Known mostly across the interwebs for her recent home remodel, Zoe Bleak (pronounced like ‘steak’) is a new mom and practicing renovator/designer. But to those close to her, she’s much more than just her beautiful home. She’s deep and thoughtful and empathetic. Zoe has a history of opening up about taboo topics—from the hard numbers of her home remodel to her real-time experience and agony of years of unexplained infertility. 

 The community, support and healing she found in speaking openly about the thoughts and feelings that accompanied her through her journey to motherhood opened her eyes to the (usually secret) widespread heartache and shared paths of so many others. Since then she’s vowed to always speak openly about her story, her deeper feelings, and her faith, in hopes of continuing to bring others together in what shouldn’t be our loneliest of times. We’re honored to share her story.

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Knowing what to say when a mama has suffered a loss can feel so tricky that we sometimes end up saying nothing at all. But showing our support means everything, so we asked mamas who have been in the trenches to share what was most comforting or helpful for them on their journeys. Here’s a solid resource to turn to next time you need some inspiration or guidance. (And seriously how sweet is that husband? 😭) Feel free to add additional ideas in the comments, too. 

 

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The holiday might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean that baby’s first Halloween should pass without a photo-op! To create maximum cuteness with minimal effort, we’ve curated four simple Sollyween costumes with pieces you can wear long after the candy is gone. You’ll just need an heirloom bonnet from our friends at Briar, our signature-soft Solly Wrap, and the coziest Sleeper in town. Let’s get started!

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As we were designing our AW20 Collection, Loré had this concept of capturing the daily rhythm of a new mother in morning, noon, evening, and night. So much of the postpartum experience exists in that daily rhythm when our senses are on hyperdrive as we meet the needs of a newborn, so this idea of honoring how much is put into every single part of your day as a parent really inspired me as well.

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When you visit Belinda Love Lee’s Instagram feed, you’ll exhale deeply, feeling instantly calmer than you did before (hello, airy, minimalist aesthetic). And then you’re likely to note a faint but undeniable tug at your ovaries (all thanks to her positively delicious baby girl, Nyah). Belinda’s design work is stunning; her home, inspiring. But it’s her heartfelt + deeply relatable thoughts on motherhood that won us over. Read on to learn more about her design studio, the sweet story behind her daughter’s name, and what it’s been like to enter into first-time motherhood during a global pandemic.

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These 20 mamas gave birth during the worldwide pandemic—and have the most beautiful, inspiring stories to tell about it. 🕊️ (That anesthesiologist.😭) If you’re expecting in the coming months and wonder what your experience might be like, find reassurance in their tales and and encouragement in their wisdom.

photo: @stephtextor517

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Your newborn session might be cancelled due to Covid, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without memorable photos of your fresh and squishy baby. Whether you have a “fancy” camera or just a smartphone, you can capture sweet + special moments with your growing family on your own—and we’ve tapped our beautiful friend Alexandria Smith, a mom of three (with her fourth on the way!) and photographer in Central California to share her best tips. (Alex is also creator of Nurturing Home, a seasonal guide to cultivating abundance, including rhythms + routines, recipes and more. It’s so beautiful!) Ready to document those rolly wrists and tiny toes? Let’s get started… 

 

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While this is a time of letting go of what we thought our “fourth trimesters” after baby would be, there is still so much space to create something special and possibly even more beautiful and healing than you had planned. The key? Trust that this postpartum experience is exactly the experience you were always meant to have and that it will be for your ultimate good. Whether you are one week postpartum or twenty-one, jump in and find areas where you could incorporate some care.

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