I recently checked out the book Present Over Perfect from our local library. While it focused more on religion than I really connect with, it did share some interesting perspectives on busyness. I’m still processing how the book connects to slowing down my own life, but one thing I did takeaway is that I need to give myself the permission to slow down. So that’s exactly what I focused on this week. I spent our final full week of summer break in full on relaxation mode.
I decided to take a week of my early morning workouts so I could sleep in and start the school year feeling rested. I took naps during the kids’ down time instead of hustling and bustling around the house to knock items of my to-do list. I didn’t put any pressure on my outfits and didn’t manage to take photos every day. But, I did want to keep up with my summer posts and share what I do have.
Today was my 39th birthday! After a busy weekend, all I really wanted was a chill day around the house, and so that’s what we did. I kept my outfit simple, but I struggled with how to accessorize. In the end I decided the belt and necklace felt a little too done, so I took off the necklace. I do love the addition of the leather belt with the basic tank and shorts.
Belt (Gap) // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)
There’s nothing really standout about this outfit, just another basic summer mom look. When I’m taking it easy around the house and not putting in the extra effort to pull a look together with small styling details this is typically how I end up. Comparing this outfit with Monday’s makes me realize what a difference a few simple accessories make in a basic outfit.
We had a major temperature drop, so I started in this outfit, but after freezing my booty off at the park I came home and changed into my jeans for the rest of the day. After such a warm summer, these random cold days are a welcome change. I thought I would love the contrasting slim long shorts with the boxy crop sweater, but it didn’t look quite the way I imagined in my head. But, my other cutoffs were dirty, so I went with what I had available. It was much, much cuter with the jeans in the afternoon. 🙂
I love, love, love the easy styling of these striped tees and tanks. The design and small details, like the amazing drop dolman sleeves on this one, really make them stand alone and carry the outfit. Though I wore no accessories I still felt much more pulled together than I did on Wednesday.
Well, that’s it for my summer of pushing myself to get ‘dressed’ each day. I’m really excited about the progress I made in terms of seeing the value of putting together outfits, even for days at home. We start back to work on Wednesday, but with a week of Professional Development and inservice days I’ll be continuing my casual outfits for a bit longer.