Sew Paradise

Stylish mama on the go

I realized this week that my 60 plus workweeks are getting me down. And in reading an industry newsletter, where they pointed out that, for creatives, if you’re not taking a vacation and you are getting burned out, you’re at risk for your business suffering. Yep. I’m there. But I was looking far deeper for a solution – changing the business, changing my work. As it turns out, all I need is some time off! So, I think this spring we are going to hop on board the train, and go see Grandma and Grandpa in Chicago.

Here’s what I envision – stylish mama on the go below – with a rolling duffel and a backpack for mama and toddler (in an Ergo of his own), and a rolling suitcase and a backpack for Peanut, wheeling our way through Union Station in Chicago. Of course, I can’t even go to the grocery store with two kids without feeling frazzled, but bear with me, in this scenario, I am beautifully decked out in my black trench, a chic striped top, bright pants (I’m thinking red) and a cozy scarf. The kiddos, suitably decked out in their cuteness, are well-behaved and in awe of the trip enough to stay amused.

I’m patient, happy, looking forward to a train trip to Grandma’s.

There are other trips too – weeks away at the beach at Grandma D’s house, maybe even a trip to the butterfly garden in Grand Rapids. Indeed, there are a bunch of fun things we can do, together. Art galleries, with a lot of kid-art (I’m thinking that I’ll have to be creative and search around for the child-friendly programs), museums, nature hikes. And mama can take some much needed time off which is going to serve two purposes – to get my head OUT of my business for a bit, recharge my creativity, and spend time with my children.

I am even planning a few guilty pleasure days – on my staff-free Wednesdays I’m going to drop off the kids at day care and come home and SEW (the mere thought is delicious!) Outstanding! I can’t believe it took me this long to think of this vacation thing as a solution to nearly all the things that had been bugging me, but sometimes when you’re knee deep in alligators….

P.S. Yea, I know some of those things are outrageously expensive. But I have a long black trench, a vintage Aigner, that I love. I have leopard print ballet flats, love. I have fabric to make a striped top. I could sub in another scarf. I already own that Eddie Bauer rolling duffel. There are always ways to make a mom’s budget go further, and that does not have to always equal discount-chic-cheap (although I do love Target!) I bought my trench 25 years ago at a thrift store. It looks amazing, and the weathering on the leather details, super chic! So look to it for inspiration. Find your chic, cheap!

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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