Wednesday, July 20, 2011

full circle



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.

my outfit//
dress: h&m
marc jacobs i love you necklace
shoes: jeffrey campbell
sling: c/o sakura bloom pixie in rock candy

betsy:
sling: c/o sakura bloom simple linen in wheat

elodie's outfit//
dress: h&m
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!

28 comments:

  1. that was beautiful mama. so very sweet and special! little elodie is such a sweetie! well done girl! (as a total aside, you have the most amazing hair....i have total hair envy!!)

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  2. I love all those multiple screen shots, was it done on iMovie?

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  3. This video is beautiful! How special to have made this! Now you can cherish these precious moments with your daughter years from now. I'm a fairly new follower to your blog and I love it! :)

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  4. That video is so sweet. Who sings the song that you have playing??

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  5. quel magnifique blog, j'adore!!!!!

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  6. I love it, Elizabeth!! The shot of Elodie kissing your friend's tummy is SO sweet! How did you do this movie? The split-screens are so awesome!

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  7. So beautiful. My favorite video of the Styleathon. That song is simply precious. I've so enjoyed following you during this series. Congrats. xo.

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  8. LOVE! So lovely.
    And some serious awesome videography!

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  9. Such a sweet video! I love the different stages of motherhood and I think you perfectly depicted how we're all tied together.

    Favorite line of this post though: the one about squeezing back into white jeans. I know I'm only five months in, but, oh dear, that seems like an eternity away.

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  10. yay! you did it, and did it beautifully! {i knew you would} :) congrats mama! you are amazing. xoxo

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  11. Elizabeth

    this video is beautiful...

    and you are so spot-on lady...a community of mamas all supporting each other makes motherhood even more lovely and magical!

    so glad to know you in this little online world!

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  12. This video is very beautiful. You are so very talented. So glad I just found you. Leigh

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  13. so very beautiful and so very special!

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  14. This video blows my mind. You are such a stylish but loving mother and friend. What a great combination in a woman. I just found your blog by Designlovefest. I'm not even a mother but am so inspired by you.

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  15. beautiful elizabeth. the video is so charming - my heart is swelling with love and thoughts of the babies that will one day be mine.

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  16. Beautiful video!!! What a great round this has been. I have loved seeing everyones videos. So precious.

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  17. LOVE the movie! Just about the sweetest thing :-)

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  18. Oh my goodness, the song in your video made me smile!! Not to mention, the imagery was so gorgeous.. you are very talented and definitely have an eye for beauty.

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  19. Goosebumps! I adored this snippet of life, real life. It resonated with me so much (I birthed my own little girl earlier this week).

    And elodie's woven play headband - divine! X

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  20. thank you so much for your sweet comments. i really appreciate each and every one of you. COMMUNITY!!

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  21. So sweet! You and your daughter are beautiful! I loved the song too, it was perfect.

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  22. this is just so so sweet. your video made my heart happy.

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  23. I was talking to my husband just now and he noticed I was particularly lovey-dovey. I realized it was because I just read a bunch of your blog entries -- you put me in a lovely mood.

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    1. this is one of the nicest things i've ever read! makes me so happy.

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  24. I loved your video! Congrats on being the "grand" winner!

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  25. Thank you for sharing this beautiful video! I found you via other styleathon mamas and just love the simplicity and beauty of your blog. I love the Woody Guthrie song too, but can't seem to find it anywhere...do you mind sharing the name of the song?
    Congrats on winning- your video was so very sweet.

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