Friday, November 20, 2009
necklace - J.Crew, sweater - Banana Republic, skirt - Old Navy, tights - H&M, socks - Joe Fresh, boots - Franco Sarto
After spending the majority of the week dressing for practicality and comfort, I decided that I needed a change of pace. So I pulled out the J.Crew bubble necklace that I recently acquired and set about building an outfit around it.
It's funny. I've adored and lusted over this necklace ever since it came out in it's original turquoise and coral versions last year (or was it even before that?). The $150 price tag seemed like highway robbery to me. I mean, c'mon! It's still a plastic beaded necklace. So every time my wistfulness over the necklace began to surface, I tried to flatten the feeling like a pancake. It's too big! It's a mass market piece of jewelry, so it's not that special. How could a petite girl like me pull it off anyway?
Well thanks to one of the lovely ladies on Fashionism who sold me hers, I was finally able to give into temptation. I actually danced when I pulled the necklace out of it's little silver box. It's much lovelier than I expected it would be, and I think it's my favourite piece in my jewelry box. (Of course, it also takes up half the jewelry box!) Maya likes it too. While I wore it today, every time the necklace was within reach of her grasp, her eyes would sparkle and she would touch it very very gently. No grabbing, no pulling… just admiring. My little girl is growing up.
I am astounded by how quickly she changes and how much she is learning. Right now, when she looks at me, it's with such sweetness, such unconditional love and trust and approval. Thinking about it just fills me with so much happiness, that it's almost impossible to believe. Before I had children, people would tell me, just wait. Children change your life for the better and in ways you can't even imagine. I knew they were right, but I could never imagine just how much of an impact children make on you. I don't think there are words that could exactly describe how my life and my core being has changed. Yes I am still very much the same person I was before I had Maya. But I've also changed in both subtle and unsubtle ways.
Maya growing up is such a bittersweet thing. On one hand, I am proud of the fantastic person she is becoming, and love to see her grow. But on the other hand, I wish I had a pause button so I could enjoy her just as she is a little longer.