Mom Shoes

Blissful pink purse - 09 DSC_0795-(ZF-0752-24041-1-006)DSC_0719-(ZF-6193-92140-1-003) - Version 2[Yes, I'm a tad obsessed with leopard] Blissful Happenings  2 - 08 DSC_0741-(ZF-6193-92140-1-011) Blissful Happenings  2 - 05[booties. get a pair. or 3] DSC_0867-(ZF-4886-48187-1-019)[loafers with flare]DSC_1290-(ZF-7445-37833-1-040) - Version 2[fun take on the classic oxford] | Photos via Kelsey Erin

[Make BH a drinking game. Drink every time you read the word comfy. You're welcome.]

I have lost all patience with uncomfortable shoes… This happened long before pregnancy and baby. I mean, after moving to Cali I pretty much shelved all of my heels. I don't know. I just think life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes. It is totally possible to be fashionable and chic and wear a comfy pair of shoes. While trainers are back in style these days, I'm currently debating between this pair, this pair, or this pair, running shoes are not your only option for comfy shoes. I love the return of these cool Van-like shoes and in leopard!?! Stop it. They are so comfy and look so hip. I have a few pairs, but I'm also lusting after more. Booties are also a serious win in my book. They look so cool and dude, you'll never guess, they are so damn comfy. I also have quite the collection of oxfords and loafers. They are making the shapes and colors so cool and feminine these days! If you are looking for something a little more girlie a chic pair of d'orsay flats may be exactly what you need! I've been lusting after this pair for ages, I think it might be time to make the leap. They are so chic and definitely have a little more panache than a pair of ballet flats.

Happy Shopping and Stay Comfy, my friends.

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Leather Leggings 3 Ways

DSC_0772-(ZF-6193-92140-1-027)DSC_0769-(ZF-6193-92140-1-026) DSC_0773-(ZF-6193-92140-1-028)DSC_0783-(ZF-6193-92140-1-033) DSC_0781-(ZF-6193-92140-1-032) DSC_0786-(ZF-6193-92140-1-035)DSC_0777-(ZF-6193-92140-1-030) DSC_0779-(ZF-6193-92140-1-031)Photos via Kelsey Erin | Worn in all 3 looks [tee] Heather by Bordeaux, similar here [leggings] Plush [sneakers] DV by Dolce Vita, similar here <only 25 bucks! [cardigan] target < on sale for 12 dollars!! [booties] Sam Edelman <comfiest booties I own! [poncho] Toms for Target [oxfords] Cole Haan [Fair Isle Sweater] JCrew, similar here <on cray sale!!

So this was meant to be posted yesterday, but the little Mister decided to have lotsa gas or a growth spurt or who the heck knows… So I sit here on my birthday tippity-typing away. I'm so tired and feeling crazy, well, old. So this post is kinda perfect for my mood. I feel like in my early 20's I would've never even thought to rock leather pants, but as a woman of advanced age I think they are the absolute perfect throw on and go piece. Easy Peasy. These faux leather materials are so comfortable and can easily go from chasing around a toddler to date night! They are no different than the plain jane leggings you already rock, they are just more of a statement! And what a killer statement indeed! The key is keeping your look super simple. Don't overwhelm yourself with accessories and trying to look like a bad ass. Wear them exactly how you would skinny jeans or leggings. They pair amazingly well with tunics, long billowy tees, comfy sweaters, etc. I think the key ingredient to making these leggings work is confidence. Seriously. I know it can be hard, especially after having a baby, so much is going on in your head and your body… trust me I get it, but sometimes you have to fake it until you make it! Even on the days where you can barely throw your hair up into a messy ponytail, see above^^ photos as proof, you can still feel good and cool and confident in your clothes! Did this post make any sense!? It's unclear... Time for a birthday nap.

If you are in the market for some faux-leather leggings I honestly think that these Plush are the best way to go, but here are a few others for your viewing pleasure.

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Hat Hair

DSC_0749-(ZF-6193-92140-1-017) DSC_0750-(ZF-6193-92140-1-018) DSC_0743-(ZF-6193-92140-1-013) DSC_0742-(ZF-6193-92140-1-012) DSC_0748-(ZF-6193-92140-1-016) DSC_0744-(ZF-6193-92140-1-014)Photos via Kelsey Erin | [dress] GAP on sale! [booties] Sam Edelman [hat] Forever21

I love this dress because it's super loose and the button top makes for easy access to the girls, gotta love easy access. I wear my favorite Felicity nursing tank underneath!!! I think shirt-dresses are the perfect post-baby one stop shop, they are comfortable and loose, but not unflattering. And bonus: You instantly look like you tried. This would also be great paired with opaque black tights with simple black booties. Booties are chic and fabulous while also being super easy to wear. So throw on a pair with just about any outfit and you'll look instantly pulled together. Then there's the hat. I am lucky if I can fix my hair one time in the span of a week, so I play by blowout rules. I wash/fix my hair, wear it down for 2-3 days, then rock a top knot for 2-3 days, then by the last day it's a hat or bust. This beaut was 10 bucks from Forever21. It's MASSIVE, but as I've said before... a really bad hair day calls for a really giant hat!!

Like this look!? Here are some more shirt-dresses that I think would work well for nursing and camouflaging post-baby bump!

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Dressing Your Post Baby Body

mommy and boysphoto via Kelsey Erin | [jacket] ancient Zara [sweater] H&M only 20 bucks! [jeans] Paige Premium [booties] Cole Haan on MAJOR sale! [on Rocco] Gap

Congratulations. You've made, housed, and birthed a child. You are amazing. Take a second to mentally pat yourself on the pack, or hell, actually pat yourself on the back… Better yet, have someone give you a pat on the back followed by a serious back massage because your back aches all. the. time. amIright!?!?! Let's be honest. Having a kid totally wrecks your body. Like come on… Apart from all the crazy stuff that happens whilst exiting a person from your lady palace, you are left with this completely foreign body. I mean for me, my hips were/ still are extra wide, my tummy was/still is just pudgy and loose, and the nursing boobs… oh the massive boobs…  It's hard to not compare yourself to your pre-baby bod or friends and celebrities who seem to shrink back down to a tiny miniature version of themselves, walking out of the hospital in their skinniest skinny jeans. Betches!! Remember, you are a magical goddess who CREATED a life inside your body, try to cut yourself some slack. Plus, I guarantee those skinny-minnies have post baby insecurities just like the rest of us. So while I figure out this new body of mine I'm going to report back my findings to you! Today we start with absolute must have for dressing your pbb!!!

[Basics Felicity Slimming Nursing Cami]  Slimming nursing tanks have become my best friend, my favorite is from good ol' Target. It's 25 bucks and makes my mid-section happy. We all know that I am anti-nursing bra [still not a fan] and thus far, I have yet to purchase one but I looooove these slimming tanks.  They are perfect for layering under baggy shirts, sweaters, and dresses. I wear them under errything and they make the tatas super accessible and make me feel much less muffin-toppy. The easy access is clutch because let's be awesome your boobs are really the star of the show if you choose to nurse. [Side note: Breastfeeding Musts] I had some trouble nursing in the first 3 weeks and even had a scare with mastitis. I ended up pumping a lot so I had to run out to get milk storage bags. Yeah, didn't know that was a thing.  And because the ladies hurt so badly I used these awesome boob pads to help with clogged ducts and engorgement. UGH, what a gross word… And for the nips, The Honest Company nipple balm was a lifesaver early on! I would lather that stuff up and because it's food safe there's no need to wipe it off before feeding the munchkin.

We have much fun to discuss, so stay tuned for more of my tricks to dressing that post baby body!!! Here are a few of the tips you can look forward to in the upcoming months. [loose dresses that don't look like a sack] [rocking high waisted yoga pants] [a new pair of skinny jeans] [the art of the baggy tee] [mom shoes] [leather leggings for the cool mom] [the "i only got 4 hours of sleep, but want to look alive" 5 minute face]

Baby Shower Fab

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I was able to make a trip back to Georgia in late May to visit all my family and see all my best peeps and also to have my Filipino baby shower. I don't know if you know this, but The Captain is Filipino. I have Filipino family. It's like My Big Fat Greek Wedding except with more gambling and roasted pig. The shower was more entertaining than I can possibly describe to you! From the limitless questions to the very anatomically correct Asian baby boy figure adorning my super non-vegan cake, seriously. It was a hoot. I am truly blessed and Rocco was sufficiently showered with gifts!!! I wore this adorable Kohls dress that was passed to me by a recently preggs buddy. I am obsessed with it. I wish it was still available online so you all could buy it!!! I think this is the perfect preggo dress. It's form fitting, but not skin tight and it's long enough that, as you grow, you don't start to worry about showing your lady bits. The pattern is pretty magical and it's from Kohls!!! Kohls?!?! I linked to a few super cute tank dresses from various inexpensive stores that are great for showing off your belly and staying cool when it's hotter than the surface of the sun outside. My shoes are super comfy, stable, and ancient, but those I posted are equally fab, they might not be as stable as mine if you are preggo… these might be a better option! I know they are high, but they are super comfy. I still wear mine!! Swearsies.

photo 1[In Georgia, with my beautiful mom, Sandy Nana, my gorgeous sister, and then my super cute self. Look how tiny my tummy was!? How long ago was this? Have I doubled in size?!?! Ay yi yi.]

photo 2[Yes, that's exactly what you think it is. A baby statue with a penis and a USMC tattoo… No words. Side note: I ate like 30 veggie lumpia]

photo 3[Lolo and I comparing bellies.]