Fashion, Depression & Motherhood

Well, once again, life happened & the blog took a backseat.  It’s been one hell of a busy summer full of camping, swimming, traveling etc. etc. When I’ve managed to get some “me” time I haven’t felt fully motivated to write anything besides a quick Instagram post.  However, as I sit here on this beautiful Sunday morning with the windows open & coffee in hand I find myself inspired to write something. 

On one of my recent Instagram posts I reintroduced myself and why I started blogging.  As much as I tend to overshare with my friends & family, I am not always as open about my life on social media, besides what I’m wearing/eating.  Today I am taking a little bit of a risk & opening up about myself….

My name is Laura & I live in Wexford, PA with my husband & little man, hence the name The Wexford Housewife.  I recently turned 33 & although my 30’s scared me when I was younger, I am embracing the hell out of them now!  With age comes experience and I’ve learned to keep close the ones you love & rid life of toxicity including people, habits and feelings.

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I went to school for Fashion which gave me the opportunity to live in LA & NYC but in the end I put down my roots in Pittsburgh which is where I met my husband.  Long story short, we met on Match.com, got married 2 years later & now have an energetic, full of life 4 year old boy named Stone.

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After having our son I had post partum depression which I didn’t acknowledge until a year later.  Looking back it was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced.  I was overwhelmed with my new role as a mother & didn’t talk about it in fear of being viewed as a failure.  Excuse my language, but motherhood is fucking hard!  The anxiety I felt put pressure on my marriage, causing my husband & I to constantly argue and be at odds.  He tried to understand what I was going through, but I couldn’t help but feel alone, unappreciated, and angry.  I was mad at myself for leaving my full-time job & becoming a stay at home mom, I was mad at my husband for, well everything, I was made at my son for not sleeping or nursing…. I was just mad.  I finally met with my doctor and was put on medication which to be honest was a godsend.  I had experienced depression & anxiety previously but nothing like this.  I know medication isn’t for everyone but it works for me.  I finally felt like I could breath again, that a dark cloud was lifted & I could finally be me.

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Being a SAHM is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had.  Once I finally got the hang of it, a year later lol, I needed something to regain my identity & call my own which is why I started The Wexford Housewife.  Throughout the years I have found other creative outlets like being a  member of Style Collective & GrlPwrPgh, I am also a Senior Stylist for Stitch Fix & will soon be helping my husband with his landscaping business.  They say idle hands are the devils playground, and I’ve learned the hard way I need to stay busy or my mind runs wild.

Through all of this madness I have learned that it’s okay to ask for help.  It’s okay to talk about things that aren’t normally discussed.  It’s okay to open up about feelings of failure, depression & anxiety.  At 33, I finally feel like I know who I am and what I want from life.  I feel healthy & happy.  I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband, a strong-willed little man, family that loves me continuously regardless of my mood, and a tribe of friends that are ride or die!

If you’ve made it through this entire post, I thank you!  If anything, I hope that me opening up helps someone else reading this and to know that you are not alone.

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The Unofficial Start to Summer #OOTD

Memorial Day weekend has come & gone which in my mind means it’s officially summer!  Little man is done with preschool and I am already daydreaming about the BBQs, pool days and late nights spent with friends & family.

Over the weekend we kicked off the unofficial start to summer by heading to my parents in Ohio.  We played cornhole during the day & grilled out at night, went to a local festival, ate lunch by the lake, not once but twice and just enjoyed being together in the sunshine.  Oh, summertime, I love you!

It was hot & sticky out the day we went to the Strawberry Festival so I kept things casual & comfortable with my cut-off denim shorts, a cold shoulder tee & straw fedora from Target.  This graphic tee was only $14.99; I’ve linked it here.  I’ve also linked this medium crossbody bag from Amazon which was only $24 and comes in 3 other colors.  Ever since I ditched the diaper bag I am all about practicality vs. style, and luckily this bag is both!  Though this picture isn’t the best quality, it’s one of my favorites.  It’s a perfect example of a day in the life… ♥

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Growing up by Lake Erie was always an adventure.  I spent my younger years at Cedar Point and the beach then as I got older my friends & I ventured to the islands and enjoyed summer nights on the Booze Cruise.  I am so excited that I now get to make memories by the Lake with my husband & little man.  Eating lunch by the water while watching the boats come in & out was such a treat over the weekend.  I cannot wait to start taking little man to the beach!

Though we didn’t plan our coordinating looks, I am loving our outfits!  You can’t go wrong with olive & grey.

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I hope everyone had an amazing holiday weekend spent with loved ones!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Body Positive Swimwear

As a mom in my early 30’s I am still learning to love my body.  It’s a journey.  And, like most women I have good days beaming with confidence and self-love & bad days where I find myself full of self-doubt and insecurities.

Regardless of our size, our stretch marks, our freckles and dimples, we should love our bodies!  As women, our bodies do amazing things.  We should be worshiped, especially by ourselves.

With that being said, I am so excited to share that I’ve recently partnered with Swim Classy to promote body positive vibes and on-trend swimwear!  Swim Classy encourages women to look & feel their best.  They use unedited & untouched photos to promote their swimwear so women can gain confidence as opposed to losing it.  Their suits are not only sexy & on-trend but comfortable and great for any shape & size.

Below I am wearing the Electra Three Piece Suit in a size medium.  I chose to tie the string around my waist but you can wrap it around & knot it in the back or rock it as a choker.  I am always a little uncomfortable with showing my stomach so the high-waist bottom & tie-waist were perfect for me!

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“Social media has already been taken over with how us ladies are EXPECTED to look, and if we don’t look a certain way we should feel ashamed. Swim Classy’s goal is to one day override that and create a new trend for women- and that is to LOVE yourself just the way you are!”

Use code ‘housewifestyle’ for 35% on your order at swimclassy.com

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx