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.
I was pretty nervous about taking my first post-baby outfit photos — let’s face it, when you’re recovering from growing an entire human being, your body looks a bit different for a while, and there’s *nothing* wrong with that. However, I spent the last half of my pregnancy waiting to be able to wear normal clothes again, and as soon as Bear arrived, I couldn’t wait to get back into them as soon as possible.
But you know what’s an awesome motivator? Having extra-special clothes that you look forward to wearing! I got this dress the week before I went into labor, so this whole outfit was a major carrot waiting for me, as soon as I felt up to wearing it! The Jay Godfrey show during NYFW had this incredible, rocker-glam vibe, so I paired this amazing dress with my favorite Foster Grant sunglasses, which are 1) super flattering, and 2) glam in a really fun, playful way. I love wearing light or bright colors around my face, and sunglasses are such a fun way to get that same look!
I sort of overdid it on buying maternity clothes, even though I hated them. Case in point: these white jeans.
First of all, I was pregnant in Texas from August to April — the middle of the winter, or, at least, as much of a winter as Houston gets. I got to my eighth month of pregnancy and realized that these bargain jeans I’d picked up from ASOS at month three had been worn exactly once.
And you know what? This was actually one of my favorite pregnancy outfits. (I only wish I’d discovered it a few months earlier!) Loose and flowy on the top, but streamlined and chic on the bottom — the perfect outfit for my then-giant bump, but also something I’d totally wear now while my body is still working on snapping back into shape.
Also, I’m finally finished writing up my birth story! Look for it on Wednesday!