my 2018 spring/summer WARDROBE picks

Updated: Apr 28, 2018

With every new season, I look forward to updating my wardrobe with a few new items. Even if it is something small, it can make a huge difference. Bracelet, scarf, or belt can change an outfit into a trendier version of itself. I try to keep in mind what I have and love to wear, and how I can improve the looks. It is inevitable that some outfits fall out of favor, and, that means, it is time to replace them!

I clean out my closet at least twice a year: fall and spring cleanings. I offer things to friends, and what is left, I donate. This season I am adding relatively large items to my wardrobe. Mostly because I have not shopped in a long time. I recently started to return to my size after being pregnant with my second child. With that said, I cleaned out older items that I don't like anymore. I offered all of them to my sister-in-law. She was super excited to get a few beautiful pieces from my closet.

After assessing what's in your closet, make a list of what you need. Not want, but need. Write down the basics missing from your wardrobe. It could be a classic white shirt, a trench coat, or the perfect little black dress. Whatever the blank spots, write them down. This will be your reference for shopping. Nina Garcia.

With the new me in mind - mother of two now - I went shopping. I grabbed a few items that are practical since I need to run after at least one child at all times. Yes, I am going back to work, but I still need to deal with them in the mornings and evenings. My additions had to be practical. Each morning, I play a careful game of avoiding my children's dirty hands and faces. It is a risky business to get a toddler and a baby ready while staying in pristine condition.

They are evil little monsters. The second I put my going-outside-the-house clothing, they want to touch and hug me. They know that I am avoiding the contact and they happily charge right at me. Sometimes I have to dodge the dirty face coming in for a hug. The baby knows when it is the worst time to drool on me and so she does. I can see the wicked smile in her eyes and then I see IT. The drool is slowly dropping from her mouth onto my top. I am trying to twist away, but I fail.

I learned one trick with the baby. Carrying her facing forward saves me, sometimes. She, of course, is not deterred by this little challenge. She still manages to spit food onto my arm or thigh. With the older one, it is a bit harder. He is faster and bigger. My tactic is not to play with him in the morning. If he gets excited and into a play mode, then all the bets are off. So I have to keep it strick and on the point, and go through morning routine like an agenda with no wiggle room.

The last tricky step of the morning routine is to get them in the car. The car is dirty. And this is probably hard to explain if you have never had to put a child into a car seat. It is not trivial! It is so easy to get dirt on the clothes while helping them in. So many times I would catch myself, a second too late. Sigh. That is the beauty of having children.

Well, let's get back to my shopping. Again, with all the challenges that I face, I needed to get practical additions.

The first item is a sweater. I love a good sweater that can be worked into many different outfits. This one is particularly versatile and fun. I can easily style it for the office or a playdate. I can layer it with a jacket or blazer.

The second item is a top. This one I love because it is a dark color but not black. It has a very feminine detail around the neck. It is suitable for the office and can be paired with a pair of jeans or skirt for a cocktail hour.

The third item is a pair of jeans. I wanted slightly distressed blue color jeans. These are perfects. They have exciting detailing on the sides and stop right at my ankle. I can pair rock these with heels or sneakers.

The fourth item is a sun hat. Every summer I search for a perfect hat. I am not sure, yet, if this is the one, but I sure will give it a try. During a weekend, I end up at a park or on a playground, and it is crucial that I have proper protection from the sun. We cannot live without the sun, but it is SO damaging to our skin. I try to do my best to remember to use sunblock and wear a hat. My husband finds my obsession very entertaining especially when I am chasing after my two-year-old child to apply sunscreen.

The fifth item is a bright crossbody bag. A great blue color to add to any outfit. It is light and small enough to carry around all day. It fits all the basics that you might need. And it is small enough that it does not get in the way when I am picking up my monsters.

I hope you enjoyed the read.


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