Debunked: Foot Growth and Pregnancy

I’m going to blow your mind right now with some valuable information I learned while pregnant. It all started around the beginning of my 2nd trimester. Fellow moms were telling me all about how their feet grew as a result of pregnancy. WELL, this was horrifying to me as the owner of an abundance of shoes. I wasn’t about to be able to afford restocking my darn shoe collection! So, I did some research, talked to some doctors and physical therapists, did some googling…here’s what I discovered:

Your feet “growing” up to half size or more as a result of pregnancy is self-inflicted by not wearing proper shoes. As you advance in your pregnancy and gain more and more weight, gravity takes its toll on your foot arches. Without proper support, your foot arch flattens. Boom. That’s how your foot “grew”.

I was able to prevent this from happening to me and thus my shoe collection is safe and usable. I did this by wearing arches constantly (in my UGG slippers, in my heels/boots, in anything I could). I never wore flat shoes that did not have arch support. I invested in a great pair of ASICS and wore those any time I could fashionably get away with it. SUCCESS! Plus the BONUS: wearing proper footwear during pregnancy REALLY helped my back.

Here are links to the arches I used: Arches for my slippers and other flat shoes >> and Arches for heels >>

XO, Nico

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The Secret to Extra Closet Space

Velvet hangers. If these babies aren’t already doing the honors of holding up the money hanging in your closet, then you need to get these post haste! They are non-slip, super slim to maximize your closet space, and my personal favorite: they don’t leave those shoulder hole pokey things on your clothes! Meaning, they wont damage your clothes! You know what I’m talking about. Velvet Hangers >>.

XO, Nico

Commando For Sure

Finding the right underwear is such a tricky thing. I have tried my fair share. As I get older I find that I am not willing to go cheap on my most important item of clothing. Am I right, ladies? While I do love the Hanky Panky brand, the Commando brand far exceeds anything I have tried to date. They are soft, seamless, almost like you’re wearing nothing at all (get it? Commando…). You can’t beat ‘em and I wish more local boutiques carried them. You can order them directly from the Commando website, Nordstrom or Amazon. I have linked my favorite style at Nordstrom >> and Amazon >>.

You’re welcome. 🙂

XO, Nico

Denim – It’s a love/hate thing.

Don’t let get denim get you down.  Ladies, we all know jeans can be a real jerk. Good news though! I’m here to share with you some denim brands that will NOT make you want to cry.

Spanx. I never in a million years would have thought of this brand until I became a mom, but I wish I had known about them sooner. That’s right. Spanx are my jam. They are slightly destroyed, very flattering, have tummy control, and feel like you are wearing leggings. Need I say more? I didn’t think so. Spanx Jeans >>

Just Black Denim. These jeans are most like a hybrid of jeans and leggings in that they look like regular jeans, have real pockets, and all that jazz…yet when you’re in them, they have stretch AND are a real contender for your new Thanksgiving dinner pants. Comfort, people. We’re talking style and comfort. These jeans are harder to track down. However, since they are so rad, I feel they are important to mention. Great places to look for them is Poshmark, local boutiques, and Bloomingdales >>.

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Finally, there is also the obvious…Hudson Jeans are great! I haven been wearing them for years. They are faithful! I like to get them (and all my pants) high-waisted so I am not constantly pulling up my pants. They have great stretch. I do encourage trying them on first if you haven’t purchased these jeans before so you can figure out your stretch preference and length preference. These jeans vary and there are a lot of style options! Find them at Nordstrom and/or Nordstrom Rack!

XO, Nico

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