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New Mom Style :: In Pursuit of the Perfect Jeans

October 29, 2015

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Madewell_1Madewell High Rise Skinny Jean in Dayton Wash (tall) || Anthropologie Slubbed Scoop Tee ||
Tieks Flats in Camel || Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant 

I feel like I’ve been in pursuit of the perfect pair of jeans for as long as I can remember. A few things I’ve found true (for me) along the way…

1. Gap and Banana Republic jeans are deceptive. They feel great in the store and fit wonderfully, but they start to sag and do funny things after even the tiniest bit of wear.

2. Low rise jeans are not a momma’s friend. You always end up yanking them up to avoid looking indecent. And it’s hard to chase after a baby when you’re focused on not showing your behind to everyone.

3. Expensive jeans are (almost) always worth the high price tag.

4. A good pair of jeans should hold their shape for multiple wears before washing and shouldn’t leave you itching to take them off at the end of the day. You should actually enjoy wearing them!

5. Size doesn’t matter. Find a pair that fits, regardless of what number is on the label.

That said, I’ve been having a hard time finding a great pair for a little while now. Okay, a long while. I used to be head-over-heels about J. Crew’s Matchstick jeans, but they went and changed them on me and there’s something that just isn’t quite right anymore.

I had heard a lot of buzz about Madewell’s denim and finally bit the bullet and gave them a try. Since we don’t have a Madewell nearby, I ordered four pairs online and tried them on at home. Madewell offers free shipping both ways, so it was a no-risk proposition.

You guys? These jeans are amazing! I went with the 9′ High Riser Skinny Jean in Dayton and couldn’t be more thrilled. I ended up having to buy them in tall because they were a tad on the short side, but once I found the right size and fit it was a perfect match. They have just a tiny bit of stretch, hold their shape for multiple wears and are SO incredibly comfortable. I’m pretty sure the high rise is just our modern version of the mom jean, but with a fit like this, I’m totally okay with that.

*I was in no way paid to write this review. I simply love these jeans and thought others might be looking for a great pair, too! 

Family, Fashion

Avoiding Burnout in Motherhood

October 26, 2015

IMG_1813Every night I sit in Ainsley’s rocking chair and feed her a bedtime bottle. As I sit in the dimly-lit room, rocking back and forth with my now very big baby in my arms, the day finally slows down. It’s the first time during the day that I really have time to think, process and pause and I realize, every night, that I feel like I’ve been running at breakneck speed all. day. long.

Do other moms know this feeling?

Like you’ve been mentally and physically sprinting through your day, picking up toys and doing loads of laundry, feeding bottles and breakfast, getting dressed and ready for work, rushing to do drop-off and pick-up on time and juggling countless trips in and out of the carseat. Maximizing nap times and work time and every spare moment in between.

It is, without a doubt, a crazy season of life. I suspect that if I have more kiddos, it will feel even crazier. But it’s full, and wonderful and filled with smiles and giggles. So much wonderful life that I can hardly take it all in.

I’ve listened to a lot of people talk about motherhood at conferences and seminars and on blogs. It seems to me that a lot of moms like to complain about motherhood – to talk about how drained and weary they are and how terribly hard motherhood is.

Like all worthwhile things, motherhood requires a good deal of elbow grease, long days and struggle. But when I’m sitting, listening to women talk about how weary they are I just can’t relate. Although I’ve never run on such little sleep, never been so stretched and pulled in different directions, never juggled so many responsibilities, our life and family has never felt so incredibly FULL.

I’ve read a few posts on self-care for moms (loved this one from my dear friend Laura) and thought I would encourage you mommas out there to create a regular rhythm of self care in your life. I don’t mean long vacations and expensive spa days, although those are nice, too. I’m talking achievable, daily routines that leave you feeling rested and recharged. Not to say I do it all right (hardly!) but self care has always come easily for me – just ask my mom. And I think maintaining that without guilt has been a saving grace of my motherhood experience.

In my world, there is nothing as healing and wonderful as a steaming hot bath with lots and lots of girly products. I leave bed time to dad and prepare a bottle for him to give Ainsley while I sneak off to relax in the tub with a stack of magazines or my Kindle. Usually some type of hair mask and face mask is involved, and some really great smelling body oils or lotions as well.

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1. Lustro Body Oil  The best I’ve found! It goes on without feeling greasy and leaves my skin so soft.
2. Dead Sea Mud Mask Gentle yet effective for clearing up skin and balancing your complexion.
3. Kerastase Hair Mask Leaves my hair feeling so much smoother and stronger. I use it weekly.
4.  Lustro Sugar Scrub For getting rid of dead skin cells and leaving my skin feeling smooth during the cold winter months
5. Epsom Salts Soaking in an epsom salt bath cures all your aches and pains and this specific Milk & Honey scented version is heaven!

Madison

Fashion

:: My New Mom Style ::

October 18, 2015

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StellaDot_4Today I’m launching the first in a series of posts on my new mom style. I’ve been slowly revising my wardrobe over the past few months to fit my new life as a mom, work-from-home freelancer and recipe developer and manager of a home remodel that’s still very much in progress.

Although I don’t have to report to an office every day, I do like to try and dress up a bit for the days that I’m working. Sometimes I’ll head to a coffee shop, sometimes I stay close to home, other times I’ll camp out at my mom’s house when she’s at work. There’s something about putting on a real outfit, makeup and doing your hair that helps to boost productivity.

One area of my mom-drobe that was seriously lacking? Jewelry. I’ve been putting more thought into my wardrobe without really focusing on accessorizing. Thankfully Kim came to my rescue and offered to style a couple outfits with beautiful jewelry from Stella & Dot.

Have you all heard of Stella & Dot? Their jewelry is beautiful, you guys! Heavy, high quality and durable. And I found the price point great – just nice enough to feel like you’re giving or receiving something speical without breaking the bank.

The earrings I’m wearing are reversible, with pearls on one side and gold studs on the other. And the necklace can be worn two ways as well, which, for a mom on a budget is a huge plus to be able to get two looks from one piece of jewelry. I’ll be doing a giveaway with Kim in the coming weeks, but I would highly suggest you check out the line for yourself in the meantime!

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Outfit Details
:: Dress from Old Navy :: Boots from Frye :: Alexia Necklace from Stella & Dot :: Pave Wishing Bracelet from Stella & Dot :: Pearl Studs (they’re reversible!) from Stella & Dot

 

Family, Fashion

My Skincare Routine: Part 1

October 13, 2015

MorningSkincareRoutineSix months ago I sent out a call on Facebook for recommendations of safe, high quality skincare and makeup. One of you recommended I check out Beautycounter. I tried out a few products to start (hey, they give a 60 day money back guarantee, so I figured I had nothing to loose!) and fell in love with the line.

Everything I used felt so good on my skin. It was gentle, yet effective, and left my complexion much smoother and more even than before. As I started researching Beautycounter further I felt even better about the products. The US only bans 11 items from beauty products in this country; in contrast, the EU bans over 1,300 ingredients! It’s staggering, really. Beautycounter sets their own extremely high standard for what goes into their products, one of the strictest set of standards in the industry.

I’ve slowly, over the past few months, transitioned almost my entire skincare routine to Beautycounter. And I believe in the products so much so that I’ve decided to start selling them, too. If you’re interested in learning more or have skin-specific questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me (madisonjanemayberry@gmail.com) or check out the products I use each morning below!

MORNING
1. Soothing Face Wash
An effective daily cleanser that removes makeup and nourishes skin. 
2. Enlightening Treatment Pads
These pads have been proven to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and wrinkles. They improve skin tone and firm skin. 
3.
Uplifting Day Cream
Promotes firmer looking skin, reduces redness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

OCCASIONALLY
1. Gentle Exfoliator
Removes dead skin cells and leaves skin fresh and glowing without being abrasive. I use it a couple times a week.
2. Lustro Face Oil #3
Seven radiance-boosting oils promote balanced skin and improves skin tone and texture. Adding oils into my skincare routine have totally changed things for me. Amazing!

Fashion

Half Braid Hair

October 8, 2015

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Good morning, friends! Although I’m working from home and coffee shops these days rather than an office filled with other well-dressed professionals, I’m still making an effort to do my hair, wear nicer clothes and put a little makeup on in order to feel more productive.

My post-baby hair regrowth is out of control. As pictured below, I’ve got a lot of little baby hairs growing back where I lost all my hair earlier this year. It’s an unfortunate situation, for sure. Maybe I need to take a cue from my friend Natalie and start wearing hats?!

I’ve been loving the half-bun look that’s come into style and most days you can find me rocking one because it saves time since I only have to curl half my hair. This little tutorial from Gal Meets Glam was a nice way to mix things up. I decided to use less hair for the braid because my locks aren’t quick as thick as hers, but it worked just the same. The key, I found, was her tip about pulling the first pieces back with a couple bobbie pins. That way, when you loosen the braid a little bit at the end, the hair around your face still stays in place and doesn’t come loose.

Find the full tutorial HERE.

Madison

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