I’m joining Hallie’s Five Favorites today to share 5 of my favorite recent purchases. I know, how consumeristic of me! Nonetheless, these purchases have brought me some happiness even if only mild and temporal.
As I mentioned a while back, I’ve always liked the boot look but struggle with “boot envy”. Still, I decided to try and find a pair that was both practical and “fashionable” but mostly practical for a mom with four young and very active children. It had to be “flat” since heels and mommyhood go together about as well as an elephant on ice skates. Long story short, my mom offered to get me some as a gift so I spent a few evenings
looking through obsessing over pages and pages of womens boots. I finally found some that I liked and saw that they had them at the local Famous Footwear. However, when I went to try those on I realized I didn’t like them as much as I thought but then….I saw these –
I tried them on and knew. These were the ones. The ones I’d been searching for. Finally, I’d found them. And they were on sale! I’ve been very pleased with them so far. I did order a whole size larger than usual which is good since I usually wear thicker boot socks. I’ve been happily surprised with how comfortable they are – I can even do my marathon grocery shopping in them! And to top it off, they actually keep my legs warmer! Who would have thought these could do more than feed my vain hunger for fashionable boots to wear “like everyone else”? This is a great time to buy fall and winter boots since they are trying to get rid of their stock and make room for Spring = SALES! What I like most about these though is how “normal” they are. They don’t scream – “look at me I’m trying to be cool!” but they also help me feel a little more put together, especially on the days when I’m really not. (read: every day.)
In that same “vain”, here’s another very exciting recent discovery:
After years and years and years (ok maybe not that long) of wanting and searching I finally found them! Skinny jeans that postpartum moms can actually wear! I never would have imagined I’d go into a Charlotte Russe store, let alone buy anything from there, but when I read that they sold high-waisted skinny jeans I had to try it. Now I can finally wear “skinny” jeans that come up high enough on my waist to avoid the dreaded “muffin top” but without extra fabric hanging down awkwardly in the front and without the super annoying back of pants gap – cuz moms tend to do a lot of leaning over and trust me no one wants to see what lies behind.
That said, these pants are so comfortable! I wasn’t sure with the three buttons but it’s actually given my tummy/flabby area more support! I sometimes even do my walking exercise in these they are so comfy. So, not only do they fit well, look great with a pair of boots or flats, but they are also suitable for mommy “field work”.
When I bought them there was a buy one get one 1/2 off deal so I got the regular jeans and the black ones. So I’ve been using these instead of the black leggings since they are thicker and I feel like I’m actually wearing pants instead of…tights. (I still wear those every now and then and feel like I’m in one of those nightmares where you go to school and everyone is laughing and pointing at you and you look down and realize you forgot to put any pants on. I think I’ll stick to wearing leggings under skirts and dresses from now on.) I’d also like to get the wine or burgundy colored ones –
I will note that their sizing is a bit wonky. I got one size too big for the jeans but the same size in the black was too big but then when I tried the smaller size in the wine color they were too small and they didn’t have the bigger size in that color. Weird. So if you try these, keep that in mind.
Speaking of postpartum tummy/flab control…I have to share a little personal secret…
Ready for this?
I use Shapewear.
There. I said it.
It’s true. A friend of mine kept talking about it and I had tried the ones that go from under the bra line to basically long shorts and they pinched my ribs and gave me heartburn. Well one bad shapewear ruined the whole bunch and I just quit the whole thing for a while. At first I felt so liberated and didn’t care if it all just hung out. Then one day I saw a picture of myself….oh. Yikes. It was like cascading waterfalls of “extra skin” flowing over my pants and bulging out in all the wrong places… no wonder people were asking when I was due…even though I was holding my baby. (Note: never ask a woman when she is due unless she mentions it first. And even then, if she’s already said you shouldn’t have to ask.)
Anyway, this is all to say even though I know my postpartum body is not ugly, after talking with my friend again about how wearing her shapewear while exercising has helped with her postpatum abdominal diastis, I thought, what the heck. So I got onto the computer and searched for shapewear – because I’m too lazy (scared) to go to the store with children. I learned two things, 1 – Never, ever search for “images” of Shapewear and 2 – If you must, be prepared to tape black paper over the sidebars of websites with all the ads for the next few weeks. However, my online search wasn’t a total nightmare because I did find some at Target. I went with this:
No. I will not include a picture and I beg you – if you are a man – do not look. Nope. Don’t. Ok this picture isn’t actually that bad but still. I tried looking for a picture of just the item without a model but no.
I hesitated even sharing this clothing item but it has made such a difference I couldn’t keep the secret to myself any longer. Probably the only downside is it can be a little tricky snapping and re-snapping after using the facilities. Especially if you are using a public bathroom and you are also holding the baby so he doesn’t have to touch the toxic floor while trying to hurry before your four-year-old runs out of the bathroom before you are done and you have to yell at him to come back while you are still in the bathroom stall holding your baby and trying to re-snap the
fricking snaps and get your pants back on! But really, this is a great product. (I guess snaps would be better than having to take everything on and off just to use the bathroom. The upside though is that since the bodysuit helps keep all my insides up I don’t have to use the bathroom as often as a 90 year-old woman anymore!) Ok, TMI limit reached, I’ll move on.
Scarf love! I’ve also mentioned I have a secret love for scarves! You wouldn’t know it since I don’t wear them too often but I oogle them and want to run my hands through them in the stores. If you ever see a lady frolicking in the scarf aisle at Target or Old Navy or Maurices (or anywhere there is a special scarf aisle) you’ll know it’s me. My family, knowing me well, picked up on this hint and gifted me with this beauty:
It’s from Maurices but I’m not sure it’s available anymore. I made the mistake of checking on their site….I’m surprised I didn’t get lost. I’ll have to make a trip over there soon…but I should probably “forget” my wallet. Anyway, I love the color and especially the different textures mixed with the two ribbing and lace work – so genius! It almost makes me want to take up knitting again. Thankfully they didn’t pick this one:
Ok, this last one isn’t about clothes – finally. I don’t only think about myself and what I wear you know. (Well not all the time.) So here’s another happy conclusion to a years-long quest. For years – at least 10 – I’ve been on a hunt for a sippy cup that really doesn’t spill and is really easy for a child of mine to drink from. Because for some reason, even though they’ve all been expert nursers, when it comes to the run of the mill “spill-proof” sippy cup, none of my kids can ever get the water to actually come out. So, in desperation, I turned to the place where all answers lie. Facebook friends. A friend of mine suggested the
So I researched it and saw that it was “guaranteed” “spill-proof” and “easy-flow”. They sell them at Target so off I went and grabbed a 2 pack of these:
And guess what?! They worked! They really don’t spill and my 18-month old can actually drink the water! We were all so thrilled!! So 10 years and 4 kids later, I can finally “give water to the thirsty” without going crazy cleaning up water spills all over the house and car. Best of all, the baby really loves his new cups so a big win for everyone!
What about you? Any Favorite Finds lately?
(P.S. I forgot to mention this post contains affiliate links so if you like something and decide to buy it, you’ll get the extra satisfaction of sending our family pretty pennies through any purchases you end up making via these links (even if it’s not what you originally clicked on – thanks!)