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First 20 Weeks Pregnancy Clothing Favorites

February 27, 2019

Lounge Wear
GapFit Seamless Low Support Plunge Sports Bra // These are THE best bras. They are comfortable enough to sleep in, wear around the house and for low impact exercise. I can totally see myself using these for nursing bras, too, down the road.

Gap Vintage Soft Maternity Pullover Sweatshirt // So comfortable/cute and doesn’t look like maternity. I’ve been wearing this for weeks now!

Gap Pure Body Modal Joggers // I’ve owned these for years and LOVE them pregnant and not pregnant. Just bought two more pairs because my older pairs were getting worn out.

The Be Brand Sweatshirts // Love these sweatshirts and long sleeved shirts for super comfy lounge wear that’s cute enough to wear out and about.

Work Wear
I’ve bought a bunch of dresses recently from H&M for Beautycounter functions and been really impressed with their cut and fit! I haven’t been getting maternity items, just gravitating toward looser styles. I have this dress in black and a dress in leopard that I can’t find on the site anymore and I love them both.

I also think I’ll be making more purchases from Carly Jean Los Angeles because their flowy styles are perfect for pregnancy and postpartum recovery. I just got the Stella Half Sleeve Dress in black and will probably buy another dress or two in a similar style for being majorly pregnant in the summer months. I also got the Addison Jumpsuit and a few of their awesome tunic tops.

Swimsuit
I have never owned a proper maternity swimsuit while pregnant because my babies were born in February and May. I never really needed to wear one while pregnant – barring a few trips to the indoor pool – so I just made do with what I had.

Knowing I’m not due until August 10th, I thought it was a good idea to get my hands on a maternity suit for the summer. I found THIS ONE from Gap and I can’t tell you how much I love it. I have the black version and it fits well and is super comfy!

Other Suggestions
I have been a Rent the Runway Unlimited member for a handful of months because I had a bunch of Q1 work travel on the calendar and wanted to make sure I had the right outfits. It’s an economical and eco friendly way to shop for items that you might only wear once. Rather than buying said items, you can pay a monthly subscription and simply “check out” four items at a time, returning them whenever you want for another four items. It’s been especially helpful during this transition time when I don’t really want to invest in nicer pieces in sizes that won’t fit down the road.

Jeans
For a full round-up of the jeans I have loved this pregnancy, reference THIS POST.

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Comprehensive Maternity Jeans Review

February 13, 2019

OVERALL WINNER
Seven for All Mankind –
High Rise Maternity Jeans $189
BUY THESE JEANS! Oh my gosh, these are the maternity jeans of my dreams. They fit true to size, and are incredibly comfortable. Not in the “feel like leggings” way that some jeans feel, which I actually don’t like because those same jeans usually stretch out, but in the sense that they have both stretch and structure. I was skeptical of the side panels but what makes these so great is, in my opinion, that they are high rise so even with a side panel vs. over the belly they still feel like they support and cover me in the right areas. 😉 Plus, I think I underestimated how much I would love having a real zipper and button on maternity jeans. These are pricey but SO so worth it. I’ve worn them three times now and they aren’t stretched out at all.
VERDICT: KEEP

RUNNERS UP
H&M – MAMA Skinny Jeans $49.99
I kept this pair because they were so reasonably priced and seemed to be the type of jeans that would wear well and not stretch out too much with multiple wears. I haven’t worn them out and about yet, so I can’t personally vouch for their long term wear, but I like the fit and comfort thus far!
VERDICT: KEEP

Madewell – Over the Belly Skinny Jeans in Danny Wash $138
I really LOVE the way these feel and have worn thus far. True to Madewell denim, they have the perfect mix of stretch and structure to the denim and the over the belly panel is very comfortable. I kept this pair, though as a taller gal, I was so disappointed they don’t carry talls in their maternity jeans.
VERDICT: KEEP

THE LOSERS
Hatch Collection – Nearly Skinny Maternity Jean $248
Can you believe that price? These were the most expensive jeans in the bunch and honestly, some of my least favorites. They said on the website that these jeans run small and suggest sizing up one or even two sizes. I sized up one size but should have sized up two, I guess, because they still felt small. Other complaints? They were low rise (again) and honestly there wasn’t anything special about the jeans for the price.
VERDICT: RETURN

Target – Maternity Crossover Panel Jeans by Ingrid & Isabel $29.99
This was another brand and style that was recommended by many on Instagram, but I honestly couldn’t have disliked them more. The fit strange in the crotch, and I could tell that they would be the type of jeans that wore poorly and had to be washed after each wear.
VERDICT: RETURN

Other Brands Recommended
I didn’t try EVERY brand that was recommended but here are a few others that were recommended when I asked you all on Instagram what brands you loved:
LOFT Maternity Jeans (they don’t make talls, so I didn’t try any)
Good American Maternity Jeans
Jessica Simpson Maternity Jeans

STITCH FIX MATERNITY JEAN REVIEW
Overall, I wish I had discovered that Stitch Fix now has so many amazing maternity jeans to choose from. The box I got was awesome! I just requested that I only get maternity jeans in my fix and told my stylist a bit about what I was looking for and price point and she delivered with some great options. I haven’t used Stitch Fix in years, but this was so worth it! If you want to get a fix, you can use this referral code!

From Stitch Fix //
Lila Ryan – Liza Maternity Skinny Jean $98
This was a brand I hadn’t heard of before and I was really impressed! The jeans are a bit “stiffer” but have just a bit of stretch, and I liked the lighter wash and over the panel fit.

NYDJ – Ami Maternity Skinny Jean $139
These were comfortable when I slipped them on, but they were the type that I could tell would bag out and need to be washed after every wear – which is my biggest complaint with maternity jeans in general and a deal breaker for me.

Paige – Verdugo Maternity Skinny Jean $189
So so many people recommended Paige maternity jeans but I have to say I was NOT a fan of these jeans – especially for the price. The rise was fairly low on these jeans, and in the short time I was wearing them I could tell I would constantly be pulling them up if I kept them. Additionally, I heard from some people that they found Paige jeans didn’t hold their shape well.

Mavi – Colette Maternity Skinny Jean $88
I really liked these jeans! They were soft and stretchy yet fit snug enough that I felt they would wear well over time and multiple wears. I also really liked the darker wash for something different and the price point was great!

DL1961 – Florence Maternity Side Panel Skinny Jeans $128
No. Just no. Whoever thought that designing ridiculously low rise side panel maternity jeans was sorely mistaken. It does no favors for the booty or the pregnancy love handles. 😉 These were a hard PASS. They also run really large. Even sized down a size they were crazy baggy.

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My Makeup Routine Lately

February 11, 2019

You all already know this, but I’m a makeup minimalist at heart. As a work at home momma, I hardly go anywhere beyond the coffee shop, my home office and play dates with friends, errands with the girls and the occasional trip to Target.

All that said, I don’t really have a huge need for a lot of makeup on a daily basis, but I DO like to look and feel put-together even if I’m just lounging around the house and mom-ing. There’s something about putting myself together for the day (which includes getting dressed in real clothes, applying makeup, and at least putting my hair in a bun) that makes me a better mom – more likely to get out and do fun activities with the girls and welcome drop-in guests and last minute invites to do things during the day.

So, my makeup routine! It’s simple, quick and easy to achieve thanks to my beloved Flawless in Five. I’ve always used the Flawless in Five to some degree – but I’ve recently fallen in love with it all over again and been wearing some version of it on the regular.

Here are the Flawless in Five shades/colors I’ve been wearing (pictured in the first photo)

Tint Skin // Linen
Concealer Pen // Fair
Blush // Guava
Brows // Brilliant Brow Gel in Medium
Mascara // Volumizing
Gloss // Whisper (from holiday, though I love Bellini typically)

Want to see the entire application process in action? Head on over to Espresso & Cream Beauty where I demo my current favorites and how quickly the routine above can be done!

PS: Curious about getting your hands on your own minimalist makeup routine? You can do so HERE.

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Palm Beach Outfit Recap

January 16, 2019

Hi friends! I’m back from a trip to Palm Beach last weekend with Beautycounter. While my everyday life is rarely glamorous and the only reason I have to regularly get dressed up is going to Church on Sundays, Beautycounter trips give me an opportunity to pull out some dresses and clothes I wouldn’t otherwise wear! I got asked to recap where I got everything I wore, so here you go. A full run-down of the outfits I wore and where to get them.

Shoshana Micaela Shirtdress via Rent the Runway

I’ve used Rent the Runway a number of times for Beautycounter events but this was the first time I rented a dress on the more casual side of the spectrum. I loved this dress! In fact, I’m still debating buying it because it was so comfortable, cute and easy to wear. I highly recommend Rent the Runway’s “Unlimited” service if you are planning to need a few different outfits or having multiple occasions in a month that require special attire. It’s much more economical and less wasteful, in my opinion, since many of the dresses I’ve rented have been things I wouldn’t have a reason to wear often.

Cynthia Rowley Inverness Mixed Metalic Fish Dress

This dress is just so gosh darn fun I can’t handle it. It has a fun mix of patterns an and exposed back that shows just the right amount of skin. I love the fit, the length, everything about it!

This jumpsuit is from Anthropologie and the brand is HD Paris. I bought it on clearance in a store in Boise last spring and wasn’t able to find it online anywhere but if you can track it down, I love it and have worn it many times!

The jacket is from Old Navy and a total steal!

The dress I’m wearing in the top photo in this post is sort of hard to see, but I didn’t get a good full-body shot that night. It’s from Baltic Born and the ruffles on the bottom make it SO fun to wear!

So that’s it! A quick recap and hopefully a little guide on where to track down the pieces. It’s always SO fun to get dressed up, but also super fun to return home and put on some more casual attire. 🙂

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Favorite Finds Lately // Fancy Edition

December 18, 2018

Hi friends! I’ve been doing a little shopping for my upcoming work trips (Palm Beach, LA and Phoenix!) and, per usual, I’ve had to find a few pieces that are out of my typical scope of workout clothing and jeans + tops. Although it’s a big departure from my everyday life, I love getting the opportunity to dress up for events like this and then promptly return to my regular wardrobe of jeans and flats and, let’s be honest, puffer jackets six months out of the year.

Here are a few of my favorite finds lately, including this steal of a dress pictured above!

1. Astr The Label Lace Midi Dress (pictured above) // Nordstrom
This runs small, so size up! I’m wearing a medium and it fits great!

2. Laeken Neck Tie Ruffle Dress // Baltic Born
Short, dressy and flirty with heels; a little more casual when worn with tights, a jean jacket and booties!

3. Pleated Flare Dress // Ann Taylor
A little more work dressy than party dressy, but could easily transition between work and play. So comfortable and a great fit.

4. Carla Sock Block Heel Booties // Ann Taylor
I got these in black and they are SO comfortable!

5. Payton Tweed Bow Pumps // Ann Taylor
I got these in the leopard print, which is now sold out, but these are darling, too!

ALSO: It should be stated again and again that I have used Rent the Runway countless times in the last year and a half and I can’t recommend the service enough! So often I don’t have a regular need for, say, a black tie dress on the regular. Instead of dropping major cash on something I would likely only wear once, I’ve used Rent the Runway to fill in the gaps. It’s SUCH a great service and I highly recommend it!

Madison