style the bump: 22 weeks

style the bump

This weeks Style The Bump post is all about investment pieces! Like this Hatch onesie which is on the more expensive side, but that I’ve been living in since the early days of pregnancy. It’s cashmere, it’s one size fits all, and it’s one of the most comfortable things I’ve ever bought. But that’s not even the best part. Hatch is designed to fit women pre, during and post pregnancy so while you may feel that each item is “expensive” for maternity-wear, it has longevity. I’ve had many women tell me they are going to scoop one up despite being pregnant. This onesie will fit differently sans bump, but just as cute nonetheless. It’s already been well worth the investment. I found a very similar (more affordable) style at Zara for all the non-pregnant ladies out there too!

Women have recommended to me that maternity clothes are not items you want to spend money on, but I have a different perspective. Pregnancy is a time to feel your most beautiful, which can be difficult when your body is in flux. Some may feel vulnerable or uncomfortable within their changing shape so I believe you should pay extra attention to your self-expression. I’m not saying to break the bank and buy an entire new wardrobe. But there are shopping strategies to adhere to so you can have a high return rate on your investments. This Hatch onesie: case in point. You really can’t put a price on feeling good, starting from the indie out! Per usual, I’m always here as your trusty Stylist if you need some support. Styling Services info can be found here.

SHOP IT: onesie, HATCH (similar for non-pregnancy, ZARA)  // moto jacket: sfera (similar) // coat: zara (similar) // shoes: zara (similar) // hat: topshop (similar) // sunnies: TOM FORD // scarf: vintage (similar) // bag: cole haan (similar)

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photos by Liz Teich of The Brooklyn Stylist

weekly finds: inspiring women

weekly finds

For this Weekly Finds post, I’ve pulled together a list of women who have been super inspiring to me. Like a sponge, I have been absorbing all of their beautiful energy, and I wanted to introduce you to who these incredible creatures are. I’ve met most of these women after launching Your Soul Style which has opened countless doors and relationships in my life. I am eternally grateful for this journey, and meeting these strong individuals who are paving their own way – entrepreneurial, creative, soulful, and designing the lives they want to live. All the while giving back to their communities of women and establishing platforms that perpetuate goodness in the world. True women with Style From The Inside Out. Take a peak at these ladies, the incredible businesses they have created, and head over to their sites to learn a bit more…

Clockwise from top left:

Carly Burson, Founder, Tribe Alive | I’ve written about Tribe Alive in spotlight posts here and here, but I’m continuously inspired by my friend Carly and wanted to include her in this feature. Tribe Alive is all about purposeful fashion, employing indigenous women from countries like Honduras and Ethiopia and giving them opportunities to make a fair wage income they wouldn’t have otherwise had. The merchandise is beautiful, all handmade by local artisans and while the company is just about to launch only their second collection, Spring 2015, Tribe Alive is making major strides in the marketplace. Carly, mother of beautiful Elie, entrepreneur, world traveler and do-gooder is someone to watch. A woman who has been inspiring me since the day I met her, she is ambitious, and determined to make this world a better place. Follow her along on the Tribe Alive site, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Latham Thomas, Founder, Mama Glow | I’ve attended a few events with Latham Thomas, founder, and author of Mama Glow: a hip guide to your fabulous, abundant pregnancy, and felt her energy and spirit radiate the room from the moment I took notice. Latham, who is also a yoga teacher and doula is all about the mind & body alignment for women both expecting and not. She facilitates the important and impactful message of wellness, and believes in the community of women and taking care of yourself, starting from the inside out. It is evident that she practices what she preaches by her beaming soul, and when I recently heard her speak at the Beyond Mom event, I knew she was someone I wanted to stay connected to. Follow her along on Mama Glow, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Randi Zinn, Founder of Beyond Mom | Randi Zinn began Beyond Mom as a way of bringing a community of women together who can inspire and collaborate with one another. “She encourages moms to cultivate a life “Beyond Mom” – one that embraces the gifts of motherhood but expresses all that they are as individuals: creators, businesswomen, thinkers, friends and so much more”. After attending my first event two weeks ago, and meeting Randi in person, I took notice of her leadership, and her position as a strong role model to women who are pursuing their dreams outside of having a family. As I embark into my own journey towards motherhood, I’m so grateful to have connected to Randi and her community. Get involved on the Beyond Mom site, and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Liz Teich, Stylist & Editor of The Brooklyn Stylist | If you google “Fashion Blogger”, you will fall down the interweb rabbit hole since there are over thousands in NYC alone. With that said, most are pretty consistent with the standard fashion blogging format, sharing outfits posts, etc. but what I love about Liz Teich, stylist and founder of The Brooklyn Stylist, is that she provides so much more! As a professional stylist and fashion expert, Liz offers tips and strategies that are useful. I admire her witty and not-so-serious perspective, and am inspired by her approach to fashion and style. While she is totally in the know when it comes to what’s going on in the industry, she keeps things real and authentic. Stay tuned for a full spotlight feature in the coming weeks! In the meantime, follow her along on The Brooklyn Stylist, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Jessica Pallay, Co-Founder of Well Rounded NY | Upon my first meeting with Jessica, I knew she was someone I’d be inspired by. At the time she was working for a non-profit company, co-running Well Rounded NY, raising her two beautiful little girls and didn’t skip a beat. So well spoken, and articulate – a woman who keeps it real. Her authenticity comes through in her personality and spills over to the site which covers relatable and relevant information for the ‘cosmopolitan mom’. Jessica is the kind of woman who I look to when I wonder if I can do it all once the baby arrives. She has shown me that I am capable of running my own successful business, tending to a family, and staying sane in-between. Follow her along on Well Rounded NY, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Domino Kirke, Co-Founder of Carriage House Birth | I recently just met Domino, but was immediately taken aback by her radiating energy and spiritual soulfulness. Domino is the co-founder of Carrige House Birth, a center which provides birth services including doulas, placenta encapsulation, and pre and post natal birthing classes. Domino will actually be acting as our Doula and I felt compelled to include her in this feature because although we’ve just met, I’m inspired. In a time of unknowns for many women, where there may be fear and anxiety about the impending experience, the combination of her practical knowledge with emotional intelligence is a rare find and ultra comforting. Her nature is gentle, centered and peaceful, all necessary vibrations when bringing life into this world. She has worked with tons of women in this city, and has giving them the tools to empower themselves through their individual birthing experiences. I am so grateful to be in such good hands. Check out her site, Carrige House Birth.

yss feedback (from you)!

transform criticism into creativity

Hello, and happy Wednesday. I hope your week is going well. Today’s post is one where I am asking for participation from you, so before I begin, thank you, thank you, thank you for your help! I am coming up on the 2-year anniversary of Your Soul Style, and I have enjoyed every single second of this endeavor. Even when it’s been hard. Despite exploring different paths and opening up the platform to new topics, I believe I’ve found the exact voice I sought out for and am able to provide consistent content, and information that is relevant to the ultimate message of achieving Style From the Inside Out. With that said, I want to solicit your feedback, and I’d LOVE and appreciate if you could take a few minutes and answer 3 short, and easy questions (listed below) in the response section of this post. Your feedback is critical to the evolution of Your Soul Style, and I welcome your authentic honesty. It’s good for the soul and as you know, that is what we are all about here.

I’ve wanted to write this post for some time, but held back. Your Soul Style is my passion project and while I realize constructive criticism is what I am seeking out, sometimes the truth is uncomfortable despite always, ALWAYS being useful. This much I know. Keeping it real in my personal life is a philosophy I adhere to daily, and with Your Soul Style I only want the same. I’m looking for you to lay it on me, and I know you will provide insight to better this space for all of us!

If you prefer to private message me with your feedback, shoot me an e-mail directly to jenny@yoursoulstyle.com.

Your Soul Style Survey:

  • What are your favorite kinds of posts (shopping, home decor, emotional health, spotlight, etc.)?
  • What do you want to see more of? Less of?
  • Are there topics you want to read about, which I have yet to address?

Please feel free to add any additional information or commentary outside of the above questions.

Thank you tons in advance!

xx jenny

style the bump: 21 weeks

style the bump - take 1

Hello, and happy Monday! So now that my bump is in full effect (holy 21 weeks!), figuring out what to wear has become my greatest (yet enjoyable) new style challenge! The first trimester proved unsuccessful since a combination of fatigue, nausea and no real roundness yet to my mid-section lead to many days of repeated outfits. But now I’m full of energy, creativity and totally inspired! My strategy includes buying new items here and there, and trying to invest in pieces with longevity that will work postpartum as well. This means mostly dresses and jumpsuits. As for pants, there is no getting around buying maternity. Waistbands, buttons and zippers simply do not work. And for me, pants in general are not all too comfortable. Come spring, I won’t be wearing them again until after this little baby boo arrives.

With all this being said, I’m kicking off a new Style The Bump series which will offer style tips, techniques and strategies on how to work your new shape into an adjusted wardrobe. I promise that most pieces will work for pregnant AND non-pregnant women with the goal to inspire more then just my fellow ladies with a bun in the oven. I’m an equal opportunity stylist!

To begin, the top 3 looks are ones I’ve worn over the past two weeks and below are the details on where I was going in them, where to purchase the same or similar pieces, and tips on how to style!

I hope you enjoy!

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STYLE THE BUMP: 21 WEEKS

Look 1 (Evening Event): I wore this look to the launch of MM La Fleurs Ever collection on an extremely cold night, and opted to pair a sweater dress over jeans because the single digit temperatures left me no choice but to cover my legs. I plan on removing the denim come spring (along with scarf, hat and boots), and pairing with a flat sandal and moto jacket. Once the bump is gone, this dress won’t be as snug, but will be fitted nonetheless due to stretch in fabric. The dress is non-maternity.

SHOP IT: dress: GAP // denim: AG Jeans (maternity) // coat: Warehouse (similar) // bootie: Zara (similar) // hat: American Apparel // clutch: Clare Viver // scarf: vintage

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Look 2 (Mid-Day Meeting): I wore these overalls to a meeting with a fellow stylist/blogger, and they will likely be too big post baby since I purchased them three sizes larger then usual. They are non-maternity as well. The draw: They cost $19.99! That’s $.14 a day for the remaining 140 days left of pregnancy! Worth the investment if I never wear them again postpartum, wouldn’t ya say?! Plus, I can donate when done. I will live in these for the next few months and am thinking of swapping the plaid button down (non-maternity) for a midriff baring tank/tube come spring. We will have to see what the belly is doing in the next few months though before declaring any of that!  Layers like the blazer, hat and booties will adjust accordingly too.

SHOP IT: overalls: H&M (in store only) // shirt: H&M (similar) // blazer: Ann Taylor (similar) // booties: Zara (similar) // hat: H&M

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Look 3 (Errands Around City):  I wore this look to run around the city and do errands. The only maternity item in this ensemble is my jeans, and I specifically bought them a size larger b/c I prefer a slouchier fit. The sweatshirt has gotten snug over time, but layering the same color tank underneath creates the illusion of length. In another month, I’m sure it will be too small, but let’s all pray for warmth by then!

SHOP IT: sweatshirt: Zara (similar or similar) // jeans: maternity H&M boyfriend jeans // coat: Warehouse (similar) booties: Zara (similar) // hat: H&M // bag: MZ Wallace // sunnies: Tom Ford