Every Tuesday night, my husband and I take our daughter to baby swim classes at our local Jewish Community Center. These swim classes were a genius gift from my parents to Cora for Christmas. Cora is an absolute natural in the water and totally the best baby in the class (in my incredibly bias proud parent opinion). We have a lot fun in the pool but not so much in the family locker room. I found out real quick how to appropriately dress for that locker room. Those half changing room/ half shower stall cubical thingies are far from fun or uncomplicated to change in. These shower-changing stalls are tiny, dingy, and wet — Lord only knows the cesspool of germs that are living in there. Hence, the wiggle-shimmy-squeeze dance that I have to do to get into my skinny jeans is totally not going to work in this itsy-bitsy quagmire of a space. I repugnantly found out the hard way last week. . . Lets just say the heated cars seats also work fabulously as a hiney dryer. Anyway, my only feasible option is to rock the quick and ever so easy leggings. These leggings came from TJ Maxx and are a nice cable knit which keeps my legs warm and toasty in the winter time. The effortless french terry long hoodie came from Target’s clearance. I absolutely adore this hoodie because it is ridiculously comfortable and such a cinch to wear and style many different ways. I also love the gathered pockets on the hoodie for the reasons that they hide my postpartum belly and I can stash lots of necessities in them. My olive green suede and leather boots are made by Clarks. I scored these $120 boots a couple of years ago for $30 when my Bonton store was going out of business. These boots use to be so comfortable until pregnancy made my feet grow. They’re a bit tight now but their versatility makes them so worth the annoyance. When I bought the boots I knew the dark green color would work perfectly with either brown or black predominate outfits. My tote is from Thirty-One and was free to me since I hosted a party for them a couple of years ago. I highly recommend this tote on the grounds that you can seriously jam everything into it. For swim class, I’m able to pack into that bag: three large beach towels, two adult swimsuits, one baby swimsuit, four swim diapers, three regular diapers, one hard case of wipes, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Ultimately, my locker room experience couldn’t make me agree more with the Le Corbusier quote “Space and light and order. Those are the things men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”
Oh, and here’s an adorable out take of my cat, Cricket, checking out my outfit.
The internet ordering struggle. . . I found myself up late one night unable to sleep when I stumbled onto Target’s website. They were offering a promo code for an additional 20% off of clearance and there was no way that I was passing up that deal! So I gleefully browsed through their pages and pages of women’s clearance and insouciantly loaded up my virtual shopping cart. Before I knew it, I had 15 items in that cart and a total that was double the amount ol’ Santa gave me for Christmas. Reluctantly, I was able to narrow my selection down to just five super cute tops. I completed my ordering and fell asleep dreaming of my new outfits. Every day for a week until my shipment arrived, I impatiently checked the shipping status of my order in hopes that it would be here much faster than anticipated. Finally, my shipment arrives and I swiftly run up to my bedroom to try on all my new clothes. Then it happened — none of the clothes fit! But on the plus side, they were all too big. I have this problem of thinking that I’m a larger size than I truly am. Even though the scale tells me I weigh less than before getting pregnant, my eyes just don’t seem to see it. I know my body has changed, my feet have gone up an entire shoe size (I guess that’s what pregnancy hormones and lugging around that additional poundage for months will do to you) but also my once perfect hour glass figure is now more of a straight boyish figure. It’s difficult enough find clothes in store that fit and look good but online shopping makes it 10x more difficult. The internet models also don’t help any amidst those perfectly proportioned size 00 bodies with thigh gap that can make even the most hideous burnt umber paisley and plaid printed frock look gorgeous. I’m not even sure why I think internet shopping is a good idea. In a brick and mortar store, I will bring twelve items into the fitting room and maybe, just maybe, if it’s a really good day, end up purchasing one out of the twelve. In conclusion, I need to stop torturing myself and those poor customer service girls who have to take back all my returns.
New Year’s day in Pennsylvania means pork and sauerkraut. As my grandmother insists “You have to eat the sauerkraut for good luck in the new year.” I don’t know if it really brings you any good luck but I know it brings me some serious bloating — just how I want to start out the new year. When your gut starts ballooning, the last thing you want is tight pants digging in and preventing the full expansion of that sauerkraut food baby from happening. I’ve learned the painful way, in the past, to dress anything but comfortable on this day. Appropriately, I opted for super soft fleeced lined leggings that I was able to score at Boscov’s for $7.99. The boots are made by Boemos from TJ Maxx (more on this deal can be found on my Sheepish Sunday post). I purchased the yellow button down shirt last year from the Salvation Army for my Halloween costume as Dwight Shrute from The Office. I love being able to reuse pieces from Halloween costumes. My swan print cardigan came from Target. I patiently waited for that cardigan to hit the clearance rack at 50% off before I bought it. It’s always a risk waiting for an article of clothing you love to go on clearance because they might not have your size but it’s so worth the money you save. I look at it this way, if it’s not there after it goes on sale, then it wasn’t meant to be. Something more fabulous and a better deal will always come along.
So here’s to ringing in the new year with good luck, bloating, and stretchy pants.