Monday, June 20, 2011

Finding my style.



















Top: Target, 2006
Skirt: Lilla P, 2011
Boots: Target, 2011
Scarf: TJ Maxx, 2006
Belt: Thrifted, 2010
Sling: Sakura Bloom


Round One of the Styleathon - How Becoming a Mother Has Affected My Style.

67 comments:

Stephanie said...

This is beautiful!

Sunshine Mama said...

Beautiful post! Becoming a mother is truly life changing, on so many levels. I remember going through something similar when I first became a mom. My style changed, mostly because I didn't make myself a priority and didn't have time for it. Today, I have been a mom for 5 years, and I made myself a priority again, my self confidence is so much higher than it used to be and I only recently discovered my style. It feels so good to have "found myself".

Libby said...

This is wonderful.

Jessica said...

This is so beautiful. Your words always make me stop and think...and today I will be thinking about how confidence stems from who you are inside :)

Kait said...

Gorgeous and inspiring, as always. Thank you, Aura.

Crystle said...

Beautiful is the only adjective I can think of!

Stephanie said...

This is so beautiful. There wasn't one day that I liked my body or my style before I had my daughter, Avery. For some reason having a baby made me appreciate and love myself in a way I had never known before. I want Avery to grow up feeling comfortable in her own skin and I hope she never wastes time trying to change herself.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Beautiful inside and out. :)

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

this is simple beautiful....I don't have a little girl just a baby boy and I'm learning to be confident so that one day, he will be too. such a lovely reminder. blessings.

Kate said...

Beautiful, as always. Still trying to "love" my post baby body, but you have a good point. If I'm always down on myself, what will my daughter learn?

Something to think about.

Your posts are always eye opening and encouraging, and I can't thank you enough for your positivity when we all need to practice a little more of it.

much love.

Gosia Myślicka said...

it's probably the most beautiful words about becoming a mom I've ever read...

Jen said...

Thank you for giving words to hopes and dreams. I don't have a daughter -- yet -- but I look forward to this deep inner glow someday, reflected in the eyes of my little one. Gorgeous post!

Hi! I’m Katie. said...

Aura,
I recently found your blog and it is just beautiful. I think this post has been the most touching to me so far. I too, and like so many woman, grew up insecure and unaware of the beauty that lies deep within all of us. I still struggle with finding my style and my beauty and appreciate so much that you have found your own. Every day I get closer and one day hope to find the freedom and release that I’m sure you found when you heard that voice inside of you. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your style with us!
Katie

Jaclyn said...

This is such a beautiful post. Everything is put together so well and your writing is great.

Leigh-Ann said...

So beautifully said, thank you for sharing that.

Brenna said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THAT SKIRT.

the lil bee said...

This really makes me smile. You have such a way with words. Really beautiful:)

Nicole said...

I'm excited for baby E, 20 years from now, to see these photos of you and her, and of you and Michael before she came along. I love finding photos of my mother and father from when they were younger, as they do not easily share them with me. I hope one day you will share these with her, because you are so beautiful and they are photos that she will treasure.

Kathleen said...

i have found, the less i "try" the more satisfied i am with myself. isn't that where style comes from? just. being. you.

Sini said...

I did learn something from you, less I try the more I can be happy with myself. I thought that I need to go and try to be like everyone else, with amazing clothes and hair - but these doesn't change anything if I don't feel good. And that is what I learned from your blog in these few years I've been reading. Need to be me.

Melissa said...

SO nice to read! Thank you!

Fashionably Learning To Be said...

What a lovely explanation of your style! It's so great to know that becoming a mother can help one to feel more confident and sure of what is beautiful and important.

Anonymous said...

"Because I dreamed that looking perfect would make me feel that way"

I will keep this close. Thank you.

katie @ KatieDid said...

Such an inspiring post. Your words are just beautiful!

Danielle said...

Aura,

I found our blog via the styleathon we're both participating in, and I am so glad I did. I found this post particularly inspiring, and the zest and beautiful love you have for life is SO evident. It's contagious. Thank you for this post- it's reminded me of a lot of things, and I am so thankful for that (and you!).

I can't wait to read more.

Your newest reader,
Danielle
<3

Nettie Spaghetti said...

Your words are beautiful, your presentation is stunning and your photographs are dreams waking! I agree with you, now is the time to stop being insecure with our bodies, looks and all our misfortunes. It is now time to be confident in the women we are to show our own daughters that confidece is the most flattering "style" \=) Thank you for your words.

Erin said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post! I loved it!

Lady Jennie said...

Your style is so defined (and lovely) for me that I cannot imagine you ever having to search for it.

Tammie said...

Beautiful! Thank you

The littlest said...

oh aura,

you two are lovely. thank you for your sweet words. it is so, so true that little girls memorize every piece of their mothers - the thing i value the most is what she thinks of me - it is good to remember how important we are to be examples to our children. elodie is so lucky to have you for a mama...

xox elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post!!

Camilla Leila said...

i, for one, love your style. in everything you do...your style of writing, photography, dress, as a mother and a wife..your approach to life.

girl...you've got good style.

thanks for blogging - your blog has meant a lot to me in recent weeks, helping me get through some stuff, and reminding me of what's important and that life is so so so beautiful and should be LIVED.

Zamora Desert Vintage said...

Your beautiful. Much love your way. Xx

Latoya said...

such a beautiful post Aura! i love LOVE this!

Johanna said...

Girl, you're so gonna kill this Sakura Bloom challenge. These words made me weepy! Great job. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, 80something dollars for a skirt? With a baby and a stylist salary? Must be nice.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

This precious and perfect. Well done Aura. You look amazing and that outfit is beautiful. It reminds me a lot of the images you show of your parents in their youth. You remind me of your mother. Keep up the great work your posts are always uplifting.

Julie said...

I love this post...Your style always looks so put together, with an earthy edge. Elodie is getting more and more beautiful each time you share. xo

kelly ann said...

You and your sweet baby girl are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. <3

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Fabulous way to speak through words and photos, and in between. The mother style is quite a journey...

Steph

O'Melly said...

I think a lot of those feelings come along with age as well. I know the level of worry that I once put into how I looked has taken a back seat to what I do and where my heart is in life. It's a freeing feeling!

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Anonymous said...

You were so much more interesting before you got with michael and before you had a child. I used to be a fan of your journal but now it's just too boring and old ladyish

Caroline said...

Hi Aura, your blog has been an inspiration to me. I also love taking pictures, but I'm not as good as you as a photografer. You look beautiful and baby E is adorable. I've just started my own blog if you can visit me: lejadin-insideme.blogspot.com
Bisu

Aura said...

Dear Anonymous #4,

Surprisingly, people grow up. Whenever they do, they have a tendency to wear their emotions on their sleeves just a little less. Prodigious as it might be to remain 21 years of age in body from that time on, I'm terribly proud of the fact that Aura has surpassed her age in wisdom in a way I've witness few to have accomplished.

Hopefully, later in life, you will grow in a way which will allow you to appreciate the things she says. If not, I'm sure a fashion blog or an emo show would welcome you with open, judgmental, and tear soaked arms. :)

Be well,
-Michael

Anonymous said...

Since when did a forum for personal expresion become a means of judging someone's life, outlook, clothing choice and finances?
I applaude Michaels response-such devotion is truely precious.
Aura's outlook on life reflects how she is adapting to her circumstances changing.
She is still hauntingly emotionally honest, sweet, funny, and creative.
Thank you for allowing us to look in on your life Aura, it is appreciated by most.

grace said...

I love this! you are amazing

kim said...

so beautiful. i love it. can't wait to be a mom one day myself! xo

Electro Geisha said...

such a beautiful post... oh my... I hope one day when I decide to become a mother I will have these words of inspiration on my mind... Thank you..

Ailyex said...

Just beautiful! I am due in a fortnight and feeling ambivalent about my body and self image after the birth. But I know that being a mother wil give me a new perspective and I already have so much more respect for my abilities. Thank you for such wonderful pictures and words.

Caitlin said...

Beautifully written, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I found you via Danielle's blog and I'm so glad I did. :) <3

Johanna said...

Whoa, whoa mean anons! Love you, Aura. Hatersgonnahate.

Also! I'm such a nerd for this babywearing style-a-thon. If you were paying attention, anon #3, ::pushes glasses up:: the $80 skirt was c/o the project's sponsor. Everything else she is wearing is straight from the style beacons of luxury, TJ Maxx and Target. Womp, womp.

Princezinha said...

Aura is the best! With her words, she have helped me in ways she will never know. I follow this blog diary and every day I receive waves of courage just by reading Aura's words. Thanks Aura for being there and for sharing with us your life! My vote is yours! Thank you once again for helping me.....Big Kiss Ana

Natasha said...

So incredibly beautiful! You and baby Elodie, your lovely writing and photos, everything. I'm expecting and I cannot wait to experience everything that comes with motherhood. I'm so happy to have found your blog, you're very inspiring! :)

Anonymous said...

womp womp right back atcha, johanna. i'm assuming the author as plenty of overpriced clothes. and overpriced baby stuff is the dumbest thing to buy, as they grow out of it so fast. but i guess it's important to splurge on them onesies.

Mel said...

Hi, I'm Melissa and I've loved your blog for a very long time. But this post most recently rang so true to me that I cried. You have an amazing way with words, and although My son is about to be two... I still feel as if I was never who I was meant to be until he came into my life. I have a completly new and stronger sense of self than ever before. I'm young and working hard to grow up and be who he needs me to be. Every day at the end of the day I lay down knowing I'm doing the best for us. I've always battled with my confidence level. But with my boy at my side and my constant trial and error and striving to find myself I feel more beautiful than ever before. Thank you for your inspirational words an your blog. I know I'll read this post over and over as many of your others.

christiane said...

...ich trage meinen kleinen auch am liebsten im Tuch. Es gibt nichts besseres.
Einen schönen Abend,
Christiane

Betsy said...

Too bad you're so boring and old ladyish your blog pretty much sucks. No one reads it, like - no one. And you're definitely not gorgeous.

And nobody is charmed by an old man eating on the floor, or a black-haired baby wearing flowers in her hair or the heritage of Persian food pictured perfectly on a wooden spoon. No one looks for a long time at how you capture light with your camera like it's no big deal.

And NO ONE thinks Michael is hot.

Roxanne said...

I have read your blog for a couple years and it remains to be one of my favorites. Your photos are captivating as are your words.

As a young 20-something-year-old, I appreciate your honesty and the fact that you choose to share aspects of your relationship with Michael, Elodie, and your family.

Your content has never bored me and I can almost guarantee it never will. Thank you so much for writing such beautiful and kind words.

They are inspiring. xo

Nikki said...

Your pictures and words are inspiring. Never let the naysayers tear you down. Just be you and that in itself is a beautiful thing.

Annie Kennedy said...

This is so incredibly beautiful. I can't get over the magic in the photos that you take.

M said...

As always, a beautiful post and beautiful photos. Thank you :)

Kristina said...

These are such gorgeous shots! So peaceful, but full of life.

Kristina
http://spottedappeal.blogspot.com/

Maria said...

You are pure joy! Even though I don't know you, you feel like a dear friend.

Pearl said...

Your so Beautiful!


Pearl

Liz said...

Isn't wearing your baby amazing? I came to it a little later than a lot of baby-wearing moms, but have worn my son in a variety of slings, pouches, and packs now. Especially handy is our Ergo -- perfect for walking our 125lb Great Dane and 25lb Pom-mix. Especially beautiful is a handmade ring sling from the sister of a friend of mine -- certainly the most attractive hip-carry method! Continue wearing Elodie. My son is nearly 18 months old, and we still love it!

caligo7 said...

I don't know how often you read comments but I have to leave this here. Yesterday I was on Pinterest and I came across a link to your blog. I was searching for "Maternity Style" and found your post on Dressing the Bump. I am 21 weeks pregnant today with my 3rd child and I'm always looking for fun ways to dress while pregnant without just completely loosing myself in everyday maternity clothes. Long story short I loved the post...am now following your blog. The most exciting thing I discovered is that your daughter's name is Elodie. My second child who is almost 21 months is name Elodie as well. How bizarre that I found your blog and discovered that!! Pretty cool to me. My husband and I picked the name and have been glad we did. Some people still give me weird looks when I say it but I know it is a special name. So anyway. Just wanted to share this with you. Love your blog and your inspiring posts. :)