Go-To Look with Baby

Tee: Shopbop [wearing size 1], Less Expensive | Jeans: AG | Espadrilles: March Fisher, Love These | Bag: Tory Burch | Necklaces: Etsy, Etsy | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Bracelets: David Yurman | Lipstick: Snob

Photography by: Angie Garcia

 I could write an entire novel on things I wish I had known before I had a baby. Not necessarily advice about the baby, but more so things I needed to understand about myself. Here are a few said things:

1. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t sleep when baby sleeps. You will want to spend time with Paul, you’ll want to shower, you’ll want to eat. [I legitimately thought I’d nap when she napped…LOL]

2. You’ll miss your weekly OB visits. [Anyone else?! I seriously love my doctor and in a weird way miss checking on Maxi. That sounds so bizarre doesn’t it?! I just would leave each appointment with Paul so giddy and excited to meet our girl. ]

3. You read all the wrong baby books. Jokes on you, Katey…because once you have Maxi you won’t really follow any of those. [Y’all I seriously HIGHLIGHTED, post-it noted and underlined the mess out of all my baby books. Then I had her, laughed and thought, “I’m not using any of this!”]

Of course these don’t apply to all mamas, I’m just speaking for myself, but I it’s funny to acknowledge all the things I used to think I would do. It’s not that the baby books were wrong or napping isn’t possible, it’s just that I’ve had to let go of certain expectations and ideas of what accomplishment means.  This weekend, I read a post on social media that said, “Motherhood is being okay with not accomplishing everything.”But I haven’t just let go, I’ve also held on to some things simply because they make me feel more me. And if I feel more myself, I know I’m a better mom.

One thing I have tried to hold onto is getting dressed. It doesn’t happen every day, but I love when it does! Even if Maxi and I don’t have plans for the day, I like being dressed as if I do. There are plenty of days I stay in my pajamas and don’t shower until Paul gets home, but then if I want to take her to the park or stroll to a coffee shop I realize I can’t! haha. While I love pajama days, I love finding simple looks I feel comfortable wearing while lying on the floor with her/wiping spit up off of as well.

Thankfully, striped tees are having a moment as of late because these are my go-to momiform. 😉 The stripes conceal stains AND they pair well with anything from a messy bun to full-out teased curls. I seriously have worn this outfit nearly 3 times a week while grabbing lunch with friends or taking Maxi to run errands so I thought I would share it with you all. It requires no fuss [or ironing!] and yet feels pulled together. Even if you aren’t a mama, this is such a quick and easy #ootd for you to throw on before a busy day.

Striped tees have become such a necessity in my book it’s like if I see one I immediately make a mad dash towards the check out….erm I mean online cart. Let’s be honest, I do 99.9% of my shopping online.  So I’ve linked this look and below I’ll also share a few more striped tops you may have seen on my Snapchat or Insta Stories.

If you’re a mama, I’d love to know….what are some things you have held on to? Do you keep your hair appointment? Or do you never miss a morning run? What makes you feel more you, so you can be the best person to your little babe?!

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  1. Striped tees aren’t just uniforms for Mums – they’re for everyone! A good striped tee is needed in every girl’s wardrobe!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 09 May 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Very true, they are the best! xo

      Published 09 May 17Reply
  2. Amanda Collier wrote:

    Every 6 weeks I keep that hair appointment!!! And morning coffee. Those are non negotiables for me!!! The momiform will change as she gets older and I can’t wait to see how it evolves for you! Being a mama is the best and you’re doing great girl! Keep it up! ????

    Published 09 May 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Amanda!

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, it is !! Yes, girl! Drinking the morning coffee as I type this! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting! xo

      Published 09 May 17Reply
  3. Your espadrille sneaks are just the cutest and I’m loving the pop of neon pink with B&W!
    xx Tess | satvikm1000@gmail.com

    Published 09 May 17Reply
  4. Rebecca wrote:

    Early morning showers and semi makeup/hair! I wake up early before baby does and it makes a HUGE impact on my day, followed by morning coffee. 🙂

    Published 09 May 17Reply
  5. Irina wrote:

    You make motherhood look SO effortless. Makes me hope I’ll be that chic and put together whenever I have a little babe.

    Published 09 May 17Reply
  6. Anna Williamson wrote:

    Love this post! It couldn’t be more true! There’s something about getting dressed that always made me feel like I had somewhat of a routine. Happy early Mother’s Day!

    Published 09 May 17Reply
  7. Juah McManomy wrote:

    When I was on my maternity leave I never wanted my husband to think “this is it, she’s let herself go…” so I always made it a point to shower and throw a little makeup on, and wore “cuter” comfy clothes that weren’t slobby. Doing this I always felt better about myself and he appreciated the effort a ton (and it really wasn’t hard because she slept so much!) Now, as a working momma I always make it a point and greet him when whoever gets home first, it keeps us a priority and we both feel important to each other!

    Published 09 May 17Reply
  8. Jenilee wrote:

    I held on to Book Club! It’s monthly and I only missed one when I had my girl, and got right back into it. I need it.

    Published 09 May 17Reply
  9. Love this cute and casual look! Obsessed with those shoes, too! <3


    Published 10 May 17Reply
  10. Katie wrote:

    I really love this look. It looks so put together but is still a simple and quick way to get dressed. And the pink bag is really a highlight. Love it.
    Greetings Katie


    Published 10 May 17Reply
  11. I just love you! As creepy as this sounds, I tell my husband all the time as I’m watching your snaps that I think we could be best friends. We basically have the same dog (mine’s just black) and Maxi reminds me so much of my Andie. You are SO right. You NEVER nap when baby naps. And I’ve gotten to where I can hardly sleep at night when she’s sleeping. Mamahood casted a weird spell on me where I can get by with literally 15 minutes of sleep every 24 hours. Which is weird because I used to need like 12 hours to function. And it feels like my OB and I are going through a sad break up. I miss him SO MUCH (hahaha). I’ve held on to my morning coffee, my pedicures & manicures, and my eyebrow sugaring appointments. You’re doing amazing, Mama! I’m still trying to figure out how you manage to look so cute everyday. I’m still barely able to find time to eat and go to the bathroom. I would love to hear how you manage to look so put together. 🙂

    Published 10 May 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      You are the sweetest person ever!!! Right! I’m like, “I can’t nap when she naps! It’s a marathon race to get 8 hours worth of things done in 30 minutes!” lol Okay tell me more about this eyebrow sugaring!! I’m very curious/interested! One of my biggest pregnancy blessings was my eyebrow hair didn’t grow! At all! I never plucked, waxed anything. And now that I gave birth they clearly are a mess and I keep forgetting about them. lol I don’t love my wax appointments because I brought Maxi once and they asked me why….#BecauseSheIsMyBaby. So I’d love to know of another option! xoxo

      Published 11 May 17Reply
      • I know! And I’m always so nervous while she’s napping because I never know how long it’s going to last. I’ll need to shower, but I’m afraid she’s only going to nap 15 minutes, and then she naps two hours and I’m like, “UGH!!!” haha. Oh, I love getting sugared!!! I’ve been doing my eyebrows for about 2 years now. It’s a gel-type wax made from hot water, lemon, and sugar and is a lot more gentle on your skin than traditional waxing. When you start, it lasts about 2-3 weeks, but the more you do it, it is supposed to slow growth. I’ve been doing it for almost 2 years, go every 4 weeks, and rarely need to tweeze in between. And I have almost black hair. It’s also less painful than traditional waxing. It takes about 30 minutes, and I seriously nap sometimes while she’s doing it. I’m a HUGE fan!

        Published 11 May 17Reply
  12. Katie wrote:

    This outfit is so cute- I love your striped top and the color of your bag!


    Published 24 May 17Reply