Monday, November 25, 2013

Style inspiration for a new mama!

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and People StyleWatch and InStyle magazines but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PeopleInStyle

Now that I'm a mom with minimal time to get ready and minimal resources to choose from (thanks breastfeeding!), putting together outfits is somewhat of a chore or even an afterthought. I stay home with my son so there are days I don't change out of my Valentine's Day heart printed pajamas but we do have quite the social life with baby play dates, music class, and Costco runs. Taking a few minutes to throw on some makeup and clothes other than my yoga pants really makes me feel like a million bucks! I am constantly turning to blogs, Instagram, and Pinterest for easy, comfortable, yet stylish fashion ideas because I tend to fall victim to wearing the same outfit over and over again because it is on top of the clean laundry stack. 

I picked up the latest December issues of both Instyle and People StyleWatch magazines at Target and was able to find some great inspiration. Between family pictures, Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and Christmas, I wanted to find new looks that are in tune with the current trends and do that affordably or with things I already own. Since I didn't have access to most of my clothes during pregnancy, it is always fun to rediscover pieces and shop my own closet!

Although I won't even attempt to pull off the red lips of Lauren Bacall, wearing bright colored separates is a recent favorite of mine. 

It's pretty tough to find a brand of pants that fits my barely 5 foot tall, booty-less body so when I discovered that Old Navy skinnies fit me like a glove, I bought jeans and fun cords in your a typical colors (mint, salmon, red). I love being bold and pairing the bright colored pants with either bright colored top or even a printed top. And to think I used to have to have each  piece of my outfit matchy matchy.

I love that florals are back in style and no longer reserved for your grandma's plastic covered sofa. Talk about floral overload but Forever 21 has such great options of blouses, tunics, tanks, and dresses that are subtle enough to be classy but are fun colored to be trendy!

Shopped my closet and loving these floral prints!

Just for fun I created the perfect date night outfit using Polyvore for a romantic dinner with my husband (probably talking about Ford the whole time!)
date night

date night by ruthiehart1 featuring betsey johnson jewelry

We all know that statement sweaters are hot this year! I even saw one posted on Instagram that said "#selfie" ha! Not only do sweaters keep you warm but they help hid what's left of my big ol' pregnant belly :).

Target does it again. I love their selection of super stylish, trendy, and inexpensive sweaters...perfect paired with skinny jeans and uggs to hit up those holiday sales! (I think I have to get the cat sweater for my feline loving mama!)

And I am totally loving the tribal trend right now.

While thumbing through People StyleWatch I had to giggle seeing that the top knot is popular beyond the blog-o-sphere! I attempted it last year and let's just say the top knot isn't for me! Jon told me it looked like I had a bagel on my head. 

Head into your local Target and purchase both December issues of InStyle and People StyleWatch and receive a $5 Target giftcard (promotion good 11/29-12/7)!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Ultimate Pregnancy & Postpartum Product

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Poise, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #cleanandfreshswitch”

Mamas-to-be listen up! I don't want this post to scare you but boy oh boy do I wish someone would have filled me in on the dirty little details no one shares after labor and delivery. I'd read a couple of articles and blog posts about postpartum bleeding but I assumed it would be like a light period, last for a few days, and be gone. Boy was I wrong. I also assumed that I'd catch a break since I had a C section but I was stuck with a "red aunt" times 5 for about 8 weeks after giving birth. Those first few days in the hospital and at home, you are basically wearing an adult diaper to keep from leaking but slowly (VERY slowly), the bleeding lessens. I remember thinking I would rather have a heavier flow for a shorter period of time rather than this spotting business. That's where these babies came in handy...

My tiny little water closet stocked with Poise pads, squirt bottles, wipes, and pain killers... the perfect postpartum tool box

Those weeks after having a baby are such a blur. The lack of sleep, the aching milk machines and unfortunately for me... a painful recovery from a C section. The last thing I had time for was worrying about weather I was going to leak through my granny panties, especially with guests and visitors constantly stopping by. Poise pads helped ease my mind and keep me safe, dry, and feeling fresh. I don't know about other mamas but those first few weeks I would have taken 3 showers a day if I could. I hated being able to smell myself and coupled with the 105 degree Texas heat and the workout that breastfeeding is, I was a hot mess!

Little man you were worth it!
(I wish I looked this cute after a bath)
Now that I think of it, don't wait until after you give birth to stock up on Poise pads because those last few weeks of pregnancy, let's be honest... sometimes you let out a little pee on accident! Not only pee but your body is preparing for labor and sometimes leaks other wonderful bodily fluids and that is totally normal! Instead of ruining underwear and the possibility of wet spots in your 1 pair of maternity yoga pants that fits, I kept Poise UltraThin pads on hand 24/7! I remember vividly the last time I attended a cardio kickboxing class while pregnant. I was about 20 weeks and after doing a simple jumpy move, I realized I'd peed myself a tad. Talk about embarrassing.  I ran downstairs to the locker room and just never went back to class. And that's when I started "protecting" myself! Boy oh boy I do not miss that urge to pee every 5 minutes during pregnancy :)

Poise pads aren't your everyday period pads... they offer all day protection, comfort, and absorbency for light bladder leakage and other lovely stuff us ladies deal with! Fortunately since having a C section, I don't have to deal with potty leaks post delivery but I know that is an issue many women who delivery vaginally deal with. Poise UltraThins to the rescue!

Head on over to your neighborhood Walgreens and pick up a package of Poise pads using this $2 off coupon.

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