Fashion Archive

9 Essentials For The Postpartum Mom

 

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Eleanor is just about three months old, so I thought it was about time I get this post up on the blog and share some of the items that helped during my recovery the first few weeks home.  I know, some of you are thinking none of these items look like necessities, and you are right, they aren’t really, but any new mom can back me up on this when you feel “put together” it makes your day go so much smoother, especially when you are trying to settle in to a new normal.

If you have been following along with me on the blog or on Instagram, you know I am giving breastfeeding a go  this time around.  I was sent this tank top from Bun Maternity along with another sweatshirt and they are both two of my favorite nursing pieces.  I actually packed the sweatshirt in my hospital bag, and have warn the tank top both around the house and out.  I like their products because you really cannot tell they are actual “nursing” items, which is a huge plus for me.

After I got home from the hospital I made a real effort to make sure I got showered “dressed” each day, even if that only meant changing into a pair of comfortable sweats and an oversized cardigan.  It also helped me feel like I was ready for visitors, which I very much embraced in the first few weeks and days after brining Eleanor home.

Once I felt comfortable enough to venture out of the house I was constantly looking for items in my closet that were nursing friendly.  Button front dresses were, and still are, my go to pick.   With the weather getting a bit colder wear these dresses with high boots or booties and layer it with a light jacket or cardigan.

Finally, my two secret weapons, if you will, were a good pair of high waisted jeans, and a baseball cap.  They sound simple enough but seriously, when I didn’t have time to wash my hair, and wanted to hide the post baby belly these were just what I needed.

Now that I am three months post baby I feel like I am starting to feel like my old “new” self again, but let me tell you those first few weeks were literally chaos, so anything that helped me feel more human, even just a little, I was all for it.  Now excuse me, while I go cry a little and snuggle up with Eleanor, because I cannot believe I have a three month old already!

xo Ali

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Fall Mornings


Fleece Sweater c/o Dudley Stephens || Jeans || Bag || Sneakers || Sunglasses ||Stroller

Happy October everyone! It finally feels like fall around here and that has me doing a little happy dance.  It was so gorgeous this weekend that we spent as much time as we could outside, going to the park,  putting new flowers around the house for fall (give me all the mums please!), and taking a few family walks around the neighborhood.  All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better, more relaxing way to spend the weekend.

And, because it is the first Monday of the month it means another addition of #MommyMonday and today we are talking about Dudley Stephens.  If you haven’t heard of them before you need to hop on over to their website.  This fleece that I am wearing is pretty much the perfect turtleneck for the changing weather.  The cut is just right and the quality is amazing.  When the package arrived at my house my mom happened to be over and I didn’t have the box open 30 seconds before she was trying it on.  Needless to say, I think I need to get her one of her own now!

I can totally see myself layering this with a vest as the temperatures dip a bit lower at night.  It will even be great as we head into the spring and early summer.  Along with my pullover, I am also loving this vest for the fall.

Don’t forget to head over to see how my other favorite stylish mammas have styled their Dudley Stephens pieces.

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

Also, check back on our Instagram accounts tonight at 7pm EST for a fun little giveaway!

xo Ali

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Making A Statement

Earrings: c/o Brynn Hudson || Jeans Jacket || Jumpsuit (old similar here) || Shoes || Bracelets || Necklace

Happy (Mommy) Monday everyone! I don’t know about you, but these few weeks before the chaos of the holidays start to set in are my absolute favorite. It’s like the calm before the storm if you will.  I also love the weather in September and early October, it is cool enough to throw on a jacket, but still warm enough that you don’t have to bundle up.

I also love that this season we are seeing tons of statement jewelry pieces and while I have always loved large statement necklaces (with the right outfit of course),  I have always been a little leery when it comes to oversized earrings. However, lately, I have found myself eyeing tons of oversized earrings including this fun style from Brynn Hudson.  There is something about adding a statement pieces of jewelry to your outfit that  just makes you want to go out to a fancy dinner or a party with friends.  The piece can instantly elevate even the most causal t-shirt and jeans to the next level.

If you haven’t heard of Brynn Hudson before, you should definitely head over to their website to see the full collection of not only earrings, but necklaces and bracelets too.  And, as always don’t forget to head over to see how my other favorite and fashionable mamma bloggers styled their pieces.

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

 Oh, and you might notice one name is missing from the usual MommyMonday list, that’s because Katie had her beautiful baby girl a week ago.  If you want to see incredibility cute baby photos (as well as some of the most incredible DIY before and after’s) head over to her Instagram and blog!  Enjoy the week!

(Thank you to Brynn Hudson for the beautiful earrings!  All thoughts and opinions on this post are my own.)

xo Ali
The Perfect Pants for A Post Baby Body

Pants: c/o VFish || Tank Top || Wedges || Sunglasses

Eleanor is exactly three weeks old today so I thought it was about time I get back (or trying to get back ) to a somewhat regular posting schedule, but in all honesty we are still trying to figure out this whole two kids thing so I’m going to do the best I can.   So stay tuned for some new content in the next few weeks, including our maternity photos, a review of some new mom must haves, a post on things that have helped make the past few weeks easier with an infant and toddler and of course some new fashion posts.

Anyway, I thought I would celebrate my return to the blog with my favorite moms in a new installment of our #MommyMonday series and this time we have teamed up with VFish to style some of our favorite pieces from their online boutique.

Since I am only three weeks post partum it’s pretty safe to say my body is not “back to normal”, whatever that means, but I am definitely embracing all this post baby body has to offer.  Lately I like items that are less body hugging and more light and flowy.  These printed pants are every new moms dream, with an elastic waist that sits a little higher up on your hips, they were the perfect choice.  While the weather has been a bit dreary here the past few weeks, next time I am by the pool I can totally see myself wearing this with my favorite one piece swim suit for a day chasing the kids around and then transitioning them to dinner with family or friends.  If you haven’t checked out the Fish site you definitely should, they have a ton of items in a bunch of different patterns that are perfect for the end of summer into the fall.

Don’t forget to head over to check out how my other favorite mom bloggers styled their Fish pieces.  you can check out all of their posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

And, since we love all our readers so much the five of us have teamed up with VFish to give one lucky reader a chance win a dress of their choice from the VFish site.  All you have to do is click the link below and enter via Rafflecopter and we will pick a winner on Friday, good luck!

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xo Ali

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My Favorite Activewear and Loungewear Picks From The Nordstrom Sale (Now Open To the Public!)

Happy Friday and what a week it has been!  Baby girl decided she wanted to make her grand entrance 10 days early and Eleanor Sutton was born Monday morning  in a very exciting whirlwind of events.  I promise I will update you all on that in a much more detailed blog post in the coming weeks, but in the meantime if you have any questions feel free to email or message me I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Now, lets get down to business!  It is the official start of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it is open to EVERYONE as of this morning.  If you follow along on my Instagram account  you may have seen a few products I picked up along the way, and you can read all about what I purcahsed during the early access part of the sale here.  I’ve been back on the site quite a few times today and it seems everything I have my eye on is either something I can wear while snuggling up at home or a cute sports bra or workout top that is seriously motivating me to want to get out and work on my post baby body.  Also, lets be honest, as a young mom of two kiddos these two categories of clothes are what I wear 99% of the time.

So, lets start with activewear. I already purcahsed these leggings and the high waist as been my best friend since returning home from the hospital.  I also have my eye on these and need to act fast because they are almost sold on in the green color (but don’t worry things tend to get restocked!).  Here is the rest of what is on my list:

Moving on to loungewear, I’m obsessing over all the cozy matching sets as well as oversized sweaters that have me counting down the days until chillier weather (well, not really…but you know…).  So far, this hooded open front cardigan is a sale favorite.  It is so soft and Eleanor nuzzles up against it all the time.  It makes me heart melt!  I’ve also had my eye on these favorites and I’m anxiously awaiting for a few to come back in stock in my size:
If you plan on shopping the sale I highly recommend doing it sooner rather than later.  Things sell out fast, in fact, a lot of things are sold out already.  The good news is that they are always restocking items and you might even notice a few new items added over the next few days.  If you want to see all my Nordstrom sale favorites head over to my “shop the boutique” page and happy Friday!
xo Ali
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Starts Today!

I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely like it’s Christmas in July over here because today is the first day of early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you are a Nordstrom credit or debit card holder (or have a friend, mom, dad, aunt, distant cousin that has one!)  you get to preview and purchase all of the items from their sale before it’s open to the public on July 21st.

Before you shop: It might sound silly but this sale can get a bit overwhelming so it’s always good to have a plan before starting to shop.  For me, I first like to take inventory in my closet and say what do I  “need” or are their items I have been on the hunt for? Next, I really like to keep the items i purchase under $100.  I do make an exception for the perfect pair of jeans and handbags, but when it comes to shoes, dresses and tops there are so many awesome options at that price point.  This year I will also be looking for items that will work on my post baby body as the end of summer approaches and we head into the fall. So for you it might be that you are starting a new job, or you have a specific event coming up like a wedding, or bridal shower.

Over the next weeks I’ll be sharing more of my favorites from this sale but for now here are some of my top choices in clothing, shoes, and accessories. Time to shop!

Dresses

 

Tops 

 

Jeans 

 

Maybe it’s because I haven’t worn jeans in so long, but when I saw this pair I knew they were a must have.  I love the distressed look with the cropped bottom.

Shoes

 

Remember when I talked about items I have been looking for, for a while?  These boots are a total splurge BUT I have been eyeing a pair similar and now that these are on sale I might have to pull the trigger and make the purchase

Kids/Baby 

With a new baby arriving shortly I can’t help but pick up a few cute things for her and her big sister.  These bows are amazing and so soft for a new baby.  A girl can never have too many bows right?

Home

I have been working on filling in a few corners of our house with odds and ends that will make it feel complete.  Sometimes people forget that Nordstrom has a great home decor department especially when it comes to cute decorative objects.  I also find it a good time to stock up on fun housewarming or host/hostess gifts.

 You can also head over to my “Shop The Boutique” page to see all my favorites in one spot.  I’ll be updating it regularly as items sell out.  And remember, early access is from July 13- July 20, then it opens to the general public on July 21-August 6.  Happy shopping everyone!

xo Ali
Dressed For The 4th With Mill Street Boutique

Dress: c/o Mill Street Boutique || Shoes: Steve Madden || Sunglasses :Karen Walker || Bag: Old (similar here + here both on sale!)

At 37 weeks pregnant I’m not going to lie, getting dressed in the morning has been a bit of a challenge and lately I just want to wear my husbands t-shirts and my stretchy pants.  But, when I was packing my bags for our long weekend trip to the Hamptons for the July 4th holiday I knew I needed to change things up a bit and i decided to trade in my stretchy pants for all the loose fitting, flowy dresses, which if I’m being honest are even more comfortable!

  I love finding dresses that are non maternity that I can wear over my bump and this maxi dress from Mill Street Boutique was calling my name when I saw it online a few weeks ago.  I’ve had a few questions from ladies on how I go about looking for non maternity- maternity clothes and one of the first things I look for is a loose fitting silhouette.  Then, I look to see what the fabric is like, if it’s thicker or seems to be a little stiffer it probably won’t work as well as something light stretchy.  Well, this silky white dress is just perfect since it gathers around the neck and has no real waist.  While I paired it with my favorite gold sandals, I could also  see myself wearing this to a summer party with wedges or heels.

If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to Mill Street Boutique to see their fun selection of clothes and accessories for the summer.  They are also running a 20% off sale through the holiday with code FOURTH at checkout.  And, be sure to check out how my other fashionable mom bloggers styled their Mill Street Boutique pieces over the holiday weekend!

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday tomorrow!

 

xo Ali

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Blush, Blue + A Pregnancy Update

Maxi Dress (non maternity!) || Hat || Sandals || Jean Jacket (old, similar here)

Here on Long Island the weather has abruptly made the change from somewhat warm to hot, humid and sticky… ugh.  While I am so ready for summer I was not prepared for the toll the warm weather would take on my body while pregnant.  I feel like no matter how much water I drink I am swollen and sweating all the time and all I want to do is sit on the couch in the air conditioning.  But, with some work to finish up before baby girl arrives, and toddler that only sits for about five minutes at a time, we are trying everything we can to stay active and cool at the same time. I really don’t remember feeling this sluggish when I was pregnant with Addison.  I also don’t remember being this big, though I am sure I was! The hardest part of this point in my pregnancy is trying to explain to a toddler that I can’t pick her up.  Instead, we are doing a lot of extra hugs, kisses and hand holding, but I know sometimes she just wants to be in mommy’s arms.

 If I were allowed to go to my 40 week due date I’d have just under six weeks lift, but since I have to be induced I most likely have anywhere from three to five weeks left, and something tells me it’s going to be on the shorter end of that timeline.  I am also saying a little prayer each day that this baby comes on her own so I don’t have to go through the induction process again, but in the end whatever I have to do I will.   When I went in for my last weekly appointment baby C was measuring in the 87th percentile and is already over 6lbs!  While it’s pretty cool to get to track her progress week by week I always get a bit of anxiety when I go in to the doctor’s office.  With Addison, I was sent back and forth to the hospital more than a few times for extra monitoring so I never know if that is going to be the case this time around.  I have  also reached  full on nesting mode and have sterilized all the baby bottles and pump parts, picked up a few new tiny outfits for baby girl and done a bunch baby laundry, as well as packed our hospital bags.

Finally, I am trying to  finish up a few projects around the house including our outdoor deck (I can’t wait to share it!), the nursery, and our master bedroom.  I am really hoping I have these things done before baby arrives so I can enjoy our new life as a family of four without distractions.

Oh, and as for this dress I am wearing it is a non maternity style and around $60.  It’s lined and a great option whether you are pregnant or not.  I am not usually a pink person but I just love the color and paired with a jean jacket it made the perfect outfit for dinner out with the family last week.  If you have any questions about sizing feel free to ask!

xo Ali

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The Perfect Carryall

Bag: c/o Birdling Bags || Top: PinkBlush (similar option here) || Cutoff Shorts: H&M || Shoes: Soludos (old, similar option here)

Addi’s Outfit: Jacket: Gap || Top: Genuine Kids || Shoes: Gap

Happy Monday everyone! I’m sorry the past week or so has been a bit silent around here, but I have to say the end of this pregnancy is really kicking my butt!  I honestly don’t remember being this uncomfortable with Addison, but luckily I have only a few more weeks to go (six at the very most…happy dance!) until we meet our new baby girl.

Anyway, we’ve been trying to pass our time by spending as much time outside as possible.  The weather has been a bit unpredictable with all the rain we have been getting, but when we see a break in the clouds Addi and I have been taking full advantage of the close proximity to our town, which means restaurants, coffee shops and frozen yogurt…yum. Lately my little girl has had a mind of her own which means she wants to walk everywhere herself without her stroller, this also means I feel like I need to pack a larger bag than usual, mostly because I can’t throw things like sippy cups, water bottles, sunglasses and jackets in the bottom of her stroller.  At first I was carrying my bag and a smaller backpack for Addi, but I soon realized that left no free hands for anything else.  So, I decided to consolidate it all into this one larger “Day Tripper Bag” by Birdling Bags and it has been the perfect catch all bag for our afternoon outings.  The large inside and canvas exterior will also make it an ideal bag to pack for a picnic or a beach bag for later this summer with more than enough room for towels, sunscreen and beach toys.  It also comes in a smaller version and they have weekender bag that would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift.

Don’t forget, since today is #MommyMonday  head over to see how my other favorite and fashionable mammas are using their Birdling bags.  You can find there posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great week, with lots of outdoor time and of course frozen yogurt 😉

xo Ali

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Wednesday Wish List: Post Pregnancy Additions

ONE || TWO || THREE || FOUR || FIVE || SIX || SEVEN || EIGHT || NINE

With the holiday weekend coming up it’s hard to believe summer is fast approaching.  For our little family that also means only a few more weeks until our newest addition arrives and our worlds are changed for the better.  Officially, I have just over two months left, but since I am already being induced early, and baby girl is measuring between two and three weeks ahead, it’s looking like I have somewhere between six and seven weeks left to go, but if this baby girl is anything like her sister she will probably take her sweet ol’ time no matter what my doctor and I decide.

 As far as I’m concerned I have hit the stage in my pregnancy where the bump is just getting out of control and some days I feel like I just want to wear an oversized shirt and my husbands sweatpants and call it a day.  So, while finding outfits for right now is not so fun, looking for some new summer additions to my wardrobe for post baby has been one of my go to ways to pass the time (my life is so exciting…i know).  From what I remember with Addison, post pregnancy I just wanted to be in all the lose fitting,  outfits I could find.  So dresses like this have been high on my wish list.  I have also had my eye on this striped number and a few days ago I preordered it and can’t wait to try it on post baby.   Since my family also spends a lot of time at our beach house in the summer not wearing a bathing suit is probably not an option, so a cute colorful one piece is a must.  What items are on your summer wish list?  Leave your recommendations below I can’t wait to check them out!

xo Ali

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