A lot of sickness, a lot of work not getting done when it should be, a lot of messiness I don’t have the energy to face. If I’m being honest, I’ve felt pretty sorry for myself. I had a hard time not crying earlier today when Isobel wouldn’t stop crying (OVERTIRED) and I couldn’t find her Tylenol and I was getting work emails and there was snot all over her, all over me. I like to think I’m this adult(ish) person who has learned so much about parenting and patience but moments like that one earlier today just show me how delusional my occasional self-confidence really is.
Still, you know what? I need to snap out of it. A bit ago I was looking through Facebook and saw a link to a blog of one of the moms whose daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. I was reading a few pages of it and really started crying because my god.
I complain a lot about the holidays and I have sure done my share of overall life complaining this week, but it’s Friday and I’ve done enough. It’s time to sack up a little bit, get this work done and enjoy the last few hours before Isobel goes to bed instead of watching the clock and wishing it was bedtime already because WORK and SELFISH TIME.
TGIF friends. TGIF.
I got this in an email:
Hi! So I saw Carrie Underwood’s outfit on Jimmy Fallon recently and thought it’d be really cute to replicate for NYE. Do you have any idea where I can find a similar skirt and top? Thanks!
I think you are talking about this outfit, right? The skirt was actually from Nordstrom but it’s currently sold out (of course). There is a black version for $68 in case you’re interested! Other similar options include this BCBGeneration pleated skirt (on sale for about $30 from Lord & Taylor or Amazon) or this gray Joe Fresh flare skirt ($23). This Endless Rose skirt is a close match too ($68). This ASOS skirt ($54) is a similar style, but it’s white.
For the top, I looked for sequin turtlenecks and couldn’t find any in a decent price range. If you really want sequins, this sweater from ZARA might work ($80). You’ll want a slim-fitting top so it tucks into the skirt nicely. This Ann Taylor short sleeve turtleneck is a similar style to the one Carrie wore ($50). ZARA’s turtlenecks are just $17. This version with sheer panels might be a fun twist ($59).
I got this question in my email:
Hi Jaclyn! Long time listener- first time caller! I am on the hunt for the perfect plaid dress. Something casual (but not too casual) that I can throw on with boots, Any suggestions?
This Lauren Ralph Lauren plaid dress has adorable suede patches too…and it’s on sale! $70 from $129. I am completely in love with Gap’s plaid flannel shirtdress ($60). It’s available in several different color combos. This JACHS shirt dress is similar and marked down to $62 (from $89). Free People’s plaid maxi shirt can be worn as a tunic or dress ($98). Uniqlo’s flannel check long-sleeve dress is marked down to $29.90 and is available in a bunch of different colors. ZARA has a couple options too. This short checked dress is $119 and this other short one is $79. This Mango shift dress is cute ($80) and this b&w check dress from Dorothy Perkins is marked down to $49.
Crossing my fingers one of these works for you! :)
I vaguely remember having happy Christmases as a child where I actually appreciated family and wanted to be around them.
Those were the days, huh?