27 Weeks: Baby Mamas

black geometric necklace c/o Very JaneShade Clothing striped shirt, $16 ; Shade Clothing maternity t-shirt, $8 ; Forever 21 pants, $14 ; Target clog sandals

Not liking the harem-pant-look I’m getting from these pants.. If I hike it up any higher, Baby will protest and angrily kick all day so I had to low-ride them. Already, Baby = 1, Elaine = 0…..

I’ve been really into layering t-shirts since most of my shirts are too short. I liked seeing the looseness of the t-shirt under the shorter “fitted” shirt…though I don’t have any more “fitted” shirts…so…there’s that..

Anyway, I wore this a couple weekends ago when Chase and I met up with a reader/fellow baby mama and her adorable family. She offered to donate some clothes and toys to us!!! It was so nice to meet up with her and chat about all things baby-related, especially since she and her husband are more experienced than us! More importantly, they had a MASSAGE CHAIR. I could’ve sat there forever…
Thank you, Shelia!!
Very Jane and I are giving away the exact necklace I’m wearing here! Two winners!!

How to Look Good in Mom-Shorts

Despite my past endeavor in trying knee-length shorts, I didn’t want it to be a one-time thing since I’m all about modesty or something. Here are three more looks with my mom-shorts:

I paired my gray shorts with my yellow striped top. I always thought gray and yellow looked great together. Then I added my blue sequin flats…because blue and yellow go together too. At the last minute, I threw on my pearl necklaces that you can’t see here but I really am wearing them.

Gap Outlet tee, $7; Gap shorts, $11; Report sequin flats, $14; faux pearl necklace, $5; secondhand white necklace, $.75

That sweet husband of mine sure knows how to capture me at my prettiest. This is my favorite look of the three. The trick is to make sure the shirt is fitted to offset the loose shorts. I could have rolled up my sleeves but I thought with that and the shorts rolled up would make me look like I was on Gilligan’s Island. I added some black and gold to the mix to make it a classic look.

secondhand NY&C shirt; F21 necklace, $8; thrifted belt, $1; Gap shorts, $11; flats from the Philippines, $7

I wore this yesterday. I like teals and blues with gray hues. I also like yellow with teals/blues. And you know I had to add sequins in…

secondhand F21 tee, $7; yellow bauble necklace; Gap shorts, $11; F21 sequin flats, $5
  • Try shorts with a looser fit and roll up the hems.
  • Wear fitted tops.
  • Make it feminine – I added necklaces and sequins. Make sure your necklaces complement the neckline of your top too. For instance, you don’t want to wear a choker necklace with a top with a low neckline. Or if you do, that’s cool.
  • Pair your shorts with complementary colors…especially if you don’t want the focus to be on your bottom half.

Body Image Issues: How happy are you with your body?


A couple days ago I asked on Facebook and Twitter if anybody was truly satisfied with their body. The response was minimal, to say the least.. Well, lately, I’ve been thinking about body image issues…mostly because of my own insecurities. I gained five pounds from our cruise (Hello, desserts!!) as did Chase but he’s actually happy about it… That is a different story…
It made me think… I mean, I know I’m not fat or overweight. I’m skinny in a lot of people’s eyes but I feel fat. Part of it is because I used to be skinnier, e.g., before the cruise..!!! Another part is from what I’m shown and see on the internet, magazines, T.V., etc..
Why is that even though we know these things, we still feel the need to criticize others and ourselves? The human body is amazing! My body is amazing! I can run! I can do a real push up! Just one! For now! I don’t have any injuries that prevent me from doing anything! My body functions the way it should! It is healthy! Exclamation point! Shouldn’t we be amazed and grateful at that alone? There are many people out there, perhaps some even reading this, who don’t have good health. It is so easy to take it for granted right now.
Every time I say or think something bad about my body, I quickly tell myself that I’m beautiful. I’m healthy. And, that’s all that matters.
DON’T let someone or something dictate how you should feel about your own body. It’s YOURS. YOU are the one who ultimately has control over it, of course, as long as you nourish and care for it, physically and mentally.
A great comment from an article I posted about:
There are 3 different bone structures(small, average, large) then there’s 3 different body types(ectomorph/boney, Mesomorph/muscular, and endomorph/fat) and on top of that there are different body shapes(apple, pear, cone, ruler, hourglass) then there’s people with short legs and a long torso and people with long legs and a short torso. My point; WE ARE ALL DIFERENT AND WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFULL NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE WEIGH!!!
Now…it’s your turn. In the comments below, tell me and everyone else that you’re beautiful. Do it. I dare you. No, I don’t.. I take that back.. Do it for yourself.