Happy Friday! What a week it's been! Today's post is going to be a mash-up of personal stuff going on and this really cute Spring look. Hope you can bear with me. I feel like I haven't shared anything too personal lately, and because what I'm about to tell you has been all-consuming, I just feel like I need to share, especially since you guys are friends and should know what's going on in my life.
So, I've been keeping something to myself for over a week now. Nothing too crazy, just the fact that we were SO close to buying a new house. I mean, we were really ready to pull the trigger. But after talking it over a gazillion times and getting really great advice from our parents, we decided not to go through with it. It would've meant having to get our house on the market within the month (if not sooner), and most definitely moving in with my parents for 5 months at the very least (while the house is being built), and really penny pinching for a few years (meaning no buying new furniture or anything for the new house).
We had fallen in love with a new home community and really thought it could be a forever home. The home was literally everything we've been wanting in a home - it ticked off every single check box. And don't get me started on the community amenities: a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, a clubhouse with a fitness center, and the best part, a pool! We thought that with all of the extra space in the home (cabin fever in a townhouse with two kids is not fun, let me tell you) and the community amenities, our quality of life would improve at least for the sake of the girls. But in the end, we knew deep down that it just wasn't the right time to do it. We are finally in a good place financially (knock on wood!), and have created really great friendships for both us and the girls in our neighborhood and surrounding areas. This new home community is about 10-15 minutes away so it would've taken the girls away from their neighborhood friends, which I know would've been so hard for them to leave.
During the past two weeks, it was a bit intense because we were thinking that we would have to pack up and move and get the ball rolling in such a short amount of time. We were both so stressed out about it and it was all we could think about it. And when I've got something on my mind like this, I can't seem to get anything else done. To say that I was unproductive in all aspects of life is an understatement! But after we made the decision not to go through with it, it was like this huge weight had been lifted off our shoulders and we knew it was the right call. As an initial joke to ourselves we said that if we didn't get the house, as a consolation prize, we'd get new countertops in our current house. Well, it looks like that joke is actually going to happen because we are looking at countertop options later today! Since we're going to be in our house for a few more years (saving those pennies!), we're going to be making a few updates around the house. In fact, we're getting a few rooms repainted as I type this! We just figured, let's update the house so that when we are ready to buy a new one and sell this one, that this one is ready to go. I think a big part of our stress was that we knew this house needed to get so much work done (cracked molding, wall scratches galore, and knicks on the kitchen cabinets just to name a few), and it just kind of overwhelmed us.
All in all, going through the stress of really thinking that we might move made us realize exactly what the whole process is like, and what we need to do to get ready for it. I think when we do make the decision to sell and buy, we'll be much more prepared and it'll be on better terms with our current home and making the purchase for a new one.
Okay, now that I've written a novel about that, let's get on with this perfect Spring look! Now, I think we all know how much I love a good button-down shirt. If my Instagram feed isn't proof enough, I don't know what is but I will say that I don't think I will ever tire of them and with good reason. They go with so many things! They can go casual or professional and can even be used as a cover-up or as a light jacket. They're really quite versatile and you can find them in all price points. I will say that I have tried on a $200 button-down shirt and I do see the difference in terms of thickness/quality in the fabric.
But the one I'm wearing in this look is just under $25 and is, in my opinion, the ideal weighted fabric/length/cut in a button-down shirt I've come across. And the best part is it comes in more colors than just the one I'm wearing! You could wear it untucked, tucked, or tied like I've got here and it is just the right length. And when I say the fabric weight, I mean it's thick enough that when you do tie it like it is here, it actually stays and doesn't get all limp like really cheap fabric does.
Let's talk about this denim skirt. It's high-waisted which is so great for multiple reasons. It hides the belly and keeps things in, which is so great for me because after having two kids, there is a pooch and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. It's also great for the back side, aka the booty. The high-waisted factor really helps make my butt look lifted versus if the skirt had sat lower on my hips. And I will take all the help I can get when it comes to my butt, so yes to high-waisted denim skirts! Oh, and did I mention it's just $35!
I hope I didn't talk your ear off today! I'm feeling like I want to get back to being more personal on here. What do you guys think? Or do you prefer just keeping it light and all about fun stuff?
Happy Friday and hope you all have a great weekend!
Thank you to my friend, Caitlin of The Mama Notes, for taking these pics!
Photos by The Mama Notes
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