Mommy Monday Problems

Excuse the almost clean bibs, keeping anything clean has been a challenge lately.

I wish going into motherhood someone had told me that not all bibs are the same. During the first 6 months the two bibs below functioned the same, but now that my son's older they are no longer on equal playing grounds.

Velcro is great for easy on and offs but that's the exact problem I have; my son can now easily remove his own bib! Not so great when I'm feeding him mushy peas and he removes the dirty bib to wave around. Snap buttons on the other hand will stay in place no matter how hard my son pulls and trust me, he tries hard!

{Right: Bib with snaps - $7.98 for 3 bibs - Child of Mine Carters for Walmart}
{Left: Bib with Velcro - Carters}





Who Turns Down Chanel?

Apparently I've been using my "head" lately and turned away from 3 gorgeous bags. I can't tell if age is making me wiser or just plain old stupid. 

 
 {Chanel - Jersey Flap Bag around $3000 CDN}Fall-Winter 2014/15 Pre-Collection
 {Chanel - Large Jersey Flap Bag around $3500 CDN}Fall-Winter 2014/15 Pre-Collection

The jersey material is interesting, it's almost like felt and just as soft. The idea of a jersey bag would make the bag look cheap however I felt that it give the bag a unique look. The pink is a mini bag that won't carry much but the black is a really good deal considering the size and shape.

 {Chanel - Lambskin Small Flap Bag With Tray Packing around $4500 CDN}Fall-Winter 2014/15

The bag is actually a dusty pink in real life - Pink, gold hardware, Chanel and I can't believe I'm stupid enough to not pick this up!!!! Biggest regret ever! The packing is bonus and a cool design.

Boob (Nursing) Problems


I have many problems with typical store nursing tops, here's just to name a few:
  1. It's ugly - Completely lacking style and shape. Being a mother does not require you to look like a Kate Gosselin in anyway shape or form. 
  2. It's tight -  As a new mother trying to get the"pre-baby" body back, wearing tight fitting tops isn't exactly making me feel most confident; at least not with the new mummy tummy.  
  3. It's expensive - Explain to why stretch cotton tops cost so much more because it's a "nursing" top? The material isn't better neither is the quality, I can't justify paying so much more for a cotton shirt because I can whip a boob out. 
  4. It's boring - Every store and websites sells the exact sale styles (in cotton of course) but in different colours, let's all look like Kate Gosselin. 
 {Thyme Maternity -  Wrap Nursing Top With Shirring in Sangria - $39 but now on sale for $19}

Prime example of a typical nursing top; boring, very fitted, long and did I mention BORING? I honestly can't stand Thyme Maternity during my pregnancy and I can't stand it even more after my pregnancy. I'm starting to wonder where all the stylist mommies shop.

Normally I tend to stay away from fast fashion stores (Forever 21, H&M style stores) but I actually focused on these types of stores for nursing tops last weekend. I was determined to find styles that suited me without over spending, to be honest it was stressful but the quest was semi-fun (minus my son crying 50% of the time). Overall I found a few tops that I could work into my normal wardrobe, didn't break the bank, won't feel guilty getting dirty and won't break my heart when I discard of it in a few months. 

Here's my nursing top haul: 

{Left: Loft - Shirred Neck Cami in Black - On sale in stores for around $18}
{Right: Old Navy - Sleeveless Button Front Top in Arugula- On sale $12}

 {Left: Smart Set - Sleeveless Top With Zipper Detail in Sweet Rose - $35}
{Right: Smart Set - Wrap Halter Top in Black - On sale for $19}

All these tops can easily be tucked into a skirt or warn with shorts or pants. Not far from what I would normally wear during this season except they all have easy access for nursing when the time comes. With the exception of the Loft cami, that was purchased because the material is so soft and thin I could lift my top and tuck it to nurse. 

 {BCBG - Mya Open-Back Draped T-Shirt in Blue - On sale for $45}

I had purchased this top in a size up in 3 different colours because I am head over heels in love with this top. The size up gives the shirt a slouchy look and allows for me to nurse him under the shirt (using the shirt as my nursing cover). 

{BCBG - Alessandra Draped-Front Top in Black - $90}

I will be wearing this top with a bandeau underneath, I couldn't just walk around with my boobs hanging out anymore. For $90 it is an over priced top to use for nursing BUT I know I will be keeping this top long after I am done nursing. 





Pink Is Not Going To Happen

I don't often make it to the big stores but when I do financial damage is the end result. Recently I have come across an unusual curse with bags and it's really bothersome.

{Chanel - Wallet on a chain with double C-clasp}

This isn't the exact item I had wanted but close enough. The one I had seen in store was a blush pink lizard material with gold hardware, price? $5,400 and worth every penny of it. Stupid me had declined to purchase this one of a kind bag because I had wanted to use my common sense and not jump into an impulse purchase fearing regret later on. After a week (exactly 6 days) I had made up my mind and headed back to the store to purchase this beautiful bag with one problem... It has already been sold and there was only ONE in all of Canada, that's what happens when you use common sense and take too long to "think" about it. 

{Victoria Beckham - Liberty Tote in Pink - $1,650 but onsale now}
 
I have been everywhere trying to find this tote and I've even looked online. The actual website doesn't ship to Canada, Holt Renfrew didn't carry pink, Net-A-Porter was sold out and every other high-end retail websites didn't carry or ship to Canada. This bag was just not meant to be mine I guess.  

Childbearing - Push Gift

A push present (also known as a push gift, baby mama gift or baby bauble) is a present a father gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child.

My ask from my loving husband for my push gift was a Hermes Birkin in any colour but must have gold hardwar also in any size. I wasn't going to be extremely picky with the leather or size - Heck I just wanted to get my hands on a Birkin! Much to my surprise he agreed under one condition; I must go into the store with him. Throughout my pregnancy I barely left the house and shopping was the last thing on my mind. In the end I never went into the store to inquire on the bag, maybe when my son is a few months old I'll head downtown with the hubby.

 {Hermes Birkin}

Chanel Problems - Splurge VS Steal

It's not a secret that I am completely obsessed with Chanel; the pearls, tweed jackets and the long chain necklaces. When I saw this on the runway for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear I knew I just had to have it!


Pictures taken from Style.com

I wear pearls daily paired with a large statement necklace (for work and play) so the two styles above wouldn't be out of my style reach. Although it is out of my baby budget - Cost is around $3000 which I never complain about cost but with a new baby to pay for that's a lot of money to spend on a necklace now.

I don't know if this is pathetic or clever but I was able to find similar styles for a lot less. Normally I am not the type to settle for knock off items that cost a fraction of the real item - BUT - I couldn't NOT have this style in my collection. Note: Yes it makes me very sad to admit this but I must learn to scale back cost now.
  
Splurge on the Chanel Necklace OR Steal on the styles below?

Pearl Wire Choker 
{THPSHOP - Pearl Wire Choker $75}

I can come across the blogger Vanessa's Instagram page and she was selling this necklace above (Blog: www.thehautepursuit.com). Simple style, similar to the original Chanel and still casual enough to wear daily - For $75 it's steal although I'm sure I can make this necklace myself for a lot less. 

{BaubleBar - Jumbo Pearl Ring Collar $34}

The name is completely misleading, I would hardly consider this a jumbo pearl. This style is scaled down to the average person who desires the Chanel look but is afraid to the large statement piece of the original style. This is truly casual enough to wear with a t-shirt and jeans type of look or dressed up with a DVF wrap dress for work.