FLOWER CROWN PILE UP

You would think that running a blog about self celebration would really knock the fear out of life but its just not true. I, just like you, and every other person, question my self. I often find my mind on the gerbil wheel of comparison and it actually takes the life out of me.

For me getting dressed is a simple reminder that “you do you” I have to do me because I am the only critique that really matters in my life. Often when I feel bogged down by self doubt I have to really push my outfit somewhere strange. It’s like flexing a muscle or finding the property line. Once I branch out enough I enter back into an understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being totally different from everyone else.

And that’s why I wanted to wear 4 flower crowns. Its good for my soul.

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Dress is from the Liberty of London line at Target years ago (borrowed from my neighbor and dear friend), shoes from Rugged Warehouse (you may remember them from out very first blog post ever), necklace by Namastemily, flower crown number 1 from F21, flower crown number 2 from F21, flower crown number 3 from F21, and flower crown number 4 I made myself for the 4th of July last year!

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“But what people don’t really understand is that fashion is a really beautiful way to assume different identities. Kind of like halloween every single day.  Why not turn everyday into a game show?” – Leandra Madine of Man Repeller AKA my spirit guide.

xoxo

JAiME

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THE MOM LIFE!

A few days ago I had the pleasure of photographing Emily again. This girl has mad style and I can imagine if I ever have children I will have a very similar view on letting my child PLAY!

“A few weeks ago I took Jane to the park. It was one of those random 70 degree Southern spring days, right in the middle of a week of 50′s and rain. I’m pretty sure our entire neighborhood had the exact same idea we did, because the park was absolutely full of moms, and a few dads, and about a million children. I was dressed just like I always am, except that I was also wearing leggings, which I felt were a little more “mom” appropriate of me (not saying anything about leggings here!). But still, I’m the girl with all the jewelry, and the makeup, playing on her iphone, and trying to overhear what the two moms close to me are talking about as they look and me and say things about “societal norms” while my two year old catapults off the end of the big kid slide at about 50 mph. The bottom line is, I left the park feeling like I was just walking out of high school all over again, and I was still  just the kid that looked different from everyone else and wanted to be Averil Lavigne. Since that time I’ve thought about it a lot. Mostly because Jane asks to go to the park just about every day, and I can’t help but dread it a little bit inside.

Now to be fair, a big part of my issue is me. I still feel judgement and just about wilt beneath it. And let me tell you, in the world of parents, judgement is not doled out slowly. There are the helicopter parents who think I should be watching my child more, the outdoor lover parents who wander what the hell I’m doing to her dressing her like that, and the live-simply parents who wander what sort of an example I’m setting for my child by feeling the need to wear makeup every day. I really should be able to be ok with that. I know, because their opinions really don’t have the power to define me or my well being. And I also know that they feel that way because different things are important to them. I can respect them for that, and I know that they love their children just as much as I love mine. But can I just tell you the mom at the park on her iphone-wearing three layers of free people and heels-and makeup perspective for a minute?”

To read the full post and get details on their outfits check out Emily’s blog!

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Original Inspiration:  I have been building up to launching this company my entire adult life. After the glitz and glam of working at London Fashion Week, I knew I was called to the fashion world but I couldn’t quite put my finger on how. Fast forward 7 years after finishing a degree in environmental science and working in sustainability, something was still missing. Temperate became my creative endeavor to merge timeless and unique pieces with sound environmental practices. I obsessively think about everything- from stitch detail, style line and color hue to the farmers who grow the fiber and plant dyes I use.
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Storyline for Collection: This collection is all about the break between boundaries – about those moments between nighttime and daybreak or the space between a wisping cloud and a bright blue sky. Oversized style lines influenced from the 1930′s become modern with a flattering fit. Style features like open backs and sides, oversized arms, deep v-necks and waistband-tie closures reflect a comfort level desired in a warm, temperate climate. All pieces are made from cotton grown in Texas and milled in the South. I hand-dye and hand-make each garment here in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
And keep in mind I will be releasing new pieces periodically over the warm weather season!
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PLAYING DRESS UP WITH CLARA

My friend and neighbor came over to the house today to drink Diet Cokes and work on laptops on the porch. Pretty perfect Monday if you ask me. Around 3:00 I noted how golden the light was and then I REMEMBERED>>> I had already asked Clara if I could photograph her! She agreed so we ran inside and I got to throw clothes at her. I hit her my Loral lipstick and a little liquid eyeliner, then we were out the door!

Sometimes the best outfits come to life with no planning!

Clara is wearing >>> Dress from FreePeople, under dress from Goodwill, shoes from Urban Outfitters, bracelets from J.Crew and F21, necklace from River City Apparel, flower crown from from F21 and hat from Free People.

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RUFFLED UP

Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if I had used this title before. The fact of the matter is that ruffles make me really happy. I wish they didn’t. There are actually moments that I realize dressing like a toddler might not be a great choice… but I have no control. I just love my ruffles so much. I actually went through a phase where I added ruffles to all of the my clothes. No joke. The bottom of my dresses and skirts and around the collar on my tops!

I mean… What says happiness as quick as a ruffle? Ruffles have no purpose but to make us happy. That is why they exist, just think about it. Some days I wish I had a more utilitarian style, but I will always be the girl with glitter, or confetti, fringe, bows, studs, and ruffles.

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Coat from H&M, necklace from NastyGal, black dress from Walmart, bracelets from F21 & Nasty Gal, boots from F21 and epic ruffle socks from Lord & Taylor!

I wish I had some really cute and quirky sign off but its late and I don’t. Just do your self a solid and get some damn ruffle socks. Let your inner toddler out to play.

xoxo

JAiME