Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Operation MILF - Early Fall Fashion, Classics & ZARA Editions

*Important, Special Note: the products in this post were selected & paid for entirely by me, unfortunately. I'll always note when a sponsor has paid for or solicited a post or product placement.*

At the end of long, nap-free day of parenting yesterday, I found myself in desperate need of some mom inspiration - or "MILF-spiration" as it's known here. Having spent the day nervously watching Master P with the eye of an explosives expert, wondering when the inevitable sleep explosion would *finally* occur, I wished to forget the boogery, sleep free reality of my day and indulge in some idyllic mom & child moments for a spell. Thanks to my new favorite Tumblr - one of those sites you want to propose marriage to, or at least eternal BFF-ness, upon arrival - I got my fix:

                                                  Source: lessonsinlovely.tumblr.com via Melissa on Pinterest



                                                              Source: lessonsinlovely.tumblr.com via Melissa on Pinterest






                                                 Source: lessonsinlovely.tumblr.com via Melissa on Pinterest


Alas, today I awoke to my messy New Normal - if also a currently napping one, thank Neiman Marcus - and a closet badly beaten up by the past few months of full time toddlery. Enter ZARA taking their magnificent mass-market fashions online in the US today, and the forecast looked a bit more Jackie again, if a Jackie as clad in my more-realistic-with-kids version of budget boatneck tees & capri pants.

I discovered ZARA a decade ago, long before Kate / Catherine / Duchess / Whatever popularized the store here in the US. Before I go sounding too Smug Shopper about that, I confess that only happened because I was dating a questionable South American at the time, and we'd go shopping on trips abroad to visit his parents. Half the appeal was being able to drop into conversations - "What, this old thing? I just picked it up on my last trip to Caracas," - and the other half was that ZARA made clothes that were current & that I could afford on a student budget.

I'm well past my dating Latin douchelords phase - it's OK, Holly Golightly went through one of those too - but the ZARA habit has stuck. And so this morning, I happily hopped online to check out their online wares; though we do have a store here in Austin, thanks to Master P I much prefer shopping online *if* I can find a good free shipping/returns deal (ahem, J Crew), which ZARA is offering as of this writing.

In my new mom reality, shirts & pants take a beating, so I can rarely justify crying into my dry cleaning bill over a spit-up covered silk shirt. Hence I try to save money when it comes to buying those two items, knowing they're unlikely to last past a season, and put that money towards investing in better quality accessories (more on those tomorrow). Besides, I have a trip & a camera to budget for, so a high priced Fall '11 wardrobe isn't in my AmEx cards.

Please also note that today's temperature here is predicted to be 95 degrees, so we will not be speaking of fall fashions like wooly cardigans or delicious riding boots until I can bear to think of them.

Enter today's Operation MILF Early Fall via ZARA purchases, all still available as of this writing:

Left: Zip-Up Blouse ($49.90) / Right Skinny (!) Trousers (These don't look perilously skinny, so I'm trying) ($59.90)
Left: Knitted T-Shirt ($49.90) / T-Shirt with Cutwork Detailing ($25.90)  
Where are you finding your MILF-spiration lately?

5 comments:

Mrs. R said...

Oh my word, that tumblr might be the prettiest thing I have seen so far!! I could not stop looking at all the pics! Then of course I had to click on the other links and now I have like 50 windows open up on my computer. 

Mrs. R said...

oops, meant to say open! 

Nauticalbynature said...

Love Zara! I'm not a huge fan of the mustard they are doing right now but I always find something I like.

I hope Master P is back to napping. Those days without naps are the worst! 

Whitney Meade said...

That is such a timeless photo of Jackie.  My most recent MILF purchase happened today: PJ pants and a new tank (it even has lace trim around the neckline, ooh lala).  I realized that I (at 9 months postpartum) am still wearing the humongous men's PJ pants that my husband bought me at Target when I was 6 months pregnant because, for the love, ALL I WANTED WAS A PAIR OF COMFORTABLE PANTS.  So I decided to bite the bullet and buy something that didn't make me look homeless.

Olya said...

Beautiful photos! thanks for sharing:) Make me happy too see how beautiful is motherhood :)

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