Browsing Category

Fashion

Fashion, Pregnancy

Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

January 27, 2017

capsulewardropecomp

During Ainsley’s pregnancy I sincerely wish someone had sat me down and told me this piece of advice: When it comes to shopping for maternity clothes, buy high quality, classic pieces that you love and that make you feel great. Invest in a capsule wardrobe now and you won’t regret it.

You see, I got trapped into the idea that pregnancy is only nine months. Why spend money on clothes you will only wear for a short period of time, right? Wrong. If you hate what you wear during those nine months, if your clothes aren’t cut well and don’t make you feel and look good, it will feel like nine years. Truth.

If you plan to have more than one kiddo, I promise you won’t regret it. I didn’t do this and I sincerely wish I would have. I’m convinced that while some of the items listed below are pretty expensive, I would have actually spent less in the long term by really curating a capsule wardrobe for pregnancy. Since we hope to have one or two more kiddos down the line, I’m thinking of doing this for the remainder of this pregnancy in hopes that I’ll get plenty of use out of my clothes down the road.

When selecting the items listed below I picked quite a few pieces that were designed to be worn during and after pregnancy, hence the large number of Hatch pieces that I’ve suggested. I have a few friends who own clothing from them and they have said that their Hatch items have gotten wear long after baby has arrived, which I love!

I also avoided most tops with any obvious rouching on the sides, as that just screams “maternity!” and you will never wear those items after you have baby, even if you do have a bump after delivery.

Oh, and on the subject of seasonality, I tried to keep that in mind as well. By selecting slightly lighter weight dresses and tops you should be able to get wear out of them in any season. Pair your tops with an open cardigan or utility jacket in the winter and wear them alone in the warmer months. Chances are if you’re pregnant during the winter you will run a little warmer, anyway. The same holds true for dresses! You will, of course, need to invest in some seasonal items – a maternity winter coat, perhaps, or an extra maxi dress or swimsuit, but I tried to just cover the basics here.

TOPS 

1. Classic Striped Top :: Hatch The Bateau Striped Top 
2. Basic White Dress Shirt :: Hatch The Classic White
3. Chambray Shirt or Tunic :: Old Navy Maternity Chambray Pullover 
4. Tunic-Length Top (either sweater weight for winter or lighter weight for summer)
2. Well-Cut Basic Top :: Hatch The Everyday Top

JACKETS & CARDIGANS
1. Basic Layering Cardigan :: Liz Lange Maternity Open Layering Cardigan
2. Military/Cargo Jacket :: Gap Maternity Utility Jacket 

DRESSES
1. Dressy Day-To-Night Style :: Hatch The Tulip Dress 
2. Casual Everyday Style Dress :: Hatch The Shirt Dress or The Afternoon Dress

JEANS 
1. Skinny Jeans You Absolutely Love :: AG Stella Maternity Skinny Jeans

BASICS
1. Basic Layering Tanks in Black, White and Grey :: Liz Lange Maternity Tanks
2. Basic Maternity Leggings in Black and/or Grey :: Gap Maternity Pure Body Low Rise Leggings
3. Basic Layering T’s and Shirts :: Liz Lange Maternity V-Neck Tee or Long Sleeve Shirt

Fashion

Dressing the Bump // 23 Weeks Comfy Casual

January 16, 2017

fullsizerender-10

                                Jeans {AG Skinny Maternity Jeans} // Top {TJ Maxx} // Booties {Nordstrom Rack – Similar Here}

When it comes to maternity fashion, I’ve never been a huge fan of the obviously “maternity” pieces of clothing. Empire waist tops and dresses and ruched tops work for some (many?) people but they’ve never felt like they fit my style. A lot of the tops and dresses I wear when I’m not pregnant are looser and a little oversized, so I tend to keep with that style while pregnant, too. Although I had to say goodbye to my beloved high-waisted jeans and the half-tucked shirts two months ago!

I’ve been wearing a mix of maternity and non-maternity tops and solidly wearing maternity pans and jeans for about a month now. The non-maternity tops I’ve been wearing, like this one, I usually just buy a very loose-fitting cut or size up one size which seems to work well for now. I’m pretty sure that toward the end of my pregnancy I’m going to have to be solidly in maternity clothes, but it’s nice to have some non-maternity pieces that can work for the postpartum period as well.

Madison

Fashion

Postpartum Hair (again)

January 10, 2017

photo-on-8-30-16-at-2-18-pm-2

If you’re anything like my husband, then you’re probably bored with hearing me talk about my hair woes over the last (nearly) two years. It’s been a constant battle for me, and it seems almost comical that my baby is going to be two next month and I’m still talking about “postpartum hair” as if it just happened six months ago.

I’ve been troubled by postpartum hair loss and subsequent re-growth since Ainsley was four months old and the hair loss started. I look back with envy at my hair while pregnant with Ainsley – thick, full and very healthy – as it’s a start contrast with what I’m dealing with today. I experienced two “waves” of hair loss, one around 4 months when I stopped breastfeeding and another about a year after having Ainsley. My scalp was itchy, my hair felt thin and lifeless and I was distressed to say the least.

Thankfully my hair has been growing back in the areas where I experienced the most hair loss, mainly my temples and the back of my head, but I have various lengths of short and medium-length re-growth everywhere. And while I’ve found ways to hide it well, as evidenced in the photo above, it’s still been a constant source of frustration.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, I’m not entirely sure. I’ve debated chopping it off to even out all the length differences I have going on, but I’m undecided if I really want to give up the length I have in favor of a shorter cut. But I really have a hard time committing to a cut, especially while pregnant since I find longer hair much easier and more flattering on me.

Where does that leave me? Well, I think I’ve settled on giving Monat a try first. I posted about the hair struggles I’ve been having and got a ton of recommendations regarding Monat’s hair care systems. I’ve never heard of the products before, but after doing a little research I figured it was worth a shot before doing anything more permanent. I’ll be sure to report back on whether the products actually live up to the hype and the price point!

I’ve also heard great things about supplemental collagen, so I ordered this brand from Amazon. After doing a bit more research the safety of taking collagen while pregnant seems uncertain so I’ll be waiting until after the baby is born to start taking it, but I’m hopeful that adding this into my diet helps with hair health and re-growth. I’m planning on incorporating it into my diet in daily smoothies.

So now I’m turning it over to you! Do any of you moms have advice or suggestions on easing this transition and hopefully lessening the hair loss the second time around? I’m all ears!

Family, Fashion

Dressing the Bump // 21 Weeks

January 1, 2017

pinkblush_1

pinkblush_2

pinkblush_3

Ribbed Peplum Long Sleeved Maternity Top {Pink Blush Maternity}
Jeans {AG Stella Skinny Maternity Jeans}
Booties {Nordstrom Rack last year}

pinkblush_4

pinkblush_5

Peplum Sweater Top {Pink Blush Maternity}
Jeans {AG Stella Skinny Maternity Jeans}
Booties {Nordstrom Rack last year}

Happy New Year, friends! I’m so looking forward to what 2017 has in store, but I’ll admit that 2016 was a year that set the bar pretty high. One of the things I’m most looking forward to in the year to come is welcoming baby #2. Okay, I’m part excited and part terrified, but mainly excited and anxious to meet this baby.

I’ve been on the hunt for cute maternity clothes since I found out I was pregnant. Actually being pregnant isn’t always a glamorous experience, but I’m a big believer that the right clothes can go a long way to helping you feel pretty and comfortable while your body is expanding and changing.

Pink Blush has been on my radar since I was pregnant the last time around. They have such adorable maternity clothes at really affordable prices, which I appreciate since pregnancy is a relatively short period of time. These two tops have quickly become my favorites during this pregnancy. They have enough room to be maternity without screaming “maternity!”

Bonus for Espresso and Cream readers! Pink Blush is giving away a $75 Pink Blush gift card to one lucky reader. Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Family, Fashion

Family Fitness + First Trimester Workouts

November 14, 2016

RoadID_4

RoadID_1

RoadID_3

RoadID_5

RoadId_2

It’s crazy for me to think that at 14 weeks pregnant, I am now officially out of the first trimester. Everyone’s favorite question to ask a pregnant woman is, “How are you feeling?” Truth is, I’ve been feeling less than stellar with non-stop morning (err evening) sickness and falling asleep on the couch every evening around 8:30 pm. Staying committed and focused on fitness has been a challenge, but I’ve been determined to stick to a consistent fitness routine with this pregnancy, even if I’m not sticking to the most normal eating habits.

So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve given up the more intense exercises like running, sprint intervals and weekend Crossfit with Joe in favor of exercises that are a little more low intensity. That includes my favorite 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme videos, the new Core de Force videos from Beachbody and lots of long walks with Ainsley since we’ve been enjoying some amazing fall weather and unseasonably warm temps. I’ve been following modifiers as necessary to keep my heart rate within a reasonable range and avoiding exercises that require me to lay on my back now that I’m in the second trimester.

Joe also frequently takes Ainsley with him on runs which gives the entire family a chance to workout at the same time. Running 4 or 5 miles with Ainsley is common for Joe, but what most people don’t know is that Joe has an anaphylactic reaction to an unidentified insect or food. Three times since we’ve been married, Joe has gone out on a run and come home looking something like the Hulk. Face red, breathing impaired, body breaking out in hives. It’s been scary, to say the last, and it’s made me think about ways that we can both be safer while we’re exercising and spending time outdoors.

Enter Road ID. Road ID bracelets are comfortable, stylish athletic bracelets that can be worn around the clock or any time you’re spending time being active outdoors. They can be branded with your name, address, emergency contacts and any important medical information, such as Joe’s allergy.

Road ID has been on my radar ever since Joe had his first reaction while on a run. But after seeing how much time we spend individually running and walking with Ainsley, it seemed more important than ever. As a family, we do everything to keep ourselves and Ainsley safe. We buckle our seat belts, wear helmets and now we have our Road IDs in case anything should happen to us.

I got the Wrist ID Slim 2 in grey and Joe got the same but in blue. We both agreed they are incredibly comfortable and lightweight to wear, something that’s important to us while exercising, and Joe was especially impressed with how cool the band looked. We’re thrilled with the products, to say the last!

Bonus for E&C Readers: Now through 11/18, take advantage of all Road ID products marked down to $15, $20 and $25 along with 20% off all gift cards, while supplies last!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Road ID but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #roadid #RoadIDItsWhoIAm  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV