after Memorial Day, the weather turns warmer, the days seem so much longer and old people all start wearing white. Ah, summer. And with summer comes barbecues – kicked off nicely by the million or so BBQs on Memorial Day weekend. (And in this case, there might actually be a million). So what to wear to the millions of BBQs? Let’s start with a list of considerations for Moms:
It always starts out so fun: he’ll watch the water for a while, then throw something in it, splash around a bit, etc. It always ends, however with red-faced screaming because his lame parents have yet again thwarted his attempts to fling himself into said body of water. As he gets bigger (ie faster), he is getting more and more successful. Our last trip to Boulder ended up with my husband fishing him – sneakers and all – out of the Boulder Creek. His sneakers took 3 days to dry. It was time to find some water friendly shoes. Enter the Keens Kid’s NewportH2s.
Nursing moms need support (for heavy, milk-filled boobs) and easy access (for starving, wailing babes). I haven’t been able to find any on-trend nursing dresses. Ugh. We should invent some. In the meantime, with a little creativity…here are a few options for nursing moms:
If your post-pregnancy or – even worse – post-nursing boobs reduce you to tears….turn away from the mirror. We just need to do a little camouflage. Most post-preggo/nursing boobs can be supported with a good bra (even if it’s strapless). So make sure you have a good strapless bra that fits. The problem becomes the cleavage. It’s the cleavage that gives away the sag. So avoid maxi dresses with deep v-necks (I know, I know – that rules out most of them) and try a couple of different options:
We have two goals here: Make the girls look good, and support ’em. So. You want to find a maxi dress that will allow you to wear a nice supportive bra underneath, AND one with a deep v-neck. A V-neck cut is more slimming for those “extra lucky” in the boob department. The deep V-neck will also show enough skin to keep the whole look slimming and sexy
Don’t be afraid of the maxi dress – I actually think there is a maxi dress out there for all body types. It helps to hide flaws, adds a certain elegance to all who wear it, is easy and comfy. It may not be an optimal choice for kickball day at the playground, but I’ve worn mine running errands with the babe, going to the zoo, museums, etc. To make this look work for moms, here are a few guidelines:
The first annual Hopscotch Hustle, a hip mom and baby fashion show for the benefit of WeeCycle, was a huge success! Most importantly it raised money and awareness to help Colorado’s in-need families, and…now for the fun part, the fashions were spot-on. We pulled styles from some of Denver’s coolest boutiques with the challenge of creating hip outfits that are comfortable, flattering and easy enough to appeal to moms. A challenge that was met in full force. Here are my favorites from the show:
But in order to recommend fine art photography to Ain’t No Mom Jean readers, I wanted to be able to describe – in detail – why fine art photography is worth the additional cost. So I went back to the source and asked our photographer, Melanie. Here’s what she has to say:
Melanie: I frequently get asked, “So, what is the difference between fine art portrait photography and Picture People?” Honestly, it’s a fair question. I’ve been a portrait photographer for over 20 years, and I’ve had plenty of opportunity to think through the differences. Here are a few reasons why fine art portrait photography is well worth the investment . . .
All Moms want/need/must have time off, time to themselves. So on Mother’s Day, treat her with a day all to herself. Here’s how it works: Choose the day (it doesn’t need to actually be on Mother’s Day). Wrap up a Mother’s Day gift of cozy-but-fabulous spring loungewear. (NOTE: This is NOT lingerie – the goal is comfy and cool not sex-pot. You want her to feel beautiful and relaxed, not guilty because the last thing she wants to do is throw on that bustier). Throw in a great book or trashy magazine. Then, when the day arrives, make sure the house is picked up, and take the kids OUT OF THE HOUSE. Otherwise, despite your very best efforts they will still find their way over to mom. When you return…voila! A happy, relaxed mom. And we all know that happy mom = happy family.
Here are my favorite comfy-cool Spring loungewear picks: