style the bump: postpartum series

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It’s all about dressing for your lifestyle and right now mine is new-mom mode. While I covered my pregnancy style through a weekly Style The Bump series, I want to share my exploration through post-bump, postpartum life. There’s a lot of pregnancy style out there for inspiration, but what about after you have the babe? It can be another challenging time to look and feel your best, but worth paying attention to. Many of my clients struggle with what to wear. Remaining put together is a key objective, but functionality which includes comfort, being practical, and in my case nursing-friendly is a must. Most women also need to accommodate a changed shape. I still have about 7 pounds to go, and much of my wardrobe doesn’t fit which leaves me with fewer options. I don’t want an overflowing closet full of items that don’t work, and want to feel good without compromising my current needs. I also don’t want to spend tons of money on a size that won’t fit in 6 months from now. While going through the highs and lows of postpartum dressing, I’ve finally found my groove. So here’s a few tips I’ve picked up along the way to help you find yours. As usual, if you’re looking for hands-on-help from me, head to my services page for details!

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POSTPARTUM STYLING TIPS

1. RE-WORK YOUR CLOSET! Before baby arrives, I recommend re-working your closet to prepare. This includes moving aside items that won’t fit for a few months, and pulling front and center the ones that do. It also includes pulling together nursing, spit-up, and overall newborn friendly clothing. A Closet Cleanse would be a good investment during this time. Head to my services page for details.

2. SHOP SMART: Since it takes most women up to a year to reach pre-pregnancy weight, I recommend shopping wisely in the interim. While I don’t think you should make hefty investments when your body is in flux, I do think you should sprinkle in newness. Joggers, dresses with stretch, and jumpsuits with undefined waists are a few examples of items that will work for now and later. Skip buying expensive jeans until you reach your goal weight. I also recommend shopping in stores like H&M, Zara and Mango where clothing is price sensitive.

3. A LIGHT HANDBAG: I bought my MZ Wallace handbag because it was lightweight, functional, and had a cool aesthetic. While I don’t carry around a handbag often since Vida was born, when I do it needs to hit all of those objectives. A heavy handbag is not going to fly right now. I also bought this style to use as a diaper bag.

4. STYLISH NURSING BRANDS: Brands like Loyal Hana make nursing friendly clothing that is super stylish and functional. Each Loyal Hana item is constructed with a hidden zipper that gives easy access to the boob. When you’re out and need to feed the babe, coverage is key. I lived in my marni jumpsuit this summer, and have been wearing my christy tee under everything this fall.

5. BUTTON-DOWNS: Since breastfeeding, I can’t wear items that pull over my head which makes button-downs a closet staple. They keep me feeling polished while giving Vida easy access to feed.

6. ACCESSORIES: Now is a time to consider adding a few more to the closet. Scarves, hats and statement jewelry can elevate and personalize a look. Plus, accessories are unaffected by your changing body shape. The faux fur one I wear here is from Zara.

7. OVERALLS & JUMPSUITS: Because most overalls and jumpsuits don’t have defined waists, they won’t hug your mid-section – the part of your body recovering most post birth. The extra room also gives this silhouette longevity with your fluctuating weight. I scooped up these overalls from Old Navy, and bought the black version as well (biggest steal ever btw). Vida hasn’t been the only one wearing a onesie on repeat. Add a sleek blazer or moto jacket to give the overall look a bit more edge.

8. SNEAKERS: Sneakers will be my best friend this season like the Vans I’m wearing here. And with so many cool styles available, I never feel like I’m compromising style. I need to be nimble and heels will be reserved for moments without Vida.

9. GET DRESSED! I know getting dressed becomes trickier with a newborn. You’re tired, you have no time, you’re in recovery mode and the focus is on the baby, not you. But it’s important to get dressed, feel good and empower yourself! Give it a few weeks and lay low in sweatpant-mode while at home, but once out and about, don’t let personal style fall to the wayside. Even if you’re still in sweats during re-entry, switch them out for joggers and pair them with a cute t-shirt and blazer like this look. Or trade out your workout leggings for a pair of leather ones like these this fall.

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back to work!

NYC

Hi there and happy Friday! Hoping you all have something amazing planned for the weekend ahead. This fall has been gorgeous, and I’m enjoying this beautiful brisk weather. We are staying local, but looking forward to quality time with family and friends. I am cherishing these weekend days now more than ever!

This week came and went in a flash. I was planning on publishing a post on postpartum styling tips, but unfortunately was not able to get one together. My weekly to-do list seems to only partially get done these days, and this was one of the casualties. I do however intend to still cover the topic. So stay tuned. That said, I did send out an email blast to my clients announcing that I’ll be back to scheduling personal styling clients again starting November 6th! Yeah!

While the past 3 months have been nothing short of amazing, I’m super excited to connect with those who I have worked with before, and look forward to all who have expressed interest while I was out. While personally going through a major transformation over the past year, I have many new insights to share as I help you get Closet CleansedStyle Coached and equipped with a New Wardrobe that not only supports your individual lifestyle, but honors your style from the inside out! Head on over to my services page for details.

As of FridayNovember 6th, I’ll be seeing clients on both Tuesday’s and Friday’s. While my schedule will be limited, be sure to reach out as soon as possible. If you’re interested in making an appointment, please message me directly at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com so we can get you on the calendar. I intend to open up my schedule in early 2016 to include additional week days, but for now I’ll be working on a part-time basis only. So hop to it, and let’s get started! As always, feel free to follow me here, on Facebook and Instagram, where I’ve shared much of my journey, along with tips and inspiration on style from the inside out!

I look forward to our continued work together, and can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Also, if you’d like to be put on my email list, please reach out directly at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com with your information.

Warmest weekend wishes! xx

babes and balance

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Hello and happy week. I hope it’s a good one. Mine seems to be quite productive since I’ve started to tip toe my way back to work. I’ll be announcing my official return soon but am trying to routinely post again, and on Thursday I’ll be attending my first event since June. Hosted by Latham Thomas from Mama Glow and Mitera, the event is focused on ‘Business, Babies & Breastfeeding’ which couldn’t be a more appropriate conversation for me to participate in. I’ll be bringing Vida along too. This whole work/life/new mom balance thing is tough. Since I’m the type of gal who likes to be present and 100%  focused, it’s been challenging to get sh*t done while Vida occupies the entirety of my mind. I expected to be back sooner, but this babe has gotten all of me. And I’ve absolutely loved and appreciated every second of it. It’s only now that I’m just starting to dabble back into work again. I know I’m not alone here, and expect to eventually find my groove, but do accept the process of finding my new normal. I’m grateful for the opportunity to ease back in slow. These past three months have been surreal and dream-like, and expanded my heart a billion times. It’s insane how quickly time has gone by. I feel like I was just prego! While I realize as we enter growth spurt number 357 and the teething phase that baby girl is growing up fast, I’m holding on tight to every last moment. For the part of me that is compelled to be full throttle at work, the other half says chill the f*ck out and be in the here and now. And so I shall.

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In an effort to freeze these precious moments, I decided to document them via a mini photoshoot with my friend and photographer Lori Berkowitz. Dina who hates having her photo taken went down kicking and screaming, but is obviously psyched to have the prints (you’re welcome boo!). Vida was a little over it at first too, but after 10 minutes of kvetching became a pro. I’m super happy with how the photos came out and can’t wait to get a few up in frames. If you follow me on instagram, you know how much I appreciate a good snap. I can’t thank Lori enough, who also took my maternity photos and who I partnered with on a ‘Bumps and Babes‘ collaboration where I shared maternity styling tips. She too just had a babe a month after me. Lori has been a key part in documenting our journey and I’m so grateful to her for capturing such intimate and memorable moments that I’ll cherish forever.

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I’m looking forward to sharing so much more with you all, and promise to cover content outside of mommy-hood and babies. For now though, it’s what I got. I’m hoping to be back here next week with a style post sharing style tips I’ve learned while breastfeeding (a whole new area of exploration!), but in the meantime, some faves from our shoot.

Cheers to hump day, babies and finding balance! xx

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For all photoshoot inquires, reach out and get in touch with Lori directly!