MOMIFORM FALL STYLE GUIDE

FALL IS HERE!! I don’t know about you but I’m READY for sweater weather! It’s that time of year where we put away the shorts and pull out the layers. I’m here for it. But I also know that creating a Fall Momiform that you LOVE can be quite the task. That’s where the guide comes in! And did I mention that it’s FREE.99? It’s true. Totally FREE, mama.

 

You can Grab your guide to get tips and tricks about Fall style as well as shop my tried and true Fall Basics recommendations for living mom life, in style. This season I even included a style video that you can watch to learn how to put together outfits with the items I share in the lookbook.

 

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I hope you have fun with the guide and if you wear any of the items and/or outfits, I hope that you will remember to tag me on the ‘gram! I’d love to see it and share with the other mama’s.

 

I also created a video resource all about dressing for Fall Family photos. If you missed it, you can catch that HERE.

 

If you’re the athleisure type, I recently gave some tips and tricks on how to fight the frump and create stylish outfit combos with your athleisure style. I also included a curated lookbook where you can shop my favorite leggings and layers. You can watch that video HERE.

 

If the temps are still super warm where you live, you can find some great transition tips and outfits on THIS POST

 

Creating outfit inspiration for everyday mom life, is my jam. From the board room to the soccer field, I’m here for you, mama! I hope that this guide helps to inspire you to show up as your best this season, feel confident, and maybe go on a few date nights. Oh and don’t forget to GET IN the pictures, mama– not just take them.

 

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Gone are the long lazy days of Summer, the throw on a pair of shorts and see what the day brings kind of style, and thankfully- the heat so intense that it makes you want to hide. The cool temps aren’t quite here yet, but our schedules are full of fresh starts and Fall activities, so what are we to wear?

Learning how to style outfits from Summer into the Fall season can be fun, simple, and budget friendly. From small changes like a deeper colored nail polish or lipstick to bigger changes like layering and wearing boots- there are so many options! My recent segment shows four outfits and how to take them from Summer to Fall.

 

5 simple fall style tips

 

5 SIMPLE TIPS FOR FALL TRANSITION STYLE

 

  1.  Repurpose your Summer basics like tank tops, denim shorts, and kimonos. Simply add a touch of texture, a pop of deep   color, or a light layer.

 

2. Swap out your Summer shoes. It’s not time for full on knee high boots yet, but a pair of booties with your denim cutoffs                  instead of sandals will elevate and update your look for the season.

 

3. Use accessories to pull in Fall trends. Plum statement earrings, chunky stacks of bracelets, layers of mixed metals… this                one is really fun, easy, and a lot more budget friendly than a new wardrobe.

 

4. If it’s still too hot for layers where you live, try a bralette in a deep Fall hue or a dress in a dark floral pattern.

 

5. Put away the straw bags and clear totes until next year. Pull out those leather crossbody bags or a pretty suede clutch.                   This adds Fall style without adding warmth to your outfit!

 

SHOP THE LOOKS

*use code: JAMMIE10 for 10% off of your entire purchase at FOR POSH SAKE

 

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snakeskin dress | necklace | bracelet | bracelet | booties

 

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striped tee | corduroy dress | booties | necklace | earrings | bag

blush jacket | tank | skirt | earrings | necklace | booties | bracelet | bag

Jumpsuit | earrings | sneakers | necklace | bracelet | jacket | bag 

 

 

find your mom style

 

I would stand in front of my closet, staring at all of the clothes but still feeling as though I had nothing to wear. As the piles of outfits that didn’t work mounted beneath me, so did my frustration level. Cue the negative self talk brought on by memories of what used to be. That fit me when I was smaller, when I had a job to go to, when I did fun things outside of the house and when I had plenty of time to get ready. Before I wasted anymore time, I would settle for leggings and another tee, I guess mom life is what it is. Frumpy. Settling for a below average confidence wardrobe and hit the road. 

 

I was 36 when I had Max oh HEYYYY geriatric pregnancy and super slow metabolism. Everything changes when you have a baby. If I had a dollar for every time I heard that line…

 

But it’s true isn’t it? And it’s something that I didn’t understand until it happened to me. 

 

My body grew and then it… deflated? That seems like the most appropriate description. I had great boobs and round booty. Then I had huge boobs and a somewhat large behind. Now I have awkward shaped boobs and a pretty sweet pair of blegs (butt and legs that have melted together as one). It’s fine. 

 

There’s so much solidarity in the hot mess express of motherhood and I’m pretty sure that I fit right in- if not became the captain of the train for a quick second there. I’ve encountered a lot of mama’s who told me that my life would now consist of top knots, dark circles, leggings, and MAYBE a shower on a good day. Motherhood is to equal chaos, we’re supposed to band together in our frumpy wardrobes with our cold coffee because… TIRED. Is 3pm too early for wine? It’s like a competition for who can look the worst, be the most tired, and drink wine the earliest. Sex and date night? Wait, what are those again? 

 

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Since when did settling for survival mode become an invisible trophy that moms across America are fighting for?

What if there’s more to mom life than that? Can we actually thrive, (gasp) enjoy motherhood, and look good doing it? Can we get through the day showered, not needing a glass of wine, and possibly connecting with our spouse before collapsing into bed with a “headache”?

 

I wanted to get to that place but where did it start? My closet.

 

Style is often the last thing to catch up with a new lifestyle, especially transitioning into motherhood. I knew this from years of working with new moms, overhauling their wardrobes to match their new lifestyle. But it wasn’t until I was faced with that same scenario that I truly understood.  

After too many mornings wasted trying to find something to wear from this pre mom bod wardrobe, frustration levels high, body image squashed, elusive confidence, and cold coffee I knew I needed a change. 

Were there jeans with enough compression and stretch to give leggings a run for their money? Could I really pull together an outfit for date night that made me feel sexy again? 

It would be easier to just stay aboard the hot mess express, wouldn’t it? Do I really want to stand for something that goes against society’s norm? I knew I would be judged for being selfish or materialistic. But really, how does mama pour from an empty cup? She doesn’t. She can’t, and anyone telling you that they do is lying. 

 

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And so the journey to find my new sense of personal style began.

 

It took me several months and a lot of trial and error to find my style, to curate a cohesive wardrobe that worked for my life. There is no magic pill for instant style. I had to do the WORK.

 

5 tips for finding your mom style

 

5 Tips For Finding Your Mom Style:

 

ACCEPTING MY BODY

This doesn’t happen overnight, but I started to practice gratitude towards my body. I grew and birthed a human, I’m not who I was but I became excited about who I was becoming. I started to appreciate how my body served me and my family. I began to move more instead of complaining about it’s imperfections. I started to realize that I could be content while improving. 

 

CREATE A ROUTINE

I remember the days of lazy mornings and nobody to take care of but me. Motherhood changed all of that. I’ve always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person and I have to FIGHT not to be like that now (I’m not near perfect at this). Finding a routine for my mornings before Max wakes up is a game changer. It took time but I found a workout I love, a hairstyle and makeup routine that work for me- getting ready before Max wakes up instead of waiting to see if I can fit a shower into my day makes me SO MUCH more productive- not to mention I am more likely to get out and do fun things, not be embarrassed at the grocery store or when the UPS guy comes to the door. 

 

EDIT MY CLOSET

Chaos causes overwhelming anxiety, depression, frustration, anger… ALL THE THINGS. There were clothes that I would never wear again, heels far too tall, jeans much too low. Old memories of a different, smaller, and less squishy body causing negative self talk. I packed up the pre baby life outfits for good. 

 

DEFINE MY (new) STYLE

You know who I would love to be like? One of those instagram moms who is ALWAYS perfectly put together. Their playdate outfits rival my GNO ensembles. But as I did the work to define my style I realized something- I had to set my own expectations. I’m not willing to chase my boy at the park in full makeup and wedges, nor do I want to. It sounds nice in theory but it wasn’t what I TRULY wanted for my life. I know that as the seasons of motherhood change so will my style, but for now it’s less wedges and more sneakers. Style is personal and I know that if I compared myself to the internet too often, I would be setting myself up for failure by trying to copy what someone else does instead of defining what I think is cool for myself. 

 

CURATE MY WARDROBE

There is no ultimate list, no one size fits all, no trend to get FOMO over. Signature style is personal, it’s authentic, it’s here for the long haul.I had to figure out what message I wanted to communicate when I got dressed. I wanted to be a mom who respected herself and took my job of care taking seriously, I wanted to be a business owner who meant business but still showed her edgy style and a little bit of sass, I wanted to be the wife that still had fun and felt sexy with her husband.  I knew that if I wanted to curate a wardrobe that worked for my lifestyle, it would take time, trial and error, and intention. 

 

I found that I love the way good quality high waisted denim makes me feel, I know what silhouettes and styling tricks (hello half tuck) help create proportion. I began to understand the need for machine washable fabrics and kitten heels. Instead of wishing I could carry the cute purse everybody else was- I splurged on the super cute diaper bag and invested in a nice work tote for days I don’t have Max. 

 

It was working, my mornings got better.

 

Life was changing, I could feel it. I started to feel like ME again. Not like the old me, she isn’t who I want to be anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I had to lose myself in motherhood. I wasn’t on the train anymore, I found a better way. I knew that if I wanted a better life that I would have to dress up, show up, and create it. I could have spent more years of my life wishing I could have fun and flirty date nights again while sitting on the couch in my sweats OR I could find an outfit that made me feel confident and sexy while enjoying a night out with hubs. 

 

I’m now at a point where getting dressed is actually enjoyable again. I know how I want to feel and which outfits will make me feel that way on any given day. I’ve curated my own Momiform™  and from that experience I’m able to help moms like you create their own too. I genuinely love what I do, yeah I get to help moms shop which is fun and all but the true joy comes from the stories I hear after, stories I can relate to. 

 

finding my mom life style

 

We’re in this together! 

 

Studies Show that there is a link between getting dressed and confidence and production levels. Similar to the study on making the bed each morning (which I also practice). So the more frumpy a woman dresses, the lower the confidence levels and higher the stress. 

Look better, feel better do better. Style is a tool to get what you want in life. 

Having style after motherhood is attainable. Curating a closet full of clothes you love to wear is a real experience. And it’s an experience I want you to have. You can thrive, you can be confident, productive, and show up as your best self for you and your people. That’s why I created the Momiform™ Style Guides. A free resource for you to start your style journey and build your dream Momiform™.

 

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Are you ready to hop off of the hot mess express and join me in a new style journey? Make sure to join the other mama’s on this journey and get on the Stylish Mom List! This post is a the first in a series of 8 simple steps to finding your mom style!

 

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NSALE Guide for moms

 

To download a PDF version of this guide with links you can do that HERE 

 

THE #NSALE

If you’re new to the sale, it’s Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary Sale. They offer new Fall styles at up to 40% off in limited quantities. Some of the items are an amazing deal, some aren’t. Shop carefully. The sale opens to Nordstrom card holders TODAY (July 12th) and will open to the public on July 19th.

There’s a lot of noise out there around the #NSALE so I wanted to be sure that my guide to you was carefully curated instead of oversaturated with a lot of items you don’t need. The goal is not to add to a closet full of nothing to wear but to intentionally shop for the holes in your Momiform™.

As a former Nordstrom Stylist and Professional Stylist for over 10 years, I think I’m pretty successful at picking out the good stuff. I made sure to stay middle ground of prices instead of adding a lot of designer. If designer pieces and jewelry are in your budget and you would like to see a few curated choices in the lookbook, please reach out and I would be happy to add that. If I had to choose ONE designer piece it would be a MICHELE Watch and (ok, that’s two) a pair of Vince leather leggings because BUTTER.

I hope that you enjoy the guide, share it with a mama friend, and use it for some serious Fall motivation. I know it’s hard to do when temps can be crazy high and the last thing you want to think about is putting on a sweater!

HOW TO SHOP THE GUIDE

When you click the individual photos in my top 10 picks, you will be brought to that specific item on the Nordstrom site. If you are looking to shop all of my looks and how to style them, make sure to click the link SHOP button or any of the photos on page four. This will bring you to my curated lookbook where you can find items to complete your Fall momiform.

Under the section FINDS you will find the single items by category:

ELEVATED EVERYDAY

WEAR TO WORK

SHOES

LOUNGE  + ACTIVE

Under the section LOOKBOOK you will find different outfits for ELEVATED EVERYDAY and WEAR TO WORK.

 

DON’T MISS

The notes under each item in the FINDS section! I give you my thoughts, styling tips, and have noted why I play favorites with a few of the items.

NSALE Style guide for moms

NSALE style guide for moms

cardigan | dress | black booties | jeans | leggings | mules | jumpsuit | jacket |leopard booties | tan booties

 

NSALE guide for moms

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To download a PDF version of this guide with links you can do that HERE 

If Fall isn’t your jam yet and you’re still looking for Summer Styles, there’s a GUIDE for that too!

 

Happy NSALE shopping, mama!

 

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One of the most asked questions in my inbox is: “how do I layer delicate necklaces?”. I LOVE this question because it’s really so easy to answer! Summer is here and none of us want to add that “third piece’ layer to our outfits. So how do we look pulled together? Accessories!

 

THE BASICS

If you’re new to accessorizing, totally clueless, or you’re starting over with rebuilding your accessory wardrobe– there are 4 basics that I recommend starting with:

  1. Statement Earrings
  2. Long Delicate Necklace
  3. Short Delicate Necklace
  4. Bracelet

 

HOW TO STYLE

Don’t worry about matching metals or wearing the wrong pieces. This is fashion, it’s supposed to be fun and the goal is never perfection. Grab any of the 4 pieces listed above and you have your start. Wear just these 4 pieces and you will pull an outfit together in a jiffy! Whether you are wearing jeans and a tee or a dress, these pieces add the finishing touch to make you look pulled together.

If you want to add more, don’t be afraid to! You can add a mid length necklace (or 2) and a whole stack of bracelets to create an arm party. Mix textures, shapes, metals, colors, and sizes to look like a pro. No matchy-matchy here.

They key to success with accessories is confidence. Don’t let them wear you, you wear them! If you aren’t comfortable with what you have on, people will notice. And mama, nobody has time for discomfort anyway. I love that the Stella and Dot options are lightweight so that I never feel uncomfortable- especially when it comes to statement earrings.

 

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SHOP OUR PIECES:

 

My earrings

Pam’s earrings

My Necklace

Pam’s Necklace

My Bracelet

Pam’s Bracelet 

 

If you want to browse for more, I highly recommend you check out the site via the button below. I have a soft spot for their Dress for Success line and soft tees.

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SUMMER SYTLE with VIRGINIA THIS MORNING

I had a blast with Bill and Jessica on Virginia This Morning chatting about Summer Styles and what to pack for your next vacation or boating adventure. I’m usually on the show to chat about style for women but my sweet hubs got to model an outfit for the boys and we had a blast.

 

HOW TO SHOP

Vacations are relaxing but packing can be anxiety inducing… nobody needs that. Start your packing prep by creating a shopping list. What does each day look like and what will you need to wear for each scheduled activity? Knowing this in advance helps to make your shopping intentional and prevent leaving anything behind. The key to dressing for Summer weather is fabrics that are light and comfortable and then layer with accessories instead of that “third piece” that pulls together and outfit the rest of the year!

 

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WHAT TO PACK

Create versatility with a cohesive vacation wardrobe. Make sure that your outfits can be mixed and matched. Can you wear the wedges with your dress one day and then sandals the next? A light linen jacket is a good idea for layering if you are having dinner on the water or get chilly in the air conditioning.

DAY TO NIGHT

Try pack outfits that can easily be transitioned from day to night. A romper is a great example of this. Slip it on over your swimsuit during the day and then pair it with wedges, a bralette, and statement earrings for dinner.

 

FOR THE BOYS

I love the options from Southern Tide. Both the shorts and shirts are quick dry and can be worn day to night. For daytime simply pair the shorts with a tee and sandals. At night– add a belt, some Sperry’s and a collared shirt.

 

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Shop the Looks Featured on Virginia This Morning

use code: JAMMIE10 for 10% off of your FOR POSH SAKE purchase

 

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Have you grabbed your SUMMER STYLE GUIDE yet?

 

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Summer Style Guide For Moms

 

 

The 2019 Summer Style Guide is HERE! All of the tips and tricks you’ll need to get dressed and out the door, in a jiffy. I’m here to help you simplify your Summer Outfit Formulas, link you to my current FAVORITE shorts that are under $20, and let you in on all of my pro tips so that you can live mom life, in style.

No matter how you will be spending your casual Summer days + nights, I’ve got you covered. From playdates and Target runs to beach days and date nights. There’s something in here for everyone. My favorite beauty products, SPF, and Summer books are also included as little bonus.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where I will be showing up and hosting weekly STYLE SESSIONS. I’ll also be answering all of your Summer style questions, giving you outfit ideas, and examples of how to wear 1 item 3 ways (a new item each week).

I’m not usually one for trends, but there is one this Summer that I just can’t stop wearing. I can’t wait for you to find out what it is. Hint: it will simplify your morning and shed so much time off of your getting ready routine! I just know you’re gonna love it as much as I do.

Summer is also the time when I’m ok with grabbing the Target dress is more than ok, but… you still need to have 3 ways to wear it! I’m here to help you save time while still saving money and shopping with intention.

If you need a cute pair of wedges that are comfortable enough to wear ALL DAY, I’m sharing my go-to pair with you. You know I’m all about elevating that flip flop game.

I’ve included a few swim suits but you can see THIS POST about Swim Suits for Mama if you want even more!

I hope that you enjoy this totally FREE Guide. I’ve put a lot of hours into curating it, just for you. So get cozy, grab your glass of frozè and let’s chat style!

 

 

Because going to the grocery store or trying to get out the door in the morning shouldn’t be so hard…

 

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Richmond Staycation Guide

 

Our recent staycation at The Jefferson Hotel was exactly what we needed- a reminder that reconnecting, relaxing, and laughter are necessary during the busy season of life. We had so much fun just being us- forgetting all of our titles, responsibilities, and daily routines, even just for the weekend. And I wanted to create a guide to help you do the same. Vacations are amazing but they can be expensive and usually there’s quite a wait in between them. Booking a mini staycation might be something you never thought about doing, known how to start planning, or most importantly…how to choose where to stay.

There are a lot of reasons why we chose to stay at The Jefferson (who wouldn’t) but my two were: location and service. Also, affordability- their Summer at The Jefferson package rate, can’t be beat! We wanted somewhere that felt luxurious yet within walking distance to all of our local favorite spots. Home base is important to us and so are the quality of robes and level of service. To be honest, I have a weakness for incredible customer service (it seems like a lost art these days) and the staff at The Jefferson is second to none. Rich history mingled with modern amenities made for a stay that was nothing short of magical.

I’ve broken down my favorites below but if you would like to down the guide on your phone or computer for future reference (and clickable links) you can do that HERE.

 

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If you’re looking to get away from the daily grind, but need to stay close, I highly recommend the SUMMER AT THE JEFFERSON package while it lasts. Enjoy your luxurious home base for an incredible weekend exploring. Make sure to experience the incredible dining experience during your stay. The creative twist on their southern themed small plates was the perfect kick off to our progressive date night. I can’t wait to get back to those fried deviled eggs. Anyone want to join me for happy hour this week?

 

 

 

I love the food and drink scene in Richmond for a lot of reasons but one of them is the community and service that tends to accompany our local establishments. The service at each location was not only top notch but above and beyond that– it matched the establishment and up leveled the experience. From James’ wine recs and Chauncey’s menu knowledge at Lemaire, to Justin’s stories and bartender skills at Saison, and Andy’s incredibly hilarious conversations at Bar Solita… we could not have asked for a better night.

 

 

 

After resting up from date night you can hop on a Peloton in The Jefferson’s fitness center (you know it’s my fave) or take a dip in their gorgeous pool before heading out to explore. Make sure to stop by Mod & Soul to pick up your favorite outfit and grab a coffee at Lift to fuel you for a full day of adventure.

 

If you book your Summer Staycation at The Jefferson, eat at one of these amazing locations, grab an outfit from Mod & Soul. or explore any of my RVA favorites… make sure tag me on the ‘gram! I’ve curated a digital lookbook with outfits to shop or simply use for packing inspiration!

 

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all photos: MISFIT MOON PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

PS: To see some BTS of our staycation (including a room tour), see my staycation highlights HERE. And for more style tips, make sure to grab my FREE Style Guide HERE.

 

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when mom needs to unplug


 

Self Care: deliberate, self initiated, intentional, necessary. Taking care of ones own mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Mama, self care is not selfish, it’s a tool we can use to be moms, wives, friends, humans…

Do you ever feel like the mom in the Calgon commercials from the 80’s (did I just totally age myself?)? Calgon… take me away! 🛀  If your mom didn’t have a box of Calgon in the bathroom or you’ve never seen this, have a good laugh 😂

 

 

 

Self care can be a bubble bath or a nap and those things are great- I’ll take one of each, please! But I also believe that true self care needs to be more intentional and impactful on a regular basis. Small rhythms and routines that turn into a part of our daily lives like putting on real pants and getting ready for the day (hair and makeup included), practicing gratitude, fitness, and healthy eating are all important but so are larger scale acts of self care. Massages, vacations, and being able to actually unplug take more planning and intention than daily rhythms and routines.

While living in LA I heard about people floating to relax and I was instantly intrigued. I was also really terrible at unplugging so I never actually sought it out. Life got busy and I forgot about this trendy floating situation that was probably just a Hollywood thing like, Shape House (it’s a sweat boutique and it’s SO LA) and colonics after your juice cleanse and $40 boutique fitness workout.

And then I met Rochelle (and asked her 2973984 questions) at a local networking meeting. Wait… this is still a thing? And it’s in Virginia? I was a few months postpartum when Transition Float Studio opened so I hadn’t quite gotten my mama legs to where I could justify such a thing (I was wrong). But then I would hear about the spa almost weekly (ok so maybe I stalked them on social media, whatever) and FINALLY decided it was time to check it out. Mama needed to UNPLUG.

Rochelle recommended an Infrared Sauna Session and then a Float Session. I love a good sauna session. LOVE. But tbh I was just as nervous as I was excited about the whole float part. I’m super claustrophobic, but also willing to try all things cutting edge health and wellness.

I had a pretty good fitness routine down but I hadn’t been eating as healthy as I should so I decided to be a little extra and add some other components to the experience. I love a good juice cleanse and along with hearing about floating in LA, the buzz about lymphatic drainage massage had me uber curious. So I decided to grab a 2 day cleanse from Ginger Juice and pop in to see Jordan at Indigo before my detoxing sauna sesh and relaxing float at Transitions. It was important to me to support locally owned businesses and I loved that they are all in the same area. Dear, busy suburban mama who has anxiety over parallel parking downtown… I gotchu.

 

THE EXPERIENCE

When I arrived to the studio, I instantly felt more calm. You can tell that Rochelle is a chill beach girl at heart and I love that. I sat down and filled out a super quick form before getting the run down on how my session would work and what to expect. I was SO EXCITED TO UNPLUG. I think I even told her that the thing I was most excited for was not looking at my phone for an hour and a half. I know that sounds silly to even read but I’m awful about truly unplugging and I knew that this experience would give me the disconnect I needed.

THE SAUNA

I’m a sucker for anything with the word, detox. Gimmie all the cleanses and charcoal and sauna’s, I’m IN. What I loved about my sauna experience was the privacy and how calming and relaxing it was. If you have the extra time when booking a float, I highly recommend starting with the sauna. It really helped to get me relax before the float.

THE FLOAT

The float pod was next door to the sauna room where they provided me with a robe so it was a simple few steps to take without having to worry about getting back into my clothes after getting all sweaty. Perfect little touch of detail!

The float room is pretty large and has it’s own shower. To keep the pod clean they ask you to rinse off in the shower before your float to be sure there is no product residue like makeup and lotion. Post shower I popped in the ear plugs they provided and was ready to float. Climbing into this odd looking contraption was not even a little bit scary like I had anticipated. The whole experience was just so calm.

It took me a few minutes to truly relax and find a position I was comfortable in. It felt weird at first to fully relax my body in just water but once I allowed my mind to let go, my body followed. There are light and music controls inside the pod if you choose to turn off the music and/or the light. I think I ended up doing half of the time with them on and half in silence and complete darkness.

It’s really a treat to be truly alone in complete silence. It’s unlike anything I ever ever experienced. I was a little worried that I would be trying to figure out how much time I had left or if I was “doing it right”, or if my mind really allow me to relax? None of those things were an issue.  What if I fall asleep, will she check on me? Will I get water in my ears?  All of my worries were seemed silly by the time I finished.

When I left I told Rochelle that there is no way to truly explain this to anyone, the best I’ve got is… you just HAVE to try it for yourself. I felt rejuvenated, refreshed, more creative, relaxed, inspired, and I slept like a husband (because we all know they sleep much better than babies!).

My float session was what a Calgon bath could only dream of being to a mom. Think about it mama… PURE. SILENCE. Completely alone. You know you need this. I didn’t realize how much I needed it and now I can’t wait to go back. Floating will for sure be a part of my self care from now on, especially since it touches all aspects of wellness: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.

I know that this post was intended for the mama’s buttttt… Father’s Day is coming up and this would be the perfect gift for dad. Who needs more stuff? Give an experience! And hey… you could just book two and tag along with him 🤷

 

 

A few Tips: 

Go into it with an open mind

Wear comfortable clothes like maxi, joggers, or cotton shorts

Bring your face moisturizer for after the float

Read the FAQ before your appointment

 

 

Happy Unplugging, Mama. If you end up trying a float- let me know and tag me over on Instagram!

 

If you haven’t started a rhythm of getting self care when it comes to getting ready in the morning, check out my

FREE Style Guide 

 

 

 

Finding a swimsuit has never been easy but finding one that works since becoming a mama has been a journey. If you follow me on Instgram then you may have seen my stories over the weekend about the swimsuits I brought on our beach trip last week. If you haven’t seen the stories you can catch them here. A lot of you had questions and I wanted to put all of the info in one place and link the suits so that those of you who are interested would be able to easily try them out!

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The search for suits that made me feel confident and comfortable wasn’t fun or easy. I’m hoping to help you out with my picks but with that being said… every BODY is different. What works for me might not work for you. But I am confident that even if the exact suits I have don’t work for you, that you will find something that works within the brands I’ve curated.

I thought that swimsuit shopping was hard before having Max. HA! Cute. I’ve always had these curves and flaws to dress but now everything is a bit more squishy and there’s more to… hold up?

THE TRY ON

You have two options here:

  1. Go to the store. But not just any store. Make sure to visit a specialty store, not a big box store. It’s one thing to carry swim and it’s another to KNOW swim. Go to the ladies who know the brands and the fits, the ins and outs. Let them pick out options for you.
  2. Order them all and try them at home sans bad lighting and sales pressure. Keep what works and send back what doesn’t. This is my preferred method. Order an array of styles and sizes so that you don’t have the frustration of “nothing works”.

Keep in mind that swim suits are like denim. They stretch. Sometimes an entire size. Err on the side of caution and buy on the snug side vs loose.

Look for suits with real sizes. If they are two piece suits the top should be sized by cup and the bottoms by number. No s,m,l sizing for us anymore.

GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Do you see squish? Cellulite? Stretch marks? Cool! Your body has done a lot for you. Be nice to it and love it, dress it well, and rock that suit with confidence. Ok? Ok.

 

STYLES

There are SO MANY options. How do you know what to get? Color or neutral? One piece or bikini? High rise or low cut? That’s a loaded question, but here are some tips on how to know what to get:

What do you need? Are you chasing a toddler or lounging? Is your chest large or can you get away with less support? Is your tummy flat or do you need compression and a high rise?

Do you feel comfortable? Sure, it might look cute when you’re standing still, but are you comfortable moving around in it?

My advice is to invest in neutrals that are classic and will last years. If you want a fun and trendy option, let that be your suit that is less of an investment since the chances are that you won’t be wearing it next summer.

 

 

 

SHOPPING

I grabbed the 3 styles above for the summer and you can shop those HERE. But I’m also including some other client favorites and fun accessories. Each item has a little pro tip or style note under it but if you have any questions please feel free to reach out via email: hello@jammiebaker.com I would love to chat!

 

 

CREATING YOUR “OUTFITS”

Just like your everyday wardrobe, your summer beach/pool outfits should be made of mostly basics with pops of personality. It’s better too grab a few quality pieces than own every “cute” suit from a bargain store. Find a few pieces that work well for you and then have fun swapping out the accessories.

A neutral tote is also a good idea. You don’t need a lot of beach bags. I like a cute straw one or a fun clear one. A pair of black and a pair of brown and then maybe a metal pair of sunnies will do. No need to splurge here, find ones that you won’t be mad about when you lose, scratch, or break them!

Grab easy cover ups, kimonos, and cute linen pants. I like slides from Target in pops of color or a chic gold. A baseball cap for more casual days spent in the water and something more sophisticated for adult, lounge, or even lunch time.

If you want to accessorize there are great waterproof options as well. But my favorite way to incorporate color is with something fun on my nails and toes!

 

Have fun this summer, soak up every moment with those little ones, and remember… every BODY is a beach body!