Welcome to the new series called ‘Drafts We Never Published.’ There are 375 of them in the vault – some total garbage, some political rants, some emotional mom stuff, and some design or style pieces that I pulled the plug on for whatever reason. So, why would we post this now? Well for a few reasons – 1.) It’s crazy that we put days into some posts that just go to waste, and while I nixed them for whatever reason some of them are still DECENT content. Oh, and 2.) I’m trying to take a bit of a break this summer like all of you, and these posts are already done, so why not take more time to hang with toddlers and enjoy our summer Fridays at the office? Regarding the comments from a couple days ago about the content feeling a little lacking lately – I totally appreciate constructive criticism because ultimately we are a business and you are our customer. If you think that we aren’t mixing it up enough, that is really good to hear. I think most of the round-ups are soooo useful (and take days to put together, so please don’t think they are just easy ‘filler’ content), but I get it if you want more of the other stuff (the house, personal projects, etc). Less bean bags, more ask the audience or design reveals (how amazing was Brady’s bedroom yesterday???).
We have some big changes happening over here – all exciting, some sad, which will be announced in August, and then in September we have the full reveal of the house (which is under embargo until then). Plus we are finishing so many design client’s homes this month and can’t wait to show you those. I am writing 3 very personal posts right now and maybe on vacation next week I’ll actually get to finish them (by the way, ‘vacation’ with two small kids just means that you are parenting, with a wine headache for a week – it’s lovely to spend so much time with them, but so not relaxing). Today we are headed to Sacramento where we will lay around while the grandparents parent for us (god bless them), then Brian and I go solo to Tahoe for 3 days of total bliss at The Ritz (thanks for all your suggestions on Instagram).
ANYWAY, 8 months ago we pulled together this post after my Thred Up partnership. They sent us all the assets and I was like, surely we can get a post out of these (this post wasn’t required, obviously). So we prepped it all out and then I was like – Wait . . . I think I might look like an annoying blogger who thinks she is a model . . . and I didn’t really have any information or a story to tell. I felt self conscious (which is rare for me) and didn’t feel like dealing with a backlash about how I take myself too seriously, so the day before it was to go live, I canned it. And now it’s up, but it makes me feel better telling you about it.
So . . . happy summer Fridays, folks. My crew is done at 1pm and I’m out in a couple hours.
Meanwhile here’s how you mix patterns and textures in fashion and home 🙂
Outfit #1 – Two Patterns
That skirt will always make me remember a weird time in my life. I’m not sure I ever really divulged to you guys, but I didn’t take much of a maternity leave with Elliot (don’t feel bad for me, I also work for myself so I’ve taken leaves during less busy times of the year to make up for it). A big note: If you have my job do not have a baby late October, and especially not the week your book comes out. November and December are literally SLAMMED every day until the Sunday before Christmas – all good things, but it was nuts, and I basically had a newborn strapped to me working for months and months. I was back on camera 3 weeks after her birth (by choice, a job I really wanted and had accepted months earlier) and then I had two back-to-back, on-camera jobs in New York in early December for two major partnerships a couple weeks later. In case you haven’t had kids here’s the deal (and I realize I didn’t have it that bad) – No time in your life will your body be as challenging to dress than the few months after having a baby. I look at the videos I shot during that time and cringe . . . until I slap myself for being so hard on myself physically and not recognizing that I had JUST had a baby days before and was working so hard to support that baby. Sometimes I think that no one is meaner to themselves than a working mom.
Anyway, I had a huge press event/speaking engagement in New York that I had to dress for and I shopped for HOURS trying to find something that was appropriate for the season and the type of event, flattering on my post baby body and of course camera friendly, etc., but not boring. I found this skirt and breathed a big sigh of relief. It was classy and super tailored, but had a flirt/style to it what with that ruffle at the bottom. And I could wear a blouse and a structured jacket on top to help reign it all in. It’s by Maje which is a crazy expensive (but amazing) brand, and it was the first thing that I put on where I felt confidant. That top is one that I also bought for a speaking engagement and yet have never left the house in it (BTW these photos were taken when Elliot was a year old, if that was confusing).
In case you are the 2% still reading this and want to know about mixing patterns here goes – If you have one bold pattern (like the skirt), pair it with something tonal or subtle to avoid looking like an insane/crazy person. And if you are interested in that look, but in your home here you go:
Outfit #2 – Mixing Texture
I can’t with this photo of me, below. And the sconce. Obviously had this been an actual post we would have photoshopped that out, but I can’t exactly photoshop a different expression on my face. Something out that window was HILARIOUS.
I still have that skirt and LOVE IT. I don’t think it’s available anymore (I did get it on ThredUp), but it’s great for occasions where the mini skirt (you know I love a mini) is not appropriate, but the pencil is a bit conservative and not flattering on me.
This was more about mixing textures – the dots on the bottom, with the fray on top. Nothing really to learn here except that mixing textures is a good thing. Breaking news, folks.
And if you are into that, but for your home, you can get the look:
Outfit #3 – Two Different Patterns, In Two Different Colors
Lastly this outfit below is about mixing two different patterns in different colorways. We have a large scale on bottom and small scale on the top, with something solid to give your eye a break. I like it, but it feels a little young for me. I mean, it is full of hearts and flowers so yah, not shocking.
If I were to wear this outfit it would be for a daytime blogger event, where you want to look ‘young and fun!’ 🙂
Here’s the ‘get the look’ which never really worked for me, but I like everything individually. Actually that floral pillow is questionable, even though it does indeed look like the skirt . . .
Thanks for listening. Maybe these posts will give me an excuse to rant about what’s on my mind while giving you something original to look at . . . Dunno. We’ll tweak the content thanks go your suggestions and hopefully I’ll finish these three posts that I’m working on. One is about ‘Whole Foods Moms,’ one is ‘The Best Practical Advice From Working Moms’ (crowdsourced from my best friends), and the one I haven’t started but have been writing in my head for a year is ‘How Millennial Dads Can Change The World’ (as related to women/moms, obviously).
Happy Summer Friday. I’m out next week but we’ve already prepped all the posts (THANKS TO MY AMAZING TEAM) and I’ll be on Instagram and Instastory.
*P.S. let me know if you are into a few of these previously unpublished drafts posts. We actually don’t have many in which I would actually publish, maybe 4 – 5 more (next week involves grout colors! WOW!).