mobile Cocooners: June 2012

Life Updates

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Just to get everyone up to date:  We sold our house officially on June 15, 2012 (had a bit of a bidding war which was awesome in this economy) and made out very well.  We are now temporarily living in a two bedroom apartment in Grapevine.  Grapevine is actually a very cute little city or town.  The downtown area is cool.  Come hang out with me there sometime, k? 

We are building a house in the Frisco Hills neighborhood of Little Elm and we are so ready!  This has been such a long process but we trusted in God's timing and really looked to him to guide us to the right decisions.  If we had sold our house last year and moved to the other home we were building, I can tell you with hindsight, it wouldn't have been the best situation.  

Now, we are just waiting for our son to arrive into this world in about 4 weeks!!  Hopefully, I get the apartment cleaned and uncluttered by then...and I need a pedicure...badly.

Romper Room

Friday, June 29, 2012
I am thrilled to introduce guest blogger, Heather Joy Hampton to the Cocooners!  Heather is not only a wonderful friend that I've known since 5th grade but she's also an author and a gorgeous red head - hey, I like to surround myself with pretties.  I was so proud of her for writing her first novel, Marina Girl (available on amazon and bn.com).  It is such a good read that is at times light-hearted and hilarious and at other times, very emotional and earnest.  How cool is it to have a published writer guest edit my blog?  I say very!  Without further ado, Miss Heather Joy:


illustration by Livia Hajovsky
I would like to start off with a shout out to my dear sweet friend and beloved blogger.  Love ya, kid.  Camille and I bonded over fashion in elementary school.  Even back then, she had swagger and style.  Don't ask me how home slice pulled off being a sophisticated 5th grader, but she did.  That's just how Camille rolls.  It wasn't the labels on her back that made Camille sophisticated, it was how she carried herself.  20 plus years later, I admire Camille's style more than ever.  Now beautiful Camille is having a baby! Not only is she having a baby, she's having an August baby (holla to all the other Leos in the house!), so little newborn's go-to outfit will probably be a onesie.  As hot as it gets in Texas, that's what most of us will be wearing once the weather hits the triple digits. 

Coincidentally enough, one trend summer fashionistas have in common with the blessing growing in mama-to-be's tummy is the onesie/romper/jumper.  The onesie is all over fashion magazines right now as a summer trend.  Short romps, capri flowy, or wide leg jumpsuits, the romper is in, at least for this summer season, and perhaps next year.  Not sure this is a trend I would purchase as an investment wardrobe option, but for now, it's uber fashionable.  Plus it's a comfy option for summer! 


Don't get me wrong, this summer trend should be handled with delicate care, and accessorized within an inch of it's life.  Think chunky bangles, statement necklace, cocktail ring, and boo-ya hair paired with platform espadrilles and a holy mofo handbag. 

Situations like a romper demand respect, like the handbag that jackass you dated who thought buying you a gift with a comma in the price tag would compensate for being a jerk.  Chloe and Kate Spade can't cure a wandering eye, but they are the quintessential holy Batman! you own for curing a romper quandary. 


A romper that hits mid-thigh and lower looks super posh paired with chunky jewelry, stacked sandals or espadrilles, and a straw bag.


Rompers that hit higher on the thigh and metallic gladiators, or any flat fancy sandal looks sweet and summery. Maybe add a funky fishtail braid to make the look earthy.  And, well, if you are in the Lone Star state and want to rock a pair of cowboy boots with your romper, go for it!

XoXo,


Heather Joy

Camille's Baby Shower Teasers

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Yes, I am referring to myself in the third person.  Sometimes it is just necessary people.  My baby shower was nothing short of super fantastic and so much fun.  Hosted by two of my besties, Kelly and Kim with help from cousin and photographer, Shayla Richardson, it was more than I could have asked for.  I had a bevy of relatives and friends there to visit and it was just so special.  I can't wait to share more pics but I can't find my usb cable to my camera... it's packed away somewhere, dangit!  So for now, a couple of teasers taken by Shayla and more to come!



Caftan Cammy

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I love a caftan or kaftan, however you want to spell it.  If you recall from this post, I was able to get thrifty with one from World Market.  Since that time, I bought another very similar style from World Market in grey for about $30 (no sale).  I'm a bit obsessed with them and I want to add more to my wardrobe.  They make me think of hosting casual cocktail parties at home, which I will do at the new fancy house.  I found some great styles for your viewing pleasure.



 







the glam Caftan from here

Ivory Silk Chiffon Gown w/ Beaded Bodice and matching Wool Caftan Coat, from here

Flip Out

Monday, June 25, 2012
My pregnancy wardrobe is not that bad.  I've actually enjoyed buying maternity clothes.  However, I think I'm done.  I only have 5 more weeks to go until my due date and if I wear the same three or four outfits over and over again, so be it.  After all, I wear the same two pairs of shoes, er... flip flops, in rotation.  They are so comfy and are really the only shoes that fit my swollen, tubby feet.  I did splurge but if you were to do a cost per wear calculation, they are more than worth it.  These are very sturdy and well made flip flops.  These wedges offer great support and don't make your feet look fugly flat.



I did buy some nice and cheap flip flops from Old Navy that are actually very cute.  A bit less sturdy than the TBs but they were under $10.  Can't beat that.


Were you able to wear regular shoes during pregnancy?

A Personal Post

Friday, June 22, 2012

This blog is nothing, if not personal.  With that said, I still struggled with the choice to write this post or not.  I decided to move forward however b/c this topic has been weighing on me and it’s how I feel.  See, personal. 

I had an uber small business I started back in the day that was really just a small clothing line and dressmaker business.  It wasn’t lucrative in the long run but it was enjoyable and rewarding to create and collaborate with customers.  I had a couple of blogs and a newsletter that seemed to spark interest in fellow bloggers and friends.  However, because it was not lucrative, I closed up shop, so to speak, with the intention of starting another small business down the road.  Fast forward to present day and I find myself seriously thinking the time is right for me to commit myself wholeheartedly into starting said business.  Luckily I have an amazing husband who is absolutely gung-ho for me to work for myself and use my talents for the good of man-kind.  But here is where I falter.  I second guess myself and my ability to work for myself full-time and make a living.  I often feel very unsupported by friends and family to the degree that I don’t push myself or market myself their way b/c I shut down.  But isn’t this where a small business proliferates - with the help of and recommendations of family and friends? 

People close to me rarely read my blog and certainly never comment on it.  Maybe they don’t understand that I need their help with increasing my reader base and page views.  Maybe my content just doesn’t interest them.  But my content is me.  They like me so why not like my blog?  I do have friends who seem interested in my advice for parties and styling which makes me so happy.  I can’t tell you the joy I feel when one of my girlfriends asks me for advice on what outfit she should wear on a first date.  Happy – happy!  But I have some close friends who don’t show interest at all.  I don’t think they have ever even read my blog or asked me to make them a dress, or whatever...  We are all busy but it hurts your feelings when you feel like your friends are too busy for you.  Life is so very short and full of so many downs and blows to our spirit that I just want positivity all around.  I try to give it b/c everyone needs it.  But I’m not feeling this positivity being reciprocated by some people I thought would be more supportive.  Am I taking things too personally?  To quote an interesting blog I read earlier, “Business should be about business and growth, not about emotions.”  Well I wish I wasn’t emotional about this.  I’m all about paying it forward so I try to support local businesses and I really do try to support my friends and family with any business I can throw their way.  Whether it is a recommendation or purchasing their goods and services myself, I do what I can.  This should get a bit easier as I move closer to civilization in a few months.  I have very talented friends and family members and I want to be their customer.  Does anyone really want to be mine?  Am I just not putting myself out there enough to gain their support?  Do they sense my insecurity and have written me off because of it?     

It is not my intention for this to come off as a woe-is-me plea for sympathy, but again, how I feel is how I feel.  And this is not about money.  It is about time and thought.  I just said to my dear friend the other day (who is having a similar moment of feeling unsupported) that time is the most precious gift you can give someone.  I believe that, anyway.  I tend to be a very reactive person, which may be why I’m getting these results I’m not happy with.  You scratch my back, I scratch yours.  But my back is still itchy.  And I promise, I’m trying to scratch your back first.  If you know an area in life you could better yourself, then work on it.  Constantly I work on not being self-centered and while giving tends to come naturally for me, I consciously try to take my giving a step further. 

People in my life have been so completely generous to me in so many ways so this is not to bash how anyone treats me.  I honestly have the best friends and family a girl could ask for.  They are wonderful.  Truly.  Except maybe in this one area.  How do I get them to believe in what I do?  Is it b/c I don’t believe in myself enough and it shows?  Maybe I haven’t taken the proper steps to let them know how serious I am about working for myself and utilizing my services.  To quote another great article, “Women solo entrepreneurs in particular can have feelings of being alone and unsupported. Often they do not know where to look for help and advice with their new business. They're confused and overwhelmed.”  That is exactly how I feel.  I can always get and receive outside help and support but I want more than that.  How do I begin to delve deeply into making it as an entrepreneur and not taking things personally? 

For now, my plans are to man up and just fake it until I make.  A growth in my self-confidence is a must in the next few months if I’m going to succeed.  I know I need to be a better marketer for myself and choose the right ways to market myself – this does not just include facebook, but here is a link to my facebook page, Frenchrum Emporium and my etsy store so you can check them out.  As for a support system, I need to make sure to keep surrounding myself with like-minded people and other small business owners/entrepreneurs.  They understand, after all.

In conclusion, I am just going to state that I would appreciate any kind of support you can give me.  Need an inspiration board for an upcoming party you are planning?  I’m your girl.  Want some personalized stationery for your own business or personal needs?  I’m your girl.  I understand that the market is saturated with little home businesses and party planners and “creative types” with small businesses but this is me.  Help a sista out.  Recommend me to some friends.  Use me.  Pretty please?

(Not to make anyone else feel bad but I need to give a sincere thank you to a few of my girls for helping me feel supported when I could tend to focus on the negative:  Kelly Herrera, Jennifer Rivers and Heather Joy Hampton.  I believe that you do go the extra mile with me in offering your support and it does not go unnoticed.  Selfishly, I adore the time and attention you give me.  It feels good to a needy Leo like myself.)

Mixing Prints

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Wearing two different prints has been a trend for a while now but I honestly have never embraced it.  Some gals can pull it off but it's just never been an aesthetic I've appreciated.  I am, however, interested in pushing the envelope with my style, especially when I can wear regular clothes again.  So, I saw these amazing pants the other day and thought they would be a great jumping off point for me to try my hand at styling an outfit using mixed prints.  I think I would actually wear this.  Would you?

from left to right, clockwise:  earrings: ABS by Allen Schwartz; top: Dorothy Perkins; gunmetal pavé bracelet: Zirconmania; wide bangle: J Crew; gold pavé link bracelet:  J Crew; drape collar jacket: Dorothy Perkins; pumps: Christian Louboutin; print trouser:  Dorothy Perkins

Insight

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Today I'm:

obsessing over:  This blog, Kiss the Groom

loving:  this outfit, here
  
judging:  these people, here

missing my friends:


waddling:
 
really extremely, super uncomfortable 

blessed: 

At Home Maternity

Saturday, June 2, 2012
I'm so excited to share a glimpse of my maternity shoot with you.  


The fabulous photographer also happens to be my cousin, Shayla Richardson of Shayla J. Photography.  What a talent.  I was 28 weeks and 3 days at the time.  I didn't want to be too big and bloated so the timing was just right.  See more pics of the shoot here.