more from Sari

Back today with another post from Sari. This time she is sharing her five must haves for life post baby focusing on beauty and style for la madre. Hope you enjoy!

Isabel Marant Jumpsuit
Isabel Marant Jumpsuit

1. Beauty routine: I keep my routine SUPER simple these days with 3 products – 1) Glossier soothing face mist 2) Glossier priming moisturizer and 3) Burt’s Bees lip pencils

2. Eberjey sweatpants: Before kids, I thought fancy sweatpants were a sign of giving up. Now I understand that they’re made for new-mom warriors. Buy yourself a pair to wear around the house because if you’re going to bum around, do so chicly. You’ll inevitably spend a considerable amount of time indoors the first 4-6 weeks and these are the perfect sweats to receive visitors while also being comfortable.

3. Off the shoulder tops: I find off the shoulder tops are flattering, comfortable, and convenient for nursing mothers. I got this Alexis off the shoulder top and this white Reformation off the shoulder dress after giving birth and have gotten good use out of them.

left: Alexis top, right: reformation dress
left: Alexis top, right: reformation dress

4. Isabel Marant jumpsuit: I love this jumpsuit; sexy yet not revealing for when you don’t feel like showing off your body. Photos at top of post.

5. High-waisted swimsuit: We’re going to Virgin Gorda with my husband’s family soon and I needed a bathing suit that covers the dark line below my belly button that hasn’t faded yet. I found this high waisted one which I’m obsessed with.

Thanks again Sari. Completely agree on the sweatpants & jumpsuit front, this is the one I got and was featured in this post. The swimsuit is so hot. Looking forward to your grams from your trip.

xx Ly


current faves

five month old favorite things

Now that Mo is five months old I wanted to put together a list of some of our favorite things. My last list was some of our favorite newborn things and now he is more of a real life baby so I thought an update on what gear, gadgets and toys we are loving would be good to share. And unfortunately ice cream is not on Mo’s list of favorite things. It is definitely one of mine. Its so cute that he is getting to the point where he is trying to get what we have got. Continue reading “current faves”

mom crush: Sari Azout

Happy Thursday! As promised I am finally here with a guest post from a fellow madre I have gotten to know via instagram. Meet Sari Azout, she is the founder of Bib & Tuck, amazing btw, new madre & super hot & fashionable Miami resident. Follow her on insta, she does not disappoint!!! I do not remember exactly how I discovered Sari but am very happy that I did. She agreed to put a guest post together about her transition into motherhood. I am going to parse this out into three posts for a couple reasons. One, she has really great things to share and two, she sent over some stellar photos that I want to let breathe a bit on the blog. So without further ado, welcome to post our first post from Sari, my current mom crush.

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The first month with a baby is so disorienting. Between friends and family visiting around the clock, the boob transformation that NOBODY prepares you for, recovering from the physical trauma that is childbirth, and getting to know my new loved one, I felt like my brain was scrambled eggs. Three months in everything feels so much easier and I can genuinely say I am enjoying every day with my kiddo. Follow him on Instagram @thestevennesta for a good laugh!

Biggest “surprise” Expect a boob transformation – they will be HUGE, even early on, and your nipples will turn almost black and expand to the size of coasters. Nobody talks about how painful breast engorgement can be (and mastitis), and I think the conversation about childbirth should include this.

Bouncing Back I was surprised by how quickly the bump disappears and how you naturally shed the pounds. That said, the last few pounds are the hardest to shed and I still feel like a deflated balloon. I’m slowly getting back in shape but I have to say as someone who really cares about their weight I have a newfound respect for my body for being able to birth a beautiful human being and am embracing whatever permanent changes come with childbirth.

Balancing it all I was back to working within a few weeks after giving birth, though I’m lucky in that I get to work from home. I’ve realized that in order to make it all happen, you have to plan in advance, be obsessive about to-do lists, and come to terms with the fact that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to parenting.

Advice Take care of yourself. It’s especially necessary when you’re giving so much. It makes you a better mother. Also, mom shaming drives me crazy. Everyone does whatever works for them as a mother, and I don’t think any mother should be judging and thinking others should be doing it their way.

Thanks for sharing Sari! I love your notes & yes completely agree NO ONE prepares you for the boobs & afterbirth situation!

xx Ly

21 weeks a madre

one of the many snaps I receive from my madre when she is watching mo

An update is overdue. I have been back in the working world now for three weeks and I have lost track of how old Mo is. I truly had to go back and count from his birthday just now to see how many weeks he is. He hits five months on Friday and today he is 21 weeks old. An update on this whole working mom thing feels like a good place to start.

I am loving being back at work. Sitting with my friends and peers talking about marketing trends, pop culture trends and putting together inspirational content plans is a really fun way to spend your days. I am very happy to be back in my comfort zone at work and taking on some new and different projects that I am really excited about. Plus these first few weeks easing into it have been very nice. Being in the office with time to just think, process and focus on something other than baby.

So far, mornings are not much different than they were pre baby. I still wake up on the later side allowing myself about 15-20 minutes to get ready and then I am out the door. Some days I am responsible for dropping Mo with my mom but most often Mike takes care of this. The days that I do drop off it adds about 10 minutes to my commute which is manageable. I am really happy that Mike gets the morning time with Mo. On the mornings that are a bit lighter for him he can spend some extra time with Mo before dropping him at my moms. He actually probably sees more of him now than I do. We do keep Mo up late, its how I was raised and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. We would rather spend the time as a family together instead of shipping him off to bed at 7pm. He sleeps in for us and sleeps better this way and our week day morning schedule allows for this, on the weekends its great too!

Another addition to my mornings has been spin class at the Burncycle studio. The first week of March I returned to the studio since giving birth. Since then I have been very consistent in attending the Tuesday Thursday sessions. During my leave I would go to the 9:30am class but now have shifted and am dedicated to the 7am classes Tuesday and Thursdays. Its such a good workout and I love the vibe and purpose of the class. The instructors can be very introspective, inspirational and motivational and its truly the best way to start my days.

In home news, I subscribed to Plated after a recommendation from my sister in law. I made our first meal on Sunday night and was very pleased with the process from start to finish including the meal, it was actually really good! I am looking forward to more home cooked, healthy and fresh meals. We do not typically cook and are really bad grocery shoppers so Plated helps a ton. They even offer baby/kid friendly options that you can add to your meal plan. Might have to check that out once Mo gets some teeth.

Now, what you are really here for, a quick hit of Mo updates & milestones:

  • He has begun to laugh when we laugh, apparently thats how these babies learn. Monkey see, monkey do ya know.
  • We fed him his first real food last week. It was some tasty avocado. We still can’t determine if he liked it or he just liked the feeling of the spoon in his mouth.
  • I am pumping at work and it has been a pretty good experience so far. I quit pumping after about one month when I had the breast infection so I was nervous to start again but things have been going well. It is still mind blowing to see this milk in the bottle at the end of the day that I made.
  • He is getting big! Not huge or anything but definitely getting bigger. He actually is only now beginning to wear his 3-6 months clothes, but last night we glanced at him dozing off in his swing after dinner and he looked really big. Might have been the ‘man outfit’ but truly he is starting to take up so much more space.
  • We finally put our hand me down bob running stroller to use the other week. Mo sits in their so patiently and we can’t tell yet if he likes it or not. But I sure do! Getting a workout in with baby is a pretty great thing.

That is what I’ve got at 21 weeks.

xx Ly

insta moms

caught 'grammin
caught ‘grammin

Today’s post is a thank you to instagram. Since having Mo and starting my Making La Madre instagram account I have been invited, welcomed and amazed by the community of moms around the globe. I have many new ‘friends’ that I now share my experiences in motherhood with. Other parents with little ones, experiencing all the things that I am going through and can relate to me on a very personal level in ways that my real life friends cannot.

I will admit I was ‘judgey’ before welcoming my own real life baby about the #babyspam that some friends would post after becoming parents. Friends of mine on maternity leave would post what seemed like 24/7 photos of their little baby: bathtime, tummytime, sleepytime, all the damn time. I prefer to treat my social media accounts, @lydialauer on insta, twitter, pinterest, swarm, etc.) as a curated stream presenting the best version of myself. As cute as I think the photo is of Mo eating his first avocado is, I am snapping it for my own memory not to clog your feed and chances are its not gonna be good quality anyways cause my bias to the guys cuteness disregards photo quality.

I started the Making La Madre accounts because I wanted a place where I could post baby stuff, pregnancy stuff and motherhood stuff. Yes, still curated & mostly good quality. I took a step back towards the end of maternity leave after I realized that I had become this lady that was posting quite consistently not only on my Madre feeds but also on my personal feeds photos of Mo. I began to rationalize how I let this happen. What I determined was that outside of my work environment, away from a team of people, my peers I was lacking basic communication. The only call and response I was experiencing some days was the cry of my baby and delivering what he needed. This might sound way too serious and depressing but in this new normal I was no longer in my work environment, with my peers. I was now all of the sudden alone with a baby. I didn’t always have someone to commiserate with or celebrate with. And lets be honest I had lots of idle time, while baby is nursing or sleeping to passively browse my news feeds.

I think because of this many moms communicate through instagram. This isn’t anything revolutionary that I am saying here, but I finally understood it. Its an easy and foolproof way to make friends, communicate & validate your choices. Maternity leave and motherhood in the early days/months has you all alone with your thoughts. Wondering if you are doing this right, doubting your intuition and worrying. And the other moms out there with the same idle time jump at the chance to like the photos of your baby, applaud you in your parenting choices, and offer you advice when you ask for it. So here is to you insta moms!

Happy Friday! I will be back with a couple guest posts next week from one such Madre I have met via insta. Please let me know if you are interested in sharing your own post about motherhood xx ly moment on maternity leave about why parents, moms on maternity especially, go crazy town posting photos of their kids.

first mother’s day

feded #proudmom

We had a good weekend. Spending Saturday with family for an early Mother’s Day out at my Uncle’s farm just outside of Portland. I put the Instax Mini camera that FedEx gifted me eariler in the week to good use! Pre farm I got a haircut and post farm we watched the movie Neighbors (meh). Sunday was spent with our mothers eating various meals: chorizo & eggs, a bomb kale salad, delicious bree & then late night fresh and local strawberry sundaes which were free for moms at Burgerville! Reflecting on my first mother’s day this weekend there were a few things that stuck out. 1) It is like your birthday, but better. I say this because on your birthday you can expect the usual flood of texts & messages from friends and family. But for me, on my first mother’s day I had no clue that I would be receiving so many sweet wishes from such unexpected friends. anit mommy blog 2) Also on the birthday note. Most often on your birthday you feel great. You are walking around town with a smile on your face and people notice but aren’t quite sure why. On mother’s day people out and about see you with your baby/child/children and KNOW its mother’s day so they greet you and give you a cheery ‘happy mother’s day’. Bonus when they tell you how cute your baby boy is too. 3) It always falls on a Sunday. With a birthday it falls on a different day every year and it always feels a bit unexpected like it sneaks up on you. But, mother’s day, and father’s day, fall on a Sunday each year so typically there is no work to interfere and signs, commercials and pop culture reminding you to do something. But the best thing about it falling on a Sunday is that Sunday’s typically are family days, days of relaxation or reflection. A woman in line for the bathroom at the restaurant we went to wished me a ‘happy mother’s day’ and asked how my day was going. I told her it was good. But that it was not much different from any other Sunday, as my Sunday’s are typically pretty good. Eating a casual meal out, spending times outdoors & focusing on family and friends. first mother's day 4) There is a big focus on food and flowers. Most folks participate in a brunch, lunch or dinner with mom. We celebrated all three meals with all parts of our family so we ate well. Flowers are a very traditional gift and as I get older I have truly come to adore them. A walk last weekend with a friend around our neighborhood I was inadvertently emulating a 80 year old woman stopping to truly smell and admire the roses. Side note: our climate in Portland is world renowned for its ability to nurture and grow the most beautiful roses. We are The Rose City after all. Love your mother. xx ly

five things for mother’s day

Another guest post today, from my new madre friend Mele. We met, and truly only know each other through instagram. Our boys are very close in age so its been fun to share in the developments, milestones & motherhood moments thus far. I love her style and asked her to participate in my ‘five things for mother’s day’ series, and she obliged! Take it away Mele…

mele schneider

Hey guys! My name is Mele, I’m a brand new mama celebrating my first Mother’s Day! I live in Los Angeles with my hubby David, My son Caleb who is 14weeks and two pups Iggy & Casper. I’m a former model and currently a stay at home mom with dreams of becoming the next Martha Stewart! I run a little catering/party planning business out of my home called “The Untamed Housewife” which is mostly just for fun but there’s nothing I love more than seeing people enjoy my food and putting together events!

I still can’t believe I get to celebrate Mother’s Day this year! I dreamed of being a mother my whole life and the fact that now I am still amazes me. My little family is everything to me, I love waking up to them everyday and going on adventures with little Caleb!

Enough about me though, I am really here to share the top five items on my Mother’s Day wishlist with Making La Madre!

mother's day wishlist

1. The Julien backpack from Leader Bag Co. This backpack is everything a mom could want without looking like a diaper bag! It’s got tons of pockets, changing pad and even comes with a super cute clutch for when you just need to throw a couple things in and not carry the whole thing.

2. Weaving from artist Farron Feiner Farron makes these amazing wall hangings in gorgeous colors and patterns, each one is hand made and one of a kind. She’s currently working on a custom piece for me 🙂

3. Pure relaxation massage from Burke Williams This place is my go to when I need to just relax and have a little “me” time! I love the pure relaxation massage, and when you purchase a massage you get access to their spa facilities for the day!

4. Kimono from Spell & the Gypsy I am obsessed with everything from Australian line Spell but I especially love their kimonos. They’re perfect to throw on over a basic outfit to spice it up and they make great nursing covers!

5. Luke sandals by Charlotte Stone Every mama needs an arsenal of comfy shoes and I am in love with these sandals! The cork sole is super soft and cushy but the leather keeps them looking chic.

what is the bigger struggle?

 I recently was thinking about the struggle I had, #firstworld I know, with dressing the bump and relating it to my similar difficulties with now dressing for breastfeeding. I never had thought about how much I would have to adjust my wardrobe for feeding Mo. I was very much looking forward to wearing my normal clothes once the baby was out but did not even know about the difficulty I would have with dressing for nursing. Lets start with the bras. Yes, we all know that nursing bras are for the most part hideous. I purchased a few and rarely wear them. I do love the nursing tanks from Target and wore those most of my maternity leave. But most often I have resorted to wearing shelf bras and a few Nike sports bras that I can easily pop a boob out of. I wear these with camisoles so as not to expose my mummy tummy when l am nursing Mo. I can wear pretty much any top and bottoms with my solution of nursing tank/ shelf bra and camisole. One thing that is quite difficult though, is wearing dresses. I LOVE to wear dresses. They are so easy, one piece outfits and I have a fair amount that could be on rotation. But the issue I have encountered is that I have to flash my whole body when I want to feed Mo. Lifting up the skirt of the dress up to my chest to get the boy access to his food. Now that I have returned to work and I pump in the privacy of a mommy closet I am looking forward to wearing dresses & normal bras again. Cause in the closet I can disrobe and pump in privacy which means I can wear what I want! I am though, on the hunt for everyday dresses that allow for easy access for feedings. I figure dresses with button fronts or low necklines could work well. I did recently purchase this jumpsuit from the brand Collective Concepts and it has been really fun to wear and easy to feed in. So my question is, what did you have a harder time dressing, the bump or the boobs? And please share any nursing fashion favorites you have! xx Ly

five things for mother’s day

Mother’s Day is this weekend and for a lot of followers here and friends of mine it will be our first. I have asked a couple friends to share five things on their mother’s day wish list and today we have our first one.

kelsie morrow merchandiser blog post

Meet Kelsie, a merchandising manager here in Portland. We met quite a few years back at one of our favorite shops, Lizard Lounge’s First Thursday events and I have enjoyed keeping up with her. Eight months ago she welcomed her first child, daughter Elanore Blue, and has been doing the stylish motherhood thing very well. Here are the five things she would love to receive come Sunday.

kelsie morrow portland oregon

1) Mazama Coffee mug/Large I have a large collection (like stacks of shoe-boxes) full of vintage coffee mugs, but I don’t have these!  Made here in Portland and every color is amazing.  I picked white, but honestly I would be happy with every single color they carry.  Not cheap for a coffee mug, but I would be willing to collect these over time as well.

2) Slides Huge throwback to my high school self!  What I love about slides now though is that when I’m carrying Elanore I can easily slip these on.

3) Tomboy Style: Beyond the boundaries of Fashion by Lizzie Garret Mettler I have been wanting to buy this book for a while by one of my favorite bloggers.

4) Capsule Parfums I don’t wear a lot of perfume and usually stick to very clean simple scents, but I was at Lizard Lounge and someone had just sprayed one of these and it was amazing.  Each one tested great and weren’t too strong for me.

5) M-82 for Madewell by George McCracken I’ve been searching for the best jumpsuit for a while now and believe I have arrived.

Thank you for sharing your picks Kelsie & we have to try for a First Thursday this year and bring the babes!!!

xx Ly

#phhhoto obsessed

If you follow me on instagram you will have noticed that over the weekend I was only posting ‘phhhotos’. It is a new app that I am currently obsessed with. I pretty much documented my whole weekend with the app sharing phhhotos to my phhhoto feed.

I recognize the phhhoto treatment from some of Queen Bey’s instagram’s so I figure I am in good company on the app. Check out some of my favorite #phhhotos from the weekend above, what you think, you gonna check it out?

Also, later this week will be sharing some Mother’s Day wishlists from a few madre friends.

xx Ly