POPS OF RED

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Banana Republic Coat: Asos Similar: here and here  Boots: Stuart Weitzman Earrings: Baublebar

Hi Guys! I’m super excited to share this look because I am absolutely obsessed with this dress. I found this gorgeous dress at Banana Republic on super sale a few weeks ago shopping in NC with my Mom and I couldn’t wait to style it. I have been home with my sweet girl this week but absolutely love seeing all the amazing looks from NY Fashion week. I got inspired and put this look together.

I hope you all are having a great week. I am SO excited for the long weekend. Matt has been traveling for work these last few weeks and so we can’t wait to have much needed family time. What are you guys doing this weekend? We are going to have a belated Valentine’s Day date and spend lots of time with our sweet girl.

Xoxo-J

POSTPARTUM ANXIETY-LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

Photography by Shadi Garman

Becoming a parent is one of the most life changing experiences a person can go through, in my opinion. Every single part of your life changes! Your body, your responsibilities, your relationship dynamic with your partner…etc. etc. etc. the list goes on! On top of these changes, we as mothers are challenged with hormone imbalance which is super tough. After I had Charlee, I was so happy. I remember being just euphorically happy. I say that because I didn’t realize that while being so happy, I was actually suffering from postpartum anxiety.

I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety when Charlee was about 12 weeks old. At Charlee’s three month appointment, my pediatrician asked me to fill out a standard questionnaire that she gives to all new Moms. The sheet was basically a rating of how you have been feeling recently. I filled it out honestly and didn’t even think twice about it. After the appointment, my Dr. came out to the waiting room and asked to talk to me about the results. Apparently I had scored pretty low on this test and she recommended that I go talk to someone. She gave me a referral of a local therapist that specializes in this sort of thing. To be honest, I was actually pretty surprised and it took me a few days to wrap my head around talking to someone. I just was super happy and knew I wasn’t depressed. I did, however, know that something wasn’t quite right. I want to do my best to explain how I was feeling because maybe you are feeling this way too. I guess the best way to describe how I was feeling is is to say that I was just constantly “on.” I had a very difficult time relaxing because I was always worried about something. Something as simple as packing the diaper bag to take Charlee out of the apartment had the potential to sort of put me over the edge. I would talk to myself out loud and question myself. I would walk through every single possible situation that could arise and make sure I had what I needed to handle it. You can imagine my diaper bag was pretty heavy haha! It was difficult to just be present and in the moment because I was so wrapped up in my thoughts. Even when Charlee slept I would have anxiety and constantly question if she was breathing. It was not good! I was so deep in the middle of it that until our pediatrician said something about it, I didn’t even realize how much I was suffering. I decided to take my pediatrician’s advice and made an appointment with a therapist. I can’t tell you how amazing this decision was for me. I have been seeing her for over three months now and I can’t even put into words how beneficial the therapy has been for me. We use cognitive therapy and I have learned how to control my thoughts in a more productive way. She has taught me ways to manage my anxieties and has truly made me a better and even happier Mom. I was able to recognize that there was nothing weird or wrong with me for having these feelings and I had nothing to be ashamed of.

I think postpartum anxiety and depression is way more common than people realize. I don’t know why we as women don’t talk more about it. I wish I had been able to talk about this even earlier than I am. I guess it’s easier to talk about it now that I am on the other side of it. I know I still have work to do, but I am so much better than I was before. It’s so important to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. I think I am an even better, more present Mom because I took the time to work on myself. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, don’t be ashamed to ask for help! It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your family!

Xoxo-J

A MUST HAVE THIS SEASON-THE PLAID BLAZER

Blazer: Banana Republic (40% off!) Earrings: BaubleBar Jeans: JCREW Sweater: Asos Booties: (sold out) Similar: Rag and Bone Bag: Chanel Belt: Gucci

Photography by Shadi Garman

Hi Everyone! Wow it has been QUITE a stressful few days. This past weekend I was SO excited to head to NJ to celebrate my nephew’s fourth birthday but by the time we arrived, I started to feel incredibly queasy. It got progressively worse throughout the day until I literally could keep NOTHING down! Not even water! It was so terrible! I started to feel a little better Sunday night, but then Monday morning Charlee woke up with gunk in her eyes. I took her to the Dr. and it was Conjunctivitis. Today, I am finally feeling better and Charlee’s eyes are looking better than ever but oh my goodness it was a crazy start to this week! I was planning on getting this outfit posted Monday but the universe had other plans ;)!

Anyways! How cool is this blazer?! I have been seeing a lot of people rock oversized plaid blazers and wanted to get in on the trend. I just couldn’t find one that I really loved until I found this one! It’s super lightweight and can be worn as a blazer during the winter under a coat or in the spring as a light jacket. I decided to pair it with my new favorite Gucci belt, a bright sweater and statement earrings. I was FREEZING shooting this by the way! Oh well, I’ll do anything for the LEWK ;)!

Xoxo-J