Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White Shirt + Leopard

Happy almost Thanksgiving!  I am so excited to celebrate with family and eat lots of good food in a couple days!  Are any of you planning on shopping on Black Friday?  It was always my favorite day to get some Christmas shopping done and also get a few items that were on my wishlist that were now at a super discounted price.  Sadly, I'm not doing any shopping for myself this year unless it's a baby item on sale.  Oh, how my priorities have changed! :)

I'll put together a round up of my favorite sales from the places I normally shop, along with items from my wishlist that I would get if I wasn't preggers, and post them on Thursday (in case you need some shopping inspiration).

One of the maternity pieces that I thought was worth investing in was a crisp white button up for work.  It can be worn so many different ways by simply adding a different (non-maternity) cardigan or sweater over top.  I added a belt to make it seem less bulky on my small frame.  I also invested in a nice pair of black pants for work.  Since they are classic and go with just about anything (and since I wanted to save money and only bought a couple pairs of maternity work pants), I've worn them regularly on repeat (sometimes even twice a week) and no one's the wiser.  

What I'm Wearing
Shirt ~ GAP Maternity (Regular version here)
Cardigan ~ WHBM (similar)
Pants ~ A Pea in the Pod (similar non-maternity)
Necklace ~ GAP (similar)
Earrings ~ Park Lane (cute option here)
Belt ~ Limited (similar)
Purse ~ Limited
Shoes ~ DSW (similar)

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#MonthlyMani: Black Tie

Welcome back to the monthly edition of fun manicures!  This month's theme was black tie, aka black and white.  Once again I had to do something a little off the wall with my nails. :)  I also added a touch of red because it just goes so well with black and white.

These are the nail polishes that I used.

I started with a white base.  Honestly I wasn't too sure what the plan was for the design, and so I ended up doing a little something different on each nail.  It makes it more interesting that way, don't you agree?  Haha.  The skinny brush that came with the black polish really makes it easy to do fun designs on my nails.

I think I like my middle finger design the best.  I call it "the chicken foot" hahaha.

I added the top coat and cleaned up around the nails and there you have it!  Fun nails that surprisingly didn't take that long to do.

Be sure to take a peek at what the rest of the gang did for their black tie nails!

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Melissa from The Fashion Huntress

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 29 and 30

Hey, I made it through 3/4 of my pregnancy!  I always thought the 9 months would seem like forever, but it has been flying by.  I can't believe that I'm almost to single digits in weeks left.

I have to go in to visit the doctor every 2 weeks now instead of once a month.  Everything is looking good so far.  Baby girl was a little stinker when the nurse went to check her heartbeat this last time.  Every time the nurse would find her heartbeat, she would move away from the monitor device.  She did this for at least 5 minutes and finally the nurse gave up and decided to let the doctor do it.  It took the doctor awhile as well, but finally baby girl took a break and let her get the heartbeat.  We were laughing about how active and crazy she was being.  She is causing trouble already! :)

I'm definitely feeling a lot more movement as she is getting stronger and kicking me harder.  I think I've felt some hiccups recently too.  It's a weird sensation.

This last weekend we got a lot accomplished with the nursery.  We painted the walls, bought a crib and dresser and put those together, and picked out a rug for the room.  I will share some pictures once it's a little more put together.  It definitely felt weird when I was helping my hubby with the crib.  It makes everything feel so much more real.  Sometimes I feel like it still hasn't sunk in yet that I will have a baby in 10 weeks.  Eek! :)

I've decided to hire a doula to help me through the last part of my pregnancy and through the labor and delivery.  I'm meeting with a couple this week and am really excited about it.  I'll share more information on that in a future post.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Now that I'm in the home stretch of my pregnancy, I prefer to wear more casual and comfortable clothes.  Luckily maternity pants are SO comfortable.  When I don't have to dress up, I like wearing athletic wear around the house or for running errands.  I can still fit into most of my non-maternity athletic bottoms since they are more elastic in the waistband.  This is one of my fave sporty styles that I've been wearing lately on the weekends.

I bought this preggers shirt back when I first found out I was pregnant because I thought it was so cute.  Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to wear it much longer as my belly is getting too big for it (it's not a maternity shirt, which is a bit ironic, haha). :(

I just have to point out this awesome Thirty-One bag that I received from my friend Kristie!  I think I have a thing for purple plaid (it's also the print of my main suitcase that I use when I travel).  This bag is perfect for anything that you need to carry ~ I am impressed with how much it holds.  I think I may use it to carry around all the baby stuff when baby girl gets here. :)  Thirty-One bags are so versatile, come in many prints, and can be personalized!  They have a lot of cute storage and thermal options too.  

What I'm Wearing
Top ~ ILY Couture
Jacket ~ Lululemon (similar)
Pants ~ Under Armour
Sneakers ~ Asics
Bag ~ c/o Thirty-One (thanks Kristie!)
Necklace ~ Tiffany & Co.
Sunglasses ~ Emporio Armani (same style in black here)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Layers: Vest + Jacket

A few weeks ago we went up to NY to visit family.  The trip was great and it was the first time in years that I was up there during fall when the leaves were changing.  It was beautiful and I miss experiencing this time of year.  It was a bit colder than we were expecting, so I was glad to have the different layers to wear together to stay warm (especially since I can't zip up my jacket over my belly, haha)!  In addition to giving the outfit a fun layered look, the blue vest under the jacket also gave it another pop of color.

What I'm Wearing
Shirt - Limited
Vest - Columbia (similar)
Scarf - WHBM
Jacket - Victoria's Secret
Jeans - WHBM
Boots - Ugg
Purse - Kate Spade

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 27 and 28

The weeks continue to fly by.  I'm officially in the third trimester now that I've reached 28 weeks.  I can't believe it - 2/3 of the pregnancy is already over.  I am both excited and nervous for the next 3 months.  I'm looking forward to meeting baby girl and losing the belly, but I'm anxious about how everything is going to work out.  I know it will all be fine in the end, but the unknown is a little intimidating!

I finally bought maternity jeans last weekend.  I was having a hard time finding ones that would fit my body but I finally found a couple good pairs.  Since I don't wear jeans as much, I think 2 pairs should be enough for me for the duration of the pregnancy.  They are so comfy.  My regular jeans were getting to the point that the rubber band trick wasn't as comfortable and the belly band was getting a little tight.  

Last month I bought this huge U-shaped body pillow to help me sleep on my side.  I normally sleep on my back and you can't do that after a certain point in your pregnancy.  It wasn't uncomfortable switching to my side, but sometimes I would wake up on my back and I felt like I was waking up more often during the night.  I sleep much better with the pillow.  It's so comfortable to snuggle up in it.  I'm still sleeping completely through the night for the most part and not having to get up to use the bathroom.  I'm surprised and will continue to enjoy it for as long as I can because I don't know how it will be once the baby gets bigger. 

A friend who had a baby a few months ago once commented during the last part of her pregnancy that she felt like she was an alien in her own body, like she was just along for the ride and had no control over what was happening anymore.  I'm starting to understand what she meant.  It is weird to experience all these changes that your body goes through and you really do feel like you lose control of many things, such as your expanding girth and the weird pregnancy symptoms.  Luckily I haven't had too many weird symptoms.  The only thing I really complain about is a muscle tear that I have on my right side near my ribcage.  My doctor said that it's fairly common in shorter women and it happens when your ribcage expands to make room for the baby.  Luckily it doesn't hurt too much and if I put pressure on the spot, it makes the pain go away.  It has been kind of annoying though and it won't heal until after the baby is born.  I feel like I can't really complain though since the rest of the pregnancy has been smooth sailing.

I almost forgot to mention that I passed the glucose test at my last appointment!  Woohoo, no gestational diabetes to worry about! :)

Here is what we wore for Halloween (same shirt as above).  These shirts were too adorable to pass up. :)

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