PINK BLUSH MATERNITY + A GIVEAWAY

We are getting ready to celebrate Emory’s eight months and although this has been a crazy ride, the past eight months have really been the most incredible for our family. Not only did we add our third baby to our bunch, but we moved our family across the country and are experiencing a lot of firsts as a family of five.

With all of the changes that have been going,  it has been important for me to feel as comfortable as possible and one of the ways I like to do that, is by making sure that my wardrobe has plenty of transitional pieces. For me, transitional pieces have to be versatile and able to be worn year-round.

It’s been five years since I was pregnant with my first child and since then I have been in and out of the weird post-baby transitional stage.  My body hasn’t bounced back fully and adding more babies to the bunch have thrown my body for a loop. I still have a lot of my pre-baby clothes that I can’t get myself to part with, but I mostly live in a transitional wardrobe that I’ve curated over the past few years. I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped me through this weird post-baby stage. 

  1. Go by the way they feels not by its size. Sometimes size can be deceiving. Instead of going straight for your regular size jeans try on a couple of sizes bigger and just see what feels right. I have a pair of jean shorts that fit me very comfortably and I loved wearing them throughout the summer months, but I would have never picked them out because they were about four sizes bigger than I would usually wear. I’ve lost some of the weight but having that extra room allows me to move around and chase after kids rather than feeling restrained by my shorts.
  2. Layer. Layering pieces help me to not only make the best use of my wardrobe, but helps me mix-and-match and get creative with the pieces that I do wear  
  3. Find a brand that makes both confort and style a priority. I love Pink Blush! They are a trendy online boutique and I have been talking about them since before Haddon and was born. I like the way they focus on the transitional stage and their prints and fabric always make me feel pretty and put together like this mint green floral chiffon dress. Also, because transitional stage is a priority for them, I know that I don’t have to worry about the fit because they are always flattering. 

The transitional stage is tough. Your body is adjusting,  your hormones are through the roof and finding something to wear shouldn’t be a daunting task.  If anything, having transitional pieces in your wardrobe take the stress away form having to fit into all of your pre-baby clothes and who needs that stress?

Here’s the really cool news… 

Pink Blush is hosting $50 Pink Blush giveaway! 

Just two ways to enter:

  1. Sign up to receive our newsletter here 

     
  2. Follow our @aleandtere on Instagram (+ tag a friend) 

Giveaway closes on February 10th at 11:59pm EST. 

Good luck!!

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JORD watches + a GIVEAWAY

JORD watches

My dad is a watch aficionado.  I have the fondest memories of him completing his ensembles with a perfectly fitted wrist watch.  He passed on his appreciation for watches the day he wrapped my first 1990 casio watch around my wrist. Since then, I’ve had an appreciation for all things watches and I’ve started a collection my father would be proud of.  Teresa has always known that about me, and over the years she has been an intrical player in the expansion of my collection.  When Jord wood watches reached out to her about collaborating, she did not hesitate to think of me and picked this incredible Dover series Koa & Black wrist watch to add to my repertoire.

JORD watches

JORD watches

I really love this wrist watch. First off, this Dover series men’s Jord watch is made of Koa wood giving it a medium gold to reddish brown tone that compliments almost everything I wear.  It also has a bold black face that pops when the light hits it and because woodwork is so unique, this watch is one of a kind.
I wore the watch to work for a couple of weeks and received so many compliments on how unique, interesting and intricate the wood work is. Overall I am very happy with the choice Teresa made and with this watch!
Here’s the cool part.
We’re partnering with Jord wood watches to giveaway a $75 e-voucher to one lucky winner!

Click here to enter the giveaway

Want more good news? Everyone who enters (excluding the winner) will get a $20.00 e-gift card that can be applied to any watch on their website.
Good luck!!
(Contest ends on 9/18/16)

Jord watches

Jord watches

Jord watches

Click here to enter the giveaway

 

Luxury Wooden Watch

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Sisters and Free-Babes Handmade

Growing up I’ve always wanted a sister. I saw my friends have amazing relationships with their sisters and I always wondered what life would be like if I would have had the opportunity to become best friends with someone so close to you.

Sisters and Free Babes Handmade

When Emory was born, my heart leaped for joy at the thought of her and Grace one day becoming the best of friends, who stay up late at night giggling about their day and have each others back as they do life together.  I think they’re going to have an amazing relationship, one that I always hoped for and the best part is that I’ll get to witness all of it.

A couple of weeks ago Free-Babes Handmade sent me these BEAUTIFUL sailor bows for the girls and all of the happy feelings about having a sister rushed in. Call me crazy mom, but I see a future filled with matching bows and outfits for these two (maybe they’ll even let me sneak a matching mom-top!)

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The bows are “The Adelaide” Liberty of London sailor bow and the mini sailor bow for Emory. They come in a beautiful floral pattern that bounces right off their dark black hair. Also, the mini sailor bow comes with a super soft nude-colored, nylon headband that is surprisingly gentle on Emory’s little head.

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Also, I think Grace is going to be an amazing older sister. I don’t know if it’s the newness of it all but she’s helpful and caring and goes out of her way to make sure her little sister is doing well. She even went as far as to offer to feed her. Bless her little heart.

Sisters and Free Babes Handmade

These two make me so happy!

Sisters and Free Babes Handmade

So here’s to sisters, to Free Babes Handmade, and to bonds that start off with headbands and grow into beautiful lasting relationships!

 

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Pink Blush Maternity and a Giveaway!

The other day I saw a meme about how having more kids is directly proportional to being less stressed.  I guess when you have your first, you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing and you try your best to protect them from everything imaginable.  This is our third time around and I have to admit that although I am the most tired I’ve ever been,  we’re tackling this third child with an incredible amount of confidence.

I’m also starting to figure out what clothing feels comfortable while pregnant and what I had to throw away as soon as I saw those two blue lines.  If there’s one thing I am confident about is that Pink Blush Maternity is the best way to go when it comes down to comfortable maternity clothing. I came across Pink Blush Maternity when I was pregnant with Haddon (wrote about them hereherehere , here and here) and absolutely loved how comfortable, versatile and how pretty they made me feel. Win!

Here’s what’s in it for you… I’ve partnered with Pink Blush Maternity to giveaway $75.00 credit to one lucky winner.

The giveaway starts on Monday March 21,2016 and it will run through March 26th at 9pm EST. There are three ways to enter:

  1. Follow @wildlygraceful on IG
  2. Follow Wildly Graceful on Facebook 
  3. Subscribe to Wildly Graceful e-mails
  4. Leave a comment below and tell me how you entered the giveaway so I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

Good luck!

pink blush maternityI love this White Striped Sash Tie Draped Back Maternity Dress. It’s perfect for Springtime in Florida, a birthday party or even a date night.  This maternity dress is also super soft and allows me to run after my two little ones while still being able to breathe and feel as comfortable as possible.

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