of the right places. And it could have been worn multiple different ways. But it was so dang hot and itchy, that I didn’t buy it. The material, in my opinion, felt like a cheap wool and it sucked. I’m willing to give up some comfort for fashion, but I’m not risking breaking out in a rash. No. Thank You.
Here is a picture of it unfiltered, on the hanger:
This next one I did end up taking home.
You can’t really tell it from the picture, but this dress is actually more of a mustard yellow color. The material was so soft and not to be all boobs-in-your-face, but look at the detailing on the chest area…
I could see pairing this dress with a duster cardigan or jean jacket and boots during the fall and winter and transitioning to spring and summer with a pair of strappy sandals. I’m so excited to see how many looks I can pull out of this dress.
I also came home with this casual shirt…
I thought I could run my “mom errands” in this one and look put together, but still be comfortable. I loved the color scheme and wide cut and neckline. I just had a baby eight weeks ago so a wide cut is perfect for me right now. I’m just not sure how I will accessorize this outfit, so any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Last up is this pair of pants…
Okay. While I’m all about animal print right now, these pants confused me. They were the material of super soft pajama pants, had the seams of dress pants, and fit like really thin leggings. If I would have bought these, I probably would have used them only as lounge pants. The material was amazingly soft and I loved it. But I didn’t have the legs to pull these off as part of an ensemble. It may be a different story for someone with longer, thinner legs, but these did not do me any favors at all.
Here is another picture:
The most expensive priced item shown above was $47 and the cheapest was $23. Everything seemed to be good quality and I will definitely be back to shop. Next time, I’ll look for a mirror on the salesroom floor. 😉
Well, that’s it for my first boutique try-on as a new fashion blogger. If you’ve hung out long enough to make it to this point, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you. Like I said, I’m new to this whole fashion/style thing and I’m always looking for new tips and ideas. How would you accessorize any of these outfits? Which ones would have gone home with you and which ones would you have left on the rack? Let me know! Please leave me a comment below! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.
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