WHAT I WORE | Livin’ in Linen

high waisted linen shorts

Remember the days before fashion bloggers hit the big time? When Instagram probably sounded like something more microwavable s’mores related than just another monetization opportunity? Ah, the days when all of us lowly bloggers shared our outfits on the Wardrobe remix Flickr group, found each other, formed friendships, and now have perhaps gone on to more sophisticated style blogs (not me!), have become artists, or maybe mom bloggers, DIYers, or else have abandoned blogging altogether… I just love that we have these archives online where we can see how our fashion and lifestyle has evolved through the years, from when anonymous scrapbookers would post about how I would one day regret my fashion choices, to now when I do look back and cringe, then chuckle, about the funny thrifted clothes I used to put together. It was so much fun!

I started blogging about my fashion choices back in college when I was poor, had a penchant for bohemian tent dresses and vintage boys tees (paired with structured blazers, of course), and spent a lot of time in the art studio, out dancing, or binge watching Lost in bed with Phil. Ah, those were the days! After college, I gravitated towards a costumey vintage aesthetic that was highly influenced by my love of cinema from the ’30s to the ’60s. I would sometimes even sit for an hour under a bonnet dryer while working at home on my computer until my hair was perfectly set.

Nowadays days my style is a bit less unusual, with more modern pieces than ever, and just a bit of vintage influence, rather than a wardrobe that looked like something straight out of the costume department of a local community theater. (I literally had attended a liquidation sale at the costume department at a local school and struck gold on so many great vintage pieces!) The ’70s are hot right now, and I certainly dig that, but mostly I just like to keep cool in the summer, warm in the winter, feel cute and put together during all seasons, and simultaneously be able to play around with my kids, or else sequester my squirming infant and her toddler sister. If something seems put together enough to share on Instagram, cool! If it’s the third day in a row that I’ve worn the same simple shift dress, well, then… that won’t stop me from Snapchatting myself doing something inane while wearing the same sauce-stained white dress as the day before.

I guess I’ve just been feeling a little contemplative about blogging and how much motherhood affects my fashion choices, and yet how my decisions are also still influenced by what I share on social media or the overall aesthetic I’m so keen to maintain. Oh, how much I’ve changed through the years, but I’m still very much enjoying the fashion evolution process, and feeling grateful that I even have the privilege to care about such trivial things.

What about you? What influences your fashion decisions?

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

blouse: Colette’s Vintage in Canton, Ohio / shorts: ASOS / shoes: Clarks
brooch: vintage / purse: thrifted

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Tall Story 1960

Tall Story 1960

Sometimes, when watching mid century romantic comedies, the old sexist stereotypes bring so much heat to your face, it’s tricky to actually watch the film through all that blood. And then other times, the charm, wry humor, and surprising character relatability of the film smacks you with the realization that the 1960s female caricatures aren’t too far off from your own modern day life experiences.

Joshua Logan’s Tall Story is a fun, light-hearted romantic comedy with a lot of what you might expect from a film made in 1960 and so much more. Anthony Perkins and Jane Fonda (in her debut role) are perfectly cast in their roles, their young, flustered chemistry crackling off the screen and actually making their swift romance convincing and sympathetic.

Tall Story 1960

Tall Story 1960

Tall Story certainly isn’t a comedy to be taken too seriously, though it does provide a both maddening and amusing snapshot of a time gone by when sexuality and feminism were quite different matters than they are today. As one who is increasingly sensitive to sexism in classic film, even I found myself chuckling the whole way through this movie, entertained by the story and acting, but also being reminded those girls I met in college in search of their M.R.S. degree. Wait, was that me…? Surely not. But there are some fun correlations between the romance in this film and my own personal segue into betrothment. Read on, my friends!

Tall Story 1960

Tall Story 1960

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Living Room Progress

mandimakes living room

Slowly but surely, some really fun changes are happening in my home, and the living room is becoming transformed to a place of peace, rest, and fun! Most importantly, it’s a place where we all enjoy spending time together, and while I attribute that to familial affection, I also like to think that my recent decorating decisions have something to do with our enjoyment of the space. Check out this post from a month ago to see what I had originally planned for this room’s little makeover.

I’ve been focused on limiting the color palette of the room, and actually severely decreased the amount of art on the walls. In turn, the space feels calmer and the decor more intentional. The most dramatic change so far has definitely been the installation of shelving around the television in lieu of a gallery wall. I love the balance this wall of shelves has given to the room, and the additional surface space for houseplants allows for more chances to add life and in turn more calming, natural elements.

mandimakes living room

mandimakes living room

mid century boho living room details

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This little living room refresh has turned into a bit of a bigger deal than I had originally planned (should’ve seen it comin’!), which prompted the selling of some of my old beloved home accessories in order to buy new things. (If you follow me on Instagram, you most likely caught wind of the sale, and you can still check out available items here!) I sold furniture, art, lamps, rugs, and more, which allowed me to buy some new things that aligned better with my vision for the space. See the link list under the image above to check out some of the new additions to our living room, though the toy storage credenza was a DIY project as featured on A Beautiful Mess, and my live-edge coffee table was part DIY/part Craigslist sourcing, and I’ll share more about that later.

Deciding to put doors on our toy storage situation was a huge change to my own enjoyment of this space! It’s minimized a lot of the plastic visible in the room, which makes the everything else feel more put together, even when there are toys all over the floor. Bonus— the kids don’t drag out as many toys because there are now doors between them and the toy bins!

Also, opting for a more organic shape coffee table was a great way to break up all of the angles and straight lines of most of the items in this room. Thank you, to those of you who suggested a different coffee table for this space! I’m in love! Adding a couple of knit poufs also helps with this, and is a great place for kids and extra guests to pop a squat next to the coffee table.

I did move the art (ski jumping guy) from the fireplace wall to over the sofa, and now there is nothing by the fireplace except for some plants— including a big ficus tree, all of which fill out the space quite nicely. So I’m not sure if I actually want to hang anything above the fireplace, or just leave it up to the plants to adorn this corner of the room. I’m digging the more minimal vibes of that white brick fireplace wall, so for now, plants it is! (Check out the new ficus in this recent post about houseplants.)

 And finally, the limited color palette really helps tie together everything in the room, which encompasses the media wall, the seating area, the play area, as well as the office area that all coexist in this room, which is actually a decent size for such a small ranch. (Keep in mine we have no other living space nor basement in our home.) Choosing something besides off-white for a rug helps ground the space, considering all the walls are white, and the dusty pink rug in the seating area provides contrast against the taupe terrazzo floors elsewhere in the room.

mandimakes living room

Things are coming along quite nicely in here! I’m just waiting on the new sofa slipcover from Comfort Works and a couple of styling touches, and then I’ll be ready to share the grand reveal with you all! I can’t thank you enough for your input on my last post about the living room, and all the helpful comments and encouragement on Instagram. The living room would be looking mighty different if it wasn’t for the input, and it definitely wouldn’t be coming along as well. So, thank you! -Mandi

WHAT I WORE: White Before Labor Day

white jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are the name of the game this summer! Any time I feel cute, put together, and indestructible these days, I’m usually wearing a nice fitting jumpsuit. I’ve had a few moms ask me how well jumpsuits serve me when trying to go to the bathroom with two kiddos… and all I have to say is, it’s not any easier or more difficult than any other time! Ha! The things you don’t appreciate before kids, I tell ya.

I’m of the mind that jumpsuits are a total win when momming, and here’s why: Lucy has a knack for pulling down my pants, or pulling up my shirt, or flipping up a skirt. I dare her to try any of that nonsense with this outfit. It’s impossible. And just like dresses, jumpsuits are an instant outfit, which means no fishing around for both clean and matching clothes, and no worrying about thigh chafing or the summertime sauna that tends to happen under dresses, as breezy as they might seem in theory. (Hey, just keepin’ it real!) Just like a great fitting one-piece swimsuit, jumpsuits make me feel put together, pulled in, and unlikely to become exposed in any unwanted ways. Total mom uniform win!

orange slice purse

I’m loving this orange slice purse I made, and it looks so cute with my favorite orange suede shoes. Check out the tutorial to make your own over at A Beautiful Mess.

Oh, and P.S. I’ve been all about dangly earrings lately, which is a huge bummer, because Juniper is all about them too. Total mom fail! I make sure to wear these bad boys only when I have kid-free moments.

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

jumpsuit: ASOS / purse: DIY / shoes: Zappos / earrings: vintage

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star dangle earrings

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