From Errands to Cocktails

Errands: Love Sadie Dress With PocketsEv1 From Ellen Degeneres Sneaker

Cocktails: Love Sadie Dress, A.J. Morgan Sunglasses, Sam Edelman Ibis Block Heels Sandal

Getting dressed after having Eleanor is a very different process. I need pieces that are functional, easy to clean, and cover me when I pick up Eleanor or something she has dropped. Adding to the challenge is the Texas heat. It is so hot that dresses (I prefer above the knee) are the only thing I have been reaching for.
I photograph bloggers around Dallas and each one of them kept saying they got pieces from Walmart. They told me Walmart has recently added a lot of different fashion lines and they all loved the pieces they had purchased. Being that I am on a fashion budget, I decided to check it out. I was pretty excited at the things I found. My favorite was definitely the EV1 sneaker. The quality is amazing for $100 sneakers and they are $30!
The Love Sadie dress I found was so easy to go from errands to drinks. And becuase it is $18 it makes it the perfect “mom” dress too. I literally had my husband snap a few photos after I went to the grocery store and UPS. And then I had him take some more photos before we headed out for pre-dinner drinks. So what you see, is 100% real. I will say, the dress has an opening in the back but I had my tailor sew it closed. I love the opening but for this stage in my life, it needed to be sewn.
Other “Errand to Cocktail” looks Under $40:
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Post Baby Swimsuit Search

Before leaving for Punta Cana I had the HARDEST time finding a bathing suit. I ordered around 12, at all different price points, and not one worked. Post-baby bodies are different and can be a challenge to dress, especially in a swimsuit. Before leaving I put up on my Insastory that I was desperate to find a swimsuit. I received a lot of feedback. Most people recommended Everything But Water, Mircalesuit, Marysia, the J.Crew ruched one-piece, and Eberjey. I ended up buying the J.Crew ruched one piece and also this random swimsuit by Anna Cole I found on Amazon. I did have people recommend buying high-waisted bottom and bikini top. Let’s just say I gave it my best shot and it was a hard NO.

I have high expectations when it comes to how a on-piece should fit. I blame it on buying Karla Colletto swimsuits over the past few years. Her suits are thick and extremely flattering. I have two and have almost completely worn them out. I LOVE them. The one-shoulder suit I have linked in this post is easy to also wear strapless which is nice for when you wear a cover-up. However, they are a bit pricey, which I don’t think matters since I feel so good in them, but I did want a back-up suit that was a little more affordable.

I have to say I loved the J.Crew suit. It is super soft and extremely comfortable, however, it is a very full coverage bottom and I am just not ready to go there yet. I did wear it a lot more than I expected on my trip, mainly because it was so comfortable and easy to throw on. My favorite inexpensive suit has to be the Amazon purchase. It has a similar fit to the J.Crew suit but is a little thicker material so I felt like it really held me in. The bottoms of the Anna Cole are also a little higher cut so it isn’t as full coverage, which I liked. What I love most about all of these suits

If you are wondering about sizing on these suits here is what I recommend:
Karla Colletto –  True to size
J.Crew – I found that you needed to size up
Anne Cole – Size up one size

The Emerson Fry Top

Outfit Details // Emerson Fry ‘Wrap Top’ blouse, FRAME ‘Le Color’ denim, Sam Edelman pumps

I didn’t think I would have a “mom” wardrobe. I thought it would be easy to lose the baby weight, so I went crazy after Eleanor was born eating and drinking whatever I wanted. The weight crept on pound by pound. Now, I have what I call a mom wardrobe. What is it? Well, simply put, it consist of the only clothes in my closet that fit me and make me feel good. I only have a few pieces right now that I am really loving, this Emerson Fry “Wrap Top Blouse is one of them.

To be honest, I loved it before I had Eleanor, but I love it even more after. With the tie waist you can dictate how tight or loose you want it to fit. And the v-neck is really flattering on all chest types (yes, even my DDD). I feel good in this top. Even a little sexy. I have worn it on date nights, to a girls lunch, and even with slouchy jeans and slides to a doctors appointment. The possibility to wear it are endless! I plan to wear it with white jeans this summer and also throw it on over my bathing suit with shorts!

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