I've had some crazy unreal expectations as to what I should look like after having a baby. I was so positive I'd be skipping around in my before clothes that after a few weeks post baby I got kind of depressed. I wish I could say that I've grown into my new motherly body (again). That I have embraced my loose skin and thicker thighs but I'm just not quite there. And likely never will be. I'm extremely hard on myself most days, determined to look my very best. It's a flaw that's been drilled into me since I was a young kid. With that in mind, it's something I've worked leaps and bounds for my daughters NOT to be like. To love their bodies and themselves just as they are and yet here I am, not listening to what I preach. I know I can't be just as I was before. It's only been 3 months and I rarely have time to exercise. I'm sure by now you're rolling your eyes (like most people do), thinking I'm crazy. That I don't look like I've had a baby but it's not how I feel in person. Plus the constant reminder that nothing in my closet fits me weighs me down.
Whew! I'm a fairly open book except for this, I don't usually share my character flaws with others online but here is one of mine and it's a big one. It's often said that we are our own worse enemy or critic and for me that couldn't be more true. I don't usually get really serious about topics on here. I like to keep it light, no drama, and fun. However I was inspired to touch on a subject that hits close to home for me. Have you ever wanted to discuss a topic online only to shy away from it? I'll admit I've started writing this many times only to change it and talk about something else.
Perhaps this topic isn't such a big deal to some but with so many aggressive people online expressing how important positive body image is, it can be intimidating to be anything but. How does this tie into this outfit post? Well despite my struggle to find my confidence again, Pink Blush Maternity clothing truly makes me feel beautiful getting out in public. Their clothing is wonderfully comfortable and flattering. Whether you're pregnant, nursing, or just an everyday woman, their clothing works. Like I've mentioned online, no their clothing isn't quite my style. I prefer a more vintage look but when you're a nursing mama in need of functionality and style, Pink Blush Maternity has you covered!
A while back I was contacted by Pink Blush Maternity to do a review/collaboration them. I will stress that my opinions are my own and I will NOT be swayed one way or another by free merchandise. With that in mind I actually really love their clothing. Before contacting me, I had already purchased from them a couple times while pregnant. Now nursing I appreciate their clothing even more.
The dress I'm styling is currently not available on their site. It seems shortly after I received it it became unavailable. However this style is in MANY different prints as well as shorter lengths. I love how stretchy this dress is. It makes getting it on easy with no worrying about that dreaded pop sound so many of my other dresses presently make. It's slinky and I often find myself swishing this dress from side to side like a little kids because who doesn't love doing that?! It is very long and at my 5'6.6" height it just barely floats above the ground in flats. Honestly I kind of like it that way.
Even with my postpartum tummy and fuller thighs, this style and pattern seems to hide the flaws that bother me perfectly. I do find that this particular dress does run a bit big compared to their other styles that seem a bit smaller. I had to pin the side to keep my bra from showing because I'm not a busty woman. In the future I plan to size down.
Thanks for listen to my craziness today! I have many posts to share in the future! I'm also looking for a few guest speakers. It's been something I've wanted to do for a while but never got around to. If you're interested in writing a post on my blog, please message me! It would be wonderful, while I go through the motions of being a new mom all over again, to keep my blog more active. I'm open to a variety of topics and I'd be thrilled to swap, doing a guest post for you too or just advertise for your guest post.
Dress: Pink Blush Maternity c/o (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (ModCloth) old pair, similar here and here
Anyhoo till next time xoxo!
Take Care & Enjoy,
Hopefully you aren't tired of seeing Halloween photos yet. I know, this was so last week but I'm not a "by deadline" kind of gal. I'd like to be but let's get real, I'm a total procrastinator and this has been a crazy week! I'm pretty sure I say this every post. Anyhoo, the above photo is of Chloie. She chose to be a doll this year. Because I was running behind, getting myself and Piper dressed (GASP!), Chloie did her own makeup. I'm pretty proud of her efforts. She isn't allowed to wear a lot of makeup daily so I love how she put this together.
Piper was a white wolf. She's been begging me for years to be one but I've always put it off wanting her to do the cutsie stuff. This year we went for it. I didn't make her full costume because seriously I've had my hands full learning to adapt to 3 children. Her hood was from Spirit Hoods but we got it new on Ebay for cheaper! The tail was from Amazon. The skirt, leg & arm cuffs I did make. She was so proud to wear this costume (she's still wearing the hood). If you've ever had a conversation long enough with Piper, you'd learn she is part wolf and works for a secret underground agency. She is trained in all sorts of skills that help her fight crime. She's been building this story for many years.
I wish I had gotten more photos of Chloie but her friends were with us and you know how that goes. It was also rapidly getting dark, I had very little time to capture our costumes. We took these in my front yard.
As for our costumes, I had wanted to be something different this year but I knew I'd be biting off more than I could chew so we did the same costume as last year. I bought Isla a brown teddy bear bunting suit and made it into a Scooby costume. She was sooo cute, it was well worth all the hand sewing. The only thing I didn't get to was the ears. Oh well. The above photo cracks me up! I love this family of mine.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. We have so much candy, it's going to be challenging getting back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. So many chocolaty sweets! Plus my birthday, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas are just around the corner. I hope my will power stays strong!
More coming soon!
Take Care & Enjoy,
I'm really pleased with how this shoot came out. Isla is so darn cute, I just can't! I've been wanting to start a small photography business with a focus on infants. This wiggle worm is the perfect model. Those baby blues are so intense! I keep saying this but seriously we've really lucked out with all this wonderful warm weather. Because of that I was able to take her outside on my withered deck.
This little girl, who was 11 weeks, (now 12 weeks) has discovered her tongue. It just cracks me up seeing her stick it out. Half her shoot was her showing off that pointy tongue. I think that's what is so exciting about infant photography, you never know what you will get. Even in the moment when you have a vision on how things will turn out, it's usually completely different. I had wanted to swaddle Isla's arms but she is a wiggly one and doesn't like to be pinned down. Being outside helped a great deal. She just looked up at the sky and anything that moved into her view.
This shoot was inspired by the many versions I found on Pinterest. I wanted something fall themed and this idea grabbed me the most. We bought a 13 pound bag of candy corn from Sam's and let me tell you, it was sooooo hard not to crack open that bag before this shoot! My brother made a point to tell me that although these photos were adorable, it was such a shame to waste so much candy. I think it was well worth it for this cutie. Plus we totally kept all the candy in the basket. Our dogs eagerly made an effort to steal the rest.
Does anyone have any tips for getting sharper images on blogger? It's my one peeve about sharing photos on here. Sharp on the computer and fuzzy on this blog. I've tried using .png and setting blogger not to alter my images but they still blur a bit... Anyhoo, more photos to come soon! Xoxo!
Take Care & Enjoy,
It's taken me a long time to start doing fashion posts again. Styling a postpartum body has been nothing short of a challenge for me, especially when nursing is a factor to consider. Isla is a cluster feeder and often wants to eat about every hour or sooner. As such from the moment I walk outside, my outfit is a huge consideration. It's funny because in today's modern view of pregnant women, we are supported, proud, and empowered. Almost every store sells stylish maternity clothing. Have you seen maternity Pinup Girl Clothing or Pink Blush Maternity? It's amazing! I've never felt so lovely pregnant like I did with Isla.
But now, with nursing, I get frustrated a lot. Not many clothes are made for nursing. Sure I could pull up my shirt and nurse but it exposes a lot of me and in the winter, burrrr! So you can imagine when I find a dress that is nurse friendly I tend to pounce on it. Because seriously I live in dresses! This dress isn't quite my style but it's a jersey stretch material with a wrap style bust that makes nursing practical. It's also wonderfully comfortable.
What I love about this dress, is how easy it is to dress up for a date night or for a casual stroll with my family. It's a bit short for my height (in my opinion; 5'6) but with stockings it's perfectly fine. I've worn this dress several times now and I'm excited it comes in other colors. While it's not quite my usual style it is easy to accessorize, making it more "me". It's also more than a nursing dress it works for those who aren't nursing too. It does show it can be worn by a pregnant woman but honestly I don't think it would work for those further along.
I decided to make this into a family photo shoot. The weather lately has been too nice to stay inside. I love the photo captured of Chloie and I. I've raised two very wacky girls. I have no doubt Isla will be any different.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me mention my excitement for tights & socks season. I love wearing wearing them! They make the perfect accessory, a pop of color or pattern to a basic outfit. These are actually above the knee socks but on me they are nearly thigh highs.
I hope everyone is enjoying this strange fall weather! It's nearly Halloween and I'm optimistic it will be warm enough to enjoy being out. Nothing is worse than having to wear heavy coats over your costume.
Dress: Pink Blush Maternity
Cardigan: ModCloth (discontinued color)
Socks: TabbiSocks c/o
Shoes: Restricted (Old pair) similar
Brooch: Femme De Bloom
Take Care & Enjoy,