overrated

Friday, April 27

Shoes: TopShop, most comfortable jersey knit skirt ever: TopShop, Top: Gap, Necklace: ASOS, Sunglasses: Target

After a little meeting yesterday, I attempted to grab some {non drive-thru} lunch with Everett in tow. I was well stocked with toys and books, putting full confidence in their ability to give me 10 minutes to eat with at least one hand. 
He didn't touch one of them. Taking their place, and contending for the top spot in maximum baby entertainment was my necklace, my salad bowl, my salad, my tray {which is much easier to play with if you pull it off the table and onto the bench to be with you} and a bag of wipes. His new found interest in everything is one of the things I'm loving most right now, so I didn't mind his curious hands. I did however realize that for the most part, toys are pretty overrated. As he gets older, I might just have to buy myself a new set of pots and pans, a few wooden spoons, a set of Tupperware that's not from your Tupperware party, and call it good.

122 comments:

Tinacious Me said...

Looking fabulous girl! Love your big smile!
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Gwyneth Genevieve said...

Plays-with-anything might be the best possible problem to have!

I love that skirt! It looks super comfy. I have a similar one in black, so I'll definitely be using this as inspiration when I wear it next!

Irene Buffa said...

awesome skirt


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Natasha Fatah said...

You look great Sydney!

xoxo
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Katie Blacker said...

I can't wait until I have a cute little one to raise. Sounds like you are a great mom.

You had to be there

Bianca said...

Even with toys, have you noticed that they never get used for their intended purpose? A lego becomes a cup, the doll becomes a rocket.... A tray and wipes? You have a very creative little man!

Shabana said...

Love the look! Very cool! Yep, household items are the best toys!
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Joanna said...

Toys are TOTALLY overrated! The best toy and one that has kept my toddler entertained for months now? A box of tampons! She pulls them out one by one, puts them back in one by one, pulls them out....well, you get the idea.

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Ana Costa e Silva said...

So beautiful...

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Anna Louisa said...

Ha so true! I'm already trying to figure out how to encourage people not to buy us toys...any suggestions? :)

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thecoffeehouse said...

haha. i used to push a flyswatter around the house. forget the barbies and dolls ... i've got a flyswatter.

Char said...

Aww. What a curious little man! Looking amazing as always. Have a happy weekend.
Char xo
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Balanced Britt said...

I really love that skirt! I wonder if it would be comfortable as a maternity skirt?

monkeyshines ♥ said...

simple chic!

Bises,
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Erika said...

Wipes are a great toy! They seem to make a wonderful noise, at least in the babies ears. When we are out my son can entertain himself for hours (ok minutes) with the things in his diaper bag. His favourite? My re-usable water bottle. Your skirt looks amazing!!

sophistifunk said...

i love the skirt! and everett is the cutest :)

Elise said...

I love how understated you are! So pretty!

Yeah, I'm sure he will be more interested in cardboard
boxes than toys soon.

Elise
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Lace And Tulle said...

love this outfit!! cute!!!

Cady said...

Love this outfit so much! And it seems like Everett has a great imagination :). Too cute.

Lottie said...

I am going to be getting myself one of those skirts.

Love the look and Everett has the best taste in things, who needs toys when you can have a tray.

MintJulep said...

Oh yeah, my 3 year old son plays with EVERYTHING but his toys. I even gave him real pots and pans - for kiddies - from IKEA, because he loves to cook, and all he said to me was that these were too small to make a proper dinner and weren't kept in the cupboard with my real pots and pans...toys are really overrated.
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Nicole said...

Haha YES! I don't buy my son toys anymore because he doesn't play with the ones he already owns! Pots and Pans are the best my friend!

Dani said...

Love this outfit! I'm hooked on the monochromatic scheme!
:)
-Dani
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Jen Pilchak said...

You look great! I love the outfit!

Brooke Wise said...

You look gorgeous!

Mary said...

You are spot-on about getting the wooden spoons, Tupperware, etc! My 2 year old daughter's latest obsession is taking the largest Tupperware bowls that she can find with the lids on, 2 wooden spoons and just banging away on the "drums". Out of all of the toys that she has scattered throughout the house, her favorites come from the kitchen cupboards! :)

House of Hemingway said...

I agree, I don't have children but I'm always intrigued by the way children become engaged with non-toys. I know that my parents always gave us (my brother and I) the opportunity to create our toys out of found objects and for that reason I think my creativity really blossomed to design!

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Mara and Jae said...

totally loving this outfit. looks super cute but super comfy too. exactly the combo i love!

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beautiful ;)

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Luna said...
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Luna said...

Beauty!

I heard kids would rather play with the box the toy came in rather than the toy itself. Kids. ;)

xoxo,
Luna
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Luna said...

Beauty!

I heard kids would rather play with the box the toy came in rather than the toy itself. Kids. ;)

xoxo,
Luna
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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Haha when I was really little my favorite "toy" was a cardboard box.

Nuha said...

first of all, for someone who recently had a baby, you look absolutely amazing! and secondly, i can just imagine cute little Everett's chubby hands pulling all of those things :-)

Cole. said...

I don't have any kids yet, but I've been a Nanny to several families... and I totally remember this stage of grabanythingbutwhatimsupposedto. Its fun, though, to see them discover things for the first time!

P.S. LOVE the maxi skirt. Definitely on my "need to get this" list for summer shopping.

Nicole
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Megan said...

Love the sophisticated look. Although she's a puppy and not a real baby, my dog is the same. I went and bought her all these toys but she just wants to play with tissues and shoes and everything else non toy-related :) Love your posts!

Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

Janell said...

Ha! Oh Syd, I love reading your posts about Everett/life with a baby in tow. Your words always get a laugh or two out of me early in the morning, and for that I thank you :) you make that skirt look as though it was made specially for you. Rock it, girl!
-Janell

Shawna Faye said...

So true. Most of my 11 month old daughter's toy sit untouched most of the time. Except for Sophie, she gosh darn LOVES that dumb giraffe. I actually keep an extra necklace, an extra set of keys, a cheap pair of sunglasses, an old cellphone and a couple other odds and ends in my diaper bag.

Ashton said...

According to my mother I used to play in the cupboards amongst the pots and pans and the Tupperware. Apparently, there is just something so amusing about those items to little ones.... :)

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FP said...

Love the oversize gold watch. Such a cool touch!

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Yaz said...

SO TRUE!! You caught on faster than I did Sydney, but YES, your baby is curious, and because he loves you and is interested in you, he is far more interested in the things you are "playing" with and what makes them so fun lol. My son is 14 months old, and that's where we are, the toys...the 5 ride-ons he has, the two talking puppies, all sit mostly, while he comes to grab mommy's laptop...even though he has his own, courtesy of Leapfrog. But it gets to be a lot of fun as he gets older and gets active, a $3 ball, and your abundant energy will keep him entertained and full of laughter that will make you cry. But yes, either way, the most interesting play for him will always involve YOU in some way. LOVE LOVE LOVe the outfit today, hope that skirt is still in stock, and that necklace is a nice touch!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

you look so pretty <3

Shandi and Alex said...

It's so true! My son's favorite toys are a small pot, spatula, wire basket, and a medicine bottle with marbles inside. I've found toys to be a total waste of money! =)

Anna D Kart said...

Love the simple outfit! Your baby is adorable!

Jessica Gitler said...

you have a way with making the most simple outfit look amazing, love your style!!
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Andrea said...

Sheesh girl...your hair! Get on my head.

Always Maylee said...

Even in a simple outfit, you look gorgeous! Love it. And I totally support you buying new things for yourself, but really for Everett, ha!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

wishdesignshop.com said...

i literally just got that SAME skirt in the mail yesterday. it totally is the comfiest skirt ever. :)

*maja* said...

You're one of my top 5 greatest style icons! So down to earth but uber chic and stylish without needing to get crazy.

mary said...

Add to your shopping list: boxes of all sizes, wet washclothes, novels, and anything a pet might play with and you'll have endless enetertainment until he hits two-ish. Wish I would have known that for the baby showers--I would have just saved all the bags, wrapping paper, and boxes and returned all the gifts. :)

carli said...

What a happy photoshoot! Love the background and how everything works together with the outfit you're featuring. Looks awesome :)

Rose Goddess said...

Toys are totally overrated. If you are interested, check out my blog post I did last year on why we don't give our baby toys...
http://www.rosegoddessbliss.com/toys

Kari said...

your hair got so long!

Mejia Mamma said...

I cannot even handle that you had baby E a few months ago....you're teeny little waist proves otherwise. Lucky lady you are!! Did/do you work out at all to get back to your pre-pregnancy size?

Shannon said...

Sydney - you're HILARIOUS. it is one of my main reasons i can't get enough of your blog. Praise the Lord for some good comic relief that is right up my alley. It also doesn't hurt that you're hot & your style is killer (duhhhhhhh). Keep it comin' sistah momma. You got the goods.

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Lippylash said...

You look incredible and make me want to buy that skirt!!

Natalie Suarez said...

so beautiful! i love your hair here! xx

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Maria Camila said...

Awe baby E is so funny, and you look GREAT like always

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Samantha said...

You look fantastic! Love the comfy outfit and your hair!

A FANCY DAY said...

I feel like my cat does the same thing. She has all these things to play with yet she comes and messes with what ever I'm doing. For instance she wants to walk all over my keyboard right now.

lori said...

looking beautiful, momma!

i think buying yourself a new set of pots and pans and letting everett play with the old ones sounds like a good plan :)

hannahstiff said...

YEah, toys are definitely overrated. My 9-month-old loves newspapers, magazines and any jewelry or food I dare try to eat. Someone told me the other day I'm thinner now than post baby. uh, yeah. I have no time to eat and we take the stroller out to calm baby girl down ALL THE TIME. Looking lovely Syd. XO
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Naomi said...

Simply adorable!

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move-pen-move said...

What an elegant outfit! But how to you manage to keep the bottom of long skirts clean? I always imagine they drag on the ground a bit...

hayley jo said...

At our nursery in my ward, most of our toys are wooden spoons, tupperware, the "warm fuzzy" balls that they can put into old 12 oz juice bottes. They love it!! Toys are totally overrated!

Kassie said...

I definitely think toys are overrated at that age.
My son just turend 17 months and is just now starting to enjoy his toys. It's fun to watch him play and see which ones are his favorite. Stuffed animals, cars, and balls are what he likes best.

Cynthia B. said...

My little one is the same way, she will choose an object not intended to be a toy over a real one any day. And if mom is wearing a necklace you better believe its coming off haha.

Love the outfit!

Mrs. Baker said...

haha i know what you mean! my four month old is into everything-he especially likes the wipe package too! love the skirt!

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seriouslysassymama.com said...

As a mommy to three girls, I also recommend a stash of crayons and a notepad. They have always worked for me, even now when they are 8,6, and 3. I really enjoy reading your blog.

Carrie said...

haha so cute!

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Sarah O'Brien said...

that outfit screams comfort but classy!

Lucia Flores said...

Love the jersey dress! The color is amazing! The combo with the blouse & accessories is just perfect! LOVE IT!

Have a nice weekend!

XOXOX from the Netherlands,
Lucia

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Becca said...

Dang girl, you look like a model in that first shot. {well, you usually do- but especially in that 1st pic} A perfect backdrop for that outfit too!
xo Becca

iwanthappilyeverafter said...

you look great. Love the jersey knit skirt!

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Meghan said...

yogurt containers have kept my child entertained for a long period of time. I agree toys are overated!

Molly Jane said...

Love your outfit!! I want to buy the skirt from TopShop, but am unsure about the size. I usually wear anywhere from a 2-4 in US sizes, what size did you order? We have similar body builds. Thank you girl!!!:)



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See Kate run. said...

Your outfit is gorgeously modern-chic- *very* Eastcoast. :)

Also, my rule of thumb is: if my grandmother didn't have it growing up in Arkansas (with an outhouse and one stop sign on Main St), my babies sure don't need it for "proper development". Stick it to the man and go with toilet paper rolls and a stick. ;)

jennysanzo said...

Right now my little goober only wants to play with his burp cloths lol... a little gross but it keeps him happy lol

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Bri said...

hahaha thanks for the tip!

Jenae Olay said...

I don't have any kiddos yet but I always tell my mom I'm just going to buy a cardboard box. The kid can go to town on that thing.

Elisse said...

I love this outfit. So chic. And I really want that skirt!

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.aubrey c. said...

Love how the skirt looks on you! Sexy mommy out to lunch you go!
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Adeola Naomi said...

Chic and sassy!!!

Who is G? said...

The universal truth with kids...they want to play with everything else but the toys they have :)

Perpetuity said...

That skirt has a great flattering fit!

~Heather

Yuli Conversations said...

super cuteness

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Jamie Horton said...

Love that skirt! The whole look is fabulous!

Yes, toys are overrated! Of course that did not stop my from buying so many cute toys for my girls over the years:) (sigh)

The Purse Snatcher said...

I love this skirt on you, it's beyond flattering!

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Urban Nester said...

I'm wearing almost the exact same outfit today... Except for black on bottom and grey on top. Great minds think alike :]

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Ally said...

your outfit is great and I can't believe how awesome of a post-baby bod you have!! right on girl! -ally

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Sarah said...

This outfit is amazeballs!! You are so cute cute cute!!

XOXO
Sarah

Sarah said...

That skirt is perfection on you, so chic!

Jam Oblina said...

you are so right! they get easily bored with the "usual" toys really. anything at this point interest them! you look great by the way! :-)

marvelousme said...

Pretty much. Cardboard boxes and pots and pans were how I spent most of my childhood....when I wasn't making hampster mazes out of our movie collection :) Ah, fun times, fun times.

Becoming Refined said...

Always love reading through your personal commentary, and I'd just like to say that your bod looks great after just having your son, the whole look is fab on you.

Connecting Four said...

AHH I just can't get over that long skirt!

Earthy Nicole said...

So true. Ya know, practical life skills are just as important as imaginary play so letting him help in the kitchen, as messy as it may be at times, is super helpful in the long run! I recommend the book How to Raise an Amazing Child which is based on the Montessori method. Even if they don't wind up in a Montessori school, in the early years at home, Montessori teachings can be very beneficial to children.

BTW, I love your necklace too! xx

The Cantelmo Family said...

Love that outfit! And you are SO right. My kids are into everything but their toys!!!

Jacy said...

This outfit is incredible and I'm obsessed with your skirt!! I am actually really jealous of it in fact :)

~Jacy

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His Little Lady said...

oh gosh, it's true! the kiddos become interested in everything but their toys at that age. i'm sure you handled that situation well, though. you look absolutely adorable! and yes, that skirt looks absolutely comfortable!!
xo TJ

Monse Fuentes said...

love the skirt!



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Beatrice Balaj said...

Really like the simple yet chic look.


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blackponies said...

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ZADIN said...

The skirt is simply orgasmic...

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The JulietteM said...

wow! I like your maxi skirt!

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Katie's Bliss said...

I've never shopped at Topshop but I love this look! May have to stop in their next time I'm in NYC!


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Mrs. S said...

been searching for the perfect maxi skirt, think i found my match.
love your posts and daily outfits
xoxo
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Huda said...

I agree, toys are overrated because its mostly for us adults who want to buy them for our kids, nephews and godchildren. From experience, children are fascinated and entertained by the simplest things in life and rarely if ever need overly priced toys to have fun.

ps. love the maxi skirt, very simple yet stylish.

thankfifi said...

I guess all you can do is go with it, enjoy it and laugh!

Love the look - I have a grey jersey maxi too and have genuinely found it to be super versatile too - in fact I wore it on Fri as a mini on www.thankfifi.com

Kate Elizabeth said...

This outfit is lovely. I wish that we had better weather here in the UK so that I could rock some of the style you show on your blog Sydney :)

dearsafia said...

That skirt is so lovely, and I love your watch too! I agree with the comment above...if only England's weather was better...we could rock outfits like this all the time haha!

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Ally said...

wow i am in loveeeee with this. its so simple but its so classy and looks incredibly comfortable!

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Natascha said...

you look soooo beautiful!! I just ordered this skirt!

Could you show some more combinations with this grey maxi skirt please??

xo
natasha

astr!d said...

that is so true! we tend to over spend and over spoil our kids with toys! when in lots of cases they are content with minimal things and their imagination!!!!! one thing im proud of is encouraging my kids active minds!!!

claire said...

my mum always ells me that y favourite toy was clothes pegs :)

Filipa said...

Always beautiful!!Fantastic!

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LifewithHappy said...

You look great! How tall are you?

Sarah Larsen said...

SO TRUE. You wise mom. Socks, shoes, wrappers, cups, spoons, phones, and flashlights are among the favorites in our home. ;)

Becky said...

How do you tuck in your shirt without all the clumping showing on the Maxi skirt?

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Lauren C. said...

Just bought a complete copy cat outfit at Target TODAY! I was thrilled when I saw the knit skirt and then everything else just magically fell in place down to a very similar necklace. Adore your style, Sydney!

stephanie said...

Très Jolie! j'aime beaucoup le style, les couleurs sobre . Bref très bon look!

vodkainfusedlemonade said...

I totally agree with you. No matter how much I prepare and bring things my son will like, he will inevitably find something other than a toy or book to play with. Sometimes the best toys are the cheapest. My son loves to play with paper and plastic cups. It can entertain him for hours. Love your blog.I can totally relate to it. My son is now 3 and although some things are easier others are not.

Agi:)

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