Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Makeover

With the official start of fall this past week, I decided to finally start making the transition.

I started with the easy stuff. The fun stuff. Like the wreath and the flag--because nothing says I am ready for fall like the changing of the yard decor.


Then I moved on to transitioning the babies' closet because I realized I would feel like a negligent mommy sending her kids to daycare in tank tops in October (even if it is still around 80 degrees during the day here). This task was a bit trickier because I didn't take advantage of last year's clearance sale to stock up on winter clothes, and I missed the Moms of Multiples Fall/Winter sale.

So today Marty and I hit the stores and tried to find some good deals. Between Kohl's and Old Navy, the babies now have some new cute fall/winter clothes.

And minus Marty's grumbling, this part of the summer-to-fall transition was pretty easy and pretty fun, too.

But, then I looked down at my juice-stained shirt and flip flops and realized the yard and the babies aren't the only ones in need of a seasonal update.

And I started to panic--ever so slightly.

Last winter I blamed my disheveled appearance 6 month old twins. Will that excuse work as well a year later?

While I love buying baby clothes, I feel totally inept when it comes to buying clothes for myself, especially now with my post-twin pregnancy body.

Everything clings to my middle.

I feel guilty when I splurge on clothes for myself, so I need to find good deals, which takes time I don't have.

Anyone out there have some fashion tips for this fall? Must-have items? Best brands? Best places to shop? If you could see me right now, you would know I need all the help I can get!


I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

I have also decorated for fall! But I have not yet transitioned my kids closets. Part of it is that my husband is yet underemployed and I can't buy them new clothes yet, and its' also still 80 degrees or higher here when they walk home from school, so the need isn't there yet.

As for me, i can totally empathize with you about clothes. I don't have twins, but I have had 4 children- my youngest is 9 months old. I have lost all the weight, but that doesn't matter anyway, since every time I lose the weight, my body is still differently shaped than it was before the pregnancy. Most of the time, I don't buy myself new clothes. I usually take my sister's hand me downs- luckily she dresses really cute and takes care of her things. I also have recently learned to take pleasure in shopping second hand stores. We have a few here that sell name brand used clothing- they're very particular about what they buy from first time donators (they buy used clothes from people) and in turn, we get 70% off the original retail prices. It's great! And sometimes you can find things there that you'd NEVER find anywhere else. It makes me think outside the box.

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sharon Larson - SharonTOGETHER said...

Ok...ok..ok..I was going to decorate for fall tomorrow, but know you've REALLY made me want to. As for feeling guilty about purchasing a wardrobe for yourself, I have something to say. :)

Your babies are so blessed to have a mom who loves them and takes care of them. They deserve to have a mom who feels beautiful. And you deserve it too. It's not selfish; it's self care. A few new clothes that make you feel special is like giving a special gift for your family. Taking care of yourself allows you to take care of others even better. <3

Amberr Meadows said...

I just discovered you from VB and am now following and will be back for more awesome tips and great content. Take care!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I have so much fun buying for the girls! :) :) I sometimes spend too much, but I rationalize that they're only 2 1/2 [or whatever], once.

As for me, I can't say I have much advice. :/ I will make a concerted effort to shop for myself from time to time, but I seem to always end up with more tshirts! HA! I will say that I bought a couple of those open cardigans last year - including one heavier one from Gap - and I love them. I'm so thankful to see they're still in style this year!

I tend to shop Gap, Old Navy, Target, and New York & Co. It mostly makes sense for my life right now. Funny I have a gift card to Talbot's that I got before I got pregnant. I have looked at it a few times and kinda laughed...I don't exactly wear many suits or tailored pants these days! ;)

Kathy said...

I have not decorated for fall yet, I think I will do that this week. Since my kids are in school I do the fall clothing back to school thing, so they are all ready and prepared, but I too am in need of some fall things. I have to say, my sister-in-law gave me a shawl last Christmas, and I love it, you can find them for very little (depending on sales anywhere from 10 and up) and they give an instant lift to anything you wear. I like Lands End for me as well as Coldwater Creek. I find that a few kep pieces can really strectch my wardrobe! Good luck and have fun!! xoxo

**Nicole** said...

Uber cute fall decorations :D So much fun! And *yey* for Khols and Old Navy for super duper cute kiddo clothes (that won't send you into the poorhouse ;) )

Ah yes--that fun mommy middle we all have. The *good* news is that loose and flow-y is actually "in" right now. I was able to stalk up on a bunch of shirts at Ross last winter that were super cute, super cheap, and super loose/flowy/stylish. You can even find the loose long shirts in the Junior department that are just perfect for Mommy bodies :) Good luck and happy shopping!

jpattencoble said...

My advice- go shopping with me!!! :)

Anne said...

I am the same.I head off to buy for myself and end up with clothes for the lads!When I do buy lately I would rather have one or two great pieces than a load of bits.Then you can assesorise with lovely jewellery or a wow bag!

Tasha said...

LOVE the Fall flag!! I need to get a new one. I decorated for Fall weeks ago and am slowly getting the boys new fall clothes. I am already wearing Fall colors because I just can't stand it anymore!!! I tend to go with more solid colors and classic looks. Trendy shirts are fun, but they trend goes fast. I LOVE funky flats for Fall. And add some trend with groovy jewelry. I am finding out I look better if I dress my age then try to look hip with younger clothes. As an older mom of 6 year old twins I do not want to look like I am trying to look 20something. I wish we were closer...girls' shopping day would be so much fun!!!!!

Kenny said...

HI :) +1 visiting from VB :)

RoryBore said...

I too focus on my yard and gardens. out with the summer butterfly stakes and candle votives, in with the Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations. Children's closets are pretty much revamped....I at least know where the warm clothing is located.
Myself? Yeah...still at the bus stop most mornings in flip flops, yoga pants - and now add a hoodie because this is Canada. I too need help!

Just Another Mom of Twins said...

I love the wreaths...beautiful! I am very impressed that you are making the transition...I just can't seem to do it yet becuase we are getting summer like weather here, which is awesome and the FALL will arrive soon enough! LOL!

As far as providing style advice, ya I'll be checking back here for some myself.

Happy Monday!

Dvr Dame said...

I need to start fall decor...I'm slackin!

Holly Ann said...

I have no fashion advice since I'm the mom in pajamas at the grocery store, but I will say that I do think you can use the excuse of having two babies/toddlers at home pretty much until they go to Kindergarten! ;)

Olusola said...

I'm a reformed shopaholic who now does 90% of her clothes shopping from Macys. It's just easier getting everything under one roof. Plus Macys sends me so many coupons, I get good quality clothes at Target and Walmart prices. Smart thing was getting a store card that was not a visa credit card and paying it off ASAP.

I'm no fashionista, but fall is about layers for me. Can't go wrong with jeans and long-sleeved tees as your first layer

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