I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to have my first post back be really, really good. But one of the things I’ve decided to do in 2016 is to let go of the (self induced) pressure I put on myself, like having perfect pictures, perfect content and perfect grammar (notice a trend here? Ha!). After all, I’m not saving lives here and I’m not perfect, I’m just trying to have fun and spread a little happiness and joy. So I’ve decided, in order to be a bright spot in your day, I need to let go of all the self induced pressure in order to have fun. I need to write about what makes me tick, even if it doesn’t all layout perfectly! And that leads me to this post…
Obviously, I love to shop! But, I really love to shop when I’m helping someone feel better about themselves. I have a very close friend who has been pregnant, breastfeeding, or in the transition stage for the last 10 years! Yes, 10 YEARS! She has lots of kiddos (May God bless her. I would end up in a funny house… I’m serious.). Anyway, she was not feeling good about her post baby body or her clothing options. Most days she would just throw something on and try not to think about it. But when it came time to go to church or go out for a special occasion, she felt discouraged and depressed about her wardrobe. The thought of trying to pick out clothes she would feel good in was overwhelming and exhausting. Haven’t we all been there? We have all had those times when our bodies are in transition, not “quite right”, or “not the way it used to be”. I know I’ve been there. I remember one time my husband and I were over an hour and a half late to a party, because I had nothing that fit or that I felt cute in. I felt depressed and insecure. I did not like the way I felt when I walked into that party. I realized I never wanted to have that terrible feeling again. Shortly after that party we were invited to dinner at a friends house, and you know what I did? I went to the Gap and bought an entire outfit just for that dinner. I felt good and more confident to be the real me. I could actually have a conversation without feeling insecure. So I learned that it’s better to own the body you have NOW and find pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable to be the real YOU! I’ve passed this discovery on to my friend and my clients, and now I pass it on to you. We had great success on our shopping trip, and I wanted to share it with you! This is what we found:
What do you want to wear when you are running errands all day? Yup, leggings and some sort of cute tunic. Am I right? Well, look no further. This tunic disguises the midsection, is long enough to wear with leggings, and is so comfy cozy and stylish. Just throw on this tunic, these leggings, and these sneakers (my new favorite pair), and you’ve got yourself a very stylish yet comfy errand-running outfit!
We couldn’t just stop at one tunic for her, they make too much sense! This one was super drapy yet surprisingly still really flattering! We were trying to figure out how they pulled that off, and we decided it was the slits up the side.
This picture does not do this tank justice. It’s a really loose fitting yet flattering tank. It hits just below the waist in the front and then slopes down in the back. I like that you don’t have to sloppy tuck it to show a waistline because of where it hits in the front. I also like that it’s sleeveless, so she can wear it under sweater and jackets in the winter, and it will transition into the warmer months, too.
It’s a navy striped top, need I say more? Ha! In all seriousness, the fit was great. It fit well at the top and was slimming through the body. It didn’t hug the midsection, which was nice, and it looked cute sloppy tucked, too!She needed pants that she could wear to church but could also wear everyday, because if you are only buying a few items, it’s important to make the items are as versatile as possible. She could wear these pants in both situations, specifically because these have a zipper and pockets, which makes them easy to dress up or down! Plus, the thick legging like material is super flattering and comfy. WIN! WIN!I wanted to make sure she had a “go to” dressy top to pair with her new pants, so she would instantly feel confident leaving the house for church or for a date. This was just the top! It was crapey, not clingy, and gave her a nice waistline. The black legging pants were tight, so the loose fitting top was the perfect balance. I like that this top can be worn casually as well.
There you have it! There are so many great items in this post! I pretty much want everything. Especially since they’ve been tried on and given a good once over by my hands and eyes (aka the C. Style inspection -ha!). We did the leg work for you, and these items are a sure bet!
P.S. I’m glad to be back. Thanks to those of you who reached out to me during the break to let me know I was missed. Your kind words humbled me, and I got teary eyed a few times. You guys brought me back and kept me going, thank you.