New Beginnings in 2017

Mixed Stripe TeeWhy, hello! It’s been awhile.

These past two months have felt like a complete blur, and as a result, I wasn’t up for posting regularly. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post prior to the holidays, or maybe you read this blog post before Thanksgiving. 2016 was a doozy, and that feels like a huge understatement. Since my mom was in the hospital the week before Christmas, we spent my brother’s birthday there, which wasn’t what we had in mind, but at least we were together. After my mom was released from the hospital, we wanted to spend as much time with family as possible. We weren’t up for traveling so we had a few game nights at my parents’ house. In case you’re looking for new recommendations, some of our favorites include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Exploding Kittens and Salem: A Card Game of Deception. We still weren’t up for much on New Year’s Eve so we had another game night (are you catching on that our family loves board games?). Bill read a handful of reviews, and we  settled on Codenames and really liked it.

After the holidays, I accepted a new job and officially start week three today (more on that later this week). After the longest year of my life, I was in need of a fresh start, and while I know this year will bring new challenges and some of the same pain of 2016, I needed a change and am truly excited for what’s to come.

This is starting to feel like the quickest life update after some very long weeks, but I’ll talk more about the above throughout the month on Fifth & Rose. I think another reason I was eager to start blogging again was so that I could share what I’ve learned these past few years and am still learning along the way, whether it be about loss, illness or new careers. I know a lot of people are navigating the same things, and while there are times you just want to shut the world out, it can really help to start a dialogue with others.

So, for today I’ll leave you with my weekend uniform as of late. We have been doing a lot of running around, and when I’m tired and emotionally drained, I tend to reach for pieces that are comfortable but still make me feel put together. Sunglasses are a must, and you can’t go wrong with a stripe tee.

Mixed Stripe TeeCasual Mixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe Tee Casual Mixed Stripe Tee

Mixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe TeeMixed Stripe Tee Mixed Stripe TeeAbercrombie & Fitch Mixed Stripe Tee / J.Crew Jeans (last seen here, here and here) / Loeffler Randall Flats (old, similar here) / LOFT Sunglasses / J.Crew Factory Earrings / Madewell Necklace (old, new version here and similar version here) / Alexander Wang Bag

Photos by Alex Good

SHOP THE LOOK

Leave a Comment

Follow @carlyritt_ on Instagram

  • Three years without our Kev. Remembering him today and every day 💙
  • So happy to be reunited with my people after traveling for work all week ❤️
  • I feel like a bit of a broken record these days but healing takes time and healing a broken heart while trying to keep it together for your family is hard. My mom was my best friend, and while I like to think I knew how good I had it while she was alive, there are just so many more things I’d want to thank her for, especially with my new lens as a mom to Ainsley. I can’t imagine going through chemo and still trying to take care of her grown kids the way she did. I can’t imagine getting the call that no parent ever wants to receive finding out your son passed away, and then going on to keep fighting cancer for another year and a half. All while still making me breakfast on the weekend and running errands for me during the week, helping me plan our wedding (literally don’t know what I would’ve done without her and my sister), taking every phone call from me as I was navigating new jobs, visiting house after house as Bill and I tried to find our first home and so, so much more that will never fit into an Instagram caption. I see so much of my mom’s determination and stubbornness in Ainsley, and I can’t wait to see more of her as she continues to grow up. I am forever grateful to be her mom — it’s the best ‘title’ I’ll ever have. And while, I’m grateful to have had my mom for as long as I did, it still feels way too short. Today was filled with lots of giggles and snuggles but also lots of tears as I celebrate my first Mother’s Day with Ainsley and my second without my mom. I’m trying to be better about letting myself have the bad days and giving myself more grace. So I’m calling it a night and watching Bad Moms while eating ice cream in bed. Sending lots of love if you’re having a hard day and a virtual cheers with my pint of ice cream ❤️
  • Sharing a peek at how our dining room is coming together on the blog today in preparation for hosting a Mother’s Day brunch this weekend. The candles, frame and flowers are all from my local grocery store and there’s even more goodies in the post if you’re looking for some gift inspiration. Local friends - great news! We’re giving away a $50 gift card to put towards your Mother’s Day purchase this weekend. To enter, like this post and make sure you’re following me (@carlyritt_) and (@sendikshome) and tag a friend in the comment section below. I’ll announce the winner Thursday (5/9) at 12pm CST!**Giveaway closed | congrats to @jacckiewilliams!!!
  • When you’re on duty to supervise the sleeping baby, but you’re also on vacation so you have a margarita with lunch. I’ve been living in this jumpsuit all week. I bought it in two colors, and it’s been great to wear to the pool but also for play time with Ainsley. Plus, it came in petite and has pockets 🙌🏼 http://liketk.it/2Bftk #liketkit @liketoknow.it

Follow Me On Instagram