Jun 28, 2017
Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!
I will be keeping today's post short and sweet because I'll be honest and say I don't have much brain power right now, haha; I'm tired! I will say this, when the weather doesn't demand for a dress, I've been opting for a basic tank, jeans, and some sort of interesting footwear, such as these neon sandals. I'm a huge fan of neon come summer, especially when combined with denim. I love the contrast and impact they give off, adding the perfect punch to an otherwise extremely basic outfit. When coupled with sort of hardware, like gold, it dresses it up a bit more, which is even better! It was a little humid, so I had no choice but to put my hair up. Instead of the typical top knot or low bun I'd go for, I decided to try something different and went with this cute ponytail. Whenever I do a plain ponytail on humid days, my hair just poofs out, so this style was a great way to prevent that.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Jun 26, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
I'm officially 39 weeks, you guys! I'm not going to get into specifics or TMI, but I think I'm a few short days from giving birth; if you've been pregnant, then I'm sure you can figure out what signaled that for me, lol. On top of that, I've been having more contractions, so it's all a waiting game at this point. I've been hearing that when it's your first baby, you tend to go past your due date, but I've also been hearing from some moms that they were quite early, we shall see!
I love tropical prints come summer, I feel they create a nice seasonal vibe, much like florals during the summer, would you agree?! So, I couldn't pass on this super cute maxi dress from Boohoo, which is non-maternity by the way. All of the dresses I've purchased from them are non-maternity and in my pre-pregnancy, they have such a great stretch to them. I decided to order them in my usual size because I wanted to not only wear them while pregnant, but for the remainder of the summer after I deliver, too.
In the next upcoming weeks, I plan on sharing some tips on what I did throughout my pregnancy to help make styling and managing my weight gain much easier for any of you interested, so keep an eye out for that, if you're interested!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a great start to your week ahead!
Jun 23, 2017
Happy Friday my dear friends!
One pieces are such summer essentials because they really take the guess work out of getting ready, especially when it's too hot to think. I'm talking dresses of all lengths, rompers, and jumpsuits. They're all so effortless, creating a complete outfit with very little effort and most can be dressed up or down, depending on how you style them, considering the accessories, bag, and shoes you add.
Though they all can be dressed up, I feel jumpsuits can have more of a dressier vibe because they include pants, making them a great option for your next summer special occasion if you're not one to favor dresses. I have an entire blog post dedicated to selecting the most figure flattering styles for your particular body shape, which you can check out here.
You all know how much I love my color, so come summertime, I'm all in favor of a bold one piece, either in pattern or a vibrant solid color; I love the impact they give. They're also great ways to achieve the effects that monochrome pairings provide, as we discussed in last week's post, which you can check out here in case you've missed it.
SHOP RED JUMPSUITS
Fabrics that are a bit stretchy, such as modal or jersey are perfect for wearing if you're expecting, like myself. This jumpsuit is not maternity, I've actually had it for a number of years and it fit very comfortably over the bump and everywhere else, which is awesome!
Speaking of pregnancy...
I told you all I'd update you in Wednesday's post regarding that little episode I experienced on Tuesday. Well, I went back to the doctor's as mentioned on Wednesday and I still had high pressure! It wasn't nearly as high as Tuesday's, but it was still relatively high, though Baby A's heart rate was perfectly normal (on both occasions). So, at this point, the doctor has encouraged me to take it easy. I must admit, it's really hard for me to just relax all day; I'm one of those people who loves to be on the go or constantly doing something, so when i'm still for a long period of time, I feel as though I'm not being productive. I know this is ridiculous, but it's so very true. I have no choice now, I have to do it for the sake of my health and Baby A, who will be here in no time!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Jun 21, 2017
Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!
So, I had a bit of a false alarm yesterday. I went in for my weekly OB exam and my blood pressure was quite high. My doctor took a few times and the number wasn't going down and so she sent me off to the hospital to have some blood work and tests done. This actually happened to me when I was around 20 weeks and all ended up being good. What got me a little nervous was when she said if anything we'll induce you and you can have her today or perhaps Friday. Wait, what?! No! I'm not ready, lol! I don't know if any of you ever been in a situation like this where you've gone into a doctors office and had some unexpected news, it definitely throws you for a loop! I mean, I did mention on Monday that we have nearly everything ready for, car seat installed, bags packed an all, but still!
You see, when this happened to me when I was 20 weeks, I was a bit stressed, so the high pressure made sense to me. Yesterday, however, I was SO confused because I was calm, stress-free, and I don't have a diet rich in salt, so this was really unexpected and confusing. Thankfully, I was not admitted nor did I have Baby A, though the good thing is that I was able to have one last ultra sound to see her little face :) Everything came back normal and I was sent on my way, but boy was that alarming! What's so funny is that baby girl does NOT like when anything is touching or resting on my stomach for a period of time. They had two monitors strapped onto my stomach, one to monitor contractions and the other for her heart rate. She was trying to kick them off so hard that they nurse had to readjust everything and asked if she's always so active, haha.
I have another doctor's appointment today, so I'll keep you updated in Friday's post in case you're curious :)
As for this outfit, it features one of my favorite tops I love to wear come summer. It's so light and airy and I absolutely adore the aqua-like color, it's perfect for those summer, breezy days or nights, which I adore!
Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Jun 19, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
How was your weekend?! We had a very productive day yesterday, we practiced setting up Baby A's car seat in and out of the car and attaching it to the stroller, which felt like a major project, until we finally got the hang of it on the hundredth try, haha. We also packed our hospital bags because I now only have two weeks to go, which I still can't believe to be honest with you. Part of me feels like I've been pregnant forever and part of me feels like it all just flew by, it's so weird!
So with only a couple of weeks left, there's of course very limited pieces I can still fit into; I've been forced to get even more creative than I have been throughout this pregnancy, keeping in mind that I've only purchased about 5 maxi dress and 2 maternity jeans. Other than that, I've been working with my pre-pregnancy wardrobe. I actually won this dress (yes, can you believe this is supposed to be a dress?! lol) at a blogger event I attended a couple of years in a raffle. Fun Fact: Every time I would go to a blogger even, I'd always win at least two raffle prices, don't ask me how, lol! Though this isn't technically a top and was classified as a dress, I'd call it more of a tunic.
I believe tunics and flowy tops are the best pieces to work with pre and post pregnancy because they look super chic (most tops that have a flowy, light, and airy fit, have a chic feel to it) when worn pre/post pregnancy, as they can be tucked into bottoms or worn loosely and can fit and flatter a growing bump. If you have a closet filled with pieces like this, I'm letting you know right now, you've illuminated a lot of future frustration in dressing your baby bump in the future, they're just that easy.
I've worn these maternity jeans a number of times on the blog. I initially wasn't a fan of the fit because they felt quite stiff, but it seems that after a number of uses, they've softened and have become quite comfortable, so I can now say I recommend them, though they're not nearly as comfy as the ASOS ones I love! Like many, I've had a hard time finding the perfect white denim jeans, but I've come to love these so much that I'm considering the non-maternity version.
With just two weeks left, I have to say that one of the many things I've had fun with is creating outfits. It has sometimes been quite challenging and there were times I felt quite frustrated, but it really allowed me for me to think outside of the box and experiment with different styles and pairings. Pinterest was a huge source of inspiration for me as well. So, if you're in the beginning stages of pregnancy or plan on becoming pregnant in the future, just know that it is possible to look cute and stylish throughout your entire pregnancy without having to buy a whole new wardrobe :)
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week! I'm still catching up on comments; I swear, I move like a turtle these days, but I'm getting there, haha.
Jun 16, 2017
Happy Friday my sweet friends!
I hope you all had a great week; I'm beyond ready for the weekend. As I mentioned in Wednesday's post, Eddie hasn't been feeling well and neither has my mom. With two of the people that would typically be helping me out the most at this time in my pregnancy not feeling well, it's been a bit of an overwhelming week to say the least. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to cook and I typically make vegan meals during the week, but sometimes they're not all that quick and easy. That said, it's been one of those pasta and whatever else that requires as little time as possible kinda weeks, yup!
Anyway, today, I'm sharing a few reasons why you should try a bold monochromatic outfit. It doesn't take much convincing to wear an all black or even an all grey outfit because the colors are known to be safe and flattering, but what about a full on hot pink or blue outfit? I'm sure you're nodding or tilting your head thinking, girl, I don't think so, it's a bit much for me or I don't think I can pull that off. Well, you can my friend, you most certainly can and here are some reasons why you should consider it:
1. It Makes You Appear Taller
As many of you may already know, when you wear a color, any color, from head-to-toe, it makes you appear taller because there isn't anything visually to "break up" or distinguish where exactly your torso ends and legs begin, thus making you appear much taller. With this styling method, you can easily ditch the heels and opt for pointed toe flats instead to create the same visual effect. Of course it won't give you the physical height that heels would, but it's a great alternative, especially if you don't like to wear heels or can't.
2. It Highlights Your Curves
Though wearing all black can create the same effect as mentioned above, it also has the tendency to visually slim you, which many of us love and appreciate. But what if you want to showcase all your efforts in the gym this past winter? A head-to-toe bold monochrome outfit will do just that. If you're proud of those toned legs, opt for shorts in the same color as your top, that way you're still getting that lengthening effect while showing some leg. If you've been working those squats, opt for a pair of fitted pants with welted pockets or a pencil skirt.
3. It Makes You Appear More Confident/Powerful
You know how we all think a red lip is bold and powerful? Well, it's simply because it's such a vivid color. The fact of the matter is that when you wear any bright color, it creates the same effect and ignites that same emotion. When you're feeling less than confident, wear color and why not wear head-to-toe outfit? I can guarantee you'll feel very different once you look in the mirror ;)
I hope this post inspired you to step outside of your comfort zone this summer and opt for a full on bold monochromatic outfit. I'd say the easiest way to experiment would be a solid colored maxi dress. It's easy and creates the same effects mentioned above. Plus, did I mention it's easy?! Lol! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!
Jun 14, 2017
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Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far! It's been so hot and humid here in Connecticut, a huge change from the rainy and chilly weeks we've been having, so of course that means everyone around me is getting sick! Fingers crossed that I will not come down with a cold because the thought of having one while pregnant makes me nervous. I managed to escape winter without a single sneeze, so I want to finish up these last few weeks of my pregnancy without a cold!
On to today's outfit; it's one that's for sure not ground breaking, as I discussed in this post, red is a popular color choice to add to stripes, either classic black and white or blue and white. It's safe and guaranteed to look great on you, it's also a perfect choice for summer, as it can give off those perfect nautical vibes. As many of you know, my due date is the 4th of July, so who knows if I'll be able to share some outfit inspiration as we near the holiday, I just may be in labor (lol) so I'll say it now, this would be a perfect outfit choice, one that's classic and chic, but isn't over the top patriotic if that's not your jam.
What pregnancy has taught me is that stripes can do wonders to a pregnant body, they can really be figure flattering. I would've never have thought so if I haven't seen photos of myself where you can barely tell just how huge my bump is when wearing them. You guys, my bump is huge! With that, Baby A moves around a lot, I know she's getting cramped in there and wants to come out. She stretches non-stop and it makes me feel as though my stomach is literally going to pop, no exaggeration, it's quite uncomfortable. Only a few more weeks left though, so I'm hanging in there as best as I can. I'm also taking as many naps as I can because I've been extremely tired as I've been mentioning. Oh, and you guys, her nursery is about 98% finished; I can't wait to share photos with you soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I want to thank you once again for your patience and understanding in my delay in catching up with all of you, you're the best!
Jun 12, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a wonderful week ahead! I'm officially 37 weeks along in my pregnancy and some of the most common symptoms that I had managed to avoid for much of my pregnancy are beginning to creep up on me, one of which is swollen feet! You guys, I don't think I'll be following in my mother's footsteps (literally) in wearing heels all the way through to delivery; I give it to her and have no idea how she did it, haha. My feet have been so swollen these past few days and I don't think the fact that we've been experiencing a bit of a heat wave has made it any easer. So, I've been wearing a lot of cute flat sandals that I thankfully picked up when I went on that little Target shopping spree, remember this post?! I actually really love these because they're quite comfy, even though they have a lace up design and can make an outfit look a tad bit dressier due to the beaded details, which are super pretty!
I decided to pair the sandals with one of my favorite maxi dresses I've had for ages, in fact, I believe it was my first maxi dress ever! Remember I told you prior to pregnancy, I wasn't the biggest fan of maxi's because I was extremely picky?! This one was the only one I'd wear and 'til this day, I absolutely love! I think what I love most about it is the color, it's a nice sandy brown that I feel would look great on every skin tone and color, so pretty.
Aside from the swollen feet, I'm getting quite irritable and tired. I can't say I didn't experience these symptoms at all throughout my pregnancy though and I'm sure Eddie would nod firmly to that, lol. On most days, I literately have no interest nor energy in lifting my pointer finger, haha, that's how tired I am and it's not necessarily the fact that I want to sleep, sometimes it's just my body asking to do nothing but lay in bed and scroll through my phone.
So, these days, I'm all about comfort while still looking for ways to look cute and fashionable. It's beginning to be a bit of challenge now since it's becoming so hot and I don't have many tops that fit over the bump, which is so huge, isn't it?! It's okay though, I'm up for the creative challenge and finding ways to make it work ;)
Also, thank you all so much for your kind words on Friday's post on my baby shower! I'm so glad you loved the way everything turned out as much as I did and I'm so glad to be able to share a glimpse of it with you (I actually wish you all could've attended :)
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and once again, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
Jun 09, 2017
You can finally "meet" Eddie :) | My Dress is now on sale under $100 (wearing my non-maternity size because it has a great stretch)
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Happy Friday my dear friends!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready for what I hope will be a wonderful weekend! As you know, mine has been a bit tiring, haha, so I'm looking forward to getting some work done that I wasn't able to during the week, as well as some extra rest.
Now, onto the exciting part, photos from last week's baby shower! I first want to mention that the quality of some of the photos aren't that great because we had to switch to our iPhones, since the camera conveniently began giving some issues, but I still had to share! As mentioned, I went for an English breakfast theme. I got the idea from last summer when my mother and I went to Alice's Tea Cup in NYC for brunch (a must if you're ever around Madison and 5th ave). It was my first time experiencing an English high tea brunch and I absolutely loved the experience and how elegant it was.
As you know, I'm going for a garden theme for Baby A's nursery because I have this intuitive feeling that she will be an ultimate girly-girly with a love for nature and flowers, like my mom. I felt that a great way to tie that feeling in with the shower was to do the English breakfast with floral and butterfly arrangements all throughout, as well as bird cages. However, I can't take full credit, my event planner brought everything to life and did and incredible job; I will be using her for all my future parties and events, she's amazing! I'm trying to convince her to open up an Instagram and possible website, so as soon as that's up, I'll be sure to share her contact info, if you're around the metro NYC area.
As for my outfit, I, again, wanted to wear something that would suit the theme and what better than a floral embroidered dress?! Thankfully they're trending huge this season, so finding one wasn't at all difficult. As mentioned above, I went with my pre-pregnancy size (XS) and it fit perfectly. There's a side zipper that has a clamp to help with zipping up and the band under the bust stretches. Plus, it's a maxi, so it flows perfectly over the bump!
I hope you enjoyed this recap, now we wait for Baby A to make her arrival in 3 more weeks...time is flying! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead!
Jun 07, 2017
Happy Wednesday my dear friends!
If you're a regular reader, you would've noticed that yesterday I didn't share a post. I was just way too tired from the shower, I didn't have the brain nor creative power to create a post. Though the shower is technically for me and baby, I'm one of those people that loves to see people enjoy themselves, so I was doing a little co-hosting with my mom, who was the actual host, in ensuring everyone was enjoying themselves and eating well. I'll be sharing some photos on Friday of the food and setup and I'll try to find one of me by myself. I absolutely love the dress I went with, which had an embroidered overlay; I have to show it to you! Anyway, the posting schedule this week will be M,W,F and I'll be catching up with comments in between, since again, I've been so tired, I haven't been able to respond as fast, but I will!
As for this outfit, it's one I've worn quite often actually. I purchased this black swing dress last year because I fell in love with the fit and material, it's just such a great basic to have. Now that my bump is getting bigger (and bigger and bigger by the day lol) I appreciate it even more because it isn't at all restricting and grows with me, which is awesome. I mentioned in Monday's post that pieces that have a great stretch are great for wearing during and after pregnancy and allows for you to generally purchase your pre-pregnancy size, same is true for a swing dress, since it's such a loose fit.
I decided to style the dress in a way that's light and airy, so I didn't add much other than some gold jewelry and camel wedge sandals (so comfy, btw) because black and camel are such a gorgeous color combo, why not?!
What's a favorite piece you love to wear during the late spring and early summer that's been your no fail?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!