If you’re in the northeast, happy snow day to you! We’re being hit with a record-breaking blizzard, so there’s really no excuse for me not to spend some time blogging today. I’ve been at a loss for inspiration lately. As I mentioned in my previous post, I broke my leg in December…SO, I’ve been spending a TON of time inside and my home, while cozy, has become pretty boring after a while. Spending so much time in the same place doesn’t lead to much creativity! This morning I remembered that I was holding on to some outfit pics that I shot the week before my injury. It was the day of my company’s holiday party, so I squeezed in a quick shoot on my way to the restaurant.
Now that I’m a working mom, outfits that I can pull together quickly are so key. This J. Jill dress is just easy. I paired it with patterned tights, some heels (which are surprisingly comfortable) and my favorite coat (love the leather sleeves). The snood kept me warm and the jewelry dressed things up a bit. Outfit details below.
Now…moving on to some REAL TALK. I lost my baby weight quickly — just a few pounds to go, but surely this is due to the fact that I haven’t been able to walk for six weeks — so I thought this meant fitting into my old clothes and shopping for new ones would be pretty easy. NOT true. Since Baby M was born, he has been exclusively on breastmilk. Being a breastfeeding mama is different for everyone, and I have to say that I’m grateful that I came so easily to us. Absolutely no issues whatsoever, EXCEPT the fact that I was sooo engorged allll the time. No joke. I felt like I was carrying around two squirting bowling balls. Sorry, gotta be honest, and truth be told – I still feel this way. People will tell you that this is a good problem to have — imagine being on the other end, and not having enough milk to feed your baby? This is true, and again – I was and still am grateful. It’s a small price to pay for all of the benefits that nursing provides. BUT, it does make fitting into my tops and shopping for new ones quite challenging. Even beyond the shopping – I always have to be mindful of how my chest looks to make sure that I’m not having a Pamela Anderson moment. If I’m engorged (ie really “full”)? Forget about it. If I don’t have a scarf on hand to strategically place, I might as well throw on a potato sack…because there really is no other way to avoid distracting innocent people just attempting to have a normal conversation with me.
I share all of this to say that I’m facing a new wardrobe challenge, so we’ll see how successful I am at finding clothes that work. Stay tuned! In the meantime, please leave me a comment below if you have any advice. Also – I’ve been told that the engorgement, etc, will calm down over time…..it has been 5 1/2 months and that hasn’t happened for me. I think I just have a big supply, but would love to know about your experiences.
Now, here are the outfit details:
Snood (Gap, similar here from Bluefly), Coat (Mackage, similar here), Dress (J. Jill, similar here), Patterned Tights (similar here), Heels (Sam Edelman), Earrings (Kate Spade, avail in yellow gold here), Gold Bracelet (Henri Bendel), Blue Bracelet (J. Crew, old), Watch (Michael Kors, many rose gold options avail here)
Photos by Lydia Hudgens
The rain poured all day today, and hubby, baby and I stayed in. I would have loved to spend a day like this completing projects that I otherwise have no time for — like organizing that annoying cabinet under the bathroom sink. But – my leg is still healing so I decided to have a baby cuddling, cat napping, Internet surfing kind of day. Here are a few fun links to explore~~
I’ve got to try this classic French twist. I hope it works on shorter hair! A Beautiful Mess
YESSSS, Tracee Ellis Ross! Elle.com
Marissa Webb is a style goddess and I simply love her guide to a chic Saturday. The Zoe Report
Judge me if you like, but this video has brought a dose of sanity to our household. It turns baby tears to baby smiles INSTANTLY. Thank you, Elmo. Thank you.
I LOVE cream of mushroom soup, so this recipe tops my “must try” list. Damn Delicious
image source here
This season the coat has been elevated. Drop the idea that it’s just for staying warm. A chic coat provides an opportunity to make a fashion statement all its own. Above I’ve featured a few cute looks from my “Coat Styling” Pinterest board (you can follow the board here).
They say that when it rains it pours, and that has certainly been true for me this year. As 2014 comes to a close, I’m reflecting on what a full year it has been. There are those times in your life that you just remember — they’re so filled with defining/pivotal/BIG moments that you can barely keep up. I will always remember this year as the year I became a mother. My husband and I have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy that has filled our hearts and changed our lives.
In some ways, it has been a year of challenges. I did not have a particularly easy pregnancy, but I was determined to take care of my body and keep my cool in order to healthily reach the amazingly rewarding finish line (mission accomplished). When I was six months pregnant, my husband had a health scare. Without sharing too many details, I’ll just tell you that he had surgery, he recovered, we got through it. Onwards and upwards. More recently (as in three weeks ago), I slipped on ice and broke my leg. Talk about bad timing – I JUST returned from maternity leave only to be out of work for another 6+ weeks. And, taking care of an infant with a broken limb isn’t the easiest. On the bright side, this means I have more time with Baby M, which is supremely important to me.
Finally, 2014 has, in ways, been a year of loss. My grandmother passed away just a few weeks ago…….and I witnessed others losing close family members and friends. Never have I been so aware of how fragile life is, nor have I been so grateful for the health and presence of my family. This leads me to my new year’s resolution – which is to always be thankful, and to live life as fully as possible for every single moment. It’s a tall order, but aiming high isn’t a bad thing.
2015, here I come. Let’s toast to the next chapter.
Image via here
I recently read a Q&A on Marie Claire’s website about how to rock the holidays. One reader wrote in seeking recommendations for a good neutral nail color (not nude) that still looks festive enough for holiday parties. I was intrigued by celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann’s response:
“Red is a classic for the holidays, but deep berry is chicer and still goes with everything in your closet.”
Deep berry as a holiday neutral? Of course! Makes total sense, and I’m realizing that I’ve been veering toward berry nail hues every December without even thinking about it. It’s festive and chic without being as loud as candy apple red (personally, I save the bright red manis for summertime). I pulled together a few polishes above…any of these will help you rock the season. Stocking stuffer, anyone?