How We Wore It // Fashion Collaboration.

Let me start out by saying that this post is probably the farthest out of my comfort zone I've been in quite a while. In fact, I am actually cringing thinking about publishing it. Back in December, cute Brooke from Silver Lining posted about a fashion collab she did with some other bloggers, and I remember thinking how fun it would be! I was invited to join them again this time around (yay!) but I soon realized that being a fashion blogger is SCARY. I'm still not comfortable with how my postpartum body looks, and my style is very simple-- nowhere near the kind of thing that people want to "pin" or recreate. Posting pictures of myself without a baby to draw attention away from me is not something I relish. However, ever since starting my adventure with LuLaRoe, I have learned that all the magic happens when you're outside of your comfort zone, and I am trying to teach myself to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Therefore... this post is happening no matter how awkward I look in the pictures and how nervous it makes me to publish it.

For this collaboration, all of us have started with this image via Moiology and have been challenged to recreate the look with what we already had in our closets. When I first saw the picture we would be using, I was stumped. I couldn't think of a single thing I had that I had in my closet that could recreate this look! After a couple days of stewing and wondering if I should just go buy this outfit so I had something to wear for this post, I realized I have a pair of jeans that are very similar to that pair. Which led me to realize that this outfit looks like a slightly dressed up version of what I wear pretty much every day. 

I put together a perfect outfit with a striped tee, my boyfriend jeans, a statement necklace, and some ankle booties but when I went to put it on to take pictures, I realized it just wasn't me. If I was already uncomfortable with just taking and posting pictures of my outfit, I knew I needed to be wearing something that I was 100% comfortable in.

So, I dressed it down. I swapped the big statement necklace for my simple gold necklace with Jack's birthstone. I put on my favorite tennies in place of the cute booties, and let my hair do whatever it wanted. This is very much my every day "mom uniform," but I also feel like it pays enough homage to the inspiration picture with the stripes and boyfriend jeans. Plus, how could I forget my leopard print sunglasses?

Once I look past all the nerves I have about publishing a post like this, I am so glad that I joined in on this collaboration. It challenged me-- which is something I think we all need more of. I was able to learn things about myself, my sense of style, and where I want this blog to go moving forward. I think most of all, it motivated me to keep reaching outside of my comfort zone so that eventually, I won't have to feel uncomfortable anymore. I feel like I have been limiting myself because of my insecurities, and I don't want to be held back from achieving great things. So, here is to getting outside of our comfort zones and watching the magic happen! :)

And now that I have gotten weirdly introspective about a fashion post, go check out these other ladies to see their interpretations. They are some of my favorite bloggers, so you know it's going to be good!

Brooke at Silver Lining
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Brielle at Ready or Not
Laura at Sincerely, Laura
Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Bri at Breezy Days
Alexa at He and I

My (Somewhat) New Adventure

I have been SUPER neglecting my blog lately, but for good reason! Back in October, I took the plunge and became a fashion consultant for LuLaRoe, which has kept me CRAZY busy! For those of you who haven't heard of LuLaRoe, it is an amazing company which has provided me with the opportunity to sell an exclusive line of fashionable, comfortable, and affordable women’s clothing while still being a stay at home mom! It is not an MLM, but rather  a direct sales company that has helped me start my own business as a fashion consultant and I am LOVING it!

I first heard of the company when I won a scavenger hunt for a free skirt I saw they were doing on Instagram last summer. Since then, I attended a friend’s pop-up boutique and then hosted one of my own because I was ADDICTED to how comfortable and cute the clothes were while still being modest! Seriously, modesty is a huge thing for me and I have had such a hard time in the past dressing modestly but still looking fashionable. LuLaRoe was a game changer! After realizing how much I loved the clothes and hearing about the success of other consultants (and a lot of encouragement from my family), I dove right in and decided to sell it myself, just praying that it worked out and I could be successful! There isn't a day that goes by that I’m not grateful for that decision.

I get asked a lot what exactly it is that I do, so here is a quick rundown: I carry a supply of about 300 maxi skirts, pencil skirts, dresses, tops and leggings (for little girls too!) which I sell mainly at pop-up boutiques in hostess's homes. I try to do about 2 in home pop-up boutiques every week. Depending on how far I travel for them, it comes out to be around 7-8 hours spread between two days weekly, which is the perfect balance for me of being able to get out of the house and do something productive without taking too much time away from my family.

I feel incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity, even though sometimes I feel a bit like a chicken with its head cut off trying to juggle being a wife and mom, designing blogs and running my own small business! I love helping women find clothes that fit them perfectly and make them feel confident in their own skin. :) I think I have finally got my time management under control, so you can definitely expect to see more of me around here, and maybe there will even a little more fashion incorporated into the blog now! I obviously wouldn't sell these clothes if I didn't think they were amazing, so head over the LuLaRoe's website, check out the company's story and use code BRIELLEDUBOIS for free shipping!

If you are interested in seeing even more about what I do,  you can also follow me on Instagram: @lularoebrielle or like LuLaRoe with Brielle on Facebook and feel free to shoot me an email with any questions you may have! xo