A Beautiful Exchange

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Be a mom, be Beautiful || Alison Britt Designs

I was offered samples from the Alison Britt Designs line of fashion for mothers, but the opinions in this post are 100% my own. I am truly passionate about this product, this line, and this sweet designer. There are no affiliate links in this post.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Just add a belt!


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Cross body: Target
Bow belt: Target
Dress: Old Navy
Flats: Old Navy

I really hate to start out by mentioning the weather, but I just had to tell to you guys that I live in the best state ever. It's the week of Thanksgiving and the high today was 73 and there was the most heavenly breeze blowing all day. OH, and they are calling for snow in two days. Whoever said you can't have the best of both worlds (am I the only one that thinks of the Hannah Montana theme song when someone says "best of both worlds?") was totally wrong because North Carolina is the best at that! 

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Moving right along with the actual purpose of today's post, I was able to wear one of my favorite dresses because of the warmer weather. We all know that I'm completely obsessed with belting my shirts and dresses, especially now that I have a big pregnant belly to show off, and this dress is perfect for just adding a belt and heading on my way. Also, can we all just ignore the enormous belly button that is poking through this dress? Ok, great.

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Aside from the fact that accessories are one of the best things to take the "cheap route" on when it comes to freshening up your closet, they are so flattering on everyone. Belts create such definition and depending on where you place it, it can make your clothes treat you much more kindly! By placing a belt right under the bust line on a flowy shirt, you can pull the attention away from your stomach and hips, or you can place it in the center of your torso if you have more of an hourglass figure to accentuate that! They can also add a bit of flare to a more "boring" outfit if you choose one that's a fun color or pattern. Basically, belts are awesome and we all know this.

What is your favorite accessory? How do you normally wear belts?


This post is linked up with Jana and Meagan for Creative Closet!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Not your average Thanksgiving post on gratefulness



With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I am sure that there will be many posts floating around the blog world focusing on being grateful for the things in our lives. There's nothing wrong with sharing these thoughts and I love the reminder that Thanksgiving gives us, as well as the precious time with family and friends, but the reminder that I received the other day was something that I really wanted to share with all of you.

This past Friday, I sat in the glider in Eli's room as he fell asleep in his bed. I was casually scrolling through my Facebook feed, checking a few of the blogger groups that I am a part of when I saw a post about a fellow blogger and pregnant momma who had just received the devastating news that her sweet little baby has a chromosome disorder. I clicked on the post to "read more" and as I made my way to through the words that the mother shared herself, I couldn't hold back the tears. Big, uncontrollable tears at the result of my heart breaking for these parents and the sad thought of what this diagnosis meant for that mom, that husband, that baby, and their lives. The news hurt even more as I read that the baby is a little girl, just like the daughter that was jabbing my ribs and flipping around inside my womb.

Any time I read news like this, it of course saddens my heart, but this was different. As I sat re-reading the post and through some of the comments, I was again and again reminded that that could have been us. Some of you may remember a few months ago that they scheduled me for the same extra testing that this mother went in for because they thought my Selah could have Trisomy 18/21 (a chromosome abnormality similar to the one this baby has, written into the baby's cells at conception). The two weeks between the check up when they told me my baby had an elevated risk and the actual testing appointment was terrible. I didn't really share a lot about it because it wasn't a definite diagnosis, but just the thought of having to walk through something so terrible haunted me. I cried quite a bit, couldn't sleep, and couldn't help but think about all of the plans and dreams that just wouldn't happen if we got bad news.

Thankfully, we were told very promising things at our testing. Selah tested negative for a lot of the "markers" of this disease and the doctors are very sure that she will grow up to be healthy. She did have some spots on her brain and heart that we are monitoring, but we received amazing news that day. We left that ultrasound giddy with the news that we were having a daughter, as well as the relief that she should arrive on time as a perfectly healthy little girl.

While reading the story of this mom the other day, I started thinking back to that day and realized that I took that answer for granted a little bit. I stressed about the results for two weeks and when they were positive, I don't know that I was as thankful as I should have been. Of course I was relieved and cried tears of joy as my husband prayed a prayer of thankfulness in the hot car after the appointment, but was I as grateful as I should have been? Have I taken this good news for granted?

I think as we all walk through life, we tend to take things for granted, even when we don't mean to. Sometimes we don't show our thankfulness to those that lend a helping hand, pause for a prayer (or song or dance) of thanksgiving when we get good news, and we forget to recognize the seemingly menial things in our lives that are actually true blessings straight from God. We get into our routines and are much more prone to complaining about something in our life instead of looking towards the good that is speckled among the bad.

So today I am writing so that I remind myself and am appreciating each kick, symptom of acid reflux, shock of back pain, and excited thought a little more. I am thanking God for entrusting us with this gift and looking forward to the day I get to hold her, nurse her, and love her.

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