{lovely holiday gift guide} brought to you by the TomKat Studio

{the TomKat Studio 2012 Holiday Gift Guide}

It’s that time of the year already, and if you haven’t started shopping for Christmas gifts yet, you are in luck!  Of the many gift guides that are published during the holiday season, I have to admit my favorite one is the one that the lovely Kim Stoegbauer of the TomKat Studio puts together.  The TomKat Studio 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is just full of beautiful [and practical] gifts for every one on your list!

I haven’t had time to fully go through the guide yet, but at first glance I am really loving the gift suggestions for little girls and tech lovers.  I have to admit, though, my favorite part of the guide is the many FREE printable gift tags featured in the guide.

I hope you enjoy this sweet guide as much as I do.

{Happy Shopping!}

xo

~the sweetest mami~

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{one haute mama}

Last week, I returned to work with the sad realization that I had nothing to wear to suit my {new mama} status.  I needed clothes that would support my days of nursing Lucas at home and pumping milk on the go.  I have been lucky enough to work in a place that supports my breast feeding goals.  I had my office window covered and even got a small fridge in my private office, so I could store the milk I pump during the day.  I also ordered a hands-free busier bra to wear while pumping so I could now keep working while I pumped.

Only one obstacle remained–my current wardrobe was not very nursing-friendly.  I now needed tops and dresses I could pull down, lift up, pull aside, or unbutton easily.  I went on a small shopping spree with a budget of $200 and came home with 7 new pieces that I think will get me through work days and weekends for a while.  This was easy once I discovered the MNG by Mango collection at JC Penney.  Every item I purchased was under $50 and I got a 20% discount too!  The collection features many items that can easily transition between work and the weekend.

I wanted to share my new wardrobe here for other new mamas.  Here’s what I wore to work today, featuring a new blouse.  Since summer dress code in my office is casual, I paired it with dark denim jeans by Banana Republic and jazzed it all up with a gold links bracelet and a gold bee pendant necklace from my days of selling Stella & Dot.  You can’t really see my shoes, but I’m wearing strappy metallic heels that are actually very comfortable.

MNG Blouse $40

Hoping I’ve inspired other haute mamas!

{Happy shopping!}

~the sweetest mami~