Rookie Mom Challenge #6: Buy Some New Jeans

This past week, I decided to complete the 35th Rookie Moms Challenge (in the list of 52 Weekly Challenges) and  buy myself some new jeans. Perhaps the most daunting of all the Rookie Mom Challenges.

Hot Mess

It all began one day when Blake had just gone down for a “nap”. Nap is in quotations because the child does not nap – she merely closes her eyes for a 10 minute stretch and then is wide awake and ready to play again. Still, 10 minutes is a much-needed break and a moment to myself. I sat down on the couch, in the silence and slowly “came to”. It was 3:30PM, I was still in my pajamas…pajamas covered in baby spit up. What’s worse? I hadn’t even brushed my teeth that morning! The words, hot mess came to mind as I sympathized with my grumpy cat mug.

new mom

In an act to try to “save the day” I went into my closet and pulled out some old pre-pregnancy jeans. Big mistake. I got one leg in when I realized, this just wasn’t going to work, and why go through the pain of trying to squeeze a whole other leg in? I contemplated putting on my maternity jeans but then opted for my ol’ reliable, tried and true yoga pants instead (every new mom’s uniform) and vowed to go shopping the next day.

What Do Moms Wear?

I put a lot of thought into what sort of clothes I needed and in the end, decided I needed a new style altogether. Afterall, wasn’t I a new person after having a child? I was now a mom. What do moms wear? I wanted something comfortable, but not too sloppy looking. Chic and trendy but toned down a bit. Baffled by all of these new thoughts, I headed to the mall.

Luckily I was able to find some great items at two of my favorite stores: Express and Zara. After awkwardly telling one of the store’s sales reps that I was “looking for new clothes within the genre, Suburban Mom meets San Diego hipster” (the 22-year-old sales rep looked at me blankly) I bought a couple pairs of jeans and a few shirts. I tried to make my purchases about 50% mom appropriate and comfortable and 50% San Diego trendy – in the end they’re really just 100% me.

A Different Version of Myself

And while I may not be the same person I was a year ago – two sizes smaller wearing skin-tight clothes, going out to fancy restaurants and trendy bars every weekend and complaining when I didn’t get 8 hours of sleep (ha! what a fool) – I’m definitely still a version of myself. Perhaps a little more mature (a newborn baby depending on you for survival will do that I guess), a lot more confident (ya know, because I gave birth to a human being), and a whole lot more complete with Blake in my life.

Funny how a new pair of jeans can put it all into perspective. :)

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My Top 9 Valentine’s Day Looks for Baby

Now that I have a beautiful daughter, I look forward to dressing her up in adorable outfits for each holiday. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I began searching Pinterest for the cutest outfits to help celebrate this love-filled holiday. Here are my top 9 faves (for boys and girls):

Valentine's Day Baby Outfits

1. Heart Graphic Jersey Fleece Hoodie for Baby from Old Navy

2. LOVE Sequin Headband from SHOP by Monika

3. Cherokee Newborn Girls’ Heart Striped Coverall – Pink from Target

4. Intarsia Love Hat & Mitten Set from Gap

5. Jersey Top – Gold & Leopard from H&M

6. Intarsia Heart Sweater Dress from Gap

7. Valentine’s Day Bows from Posies Handmade Pretties on Etsy

8.  Valentine’s Boy Tie and Suspenders Bodysuit with Heart Applique and Red Heart Leg Warmers by Chic Couture Boutique on Etsy

9. Feather Pixie Crown “Seashell” by A Tiny Arrow on Etsy

Posies (Handmade Pretties)

One of the BEST things about having a daughter is the adorable outfits and accessories you get to dress her up in every day. That’s why I’m OBSESSED with the online etsy shop, Posies (Handmade Pretties). The owner is also a friend with an adorable little girl and another baby on the way (congrats again Danielle)!

When Danielle sent me a package for little Miss Blake, I was so excited because everything in her shop is to die for! Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Check out these adorable “pretties”:

Red Shabby Flower in Christmas Chevron Elastic

This was the perfect complement to Blake’s little Christmas outfits that I had picked out for her – and fit her perfectly! I love the red and green chevron strap.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Ivory Flower Headband with Rhinestone Center Newborn Headband

This is my favorite! I love the shabby chic flowers with the bling rhinestone in the middle and the GLITTER band – does this come in my size?

Posies Handmade Pretties

Mini Flower Cluster Headband 

I love this piece because it literally goes with any outfit and adds just the right amount of cuteness.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

 Mini Chevron Baby Knot Hat

Such a cute chevron beanie with the spunky knot at the top.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Light Pink Jersey Knit Knot Headband

So cute and simple and perfect for every day dress up! This one is a staple.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Diaper Keeper

I have to admit, I didn’t know what this was at first (being new to this whole “mom” thing and all), but now I use it all the time! This Diaper Keeper is so convenient to carry a couple diapers, and wipes for a quick change. I always have it in the bottom of my stroller or in my purse.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Burp Cloths with Blake’s Embroidered Initials

These are my absolute favorite burp cloths because they’re thick and durable yet girly and pretty. And I love that they have her initials embroidered on the backside – so adorable.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies (Handmade Pretties) also offers some adorable accessories for baby boys (I’m obsessed with the bow ties)!

Check out these items and more “pretties” on Etsy here, and on Facebook here.

Diaper Bags Gone Glam

I hadn’t given too much thought to what diaper bag I’d like to have until my BFF (and recent new-mom) let me in on a little secret, (whispering): diaper bags can be designer bags. Umm, hello best piece of information I’ve ever received! You now have my full attention and I’m suddenly putting a lot of thought into this purchase! And it makes sense; a bag that us moms will be lugging all over the place day and night? We deserve a little glam amongst the diapers, wipes and spit-up rags – AM I RIGHT? (I am).

Here are the top diaper designer bags that I’m loving:

1. Coach Large City Tote in Saffiano Leather – simple, large and RED (my new favorite color).

Coach large city tote in saffiano leather

2.  Tory Burch Thea Large Tote – oh, my – those tassels! Really liking the blue and the gold together too.

Tory Burch thea large tote

3. Prada Studded Suede Twin Pocket Tote (available at Saks Fifth Avenue) – Subtle enough for the day, but gorgeous enough for the night – I’m in love.

Prada Studded Suede Twin Pocket Tote

4. Michael Kors Large Miranda Studded Tote – look out world, this mom has gone BLING…golden studded bling – amazing.

Michael Kors Large Miranda Studded Tote

5.  MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Zip-Top Tote – simple, classy and just my style.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Zip-Top Tote

Boom! Papa’s Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag! 

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