Playin' It Safe

Nobody has ever accused me of having an adventurous sense of style. I've pretty much stuck to the same handful of "looks" since I graduated from my middle school tomboy days and this is one of them. With a little boot and flannel rotation, I can pretty much be caught in a similar get up weekly! I can say that I need more vests in my closet, especially this winter. We currently have no snow on the ground and the temps are nearly hitting 40, so vests are the perfect cool weather solution. I've been eyeballing this one from Old Navy.

women's fall fashion

madden girl booties


fall fashion
one || Puff Vest
two || Boyfriend Plaid Oxford Shirt
three || Kensie Skinny Jeans
four || Madden Girl Domain Booties

Are fashion forward or do you like to play it safe and classic?

The Scarf || So Much More Than A Fashion Accessory

My scarf obsession began in 2009 with a surgery that left a gnarly scar on my neck. In the throws of my cancer treatment I was very concerned with keeping the area out of sight; not only from other people, but from myself. I wore a scarf nearly every day for an entire year, even in the summer! Wearing a scarf enabled me to feel "normal" during a very untraditional sophomore year in college. As the years went on, I grew more comfortable in my skin and slowly wore fewer and fewer scarves. Now I really only wear scarves in the fall/winter, although being pregnant (aka. constantly hot) I've been wearing them even less than usual. Even still, I think a great patterned scarf can jazz up even the most plain outfits, like a statement necklace for those colder months. 

Here are some of my favorites...

popular fall and winter scarves

one || Multi Butterfly Check Scarf
two || Oversized Gingham Check Infiniti Scarf
three || Cuban Leopard Print Scarf
four || Leopard Print Scarf
five || Red Check Blanket Scarf

Are you a scarf gal?

Things I Want Our Children To Know

Sometimes I think about the inevitable conversation with my children about cancer, more specifically, melanoma. I can't imagine growing up knowing that my mom had any type of cancer at all. It's terrifying to think about even as an adult! I know I can dodge the subject for a while and explain away my frequent check ups as simply that, checkups. At some point though, I will have to share with my kids that "mommy had cancer" and alllll that it means. Not a day that I look forward to and certainly not something I'm prepared for. Until that day arrives, I have a short list of things I hope our children (and yours!!) come to know about their skin.


First and foremost, your skin is beautiful! There isn't a shade of "tan" in the world that looks any better than the skin God gave you. Not even close.
SPF on each morning just like you brush your teeth. Sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine! Unless, you plan on staying in a windowless room all day long (which I certainly hope you don't) the sunscreen goes on. There is plenty to be said about the wide variety of sunscreens on the market, but at the end of the day the best kind of sunscreen is the kind you'll use. 

Find a wonderful dermatologist. Just like having your teeth cleaned and seeing an eye doctor, a visit with your dermatologist should be regular and consistent. It's just part of life. Make sure you find someone you trust and communicate openly with. Mom will help you, but a good place to start is always a recommendation from another doctor. 

When in doubt, check it out. If there is ever anything new or suspicious on your skin, have your dermatologist look at it. There is never any harm in being told "oh that's nothing. It's completely fine!"

Your mom and dad are trying their very best to protect your skin when you are little, which hopefully gives you the best possible start!

We love you and your gorgeous porcelain skin. 

You can find more information on staying safe in the sun here!

Have you had to have the difficult conversation with your children about cancer? How'd it go?