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