fbpx

Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

“I don’t want to wear that shirt!”my son tells me.

“Why not? It’s blue!” I ask.

“Because it has buttons!”

Not long ago there was a time I could choose everything for my kids. From food, entertainment, and the clothes the wear. I don’t know how we got here but we seem to have reached a new age in childhood where these kids have all sorts of opinions.

Biracial siblings holding hands on a swing wearing Stitch Fix kids clothes.

Up until recently I picked out all of my kids’ clothes based on what I liked and thought they would like too. But during a decluttering spree we identified which clothes REALLY stood out for my kids and it seems to have sparked some more specific taste.

I wiped my hands clean of the responsibility of picking out a spring wardrobe and let the new Stitch Fix Kids stylists take a stab at it. My main requirements were to have clothes that looked nice, but were also comfortable to play in. Especially outside in our yard space.

Biracial siblings hugging and wearing stitch fix kids.

The main things I specified were that my daughter loved shoes (though now that I think about it, my son may like them even more), and that my son isn’t a fan of buttons. Everything we got for them seemed to be right up their alley.

Biracial brother and sister swinging together on a swing set wearing Stitch Fix Kids.

I took a peek through the box myself before letting the kids open them up and thought some of the items could hit or miss. The jean shorts for instance, I wasn’t sure what my daughter would think. She’s never liked wearing jeans. So when she put the patchwork jean shorts on and said she loved them I nearly teared up. Who is this girl growing before my eyes?!

Stitch Fix Kids shorts.
Little biracial girl standing in front of a tree and laughing. Stitch Fix kids outfit. Jean shorts and blouse.

She said her friends at school complimented her on her “new look.” And that it was fun to take a break from her dresses. Still, most days you’ll still catch her back in dresses. So she was glad Stitch Fix Kids sent her a few. And she loves her new pink sparkly sandals.

My son doesn’t typically get excited for new clothes but when he spotted the striped t-shirt with a dinosaur in its pocket he knew he had to put it on. Big T loved the bright colors and soft fabrics his stylist picked out for him. He was also pretty stoked to see Nike clothes in his box since he already loves the brand.

He also loves his new shoes and although I told them they were to wear to school, and maybe church and not the best shoes for running, he still insists they’re great and help him run faster. There he goes with those opinions again.

It was a little strange handing over some of the choices to a stylist and my kids, but they’re happy with their choices, and I’m happy they’re happy.

Want to give Stitch Fix Kids a try? Use my special link to get $25 off your new parent account on Stitch Fix Kids.

I’m in the homestretch of this pregnancy. Can I say that when I’m a little less than a month out? It’s really flown by and but I’m still feeling like “Wait, is this really happening?”

The last several months have been a whirlwind of denial, anxiety and excitement. I’ve had so much going on that I haven’t really given myself a lot of time to stop and imagine what life will be like next month when we become a family of FIVE. It still feels weird saying that. I don’t know if it’s something I can mentally prepare for. So I’m kinda just planning on winging it.

Finding comfortable maternity clothes for the third trimester.

Motherhood Maternity Blue Mist Cropped Pants and Pea in the Pod Ruched T-Shirt

Right now it feels a little bit like we’ll be bringing a stranger home. But if my memory serves me correctly, that feeling fades pretty quickly once she’s on the outside and in my arms.

My husband is making plans to take our older two to theme parks and water slides this summer. At the moment I feel like tagging along, or pouting at the idea of missing out. But I’m sure once our little one is here I’ll be thrilled to have some down time at home with just her while daddy heads out with the bigger kids.

I’ve definitely hit the uncomfortable part of pregnancy. I don’t remember it being quite like this before. I mean, I remember having a waddle and swollen feet. But I don’t remember having such a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, and how sore I feel every time I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I feel DONE.

Finding comfortable maternity clothes for the third trimester.

Motherhood Maternity Off-the-Shoulder Babydoll Blouse and Motherhood Maternity White Maternity Leggings

Maybe it’s my age, maybe I’m just so out of shape. Or maybe it’s a bit of both. I’m only 32 but pregnancy in my 30s feels a lot different than it did in my 20s.

The other times I was also working full-time outside of the home at a news station. Though I did my best to squeeze into and stretch out my regular clothes, this time I’m mostly working from home. But I still have to leave the house and look presentable now and then. As much as I’d like to stay home in my PJs all day it’s just not gonna happen (maybe during my maternity leave!).

Last month I finished up my traveling after the Mom 2.0 conference. At home I’m still shuttling Lil’ J to cheer practices and tutoring, meeting with our builder, going to church, and taking the kids to camp. I’ve tried my best to look somewhat put together for these outings.

Finding comfortable maternity clothes for the third trimester.

Jessica Simpson Maternity Flutter Sleeved T-Shirt and A Pea in the Pod Maternity Cuffed Denim Shorts 

Finding comfortable maternity clothes for the third trimester.

A Pea in the Pod Maternity Ruffled T-Shirt and A Pea in the Pod Maternity Cuffed Denim Shorts 

I’ve discovered some maternity clothes that are about as comfortable as pajamas. Especially all of the pants with the stretchy belly band that goes up over my stomach. And loose cotton tops and dresses. Oh yes the dresses.

The Motherhood Maternity line at Macy makes it look like I’ve made an effort to look cute. I just throw on a cotton top with some cute sleeves with some maternity shorts and done. The orange flutter sleeve top above is one of my favorites and from the Jessica Simpson line. A Pea in the Pod is known as a really chic brand, but my absolute favorite maternity staple has been their Maternity Ruched T-Shirts (pictured below). I have one in white, purple, coral and blue. If you see me out and about over the next month, chances are, I’ll be wearing one of these.

Finding comfortable maternity clothes for the third trimester.

A Pea in the Pod Maternity Ruched T-Shirts and Motherhood Maternity White Maternity Leggings

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”

Accurate.

In these last several weeks I’m trying to get things organized for our baby girl, and just trying to make it through. I finally filled out the pre-registration form for my hospital and mailed it in. I bought our first box of diapers and I’ve organized both kids’ closets and drawers to make room for some baby stuff. Since we are moving early next year I’m trying to get rid of more things than we bring in. But with an additional person joining the family, I’m finding  that’s hard to do.

Physically, I feel so ready to be done but also a little nervous for what life is about to look like. Each day that goes by I simultaneously grow more anxious and excited. I’m ready to break through this final period of uncertainty, nerves and chaos and begin our new chapter of great change.

Let’s do this baby!


You can score all of my maternity looks at Macy’s from the fun Motherhood Maternity line. And the stylish and chic Pea in the Pod line. Which is your favorite?

Macy's Maternity Fashion

“You know what mom?” My daughter started as she was trying on different styles of shoes. “If I had to choose, I would pick comfort over pretty.” Wise words from my 7-year-old. Hmm, I wonder where she gets it from.

In the bottom right corner of my vision board I have the word “style” glued above a couple of photos of celebrity moms with their kids. I’ve always been a comfort over style kind of gal but recently I made a decision to make an effort to go for both. Funny that I get that sudden urge when I’m six months pregnant but hey, gotta jump on it when inspiration strikes.

With my other two pregnancies I got by wearing my regular clothes and stretching my cotton tops out a bit. Or used that good old hair tie around the button trick so I could keep wearing my regular jeans all nine months. A long tank top over unzipped pants got the job done too. But this time, I’m doing something I’ve never done before, and I’m buying maternity clothes.

Now and then I’ll debate a new top, shoes or an outfit on my Instagram stories, and I’ve gotten lots of tips for comfortably cute that way. Just as I was getting into this, Macy’s reached out about trying some of their popular maternity lines I’m sure you’re familiar with: Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod. If you’ve been here a while you know I’m not what you’d call a style blogger. But it was really fun getting together with my little sister and photographer in training to take some photos of my new looks. Ok, ready to see some of what I’m wearing so far? Don’t laugh at my attempt at modeling. I totally went for it.

Macy's Maternity Fashion

Macy's Maternity Fashion

Macy's Maternity Fashion

Macy's Maternity Fashion

Macy's Maternity Fashion

The Motherhood Maternity line is fun and appeals to my comfort level a little more. I bought my first ever pair of REAL maternity jeans (you know, the kind with the stretchy fabric at the top) and I can finally see what all the hype was about. I got a couple of simple tops with ruching on the sides to go with them. The polkadot and coral-colored shirt are from the A Pea in the Pod line. The blue top is by Motherhood Maternity. Cute jeans, stretchy top, throw on a necklace and instantly I’ve upgraded from my yoga pants and baggy t-shirt to a similarly comfortable but much more stylish ensemble.

My favorite picks are the dresses because then I don’t have to take the time to choose a top and a bottom. They’re so comfortable and perfect in the Texas heat. This floral maxi dress is my absolute favorite choice this month. It’s A Pea in the Pod brand and it’s totally chic. I’ll include all links at the bottom!

This other floral dress is more form-fitting but it’s lightweight and super comfy. Also by Motherhood Maternity. All of these looks from Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod can be found in Macy’s maternity department in-stores and online.

As I went through these pictures with my sister I was so glad I did this.–The shopping and the photoshoot. I’m eight years older than I was during my first pregnancy. I’m 32! Ack! I look and feel much more mature. I’m wearing my hair in its big beautiful state, and you can see some of my pesky grey hairs. But funny enough, it’s exactly the age I thought I would be when I had my first baby. The age I decided was “perfect.” And here I am, having Sneaky, my third child.

I’m trying to be mindful that this is exactly the place I’m suppose to be right now, and to be present and enjoy it. Now that I’m past the initial shock, I’m letting myself savor the pregnancy. I’m taking time to stop and enjoy the little kicks, and I’m having fun styling my bump in clothes that were made for this stage of life.

Do you like what I picked? What’s your favorite?

Motherhood Maternity v-neck top
Pea in the Pod scoop-necked polkadot shirt
Pea in the Pod coral ruched shirt
Motherhood Maternity skinny maternity jeans
Motherhood Maternity floral dress
Pea in the Pod maxi dress

 

I’m not a style blogger by any means, but I am a practical woman who happens to have just had a baby five weeks ago. I’m dying to get back into my pre-baby clothes, if for no other reason than I don’t want to have to buy new sizes in everything.

A little over a month ago I was contacted by BLANQI to do a review on their new, more affordable line coming to Target stores. It’s called Bumped by BLANQI. The line features maternity and postpartum tanks that support your belly, or slim the post-baby curves.

I wasn’t brave enough to put on a sports bra and leggings and dance around for a photo demo, but I found a lovely model to do it for me.

I was brave enough to put on normal clothes and put a little make up on.

I have other maternity/postpartum tanks and honestly, I can’t get enough of them. So I was excited to try this one out and tell you about it. First, to explain what I think of it I’m going to compare it to other types of shirts I have with similar results in mind:

-I have a maternity/postpartum tank that stretches long to cover up zippers that may or may not be buttoned/zipped.

-I have belly bands that do the same thing, and maybe a bit of belly slimming, but they aren’t tank tops that go all the way up the back.

-I have nursing tanks that unsnap when I’m feeding my baby, but they aren’t real long or stretchy.

Capri jeans: Old Navy; Necklace: Banana Republic; Cami: c/o Bumped by BLANQI

The Bumped by BLANQI cami is sort of like the best of all of these. The cami swoops down below the bust line, (“low ridin”)so there’s no need to unsnap both your cami and your nursing bra. It’s long and stretchy, so even though I appear to be fitting in my pre-pregnancy size 4s, no one knows they aren’t actually buttoned or zipped. … Well, now you do.

The cami also helps me “suck it in” for pictures, without actually having to suck it in, in a good way. I mean, it’s slimming, but not restricting. It’s also very breathable, and it has a nice stay-dry design.

Big T’s Romper: Baby GAP (via consignment); Lime onesie: Baby GAP (via consignment)

Overall it’s really comfortable, and I honestly wear it almost every day. In fact, I am ordering another one in black. For just $34.99 it’s worth it for a new wardrobe staple. And since I’ll be nursing my little guy for at least a year (maybe two) it’ll come in handy when we’re out and about.

I recorded a video so you can see how it works. Big T told be he wanted to be in it but then he fell asleep right before we hit record (I didn’t bore him to death I swear). I haven’t done a video review in a long time so I was a bit rusty, my husband was uninterested, and I still haven’t managed my postpartum blog/life balance during daylight hours. All that is to say… Don’t judge.

The only criticism I have, which comes with a lot of tops made of this material, is sometimes it rolls up and doesn’t stay stretched out flat, depending what I’m wearing. It’s pretty flawless with jeans, but sometimes with yoga pants or workout clothes it’ll roll up. Still, not bad enough to keep me from buying another.

BLANQI makes two types of camis:

Both camis come in either ivory or black.

And now here’s your chance to win:

I’m giving away a BUMPED by BLANQI maternity or postpartum nursing/smoothing cami in black or ivory (your choice!), and a $25.00 Target gift card to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Big thanks to BLANQI for sending me a cami to try out and for sponsoring this giveaway. Opinions are all mine.

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget



I'm a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother striving to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day.

My Photography Course

My Photography Course

Featured Posts

diy-onsie-cardigan-tutorial

adventures-in-homeschooling

30-things-my-kids-should-know-about-me

Aurora-tutu-dress-tutorial-3

kid-movie-reviews

disney-family-travel

photo-backup-tutorial



watch @jenniferborget on

Inspiring Moments Positive Parenting Spreading Joy
How My Husband Inspires Me to Give Back
Here’s a Fun Way to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth
I’ve Been Trying to Drink More Water for Years and Now I Finally Am
Family Travel Food & Culture Homeschooling
Tips for visiting Walt Disney World with an Infant, a happy baby riding a Walt Disney World ride.
Don’t Wait to Take Your Infant to Walt Disney World
Family advent calendar activities ideas
50+ Family Activity Ideas for Your Advent Calendar
Diverse children's books teaching life lessons.
Diverse Children’s Books to Help You Navigate Life’s Challenges
Creating With Kids (DIY) Disney Motherhood Pregnancy & Baby
Aladdin and Jasmine in Aladdin review
Here’s What My 6 and 8-year-old Thought About the New Aladdin
Little baby girl eating at table
A Belated Letter to My 9 Month Old Daughter
You need to do this with your kids this mother’s day
Interracial Marriage Multiracial Parenting Our Family History Photography & Videos
You need to do this with your kids this mother’s day
Zoom in and Count Your Blessings: A Beginner’s Guide to Macro Photography
18 Moments I Never Shared From 2018