Lace and Cargo

How do you scratch your itch for fall when it’s 90 degrees?  Olive cargo shorts in place of a cargo jacket or olive jeans.   Booyah.
I took my first solo trip with Addie in this outfit, sans Benson.  We trekked an entire 8 minute drive to the pediatrician’s office.  Do we know how to live it up, or WHAT?  Okay seriously though, I was a little nervous about it, but it went really well.  So well that we stopped by Target on the way home.  (Gotta start ’em on Target young!)  And then, just as I thought we were killing it she completely melted down later that night screaming bloody murder for an inconsolable 20 minutes.  All to our neighbors’ delight.
Oh, and I missed the memo about milk collecting in the skin folds under babies’ chins.  Only learned about it after Addie’s face smelled like rotting cheese for a couple of days.  I asked a friend about it who pointed me to the horror growing in Addie’s chin folds.  Pretty much exactly that–rotting, moldy cheese.  #momoftheyear

 
On that lovely note…ummm, style…?  I’m suuuuper glad to be reunited with one of my all-time favorite pieces, this lace tank.  I can wear it in multiple seasons with more or less layers over it.  Read a little more about why a top like this is awesome in this old post “Shabby to Chic: Buying the Right Pieces” and see the ways I’ve worn it in the past here.

Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (similar, similar, similar)
Cardigan: Tilly’s (similar, similar)
Shorts: Old Navy (exact?, similarsimilar, similar)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (exact–sold out online, maybe in stores)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact) | my review of it here

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  • Reply
    Becky @ bybmg
    September 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Great look! Definitely a touch of fall!

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    Meghan Hayes
    September 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Fall colors for summer styles! This is exactly how to do it! Haha! I think every first time mom has moments like that.

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    Rachel
    September 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Love, love delicate tees like this. They easily go from summer to fall when you layer them!

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    Josephine
    September 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Neck cheese! We had the exact same experience, and that's one of the reasons why the one single piece of advice I give pregnant women now is to read books about babies and parenting, not pregnancy 🙂

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      Audrey Tom
      September 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Ahaha! Well I didn't read a single pregnancy book, only parenting, and still none of them mentioned it! Or at least I didn't remember it. Ah well, kept me on my toes! haha

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    Shopping My Closet
    September 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Love the delicate lace detail!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

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    Megan
    September 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Cute Outfit. Target is a good starting point for venturing out with a baby alone. Also good is a mall with a Nordstrom because they have the nicest bathrooms. I can relate on figuring out where that awful smell is coming from. I've never read a baby book that mentions neck curd. Parents always seem to have to find out about it on their own.

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    Lauren Wickersheim
    September 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I found that Target top in black on clearance a few weeks ago and LOVE it – still looking for the perfect white lace tee – I'm so jealous of the F21 you got a while back. But that #3 option up there looks promising!

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    Hailey Marie
    September 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Reading your blog is becoming hazardous to my bank account 😉 a few weeks ago I snagged a pair of olive pants from J Crew Factory that you posted and I JUST ordered that lace tank from PiperLime. I love your style and how you find great pieces at real-life prices. Also, as a fellow Southern Californian, I am SO over this heat and ready for fall!

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    Always Maylee
    September 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Haha the milk collecting in the skin folds is hilarious and oh so true. I never knew either until one day she was sleeping and happened to have her day tilted way back and I saw the collection. I was horrified! Why don't people warn us about these things!?

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    Sabrina Wu
    September 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Gotta love the neck cheese! If your Addie is a hand sucker like mine, then also watch out for the similar and only slightly less disgusting hand cheese. Love the lace top! Looking forward to seeing your fall outfits as SD finally gets the memo about the season change.

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    Inbetween Curves
    September 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    For babies, my friend had another milk horror story. She didn't realize the milk also collected behind the ear, until she was kissing the baby on the head and wondering what that smell was. I guess you really do have to clean all the parts! (Also, love the outfit, I've been getting a lot of use of my Loft Olive camp pants)

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    Pooja Mittal
    September 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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    Lia
    September 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I love this outfit! I, too, am itching for fall. In South Florida, that's quite a ways out! I can tell you as far as the neck thing goes, I thank God that our nurse in the hospital told us all about it, otherwise I would have NO IDEA to clean under there!

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    ashleigh
    September 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Yay! You're back. I like the idea of the olive shorts in lieu of pants or a jacket. We were at 90 degrees last Thursday and now we're in the 60s. I hope it stays cools! Also, with the baby, if bibs are still allowing the milk to get in her neck folds, take a burp cloth and tuck it under her chin and fold it, the fold will catch all the extra milk and keep her clean and sweet-smelling. Baby shampoo can also collect behind her ears and make a crust that turns into a scab too so watch out for that as well. I honestly have no clue (with two kids) how children manage to survive into adulthood, they're so fragile!
    -Ash
    http://www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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    Carly
    September 16, 2014 at 1:49 am

    You look SO fit and healthy post pregnancy! Just wow. You are my inspiration in the future 🙂

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    kateprs
    September 16, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about the stinky smell, but I'm glad to hear that that problem is fixed. Also, you look adorable in this 90 degree fall outfit. I can't get myself to transition to fall yet, even with the temperatures dropping (70s, finally!).

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    heather gilmour
    September 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The top is very beaautiful and it's great that it can be worn in so many different ways.
    Carpet cleaning Bexley

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    Tara
    September 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    You look amazing Audrey! Loving this color combo. So glad you are happy and enjoying time with your precious daughter 🙂

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    Agi
    September 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Yes we called it the cheeses 🙂 My son had it everywhere. We actually nicknamed him bum cheese. Now he has crazy foot cheese. I love it. Great outfit. You look amazing for just having a baby. Glad you're able to finally get back to wearing the clothes you love. Doesn't it feel like you have a new wardrobe??? 🙂

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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    Alison
    September 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Fat baby chins! And then they act like the are being tortured when you try to get it out. So stinky.

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    Audra
    September 17, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Hilarious on the whole neck cheese situation! I remember discovering the same thing with my daughter, along with the behind the ear junk. Now I know why those old-time movie moms always said, "Wash behind your ears!" I really never knew it was a thing. Anyhow, I'm glad Addie is clean again and you can enjoy SWEET snuggles 🙂 Also, I love your blog and style. You've helped this momma out, girl! Oh, and you look fab for just having a baby. I hope you feel as beautiful as you look!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I'm starting to think the neck curd surprise is a right of passage for moms.

    Nordstrom DOES have nice bathrooms. I haven't gone out with Addie during a time I need to breastfeed her in public yet. I'm too nervous for that at this point, but sloooowly working up to it. Nordstrom might be a good first option.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Amazing score with the black lace tank! Did you end up getting the lace tee here? I really like it!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Ahhhh sorry! I always feel that tension of wanting to help people buy good, versatile pieces, but not wanting them to think they need everything I post. I hope you get tons of use out of whatever you've bought though!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    She's definitely a hand sucker. Once I learned about neck cheese I started ruthlessly cleaning every place skin folds up. Like, I caught some in her armpit shortly after discovering the neck stuff. Even grosser that it's so hot these days!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Ahahaha! WELL, let me assure you, you would have eventually smelled it and figured it out. ;P

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    How does baby shampoo scab? I believe you…I just don't understand it yet!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you so much, Carly! That's really kind of you!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks, Tara!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    FOOT cheese? Hahaha! Is it from milk too or something else?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Yes..SWEET snuggles now. It was pretty disgusting and unappealing to kiss her with that smell. Haha!

    And thank you for your kind words. Really glad the blog has been helpful for you!

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    ashleigh
    September 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    It dries out the skin. Baby shampoo doesn't moisturize, and when it collects behind the ear it will congeal and then dry out, drying the skin, and if you don catch it, it builds up and makes a big scab. Just wipe back there with the towel and put a tiny bit of lotion back there, but make sure it absorbs!

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    Agi
    September 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Oh we had some other cheeses as well, but it wouldn't be appropriate to post it here 🙂 Now his foot cheese is insane. 5 yr old boy foot sweat 🙂

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    Lauren Wickersheim
    September 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I didn't – because I'm going on a *gulp* shopping fast until we pay off my husband's student loans. It's going to be a while – probably 2 years or so (having a slight panic attack saying that). I actually found the Greater than Rubies blog on Pinterest and have been reading through her Break Up With Shopping posts and remixing – and then saw that you commented on a lot of her stuff! Small blog world. I'm going to keep reading all the posts because you all give me great remixing ideas … but the sale links at the bottom are going to be a struggle. I think if I hadn't been reading your blog and buying remixable pieces for the last year I couldn't do it though! So thank you! 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Oh wow, good luck with the shopping fast! I love Caitlin from Greater Than Rubies. I've been "blog friends" with her for quite some time now and absolutely love her heart and what her blog is about! I'm glad you found her! Her blog should be extremely helpful and encouraging to you during your shopping fast.

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    Emilia
    September 18, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Hi Audrey, I've started visiting your blog just a few months before your pregnancy. It's been a delight to see Addie's birth. I don't have children yet but I enjoy your down-to-earth fashion posts all the same. And you look great after the pregnancy! 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 18, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Thanks so much Emilia! And welcome to the blog 🙂

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    Lou (whatlouwore365)
    September 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Neck cheese, ear cheese & also armpit cheese. All smell pretty rank. These newborns have so many folds you need to get right into & clean!

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    Lou (whatlouwore365)
    September 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Oh & I forgot hand cheese. Felix has kept his fists clenched pretty much constantly the last 11 weeks & those fists end up full of fluff & gunk. Bleugh!

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    Laura
    September 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Lol. I love your mom of the year hashtag! I didn't know that either! Thanks for taking one for the team!

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    Kit0003
    September 20, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Hi Audrey , you're looking fab! I love this outfit. The colours go so well together. I'm going similar outfit.

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    Niki
    September 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    You look so good!! I love the lace top!

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    angeldress
    September 25, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I love your lace dresses very much which is so elegant and charm for the girls.

    http://www.angeldress.co.uk/lace-wedding-dresses-uk7963

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    alivicwil
    October 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    watch out for armpits, too!

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    alivicwil
    October 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    we had an issue with toes, too – almost like tinea/athlete's foot! We kept him all rugged up over winter, and obviously he got sweaty toes. :/

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Haha yup, found those too! I was still smelling the cheese even though there wasn't a trace of it on her immediate neck…and I was led to the pits!

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