You know that movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back? haha. I feel like that could be the title for this outfit post. I will be honest and say I’ve felt really insecure in pictures since having Finley. Well, maybe insecure isn’t the right word. I just haven’t been comfortable in my own skin I guess. A bit of that had to with baby weight but it also had to do with just getting use to this new role of being a Mom of two. Over the last few weeks a bit more of the baby weight has come off finally, but more importantly I feel like we are hitting our stride around here. We are entering into that stage where things feel normal again. I don’t quite know how to explain it other than I am feeling good. I was really nervous about going to the conference and having to get all dressed up and be presentable all weekend long. I use to love stuff like that, but that’s just not my day to day anymore. I was afraid I was going to feel so out of place and uncomfortable. I packed my outfits hoping I would still like them when I got there, and decided to let go of all the negativity I was holding on to. I was going to be proud of the weight, shape, and look of my 2 baby body and I was going to own every outfit I brought. I decided I was just going to be happy. And you know what? Sometimes you just need a good kick in the pants (or change of attitude) and a reason to wear some super awesome heels to make you feel like yourself again.
I found this dress at Marshalls and fell in love. I decided to make it feel a little bit more youthful and modern by adding a sheer button up underneath it. Thanks to Lulu’s for sending me a killer necklace and heels to complete the outfit!
Dress: Marshalls (similar, similar, similar)
Button Up: Forever 21
Necklace: c/o Lulu’s
Heels: c/o Lulu’s
Bisou Bowler Handbag: c/o Petunia
p.s. Did you know that the team at PPB has launched a new handbag line? It’s called Petunia and is super cute!
Haha.. A few winters ago, I named a blog post ‘How Stella got her groove back’… haha
You looked smashing!!!!
You look amazing! I’m so happy for you that you are finding your stride with being a mommy of two and feeling confident while doing it! You go girl!
A change of attitude goes a long way. You look great, a beautiful mom of 2 🙂
The print on that dress is fabulous and I pairing it with the button up was a brilliant idea – it adds the perfect about of casual. You look great, glad your confidence is bouncing back – adjusting to a new baby is hard!
Well look at you hot mama! You definitely got your groove back!
Ohhh I totally feel you sister! You look fabulous by the way! keep it up
Sexy Mama! I hope I can look that good one day after having babies! Love the heels & the pop of colour with that cool necklace! Glad you had so much fun at the conference!
You look amazing, mama! That dress is perfection, but you look so happy on these photos! Definitely owning this look. Mama of two suits you! xoxo Great post.
You look completly awesome! Really really really beautiful and somehow glowing inside out. Wish I’ll have this look after two babies!
True, sometimes we need a good kick up the backside and leave us nonsense. Know that these guapisima and the dress looks great. Kisses and happy Tuesday.
You look awesome, girl!! I agree, sometimes it takes a kick in the pants to get our attitudes straight. I’m the same way!
You look beautiful and it’s great to hear you’ve gotten your groove back Jen. When I was going through all of my health issues I felt like such a stranger in my body and not at all myself. It’s a hard feeling to have. So yay, for feeling better and rocking gorgeous outfits! xo
What a great outfit! I love the button up under the dress, very cute and clever!
So, yeah I was totally wrong about this dress and it’s prom-worthy-ness, it looks –for lack of a better term– ‘SLAMMIN’ on you! And YOU as always look gorgeous, glad you’re feeling good, you deserve to feel amazing! xx
You look great. I know exactly what you mean about “losing something” after having 2 kids. My boys are 18 months apart (4&5 now) and I sometimes still don’t feel like myself. And it isn’t the body . . . it’s the dividedness of being the mother of two when being the mother of one was so pleasant. The thing I’ve noticed is that even if I don’t feel like myself, lipstick and cute glasses go a long way, a funky necklace does wonders. Others don’t notice that I’m “off” when I pretend to be otherwise. Enjoy your family, and remember that the days are long, but the years are short, full of small paradigm shifts as you go.
amazing dress! you look gorgeous!
you look fabulous! its amazing the things we *think* we notice on our own bodies and how very rarely anyone else ever would. we are our own worst critics. happy you decided to embrace your body and your look because you look fabulous!! you deserve to feel great. and if ever in doubt, listen to the many voices of your friends, family, even readers….all saying you look absolutely beautiful. those are the voices of reason I often turn to, to balance out any personal hang-ups I might be feeling towards myself.
I had my son four months ago and I’m finally getting comfortable in my own skin again. It’s a tough time. It’s good to get a kick in the rear every now and then, and it’s also good to remind yourself that you’re healthy and your babies are healthy. Whenever I start criticizing myself and the way I look I remind myself that hey, I might have cellulite and spiderveins on my legs, but at least I HAVE legs and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk and run too!
You look fab, btw. I’ve been looking at your last posts and I hope I will look as good as you after baby number 2 🙂
I’m totally with you on the skin strangeness after two pregnancies. It’s weird how your body doesn’t belong to you, somehow, anymore, and then one day it just does again. No reason I can pinpoint, but hey we’re back! Yay. Fab look! I love the dress print.
I think you have looked good the whole time! I say embrace your body regardless of what stage you are postpartum!
I absolutely love the print on the dress paired with that killer necklace!! Totally nailed it 🙂
jen – you look fab and cheers to you for feeling that way too 🙂
Adorable! Love this outfit!
You totally put into words my feelings last night! Our 2nd girl is 4 months now and being a mom of two is completely different than a mom of one. My body is coming back slowly, but it’s a tough transition. Thanks for vocalizing your struggles because girl I am right there with you! Thanks for the encouragement.
Jen you look gorgeous! Great outfit!
I always feel like when I’m out and about without kids/dressed up that I am going to end up looking like I’m trying too hard, or like my clothes are all weird and out of fashion because I’m so used to just living in jeans and tank tops.
That is such a stylish dress with a very cool pattern! You look great in it!
Jen, you look amazing and so healthy! I felt so much the way you described about my body after having a baby. It’s such a weird transition to experience and not that any woman could prepare for it, but I wasn’t just unprepared…I didn’t even THINK about it during my pregnancy. I felt like I couldn’t barely keep up with my maternity wardrobe changing, ha. It’s been two plus years now and I’m feeling much better about my body. Also, when I saw that dress in your previous post, I was scrolling to find a link. It is STUNNING as are you!
legs for days!