Mom Style: A Flattering Wrap Dress + Postpartum Weight-loss


Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors

Blame it on Hormones

When I first launched this blog, earlier this year - I had just given birth to my second daughter Lola, and did NOT think I would be sharing "street style" outfit type post's . . As at that time, and still  - months later , I'm FAR from my goal bod. 

Not only am I heavier than I would like to be, but I am also a completely different shape! Granted, growing and birthing healthy babies is a miracle - and I would gladly do it all over again . . . but, the postpartum struggle is REAL!

Hormones are responsible for much of our physical appearance - and the amount a women's changes; before, during, and after pregnancy - is astonishing . Everything from hair growth, skin clarity/texture, and of course - weight, is affected by these hormones.  

"They" say it takes up to a year to fully recover after giving birth - and I totally agree .  . Yet life moves so quickly, and we have places to go , and things to see . . So finding pieces like this linen wrap dress that make you feel good, in the NOW - are so important!
 

Mother and daughter sitting on steps underneath a large tree in Encinitas California
Mother and daughter sitting on steps underneath a large tree in Encinitas California

Some Math

I tend to gain a lot during pregnancy, and gained between 60-70lbs with both Stella and Lola's pregnancies. I'll let that sink in for a minute . . . . yes, 30lbs shy from a whopping 100lbs! 

Thankfully, I've had uncomplicated pregnancies - with no blood pressure, or glucose issues - and my Dr has never suggested reason to be concerned with the weight gain. I assume the majority of it is water related - because at my final weigh in I was super duper pregnant at 40+ weeks (I've gone over with both girls).

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty . .
Goal weight: 115 (I'm about 5'4)
Pre Pregnancy weight: 120-125
Current Weight(4 months PP) : 136

I'm not mad at 136, It's not horrible considering the only thing implemented so far has been intermittent fasting, which to be honest - I haven't been been 100% consistent with.  . Yet the scale is definetely stuck, and despite exclusively breastfeeding - it doesn't seem like these last 16lbs are going to "melt" away.
 

Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors

Less Talk, More Action

I'm at the point where I know I have to put in that sweat equity, and be proactive in getting my bod back. Right now I'm focusing on merely loosing the weight gained during pregnancy, but I eventually would like to get to my goal weight.

Lately I've been feeling very lightheaded, and off balance - so before I can start a work out routine, I have to take care of this. I've already gone to my naturopath - and had multiple vials of blood drawn, and I'm hoping it is just a vitamin deficiency and nothing sinister. I seriously love naturopathic medicine, and plan to do an entire post dedicated to the exact test's I got done, and why!

So until I figure out the above, I'm just going to be as consistent as I can with intermittent fasting - and to try my best to get out of the house and go for a walk with the girls.  

Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors
Streetstyle of Girl Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress and white converse chuck Taylors and macrame purse

Comfort over everything

I seriously love this dress, and even more so paired with converse. It look's like I put effort into my outfit, when in reality - I just threw it on! I'm sure this dress would look as equally cute with dainty sandals, or heels - but you know I'm all about comfort, and kinda have a thing for my white chucks (see here )

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Girl Sitting On Steps Wearing UO Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress a

Did you lose your pregnancy weight quickly? Did you rush to get back into the gym - or did you give yourself ample time to recuperate? Tell me in the comments!

Mom Style: Spring Wardrobe Refresh with Linen + Embroidered Denim


Girl wearing H&M Embroidered Denim Jacket and UO Structured Brim Felt Panama Hat infant of palm leaves

Spring Has Sprung

Although living in Southern California usually means perpetual sunshine, we have our own version of the four seasons - and this year, has been uncharacteristically chillier than normal. 

So when the sun came out, I took full advantage of the above 60F weather - and donned my favorite denim jacket (that just went on sale!), and some light weight linen. 

Linen LoVe

These linen blended drawstring pants are a must for your spring wardrobe. They can be dressed up for a boozy brunch with heeled sandals, or down for a farmer's market stroll with flats - all the while maintaining an overall effortless look. The top I got a few seasons back from Zara, and is also a linen blend. . Lot's of people steer clear of linen because of the lived in look the natural fibre creates (read: lot's of wrinkles!), but the wrinkled lived in look is in - so embrace it! 

I've included some of my current linen Spring favorites below. Simply click on the item's photo, and it will take you to it's website to purchase. 

Girl standing infant of white wall wearing striped linen top, H&M denim jacket and UO Structured Brim Felt Panama Hat

Trending: Embroidered Denim

I'm a sucker for embroidery! It's so nostalgic - and always seems to come back in style when the weather warm's up. It's such a fun juxtapose to otherwise rugged denim, and the pops of colors within the classically floral embroidered design's - make for endless accessorizing options.

My jacket is currently on sale at H&M, so run - don't walk (or click quickly here! ) 

Embroidery is also a super easy way to update old pieces you already have in your closet. There are lot's of places to purchase cute iron on patches, giving you creative control (which I love!). Yet, if you are short on time, and need instant gratification (also me!) - I've included some affordable embroidered pieces to add to your spring rotation below. . If you are feeling extra fancy, keep scrolling below to see some drool worthy embroidered pieces from (with hefty price tags!). 

Girl standing infant of white wall wearing striped linen top, H&M embroidered denim jacket and UO Structured Brim Felt Panama Hat

Again, this piece was an inexpensive fun purchase from H&M (which is even less expensive, and now on SALE!) - but there are some lust worthy embroidered denim from the likes of Gucci, to Moshino, and other's high end brand's for your viewing pleasure included below (as always, click on the image to be taken to it's product page)

Girl standing infant of white wall wearing striped linen top, embroidered H&M denim jacket and UO Structured Brim Felt Panama Hat

What's Your Spring Style?

Is the weather warming up where you live? What are you the most excited about adding to your Spring wardrobe? Will you be adding any embroidered denim, or linen? Tell me in the comments!

Mom Style: The Diaper Bag - What's in Mine , and Why


Milleniall Mom looking in her Fawn Design Diaper Bag Backpack

Bag lady

 I feel like I've been shlepping stuff around with me, my entire life!
 From the schoolyard knapsacks loaded with back breaking heavy textbooks - to the oversized high-school totes, filled with non uniform clothes, and ALL the make-up I'd pile on throughout the day. . Oh man! I've always had a lot of stuff, that I just couldn't seem to leave home without. 

So naturally, I was always THAT girl who probably had something when you most needed it.
Gum? A Snack? Nail File? Scarf? If you could think it, I could probably dig it out.

Flash forward to now, and I'm still the girl saving the day with my miscellaneous treasure trove. Yet those once friends in need, are now replaced by a forever hungry toddler - and a perpetually drooling infant.

There isn't a a trip out of the house, that doesn't involve me constantly reaching into my bag of tricks, looking for something to keep Stella from having a melt-down, or frantically digging for a clean spare outfit,  post an epic diaper blowout courtesy of Lola.

In those moment's the last thing I want to deal with is unorganized chaos - so I make sure to keep everything in it's place, ready for easy access. It's all about quality over quantity - and having multi functional pieces.

Keep reading below to see exactly what I keep in mine.  

Fawn Design Diaper Bag Backpack in flowers

Not Your Mama's Diaper Bag

I love this bag for many reasons. One, it's a backpack - so I can have my hand's free to tend to the girls. Two, it's faux leather inside & out - meaning the entire surface is wipeable. Three, it's very spacious. Four, it's stylish - and doesnt look like a diaper bag.  

The side pockets are my favorite, because I can access my phone & hand sanitizer, without taking it off my back .

Flat Lay of Fawn Design Diaper Bag with Newborn Essentials

Packing Light

If I'm gong out for a few hours, or running some errands - this is typically what my bag looks like. I also use this diaper bag as my purse. So considering this serves Lola + Stella, and I - we definitely are on the minimalistic end of the spectrum.

Streetstyle fashion of a millenial mama wearing yellow Zara motto jacket, dwell & slumber dress, brixton hat, and fawn design backpack

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Flat lay of newborn diaper bag essentials

My "Never Leave Home Without" Newborn Essentials

The most import thing in my diaper bag, is of course - diapers! Which I try to have a constant healthy stack of.  Also, wipes - which I can never have enough of! Seriously, those 'to-go' wipe container's don't fit nearly as much as I need - so the whole package goes with! The third most important, a spare outfit (or two) ! Blow out's (and spit up) are going to happen - and it will be everywhere! A spare outfit has saved both Lola & Stella from rockin a diaper after soiling their outfit's completely. Also, a light weight blanket can serve many purposes; nursing cover, car seat cover, place to lay baby, or a back-up outfit incase all your other's get ruined. . lol!

Shop these newborn essentials in Amazon below, by clicking on the linkable images

of a millenial mama wearing yellow Zara motto jacket, dwell & slumber dress, brixton hat, and fawn design backpack
Mama & toddler diaper bag essentials

Mama & Toddler Essentials 

Now, I will say toddler's require much less than a newborn. Mainly, I just have to make sure to have a constant supply of snacks and refreshment's on hand for Stella. I really love this bento box I scored from Amazon. It came with another one (pastel pink) - and they are leakproof.  Of course, I always have to have lots of hand sanitizer - because, toddler's love touching germy things. Other miscellaneous item's ; Sip canteen (keeps my tea warm!), hand salve, wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, and an extra t-shirt - because, spit up!

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Flat Lay of Fawn Design Diaper Bag with Diaper Bag Essentials

Are you a minimalist, or a hoarder?

 What is your must have item that you carry in your diaper bag - or purse? Do you always seem to need something you don't have? Or can you not find anything you need - because you have way too much stuff in your bag?

Let's talk in the comments!

Mom Style: Pops of Red, Retro Stripes + My Favorite Mom Jeans (Again!)


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Creature of Habit

Perhaps it's due to having very little time to put much thought into my everyday wardrobe - but once I find a combination that works, It's hard to not veer from it. Hence these Mom jean's, aka my favorite "keep it all in" jean that I've already paired with a chunky knit sweater (here)

I love the fit of these jeans because they are relaxed, making them super versatile. They also have a somewhat cropped fit, with a raw hem - giving them a little bit of pizazz! 

Street Style Photography of Girl in UO Oversized Striped Boyfriend Sweater and Old Navy Perfect Straight Jeans

Oh Hey!

Don't mind me - just channeling my inner Beyonce, and having a windblown hair moment! 

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Street Style Photography of Girl in UO Oversized Striped Boyfriend Sweater and Old Navy Perfect Straight Jeans

Classic Will Always Be Fashionable

I honestly haven't been able to wear heels since having Stella (nearly 3 years ago). It's like the moment I became a Mom, my feet were like "You wear MOM shoes now - sell all those sexy stilettos" . . actually, I was never a fan of stilettos - because even before Motherhood, comfort reign supreme in my overall outfit goals, and anyone who tell's you stilettos are comfy are LYING (I'm looking at you Posh Spice!)

Que these classic white, Chuck Taylors. They go with everything, they look cooler the dirtier and more lived in they become - but can also be cleaned up easily by simply throwing them in the wash. Oh, and not to mention they are under $50, are super comfortable, and flatter everyone. 

Girl in UO Oversized Striped Boyfriend Sweater and Old Navy Perfect Straight Jeans

Saying Goodbye To Chunky Knits

Yesterday was the official first day of Spring, which means chunky knits like this amazing retro inspired boyfriend sweater will most likely go into hibernation until next fall. . which also means that it's now out of season, and now on sale! It's so comfy, and the red and nude color combo speaks to my inner 70's soul. 

What's your favorite outfit combo? Do you tend to wear the same thing on repeat, or do you switch it up constantly? Let me know in the comments below!