Clothing, Fashion

Navigating Motherhood in Style

Have you ever met someone and instantly thought, “Woah! I want to be friends with that fun lady!”? That’s how I felt when I met Mackenzie, the owner of Jack & Monroe Boutique. She’s kind, funny, and extremely warm. And she loves queso, so you know we’ve got a ton in common.

She asked me to choose a few pieces from her Spring 2017 line to showcase on this blog and I happily obliged. Her pieces are trendy, colorful, and best of all, mom friendly. I chose 4 tops that all have a different purpose for navigating through motherhood. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Let me start by saying I’m not used to taking pictures of myself. Our only full length mirror is small, my bedroom lighting is spotty, and my 2 year old is OBSESSED with me.

Here’s what was going through my head as I was trying to take my own picture:

Do I look in the mirror when taking the selfie or do I look at the camera? Why isn’t there a flattering arm angle for selfies?! Why am I sweating and it’s only 8:45 in the morning? What’s the trick about leaning on your back leg? Or wait, is it the front leg? Is that a spot on the carpet? I should really dust my mirror. Did Anna really spill her yogurt on that shirt? I just put it on her! At least my hair looks awesome. Am I too close? Is Instagram going to cut off my head? Where is the instruction manual for this!? Where’s a millennial when I need one!!

Thank goodness for MOPs friends who know how to take great pictures. And MDO which gives me a break from my toddler stalker…more on that later…

My first choice is for the every days. It’s for the days filled with carpool, preschool, meetings, Target, doing laundry, pushing toddlers on the swings, and opening bottles of wine. It has to be easy and long lasting. This shirt is not something I normally would have picked up, but I did, and I’m so glad I tried it on. The cut is new to me – it’s handkerchief (longer on the sides) and flyaway (the front and the back aren’t attached on the bottom of the shirt). The arm holes are generous so I wore a tank underneath with a more narrow fit. Apparently mint is a popular color for spring so this tank was a winner! The shirt overall runs big, so I sized down to a medium. Click here to see it on J&M’s model!

Because the top itself is simple, I chose J&Ms navy tassel necklace to jazz it up a little. For $24, this necklace is a must! I’m hoping she’ll carry it in other colors soon because I can see it being my new favorite go to necklace.

Why you need this top/necklace combo:

  1. The cut is loose. Which is awesome, because it hides a multitude of sins.
  2. The color is neutral. It can be paired with any color tank or bottom making it super versatile.
  3. Anna tried her hardest to pull it off of me and failed, so you know it’s mom friendly.
  4. It’s preggo friendly. I love a cute pregnant lady and this shirt works for those long 9 months (unless you’re poor April and you’ve been pregnant for what seems like 9 years).
  5. It’s breastfeeding friendly. Those sides pull right up! And it’s like having a built in cover without all the awkward wraps and straps.
  6. The top is $28. $28!

Still not convinced? Mackenzie is offering my readers 10% off their purchase with the code KATIE10, so hop over to her website and find your new favorite piece for spring. Local friends – her shop is in her lovely home in Eagle Springs. You can set up a shopping appointment and browse her entire Spring 2017 line in person. Grab a friend and set a date!

My jeans are from Talbots (yes, Talbots) and the shoes are Tory Burch. Any other high cut jean lovers out there? 

Are there any items you’d like to see featured on the blog? Shoes? Jeans? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “Navigating Motherhood in Style”

  1. I think this ensemble would not be complete without an ankle bracelet. Do you have anything like, say, a small toddler clutching your ankle?

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  2. Love that top- and I can totally get on board with mint being a go-to color this spring. Shopping from someone’s house? Sign me up!!!

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