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Get Rid of Your Post Baby Body Woes Once For All for $390 or Less in 12 Weeks

Fact: Many postpartum bodies are squishy, dimpled and stretched. Your body may not look the way it did before you had children. You may feel that your belly button is deeper, your stomach isn’t as taught, your waist isn’t as whittled and your breasts feel engorged or deflated.

This may be difficult albeit excruciating for you to accept.

You may feel you’re somehow imperfect and you may feel that way for quite sometime. It’s tough to feel trapped in your body and it’s even more frustrating to know that you won’t have your body back tomorrow, the next day or the day after.

However, you made a human. And that is amazing. Holy moly you have this tiny adorable little person that didn’t exist before you created it and it’s mind boggling to think that you created something so perfect.

One does not negate the other. They both exist at the exact same time. It’s a hard reality to face. But it’s normal. You’re not alone. In fact, Ashlee Wells Jackson, has created a photographic series entitled the Fourth Trimester Bodies Project to show women exactly what their bodies look like after birth, breast feeding and childcare. And it’s beautiful.

Now just because you know other women face the same challenges doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for you to accept that your clothing doesn’t fit you the way it once did. Even if you can get back into the same size clothing that you did before pregnancy doesn’t mean they fit you the same way. It adds insult to injury. So what can you do about it?

Find clothing that works for your current shape (and no, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it, either).

Here are the easiest solutions for your body post baby.

1) If clothes don’t fit you any longer, quit beating yourself up saying you’ll fit into them. Hermit crabs don’t beat themselves up because they have to change shells. They move onto a new shell. Shed the old. If it doesn’t fit, donate it or send it to a consignment shop to make some money off your duds.

2)  Ask yourself:

  • Is this color flattering? If it is, keep it. If not, get rid of it. A simple rule of thumb: jewel tones look good on everyone. Black looks good on everyone except women with warm tones.
  • Do I have other items that I will wear this with or specific outfits in mind? If you can’t wear it more than once, get rid of it.
  • Will I actually reach for this item and wear it? If not, toss it. If you’re not wearing it because you need to mend it and you know you’re not going to get around to it, toss it.

3) Assess your budget. How much can you afford to spend on new clothes? Let’s say you have $400 extra over three months. That’s plenty. Shop what you can afford. There’s no shame in purchasing items at consignment shops or thrift stores.

4) Make a list of what you need. Stick to the list. If you have nothing else in your closet, this is all you need.

  • Two well fitted bras: 1 in black, 1 in beige
  • 4 sweaters
  • 7 t-shirts
  • 4 coats
  • 2 tops for every skirt you have and pant
  • 4 pants, 4 skirts
  • 5 dresses
  • 4 jeans

Least amount of money you can anticipate paying: bras $120, sweaters $20, t-shirts $35, coats $64, pants $32, skirts $30, dresses $50, jeans $40

Grand total: $390

Put aside $32.50 aside each week. If you have less money the goal won’t change, but the timeline will. Adjust it according to your budget. Don’t feel forced into paying for everything all at once. It’s frustrating to go through a transformation and it takes time.

Purchase one item at a time if necessary.

Start with the bras, t shirts and jeans. You’ll wear them every day.

Buy plain t-shirts. The best way to find a t-shirt that hides your tummy is to find one that’s tighter on your breasts. Shirts that hit you at the shirt tail are perfect to conceal your tummy. Look for wide open necklines or v-necks.

Buy darker jeans with a little stretch. Wide leg jeans hide fuller thighs and a fuller rear end. 

Low waisted jeans one size too big will help hide your tummy. Don’t squeeze into them or you’ll give yourself a double butt. Follow the same rules for trousers and get them in darker washes.

Sweaters in a small knit will be your best friend. Try deep v necks or wrap versions.

Can’t afford 4 coats? Try one trench coat.

Need to find a skirt that works? Low slung waists, sarongs and rouched fronts will be your best friend.

Are five dresses too daunting? Find one wrap dress. 

And that’s how you get rid of your post baby woes for less than $390 in less than 12 weeks.

Want help? Click here to set up a complimentary consultation with Ruby, Inc. 

 

 

 

 

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How Dressing Unprofessionally Can Land You in Jail

On Thursday around 3 p.m. two Caucasian males pulled up to the Ruby, Inc. headquarters. Their Jeep was a deep green 4×4 with tinted windows and a roof rack and ladder. They pulled up the street, waited outside for more than an hour and revved their engine. One male got out of the car wearing a dark, grey hoodie, a beanie, and jeans. He was smoking a cigarette. He walked to the front door and proceeded to jiggle the handle. Then he started pacing back and forth looking in the windows. Our founder, Jasmine, called the police and reported the vehicle, plate and any identifying marks. The next day around 7 a.m. the same behavior repeated itself.

Jasmine, again, called the police.

It turns out that these two gentlemen were “professionals.” The police verified that they were independent contractors.

However, nothing about their demeanor said professional. They didn’t call and say they were coming nor did they e-mail to leave a time that they’d arrive.

Just as important, nothing in the way they presented themselves with their clothing said they were professional.

They were dressed similarly to the image below.

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They wore no insignia that led to their identification. Their clothing was nondescript. As a result of their clothing and behavior, they were reported to the police.

This begs the question, how can a professional, contractor or business person who isn’t a budding Silicon Valley CEO under 30 dress in such a way as to appear professional and not scare off women?

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Take note of a few simple tips to not only dress appropriately but also to stay out of jail.

  • Stay well groomed.
  • Spit shined shoes help garner a professional image.
  • In most though not all circumstances, cover body art. There are numerous budding businesses that employ hipsters and body art professionals but if it’s unusual for your industry, keep it under wraps. We, at Ruby, Inc. are big fans of body art and we also know that people may make snap judgments regardless of the quality. When in doubt, check with a supervisor or look to other professionals within your industry as a benchmark.
  • Wear identifying insignia.
  • Carry business cards.
  • Wear high quality clothing regardless of where you purchased it or the price point. Fake Rolexes make a person appear unprofessional.
  • For contractors, make sure you’re wearing an ID badge and present it immediately when working with clients.
  • Wear little fragrance. A few small spritz on a pressure point is more than enough to last all day.
  • Avoid clothing that will type-cast you as someone with a negative persona.
  • If your grandma wouldn’t approve, get rid of it.

For positive examples of businesses that send employees out to job sites, check out Two Dudes Painting Company and Lapp Electric.

Want tips to better improve your business or workforce through appearance? Click here to set up a complimentary consultation. 

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9 Reasons You Won’t Want to Miss Ruby, Inc.’s LIVE Free Seminar at Tremendous Life Books

This Event Will Transform Your Life, Banish the Hopeless Feeling in the Mirror, and Explode Your Confidence

We know what you’re going through. Shopping for well-fitting, stylish clothes is an exercise in frustration. Now balance that with a busy work schedule and family obligations and it feels impossible. But it’s not. We promise. Regardless of your body type you will save time, money, and dress your best. We’ve styled CEOs, ladies who had the honor of ringing the bell for the New York Stock Exchange, dinner dates with Prime Minister Tony Blair, and busy working women like you.

9 reasons you will not want to miss Ruby, Inc.’s LIVE Seminar.

You’ll learn to:

  • Forget about the perfect body type
  • Combat your negative body images
  • Banish dressing-room meltdowns
  • Save time
  • Find clothing that works for you
  • Improve your comfort
  • Boost your confidence
  • Learn to make purchases without breaking the bank
  • And finally feel pretty, regardless of size, age, or weight

YES, Ruby, Inc.! I want to spend one afternoon with you at Tremendous Life Books in Mechanicsburg to learn the exact strategies to achieve an amazing sense of style and learn to dress for my body type in record time!

Register today to attend Ruby, Inc.’s free LIVE seminar.

Act now while seats are still available!

Clients say:

“Ruby, Inc. saved my marriage! It’s true. She showed me how to bring home designer brands that I could have never afforded for a fraction of the cost. I can now tackle thrift shops with ease. I know exactly what I’m looking for and can bypass the rest. More importantly, Jasmine helped me discover the confident woman buried under clothes that didn’t work for me or reflect my personality. I feel like I’m better equipped as a role model for my daughters to show them how a woman should carry herself and express herself.” — A. B.

“I had a blast with you and I am feeling great!  I took one of your suggestions and wore the beige skirt, beige and black print jacket with a black cami and black heels to church.  I had several people saying I looked great and they loved the outfit! It made my day.  I am impressed with your work and expertise and  I just wanted to say thank you… you helped me in more ways than you know…” –JoAnn

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