To Post or Not to Post

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I have been struggling with the idea of compiling some information and thoughts about a few different brands and topics for the last two weeks just to meet my personal “weekly post” goal. Last week, I missed it. I have committed myself to three different “entrepreneur coaching programs” that include over 30 courses which mean hours upon hours of modules. So, finding the time to apply what I am learning while staying active on social, creating content, posting on social and my blog, and being a full-time stay-at-home mom means you will have to bear with me as there will be gaps in my posts. Not because I already flaked, but because I am actually investing in how to actually make it something worth sustaining. 

F’ It. I will post when I have quality content for you.

Having multiple coaches is interesting because one coach preaches, “Only Post Quality,” while another bleeds, “Consistency is Key!,”  but across the board, all three coaching programs repeat over and over again, “Remember, No Matter What, You are the Boss!” So you know what. F’ It. I will post when I have quality content for you. Do I want it to be as consistent as weekly, yes? Hell, I would like it to be more frequent than that, one day. But, who am I kidding? This is so new, I am happy to have some things in my reserves already. I just want to make sure I present it with all the right tool in place before I continue to pump things out into the great abyss. 

I got you covered. I think you will be happy with what I will be hooking you up with.

So, to those of you that are still with me. Thank you. Please hang in there. I promise it will be worth it. I got you covered. I think you will be happy with what I will be hooking you up with. Also, please feel free to reach me with any comments, topics, or concerns you may have with pregnancy or postpartum styling or wellness issues you may have. I would love to help address them for you and connect you with any resources I may have. 

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Mama, Make your Mark with Poshmark

Download and Save $10 on your First Purchase when you use referral code “DBLANKSTYLE

Mama, congratulations! You just found out you are expecting or you are halfway through your pregnancy and you are dreading the idea of having to schvitz through a hot and sticky summer. And now, you may find yourself wondering how the hell you are going to try to squeeze your engorged… well, everything, into something without feeling uncomfortable. Then the thought of spending a paycheck on some items that you will only wear for a few months and most likely not feel that great in while wearing them can make this part of being pregnant less attractive. So, let’s kill a few birds with one stone. Shall we?

Poshmark is a downloadable app that makes buying and selling new, like-new, and gently used items hassle-free. If you are looking for items to purchase you can search by categories like, “Maternity”, and narrow your search by subcategories and filter by “New With Tag”, “Size”, “Designer”, “Color”, “Garment”, etc. I have selected some items that are currently available in a number of “closets”. All items are “New With Tag”, aka “NWT” and you will find that they are significantly discounted. *A pro tip when shopping on Poshmark: if you find an item that you like, browse the closet and see if there are other items you want to purchase. You can “bundle” items and the owner of the closet will most likely extend a discount. You will also save on shipping. When you purchase from multiple closets or make multiple purchases from the same closet, you will pay separate shipping costs, so it is ideal to consolidate your purchases when possible. Ready to give it a try? Download it here and use “DBLANKSTYLE” to get a $10 credit toward your first purchase.  

If you are interested in posting items to sell, it is quite simple. You want to take clear, well-lit images of the items and give a detailed description including any flaws or alterations that have been done to the garment. Once you sell an item you are able to use the funds to purchase items on the app or withdrawn funds.

By now, you may have started to realize how much I enjoy making the most out of what you already have in your closet or better yet, how to make other people’s clothing supplement what you already have. In case, you missed my previous post, you can read more about how I use the clothing subscription, Le Tote, to spruce up my wardrobe and how you can get your own two weeks for free here. (You can try out their maternity selection!)

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The Birth Poster

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I cannot believe a year ago, I was eating so much pineapple my tongue was raw, walking laps in my backyard until I couldn’t take the heat, and going to acupuncture a few times a week to make sure my son didn’t overstay his welcome. But, here we are,  days before Bash’s birthday and I am shocked every day to think I was carrying him a year ago. This new addition to our home is a unique snapshot of such a precious moment.  The Birth Poster is a customizable 1:1 scale, piece of art of your baby at the moment of its birth. It’s incredible to look at this beautifully done artwork of him from his birth date with him. There are different sketch styles and positions of the baby. We selected the continuous line design with a position that we find Bash in often as he sleeps.

We have added this piece to Bash’s bathroom, where he loves to point and talk to it. He loves seeing its reflection in the mirror as we get ready for bed. 

The Birth Poster is based in Stockholm, Sweden and was started in 2013 by a married couple, Evelina and Gustav Westman. Evelina gave birth to her second child, Ulf,  earlier this year and they have a 2-year old, Uno.  Gustav is an award-winning Art Director and Evelina is a passionate illustrator, so it was a natural collaboration and how The Birth Poster came to be. It has become a success in over 95 countries and has been featured in many of our favorite blogs such as Elle Decor,, Anine Bing, and Apartment Therapy. In celebration of Sebastian’s birthday, get 15% off with code: dblankstyle15

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Le Tote: Try an Outfit on Me for Free

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I am a huge fan of sustainability and simplicity. So, I believe renting clothing is genius. I have used Le Tote on and off since 2015. It is a great way to supplement your wardrobe with trendy or seasonal items that you may not want to invest in. I originally used it when I lived in New York and winter months drug on. As we all know, heavy knits and jackets can get costly and it can get pretty boring to wear the same items over seven, eight, or even nine dreary months. So, a service like this can help spice up your closet for a fraction of the price. 

Another great option is to use their service during your pregnancy and the months after while you transition into your postpartum shape. We all know how hard it can be to purchase clothing while our bodies are constantly changing during these times. So, why commit to items that we most likely don’t care for or properly fit into for more than a month anyway? And, let’s not forget that maternity clothes are not cheap. 

Le Tote is a month-to-month subscription that allows you to turn it on and off when you what to use it and you can choose how many pieces you may want that month and if you want accessories or not. I am currently not receiving accessories because jewelry is considered torture devices in my house thanks to my little guy.  So, I want to hook you ladies up with a FREE TOTE! You can click here to try them out and receive  3 clothing items and 2 accessories for 14-days  for FREE! 

If you guys want to sign up for the subscription, you can get another great discount with the former Ebates, Rakuten. Right now, they are offering $25 off! Now, I would say it is totally worth it. 

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New Beginnings

Spring is here, once again, and quickly rolling into summer and I find myself faced with the decision to start or I could say– restart blogging. But, this time my focus is much more scattered since, like my life, it is much more of a three-ringed circus with a lead performer and several rotating acts that get a chance at the spotlight. I guess I would consider myself the Mistress of Ceremonies.

To give you a little background, for those who may not know me.  First off, WELCOME!, thank you for taking the time to get to know me. Originally, I am a born and bred, small-town Texas girl who had a big dream of moving to the big city of New York. So, I got my degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. And, as soon as I graduated I couldn’t get out of Texas fast enough. I got, what I thought was my dream job working for my idol, Vera Wang. I worked at the Bridesmaids division. The stories I could tell… But, I’ll leave that for another time. Over the next twelve years, I worked with some pretty amazing people and had some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I worked for a chic, but grounded couple that met in line at Studio 54, some celebrity stylists on a variety of projects from television pilots to styling NYC socialites. My husband, Chris, and I even gave running our own custom menswear line a shot before it became so mainstream. Regardless,  I love to see that it has become something that is so accessible. A well-fitted garment on anyone makes all the difference. And, throughout the years, I have worked with private personal styling clients and fashion-tech startups such as; Keaton Row, Share Some Style, and Snap+Style.

Fast-forward to today, I am a stay-at-home mama to our circus’ ring leader, Sebastian but more appropriately called “Bash,” with an infectious smile and an appetite of a pre-teen. I never thought out of all the jobs I may have had in my life that this would be my favorite. I actually wake up every day excited “to get to work” and steal several hugs and kisses as I pull him out of his crib. To be greeted with his partially gummy and gnarly-toothed mouth sends my serotonin levels through the roof. As the saying goes, it is unlike any other kind of love and there is no way to explain, you just have to experience it. I am so glad I am getting to experience it with Chris and our first baby, Dexter. Well, he’s our furbaby, but still our first. He definitely still gets plenty of the spotlight in this circus. Dexter is a rescue pit bull mix that made the move from Long Island, New York to Austin, Texas with us last February. He has adjusted to the longer days, warmer winters, a larger home, and his own backyard just swimmingly. He loves Bash like he is his own.

So, getting back to why I am here, why you should even care, or what to expect from another blog from another “mom blogger”. Over the years, I have created a loyal following that still seems to want to hear from me even though I have stepped back from working with clients at this time. This will be a little more of a “lifestyle” journey and one that I am hoping to tweak along the way based on things you may want to see or hear more of. I am really hoping this will be a mutually beneficial platform where I can extend any resources I may have to you and you with me. And, believe me, I love to learn from others especially anyone that has gone through the same thing, i.e. Wonder Weeks, how to make your nail polish on your right-hand look as good as your left, easy recipes, and the list goes on. 

*Disclaimer: I received my B.A. in Fashion, so cut me a break when it comes to grammar. I write how I speak. So, hopefully, this will feel more conversational than a boring essay.

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