|Urge Burn Flats|
|Apricot Calf Flats|
A Classic Pair of Peep Toe Heels: With all the Holiday parties coming up, the last thing you want to do is spend all your gift money on a new pair of heels for every dress you buy for all these events. I love a great pair of black or nude heels can go a long way and save you money.
|Denver Nude Heels
Fun New Years Eve High Heels: I know I said a class pair of heels right before this but I think New Years Eve is the night you can go all out when it comes to shoes. You can go with the most over the top heels and not look like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I mean, these shoes are pretty amazing!
I am thrilled to have Sarah from Frills for Thrills to be guest posting today. She is pregnant with her first child, a little boy! I found her page through Merrick’s blog who was featured here on her Mommy Style. I loved Sarah’s blog and style so much that I asked her to do a similar post but to talk about Pregnancy style. here is her post.
I recently was cruising around Pinterest (Shocker!) and found a pin about Merrick’s blog. I instantly became obsessed with how creative and stylish she was. I immediately emailed her and asked her to do a featured post. I know many new Mom’s could use some of her awesome tips and ideas. I am thrilled to welcome Merrick to Featured Friday. Here is an amazing guest post from her!
Hi there, I’m Merrick from Merrick’s Art, where I blog about sewing, style, and family life. I’m excited to be over here on Perfectly Imperfect Mom today talking a little bit about Mommy Style.
Before I became a mom, I was a student, and then spent a few years working as a project manager for a local company. Both of these required getting dressed every day, and looking both put together and appropriate. But once my little Peanut was born, I was suddenly thrown in to the world of staying at home with nowhere to be, no one to see, and no one caring what I looked like. And yet, I could count on one hand the number of times I haven’t gotten dressed and put on makeup for the day in the last two years since his birth. Why? Well, let me tell you.
Here are six reasons I get dressed and ready (which, for me, includes hair and makeup) EVERY morning:
- It gets my day started. I am not completely ready for the day by 7:00am, like my old work days, but even being ready by nine or ten gives me the whole day to get things done.
- It makes me feel more productive. There is nothing that makes me feel more lazy and less productive than walking around in my pajamas and bed-head until 5:00pm. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t get ready every day.
- It makes me feel confident. When I wake up in the morning, I certainly do not look my best (surprise, surprise). Putting on makeup, doing my hair (even if it’s just a top knot or a pony tail), and throwing on even just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt makes me feel infinitely better about myself.
- It makes me a better mom. Carrying on from #3, feeling confident makes me a better mom. I am more patient, more fun, and more energetic when I’m happy and have taken some time to take care of myself.
- It allows me to walk out the door any time. It is hard enough to get out the door with a child, but adding getting dressed and presentable to that is just crazy. You’ll never get your errands done. Taking fifteen minutes in the morning to get yourself ready makes it easy to walk out the door (without being embarrassed) any time of the day.
- It is a favor to my husband. You guys. I cannot talk about this enough. Coming home after a long and tiring day of work to a messy house, a smelly and sweats-clad wife, and crazy kids is probably the LAST thing a husband wants to do, regardless of how much he loves you. Despite how crazy and busy my days are, I always make an effort to straighten up the house and put on a little lipgloss or perfume around 5:30pm before he walks in the door. He just deserves that.
So now that you know why I do it, let’s talk for a second about how I do it. Because some people think that getting ready every day (especially as a mom) takes way too long, doesn’t allow for comfort, and just isn’t worth it.
Here are five of my go-to Mommy Style outfits that make me feel put together, are super comfortable, and are just as easy to throw on as a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants.
1. stretchy pencil skirts
|skirt: made by me, t-shirt cardigan and sandals: target // skirt & sandals: target, graphic tee: made by me|
I just recently discovered my undying love for stretchy pencil skirts. I’d always worn pencil skirts to church or work, but with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sandals, they can be very casual, so cute, and really comfortable.
2. jeans & t-shirts
|red jeans: f21, scarf: bought in London, tee: hand-me-down (heart by me), flats: payless // jeans: gap, belt: husbands, leopard flats: steve madden via platos closet, button up: target // jeans: abercrombie, tee: hand-me-down, belt: local boutique, necklace: gift, sandals: target // jeans: h&m (maternity), tee: target, necklace: c/o wild about jewelry, wedges: old navy|
Jeans and t-shirts are probably the easiest thing for a mom to wear, right? But it doesn’t have to be so basic. Add a scarf, tuck (or half tuck) your shirt, add a skinny belt, or a big statement necklace, and suddenly your jeans and t-shirt ensemble is put together and pretty, but still comfortable and simple.
3. lightweight dresses
|pink dress: target (maternity), cardigan: target, flats: h&m, belt: local boutique // maxi dress & leopard belt: target, cardigan: local boutique, necklace: c/o lisa leonard designs|
As with pencil skirts, dresses were something I only wore to church or work in the past. But lightweight, stretchy dresses (especially maxi dresses) are the most comfortable thing you could possibly put on. It’s like wearing a blanket all day long, but you look fabulous.
4. tunics & leggings
|tunic: made by my mom, cardigan & leggings: target, leopard flats: steve madden via plato’s closet // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target|
Tunics have become a summer staple for me. They are so simple and effortless, and beyond comfortable. Add a fun belt or a cardigan, and you step it up just a little bit more.
5. pattern mixing
|jeans: gap, striped tee: lucky brand via sams club, cardigan, belt & sandals: target // dress: gap maternity t-shirts (turned into a dress), cardigan: f21, boots: target // jeans: f21, top: old navy, belt: target|
Pattern mixing is one of those things that is a bit scary at first, but can transform even the simplest of mom outfits if you do it right. Two easy rules to start out: use patterns that are in the same color family, and keep one pattern smaller than the other. Give it a try — you’ll suddenly look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you actually did!
So there you go. Six reasons to take care of yourself as a mom, and five easy ways to do it. Thanks again for having me!
Morning Sickness: don’t let the name fool you, it happens at anytime during the day, usually at the most inconvenient time.
- Sea-Band Mama Acupressure Wristband: I loved these! Sure they make you look like an 80’s gym rat but if something could prevent me from puking while driving I was going to wear it.
- Three Lollies Preggie Pops: Feeling sick? Have a lolly pop! So many women swear by these.
- Tums Smoothies: Ok these aren’t for morning sickness but when you are dying in the middle of the night from heartburn you will be buying stock in these.
- Anti-Nausea Ginger Gum: When I didn’t have a ginger ale near me these worked just as well and fast.
- Mama Bee Belly Butter Lotion: This is by Burt’s Bee’s which I love! It is natural which is always a plus.
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion For Stretch Marks with Vitamin E & Shea Butter: Really helps with when your skin stretches and gets dry and itchy.
- Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Band: This will help you really stretch the wear of your regular jeans and works great for after the baby comes and you still have a bit of a belly. It is also great for when you are nursing and want to keep your tummy covered but need to lift your top up. They come in a variety of colors which I love.
- Motherhood Maternity: Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity Tank Top: I lived in long tank tops. I first wore regular ones but then had to buy maternity ones towards the end. The Motherhood ones are only $7.99 too. That price rocks!
- Motherhood Maternity: Sleeveless Belted Maternity Dress: I wore dresses almost everyday towards the middle to the end of my pregnancy. I hated having pants around my waist or hips and it was so hot that the dresses kept me nice and cool. This one from Motherhood Maternity is adorable and the price is great.
- Ballerina Flats: Flats will help you still feel cute and feminine when you feel big and fat. They are comfortable and if you get ones with elastic edging they will be comfortable when your feet swell. I also loved wearing flip flops on the hotter days. I love Old Navy since theirs are very cheap.
- Your Go to Maternity Jeans: A pair of amazing maternity jeans is worth the money even if it is just one pair you can grab when you are in a rut and can’t think of anything else to wear.
- Body Pillows: If you see them in the store, just buy them all. You will end up surround your whole body with them by the end. Your husband will be sleeping somewhere else because there will be no room for him. If you want to spend a little more I highly recommend the Boppy Prenatal Total Body Pillow
- Tabletop Air-Circulator Fan: By the end of your pregnancy you are hot no matter how low the air is set. My husband bought me a fan and I was finally able to not sweat the entire night.
1. Boppy Pillow: This was used straight from birth. My back was killing me from pushing and having an epidural so nursing was a struggle because I was so uncomfortable and everyone told me to bring the boppy pillow with us to the hospital and I am so glad I did. I used that thing every nursing and if I didn’t have it I was so awkward nursing Ace. It was my life saver. I will be getting an extra one next time around so I have one in the bedroom and one in the living room so I don’t have to drag it around everywhere with me to nurse. I also used this for tummy time and to help Ace when he was learning to sit up. This got use all the way up until he was 7 months old. Heck even our dog liked the Boppy when our son was done using it.
- Gripe Water: the only thing you can really give babies to help with tummy issues.
- Gas Drops: Another remedy if gripe water doesn’t work.
- Bottle Medicine Dispenser: I don’t know about you but my baby was not easy to squirt medicine in his mouth. I felt like I was going to choke him or something so we tried this and he sucked it down, no problem.
- Baby K’tan Carrier: I tried the Moby but it took me so long to get the wrapping done and get Ace comfortable in it that he screamed the entire time. The Baby K’tan took me 1 minute to put on. I watched the video once and watched myself put it on in the mirror and was a pro after that. I used this not only for colic but Ace was never a fan of the infant car seat and so I brought the K’tan everywhere with us. If he woke up in a store I put it on and stuck him in it. Going to Disney? No problem, just wear the K’tan to carry him around.
- Medela Pump in Style: My milk supply didn’t come in till 4 days after Ace was born. My poor baby was starving and I have supply issues so a pump was a must in our household. It helped when I had to supplement after nursing so that my body thought Ace needed more milk. I loved the double pump because it made pumping go by way faster.
- Hands Free Pumping Bra: This made pumping so much easier. I was even able to pump in the car on road trips because I put the bra on and covered up with a blanket and read a magazine.
- Breastmilk storage bags: These are great room savers in the freezer.
- Nursing tank tops: I loved to wear these under t-shirts so that way I could just lift up the shirt and pull the tank top down making breastfeeding in public discreet.
- Nipple Butter/Cream: I was fortunate enough not to use this a lot because Ace had a great latch but pumping was made easier when I used these because of how much I had to pump.
- Nursing Bra Pads: Great for Mom’s that leak. I didn’t need these a ton because of my low milk supply but I definitely a whoops here and there.
- Nursing Bras: They just make nursing easier because they snap open, simple as that.
- Activity gym: Any type works. I got the Fisher-Price Rainforest one and he loved it because the center lit up and changed colors.
- Board Books: Ace LOVES books. I have been reading to him from the start and when he started smiling and showing excitement over things he would wave his hands up and down and kick his legs when he saw me take out a book and turn the pages. He now knows how to turn pages and will sit and listen to a story. Board books are especially great because he loves to explore the books with his hands and mouth and they are very durable.
- Jumperoo: Such an awesome play area before baby can crawl and even sit up. Ace still goes in it even though he can crawl.
- Bouncer: When they can bat at toys this is a great thing to get. We had two, one that had a rainforest “show” and another simpler one that we got real quick and cheap on a trip and he ended up loving it. They can be simple just make sure they have toys that appeal to your baby. My Mom had one that had farm animals and he was OBSESSED with the cow. I think it was the black and white contrast so really think about what will work for baby’s interest, not what looks cute.
I’d have to say one of my son’s favorite toys to this day is his Sophie Giraffe. Prior to having him I had seen this teether everywhere. I had heard so many great reviews on it and the fact that it was made from natural rubber was an added bonus. It was the first toy I bought for him. He loves to make it speak and chew on it now that he has his bottom teeth. I highly recommend this little guy for anyone wanting to get a toy for their new baby or as a baby shower gift.