I was going through the photos on my phone and realized I never posted these from when my parents were in town.  They're really cute and I miss them a lot, so of course they need to be shared!  Also, my dad informed me that he's never made an appearance on my blog, so Dad, this one is for you ;).

If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.
— Winnie the Pooh

I've mentioned that my mom came into town before having the baby to help out.  She ended up staying an entire month until my dad drove to Indiana to bring her back home.  I don't think I will ever be able to repay my parents for the help they gave our family during the eventful transition from one to two kids.  My mom became my second set of hands as she pampered me -- cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, and playing with Pier.  Let me tell you, the woman has a heart of gold.  She's full of gentleness, thoughtfulness, and grace.  She is also a big kid in the best way and I loved watching her creativity take hold as she played with her grandchildren.  She made him a puppet show and a play house out of all the Amazon Prime cardboard boxes in our garage. The stuff she comes up with!

Seeing my dad meet Eulalie for the first time was so sweet.  Watching that manly man become a big softie whenever his grandchildren enter the room just makes my heart melt.  That little girl already has him wrapped around her tiny finger!  We miss them both so much.  Even though it's been almost two weeks since they left, Pier still asks where Kimmie and Pepere went every morning.  He loves his grandparents (almost as much as he loves flowers ;)).  We're doubly lucky to have my in-laws coming into town this weekend to meet Eulalie so I know he's going to have a blast with Annie and Papa too.  Family is everything to us, and I'm just really grateful to have four people in our lives who love my children as much as I do.

ethical fashion | outfit 02

Indiana has been wooing me with the weather this week.  It's sunny and 75 with a slight breeze. IN AUGUST.  Weather like that just begs me to play outside! That's exactly what our family did over the weekend when Brad wasn't working.  Here is an outfit from our little family picnic in the park (we ended up throwing the frisbee in a field...which explains why my outfit looks a little disheveled in some photos ;)).  I love the simplicity of this outfit.  Not to mention, it's comfortable, my favorite color combo, and reminiscent of Maria Von Trapp -- what's not to love, right? 

outfit details:

SHIRT | notperfectlinen
SKIRT | vintage, similar here
SHOES | lottas (secondhand)

ethical fashion | shop directory


Here you'll find a composite list of
ethically minded clothing companies.  
If you want to add a shop to this list (or notice a mistake!), please contact me at  I'm always looking to share about new shops that are passionate about
changing the fashion culture.  


ace & jig

alternative apparel


brass clothing

buttercream clothing




first rite clothing

frank and eileen

gather & see

grove & bay


imogene + willie

jude connally

LA relaxed


love 41

lula roe

matter clothing

mod + ethico

national picnic


odd bird company









synergy organic clothing


thread harvest

vetta capsule


ali golden

amour vert

ash & rose

bridge & burn

camilyn beth

conscious clothing

elizabeth suzann


fog linen

free label

grace & lace

hackwith design house


james perse

krochet kids

lafayette 148

lotta from stockholm

love comma

make it good

mata traders


nena & co


off on

paige denim

pintl + keyt

rag + bone





selfish mother


taylor stitch

twofold clothing




apiece apart

babaa knitwear

bryr clogs

christy dawn


eileen fisher

emerson fry


francis + benedict

gaia conceptions

groceries apparel



jamie + the jones

kyla wren

latch dress co


loyal hana

marine layer

mirth caftans

nickle & suede

not perfect linen



read & bell

raven + lily

sweet lupine



sseko designs



united by blue


ethical fashion | outfit 01

Hello friends!  Here's my first outfit post in my ethical fashion series.  I'm just a little excited about these and, from the encouraging feedback I've gotten, it seems like you are too.  Thank y'all for being so kind and playing along.  Talking about clothes will forever be a guilty pleasure of my girly-girl heart!  

Without further ado, here's outfit number one:


Dressing a body postpartum isn't always easy, but I think it helps to put on real clothes and a splash of makeup to help you feel like yourself again.  It's equally important to be gentle on your body and accept your changing shape as it is -- excess weight, cellulite, stretch marks and all.  You just pushed a baby out of your pelvis, remember? I'm doing my best to change my thinking by turning those body image negatives into beauty marks.  God created us to bring a new soul into the world, and that is a remarkable task that should be celebrated.   

This is an outfit that makes me feel beautiful in my postpartum state and it's become a staple in my summer wardrobe. .  My dress is from a newfound favorite, Pyne and Smith.  Each dress is made entirely from linen (my fabric crush!)  and is hand sewn in California. I love it not only because it is beautifully made, but also for its versatility.  What looks like a skirt and shirt is actually a dress worn with a cropped top.  Wearing shirts over dresses is a favorite style secret of mine in order to add variety in a capsule wardrobe.  This dress has a "sisterhood of the traveling pants" quality... I wore it constantly during my pregnancy in the warmer temperatures (still fitting into it in month 9!) AND it has buttons which makes it nursing friendly.  It's also the perfect dress for postpartum because it's not tight, making it comfortable and camouflaging.  Basically it's magic and it's been on repeat over here during the last few weeks!

outfit details:

DRESS | pyne & smith clothiers
TOP | sotelaco
SHOES | born footwear*, ethical alternative here
BAG | madewell*, ethical alternative here

for the sake of transparency, I do incorporate ethically produced clothing with things I already own.  these items are not from an ethical clothing line (denoted by *), but I will always try to find something similar that is ethically produced.  

life lately

our july in photos

July was fun!  Our garden took off and is producing a crazy surplus of tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil.  We haven't killed anything yet, so I would call our new hobby a success.  And I'm enjoying eating sun ripened tomatoes straight off the vine (aka CANDY).  

Not sure if you heard the news, but we welcomed a new addition to our family earlier in the month.  Here's the last photo of me pregnant aka me in labor at the front entrance of the hospital (LOLLLL) -- I was having one contraction PER HOUR and at my 40 week appointment my doctor checked me and I was at 7cm.  Isn't that nuts??? I was walking around at 7cm dialted...and was basically in labor for two weeks.  It was wild. 

Anyway, we've since been enjoying getting to know our sweet Eulalie.  I've spent the majority of my days just snuggling her and staring at her and smelling her head.  Approximately ten days ago (but who's counting), I caught the most intense summer cold equipped with coughing, sneezing, fever, and migraines.  And as of this week, I gave it to everyone else in my family.  Except Pier has all those things AND is it's been a party of crazy over here. It's also my first week of solo parenting because my parents left on Sunday.  I'm doing my best to rock this mama of two thing and so far I'm convincing myself that I GOT THIS.  Ole. 




Last but not least, a photo of our family of FOUR, taken at our first outing (church), six days after Eulalie made her entrance.