FROM FESTIVAL FASHION TO MOM STYLE WITH FOREVER 21

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Wearing: Selfie Leslie Off The Shoulder RomperVintage Havana Espadrille MulesGem Beaded Fringe Drop Earrings

When Forever 21 asked me if they could send me some clothing to feature in a spring fashion-inspired post, I couldn't say "YES!" fast enough. Not only was it continued motivation to lose the baby weight, I've been shopping at Forever 21 for over half my life - 17 years, to be exact! Yes, Forever 21 has been around for that long and yes, I am that old!

Fun backstory: my mom and I discovered Forever 21 at the Collin Creek mall (just outside of Dallas) when I was 16. In high school, my style was half "preppy" (I wore a LOT of Abercrombie & Fitch) and half trendy. We were blown away by the huge selection and great prices and I walked away with a shopping bag full of goodies. I took my love of the store with me to college (my best friend Alyson and I spent MANY hours shopping for sorority parties at the Millenia store) and of course, when I lived in Manhattan I stopped in the Union Square store often for cute "going out" tops and dresses. Now that I live in the suburbs, I'm no longer near one of their store locations but quite honestly, these days I'm not the hearty, scrappy shopper that I once was. I was MORE than happy to sit down with a giant cup of coffee and peruse their website for spring fashions.

My challenge was to create an outfit inspired by spring colors and festival fashion, and also put something together that felt flattering on my current physique and appropriate for my new lifestyle. This felt like a tall order, so I started off by looking around the web and instagram to see what the kids are wearing to music festivals these days. The answer: a LOT of crop tops. And since my abs aren't quite there yet, I was thrilled to see that rompers are also a staple on the scene. I fell in love with this off-the-shoulder style as it's modest yet fun. The shorts aren't too short and the tie waist gives me some shape. Bare shoulders deserve a great pair of statement earrings - I've found some of my best pairs at Forever 21. I liked that the peach tones in this pair sort of echo the shades of the romper and the shoes.

Speaking of shoes: I'd been DYING for a pair of fun mules and knew I had to make these mine the moment I laid eyes on them. Every single thing about them - the blush color, the pearl and gem details, the espadrille bottom - screams spring. (They also give me serious Miu Miu vibes.)

What are you most excited to wear this spring? For me, it's pastel colors, any tie or bow detail, and I'm probably most looking forward to wearing and feeling confident in more fitted styles as I inch my way back toward my pre-baby body. Thank you to Forever 21 for the duds and for keeping my "I'm not like a regular mom, I'm a cool mom!" style on point.

P.S. I really wanted to include Ari in some of the photos but she Was. NOT. Having. It. See below. Hashtag Mom Life?

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