Tigerlily DressDress – Tigerlily; Shoes – Shoemint Jordanne (limited sizes but different color here and similar style here, and here), Earrings – Prism Boutique; Bag – Joelle Hawkens (old similar here)

It’s been a while since I’ve published an outfit post over here. I rarely post outfit of the day photos on Instagram either. A while back I mentioned to someone that I was growing increasingly uncomfortable posing for outfit photos, for reasons I can’t really even explain. Additionally, part of the problem is that my outfits from day to day don’t change much at all lately. Many days I stay in workout clothes or yoga gear.

But I got dressed up yesterday for Taylor’s recital, and since we were killing a little bit of time after intermission, I figured we’d shoot some photos since I love this dress so much. Boy did I feel uneasy, definitely out of practice. And come to find out, this dress is actually a cover-up, but I think it works quite well as a dress, don’t you? I’m definitely pushing it on the length a bit, but the longer draped sides help give the illusion of length. IMG_6033 IMG_6029

The recital went well, although I missed some of it. We had a bit of a meltdown before it, with Taylor sobbing about having to go. She wants to do dance but just not the recital. I’m sort of okay with that, but not sure if this reinforces her tendencies to just want to do the fun stuff and not follow through on the “hard” stuff. Apparently to her, sitting in a room quietly with nothing to do for an hour while they wait to be called is like torture, and since she’s so timid she doesn’t bother getting chatty with neighboring girls to pass the time. Part of me wants to just let her dance for fun, and part of me wants to push her pass her comfort zone because eventually I think she’ll be glad I did. Sounds so silly going back and forth on such a thing, but I often find that with our first, we’re sort of always experimenting with what’s the right thing to do as parents. At any rate, we have a couple of months to decide on something a year down the road. Do any of you have kids involved in an activity, like piano, but skip the recital part of the process? Is that sort of defeating the purpose of the year’s worth of hard work? I can’t decide…IMG_6037 IMG_6060 IMG_6027

Hoping everyone else had a great weekend. This week I’m gearing up for my guy’s big 40th birthday celebration! And our friends the Weems are in town, and my bestie Lea from Arizona is flying in for the special day too! It’s going to be a good, good week.

  • So, I run the education and youth programs for Hubbard Street (www.hubbardstreetdance.com/youth). We do sharings, not recitals, which allow students to experience the idea of performance, but are far less formal and focus on sharing with others what they have learned through the year, rather than the full costume and learn a routine that is often done. Programs like ours are harder to find, but they are out there and they might be a better fit for your girl. There’s also no pressure on a child who prefers to focus on class rather than a recital. Clearly we’re too far away for you 🙂 but I’m sure there’s something around. Or perhaps just a conversation with her studio to see how they might work with her needs. She should love dance and everyone comes to the idea of performance differently.

  • KateB

    Just think of the money you’d save not buying those recital clothes and all that make up! =0) I think if you start the year knowing you won’t do the recital that’s fine. Then, it’s not like you are “giving in” to her not doing it. It doesn’t sound like she doesn’t want to do the work (learning the dance, practicing it) just the performance. Listen to your little lady. She hasn’t steered you wrong yet.

  • Love that dress/coverup. Its gorgeous.

    That’s a tough one. Norah used to be terrified when she first started competing in gymnastics. She’s since busted out of her shell and loves it and has gotten involved in extracurricular choir (and actually does the dances and sings! something she never used to do). But I do get it. We find a happy medium…I don’t like pushing them too hard because they are kids. And I like to think we’re just trying activities out and finding what we like. However, with things like piano and guitar, I do make them do a recital. Not ALL the recitals…but one. And I found great teachers who are totally chill and the recitals are more laid back, like concerts, vs. on stage formal recitals in fancy clothes. The kids seem to take to this better than they did with the formal recitals with their former piano teacher.

  • Priscila

    1. I hope you keep up the outfit posts. I am always inspired by your style. No pressure or anything, but whenever you do get dressed up, will you snap a pic or two? 😉

    2. I was a timid girl and did piano and swimming. My parents made me do the recitals and competitions. When the competitions got too much, they allowed me to just attend practice or friendly competitions. They did insist on me doing the recitals and I’m glad they did. I eventually came into my own and became a teacher. I fully believe those recitals helped me. Just a thought. 😉

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