If you follow me on my Instagram stories, you know that I have been in my workout clothes [or pajamas] full-time recently. It’s just the comfiest thing to wear when you’re at home all day and hoping to motivate yourself to sneak in a workout. Most of my old clothes don’t fit me yet so it’s also nice to be able to put on some high-waisted yoga pants and feel like a million bucks.
Today I’m sharing these two looks [see pics above] that have given me a boost in confidence post-baby.
The first one includes these $25 leggings from Amazon that are a dupe for the Lululemon Align leggings. Now, I love me some Lulu, as you will see from this post. But I wasn’t about to drop $100 on leggings that were not my pre-baby size. So these pants have been a wonderful fill-in while I’m still in this “in-between” phase with my baby weight. These leggings have taken the fashion blogosphere by storm and you can see people rave about them in the Amazon reviews. And I must say, I agree. It’s very rare to find workout gear that comes close to Lulu, and while this is no luon, they really do fit nicely. I love that they’re high-waisted, so it smoothes out any bumps and lumps ;). The material is also so soft and buttery. There’s a pocket for a phone on the side which is convenient when you’ve got your hands full with two kiddos. You can see my review here.
This workout top is a staple in my wardrobe. I have a similar one in peach too. While it’s not the cheapest, my pre-baby size fit me perfectly, so I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂 I love the color and nothing beats Lulu workout gear in my opinion.
I also love this hat. It makes me feel more put together on a bad hair day and like JLO on a good day.
I finished off the look with these sneakers from Nordstrom Rack. They’re the classic soft black Nikes that go with everything.
Now this outfit has the same pants and shoes. But I am wearing a plain black tank top and one of my favorite Lulu purchases: the Define jacket. It is so flattering on and makes me feel far fitter than I am. 😉
I also got some fun sneakers recently that are currently on rotation:
Nordstrom Rack is one of my favorite places to get sneakers because they usually come at such a great price. You can pick up 3 pairs of tennis shoes for the cost of one at full price elsewhere. The Nike Zooms are on sale right now for $69 and the Pumas (from Saks Off 5th) are 50% off for $34.
Do you have any favorite Athleisure pieces that are a must-have? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
A lot has happened since we last spoke! We welcomed our second baby into our family and she has been the biggest blessing. Needless to say, life has been a rollercoaster of emotions these past two weeks [mainly happy with a side of “how do we manage two babies and stay sane?”] Ha!
My mom has been staying with us since we came home from the hospital, which has been a HUGE help. The hardest part of the newborn phase [for me] is the lack of continued sleep. So mom has been staying up late watching the baby while I get some sleep in between feedings. We are so fortunate to have her helping us and we do not take it for granted in the least!
In between the feedings and snuggles with the new babe, I’m adjusting to nursing, not working [office work, that is], trying to spend enough time with my oldest all while eating my weight in cookie deliveries and rugelach. [For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a Jewish pastry that I craved throughout my pregnancy. My mom bought me some once I got out of the hospital and I have been having at least two, err maybe three, each day. 😬 I told mom that once this bag was finished, we couldn’t buy anymore. 😅)
In terms of nursing, breastfeeding is definitely much easier for me this time around. My daughter latched on on day two, whereas it took my son and I about two weeks to figure it out. I also know to drink my Mother’s Milk Tea and eat my lactation cookies to keep up my supply. I talk about that more in this post. With my first, after I delivered I went back to eating like I did pre-pregnancy, which was a fairly low-carb, standard-calorie diet. I quickly learned that it was not conducive to nursing as my supply dropped significantly. I now let myself eat pretty much whatever I want [within reason], and I find I eat more while nursing than I did while pregnant. In addition, I try and drink 30 oz. of water after each feed. This step is critical to keeping up supply as well. [New mamas, take note: save the 30 oz. plastic water jug they give you at the hospital! It’s great for your water chugging needs postpartum.]
From an overall physical standpoint, I did gain a few stretch marks on my stomach this pregnancy. I was lucky to have avoided them last time. I am not complaining though as I am beyond blessed to have been able to carry a baby am so grateful. However, I am kicking myself for not putting on any cocoa butter or moisturizer. I even have some from my first pregnancy sitting out on my bathroom counter! Ugh. My daughter was almost a pound heavier than my son so maybe that’s what did it. I also think the stretchmarks developed last minute as I didn’t notice them throughout the pregnancy.
Mentally, having a second baby has been easier because I have already been through this process once. Every little thing is not new and I’m not stressing out about every minor detail. Of course there are new challenges, such as spending enough quality time with my first when my newborn needs me so much right now. Sleep deprivation and hormonal mood swings are all still part of the picture, but expected, and therefore not as stressful this second time around. [Of course this is just my experience and I’ve talked to a couple of moms who felt the second baby was much more stressful.]
All in all, I am so grateful for this blessing in our lives and can’t wait to share what I learn with you all as we go.
THANKSGIVING OUTFIT IDEA
Now onto the holiday season that’s right around the corner! Thanksgiving is just two weeks away [What?! HOW??] and I think it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite holiday. Being Jewish, we don’t have all of the Christmas excitement that December brings [Hanukkah is wonderful but obviously not as mainstream or celebrated like Christmas.] So I think that’s why I love the Fall season and Thanksgiving so much. Being with family, eating delicious food, decorating your home and front doorstep with all the fall foliage and pumpkins…what could be better?!
Every year, I look forward to [and sometimes stress out about] my Thanksgiving Day outfit. This is usually my busiest time at work and if I’m not diligent about planning ahead, the holiday can sneak up on me. We usually go to a big family lunch at my husband’s cousin’s house. In terms of an outfit, I try to pick out something casual and comfortable [I do not hold back on seconds or thirds at Thanksgiving!] 😛 Sometimes I’ll go with jeans and a nice top, and other times I will wear a dress with boots if I want to feel a little dressier.
OUTFIT INSPIRATION & SOURCING
We shot this look when I was 38 weeks pregnant and this dress is so comfortable and cozy. For any pregnant mamas looking for a dress that is casual, yet still feels put together at the same time, this one is it. Not to mention, it’s not constricting at all and is only $28! I love Old Navy for their basic maternity dresses and this one does not disappoint.
For my non-pregnant ladies, I linked a couple of sweater dresses that I think are really cute as well. I decided to dress up my look with these knee-high boots that I got from the Nordstrom Sale last year, but you can also make it more casual with flats or flat boots. The heeled boots I’m wearing in the pictures are sold out at Nordstrom but there’s some sizes left on Amazon. I also linked a few similar options below. I threw on this large scarf [I got mine in a little boutique in Canada but this one is very similar] and paired it with my Tory Burch purse. It’s an older style no longer sold but I love this one! Reminds me of the Gucci Marmont.
I hope this look inspires you as you put together your outfit for Thanksgiving!
Finding clothes that fit, look good AND make you feel good during pregnancy is not easy. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of my least favorite things to do! And I am someone that loves curating the perfect ensemble. There’s something about feeling put together that makes you feel confident and ready to take on the day / meeting / grocery trip 😉 / whatever it may be!
Today I’m talking about this comfy Spring look that I love for errands and weekend activities! This cardigan was my first purchase from Goodnight Macaroon and I must say, I love it. [Scratch that: second purchase. I bought a blue and white jumper that did not fit and exchanged it for this!] I am also obsessed with these tennies from Target. Only $19! I’m pretty picky about my footwear being comfortable and these definitely are. Great for throwing on and running errands or casual weekend attire for hanging out with the fam!
Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far! I can’t believe Spring is officially here and April is right around the corner. I’m now 6 months pregnant *insert Home Alone Kevin McCallister screaming face here.* The excitement / nervousness is setting in as I anxiously try and prepare everything for the baby’s arrival! Everything will get done, everything will be fine… 😉
While the warmer temperatures are almost upon us [and intermittently show up on glorious Saturday afternoons here in Dallas], it is still sometimes chilly in the evenings! Although I’m eager for the baby to get here, I’m also trying to soak up our last few months as a family of 3 [our pup Morty is also very excited!]. Making sure we see friends and family, go out on dates and explore the city is important to me so that we take advantage of this super special time.