How to Style a Flannel

Fall is here and I’m as basic as it gets. So yes, I can’t even right now!

With Fall comes some of my favorite things; cooler weather, leggings, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes and FLANNELS!

Flannels are one of the most underrated wardrobe pieces a gal can own. They can be worn on their own, as a second layer or tied around the waist. And believe it or not, you can dress it up too.

I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite ways to style a flannel to take you from Paul Bunyan to flannel-ista!

Rock your flannel with your fave jeans, cardigan and booties for the ultimate Fall look! And make sure to spread joy with fist bumps!

Take your flannel to the office by pairing it with a pencil and some heels.

Yes! You can dress up a flannel. Don your flannel with an A line skirt, heels, a cute bag and a statement necklace to give it a girly touch.

Denim skirts are back in! Combine your flannel with those Hollister skirts we used to rock back in the 2000’s for a fun look.

Its that time of year where you are chilly in the AM but sweating by noon, so why not sport your flannel with some cut off shorts.

Tie your flannel over your dress at the waist for the perfect mix of casual yet girly.

I am all about these button up skirts right now! And this color with a flannel is giving me all the Fall feels.

With Fall comes football season and wearing your flannel over your favorite hoodie is the perfect tailgate look.

A few of my favorite pieces all in one! Rock your flannel under a leather jacket for an edgy look.

Grab your flannel, fave scarf, jeans, booties, a pumpkin spice latte and your girls and do all the Fall things. Go on a wine tour, pumpkin or apple picking, you know all the basic Fall festivities.

Causal Friday at the office just got a lot cooler. Sport your flannel under a blazer with some nice jeans and cute heels.

You really cannot go wrong by pairing anything with black jeans and a denim jacket. Wear all the things with this combo!

I was raised on Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, so this rocker look is giving me life! Grab your husband’s flannel and wear it over a cute graphic tee with some faux leather leggings and heels.

Happy Fall ya’ll! Get your flannels out and rock them in style while doing all things Fall.

Stripes 101: How to Wear Stripes

Girrrrrrrl, if you know me you know I live for stripes. I was recently chatting with my sister and she was telling me about her fear of wearing stripes. So I am here to give you ladies the tips and tricks to rock those stripes in the most flattering way and with confidence.

The Scoop on Stripes

  • Stripes are considered a neutral. They mix well with basically every other print. And stripes NEVER go out of style!
  • There are several kinds of stripes; vertical, horizontal, diagonal, micro, colorblock, pinstripes, candy, bengal, bayadere and brenton to name a few.
  • Start off slow with striped accessories.
  • The thinner the stripe, the more flattering it will be.
  • Keep in mind your body shape when experimenting with stripes.
  • If you want to create the illusion of curves, sport wider stripes in the areas you are looking to highlight.
  • When it comes to pants keep the stripes vertical. Vertical stripes will make you appear longer and leaner, where horizontal will do the opposite.
  • If you want to sport some horizontal stripes without looking wider, add a jacket or cardigan to break it up.
  • Diagonal stripes are excellent at concealing the bad and accenting the good of your shape.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix stripes. As I said before, stripes are considered a neutral and are super easy to mix with any print. Try mixing a horizontal striped top with a vertical striped bottom.

Stripe Style Tips for Your Shape

PEAR– Horizontal stripes on top will draw the eye up and focus the attention to your upper body. You can rock vertical stripes on the bottom, as they create the illusion of a longer and leaner bottom half. But avoid horizontal stripes on your lower half.

ATHLETIC/RECTANGLE- Use stripes to your advantage to create curves. Wider stripes will help create more curve, so don’t be scared to rock a wide horizontal striped top or wide band pencil skirt to accent those lady lumps.

APPLE- Draw attention to your lower body by pairing a basic top with a striped skirt or pant.

HOURGLASS- Choose stripes that are flattering for your midsection. Think carefully about what you would like to accent or minimize and dress accordingly.

I know wearing stripes can seem intimidating but now you have the down low to rock them in style.

Even Astyn loves her striped dresses and did an awesome job pairing them with her floral headband. She is so stylish, I can’t even!

Mindful Shopping: How to Save Time and Money While Clothes Shopping

As a new-er mom, I don’t have all day to spend shopping. Although sometimes I wish I did!

Shopping used to be one of my favorite past times. I loved spending the day with my girlfriends sipping on iced coffees, eating mall junk food and trying on all the clothes. Now that I have a family I don’t have as much free time. I have a baby to feed and a husband to clean after, and vice versa.

Here are my tips and tricks to help you shop mindfully to save you time and money, honey!

Girl loves our Target runs! Or is it the snack that has her so happy?!

The Down Low

  1. Know your body type! Knowing what styles are flattering for your shape will save you a ton of time in the dressing room. Once you know which cuts and styles don’t work for you, you don’t even have to bother trying them on. Not sure what your body type is? Don’t worry girl, I got you covered with my previous post on body types. Link here.
  2. Know your skin tone and undertones to determine which colors look best on you and which ones don’t. Find out which colors are most flattering for your skin tone here.
  3. I am jumping on the Marie Kondo band wagon! Only try on or choose pieces that spark joy and that you LOVE when you pick them up. I have wasted so much time trying on clothes that were cute but I didn’t love.
  4. If you don’t absolutely love a clothing item when you try it on, DON’T buy it! It doesn’t matter if its 50% off or you have a coupon. If it doesn’t spark joy put it back on the rack. That item is just going to sit in your closet and clutter it up.
  5. Have an idea what you are looking for before you step foot in a store. Google, use Pinterest or ideas from your favorite fashion bloggers to create a style board of exactly what you have in mind.
  6. Determine what stores and brands work best for you. Which brands fit you well, are in your price point and offer pieces that reflect your style?
  7. Be true to you. Its hard to not get sucked in to all the trends, whether they are flattering on you or not. Be very mindful of the items you are picking out. Are you choosing them because they are true to your personal style or are they trendy pieces that are in but you most likely will wear once or twice because its just not you?
  8. I have said it once and I will say it again and again. Dress how you want to be addressed. Are the pieces you are selecting pieces that you want to speak for you? Ensure the items are portraying the image you want to put out there.
  9. Always abide by the two rule. Make sure whatever you are purchasing goes well with two pieces of clothing you already own.
  10. If you are really strapped for time and have the budget, hire a style consultant. Style consultants are experts who will take in to account your body shape, skin tone, style and budget when picking out pieces for your wardrobe. Stylists will help you go through your current wardrobe, go over styles best for you and even offer personalized shopping sessions where they pick out pieces for you to try on and have them ready to go before you even get to the store.

I used to love to shop but now that I have my super cool one year old and my husband works shift work, I really value our family time. Heck yes, its nice to get some alone time/retail therapy! These tips will make your “you time” less stressful and more fun and productive.

How to Find the Most Flattering Jeans for Your Booty

Want some tips and tricks to help you find the best jeans to make your booty appear round, firm and lifted? Heck yes you do girl!

Whether you have a flat, long, saggy or triangle butt I have the low down on what to look for when jean shopping.

Like my last post on how to accent your waist we can’t all look like JLo or Kim K. And that is perfectly ok! Love your body, love the skin your in and take the time out every single day to find one thing you love about this glorious body you have been blessed with!

But these tips and tricks will help you define and accent those lovely lady lumps!

Types of Butts

Flat Butt- This one is pretty self explanatory, there just isn’t much back there. But the good news is there are a handful of tricks to add some fullness to your backside.

  • Avoid baggy or boyfriend style jeans.
  • Aim for more fitted styles.
  • Jeans with embellished pockets or flap pockets will add some volume to your derriere. Look for bling, buttons, embroidery or contrast stitching.
  • Higher rise jeans will cinch in your waist making your bum appear larger.

Saggy Butt-Your booty tends to droop, so you need a jean that will give a lifting effect.

  • Look for jeans that have pockets that are positioned higher. High pockets pull the eye up and gives you an instant butt lift!
  • Pockets that are long and end where your bum and thighs meet is a NO go for you ladies. This will only make your bottom appear saggier.
  • Jeans that have pockets that are tilted slightly outward creates the illusion of a more fit, lifted and plumper bottom.
  • You can definitely rock detailed pockets but its not a must for your booty type.

Wide Butt- Your bum tends to be the widest part of your body. This is typical for pear shapes.

  • Look for jeans that have pockets that are closer together. This draws the eye in and creates the illusion of a slimmer backside.
  • You want basic medium sized pockets that sit directly in the center of your cheeks.
  • Dark washes will also create a slimming effect.
  • Flares and bootcut jeans will help balance out your hips and butt.

Low Butt-Do not confuse a low butt for a saggy butt. Low butts are not saggy, they just sit lower and can still be firm.

  • Pockets that lift your bum are going to be your secret weapon.
  • Look for denim with less stretch. Jeans with too much stretch tend to get baggy, loose and don’t create that lifting effect your are going for.
  • Contoured waistbands and pockets are flattering for your shape.
  • Look for pockets with detailing at the top of the pocket as this draws the eye up and lifts the bum.

V Butt-V bottoms tend to be widest at the top and smallest at the bottom.

  • Look for pockets that are placed lower and are turned sightly inward create the appearance of a rounder butt.
  • Jeans with a light wash or what we call “sanding” at the bottom of your bum will also make your bum appear rounder and fuller.

Triangle Butt- This is the opposite of a V butt. Your booty tends to be widest at the bottom.

  • Jeans with pockets that are placed higher will draw the eye up.
  • Ensure your pockets are on the fullest part of your bottom.

Bubble or Bigger Butt- If you have a fuller derriere and want to downplay it, I got some tips for you!

  • Dark washes and looser styles like a boyfriend jeans will play down your booty.
  • Look for mid rise jeans with minimal details on the pockets.
  • Looser leg styles such as flares and boot cuts will take the focus off your bottom.
  • Less stretch in your denim will hold you in and give you a little lift.

6 Things To Look for When Jean Shopping

  1. Pockets- Pocket placement is key for all booty types, so always pay careful attention to where the pocket sits when trying them on. Pockets should NEVER (for any butt type) extend past where your bum meets your thighs.
  2. Fabric Content- Make sure to have a little stretch in your denim because jeans with zero stretch will literally flatten your booty. And they won’t be comfortable if you go a little cray at dinner.
  3. Wash/Color- Darker rinses will downplay and lighter will demand more attention. So whether you’re trying to attract or divert the eye, keep that in mind!
  4. Cut of Jeans- Bootcuts and flares will balance out curves while skinny or straight legged jeans will make your bottom look larger compared to your thighs.
  5. Details- Stitching or embellishments on pockets can add fullness and draw the eye to your booty. Make sure these details are appropriately placed on the pocket for your specific booty type.
  6. The Yoke- The yoke is the seam directly under the waistband and can either make or break the appearance of a nice booty.
  • The V Yoke is the most popular and most flattering.
  • The sweetheart or curved V yoke creates instant curves.
  • The inverted arc creates the illusion of a rounder and fuller bottom.
  • The straight yoke will make your hips appear wider. I would stay away from this style unless you are trying to create more curve in the hip area.
  • Avoid the super deep V yoke like the plague. With the yoke being longer it pushes the pockets down, which makes your booty look longer. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Here are some American Eagle jeans with bigger pockets that are placed wider apart and a deeper yoke.
These are White House Black Market jeans with lower flap back pockets and a deep yoke.
These Old Navy jeans have a V yoke with higher placed pockets that are turned slightly outward.
These White House Black Market jeans have a V yoke and embellished pockets.
Here are a pair of White House Black Market jeans with a V yoke, mid placed pockets with contrast stitching at the top.
These Hollister jeans have a V yoke, contrast stitching on the pockets and sanding (lighter wash) on the center and bottom of booty.

Here are some Old Navy jeans with a deep yoke and wide placed pockets that are turned slightly outward.

You now have the tips and tricks to make jeans shopping a breeze and to find the perfect pair for your badonkadonk.

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How to Accent Your Waist

Want to add the illusion of curves to your shape? We can’t all be bootylicious like Beyonce. But there are some tricks to help define your waistline and give you the appearance of an hourglass shape instead of the nice rectangle-ish shape I got going on.

(disclosure: still love your body and all the great things it does! We can grow and feed humans with our bodies! That is some superhero isshhh!)

The Tips, The Down Low, The Good Stuff

  • High waisted bottoms– High waisted bottoms should hit right at or just below your belly button. High waistlines emphasize the smallest part of your silhouette and are super flattering for your shape! Make sure to tuck in your tops when rocking those high waisted mom jeans to define your waist even more.
  • Belt it- Belts not only define your waist but they also draw the eye right to it! Make sure your belt isn’t too thick because that can actually have the opposite effect and give you the appearance of a larger midsection.
  • A good bra- Don’t underestimate the power of a good bra girl. A proper fitting bra will lift up and seperate the girls, which helps define your waistline. And honestly, after breastfeeding for over a year the girls need all they help they can get!
  • Peplum tops-A structured peplum top is a great way to add definition to your waist. A peplum top comes in at the natural waist and flares out to create the illusion of a hourglass shape.
  • All the dresses– Dresses like fit & flares, wraps and A-lines will be your best fraaannnd girl! These styles will cinch in that waist and flare out below to give you them curves.
  • Colorblock- Look for colorblock dresses with dark side panels that taper in at the waist and have a lighter color front panel. Colorblocking is a great way to trick the eye! Our eyes tend to skip over the side panels and only focus on the light front panel. Voila, instant curves.
  • Sleeves- Sleeves that end at or around the elbow draw the eye to your waistline.
  • Lower necklines– Low necklines, especially the plunging kind, will bring one’s focus down towards the waist.
  • Wide leg pants– I love me some skinny jeans but a nice wide leg jean like a boot cut, flare or even bell bottom creates more shape. Skinny jeans tend to make us look like one long unshapely line.

Some Examples

Before

I love love love love my boyfriend jeans and a classic t-shirt but they aren’t very flattering styles, as you can see!

After

Use these tips to create some curve and start lookin’ booytlicious girl. I don’t think anybody will be ready for that jelly haha! If you don’t get that reference than you obvi weren’t a huge Destiny’s Child fan back in the 2000’s like I was. But thats ok, Youtube the song and dance to it while cleaning the house. Your hubby and kids might look at you like you are crazy but its a good throwback, I promise!

Mixing Prints 101

There are three things that terrify me; snakes, decaf coffee and mixing prints.

Luckily, it is super trendy right now to go crazy with mixing prints and this fashion blogging journey has made me much more comfortable when it comes to pairing stripes with animal prints.

So I am going to share with you the tips and tricks that helped me overcome my fear of prints and rock them with confidence.

The Basics

These tips are going to help you start off your mixing print journey. Its time to face our fears ladies!

  • Start with similar color schemes. Pair a black and white polka dot top with a black and white striped skirt, etc. Keep it in the same tonal range.
  • Choose one piece to be your bold print that dominates and the other piece will be your accent piece. Mix a large bold print with a smaller print.
  • Match the same print but in different colors.
  • Stripes act as a neutral when it comes to mixing prints.
  • Textured fabrics such as leather, lace and tweed are considered a print! Now this seems much easier and less intimidating right?!
  • A graphic t-shirt is also a print!
  • If want to ease into this journey try starting with one print piece on your body and the other print as an accessory.
  • If you are rocking head to toe print you can break it up with a solid belt, cardigan or jacket.

The Prints

Stripes

As I said before, stripes are the neutrals of prints. Stripes go with everything! Mix stripes with floral, gingham, polka dots, animal prints, herringbone and plaid.

Plaid

I love a good buffalo plaid! Heck, I live for any plaid. Plaid pairs well with stripes, gingham, herringbone, other plaids of different sizes, leopard print and floral. Of course, my go to is a graphic t-shirt under my flannel.

Gingham

Gingham is the ultimate summer fabric in my opinion. Mix gingham with floral, polka dots, plaid, stripes, leopard and a fun print like this strawberry fabric.

Polka Dots

I’m going to be honest, polka dots are my least favorite print. You really have to put work in to find a non-cheesy print. Polka dots look great with a polka dot print of a different size, animal prints, stripes, plaid, herringbone and floral.

Floral

Florals are all the rage right meow! Did I just say meow? Yes, yes I did. Florals mix well with stripes, animal print, polka dots, gingham, floral and plaid.

Animal

I am very particular about animal prints because like polka dots, they can look super cheesy. Animal prints pair well with other animal prints, floral, herringbone, gingham, plaid and stripes.

Even Azzy is rocking mixed prints with her floral bow and striped socks!

Now is the time to conquer your fear of mixing prints ladies! Remember you can always start slow by adding more print in with accessories and work up from there.

What prints are you excited to mix together? Which prints still seem too intimidating to you? Let me know below in the comments and I’ll help you out girl!

What Colors Are Most Flattering For Your Skin Tone?

I love this dress but it washes me out and doesn’t compliment my skin tone!

Ever love a top or dress but something just didn’t look right when you put it on? It fit well in all the right places but something was off? Color matters! And this is only a guideline. If there is a color you love but it doesn’t flatter your skin tone, rock it with your accessories!

How To Determine Your Skin Undertone:

There are multiple ways to figure out your skin tone. I will go over each method below.

The Vein Method

Check the veins on your inner forearm to determine your skin tone.

  • If your veins are blue or purple you have a cool undertone.
  • If they are green you have a warm undertone.
  • If it is hard to determine, you most likely have a neutral undertone.

The Jewelry Test

Use gold and silver necklaces and/or bracelets in natural lighting to figure out which color makes your skin look brighter and healthier.

  • If gold jewelry is most flattering on you, you have a warm undertone.
  • Your undertone is cool if silver jewelry suits you best.
  • If you are lucky enough to look great in both, you have a neutral undertone.

The Paper Test

Hold a sheet of white printer paper up to clean, make up free skin in natural lighting.

  • If your skin looks yellow, green or brown you have a warm undertone.
  • If your skin looks pink, rosy or blue you have a cool undertone.
  • You have a neutral undertone if your skin has a grey or ashen appearance.

The Nail Bed Method

Its as simple as it sounds! Check your nail beds to determine your undertone.

  • You have a cool tone if your nail beds are reddish-orange, reddish-blue or pinkish-blue.
  • If your nail beds are peachy or yellow, you have a warm undertone.

Colors for Warm Skin Tones

Your go to colors: Red, scarlet, cranberry, peach, coral, orange, amber, honey, gold, yellow, orchid, olive green and moss green.

Your neutrals: Taupe, cappuccino, brown, cream and mushroom gray.

Colors to avoid: Jewel tones such as; icy blues, sapphire and amethyst.

Colors for Cool Skin Tones

Your go to colors: Bright blues, deep purples, ruby red, emerald green, mint green, lavender, fuchsia, baby pink and rosy red.

Your neutrals: Cool gray, navy and bright white.

Colors to avoid: Oranges, yellows and tomato red.

Colors for Neutral Skin Tones

Your go to colors: Blush, dusty pink, light peach, cornsilk yellow, medium blue and jade green.

Your neutrals: Mid-range grays, off white, coffee brown and black.

Colors to avoid: Electric blue and magenta.

Colors for Everyone

Light blush, teal and eggplant purple are colors that people of all undertones can rock with confidence!

True story. And I just love Steve Harvey, TBH.

As always, these are just suggestions. Fashion and personal style is all about self expression. If you love it, than wear it! Who cares about all the “what not to wear rules”! You already know what I am going to say; You do you boo boo ❤️

How to Take Your T-shirt Outfit to the Next Level

Have a favorite old t-shirt but not sure how to style it so that it looks like you put just a little effort in? I got ya back girl. I am all for keeping it comfy and casual. Below I will demonstrate two ways to take your boring t-shirt outfit to the next level.

The Tuck Method

It really is as easy as it sounds. Just simply tuck in the front of your top until you are satisfied with the way it lays and voila, you have a completely different and more put together look.

The Tie Method

This is my favorite hack of all! I use the small elastic hairbands from the dollar store and simply gather up my t-shirt to one side, tie it up and tuck the excess up. I love, love, love how this looks and it takes all of 5 seconds!

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Flowers, sunshine and warmer temperatures. I am dreaming of Spring on this chilly, rainy day we are having today in Vegas. I love Spring. The plants are coming back to life and showing off their vibrant colors. The temperature is climbing and people are out and about enjoying the sunshine. Flowy floral dresses, white skinny jeans, wedges, mid length skirts. These are a few of my favorite things!

These pieces are my must have basics to get you on your way to serving looks this Spring. Get it boo!

Tanks & Camis

With the unpredictable weather in Spring, layering is your friend girl. If you want to add a little more color to your outfits that fit the season try adding light pastel colored tanks/camis under your cardigan or denim button up. You can get tanks for as low as $4 at Walmart. Treat yoself.

Dressy T-Shirts

Sounds like an oxymoron right? I’m talking about basic t-shirts with feminine touches such as a floral print shirt or striped t-shirt with lace sleeves. Dressy t-shirts are awesome for taking a casual skinny jeans outfit to the next level while still remaining comfy and cute.

Striped T-Shirts

Striped t-shirts are essential all year round. They are the coffee of wardrobe pieces, a MUST have. You can dress up a striped tee with a mid length skirt or keep it casual with a pair of skinny jeans.

Flowy Blouses

Flowy floral blouses just scream Spring. The light weight fabric, the colors and the movement perfectly embodies all things Spring. You cannot go wrong with a flowy blouse paired with some white skinny jeans and flats. Yes, I said white pants. I know white clothing mixed with toddlers is taboo but they are perfect for brunch with the girls or a lunch date with yo man. Or woman, no judgement here ladies!

Denim Button Up

Nothing like a good fitting button up. You can rock it with a floral skirt and wedges or white skinny jeans and a pair of flats.

Cardigans

Does this even need an explanation?! If you have read my winter wardrobe post then you know about my love of cardigans. With the temperamental temperatures of Spring, cardigans are a fantastic way of keeping you warm and stylish.

Mid Length Skirt

Light weight, flowy and easy to dress up or down, a mid length skirt is the perfect girly touch to have in your Spring wardrobe.

Floral Dress

When I think of Spring I think of flowers. And a lot of rain but I don’t need that negativity in my life. In all seriousness, you cannot go wrong with a floral dress under a denim jacket. This little number pictured below is actually a Pink Blush dress I wore for my baby shower. I love their dresses because you can don them during your pregnancy and postpartum journey!

All The Skinny Jeans

In my opinion there are three essential types of skinny jeans for Spring; regular denim skinnies, cropped skinny jeans and those unthinkable white skinnies I mentioned before.

Denim Jacket

Whether worn with a floral dress or paired with those white skinny jeans, a denim jacket is the ultimate outerwear for Spring.

Flats, Wedges & Slip On Sneakers

Shoes are the exclamation point to every outfit and are an important finishing touch! With better weather on the horizon, its time to break out those wedges, block heels and strappy sandals girls! Shoes are a great way to make a statement. Choose a soft pink, blue, yellow or jade green color shoe to add a pop of color to your ensemble.

Hat

Now that the temperatures are heating up and we can emerge from our hibernation, we need some accessories to block that sun we haven’t seen in months. Add that extra touch with a stylish fedora, panama or floppy sun hat.

Statement Pieces

Statement pieces are an excellent way to add pops of color to your outfit. If you aren’t comfortable going bold with your clothing bold accessories are a great option to help you step out of the box but stay in your comfort zone. A large colorful necklace, a bright colored crossbody bag or a scarf with a fun pattern are all great choices to add that extra something, something to your ensemble.

Raincoat & Rain Boots

April showers bring May flowers. Spring always brought a substantial amount of rain in NY when I was growing up, so rain gear was a necessity. Luckily, rain gear is so much more stylish now a days!

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Nursing Mom Must Haves for First Few Days Home

Fed is best but this one is for my breastfeeding mamas.

Your body has been pushed to the limit, you’ve probably gotten little to no sleep and now you’re home and 100% responsible for this sweet little babe. The last thing on your mind is how you look. So lets focus on how you should feel. Comfortable.

You’ll likely have a boob monster attached to you every two hours, so you will need clothing that makes it easy to whip those puppies out at the drop of a hat. Here is a list of pieces I found to be essential in the first few weeks as a first time breastfeeding mom.

Robe

A robe was my most beloved piece of clothing postpartum. I searched for weeks for a robe that wasn’t fleece and am I glad I did because holy hormones! No one tells you about the hot flashes and night sweats that plague you after having a baby. If we can be real, you are sore all over after having a baby, likely dealing with engorgement and you probably don’t want to wear anything restricting. A robe is comfy, loose and makes it super easy to nurse on demand. And we know when babies demand the boob, they want it NOW!

My husband surprised me with the Natori robe pictured above. I would have never splurged on it for myself but he has his sweet moments. The Natori robe is incredibly soft and lightweight. And it has pockets, which are even more handy as a mom!

You can get one for yourself on Amazon via this link (see disclaimer below):

https://amzn.to/2TXSlTH

Button Down Pajamas

If I wasn’t in my robe, I was in my pjs. Button down pajamas were so comfy and cute enough that I didn’t feel the need to change when we had visitors. The button down pajama top allowed easy access to the girls, which was crucial.

You can get the pajamas shown above via the link below. I also got a few pairs from Walmart. The Walmart pajamas did the job but the light colored set I bought were quite sheer and thin.

https://amzn.to/2GYDO6Ih  

WALMART BUTTON UP PAJAMA SET:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Secret-Treasures-Women-s-and-Women-s-Plus-Traditional-Short-Sleeve-Notch-Collar-PJ/963361733

Tank Tops

I have said it before and I will say it again, Target maternity tanks are a blessing. I found the neckline to be stretchy enough for me to feed my daughter with ease. I also had a few nursing tanks that clip down in the front and pull down. The clip tanks were very handy but I found that the clips dug into my skin and were a tad uncomfortable due to that. Tank tops were great for keeping me as cool as possible during those hormonal hot flashes while making it easy to breastfeed.

TARGET MATERNITY TANK TOPS:

https://www.target.com/p/maternity-scoop-neck-tank-isabel-maternity-by-ingrid-isabel-153/-/A-52449889?preselect=52318964#lnk=sametab

CLIP DOWN TANK TOPS:

https://amzn.to/2T67dSQhttps://amzn.to/2T67dSQ

Nursing Bras

The best advice I received regarding clothing while breastfeeding was to purchase two types of nursing bras. The pullover kind with no clips to sleep in and bras that clip down in the front for day. Chances are you are getting little to no sleep to begin with. You don’t want to be annoyed with the clips digging into you while you try to catch some Z’s. Below are links to my favorite nursing bras that I purchased from Motherhood Maternity and Walmart.

NURSING BRAS FOR SLEEP:

Motherhood Maternity Wrap Front Nursing Sleep Bra

https://amzn.to/2Epw5wL

NURSING BRAS FOR DAY:


Motherhood Maternity Jessica Simpson Seamless Jacquard Nursing Bra

https://amzn.to/2Ep5DmW 

Loving Moments by Leading Lady Nursing Bra from Walmart

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Maternity-Wirefree-Lace-Trim-Softcup-Nursing-Bra-with-Full-Sling-2-Pack-Style-L347/49653072 

Nursing Pads

Me being the “hippie” I am, purchased some reusable breast pads from Bamboobies. They were so soft, absorbent and kept me from ruining my tops and awkward moments. Some women don’t leak but you never know until you are in the thick of it, so better to be prepared than not. And if you do leak, you know all it takes is a crying baby or a long nap for it to look like the dam has broken. Link below to get you some. You’ll thank me later!

https://amzn.to/2EpxB1V

These were my must have clothing items during my first few weeks as a new breastfeeding mama. I would love to hear what your must haves were. Drop a comment below and share the wealth girl!

13 months and going strong! The bonding is amazing and worth all the struggles!

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