Monday, August 7, 2017

Mom Monday: Nursing Bra's with Style

I'll be honest: I wasn't thrilled with wearing maternity clothes (despite how many cute looks are available for expecting Mom's) and I feel like many of the nursing styles, clothes AND accessories, are typically just as blah and way more functional than fashionable. PLUS, we all know how hard it is to find a regular, supportive bra...now imagine your boobs are twice the size (and weight) they normally are, and suddenly it's 10x as hard to find something that has all this AND looks semi-cute. 

Nonetheless, I knew I needed at least a small collection of things starting with bras so it felt kind of perfect to partner with You! Lingerie, a nursing line meant is to make pregnant and breastfeeding Mama's feel confident everyday. The brand believes pregnancy and breastfeeding are beautiful, so why should you wear an unflattering nursing bra or pay an exuberant amount for a beautiful one? Okay, perhaps I could get behind that kind of female empowerment. Plus, I knew I already loved their sister brand, Preggo Leggings, which was one of my actual favorite items during the last few weeks of my pregnancy so I was eager to take one of their bras for a test ride.



I chose the London Maternity & Nursing bra, a cotton style with gray and white stripes (because do I ever not love stripes?). I liked that it was supposed to be good for low-cut necklines and smooth under t-shirts, two things I'll most likely be wearing plenty of during breastfeeding. And let me officially confirm, all of the positive claims are true - It's super comfy, easy to clip & un-clip and nowhere near boring (like my other nude and black nursing bras which are slightly more Grandma style - Sorry babe!). 



No matter which bra you choose, all of the fabric selections, designs and colors are made with a fashion-minded mom in mind. They are meant to offer sensuality, playful style and femininity in its wearer without sacrificing quality and functionality of discreet feeding, support and comfort. Shop all their styles here!

SHOP THE POST:

Bra: c/o You! Lingerie
Robe: Amazon
Crib Mobile
Fox Pillow
Arrow Blanket
Arrow Crib Sheet
Rug (on sale!)


Thanks for reading! Xo


This post is sponsored by You! Lingerie. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. 
Thanks for supporting brands that make Sisters Marie possible.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Chambray Trim Hat



There is nothing more versatile and perfect for summer then a great sun hat. Over the years I have accumulated quite the hat collection, and that's for a number of reasons actually. First and foremost, I wear hats for sun protection. I have fair skin, scars from a dog bite back in sixth grade, and have been protecting my face from the sun for as long as I can remember. I am just glad there are so many beautiful options nowadays! 

Secondly, they are a great way to hide a bad hair day or even just making your hair style easier for that day. I mean, there is nothing easier for a summer festival then adding a great sun hat.  Lastly, hats are a fun way to change the look of any outfit. I'm not even just talking summer either, I love me a great wool hat during the winter months as well! 


SHOP CHAMBRAY TRIM HATS:

This chambray trim hat that Kaitlyn was gifted by J.Jill a few months ago is such a fast favorite. The style is classic and the blue pop really elevates each outfit that much more. When Kaitlyn styled her hat, she wore it with a beautiful navy top, stripe linen pants, and a great coral bag. When I got my hands on it over the 4th of July weekend, I wore it with a stripe top, white linen pants, and all white chucks. In the end I love both looks and it just makes me want to add a chambray trim hat to my collection. Good thing I added some great ones to shop above at really low price points!


Are you a fan of wearing hats? How many do you own?
 Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, we truly appreciate it! xo

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ruffle Romper

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I recently wrote a post talking about how I was late to the OTS trend. Since then, I have loved finding off the shoulder styles that are not overly tight and/or restrictive on my arms and my movement. That's actually a tall order, as most are usually too tight or you loose the ability to move your arms freely. That said, this OTS ruffle top romper passes with flying colors as it is so cozy to wear and I can still wave to people! ;) 

I was recently gifted this one from Gray Monroe and it was well worth the back-order wait! I love the print, style, tie waist, loose top half (good for longer torsos too!), and perfect fitting OTS elastic. So much to love with one beautiful romper. As soon as I got my hands on it, I knew I wanted to pair this print with a red lip and gold jewelry. Once I put those times on, I just kind-of gravitated towards the mirror sunglasses, velcro back mules, and watermelon clutch. In the end I loved this look! It was comfortable and perfect for my summer day date out to lunch. 

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Romper: c/o Gray Monroe // Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Bag: T+J Designs (similar) // Watch: c/o Aibi Watch // Necklace: The Brave Collection // Cuff: Coach // Rings: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Sunglasses: Ray-ban // Earrings: c/o Cabi 
Photos by Cecilia Jean 

Just a heads up, this romper is on sale for only $31 right now! Snag yours while you can. What do you think of this pairing? Are you a fan of the OTS trend? 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Watermelon Clutch

One of the best parts about getting dressed in the Summer is being able to play with so many different colors and fun, quirky prints. When it comes to quirky, this watermelon clutch is the creme de la creme, popping off the page no matter how you choose to wear it. Tell me it's not the best part of both of our looks, me styling it with maternity shorts and Lisa with a chic black jumpsuit. Both outfits make the clutch the focal point and on a 90 degree day, I feel like it's only appropriate. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I was with Lisa when she purchased it at a T&J Designs event last year and I remember thinking, you're going to regret not doing the same -- turns out I was right! They had a lemon one too, both of which are the cutest accessories for Summer! I want to wear it with everything...I don't believe this one is for sale any longer but this one is almost identical and we've linked to SO many different watermelon styles below!


FRUIT FOR THOUGHT:



How do you feel about fruit-inspired accessories? 
We're of the opinion they are poolside perfection!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Waiting Game | Pink Blush Dress


GUYS! Today is our DUE DATE! July 26, 2017...a date we've been saying out loud and repeating over and over in our minds for 9 months now. A date that seemed so far away, like it might take forever to arrive. I know it takes that long for the baby to grow and become healthy enough to enter the world but I also think the elongated time frame is intended to give new parents (Moms, specifically) a chance to get used to the idea of the huge life change that's about to occur. However, now that I have reached 40 weeks, I can officially say, no time will ever be long enough to realize your world is about to be turned upside down. No matter how much preparation you do or how much you talk about future plans, I don't think you can truly grasp how HUGE this is until the little person finally arrives. On one hand, I'm so ready to not be pregnant anymore (especially since I just ordered a few things from the Nordstrom sale in my normal size...here's hoping!), but on the other hand, that means I will be responsible for another HUMAN...


On that note, there have been so many feelings running rampant these days – I feel like I have been the most emotional in the third trimester, perhaps because it’s getting so close but I also feel like I have no control over it most of the time. Different reactions come in waves and I found them to be summed up beautifully by a blogger I follow:

“It could be any day now or you could keep us waiting to see your face a whole month longer. There's something so delicious and frustrating about the not knowing. My body hurts from trying to provide you comfort. A place for you to do your final growing before you're ready to join us here. I try so hard to understand what it'll be like to hold you in my arms, but I can barely imagine you. My son. Some days I feel like I know everything there is to know about you, other days you're a mystery to me kept safely under my ribs. I lie awake at night thinking about all the unknown, the fear and the excitement dancing together in a giddy show. 

I watch your Daddy sleep, I think about all the things we've achieved together, all the moments I've spent laughing and crying next to him. How much I need him now more than ever. And in a moment I feel so overwhelmed with happiness that we'll share being your parent together and a quiet sadness at leaving just the two of us behind. That's where we are right now. Stuck in between. Soon you'll be here and it'll be hard to remember a time before we knew you. Soon I'll know the sweet smell of your neck, the color of your eyes, and the way your hair crumples as you sleep. Soon there will be so much new but for now there is what was, in all it's imperfect beauty.”


SHOP MY STYLE:





Next time we talk, it's possible I'll be sleep deprived and snuggling a tiny little monkey. Okay, it doesn't sound half bad, does it? ;) Also means this is possibly my last maternity post...I feel like I have been talking about bump style for so long and for the most part, it's been a fun journey. Look back on all of my maternity posts here!

Talk to you guys soon...Wish us luck! Xo

Wearing: 

 Dress: c/o Pink Blush
Sunnies: Target
Purse: c/o Sole Society (Currently available in white)
Sandals: c/o Sole Society
Jacket: J. Crew
Bracelet: Alex & Ani

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Little Black Jumpsuit

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A great twist on the LBD is the little black jumpsuit. It's just as versatile and appropriate for all occasions, but if you find the right one, it can also be so much more cozy and easy to move around in. Not to mention if your a mom like me, this one eliminates the risk of flashing your derriere if you have kids and have to be branding down a lot! By now you guys all know how important it is to me to not trade comfort for style. We can have it all, you guys!

I love this ruffle top number because it can be dressed up or dressed down. By simply trading my heels for a cute flats and denim jacket, this outfit can easily be worn for everyday wear. I love items that you can get a lot of wear out of! I decided to dress it up this day by adding a classic gray heel, black and white bag, polka dot scarf, and a bright pink lip. In the end I felt chic and put together, but I also still felt like I was wearing pajamas. Score! 

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SHOP BLACK JUMPSUITS:
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Jumpsuit: Dex // Bag: c/o Coach // Shoes: JustFab // Scarf: Zaful (similar) // Watch: Movado // Ring: Vintage // Lip Color: Glo Skin Beauty- Dahila

Do you own a little black jumpsuit? What do you think of this pairing? 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Maternity Monday: Packing the Hospital Bag

I've read so much during my pregnancy about "hospital bag essentials" and being 38 weeks, the time has finally come to put to mine together so I wanted to share with you what I'm including, many of the items being “must-haves" from other lists I've seen. I'm sure there are going to be items I don't even touch but in my mind, it's better to be safe than sorry and over pack...I even do this for our weekends at the lake, just ask my husband who can't believe what I deem necessary for a 2-3 day weekend! 



Hopefully my packing plans will help other pregnant Mamas out there or at least give you an idea of where to start. By the way, I'm using this satchel from Sole Society...it's one of my favorite travel bags and has a zippered section on the bottom, perfect for shoes and separates. 

Mama Must-Haves:
  • Insurance info & hospital forms - We pre-registered online with our hospital to have one less thing to worry about when we arrive
  • A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause - I like this one because it's still pretty while being functional.
  • A going home outfit - I think I found this to be the hardest item to plan for, not only because I wear all of my maternity clothes regularly (so I didn't want to pack anything) and I know there's a chance I'll be pretty uncomfortable leaving the hospital so I wanted something as comfortable as possible (without it looking like shower curtain, basically). Enter the Molly Ades nursing maxi dress - I started talking with Molly via Instagram late in my pregnancy, as she resides in Lake Geneva and noticed me trying to keep up with my style during these last few weeks. She told me about her collection which provides comfort, portability, ease of nursing, and the ability to fit and flatter a changing body - YES PLEASE! Her pieces make it easy to nurse when you need to and still look cute. I have been wearing the maxi dress often lately and figured it was perfect for the hospital (along with this tank and nursing poncho).


SHOP MY HOSPITAL BAG:

  • 1 or 2 maternity bras (no underwire, I'm told!) and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection). P.S. I also just purchased this hands-free bumping bra which will be waiting for me at home, but I've had many girlfriends suggest it so I figured I'd share!
  • Due date playlist (and iPad or something to play it from, obviously). I typically have music on at all times (at work, while making dinner, getting ready, etc.) because it relaxes me and provides the right ambiance for the situation. Labor day is no different...work with your spouse to create a list that will calm you throughout the experience.
  • Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, lip balm, nipple cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (sorry, but I don’t go anywhere without mascara and there WILL be photos taken!), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lenses, solution, glasses, etc. (I hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for some travel sizes to make it easier!)
  • Headband or ponytail holder -- So essential for us long-haired ladies. I sense a top knot in my future!
  • Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)
  • Pen and paper
  • Non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed – I’m a big fan of granola bars and trail mix).
  • Cell phone and charger - Dire!
  • Light reading - Not sure I will have time or even be focused enough to read but just in case! I am currently reading this book...it's the second I've read by Ruth Ware, pretty good thus far. Anyone else read it?

  • Your own pillow - I feel like this is important because you're already so out of your element and having something comforting from home sounds like a nice addition.
  • A travel fan - This may only apply to me but I can't sleep without it...it comes on all trips with me and this is no different. Again, comforts of home.

Baby Basics:
  • A going home outfit! Of course, this was the most fun thing to pack, especially since he got so many cute clothes at our shower. I packed a cute Summer outfit (see nautical onesie and plaid shorts) but also a few more practical ones (in different sizes) like onesies with a pair of comfy pants, just in case. 
  • A swaddle blanket - The Aden & Anais brand seems to be a common favorite
  • Pacifier - Think this will give everyone some peace of mind, especially on the car ride home...
  • Baby book: If you have some time in the hospital you might want to write down some details about your labor so you don’t forget. I also packed our "letters to my baby" book so we can write him a message about this special day that he can read years from now
  • The car seat! Obviously this isn't a bag packing item but definitely needs to be (safely) installed beforehand so your little one can make his journey home. P.S. Our lightweight stroller pictured here is the Graco Breaze Click Connect (in Pierce). It came highly recommended to us and the car seat transfers perfectly to our larger jogger stroller so I think we're going to be happy with it.
My biggest tip for packing your hospital bag is to do it early… just in case! At the end of the day, the hospital has mostly everything you will need but it will give you peace of mind to have your daily items from home since you're embarking on an already unfamiliar situation. 



Mom's - Did I forget anything important? What did you find helpful to bring/leave at home?

Happy Packing! Xo