My style: 2012

Posted on | January 30, 2012 | 44 Comments

this little blog turned 3 years old last week. and in the span of it, i’ve gone from a first time stay at home mom just trying to put on a bra once a week, to a mom who lost (most of) the babyweight and started to love getting dressed again, to a  toddler mom who has a weekly style feature on her blog. while i’m well (well well well) aware that i know virtually nothing about fashion and the true art of it, i do know one thing.

wearing clothes that i love make me feel amazing.

it doesn’t matter how much they cost or where they came from – if i like it, wearing it makes me happy and feel more confident. every time.

one of my goals for this year is to overhaul my closet. no, i’m not planning on buying a ton of clothes (in fact quite the opposite), but instead making my closet a place where i enjoy the things hanging in it. the past few weeks i have been organizing and getting anything out of there that i haven’t worn and don’t love (oh hello gray synthetic “suit” from junior high DECA that had ELASTIC WAIST pants – what in the bloody heck are you still doing in there?!). my plan for this year is to make thoughtful purchases – something i haven’t always done. let’s be real – i have a small budget and i have zero qualms about buying from target, forever 21, h & m, and of course, second hand stores. i realize all those places aren’t for everyone, but they are for me. but girl, you don’t need to buy that top just because it’s on clearance. stop it now.

that was me talking to myself, btw.

so along with using my brainparts more often when i am thinking about buying something instead of only my heart (but it has horses on it!), i’m also vowing to step out of my comfort zone and have more fun. i’m 30, not dead. NEON IT IS.

here are some things that i am going to work into my wardrobe this spring (when i see them on the clearance rack, natch).

last week i bought a polka top blouse that i am pretty stoked on. i would like a basic solid color one at some point. i always look when i’m thrifting but have yet to find the perfect one. this one from j crew is gorgeous, but way out of my price range for something that would likely end up with apple juice on it.
i am head over heels (see what i did there) for these target pumps. i saw them at my local store, didn’t buy them, and weeks later when i went back to do so, they essentially told me i was crazy and they aren’t available in stores. don’t do me like that, target.

TOMS is coming out with ballet flats this spring! ::jig of joy::
ok, so i own the green ones. they were on the clearance rack and i had been eying them for weeks anywho (adoring all things emerald green lately). wouldn’t mind adding a yellow or mint green pair to my closet at some point. color! fun!
i don’t even care that i wore these colors on spandex bike shorts in 1991. i’m back in love with neon and i don’t care who knows it. luckily so is everyone else, so it’s not even that embarrassing.

i’m one of those people (tell me i’m not alone here) who knows what i like when i see it in catalogs or pinterest, etc, but once i get into a store and see ALL THE THINGS my mind kind of short circuits and stops working, i forget what i like, and the ultimate impromptu case of style ADD ensues. hence why i’m trying this year to only go into stores with a plan. yep, even at target, i’ve been trying to bypass the clothing section unless i specifically set out to look for an item. it works 50% of the time which means i’ve saved money already. trust.

i know it’s easy to get overwhelmed in an internet sea of impeccably stylish people. i love blogs and pinterest for inspiration, but it’s true sometimes they can make you feel less than. the final part of my style goal for 2012 is to remember that my style is just that: mine. this year i’m following my own instincts when it comes to my clothes and it’s already happening and i love it.

i’ll keep you guys updated as my closet transforms. harper has lofty goals of more tutus and more sparkly shoes in her 2012 closet, so we’ll keep you updated on that as well.

what is something you’d like to buy for your closet this year?

 red polkadot blouse // gray silk blouse // leopard pumps // TOMS //
yellow jeans // green jeans // neon stripe sweater // neon pink sweater
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  • http://www.bungalow960.com Shannon

    I totally agree with Pinterest overload brain. I get all my fashion ideas jumbled. Neon nautical? Cowboy polka dots? Animal print boho? 

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    Mandy Reply:

    HA! exactttly.

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  • Emily Geleske

    Mandy, I’ve been reading your blog for just about ever and I totally and completely LOVE everything you wear. My fashion goal for this year? To step out of the department store box and spend more time in thrift and second hand stores. It’s hard to find the really cool items at the mall on my budget (aka pretty much $0) so I’ll be following your lead from here on out! Keep it up :-)

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    Mandy Reply:

    ah, thank you Emily! thrift stores = my favorite. i’d love to hear about what you find! xo

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  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    i love this! i too, have been on a quest lately to clean out my closet. there is so much negative in there, things i hate and never wear. i want to stop looking at it! i’m trying to be more thoughtful about what i purchase and buy things that can be used multiple ways. i am cheap when it comes to buying clothes but have slowly realized that sometimes, more high-quality items DO last longer so i’m trying to follow that rule when it comes to things like sweaters, jeans, and coats – things i’ll wear year after year. i love colored pants right now, i really want a coral pair! i can’t wait for toms flats!

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  • Lindsay Kudia

    I love love LOVE those picks!  I think I need to overhaul as well.  And I have no excuses, because I’m not even a mom yet.  Yikes.

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  • http://asortafairytaleblog.com mandy at asortafairytale

    Great. Now I want to go shopping! Only I better wait until I pop this baby out.

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  • http://www.jacquelynclark.com/ jacquelyn | lark&linen

    I love the idea of a closet overhaul! I’ve tried to adopt the rule: when you try it on, does it make you want to do a happy dance? More often than not it works – but sometimes my brain chimes in and is all this USED to be $200 and now it’s $10 and that’s equivalent to 2 starbucks chai lattes and therefore it doesn’t matter if its 8 sizes too big.

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    Mandy Reply:

    ugh yes. i will now wait for the happy dance to ensue before i commit! thanks!

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  • Liz

    I’m 100% in the same boat! I’m getting overwhelemed with the lack of consistency in my wardrobe. I feel like now is the perfect time for me to do a total style overhaul as well. I’m 37 weeks pregnant (hello, get this baby out of me!) and I’m going to have to embrace my new role as a mom in so many ways but I’m terrified of LOOKING like a mom. I cant wait to have a defined style!

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    Mandy Reply:

    lack of consistency – yes. i felt like nothing went together (even though it did?) and was overall just frustrated. cleaning out and making a plan has really helped so far! good luck with your little one <3

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  • http://rainysaturday.blogspot.com/ Amy

    I get 100% distracted when I go shopping, too. I usually come home with four or five sale items, and then I realize I didn’t get the one thing I initially went shopping for. And the sale things end up getting worn once or twice and then falling in a sad crumpled pile at the bottom of the closet. Sad face.

    I’m trying not to buy any clothes until spring, but there are a few things I already have in mind: coloured jeans in either cobalt blue or red, a wrap dress (easy to feed the bebe and a no-brainer for getting dressed for work), a long, light gray cardigan, and some solid coloured, short sleeve tops with fun details, like ruffles or ruching, that I can layer.

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    Mandy Reply:

    love your list! yes – my clearance rack “just because it’s cheap” shopping has to stop. instead, i see what i want at full price and wait until it goes on clearance. because it will eventually!

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  • http://www.joyfullyabby.blogspot.com/ Abby A

    I’m hoping to add some prettier things to my closet. Before motherhood, I managed a darling little boutique and never went a day without wearing pretty clothes. Since motherhood, my style has changed a lot and I find myself wearing less than pretty clothes far too often. Also, I need to fancy myself up a bit if I want to keep up with Harper, who also loves tutus and ballet flats and insists on wearing them every single day. 

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    Mandy Reply:

    Harper shows me up all the time. but i hear you – wearing pretty things is just more difficult with a kiddo around. we just need to find hybrids – things that look amazing and can take a beating (and a few hundred washings). <3

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  • Anonymous

    i would like more dresses. more casual, put on, feel good in no matter what dresses. :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    yes! i’m excited for warmer weather here so i can make that a goal as well.

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  • http://www.marthametzler.com/ Martha Metzler

    i for reals need to get some colored jeans! target here i come!

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    Mandy Reply:

    do it!

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  • Guesty

    target has some great neon accessories out right now! wish I was out of college and wasn’t broke so I could look like something other than a cat lady.

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    Mandy Reply:

    yes they do! have you seen the neon satchel purse? they don’t have it at mine, but they have a picture of it up, which is super rude. p.s. i like cat ladies.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/lindseyst Lindsey Stout

    I made a list of staple items for last fall & surprisingly stuck to the list. I only invested in 5 new pieces which included a pair of shoes & a purse, which is UH-MAZING for a shopaholic like myself! I also have a huge problem buying items just because they’re marked down.

    You’ve inspired me to make another list for spring! Pretty blouses are definitely on my list as well. :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    that is amazing, good for you lady!

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  • Anonymous

    I am counting down the days until I can purchase the toms ballet flats.  So cute.  Last year I stopped buying whatever just because it was on sale…and only bought what I really, really loved.  I purchased a lot less, but I always feel like I have a ton of options.

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    Mandy Reply:

    yes, because you love all your options! love it. this is where i want to be.

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  • Sarah-Anne Lyons

    colored jeans are on my list to get this year. because MAN they are so awesome.

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    Mandy Reply:

    a must!

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  • http://littlegraypixel.blogspot.com Vanessa

    The Toms ballet flats are on my list for sure. The jury’s still out on the neon for me, though. I really abused neon in the early 1990s, and it’s just not flattering on me. Maybe a bracelet or a headband. I just don’t think I can bring myself to wear a large amount of it again.

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    Mandy Reply:

    i agree it should mostly be used sparingly. i do love that pink sweater up there though. otherwise, accessories fo sho!

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  • bettina_rae22

    I do the same thing when I get to stores. I get all confused and can’t remember what I was after, or what I even like. I blame it on the fact that I don’t go shopping very much anymore (live too far away from shops, sigh).

    Bettina @ http://lovelylittleone.blogspot.com

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    Mandy Reply:

    glad i’m not alone – it happens to me every time.

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  • http://www.stoopmama.com/ Tracy

    The Toms ballet flats are on my “OMG Can’t WAIT!” list, and I already love me some colored jeans and pants. I need a new bag, though. A gorgeous, fancy, everyday bag that i can snuggle with and wear with everything for years and years: I have my eye on a gray Marc Jacobs one and I’m trying to rationalize it. I deserve it. Maybe. (Not really.)

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    Mandy Reply:

    my friend has the most gorgeous marc jacobs bag and i drool over it. i just can’t handle the pressure of keeping one clean at this point, but omg, SWOON.

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  • http://twitter.com/alyciagrayce Alycia Crowley

    loving your picks! loving your blog :) Happy I found it!

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    Mandy Reply:

    yay! thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Fun post! I’m trying to track down a striped shirt that doesn’t make me look too…wide. :) and I would love some flat-ish brown loafers to wear with jeans & a trench coat!

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  • Mrs. Wonder

    I am IN LOVE with the glittery gold platforms at Target right now, but have no reason to get them. Le Sigh.

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  • http://twitter.com/erin_lucy_loves Erin Lucy

    I so completely identify with you in this post. I’m still in the middle of losing (most of) my baby weight but I’ve been feeling such a shift about how I feel about myself. I used to be almost proud of the fact that i never wear makeup and own hardly any girly clothes but lately i just really want to look..nice. Take the time to brush my hair and slick on some lipgloss and wear things that are colourful and make me happy. it’s crazy that this realisation has been such a big like, life step for me. It seems like these are things most ‘girls’ just do! anyhoo i’m rambling, but I love all the clothes you put in this post and am so sad that we don’t get h&m in australia and our target is kinda lacking in the clothes department. oh well enough of my comment vomit – go on with your hot self mama!

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  • http://www.ThriftyVintageKitten.com/ Thrifty Vintage Kitten

    I’ve been having a ball adding more dresses to my closet. Dress + leggings + riding boots = THEBESTDAYEVER. Comfort AND style! That’s a whole lotta awesome.

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  • maren

    I am so with you!  I always buy stuff cuz it’s cheap or even just because I like it without thinking if I will actually WEAR it.  I have been flirting with doing project 333 for awhile, so I’ve had these ideas on the brain, too.

    What I’ll be looking for this year that seem simple but I have yet to find:

    - The perfect wool winter coat. (I actually found it last year at h&m but they didn’t have my size. boo.)

    - Corduroy pants.  (It shouldn’t be as hard as it is.)

    - TOPS instead of t-shirts.  I wear plain t-shirts pretty much always.  Something with a collar or some drape probably wouldn’t kill me.  maybe.

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  • http://www.novarella.blogspot.com nova

    Toms ruined my feet. Make sure you wear supportive insoles. I’m not even joking.

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  • http://twitter.com/ConceivedNotion Ms. Conceived Notion

    I have those Target leopard shoes. They were just delivered 2 days ago and I’m dying for Saturday night to come. The hubby is watching Savannah, and I will strut my stuff — well, hobble — around town :)

    http://staycationmama.blogspot.com/

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  • http://anetkakudasik.blogspot.com/ Aneta Kudasik

    What a little model! She’s so fab!!! Love the bun and her room is so sweet! Lucky girl!

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  • carly

    i too am trying to avoid buying things just because they’re cheap. aren’t we silly, us girls? haha. why would we do something like that…i’ve found too that those are always the clothes that i wear once then they sit in my closet for months and months, unworn. pointless. silly. 

    anyways, i’m taking on your way of thinking as well and actually thinking about what i purchase instead of just getting it cause it’s cheap!

    love your blog by the way. your little girl is insanely adorable.

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