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Adventuring
How to Pack for a Summer Post-Partum Road Trip (Or For Anyone Who Wants to Be Really, Really Comfortable While Traveling)
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Reader Question:
Hello! I just had a baby 3 weeks ago. We are driving to Arizona June 30th to visit family. It will be a long road trip, with baby and my two other boys ages 6 & 8. My question is …..what do I wear?! I am severely postpartum and about a size 16/18 right now. My belly is still pretty flabby ( from my 8 year old? Haha) I want to be comfortable, but I refuse to wear yoga pants or maternity gear! After following your site for awhile and agreeing with your style…I am hoping you can lend some advice!! I am usually very good at packing and putting together outfits, but this soon after baby has me mystified 😉
Shannon
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Wow, girl!! A road trip, several weeks postpartum, with two boys and a baby! Impressive. Let’s see if we can’t figure out some insanely comfortable, yet stylish outfits for you to pack.

Date Night & Dressin' Up
Hip Moms, Prepare To Love Madewell.com (A more affordable, boho version of J. Crew)
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Have you heard of Madewell? It’s a new concept store launched by the same folks that brought us J. Crew, and is, in fact, referred to in the media as “J. Crew’s sister store”. From what I gather, the prices are roughly 20-30% less than J. Crew.
What’s the difference? Madewell is a very tightly edited collection of clothing that leans to bohemian, rather than preppy (the look J. Crew is so famous for). This tight editing makes it easy to shop (there’s very little to weed through), and these forgiving bohemian silhouettes are perfect for camouflaging a multitude of post-baby body issues while remaining on-trend and hip. And the lower price point doesn’t hurt, either.

Post-Partum / Nursing
Reader Question: Craving Cropped Pants
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No pant has greater potential to turn totally croptacular (particularly for those of us with bums and thighs or who are vertically challenged) than the cropped pant. But done right, cropped pants are incredibly flattering and uber functional for moms.

Date Night & Dressin' Up
Dresses For Nursing Moms – Summer 2010
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One of the most frustrating parts of nursing (well, after latch issues, colostrum staining issues, supply issues, pumping and bottle issues), was my complete inability to find cute clothes that allowed for easy nursing. Never was this issue so apparent then when it came to dresses. I know, dear readers, that you feel my pain. We have had many of you asking for advice on this topic.

Maternity
Found: Cute Mid-Height Wedges – Lucky Brand Bree
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Pre-babes, as a 5’4″ (and 5/8ths!) chicky, 3-1/2″+ heels were a near-daily part of my wardrobe. I loved the colors, the patterns, the bows, the peep toes, the purposeful clickity clack of my gait and (of course) how they made my legs look, but most of all, they made me feel like I was the height I was actually born to be. . . But as a heavily pregnant soon-to-be mom, somewhere in the middle of an ice lake/parking lot in January, it occurred to me that my heel habit might in truth be a borderline form of child abuse. What if I slipped and fell on my cute round belly? What if I tripped whilst baby wearing? Or was unable to dash after my toddler due to a footwear malfunction? Thus began my slow acquiescence to flats and (gasp! so much worse!), mid-height footwear.

Post-Partum / Nursing
Reader Question: Denim Skirts For Moms?
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So. You are looking for a jean skirt that is (reasonably) mom-friendly, and less than $200. Got it.
The “less than $200” part is easy – there are a million options. Finding something that’s mom-friendly is a bit trickier — I agree that running around the playground in a denim pencil skirt is…well…humph. Not even sure how to describe. Too fashion-victim? Just plain scary? I mean….you can’t even climb the steps to help your kiddo down. So yeah – I think the pencil-skirt-at-playground scenario is out.
Even if we rule out the denim pencil skirt, I think we have several other cool options. Here are my favorites:

Date Night & Dressin' Up
Reader Question: How to wear nude pumps?
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Nude pumps are everywhere and we’re convinced this comely trend is here to stay for a while. We love nude pumps (and platforms and flats and sandals) because not only do they make your legs look miles long, they’re total mom-brainers (i.e., your exhausted, multitasking brain can rest assured, once you’ve selected the perfect pair, that they’ll compliment virtually anything you put on with them).

Style
9 Spring Jackets, Perfect for Rain, Wind, or Shine
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I really feel like we should be talking about summer. Writing about shorts, and flip-flops, and sunscreen. But instead, the weather in Denver has been breaking my heart. Rain, rain, and more rain (with the occasional sleet and snow thrown in) is our forecast for the next week or so. Ugh.
If you’ve been feeling my pain, this post is for you. Here are my current favorite Spring jackets, to help you face the weather when really….we just all want Summer.

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