8/16/17

20 Casual Tops Under $50

Classsic v-neck tees are a staple in my wardrobe (these and these are my two favorite brands), but when looking for comfortable and casual tops this summer I wanted to find a few that had a bit more detailing or a unique look so that it didn't feel like a regular ol' tee. I loved this tee that I'm wearing in these pics and the twist side and cold shoulder style made it feel a bit more polished than a v-neck style. I also picked it up in the short sleeved version and have already raved about this long tunic that I will be featuring on the blog in a few days. The price points are amazing and give me another option for casual summer tops. Scroll through the widget below to see 20 other styles all under $50. Some are great for now while it's still warm, and others will be great to wear into early fall! 

Shirt - BP | Shorts - Old Navy (sold out but similar here and here) | Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Illesteva (amazing budget option here!) | Necklace - Nashelle | Bracelet - Giles & Brother

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8/14/17

Still Trying To Hang On To My Favorite Denim Shorts

I've already found my go-to pairs of maternity jeans (read that post here), but unfortunately shorts just haven't been a win for me. So I just went with the rubber band trick recently when I was really wanting to wear my favorite pair of denim shorts out for the day. The day we shot these photos was probably the last day I could even wear these shorts until next summer but I am happy I could at least enjoy them one last time! LOL However, just because I am done with denim shorts for this summer doesn't mean I am not thinking ahead to next year. I linked all the pairs that have caught my eye in the widget at the end of the post. I actually love wearing denim shorts into fall with ankle boots and a light sweater (this one looks like a great summer/fall transition piece!), so they are still a great buy for the next month or two. 

It's only been in the past week that my pregnancy fatigue has come back full force. Yowza. Most days I try to power through, but this past weekend really had me down for the count. I went out a few times and managed to get some things done, but when I wasn't running errands I was in bed. I'm typically someone that can wind down and enjoy doing nothing but when I can't balance it with being as productive as I am used to, it can be frustrating. However, I was able to talk myself out of the frustration and give myself the rest I needed. I even contemplated not removing my makeup last night because I was so tired, but I love my skincare routine session so much that I finally convinced myself to do it. And funny enough, it was actually so therapeutic and relaxing and helped me wind down even more. Making a note of that for the future: always allow for a bit of time to pamper myself. (who am I kidding?! I rarely need to remember that. #beautyjunkieforlife)

Shirt - J.Crew (almost sold out but loving this similar one and this one) | Shorts - AG (also loving these and these) | Sandals - Sigerson Morrison (similar here and great budget buy here) | Bag - Chloe | Hat - Hat Attack

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8/12/17

Foundation Demo/Review: Bareminerals BarePro Liquid Foundation + Luxury Mascara Disappointment

Today's video is a review and demo of the new Bareminerals BarePro Liquid Foundation. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

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8/11/17

Friday Finds + Home Office Decor Updates

Room details: couch, cactus painting, lamp, side table, rolling rack, faux fur throw, lucite nesting tables, coffee table book here and here, metal decor piece, wallpaper, silver skull (similar) and vases (similar), laptop cover.
This is a picture I shared on Instagram recently showing one side of my home office, and am loving how everything is coming together. The other side of the room will have my desk and a bookshelf and potentially a full length mirror. It feels great having one room in the house that will be my own to go work, relax and watch too many episodes of Housewives. Ha!

1. Now that a majority of my home office furniture is purchased, I am trying to find decor pieces to help spruce up the bookshelves, desk and wall. I ordered a few things like this cute docking station, marble tray and colorful lamp. I'm still deciding on whether or not I want this piece for the wall, but am so bummed I don't have the room for this rainbow mirror. How fun would that be?! And finally I may pick this trash can up for under my desk - it's adorable.

2. I know that the Cult Gaia Bamboo Ark bag is everywhere (but so worth it if you are still contemplating getting it), but they have released a few new bags that are adorable! This large bamboo tote is adorable and this bag has such a unique and quirky shape that could be fun to jazz up  a plain white dress or jeans and a tee.

3. Speaking of jeans, I am already planning my after baby denim strategy. LOL There are a few pairs that have caught my eye - these black denim with the uneven hem (perfect for my short inseam), this super distressed pair by one of my favorite brands, and then these look like a great classic color and cut for every day.

4. You can never have too many classic black sweaters, and this Line & Dot one looks like a perfect piece to dress up or down. 

5. Give me all the velvet everything this fall - especially these pointy-toe loafers!

6. These lipsticks just arrived at Sephora and I can't decide if I want to pick one up. What do you think? Worth trying or should I pass?!

7. Frankly, I don't even care what this skincare product actually does but the name and holographic/colorful packaging is pulling me in like a tractor beam. 

8. I already love the Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro (not to mention the scent is divine!), so this new body fragrance mist looks heavenly! And if it has the same scent as the body cream I need it yesterday.

9. I came across these leopard flats while online surfing yesterday and think they may be some of the chicest looking ones I have seen yet! And then once I looked at the leopard flats, I keep scrolling and thought these blush suede flats on sale looked amazing, as well as these scalloped silver flats that could easily work now and into fall/early winter.

10. If you love a simple, nondescript yet beautifully structured bag, this new style from Elizabeth and James is a stunner! It also comes in black leather here.

11. Oh and one last find - I just started watching Ozark on Netflix after hearing so much about it. I fell into a show hole watching The OA, 13 Reasons Why and Orange is the New Black a few months ago, but haven't found anything that has captured me since. This has done it! I'm only a few episodes in, but really enjoy it so far.

8/9/17

My Most Worn Sunglasses

Sunglasses | Original blog post here
Sunglasses | Original blog post here
Sunglasses | Original blog post here
Sunglasses | Original blog post here
Sunglasses (similar here and here) | Original blog post here
Sunglasses (same style different color here and here) | Original blog post here
Sunglasses (same exact style here in different color and similar style here) | Original blog post here
Sunglasses are by far my most worn item on the blog, other than hats of course. #foreverahatlover I thought I would highlight my favorite pairs all in one post. While some I've been wearing for years, others are newer discoveries. Cat eye styles tend to look the best on my face shape, followed closely by a more oversized slightly round style. I'm drawn to tortoise shell the most because I love how they are dark and neutral but not as bold as black. I have a few black pairs of sunglasses, but find they can look a bit too intense for some outfits - hence why I always have a pair of tortoise shell nearby. Free People is my favorite site for brightly colored sunglasses since they have fun shapes and bold colors at super affordable prices. I recently have fallen in love with Le Specs after buying these cat eye stunners, and while Quay is another great mid-priced brand that has great styles, many of them (other than this fun boho pair) don't work for me. I'm currently on the hunt for a new pair of sunglasses for fall, but I think I may need to go into a department store and try them on rather than opting for my ol' standby of ordering them online. I rounded up some of the ones that I am contemplating for my next pair in the widget below. 

What are your favorite sunglass styles and brands? I'm always looking for new recommendations!



8/7/17

My Fitness Routine During Pregnancy + Favorite Activewear Pieces

Once I found out I was pregnant, I made a commitment to myself that I would keep up my activity level as much as I could during the next 9 months. I really fell off with any and all physical activity after my first spine surgery on my lower back 6 years ago. I did different things here and there to try and rehabilitate but shortly after my recovery was when my neck pain began intensifying basically sidelining me from most activities. After I had my second spine surgery on my neck almost 2 years ago, I had hoped I would be able to get back to an active lifestyle. It took quite some time but I finally felt strong enough and at a low enough level of pain to attempt a regular fitness routine early last fall. Since then I have really been committed to working structured physical activity into my week at least 3-4 times and wanted to continue that consistency while pregnant. It definitely has been more challenging but even on my worst days, I have pushed myself to work out in some form and it has made such a difference in regards to my energy level and managing symptoms.

MY FITNESS ROUTINE DURING PREGNANCY

I began taking barre classes early last fall and enjoyed how low impact they were yet very targeted towards toning and shaping. However, I got bored with only doing that, so I found a yoga studio that I love and began attending classes there 2-3 times a week. I was an avid yoga practicer years before any of my back issues and found it to be instrumental in helping give me a long lean shape while still building strength and muscle. Now that I am pregnant, I alternate between barre and yoga 3-4 times a week and then walk my entire neighborhood the other 2-3 days of the week. My ob/gyn advised me to do at least something physical every single day even if it was a 10-15 minute walk and I have done my best to stick with that during the course of my pregnancy. I have skipped a day here or there, but I find that when I don't do anything for a few days in a row I really notice a difference in my energy, mood and overall well-being. However, I will say that on the whole my pregnancy has been quite uneventful which has allowed me to stay active on a regular basis. As I am nearing my third trimester, I am finding it more difficult to move around in certain classes, and have tried to head to our neighborhood pool more frequently which helps me get in some physical activity with more ease.

MY DIET DURING PREGNANCY

While my diet overall was quite healthy before pregnancy (see my original "what I eat in a day" post here), I have limited my splurges more now because I find that my bloating gets out of control. Before I was pregnant, I would grab pizza with Stan or a big dessert splurge 2-3 times a week and feel fine the next day without it ever affecting my weight. Now I find that my hands and feet will swell after certain carb-heavy or rich foods, so I have spaced out any splurges to once a week or once every two weeks. Most of my diet consists of salads (ugh, so much salad), lean proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats. For breakfast, I am back on the oatmeal train and drop a spoonful of all-natural peanut butter (look for the ingredients to only say peanuts or peanuts, salt - nothing else) and a drizzle of honey. Lunch is almost always a salad whether one that I make myself, buy pre-made from the grocery store or eat out at a restaurant. I like my salads to be heavy with tons of various veggies, grilled chicken is normally my protein of choice, cheese (yes, I still eat tons of cheese - I don't find cheese affects me too much so I kept it in my diet) and a basic dressing like olive oil and lemon or a light balsamic vinaigrette. Because I am so tired by the time dinner rolls around, I usually heat up a frozen dinner or buy these pre-made dinners from my local grocery store. Wegmans does these amazing protein rich pre-made meals (not frozen) with chicken/salmon, tons of veggies and small serving of whole grain rice or some other nutrient rich grain. I have also found a ton of great frozen dinners that have limited ingredients and are super healthy. For dessert, I love Yasso frozen yogurt bars, small York Peppermint Patties or even a scoop of Halo Top ice cream. I drink TONS of lemon water all day long and enjoy peppermint tea at night before going to bed.

MY FAVORITE ACTIVEWEAR PIECES

I never really cared about the comfort of my workout wear until I got pregnant. Then comfort became of the utmost importance! The cropped pants I am wearing in the above pictures are by far my favorite activewear discovery. I heard sooooo much hype surrounding them and I really didn't understand what all the fuss was about. And then I bought myself a pair and they have been the best leggings my legs have worn during this entire pregnancy. They are slimming but not constricting, super thin but not see-thru and stretch comfortably with my stomach. I know I will buy a few more pairs before the baby comes because I have a feeling they will come in handy during the last month and right after I have him. Besides these Lululemon leggings, my favorite styles are still the Zella leggings (both regular and cropped), Alo moto leggings (this is a similar moto style at a lower price point as well and the Alo elevate ones are great as well but not while pregnant), regular GAP leggings and these Beyond Yoga leggings I recently purchased. As far as sports bras, I went ahead and linked my most worn styles in the widget at the end of the post. This style from Lululemon has been with me the longest and I find it to be the most versatile when it comes to activity level. Since I am on the busty side, support is very important to me but because most of my exercise routines are low impact I still want them to be comfortable and easy to move in. As far as tops, I love these stretchy tanks from Nordstrom (only $12), these flowy tanks I picked up from Zella and this fitted tank I purchased during the Anniversary sale that has truly been a dream for my pregnant belly. Regarding sneakers, these Nikes have been the best discovery over the past few months because they feel like nothing on the feet. So lightweight and comfortable compared to any of my other sneakers. I love these sneakers more for their chic look and enjoy the slightly padded sole on these that I picked up from the Nordstrom sale (also available here). But my Nikes still win out for favorite sneaker!

Tank - Zella | Sports Bra - Lululemon | Leggings - Lululemon | Sneakers - Nike | Water bottle - Mizu

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