When Skinny Jeans are Too Skinny

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Skinny jeans are our friend; that is, if we are mindful of a few very important factors when buying. Each brand is different, and even each style within that brand is different. Some have more spandex or elastane, some are cut differently, and some colors even look different in the same style. The worst thing a person can do when shopping for skinnies is get stuck in the mindset that they are one size across the board. This ignorant way of thinking can cost you in dollars, self esteem, and appearance. For example, I am typically a size 6. However, if the jeans have more stretch, and are in a darker color, I could possibly do a 4. If the jeans are white, forget it, I am going up to an 8 and tailoring in the waist. I cannot chance them being so tight that one can see cellulite or unsightly tight lines across the back of my jeans. I would much prefer to have some room in my jeans by the end of the day rather than be squeezed in. My dad used to call my jeans spray paint in high school- ladies, it was not a compliment. Let’s buy the size up and get on with it. You know you want the pasta at dinner, and not that boring salad. Buy jeans to fit your life, don’t fit your life to your ideal size jeans. Those jeans will break your heart every time. And PS- sizing up in jeans will actually make you look smaller, when tailored to fit. Moving on…! Let’s take a look at some examples of skinny jeans done right…

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 Remember, the mirror doesn’t lie. Check yourself out, and decide what looks best. Ignore the size! Roll or hem your skinnies to hit just above your ankle bone and add a heel for the most flattering results if you’re vertically challenged. Longer tops work great over white jeans if you’re a little unsure if they’re too tight. Don’t be afraid to rock skinnies, just make sure you buy the size that fits best, tailor them a little if necessary, and style to your liking!

First Trimester Necessities

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I just came out of the woods of my first trimester. Now at 16.5 weeks, I can finally say that I have energy and an appetite again. Whew! That was a rough couple of months. I found a great deal of solace in reading blogs about the first trimester, what others were experiencing, what they found helped, etc. I figured it couldn’t hurt to offer my own advice on the matter. Everybody is different, and experiences pregnancy differently, but chances are pretty good that you will deal with some nausea and exhaustion. Those were the two killers for me. From the start I was so tired every day. I woke up and got ready for work, then was almost panting with exhaustion before I even left the house, just from waking up and doing my morning routine. Nausea was worst in the morning and at night. At first, I had a bad case of night sickness. Then, my doctor said it was okay to take Unisom, and that it would not only help me sleep, but help with nausea. I took it for about two weeks straight and slept like a rock. Then, I realized it was worsening my morning exhaustion by giving me a hangover, so I started trying nights without it. At first it was worth it to me to feel like a zombie in the morning just to get a good night’s sleep sans night sickness. Then, as I started to gradually feel better, I didn’t need it. I learned that if I ate a cup of cereal right before bed, and one the minute I hit the floor in the morning, the nausea wasn’t so bad. The key was always keeping something on my stomach. If I waited more than 2 hours to eat throughout the day, I began to feel sick. I actually lost about 8 pounds in the first trimester just because I had zero appetite. This is completely normal. I only wanted bland food. Chick-fil-A, Stouffer’s mac and cheese, and Special K cereal were mainstays. But, I didn’t want a lot of anything. Week 15 I finally stayed late at work one night and didn’t even realize what time it was! I was so happy! Usually, every day around 2 or 3 I began to feel so wiped out all I wanted to do was go home and nap.

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A few things I found particularly helpful during the first trimester: 1. La Croix Sparkling Water– lime and mango, particularly. Guzzling straight water often made me feel more nauseous, but staying hydrated is key- pregnant or not, so I was careful to get plenty of water each day. La Croix on ice with a straw was my magic solution that made water bearable.  2. Stretchy Bras – Your whole body just feels weird and achy as it changes, and sore boobs were a killer. My favorite underwire bra was suddenly very uncomfortable. I opted for soft, stretchy bras like the one above from Gap. If you find it in stock, grab one or two! They’re often on sale, and often out of stock. 3. Grapefruit Oil– a friend of mine gave me a care package including grapefruit essential oil, and said that it helped her tremendously through nausea. Any time I began to feel icky, I took a few deep breaths of the grapefruit oil until I could get food, and it helped! 4. Lipstick – Chances are you just won’t feel like yourself during this time. All I wanted to do was lay around and be lazy; after all your body is doing a lot of work during this time. You are forming a human being! Still so crazy to think about. Lipstick will do wonders. Even if you don’t feel up to throwing on heels or a cute outfit, putting lipstick on will kick up your jeans and tee a notch, and make you feel happier just looking a little more alive. Anything you can do to boost your spirits a little will help.

One of the hardest things during this time is that a) you’re not “supposed” to tell people until around 12 weeks, and b) you’re probably not really showing yet, so all of the people around you just wonder why you’re wimping out on life and feeling bad every day. We told close family really early, and realized that we could go ahead and tell the people who we would want to tell if we had a miscarriage. I guess that’s the main reasoning in waiting 12 weeks to tell, because doctors say your chances of a miscarriage go down after that point. Overall, it’s totally a personal preference, and you should do what feels right. I ended up trickling it to friends before 12 weeks because they were so confused as to why I was “so tired”, and it’s just a fun thing to share! I hope some of these tips help. Any questions? Just ask in the comments below or on the ask tab!

-Clare

Hello, again.

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 After a nearly 3 year hiatus from the blog, I’m back! In the Fall of 2013, I began planning to open my dream business, and in February 2014, it happened. Council Studio has been trucking along since then, and we continue to offer wardrobe styling + personal shopping services as well as a storefront with inventory. Since the last post in 2013, I have gotten engaged, married, opened a business, moved across town, and adopted 3 new pets. My husband, Lee, and I now live in Franklin, TN, a suburb of Nashville, with our two cats and two dogs, and a baby on the way! We work in Nashville, and enjoy both cities. Franklin has provided us a slower pace and almost a little getaway within the Nashville area. Lee also opened a business managing Airbnb’s on the side of his full time healthcare job. Needless to say, we have had a lot going on. After finding out we’re expecting a baby, I knew it was time to stop and smell the roses a little more. Life was passing us by, and finding a balance was necessary, in order to prepare for baby and just enjoy life a little more. It’s a tough task, slowing down, when we both are so passionate about our businesses. In some of my “slowing down” I got to thinking more about things I used to do for fun before life was all about work. I started this blog as a fun way to keep my creative juices flowing, and hopefully help with style questions in the process. Lately, I’ve had some friends encourage me to start it back as a way to journal my pregnancy. So many people, including myself, have so many questions when entering into new life experiences such as marriage, business, pregnancy, etc. so I figured I could help to shed some light on things I have found to be helpful throughout my journey thus far. Not every post will be a Q &A, but I love getting questions, so keep ’em coming! Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

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