I'm not a super adventurous person when it comes to fashion. I know what I like and I stick to it. For example... I hate buttons. Like with a fiery passion. Alway have and I always will. Bizarre right? Right. Even when I was little I would flat out refuse to wear anything with buttons. My one year of Catholic school almost killed me because we had to wear polos EVERY DAY. At some point in the year they allowed us to wear the school hoodie with our uniform. That was my green light to never take off my hoodie again. So yeah. The more you know....
I almost never wear buttons (flannel is like my only exception) and I almost never take fashion risks. I'll occasionally try out a new trend or something but I usually end up scaring myself back into my old favorites. Lately I've been trying to branch out a little more (thanks Pinterest). One recent trend that has terrified me for a long time was the resurgence of the "crop top". When I hear crop top I automatically think of tiny little Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell. I shudder at the thought of my current mom body in one of her outfits. Yikes. Ugh. Yeah get that visual out of your brain stat. A crop top goes against the dress code for "Mom Uniform". Or does it?
I gave up shopping for Lent but one week before Easter Andrew said I could go pick out a new outfit for Easter. Growing up we always got a new dress for Easter and Christmas. I'm pretty lucky to have a husband that let's me continue the tradition (within reason of course). So there I was roaming around this two story Forever 21 and realizing that I'm getting old because the music is just TOO LOUD. Also there are way way way to many options. I decided that if this shopaholic ever cracks it's going to be at Forever 21. So I did what I usually do when overwhelmed while shopping, I asked Mama Mary to help me find something to wear. Then boom. I saw it. A delicately beaded crop top. I pretty much ran over to the mannequin and began to frantically look for where it was hanging.
Couldn't find it. I had already decided that it was going to go perfectly with the blue skirt (thanks Mary!) I found at H&M earlier. But where was it?! And why is it when you don't need help the sales people are all like "can I help you find anything?" and you're like "no just looking" and when you NEED them they are no where to be found. So I tracked down someone working the floor and asked her where I could find that crop top. Turns out the last one they had was on that mannequin. She asked me "would like this one?", "Yes please!!" I responded. So then we publicly shamed the mannequin by taking the shirt off her back and I went on my happy little way.
So with out further ado, here is this Barista Mommy wearing a crop top and looking nothing like Kelly Kapowski (which in this case is a relief).
So hopefully this post gives you the push you need to try something new/something that just came back around. Can't wait for the Zach Morris phone to make a reappearance.