4 Summer Outfits I Can’t Live Without

Ah, summer. Between the warm weather and the cold drinks, summer is the perfect time of the year to bare those legs in a gorgeous dress or pair of shorts. This summer, here are the outfits I’ve found myself gravitating toward over and over again. I can’t live without these beautiful pieces!

Navy Blue Michael Kors Dress

This navy blue Michael Kors number was a $7 Goodwill score. I’m not normally a fan of loose-fitting dresses (they tend to make my curves look frumpy), but this is the perfect “just slightly loose” fit that’s both flattering and comfy.

Hot Pink Floral Old Navy Dress

This hot pink and red dress was $15 at a 50% off Old Navy sale. My friend who was shopping with me commented that the colors clash, but I love this unique and bright color combination. The flutter sleeves and tropical floral pattern make this dress flirty and feminine.

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Jewel Green H&M Dress

This green dress was bought new from H&M (yes, buying new is rare for me, and I must confess that my grandmother treated me to this). I love the jewel-toned green, which is one of my favorite colors to wear. I paired it with simple $7 thrifted leopard flats. Yes, I had to get a thrift store item in there somewhere! I wore this dress by itself for the photoshoot, but I typically wear it to work paired with leggings to stave off the cold air from the AC.

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Leopard Print Top & Shorts

This fluttery leopard print top was a secondhand H&M score for just $6. The shorts were bought new, also from H&M. I tend to opt for dresses and skirts over shorts during the summer, but the fit of these shorts was just right – not too frumpy, but not too skimpy either.

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Things I Didn’t Know About Motherhood

Motherhood is an experience that is both challenging and rewarding. Despite having many friends who became mothers before me, and despite listening to them tell me about their experiences, there was absolutely nothing that could have prepared me for the reality of motherhood. There were parts that were way more difficult than I anticipated, but there are also parts that are so much better than I could ever have imagined.

On Weight Gain and Body Acceptance

Over the past few years, I’ve put on a lot of weight. It actually started with a medication that I had to take for bipolar disorder. One of the side effects was that I put on a few pounds. But it wasn’t until recently, when I got pregnant with my first child, that the weight really started to pile on. During my pregnancy, I was a bit overwhelmed at the rate at which I was gaining weight, and it was hard to prevent it from happening. I was constantly hungry, and as my pregnancy progressed, I replaced going to the gym with more leisurely walks because I was constantly winded and tired from my workouts.