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At Home with Serena & Lily

August 22, 2014

I teamed up with Serena & Lily last month to showcase some of their amaaaaaazing products. Serena & Lily isn’t just about home decor. They also carry things like swim suit covers, handbags, scarves, and even pajamas. Today I’m showcasing a few of my favorite things from their shop that I simply had to take home with me. I’m also sharing a few pics from their San Francisco store opening where I was a correspondent last month. Woot!  Continue Reading

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$500 Giveaway!

August 10, 2014

 

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Bellefit Review & Giveaway!

August 1, 2014

You guys – wanna know what all ^ these ^ pics have in common? Ok I’ll tell you. I am wearing a Bellefit girdle in all of these pics. Uh huh. And now I’m ready to tell you my thoughts about it AND give you the chance to win a Bellefit Bundle (which is what I’ have been using… a $233 value!). Let the reviewing and giving away begin…

The thing that initially turned me on to Bellefit…

One of my best friends had a baby. Eight months later, we got together, and you guys – she looked amazing. Like uhhhhmazing. Like you wouldn’t have guessed that she had ever given birth. I was just moving into my second trimester of pregnancy at the time, so natch we talked about how to get the bod back post-pregnancy. She was the one that introduced me to Bellefit and sold me on their product. She swore by their girdles and said she felt that it was a large reason she had been able to bounce back so completely. Enough said. I was willing to try it. And try it I did.

My Experience…

Here’s the real deal: do I feel like these things instantly brought me back to my pre-pregnancy size? No. I’m a long, long ways off of that size still you guys. For real. However, I DO definitely, definitely feel like they have expedited the process of my waist and hips returning to their normal size. I was actually amazed at how quickly I was able to move from a size medium girdle to a size small. It took less than 2 months to make that transition. And to that point, I highly recommend getting a Bellefit bundle, which is what we’re giving away today. The bundle I had was this one, and I got the dual closure girdle in a size medium and the corset girdle in a size small. This allowed me to wear a larger sized girdle right out of the hospital, then transition to the smaller one once I had made some progress a couple months later.

I also love how the girdle sucks everything in and holds it all together. It smooths everything out under my clothes so there’s less protruding lumpage and bumpage. It also makes me feel supported. I’m stealing this analogy from my GF mentioned earlier, but think of your post-prego body as a sprained ankle. You wrap a sprained ankle to hold all that jazz together and so it can go back to its original state and heal. If you had a sprained ankle and you didn’t wrap it, it would feel terrible. Well, same thing with a post-prego body. The girdle HAS made me feel way more supported and like everything is being pulled back to where it should be. In that way, it’s almost more comfortable to wear it than to not wear it. Ya feel me?

How I wore it…

I started wearing the girdle probably about a week after getting out of the hospital. For the record, I ended up having a C-section (I’ve been meaning to write Jack’s birth story and sure haven’t gotten around to it. Oops), so I was feeling all sorts of tender and was nervous to wear it any sooner than that, but they say you can start wearing the girdle on the day you’re discharged from the hospital. I put my girdle on right when I woke up in the morning and tried to keep it on as late into the evening as I could. Usually by around 9 or 10pm, I took it off. Full instructions (in the form of FAQ’s) for recommended usage of the girdle can be found here. One of the things they recommend is wearing it to sleep. Honestly, I just wasn’t able to do that. It’s not uncomfortable for a girdle, but it IS a girdle, know what I mean? That being said, my girlfriend told me that she wore the girdle 24/7 literally for the first 4 months after her baby was born. And like I told you, she looked absolutely amazing when I saw her. So maybe there’s something to wearing it 24/7 for the first few months. I personally needed to take it off to sleep. I still feel like I’m seeing results.

In summary… 

Long story short, I have loved loved loved my Bellefit girdles. I am still wearing it today and plan on doing so until I lose all the baby weight. These days I don’t wear it for quite as many hours each day as I did in the beginning. That is primarily because I have started working out again, so I spend at least a couple hours each day in workout clothes, and I don’t wear the girdle to workout in. I DO always wear the girdle under my clothes. Always. I feel like urrrrrybody who is gonna have a baby should have one for AFTER the baby.

Feel free to email me if you have additional questions about the girdles! Also, be sure to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY for your chance to win a Bellefit Bundle!
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This is the girdle I’m wearing now – the Corset.Bellefit-Corset-Girdle-Collage

More info about Bellefit Girdles…

Women’s bodies are built to bounce back from pregnancy and childbirth, but the reality is that it can be difficult to “bounce back” and return to pre-pregnancy shape without help. During pregnancy the body secretes hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and relaxin that remain in the body after childbirth for approximately six months. These hormones are our body’s way of loosening the abdominal muscles and they facilitate the stretching of the abdominal area by as much as 50%, while the baby grows. They also act to loosen the pelvic structure, joints and ligaments to prepare for childbirth.

The beauty behind Bellefit medical-grade postpartum support garments is that they provide a greater stability for the body after delivery. The compression garments work by drawing in stretched muscles to provide a 360° support structure around the torso, thus, reducing strain on ligaments and joints in the lower back, pelvis, and buttocks. Reducing stress in these areas enhances your body’s ability to return to its pre-pregnancy alignment, shape and to lose the post baby tummy faster. As shifted and constrained organs return to their pre-pregnancy locations during the first few weeks after c-section or natural childbirth, Bellefit girdles hold you in place allowing for movement with greater confidence. A Bellefit postpartum garment is an essential part of a comprehensive postpartum care and c-section recovery plan for both health and confidence.

There is more to Bellefit than just girdles though! From modal nursing pajamas, compression shape wear and even prenatal support,Bellefit provides you with maternity essentials that will help you through all of the stages of your pregnancy and recovery.

Here’s your chance to win an amazing Bellefit Bundle valued at $233!!! Good luck!

Have a Freakin Awesome Friday!

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Join Me at Serena & Lily!

July 25, 2014

You guys – do you know about Serena & Lily? Are you offended that I’m even asking you that (of course we know about Serena & Lily Shannon)? There was a time when I was obsessed with interior design and I was on Serena & Lily’s site allllllll the time, lusting and coveting my face off. Well did you know that Serena & Lily also carries other stuff besides just home decor? Like cute totes, scarves, adorable swimsuit covers, super cool art, etc? Mmmmmyeah.

Given how rad this company is, I am ecstatic to share with you that next Wednesday, July 30th from 5-7pm, I will be an event correspondent for Serena & Lily’s big store opening in San Francisco! If you’re in the bay area, come see the new shop, eat some treats, drink some wine (or diet coke in my case), and of course SHOP. I’d love to meet your pretty faces too! Here are all the details:

Serena-and-Lily-InviteHope so, so, so much to see you there!

 

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I like people who help people

July 10, 2014

And that’s why I like anneb and The Made Collection. Anneb is an authentic international handbag brand with custom-made, adorrrrrrable handbags, clutches, totes and cosmetic bags (no, really. Check them out. Uh. Dor. Able.). The Made Collection is the philanthropic brainchild of anneb’s creator, Sarah Burroughs. Sarah is running a campaign on Indiegogo from now until July 25 that deserves some major love and attention. Long story short, she is starting a sewing school that will do two really cool things: a) employ refugees in the Salt Lake City area (helping people!), AND b) restore the long lost art of sewing (ummm, if only I knew how to sew). As someone who genuinely believes in the importance of service and in this particular cause, I had to share it with you!

The link below will take you to a very, very short video that will explain more about Sarah’s campaign. If you feel inspired to do so, you can make a donation HERE. Service is cool. Giving back is cool. Helping others is suuuupes cool. It makes you feel good, amiright? And we’ve all been given so much – we all have a lot to be grateful for. Here’s a way you can easily pay it forward. Thanks for your consideration and attention to this rad cause! Good luck Sarah! xoxo

p.s. Keep your eyes peeled next week for how I styled the killer spotted print clutch shown below. It’s officially one of my faves.




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4moms Breeze Playard Giveaway!

June 30, 2014

You guys – are you peeing your pants right now? Cuz you should be over this giveaway. If you haven’t heard of 4moms yet, you may or may not (emphasis on the may) be missing out on one of the coolest companies in all the land. Continue Reading

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Weekender Bag Giveaway!

June 18, 2014

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You guys – get a load of this weekender bag. Did you just pee yourself? Now imagine it IN. YOUR. LIFE. Yeah. That’s what’s on the table today…

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Makeup with bareSkin Foundation

June 12, 2014

Photos by the talented Kirsten of KNW Photography

Yep – that be my mug right thurr, without a stitch of makeup on it (ok that’s a lie – my eyebrows are filled in, mostly because I just had them waxed before I took these pics and I just couldn’t bear to undo the incredible handy-work of my eyebrow gal. So sue me?). Meet my freckles and uneven skin tone. They’re awwwwwesome. Now let’s talk about this new liquid foundation from bareMinerals, shall we? To begin: admittedly the words liquid and foundation always make me an immediate skeptic, mostly because liquid foundation and I haven’t ever gotten along to well.

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Clarins Double Serum Review

May 22, 2014

As promised in this post, I am back to tell you all about my experience using Clarins Double Serum for 30 days. Hopefully you all had a chance to enter the 30 Days of Beautiful Sweepstakes!

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Cash Giveaway!

April 11, 2014

No one is ever mad about a GIVEAWAY! Enter below to win a big handful of cash! And be sure to check out the blogs of all these fabulous ladies. Woot woot!

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