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Mom Bods + Bikinis

February 7, 2016

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This summer I’m taking my mom bod to the pool in a bikini. Let me back up and say that because of my very long torso I’ve always been a big fan of the two-piece swimsuit out of necessity. But I sort of assumed that after having a baby you were bound to a life of one-piece swimsuits forever and ever, either out of a duty to modesty or a desire to hide things that had stretched and expanded or contracted in funny ways.

Let me take a quick detour to say that I’m incredibly excited that in recent years there has been a resurgence of the one-piece, and I sincerely hope I can find one that works with my body type because there are so many pretty options. I actually have this one on order right now because it’s beautiful and the reviews say it runs long. Fingers crossed!

But after having a baby, I wasn’t quite ready to give up two pieces forever. I’ve always loved wearing a bikini, not because I have the most amazing body (I don’t) or because I look like a supermodel when I wear one (spoiler: not true!) but because I’ve always enjoyed wearing them. I think back to summers spent on the beach in Florida, two summer trips with my family to the Bahamas, endless vacations to warm-weather locals where beach-lounging, swimming and reading was always on the list.

I wore a bikini on every one of those trips and felt so free doing so. While I was never one of those stick-thin high schoolers, putting a bikini on always gave me a sense of carefree confidence. So you can see why the idea of hanging the two piece up forever made me incredibly sad.

A few weeks back it was determined that if I was going to wear a two piece suit post-baby, then it was sure as heck going to be a high quality suit that fit well. I’ve been eyeing the Mara Hoffman bikinis for years, so this January I bit the bullet and ordered 10 different suits online so I could try them all on at home. Ladies? Let me tell you that there is no other way to go swimsuit shopping. It’s much less painful to try them on in the comfort of your own home.

The winner out of all 10? This suit, which fits so well and is so incredibly comfortable. Worth every penny!

As one of my amazing Instagram followers put it…

“Moms should totally rock bikinis! It’s the only time in my life I’ve been confident enough to wear one proudly!”

So, mommas, here’s to finding a bikini that makes you feel and look great and not hanging up our two-pieces quite yet.

Madison

Fashion, Food & Recipes

Friday Favorites

February 5, 2016

IMG_4907Madewell Jeans // Belong Magazine // Nine West Booties (similar)

Happy, happy Friday! We’re laying low this weekend with no real plans on the books, and I couldn’t be more excited. We have a handful of small house projects to work on, but other than that we’re laying low and taking it easy. Here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week!

Have you seen a dress this perfect before? I die.

A really amazing low-income housing project.

Practical advice on sharing the gospel with your littles.

The tinted moisturizer I can’t live without.

Why it’s okay to be uncomfortable sometimes.

Making THIS for dinner sometime very soon.

A good reminder on passing on Biblical womanhood to my daughter.

I think you need these booties in your life. Buy them for me?
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Madison

Fashion

Favorite Old Navy Finds

February 1, 2016

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This weekend Joe and I took a trip to our nearest city, about an hour away, because I was in serious need of being around large groups of people, eating Chick-Fil-A and drinking a cup of Starbucks while browsing stores and picking up a few things for Ainsley’s first birthday! (Cue all the tears…)

I ended up going to Old Navy because it’s my go-to for cute, cheap basics and trendier items I’m not sure I really want to spend a lot on. They had so many cute things, and I went home with a few new items for my wardrobe. Since online and in-person can be so different, I thought I would share with you the items that caught my eye!

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1. Quilted Crew Neck Sweatshirt 
2. Popcorn Stitch Sweater
3. Go-Dry Pullover
4. Classic Cardigan
5. Oversized Scoop Neck T-Shirt
6. Denim Jacket
7. Go-Dry Keyhole Back Top (pictured above!)
8. Short-Sleeved Tunic Tee (it’s just so good! I bought one but want to buy more!)
9. Long-Sleeved Boyfriend Tee

Madison

Fashion

The Number Doesn’t Matter

January 27, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I made a rookie mistake. You see, I found the perfect pair of jeans a few months ago. They fit great, looked good and were so dang comfortable. Then, a couple weeks ago, they started to feel a little bit loose. So what’s a girl to do? I bought the size smaller. Despite making huge strides in my journey to body self-acceptance, I let myself slip into thinking that the number on a pair of jeans had anything to offer me in terms of telling the story of my self worth.

Sure, the jeans zipped and buttoned, but they didn’t make me feel great. Actually, they made me feel like a sausage. I felt uncomfortable and self-conscious and generally gross. Because instead of seeking out clothes that fit my body just the way it is, I started chasing the number on a tag. And, as most of you know, that’s never a road that leads to happiness or satisfaction.

Since I needed a little reminder and re-focusing, I went back and read my post of finding the perfect pair of jeans. Hint hint: Tip number 5 was finding a pair that fits well, regardless of the number on the tag. Why do we always need to be reminded of this?!

In this case, the smaller number wasn’t the best fit. I felt more comfortable, confident and good about my body in the jeans that I had been wearing all along! And in case you’re looking for some additional reading, I remember reading this article from my blog-buddy Stephanie that is totally worth the read!

Madison

Fashion

What’s In My Makeup Bag: January Edition

January 14, 2016

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1. Love Springs Eternal || Youth Preservation Serum by One Love Organics
This product is a splurge, but the proof is in the results. Using a few drops of this serum every night makes a difference in the look and appearance of my skin, which is starting to show a few signs of getting older now that I’m edging up on 30 and getting less sleep that I once was.

2. Gentle Exfoliator Polish || Beautycounter
We’ve all fallen victim at some point to one of those super abrasive drugstore exfoliators. But would you believe me if I told you there is a safer and more effective way to exfoliate your skin? I’m in love with this gentle exfoliator from Beautycounter, which is easy on the skin but really helps give dull winter skin a fresh glow.

3. Invati Shampoo and Conditioner || Aveda
I would love to tell you that my postpartum hair loss is a thing of the past, but while it has slowed down a bit, it’s still an issue. In addition to getting more dedicated to taking my prenatal vitamin, I returned to using this shampoo and conditioner, which are made to help with hair loss. It’s amazing! PS: If you just want to try before you buy, they make a little sample kit for much less with all three of the products.

4. Moroccan Oil Treatment || Moroccan Oil
These days I’m a bit of a hair product minimalist. I’ve replaced countless products with a good shampoo + conditioner and a little Moroccan oil on my hair after I get out of the shower. On days when I have the time (especially if it’s warm out) I just choose to let my locks air-dry and then lightly style with a curling wand to smooth my strands a bit. I think protecting my hair and cutting back on the styling tools has really helped with the health of my hair.

5. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer || Beautycounter
This is my new g0-to tinted moisturizer. I love the way it smells and the creamy, flawless look it gives my skin without actually feeling like I’m wearing make-up. I’ve always tried to avoid anything with a lot of coverage, so this is right up my alley!

Madison

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