Tuesday, July 16, 2013

outfit of the day(bird): the kindness of strangers


shirt~ Gap
dress and shoes~ Target
necklace~ Francesca's

yesterday, mimi, ben, and i were at trader joe's doing a quick grocery trip. it was nearing lunchtime and the kids were getting a bit antsy. and lately, mimi has been very emotional. jim recently got a new job that has required him to work longer hours, leaving before the kids and i wake up in the morning and getting home a bit later than he used to. mimi has not quite gotten used to this new routine and she has been missing her daddy a lot. so, yesterday, as we were checking out at the store, she broke down. i'm not quite sure what set her off, but she started crying inconsolably and wailing, "i miss my daddy!" over and over. all the while i was trying to console her, wrangle tired and hungry ben, bag and pay for the groceries, and get out of there as soon as i could. i think the kind gentleman who was checking us out sensed my impending breakdown and stopped ringing us up, grabbed a huge roll of stickers, and knelt down to talk to my crying daughter. "here you go sweetie. you can have these stickers. bring them home and share them with your daddy when he get's home tonight! what do you think?" and, just like that, mimi stopped crying and broke into a gigantic smile. this lovely stranger had made her day! not to mention, helped out a frantic mama! i couldn't thank him enough. and he just smiled, shook his head, and told us to have a great rest of our day. and, thanks to him, we did! it was a nice reminder of how simple and important it is to be kind and how, by doing so, you can truly brighten someone's day!

xoxo, nora bird

p.s. megan and i each wrote a post on styling a basic tee for our Simon Style Setter blog. if you want to see some other ways i wore this t-shirt, check it out here!


  1. Hey, amazing look honey, you look sooo beautiful <3 Love your long skirt <3
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  2. Your outfit is too cute! And what an awesome thing that worker did ...love hearing stories like that :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  3. Thank goodness for patient and understanding cashiers! Stickers do seem to cure everything in a toddler's eyes.

  4. this is my kind of outfit, i love it! Poor little mini, that was so nice the gentleman was kind and went out of his way to cheer her up :)

  5. That is so sweet. It such a nice reminder that there are still really great, kind people out there!

    Fizz and Frosting

  6. Aw that is so sweet!!! I love when things like that happen!

  7. that was so sweet! it was awesome of him to do that. i love people like that. what a great outfit! you look beautiful doll.

  8. That is so sweet! I love when people take the time to comfort those in need. What a great story! Love your outfit. You can never go wrong with a maxi in the summer!


  9. Aww that was so sweet of him to do! That story warms my heart :)

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  10. That's wonderful. I worked at Kroger's one summer and those stickers stop many an upset baby.
    I love the shirt tied up over the dress!

  11. I totally agree about being kind! It's amazing how far it can go and in making someone else happy!
    Love the tied up t-shirt with the maxi!


  12. Love the tee tied over this dress. You look so pretty!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  13. I love this entire outfit and have been dying for those wedges! Thank you so much for you kind words on my blog, and I would be thrilled for the feature. ; ) Thank you!

  14. Cute outfit and posing is always darling, Nora! Oh that man was so great to do what he did. Smart cashier, there, probably learned that from a smart Dad, that he had. So cute. So wonderful to hear about. Awh...

  15. That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard about! Random acts of kindness!


  16. Sweet story with a great reminder of how an act of kindness can make a tremendous impact upon others. Wonderful styling, too! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  17. Such a sweet story, and one more reason to love Trader Joe's! :) That has to be a rough schedule adjustment for you guys...hopefully it gets easier!

    Jess - J's Style

  18. So sweet!! Goodness prevails!!
    Now, is that dress by chance a striped halter up top?? If so, I scored one like it at GW that I wear as a beach cover-up!! Love it!!

  19. nora, what a charming story about kind soul! i always say kindness is free, but it sure does count. you look fantastic in your maxi dress with that fun necklace and blouse.

  20. I've been loving stars lately. I just think they're a fabulous print! your necklace is amazing too. I totally understand the breakdown in the grocery store. the other day Pigtails got mad at me because I wouldn't buy blackberries and I found her squashing my strawberries in the cart. When I got upset she started screaming. At least your daughter had a more noble thing she was crying about!


  21. Such a nice story. We don't often hear of stories like that.


  22. That is so sweet! What a kind and thoughtful person