| mommy + me monday: kirsten |

i am thrilled to introduce to you, september's guest mommy + me, kirsten! her family is just beautiful. i am especially honored to show you new big sister harlow and baby brother asher.

kirsten is a local jewelry designer who's creations i have been following on facebook. i really wanted to show off her creativity and style. she's pretty savvy, you'll learn from her outfit finds and the pieces she creates.

i am also super excited about this: a giveaway tomorrow featuring one of her creations! more details at the bottom.

what surprised you most about being a mom?

My children teaching and influencing me as much as I hope to teach and influence them.  One of my favorite quotes is by Alan Keightley, "Once in awhile it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way that they have been told to."  My children have allowed me to perceive the world from multiple perspectives. Children have a way of making you see yourself without any filters. Rather than lecturing my children about 'not making the same mistakes that I did,' or simply going through the motions of societal and familial expectations, I want them to make mistakes without being defined by them, live their lives, make empowering choices, and most importantly, love their lives. This is something I have to remind myself and try to practice on a daily basis because children are little mirrors who reflect back what they see and experience.

what is the hardest part of motherhood?

Forgiving yourself during those especially trying times. Nobody really talks about the frustrations of motherhood, which is compounded by the constant barrage of what it's supposed to look like through social media, television, magazines, etc. Raising tiny humans is tough enough without the comparison and criticism of what you think you are supposed to be doing. I think it is important during those times to be honest with yourself and your children. Forgive and apologize if you need to, then move on. It's definitely easier said than done.

what has been your greatest joy so far?

Getting to know my children as individuals. I love seeing how they interpret the world and gathering inspiration from that. My daughter will be three in October and we have been experiencing an influx of challenging behavior, where my daughter is simply exercising her will and trying to manage emotions. Often, after she has calmed down, my daughter will apologize for being "grouchy" or her new favorite word, "cheeky." I think it's pretty insightful for her to not only recognize her own emotions, but to apologize for the negative effect it may have on others, completely unprovoked. While I don't believe anyone needs to apologize for how they feel, I think it's such a sweet reminder to take responsibility and make amends for hurting others. Proud mama moment :)

what is your favorite style tip?

Winged eyeliner and a great pair of earrings can amp up any outfit. I like to compliment my basic black eyeliner by using an angled make-up brush to line my bottom lashes with lavender, teal, copper, or coral eyeshadow. I have a tendency to wear a lot of black and grey, so earrings and eyeliner are my way of adding personality and color.

mommy: vintage dress from sweet jayne, gap sweater (similar here or here), sanita clogs (from rerun), earrings (one of her own creations) | babes: tucker + tate dress (sold out but here and here are cute options), toms shoes (scored for $10 at beanstalk), sling | tips: color! i think the photos speak for themselves. kirsten did a wonderful job using bright colors and it makes everything feel so warm and happy. | photos: from the talented a. r. elliott photography

about her jewelry:

"Kirsten Elise is a labor of love that first began as a way for me to afford my obsession with jewelry as well as being able to stay home with my littles. I love making affordable and one of a kind pieces from raw gemstones, shells, and bones from ethical sources. I often mix metals and textures to create industrial yet ethereal jewelry." 

shop:

Her jewelry can be found in local portland shops: Button, Sweet Jayne, Twill, Solabee, TLE, and Consign Couture currently.  Can also be purchased online through PDX Eco-Mommy, a doula and concierge service for pregnant and postpartum mamas.

giveaway tomorrow on the blog!!!

you will be able to earn up to 3 entries. for updates:

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