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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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! 

Baby Vogue

After my family baby shower in Sacramento, California, it quickly became apparent that little miss thang is going to own way more clothes than me. Our friends and family have already spoiled her rotten with so many cute outfits, and I’m in love with every single one of them! One of my favorite things to do is hang all of her little clothes on the little pink hangers and place them in her closet (color coordinated, obvi) – it just makes everything feel real. Baby girl is going to be here before we know it and she’s going to rock these outfits. Here’s a look at some of my favorites so far (and I highly recommend you listen to Madonna’s Vogue heard here while browsing…you know you’re tempted):

1. A little wrap shirt with footed leggings from Under the Nile. 100% handpicked organic Egyptian cotton and looks so cuddly and warm.

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2. The cutest dress and polk-a-dot sweater from Carter’s. I love this one because baby girl has so many pink outfits and this one spunks it up with bright yellow.

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3. As a huge Top Gun (and aviator) fan, I love this “Danger Zone” onesie from Etsy (thanks Auntie Jac!)

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4. “5, 6, 7, 8 keep it movin, 1 and 2…” I mean, this little gray sweatsuit outfit from Carter’s is just too much for words.

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5. I wish you could touch the fabric on this outfit so you can appreciate the softness, but the name brand says it all: Feather Baby. And I just can’t handle the ruffled bell-bottoms – so chic! And if you live in Sacramento, check out this line at the cutest baby store in town, Puddles, A Children’s Shoppe.

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6. This one melts my heart – so soft and furry and yes, those are baby bear footsies and baby bear ears on the hood – from Carter’s –  Dying!

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7. We bought this one for Little Miss Helms on our Babymoon in Lake Arrowhead. We found it at a cute little children’s shop, Tattle Tails, in the village.

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8. I love this bright blue onesie with little sunglasses and the pink flower broche from the Circo baby line at Target – so stinkin’ cute and so San Diego! (Peace, baby)

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9.  I know, this is not technically an outfit. But it is the cutest baby bath robe and slippers I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait for our little monkey to wear this after bath time! From the Baby Starters line available at Buy Buy Baby.

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…Vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue…..

The Top 10 Maternity Outfits I’m Loving for Fall

I just need to get this off my chest – most maternity clothes are not cute. In fact, most are a single thread away from hideous. I was just about to write-off maternity clothes altogether and accept my dreaded fate of wearing my husband’s oversized t-shirts and sweatpants when I came across some great brands who offer some (dare I say it out loud) stylish pieces. Because who says pregnant women can’t rock the latest fashion trends?

Here are my Top 10 maternity outfit picks that I’m loving for Fall 2013:

1. Isabella Oliver Leather Legging from ASOS: I’ve been pinning tons of leather pants on my My Style Pinterest board, promising myself that next fall/winter I’d be able to wear this trendy piece. But alas, Elizabeth Oliver came to the rescue with maternity leather leggings, available at ASOS!

Isabella Oliver Leather Legging from ASOS

2. Isabella Oliver Swing Dress from ASOS: The perfect casual dress for San Diego “fall” weather! Just add some trendy ankle boots and this look is complete!

Isabella Oliver Swing Dress from ASOS

3. Luxlight Rugby Stripe Pullover from Gap Maternity: If this piece is not Sunday-football worthy then I don’t know what is.  So cute, I want one in every color.

Luxlight rugby stripe pullover from Gap maternity

4.  Mama Dress from H&M: I think they meant hot Mama in the description. Can you ever go wrong with a piece from H&M? (the answer is no.) Love the color and the belt and I especially love this with tights and ankle boots!

Mama Dress H&M

5. Maternity Exclusive Body-Conscious Dress In Lace With Ribbon Detail from ASOS: Perfect for any fancy event scheduled this Fall. Also looks good with a mock-tini in hand.

Maternity Exclusive Body-Conscious Dress In Lace With Ribbon Detail from ASOS

6. Maternity Midi Tulip Dress With Ruching from ASOS: I’m just so excited that this dress comes in navy! Classic, gorgeous and a must-have for any special occasion happening between the months of September and November.

Maternity Midi Tulip Dress With Ruching from ASOS

7.  The Hang-out Dress from Hatch CollectionComfort and style meets shabby-chic. I like how this look is easy and comfortable (two big pluses when you’re pregnant).

the hang-out dress from hatch collection

8.  Mama Jersey Top from H&M: Simple and easy to pair with any skinny maternity jeans or leggings.

mama jersey top - H&M

9.  Maternity Knitted Dress With V Neck and Pleated Waist from ASOS: the pleated waist and v-neck make this a prego show-stopper. It would also look great with some textured tights and ankle boots.

Maternity Knitted Dress With V Neck and Pleated Waist from ASOS

10. Madison Marcus Long Sleeve Zip Front Maternity Sweater from A Pea in the Pod: I can’t help but love everything in stripes this year. The zipper makes it unique and stylish and are those (gasp) leather pants to pair this with? Amazing!

Madison Marcus Long Sleeve Zip Front Maternity Sweater

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