Thursday: “Get Dressed”

Little Ava [aka Furious Shirley] is just about to turn six months old and I can finally fit back into three pairs of my pre-baby jeans!  Getting back into shape has been tough – I gained close to 65 pounds during my pregnancy thanks to my, “Hey, if I’m going to get fat anyway I might as well eat whatever I want” attitude.  And unfortunately, whatever I wanted was ice cream.  I have no time to get to the gym, so I have had to come up with ways to combine working out with play time.  Ava loves watching me do floor exercises while she rolls around on her play mat.  I count reps out loud to sneak in some number fun and it amuses her to watch my legs going up and down and up and down.  I’m pretty sure it would amuse just about anyone – lol.  For cardio, I usually “dance”.  I put that in quotes because dancing consists of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, and some ridiculous flailing about in time to the music to keep the babers entertained.  So far it has been working and I am down to my last 18 pounds!  Getting dressed is probably one of the most frustrating times of the day for me because I’m not happy with the way my body looks in anything anymore.  So, today’s fashion focus is going to be accessories because a cute bracelet or bag will always be cute no matter what your weight.

I’ll start off with my favorite mother’s day gift – a personlized birthstone sterling tag necklace from MamaBethBling.  There are several variations to choose from and the price is just right at $22 USD.


And what would a post about accessories be without a great bag?  A purse is a great way to add some color and flair to any outfit and Bayan Hippo has a great collection of colorful and stylish purses that are also eco-friendly!


They also have some totally cute kimono dresses for your little one and I could not resist posting at least one!


Another fabulous accessory choice is a brooch.  You can add a dash of pizazz to your jackets, blouses, scarves, and bags with one of these Tweet brooches from Custom Made.


I also fell in love with their French Daisy Necklace.


And yes, even coffee has become an accessory.  I know I can’t live without mine in the morning.  Reusable coffee sleeves are becoming all the rage and are good for the environment too.  I found the best selection of patterns at The Doe and The Mouse , which happens to be based here in Brooklyn [and could be the reason I keep seeing people sipping fashionable coffee!].


If you are an independent designer or make some sort of handmade goods that you think would be perfect for the blog, send me an email!  Now, GO GET DRESSED!

Shop the link below for some great fair trade and eco-friendly clothing/jewlerly/accessory finds!


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  • May 14, 2009 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I hear you about the baby weight, although my second just turned 5 weeks. Congrats on losing it all! I love your recommendations. I love the bag and the necklace is so effing cute!

  • May 14, 2009 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment, Jessica! Congrats on the second babers!

  • Mandy (Kalb) Huecker
    May 14, 2009 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m impressed Shannon! I always thought it would be fun to do a blog, but I never thought I would have enough to write about. I enjoyed yours! And I feel the same about the baby weight….at about 35 weeks right now, I’m dreading summer and shorts!

  • May 14, 2009 - 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Mandy! Yes, being prego in the summer is no fun at all! I’ll have some great summer maternity fashions coming soon though, so be sure to check back!

  • May 15, 2009 - 7:48 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for featuring Custom Made on your blog, and good luck with it! I will be reading!

    Anna, Custom Made

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