It’s been three years since I would officially call myself postpartum and yet I remember the emotional and physical rollercoaster ride like it was yesterday. There are so many changes all at once: adjusting to motherhood and sleep deprivation, and the physical changes that feel alien to our body. I remember my belly suddenly becoming a loose jelly roll and the discomfort it brought. My midwife told me my abs were separated by a hand-width! The one thing that brought relief, other than abdominal exercises and kegels, was using belly bands. Diapers.com offers a great selection of belly bands and that is why I’m so excited to offer Elasticpantcity readers a chance to win a $50 USD gift card to them (That’s like a million Canadian Dollars ; ).
A belly band offers extra support and comfort when taking care of a newborn, especially after a c-section or abdominal tearing. For myself it allowed me to focus less on sucking my stomach in for appearances, and more on strengthening the smaller core muscles; when I could find time to exercise! Fortunately most belly bands can be worn discreetly under clothing to maximize comfort and wear while being active or in recovery, or both. To enter the $50 USD giveaway to Diapers.com, fill out the comment form below and tell me why you’d love to win! A winner will be chosen by random Monday, February 21st so don’t forget to check back!
I’m not sure anything brings me more delight than watching my children engage with various expressions of art in Vancouver. Whether it’s a visit to the VAG or a stop at the Maritime museum, I love seeing their faces light up without realizing they are being watched. That’s why I can’t wait to take them to see legendary children’s singers Sharon, Bram and friends live at the Orpheum on September 18th. I’ve been singing them songs like “Skinnamarink” and “Five Little Monkeys” since they were babies so it will be so much fun to watch Sharon and Bram perform these songs with instruments and actions.
This Fall Ben needs to refresh his wardrobe in a big way. I’m so proud of my man! In the Spring, Ben made a commitment to start eating well and exercising regularly. He stuck to his plan like a true sport and has gone down in dress size to the point where his pants hang loose and baggy.
Fortunately we need to look no further than Mark’s to find a great fit and a wide variety of jeans including brands like Silver, Buffalo and Levi’s. Because Ben works in tech and is on his knees a lot he needs a relaxed fit for comfort while on the job. On date nights he prefers a slim, more structured fit suitable for casual dining, or going for leisurely strolls along the sea wall. Mark’s has tons of styles and washes to choose from; keeping Ben covered for any type of denim wearing day.
Do you remember your first job? Of course! You were probably a teenager just like me who wanted to earn some extra spending money for Starbucks and shopping at the Gap.
Ironically my first regular employment was in one of the few clothing stores at the time that grown men would shop in with a little swagger to their step. I was a scrawny 15-year-old girl trying to sell either steel-toed boots to big, scruffy men or front-pleated pants to clean-cut, male office workers. At the time the store was called Mark’s Work Wearhouse (now just Marks) but don’t let the masculine name deceive you; they also sell a selection of female apparel.
I’ve had friends ask me if I would write more on clothes suited for breast feeding women and so I thought now was the perfect time to feature local Vancouver company, Tessa Hughes. I think Tessa has designed the top 6 pieces every nursing mom should have!
When I first received the Pixi Rose Oil Blend I was unsure of the rose scent. I’ve always found rose to be very overwhelming. However, after cleansing my skin in the evening and applying a few drops of the Rose Oil Blend to my face I was in awe of how smooth my skin was the next morning. After continued use I’m not having breakouts any more like heavier night creams were causing. I decided I could get over the scent since it is fairly subtle, say in comparison to Chanel No. 5. Side Note: If you want to see more of the Chanel No. 5 making process this is a fun post!
Whenever I get dressed I hear Meryl Streep’s voice, oozing with sarcasm,”Florals for Spring; groundbreaking.” I feel that way about my day-to-day style choices. Nothing I wear is super fashion-forward, if anything it’s fashion-backward? Most of what I wear is vintage although I try to aim for a timeless look. Don’t get me wrong I love new clothing too, but it’s all about quality. Many vintage pieces are better made and have endured the test of time.