Hannah (@simply_hannah.joy) from Lovely Simply and I decided to do a very last minute Valentine’s Day outfit collaboration. It sounded way fun and you know I can’t pass up the opportunity to dress up. :) Be sure to give her a quick follow to see her outfits in our collaboration, she has an incredible way of mixing styles and keeping it fun and light… and her baby is so freaking adorable. She’s honestly one of those people who knows how to keep it real and classy, I love that about her.
But anyways! We decided to do two looks. One that is our idea of a “dream” Valentine’s Day date look and the other that is more realistic. We’re both moms of very young babies so it’s easy to dwell on that “idea” of a perfect Valentine’s Day. I mean who wouldn’t want to be swept off their feet to a fancy (quiet) dinner where spaghetti is nowhere on the menu and there is no worry of getting that expensive bag dirty. Well, I would! Again I have no shame, I love my boys to death, but sometimes my Jimmy Choos need some dusting off. So… here’s my first look. With my Jimmy Choos, of course! Ha.
Sheath dresses are so easy to wear and they are so flattering! Add a layer of lace for a delicate detail and some sparkle for some pizazz and sass, and it’s the perfect well-rounded “dream” outfit. Every woman has a soft side and sassy side. We’re everything and anything, and you know, I like to own that. We’re sugar and spice and that’s why they love us, soo let’s show them what we got. No babies, no deadlines. A little attention for ourselves goes a long way in order to spread that love around. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. So this is how my dream date would go, he would come home an hour before our dinner reservation to take the kids while I get ready. Babysitter planned, bags packed… he’d have it covered. Don’t know where I’m going, all I know is that I’m supposed to look really nice. Well, this is what that would look like. My hair in a bun to cover up the macaroni and cheese bits and a quick eyeshadow touch up (and sunglasses in case I missed the mark), and I’m ready.
Now reality. No babysitters. No fancy dinner. No mystery date. But so much better. Just me and the baby trying to find some peace and quiet, while the big boys torture each other downstairs. My messy, unwashed hair which will end up in a pony at the end of the day. Nothing extraordinary to anyone who may peek in our windows, but extraordinary to me. Where there should have been one boy, there are now three. Extraordinary in the way life grants those special miracles that no one else will ever know about. Still missing my other babies, and I know it because the tears well up in my eyes whenever I think of them, but feeling so grateful for the chance to ever love them. Extraordinary, that my newest baby is almost 5 months old. Extraordinary, that Rustin and I still find humor and laugh our lives away. Extraordinary that we still find moments to kiss and he finds moments to spank the booty while I’m feeding the kids, and I find moments to to nuzzle into my spot between his chest and his armpit. A second of a stand still that grants us the opportunity to connect in a way that we need to in our special way in order to fill each other up if only for a second. Extraordinary, that we are blessed with so much love, in our everyday ordinary life. That. That is everything. So ordinary, and yet so, SO extraordinary.
Wherever you are on Valentine’s Day (in a couple, single, married) doesn’t matter, be sure to give YOURSELF some love. No one can fill you up the way you can, so do something extraordinary for yourself. Life is too short, so don’t wait around for the perfect moment to have a perfect moment. I love you and remember, this world would not be the same without you. Thank you for the ripple you’ve had in my life! Keep it classy!