Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

I’ve surprisingly had a decent amount time to read this summer! If I’ve accomplished my to-do list for the day and my little guy is down for a nap, I can usually snag an hour or so of reading time each day.

Summer time is my time for easy, lighthearted reads. These reads also work great for a sleep-deprived new mom such as myself who can’t remember what she ate two hours ago, let alone keep up with an intricate story line.

Here are some books I have on my list to read this summer as well as a couple great reads I’ve added for new moms:

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Maternity Fashion

It didn’t take me long to  switch over to maternity clothes. I bought my first article of maternity clothing when I was about 14 weeks. All that bloating just makes it so uncomfortable to button your pants! As my baby bump grew, I will admit I become more and more disappointed that I could no longer fit into the majority of clothes that I owned. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes I would only wear for nine to ten months, but I still wanted to dress well and feel like myself.

Luckily there are lots of resources of available for affordable and stylish maternity clothes. Here are some of my faves!

Online Rental Companies

These all work in similar ways. For a monthly fee, you have clothes and possibly accessories shipped to you. Typically, you complete a style profile and/or pick out items for your closet to be sure the clothing & accessories you are receiving are to your liking. Online rentals are a great option if you like variety and switching up your look rather than sticking to one classic style.

LeTote:

This is my FAVORITE online rental company. I was actually renting from them prior to pregnancy and lucky for me they developed a maternity section during my pregnancy! For $60 a month, you get a box with 3 garments and 2 accessories shipped to you. Once you return these items, you get another box with 3 new garments and 2 new accessories. The part is – you can get an unlimited number of boxes per month! They have a lot of great work clothing so I usually get my box early in the week, wear the clothing to wear, and ship the box back at the end of the week.

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(Here's one of the cute dresses I received from LeTote!)

In terms of accessories, LeTote offers jewelry, scarves, and purses. They also offer maternity tops, pants, skirts, and dresses. Their customer service is great. Shipping is free and super fast! I highly highly recommend subscribing!

Mine for Nine:

I heard about this company from Good Morning America. Fun Fact: Ginger Zee from GMA used this company during her pregnancy! You pay a rental price for each item you borrow rather than a monthly fee. The rental fee allows you to borrow the item for a month. You can also purchase the item if you like it too. If you like Rent the Runway, you will really like Mine for Nine! Its a great site for special occasional maternity wear. They have an incredibly large selection of maternity dresses.

Stitch Fix

A friend of mine used this during her pregnancy and loved it! For a fee, you receive five personalized pieces, which could be clothes or accessories, delivered monthly. These pieces are specifically catered to your style and budget. Then, you can purchase and keep what you love and send back the rest. They offer high quality name brand clothing and are good resource for classic, well made maternity clothing

 

Online Retailers

Little known fact – many well known retail stores offer a wide selection of maternity clothing on their websites! I will say it is DEFINITELY worth reading the reviews for each piece of clothing you buy as many fit differently than you may expect. Here are a few that I recommend:

Target

Old Navy

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(Fun summer dress from Old Navy)

Ann Taylor Loft

Kohl’s

Zulily – this is an online retailer that offers GREAT discounts on maternity clothing. I’ve gotten clothing that’s been as much as 75% off the original retail price!

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(Pretty blush shirt I ordered from Zulily!)

Retail Stores

Retail stores tend to be somewhat lacking in that quality and quantity of maternity clothes they carry. Target has been a pretty good resource for maternity clothes when I’ve needed something right away. Ross Dress for Less is also a great place to check out. I’ve bought work shirts for as little as $5 from there!!

You can also try local consignment stores or even borrow maternity clothes from a friend!

What’s your favorite place to shop for maternity clothing?

 

Surprise!

Surprise!

HELLO WORLD!! Sorry I have been so MIA for the past couple months. But I have been dealing with the nausea and vomiting and fatigue and back pain and heightened emotions that come with PREGNANCY!!!

 

Yes, you read that right! I am pregnant! I am now the traveling pregnant OB – it has quite the ring to it.

I have so many pregnancy-related posts I have been working on and waiting to release once we were ready to go public with the pregnancy. And now that I am in my second trimester, I am ready to get back to blogging!

Get excited! 🙂

Friday Faves… GYN Edition

Friday Faves… GYN Edition

Excuse my extended hiatus! It has been so long since I last posted. I have been super busy with weddings and work! But I’m BAAAAACK 🙂

Although I haven’t been able to keep up on my blogging, I have been keeping up on GYN news.  So I thought I’d share some of my favorite women’s health related news stories with you.

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