BABY ON BOARD

posted by Elshane on May 24 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Isn't one of the best parts of having a baby being able to tote them around like the hottest new accessory in town? I couldn't WAIT to bust out my Tokidoki Lillebaby carrier once my lil Sunday was born!

I will admit, when it arrived in the mail at first, my husband was like, "Really Elshane? You had to get this one? You couldn't just get a black one like everyone else?"

I mean... does that question even require a response? NO!

The truth is, he's grown to love it just as much as me. He used it last weekend as we walked around Beverly Hills and got "mad props" from other dads and chic women everywhere. But what else did he expect? When you're toting the coolest baby carrier around with the hottest tot in town, you just gotta give that good ol' nod and smile every time. ;)

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STIRR'N'UP FOR SPRING

posted by Elshane on May 18 2016, under Fashion

Cheers to the women who wear the pants!

Those absolutely unique, eye-catching, head-turning pants, that is!!

Take these McGuire pants that give life to both the top and bottom leg with the help of fringe and stirrups! Best worn with simple white like this off the shoulder top and some killer heels, it's impossible to not look effortless and cool for a night out with the crew!

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SUMMERING IN STRIPES

posted by Elshane on May 12 2016, under Fashion

LA's got me sold on this t-shirt vibe. 

A casual cotton tee can chill out any luxe item from your wardrobe (take this embroidered leather skirt, for example) and turn it into a daytime dream!

Besides, I don't think there's been any stronger emphasis on sneakers than this spring. Pair 'em with skirts, dresses, and jeans galore and hit the town running! (Get it? I know...) Comfort has never felt so chic. ;)

 

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OUR BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS

posted by Elshane on May 9 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Take a peak at Sunday's baby announcement cards that I sent out to my family and friends this month!

I enlisted the help of stationery powerhouse Minted for the challenge. Minted is an online marketplace of independent artists from 48 countries who are able to share and sell their designs (photography, paintings, stationery, party decorations, wedding invitations, and more) through one trusted outlet. It allows you, the buyer, to find something unique from a creative artist whom you would otherwise never cross paths with. Basically, it's the future of sourcing artwork!

For their stationery component, their mega friendly and hands on staff personally helped me align, position, and create these gold foil stamped birth announcements, all with zero stress on my end. With a 3 week old at home, there was really no other way I could have had these made in time!

In the past, I've used Minted artwork to decorate the walls of my home and Minted stationery to send personalized thank you notes. If you haven't yet snooped around on their site, I'm so happy to be the one to introduce you to it!

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FOREVER IN WHITE

posted by Elshane on May 2 2016, under Fashion

A white dress for spring is the perfect blank canvas to paint on bold accessories.

Grab that colored wide brim hat from your closet (oh, wait, you don't have one? Why not?! It's a must this season!) and a stack of dainty gold chains, effortless espadrilles and a luxe tonal handbag to make a stamp on style this spring season!

I have been gravitating to white clothing so much lately. And I don't even have my tan in check. Anyone else feel me on the white movement? 

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TRUTH BEHIND MY 3 WEEK POSTPARTUM BODY

posted by Elshane on Apr 28 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Says the girl who always worked hard on maintaining her fitness...

If my body can't be where I want it to be right now, at least my workout lewk can be on fire! Grab this Alo Yoga lewk here.

The human body is pretty amazing. It's been 3 weeks since I delivered my little baby chica and I'm still under doctor's orders to refrain from working out (mega tear). I wanted to take these "before" photos to remember a few things, 1- how important it was that I worked out throughout my pregnancy, ultimately allowing my body to bounce back after birth to a fairly good state, and 2- to see how I can transform back into my good ol' self once I get the nod from the doc to hit the gym again (hopefully around 6 weeks postpartum). 

Most women can start working out two weeks after delivery, but I got diagnosed with something called Diastasis Recti during my pregnancy which means my ab muscles basically split down the center and broke in half as the baby started growing inside. It was a huge bummer and source of depression for me throughout my pregnancy because I knew getting back my pre-baby six pack would be a very difficult endeavor. So what does this mean for my postpartum fitness routine?

2/3 of pregnancies end in Diastasis Recti, but most women don't know it happens until after birth. Mine was pretty severe during pregnancy so it was very obvious that I had it. How'd I know?

When I would lay down and then lift my upper torso in a crunch position, my abs from belly button upward towards my chest would form the shape of a Mohawk in the center, "tenting" as they call it technically. The tenting is a result of the abdominal muscles splitting in half and sort of just floating on each side of your belly. And what's underneath that belly Mohawk? My non-doctor approved guess is your skin, your baby, your belly, etc... all just chilling there with no connected core tying it all together.

Before I go back into abdominal workouts, I need my core to reconnect so I don't continue to separate the muscles even worse. I'm hopeful that I can work around this issue and get my pre-baby body back in no time by working all of the other areas of my body instead. Maybe by the time that happens, this not-so-cute linea nigra pregnancy line on my belly will disappear! At least my very obnoxious pregnancy outtie belly button has RIP'd already. ;)

Only time will tell! 

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LAZY SUNDAY WITH 4MOMS

posted by Elshane on Apr 25 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

This whole newborn thing has taken me for a bit of a surprise. Yes, I knew how much responsibility an infant would be, but I guess I never realized how hands on 24/7 it actually is. Between an hour long feed (can someone invent a burping machine already?), a little play time interaction, and then those few celebrated minutes of nap time in between, it's hard to get anything done with two hands!

When Sunday isn't napping during the day in her crib, I love bringing this 4moms Bounceroo (I call it the "egg") all around my house. If I'm in my office doing...well... this very article, I'll bring her egg in with me so she can sit and watch me, and then fall asleep. Same goes if I'm in my courtyard relaxing, living room watching television, etc.

I love this chair because of the angle that it allows for Sunday to lounge. It's upright enough that I can put her in it right after a feed to avoid that unnecessary throw up moment, and it's flat enough where she can easily fall asleep in it-- swaddled or unswaddled.

Lately, as of her 4 week milestone, she has been fixated on the colorful mobile arched overhead. The shapes and colors seem to intrigue her and it's so fun to watch her stare. I'll put the chair in vibration mode if she starts to get a little cranky, but I honestly try to avoid it because I don't want her getting in a habit of needing the motion. Like a good ol' concert, unplugged is always best, right?!

 

The egg's ability to give me some hands-free interaction with the little lady is my favorite part. I'll lean the chair right next to me, and it's like I'm sitting next to my best friend sharing stories. The only difference is, this best friend is a great listener, and doesn't seem to judge me at all! ;)

 

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SUITED IN ORANGE

posted by Elshane on Apr 18 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I wore this look during one of my last weeks of pregnancy at 38 weeks as I did some final errands before the big day.

It's an oversized tuxedo blazer that I transformed into a maternity dress. I'll tell you, I would do anything to make clothing in my wardrobe fit in order to not invest in an actual "maternity" item. This was the final straw!

I recommend this style idea for a day running around; best meant for flats and minimal bending over. ;) The things we do to feel ourselves, right? 

I love looking back at this final pregnancy moment... but let's be real, I love looking forward to wearing my old favorite styles again now that I'm bump-less! May the blog now get back to regularly scheduled programing!!!

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