How To Wear Patterned Leggings And Style Your Mom Curves

collage 1A few months ago I was invited to a leggings party.  For those of you who have never been to one, it’s kind of like a tupperware party but for patterned leggings.  As I took in all of the fun and colourful patterns (while the artist/designer in me was bursting with joy) I looked around the room full of mommies going bananas over these pants.  I picked up a pair that caught my eye and went to go try them on.  As soon as I pulled them over my hips I realized that they were extremely comfortable, more fun than my yoga pants that I practically live in and they fit so well over my mommy curves… I can get used to this!  After posting this photo to my Instagram, my followers went nuts asking me to do a post on how to wear patterned leggings.  Thus, this project was born.  IMG_3049I immediately contacted the leggings manufacturer and told them about my post idea.  They shipped me a few pairs and I had a blast putting together flattering and comfy outfits, that also work with us curvier mamas.  I called up my brilliant photographer friends and we went to town putting together this style piece.  This fun fashion item may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am hooked!  It takes my everyday mommy sweats to the next (fun) level!

Photography and Art Direction by Sarah Martin Photography and Ooh Ooh Darling Photography Styling, Hair and Makeup by Joanna Venditti, Nesting Story

Modern Edgyjoanna017joanna004joanna034joanna028joanna010Above Leggings: SweetLegs – Midnight Highway, Top: Joe Fresh, Jacket: Le Chateau, Shoes: Aldo, Jewlery: Forever 21

Bohemian Femininejoanna041joanna043joanna061joanna082joanna057Above  Leggings: SweetLegs – Gracie Rose, Top: American Eagle, Shoes: American Eagle for Payless, Necklace: Smart Set

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Above  Leggings: SweetLegs – Sweet Camo, Top: Joe Fresh, Necklace: Forever 21, Boots: Winners

joanna110I love that leggings pull up nice and high.  Yes, I am showing my tummy, after having four kids (eight months postpartum with twins), scandal!  I love that these outfits hug in all the right places, and have a little more room where you need it.  Especially if you are healing from a C-Section.

Each of these looks can work during the day with less jewelry and flats.  So comfy!


A special thanks to my friend Amanda with helping me brainstorm comfy and stylish outfit ideas.  You can follow her on @Instagram the_amandaheather

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Beau’s Vibrant Big Girl Room

Before we started working on the twin’s nursery, Mike and I really wanted to make sure that the older kids weren’t forgotten.  We have been in our new house now for over a year and we wanted to make sure that Holden and Beau had beautiful completed rooms that reflected their personalities.  So, it was project kids rooms throughout my whole first trimester.  I relied on Mike a lot to do the painting and implementing but as you will see, I used a lot of my hours I logged on the couch while super sick crafting.

Mike and I were feeling a bit of guilt when it came to Beau’s room.  She was getting evicted from her huge room with an ensuite and window seat into a much smaller room and a jack and jill bathroom she would be sharing with her big brother.  The funny thing is, she loves her new room so much more than her old one.  Beau “the destructor” was constantly tearing apart her old room.  Her new room is so pretty and really reflects her vibrant personality that she takes so much pride in it and hasn’t even thought about trashing it.

Beau’s third birthday was fast approaching and we made sure that we made a big fuss with a ballet themed party since she had been a bit shafted last year.  I used that opportunity to created tissue paper puffs, and a customized BEAU felt banner that I could double as decor for her party and her room.  In the end we are beyond thrilled with the outcome!


I mixed some prints to give a more eclectic bohemian vibe.  I used a series of flower art, a yarn wreath and  button “B” I created along with a gifted piece of art to create a small gallery wall.  The tissue paper puffs work beautifully in the corner.

Beau partyThe felt banner worked so well both for Beau’s party and for her room!

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One last DIY I did for Beau’s room was I transformed her existing lamp.  Inspired by Pottery Barn Kid’s floral lamps I ended up hot gluing a ton of faux flowers onto her plain lamp shade and was thrilled with the outcome!

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Back to School Part 4 – University / College

Your bags are packed and you are heading off to live the dorm life or move into your very own place for the first time.  Here are some hip yet practical furniture and accessory pieces to outfit your new digs.  These items have energetic pops of colour with a bohemian meets post modern vibe!



1. District 17, Blooming Etagere Bookshelves

2. Etsy: Half Pence Design, Science Biology Art Print Microscopes

3. Jonathan Adler, Monogrammed Bargello Paperweight

4. Etsy: Amy Rice Art, Earth Laughs Flowers / Hand Painted Vintage Globe

5. District 17, Uncle Jack Accent Table or Stool

6. EQ3, Nelson Swag Leg Desk, Part of the Herman Miller Collection