Off The Shoulder Top & Leopard Wedges: Goodbye Baby Tree

off the shoulder top, leopard wedges, boyfriend shorts

Today is Day 2 of the week long boho-palooza that the lovely Ada at Elegance And Mommyhood and I are hosting…


…Wednesday was also the day we both did a more casual look when we shared our Fall boho looks back in October. Definitely take a minute to stop by and check out Ada’s full post and get the details on what’s she’s wearing today too.

So, do you see that tree that’s directly behind me? I mean how could you miss it…it’s a tree. When we first bought our house some 23 years ago, it was the exact same height as the little tree/bush thing that is right up against it on the left. It was just a baby. So of course we named it Baby Tree. What? You don’t name your trees? I love trees, seriously I do. The shade in the summer, the pretty leaves in the fall, and the way the snow lays on the naked branches in the winter. Plus, they are like a natural barrier from the outside world and I like that.

And I happen to be particularly attached to this tree. It reminds me of when we were young and so excited to have our very own home. Our son was just a cute little toddler, much like Baby Tree. Over the years the bunny has hidden eggs around it at Easter, it’s decorated with twinkle lights or spotlights all year ’round. We’ve laid under it on the hammock in the summer to catch some shade from the heat of the day or watched the stars through it’s leaves on summer nights.

Sadly, over the last few years, it became apparent that Baby Tree wasn’t well. More and more branches would be leafless in the summer and branches started to fall off or in the case of the little stump to the left of my head in the picture, amputations were necessary. Unfortunately, the time has come. Baby Tree is scheduled to be cut down on Thursday while I’m at work. I can guarantee that I’ll be in tears when I get home and he’s gone. Truthfully, I’m tearing up just writing about it. Some of you may be thinking, “Geez, it’s just a tree.” But to me that tree is a metaphor for the life my husband and I have built together. Even when times weren’t so great, Baby Tree was there. Growing bigger and stronger with the passage of the seasons just like we were even if sometimes we didn’t realize it. It might just be a tree, but it’s also part of us, and it will be tough to see the empty place in the backyard where Baby Tree used to stand tall.


It’s official…my opposition to the off the shoulder top has turned into an obsession. What’s also official? I still haven’t found a strapless bra that I can live with. I just ordered one on Amazon that has 4 1/2 stars with almost 1,500 reviews, so fingers crossed….Anyway, on to this gorgeous top. I received it care of Shein and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s lightweight with that floatiness that I love, but still solidly made if that makes sense. Readers have asked my thoughts on Shein clothing and I have to say with 100% honesty, the quality is comparable to if not better than Forever 21 or Old Navy. I know that those stores aren’t some people’s cup of tea, and that’s cool, but I shop at both so that makes the quality of Shein clothing just fine in my book. The sizing doesn’t seem to be super tiny as is often the case with Asian retailers. I typically order my normal size although I do size up in jackets. Right now they have a stellar selection of OTS tops and I will definitely be picking up a few more on my own dime. In particular, I want to pick up the black off the shoulder tee and the gray/plum top with tassels from last week’s post.

This time I kept it casual with denim shorts and by leopard wedge sandals. It just so happened that my black and white rose necklace from our wedding trip to the Bahamas worked perfectly with the top’s white trim and black. **Sidenote: I did tack the white trim down in a few spots because I didn’t want it to curl up like crochet trim seems to do. I’m thinking the top would pair perfectly with my black and white striped maxi and my red pencil skirt as well.


Try to keep an open mind when it comes to fashion. I know that is easier said than done, but sometimes a style that you think is most definitely not for you turns out to be something that definitely is for you.


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Top: c/o Shein;  Shorts: JCPenney;  Wedges: JustFab (Similar)

Top provided c/o Shein. All opinion expressed are, as always, 100% my own.



  1. 05.25.2016 / 9:40 am

    Cute top, love the lacey hem. I am sorry about “Baby Tree” I understand missing something that seems insignificant to others but important to us. Hugs!
    Rachel xo
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  2. 05.25.2016 / 2:47 pm

    So that’s your bra strap? If so, I’ve had a lightbulb moment….I can wear off the shoulder shirts —because that just looks like a strap of the shirt.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    ps…we haven’t named tress, but I do name my car (Dex the del sol)
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  3. 05.25.2016 / 3:56 pm

    Love the top…but I am IN LOVE with your shoes!!! I think naming trees is an Ohio, PA thing because we named trees too. 🙂
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  4. 05.25.2016 / 4:41 pm

    Aww, I can guess how you are feeling Debbie, things that have grown with the children 🙁 I felt like that when we moved house…

    Love you top, such a great style 🙂 love this look!

    Thanks for linking up ..
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  5. 05.27.2016 / 8:35 am

    I know what you mean about your tree. We had to have two trees removed because of the emerald ash borer and it was really sad. Your off the shoulder top is adorable! Love the lace detail! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Doused In Pink
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  6. 05.28.2016 / 4:02 am

    I’m currently sitting firmly on the fence with regards to this off the shoulder trend. I think my shoulders are fine, but worry I’ll look trashy. This black and white version is good though, as it looks quite substantial, not too girly-flimsy. I have a black midi pencil skirt which I could imagine would work with the likes of this top. Food for thought. You look utterly adoreable in this, especially as you’ve paired it with those shorts. I love your story about the tree. These things are part of the fabric of our lives aren’t they? Sad when they go though x
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  7. 05.30.2016 / 12:29 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I agree one has to have an open mind to pick what of the new trends works with the own style