HOMEmakers Challenge: What’s in your closet? Edition

I will be linking this up to the challenge linky tonight at midnight.

Okay so long story short… I’m disappointed. This challenge was definitely a challenge for me. I will most likely sound ungrateful but really, I’m not. I am just trying to process and get used to this whole new body I have and writing is how I do that.

Anyways, I had hoped that I would have lost enough weight by now to fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes but that just didn’t happen. I really should NOT complain. The circumstances surrounding my emergency c-section led to my having to take many medications to recover and become healthy again and some of them caused a dramatic weight gain. And just because you know I’m all about keepin’ it real, I’ll just put this out there. At 5″4′ I was 138 lbs when I got pregnant. I was 177 lbs when I delivered. Six weeks later? I was tipping the scale at 201 lbs!  Thank you kindly, Prednisone and Inderal.

I have worked hard though at eating right and trying to be more active. Jen nearly killed me with the 30 Day Shred. Over the last 4-6 weeks I have lost over 33 lbs. I am just now below what I weighed when I gave birth.I still have about 40 lbs to go to get to my “normal” weight.

I said all of that to say that I did shop my closet and while I found some great stuff that I had never pieced together before (using Shari’s amazing book), I am unable to wear any of it. I tried. So, I am going to have to buy some clothes after all so that I have something other than maternity clothes to wear to Relevant. Unless of course there are still some clothing companies out there looking for a sponsor! 🙂

I did post some pictures of my new outfits but the lighting is really bad because it was raining and I couldn’t get any good sunlight.When I do go out and buy some more clothes… or get a clothes sponsor ;), then I will post more pictures.

Using Shari’s book: Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad I was able to figure out what colors, styles, and accessories would look best on me. Let me just tell you, Shari rocks! She really knows her stuff. Even though the clothes didn’t fit when I tried them on I was impressed with the drastic difference the colors made on me. My eyes popped, my skin glowed, and I didn’t look as red in the face as I normally do. I also like her tricks for wearing your clothes in such a way that it gives the appearance that you are slimmer than you really are. If you don’t have the book, grab it. It is so worth it for the information you receive. I am actually going to review it soon because it really does deserve its own post and y’all I bought the book myself. This is not an obligation review. After hearing Shari speak about these topics I was hooked so I paid for the book and it exceeded all of my expectations. She goes into make-up, hair, jewelry, body types, swimsuits, sprucing up the “girls” – so much great info and lots of pictures! I even spotted my friend, Marybeth Whalen as one of the models in the book.

So here are my three outfits and some are mix and matched. I could have made even more outfits using just these pieces.

And just so you know that I did try to put them on: (I must love embarrassing myself)

The shirt and jeans did not fit so of course they look crazy and I had to take the photo from the side. I didn’t want to flash anyone. Go ahead, laugh. I do. The medicine probably saved my life but it gave me quite a bit of weight to carry for a while. It really is just my vanity that makes me irritable about it. I am thankful that I had the meds to take. Vanity is fleeing anyway. So girls, let’s get over that, huh? We are all beautiful no matter what color of our hair is, or what the number on our scales says, or the size of our ears. Amen?

So.. what’s in your closet?

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  1. You’re outfits are so cute! And you are too hard on yourself. That precious baby boy is not nine months old yet. I know that there are women that can get back into their pre-pregnancy clothes right away, but the old rule of thumb is nine months to put it on and nine months to take it off. And you have the medicine thing to add to that. Take it slow and easy, so you don’t have to worry about the weight sneaking back. You can actually get into those outfits, so the goal is probably not that far away. Have you checked out the thrift stores for some things to wear in between…or your friends closets (like you suggested to us)? No one is really going to look at your clothes anyway, they’re be looking at your engaging smile and listening to that adorable accent of yours!

  2. P.S.
    You’re beautiful!! You are glowing in that picture!!!!

  3. I really wanted to join in and do a post. Really. I even had my seventeen-year-old willing to help. I shop her closet as well as my twenty-year-old’s (She still lives with us along with her baby boy and husband. Well, when he’s not deployed.)

    Life took over and I couldn’t finish it. I will say that I’m working on using pieces of my wardrobe like a creamy vintage-y dress from Charlotte Russe with skinny jeans and boots to carry it through the fall. I have some ideas on how to create a few outfits. But I’m a bit concerned now that everything will be all wrong. I totally need to buy the book. I’m learning about the right colors for me but the idea that my accessories, my purse and OH MY GOSH–MY ROOTS–are all wrong has me a bit overwhelmed.

    So the book. MUST buy it.

    And Amy, we live too close to have not gotten together for lunch yet. It must happen!

  4. You look great as usual! I gained 18 lbs in the last year due to two cycles of Prednisone…I totally get ya! Can’t wait to see you again at Relevant!

  5. Amy, I love the outfits you put together! That blue is beautiful! I know you all want to look your best for Relevant and I can relate to wanting to give good impressions etc but I just wanted to let you know that within 5 minutes of anyone getting close to you they won’t even be thinking about what you are wearing! You have such a heart for people and such a desire to bless people that that is what they will see! You’ll “look” great no matter what you wear!

  6. You did great! If it makes you feel any better, my youngest is almost three and I am still not back to my original weight. I did recently lose 20 pounds but now, despite running 3 miles at least three times a week, I am completely stuck. Anyway, I LOVE your outfits…you embraced this challenge much better than I…probably because you have a little natural style which I, unfortunately, lack. I totally did it, though and am proud of myself! Thanks for the inspiration! And you really do look great!

  7. Bless your heart Amy! You are GORGEOUS, inside and OUT. Yes, I know those meds pack on the weight.

    My mom took it for years, (helped SAVE her life) and Jordan did too after brain sugery. So…I’m grateful for steriods.

    I am amazed you were able to lose some weight. But being a GREAT mom, wife, friend and such a blessing to us matters MOST.

    And don’t forgot, you are older now. I didn’t lose my weight for gosh…heck, I don’t know, but it was YEARS after my last child.

    I’m so excited about your opportunity to go to this amazing conference, and can hardly wait to heart ALL about it!

    Oh, those are so precious outfits. GREAT taste♥

    First things do come FIRST. I love your heart and your honesty. We all struggle.

  8. Sounds like a great read!

    A friend of mind had the same wt. gain experience you did while on those same meds. Sorry it prevented you from achieving your goal, but the way a woman holds herself, (with confidence, kindness, and a smile) goes a long way to enhancing ones appearance as well. You look just adorable!

    Have fun at Relevant – maybe I’ll get there myself one day.


    • Thanks, Heidi! Those meds certainly do what they need to do but they have some really unpleasant side effects.

      I totally hear you about the confidence thing. I need to focus on that. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Those are cute outfits and I understand about weight gain after giving birth. It is hard but you are doing amazing – 33 lbs is a lot!

    Just stopping by to encourage,
    Amy @ Missional Mama

    • Thank you, Amy! I know it is a lot. I am being silly. I should be proud of what I’ve been able to do. I’m just still not used to it. I’m getting there though. Thanks so much for the encouragement. You did bless me today!

  10. I fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes.. but my body shape has changed so they don’t actually fit well.. BAH. But, I got rid of most of my clothes during our move (while I was pregnant) because I knew it was the only time I would be willing to part with some of the things I hardly ever wear.

    I like your wardrobe choices!

    • Congrats, Mandy! Evie is so cute!

      And you are adorable no matter what you wear, girl! I’m sure it was good to purge some of the things you don’t need though. 🙂

  11. First of all, I think you are being way hard on yourself because I think you still look fabulous..and I am totally being serious and honest (I wouldn’t lie anyhow!)

    I know we are always harder on ourselves than others are on us. I am struggling myself to find good mixes to put together and am honestly still up in the air about whether I’m going to participate (though, that book giveaway may be enough to entice me because I know I need it!) LOL
    Maybe after dinner tonight I’ll put my outfits on and have my 8-year old snap some shots. My husband will be out of the house (running with a friend), so again, no explanations needed, Ha ha!!

    Love you Amy!!!!

    • I know I am. It really is just a difficult adjustment for me. I’m used to being a certain size and not having to worry about whether or not something fits me. *sigh* I could just be too frugal for my own good. I hate to spend money on clothes if I know I won’t wear them for long. But… I need to just do it.

      I am doing well. I have accomplished much in the last few weeks and I have a healthy baby and he has a healthy mama.

      I love you, Christin! I can’t wait to see you at Relevant!

      • I totally understand!! I had a hard time after my first baby and my third baby. I jumped 4 sizes after my first (though it didn’t hurt me to put on a little weight because I was pretty thin – not underweight, just thin.) You couldn’t really tell I’d kept on 10lbs. BUT, after my third baby, I kept on even more weight (another 15lbs and jumped another 4 sizes.) Again, I’m still in the “healthy” weight range for my height, BUT, it was a HARD adjustment for me. Still is because the baby pooch needs to go!
        I recently began running again and my husband showed me some ab workouts that quickly target those areas – they are some serious ab workouts, LOL.
        Anyhoo, YES, I understand that it’s a hard adjustment. Just remember, it’s temporary!! Try to embrace who you are in your skin for now and hang in there, girl!!

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