MILF: Mom In Love with Fashion (part 1)

Finally, after a very full week I’m able to post this. It seems like every time I tried to log on or even take the pictures for this post, RJ had other plans. From friends visiting to a gender reveal where RJ got to meet new family members and me doing some design work on the side, this has been a very hectic end of the moth. But a great way to welcome RJ to the 3 month club and his almost hundredth day. (More on why that’s special in an upcoming post). Now let’s get to the juicy stuff. Here’s why I’m a MILF.

That’s Mom In Love with Fashion. I’ll totally accept the original meaning of that acronym too, in case you were wondering.
I love to get dolled up. I’m perfectly fine with the tomboy steez but I absolutely love playing in my closet a putting together an ensemble. I used to work at Style Network and everyday was a new opportunity to essentially floss on em. It was so fun. It was an office of mostly women who all had amazing shoes, and we were often hosting meeting with some of fashions elite. I won’t dare to name drop, but I did get to meet one of my childhood celebrity crushes in those halls.

After that I worked at a company where no one really cared about what they wore so I only got really fabulous for meetings. Fast forward 2.5 years and this mama got pregnant. I bought a couple of maternity pieces but lost all desire to shop for my new growing body, which was great for my wallet.

Flash forward to 2 1/2 months postpartum and I’m basically living in a perpetual cycle of yoga pants and nursing tops, but the time is nigh that this mama wants to get back on the wagon. I’m going to start meeting friends out for coffee and such and I don’t want to look frumpy.

With that, here are a few style tips to keep you fly even while juggling diapers and bottles.

Upgrade Your Lady Things – After months of living in nursing bras and granny panties (no offensive to the grandmas out there), you deserve all new undies. This Apartment 9 bra (found at Kohls) is sexy and provides great support for your now huge ta-tas. This bra is very affordable and comfy and the details are hot whether you’re a mom or trying to become one. Wink wink.

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The Accessories– keep it simple so Your little one is not tugging at your dangling baubles. A watch is necessary these days when I can’t grab my phone and this Ryan Porter bracelet was a little push present to myself. You can customize with your own phrase or choose from one of their pre made ones. Great stackable and one of a kind piece.

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The Hair– if you’re a natural mama, consider rocking a protective style. It makes life a million times easier to not have to worry about twisting every night or washing every day. I’m lucky to have a traveling stylist so no need to find a sitter or take my baby to a salon. If you’re in the LA area or Inland Empire, check out my friend, Rianna and hit her up for a house call. Follow her on Instagram @beautykillla.

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The Makeup– I tend to keep it pretty simple when it comes to my face with just a little mascara and eyeliner and that’s even better with baby when you don’t have a ton of time to put on a full face. The first step in pulling this off is to keep your skin healthy. You can try my DIY milk & honey facial for starters. Coconut oil does wonders as a moisturizer, then finish it all off with a little mascara. You don’t want to get chemicals on baby’s face so steer clear of foundations and blush and lipstick so you can shower your little one with kisses. Simple is key, work your eyes with mascara and eyeliner, and I always keep an eos lipbalm on hand because it’s easy to find in the diaper bag.

Stay tuned for part 2 where I’ll reveal 5 black mama approved outfits that will up cycle some maternity wear and make you look stylish on the go with baby.

xo

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