What I Wore: Early Summer Evening Walk

It is always a good day when my husband is home on a weekday while the sun is still out. In addition to my physical therapy routine three times a day, I am trying to gradually rebuild my strength after almost a year being laid up with short walks in our neighborhood. Last night, my husband was able to join us and snap a couple of quick pictures for me. 🙂

Hat: H&M (from the men’s department)
Nursing tank: Motherhood Maternity
Plaid shirt: H&M
Shorts: JCP
Tights: Target
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Armani Exchange

E is wearing H&M Kids, from their organic cotton collection. 🙂

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What I Wore: Vintage Boho Sunday – Mommy & Baby Style

I usually am not a big fan of button-down shirts since they usually end up looking boxy on my frame. I found this button down shirt that I absolutely love. It is a mix of cotton woven fabric with ribbed knit cotton inserts on the sides and parts of the sleeves, which gives it a much better shape, and prevents me from feeling like I am drowning in the shirt. The buttons work for breastfeeding on the go, and the lightweight fabric is great for a warm day. The vintage skirt is one of my favorites, and I was happy to find something that would look cute paired with it, as well as still be breastfeeding-friendly.

Top: JCP
Skirt: vintage
Scarf: H&M
Sunglasses: Coach
Belt: came with a dress, but not sure which one…maybe from H&M?
Boots: Boot Barn
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

E is wearing a vintage seersucker romper, a hat from H&M, a Burt’s Bees Baby organic cotton tee, and Ecoland organic cotton socks. His Gdiaper cloth diaper is also peeking out in the pictures. 🙂

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And a pic of my handsome husband today! Such a great dad. 🙂

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What I Wore: Accessorizing the New-Mom Style

I have quickly realized that being a new mom comes with some unexpected extras…things like dark under-eye circles and hair that is often dirtier than you would like. Instead of giving up all hope of feeling/looking decent, I am trying to learn to accessorize around these fun little extras. Great shades and concealer hide the dark circles, and fun hats and dry shampoo help get you through between washes. My hair takes forever to blow dry and straighten, so on one occasion I even had to ask my mom to come help with the baby so I could just get my hair washed. 🙂 The little guy does not like to nap which does not leave me much time to do things that take a long time.

Button down shirts worn over nursing camisoles are really starting to be very useful for nursing the baby. I wore another scarf here that was great as a nursing cover. I generally am not a big fan of button-down shirts since they tend to make me look huge and boxy, but I have found that as long as I belt it or tuck in at least part of the shirt, it really helps me feel like I am not drowning in the shirt.

These new flats are amazingly comfortable and feel like I am walking on a cloud! I love them. 🙂 I also discovered an added accessory bonus this day…sparkly bracelets are great for keeping the baby occupied during diaper changes! He watched my wrists moving around and glittering, and before he had time to make a fuss, the diaper was changed!

Hat: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Scarf: H&M
Blouse: Nordstrom
Nursing camisole: Motherhood Maternity
Sweater: Anthropologie
Pants: Anthropologie
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s

E is wearing FAO Schwarz and a hat from H&M.

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What I Wore: Learning to dress for style & function

It has been a long, long time since I have done a fashion post! The last one I did was actually shot in the first week of my pregnancy with E, before we realized I was pregnant. 🙂 I quickly started feeling way too sick with all-day-long morning sickness to be in the mood to take any pictures. I would have liked to have done a couple of maternity style posts, but once I started to actually look pregnant, I was on bed rest by then. Putting the pregnancy at risk in order to get some pictures was so not an option. Besides, the only time I was wearing anything other than my grandma’s baggy sweat suits was on my brief trips to my doctor’s appointments. 🙂

For my first 7 weeks postpartum (after I left the hospital), I pretty much lived in one of my pairs of leggings and one of my baggy black tees or tanks. I had a hard time wearing much of anything else because of the bulky binders I was wearing to help support my pelvic bones. I had to dress strictly for function, and started to feel like I was wearing a uniform each day.

Now that I am feeling a little better (and have stopped wearing the Velcro/elastic contraptions), I am starting to try to learn how to dress for this new phase in my life. I need clothes that are accessible and breastfeeding-friendly. I also don’t want to wear a bunch of dry-clean only clothes since I always end up with spit-up and other things on me daily. I figured that once I lost the majority of the 40+ pounds I gained during my pregnancy that most of my pre-pregnancy clothes would fit me again. I only have about 10 pounds of that weight left, and almost none of my clothes fit. Pregnancy completely changed my body in ways I did not expect. My hip bones widened significantly, and my rib cage expanded by over 10 inches during the pregnancy. I hoped that they would go back down after the pregnancy, and they have a little, but I definitely have a completely different shape now. I also have the new challenge of not being ready to wear heels or wedges yet thanks to the lingering pain in the ligaments between my legs and pelvis. Until those are healed up a little better, all of my outfits have to look good with flats, which is a big change from what I am used to wearing.

Both of my guys have been very patient lately as we have spent much of our weekend time trying to find things for my new-mommy wardrobe. First order of business was a new purse that will work with almost anything. I don’t want to ruin any of my nice vintage bags with any kind of baby-related stain, and I needed something that could be worn over my shoulder or cross-body. I wanted something easy to clean, a great neutral color, big enough to hold a burp rag and a few other baby essentials. Sometimes the diaper bag is just too much for a quick trip, or I need something more accessible when the diaper bag is in the bottom storage compartment of the stroller. I ended up finding the perfect solution…this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag that actually matches my diaper bag. 🙂 It even has two straps so it can be worn cross-body or over the shoulder! It is quilted nylon, and wipes clean so easily. I am so in love with this bag. 🙂 Expect to see it with pretty much all of my upcoming fashion posts.

After we found the purse, the next order of business was finding some clothes that fit my new shape. I am a total high-low shopper, and love shopping at a wide range of places. One of my favorite things to do is spend an afternoon digging through some of my favorite thrift stores to find some great pieces. This outfit is perfect for an afternoon of thrift store shopping. Some thrift stores don’t have the best dressing rooms, so I love to wear a base layer that I can try things on with. I start with a black nursing tank and black leggings, and add on top of that. The baby is not a big fan of the nursing cover, so I have been wearing scarves that I can use as a nursing cover as much as possible. That way he can still keep his one eye watching me like he enjoys doing, and I can cover up a little. 🙂

Over my leggings and nursing camisole, I added a button-down tunic, that allows for easy access, a large vintage scarf nipped in at the waist with a vintage belt, and ballet flats. It worked out perfectly for our day of thrifting and shopping.

Scarf: vintage (was my Grandma’s, from one of their many vacations)
Belt: vintage
Tunic: H&M
Sunglasses: vintage
Leggings: Still wearing my maternity leggings since they do not rub on my c-section incision which is still sore. Brand is unknown but they were from Macy’s.
Nursing Tank: Motherhood Maternity
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

E is wearing H&M Kids, from their organic collection. 🙂

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What I Wore: My Favorite Cat Dress

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This is one of my favorite dresses ever.  Maybe second only to my wedding dress (our wedding reception was recently published on Ruffled by the way!).  I got this dress at Anthropologie a while back, and it just happens to have two cats that look just like mine, and pink roses…it’s as if the dress was made just for me. 🙂  I bought this dress for our engagement shoot, and wore this dress again for our updated family picture from our new home!

Dress:  Anthropologie
Sweater:  Anthropologie
Tights:  Forever 21
Scarf:  Ann Taylor
Bracelet:  Pemberley Heirlooms
Shoes:  Manolo Blahnik

What I Wore: Pink Shirtdress for Running Errands

My husband usually doesn’t get home early enough to get any quality “what I wore” pics for me during the week days, but there are always exceptions!  He happened to come home the other day just as I was about to leave to go run some errands, so he snapped a few quick pictures. 🙂

I happened to discover during the pictures that we were starting to get ripe blackberries.  He had already noticed this and had been snagging the ripe ones when he left in the morning, before I noticed them. 🙂

Dress:  vintage
Slip:  self-made
Scarf:  H&M
Necklace:  Forever 21
Belt:  Vintage
Bag:  Anthropologie
Shoes:  Anne Klein

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What I Wore: Nautical – Anthropologie Style

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If you have been following my blog lately, you may have wondered what happened to all of the fashion posts in the past few months.  There is a simple answer…my allergies have been going nuts lately and have made me completely camera shy. 🙂  A few months ago, I went to see an allergist to see why I was perpetually feeling miserable in our old house.  After a series of blood tests, he determined that my dust and dust mite allergies were through the roof, statistically speaking.  He said that a normal, noticeable reaction would register for most people around 0.1, and mine were showing up in the 20s.

He concluded that the little antique house we were living in, with its old carpet and painted shut windows was making me feel chronically sick.  We were in a rush to get into our new house so I could start to feel better…or so we thought.  Once my husband started the kitchen remodel, one of the things that had to go were the horribly ugly light fixtures in the ceiling.  Once those came down, he realized there was no insulation in the exterior walls or between the ceiling and the attic.  So the whole ceiling came down, letting 65 years of attic dust into the rest of the house…and then he got really busy with his real job.

Weeks went by and he barely had time to sleep, let alone make significant progress on the kitchen.  My allergies went beyond the point of itching and sneezing, and my nose started bleeding every time I was inside the house.  I have spent over a month waking up constantly in the middle of the night with a bloody nose.  It has not been fun.  As a result, I have not felt very photo-ready lately. 🙂  This weekend, he was finally able to get a ceiling up in the kitchen!  I am still a little swollen, but definitely starting to feel better already!

With everything going on over here lately, I have spent an unusual amount of days in dirty sweats and mud-stained/paint-splattered t-shirts.  I am going to try to get back into a regular routine with my “What I Wore” posts, even if it is just once a week, when I actually get cleaned up and presentable so we can to go to church!

Sweater, top & skirt:  Anthropologie
Headband:  American Apparel
Bag & Jewelry:  vintage
Lace tights:  Forever 21
Shoes:  Sofft