Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Peach and Green




I bought these green trousers recently and when I got them home I started thinking "okay, what color am I going to wear these with besides black, white, and tan?"  Turns out, they actually look great with a lot of colors.  I was pretty in love with the combination of peach (yes, this top is peach) and green in this outfit and it was nice and comfortable for my first day back to work.

My favorite part of Monday- coming home to this little guy.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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I survived.

Well, I made it.  I survived my first day back at work.  My first day without my little man attached to me.  It was nice to get out of the house, to dress like a grownup, to have conversations that weren't about poop.  But I definitely missed him like crazy.  Sunday night I sat and rocked with him and cried thinking about the next day.  And it wasn't as bad as I anticipated, mainly because I was so busy at work.  Monday morning when I was getting ready to leave, Henry kept looking at me and grinning.  GRINNING.  In general he's a bit of a butthead in the mornings, but today, he was grinning.  Which just made me all the more sad to leave him.  Since B is home with him for the week (which he's loving), he brought him to my office to see me on lunch so I got a mid-day Henry fix.  But it's still not the same.  And to all of you stay at home mom's - I get it now.  I really do.




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Monday, April 21, 2014

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A New Mom's Wardrobe


I think I have a "new mom" uniform- and it pretty much always includes a t-shirt stolen from my husband, the only jeans that fit me, and flats.  I usually throw on a statement necklace, like this one, to pretend that I've actually attempted to look put together.  I think I've done a pretty good job of pretending that I'm holding it all together and succeeding in this new world of mine.

Now let's talk about this necklace.  It's from Uncommon Goods, a privately-owned retailer started in 1999, that focuses on unique designs and handcrafted gifts that are created in harmony with the environment and that do not cause harm to animals or people.  The company focuses on artists and designers and half of what they sell is hand-made.  In addition, a large majority of the products are created from recycled materials.


I loved this necklace when I first saw it for the unique shapes and colors.  (See more gifts for women here.)  It isn't something I'd normally wear (we all know that my wardrobe consists of mostly black, white and gray) and that is precisely why I love it.  It adds such a fun touch to my simple, new mom uniform.  Plus, if I can in some way support a company that believes in giving back to non-profits ($1 from every purchase goes to the non-profit of your choice), I feel like that justifies any purchases!  And did I mention that you can participate in design challenges and vote on new products to determine what makes it to the store?  

I like to think of this necklace as an early Mother's Day gift to myself.  This year if you want to give your Mother something special (or hey, if you want to send me a present!) you should definitely check out what Uncommon Goods has to offer.  They're all unique pieces that you won't find anywhere else.  Click here to see what they have to offer your Mom this year.




This post is sponsored in part by Uncommon Goods, however all opinions are my own.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Read, Watch, Pin, Buy / 01

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Moms shouldn't be passing judgement on other Moms since we're all doing the best we can.  So are you one of these 10 Types of Moms That Suck?  By the way, I believe this post was intended to be humorous but if you check out the comments, I think maybe we also need to inject a little humor back in our lives as well. 

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I'll admit, this video had me in tears a little bit.  Though of course I'm going to go ahead and blame it on the sleep deprivation.  How would you like to have the World's Toughest Job?



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We all know that I'm a sucker for black and white, so this dining room is on my wishlist for my dream home.  I love the rug, the chandelier and the clean chairs.  Am I still allowed to wish for white furniture with a child at home?  Hover over image to pin!

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It could be the former cheerleader in me, but I'm totally obsessed with this dress from Asos.  I love the drop waist, I love the slight ruffle, and I love the letter detail.  Are you with me?  Click the image to see more details!





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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Personal Shopper: BlankNYC

Sometimes I stumble on a brand that I I decide I want everything from.  BlankNYC is one of those brands.  I recently ordered my first pair of jeans (04 below) from them (they'll be here tomorrow so I'll report back) and I can't wait.  The flare on them looks perfect and after stocking my closet with skinnies, I'm ready for a nice change.  The next pair on my list is either 01 or 05 below.  Have you ordered anything from the store?  



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Size Satisfaction

I have stretch marks.  One week - ONE WEEK - before I gave birth to Henry I developed stretch marks.  I had made it the entire time without them, and then ONE WEEK before, they popped up just below my belly button.  They aren't super obvious, but of course to me they are.  It's all I see when I look in the mirror these days.  And I know I should be proud of them because my body did something incredible in growing another human being but let's be honest, stretch marks suck.

And then there's the issue of post baby bodies in general.  I'm fairly lucky in that my body has so far bounced back pretty well from pregnancy.  I have 5-10 pounds that I'd still like to lose, but after two months, I know I shouldn't expect too much.  But of course, I do.  I want to be in all of my old clothes, not just some of them.  I want to feel like myself again after 9+ months of not feeling like me.  

But then I was at the gym a couple weeks ago for my first post-pregnancy workout and got to thinking, "when will I be satisfied with my size"?  And I wondered how many other women have questioned that same thing.  We tell ourselves "I just want to lose 10 pounds", and then we do.  And after that we say "Well, just 10 more pounds and I'll be at my 'dream' weight".  And when does it end?  I tell myself that I'd like to get down to the weight I was at my wedding.  I look back at pictures from that time (both the bonus and curse of having a fashion blog- I can look back at pictures from different "sizes" in my life) and I think, "wow, I really looked great then".  (A good example of this is the photo on the left below.)  But I know in the back of my mind, I didn't feel that way at that point.  I was in great shape, healthy and happy, but was there ever a time that I thought "this is it, this is the size I want to be?"  I don't think so.

And I'm curious, how many of you feel this same way?  
Are you satisfied, or are you always looking for more?





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Monday, April 14, 2014

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Lace Repeater



I don't think I've worn this top since once of my very first "bump" pictures.  And the outfit was almost identical to this one except I replaced my skinny jeans with these wider leg jeans.  Looking back at that picture I can't believe how tiny my bump was and at the time I thought it was huge!  And now that my (almost) 11 pound baby is on the outside, it's even more unbelievable.

You guys, this is my last week at home with my little man.  To say I'm sad would be a vast understatement.  Whenever I really think about not being with him all day I start to tear up- and I'm not one for tears.  I'm fairly confident that my first day back I'll just be at my desk dumbfounded, and hearing phantom crying babies.  Luckily B will be staying home with him that week (followed by my mom for a week and then B's mom for a week) and will be bringing him to have lunch with me.  I honestly never knew I'd feel so sad, but I mean he is REALLY cute- have you seen his Instagram pictures and videos??

By the way, do any stores make watches for petite wrists?  Even the ones that you're able to take links out of are still too big for me.  If you know of any, let me know in the comments!


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