In a Dark Wood

I'm really excited to share my first look shot with the very talented Bradley Wittke of Pacifica Gallery. It was so much fun to shoot with a pro! Nahal and I have worked very hard on our photography skills, but we still have a long way to go. I love the location of this's so dark and dreamy!

I will admit my heart sank when we received the photos, not because they're not awesome, but because I suddenly really regretted my wardrobe choice. I was so excited to wear this fabulous little black dress and to post it on the blog, but what I didn't realize in the dim lights of my room was that I really am in no shape to be wearing this dress right now. Even doubling up on Spanx didn't help, clearly! In my heart, I know that I'm being completely unrealistic with my body expectations and wanting to look like I did before getting pregnant, but I am a woman after all. I see all these celebrities and bloggers back to a size 2 weeks after having a baby, and I want that. I can admit it (well, the size 2 thing is a bit unrealistic for me, but you know what I mean). So when I looked at these photos, I felt disappointment and a bit of self-loathing...hey,I'm just being honest here. My doctor gave me a red light when I asked if I could go for a run, I guess it's still too early. So, for now, I will work on loving my body as is, and hope that in time I work off this spare tire! 

I got this dress off Gilt because surprisingly I don't have a little black dress, and I loved the combo of the lace and the flared skirt. Also, I've always loved Erin Fetherston, and I couldn't pass up the great deal I got! I paired it with booties to mix it up a little bit, but it would look stunning with strappy sandals too. The jewelry is all via Rocksbox. If you haven't checked them out, what are you waiting for?? It's such a great company...unlimited designer jewelry (on loan) for $19/month! Use the code hauteashburyxoxo for a free month. 

Mamas, I'd love to hear about your trials and tribulations with weight loss post-baby and what you did to lose weight (or to just embrace your new figure!).

Thanks for reading! xoxo