On being fancy.

I have never thought of myself as a fancy girl. Like, ever. Before I left the away-from-home workforce, I worked for Young Life which meant that I basically wore jeans every single day to work. So I was always casual girl.

Then I became a mom, and my wardrobe just didn’t really change. As much as I’d like to wear yoga pants daily, it’s just not me. It feels really inauthentic for me … mainly because anyone who knows me well knows I’m definitely neither headed to or from yoga. (I’m not anti-yoga or anti-exericse … it just sadly isn’t a part of my life).

So I end up being the fancy girl. The fancy girl who wears fur vests. Last year I found this really pretty faux fur in the clearance bin at Joann. So I obviously bought it. I used a free vest pattern from Purl Bee as my template and lined it with some colorful striped fabric I bought from my favorite etsy shop.

Add to all that faux-fur-fanciness the incredible Warby Parker* frames I want to buy. Kenny thinks they look like safety goggles. I’m ordering a second home-try-on set with all kinds of crazy colors and styles so that he sees just how adorable and not loony these are.

I forgot to put on lipstick. Forgive me … it was before 9 am when I took this picture.

Because who doesn’t need a faux fur vest lined in rainbow stripes??? Although, I must give a warning to anyone who wants to try this: cutting faux fur makes your house look like you’re a bunny murderer. It sheds like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Erin, your Anneliese would love this, amiright?

Anyway, as it turns out, party of my fancy persona is that I love, Love, LOVE accessories. Like, I feel naked when I’m not wearing jewelry. When people are all, “I’m not really a jewelry person,” that’s equivalent to someone saying, “I’m not really an oxygen person” to me. (Perhaps a slight exxageration.) So it was a natural step to finally, after years of waffling, sign on to be a Stella & Dot Stylist.

I mean, I already wear a ton of their jewelry. I have adorable charms with my girls initials that I wear on a chain with my grandmother’s wedding ring. The Rebel pendant? Please … it’s close to perfect. Oh, and let’s talk about these earrings that are gorgeous and seriously as light as air.

Let’s all pretend that the sun streaking over my face is intentional and artsy, shall we?

Oh, and I actually have silver charms, too. So that my children won’t feel slighted if I’m in a silver mood, evidently. I have been eyeing the Pave Chevron necklace for months before snagging it … it can be worn like 27 different ways or something!

I know this isn’t a great picture. Bless my phone’s heart … .it couldn’t figure out what to focus on here. There’s a lot going on with all the fur.

Anyway, here I go jumping into the world of being a sales-ish person. If you’re interested in checking out more about Stella & Dot, just click on the tab at the top of the page here. Or come by my house Saturday if you’re nearby … I’m having a little party for my fancy jewelry.


*This is not a paid sponsorship of Warby Parker. They neither know nor care who I am. I just really love their glasses.

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