Friday, 30 October 2015



 I don't have ANY claim to being a fashionista, a photographer (ha!) or a blogger (read: zero tech skills), but I love wearing cute clothes and feeling put-together, even when just hanging out with my minions. 

I am talking about wearing pants and shoes that tie. When I put on "real clothes," I feel a little more ready to tackle the day and heck, maybe even the post office. Live a little.  

I've also been trying to get my fitness groove back after baby number two and looking good in my clothes is a major incentive for me to be more disciplined in my eating and exercise. Being off work generally brings down my fashion game, because, believe me, there is nothing like ninety teenagers judging you every day to make you think about what you are going to wear in the morning. Yay high school!

In contrast, Emily told me I was beautiful this morning and I looked like this...

Sad, tired sheep. Baaa.
Eek. Not a lot of incentive there, so finding a little motivation makes me happy. 

I love mom style that's wearable, comfortable, affordable, and looks like a million bucks (minus the spit-up). I like putting together pieces I already own and scoring fantastic sales for the missing pieces. I especially love pairing economical (cheap!) trendy pieces with longer lasting quality items. 

Over the last couple of years, I've felt pretty convicted about where I spend my money, time, and energy and even worked on not purchasing anything for a year. That was HARD. I failed. 

I struggled with the fact that I LIKE fashion and clothes and feel they are an awesome outlet of personal expression. Today, I'm still working to incorporate the less is more philosophy into all areas of my life, while enjoying the blessings we have.  

Motherhood is teaching me a lot more about small victories, attainable goals, and every day choices that add up to life direction.

My friend shared an excerpt of her devotional reading with me today. I feel like it nailed exactly what I've been feeling: 
"Though I have brought many pleasures into your life, not one of them is essential. Receive My blessings with open hands. Enjoy My good gifts, but do not cling to them. Turn your attention to the Giver of all good things, and rest in the knowledge that you are complete in Me. The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose: My Presence with you." 
- Sarah Young, Jesus Calling


Except, the Abbie version reads like this:
"Though I have brought many shoes into your life, not one pair of them is essential except maybe that one pair of boots. You know the boots I mean. Receive sales at Winners (TJ Max, U.S. friends) and thrift store deals with open hands. Enjoy those perfect jeans and that coat that fits just right, but do not cling to them. Make sure these fun things don't overshadow your relationship and friendship to the Giver of all good things, define your worth, or compromise your own ability to give and be generous. Rest in the knowledge that you are complete in Me even without those boots. The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose: My Presence with you." 
- Abbie, Naptime on a Friday afternoon
 Okay, so what will you be talking about, Abbie, of Naptime on a Friday afternoon fame?  ... So glad you asked. 

Keep your eyes open for these segments coming up soon:

My Sister's Closet: There is one person from whom I eagerly await hand-me-downs and hope she forgets her sweater/scarf/jacket at my house. You know that girl who's always got it together? Who you secretly want emulate as soon as you get home? Me too. She's my sister, so I can't even hate her. You won't be able to either, because she's as funny and kind as she is drop-dead-gorgeous. 
My gorgeous sister & best friend (and a 36 weeks pregnant me. Anything to help her look good).

Babe & Baby: Breastfeeding? Spit up? Baby carriers? Are leggings pants? Pyjamas in public? Your toddler will only wear princess dresses? Oh yes, we're going there. 

Fashion Fridays: Style tips that work for me (I have zero authority on this subject), great deals, and looks I love.

So, on that note, you lovely ladies,

(valuable and gorgeous and worthy 
because Jesus has called you so)
let's get our fashion on!

xoxo Abbie
Fashion. Duh.

I'll be blogging about all that jazz under the fashion label. I'll also be posting on my Instagram @grumblinggrace.  Come along with me this season. I can't promise one ounce of useful knowledge, but it's going to be fun. 

I would absolutely love to hear from YOU and see your fashion finds and looks. Share the secrets, mamas (and non-mamas. You guys are smokin'.)!


  1. You have always had style, can't wait to see your fashion posts. Also- so very true about high schoolers judging your outfits. I secretly high five myself when they compliment something I wear...

    1. So at least once a day, I'm guessing! I love your idea about not repeating shoes for as long as you can. I think I'm going to try it.


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