Oversized Button-Down Shirt + Real Talk

August 16, 2017

oversized button down shirt _Anthropologie striped button-down_Levi's distressed jeans

oversized stripe button-down shirt_ cult gaia bamboo bag

Monroe Oversized Buttondown _ Anthropologie oversized stripe button down top_distressed denim jeans

Anthropologie colorblock button down shirt

oversized stripe button down top _ Cult Gaia bag _ Levi's Distressed Denim Jeans

Cult Gaia bamboo bag

oversize striped button down top _ Anthropologie button down top _ best distressed jeans

striped Anthropologie top _ Sunflowers and Stilettos fashion blog by Jaime Cittadino

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Oversized Button-Down Shirt  //  Levi’s Jeans  //  Bag  //  Anthropologie Earrings  //  Karen Walker Sunnies  //  Steve Madden Bow Sandals

SHOP THE LOOK:


 

Oh, hey guys! Fancy seeing you here. I can’t believe it’s been THREE WEEKS since I last posted! Before I get into more detail on why I’ve been so MIA, let’s briefly chat about this cute outfit, shall we?

As you may or may not know, I’m 19 weeks preggers. These photos were taken about a month ago, so at the time, my pregnancy wasn’t as noticeable to the general public. Of course I thought I was HUGE [I know… I’m so dramatic], but jokes on me because I’m only getting bigger. In fact, this photo sesh was the last time I was able to squeeze my tush into these high rise distressed jeans. If you are on the hunt for a good pair of under $100 distressed skinnies, look no further. These are it! They’re $88 and super flattering.

When I saw this oversized button-down shirt, I knew it had to be mine! The cute, color block stripe pattern is what initially drew me in… and then when I realized it was an oversize fit I was SOLD. Two days after taking these pics, I wore this top as a swimsuit coverup to the beach. It’s a nice cotton fabric and a great Summer to Fall transitional piece. I love how it looks with these statement earrings!

I’ll be swapping out the sandals soon for booties or a cool pair of mules. I think this leopard pair would be a fun pattern mix for Fall!

REAL TALK

I honestly didn’t realize how much time had passed since my last post, because I feel like I’ve been working 24/7. I wish I could say I took an intentional break to relax and reset, but nope. Haven’t done either of those things. I’ve touched on this before, but to those of you who are new or newish here, blogging is my second full-time job. Actually, now that I’m a mom, I should probably say it’s my third full-time job. My normal week day starts at 4am, so I can do blog related tasks for 3-4 hours before Harley wakes up, and I have to get her ready for school. This morning I hopped out of bed at 3 [without an alarm clock] because I was eager to put together this post for you after realizing last night that I’m legit the #WorstBloggerEver.

In addition to the early mornings, there’s a lot of late nights and time spent on the weekend to operate this thing. Most people [unless you’re a blogger or my husband] don’t realize the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. If I sound like I’m complaining, I promise you, I’m not. I choose to blog because I love it. And while yes, it is technically “a job” for me at this point, if I ever lost my passion for it, I’d stop in a heartbeat. Life is too short to not spend time doing what you love and spend time with people you care about.

BUT, I’m not going to lie… I am TIRED. Like really, really tired. I think we as women push ourselves as much as possible to “do it all.” Unfortunately, there’s just not enough hours in the day! My “me time” is pretty much non-existent and if you’re my good friend reading this, then I’m sorry for probably not calling you back, checking in on you as much as I should be, and for being a crappy friend!

When Harley was about 9 months old, I shared a post on Adjusting to Life As a New Mom, and still feel many of those same feelings… like I’m constantly behind, trying to keep up with life. I thought by now I’d have my act together, but I don’t. Not even close! I’ve taken on even more responsibilities. Some days I feel like a total boss, and other days I’m just so exhausted and defeated. It’s like a never-ending rollercoaster.

I’m sure once Baby Boy enters the world in January, I’ll really be in over my head and will have to make some changes. At least the no sleeping thing is something I’m already used to!  Perhaps hiring help for in the home or for Sunflowers and Stilettos would be the smartest move to make, but we shall see. Like everything else, I’ll just keep on keepin’ on!

So, with that being said, I’m back and will not be disappearing for another three weeks. I appreciate your patience as I figure out a more manageable and consistent routine for myself. For those of you who can relate, I’d love to hear what you do to accomplish it all! Tell me in the comments below!!

Photos by Heather Holt

 

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply Kristen August 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

    So glad to have you back boo! I completely understand how the demands of life, work and blogging can be so overwhelming at times! It is always good to take a break so you can start again feeling refreshed. PS – You look gorgeous mama! Love that top on you!

    xoxo
    Kristen
    http://www.everychicway.com

  • Reply Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary August 16, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Loving that shirt! Red looks so good on you!

  • Reply Amy M Loochtan August 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I think I need this top! It’s gorgeous and will def. hide the “bump”

  • Reply Stephanie // A Sparkle Factor August 16, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I love this top on you! You look amazing. I totally hear you on feeling overwhelmed, behind, in over your head… I feel that way and don’t even HAVE kids, so I can only imagine! Thank you for sharing, it definitely makes me feel less alone! <3

  • Reply MCKENNA August 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I totally understand! I have been trying to figure out a better schedule for me and my boy! It’s so hard to juggle everything, but you look like you are doing it well!! I can’t even imagine being pregnant and having a child lol. That might be what is holding me back from baby number 2 🙂

    McKenna
    stylewaltz.com

  • Reply Kristina August 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I’m with you girl- people don’t often realize how much work goes into writing just one blog post. Unless you blog full time, it can be so hard to keep up and still have free time. What do you do full time??

    xo, Kristina

  • Reply Lee Anne August 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I agree with ya, girl! It’s a lot work to get everything together…but so worth it!

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

  • Reply Lilian August 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I am not a mom or a blogger, but like you, life is crazy and stressful and the demands on my time are horrendous. First of all, you cannot be self-deprecating. Every day you need to look at yourself in the mirror and either hug yourself or tell yourself you’re amazing or that you’re the best mom/wife/blogger/daughter/pick a role and own it. I’m positive your babies are just as happy as can be and don’t care if their room is impeccably decorated and clean or if their dinner is all organic. Whatever makes you decompress or makes you centered, do that for 30 minutes a day. I’m no guru or anything, just a fellow woman who wants you to remember you’re amazing. And I love your blog. Keep smiling girl!

  • Reply brittany garcia August 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Ok!!….
    1, You are not the worst blogger ever!
    2. That top is too cute and you do not even look preggers!
    3. You are Supermom!!!!

    Brittany 🙂
    http://www.kingdomofsequins.com

  • Reply Kim August 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Loving the colors in this shirt and those earrings are fabulous! People don’t realize how much time it takes to get a blog post up and finding that balance and taking breaks is necessary!

    xoxo,
    Kim

  • Reply lexi August 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I definitely ALWAYS feel behind, but being a mom teaches you what your priorities are, and you’re doing an amazing job juggling it all!

  • Reply emily August 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    This shirt is adorable! And it could totally be used as a swim coverup too!

    • Reply jaime_cittadino August 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Yup! That’s exactly what I said haha! Wore it to the beach two days later and loved it!!

  • Reply Bianca August 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Here’s how I do it all……. ready ?……. I don’t. Lol. I’m the driver of the hot mess express over here 🙂

  • Reply Kasey | Running in Heels August 16, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Love that top! It looks so comfy and you look adorable as always!

  • Reply Erica @ Coming Up Roses August 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

    GIRL I don’t know how you do it…3-4 am is INTENSE!!! That’s amazing. I blog full time now and it’s still hard for me to get up at 6 am to get my ish together- so many props to you!!!!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Reply jaime_cittadino August 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thank you! I don’t really have a choice unfortunately! I work my other job 9-5 (or longer), so it’s the only way I can get it done! If I didn’t have my other job, I would NOT be blogging at that hour, haha!

  • Reply Madeline August 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Such a cute shirt! Looks comfortable and easy!

  • Reply Megan Stokes August 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    First, I love those earrings!! Also, I feel the same way you do so much of the time. It’s hard to ever feel caught up! Pretty much thrown that hope out the window. I’m also due in Jan with #2 and am bracing myself for a super tough schedule, even though so ready for it to get here! You are incredible for getting up so early to manage it all!!!

  • Reply Angelle August 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Gorgeous!! Love this oversized button down on you. I think that you look perfect and can’t wait to see that baby bump grow.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  • Reply Andrea Bai August 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    You look amazing! Congrats on your pregnancy!

    Andrea Bai

  • Reply April August 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve been crushing on this top for forever but it’s sold out at my local Anthro. Looks so cute on you!

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

  • Reply Lindsay August 18, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Girl blogging is a full time job itself and it’s really freaking hard to balance as a mom. Since I had my daughter I only post like twice a week and sometimes less. I have really had to let go of saying I should post or I have to, but it’s so hard. You’re doing great!

  • Reply dawn August 18, 2017 at 2:53 am

    First of all you don’t even look pregnant. Second love how you styled this outfit! I can imagine how tired you are with everything you are doing, some days I don’t even know how I AM FUNCTIONING as a mom lol!

  • Reply Kelly Torrez August 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You look great! Blogging can be incredibly stressful at times, especially when juggling a full-time job!

    Birdie Shoots

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