31 Days {Day 12} – What I Wore

31 Days {Day 12} – What I Wore

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

Thanks for bearing with me yesterday. Today is indeed a new day, and I’m back and ready to roll!


Well, you asked for it, and I’m trying to deliver!

You asked for some posts about my clothes, so I have come up with a plan. I would like to show you what I wore to certain activities or events with and without my kids. It’s a new category called “What I Wore.”

Now before we go forward, let me put a few disclaimers out there. I am no hair expert, makeup expert, clothing expert, or really any expert of any kind.

I am willing to answer any questions you have, but as we get started, I’m not quite sure what information you guys might be looking for, so I will do my best to adjust the info I provide as we go. So please please puh-lease ask any questions you have in the comments and I will answer them for you!

Okay! All disclaimers complete! Let’s get started!

*Deep breath!*


My philosophy about getting dressed every day has changed now that I have children.

I’m getting dressed no matter what. It can be grungy or it can be cute. Either way, it’s going to be comfortable.

Here is the basic equation of dressing for a day, an “Outfit Formula”, if you will: bottom, top, outer layer (seasonally), shoes, jewelry and accessories (optional), hair.

This is my standard Outfit Formula – Grunge Edition:

  • Bottom: Yoga Pants or Running Shorts
  • Top: Tank Top/T-shirt
  • Outer Layer: Sweatshirt
  • Shoes: Tennis shoes/Flip Flops
  • Jewelry and Accessories: None
  • Hair: Ponytail

When Noah was first born, I spent quite a few months in Grunge Edition attire. It seemed easier and comfier – the name of the game for a new mom, right?

But then one day I had to actually be somewhere as a dressed and showered grown up. And then I had an “Aha Moment”. I realized it took me just about the same time to get dressed in actual clothes and look presentable as it did to get dressed in a new set of sweats.


So I started looking critically at my closet – what wasn’t comfortable or didn’t fit correctly went in the donation bin. What was left were very few clothes (growing a human changes your body, apparently. Have you heard that?).

I started shopping with a more critical eye. If it had to be styled too much, or was too hard to mix and match, I put it right back. Now my closet is full of clothes that I’m able to wear in almost any scenario, and can be mixed and matched.

Let me show you my “What I Wore” outfit for today.


This week, as part of our list of activities to accomplish over Fall Break, we went to the zoo with some friends!

It was a high of 85 degrees in the middle of the day, but it started out with a little chill in the air (read: I’m officially an Arizonian and it was probably like 70 degrees and I was a wimp. Whatever.). I started with a sweater and, in my defense, I took it off pretty soon after we got there.

At the Zoo - 1


Confession: It’s super hard to not feel incredibly self-conscious in front of the camera. I had a good friend taking the pictures, which helps, but still. Weird. Bear with me. This is new.

After I shed the sweater, I was in just a simple tank top and jeans.

At the Zoo - 2

I knew we’d be walking a lot, so I wore comfy sandals that I knew would be fine for a long day.

At the Zoo - 3

It’s hot here (duh), so I spend a lot of the summer with my hair up. This twisty side ponytail is a go-to for me. It takes about 20 seconds more than just throwing my hair up in a messy bun.

Also, since I trust you with my {not so secret} secrets…this is a style that I can hop out of the shower and not even brush my hair before I do it. Seriously like 1 minute total, you guys. Just twist and grab a hair tie!


At the Zoo - 4

The only thing that might be extra with this outfit is the necklace. I usually wear earrings, even if they’re just studs, so even that’s just a matter of picking a cute dangly pair instead. But, especially with a plain tank, a big necklace is a perfect way to pull one of my outfits up.

At the Zoo - 5

So the thing is, I just take the Grunge Edition, use the same elements in a cuter way, and then voila!

Instead of this:

  • Bottom: Yoga Pants or Running Shorts
  • Top: Workout Tank/T-shirt
  • Outer Layer (seasonally): Sweatshirt
  • Shoes: Tennis shoes/Flip Flops
  • Jewelry and accessories (optional): None
  • Hair: Ponytail


  • Bottom: Jeans
  • Top: Fitted Tank Top
  • Outer Layer: Boyfriend Sweater
  • Shoes: Sandals
  • Jewelry: Silver Hoops and Chunky Turquoise Necklace
  • Hair: Twisty Side Ponytail


To view the next post in the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta, check it out here!



about 4 years ago

I need you to show me how to do the ponytail twist. I desperately need to learn how to do more stuff with my hair other than a top bun


Hayley Schraufnagel

about 4 years ago

We'll have to FaceTime and I'll show you!


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