The Dressing Room – Maxed out

I used to live in dresses before having Eva.  Now because I have to bend over to pick her up or help her walk, I’ve swapped my beloved dresses for pants or shorts (which of course are a respectable length).  That is, until I rediscovered my maxi dresses, which were tucked away amongst mine and Eva’s clothes (The three of us share a closet.  It’s brutal.   I try to stay organized and rotate clothes based on season but sometimes, it’s exhausting.  LOL!).  I was upset with myself that I didn’t think about these dresses sooner.  It’s such a baby-friendly outfit (a go-to momiform even).  A maxi dress (At an appropriate length.  We, petite girls, need to have it hemmed unless you wear heels, which isn’t always ideal when totting kids around) is an easy quick outfit to put on and comfortable too.  If it’s cool out, pair it with a denim jacket (like I have below. loving the denim trend right now.) or a leather jacket (love that edgy meets boho chic look when paired with a maxi) or a cropped cardigan.  I say cropped cardigan because of how loose and flowy a maxi dress is.  Pairing it with a boyfriend cardigan can swallow your frame, especially for petite girls.  If it’s warm, pair it with a denim vest (which I just nabbed recently during a trip to Marshalls.  I’ve been searching for one for a while!) or a lightly somewhat loose crocheted top or an light scarf (a la Jessica Alba) or just the maxi itself.

When I was younger and the maxi dress/skirt was in style at the time (late 90s), I stayed away from the trend because I was told “You’re short.  You’re going to look even shorter.”  “The fabric is going to swallow your frame.”  For petite girls, all these statements can be true.  However, the secret, as in all things fashion related, to not looking shorter is fit!  How wide is the skirt?  If you cut off the length, will it affect the shape of the dress?  If you don’t get it hemmed, then commit to wearing the dress with heels.  The extra fabric with flats may look sloppy and swallow your frame.  After I saw petite celebrities, such as Eva Longoria, wearing maxi dresses, I knew that if they could wear these dresses and not look ridiculously short and frumpy, then I could too.  I purchased basic colors first then moved on to prints.  Prints can be tricky though.  You have to select one that won’t overwhelm your frame.  When in doubt, take a picture of you in your outfit in the mirror (Selfies anyone?  :-P).  Silly but it works!!!

THE DRESSING ROOM OUTFIT

Dress:  Forever21
Jacket:  Uniqlo
Watch:  Michael Kors (last seen here)

Roll up your sleeves for that casual chic look.

Ready to play with baby girl at the playground.  

Photos by Laurie

The Dressing Room – Basic Essentials

I’ve been a bit of a plain Jane lately.  Besides momiform #1, my other go to outfit is the classic T-shirt and jeans combo.  Some of you may say that the quintessential t-shirt and jeans outfit is boring but I LOVE it.  Something so simple is such a great base to some eye-popping accessories, like a detailed scarf, statement necklace, statement shoes, etc.  I especially love the white T-shirt and jeans combo, even if it isn’t baby friendly.  It’s crisp, chic and clean (well, clean until baby gets into something).  It’s an easy look to put together and on when trying to run errands with baby girl in tow.

My go-to places for basic tees are American Apparel (my favorite since they’re not as see through as other brands), H&M, Target (they constantly have deals for $5), and the classic Hanes packets.  While the crew neckline is classic and essential for this mommy, I prefer a V neckline, which can be impractical when running after baby girl (not trying to flash anyone here).

Here’s what I wore during a quick photography lesson with Laurie.  I dressed a basic outfit with my FAVORITE scarf and statement shoes.  It may be a bit too matchy, but my outfit was plain and created a great canvas for these accessories.  And the purse, let’s talk about this purse.  A big purse is such a necessity when I don’t want to carry around Eva’s big-ginormous-space-taking diaper bag (It’s a necessity but they’re just SO big, it’s like an overnight bag.).  If I know I’ll be gone for two to four hours with her, I’ll bring a big purse with us and pack the essentials instead of taking the diaper bag.  Her essentials?  2 diapers, wipes, changing mat, nursing cover, bottle, a toy, and maybe a change of clothes.  This way I can have a hand free while toting her around plus I only have to carry 1 bag instead of 2 (Or perhaps a smaller bag than her ginormous diaper bag.  Yes, this purse is smaller than her diaper bag!)

THE DRESSING ROOM OUTFIT

T-shirt:  H&M
Jeans:  Levi’s 524 Skinny Jeans
Shoes:  Target
Scarf:  H&M (old) | similar here
Purse:  H&M (old)
Watch:  Michael Kors

In my opinion, leopard ballet flats are a closet essential.  Rawr!

Testing out my camera.  Some of my other closet essentials:  leopard scarf and a men’s watch.

And to dress it up plus keep warm (which is necessary especially at night in the Bay Area), a leather jacket (from H&M a couple seasons ago).  

What are you closet basic essentials?

Photos by Laurie

The Dressing Room – Mommy Uniform

So there’s been a lack of fashion related slash lookbook (otherwise titled, “The Dressing Room”) posts from my blog.  Why?!?

1.  I work from home and lazily hangout in my PJs/yoga pants all day with my laptop in my lap.  I try to change sometimes, but “changing” means putting on leggings and a tunic.  Not much of a departure from the PJs or yoga pants.

So true!!!

2.  When I do go out to run errands with Eva in tow, getting dolled up with heels, accessories, and a purse is NOT practical.  Pre-baby me would be frowning down upon me right now.

Alas I have worn the same thing over and over again whenever I step out.  My momiform (Mommy Uniform), if you may, which isn’t a bad thing.  Functional and practical is key, especially with a 9 month old mobile baby.  I’m featuring Momiform #1:  Leggings, T-Shirt or Tank with an oversized blazer or cardigan and flats.  It’s easy to put together when you’re trying to run out of the house with a baby (which always seems to be 30 minutes after I say I’m going to leave the house).  I’ve tried to dress up said outfits with jewelry or a scarf but even that is impractical at times, as Eva grabs and plays with it while I’m carrying her around.  Any time I’ve worn a scarf or necklace, she starts pulling on it, which has prompted me to stop wearing my beloved necklaces hubs has given me in fear of them breaking.  And to top it off, I’ve worn hoop earrings while carrying her (I know some of you are already saying “Oh no!” and flinching right now) and she got a hold of them.  Thank goodness we were home and I reached for her hand as soon as I felt her grab them.  Seriously, THANK GOODNESS!

So to dress up my Mommy Uniform, my go-to accessories are statement shoes or stacks of bracelets or rings (which Eva thinks are toys, but these accessories are better to wear as she won’t be tugging at my neck or ears).  I’m craving a TON of cute flats right now.  So many options, I can’t seem to narrow my choices down.

Here are the details of what I wore to the South Bay Bloggers meet up.

THE DRESSING ROOM

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Tank:  Target
Cardigan:  H&M
Leggings:  Forever21
Purse:  H&M
Necklaces:  Anchor necklace from Melrose Trading Post & Cross pendant – gift from aunt, past present future pendant – gift from hubs, and dad’s wedding band.
Flats:  Target
Earrings:  LeMode

Do you have an outfit you constantly wear?  Mommies, what are your stylish yet practical and functional fashion tips?