I love stories. Stories are why I blog, why I love reading blogs, and why I love supporting the women that my blog allows me to come into contact with each and every day. I am so passionate about the importance of a person's story because regardless of where you come from, where you are going, or where you have been, we all have that one thing in common--we have a story. I love that no matter the different choices we have all made along the way, we have learned and grown and can share that with each other. The uniqueness and individuality found in those stories is what makes the different stages of our life so beautiful and fun to share.
The most beautiful part of my story right now contains the intimate details of the hardest job I will ever do--being a wife and mother. As mothers, we all make different choices for our families, but at the end of the day, there are so many opportunities to support and learn from each other! Whether we stay at home or work, bottle feed or nurse (or both!), co-sleep or sleep train, there are great areas of common ground no matter our differences.
For those of us that have nursed in the past, or are currently nursing, one of the biggest things we can all agree on are the lack of feasible fashion options out there for nursing mothers. It is a frustrating process to find the right nursing bra, shirts (and dresses especially) that allow us to nurse our children with ease, as well as covers that work with our style and don't require wrangling with every nursing session! Being a mom is a tough job, but there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to be a mom and be beautiful at the same time.
Those frustrations and lack of options are what sparked the inspiration in Alison, the owner and designer behind Alison Britt Designs, to create a beautiful and versatile line of clothing for moms, whether they nurse or not. Alison is a mom of three that I met when I lived in Chapel Hill and it has been such a joy to watch her work to make this dream and vision a reality! When we first met, she was still in the beginning stages of the process and I just knew that I would have to stock up on her stuff when it was released and I was the mom of an infant again! I have watched over the years as she has used her time and money to create something that would make the days of so many moms easier. Everything from the line is so beautiful, comfortable, and modest, that it fits the many different lifestyles that we, as moms, live. The ponchos, tunics, blouses, and dresses from her line really do fill a gap in the fashion world. I love how she puts it, "Moms don't need more clothes, they just need the right clothes." That one sentence resounds so much with me as a mother and a woman and her passion for giving women the right clothes is so evident throughout every part of her business!
Throughout the entire process, Alison has made decisions for her clothes that are as beautiful as the clothes themselves. By choosing an environmentally friendly fabric and choosing American businesses throughout every part of the manufacturing, so many lives are touched and effected by each and every sale! Alison Britt Designs is a responsible, beautifully versatile line that is perfect for all moms--even those that aren't nursing!
Why I love this line so much:
Versatility. They are honestly the most versatile pieces that I own. They are absolutely perfect for wearing throughout your pregnancy, right after delivery so that you can learn the ropes of nursing with ease, while you nurse your baby through all stages, and once you have weaned! They are so flattering, no matter what stage you are in!
High quality. I wish that each of you could reach through the screen and feel how amazing this fabric is! It is so soft and the fact that it is environmentally friendly is just an added plus! It is a modal fabric made from bamboo fibers and was carefully chosen so that it will stand up against many washes, leaked breastmilk, and baby spit up with ease!
Color choice. I love that no matter how I want to wear these pieces, I have options with the types of colors I want! I wear a lot of gray and black, so those colors are my favorite, but the mauve tunic I have is a simply beautiful color that I know I will wear through all seasons! All of the colors allow you to style them in a ton of different ways and allow you to be comfortable, but also super cute!
Comfort and cut. As I mentioned, the fabric on these pieces is so soft! It's so incredibly comfortable and the fact that they do not hug closely only adds to how comfortable they are. I also love the neckline because it is modest and works well when worn sleeveless, or with a cardigan of some sort!
Nursing access with ease. I remember the first time Alison ever showed me how one of these pieces worked for a nursing mother and I was blown away by how easy it as for her to nurse her sweet son! I couldn't believe how simple it was and how much coverage it provided without worrying about an annoying cover or blanket and when her son was ready to nurse, she could quickly get into position without having to grab a bunch of other things first! This is a HUGE plus for me, as I know the frustrations of attempting to use a cover/blanket and will never even try using one again. I am not one that is comfortable nursing without some sort of coverage, so these shirts, dresses, and ponchos are perfect! They really do allow you to nurse and still feel quite covered!
Are you as excited as I am about this great line? Head here to support a campaign for Alison Britt Designs and order some beautiful pieces for yourself or someone special in your life! Ponchos will arrive at your door before the holidays and the rest of the items will be ready in January! Remember that you don't have to be a pregnant or nursing mother to wear these items--they are beautiful on all women! Support a great business, a fellow mom and woman, and shop small!