if I could design a shirt…

Life lately:

Before all else, look at this little cutie! She and Wolfgang are just the apples of my eye! I posted some of these last week, but had to post more because I just love her so much!

Wellesley has two cousins due soon & we are soooo looking forward to meeting them! I gave their moms my tips to going into labor a bit early and my #1 tip is to eat a can of the SPICY Bush’s Baked Beans!!!! In case you’re wondering, I ate 1/2 a can at night, at the second 1/2 the next morning and then went into labor that day! I also walked and tried another method found in this article, but I won’t talk about it on here. lol, I’ll let you guess.

I should also specify that I’m not a doctor and I’m not guaranteeing anything, but it’s what worked for me x2 and I was 3 days early with my first and 8 days early with my second!

There’s a new book I’m reading called, Creating a Beautiful Life by Elizabeth George and it has been really thought-provoking so far and I’m only a little ways into it!

I love how she pulls from her knowledge and experiences to help me think of ways to prioritize and teaches me how to set myself up for success each day. I never thought of myself as a procrastinator before because in college and grad school I always was that student who had the assignment done a few days after it was given. I also always try to work super hard at everything and get things done, but I noticed over the last few years I’ve been getting a little slower and almost lazy so I’m so excited for how this book is reigniting that fire & drive within in a gospel-centered way!

Speaking of drive, have you been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix with the rest of America? Well we have been and let me tell you– our donate pile is beyond. It is so freeing to finally be decluttering and getting rid of old/unused objects. I kinda started in the middle of the Marie Kondo Method though since we purged our closets a few months before Wellesley was born. So far we have completed the kitchen, laundry, powder bath, living room, and front hall closet. We still have a ways to go, but it feels so fresh to be rid of unwanted and unused items.

The article I linked above and here is not the actual Netflix show, it is a Australian news article with a bit of a warning to people who start purging all of their old items and donating them to charities. It basically states that charities are getting overwhelmed with junk people are dumping with them as a direct result of the show. It essentially says to recycle or throw away your junk instead of making charities do it. No one else wants our broken, torn, or otherwise useless things. On the other hand, now might be a great time to hit up your local thrift store to do some shopping because I bet a lot of people are getting rid of unused clothing, gadgets, shoes, and bags– I know we are!!!

The blouse:

When I was little, I used to draw outfits ALL the time. In fact, going through my old sketchbooks I think 80% of my childhood artwork was fashion related and sometimes I still like to dream up designs from time to time. And I am not joking, this top is very similar in concept to one I designed last year around Christmas; except I love the leopard even more than my design, which included a plaid in various shades of dark brown.

Actually, the main thing I love about this blouse is that the stiff (but still comfortable) material gives it some sheer structure. The bow is grand and the sleeves have that feminine little poof!

When I was a girl I always adored Laura Engles Wilder books and when she describes her desire for puffed sleeves I always knew exactly what she meant. 😉

Order one size up if you’re busty.


These jeans are actually the high-waisted jeggings from American Eagle, which I think are the absolute best fitting jeans out there. I order one size down and am tall so I always need the longs. These are actually not the longs because I was in a hurry (tired) and didn’t want to try them on and the salesgirl advised me that they run long…. not true… don’t trust salespeople. 😐

This is my exact pair of jeggings, but other ones I like include these green ones,  &these cropped distressed jeggings– that hem is so cute and casual!


These are my Jessica Simpson nude pumps. they are very high heeled, but they don’t feel like it because they are relatively well designed. I also love this updated version of her nude pumps with a little peekaboo feature.

If you are a heel wearer you know that it can be difficult to find comfy pairs so my tip today is that Jessica Simpson and Sam Edelman brands are really great designers who won’t kill your your feet or your bank account like other brands can.

Hope that was helpful!