Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Striped Dress


This striped sheath dress has become my favorite dress for Spring.  I immediately fell in love with the color scheme and structure of the dress.  I love that it can be both professional and flirty at the same time.  This dress is perfect for all aspects of my life from work to a night out.  It's the perfect chic everyday dress.







|  Dress: Derek Lam  |  Shoes: Aerosoles  |  Necklace: The Loft  |  Watch: Michael Kors  |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker  |  Bracelets:  Stella and Dot  |

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mommy Mondays - Link Up

Welcome to "Mommy Mondays", a day where us ladies get to share our stories of motherhood.  It's a day about our children, a day to share inspiring stories or horror stories, a day to share those words of wisdom, a day to just be a mommy and brag about our little ones, whatever you might have to say!  Just link up below and start bragging! 


After Aidan's 8 month photo shoot I sat down and went through all his month pictures and I am absolutely amazed at how much he has changed.  It's unbelievable how much he doesn't look like his first month picture anymore but also so exciting to see how he has grown.  Their really is nothing better than being a mother. 







Do you want to join me??  I'd love to have you!  Just follow the rules:

1.  Link to your specific blog post: not your blog's main page.
2.  Please link back here so your readers understand the link up and it will make me so very happy!  Grab a button from my sidebar :)
3.  Please only link posts related to the topic.  As much as I love seeing outfit and craft posts, this link up is for our mommy posts only, thanks!
4.  Check out as many other links as possible and see what other mothers have to say.  You are bound to find some great new blogs and other mommies you can relate to.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Patterns and Lace


|  Pants: Jennifer Lopez  |  Top: Jennifer Lopez  |  Sandals: Nine West  |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker|

Sunday I decided to do a little shopping with the money I had made from the garage sale my girlfriends and I had on Saturday.  When I first saw these pants I was a little hesitant mainly because wide leg pants usually look silly on me and are usually too short.  Not these fun and flirty patterned pants.  Can we talk about how these pants are the most comfortable things I have ever put on my body.  Honestly it feels like I have no pants on.  I want to wear these babies everyday from this point forward.   I was pretty bummed they didn't have these pants in any other patterns or colors.  It is safe to say these will be a reoccurring item in my wardrobe.






Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Guest Post: Maternity Clothes so cute You'll Wish You were Pregnant!


Kristen Hurst is a stay at home mother of three who enjoys blogging.  She received her bachelor's degree in fashion marketing, and writes often about maternity swimwear.  When she's not trying to juggle the lives of Casey, Austin and Ben, she enjoys painting and catching up with a great Jane Austen novel.

It’s true, back in the days when I was pregnant, let’s just say, there definitely wasn’t the options that the modern expectant mother has today.  Yes, I could dwell upon how unfair it is, but truth be told, when I see how cute and stylish some of the pieces are, I could actually picture myself wearing them today. 
What clothes, you may ask? I’ll discuss these fabulous pieces below:

The Little Cute Dress (Black or otherwise): Yes, we all have that one essential wardrobe necessity, as in a super cute dress that we can slip on and feel like a million dollars!  But what if this super-cutie does double-duty as a maternity wear?  Take a look: yes, this darling little number has the potential for re purposing as in wearing before, during and after pregnancy.   Who wouldn’t want to look fashion-savvy and sophisticated, all while growing a healthy baby?  
Mom Jeans of the 21st Century: I have to admit this is the hardest one for me to get over.  For most of my pregnancy I suffered with the ‘mommy’ jeans that they had available at the time; a denim-ish, type material that might have also been used for constructing sails, protecting the interior of the space shuttle and bullet-proof vests.  Neither flattering nor cute or comfortable for that matter.  Of course, styles have evolved along with other aspects of our modern lifestyle as seen in these very cute pair of jeans.  Unfair as it seems, it still wouldn’t prevent me from perhaps buying a pair for those weekends when my belly bloats a bit from a little too many indulgences.   


        Maternity Swimwear: This is a big one that has embraced a woman’s changing body and enhanced comfort and style and one that unfortunately, was nowhere to be found during my pregnancy years.  This particular piece is not only very affordable ($60.00!) but is as practical and stylish as any other essential piece of your maternity wardrobe.  A pregnant Kate Hudson must have thought so as well, as she has been seen wearing these super-stylish suit.  Carried by maternity swimwear you won’t be disappointed with the clean lines and chic sensibilities.   Think about how fabulous you and your belly will look poolside.


At the end of the day, I can’t bemoan my pregnancy wardrobe, too much.  After all I’ve got my beautiful (and busy!) family to tend to.  But there are still times that I see something cute and think, why, why why didn’t they have that available for me?

Oh well, it seems that sometimes we have to wait for trends to catch up with our design sensibilities rather than the other way around.  To all you fabulous expecting women out there—enjoy your pregnancy and those super cute looks to choose from, but mainly enjoy that little one.  I’ve learned that those precious early days will disappear quicker than those maternity looks of yesteryear.  


 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mommy Mondays - Link Up

Welcome to "Mommy Mondays", a day where us ladies get to share our stories of motherhood.  It's a day about our children, a day to share inspiring stories or horror stories, a day to share those words of wisdom, a day to just be a mommy and brag about our little ones, whatever you might have to say!  Just link up below and start bragging! 


I cannot believe this guy is 8 months old today.  Only 4 months shy of a year, crazy!  It blows my mind to think that I was pregnant this time last year, so many wonderful changes have taken place in my life since then.  It has been the most thrilling adventure of my life.

The weekends go by so fast once the weather starts getting nicer.  The weather was nice enough yesterday to enjoy some family time at the park after a quick shopping trip to Home Goods.  I'm trying my best to de-clutter our house, so what does that mean in my book....buy more stuff, go figure!  But anyways my little guy sure loves the park.  Tons of baby giggles filled the air for the 15 minutes we spent there.  Baby giggles just melt my heart.  It's these moments that make my heart smile.







Do you want to join me??  I'd love to have you!  Just follow the rules:

1.  Link to your specific blog post: not your blog's main page.
2.  Please link back here so your readers understand the link up and it will make me so very happy!  Grab a button from my sidebar :)
3.  Please only link posts related to the topic.  As much as I love seeing outfit and craft posts, this link up is for our mommy posts only, thanks!
4.  Check out as many other links as possible and see what other mothers have to say.  You are bound to find some great new blogs and other mommies you can relate to.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Summer Wishlist

I know Spring has just settled upon us but I would be lying if I said I wasn't already wishing for summer.  Being 8 and 9 months pregnant last summer didn't exactly make it the most enjoyable one.  Especially not my elephant feet!  

My search for cute summer gear is on.  First I am in search for a cute one piece swimsuit since I'm not quite ready to get back in a bikini yet and this black one is my favorite so far.  I love the flirty ruffle front.  It has such a feminine but also sexy feel to it.  And these sunglasses are just too adorable.  I own one pair of Karen Walker sunglasses already and I am obsessed.  I cannot think of summer without thinking of the beach which equals no more pasty skin.  A little self tanner would be perfect to get that summer glow that I currently lack.  These items would pair perfectly together for a warm summer beach day!



|  1.  Swimsuit  |  2.  Sunglasses  |  3.  Beach bag  |  4.  Sisley UK  |  5.  Fedora  |  6.  Sandals   |


What's your favorite thing about summer?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blue with Polka Dots








|  Peplum: Dorothy Perkins  |  Pants: H&M  |  Flats: Gap  |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker  |  Watch: Michael Kors  |  Necklace: Etsy  

It has been a bit hard finding flattering outfits to wear these days.  I have plenty of clothes in my closet but just seem to hate how they all fit.  That probably has something to do with the lingering baby weight that is still around.  So yet again a peplum it is.  You can see here and here other ways I have been rocking the peplum top, my outfit saving top!  In other news, I scored these pants at H&M for $9.95.  Now thats a good find in my book.  Needless to say I bought them in four other colors.


Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mommy Mondays - Link Up

Welcome to "Mommy Mondays", a day where us ladies get to share our stories of motherhood.  It's a day about our children, a day to share inspiring stories or horror stories, a day to share those words of wisdom, a day to just be a mommy and brag about our little ones, whatever you might have to say!  Just link up below and start bragging! 














With the weather warming up, Aidan and I have been spending tons of time outdoors.  We experienced his first park adventure this past week which consisted of some swinging and sliding.  When I first put him in the baby swing he was a little hesitant and unsure of what was going on but after a few pushes he was all smiles.  The slide on the other hand was his favorite right from the start.  Aidan also visited his cousins this weekend where he got the chance to enjoy the slide on there new awesome swing set.  Let me tell you swing sets are way cooler now than they were when I was little!   As you can see above he made some priceless faces while going down the slide.  I'm excited for our new outdoor adventures.

Do you want to join me??  I'd love to have you!  Just follow the rules:

1.  Link to your specific blog post: not your blog's main page.
2.  Please link back here so your readers understand the link up and it will make me so very happy!  Grab a button from my sidebar :)
3.  Please only link posts related to the topic.  As much as I love seeing outfit and craft posts, this link up is for our mommy posts only, thanks!
4.  Check out as many other links as possible and see what other mothers have to say.  You are bound to find some great new blogs and other mommies you can relate to.



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