Monday, June 20, 2011

storytelling



how has my style changed since elodie came into my life? call me romantic but i imagine the way she sees me and it makes me want to put on a flowy dress or a vibrant print. i always think about the memories i am creating with my family. my husband says i live too much in a fantasy land...'and i remember my mother, the bustle of her skirts, the song she sang and her honeysuckle perfume.' but she is a part of my story and i am a part of hers. 

my life experience has made up so much of my style -- riding bikes, music, foreign countries, loneliness, cooking, the desert, dinner parties, becoming a wife, work presentations, being a sister, making new friends, becoming a mother, reading biographies, staying up late with my grandma at bingo, living in a city, growing up near the ocean, rocking my baby to sleep, singing, heartache -- these things and more have overlapped creating me. along the way i have worn whatever i fancied without thinking too much about it. vintage, modern, rock n' roll, prep, bohemian -- whatever caught my eye and felt right made it's way into my closet.

and now? i accessorize less. i'm not as fussy about my hair or makeup. i live in dresses, jeans, slouchy shirts and carry big totes. i don't agonize over my outfit choices, i know what i can rock and what i can't. being so in tune with another human being has instilled me with a confidence that i could have never imagined. i feel good in my skin and wish the same for her. but overall, i'd say my favorite change to my style since having elodie has been my search for items that will one day be hers. artifacts from my life that will fill her with wonder or entertain her. whether it's a coin purse from italy, a vintage dress, a leather bag she can wear when she is thirty, i have streamlined my purchases to be a little more special than before. as for the best accessory she has given me -- that's easy -- happiness. i cannot stop smiling. 

sling: c/o sakura bloom linen sling
wallet: c/o marla cielo envelope wallet
dress: mayle
tote: claire vivier 
jewelry: beatrice camel necklace & mal de ojo bracelet
sandals: k. jacques

elodie's sandals: saltwater


thank you leigh for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful group of mamas and to help spread the word about babywearing. elodie loves being in her sling if you couldn't tell! visit marvelous kiddo for more info on the sakura bloom styleathon and enter the giveaway for a beautiful sakura bloom sling and marla cielo wristlet here!

all photos by my wonderful friend sarah yates

37 comments:

  1. So gorgeous! She looks as snug as a bug! I love everything - the dress, her salts, the colour of that sling and THAT bag! ... just lovely! x claire

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  2. oh, elizabeth, this is so gorgeous! it makes me want to cry! what a beautiful post.

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  3. Aw! I love your dress. And her pigtails! This is so, so sweet. I love the concept of dressing the way your daughter sees you! Precious. xo

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  4. I've been reading your blog for awhile but this is my first post. I really loved what you wrote specially that your life experience has shaped your style and how you are creating memories with your clothes. beautiful!

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  5. you are beautiful, mama....and that smile on elodie just lights up the page. what a gorgeous post!

    and you know what? she WILL remember everything. I def remember all my mama's pretty outfits, the textures, the colors, her sassy hair. Not in a superficial way, but the way her style was such a part of her....and the fact that she made an effort spoke to her confidence to me.

    Lovely post....

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  6. oh elizabeth, this made me weepy! so sweet. elodie is so lucky to have such a loving, thoughtful, beautiful mama. all of those who know you are lucky. love you to bits! xoxo

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  7. These pictures are stunning.

    I think that a lot about Iris, even though she's only 3 months old. Will she remember this about me? Will she like my clothes and hair, remember my jewelry, my smell.

    Every Friday I write things called "Mom Notes." I started them before Iris was born. They're little things I remember about my mom from growing up, and now that I have a little girl, ways that I hope I can be like my mother and create things that Iris remembers about me.

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  8. you are amazing. i love you so much!

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  9. This (and you) are so, so beautiful.
    I have also thought of everything you said, many times. When I was pregnant, I started looking through a lot of old photos of my own Mother, and realizing that one day, Elodie would see me in the same light that I see her. It not only made me conscience of how I looked, but who I was as a person.
    Little girls memorize every piece of their Mothers in their hearts. I still remember sitting on the edge of the bed and watching my Mom put on her makeup, and after leaving her room, opening the tiny containers and just breathing in the way they all smelled. Twenty+ years later, I still use the same brand of makeup that she did, and I realize that just like you said, we are a part of the same story.

    I loved reading this, Elizabeth. I am so happy to have found your blog through this Styleathon.

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  10. thanks for making me cry!!

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  11. I love little thoughts of my mother. This really spoke to me. It is a refreshing take on style.

    Kisses from São Paulo,

    Beatriz

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  12. What an absolutely beautiful post and how lovely are you & your daughter!
    PS - Glad you like your Clare bag and necklace!! and I'm totally swooning over that Mayle dress ;)

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  13. awww.. search for items that one day be hers.. thats so sweet! such a beautiful thought!

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  14. LOVE THIS post so so much. Your words warm my heart. Elodie looks absolutely adorable, and you are such a beautiful and stylish mama!! so nice to meet you at sarahs!

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  15. Elizabeth, this is such a beautiful post. You made me tear up a little bit:) xo

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  16. so happy I found your blog, very beautiful post so lovely and Elodie will appreciate it when she is older...my mother handed me a vintage beaded clutch as I was getting ready to attend my best friends engagement, it was perfect. xo
    http://www.annawithlove.com

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  17. such a lovely post. i don't know what else to say. i'm all teary eyed.

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  18. Your photos are gorgeous, love your free style (fashion and mothering!)

    Steph

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  19. i loved reading this and seeing your photos. you look so beautiful and i like your relaxed but chic sense of style. i am so happy to have discovered your blog via the styleathon. i like to be inspired and you inspire me!

    mary x

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  20. I loved this post because I feel the same way with my daughter. The only thing is that now I spend alot of time in work out clothes, shorts and tees and flip flops during the week. She won't remember when she was a baby and I dressed up everyday when we went out and wore heels throughout my back to back pregnancies.

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  21. i am overcome with all of the sweet comments i have been receiving. i love hearing about your experiences on this topic as it is a shared one for all of us!

    sending love,
    elizabeth

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  22. Elizabeth you look beautiful! My new style sounds a little similar to mine. Your photos have almost convinced me to order a yellow Sakura straight away! That's really interesting what you said about choosing your items more carefully now because one day you will pass them to your daughter. I haven't thought about that at all, as all my little ones are boys. Thanks for sharing this.
    Anyway, new to your blog and loving your space here. Will be exploring more.
    Ronnie xo

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  23. you guys are adorable. and although i'm a mother to a little boy (I'm due to birth my second in a few weeks and perhaps it will be a girl)I love what you have written about mothering a daughter and dressing to create memories. A golden silk sling and boho maxi will no doubt stay in elodie's mind and heart forever. x

    i adore your blog x

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  24. I read this last week and didn't have a chance to comment. Had to come back to tell you how touching and honest I found it. I was indescribably moved: you have a gift with words, especially in the way you describe your precious, beautiful little Elodie.

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  25. I love this!
    Also, Elodie is the cutest little girl ever! Her bangs are just perfect on her!

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  26. This is so sweet, you're post touched me deeply. Honestly I never thought a post from a total stranger could do this to me but I am feeling as if I should do the exact same thing in case I'll ever be a mom. Thanks for this beautiful addition to my day.

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  27. ohmygoodness, Elizabeth! A knowing smile, nod of the head and tears of happiness falling on my keyboard...I love this! So beautifully expressed. And what a wonderful way to ...BE. Through all of your pictures on Instagram (look! I'm actually reading your BLOG! :) and the loveliness here, you inspire me to SLOW DOWN. Being the solo parent out here its been harder than ever for me to appreciate the sweet, special moments I once treasured. I cannot wait to get this move overwith and revel in the every day with my girls. Thank you!

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  28. what a beautiful, infinitely inspiring post! bookmarking this to come back to on a regular basis. so lovely. x

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  29. I know this was written months ago but I love your blog so much that, since I only just found it, I'm reading through the archives to see what I've missed! I wholeheartedly relate to this post - since having Mia I am always thinking about how I want her to see me and choosing clothes and particularly perfume accordingly. I feel, like you said, that I am more comfortable in my own skin now and that actually I have become more of the person that I've always wanted to be. I want to be the best version of myself that I can be, for her. Thanks for writing about this and your whole blog - you, and it, inspire me! (Oh, and I'm sorry that my blog name is very similar to yours - I started it last year and had no idea that yours existed. )

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  30. A mom like you, makes all the difference in the world for a child.

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  31. I love the sling. Stella and Presley both lived "on me" for the first years.

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  32. I love this darling! SO beautiful! xoxo

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