Bow Cardigan

March 6, 2017

How cute is this bow cardigan?! I mean, come on. It’s the one I shared during the Shopbop sale last week and ordered myself. We took these pictures on Friday (fighting the wind the whole time), and I planned to wear this exact outfit on Saturday. After seeing the photos, I ended up wearing different jeans. I just decided I wanted a more boyfriend style to balance out the bows on top a little more. I really have learned a lot from seeing myself in clothes. I recommend taking even just a quick mirror selfie to help yourself decide on clothing.

I turned 31 on Saturday, and I couldn’t help but reflect on the past year. This time last year Russ and I were celebrating my 30th at a fancy dinner with friends while facing IVF after struggling with infertility for over two years. On Saturday we had Little Caesar’s pizza on our back deck at 5:30 while I held my 3 month old daughter. I could have wept with gratitude over the story the Lord has written. There were days that I asked him if he even saw me or cared about the desires of my heart. I had to surrender to him over and over again. It was both the ugliest and most beautiful thing, and I am the better for it. Ivy Jean, you are what makes this year special. Last year we didn’t know if we’d get to have children, and this year I am your mama.

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  • Reply Gold Coast Girl March 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Cute outfit! Such a fun sweater and love those booties.

  • Reply Treats and Trends March 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

    This cardigan is the cutest! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    Treats and Trends

  • Reply March 7, 2017 at 9:10 am

    That cardigan looks amazing on you! Happy belated birthday. Sounds like you had a wonderful time celebrating.

  • Reply Threads for Thomas March 7, 2017 at 8:50 am

    This bow cardigan is seriously the cutest! Happy belated birthday! I’m glad you had a great time celebrating with your beautiful family.

  • Reply Elise Ward Joyce March 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Happy Birthday Amy! Sounds like you had a perfect day. I am in love with this cardi. So beautiful and feminine and looks amazing on you!

    xx, Elise

  • Reply Faye Fearon March 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Ah happy belated birthday dear! Loving this look too, that cardigan is beautiful!

    Faye .x



  • Reply Violette March 7, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Beautiful and happy belated birthday! I’m so happy for you! That bow cardigan is super cute!

  • Reply Meghan Conard March 7, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Happy belated birthday lady! I have loved following along with your journey and could not be happier for you!! I’m obsessed with that cardigan – the bows are too cute!

  • Reply KhloeLo March 7, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Lovely cardigan <3 Amazing outfit!
    Khloe from

  • Reply Mary March 7, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Amy Ann,
    What a sweet post and what a difference one year makes, right? I’m so happy for you that everything worked out the way you wanted, but I was really glad you mentioned that you had to “surrender” again and again to just how things might be otherwise. I’m struggling with all that uncertainty right now, and it’s hard!

    Your sweater is adorable and you look awesome as always!


  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom March 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    So happy for you and what a great birthday present to be able to reflect on the last year and now to have Ivy Jean in your arms. 🙂 This blouse is so different and I love the bows on it!


  • Reply Ashton March 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I haven’t seen this style before and I am loving it! looks great on you!

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  • Reply Lyddiegal March 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Happy Birthday! So happy you had so much to be thankful for this past year. I hope the new year only brings you bigger and brighter things. The bow sweater is a really fun piece, and I think it looks good with the black pants.
    Chic on the Cheap

  • Reply Lady B March 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy for you, what a difference a year can make. Your 31st must have been ever so precious because of your lil’ miracle. I know this is a cardi post buuuut I am so into those boots. I have 2 that are kinda similar- one gold and silver…Happy Belated Birthday! ( :

  • Reply Emily Green March 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    This is the absolute cutest cardigan, love those little bows! And it’s wonderful to hear how happy you sound, how blessed you’ve been! I hope this birthday was the best yet:)!

  • Reply Face to Curls March 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! A year has certainly made a difference. So very happy for you and your family. It’s wonderful being a Mom, isn’t it 🙂 Lovng the the bow detailing on your sweater! x

    Ann-Marie |

  • Reply Maya McDonald March 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    That sweater is so stinking cute!!! And I’m so proud of you for sharing your IVF story, it’s inspiring to hear about your strength and journey! xx

  • Reply Jenelle Witty March 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Happy Birthday! Oh IVF is a lot to take on, all the best with it.
    Agreed it is a cute cardi!
    xx Jenelle

  • Reply Shea Sayers March 6, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Aww, what a difference a year makes. Happy birthday! I love that sweater, I’ve never seen one like it before–the shoulder ties are so fun! I like it with those jeans but I agree that boyfriend jeans would be a great contrast too!

  • Reply Ramona March 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I think bows are so cute detail which adds just enough cutness to your minimal neutral look. Happiest of happy belated birthday. I hope all your new year will be filled with wonderful surprises, happiness and lots of love.

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