As James approaches his first birthday, I’ve only just begun to feel like myself again, at least in terms of getting dressed and ready. I finally am starting to recognize myself in the mirror again, but I’m not sure my old style will ever return. I have found that I need simple things that I can just throw on, and that will withstand some spit-up or food or some other sort of dirty, sticky something that inevitably ends up on me. I’m also finding that if I don’t have some comfy yet chic and durable go-tos to throw on, I’ll end up looking like a complete slob/walking out in my pajamas or something that looks like pajamas. So surprisingly, I’m finding my style changing to become more colorful, even feminine I dare say, and includes more statement dresses and tops. I thought those are something moms would shy away from me, but I find they allow me to look instantly chic without having to worry about mixing and matching a bunch of pieces. Plus, it makes shopping more easy — I’ll just buy a really pretty dress I love. I’m also finding that color and prints are becoming my friend again, mostly because they hide all the aforementioned baby smudges and honestly, distract from the dark circles under my eyes and fact that half the time I don’t have time to do my hair or makeup before rushing out the door. I fell in love with the pattern on this Tory Burch dress, which was one of Tory’s signature prints for summer 2017. I had been coveting the maxi version of the dress, but because the pattern is so recognizable, I held off on it. But this short sleeve version went on super sale recently, and I decided to scoop it up, and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it super comfortable, but it’s become my go-to weekend look. I can throw it on over a swimsuit for lunch at the beach club, toss it on with sandals for one of James’ friends birthdays, or dress it up with some heeled sandals for work that can easily take me to an event. The best part is every time I wear it, I get a million compliments, which has reaffirmed my shopping strategy and my belief in the power of a statement dress (or top).