Wednesday, July 20, 2011
for me, the sakura bloom styleathon has been a beautiful exercise in all of the different stages of becoming a mother. getting our bearings in our new skin which is much different than the one we had before babies came our way. some steps have more spit up and looser clothes and some find us in our white jeans that we can finally pull back on (but will have foot marks on them in no time) - at each point we hold our little ones close. sometimes to run an errand, sometimes to point out the fairies in a tree. at every step of the way we are connected to them. we are also connected to each other.
while our journeys are so intensely personal, with a community of women to rely on, learn from and help support us we can do anything. it's kind of a miracle! i wanted to try and communicate this in my last entry. i invited two women who are a part of my community (who also have style for days) to participate in this video. betsy, mother of 4 month old mirth, and louise, 36 weeks pregnant with her first child, a boy. i called them with an idea that i wasn't sure i could pull off in a day but it turned out exactly as my heart imagined -- showing the connection we have to each other as mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, friends. i feel grateful to share this most human of experiences with them, the other mothers in the sakura bloom styleathon and all of the wonderful readers.
i love the intention behind the sakura bloom styleathon -- to share babywearing while adding our own personal style. after reading all of the other mothers beautiful, heartfelt posts i really see that we aren't that different from each other. whether we choose to dress up or dress down, we all have our own means of self expression and our love for our children (and babywearing) unites us. the beauty and individuality shines through because of this love. i know this is a sponsored post (my first) but it really resonated with me and i am so proud to have participated.
so a thank you to leigh for hosting the styleathon and being one of the first blogs i gravitated to online because of your unique voice. you uplift me and make me feel like i'm part of a wonderful community.
thank you to lilla p, selima optique and marla cielo for your effortlessly chic products - it couldn't have been easier to style in to the outfits.
and last but not least lynne from sakura bloom. i am so inspired by your work and am happy to have these slings to keep for my next baby (if i'm lucky...)
you will recognize the dress in the video as the one in the bottom photo. i wore it because it reminds me of the days i held my belly and dreamt of my daughter. who she was, would become and how i would help her on her path. i carry her with me and sing the song, 'home is wherever i'm with you.' thank you elodie and michael. everyday is wondrous with you and i finally feel i have roots.
marc jacobs i love you necklace
shoes: jeffrey campbell
sling: c/o sakura bloom pixie in rock candy
sling: c/o sakura bloom simple linen in wheat
shoes: saltwater sandals
in my delirium last night, i neglected to thank louise, betsy, mirth, elodie and geoff. i could not have done this without each of your help!!
the song is 'one day old' by woody guthrie.
p.s. one of my favorite photos taken by my mother on my birthday!