mobile May 2015The Cocooners: May 2015

Lay It Down

Sunday, May 24, 2015
My styling class is over and I passed!  I received a 90 on my final project so I'll take it.  We could either do a styled shoot with a photog, model, makeup artist, etc. or a laydown shoot (clothing is styled flat).  I really couldn't get everyone together to assist me in a live shoot so I chose to do a laydown.  I did a total of three looks and below are my two favorite ones.

Strapless Maxi (old): similar here and here; Infinity scarf - DIY: similar here; Earrings - Kirkland's: similar here; Metallic blue bangles - Forever 21 (old): similar here; gold lame clutch - vintage: similar here and here; gold thong sandals - Victoria's Secret (sold out): try these


Ikat Hi-Lo Maxi - Frenchrum Emporium; Belt - Frenchrum Emporium (sold out); Gold hoops - Mark (Avon): similar here; Bamboo link bracelet - Dillards (old): also cute here; Coral Quatrefoil Long Necklace - via Bella Salon: these are cute; Bag - Foley + Corinna Jet Set Satchel; Shoes - Yves Saint Laurent Fatale (old): similar here and these are so cute!

So what do you think?  My project is titled Future Romance and here is my mood board:

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=161364459

 I may do more outfit posts like these laydowns.  It's easy, fun and let's face it, I'm not as secure taking pictures of myself these days so laydowns solve that issue.

Into That Ikat

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Look at this cute easy, breezy dress we just added to the boutique.  I love it (bought one for myself, of course).  I'm still really into ikat and I love the little pop of coral at the straps.

http://frenchrumemporium.com/collections/frontpage/products/hi-low-ikat-maxi-dress

New items added weekly so make sure to check the store often.  We have lots of items on sale too.  Happy Shopping!

Not Feeling Very FIT

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
I have spread myself a bit thin these days by taking an online course at FIT New York - Intro to Fashion Styling.  I absolutely love it.  I can't wait to share my final project with you - it's not due until May 24 so stay tuned.  But I just wanted to share how busy I've been and of course my little blog has suffered.  I was going to continue on with the classes in pursuit of an online Image Consulting Certificate.  Now, I'm rethinking.  Working full-time with a toddler is not my idea of a good life (for me - you do what you want).  I think I have to re-evaluate some work choices before I continue with my education.  I'm so tired and grumpy these days (more than usual, ok) and I know my poor husband is trying to help me as best he can.  Unfortunately, he can't help me feel fulfilled in my career life and that's what I'm trying to work on.  

Family - great.  Friends - fantastic.  Work/Career... wah wah.  I've got a lot to plan out and sort out but I have some big changes coming up.  Everyday I ask God for strength and he's giving it to me but man, when I think about all the time I'm away from my Dax everyday, it makes me sad.  It's too much.  I want to be present in his life way more than I am now and especially if I have another little one.  Don't get your hopes up - no plans have been made to pop out another little yet!

What does your ideal work-life balance look like?  For me, it's way more family time and time for myself than working for someone else.  I wish it was easier!