Clothing – then and now

Disclosure: After a very sweet email exchange about clothing for all body types, stages of life, and motherhood, I received a cardigan from ShopPinkBlush, a Women’s Online Boutique, to review. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

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A few weeks ago, I posted a picture on Instagram thanking people for making clothing for a post-maternity 40 year old. My exact words were: “Thank you for making clothes that fit me. I’d like to pretend that I’m still the size I was in high school, but you know. Oreos. And babies. So, thank you.”

I love pretty clothes as much as the next gal. I love neutrals, pastels, and well-fitted clothing. I don’t love shopping. I don’t love trying on clothes knowing they were not made for my body type. I usually just end up in jeans and a t-shirt, which is just fine. But sometimes, a girl likes to wear something cute.

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ShopPinkBlush reached out and shared their philosophy with me:

We’re a small family run and operated company that provides affordable yet stylish apparel for women. 

Celebrated for our chic line of maternity apparel, PinkBlush Boutique now offers the latest and greatest trends to every woman! With affordability in mind, we’ve crafted a beautiful, comfortable line that lets fashion-loving ladies select wardrobe wonders from a bevy of looks including cute dresses for women. Ensure your ensembles stay spot-on every season with Pinkblush’s apparel in your closet.

When I visited their website, I was happy to see they had a plus-sized section. The models are my size, which I almost never see when I shop trendy boutiques online. I sincerely appreciate a company that photographs women that are my size and puts them in beautiful clothing and beautiful settings. This shows me how an outfit will hang as I bend over to pick up Mary Alice and move when I go to dinner with my dearest. I love an outfit that looks beautiful from every angle, not just when I’m hiding behind my kids in a photograph.

The day I received the cardigan, Nate offered to babysit that very night so that Brian and I could go out to dinner in exchange for more mine-craft time. He could see how excited I was when I put it on. He took this picture of me, told me I was beautiful, and sent me on my way. It was a brilliant move on his part, and Brian was so excited when I called and asked him where he wanted to meet for our surprise date-night!

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I’m in love with this cardigan. I throw it on all the time. It’s light enough to wear on warm evenings, but it’s perfectly cozy for our crisp desert nights.

Kudos to a store that embraces all women – no matter the shape, age, or stage in life.

The best part of the story? You guessed it – They are giving away a $50 gift card! Simply enter below:

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Caroline B - I love the Aden + Anais Blue Into The Woods Organic Easy Swaddle!

Joely Smith - OMG I have a whole wish list built up on their site!
I am in love with Coral Knit Floral Chiffon Accent Open Back Sweater and Coral Knit Floral Chiffon Accent Open Back Sweater and I absolutely LOVE their shoes and booties!
Thanks for the chance good luck to all who enter. Thanks Dana Rodriguez for telling me about this giveaway!

Dana Rodriguez - I LOVE this company.I have several items from them and I love them all plus they ship super fast which is a bonus to me.I have had my eye on the Tan Fringe Bootie!

Melissa C - Everything is so cute! I would choose the
Mint Green Chiffon Colorblock Maxi Dress

Heather Swarthout - I would pick the Ivory Striped Knit Cardigan! So pretty.

Maureen - I like the Pink Crochet blouse…perfect for spring.

Maranda Hymes - I love that site. I’d probably get the Teal Tribal Print Lace Trim Plus Size Dress. It’s adorable!

Carly D. - I am a soon to be new mom and I love the nursing dresses. My favorite is the Sky Blue Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress!! They would be great for this summer.

Jessica c - I like the basic blue shorts and I love the floral trim blouse..thanks for sharing.

Ashley Crawford - I love all the plus-size tunics! It is so hard to find cute plus size clothing

Kristie - I like the Pink 3/4 Sleeve Fringed Plus Size Tunic. Very pretty. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Holly Mitkowski - I love the Aqua color block sparkle sweater!!

ChandraJohnson - Grey Tribal Zip Collar Suede Elbow Top is my favorite

Janet w - I would love the Black Multi-Color Geo Knit Cardigan. I have a cardigan habit!

Jenny S - I LOVE the multicolor T-strap sandals. Makes me excited for sandal season.

Meghan Malicoat - I really love the Mint Green Striped Dolman Sleeve Top and the Black Striped Lace Accent Top.

margaret maggie porter - Love this Fuchsia Striped Top Sash Tie Plus Size Maxi Dress

Bella P - I love the Basic Lavender Chiffon Dress, its so pretty! I’ve never heard of this company but they seem really great. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!

Victoria - I would choose the navy and mint green colorblock maxi dress. I hate maternity clothes but I feel like that would be so pretty and comfortable.

Elizabeth E - I’d love the white striped sash tie draped back dress!

Melissa r - I would like the lavender color block maxi dress

Hayley S - I would choose the mocha skinny jeans!

jodi - I would pick the Just Born Pink Floral 3-Pack Muslin Swaddle Blankets

Jacqulyn - First purchase would most certainly be the Black Floral Border Chiffon Long Kimono

Samantha Plotkin - I’m loving the Navy Blue Mint Green Colorblock Maternity Maxi Dress.

Lindsey - I would get some cardigans!

Wehaf - If I won I would order the blue paisley pajama/lounge pants and a camisole.

Sarah Cool - I would love the Bellotte Grey Porter Diaper Bag

Savannah Hadden - The Mint green open shoulder tunic or the black striped top maxi dress. Theres so many cute things, I’ve never heard of this site!

MaryAnn - I would get some swaddle blankets for my new niece.

Amanda P - I would get the Purple Damask 3/4 Sleeve Plus Dress! It is so cute and just the dress I have been looking for!

allyson tice - If I won, I would have to choose the Black Lace Accent Chiffon Evening Gown.It is stunning!!!

Lisa Ann - I would choose the Burgundy Floral Sleeve Plus Dress.

Kim Reid - I would love to choose the White Charcoal Striped Knit Plus Size Cardigan, thanks!

Annamarie V - I like the Black crochet accent sleeve top.

Lauren Rochon - I would definitely choose the Navy Lace Trim Linen Blouse.

Dominique - I love the Black Open Crochet Sleeve Tunic! So many cute tops and dresses though!

Marissa S. - I love the Navy Blue Floral Wrap Plus Dress!

Candace M - I would buy the black faux Leather tall ankle boot.

leah - I love all their stuff, but the maxi dresses especially.

Dianne Hall - The beige pink colorblock dress!!

Shannon - I think the Pink Lace Belted Dress is adorable

Abby Allen - I love the White Gray Floral Short Sleeve Dress!

Tara S - Charcoal wrap v-neck dress! Love it!!

Rachelle Anderson - I like the Mint Green Striped Dolman Sleeve Top

Gabrielly - I would like a dress dor the summer.

Candra Evans - The sandals are super cute. I would purchase two pair for the summer!

Grace - They have such cute stuff! The Teal Multi-Color Floral Chiffon Dress is absolutely adorable!

Amanda saltsman - I would choose some cute cardiagins

Darlene Owen - I like the Swaddle Designs Turquoise Cozy Circles Sleep Sack

Aaron - I may choose the Navy Blue Multi-Color Rose Print Strapless Maternity Maxi Dress!

Emma - Ooh, loving the antique gold stopwatch! Definitely would get that!

deanna - I like the Blue Denim Button Front Top.

Erin Will - I love LOVE Pink Blush’s clothing!!! I have so many favorites, one of them is the Aqua Damask Maxi Dress! <3

Ashley M - Ivory Floral Draped 3/4 Sleeve Maxi Dress it’s ridiculously gorgeous!

Susan - I am really loving the blush pink floral lace dress

Nicki - The coral open sleeve top is my favorite!

Esther S - I really like the Black Beige Lace Dress. This might be my new favorite shop!

Judith B - I would get the whale receiving blankets for my new grandson whose nursery will have a sea animal theme

Julie Donahue - Love it! My favorite is the Magenta Green Lace Plus Dress.

I have maintained a 65 pound loss for 2 years. I’ve gone from a 28+ to an 18/20. I’m still not in the “regular” sizes. These are beautiful!!

Shanna - Dusty Aqua Lace Top Maxi Dress

Mayla M - I would get the Teal Navy Tribal Plus Palazzo Pants. They look super comfortable!

Brenda McAlister - I just love the pink crochet neckline blouse!! So pretty!!

Pam H. - I might choose the Light Blue Floral Lace Accent Kimono.

Ally - I love the Red Colorblock Striped Short Sleeve Top

sandra - Blue Heathered Short Sleeve Top or Bellotte Navy Blue Village Diaper Bag

Connie TIllman - I LOVE LOVE LOVE Coral Striped Top Sash Tie Plus Size Maxi Dress! I love Maxi Skirts and Dresses and I am glad to see that they are becoming more fitting with plus size women! I love the pics of you in your choice!

Thanks for the chance!

Kassie - I really love the Magenta Colorblock Layered Detail Sweater Top!

Nikki B - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Black Sparkle Fitted dress!!!!!!!

kim fenner - I love the Mint Green Open Shoulder Plus Tunic

Lisa - I really love the Mint Green Kimono.

Em Mahr - I love the Grey Colorblock Top

Erica E - Hard to decide! But if I won, I would probably get the White Black Lace Accent Top or the Black Lace Trim Open Cardigan. Such cute clothes!

Megan - Love this post, and I love Pink Blush! I’m in desperate need of cute maternity clothes for summer, and I’d love to try their leggings. I’m in love with the Aqua Damask Bottom Maternity Maxi Dress (and everything else)!

Renee - I’d love a new dress!

Melissa Epps - This whole post makes me smile! You take the most beautiful pictures and that sweater is absolutely adorable!!

Laurie - How exciting and I love that sweater on you!!

Carrie - Oh they have some really cute stuff. Not sure if I would choose one of the tops or a dress yet…but I’m loving browsing through it all.

becca h - Oh, what a pretty company! Never heard of them but love their style and prices! I love their dresses, especially the pink colorblock maxi dress!

Karen - I am looking for a fun dress for my LuLaRoe leggings, and I think the Navy Blue Lace Shoulder Dress would be perfect!