Thursday, October 23, 2014

An apple a day

There’s just a bit of chill in the air in Cincinnati, so I decided to pull out my navy body-con Diane von Furstenburg dress – comfy stretch cotton and half sleeves to keep me toasty.  It’s the first time I’ve worn it post pregnancy, so had to get used to a more clingy fit.


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For accessories, in addition to fun hosiery and gold tipped pumps, cranberry and taupe nails were my finishing touch.


Wearing this body-con dress reminds me how completely not fun it is to lose those remaining pregnancy pounds.  What’s funny is that I’m less concerned with my current figure than I am with being able to fit into my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  I refuse to buy a new wardrobe!  So for now I’m saying adieu to BBQ, pizza, pasta and casseroles of all kinds… I’ll miss you and I’ll see you again, I promise!

I had relatively no luck at all in losing anything until I drastically changed my eating, but now am finally starting to see some results.  It’s challenging since I’m still making lots of meat and potatoes dishes at home for the man, but at least now that the scale has started to move it’s a little easier to stay motivated.  Here’s what my daily plan looks like:

Breakfast options: start every morning with hot water and lemon to boost metabolism!

  1. Green smoothie
  2. Hardboiled egg, asparagus, roasted tomatoes & red peppers
  3. Oatmeal with nuts and berries

Lunch options:

  1. Salad with tons of veggies and grilled chicken
  2. Vegetable soup (split pea, lentil, veggie chili, etc…), apple

Dinner options:

  1. Grilled chicken, roasted vegetables
  2. Salad with tons of veggies and grilled chicken, optional side of veggie soup
  3. Veggie burger (sans bun) with baked sweet potato fries

While my Italian grandfather may be rolling over in his grave with these menu options, at least I know it will work to get me back to where I want to be.  Wardrobe here I come! 

Do you have a fitness tip or routine to share?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All business

Going for more of a conservative business look due to multiple meetings I have today.  Nothing necessarily unique to write home about, but sometimes that’s okay!  It really all depends on what’s appropriate for the day.  The most important thing for me in feeling put together is firstly having the right fit, and secondly having some interesting textures and or patterns.  This tweed jacket with zipper detailing was my touch of something special.

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In sad fashion news, we said goodbye to fashion legend Oscar de la Renta.  Such a loss, but such an amazing life.  Rest in peace.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shades of Pink

Maybe it has something to do with having a little girl, but I’m pretty much obsessed with all shades of pink – specifically cranberry, blush, and raspberry – like this H&M blazer! Pairing it with deep jewel tones like hunter green, ruby, or navy is always a great option.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


Day 3 of being back at work and I’m already back into the normal work routine of things – busy busy and always more to do. It’s nice to be in the groove of things again and to reconnect with some of my work colleagues, but of course my mind and heart is also with my little sweetheart. It’s also interesting and bittersweet to see how some things have changed and some people seem different after being gone a while. I guess that’s why they say change is the only constant in life…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swap the Top


I really love this red leopard skirt with the crop top, so I found a way to wear it that’s work appropriate – easy peasy - just swap the top!  Top and skirt both from Express.  Shoes from Nordstrom. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Back to Work

My first day back at work this Monday.  It was bittersweet for sure.  I was definitely happy to be back and quickly reminded how much I love my work and having a career, but I certainly missed my little peanut and teared up when I came in and saw a big print out picture of her taped on my door from my coworkers.

As for my outfit, I love pairing a classic black blazer with a color dress or skirt.  It mixes up the “basic suit” look.  Adding a little print helps too and I adore this soft lace inspired rose print.  Finally, accessories – matching cranberry color bootie and a complementary blush handbag.

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the brands… blazer: Calvin Klein (similar here). cami: Worthington. skirt: NY&Co (here in grey, here in white). shoes: Fergie (here). purse: Nine West (similar here).

Thank goodness I had lots of cuddle time with my pumpkin before having to return.  Wish I could put her in my bag and take her with me!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wrap Dress

Headed to a family anniversary celebration, and with a little breeze in the air, I went with long sleeves to keep warm.  I love wrap dresses – their so easy!  Slip on and go.  For low cut wrap dresses, like this one, just make sure you have a good bra (low cut push ups work well so no bra lining will show).  I also love to throw in a contrasting shoe color.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mom Uniform Required?

I recently received a comment that stated my look (specifically a short skirt) was inappropriate for no other reason than the fact that I was now a new mom. What do you think?  Does motherhood mean all sex appeal should be removed?  Here are my thoughts…

1. Practicality – In most phases of life, and yes certainly the new mom phase, a good amount of practicality in a wardrobe is needed.  I figure my readers have enough sense to know that I’m not wearing a mini skirt for walking the dog or going to work, but that those looks are certainly evening attire looks!  For times when more practical fashion choices are needed, I often go with jeans or a maxi dress.  In addition, I love my heels, but I always keep a pair of flats with me so I can easily get more comfortable if needed.  Below are some of my practical mom-on-the-go looks.

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2. Appropriateness – I figure those reading a fashion blog would be more concerned with my style and fashion choices than my personal life and what they deem “appropriate”.  Personally, appropriateness is something I would never judge for someone else because it depends on so many things, such as location, age, profession, and personal style.  Appropriateness also depends on what you’re doing.  As mentioned, I have more casual MOTG looks, but I also have evening and work looks.  For work, I wear pencil skirts, dresses, and suits.  For casual, jeans and maxis.  For lounging around the house, you’ll find me in workout wear.  And for out on the town evening looks, yes, I often wear short skirts or fitted dresses.  In addition, I do share looks on this blog that are just for fashion fun.  I love to play around in my closet, mixing and matching different looks – and will share pics of looks I love, but didn’t actually leave the house in that day.  Some of my post baby evening looks below.

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3. Self-Image – Any woman should know that getting comfortable in your own skin again after pregnancy can be extremely challenging.  Instead of hiding and letting insecurity win, I choose to embrace my curves and my body for what it is.  I have no interest in becoming a frumpy mom or changing my entire personal style now that I have my daughter.  I’m so very proud to have a mother who not only took the best care ever of her family, but also of herself.  She is still wonderfully fit and beautiful!  I can only hope to be that kind of mother and to show my daughter that she can be a confident, competent, and caring woman and that she should be herself and love herself at any and all stages of life.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Class & Sass

I always find an interesting way to put together an outfit is to mix and match styles a bit – such as this.  You can’t get more classic than a basic button up top, but I paired it with a modern Aztec print skirt and a sassy pair of heels.


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Monday, October 6, 2014

Seeing Red

First time leaving my little one with someone else for a couple hours! It was nice to get out, but of course I missed her at the same time.  For the evening out, I decided to pull out my new 2 piece dress set from Express.



I was disappointed that I didn’t get better pictures! First, I chopped my head off – twice, then my dog walked in the picture showing her behind and covering me from the thigh down. Finally I got the two shots above, but the coloring is a bit off… at that point the doorbell rang and the babysitter had arrived, so no more photos for me. 

I decided to try just once more when I got home later that evening, and got the below pic… with lighting still not right and shadows covering my face- “I give up!”  LOL!

On the flip side, I was excited to be just over 2 months post baby and wearing a crop top!  I certainly have more weight to lose and more toning to do, but at least my overall proportions have stayed the same, so that’s helpful. I’m figuring the rest will work itself out as I get back to work and into more of a routine.


As for my little pumpkin, she’s all about the stripes this week!  Jeans with a pink stripe top, and nautical in her stripe sailor tee and leggings.  I can’t believe this is my last week at home with her (SOB!).  Savoring every moment.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014


Yes, an officially chilly day today so I’m still wearing a dress, but layering up with a camisole underneath, a bright accented cardigan over top, and comfy leather boots.


While the cami and dress are very similar color tones, the pop of color in the blue roses of the cardigan add a much needed contrast!


Other fun cardigans… click to shop!

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