I’m not a huge fan of the whole “If you want to lose weight you’ll find time/find a way to make it happen.” It’s just not always that simple. Sometimes your food budget isn’t high enough to eat meat and veggies and no carbs. Sometimes a gym membership is too expensive or too far away. Sometimes you have too many children and no one to watch them. Sometimes you’re breastfeeding and holding water weight. Sometimes by the time you get the kids in bed, you’re too beat to even think about a shower, much less, a workout. Sometimes you’re just too busy. Sometimes you’re just too depressed. Sometimes you don’t actually want to, you just feel pressured by society/peers/media etc. Sometimes it’s a combination of some or all of those things.
I’ve finally realized that, that’s okay. It’s okay that you’re not able to eat clean or workout like you want, because all of those things are just a season of life. It won’t last forever. I’m currently in this season. I’m the heaviest I have ever been and 13 months postpartum after having my fourth child. I’m still breastfeeding and it’s everything I can do to remember to eat at all much less, prep a clean meal or do a 20 minute at home workout. I’m tired. My body is tired. My brain is tired.
One of the main reasons I’ve been struggling is because it’s difficult to find clothing that both fits, is functional and I feel good in. Being a size 16 and 6 feet tall limits my options. Many companies don’t make clothing larger than an 8/10. If they do, they either too tight, too short or not flattering for my figure. When you’re in a life stage where you’re struggling in one or more of the areas I mentioned above, it can be very discouraging to try and shop for clothing. Trying clothes on becomes an emotional struggle. For me, sometimes it turns into frustration at myself and my circumstances. I feel as though I should be able to lose 50 pounds. Or go to the gym everyday which leads to a vicious cycle of aggravation at my body and why I’m not small enough to be able to go into any store and find something that fits and I love.
Some may argue that I could simply change my lifestyle and I wouldn’t have these issues but the reality of it is, right now I can’t in some areas and others I’m not willing to. I’m not ready to wean my one year old. I’m not in a place to work outside of the home so I can afford daycare or a daily sitter. It’s just not a compromise I’m going to make right now. That won’t always be the case but today it is and tomorrow it will be also.
It’s for these reasons that I’m so thankful for PinkBlush. I’ve been wearing their clothing for years. They have so many different styles for women of all shapes and sizes. They also have maternity and nursing friendly clothes. I have owned so many of their pieces and I felt confident and amazing in all them.
These outfits were created around three PinkBlush pieces. The first piece is this Light Blue Printed Wrap Plus Peplum Top. I love the flow of this piece. It’s extremely flattering, feminine and can be easily dressed up with a skirt and heels or dressed down like you see, here, with some cute sandals and shorts. The wrap top is perfect for breastfeeding mamas. The peplum style is very forgiving at the waist and extremely cool during the warmer months which, is perfect for our hot North Carolina summers.
The second top is a beautiful Beige Floral Short Sleeve Peplum Plus Blouse. It shares a lot of similarities with the first top. I love the cut out detail around the neckline. It makes the top look more formal and dainty. Like the blue peplum, it has a high waistline that sits just above the belly button and ruching that falls away from the body. It’s very versatile and can be worn during the summer with a skirt or jeans, or cardigan and boots for the fall and winter.
The last item is this Emerald Green Keyhole Cutout Scallop Trim Plus Dress. The small details on this dress make it very classy. It can easily be worn to a wedding, baby shower or lunch with friends. It’s a modest length and very easy to move in (which, is great if you’re like me and chasing three kids around.) It has a straight cut which minimizes the areas that I’m most self conscious about at my waist which, could also allow it to be worn in the first and second trimester as you’re transitioning into maternity clothes. The color is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to pair it with boots and a sweater as fall approaches.
Over all, I’m extremely happy with these pieces. They make me feel feminine, put together with ease, and are comfortable enough to do everything I need to do as a stay at home mom while still looking sophisticated and chic. You should still be able to feel comfortable and beautiful in everything you wear, regardless of whether you’re a size 2 or 22. Regardless of the reason you’re small, medium, large or plus size. Every women deserves to feel her best to tackle the day whether she is a stay at home mom, working single or a mom working outside of the home and PinkBlush makes that possible.