Monday, October 17, 2016

Bordeaux Sweater (See Jane Wear)

sweater (look for less here), jeans (similar)boots (similar), old bag (similar here and here), 
Fall is overrated.  JUST KIDDING.  Forget Christmas, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year.  It's the perfect temperature, the food comforts you, the clothes are cozy and it feels like a new beginning (out with the old leaves as they fall from the trees--there's a metaphor and life lesson in there somewhere).  Sure, society may mock us for freaking out about fall, but I think it's pretty wonderful and it's probably due to the fact that it comes and goes so quickly.  We both appreciate and love it so hard because it's so short-lived.  Plus, shopping for a new season is a thrill.  When I saw this sweater at Nordstrom, I thought, 'yep."  It's cashmere, a beautiful bordeaux color and a turtleneck; that's basically the holy trinity for me.  

It's so easy to mix tones in the fall--not everything has to match perfectly.  I had no qualms about wearing these Halogen boots (yes, Halogen--Nordstrom's brand--don't they look like a Stuart Weitzman pair?!) with various shades of tan.  I love black and brown together; not everyone does, but to me, it works.  So take some chances this fall.  Check things off your bucket list.  And don't be afraid to invest in pieces from Nordstrom that you'll wear for the next nine months.

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering with this post!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Stroll with Bugaboo (See Jane Stroll)

Holy moly. We all know that having a baby really turns your life upside down.  However, when you already have a toddler at home, adding a newborn to the mix REALLY throws a fast one at you.  I was a bit cocky before I had Teddy.  We had a great routine with Harry; although he's a full-blown toddler now (complete with full-on toddler sassiness), at least Eric and I could tag team when needed.  I think there's a life lesson to be learned here, right?  When you think you've actually got a handle on something, life decides to say, "lol, no."  Anyway, Harry is quite fond of his brother and is extremely cute with him (seriously, it's adorable, but sometimes his kisses are too hard, if you get my drift), but I appreciate and recognize that this is a big change for him AND us--we're all acclimating, to say the least.  Because of all these life changes, simplicity only need apply at the moment.  Enter: the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Elements; it transforms a bassinet (perfect for Teddy) into a toddler seat (perfect for Teddy in a few months or Harry currently).  I took her (the stroller--I decided it's a she) for a stroll in our fair urban jungle this past weekend and was so surprised by how smooth the ride was.  The shock absorption system can't even be compared to other strollers I have or have used--it's incredible.  Teddy didn't wake from the many sidewalk cracks and potholes we encountered and if you live in Chicago, you understand how rough our roads and sidewalks can be.  The black faux leather handlebar and carry handle was actually easy to push and turn (you'd be surprised with how hard it is to maneuver big strollers)--easy enough for big brother Harry to help push it!  I’ve done some pretty intense stroller shopping seeing as I have two kids now and always was intrigued by Bugaboo strollers but never took the plunge.  I was really excited to get the  Cameleon3 Elements and I must say, I’m really impressed by both the design and functionality.  I understand why they have such a cult following.

The Bugaboo  Cameleon3 Elements is inspired by nature and I actually think the pretty, ombré design is the perfect foil to the concrete nature of city living.  Sometimes I'm envious of those who are constantly surrounded by the natural elements--rivers, mountains, rolling hills--but I know I'd have a hard time giving up life in the big city.  I guess you could say the  Cameleon3 is my compromise; it's color and design is unique and stands out in a good away...especially in the sea of all black strollers that everyone pushes around my neighborhood (I'm guilty as I have another all-black stroller, as well).  The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Elements is truly a breath of fresh air--the colors are one of a kind (a river-stone-shade - a mélange) and when it comes down to the brass tacks as a stroller, it totally fits all of my family's needs for our urban lifestyle.

Visit the Bugaboo website to learn more about this stroller and join The Endless Stroll.  And follow along with Bugaboo on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Postpartum Wardrobe (See Jane Wear)

No matter how good you look pre-pregnancy, having a kid changes your body.  Carrying a baby can do crazy things to your anatomy (hello linea negra and wider hips) and once you have the baby, there is no guarantee that your body will ever be the same.  Now that I've had two kids, I'm hoping I can provide a little insight into what worked for me and my postpartum wardrobe because it's definitely harder than dressing a bump.  My body isn't where I want it to be, yet I'm trying to give myself a little grace and be realistic about getting it back.  The best advice I ever heard was: it took you nine months to gain the weight, give yourself a good amount of time to lose it.

Shoes - hey, they still fit (or maybe you went up a size); either way, there's always shoes to give your wardrobe a literal kick.  I have my eye on loafers this season (shop loafers HERE and I want these).
Cardigans - the looser the better for me.  Plus, they make nursing super easy (shop cardigans HERE)
Loose button-downs -again, easy access but Ialso like to avoid anything form fitting.  Plus, button-downs make me feel more pulled together than I am (shop oversized shirts HERE).
Wraps/ponchos - are you seeing a theme here? (shop ponchos HERE and shop wraps HERE)

A few other tips: don't give away your maternity jeans quite yet (shop maternity jeans HERE)--I am four weeks postpartum and I still wear mine.  And if you breastfeed, nursing tanks and bras are essential (shop nursing bras HERE). Lastly, your hair will fall out a few months after the baby is born (I'm sorry--blame hormones); the severity is different by the individual, but some new hats might help (shop beanies HERE).

And what better time to shop than the Shopbop F&F sale!  Use code MAINEVENT16 for 25-30% off.