Pour la Victoire: Maternity and Beyond
About a month ago, I was closing in on my ninth month of pregnancy and going through a range of emotions because of it. I was physically and emotionally maxed out in just about every way; My back hurt, my legs cramped, I was generally low on energy and slow to get around. Not to mention, nothing in my closet fit me very well at all (surprise! they still don’t). I really do love these last few weeks in so many ways despite all of it, and knowing that this is likely my last pregnancy has made me acutely aware of how lucky I am to have done this four times. That said, I’m really glad that I soaked up the last few moments and stockpiled mementos of that time in my life as I got ready for the birth of our daughter Evangeline.
Lots of these mementos include maternity gear. While I’m not a fan of maternity clothing, generally speaking, there are a few things that I invested in that I was really happy with. I love shopping and fashion so much that I feel maternity clothes are hard to invest in for such a short time. The truth is though, they do actually fit and flatter the pregnant body so much better than pieces that aren’t cut to accommodate an oversized tummy. It took me nearly 8 years and four pregnancies to realize that my fashion salvation lies in the details: Making sure to have the right accessories. Not only does it allow me to invest in nice things , but a rockin’ bag or pair of shoes can completely change the look of an outfit and most of them are versatile enough to wear for years rather than months. That’s why, when I was chosen to work with Pour la Victoire on their newest campaign, I was more than a little thrilled; Statement accessories are totally my jam and I couldn’t wait to play around with a few different looks, pregnant or not.
My first investment piece in my wardrobe was my leather purse. For almost a year I saved and drooled over this bag, and it was a huge deal when I went to purchase it. It felt like I had really earned it, and I’ve used it and cared for it almost every single day for the past year and a half since bringing it home. This is what I love about the Pour la Victoire pieces, they’re versatile and incredibly chic, as well as very well made and easy to carry and match with various different looks in my closet.
This particular campaign was so much fun to work on: I was able to get my city fix in by heading to San Francisco with my friend Cara (who also works with me and shot the video and photos) and checking out the neighborhoods around Chestnut Street where I used to live during college. It was nostalgic and yet completely fitting for this shoot, being pregnant and tapping into their exquisite landscape of painted ladies and eclectic streets. I even got to film an interview session and create a video that is now live on the Pour la Victoire website.
I’m really, really excited to share the video that we shot that day with you all… A labor of love and for me, a sweet memento from my pregnancy with sweet Evangeline. You can also view it here.
I already miss the days of being pregnant, but I’m really thrilled to have these photos and video-it’s so hard for me to get in front of the camera logistically, so these photos and this campaign opportunity was wonderful on many levels. A sweet token that will also be fun to share with my family and children, including Evangeline, of a fun time from a day in the life of their momma.
This post was sponsored by Pour la Victoire. Thank you for reading!
You’re the prettiest.
You are adorable!
Jessica – I admire everything about you and what you bring to this world. Keep doing what you’re doing. Much love 🙂
Jessica – beautiful video, really depicts what a beautiful person you are inside and out! As someone who suffered with depression over several years, victory really is happiness. Thank you for sharing.
Hi – I love that brown bag in the photos but don’t see it on their website. What’s it called? Thanks!
Looking for the answer to you question, in the meantime check my above response 🙂
Here is the brown bag:
So adorable, in the best way. And I’ve been on the hunt for a new bag for (literally) years. I love their selection- and great prices!
I’m a bit confused, is this an old campaign or so new its still not available?
I go to their website and cannot see any of the pieces showcased here, in fact, all their bags are on sale.
I think you guys may have timed your post and their website wrongly.
As a daily Internet user, I would go to their site now and maybe buy something. Since it is not available, I will probably see another different post/ad soon and buy there instead.
I’m not being mean spirited, just thought your sponsor might want to know how some people buy over the Internet.
Hi Bea! I asked the company the same thing and this was their response:
Some of the Fall product which she featured had delivery dates that were moved back unfortunately. We do expect to have all the items in stock by October for sure (we have another batch of shoes going up next week).. Again – this is a factory issue that happens from time to time..
They also mentioned that bloomingdales has a large selection:
And! If you wanted to pre-order something they’d be happy to reserve it for you. Let me know! You can email me at email@example.com
Thank you for reading!
Thanks so much for taking the time to ask them and let me know.
I guess that was me throwing a tantrum because I want the blue handbag so badly I couldn’t bear the thought of not having it!!
Will definitely go through Bloomingdales.
You are just the loveliest – pregnancy (And family) make you glow from the inside out. Such a treasure. The campaign is just beautiful, Jessica.
Love. So great to hear your actual voice!
You are stunning! What a wonderful memento too.
I love your dress in the first picture, where did you get it? Finding decent looking maternity wear is tough!
So fun to watch this! Stylin ensembles and wise warm words… What we expect and adore about Jessica!
You are lovely inside and out.
…and how cool for evvie to watch when she is older?!
Had so much fun making this video with you – love how it turned out. xo #tagteam
You’re the most beautiful, chic pregnant woman I’ve ever seen! I love your blog posts and your family. It was funny to hear your sweet little voice. After reading this blog for so long it was like I oddly expected you to sound like me since that’s how I hear you in my head LOL 🙂
where did you get the paleish peach/pink dress you are wearing?
It’s made by Hatch!
Comment to a super old post but would you happen to know the brands for the maxi dress and wide leg pants worn in this feature as well? 🙂