Thursday, January 14, 2016

mama love the coffee... outfit post

Plaid Shirt ~ Costco (who woulda thunk?)
White Camisole (turned nursing cami by me) ~ Walmart
Jeans ~ Walmart
Rose and Pearl Necklace ~ hmmm... Walmart?
Moccasins ~ Ross

Adorable Paris and Birds Mug ~ Ross
Yep, the coffee mug is part of the outfit!  ;-)

Love Andrew's reflection in these pics!
He told me after taking them that he'd managed to make an appearance in my next blog post!

This is a *real life* outfit for me.  It is a combination of prettiness, comfort (a MUST), and practicality (nursing-friendly!).
My favorite styles these days are either button up or loose/flowy blouses.  Both styles make for easier feedings with my ever-growing Renniebird.  And, quite honestly, that is the #1 priority when I choose my outfits these days.
I *do* want to start posting outfits more often, but (again, under the "quite honestly" category) there are many days when I just wear sweats and big cardigans around the house.  Sometimes I enjoy doing myself up a bit even when I'm not going to leave the house, but that doesn't happen as often as in my pre-mom days.  ;-)

I found this shirt at Costco (I know, right?) while I was still pregnant (thinking it would be a good post-pregnancy shirt) and so far I really like it.  It is super-soft and I love how feminine the colors are.  This one layer is about perfect for the too-warm-to-be-winter weather here in southern Utah.

One piece of advice about buying for a post-pregnancy wardrobe: don't do much of it while you're still pregnant!  :-P  Thankfully, this shirt ended up working, but I was in NO WAY prepared for how differently clothing would fit in these post-partum days!  If you're friends with me on facebook, you'll have had a glimpse of the journey I've been going through with embracing my new form.  My goal is to be healthy and perhaps lose some of this baby weight, but even moreso to embrace whatever shape I have in the present moment.  I commented to Andrew the other day about "if I'd only known how thin I was pre-baby and just loved myself while it lasted!" and his response was: "Don't say that.  Don't wish you looked like you did then.  Someday you may say that you wished you'd known how small you were after your first baby!  Be happy with yourself right now."

Just have to point out what a wonderful husband I have.  I am truly cherished.  <3

Life as a wife and mom! continues to be the most incredible chapter of my life yet.  I haven't slept through the night in over 5 months (that's including the terrible insomnia I had at the end of my pregnancy).  My body is adjusting to broken sleep though, so I'm not the zombie I used to be.  :-P  I am usually covered in spilled food (eating while holding a squirming baby has its challenges) and spotted with drool (Miss Rennie is teething and has become a living faucet!), hence dressing more simply at home.  I have been watching (and re-watching) many of my favorite TV shows... for the non-nursers in this group, nursing means lots of time sitting!  And since I don't have any other kiddoes to chase around, I will admit to enjoying quite a bit of Netflix recently.  ;-)  I *do* want to start reading more when Serenity is sleeping.  Any suggestions?

Thank you to those who took the survey!  Your input was very encouraging!  For those who missed it, I WILL be keeping it open for a few more days.  Just click here!

Much love!



Danielle Fisher said...

Coffee is a must for me in the mornings too! And I agree that coffee mugs are always fashion accessories. :)

You have wonderful taste in clothing and you are so beautiful! Also, your husband is pretty fantastic. That's such an important reminder for all women.

Dani xoxo
a vapor in the wind

Natasha Atkerson said...

Oh sweet Rachel, I know it probably doesn't change anything for you, but you really are still beautiful. Give yourself grace, your body gave life to a human, it's going to change and reshape and evolve. As long as you're eating healthy, be content with where you are, know the weight will come back off.
Blessings to your little family,
A modest fashion blog;

Sarah♥ said...

Cute outfit! I always enjoy reading your posts :)

Marianela said...

I can relate to the struggle you're going through, even though I'm not married and don't have any children. I get depressed when I feel "overweight" and that maybe I should cut back on my eating habits, but then I remind myself that my body is not my own. It belongs to Christ, and He does what He pleases with it. For me, when I say a prayer of thanksgiving over my meals, that everything that I eat will be for His glory(1 Corinthians 10:31). Take heart, Rachel! The weight will come off in time. Be diligent in your eating, and seek to give God the glory.

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald