Simple Pastels To Ease Into Spring

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Banana Republic sweater, similar here and here || American Eagle jeans, similar here {under $60} || Zara heels, love these || All Saints convertible clutch, current version || mirrored aviators

photos by Ashley of Sed Bona

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On Wednesdays we wear pink! Spring is off to a terribly slow start in Chicago. It feels more like winter and snow is forecast for the next few days. Its not pretty, but that’s Chicago for you. Since I can’t pack away my sweaters yet, I’m at least going to break out the pastels in order to avoid seasonal depression from setting in. What’s worse is my kids are home on spring break from school this week and we haven’t even been able to get to the park or play outside!

We’ve been spending the time catching up with friends and relaxing at home, which means I’m back to being a 2am blogger! Just kidding, more like 10pm, but still, my days have been disappearing in the blink of an eye. Its made me realize that what has started out as a hobby, has morphed into a full-time gig. Its one that I love very much, but its opened my eyes to how much the balance has shifted.

When I first became a mom, I was more than content to stay home and run the ship, but as time passed I realized I desperately needed a creative outlet and a place for myself that was separate from my family. More life balance, as they say.

Blogging was a natural fit. It allowed me to explore my love of fashion, but it also has allowed me to broaden my horizons, meet amazing new friends and rejoin “the workforce” so to speak. I’ve learned more than I ever could have imagined about website development, photography, networking and negotiating with brands. In a way, it puts my 20-something year old self to shame!

But with summer around the corner and my kids needing me more than ever, I’m realizing that in order to keep my sanity, I’m going to have to re-balance the scales once again. Does this mean less blogging? No. But I think it will mean being more selective about aligning myself with the brands that are the best fit and the people who I can learn the most from. I am so hopeful about the future and I hope you’ll stick along for the ride!