new service: style my closet!

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August is here, and if your e-mail is anything like mine – the inbox is being infiltrated with both ‘Summer Sale’ alerts and ‘New Arrivals’ for Fall. That said, it’s time to get our closets in order for the season ahead. This past Spring I did a soft launch with some of my existing clients of a new service that I’m really excited to tell you about called ‘ STYLE MY CLOSET‘! It was such a huge success that I’ll be rolling it out and offering to all of you!

It works like so: while I realize it’s difficult (and expensive!) to shop for newness each season, there IS a cost effective way to re-work your closet so it feels like you’ve gained a completely new wardrobe from what already exists. No money spent. No more excess to add to the already overflowing assortment. Both sustainable and price conscious. MAJOR WIN! We typically get stuck in our getting-dressed routines, and it’s hard to step back and view your wardrobe from a fresh perspective with innovative ideas. So this is where I step in, as your trusty Personal Stylist, styling new head-to-toe looks for you with what’s already on hand! You won’t be spending a dime on new clothes, will be decreasing your carbon foot print, AND after I leave will feel like you just went shopping. The ‘STYLE MY CLOSET‘ service includes the following:

  • Styling Evaluation to plan seasonal wardrobe
  • 2 OR 4-hour at-home Styling Session
  • Photographs of all head-to-toe looks
  • Personal Style Guide which includes all of your seasonal looks
  • Curated Shopping List (if you want to purchase any new pieces)

Head over to the services page for rates and details, and contact me @ jenny@yoursoulstyle.com to get ahead of the game and book your appointment today. I look forward to seeing you soon!

interview: mitera

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During my pregnancy I met Yoko Shimada – founder of Mitera, a motherhood centric brand for pre/postnatal life, specifically during breastfeeding. I joined Yoko, and the Mitera team as their on-site stylist for the Biggest Baby Shower event here in NYC, and at at 37 weeks featured the Grace dress in a ‘Style The Bump‘ post which to date is still one of my favorites of that series. That said, once Vida arrived I was excited to get back into the dress, utilizing the features and benefits of the hidden zipper for breastfeeding. I told Yoko in a current interview with the brand that when I wear the dress, ‘I feel like a breastfeeding Greek goddess in it’. The rest of the Q&A digs a bit deeper where I chat about my pregnancy, motherhood and breastfeeding journey, what parenting feels like from the perspective of a same-sex couple and my wish for Vida as she grows up. Click over to Mitera’s blog to read the full feature, and be sure to hit the shop tab on their site to peruse the beautiful collection.

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photos via lori berkowitz

interview: not so private parts

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When Brandi Sellerz, founder of Not So Private Parts reached out and asked if I’d be open to an interview, I didn’t have to think twice before saying, ‘Yes!’. Not So Private Parts, ‘a lifestyle blog centered around removing the shame and stigma surrounding women’s issues’, is a platform that welcomes openness and being raw. After suffering a miscarriage herself, Brandi felt that there were limited resources for support and recognized that some of the greatest challenges we face as women were being politely swept under the rug. She wanted to start a bigger conversation, and create a community that welcomed this honesty. Brandi’s hope for Not So Private Parts is that women find a safe place to share experiences in their journey through this beautiful space called womanhood. I’ve been interviewed a number of times since launching Your Soul Style but in the true nature of Not so Private Parts I went deep. When asked if I’ve always posessed a positive body image, here’s what I had to say…

It’s still a journey. I’ve come to appreciate the power of my body, especially since pregnancy and giving birth, but still have moments where I need to remind myself about embracing what’s been given to me. Having a positive self-image is critical since the amount of information we have access to and consume can trip us up. But it must start at the core and foundation. How we see ourselves is directly related to how our parents see themselves so the building blocks begin the minute we enter the world. We are products of the people that raise us and children look to their parents first and foremost for validation in who they are. So if your parent(s) has a compromised self-esteem, a child will see that in themselves. I am so super mindful with Vida, especially since she’s a girl and societal pressures run deep. Her foundation needs to be rock solid so when the branches of life start swinging at her, she has the tools to hold steady. Think of it like this: my hair is naturally curly but for a time I was blowing it straight. I decided to stop because although it seems harmless, if Vida has curly hair and Mama doesn’t like her own hair curly, how will she internalize that? She may start to have a negative association with her naturalness. It’s important for me to embrace myself as I am so that Vida will learn to do the same. Through her lens, she is an extension of me so my demonstration of self-love, empowerment and self-esteem is fundamental to secure her own development.

If you’d like to check out the full interview, head over to Brandi’s beautiful site, where I also offer postpartum style tips, how I take time to breathe in my own oxygen, and my must-have items if I was trapped on a deserted island.

Click here to read the full interview…

babe travel: part 2

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I started to create a gift guide like the one I did last year for him, her and kids, but due to lack of time I wasn’t able to get it together. My goal is to get back to posting more regularly in the coming months, but I’m still only working part-time. That said, I believe this post will come in handy (for mamas or future mamas!) more than anything I would have put on that list, so consider this the gift that will keep on giving! Less tangible, more practical and definetely useful!

Two weeks ago we returned home from a most wonderful trip to Parrot Cay, a small private island off of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. We were there last December when I was a mere 10 weeks prego, but this time went back with Vida. Not knowing how an island vacation would pan out with a 4.5 month old, we got super organized beforehand to make the trip seamless and easy-going. I’ve always been a type-a, planful person and Dina pretty on top of her game too – but now even more-so since both mama’s. As a new parent, there is no such thing as being too prepared. When I told others we were going on vacation with Vida, I got a lot of raised eyebrows, people certainly wondering why we would spend this kind of money on a trip we can’t truly ‘relax’ on. But our expectations didn’t include the traditional kind of relaxing. Some say, “why would you travel like this with your baby?”, we say, “why WOULDN’T you?” We want Vida to be adaptable and have the ability to adjust to new environments. For this, we literally had her out and about a few days after she was born, and at 5 months this is her 3rd time traveling on a plane. We have been folding her into our lifestyle since the day she arrived.

While this experience was obviously different than last year, where I read 3 books, got tons of rest, recalibrated and came back 10 shades darker, this trip was equally amazing in a totally “new normal” kind of way. We still got to unplug, had our meals prepared, got to bask in the tranquil ocean water (with our new baby!), disconnected from routine life, was free of obligations, FaceTime, phone calls and visits, and spent 7 uninterrupted days together in a new setting as a family. Vida won’t remember this trip specifically, but times like this are certainly helping her grow. And besides, Dina and I will bank it in our memories forever so there’s that!

With all this said, I’ve rounded up our travel tips to pass along in case you too decide to bring your bebe along! And I’ll take any/all tips that you have to share too. Enjoy!

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T R A V E L   T I P S:

SET YOUR INTENTION: At the start of a yoga class, the teacher says to “set your intention”. We applied the same strategy to this trip. Setting expectations is key for travel with a baby and accepting that things will be different keeps it all in perspective. Our intention was not to get tan, read tons of books and sleep for hours upon end. We wanted to be away from reality, introduce Vida to the salty sea and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We were pleasantly surprised to actually get some down time when Vida slept, but the trip would have been just as lovely had we not.

TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK: If you are expecting a romantic vacation with your partner, you will 100% be disappointed. Don’t plan on taking too many dips in the sea with just your significant other. While Dina and I had moments alone when Vida napped, the majority of our trip was spent as a family or tag-teaming to allow the other some r&r (ex: Dina went stand-up paddle boarding while I stayed with Vida during morning nap and I hung in the ocean while Vida slept on Dina at the beach during her afternoon nap). For us, this works! We are 50/50 when it comes to taking care of the babe. I’m fortunate to have a partner that is equally as hands on as I am. It’s romance in a whole different kind of way and you have to embrace it from that perspective.

BE FLEXIBLE: Vida is not on a tight schedule, but I’d recommend that if your baby is to be somewhat flexible. Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole is never going to work and will just stress you out. You’re not home. It’s vacation. Try and allow some room for change. Maybe baby is up an hour past their usual bedtime, but baby will adjust back once you return home.

SHIP IT: Babies come with tons of gear so we decided to ship down stuff ahead of time to lighten the load when traveling. This package, which awaited us in our hotel room, included diaperswipes, a beach tent, float and bouncy seat (we purchased a cheap one and donated it to the hotel after use. It was a lifesaver during the week and on top of using it in the room, we brought it to the beach, and to a few meals). Buying extra stuff, and shipping it down early costs a little extra, but it’s worth it.

REQUEST A CRIB: Hotels have cribs for guests to borrow. Be sure to call ahead and reserve one.

RESERVE A KING BED: Yes, we requested a crib which was great, but Vida wound up sleeping with us for the entirety of the week. That said, reserving a king size bed was key!

CRIB SHEETS: Sheets come with the borrowed crib, but I packed our own regardless (just in case!). Re-creating your home environment will help baby adjust to a new place so bring familiar items.

RECREATE YOUR ENVIORNMENT: The similar you can get to creating babes home life, the easier things will be for everyone. We forgot to bring our dohm sound machine but in hindsight it would have come in handy. We also brought cozy blankets and a familiar stuffed animal.

SET UP YOUR STATION: The changing table is a very much used area in your home. That said, we set up ours the minute we arrived, using the hotel dresser for our ‘station’. We laid down a cushy towel, topped it with disposable cotton pads (brought from home), and stocked it with items used on the daily: diapers, wipes, washcloths, burp cloths, earth mama baby oilbottom balm and a nose aspirator. We also brought with us 3 white garbage bags for diaper disposal.

ONESIES/SLEEPWEAR: We brought our fair share of cute rompers, shorts and dresses for Vida, but when the sun went down at night and the bugs came out, I was grateful to have packed long sleeve onesies and full-length bottoms. Be sure to include these in your assortment! Also, sleep sack or swaddle (whichever you use at home, if any!).

BEACH BLANKETS & TOWELS: Bring along a few light blankets (Aden & Anais) to ensure baby is protected from the sun while in the stroller, either atop or over legs. Also, beach blankets and small towels were key. It seemed we could never have enough because once that bambino gets wet, you need another dry towel.

TOYS & TEETHERS: We brought along a few small toys that were easy to transport. Favorites included: the whoozitchew beads rattleskip hop toy owl, and the noggin ring. Plus teethers. Favorites here include the green sprouts toothbrush and whimmzi tutti frutti set.

SUN PROTECTION: Because before 6 months old, babies should not use sunscreen, we made sure to have Vida covered! This included a head-to-toe swimsuit (coolibar – bring at least 2), a hat (iplay), and sunglasses (babiators). We used a small amount of organic sunscreen on her face, hands and feet. Brands of choice here are Coola and Badger.  We also use Coola for ourselves since baby will be exposed to what we wear too.

SWIMMIE DIAPERS: Regular diapers don’t work in water so we brought a few options like this. Bring at least 2-3.

TRANSPORTATION GEAR: We decided to bring the Ergo, carseat and stroller. The Ergo came in handy for walks on the beach, and the stroller was perfect to bring along to meals and take walks around the property. We used the carseat for the ride from airport to boat. The Ergo and stroller were also used during travel.

BE COMFORTABLE: On past vacations, it took me many hours to pack, crafting each individual resort-friendly outfit from head-to-toe. That said, while I still paid attention to my style, I made sure to pack kid-friendly, comfortable, low-key clothes! And shoes! I brought no accessories or handbags because let’s be real, how practical would that have been? I had make-up with me, but didn’t wear it once the entire week. It’s the beach, so I went with a SUPER breezy, laid back vibe.

UNSCENTED SOAPS/ORGANIC BUG REPELLENT: The Caribbean can be buggy. Parrot Cay is the most beautiful place ever, but helllllloooooo mosquitos! Me and V were okay, but Dina got slaughtered. That said, we brought unscented Dr. Bronner soap for us and Vida’s Earth Mama is unscented too. Also, Intelligent Nutrients organic bug repellent for us. Nothing for Vida except we covered her up at night with long sleeves, pants and a light blanket. We don’t wear perfume right now, and I eliminated my oil from the after shower routine to keep skin as neutral as possible.

BABY DETERGENT: Bring a small container of your preferred baby detergent. Comes in handy when those little ones pee or poop themselves!

BABY TOILETRY BAG: The obvious components include things I mentioned above: baby soap/shampoo, bottom balm, nose aspirator, burp cloths and washcloths. But, be sure to pack baby clippers, a few bath toys, and a thermometer and baby tylenol in case baby gets sick.

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For tips on plane travel with the babe, see my post here. And for more snaps from this trip, pop on over to my instagram.

If you’re looking for help while packing for you and baby, e-mail me at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com to discuss styling service details! I can be by your side to help you sort through it all.

yss x loyal hana trunk show

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I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be co-hosting a trunk show with my go-to breastfeeding-friendly clothing brand, Loyal Hana! I can’t say enough amazing things about this brand (see: Closet Cleanse collaboration and my instagram posts), and being an exclusively breastfeeding mama myself, these are the items that I’ve been living in. Not only super functional for my lifestyle, but ridiculously stylish too. I mean, seriously – could this jumpsuit be any cooler? Perfect “from the bump, to the boob and beyond.” Loyal Hana will be offering a 25% off promo on their collection, and I’ll be offering 15% off my pre/post natal styling package! Come say hi, and shop the goods. Details below!

EVENT: Your Soul Style x Loyal Hana Trunk Show (babies welcome!)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2nd

TIME: 3pm – 7pm

WHERE: 20 East 9th Street (between University & 5th), Apt 12-O

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