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My Responsible-Mom Parent-Teacher Conference Look

Happy Monday my friends!! How in the heck are you? I’m so happy to be back to regular scheduled programming. I love the holidays so much, but I am a creature of habit and routine. And let me tell you, with all the fun I had last month, there is NO way in heck I can handle that type of habit and routine. My liver, waistline, and pocketbook is grateful. I’m super excited to be back to writing regularly and I’m super pumped to share this look with you!

I love making a statement with my clothes everywhere I go, it makes me happy and I have a ton of fun with it. But there are times when I want a little more subdued, pulled-together, “I’m a responsible mom” look. Don’t get me wrong, I will show up to parent pick-up with a full fur coat on. I have no shame. But here’s this thing, I do have a bit of a self-conscious spot. I became a mom at a young age (pregnant at 17, baby at 18)(my son is awesome)(but don’t do that). And showing up to the high school for teacher meetings when I am, by far the youngest person there, makes me a little squirmy. Especially when EVERYONE shrieks “WHAT?? You have a high schooler?!?” Every. dang. time. So I would like to lovingly label this look as “Yes, I’m a young mom to have a high schooler, but I am responsible and I have my act together (sometimes)(maybe)”. I feel pretty inspired by it. Lets get on with the show…

First off this jacket is from TARGET. TARGET PEOPLE!! It’s tweed with a little gold thread in it, has fabulous detailing, and it’s cropped, which is awesome for little 5’2 shorties like myself. And hold on to your shorts my friends, it’s on clearance right now for $17!!!!!! $17!!!!! Run to Target!!! (or just follow that link, it’s pretty easy too and less sweaty).

As far as the shoes go, I am LOVING pearl details. The whole trend started showing up this past fall, and I have a feeling that it will be sticking around through spring. I’m seeing it in shoes, jeans, hats, shirts, pretty much everything you put on that hot bod of yours. So keep an eyeball out for it while you’re out shopping. It’s an easy trend to participate in and anyone can pull it off.

This shirt is originally from H&M, and I can’t find it there anymore, but I did find a similar one at Old Navy. The fit is a little longer than the one I’m wearing, but the one I linked would also look adorable tucked in as well. I have this intense gravitational pull to anything black & white striped (I blame my bit of french genetics). Between that and my beret collection, I’m one baguette away from retiring by la Seine.

I hope you guys enjoy the outfit and find some inspiration in it for yourselves! As always, comment with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions of things you would like to see more of!!

xo, Melissa

Jacket: Target
Striped Shirt: (Similar) Old Navy
Shoes: (Similar) Amazon
(Necklace & Clutch are 4 years old)

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