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How to Look Put Together in 10 Minutes or Less (When in Reality, You Feel Like a Hot Mess)

  I don’t know about you mamas, but I felt and looked like a hot mess 99.99% of the time during my maternity leave. And you best believe I had PLENTY of visitors, far more than I was expecting or was really interested in having. And by “I” had visitors…I mean Mason did! But even though everyone came to see the baby, I got tired of always looking like a wreck. It wasn’t even a vanity thing –it was more just not feeling like myself. I was always covered in spit up and leaked milk, wearing postpartum mom diapers. I had these super dark under-eye circles that I never had before in my life (like, they were INSANE) and my...

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REAL TALK: Newborns + Nursing with Jessa Le Louie

I spent some time today with my dear mama friend, Jessa Le Louie. When I became a mom, I started asking my mom friends who had babies before me for ALL the advice, especially with feeding. There’s just something about turning to a trusted friend who has been there before you! It’s such a great feeling to be able to pay it forward when you become that friend to one of yours as they become a new mom. I was lucky enough to have Mason about 6 months before Jessa had her baby, Olive, and be able to be that friend for her at first. Now, as our babies are a little bit older, we’ve evolved to just feel like...

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3 Tips for Less Stress in Getting Dressed

I graduated from college...awhile ago (ha..trying not to date myself here!) and simultaneously had no idea and lots of ideas of what I wanted to do with my life. While I was figuring it out, I somehow ended up as a personal stylist. This didn’t have anything to do with what I THOUGHT I wanted to do or what I earned my degree in, but I loved it and I’m so happy for that experience because it led me here! So, mamas, who has a hard time finding clothes that fit your new mom bod? And make it easy to nurse and pump? And are actually cute and made you feel good? Tall order, right? Well, once Ailana J. officially...

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Mama’s First Day of Work.

In honor of Labor Day Weekend, let's chat about my first day back to work after maternity leave. A new mom’s first day back to work from maternity leave isn’t typically something that is celebrated. We don’t take pictures in our “first day of work” outfit with a sign notating the date or what not, like parents do on their kids’ first day of school. But it’s a BIG. DEAL. We SHOULD be proud of the outfit we managed to put together for our first day. We should be proud that we made it out of the house in something presentable at all! My first day back to work was a whirlwind of emotions. First off, my baby decided to...

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Hi. You've Found Your New Bestie.

Welcome to the Ailana J. blog! I’m Jeannine, the founder + designer of Ailana J. If you’ve found yourself here, we’re about to become besties. This blog is here to be your guide to all things breastfeeding. From style tips to supply advice, I got you. You need the support of someone who has been there? I’m your girl. I started Ailana J. with a mission to help breastfeeding mamas live their best lives. When I was breastfeeding my son, Mason, I desperately needed more functional clothing, especially when I went back to work and was regularly pumping. I searched for nursing apparel that felt like ME –clothes that fit my style and reflected my identity. But I could not...

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