I never used to understand when people said, “once you’re a mom, you’re going to want your getting-ready routine to take four seconds, flat.”
“Seriously?” I thought. “You don’t have an extra second or two to devote to getting ready in the morning? The baby takes every single second of your time?”
But now, on the other side of it… yes, I want my getting-ready routine to take four seconds flat.
I’m not complaining — overall, I’ve done a pretty good job of looking put-together post baby. I put on makeup almost every day. I usually style my hair once or twice a week. I put on normal-person clothes and
On the other hand… little things have slipped, things I miss a lot. I’ve been straightening my hair because curling it doesn’t last as long, despite how much I love curls. I haven’t gotten a manicure since the baby was born, and that’s almost two months at this point. I wish I had time to exercise to drop those last few baby pounds, but so far, it’s not even a remote possibility.
So as I shop (online, obviously — it will be a long time before I can actually go shopping again, but thankfully, there’s the internet!), I tend to be more focused on convenience than anything else. If I see a cute dress, and it’ll look good paired with flats and minimal accessories — that dress goes into my shopping cart. (Bonus if it’s in a fabric that’s machine washable, but that’s the holy grail, isn’t it?)
And with that in mind, I couldn’t resist this dress. It’s so chic, but it’s also incredibly easy to wear — add a few delicate necklaces, a great bag, and you’re basically done. And best of all — it comes in neon yellow too. Do we think I need them both?
Here’s the thing: even though I was super excited about all the changes my body was going through and the amazing new baby that was being created… dressing while pregnant was a bummer.
The fact is, no matter how hard you try, you have to accept the fact that many, many cute clothes just do not fit you for nine months. No matter how hard you scour, most non-maternity clothes just aren’t an option.
Again, I was more than happy to make the trade off — but I was still a little bummed.
So when I saw this Mara Hoffman dress, I immediately put it on my post-baby shopping list. And that moment that I finally placed the order? It felt really, really good.
(Sadly, I waited a little too long, and my size was sold out, so I ended up going up a size, which is why I belted the dress in these photos. If the XS had been available, it would have been cute unbelted too!)
My body is definitely different than how it was before the baby, but at the moment, I’m just grateful to be able to have fun with clothes again. Even if I’m not in pre-baby shape yet, my options are so much wider than they were a few months ago, and it’s fun to explore fashion in a way that I used to take for granted! Mara Hoffman has been a favorite of mine for many seasons of New York Fashion Week — her bold colors and stunning prints are basically my idea of sartorial heaven. So if this is how I ease my way back into non-maternity clothes? I can’t really complain one bit.
Houston has this awesome outdoor music festival called Free Press every spring, and Chad and I had such a blast at it last year. Although it’s clearly not in the plans this year with a five-week-old baby (it’s literally today, which basically means that I’m missing Vampire Weekend right as I type this post), I figured I could still be there in spirit by crafting an outfit around it.
For me, this dress was the perfect blend of easy and cute — the multicolored pattern is perfect for summer, and I love the way it’s chic but still super casual. And this FEED bag is one of my everyday staples — I know this is crazy, but I get more compliments on it than almost any other bag in my closet! It’s such a great cause and I’m always happy to know that people support that. We should all be carrying them!
ASOS dress, FEED x Rachel Roy bag, Ettika bracelets, By Boe necklace.