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Mom Wardrobe 2.0 // Capsule Edition

September 5, 2017

capsuleimageI’ve been going through a little bit of what you might call a “style crisis” lately. Maybe other moms out there can relate? When your body is growing, changing, shrinking, expanding, it’s really hard to find a style that works and stick with it. While I don’t follow a strict capsule wardrobe, I have a very curated wardrobe that is free of excess and things I don’t absolutely love.

A few readers messaged me, asking if I would be willing to share what my must-have items are in my wardrobe. So here you have it! While my style is still growing and changing, this is a list of my favorite basics to build a foundation of a great closet.

Although there are some pricier items listed below, quality absolutely trumps quantity in my opinion. And if you love a brand or store, I would highly recommend looking on ThredUp! I’ve found a lot of my favorite Anthropologie brands for a steal on the site for much less than what I would pay in store – some of the items even have their original tags!

Madewell 9″ High Rise Skinny Jeans 
These jeans feel like a warm hug. I don’t know any other way to describe them. I love wearing them and the high rise is a mom’s best friend. So good for getting down on the floor and playing with your kids!

Casual + Pretty “Everyday Dresses” 
I think my definition of “everyday dress” is probably a little fancier than others, but I love a good, flowy dress for looking put-together yet able to play with my kids at a moment’s notice. This Trimmed Peasant Dress from Anthropologie caught my eye, as well as anything from Sonnet James. I have this Softspun T-Shirt Dress from Gap that is on regular rotation. Bonus for dresses that can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories.

Comfortable, Substantial Layering Tanks 
When you are postpartum, or if your stomach doesn’t resemble a washboard, I think that layering tanks that are a little looser and made of a more substantial material are a must. I love this stripe softspun scoop neck tank from Gap.

Structured Crew Sweatshirts 
I love these crew sweatshirts from Everlane. I wear them with jeans, with athletic shorts, with jean shorts, etc. They are both casual and put together all at once and wear well. My tip? Size up!

Peep-Toe Booties 
I have a flat pair of peep-toe booties (a similar style shown here) and I wear them all. the. time. They are comfortable and work great for the fall transition.

Comfortable Joggers for Lounging 
I love the Gap Modal Joggers. I have them in two colors and can’t recommend them enough! Great for looking put together when running errands with the kids.

Classic, Comfy Sweaters 
Everlane is also my go-to for sweaters. I love this style, as well as this chunky, oversize one.

Utility Jacket 
I have a favorite and well-worn utility jacket from Banana Republic that I got on a sale rack four years ago and have worn so many times. This one looks promising, as does this one.

Tunic and Peasant-Style Blouses
I’m a huge fan of tunic-style tops and peasant-style blouses. This one from Anthro caught my eye and is similar to one I have in my closet, as well as this top.

Family, Fashion

The 5-Minute Face // My Makeup Routine

August 18, 2017


Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I want to devote my time to as the school year rolls around. I know that many people make resolutions around the first of the year, but I really appreciate back-to-school goal setting and planning. Something about the school year starting feels like a great time for a re-set.

All that to say, I’m hoping to spend more time here at Espresso & Cream. I love this little corner of the internet and no matter how many times I think about letting the blog fall by the wayside when life gets busy, I keep coming back here because I love writing, content creation and all that goes along with blogging.

Today I’m talking about my super quick and easy 5-Minute Face routine. As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to streamline getting ready in the morning. Usually I’m trying to keep a baby happy in the bouncer next to me while talking with my toddler and making sure she doesn’t launch herself off our bed while I put myself together for the day.

So basically my time is valuable and limited and an elaborate makeup routine does NOT fit my life. So what’s a work-at-home mom to do? Enter the 5-Minute Face: a collection of products from Beautycounter designed to help you look put together in a flash.

Beautycounter has a really amazing interactive tool on their site that walks you through color matching your products and the bundle of 6 products is available at a really great reduced price. The collection includes:

Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation // Linen
Touchup Skin Concealer Pen // Fair
Brow Pencil // Medium
Blush Duo // Whisper & Tawny
Mascara // Volumizing
Lip Gloss // Fig (I forgot to put it on!)

The interactive process on the site is really fun to play around with and I found the color-matching to be pretty much spot on with what I typically like to wear! You can find your own 5-Minute Face routine on Beautycounter’s website.

BONUS: Through the end of the day today (Friday, August 18) when you purchase a 5-Minute Face kit you will get a FREE Retractable Complexion Coverage Brush to apply your foundation. I love this brush and think you will, too!

Family, Fashion

Favorite Workout Gear

June 30, 2017


This summer I did a little wardrobe refresh in the workout gear department. Both because my body was a little different postpartum than it was before getting pregnant and because some of my workout gear was looking a little sad and worn out. I do dress up some days in the summer, but many days I’m running around after a toddler and need my clothes to be comfortable, functional and able to handle a little sweat.

Almost all of my workout gear is from Old Navy! I just love the price point and fit and have been wearing their workout clothes for years and years. Their running shorts will forever be my favorite! So here are a few of my favorite new items that are both affordable and wear well/look cute for chasing after a toddler and caring for a baby!

Go-Dry Cool Semi-Fitted Running Shorts
I have them in four colors! I buy at least three pairs a year and have for years.

Loose-Fit Lattice Side Tank 
Great for running and running after a toddler

Go-Dry Cross Back Tank
So comfortable and flattering!

Go-Dry Light Support Cami Bra
Not great for working out right now because it’s not supportive enough, but awesome for everyday wear around the house and lower-impact activities

Gap Pure Body Modal Joggers
These are SO comfortable for lounging around the house and were awesome for the first few weeks after having a baby.

Fashion, Pregnancy

the comprehensive guide to maternity fashion

April 26, 2017


I had the best intentions of sharing more maternity fashion posts this pregnancy, but that just didn’t happen. Truth be told, while I feel great this pregnancy, I feel anything but glamorous and stepping in front of the camera regularly to take photos of my outfits was just. not. happening. Ha!

That said, I have made an effort to try and dress normally and in a way that was put-together most of this pregnancy. And I have a lot of thoughts about clothes the second time around.

In short, maternity clothes stink. It’s hard to find good options that are comfortable and flattering throughout all stages of pregnancy. The clothes that do fit and wear well are almost always insanely expensive, and even when you do splurge on good quality, it’s not always a guarantee that your clothes will retain their shape and be worth the money you invested. Plus, aside from maternity-specific stores, finding brands that actually stock maternity clothes in their stores is practically impossible. I’ve purchased and returned so many clothes this pregnancy it’s comical.

So, after a nearly full-term pregnancy, what has made the cut, what brands have I loved, and what items have been worn time and time again? Let’s dive in!

My Most-Loved Items 
These are the pieces that I’ve found myself reaching for time and time again, the best of the best, if you will. It’s hard to know ahead of time what those items will be, but after 37+ weeks, it’s become clear that these are the winners. 

  1. Hatch Collection Bateau Top $158
    I know that some of you are going to say I’m crazy for recommending a top that costs this much, but it’s been a lifesaver. I’ve worn it time and time again, and have enjoyed the way it fit in the first trimester as much as the third. It’s designed to be able to be worn post-pregnancy, too, so I’m hopeful I’ll continue to get use out of it! It was the only Hatch piece I ended up keeping and I wish I would have purchased more.
  2. GAP Maternity Jeans $52
    I don’t have a specific link to the jeans I’m wearing since I bought them for Ainsley’s pregnancy, but the look similar to these jeans. They are comfortable, they hold their shape (!!!) and have worked well throughout pregnancy.
  3. GAP Rib-Knit Mockneck Dress $43
    I’ll go as far as to say this dress is a must-have item! I LOVE wearing it and feel like it’s very flattering throughout many stages of pregnancy.
  4. Liz Lange for Target Tee Dress $24
    I have the long-sleeved version of this dress, but I linked to the short sleeve version since summer is coming. I avoided all body-conscious dresses last pregnancy, but have really enjoyed this dress with the second go around.
  5. TK

Favorite Stores for Maternity Clothes

  1. Hatch Collection 
    Expensive clothing but from the one piece I kept and the others that I tried on, they are worth the clothes are worth the price! The only thing I really didn’t like were their jeans.
  2. Old Navy Maternity
    These pieces don’t fall into the “quality” category, but I do have a number of items from Old Navy that have worn fairly well during this pregnancy.
  3. Gap Maternity
    I’ve really loved almost everything I purchased from Gap this pregnancy. In fact, most of the items I’ve worn regularly have been Gap Maternity, so I guess that says something. Great for basics, including jeans, t-shirts and casual dresses.
  4. Pink Blush Maternity 
    This is a hit-or-miss recommendation. Some of their clothes have been really cute and fit well, others have been a total disaster. The dress I’m wearing in the photo above has been a favorite of mine as well as their robes (for labor/delivery/postpartum) and some of their tops. Proceed with caution and expect to return about as much as you buy.
  5. Stitch Fix Maternity 
    I got a couple maternity fixes, once during Ainsley’s pregnancy and once during this pregnancy. The two pair of leggings that I LIVED in with both pregnancies were both from maternity-focused fixes. I know Stitch Fix can be hit or miss, but I really appreciated that they had some different brands than what I would have found in stores or online.

Places/Items I DON’T Recommend

  1. H&M Maternity
    I didn’t have any success, despite trying a lot of items from their maternity collection. Everything ran super small and shrank in the wash. I would recommend just shopping their regular items and sizing up, which I did with some success in the sweater department.
  2. AG Maternity Jeans
    I’m so sad about this. I spent a ridiculous amount on a pair of AG maternity skinny jeans, and while they are certainly the most comfortable things on the face of the earth when you first put them on, they are a total nightmare as you wear them. I’ve never owned a pair of jeans that have bagged out this bad. I can’t wear them for more than a couple hours without needing to wash/dry them again.
  3. ASOS Maternity
    Maybe it was just me, or the fact that my style and preferences have changed since my last pregnancy, but I didn’t find ASOS Maternity to be a good fit this time. The clothes were all ill-fitting and the few items I kept ended up shrinking terribly even after following the wash/care instructions.


Family, Fashion, Pregnancy

March Mom Edit :: What I’m Loving Now

March 29, 2017


At nearly 34 weeks pregnant, is it safe to say that I’m in the home stretch? I’m certainly embracing that mentality, and the products I’m sharing about below have been making my life a little more glamorous and bearable during the last month and a half of pregnancy. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately…

I took a break from regular fixes for a while, but scheduling a maternity Stitch Fix at 30 weeks was a fantastic way to get excited about getting dressed while super pregnant.

I recently ordered these bottles for baby and I’m intrigued.

Someday I’ll get my eyebrows micro-bladed, but until then this has been doing the trick.

Yesterday I ordered a custom name sign for baby girl from House of Belonging. Can’t wait to show you!

I’m combating stretch marks with this and this and so far so good.

It’s official, this is the most perfect diaper bag around.

The hair care system that’s been transforming my tresses over the last two months.

A podcast for moms that’s encouraging me on work from home days.

We finally settled on this double jogging stroller.