Sequins 30 for 30: Growing Our Family

It’s true, Monsieur & I have been having some serious talks about growing our little family unit. And I shall pause before explaining further, to give time for my mom to climb back into the chair she just fell out of.

(That’s not true–my mom wouldn’t fall out of a chair in shock. She would merely raise an eyebrow as she continues to read, looking for the explanation with pursed lips going “I know my daughter better than this. I would not find this out through her blog”. Well, mom, you’re right. I was being clever and misleading. You (and Stripes, who’s all “Seriously? I found this out through the friggin’ blog??”) can rest assured–I was just being misleading), and for my other blog readers who are going “Wait, I didn’t think she was even married??”, rest assured–I’m not. We have no intentions of being married. We are rather serious about each other, though, enough so that I can make a baby joke without worrying that he will bolt for the hills. He only bolts for about a block or so.

Monsieur and I are looking at getting a pet. Or two.

Aha, clever readers say, I knew she had something up her sleeve!

I’ve wanted my dog to come back into our lives for a while now, but it’s just so up in the air with us moving in August that I can’t quite say with certainty that it’ll happen. Hopefully, this darling pup of mine shall soon be in my life on a more permanent and less visitation-based way. Because, as I’ve previously alluded to, I deal with some intense bouts of depression. It’s hard, and I’ve learned that no matter how supportive and loving my family and close friends are (of which they are plenty supportive), nothing quite helps get me over the hump like the love of a furry creature.

So without further ado, I’d like everyone to say….

Pet rats. I know. I know. Before you squeal and go all “oh gross!!”, though, hear me out—they’re smart, they potty train themselves, they’re really friendly and interactive, and they actively enjoy being pets. They’re the best rodent you can have for a pet, since they’re not inherently terrified of people and dislike having you touch them (ahem, like, every hamster, gerbil and guinea pig I’ve ever met). I had my first pet rat when I was like six years old, and I’ve just learned that they’re wonderfully low maintenance and  caring pets. And, bonus, they live in a cage! And are easier to clean up after than 80 lb boxers!

The sweet, local, independently-owned pet store has a new litter of baby rats and they’re best for pets when you get ’em young, so we popped down to look at them yesterday and we’re taking two home this afternoon! I’m really excited. Monsieur is hesitant, but they say the fathers never really have their parental instincts kick in until the baby comes homes. So I’ll keep you posted!

Until then, let’s hear it for one of my new most absolute favorite outfits ever!

Dress & Scarf: Thrifted/ Sweater: Target/ Necklace: Charming Charlie (Gift!)/ Purse: Melie Bianco/ Boots: Mi Shoes/ Tights: Gift from Stripes!

This is my stoic face, eh?


10 responses to “Sequins 30 for 30: Growing Our Family

  1. love your dress!

    • Thanks! It started out with about a foot more length of fabric on the skirt. I’m really glad I hemmed it up!

  2. Great dress which I’ve said before. I’m a total dog person (I have a boxer lol) but if a rat makes you happy then it’s perfect and congrats! I didn’t know this about rats as pets… good to know.

    • I’m a complete dog person–I keep looking for a place to live that I can have my enormous 80lb boxer with me, but it’s difficult. (I even had my dog do a guest post, if you can scroll back a bit and find it)

      Yeah turns out most people don’t know, but rats are like tiny miniature dogs. They can learn commands, they’re friendly and enjoy being played with, but they’re just super low maintenance.

  3. Sequins,

    I have to say I’m pretty much in love with this outfit as much as you are. It goes together so well. Do you ever watch Project Runway? One of my very favorite fashion designers, Mondo Guerra, mixes and matches patterns and colors with cheerful precision and it reminds me so much of your wonderful style.

    I’m especially in love with the dress (which I actually think looks lots better hemmed up), scarf, and OH MY GOODNESS WHAT I WOULDN’T DO FOR THAT PURSE! That is the most gorgeous color. And I think I’ve swooned over every single pair of tights you own (that sounds really strange, but don’t read too much into it than face value).

    I’m quite inspired by this 30 for 30 challenge. It’s making me analyze my own wardrobe to see what I’d pick out for my own 30 for 30. I think I might try it out in June. We’ll see.

    Congratulations on your new fur babies! The fact that you named one of them Grendel makes my heart smile. And it really is true. It’s been scientifically proven that pet-owners (specifically dogs) live healthier and longer lives because they’re such a wonderful cure for depression. I know sometimes my own doggie’s head on my chest or toothy, open-mouthed grin really gives me a reason to get up in the morning when I otherwise wouldn’t. I never knew that rats can learn commands! I may have to look into getting one of my own…

    Looking forward to hearing about Monsieur’s adventure in parenthood. 🙂


    • Haha thanks! I like knowing that my clothes are inspiring to someone besides myself 🙂

      I’ll do a full post on it later, but Harper is totally after Harper Lee, which I figured you’ll appreciate almost as much as Grendel’s name.

      Some might think it a little mean that I named Grendel after a beast, but Grendel is actually one of the (very unexpected) hairless rats from the litter, and she has a big old spot right on one eye. And she has dumbo ears (google right now! So adorable!), so she’s a little awkward looking. Like how I imagine the original Grendel would look….

  4. Hope your little ones are settling in well 🙂

    • C Marica (Sequins)

      Thanks! They’re still burrowing in fear whenever they hear a loud noise, but they’re getting really familiar with us so that’s exciting! They’re pretty chill about taking food out of our hands, and staying next to us while they eat. I’ve even gotten Grendel to climb onto my arm a few times before she realizes what she’s doing.

  5. Pingback: Sequins: The Ups and Downs of Pet Ownership | MooseInChartreuse

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