7/22/17

6 Months!

I'm officially 6 months pregnant today! Hooray! I've really enjoyed taking pictures for the blog during this time because it's a photo album of my entire pregnancy, which will be great to look back on years from now. Some days it seems like it's moving fast, but other days it feels like I've been pregnant for 3 years. LOL We are going to fill out our registry this week which is exciting though to be honest, I'm still not quite sure of everything we will need. But I have a pretty relaxed attitude towards the whole thing and we can always pick up things later or manage to make do with what we have. I'll be doing an official bumpdate on the blog later this week so stay tuned for that, but for now all is moving along quite smooth. I'm in maternity jeans, but most regular dresses and tops still fit for now, though I take it day by day at this point. This flirty little number is part of my favorite trend for summer which is the cold shoulder (here is a look at past posts with cold shoulder styles I wore here, here and here). I had heels on for this post since we were heading to dinner, but I find the dress looks great with flats and a denim jacket as well. 

I've been trying to space out the pregnancy content here and there so as not to saturate my blog for those not interested but if there are any specific topics you want me to address in my bumpdates, feel free to send me a message or leave me a comment! Have a great weekend!

Dress - Aqua (on sale!) | Bag - Hat Attack | Sandals - Joie (similar with lower heel) | Sunglasses - Fendi (old but love these in tortoise) | Necklace - Nashelle

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7/21/17

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Part 2 + Giveaway! The Coats I Am Loving From the Sale

The rest of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases arrived so I wanted to put up this video now that the sale is open to the public. Yay! And be sure to enter my giveaway on my video here. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe.

The products mentioned in the video:

Gibson Sweater in Blush (M but returning for XS)
Trina Turk Coat (size 2)
Sam Edelman Parka (S but returning for XS)
Tunic that I'm loving! (on sale for under $30!)

7/20/17

Feminine But Not Too Girly



I'm not the daintiest gal on the block, but I love a feminine style that's not too girly. This dress seemed to strike that perfect balance. The pattern and material made it quite delicate looking but the slim fit and off the shoulder style gave it a more sleek look that appealed to me. And I am loving dresses with belts because I find I can move them up to be an empire waist while pregnant and then back down to normal once I'm not. Best of both worlds! Also, I should mention that this dress is also a petite gal's dream because I am 5'4" and it hits me at the most perfect length for flats, heels, wedges, etc. 

Speaking of wedges, these are still going strong for me as a gorgeous summer classic piece (last seen in this post). The heel height is comfortable for all day wear and the color is the most gorgeous neutral. They do come in a ton of other colors but if you want a standard espadrille that will work itself seamlessly into most wardrobes, this is definitely the color and style to get.

Stay tuned for part II of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul because I had a few more items trickle in and will be putting up a video either late tonight or very early tomorrow morning! 

Dress - Nanette Lepore | Shoes - Castaner | Bag - Hat Attack | Hat - Janessa Leone | Bracelet - Vita Fede

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7/19/17

New Highlight, Sculpt and Blush Powders from Make Up For Ever - Amazing Colors For Summer!

If there is ever a time to experiment with a brighter than normal cheek color or a glistening highlight, it's summertime! Make Up For Ever just launched a ton of new highlight, contour/sculpt and blush powders and while there is a color for every season, there is definitely a ton of great shades for the warmer weather.
From left to right: H102, H106, H312, B302, B308, B402, S112, S116, S118
Since MUFE is known for it's intense pigmentation, the shades do not disappoint. I had a selection of colors sent to me and all of them were summer perfection. There were 3 highlight shades (far left on my arm), 3 blush shades (peach/orange blush lovers like myself will go crazy for these) and 3 contour powders which each had just a hint of radiance so as not to fall too flat when on the skin. While I don't think it's necessary to collect every single shade, I would recommend grabbing a blush shade first because I enjoyed those the most. The texture is soft and blends effortlessly. The highlighters are beautiful but give a very strong shine so it may not be for everyday wear. The contour powders were actually the most impressive to me but I don't contour regularly so I would not get as much use out of these on a daily basis. However, if you do like to contour, the undertone is not too orange and they apply quite sheer at first but can be built up very easily.
*pr samples included

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7/18/17

Another Day, Another Striped Dress (But This One Has the Best Fit)








I've never been one to shy away from form fitting clothing or dresses but this summer I have definitely embraced it more than ever. #embracethebump And of course because I never need an excuse to wear stripes, that has been my pattern of choice. Many of the fits I have purchased recently were more of a lycra or t-shirt material, this particular dress felt like a stretchy sweater that immediately goes back into shape after you wear it. It is the type of dress I have been looking for in most of the body conscious ones I have been buying. This doesn't gap, wrinkle or pull anywhere and fits to every single contour but the fabric isn't too thin that you feel it will show every imperfection. It manages to tick off all the boxes on flattering and fitted. 

On another note, I am thrilled that many of you enjoyed my Nordstrom sale haul video yesterday - and I have another one coming up Thursday right when the sale opens to the public. I made some additional purchases since that video and found some other great staples (yes I finally got this parka and think it will be a stunner!). 

Dress - J.O.A. (on sale for under $60!) | Bag - Cult Gaia (dupe for this bag here) | Sandals - Saint Laurent (really great budget option here) | Sunglasses - Free People (old but similar here and here)

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7/17/17

Nordstrom Anniversary Haul + $100 Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Today's video features all of the items I purchased during Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And there is a GIVEAWAY!!! Enter the giveaway on my video here.

The products mentioned in the video:

More faux leather leggings here
Blog post of me wearing them
Blog post of me wearing them
Zella moto leggings (dupe for Alo ones)
Blog post of me wearing it
Blog post of me wearing it
Blog post of me wearing it

A few other things from the sale that I am loving:

This Parka is a MUST HAVE
Contemplating getting this coat in Bone
These are the jeans that caught my eye
Thinking about this tie front pullover
THESE pajamas!
These tees look perfect and super long
Contemplating getting this sports bra
This beauty set is the only one that I still want

7/14/17

Friday Finds + A Few Of My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Buys/Recs

Sneakers, Leggings (on sale!)
Happy Friday! It's time for another Friday Finds post. I really love doing these because it allows me to channel all my random findings and thoughts into one post. Ha! Hope you enjoy. 

1. My latest book review was posted earlier this week but I wanted to give an update on this book that I was in the middle of at the time. It ended up being wonderful and I enjoyed it more than I thought. I still miss the old author's style (he passed away right after he finished the first three books), but this book was still worth reading and entertaining if you like the series.

2. I finally broke down and bought a pregnancy pillow. I have slept with it for the last few nights and boy does it make a difference! I'm still a bit uncomfortable but it makes things much more bearable.

3. I just ordered the last pieces of my office furniture and then will begin adding all the decorative elements. This lamp from Target was one of my favorite buys as well as these pillows for my settee.

4. I've been wondering what those button-looking things are that people have on their iPhones (hashtag old lady emoji), and realized they are Popsockets. Or at least that is one of the brands that make them. Frankly, it looks like it will make taking a selfie or picture so much easier. LOL I actually ordered two. Do any of you use them?

5. Just because I can't help talking about new beauty products on my radar - this foundation is first on my list of wanting to try, followed by this Charlotte Tilbury tinted moisturizer and then finally this concealer (because I am already obsessed with all things Dior skin).

6. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale began yesterday (I'm sure this is not news to anyone #socialmediaoverload), and while I am typically more drawn to the fashion items sold during the sale, I thought I would share my recommendations for a few beauty pieces/sets that I think are worth it. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel this weekend, I will be uploading my haul from the sale and it includes fashion, activewear, beauty and baby stuff! If I had to pick the 2 pieces I am most excited about it would be these sneakers and the updated version of my favorite military jacket.

7. Below are my picks for some of the best makeup buys from the sale:



8. Below are my picks for the best skincare buys from the sale. If you get nothing else, GET THIS DUO:



9. If you are interested in investing in tools, fragrance and hair care, I would say these are the best ones to try:


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