What do a pink off shoulder sweater and self-confidence have to do with each other? More than you would think. When I ordered this sweater, over a month ago, I was still pregnant. I ordered up in size assuming that it would take me a while to get back to my pre-baby body. I tried it on for the first time about a week after Riley was born. It was basically a skin tight crop top at that point. I thought about returning it but decided I loved it way too much for that. A pink sweater that is off the shoulder and actually stays in place? It’s like finding a unicorn in your backyard.
I keep trying the sweater on weekly and it very gradually is beginning to fit the way I like. I have been wanting to put outfits together and take pictures for the blog because I miss it so much. This sweater was my first choice because I love it so much. However, after I looked at the pictures I just wanted to cry and throw myself a pity party. Having a baby and losing control of your body is hard. I am not one of those magic moms who gives birth and is back in their skinniest jeans within two weeks. The weight hangs on and it takes me a LONG time to get back to where I was pre-baby. It takes a lot of dieting and hard work, and time.
After I deleted almost every picture we shot of the sweater, I made a very conscious decision that this space is my space and our space. It’s a place to be real, especially when it comes to fashion and being a mom. Neither of which are perfect. I named this blog A Dash of Pretty because sometimes a dash of pretty is all it takes in life to make things a little brighter. Pretty is subjective and it is a personal feeling. A dash is a little bit, because nothing is 100 percent perfect, most especially in life. This pink off shoulder sweater is my dash of pretty right now.
Do I feel confident in these pictures? No, but I am trying to.
Right now, my head space is this: to be comfortable with myself in the fact that I carried and gave birth to a third little person. My body did that and it will never be the same. But that is ok. It motivates me to be as healthy as I can and to allow myself time to get to where I want to be.
Thank you for reading! -XO