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Let’s Talk Postpartum Hair

November 16, 2015

Photo on 11-6-15 at 9.50 AMI was prepared for a lot of the typical things about the postpartum stage of life, but I was completely unprepared for postpartum hair. Sure, friends told me you would lose a lot of hair after having a baby, but I guess I didn’t really understand that the hair you lost would eventually grow back in. And the regrowth, you guys? It’s about 100x worse than the hair loss!

After I quit breastfeeding the hair loss began. The thick, amazing pregnancy hair I had enjoyed was suddenly falling out all over the place. This summer I had noticeable balding patches around the crown of my head that were hard to disguise. About two months ago, I really started to notice the re-growth of all that hair I lost. We’re talking thick tufts of hair sticking straight up around my temples and forehead that are impossible to tame and hard to disguise.

It’s embarrassing. It’s unattractive. And it’s a pain in the butt. I thought about cutting bangs to disguise the re-growth and dying my hair another color to make my hair look thicker. In the end, I decided to avoid taking any extreme measures and try my best to just stick it out.

Here are a few of the things I’ve found that help make the re-growth a little less horrible:

1. Change up your part. I’ve always parted my hair on the left, but my re-growth was also the most noticeable there. Instead of cutting bangs, I decided to switch up my part. Now I’m wearing it middle parted or parted on the right side and it’s been so much easier to disguise the re-growth.

2. Tame your fly-aways. I spray a little bit of hairspray on a toothbrush and use the toothbrush to tame the hairs that want to stick straight up. THIS is by far my favorite hairspray.

3. Wash less often. I wash my hair a couple times a week and avoid blow drying as much as possible. I’ve switched to using this shampoo and conditioner and they’ve made my hair feel so soft and smooth, even when it’s not at its best.

4. Deep condition weekly. Once a week I take a bath or a long shower and put in a deep conditioner. Although my hair might not be as wonderful and luscious as it was when I was pregnant, I’ve been trying my best to care for it and keep it looking healthy.

5. Keep taking your prenatal vitamins. Don’t stop taking them after you quit nursing. Your body needs to continue to be replenished long after you have your baby, so keep up with those prenatal vitamins. They will help with hair growth, too!

6. Get bangs, maybe? If you’re someone who normally looks great with bangs, this would be a time to give them a shot! My stylist and I agreed that I do not look great with bangs nor do I have the right hair texture for thick, blunt bangs. But if you happen to be one of the lucky people who look good with fringe, then go for it!

7. Wear hats! I know a number of women who swear by this tip. I haven’t worked up the courage to wear all the cute fall hats that are in style right now, but I have to imagine that they would make it super easy to disguise all the crazy hairs around the crown of your head.


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New Mom Style :: Comfy Casual {+ a giveaway!}

November 1, 2015




StellaAndDot_6Jeans from Madewell :: Sweater from Anthropologie :: Shoes from Tieks :: Legend Pendant Necklace c/o Kim Jensen :: Aurora Ring Set c/o Kim Jensen :: Deja Vu Pearl Studs c/o Kim Jensen

Curating a practical mom-drobe has changed the way I shop. Because I’m toting a messy, drooly baby around town half of the day, my clothes rarely make it through the day without a few spots and stains, meaning dry clean only items are a thing of the past. Some might say off-white isn’t practical with kiddos, but I love wearing white. As long as I can wash it at the end of the day, I’m good!

This sweater is incredibly comfortable, cozy and flattering. I paired it with my favorite skinny jeans, flats and some beautiful baubles from Stella & Dot. This is the second outfit that Kim styled for me, and I’m loving the edgy + lady like look these three pieces create. The pearl studs are actually reversible, so it’s like owning two pairs of earrings in one, which is perfect for a jewelry minimalist like myself.

Kim has been so kind to host a giveaway for Espresso and Cream readers! She will be giving away a $25 gift card to her Stella & Dot shop to one lucky reader. Thanks, Kim, for hosting the giveaway and keeping my mom-drobe looking fresh and stylist. Even if you don’t win, I would highly suggest hopping over to Kim’s page and doing a little holiday shopping – I know I already did!

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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 ( or check out the products I use each morning below!

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. 
Uplifting Day Cream
Promotes firmer looking skin, reduces redness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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!


Updated Top Knot Tutorial For Longer Hair

June 9, 2015

Photo on 5-19-15 at 3.10 PM #3

Lately I’ve been wearing my hair up in a top-knot more and more. As my hair has gotten longer it’s my go-to easy style for looking semi put-together while not having to spend a ton of time on my hair. Because, let’s be honest, I just don’t have a ton of time to spend on my hair these days and my hair is looking less than stellar thanks to that dreaded postpartum hair loss. The struggle is real, y’all.

Since it’s been a while since I last posted a top-knot tutorial, I decided to do a little updated video since the method I’ve been using has changed a bit now that my hair is longer. It takes about 5 minutes total and works great with hair that’s a little bit dirty. If you want to do the top knot with clean hair I would highly suggest spraying it with a little hair spray and then brushing the hair spray out to add texture OR spraying the roots with a little dry shampoo or texturizing spray before starting.

I filmed this video a little over a month ago while I was on maternity leave and found myself with a few extra minutes during baby nap time. Please excuse the rough nature of this video. Something is better than nothing, right?!


The Secret to Great Hair

February 6, 2015

No Makeup Photo

Okay, this post’s title is a little bit of a joke when you consider the photo above, but I just had to bop in and share a little tip that’s been making a huge difference in how my hair looks and how often I have to wash and dry it.

Now that my hair is getting on the longer side, it’s become more and more of a hassle to blow dry. I am to only wash my hair 2-3 times a week to keep it healthy and to save me time, so anything that can help my hair look good for days on end is something I’m interested in! I don’t quite remember where, but a few months ago I remember reading about how to keep your blow-out looking great for days on end. The tip said that when you’re sleeping at night, the key is to take all your hair and put it in a loose, super high pony tail.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first but I agreed to give it a try. And you know what? It totally worked! Something about the high nature of the pony tail left a much less noticeable crease in my hair the next day and helped keep the volume created when blow drying. So, in case you’re looking to speed up your routine and wash/dry your hair less, give it a try!


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