July 25, 2011

"Mom! You Look Like You're From 1762!"

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This is the kind of feedback that I got from Kaden (my oldest son) on our way to tutoring tonight.  Now, some of you might think that this is an unwelcomed comment, but if you knew Kaden, you would not be so quick to dismiss his comments . . . .

Kaden and I are like peas and carrots, as Forrest Gump would say.  For the majority of his life, it has been him and I.  His biological dad left the picture when he was not quite two (he's ten and a half now).  He's my buddy.

Kaden is definitely my child.  He beats to his own drum.  His drum is loud and dramatic.  It's perfect.  He also is quite the little fashion forward man.  He's not GQ, he doesn't care what's in style or what is popular.  He knows what he likes.  

He went through a long phase (literally years long) where he would only wear three piece suits.  I'm not kidding.  Sport coat, button down, slacks, a tie and  . . . a pink top hat.  Everyday to school.  His teachers told me that this was a problem and that he needed to not "stand out so much."  I told them to shove it.  If it didn't concern his schoolwork, I didn't even want to hear it.  

From there, he was a cowboy, Indiana Jones, a baseball player, Karate Kid and various other themes of his dressing.   I loved every minute of it.  He is currently in the other room at the tutoring center with a bandana on his head, a soccer shirt, jeans and high tops. 

Although in my last post I stated that Kaden was starting to get embarrassed when I took my public outfit photos, he has also been my biggest (though he'll never let his friends know) fan.  Often times, when you see me smiling the most, it's because Kaden's behind the tripod directing me.  "Mom, put your hand on your hip like this" or "Mom, that smile is too big and cheesy!"

So when Kaden got in the car and told me that my outfit looked like I was trying to dress like I was in 1762 and that my bag looked like it was from 1862, I listen.  Even though I used the "it's vintage!" defense, I listened.  Because when my kids have something outrageous and hilarious to say, I listen.

Top-Playdough's Closet
Pencil Skirt-Kohl's
Bag-Coach, gifted


  1. Aww, your son sounds like an amazing kid - and i love that he is bold enough to dress how he likes in school. There is always so much pressure to blend.

  2. Awww this is SUCH a sweet post. Many kids (at least the fun ones) go through a themed dressing stage. I did, my brother did, my cousin did. I'm really happy to hear you both support each other in such awesome ways. I love the little knit jacket. It definitely puts that kick of vintage in there. "Fitting in" is overrated.

  3. Your son sounds soooooooo cute. On the other hand, when a friend's 6 year old told me I wore too much makeup, I wanted to have her drawn and quartered.

  4. Just stumbled upon your blog and saw that you're from CO, I am too! Your son sounds adorable and good for him for doing his own thing, I hope he never loses that courage and individuality, it's a tough thing to hold on to during the middle and high school-aged years!

  5. this bag is amazing! I think this outfit is very stylish.

    BTW, I’m your big fan – your style is really original and I read your blog very often and I just wonder..if we could follow each other.. But even if your answer is “no” I’ll be still your reader ♥



  6. Thanks Lyddie, he is the coolest (well him and my other two kiddos). I love that he loves to dress like himself and I will never ask him to be anyone else.

  7. Thanks so much Megan. My kids amaze me everyday and I am so lucky. One day, I will feature him on here. Hey, you gave me a great idea!

  8. LOL thanks Wendy! He's awesome. I know the feeling too. Days after I had my younger son, a little neighbor girl walked up to me and was like "I thought you already had the baby?" "Yes, I did." "Then why are you still FAT?????" "One day, you will deliver a human being from your body and you'll be fat too." :-D

  9. You are????? HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!! Where abouts are you from? I'm in the Boulder area. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate it. I hope my kids always keep their individuality.

  10. Thank you! A little outta focus, but it came out alright. ;-)

  11. I am SO glad I found your blog. I love how you layered pieces in this look and your cardigan/sweater is great, it adds a lot of texture to the look.

    Kaden is lucky to have a mom as creative and open minded as you are. Good for him for doing his own thing and staying true to himself. He sounds like he is way ahead of the game. Kudos to you for telling his teacher to get over herself, you go girl!

  12. Thank you so much Caitlin! I really appreciate that! I don't think I can take full credit for how awesome my kids are--they are all great in and of themselves. I am very lucky.

  13. That's so cute that your son takes your pictures. I'm totally going to make my son do this when he gets old enough ;)
    you look lovely :)

    Notes She Wrote

  14. you're a great mom and I think your sidekick is the beesknees.

  15. LOL thank you so much! He doesn't take my pictures, but he definitely directs my shoots when he's there. ;-)

  16. Go ahead for your son wanting to have his own style and not be defined by what his classmates are doing. Takes courage to do that especially in grade school.
    Shasie of Live Life in Style


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