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Finding My New Bra Size

Motherhood, Beauty + FashionHailey AndresenComment

Mamas, why didn’t any of you tell me what was about to happen to my boobs after I stopped breastfeeding?! I don’t intend to scare any of you who are currently pregnant, breastfeeding or who aren’t mothers yet, but plan to be at some point, but ladies - my body has changed tremendously and I’m pretty sure no one shared anything about this part of postpartum with me. I realize every woman is different and that my changes are all a beautiful part of growing a human, giving birth and then breastfeeding and weaning, but my oh my - I don’t remember my breasts being this small before I got pregnant. Hah! Needless to say, as the weaning process began this September my chest quickly shrunk to the point that none of my bras fit correctly. After what felt like enough change for my body over the past two years, I found myself back in a place of uncertainty when it came to my own bra size, which is a strange place to be at twenty six, but I’m here - hello, my name is Hailey!

I started the online search for new bras and felt discouraged. Since I didn’t know my size, I knew I would end up with a handful of returns and maybe one bra that sort of fit or I would need to visit somewhere I could be fitted. Neither of these options sounded conducive to my lifestyle with Owen. First of all, I don’t have the money to be purchasing multiple bras and paying for shipping on returns if they don’t fit, and on top of that, bra shopping in Soho with a one year old kind of sounds like my worst nightmare, so I decided to ditch both of those plans and go back to the drawing board. I was so happy when I came across ThirdLove’s site. These wonderful women have created a try before you buy program for their best-selling bra styles (tshirt, push-up and full coverage). To up your chances for the perfect fit on the first try they’ve even developed an iPhone app that asks you a series of questions to help determine your bra size. Their process is simple. Once you go through their prompts and land on your bra size you visit their online shop and select the styles and sizes you want to try - I tried the 24/7 T-shirt Bra, 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra and the 24/7™ Lace Push-Up Bra, and the ThirdLove app even nailed my size down, A+++. No returns necessary. But if I would have had to return, returns are free. If you choose to keep the bras they charge you after 30 days. They even let you take the tags off if you’d like to really give it a try before deciding. So amazing!

I’ve found it’s really easy to be tough on myself after I’ve watched and felt my body change so dramatically overtime. ThirdLove saved me such a headache and has genuinely helped me feel confident again after going through yet another change. To learn more about their try before you buy program and to check out their styles visit their site here.

Photography by Amy Frances.

This post was sponsored by ThirdLove.


Closet Staple: Madewell Boots

Beauty + FashionHailey Andresen4 Comments

I've been wearing the same heeled black ankle boots for years. I didn't realize just how bad the heels had been worn down until I had a fresh new pair to compare them to. To be totally honest after seeing the two side by side I'm surprised I couldn't feel how uneven they were - that's how bad it was. Haha. So with the cold weather finally here I figured I deserved the upgrade. These Madewell boots go with just about everything in my closet, which I am all about. As Brooklynites there's no room for excess so the more I can wear these with the better. 

Has anyone else gutted their closet since becoming a mother? I went through a huge closet purge before we moved to New York and it seems like every few months since I just keep getting rid of more and more. I used to hold on to items I might wear down the line, but of course never did and didn't really love. I'm certainly not a textbook minimalist by any stretch, but it feels so nice to get rid of what I don't need and open my closet doors to find items I want to wear. It's taken close to two years to really get there, but I'm glad I've held out and have made thoughtful purchases rather than snagging anything I could find in my price range. Anyone who lives or has visited Phoenix knows the trap that is called Last Chance. When everything is $5 it makes it hard to say no. Haha. 

PS. Madewell is hosting a #wellheeled #contest for a $2000 shopping spree, two pairs of boots and a handful of other goodies. Swing by their site to learn more!

Photography by Amy Frances. Clothing provided by NicoNico. Boots by Madewell


Closet Staples: Lo & Sons

Beauty + FashionHailey Andresen3 Comments

When Owen was first born I swear I basically carried an overnight bag around with everything under the sun for the simplest errand. I would just throw what I thought were the essentials into one large tote bag (which was a lot) and when we were out and about I would have the hardest time finding anything. Sound familiar to anyone? Over the past year I have learned that I need less and less and less. Funny how that happens right? I mean what are the chances I’m going to need eight diapers and five toys when I run out for a cup of coffee? But just like anything else in motherhood there’s a learning curve with these things, and over the past year my diaper bag has definitely become smaller and smaller. While this bag certainly wouldn’t suffice for an entire day, it was perfect for running into the city to grab coffee, have a pastry and shoot at Washington Square park for a couple hours. Believe it or not, I actually fit two diapers, a changing pad, wipes, my wallet, keys, Owen’s pacifier, and my phone with room to spare in the bag you see here. It’s the perfect small purse if you ask me.

I attribute this to the fact that Lo & Sons is known for creating bags with all the right compartments. Helen Lo and her two sons started the company after Helen had abandoned yet another bag. She kept having issues finding the right bag for her travels and so her son’s quit their day jobs to make their mom’s dream a reality. How sweet is that!? Their goal was to design bags that allow you to travel light without compromising functionality or style. Helen and her sons aim for less fumbling and more globetrotting and have created a collection that does just that.

Photography by Amy Frances

Sponsored by Lo & Sons