My first fashion post!

Today, I’m sitting at home in my robe, drinking hot tea and listening to the rain hit the roof and the laughter of my kids playing downstairs. (I’m supposed to be at church but I have a sore throat.) If you didn’t know it, I’m a mom of 4 beautiful, stubborn, charismatic and hilarious children. Ok, so Elisha is only 2 months old but I’m certain he will carry the same traits. I’m sure you’re wondering what this has to do fashion. Well, to some moms, nothing. But I’m here to try and encourage you and tell you that you don’t have to resort to yoga pants and t-shirts just because you’re a mom!!

I’m all about comfort. I hate wearing heels. It has to be a really special outfit to get me in a pair. So first I’ll show you this dress that I purchased from http://www.nyandcompany.com

I grew up in the 90’s and Gwen Stefani has always been my style icon. I wore a bindi to school once, in the 10th grade and you would’ve thought it was an eyeball sticking out of my forehead. They just didn’t know how cool it actually was! My reason in saying this is, one, because this dress is similar (yes, I know the original was short sleeved and navy blue) to the one Gwen wore in the video “Don’t Speak”. I’ve been obsessed with that dress since 1995. It was one of those instances where I knew that (not literally, but maybe literally?) I would just die if I didn’t have this dress. And I wore patent leather mary jane heels with it. See what I did there? Heels. Special dress. I was practically Gwen Stefani that day. I’m surprised no one stopped me and asked for my autograph……

Ok next! http://www.express.com has this amazingly comfy called One Eleven. If you could wear just butter and get away with it, this would be the next best thing. Everything feels like hot chocolate in your hand with extra marshmallows. It feels like your favorite Sunday blanket. You need to check out. Seriously!! AND guess what? You can schlep around town with all 4 of your kiddos and still be comfortable and look AWESOME and look effortlessly put-together.

I’m going to show you some pictures now, taken by one of the coolest, funnest (yes, I know it’s not a word but it’s my blog so I can do what I want!), kind-hearted, tell-it-like-it-is people I know. Our friendship was doomed from the start (long story) but now we are the kind of friends that have matching tattoos. Evanda, I love you girl! I had so much fun during this photo shoot. At first I felt really stupid because I’m good at goofy. Not posed. I like to make silly faces, not dreamy-eyed sexy faces. So it was a struggle! #thestruggleisreal . But she made me laugh so much and made me feel so confidant that soon I forgot the camera was there. In fact, she did such a great job on my pictures  that I received a call back to be an extra on the set of Mother’s Day. Google it!

I also want to give credit to my tattoo artist. I say “my” because he’s the only person I’ve let tattoo me more than once. His name is Michel and he’s at Skinwerks in Carrollton, GA. You won’t find a steadier hand anywhere. His lines are the tightest, he pays attention to detail and is overall awesome at what he does!!! That’s Luke 7:47 in Greek. I’ll save the importance of that scripture and how it applies to my life for another day.

Enough yappin’ already! It’s picture time! I’ll share some of my favorites and 2 silly ones, because, you know, yolo and whatnot.

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Dance break!!

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My eyeshadow is the new Monarch Palette from Kat Von D. You can find it at http://www.sephora.com. See, I promised you 2 silly pics!!

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I got this amazing camo Coach cross-body for $56 at Dilliard’s!!! I think it’s because they thought I was Gwen? Maybe?

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Follow Michel on Instagram at @michelparisay

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XOXO,

Jess, the Haute Mess

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