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even though i’m no longer pregnant, i’ve still been having fun browsing the web on the hunt for good maternity clothes. they’re harder to come by than you would think, and there’s always someone in need of a few suggestions, so i’ve been collecting my favorites on pinterest. during one such browsing session late last night, i stumbled upon au lait, a new clothing line specifically designed for breastfeeding mothers. it obviously attracted my attention, since this is exactly the challenge i’ve been dressing for since adam was born, and it can be a lot harder than it seems. i mean, sure, it’s a no-brainer to wear tops and pants. but that’s not exacltly the most exciting option day after day. and pulling your shirt up or down (or unbuttoning your dress) to expose way more than you want can be pretty stressful when you’re out in public or with a large group of people around.

au lait has come up with an interesting solution, constructing tops and dresses with a double layer and internal vertical slit, and a few tops with princess seams that can be pulled to the side. it sounds like it could get tricky, but most of the designs are pretty cute and easily incorporated into any wardrobe. enough so that the whole thing has got me rather intrigued, and i really want to give them a try!

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outfit: who you gonna call?

i know that today’s outfit isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. but after having so much fun in my family affairs coveralls, i decided i wanted to go for something even more literal and i found myself a pair of vintage fashion coveralls on etsy. and now i think i’m in love. yep, in love with a giant shapeless jumpsuit that you can buy in a plastic wrapper at home depot to wear while painting your house. or channeling dan aykroyd circa 1984 (the theme song has been stuck in my head all week). and when i pulled them on this weekend, my sister jokingly asked if she could call me flapjack (if you haven’t seen bottle rocket, then i highly recommend it!) silly references aside, i honestly feel super cool in these. no, they don’t “flatter” my figure, they don’t slim my waist or make me look taller, but that’s not the point. i really don’t think clothes always have to be for the sole purpose of making you look skinny or whatever.

so this is what i wore on easter sunday. there were no easter egg hunts, but it did get me excited for next year when adam will be old enough to prance around searching for hidden eggs. having him around has already made the holidays so much more fun. my grandparents bought him this ridiculous stuffed rabbit that sings and dances to a goofy easter song set to the tune of macarena. it was hideous and irritating, but his reaction was pretty much priceless. he furrowed his brow and stared at it with the most intensely quizzical look. and then later in the car on the long drive home, it was the only thing that stopped him from crying.

wearing: vintage coveralls from fair season, clare vivier messenger tote, peep toe high courtesy of swedish hasbeens, nars lipstick in heat wave
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want: vintage lawn dresses

i’m going to preface this saying that i know this is entirely impractical for my lifestyle, but i don’t think a spring or summer goes by where i don’t find myself wishing i could dress like a sister wife on summer vacation in some dainty vintage lawn dress made of white eyelet. i actually once found one at the alameda flea market for $80 in exactly my size. i was in super bargain-mode at the time, and for some reason decided this was an unreasonable price (it’s not), and i’ve kicked myself for not buying it ever since.

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outfit: spring scene

i wore this outfit on a casual saturday in redlands visiting my family for the easter weekend. this lightweight velvet dress paired with a crisp white t-shirt felt so perfectly springy as it swished around my knees on an afternoon stroll around town. after some deliberation about what shoes to wear, i opted for the casual comfort of my white birkenstocks (which i’ve been wearing almost every day lately). but i think a simple pair of black flats and a little swipe of lipstick would make this look perfectly appropriate for a date night as well. in fact, i’ll probably wear it just like that the next time i actually get a chance to go out!

wearing: ivory vevlvet ballet dress courtesy of datura, white t-shirt, obey leather jacket courtesy of lulu’s, birkenstock arizona sandals, coach classics shoulder bag




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happy easter!

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had to stop in on a sunday to share some photos of these adorable japanese vintage blue velvet bunny slippers my mom found for adam. they couldn’t be more perfect for the occasion!

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adam: week 8

this is one of my favorite shots of adam, captured on a rare rainy day in los angeles  (which, of course, meant we took the opportunity to dress him up in his teeny tiny rain slicker). around 7-8 weeks is when he became much more expressive, with lots of social smiling and other silly faces. i just couldn’t get over that little wrinkled nose!

also, if you aren’t already following me on instagram, i post a ton of photos of adam that i don’t share anywhere else. i try to post his outfits once or twice a week. here’s a better look at this outfit, complete with baby old skool vans!

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fair season vintage

i tend to go through phases. sometimes i can’t be bothered with vintage, sometimes all i wanna do is rummage through thrift stores on the hunt for hidden treasures, and sometimes i fall down the etsy rabbit hole. last week, i embarked on an etsy hunt for the perfect vintage coveralls and came across fair season vintage. it was love at first sight. for me, it’s the exact aesthetic that i’ve found myself so inexplicably drawn to since i moved to los angeles. unfussy basics with very minimal styling. in fact, i just bought the pair of cream coveralls down below!

what’s more, i discovered that the shop is based here in la, and that they set up shop at the silverlake farmer’s market every saturday. such a good idea! i still haven’t stopped by, but now i’m pretty excited to check them out while i’m picking up fresh fruits and veggies.

photos courtesy of fair season.








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heinui spring 2014

i always get so excited when i discover a new independent designer. such was the case when i received a very lovely email from claire, the french designer behind heinui. her latest collection, titled “paper moon” is made up of exactly the types of clothes i want to be wearing right now. of the collection, the designer says:

this collection was inspired by vintage pinups pictures and old hollywood glamour. the looks are very feminine, simple and effortless, casual yet quietly sophisticated in a way.

sounds just about perfect, don’t you think? i especially love the way her designs are conscious of a woman’s body while still maintaining a relaxed ease about them; the types of clothes you know you can be comfortable in all day long. of course, i love her little rompers and casual shirt dresses, and even though i’ve never been huge on wrap dresses, that pretty number up top is making me completely rethink my stance! and can we talk about that amazing blue watercolor print? so good!

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outfit: simple pleasures

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i almost didn’t share this look because after i uploaded the photos, i noticed that my bangs were looking kinda crazy after a quick home trim, and my shirt wasn’t properly tucked in and i was making funny faces and… well, i was picking myself apart as is easy to do when you’re staring at pictures of yourself on a very high-resolution computer screen. and then i was like, fuck it! this is what i looked like that day and even if it’s not the most exciting, i still felt pretty good in it.

anyway, this is my uniform as of late. jeans and a button-up shirt. i have a several different pairs of jeans and shirts in varying colors that i switch out with different shoes and bags. sometimes i swipe on some lipstick when i’m feeling a little plain, or i throw my hair up in braids or a top-knot if my hair is dirty. you’ll usually find me in a look like this with my sleeping baby strapped to my front, strolling around los feliz, possibly with an iced coffee in one hand and my cell phone in the other. it makes me feel so stereotypically l.a., but it’s just part of my routine nowadays. daily chats with my mom are good therapy when i’m at home all day caring for a the babe, and getting coffee is a nice little indulgence and a good excuse to get out of the house.

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asos denim shirt in dark wash
asos farleigh high waist slim mom jeans in deep blue
swedish hasbeens woven super high in natural
clare vivier messenger tote
nars lipstick in heat wave

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the best nursing bra

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before i began breastfeeding, i was pretty anxious about finding a good nursing bra because i already had so many challenges finding regular bras that would not only fit, but also lift, separate, and shape properly. prior to pregnancy, i was wearing around a size 32 ddd, give or take a cup size. by the end of my pregnancy, i was wearing a 36g with an extender in the back. and now that i have adam, i’m wearing a 34i, give or take a cup size. i knew that it would be a multiple step process and that i’d probably have to shell out a lot of money for the many  specialty-size bras i’d have to buy as my cup and band size fluctuated in the first few months post-pregnancy. but fear not, if you find yourself in a similar situation, i’ve outlined my experience and recommendations to hopefully help you along.

as i approached my due date, i headed to target and bought an inexpensive nursing “sleep” bra. it’s essentially a really soft and stretchy sports bra that you can easily lift up or pull down, and that just very gently holds you in place. i wore it for the first two weeks post-partum when i was basically just laying around the house in my pajamas recovering from the c-section and feeding the baby. it’s recommended to wear a soft bra like this during the very uncomfortable engorgement period.

once i was feeling a bit more comfortable and a little less full, i transitioned to a slightly more supportive soft cup nursing bra by elle machpherson. this bra is probably all you need if you fit into regular sizes and don’t need additional support, but since it doesn’t do much in the way of shaping, it does tend to create the dreaded ‘uni-boob.’ it lasted me a couple more weeks before the band size became too large and i was really aching for something with a bit more lift and separation.

my next bra was the highly-rated elomi molded nursing bra. mostly because it was one of the few nursing bras that actually came in my size! putting on an underwire when your breasts are as large and heavy as they are after baby is a really wonderful feeling. suddenly my boobs were lifted and separated, and i felt firmly held in place. but after wearing my trusty elomi for another several weeks, i started to get frustrated by it’s lack of shape. sure, it lifted, but lift does not a good bra make. my main issue is that the seamless cup does nothing to help pull your breasts forward, so you basically end up with your boobs in your armpits. not such a good look when you’re trying to fit into a button-up shirt. i was reaching the point of crisis. i was on the hunt for a nursing bra that could most closely stand-up next to my regular list of standbys (my current favorites are the chantelle intimates rive gauche full support underwire bra and the panache andorra full cup underwire bra, but the list is always changing).

enter cake lingerie. i browsed through the options on the site, and after a bit of deliberation, i settled on the dark chocolate bra. it comes in a balcony style with a three-paneled cup and a soft underwire, very similar in construction to some of my favorite styles. the top panel is made of stretch lace to accommodate any fluctuations in size you might experience, and it’s constructed with an inner a-frame to hold the cup in place while nursing. not only that, but it’s actually pretty! the  exact same style comes in a range of different colors and fabrications from gold nude to bright fuchsia. hands down the closest thing to a regular bra out there, and easily my favorite nursing bra.

 

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