Let’s just get one thing out of the way right now – I have no idea why I am modeling whilst holding a globe and then later, a miniature piano. As comfortable as I am on camera – and at this point I truly AM, when I’m trying to show off outfits and have no cute toddler’s hand to hold, I apparently grab for any whimsical prop nearby for comfort or to add some sort of PIZAZZ or flair. I almost scrapped this whole post because of the silliness and then I said to myself calm down and just admit you went a little Anthro circa 2002 and all will be fine. And it is.
This is part of my ‘Just put on clothes you already have that you feel good in and take photos of them’ series. This dress is not maternity (although isn’t everything KINDA maternity these days??) and it’s pretty cute and very easy to wear. I like the combo of it’s modest simplicity with that adorable vintage hat, which makes me feel both happy and comfortable. Note to all pregnant people OR JUST THE WORLD – if/when donning a more conservative dress, just add a necklace and cute/quirky hat to create a totally presentable outfit. It distracts from said dress and somehow gives you fashion credit. It’s as if people think well, the dress is cute but wait, the hat! Since she has that hat on then that outfit as a whole must be super fashion forward, right?!!!
Also, here’s a quick tip, carry a miniature piano as an accessory for added flair! Walking into my business meeting later that day holding that piano got me the job! I really should have strapped it towards me and started playing heart and soul to complete the sensory experience for onlookers.
For all of you who are like, SHUT UP AND TELL ME ABOUT THAT PIANO, calm down. It’s vintage, from the flea market for $40 and I love it very much, as does Charlie. I will say that it’s off-key and I’m kinda worried that it’s going to throw Charlie’s pitch off in the future (someone told me that once which makes sense). And we Starke’s (my maiden name) are a rather musical tribe that make it a habit (and an ancestral tradition as mormons) to start teaching our kids the piano at the ripe, young age of 3, which I intend to do. So I really hope I’m not destroying any chance he has at impressing future high school girls by burdening him with an out of tune vintage toy piano.
At the same time what I am supposed to do? Hire a piano tuner to come to my house and tune the 16″ high piano? That would be ridiculous!! Almost like the time that I asked an electrician to wire the sconces in the dining room…of my dollhouse…I have few regrets in my life, but one of them is starting and not finishing the dollhouse challenge. I’m sorry. Truly. Another major regret is NOT creating a web series about the dollhouse challenge wherein I hire different subcontractors to come over to bid on the various job, unbeknownst to them that the wallpaper installation was in the powder room of the dollhouse, and the parquet flooring was in the living room of the dollhouse, etc. Oh, Mr. electrician, sir, it’s Youxi988. I have a chandelier we need to install in the foyer do you have a second to come over and give a quote? And then after we let him in…we guide him to the back room where he sees the job and it’s…in the dollhouse. The initial reaction, and subsequent rejection OR excitement would have been worth putting all the time/effort and money into the series. But we didn’t. Instead I just model clothing with miniature pianos.
And now you can, too!
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Get the look, don’t have regrets. These are the lessons from today’s post. xx
* Photos taken (without miniature-piano-modeling judgement) by for EHD.