JORD Watch Review and Giveaway

I'm a huge fan of accessories. I use them to take pretty simple outfits (like my standard mom uniform of skinny jeans and a t-shirt) to a different level. As a mother and student, I need accessories that are functional and look good, too. When I saw pics of JORD wood watches, I knew I wanted one. These unique watches are beautiful, but help me keep on schedule. Trying to time school pick up with obtaining clinical hours can be really tough some days. At least I look good doing it right?

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but as always, the opinions and photos are my own.

I chose the Fieldcrest Series Dark Sandalwood Watch because it was a beautiful deep brown color, which is perfect for fall. It's neutral enough to go with anything I wear, but really stands out on its own. It arrived in this beautiful handcrafted box on its own little display pillow.

I typically wear the watch with in a business casual setting, but it works beautifully with just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I most often wear it to complete clinical hours. It helps me keep track of how long appointments were, how long a mom and baby fed, and whether I need to have the babysitter pick my son up from school. You know, just living that lactation intern life! The dark color of the Fieldcrest Series Dark Sandalwood Watch works so well with my wardrobe. Since the watches are sized, I ordered my watch a little loose, so I could wear it farther back on my wrist when holding a baby. Don't worry, they have a foolproof sizing guide to help you.

 

Now comes the fun part!

JORD Wood Watches is holding a contest where the lucky winner wins a $75 e-gift code to their online shop. You can pick any item you like! All other entrants will receive a $20 code just for entering!

Visit this link to enter

Contest ends on 10/30/2016, no purchase necessary to enter.



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My Favorite Fall Color

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love it for many reasons: the cooler weather, my wedding anniversary, and my most favorite color palette. The brilliant golds, burnt oranges, and deep reds are beautiful and a great way to incorporate the seasonal elements into your clothing. Of these colors, the deep red shades have to be my favorite. You could say that I'm berry excited for fall.

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Throughout history, the color red has been associated with sacrifice, danger and courage. Currently many people associate red with heat, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, love and joy. It is the color of symbolizing happiness and good fortune in many Asian cultures. A hue that evokes such strong emotion can be a little intimidating to wear. One doesn't have to go bold in an all deep red colored outfit. Below I've put together several of my favorite berry hued things, starting at lipstick and ending at dresses. 

 

My Favorite Fall Hue
 
 

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Red Hot Breastfeeding Style

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Red is one of the colors to wear this fall. I saw this vibrant dress on a trip to H&M and was excited to see that it was breastfeeding friendly! The dress has a deep v-neck which can easily be pulled to the side to breastfeed. The dress is neither long, nor short - it's a midi length which hits mid calf for most women. It's a great transitional style regardless of what season we are heading into.

I put together two looks for this; one is more kid friendly than the other, but items can can cross over. The dress is versatile enough to wear out on a date night or moms night out and to run errands with the family. Its midi length makes it easy to dress up or down. 

In addition to the dress below, I found links to similar dresses that are red and breastfeeding friendly, along with bags, shoes, and jewelry. As always, links to shop can be found at the end of this post.

Red Hot Breastfeeding Style

Dress Up

The open toe ankle booties are perfect for still warm fall days, but the leather (or faux leather) material gives them an autumnal feel. I am all about the stacked heels. Despite the name of this blog, I infrequently teeter around on a stiletto heel! Stacked heels give me the height I like without worrying about wiping out with each step. I love the simplicity and sophistication of an envelope clutch. For me, it's a great alternative to the massive diaper bag I usually tote around. I own several of these in a number of colors that I use in real life. The delicate bar necklace adds a touch of sophistication without competing with such a strong colored dress.

Dress Down

I've been singing the praises of lace up ballet flats for some time. They add an extra something to an outfit, even if it's just jeans and a t-shirt. Sophisticated, but still easy to chase a toddler - this is my new barometer for everything! While the flats come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, I would wear a neutral pair with this dress. Camel or light brown is such a nice change from black. I found the cutest teething necklace to pair with this dress and it seems to match the red almost perfectly. The faux suede tote bag is the best way to make sure you have everything you need when stepping out with your kiddos. 

Which look is your favorite? How would you style this dress? Tell me in the comments!

 

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How to Transition Your Summer Dress to Fall

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It's hard to believe that summer is almost over! We will soon be dealing with cooler temps (yay!!), Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything. Stripes are very popular during the summer - classic, fresh, and always on trend. The great thing about stripes is that they can be worn all year round. Here are some suggestions on how to transition a striped dress to fall. 

Add a layer

Adding a layer is my favorite way to bring a piece from a warmer season into a cooler one. A jacket, cardigan, or sweater can help deal with cool mornings. They're easy enough to remove if the day heats up. Not cool enough for those yet? Slip on a denim jacket, sweater vest, or chambray shirt for a lighter fall feel. You may opt to add a layer on the bottom as well. Tights, leggings, and even tall boots can make a dress feel less summery. 

Update Your Accessories

Whether you get an of-the-moment bag or try a funky new style of shoes, changing one basic element of your outfit can make a huge difference. Not into a whole new style? Try a new color. Swap out corals and turquoise for burgundy and hunter green. While leopard can be worn all year round, I notice an increase in leopard print pieces during fall and winter. It's a neutral, so it can be worn with just about anything. At least that's what I tell myself! Scarves are a great way to add some color or texture. Since some breastfeeding mothers prefer to cover while nursing, a lightweight scarf can double up as a nursing cover.

Need an Example?

While I used the Milk Nursingwear nursing dress from this post, these suggestions can be used for any striped dress out there! The look on the left is more casual and perfect for weekend errands. I love the functionality of a military jacket and the metallic Converse. Lots of pockets to store toys and sneakers to chase a runaway toddler. The sporty tote bag is large enough for diapers without looking like a traditional diaper bag. Matte oxblood lips are very on trend and add a moody twist. This is my favorite look of the two and definitely something I would wear!

The look on the right is more feminine and a dressier. The jewel-toned cardigan and pastel shoes liven up the olive striped dress. I adore those mint brogues - a very fun take on a traditionally masculine shoe. Mauve lips and a classic tote finish off the look. Links to shop are at the end of this post.

Summer to Fall: Striped Dress

The dress above is from Milk Nursingwear. While the olive color is pictured above, it's available in a number of additional colors including blue, pink, and black. It's also available in a maxi dress and tank dress.

 

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This post is part of the Mom Life Mondays Blog Link-Up Party

 

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Simply Chic: Simply Rustic Co. Diffuser Necklace

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I think it's safe to say that I'm all about accessories. Most of my clothing is casual and dark or neutral, and I rely heavily on jewelry to really make a look my own. When I had the opportunity to work with Brit of Simply Rustic Co., I jumped on it. I had been following her on Instagram for a while and really love her minimalist, chic, and feminine pieces. 

Simply Rustic Co. recently launched a collection of diffuser jewelry that is really unique. Using natural raw lava beads in addition to materials like glass beads, druzy beads, and sterling silver and bronze chains, Brit created a line that looks so different from any essential oil jewelry I've seen before. The diffusers are sleek and unexpected, and not at all clunky.

My favorite, the Etta Diffuser Necklace, mixes lava beads and glass beads. It's simple enough to pair with jeans and a t-shirt, but sophisticated enough to pair with a dress for an easy and put together look. I like to put a few drops of my favorite essential oil blend on it before heading out the door. It's usually lavender if I'm going out with the kids to help me stay calm. 

Brit invited me to style a piece of Simply Rustic Co.'s jewelry. Since I'm rarely in front of the camera, I was a little nervous with nailing the looks, but my photographer/Instagram husband had me laughing the entire time. I paired the beautiful piece of jewelry with a bright maxi skirt and fitted tank top. It can be fancy enough for date night or casual to meet friends for brunch. 

 

 

Be sure to visit Simply Rustic Co.'s website, Facebook, and Instagram for more handmade, boho inspired jewelry.

 

Disclosure: the Etta Diffuser Necklace was provided to me at a discount in exchange for a blog post styling the jewelry. All opinions are my own. 

 

Breastfeeding Friendly Rompers

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Last summer, I bought a jumpsuit on a whim. The price was right and I had never worn one before. I fell in love with how simple but sophisticated it looked. Its wrap-styled top made it easy to put on and to breastfeed! This year I'm trying their summery cousin, the romper. I tried one on last year but it was not a good look. Thankfully I'm having more luck this year.

I bought this utility romper in black (of course) and really dig it. My toddler doesn't nurse in public very often, but it's nice knowing I can tame a tantrum if I have to! I found over a dozen breastfeeding friendly rompers for you, including a couple of plus sized options. Scroll to for links to shop. 

 

Breastfeeding Friendly Rompers
 

Is a breastfeeding friendly romper a do or a don't? Let me know in the comments.

 

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How to Find Your Mom Style

Life after a new baby is tough yet transformative - everything changes, including what you wear. When you're dealing with a new body you may not recognize postpartum, recovery from birth, and giving a tiny human unlimited access to your breasts, you'll understand why so many moms end up wearing yoga pants all the time. Trying to find the time, energy, and motivation to get dressed can be tough, as can facing a closet full of clothes that may not fit you. I hear you, mama. A question I see often is, "how do I find my style after having a baby?" Moms can still find that stylish piece of themselves in their new role with a few simple steps. Note: If you're not ready to figure it out just yet, bookmark this post for a future date when you'll be ready.

Figure Out What You Like 

Pinterest is a great source for style ideas. There are thousands of photos of outfits, clothing, accessories, makeup, and more. Pin or save what appeals to you, including colors, textures, and individual pieces. You may start to see similarities or a pattern emerge. Most of my saved style pins are casual and have a slight rock and roll edge to them: skinny jeans, leather jackets, lots of black, stripes, and metal jewelry. If you regularly read a blog, follow them on different social media platforms. For instance, I participate in monthly style challenges on my Instagram, but do not often share them on my Facebook.

Figure Out What You Must Have

Is it comfort priority one? Do your clothes need to be breastfeeding or pumping friendly? Does your office have a dress code? Figuring out what you absolutely must have in your clothes is a great first step. This will help you keep focus as you start to figure out what you like. Sometimes figuring out what you need can help you come up with things that you absolutely do not want. 

Purge Your Closet

Pull out the clothes that no longer appeal to you. You can even KonMari down to a few basic pieces if you like. This is a tough one for me. I never know when I'm going to magically fit into pre-baby jeans or will need a silk and lace camisole for a night out. I recently got rid of a lot of clothing: outdated business casual pieces from time spent in Cubeville, the pre-baby jeans (no more low rise for me), and shoes that had seen better days. The items in good condition were donated. I kept the silk and lace camisole.

Not only will removing old clothes help with clutter, but it will also let you see what you have that works with those outfits you saved. Removing clothing and items from your past helps you honor where you are now. I am no longer going to a 9-5 office job, nor am I the same woman I was before having children. 

Put Your Looks Together

By seeing what you already have and what you like, you should be able to create an outfit. This will help you figure out any missing pieces. Use what's in your closet to put together a daily uniform. You'll also be able to see if your vision comes to fruition in real life. This will help you come up with a manageable game plan on.

You may find that some styles or trends just don't work for your lifestyle. What looks great in a picture may not be as wonderful in person. For instance, if you have older babies, dangly earrings may not be the right option for you. If you type a lot at work, bracelets or rings may be uncomfortable after long periods of time. Since I may get spit up on in my line of work, I tend to stick with knits or blends that I can launder at home. There aren't many "dry clean only" clothes residing in my closet. 
 

Fill in the Blanks

If you find your new mom uniform is lacking a key element, it may be time to do a little shopping. Adding pieces to put it all together doesn't have to break the bank; resale sites, consignment shops, and clothing swaps can keep a budget in check. Come up with a list of your top 3 items and a budget. Enlist the help of a trusted friend and go! If getting out of the house is a challenge, there's always online shopping. I am an avid online shopper because my free time is usually late at night after the kids are asleep and the shops are closed. If it's overwhelming, remember that you don't have to get everything at once.
 

Take it slow

Put as much or as little time into this as you want. Remember that you may not look like Jessica Alba on your first attempt and that it's okay. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Fashion and style should be fun, not a stressful chore. If it doesn't make you feel good, stop and revisit it when you're ready. You may end up checking out several different trends before you find one that works for you. Just as figuring out your new role as mother doesn't happen overnight, finding a style that's perfect for you also takes some time.


My mom style took some time to develop. I thought I had great style when I worked full time, but seemed to lose it all when I became a stay at home mom. Now I'm able to pull on my mom uniform (skinny jeans, a t-shirt, and slip on flats) and add accessories based on my day and my mood. I tend to incorporate a similar formula with more formal outfits as well. 

My mom uniform in action after a Star Wars themed birthday party

My mom uniform in action after a Star Wars themed birthday party

Did I miss anything? Leave me a comment with your favorite style tip!

 

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My 2016 Style Resolutions

Every year I come up with resolutions to make for myself. Every year they include things like eating better, working out more consistently, and being a more present parent and wife. I'm still planning on doing all of that, but want to really focus on improving my personal style. Last year helped me get more adventurous and I learned a few things along the way. 

Cher knows the struggle

Cher knows the struggle

  1. Clean out my closet. Thoroughly cleaning out my closet will help me focus on what works for me. It will also help me wear more of what I have. Instead of being overwhelmed at the amount of clothes I see and retreating to my jeans and a t-shirt uniform, I will spot something "new" and wear that.
     
  2. Don't try every trend. There are some trends I just can't get on board with, and that's okay. This year I'll pass on things that don't work with my (mom and intern) lifestyle. Not everyone can pull of cropped culottes. For those who do, go on with your bad self. I'll wait here for something that's more me.
     
  3. Don't pass on every trend. Take a second look at things you'd normally say no to. This year I will try to step out of my style comfort zone and try something I swore wouldn't look good on me. I'll be sure to try it in a fitting room at the store so I don't have to purchase something I don't like.

  4. Mix more patterns. On this year's pattern mixing list: florals, stripes, leopard print, and houndstooth. This would mean that I would have to wear more patterns. 
     
  5. Think long term style. Rather than spending a lot of money on "fast fashion," I'd rather invest in a classic piece that is well made and will stand the test of time in both quality and style.

What are your 2016 style resolutions?

New Year's Eve at Home

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It looks like our New Year's Eve is going to be spent quietly at home thanks to croup and bad colds. Whether you'll be ringing in 2016 from the couch by choice or by necessity, there are still ways to look festive while staying comfortable. These gold sequin joggers (also available in plus size) are a great choice when comfort is of the utmost importance. They even have pockets! If you'll be spending New Year's Eve with littles, check out my Pinterest board for kid-friendly ideas including a noon years party!

Sequin Joggers Three Ways

Pairing them with a chambray shirt (also available in plus size here  and here) for a casual but festive look. The merlot waffle shirt  (also available in plus size) and white t-shirt (also available in plus size) are perfect for new moms, sick moms, or anyone who wants to be comfortable.

Looking for more options? Check out my sparkly loungewear picks below. 

 

 

Sequins by Day, Sequins by Night

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Sequins are everywhere this season. They're available in a variety of colors and styles (leggings, joggers, skirts, pants with pockets). I've been looking at sequined leggings since last winter and decided to take the plunge this year. My awesome sister bought me a pair of gold leggings from Target. I recently wore them to a holiday party, but feel like a black sequined pair would be more me. Here's how I'd wear black sequined leggings for day and for night. 

The chambray shirt provides an easy way to breastfeed your nursling. Alternately you can pair the striped shirt with a stretchy camisole for a "boob sandwich" way to nurse in public. Accessorize your day time look with a sparkly necklace and casual booties. The pink peplum top for night has a zip front for easy nursing; or you can pair a nursing tank under the flowy black shirt. Pair your nighttime look with strappy heels and statement earrings for a sophisticated and festive look.  

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Picks

The holiday season has officially started with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. There seem to be too many sales to keep up with this year, so I've chosen a few of my go-to stores and shared my favorite items from each. Scroll down to see my choices from Old Navy, BaubleBar, and You Lingerie.

If you do your shopping online, don't forget to sign up for Ebates! You actually MAKE money for shopping (a percentage of your subtotal) and it's paid out quarterly. There are many popular and reputable stores. It's a legit site, I've been using it for years. There's even an optional browser widget that flashes red if you've forgotten to activate it.  

Old Navy
40% off everything using code BESTCYBER
 


BaubleBar
25% off 1 item using code GOGIFT25
35% off 2+ items using code GOGIFT35

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You Lingerie
40% off site wide with code PINK40


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