Every so often my friend Heather, hand Zoe down some clothes…this is great, not only because of the savings (Reduce, recycle reuse…saving the EARTH here people…) it just solves my styling ( or lack of) for Zoe.. She just gets a bunch of tops, and only wears the ones she likes…I am so jeans and t-shirt kind of gal myself, so the bag of clothes usually offers her a variety she may not have gotten with my purchases…Yesterday were lucky enough to receive a loot pack – Zoe was so excited, almost as much as I was – and she laid out all the different clothes in the categories, and even put a couple of outfits together to see how they matched…and at the bottom of the bag, was this glitterlicious, striped dress with beautiful detail in the shoulders…and she picked striped leggings and her striped socks and finished the look with her silver slippers… she looked SO adorable this morning… and then she decided to cover it all with a belly long sleeved orange shirt…I did everything in my power to remain silent, swallow silently and relish in her pure satisfaction with the girl who reflected back at her in the mirror . I asked her – do you like what you see, and with a huge smile she smiled her toothless smile (is that tooth EVER coming in?) and said “yes” she was horrified at the thought that she might have to change into the school-wear as it turned out they moved Spirit Day to Thursday instead of tomorrow – and since I didn’t know about it, (even though Kyle swore it was true) I told her that she was fine with what she’s wearing and that she’d have her jacket on anyway so on one would no wether she was, or was not, wearing her Spirit Day shirt underneath or not… and so we walked to school, a mom, a boy and the happiest “feeling like a million bucks” girl. When I picked her up from school I thought the outfit was not completely ruined by the orange top, and that she somehow pulled it off…and that maybe I could learn something from her about dressing outside the box…but when we got home I asked to get some photos of her, WITH and WITHOUT the sweater… I posted on FB the two options…if you’re curious… I promise, I let her, and she did, put back the other top, and completely supported her in her choice and I HOPE she didn’t hear me when I muttered, (and I sound SO OBNOXIOUS TO MYSELF.. ” I like it better without but I also like it with…”
But the most important part of this story, is that I got an image I love – I just love this photo of Zoe, as it is a complete representation of myself, who I am and the style I like to portray – and of course, my spirit just lifts with all these STRIPES!!!!