I received my favorite catalogue in the mail the other day, and in addition to all the gorgeous clothes and scenes found in its perfumed pages, I absolutely love how well it depicts what my every-day life looks like. It's uncanny, really, how well they captured the ins and outs of daily life with four small children.
Take a look.
Here I am, first thing in the morning. My effortless French braid has stayed put through my peaceful, full night of sleep. I am poised and alert as my husband and I swap details of the upcoming day. I rest near the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the many songbirds heralding the joys of the morning.
Following my morning coffee (which is purely for enjoyment since I am obviously so well rested), I gaze lovingly across the estate as I bid my lover adieu. I muse quietly to myself over some gentle secret he whispered to me before mounting his white horse and galloping into town for a pleasant day's work.
As the children play gaily in the next room, I grab a nearby frond and say a heartfelt prayer of peace and gratitude, enjoying the perfumed essence of the life-twigs in my hand and the sun tickling my soul through the open arched doorway.
I quickly dress my clean, cooperative children, with ample time to attend my hair and makeup, and we head into town for our morning errands. Our first stop is the local artisanal baker. We walk in just as he takes his first batch of piping hot French loaves from the oven, and I wrap them in a linen towel and tuck them under my arm. I laugh at the antics of my cherubs as they sweetly banter over what organic, free-range soup they want to dip this heavenly gluten into.
Following our errands, we head to the nearby park. Despite it being a balmy seventy-two degrees outside, I am neither sweaty nor frizzy. An organic juice stand nearby offers me a bit of reprieve as the little ones playfully scamper across the natural landscape. My shoes are so comfortable, I only need to use one foot to stand.
Following lunch and reading time, in which each of my children eagerly and joyfully participates, I head to our portico, face the sun, and telepathically communicate with my husband. (If you do not yet know how to do this, both of you must simply find a place of perfect serenity, face the sun, and empty your mind of all thoughts but the untainted love you have for each other. Thoughts between you will begin flowing like rays of light.) He surprises me with the fact that he's leaving work early and would like to meet me in town for an afternoon rendezvous.
The children's au pair briskly heads over, and I finish the day with a few glasses of rosé, laughing merrily and smiling coquettishly. I must admit that perhaps I've had one glass too many, as I gracefully slip from my chair. I look so fabulous though, that my inebriation is more charming than it is awkward or embarrassing. My chivalrous husband puts me upon his horse, and we amble home through the stone-paved streets.
Following the children's baths, tender snuggles, and unhurried bedtime, I strike a pose next to our canopied bed, playfully beckoning my husband with my eyes. My nursing bosoms fit graciously into the plunging neckline, and my hair, though freshly showered, is already soft and fluffy. So confident are we in our impending uninterrupted sleep, we end the evening reading and conversing over the joyful moments that permeated our day. I look forward to waking, knowing that the coming day will be just as fabulously accessorized.
On a more serious note, if you are a clothing designer looking to sell yoga pants, concealer, dry shampoo, and tops that cover a four-babies-in-six-years belly, hit me up. I've got that look DOWN.
** Edit: Several have asked which catalogue this is. Forgive me for not sharing that information originally. All clothing and images are found in the most recent Soft Surroundings mailer. Soft Surroundings has been my favorite line for over a decade. The clothes are a bit pricey, but they are definitely of high quality and last for years (I have pieces from HIGH SCHOOL, ya'll). I invest in one or two pieces a year. You can shop at softsurroundings.com or softsurroundingsoutlet.com for deep discounts. (You can also find this brand at ThredUp for even greater savings!)