Wednesday, March 4, 2015

outfit post: striped shirt, skinny jeans, black flats

Inspiration - Kate Middleton

I am definitely struggling with getting dressed everyday. I am 30 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight and carrying most of that in my thighs & middle section. I am trying to learn to dress a very different body shape then I had 9 months ago. I've picked up a few more things from Target to try to feel somewhat cute at this size while not breaking the bank on clothes I will only (hopefully) wear for a few months.

I bought this this particular striped shirt from Target because it has a heavier weight fabric which has enough structure so that it doesn't cling to the chub around my mid-section. And then because my full panel maternity jeans were getting a little ridiculous to still be wearing and not staying up right - I bought a pair of super stretchy skinny jeans to take their place. It was hard to buy a pair three sizes bigger then my 'normal' size but better then continuing to feel terrible about what I have on. (Also got them in bootcut.) And because what's a trip to Target without some unplanned purchases I got this fun necklace in both teal & yellow. (Yay for jewelry always fitting regardless of what the scale says!) :)

Since I'm six week post-partum today I am going to make two goals for myself for the next six weeks of my maternity leave:
  1. Start eating healthier & walking lots - since I'm officially cleared for exercise I am going to start being much better about watching what I'm eating (sniff... good-bye Taco Bell) and taking long walks with the baby (she loves them and naps most of the time). I will do a weigh-in Wednesday and give you guys a +/- pounds progress report because I hear accountability keeps you motivated! Check back next Wednesday  for my first check-in. :)
  2. Post at least 3x a week. I still have some body double posts saved up so between that and mixing and matching the few items I do fit into currently -  I should be able to cobble together enough time & thought to post a few times a week!
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44 comments:

  1. I've followed your blog on and off for quite a while now and I liked seeing your pregnancy progression :-) I have a little guy who will be 7 months tomorrow and while I'm at my pre-pregnancy weight (I was a bit below it a few weeks ago but we won't talk about that, lol) I'm not the same shape. Along with things not fitting quite like they used to I struggle to kind of remember what the heck I used to dress like. I struggled a LOT with my style in the first few weeks post partum and with each changing season now. I was just thinking today, what the heck will I wear this spring/summer as that's when I got my bump last year and in the summer I was huge and just wore maxi skirts and dresses. It's a really weird thing to have to find my style again after having it for so long.I also have to try to not wear things that will annoy me with the baby. He's quite inquisitive so jewelry and accessories are tough since he'll eat them, lol! Or spit up (which with starting solid foods is super colorful) on or drool on. I've recently bough a few teething necklaces since I missed my necklaces and they are awesome! Fashionable and functional. He can gnaw his little heart out and it keeps him occupied! Anyway, I'm long winded. But, I wanted to say you aren't alone! It's still a bit of a struggle here and there 7 months later to figure out my style and what to wear! Good luck on the eating….I've got the exercise down but I STILL want to eat like I'm pregnant which is not doing me any favors ;-)

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience! Glad to know I'm not the only one having all these struggles! :) Congrats on your little one!

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  2. I'm looking for a striped shirt like yours! I've been checking other stores but never occurred to me to check target *facepalm* Thanks for the heads up!
    G Salazar

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  3. It will get better - I promise! :) Sundresses and other knit dresses were my best friends after pregnancy. I eventually got back to my pre-pregnancy weight...and then got pregnant again. :) :) :) You still look super cute though.

    -Jessica
    www.wearitforless.com

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  4. You look great in this! That top is a really nice choice for you!

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  5. I love that necklace, I might have to go look for one at my Target!

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    1. I loved it so much I bought it in yellow too! :)

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  6. Hang in there! I gained 70lbs with my first pregnancy but I did eventually lose it all.
    I've been following your posts for while and especially enjoy you one suitcase posts.

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  7. I remember this feeling well! I gained 50+ lbs. with my first pregnancy and I lost 20-30 right away, but the rest didn't come off until I stopped breastfeeding. After I stopped the rest just came off! I definitely didn't fit the whole breastfeeding burns tons of calories scenario.

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    1. Thanks. Great to hear about what other people went through! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Hang in there new mama! Been a reader for awhile but I think this is my first comment. I love your blog and your style. It's nice to see outfits that I really would wear to my office (as opposed to other style blogs...). Walks are so great for new babies. I took both my sons out for walks nearly every day when I was on my maternity leaves. Something about the fresh air and being outdoors makes everything seem better, especially when you are about to go crazy inside.

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    1. Thank so much! I definitely agree that walks help so much when you're getting cabin fever with the baby! Glad you enjoy the blog! :)

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  9. So happy to hear you're doing well. I just wanted to say that no matter your size on the label, you've got great style and that's all that matters to me as a reader! :)

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  10. You seriously look amazing! Getting used to a post baby body is something of a challenge. My little lady is almost 6 months and though I'm at around my pre pregnancy weight, the shape is different and my old clothes still fit different. Time helps, but so does attitude. I keep working on it. but I also love on my little one and try to remember that it was so worth it;)

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    1. Thanks so much. Congrats on our little one! :)

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  11. That transition period was hard! Totally didn't want to spend a ton on clothes and was determined to get back into my pre pregnancy clothes!! Can't go wrong with target and old navy to get you though. They always have cute stuff that downs cost an arm and a leg.

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    1. Yeah - trying to make this transition period as inexpensive as possible! :)

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  12. For what it's worth, it's really great to see how to dress when your body is changing - few style blogs really represent this, but it's something we all have to deal with at one time or another.

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    1. That's awesome to hear! 'Cuz I don't have a choice... lol :)

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  13. kisses to baby Skylar and please dont stress out about the weight! you just pushed another human being out of you, I tipped off my hat!

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  14. really nice post.
    can't wait for your next post.

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  15. Just to say you look fantastic, honestly, please don't be hard on yourself. I fully relate to the post-partum body confusion but you truly look great and you'll soon be back in your old body anyway. You are right that other blogs don't show the reality of those first few months. Also this is my fave blog and I'll keep checking in, whether you post 3 times a week or once a month. I'm not going anywhere. X amanda

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    1. Thanks so much! So happy to hear you enjoy the blog! :)

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  16. I know you probably don't see it but you really look great!! I'm 6 months pregnant with my first and really struggling with body image. I've been following your blog for a while and I love how "real" you are and to me that includes the honest truth that it takes some time to get your body back. So thank you for being an encouragement even when you don't realize it!

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    1. Thanks - it's great to hear that sharing what I'm going through resonates with somebody! Congrats on your little one! I didn't love being pregnant but I love the end result! :)

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  17. It takes 40 weeks to make a baby, be easy on yourself, walk, eat properly, sleep, look after baby, not necessarily in that order...:)

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  18. You look fabulous! I really enjoy your blog and love how you have allowed it to evolve as your own body and needs change. Enjoy this time with your baby and take it slowly. Most women need time to take that baby weight off. You will get there! If you haven't seen the interview with Jennifer Garner regarding her "baby bump" I highly suggest it.

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    1. Thanks! I'll check out the JG interview!

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  19. I'm 3 months post partum with my third and it is hard but give yourself grace! You didn't change shape and grow a human being over night! Make sure you are eating quality food and drinking lots, you'll get in your old clothes soon!

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  20. I've been following your blog for ages, but this is my first comment. I just wanted to say that I've been through the same thing, and I appreciate your honesty. My body didn't "bounce" back after my second kid, the way I had expected, and it took some time to come to grips with it. Please don't be hard on yourself, especially at this time. Motherhood can be a difficult adjustment (especially the first time) and it's not worth the extra stress to worry about what you "should" look like. I know that having a style blog adds an extra layer of complication, but I think most of your readers understand, and like I said - we appreciate the honesty. Keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate the supportive comments! Congrats on your little ones too! :)

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  21. I have been following your blog for about a year and a half but have never commented. I just started my own blogging and I am trying to comment more as I now realize how much the comments can mean to someone. I love, love, love your blog! It is my favorite fashion blog! I only wish I knew about it when I was working outside of the home! Congrats on the baby! I saw the picture you first posted; she is beautiful and you look great!!! I felt very much the same after my first was born. I was not liking the weight or the slowness at which it came off. I also did not want to spend money on clothing when I had a closet full in addition to all the maternity clothes I had bought nor did I have a lot of time for shopping with a newborn. I remember shopping with my mother-in-law for a outfit to wear to my son's baptismal outfit and arguing with her over a size 8 skirt. She bought it and I refused to wear it. A year or two later she put it in our garage sale, but did not sale it (it was from Harold's and the price was too high for garage sales) so I took it and wore it for a long time. I did nurse and that helped with weight loss. I am not good at dieting or exercising unless it is walking and bike riding with the kids. I now have 3 kids and I tease them that I have a little bit of all of them left with me. I eventually got back into some of my clothes, but my body has changed and some things did not fit the same and I got pregnant again. I am pretty close to the size I was pre-pregnancy but I definitely look at and shop for clothes differently. I wear more polyesters and heavier cottons like you have on above (I am almost 10 years older too). It was too long ago now that I had to return to work after having my first one. I am not sure what I did and to have a fashion...I feel for you. With my other two I was a stay at home mom and I wore my maternity clothes for a long time as well as yoga pants and my husbands t-shirts. It has only been in the last year or soon that I have been working on my wardrobe thanks to the inspiration from your blog and others. Just remember that all mothers go through this and very few women drop the weight instantly. It is wonderful that you are showing that reality!!! You have great outfit posts often with very classic and traditional pieces. I see you stuff pinned a lot on Pinterest. If you run out of stuff to post, you could always post some of your most pinned outfits with updates on wear to purchase similar pieces. I am going to be doing a post on my favorite fashion bloggers and your name is going to be on the top of the list. Thanks for keeping it real and you look great!

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    1. Thanks so much for the great comment! Good luck on your blog & fashion adventures! :)

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  22. I'm on call to cuddle with Skylar anytime you want to write a post!! :))

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