8/18/17

Nursery Inspiration

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Over the past few months I have been slowly pulling together ideas for the nursery and trying to decide on a theme/color palette. I really love the look of the furniture being mostly neutral (surprise, surprise) because it allows any toys, artwork, decor pieces to be a bit more whimsical and fun. I am thinking of doing an accent wall behind the crib with either decals or wallpaper since the crib I purchased is white. I'm always drawn to a black and white theme in rooms but am never bold enough to full commit to that, so I will probably use gray as my main accent color and pepper in black pieces, maybe some greenery (LOVING the cactus wallpaper) and natural wood elements. Some of the inspiration images above are overly neutral but there are bits of each photo that appeal to me and help give me some great ideas. 

Which nursery photo is your favorite?! 

Shop nursery decor pieces that have caught my eye:









8/17/17

2nd Trimester Bumpdate



Dress - Loft | Hat - Hat Attack | Bag - Chloe | Boots - Isabel Marant (great budget option here) | Bracelet - Giles & Brother | Sunglasses - Illesteva (love these amazing budget tortoise cat eye sunglasses

Before I start rambling about everything pregnancy and baby related for this bumpdate, I first have to talk about this outfit! I swear Loft is saving me through my pregnancy because their petite style dresses fit me so well (remember this post and this post) and there are so many great styles that seem to flatter my stomach as it grows. While they do have maternity styles to choose from, I have been gravitating towards their regular clothing and find it works just as well. And every single piece I have purchased will still work next year so I don't feel like it's a waste of money. 

Stan and I shot these pictures at sunflower fields near our home that I had been dying to visit all summer. Sadly we arrived about a week too late so everything was beginning to wilt, but it was nonetheless still beautiful. I didn't even want to attempt walking around in sandals or anything open-toed so I pulled out my trusty ankle boots (last worn here, here and here) and love how they worked with this dress. Wearing them actually got me quite excited for fall. One of my favorite ways to begin transitioning my outfits from summer to fall is by adding ankle boots to regular summer outfits. I love them with shorts, dresses, skirts - basically anything. While I'm not rushing for summer to end, it's going to transition regardless so I'm trying to embrace it in a fun way. And no better way that with fashion, right?! :) Ok, now I'll move on to my official bumpdate. Read on for all my thoughts from these past months.

HOW AM I FEELING?

I'm a few days away from my 3rd trimester (this is blowing my mind), and it's only been in the past 2 weeks that things have begun to get challenging again. My second trimester was very easy as I heard it can be. My hormones began to stabilize, I got back all my energy that was missing during the first few months and I felt great most days. However, I still have some symptoms hanging around like leg cramps while sleeping which can be excruiating, dry skin that can sometimes be itchy, super sensitive gums (my dentist warned me about this) and on especially hot days my lower legs and calf muscles swell a ton. 

But I have not had food aversions or nausea and managed to stick to a regular fitness routine (read that post here) which helps keep my energy up and my bloating/swelling in check. As far as weight gain, I'm not going to lie and say it's the most fun. I accept that it's part of pregnancy and try my best to eat healthy, knowing that this isn't forever. If we are being honest, the hardest part of my weight gain has been dealing with my increasing bra size. Some women love the fuller bustline that comes with pregnancy, but since I started with a 32E I knew that things could and would get out of control. Yowza. I did size up slightly in some new bras, but I find that working out my upper body has helped a bit in keeping them manageable and not feeling like I'm being strangled. LOL 

Even though my 2nd trimester has been quite uneventful, over the past 2 weeks I have noticed a drastic change in how I feel. I had severe and very challenging mood swings during my 1st trimester and those have returned recently. It can be so hard to manage because while I know why I am feeling anxious, overwhelmed, sad, impatient - it's still frustrating because it's out of my control. I have gotten better at noticing the first signs of a mood swing and actually will communicate to those around me that I may be a bit more emotional than usual. All of that great energy I had during the last few months came to a screeching halt these past 2 weeks and I feel super tired and lethargic often. And as my bump grows, sitting down, working out, eating, driving and just generally moving around is getting more cumbersome. Sleeping is different every evening with some nights being restful, and others impossible to sleep because he kicks me all night long, I feel like I can't move/breathe and no position I get into is comfortable. But we are in the home stretch so I try to be patient with myself as much as possible knowing again that these issues aren't forever. 

SKINCARE AND MAKEUP DURING PREGNANCY

Because my skin has completely flipped the script on me and gotten so dry, it has really thrown me for a loop. I have had combination/oily skin my entire life so not seeing a midday shine on my forehead startles me sometimes. Ha! Skincare wise, I have tried to add more oils into my routine while coupling it with drinking as much water as possible and trying to consume tons of healthy fats. I even added an additional omega 3 supplement to my diet and have noticed quite a positive difference. 

No stretch marks on the horizon yet, and I'm trying to moisturize every night with various body oils and creams to help combat them. I have some hyperpigmentation on my face that has popped up and my chest has a ton of broken capillaries on it now. :( I heard those could possibly go away after I give birth, so fingers crossed that they do. 

MY CLOTHING CHOICES DURING PREGNANCY

I'm still trucking along with regular clothing for now, and the only maternity pieces I have purchased are jeans. I alternate between body conscious pieces and flowy pieces depending on my mood and enjoy wearing both. I always get asked about shoes and how I am able to still wear heels and the truth is that sometimes flats can hurt my back even more. I have found that a 2-3 inch heel is often the most comfortable for me, so as long as my shoes still fit I will wear the heels!

I've talked before about my love of Loft for much of my pregnancy, as well as Old Navy and GAP for many of the dresses I've worn this summer. These leggings from Lululemon are as good as everyone says and truly one of the most comfortable pieces in my entire closet right now. There are some other comfy pieces both for working out and everyday activities that I have mentioned over the past few months so, click here to reference all my maternity blog posts

BABY PRODUCTS I AM EXCITED TO USE

Stan and I are heading to NYC for our baby shower in a few weeks, but a few things from the registry have already begun to trickle in. Of course, I couldn't leave this off the registry and was so excited that someone sent me one already. I heard wonderful things about this Nose Frida set which was also a registry item we have already received. Dockatot sent us one of their baby docking sleeper stations and I think it will come in handy immediately. Additionally, I had so many friends and family rave about it which was a huge bonus. This chair from 4Moms just arrived the other day and I was laughing so hard because Stan could barely contain his excitement in putting it together. He has already assembled it, synced it to his iPhone and practices using it on the all the various settings. Funny enough, that chair was one of the first things a co-worker at Stan's job recommended to him when he found out we were pregnant. He said it was a lifesaver for their newborn so Stan and I have our fingers crossed we have as much luck!

I have seen these activity sets all over social media so I was really excited when Skiphop sent us their newest one. As far as skincare, I have some Babyganics and Mustela on hand for now and will probably dabble in a few other brands when he arrives to see what works best. Stan is on diaper-buying duty so he picks up a box every time he goes to Costco. LOL Clothing has been the most fun to buy obviously, and I get things from time to time when I come across a cute baby boutique or am down visiting the outlet stores near my house. Copper Pearl sent me a few of their bandana bibs and I just about lost it with cuteness overload! And a few packages of Aden + Anais swaddling cloths arrived recently which I hear are the absolute gold standard when it comes to swaddle blankets. My girlfriend was over 2 nights ago and saw them sitting on the floor in the baby's room and launched into a 5 minute long gushfest over how much she swore by these when she had her baby. Another swaddle that was recommended to me was the Ollie Swaddle which I just recently received. I feel like I'm going to need adult sized versions of these because they look so cozy! :)

As far as nursery decor goes, I am still thinking about how I want the room to look but have some ideas that I will be sharing in a post tomorrow! I ordered the crib and the dresser  so I am slowly making progress. Emphasis on slowly. Eek! My friend that is helping me design my office will also be working on the nursery so I don't feel completely lost. She has amazing taste (and three kids!) so I know I am in good hands. 

Thanks to everyone for all your kind words and well wishes over the past few months. Pregnancy is already a highly emotional and difficult time, and I was actually quite nervous about sharing it publicly. However, since writing and running a blog is my job I knew it came with the territory. I am so grateful to have received nothing but kind and uplifting support which means the world to me. This blog is still primarily a fashion and beauty blog so I have tried to keep that the primary focus and will continue to do so after he arrives. Any baby/pregnancy/maternity posts will be peppered in here and there for those interested, but won't take over. LOL A little over 3 months to go!! Yay!


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

Shop 20 more tops under $50:


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

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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!



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