After wearing this outfit for a few hours yesterday, I realized it’s a flipped version of my green, navy, and white outfit from the other day. The color combination is so perfect for these few weeks in between summer and fall and I guess I’m just naturally gravitating toward it.

In other news, Peanut starts preschool this week. We went to a meet and greet day last week to meet his teacher, see his classroom, and get the low-down for the school year. As we were packing up the car to go, it suddenly dawned on me that this is the beginning of the next 20+ years of my life as I become a mom to school kids. He is beyond excited, and I think it will be a great opportunity for him to get out of the house for a few hours each week (he’s only going twice a week this year), but it still makes me just a little sad that those baby years are now really gone. Those old ladies in the grocery store are right…it goes so quickly. But on the flip side, I’m majorly looking forward to a few quiet hours in the morning with my baby, as well as a few uninterrupted working hours while he takes his morning nap. We’re off to buy Peanut a new lunchbox tomorrow, and then school starts on Tuesday! Wish us luck!


button-up: forever 21 (similar)
skirt: made by me (similar)
heels: kohls (similar)
necklaces: inpink c/o & hello fab c/o
bag: persunmall c/o
watch: burberry

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  1. Kimberly says:

    Aww, I'll be praying for you as you enter this time of transition – I was an emotional wreck on my kids' first day!

  2. I LOVE navy and green together. In fact, those are the colors we are doing our nursery in. Such a great outfit.

  3. I I adore that color combo, and your accessories are perfect!

  4. Madeline says:

    Time really does fly ! Great outfit

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  5. Agnes Mayer says:

    I called my son Peanut when I was pregnant with him. My son also goes back to preschool this year, his second year and i'm very excited to have some alone time. I can't wait. Great outfit. Love the gingham top.


  6. Aww yay Peanut! I bet he'll love it. Preschool can be scary for kids at first but once they make that first friend, they'll be asking when they can go back!

    Super cute outfit Merrick! I'm loving that green skirt!

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  7. Emily Beth says:

    Love the color and that statement necklace! Such a great outfit!

  8. CE says:

    Yay for Peanut! And I love this outfit!

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Back To School

Yesterday, after a four month maternity vacation, I went back to school.

I’m not a very nervous person, but usually before a big event, talk, meeting, performance, or some other semi important thing I’ll get jittery and sick to my stomach. Then once the event begins, all nervousness goes away. Weird? Maybe. Going back to The Bridge proved to be no exception. I was so thrilled to be going back, and had been excitedly thinking about it all week, and then a few hours before I had to leave I got that pit in my stomach.

Why be nervous when, before my hiatus, I’d been attending this school for a year? And when I know everyone there so well? And when there aren’t any grades or tests or anything stressful at all? Probably because I haven’t painted the figure in a full two months, and haven’t painted from life once in these four months. Or probably just because I’m crazy.

Luckily, it proved to be just like riding a bicycle.




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Back to School

I’ve now successfully completed my first week of school.

It’s been more fun that I possibly thought it could be, but holy cow it’s ALOT of work. I spent nearly the whole weekend working on projects, and I saw Philip for about 6 hours total throughout the whole week (not including the weekend).

I can already tell it’s going to continue to stay busy, but honestly I’m okay with making some sacrifices because I forgot how much I missed being in a classroom, surrounded with people motivated the same way I am, and talented in the same ways I am.

It feels so good to be doing art.

Plus, over the weekend, on top of doing a lot of art, I got all my laundry and ironing done, I got lunches made by 9:30 pm last night, I got a little reading time in, and I even cleaned our bathroom.

I feel like I can really handle all of this. I’m feeling awesome.



  1. Packrat says:

    I’m glad you are enjoying school. Want to send some of that energy this way? lol

  2. Janssen says:

    What a great feeling – I’ve felt the same way about grad school. Yay for doing exactly what you want to be doing.

  3. Bart says:

    Glad you’re liking it so much, Merrick! Sounds like you guys are both busy busy. I feel that way now (well, not during spring break, but you know what I mean), but I bet I’ll feel much more that way when we’re both working full-time jobs in Boston.

  4. craftyashley says:

    Yay Merrick! I loved my art classes too… but seriously didn’t like all the work. People think art majors have it easy. But I would say it ranks up there as one of the most time-consuming majors!

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