Happy Monday! I’m partnering with Cole Haan to share a new sandal from their women’s line. It’s crazy how comfortable this espadrille sandal is. The word ‘cloudfeel’ is in the name and they aren’t kidding – holy amazing!
Chris was very jealous of this partnership consider he is one of Cole Haan’s biggest customers. He LOVES their shoes and now I know why. Every time we are shopping in store, I always try on shoes from their women’s selection. They are stylish, versatile and extremely comfy.
The Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal is available in four colors. I went with white because I wanted a comfy shoe to carry me through summer. I can just see this shoe paired with a flowy maxi dress at the beach! I also think the rose is a great neutral option. The sandal pairs perfectly with distressed denim and a button down blouse.
The fit is true to size.
We love ordering from Cole Haan because they offer FREE shipping plus free returns and exchanges. You can always order more than one size and send back the option that doesn’t work. That way you are guaranteed to get something that works the first time!
Now that you know a little more about my outfit, I wanted to give you a little life update. Collins is 11 weeks old today. I have no idea where the time has gone. It’s weird because it feels like just yesterday my water broke but at the same time it feels like she’s been with us for years. I’ve loved every single second of being her mom. It’s the toughest, yet most rewarding job of all time.
Last Friday, I had a mini breakdown. I felt like I had one millions things on my plate and I was being stretched so thin that I freaked out. I am pretty chill and go with the flow but letting so much stress build up plus trying to accomplish everything on my to do list is NOT a good combination.
I was letting the comparison game get the best of me. We all struggle with this. It’s hard not to when everyone is sharing how perfect their life is in tiny squares all day, every day. As often as I remind myself that social media is usually just the highlight reel, I still get stuck comparing what I’m doing to those around me.
I’m juggling several jobs right now. I’m a wife, a mom (a new mom at that), an entrepreneur and a boss. I run a business that thrives and grows based off how much I put into it. Basically, if I stop posting, I stop making money, plain and simple. I love what I do so much but there is a ton of hard work that goes into it day in and day out.
There have been so many times since Collins’ was born that I’ve worried that I’m not doing “enough” for my blog and for my followers. Have I shared enough clothes for the spring? Should I do another try on session? Should I add more brand collaborations to my monthly schedule? I sound crazy, I know, but it’s just the truth about how I feel. I also love doing the things mentioned about and oftentimes it doesn’t even feel like work. That is a blessing an a curse. It also doesn’t help that I’m a doer and can’t sit still for long. I would drive myself crazy if I had taken a proper maternity leave – which FYI, in this industry, there is no such thing as a maternity leave. I thrive as a human when I am busy and “doing” things. But I think there needs to be some balance between doing all the things and taking a break.
Of course Collins is getting everything from me that she needs. Being her mom is my first priority and I would 100% drop anything to make sure that she is taken care of properly. At the same time, I’m not simply just a stay at home mom. Running Loverly Grey requires a lot of work and isn’t just a hobby like it once was. I’m so thankful that I have my mom close by to watch Collins three days a week so I can work. I’ve definitely cut back on the hours spent blogging each week but that’s just where I am right now.
So what is my solution to this breakdown? I don’t know all the answers but I know it’s got to start with rest. And being okay with taking the weekend off to spend time with family and not worrying about what could be happening on Loverly Grey. Stopping the comparison game before it even starts. No one is perfect and this last part will be hard to do but it’s possible!
I’m sharing all of this with you today to admit that I am struggling with something that I know others struggle with too. If you look at my page and watch my stories and think that “I have it all together” and “I bounced back so quick after having a baby”, just know that there is so much more going on behind the scenes. I’m human and I have struggles too.
Thank you so much for reading today’s post. This post is sponsored by Cole Haan. As always, all opinions are my own.
Photos by KVC Photography