These Are My People: Lace Shorts

If you follow me in Instagram (which you should) you may have noticed an increased presence of both Declan and Brendan… Well these are my people!  At the beginning of the day they are there.  Each night they are there.  So, it was only a natural step to weave them into this “new life” I have.

One of the reasons I started Pish to Posh was to begin to define myself in a new way.  And I felt, at that time, I wanted to be defined apart from Declan and my family.  I had spent the previous 2 years intensely connected to Declan- through all his medical needs and deciding to become a full-time mom and then moving across the world where he seemed to be the only constant I had- I was ready for a break.  I began the blog with a heavy and narrow focus on fashion and that worked!!!  I loved it!!  Living in London it was easy to focus on the fashion, to be continuously be inspired and to find new ways to express myself.  It was exciting to start this adventure and to become something other than Declan’s mother and Brendan’s wife.  Pish to Posh was born, nurtured and developed under this idea of creating an identity exclusionary of my family.

It worked gloriously in London and even when we got back to Denver, for a while.  And then it started to feel yucky, disconnected and inauthentic.


Of all the things I wanted or thought this blog would become I always strived for it to feel authentic, organic and connected … but now I was feeling resentment and bitterness towards my family … and no happiness or authenticity.  HOLD UP.  Not okay.  These are my people.  This is my life.


For whatever the reason I am finding myself drawn to include and embrace my life as a mother and wife; first and foremost.  For whatever reason I find happiness in capturing candid moments of Declans life and then sharing them with you.  For whatever reason I am drawn to share my marriage with you here and on social media.  And I am not one bit upset about it.  I love these people.  More than I love anyone else, more than I love myself and certainly more than I love fashion alone.

Photos: Jenna Sparks Photography 

shop the look: shorts // tie knot tee  // wedges <similar> // sunnies 

I am in love with these shorts and this brand!!  Everly Oak has the cutest stuff (like the floral dress from this post) and I can’t stop ordering from them!!! These shorts are so versatile,  under $40 and the perfect fit ( I mean who doesn’t love elastic waste??).  They are only available online so make sure to check out Everly Oak!   I grabbed this tie knot tee that last time I was at the J . Crew Outlet and I am so happy I did.  It is the perfect easy to wear neutral tee for summer.  The tie knot detail on this tee spices it up the perfect amount!  These sandals are currently sold out  but I have linked a similar pair <here>.  Below I linked everything (with exception to these shorts- check out their website to snag them) including both Brendan and Declans outfit.  Brendan is head to shorts J. Crew Outlet and Declan is in both Target and Old Navy.  Happy Shopping.

changes: my people

So, here they are.  On the blog and on social media.  Filling my life (and my feed) and helping me create an identity I am proud of.  In hindsight, it was ridiculous to think I could successfully create a blog and define myself without including Brendan and Declan.  While I am not defined by them; they do play a major role in defining me.  I love being a mother.  I love being a wife.  As time goes on and I hone, sharpen and refine myself you will see that reflected on Pish to Posh.  Like life this adventure is a work in progress.  Each day I learn more about who I am, what makes me happy and how I want to live my life.  As life changes I hope this space changes, I hope Pish to Posh changes… in order to remain authentic and organic here it is only natural that iy mirror my life.

There will still be plenty of posts centred around fashion.  My goal is still to inspire you to feel happy and confident in your own skin and style.  I still love to get dressed and share that with you.  But I also want to share with you that my life is more than one dimensional.

These are my people.

I hope you learn to love them as much I do (or close!).

With Love,

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  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    What a beautiful day and a beautiful family. Those shorts are so fun!

    June 5, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks for Corey!

      June 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply
  • Katherine

    Love them! And the color looks perfect on you!

    June 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Katherine- thank you so much gorgeous!

      June 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Leila

    Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing! Family is everything!

    June 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply
  • Sumer | Grace, Giggles & Naptime

    Loved this post! Family is everything! Those shorts are so cute, too 🙂

    June 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks lady!!! Family is my life.

      June 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Francesca

    These are such sweet pictures! Love your outfit!

    June 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thank you so much Francesca!!

      June 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    You have a beautiful family Amanda and I am glad you are also including them on your blog. Someday soon I hope to capture more pictures of all of us over here. Since becoming a fam of five it has been a little bit more challenging!

    June 5, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Nicole- I can only imagine trying to wrangle up three kids and two parents for photos!

      June 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply
  • Shannon | Mom Without Labels

    I love alllll of this! It would be so hard to blog without including my people, too! Plus, your people are so handsome – how could you not show them? Great post, girl!

    June 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Shannon- that is what I was starting to feel- too hard to keep them out. Thanks for the support!

      June 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply
  • Kate

    What a fun photo shoot of you three! Love those shorts too! On the “must find” list for sure!

    June 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Kate- these are the best shorts!! Check out Everly Oak!!!

      June 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Annie Thompson

    I completely agree–you need to show what you love and you are a mom and a wife! Plus, your son is too cute for words! Love the lace shorts!

    June 6, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Annie- that is my hope- the more I feature those I love the more others will love what I feature.

      June 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Lauren | also known as mama

    I love to see more mom bloggers including their families in their photos. Your family is the cutest – can’t wait to see more of them! And your lace shorts are perfectly styled, of course!

    June 6, 2017 at 7:32 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thank you so much Lauren- keeping it authentic and real!! With the family

      June 6, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Lyndsey

    Well, I can relate to that I am sort of going through the same thing and slowly finding what I enjoy writing about. You do you girl! That outfit is super adorable and your family is just precious.

    June 6, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Lyndsey- it is an adventure figuring this all out- keep up the good work and I am sure you will figure it all!

      June 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Nicole Banuelos

    You have such a beautiful family! Love your shorts!

    June 6, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Nicole!

      June 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Steph

    You have to do what is best for you and family always! Plus, cute shorts ??

    June 9, 2017 at 7:29 am Reply
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