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 )

As with all my post's, you can click on the underlined words (see above) - which will link you to that product's page. Also, you can shop the images below - to which I will make a small commission.

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: 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!