8 Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That

Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That
Photo by Chelsea Macor Photography
Here are a few products and practices I use to look and feel my best in these hectic postpartum days! Mornings especially are  chaotic, so I like to wake up and feel like I’m already somewhat put together. It’s nice to feel your best, even if you haven’t brushed your hair just yet.

  1. Invest in your hair. About a year ago I had a gift card to Nordstrom, so I splurged on Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner that my stylist had been recommending to me for years. Holy cow, I wish I would have done this sooner. My hair is stronger, longer and shinier than ever before. But best of all, a little goes a long way so this investment will last you. And I once read that JoJo from The Bachelor uses it too, hey girl!Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That2. Blow it out. Take a few extra minutes to blow dry your hair. I know, I know! That sounds time intensive! I’m talking just 5 minutes to blow dry your hair after a shower. This ionizing hair dryer is amazing and can dry my long hair in just a matter of minutes. Trust me, it’ll save you time in the long run. If I take just a few extra minutes to comb through and blow dry my hair, it can last me for days. I won’t tell you how many days exactly, but it’s a lot. Probably too many.

Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That3. Dry shampoo saves the day.  Extend your blow out with dry shampoo that gives you a lift. I swear by this Oribe Textruizing Dry Shampoo. Not only does it absorb oil, but it gives your root a boost. It has been my go-to for years and I use it nearly every day.

4. Overnight success. To save time in the mornings, I do a few things at night that will leave my hair soft and ready to go when I wake up. A spritz of dry shampoo, a little split-end treatment, toss my hair up in a bun and hit the sack.

Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That5. Lashes. Getting lash extensions is a fun way to treat yourself and give your look a boost. It is so nice to wake up in the morning and feel like you’re already put together. Even while you’re still in your robe! I go to Blush by Brenna for my volume lashes, and I love that she makes your natural lash health a priority. Lashes are an investment and require monthly maintenance, but I love how they brighten up my face. Especially because I’m so tired (and tired looking) lately.

Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That
Pro-tip: bring your newborn to your lash appt!
6. Hydrate. Every morning before I down my first cup of coffee, I have a tall glass of water to kick start my day. I can’t have my coffee until I’ve had my water, so I never forget! You don’t need me to tell you that staying hydrated can help you to look and feel your best. But there, I guess I did anyway.

7. Heal your preggo skin. No one has time for makeup postpartum! Well, for me, I had so many insecurities about my postpartum skin that I didn’t like skipping makeup. My pregnancy melasma caused lots of discoloration on my face. So, I would almost always use concealer to hide my problem areas. I worked with my aesthetician to combat my melasma with very specific products. I exfoliate with Arcona’s Brightening Gommage twice a week, and then nightly I use their Brightening Drops directly on my discoloration. It is still a work in progress, but my discoloration is improving immensely, and I can’t wait for the day it’s all gone!

Ways to Look Your Best Postpartum with Minimal Morning Effort: Because Nobody Has Time for That8. Repair your scars. Alright, this one won’t apply to most, but I wanted to include it. I scar really, really bad. So, when my surgeon told me about these silicone scar repair strips that you can place over your c-section scar, I was all about it. I use them daily, and so far, my scar looks way better than my scar from having Julian! Having keloid scars can be painful, so I’m doing what I can to promote good healing.

These a just a few things that help me to look and feel my best in these crazy postpartum days. I always love hearing what products and practices others swear by. What helps you look your best? Let me know in the comments!

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xx,

Heidi

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Sweater Weather Has Arrived!

Best cozy sweaters for autumn 2017! Sweater weather in the Pacific Northwest, fall 2017.

Happy Fall y’all! Loving autumn is “basic” for a reason; it is one of the best seasons! Fall has always felt like more of a new start to me than New Years does. Perhaps that’s from years of schooling where it really was the start of a new year. Last year I was very ambitious and wrote an autumn to-do list. I’m hoping to even get one of those things checked off the list this year.

I love it when the weather turns and I can start cozying up in sweaters. But even more so this year because I’m still adjusting to my post-partum body. Oh hi muffin top. I’ve rounded up a few sweaters I am lusting after, and a few that are already being put to use in my wardrobe. Hope you are all enjoying the start of the new season. I’m off to bake another loaf of Pumpkin Chocolate Bread. Promise I will jot down the recipe soon so I can share it here with you guys! I haven’t forgotten, I’m just still adjusting to two under two. And sleep deprivation. And having no “me-time.” Happy Friday everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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Jeff + Heidi: September 6, 2014

DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites.

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DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. Today marks three years of marriage to my Captain Jeff. So much has happened in these last three years, that I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and revisit our wedding day photos. Our wedding day is still one of the best days of my life. Specifically the ceremony. We each wrote our own vows, and that exchange will forever be one of the most meaningful moments of my life.

We got married in our backyard, here on beautiful Bainbridge Island. It made our home even more special to us. As if that was even possible! We were in the midst of remodeling our home at the time of our wedding. Although we had lofty ideas that it would be done before! Our concrete floors were poured just days before our nuptials. Everyone danced and celebrated on what would later be our new living room.

These past three years have brought us two precious babies. One sweetheart of a rescue puppy. And home that we have built together.

We have grown together in incredible ways, and I am forever grateful for our friendship and love. Happy Anniversary my Captain.

xx,

Heidi

Photography: Morgan Hass / Makeup: Blush by Brenna / Hair: Rogue Styling / Wedding Gown: La Belle Elaine’s / Reception Dress: Free People / Robe: Stone Cold Fox

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Home Decor: Barn Wood Doesn’t Always Mean Rustic

Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture.

Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture.

Dress: SheIn / Julian’s Shirt & Shorts: Target / White vase: Pottery Barn / Bag: Salt House Mercantile / Blankets: Pendelton White and Black / Basket: Overstock

I have been so eager to share with you all our custom table created by the amazing Barns 2 Home. As the name suggests, Barns 2 Home takes reclaimed barn wood and creates unique pieces for your home.  I was all in with this company when I heard about Barns 2 Home’s mission to “save one million trees.” In working with reclaimed barn wood, they positively impact our environment by decreasing the demand for new lumber. But their craft is what has truly impressed me. When our table arrived, I was blown away with how their team captured our vision. It was like the table had been there all along, it just fit perfectly.

The wood is rich with character, color and attention to detail. Simply put, it’s nothing like you could ever buy in a store. Our home remodel has taken years, and we are still in the process of adding finishing touches along the way. This table has added so much charm to our living room, I stare at it every time I walk by!

We are so pleased with our table and the character it adds to our space. It’s a great feeling to be contributing to Barns 2 Home’s mission of environmental stewardship. But perhaps more exciting is how incredible this work of art looks in our home! Barns 2 Home also supplies re-purposed barn wood, but I think the real magic is in their unique creations. They work with you every step of the way in designing and building custom décor and furniture.  I already have thoughts of designing a gorgeous kids table for arts and crafts!

I cannot rave about Barns 2 Home enough. Be sure to check them out and get started on building your custom piece today!

xx,

Heidi

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My Favorite Purchases from the Nordstrom Sale

Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^Block Heel Bootie / Leopard Flats sold out similar / Perforated Booties (love mine in blush!)Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^Oh so cozy Free People sweater! I sized up for a slouchy look.Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^Living in these Ugg House Slippers! I get a new pair every year because I wear these to death.

9 month pregnant belly with Zella leggings and pink Nikes from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

^These Zella leggings are the perfect shade for fall & under $40! Nikes aren’t on sale, but I love them!Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^Splendid Top (comes as a set with joggers under $30!) and the sweetest kicks!Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^ Joggers, joggers and more joggers! I sized up on these so Jules can wear them into fall & winter Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^The softest jammies ever! Loving this brand!Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^Prettiest pink blankie for baby girl (a must have!) and these Freshly Picked mocs are under $40!Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

^This hair dryer is a game changer! Wish I would have bought it years ago. My fav dry shampoo.

Happy Saturday everyone! I don’t normally post on the weekend, but this weekend is a special occasion! Today and tomorrow mark the finals days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Tomorrow, Sunday, August 6th, will be your last chance to grab what’s on your wish list before items get marked up. Or worse yet, before they all sell out! I know that I’ve already tried to order a few things that have sold out (SAD) so get on it!

Above are some of my absolute favorites that I picked up at this years sale! Let me know if you have any questions about any of these products. I’d love to know what you’re getting! Happy shopping!

xx,

Heidi

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Life Lately via Instagram

Maternity fashion in body con dress with casual ball cap and white nike sneakers

Hat: Nordstrom / Sunnies: BP / Dress: Ingrid & Isabel / Bag: BP under $25! / Shoes: Nike

^Finally got out of sweat pants and got myself dressed.

Maternity style

Dress: Free People / Slides: Steve Madden only $25!

^Fav summer slides…as long as my feet aren’t too swollen!

All pink maternity style

Sunnies: Diff / Dress: TopShop / Purse: SheIn only $30! / Slides: Steve Madden

^I had three maternity appointments this day! So much driving, so many US Weeklys

Baby girl's nursery

Swaddles: Little Unicorn and Nordstrom / Candle: Woodwick / Book: Amazon / Shoes: Freshly Picked (under $40!) / Bows: Baby Bling Bows / Unicorn: Jellycat, mine is from Barna & Co

^Getting baby girl’s nursery together. It’s about time!

Morning light and morning muffins in my white kitchen with open shelving

^Morning light and morning muffins!

9 months pregnant, lounge robe and house slippers from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Robe: Honeydew / Slippers: Ugg (on-sale!)

^Pretty early to bed these days! Jeff refers to these as my “house wife slippers” lol.

Touch-a-truck event on Bainbridge Island at Summer Fest in Washington State

Hat: Barna and Co / Shirt: Splendid (major sale!) / Shorts: Target / Shoes: Native

^My little truck lover at SummerFest on Bainbridge Island!

9 month pregnant belly with Zella leggings and pink Nikes from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Shirt: TopShop / Leggings: Zella (only $35! Still need to hem these) Nikes: Zappos, love them in blue!

As I near the end of my pregnancy my energy level is plummeting! Which is a bummer because I still have a zillion things to do to get ready to meet our baby girl! You know, like decorate her room! I had intended on sharing with you all this amazing lemon bar recipe I made recently. I made it for a BBQ we hosted and it was a hit! Julian had more then I’d like to confess. But I’m just too tired to recreate the dish and photograph it. So, I’m just going to build a mountain of suspense over lemon bars. And instead, share with you a little behind the scenes from last week on my Instagram, including a few fun outfits that I wore!

I’ve mentioned this before on my Instagram account, but I think it’s worth mentioning here. I have found maternity fashion to be very challenging for me. A lot of the items I would try on would leave me feeling HUGE and not so excited about being pregnant. Over time, I found that wear more bump hugging outfits was actually really flattering. I’m normally not one for a curve hugging, body-con dress. But I found that they suit me in pregnancy, so I’ve been running with it!

Also, a ton of the items I’m wearing are on sale now through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The sale lasts until August 6th, and I’ve already missed out on a few items that I was lusting over. So, hop on it and snag your favorites. Hope you enjoyed these looks that I wore last week! Follow along for more on instagram: @heidi.stephens.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

xx,

Heidi

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