Fashionable Nursing & Maternity | Belly Dance Maternity

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I think I had a pretty fashionable pregnancy with Edith and I totally regret not keeping my cute maternity clothes for the second time around. However when it came to postpartum/nursing wear I was a hot mess. I lived in old t-shirts, nursing tanks and maternity jeans for months and months and by the time I was mentally ready to buy new clothes I was pregnant again.

This time around I am not waiting 15 months to buy clothes that I feel good wearing. While I am still struggling with embracing my new postpartum body I am working on it. Luckily I have a few great pieces of postpartum clothing including the beautiful NOM nursing top that you may have seen in my Nursing Wear YouTube video.

First I want to thank Belly Dance Maternity for sending me this beautiful top to share with you.  I am absolutely loving it.  I love black and white strips and this top has a bonus feature it is nursing friendly. You just unbutton the snaps on top and lift up to easily nurse. I don’t have any other nursing tops like this and let me tell you I plan on buying a few more. It’s so much easier than wearing a nursing tank under my shirts and having to lift it up every time I need to nurse. Plus you’d never really know it’s a nursing top from looking at it. It is also a fantastic maternity top and the ruching is great for an expanding belly or in my case a postpartum belly.

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NOM nursing top

Belly Dance Maternity features fashionable gear for your entire pregnancy and postpartum. I am loving their new Fall clothes and am making a list of items I want to buy. I am seriously lusting after MICHAEL STARS POSEY SURPLICE MATERNITY TOP (also great for nursing),  SERAPHINE BLACK JOLENE KNOT DRESS (because cute nursing friendly dresses are hard to find and the holiday season is upon us so of course I need a dress for parties and events) and seriously how cute is this LOYAL HANA CROSSHATCH CARRIE POCKET SHIRT.  If anyone is looking to get me a late birthday gift …..hint hint.

What are your favorite nursing/maternity styles? How do you stay stylish while pregnant or nursing or being a mom in general? 

SAHM & The Importance of Getting Dressed

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I have been a SAHM for over a year now and 90% of the time that means you’ll find me in running gear or yoga pants and no I am usually not doing either at the time. I mean I live in stretch pants and nursing tanks. But after reading on a friend’s facebook wall that her daughters thought that she was dressed up because she had jeans, a nice top and jewelry something clicked. I don’t want E to think that jeans and a t-shirt are dressing up (although most days that is the case for me). I want her to feel a sense of pride in how she looks because honestly we all know what when you think you look good you generally feel more confident, productive and ready to take on the world.

Now I’m not saying that you necessarily look bad because you are wearing yoga pants but honestly yoga pants and a t-shirt are just dressy pajamas unless you are going to yoga class.That being said it’s time to make a change. Do you remember the days when people actually wore dress clothes to work? When you could go out in public and not see people in their pajamas and i’m not talking about the yoga pants pajama look but the full on sponge bob pajama pants look. I honestly watch shows like mad men and wish that times hadn’t changed so much where it is now socially acceptable to wear pajamas out in public or shorts that are so short your pockets show (okay maybe I’m just getting old but seriously that’s considered fashionable?)

I’m not saying i have a desire to go back to the days when men wore suits everyday and women were always 100% put together from head to toe but rather I think that it’s important to put an outfit together. To wake up in the morning and be dressed shortly after. No more lounging around all day long in yoga pants. Get up put a cute outfit on – even if it’s just jeans and t-shirt. I find that just doing that makes me more productive, active and focused.

This post not only applies to the SAHM but also anyone who works from home. Just try it out for a week. See how you feel. Do you feel better? More productive? More motivated? Happier? Come and report back. Tell me if I’m being crazy but I bet most of you will find some improvement to your week.

That all being said I’m not a fashion blogger or claim to be super fashionable, although I do remember there was a time I felt that way, but I do think fashion and dressing well has it’s place. I am planning to do some SAHM fashion posts mostly to keep myself motivated but also to share some of my ideas with you.

Shop Edith’s Closet!

This week has be absolutely crazy! We have been so busy with our new meetup.com group, catching up with friends, Neil’s bike accident (he’s okay just a fractured thumb) and on top of it all we started an instagram shop! This is just as little spot for us to sell some of Edith’s gently used items as well as a place to share some treasures that we find along the way. Please feel free to check it out!

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Summer Sneakers & Sandals for Mom

I have a little shoe shopping fever so of course I had to do a little online window shopping.  I am in the market for a pair of summer sneakers and sandals, however not just any pair.  I need a pair (of each) that can take the rain while chasing a very mobile baby around and also they have to be comfortable. Oh and they must be cute. Here is what I have found:

Summer Shoes for Mom

What shoes are you lusting after? (leave a link in the comments!)

Mom Friendly Swimsuits

Summer is right around the corner and that means we soon will be packing up the kiddos and taking them to the pool, fountains and beaches to cool off.  It also means that it’s time for us mom’s to slip into a new bathing suit.  I give major props to the moms who can pull off a string bikini but that surely isn’t happening over here so here are a few of my favorite mom friendly swimsuits.

Mom Friendly Suits

Nursing Friendly Dresses

Lately I have been trying to update my wardrobe a bit with some clothes that actually fit and don’t say maternity on the label.  I have been doing okay with tops and pants but skirts and dresses are my issue.  Dresses are especially difficult because I find so many that I really like but the majority of them are not nursing friendly. I am now on the prowl for some nursing friendly dresses that either unbutton on the front or are a wrap style that make nursing easy. Here are a few of my favorites that I have come across so far.

Nursing Friendly Dresses

What are your tips for finding cute nursing friendly tops and dresses?