fifteen fill-in-the-blanks by the ever stylish artistic vanessa of Lady Day. vanessa may blog like a regular mom (out on woodsy adventures and at home with wooden blocks) but she is also an awesome stylist on the side. she posts outfit combos and cool finds, so get your bookmarks ready. vanessa kindly filled in the blanks to entertain you while i introduce benji to cacti.
:: no matter what mood i'm in, i can always go for a: An afternoon in a book store. Especially if it's a mom-only outing, I head straight to the glossies and then bee line it to the cafe for a mocha and a cozy chair. All is well in my world for the next two hours.
:: my favorite go-to outfit would have to be: My dark wash skinny jeans, powder pink silk blouse, brown leather sandals and my Stella & Dot charm necklace and Eternity Band rings. Even if throw my hair up in a messy bun, I still feel chic and pulled together.
:: a good source of inspiration is: My Style Files - I've cut out my favorite magazine pics and articles since I was a tiny tween with an early curfew. At my mom's suggestion, I started an inspiration folder and about once a year I go through and toss out anything that doesn't give me that same feeling that I get when I'm walking around Anthropologie. It has not only helped me trust my "eye" but is an endless resource when it comes to blogging.
:: am so glad my parents taught me: Manners. Kindness has gotten me through a sticky situation or two and a smile is always well received - lessons that seem invaluable when it comes to raising my own family.
:: a song i like to dance to is: While my husband was out running errands this weekend, I googled Justin Bieber's "Baby" and my kids and I danced along to the video on YouTube. Let's just say that I totally understand now. If I was thirteen I would have flipped my lid over this kid. What a natural.
:: i wish everyone knew about: How Stella & Dot is changing the game. Not only is the product remarkable but their mission is all about empowering woman to style their own lives. They are a company inspired by and created for strong women, honoring that generation who rolled up their sleeves, won the vote, raised kids, went off to work, and did it all with style and grace. Today, this is how they'd do it and I'm so excited to be a part of the action.
:: the best thing in my makeup bag is: A mix between Laura Mercier & Bobbi Brown. Even in high school I would save up my lunch money to buy their concealer and foundation. I like to mix and match the two and their colors have always been so natural and pretty.
:: my dream spring break vacation spot is: We are a family that loves the outdoors so I would kick our camping up a notch and hike the Grand Canyon. But I have to add that if I returned home, took a long, hot shower and then hooped on a plane to New York City to visit my best friend for a week, I would have to call that the best two weeks of my life!
:: this may be a surprise, but i am passionate about: Space! I never paid any attention to math or science in school, I thought physics and chemistry were way over my head and now I'm sharing my life with someone who can explain it to me in a way I understand. My husband chuckles at my enthusiasm, but life is so AMAZING!
:: a favorite book that changed me for the better: It's so hard to choose only one but I would have to say that A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle really broadened my perspective. His words really resonated with me and the quality of life that I want to experience which has more to do with being present for my life and those I love than about always reaching for success.
:: one of my pet peeves is: Being fed the University Rule. I would love to be able to gain skills and knowledge about the range of things that I am interested in, than having to be pulled through the rigors of deciding a major and then paying A LOT for required classes that I don't exactly need to pursue my goals. I'm all about a well-rounded education, but if I'm paying for it then I feel I should be able to decide every bit of what I want to learn about.
:: my favorite daily ritual would have to be:In the morning I have decided to not go near the computer until breakfast has been served, a board book or two has been read aloud and my youngest is down for her first nap. This makes me feel better about catching up on my Reader over my morning coffee and knowing that I have my priorities in order. Now only if I could sneak a workout in before the bittles wake up...
:: i am trying to be better at: Creating a post for Lady Day before I catch up on what is happening around blog land. I tend to get compare-itis when I dwell upon how everyone is obviously so much more creative than I am and how they must have so much time on their hands. These lack-luster thoughts never fill the well and nothing compares to the feeling I get when I hit publish on a post that came from the heart.
:: the most recent rad thing i found online was: Miss Moss, a beautiful blog written by Diana, a graphic designer residing in South Africa. She has great taste and on any given day I can learn about art, fashion, design and the wonders of life in a totally unique way. So inspiring.
:: i can't live without: The blogs of like-minded creatives. I know, not a very original answer but I mean it! Three years ago I was a new wife, stay-at-home momma and homemaker. I came across Marta Writes and suddenly didn't feel so alone and isolated from the world. I love reading glossies and blogs have that same kind of feel but are much more in-depth and personal. In my Reader, I have folders labeled "the storytellers", "the creatives", "the momma's", "the eye candy", so depending on my mood I can look in on someone else's life and perspective and gain so much inspiration and understanding. When writing Lady Day, I try to remember to keep it real when sharing my thoughts on life and style because the sense of community that blogging brings is what I'm really after. On the best days, I feel like I'm participating in the GREAT DISCUSSION.