May 12, 2009

Looking Dowdy?

Posted in Fashion at 8:37 am by bitsypieces

My “fashion” (if it can be called that) has frustrated me so much lately… makes me just want to go back to my ol’ standard of blue jeans and black tees. It might have been boring, but it was safe.

I admit that my wardrobe in my BC life showed a lot of skin. Mostly cleavage, but sometimes leg. You know how some women look sexy in a plain, conservative sheath dress? Not me. I’ve never been able to master the covered-but-sexy look.

Now that I am living AC, I’m trying to cut back on the skin show. But when I’m covered, I feel matronly and dowdy… such as in this outfit:

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Seriously. I feel like I have “frumpy mom” written across my forehead. Is it the too-long skirt? The “mom” twinset? The flat sandals? (Yes, heels might have spiced up this outfit. But I was headed out to church and lunch with a baby, which means diaper bag, booster seat, etc. Plus baby. I needed flats.)

I do think it was more flattering with the sweater open, like this:

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So what do you think? Should I just toss this twinset into the trash now?

May 11, 2009

Organizing My Bags

Posted in Baby Gear, Fashion at 9:43 am by bitsypieces

(Sounds almost dirty, doesn’t it? Organizing my bags.)

As an organizational freak who loves simplicity, my life is basically bags, pouches, boxes and baskets. If it will store something or organize something, I have to own it. Hubby thinks I have an addiction problem when it comes to baskets, plastic bins and canvas bags. Organizing my purse/handbag to ensure my life stays as easy as possible has been a big challenge lately. But I think I’ve finally arrived at a solution. Here are my two secondary bags and their various contents:

BIG BAG (Skip Hop Diaper Tote): This attractive diaper tote contains all of Baby’s needs, including multiple changes of clothes, thin blanket, diapers, wipes, creams, lotions, toys, binkies, snacks, sippy cups, hat, washcloths, tissues, etc.

SMALL BAG (Aurielle-Carryland Shoulder Bag): This small shoulder bag contains just the bare necessities for Baby, including two dipes, a small pack of travel wipes, and a couple of disposable changing pads.

My primary bag is a WRISTLET that contains mommy’s essentials, including wallet, grocery store cards, epi-pen, and pouch containing Swiss Army Knife, mini flashlight, lip balm, and other small personal items. This is a must have when leaving the house.

I’ve decided that this type of arrangement best suits my needs. If I’m running out on quickie errand–like a short trip to the local supermarket–I just toss my wristlet into my small bag and I have all the essentials for me and Baby.

On the other hand, if I’m out for a full day–such as playgroup, lunch and shopping–then I put the wristlet into my big bag and head out the door with everything I might possibly need to keep Baby happy and comfortable for hours.

So now there’s no need for me to switch around a bunch of stuff whenever I’m changing bags, and there’s no need for me to always be grabbing diapers from the nursery and packing them into a purse. With this system, I have two bags from which to choose: a quick errand bag and an all-day bag. The only thing I have to switch around is my personal purse (the small wristlet). Everything else is already packed and ready to go, and that’s how I like it. Easy. Simple.

May 9, 2009

Did I finally find the *perfect* bag?

Posted in Baby Gear, Fashion at 1:37 pm by bitsypieces

Maybe. Maybe.

It feels perfect.

Lots of mommies are fans of Skip Hop diaper bags. They’re reasonably priced for the quality (I own their Saddlebag), but they only have one or two styles that look more like a purse and less like a diaper bag.

And if I spend too much $$ on another bag, Hubby will probably cut up my credit card.

Then I found the Spark by Skip Hop Scoop Tote Diaper Bag. It cost $35, which is a very reasonable price for a bag. Some of the best features: attractive, lightweight, metal feet, lots of pockets, and stroller straps for hanging on stroller handle. One con is that the quality isn’t the best… it’s not the same nice quality as a regular Skip Hop bag. I suspect that, with daily use, this bag will need replaced in 6 months or so. But by that point I’ll probably want a different bag anyway!

This is a big bag, in my opinion, bigger than I usually carry… but unfortunately it’s the size I need right now (especially since I am starting to tote around snacks and sippy cups). Below is my video review of the bag, and it includes all the stuff I currently have packed in this bag.

Why do empire tops make me look preggers?

Posted in Fashion at 12:17 am by bitsypieces

I’m a classic “apple,” so I carry any extra pudge in my midsection. When I’m down to my ‘fighting’ weight, I prefer tops that hug my body and show off my curves. But AC, my belly never recovered. So I’ve been resorting to empire shirts in an effort to hide my tummy flab.

Yet, for some reason, these shirts always make me look about 6 months pregnant!

What do you think? Anyone have a suggestion for a shirt that will disguise a tummy without adding volume? (I sometimes wear structured button-down shirts, but they always make me feel a bit stuffy…)

Skirt Top

May 7, 2009

Just call me the “bag lady”

Posted in Fashion at 1:59 pm by bitsypieces

Seriously. I am still obsessing over the “perfect” Baby & Mommy bag.

Although my last choice was acceptable for a short period of time, it quickly became overstuffed. These days, I need to carry more than just a diaper and a package of wipes. I also must carry a variety of toys to keep Baby’s interest, as well as snacks. And I see sippy cups in the near future, too…

I figure I have two choices:

  • Find a mid-size purse for my stuff plus the bare essentials–dipe & wipes–for Baby, plus carry a bigger diaper bag for all the other Baby stuff
  • Find a new, bigger bag that will fit everything for me and Baby

I told Hubby that my problem is simply this: I prefer to travel with the smallest bag possible, but I also want to carry enough stuff to be prepared for almost any situation.

It’s starting to look as if I’m going to have to carry a diaper bag as my main purse, mostly because of the awesome organizational features of most diaper bags (Hooray for pockets!). But I absolutely HATE this idea, because diaper bags are typically clunky, ugly, heavy and big. I am currently exploring options, but haven’t found an awesome standout contender yet.

April 24, 2009

Capris

Posted in Fashion at 9:25 pm by bitsypieces

Since I’m very short (5 feet and 1/4 inch tall), I’ve always avoided capris. I just felt they made me look even shorter. Instead, I usually wear long pants, above-knee skirts, or short (above mid-thigh) shorts.

But now that I’m a mommy… and I’m carrying some extra cellulite…  I can’t do the short shorts thing anymore. So here’s my attempt at capris:

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Ignoring the less-than-fashionable plain black shirt and black Tevas (Yes, I love black)… what do you think about the length of these capris? Too long? Too short?

Here’s a slightly different view:

capris

April 22, 2009

Skirts as Mommy Wear?

Posted in Fashion at 2:11 am by bitsypieces

I have a super hard time finding pants and shorts that fit my body. As a classic “apple” shape, pants that fit through the hips/thighs are often too constricting at the waist. But pants that fit at the waist look baggy on my hips and legs. A good tailor could probably take care of this problem… but I don’t really have enough excess money to get that kind of tailoring (just getting my pants professionally hemmed usually takes me to the top of my budget).

I’m starting to wonder if casual skirts and dresses might be a better fit. Seems kind of foolish to even consider them, since Baby will soon be toddling around.

But maybe I’ll give one or two a try…

April 15, 2009

Another Mom-on-the-Go Outfit

Posted in Fashion at 8:19 pm by bitsypieces

Overall, this outfit is very different from my typical garb. For one thing, it’s my first time wearing leggings. For another, I rarely wear bright prints (though I’m trying to add more to my wardrobe).

I felt ok in this outfit, but not perfect. And I think it’s way too “dressy” for a play group meeting. It could work for an afternoon of mall shopping… maybe.

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April 10, 2009

Mom on the Go Outfit

Posted in Fashion at 2:00 pm by bitsypieces

My favorite fashion blog–and the only one I read with any regularity–is youlookfab.com. Angie and I may not always agree about the styles and trends, but her fashion advice is generally straightforward, smart and practical.

She has three basic floop-proof formula outfits for a mom-on-the-go. The first is basically nice pants, a cute shirt, a jacket or cardi, and some fab accessories. The second is the same as the first, except the pants are replaced by a skirt. Her third outfit replaces the skirt/pants and shirt with a dress.

I decided to try out the first formula, which is the least intimidating (and, in my opinion, best suited for a “playgroup” session). Here was the result:

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Personally, I think I ended up looking dumpy and frumpy. I didn’t feel put-together… I just felt uncomfortable. I’m not ready to give up on finding a great floop-proof outfit, however. I guess I just need to experiment a bit more.

April 3, 2009

The Contents of My Handbag

Posted in Fashion at 4:07 pm by bitsypieces

Since I’ve started carrying MY stuff and BABY stuff, I really like to be organized (Hence, my quest for the Perfect Purse.). This is partly because I am an organization nut, and partly because I carry a lot of junk in one bag, including:

BABY STUFF

  • A “diaper” pouch containing 2 diapers, a onesie, 2 disposable changing pads and a mini tube of diaper cream
  • A travel size package of wipes
  • 3 or 4 small toys, such as plastic keys, a teether ring and a stuffed fish
  • A binky and pacifier keeper
  • A small sweater and a pair of Baby Legs
  • Travel size package of tissues

MY STUFF

  • Catchall pouch containing a large Swiss Army knife, lip balm, nail file, mini flashlight, lipstick and other small personal items
  • “Purse” pouch containing my wallet, an Epi-Pen, a card case and my catchall pouch
  • Compact hairbrush with built-in mirror
  • Moleskin notebook for jotting down ideas
  • Baggie of coupons
  • Monthly planner
  • Cell phone
  • Small spray “pen” of hand sanitizer
  • A few individually wrapped moist towelettes
  • Ink pen

You’ll note that I keep three pouches in my bag: a diaper pouch, a catchall pouch and a purse pouch. The catchall pouch is just to keep the small items from getting lost in my bag, but the other pouches are for convenience. If I’m in a restaurant and Baby needs a quick diaper change, I can just grab the diaper pouch from my purse and take her to the restroom. If I’m pushing around my new stroller (which already has a diaper bag on the side of it), I can just grab my purse pouch and have all the personal items I need for shopping and running errands. Easy and convenient!

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