top: c/o Du North Designs,  jeans: Old Navy,  jacket: Forever 21,  scarf: Jackson Rowe,  shoes: Hush Puppy,  sunnies: Barefoot Contessa 

So, you’ve had a baby.  Congratulations!  Your maternity clothes are now too big (yay!) but you’re not entirely sure in how to navigate this new post baby bod.  It is hard to figure out what flatters you and, most importantly, what you feel good in after having a baby.  From my own experience, I find simplifying your closet the best way to go.  If you have a closet full of things you don’t want to wear, you will be frustrated every time you go to get dressed.  (Stay tuned for a post with my closet cleaning tips.)  You may also need to shop for a few new items.  Old Navy is an awesome place for jeans; especially for all you curvier gals like me and for those on a budget.  Scroll to the bottom to see my 6 mommy wardrobe musts.

1) A pair of comfortable everyday jeans.  If you’re like me, sweats and leggings are your go to at home attire.  When I go out though, jeans are my go to.  Be sure to shop for both comfort and fit.
2) Longer tops with shape that don’t cling.  This tunic I’m wearing is flowy but also still has some shape to it.  Proportion is key to a flattering look.
3) A leather (or vegan leather) jacket.  This faux leather jacket is the perfect item to transition me into to Spring.  My favourite leather jacket is a bit tight at the moment, so I’ve added this one into my wardrobe in the meantime.
4) A couple pairs of cute, comfortable shoes.  Don’t torture yourself with shoes that rub or hurt to wear.  Hush Puppies and Miz Mooz are a couple of my favourite brands.
5) A great lightweight scarf.  Scarves are such a perfect extra layer for unpredictable Spring weather.  This Jackson Rowe scarf ticks all the boxes…oversized, versatile, light weight, and neutral enough to go with anything.
6) A big ass pair of sunglasses.  Weather I’m dropping Maddie off at pre-school or running some errands, sunglasses are my must have accessory.  Nothing covers my tired eyes or no makeup face quite like a pair of oversized sunnies.

Oh, and don’t forget…..a fab haircut!  A clean and easy coif will help you from feeling disheveled.  Don’t change your look too drastically after having your baby.  Hormones are crazy and I have had friends regret chopping all their hair off in a post baby hormonal rage.  I like to keep my hair shorter, but long enough to still get a messy top knot when needed.

 

I am currently 25 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy with twins.   Things have been going well and my little ones have been growing beautifully.  I have had to treat this pregnancy much different then my pregnancy with my daughter.  I have way more doctor’s appointments and I go to the hospital for an ultrasound every two weeks.  It’s quite amazing to see them grow from appointment to appointment.  It is such a miracle to see.  When you tell people you are expecting twins, inevitably, there are a lot of follow up questions.  I would totally be the same way!  Twins are quite fascinating and we’ve been learning so much as we go through this pregnancy.  Since there are so many questions, I thought I would share the five questions I get asked the most.

1) When are you due?  My 40 week due date is January 9th, however full term with twins is considered 37 weeks.  This would make my twin due date December 19th (ish).  With multiples it’s really not that easy though.  There are so many different variables than can affect when they arrive, so these are more just like markers and goals to work towards.

2) Was it a surprise when you found out?  YES!  I actually went to my first ultrasound on my own as it was right in the middle of the day and I didn’t want my husband to have to take time off work for it.  It’s usually a pretty routine appointment with them confirming your due date, etc.  When the ultrasound technician told me there were TWO BABIES, I was completely shocked, cried some happy tears, and couldn’t wait to tell my husband when he got home from work.  I think it took us about a week to process the fact the fact that we are having twins.  I still have little moment from time to time where it all just feels surreal.

3) Do you know what you are having?  Yes, we do.  We are having identical girls.

4) Do you have a history of twins in your families?  One of my doctors told me that with identical twins, there is not really any bearing on family history like with fraternal twins.  It’s just one of those little miracles that can happen at random.

5) How do you feel about going from one to three kids?   I definitely am feeling all the feelings.  I’m nervous, scared, excited, overjoyed, and a bit fearful of the unknown.  As we were only really planning to have one more child, switching gears to prepping for two more can be a bit overwhelming.  On a very personal note, I actually had one pregnancy before my daughter Madelyn that resulted in a miscarriage.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through and still have a hard time talking about it without tearing up.  That babies’s due date was June 7th.  The day I found out I was having twins was on June 7th.  I was actually feeling a bit nervous going to the ultrasound on that day, but ended up with the most amazing gift.  Friends joke with us that our lives are over and things will  be nuts once they are born…which it probably will be.  However, this feels like how our family was meant to be and we can’t wait for the wild ride ahead.

 

 

Fall Bump Style Inspo
I find a lot of the bump fashion advice kind of annoying.  I am constantly being told that I can get away with not wearing maternity items.  I simply need to wear loose fitting clothes or size up and I’ll look fabulous.  I call bulls!#% on the whole thing!  I’m sure this works for some women who are already quite slender and gain only a wee bit in their tummy.  This is not me.  I’m got curvy bits to begin with and my bump (according to the lady at the bank and the random stranger at Tim Hortons) is huge already.  I am almost 23 weeks pregnant with my twins and look a lot like I did with Madelyn at the end of my pregnancy.  I gave in to maternity duds early on with a few exceptions of course.  My basic garments are all maternity with a few pieces already in my closet thrown in.  Why be uncomfortable when I gan be wearing glorious elastic waist band pants?  Delicious! So, if you are expecting and tired of feeling like a freak because you are pregnant and wearing maternity clothes (go figure), then here is my round up of what I have in my current capsule maternity wardrobe.
The Maternity Items list:
Half a dozen tees and tanks
A pair of jeans (I’m all about the ones with the giant elastic waist)
One other pair of pants
Overalls (for a fun item to mix it up a bit)
undies
PJ’s
sweatpants/cozy pants for lounging in
a little black dress (something simple that can be dressed up or down)
The Non-Maternity Items List: 
Accessories ~ hats, jewelry, bags, scarves (all things that you already have that can switch up the look of a basic outfit)
Flat comfortable shoes ~ You may have some already, but if not, buy yourself a pair.  I recommend slip ons.  Bending is near impossible for me these days.
Cardis / Capes: I have lots of long, flowy cardigans that do layer well over my maternity pieces.  I have a couple of cute plaid capes I plan on using for my outerwear this year.  I’m hoping I can get away with not having to buy a maternity coat as it will be short lived.
Sports bras ~ I’m really not a fan of underwire and find that sports bras are the way to go.  I wear them almost everyday.
Where I like to shop: 
Motherhood Maternity for jeans, tees, tanks, loungewear, overalls.
Thyme Maternity for underwear and PJ’s.
Old Navy for fashion items like my little black dress.
I also have some pieces from Topshop and Asos from my last pregnancy.
You really don’t need to buy a ton of stuff.  I recommend buying great basics that you will wear to death.  It’s such a short period of time so embrace the capsule wardrobe and have fun with accessories.

 

Over the weekend I did a huge closet purge and organization.  I kept all my favourite pieces.  The ones I wear over and over again and truly love to wear.  My 20′s were all about having fun with my style.  I chose fashion over function and shoes were a big part of this. It still amazes me that I used to wear heels to work everyday, and I was on my feet all day. I can barely last a couple hours now.

Now in my mid-30′s, I’m all about the comfort.  Comfortable doesn’t have be ugly or outdated though.  I find I now buy brands that are timeless, versatile, and feel like butter on my feet.  Miz Mooz seems to be one of fave Summer shoe go-to’s.  When I was cleaning out my closet, overtime I picked up a pair of my Miz Mooz I’d say “Oh, I love these ones.” The top pair you have seen a few times on the blog this season.  They are the best everyday shoe.  The second pair I got last year (they have them back again this year) and are a great all season flat.  These were my updated solution to the ballet flat.  The bottom pair I also bought last year and have been great for weddings, events, or a dinner out with the hubs.

I am feeling excited about living with less, wearing the items I have more, and truly loving what’s in my closet.  Don’t ever feel like you “should” buy something just because it’s a trend.  Instead think about your lifestyle and what you like.  These items will last  you more than just a single season.  This is good news for the environment and for your bank account.

This post was not sponsored.  All opinions are my own…as always. 

 

jacket & sweater: c/o Point Zero,  pants: Addition Elle

With the recent arrival of Spring, I have found myself outside more soaking up all that good vitamin D.  Maddie and I have been spending time at the park and last this week we had our first longer after dinner family walk of the season.  I’ve been working on my mom on the go style of comfort but not schleppy.  With many of my yoga pants now with holes in them it was time to search for something new to replace the well loved old.  It proved to be a bit more challenging than I thought it would.  It seems that XL’s are a myth in “regular stores” or most are sold out.  I had no idea.  So I wandered into my local Addition Elle shop, for the first time, to be pleasantly surprised to find out that their sizing starts at XL.  These super comfy pants were only $50 and so far I’m loving everything about them.

A couple of other new loves to make a home in my closet are these new pieces from Point Zero.  This light weight pullover sweater with mesh back is great now with a tank layered underneath, but I also think it will look cute over my bathing suit with a pair of shorts this summer.  Although it was 20 degrees out yesterday, the evenings are still quite cool.  This jacket is perfect for our sunset strolls or morning trips to the market.  I think I’m starting to make some headway with this whole athleisure wear thing.

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