Style & Comfort Shoes FTW

Becoming a mom has made me think of the evolution of my personal style in terms of before v. after baby. Then I subcategorize into pants, tops, bras, etc. Becoming a mother has changed me in many ways, and honestly, I can’t complain about a single one of them because they are all positive. Right down to my larger hips. It suits me, what can I say? #Loveyoself, ladies! Today, though, we are talking shoes.

Before baby, I was all for the extra high heels, the pointy, the arch-less, the support-less. It was style before comfort 100%. It just didn’t seem possible to have it all, at least not without a lot of effort. Though here I am, after baby, to tell you my friends that you can have it all!

Born. Yes, I know these babies are crazy expensive. Friends! I have a work-around! Ever heard of 6pm.com? This is the most bad-ass place to get all your favorite stuff for less. I get my born shoes here all the time. Born shoes have great heel and arch support and provide both the everyday comfort and style you need to rock through your day. My latest purchase are these Born Reid>> booties, retail price $150, but I purchased for $68. One important fact about 6pm is that sale prices fluctuate all the time on each item. You need to strike while the iron is hot!

Naturalizer. Yes, another expensive shoe brand. We are talking quality people! You shouldn’t skimp on your footwear. Trust me. These are another 6pm.com WIN! My last purchase of Naturalizers were the Naturalizer Eden 3>>, retail price $89 but I purchased for $31. Again, these super cute shoes have extra special cushioning in the footbed as well as arch support.

Sofft. Now, I have to be honest. I do not yet own a pair of Sofft shoes but I do have my eye set on several pairs. I came across this brand when I was searching for wedges to wear to my sister’s engagement party last summer. A nice man at Nordstrom brought a pair of Sofft wedge sandals out for me to try on and my life hasn’t been the same since. This was in June last year and I am still thinking about the soft footbed that felt like walking on a pillow and the soft leather straps of the sandal that I knew would never betray me by digging into my foot. I didn’t buy them at the time because they didn’t match my dress, but I found them on (you guessed it) 6pm.com and I plan to purchase!

Check out these brands if you are looking to achieve style, comfort and support in your footwear. It can be done! Some other brands I’d like to also recommend are Ugg Australia, Roxy and Clarks. Check out 6pm.com for deals and steals!

XO, Nico

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10 Basics You Want in Your Wardrobe This Season

I cannot live without these certain items in my closet this winter! To be perfectly honest, I have multiples of each. That’s how necessary they are to me! Check out my list with my favorite brands. Short. Sweet. To the point. ❤

  1. Black Leggings. Brands: Belly Bandit and Spanx. 
  2. Bralettes. Brands: Free People. Also Amazon has some cute ones.
  3. Faux Leather Leggings. Brands: Spanx and Commando.
  4. Bomber / Moto / faux leather Jackets. Brands: BB Dakota and Coalition LA.
  5. Skinny Jeans. Brands: Just Black Denim, Paige, Hudson.
  6. Booties with low heel. Brands: Born.
  7. Knee high or over the knee boots. Brands: Born, Sam Edelman, Goodnight Macaroon, Aldo.
  8. Puffer Jacket. Brands: Same Edelman and Bernardo. Side note: I would also check out Amazon for these. They have some cute ones!
  9. Solid colored long and short sleeved tops. Brands: Joah Brown and Free People.
  10. Cute belt. No recommendation here! Belts must speak to the individual wearing it! #youdoyou

XO, Nico

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Whats the deal with Wireless Bras?

I have recently become very interested in wireless bras. It all started with some self-reflection and realization. My most favorite bras are still my nursing bras. So, I asked myself: should I get more nursing bras even though I’m not nursing? Is it possible to find an alternative that can offer me both support and comfort?

After some research and poll taking, I found the answer.

Meet, Warner’s Women’s Could 9 Wirefree Contour Lift Bra.

This is a total game changer, my friends. Not only is this bra wireless, it provides support, lift and FRONT strap adjustments. Why did it take so long to get front strap adjustments? That’s something we may never know the answer to. All I can say is that this baby is super comfortable whether you are rockin’ big or small cup sizes. Give it a try!

XO, Nico

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Packing Cubes – Pro Travel Tip

Greetings! I am traveling this weekend and in the spirit of travel, I wanted to touch on packing cubes (a total life saver, btw) and a few other packing essentials.

I highly recommend packing with packing cubes. I use these bad boys: Miami Carry on Packing Cubes>>. The price is right, what can I say? There are 3 cubes and 3 pouches in this $12.99 set. I love to organize by topic and depending on the length of the trip that might look something like: cubes of 1) Pajamas, 2) outfits, and 3) intimates (bras/undies/socks), and pouches of 1) make-up, 2) hair items (ties & hair products), and 3) cleansers (face/body/hair). It’s a good system and you would be surprised how much you can fit in a cube. Cubes are the KEY to not only efficiently utilizing all your packing space but also MAXIMIZING that space! For the Mamas out there, when I travel with my son, we share a suitcase, packing cubes are life-changing!

My trip this weekend is a short one, so I only used two of the smaller cubes as photographed below. This is a small carry-on, but as you can see, I have room to spare! I’ve fit in here a pajama cube, outfit cube, shoe bag, heat tools, throwing in my make-up pouch, cleanser pouch, small backpack/purse, and jackets. Boom! I am ready for my 4-day trip!

Other packing essentials: comfy sneakers, carry-on backpack, and smaller backpack for day trips. And Finally, my packing support buddy, Babyface Finnster. ❤

XO, Nico

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Pregnancy Pants – Help!

Being pregnant and fashionable can be challenging! I bought clothes at the popular and obvious maternity clothing spots, however, I just never really felt like my best pregnant self in any of those clothes. I believed I could do better, otherwise, it was going to be a long 9 months!

I was completely out of my fashion element, never having been pregnant before. I felt lost, my body was different, and I certainly didn’t feel like the cute pregnant lady I’d always hoped to be. My intention here is to save you some time if you are in the same predicament.

First, let me just say that Nordstrom, in my opinion, carries the best maternity and post-natal wear clothing for true comfort and style. I could go on and on about their amazingly soft tops, their nursing bras, etc., but that’s for another day.

Back to pants! I wanted, no NEEDED, my pants to have the following 5 qualities: 1) stylish and cute; 2) high quality (soft, comfy, and won’t fall apart); 3) warmth (I was pregnant in the winter); 4) not tight around the tummy; and 5) have the ability to “grow with me”. If any of these were missing it was a deal breaker. You with me?

These maternity jeans>> were my go to pregnancy jeans. I wore them all the time and loved how they looked with my shoes and tops. If you follow this link, I got the Denim option, which is more like the best jegging you ever wore.

Now, leggings>>. These bad boys are what you want for your maternity wear and also for every year thereafter on Thanksgiving. No joke. Once you’re done being pregnant, you can fold the extra fabric at the top down, and carry on!

Finally, if you find yourself hesitating to spend money on quality pregnancy pants, I invite you to consider this: You probably only need two pairs of pants, and you want to be able to wear them for nine months, wash them, etc. You don’t want to go too cheap and be stuck with pants that are falling apart on you!

If you have other recommendations for pregnancy pants, please comment below and share with us! ❤

 XO, Nico

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Compression Socks Are My Jam

I know, it sounds lame. If you read my prior blog post on the myth about pregnancy and foot growth then you know that I took my foot health very seriously as a pregnant woman and trust me…that includes compression socks. Now, I’m no doctor, so please see my little disclaimer paragraph below, but I will say that the gist of why I was consistent and crazy about always wearing compression socks when pregnant was threefold:

1) To combat swelling in the feet and ankles;

2) To help prevent varicose veins and also to stop them from swelling; and

3) To assist with blood flow (especially if I was sitting at a desk all day, or traveling on a plane).

If you decide compression socks are your jam, check out Belly Bandit, Nordstrom, and also Amazon (just read the reviews).

To be perfectly honest, I am totally guilty of wearing compression socks with my boots in the winter whether pregnant or not. I got into the habit of it a few years ago when I was tied to a desk all day and became super paranoid about veins. You know what I mean.

Here’s my disclaimer: I am no doctor. Please speak with your medical professional or perhaps a pharmacist to see if compression socks are right for you. Compression socks have different levels of compression. For purposes of this post, I am talking about your general over-the-counter compression socks which would be a level of 15-20 mmHg.

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