Nursing in Style

2.26.2017





I'm extremely excited to share about this wonderful dress today, by MammaBelle Maternity. The owner Alex, contacted me a while back and asked if I would be interested in doing a retro styled shoot of her maternity/nursing dress. It came as a wonderful surprise to get an email from a company I just recently discovered and admired. Her dresses looked so flattering on the countless women I saw model and share on Instagram. I immediately said yes, loving the idea of styling this dress with a retro flair. Most of the ladies who shared this dress wore it in a bohemian style, so the excitement to share this in an entirely different way was a challenge I looked forward to trying.



I would like to mention that despite this dress being a courtesy of MammaBelle Maternity, my thoughts and opinion are strictly my own and I will always give an honest and fair review to my readers. With that said upon arrival I was thrilled to open my package of dresses to discover she had given me each of the ones I had favored most. I was also given a scrap of extra fabric to make Isla some matching accessories (which I totally went to town on). Isla now has an adorable turban like headband, bow head band, and a mini bow to attach to her dresses. There is something so fun and special about matching with your mini.

My first thoughts about the dress out of the package was how comfortable this would be to wear all day long. It has a lot of stretch and a lot of ruching from just below the bust. This is a fairly basic dress that you could easily dress up or down adding your own personal style to.

 

I'm going to be honest ladies, when I was first asked to model these beautiful dresses a part of me was apprehensive about how I'd look in them. Like I mentioned, I've seen some lovely mamas wearing them, all rocking their gorgeous looks but for me, I don't usually wear fitted clothing. Having had three children hasn't made me the most confident showing off my midsection & thighs. To give this a retro flair I did opt to wear this with a corset however even without the corset I did find the ruching hid a lot of those areas I get insecure about.

Well I've gone on and on about how wonderfully stylish and flattering this dress is but did I mention it's also a maternity and nursing dress?! I can honestly say I greatly wish I had owned this dress with my other girls.


The functionality of this dress for breastfeeding is perhaps the easiest I've yet to use. Some of my other nursing dresses and tops require me to pull back a piece of fabric, stuff it behind my boob, and pray my daughter's messy nursing doesn't cause a wet spot on the folded back piece of fabric. With this dress it has convenient button snaps on each of the shoulders, making it a quick and easy grab. Once the strap has been removed there is still a cover of fabric that you just lift up, even without a nursing cover I can nurse with this dress in public, without feeling really exposed.


I think this is a fantastic dress that would wear beautifully on any woman of any size or style. Aside from the shoulder snaps it's almost impossible to tell that this was for maternity or nursing, making it an option for ladies who just love a cute wiggle dress. It would be pretty neat to see this dress made without the snaps for non nursing ladies. I honestly can't say anything negative about this dress except maybe if you are smaller chested (like me) you might have a bit of extra room just below the bust which could be easily remedied by sizing down.



This was supposed to be posted yesterday (so sorry Alex!) but I had a last minute opportunity to get out for a mom's night out. I truly couldn't pass up the chance to visit with the ladies for some much needed adult conservation... FYI it was such a blast!

Outfit Details:
Cardigan: ModCloth (this or this)
Dress: c/o MammaBelle Maternity
Shoes: ModCloth (similar, or this)
Isla's Dress: Carters
Isla's Headband: Handmade

Take Care & Enjoy!
♥ Heather


The First Snow of the Year!

1.29.2017



Ahhh there is nothing more exciting than the first snow of a new year! I love snow! Everything is like a new canvas, perfectly blanked in white. I also argue if it's going to be cold, it might as well snow. If you follow me on Instagram you probably know this shoot is a couple weeks old. I feel like I've been in a constant state of catching up. As soon as I finish one project I have at least a dozen more waiting in line to be completed.


With a new year in front of me, I find myself thinking on what I want to accomplish, what goals I want to set. I tend to be overly ambitious, setting goals I know I won't complete but I also love being challenged!
So this year, I'm challenging myself to the following:
1. Get up earlier, seize the day!
2. I want to eat healthier and lose this baby weight
3. I want to be more active on my blog and Instagram as well as rekindle my friendships I've created online. (This will be the most challenging)
4. Keep my house more tidy. I'm actually a total neat freak but since Isla, I've delegated way too many chores and now it's not as perfect as it once was.
5. Do more crafts & activities with my girls
6. Finish more home projects, like finish painting my kitchen cabinets!
7. Get out of the house more, be more independent, and social. I always make excuses as to why I can't but this year I need to work on breaking that!
8. Continue to expand my photography skills and knowledge.
9.  Lastly strengthen my relationship with God

It's a big list but I think they are things that I can accomplish. I hope you will keep me accountable and I'll check in with how I'm progressing.


Have you set any goals for this year? I'd love to hear them! I'm excited to start tackling mine. I'm already working on my weight and eating healthier. And here I am two blog posts within a week. Woohoo!

Anyhoo, I'm pretty tickled about this outfit! ModCloth has had some pretty fabulous sales this past month and this skirt was one I snatched up. It's elasticized back makes me happy! I love a skirt that breathes and moves with my waist.


This top is from Le Bomb Shop and a must staple for any modern vintage lovers wardrobe. They are so flattering and hold their shape incredibly well.


I apologize about how bright these photos are. I loooove bright photos but these seem brighter than usual. I've upgraded my lightroom & photoshop, I'm still getting used to their new settings. I'm also wonder if my blog layout is to blame, a setting making everything brighter? I'll look into it.



Outfit Details:
Skirt: ModCloth
Cardigan: ModCloth
Top: Le Bomb Shop
Tights: Forever 21
Shoes: ModCloth (Similar)
Pin: Vintage
Coat: Amazon


That's all for now! I'm excited for the photos I'll be sharing soon. Till then,

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

Isla Tries Solid Food!

1.21.2017



Hello and Happy New Year, it's a belated one but better now than never! I'm getting a late start on what goals I'd like to accomplish this year so hopefully, as I get more settled into 2017, things will go more smoothly.

While I'd love to get back into my fashion posts, it's far easier for me to be the photographer hidden behind the camera (likely in pajamas with unwashed hair) than dressed to model. That is however a goal for me this year, to get back into a better routine and make a bit more time for myself and my blog.

For today, I'm excited to share a new milestone of Isla's. This little gal tried solid food for the first time! How did we get here so fast? While it's a bit bittersweet for me to see her grow so fast, I'm also excited to interact with Isla more and more each day.


Jedidiah had the honor of feeding Isla as I captured this exciting first. I probably wouldn't have considered feeding Isla solid food before her six month mark if it wasn't for a friend giving away a bunch of baby food. It sat in my pantry begging me to use it, so naturally I caved. We chose to give Isla vegetables first to build good habits in her before introducing fruits. Today she tried squash!


That unsure look on her face cracks me up! What is this? I'm not too sure if I like it....


But she did and eagerly reached for another bite. Yea! Her first try at solid food was a success! I'm not sure how much she actually ate, as she drooled a bunch but I'm still counting it as a win.


And just like that she was done and ready to get out. Haha I love this grouchy bear.


That's it for now. I'll be sharing more photos soon, hopefully in the next couple days, Isla permitting.

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather


Retro Modern with eShakti

12.06.2016


Have you ever tried to get something done but no matter how many times you tried to work on it, something, everything got in your way? I feel like that has been the theme to my life lately. A series of unfinished projects & chores, unwashed hair, errands (so many errands) and all the commitments that come with the holiday rush.


Since having Isla, I'm still trying to balance 3 kids, a child I watch daily, and still have a life for myself. Isla is actually an easy baby for the most part but often wants to be held standing up. Yep we are in that stage. It's actually quite comical despite the frustration. I sit down she starts to cry so I stand up and she is calm. This pattern will repeat over and over if I fight it. We are confident she is in the early stages of teething and needs extra comfort. I'm actually holding her right now, thankfully she is asleep or I wouldn't be able to type. I will point out that typing with one hand is no fun.


Not long ago, eShakti contacted me to do a review on their clothing. I own a couple of their dresses and am excited to finally collaborate with them. If you haven't heard of their company, they are a unique online store that specializes in custom fit clothing. It's actually quite genius! Most dresses can be altered to your personal taste, adjusting their length, sleeve and bust style. They also will sew their dresses to fit your body perfectly. Although I did alter the length on this dress (I prefer my dresses just above my knees) I regret that I didn't get a custom fit to my body this time. After having a baby I don't exactly know what my new measurements are and for the life of me I couldn't find my measuring tape... You can see this dress was a bit large on me in the waist but I can alter that later. I love how comfortable this dress is. It's a mid weight cotton stretch fabric that is fantastic for winter.


 I chose this particular dress because it has a button up bust, perfect for breastfeeding. There is also a banded backing making it adjust so nicely after eating a full meal. I'm all about wearing clothing that is both stylish and practical. What I find most impressive about their site, is how quickly their turn around is for custom items.


 You might have noticed that my backgrounds changed. I wasn't quite sure I liked the first location and decided to change to another. I ultimately liked the first. Haha Thank goodness my husband (for the most part) is a patient man.

Oh and can we take a minute to appreciate these pincurls (sponge curls that is)?! I have naturally curly/frizzy hair which makes brushing pincurls difficult. It is such a struggle to tame this hair into a reasonable acceptable style but I'll consider this day a win. In person and online everyone asked if I had cut it. The answer is no, my hair just holds pincurls very tight despite these being quite a large roller.

Because I am so behind, I have a ton of photos to go through. I know, I know,  I sound like a very broken record but eventually I will move past this loop I'm stuck in.

Outfit Details:
Dress: eShakti
Brooch: SheIn (Old)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (ModCloth, similar)

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather



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