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Diaper Bag Dilemma – Solved!

November 23, 2015





I’ve always had a thing for pretty purses and handbags. For as long as I can remember, it’s been my go-to indulgence accessory. That is, until I became a mom. I dutifully committed to carrying a very traditional diaper bag when Ainsley was born, because most of the pretty, fashionable diaper bags I looked at just didn’t seem very functional. And while I might love fashion, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice function with a little one in tow.

While I was at Influence Conference I had the opportunity to meet with the amazing founders of Lily Jade, the makers of designer diaper bags that combine function and form. I had heard of Lily Jade before Influence, but was a little skeptical. Was the bag worth it’s hefty price tag? But when I saw the bags in person I was 100% convinced.

The leather is soft and supple, and the structure of the bag is beatufiully designed and constructed. But the best part? The interior pouch! Each Lily Jade bag comes with a removable baby bag organizer so you can fill it with all sorts of baby gear, bottles and the like without making a total mess of your bag. And when you move on from the baby stage the organizer can be removed, transitioning your bag from diaper bag to purse or overnight bag.

We’re getting ready to travel quite a bit this holiday season, and I’m excited to travel both fashionably and sensibly with this bag. And with all the organization, I’m thinking I might even have room for some non-baby essentials like magazines, laptop and snacks for mom and dad.

*Lily Jade provided this bag for me to review. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Shop this look: Bag, Rosie in Camel :: Coat, Similar from Banana Republic :: Target Scarf, similar options here :: Madewell Skinny Jeans in Dayton Wash :: 14th and Union Booties  :: Anthropologie Textured High Low Tunic 

Family, Fashion

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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:: My New Mom Style ::

October 18, 2015



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!

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



Long Live T-Shirt Dresses

September 28, 2015



GapDress_3I’ve been slowly transitioning my wardrobe over the last couple months. Now that my postpartum body has settled a bit and isn’t changing every two weeks, I feel more confident that the clothes I buy will still fit two months from now. Add on top of that the fact that fall is here and I’m working a more casual job these days and my wardrobe needs have changed.

This t-shirt dress is everyone’s friend. It’s comfortable (oh so comfy!) and casual enough to wear running errands or working from home but looks dressed up when paired with a blazer and wedge sandals or booties. Seriously, my love for this dress can’t be understated.

Major bonus: It’s on sale right now at Gap! It fits true-to-size and runs a little short, so if you’re above average height I would recommend purchasing the Tall.


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