Dress: Gal Meets Glam | Cardigan: Old Navy (old, similar) | Open-toed Flats: JCrew Factory (no longer available in white, black) | Headband: JCrew (old, similar) | Bracelets: Alex and Ani
Kai's Outfit Details:
Button-up Shirt: Old Navy (no longer available, similar) | Chinos: Carters | Oxfords:Freshly Picked | Bowtie: Little Mister
Sunday was one very special day. I was woken up to my little baby smiling down at me from my hubby's arms. We spent all day together just celebrating our bond and I can't imagine a more perfect day. Kai and I slept in after our morning feed and then Caleb made me a delicious breakfast. In the afternoon, we made our way over to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Caleb took all these beautiful photos of me and Kai to help me remember this incredible day. Even though Kai was tired, he kept up the picture taking charade for me like a champ! Just spending time with him was the greatest gift of the day.
I ordered this beautiful dress from the new Gal Meets Glam collection when it first launched and have been dying to wear it. It has finally gotten warm enough to be comfortable outside wearing a dress here in Chicago, so I took full advantage of that this weekend. I love the feminine look this dress has and how it buttons in the front. It makes nursing Kai super easy and when were all done I feel perfectly put back together. It's the perfect dress for a spring baby or bridal shower! Julia's line of May dresses launched today, so make sure you head over to her site to check out the new dresses!
I absolutely love dressing Kai up, too. I ordered this sweet little tangerine shirt for him a couple months ago and he's finally big enough to wear it now! I love putting Kai in bowties, as well. Caleb loves wearing bowties, so I think it's extra sweet when Kai wears them, too. My favorite place to get bowties from is this little shop called Little Mister. Even the name makes me swoon! This grey gingham one I got for Kai is my favorite so far. I know baby shoes are so unnecessary but I just can't help myself! The best baby shoes I've found are from Freshly Picked. They very rarely fall off and they fit Kai's little feet pretty well. He is currently in a size 1. Freshly Picked has this awesome monthly program called The Fringe that you can join! It costs $10 a month, but you get to use that $10 towards shoes. You also always get 20% off your order every time you shop and that is on top of any other sales they have going on. I know this is going to come in handy when Kai starts walking and we do have to buy him more shoes. Nice baby shoes that stay on their little feet can be expensive, especially for how fast they grow, so I'll take any kind of discount I can get! Plus if I let my monthly fee stack up over a few months I can get a pair of shoes without having to pay anything at checkout because your money on your account never expires! Oh the great things these shops come up with to help us parents out!
What did you do for Mother's Day this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Finding products that are good but safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding can be really scary and daunting. I personally really struggle with acne and use to resort to using some pretty powerful skincare products to keep it at bay. However, while you're pregnant, you're suppose to steer clear of products that have retinol in them and my doctor advised me to not use any products that carried more than 2% of salicylic acid. After realizing a lot of the products I were using contained these two things plus some other chemicals that didn't seem all that great for you, I started to hunt for great all natural products to use while I was pregnant, breastfeeding, and even after. After trying and testing a lot of products here is a run down of all my favorites that I personally felt safe using while I was pregnant.
*Please note that you should still check with your doctor to make sure these products are safe for you to use while your pregnant as all pregnancies and women are different.
Osea Blemish Balm
oseamalibu.com - $44
I use this moisturizer morning and night. I use about 3 pumps both times and it's enough to smooth over my whole face and neck. It really goes a long way and the bottle lasts awhile. It also has a nice minty smell to it that is so refreshing. In the spring, summer, and fall when my allergies are really acting up, it also helps to clear up my sinuses a little bit. A perk you never thought your face moisturizer could do!
Up & Up Makeup Remover Wipes
Target - $2.49
I like to take my makeup off right away when I get home for the evening or before I do a work out. I was using the Up & Up Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes for acne before I was pregnant, but since I wanted to cut out salicylic acid as much as possible, I switched to these wipes. They work great at getting my makeup off or just to give my face a nice wipe down if I feel a little oily or dirty.
Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd
oseamalibu.com - $44
I use this cleanser every night in the shower or just at the sink to wash my face. I use my makeup remover wipes first and then I go in with this cleanser. I wet my face first and then use 3 pumps that I massage in to my face for about 30 seconds. This cleanser also has a minty smell just like the Blemish Balm moisturizer has. So like I said above, very refreshing and great for my allergies!
Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash
Target - $5.99
While I was pregnant I had a real issue with certain scents during my first trimester. Vanilla scented products really made me nauseous and strong floral scents gave me terrible headaches. I had a lot of stuff like this from Bath & Body Works prior to being pregnant and I just had to stop using them because I would really dread showering and feeling even worse coming out of it. I discovered that lavender actually helped ease my nausea, so I tried to find a body wash that was lavender scented and came upon this Aveeno body wash. It smells amazing and feels amazing. My skin is so smooth after using it, too.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
Sephora - $44
I was using this Fresh rose toner long before I got pregnant and was so relieved I could still use it during my pregnancy. It's on the pricier side but it lasts FOREVER! I was actually worried it was going to expire, that's how long I had my first bottle. Even though I have oily skin, hydrating it is still important. If you dry out your oily skin too much then it actually starts to produce extra oil. So this toner was a great way for me to help keep my skin balanced. The roses make it feel extra luxurious, too!
Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Treatment
Sephora - $38
Eye cream was so important for me during my skincare regimen while I was pregnant because it really helped with my dark circles. I was zapped of energy like every other pregnant woman out there and my eyes definitely showed it. However, as long as I made sure to use my eye cream I felt like I looked decently awake. This eye cream also really helps with puffiness, too.
Osea Essential Corrective Complex
oseamalibu.com - $32
Thanks to my other Osea products my acne was pretty good during my pregnancy, but if it flared up at all, I could safely use this corrective complex on any pimples. They go away within just a couple of days! It has a little roller for the applicator so it's very easy to evenly spread over any blemishes to get the whole area without having to touch it with your fingers and potentially make it worse.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
Lush - $14.95
This mask from Lush is my favorite mask, EVER. It smells like peppermint and is so refreshing. It really helps with blemish prone skin and leaves your skin feeling so smooth afterwards. I loved putting this mask on and sitting in a warm bath to help myself relax while I was pregnant.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Target - $8.99
Like I mentioned before I was very sensitive to smells while I was pregnant, so my solution to that with finding the perfect daily lotion to use was to get a scentless one! I used it every day after showering and it is so moisturizing. It definitely helped keep my skin from drying out this past winter.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Target - $5.49
I was so scared of getting horrible stretch marks on my belly and breasts, so I started using this cocoa butter as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I've gotta say, too, it did a pretty good job at keeping them at bay! They sprang up pretty bad on my belly my very last week of pregnancy but with how big Kai got towards the end I think it was inevitable. I never got any of my breasts though and it helped the lighten some that I already had on my thighs. Plus it smells like chocolate! Now that was a smell I was 100% ok with while I was pregnant ;)
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Button-Front Top: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Gap | Bar Necklace: LuvLaceJewels | Disc Necklace: LuvLaceJewels
Kai's Outfit Details:
Flannel Button Down: Monica + Andy | Pants: Carters
Happy Friday or Friyay as I like to call it! I'm really looking forward to this weekend because Caleb and I are going on our first date night tomorrow since Kai was born! Today is actually our 8 year anniversary of us being together, so we're going to go out to celebrate tomorrow with a dinner date! Hopefully you all are doing something fun for St. Patty's Day!
So, I've definitely developed a mom uniform as of late. I'm so happy to be out of maternity clothes and getting back in to all of my regular clothes that I've been longing to wear again for so long. However, my newest challenge has been finding clothes that are comfortable and good for nursing. Well this top from Urban Outfitters has been my answer. I basically have it in every color, ha! It is so soft and comfy, and it's so easy to nurse Kai in. I recently bought these jeans from Gap, too, that I'm seriously loving. Even though I don't need to wear my maternity jeans anymore, I still don't fit in to my old jeans. Honestly, I needed new jeans before I got pregnant but it was just something I didn't want to accept and spend money on. Gap has been having some awesome sales lately, so I took full advantage of one of them and snatched up this pair that I'm wearing here as well as these. They are both so comfortable! Their new stretch technology they put in to their jeans is amazing. I don't mind wearing these jeans around the house and am able to maneuver around super easy in them to take care of Kai!
What has your uniform been lately? Leave me a comment and share your favorite picks for this season with me!
Happy Wednesday everyone! This last week has been full of lots of snuggles and resting. I had the not so fun experience of having a blocked milk duct this past weekend. It started late last week and I think I was actually on the verge of getting mastitis, which really frightened me. I somehow magically beat it though! I'm feeling so much better and and the clog is gone. It was kind of a wake up call for me though to start taking it easier and that I just need to rest more. Thanks to finally slowing down though I was able to get rid of the clog and my tailbone is finally better now, too. My house may look like a tornado ran through it and I might be super behind on laundry but at least I'm getting healthy. Kai's needed all the snuggles, too, because he seems to be going through his first mental leap. He wants to be nonstop held and has been waking up early from his naps HANGRY. However, I'm going to be positive and grateful for that last bit because thanks to him wanting to be constantly nursing it really helped unclog that milk duct. So thank you baby boy for healing me!
Today I wanted to share my lash extensions experience with all of you! Ever since I got them done back at the end of December I've received so many compliments on them as well as had lots of questions about them. So here are my thoughts on the process and why I decided to get them done!
Why I Got Lash Extensions
Taking care of yourself as a mom is really hard. Your baby always comes first and as a mom I am 100% on board with that. However, you have a lot going on with hormones, lack of sleep, not feeling tip top, and struggling with the image of yourself after awhile when you're a new mom. I knew all of this full well before giving birth. I started thinking of ways I knew would give me a little bit of confidence and possibly help cure some of those baby blues once Kai came in to this world. I truly love beauty products and doing my makeup, but being on maternity leave and not having any time to put on a face every morning really puts a hinder on that love. So I had the idea of getting lash extensions. This way I could look in the mirror every day and personally feel like I still looked nice. I loved the idea of not having to put mascara on EVER, too. A lot of times if I keep mascara on too long it starts to burn my eyes, but I love long lashes. I feel like I look so tired when I don't put mascara on and let me tell you as a mom to a 1 month old...I'm SO TIRED. All these little factors kept creeping in to my head, so I decided to make an appointment with a lash studio for a free consultation to see if getting extensions would work for me.
I went to my free consultation and after asking a bunch of questions like if I stop getting them will my natural lashes still be healthy? (yes), how often do you need to get them re-done? (every 2-4 weeks), and what kind of day to day maintenance do they require? (brush them out with a little clean mascara wand), I decided to get them. I made an appointment for a couple days later and was so excited about it. The first appointment to get the full set done was about 2 hours long. I was really late in to my pregnancy and was worried about having to lay flat on my back to get them put on but my consultant was so nice and understanding. She propped my hips and belly up with some pillows and I was good to relax for the next 2 hours. I absolutely loved how they turned out but was interested to see how they would hold up over time. I made an appointment for my first fill 2 weeks later and went off with my new lashes. Well even with wearing makeup and putting eye shadow on my eyes, my lashes held up so well! They still looked really good even after 2 weeks so I knew I could probably push that 3 week mark when the baby came if I needed to. I went to my first fill appointment at that 2 week mark though and my consultant was able to make them even fuller, which made me love them even more. I was hooked and have gone back three more times for fills. Each fill lasts only 1 hour if you go every 2 to 3 weeks. If you push it to 4, then you can get an hour and a half session to make up that extra week.
Like I said at the start of this post, I've gotten so many compliments on my lashes, which definitely makes me feel really good about myself. Most importantly though, I feel beautiful with them. I look at myself in the mirror every time I go to the bathroom and smile. Even though I don't have the time to put any makeup on right now or do a bunch of self care, I still feel like I look great. They have given me so much confidence and I don't mind snapping pictures all day long even though I'm not wearing makeup. Before I use to feel really self conscious if I wasn't at least wearing mascara, but now it's like selfie central with my cutie little baby! I am truly so happy I got them and it's my little treat that I do for myself every few weeks. I've gone twice since becoming a mom and it's a nice little break away, too. It's nice to only have to be gone for an hour so I never miss a feeding or start feeling like I've been gone from Kai for too long, but I get an hour to myself just relaxing!
Taking Care of Your Lashes
They are seriously so easy to care for! All I do for them all day is brush them out with a little clean mascara wand in the morning and before I go to bed. I also make sure not to rub my eyes, and I never put mascara on them or use an eyelash curler. The other rule I strictly follow is I don’t put any kind of oily products on my face. I know facial oil is a big trend right now but this can really ruin your lash extensions and it will all turn in to a big waste of money. I also never use eye makeup remover anymore. To get any eye shadow off, I take a makeup wipe and gently rub the lid and avoid the lash line as much as possible. I’ve personally never been one to wear eyeliner on my top lid (I only apply it to my water line if I do chose to put some on) so when I’m taking off any eye makeup now I can avoid that upper lash line. The last thing I make sure to do is I never wipe my eyes with water. When I’m in the shower, I let water run on my face but not too harshly. That’s honestly it though! They are really low maintenance for something that really helps make me feel beautiful all the time!
The Price Tag
The only downside to getting lash extensions though is how much they cost. I believe for me, it's worth it, but I'm not going to deny that it's not expensive. For reference if you're interested in getting your lashes done and want to know what a good price is, at my studio a full set of natural lashes is $260. However, my studio always offers promotions on full sets and it usually comes out to being around $200. Each fill is $75 if you go every 2 to 3 weeks and if you decide to go every 4 weeks and need a longer session then it costs $90. If you're interested in going to my studio and live in the north shore area of Chicago, I go toL Studio Lash & Skincare Boutique in Libertyville.
If you have any more questions about getting your lashes done please leave me a comment below! What is your self care thing you love to do for yourself? Leave me a comment below and share!
Drybar Sake Bomb Shampoo | Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner | Drybar Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream | Drybar Prep Rally Detangler
Hi there, friends! If you had a long weekend, I hope it was a nice and relaxing one, and if you had to work yesterday, I hope your week is going well! I was one of the lucky bunch to have the day off yesterday but I actually really needed it. I have some kind of cold/sinus thing going on that hit me real hard on Sunday. I haven't been sick this whole pregnancy and now of course when I'm about ready to go in to labor I catch something. I've done nothing but rest and drink a bunch of fluids the last two days though and it seems to be gradually getting better. Prior to Sunday though we had a fun weekend with having some friends over at our house for dinner on both Friday and Saturday. It's so weird to think the next time we'll see them is when we have our baby! Life is about to change immensely but we seriously can't wait.
I wanted to share with you all today the hair products I've been using for a couple years now that really help keep my hair hydrated, especially in the harsh Chicago winters. I have naturally curly hair and even though I don't produce much oil, my hair is never brittle or dry. I attribute this all to the hair products I use from Drybar. I made the switch the Drybar products about two years ago and haven't looked back. I started out slowly with just using the shampoo and conditioner you see and have gradually started a whole collection of hair products from them! Today though I'm just going to share with you the four products I use when washing my hair, which I do about every 2 to 3 days.
Step 1: Sake Bomb Shampoo & Conditioner
The first step in my hair washing routine is obviously in the shower with my shampoo and conditioner. I use their Sake Bomb products as they are meant for nourishment and hydration. I have really thick hair but I try not to use too much of each because like any shampoo and conditioner, it can really weigh down your hair. I put about a quarter size amount of shampoo in my hand and lather it just in to my scalp. I let the water rinsing the shampoo out get the rest of my hair. I've done this technique for years and I've noticed that it also helps preserve the hydration if you aren't saturating the whole strand with shampoo. Next I take about the same amount of conditioner and apply it to the bottom half of my hair and then rub any excess in to the top and my scalp. I've found that if I don't add any conditioner to the top half that it will be frizzy but if I add too much then I'll have no volume. So this trick is a nice medium to combat the battle between frizz and limpness. I let the conditioner sit in my hair for about 30 seconds and then rinse it out.
Step 2: Prep Rally Detangler
After I get out of the shower but before I brush my hair, I spray a good amount of Drybar's Prep Rally detangler spray on my hair. This is my newest addition in to my regimen. I've had my eye on this product for quite some time now but never pulled the trigger and bought it. This past Christmas though, Caleb got me a Drybar set and this travel size came in it! I've added it in to my hair routine and it really does help. My hair is way less tangly and doesn't break when I finally do go to brush it out. I'd also like to add that I use Drybar's Lemon Drop detangler hair brush for double the non-breakage. I've used the Lemon Drop hairbrush for a couple years now, too, and can attest to it being another big factor on keeping my hair in tip top shape.
Step 3: Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream
My final step when washing my hair is applying Drybar's Velvet Hammer hydrating control cream. I let my hair dry a little bit in a towel while I do my skincare routine and then let it down and apply this cream. I brush out my hair one more time then once again put about a quarter size of the cream in to the palm of my hand and apply it to the bottom half of my wet hair. I run my fingers through the strands with it and that's it.
I almost always let my hair air dry unless I'm in a big rush or am giving myself a blow out. I usually always shower at night, too, so I will let my hair air dry while I read a book or watch some Netflix. But that is all I do for keeping my hair hydrated! It's a really simple process and I feel like with how short and simple it is, it is going to transition so well in to me becoming a mom. I can be quick about washing my hair but also not have to sacrifice all the work I've put in to keeping it nice and hydrated the last couple of years!
What are some of your hair secrets? I love hearing what works for all of you, too! Please leave me a comment below with what your favorite techniques and products are!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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