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Help a Momma Out?

August 24, 2015

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I picked up a bunch of cheap little dresses toward the end of the summer to bridge me into fall and have been meaning to put together more of a formal fashion post. Alas, I’ve been spending most of my days working from home and when I’m not working, I’m either tending to a sometimes fussy baby (teething!) or covered in paint as we begin our home renovation project.

Ainsley, on the other hand, thinks she looks mighty fine in her Turbans for Tots head wrap and new outfit from Carter’s. Ha! I love the way she is checking herself out in the mirror.

All that to say, I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a style brick wall. Last fall the only clothing I purchased was maternity, meaning it’s been almost two years since I shopped for regular old cool weather clothing. And now that I’m fitting back into my old clothes, I just feel a little bit frumpy. I think this is probably why new moms frequently change up their hair after having a baby? But since I don’t really want to cut my hair, I need some style help!

Most of my clothes come from Banana Republic, J. Crew, Stitch Fix or some random finds here and there, like TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack. But now that I’m in a small town, I think online shopping is going to have to become a way of life. So tell me, where do you shop? Any favorite new dresses, jeans, tops or shoes you’ve found and loved? Brands that I should check out? I need your help before I go shopping for fall!

xo,
Madison

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New Mama Style |::| The Maxi

July 15, 2015

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Pinkblush Maternity Dress 2
IMG_0114My mornings these days before work are non-stop. I get up early so I can let the dogs out and have breakfast (usually a smoothie) and a cup of coffee because I need to have a few moments to myself before the day really gets going. Then I jump into the shower and get cleaned up and ready for work, pack a lunch for myself and sometimes one for Joe, too, before I start to wash and prep bottles for Ainsley’s day and pick up anything around the house that was left from the nigth before. On an ideal day, Ainsley wakes up around 6:45/7, giving me a little quiet time with her to give her a bottle, cuddle and play before I head out the door at 7:40.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve developed a bit of a “style uniform” of sorts that helps me look put-together most days without requiring a lot of thought. Because, let’s be honest, I just don’t have much time to think about what I’m going to wear. I want a little more routine and a little less thinking involved in my morning routine.

I’ve been relying heavily on the maxi dress (including this maternity maxi dress from Pink Blush maternity) styled in two ways:

Casual: Maxi dress + sandals + long chunky necklace + cross-body bag (to keep my hands free!)
More polished: Maxi dress + blazer or jean jacket + delicate necklace + flats + structured bag or tote

It’s a no-brainer way to get dressed in the morning or for a casual night out with my hubby that is comfortable and cute, which is a major win in my book.

Dress c/o Pink Blush maternity 
Sandals from Target (similar style)
Necklace from The Golden Rule 
Bag from TJ Maxx (two years ago)

PS: While I was pregnant, I fell in love with the idea of maternity clothes (specifically maternity dresses) that could be worn post-pregnancy as well. The idea just seemed SO smart, since spending a lot of $$ on a maternity wardrobe just doesn’t make sense for most women. When PinkBlush contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying some of their cute maternity clothing I jumped at the chance and was SO impressed with the quality and fit. I can happily wear this dress without feeling like I’m wearing a maternity dress, and I love the idea that if baby #2 ever comes along, I will get even more use out of it!

 

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Stitch Fix July Review

July 7, 2015

Stitch Fix July 1Right after returning from vacation I had a new Stitch Fix box to welcome me back to real life. I’ll admit, it helped a bit in softening the post-vacation blues and was a fun surprise when it arrived at my door yesterday morning. Since I haven’t decided which items to keep and which to return, I was hoping you might be able to help me with this month’s box? I’m super torn on what items to keep! Let’s dive in…

PS: Interested in signing up for Stitch Fix? You can do so with my referral link HERE.

1. Brixon Ivy Azure Lace Overlay Blouse $54
I thought this top was sort of strange before I tried it on, but when I look back at photos that Joe took, I really like the top?! I’m not entirely sold either way, because in some respects it seems a bit casual for work and doesn’t really fit my style, but it’s fun and a little different, too.

Stitch Fix July 42. Pixley Carlyn Pleated Skirt $58
I wanted to love this skirt, but I’m not sure it’s really the most flattering thing? Overall, stretchy waist skirts don’t tend to be the best look for my body type, at least that’s what I’ve always thought. And I have a skirt that’s pretty similar in color and shape, so I’m not sure it meets a real “need” in my closet at this time.

Stitch Fix July 23. Pixley George Crochet Detail Knit Top $44
As you can probably tell from the photo, this top was a little bit too short for my long torso. That said, I’m not sure I would think about keeping it even if it was longer. It’s casual and cute, but at this point I’m not really looking to buy clothes that are super casual. They need to work for the office and at home!

4. Kut From The Kloth Kate Boyfriend Jean $78
I love this brand of jeans and have purchased a pair or two from Stitch Fix before. My complaint is that they are semi-boyfriend but not really? I have a few pairs that require you to roll the bottom up and this just seems like more of the same. I guess I would rather have a pair of skinny jeans that fit well. But I do love the way these fit and how comfortable they are!

Stitch Fix July 35. Pixley Joaquin Hooded Vest $74
I asked for a denim vest but was told in my comment card that they weren’t able to find a denim vest and included this vest instead. I’m not a huge fan of the loose fit and giant pockets at my hips. Although I appreciate the effort of including a vest, this one doesn’t really seem like a suitable alternative to a denim vest. I was hoping for something a little more cropped and fitted.

So what items would you keep? Which ones would you return? I desperately need your help deciding this time around!

Madison

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Stitch Fix June Review

June 14, 2015

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It’s been so long since I’ve done a Stitch Fix review; I can hardly believe it! If you’re unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it’s an online clothes delivery service. You fill out a style profile and get shipments of hand-picked clothes to try on in the comfort of your home with clothes and accessories in your own closet.

I’ve been getting Stitch Fix shipments monthly for the last couple years and have really enjoyed most of the things that my stylist picks out. Although I’ve had a bum box every now and again, the items I’ve been sent have generally been great. Now that I’m a mom and shopping trips are harder to come by, it’s fun to get a box delivered directly to my door so I can try the clothes on during nap time or after Ainsley goes to bed.

Okay, so let’s get to my box, shall we? I haven’t been super specific about the types of items I wanted to see in my box lately, although going forward I think I’m going to ask for pants, skirts and dresses rather than tops, since I’m pretty set in that department. Continue Reading…

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The Secret to Great Hair

February 6, 2015

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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!

Madison

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