Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Watermelon Clutch

One of the best parts about getting dressed in the Summer is being able to play with so many different colors and fun, quirky prints. When it comes to quirky, this watermelon clutch is the creme de la creme, popping off the page no matter how you choose to wear it. Tell me it's not the best part of both of our looks, me styling it with maternity shorts and Lisa with a chic black jumpsuit. Both outfits make the clutch the focal point and on a 90 degree day, I feel like it's only appropriate. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I was with Lisa when she purchased it at a T&J Designs event last year and I remember thinking, you're going to regret not doing the same -- turns out I was right! They had a lemon one too, both of which are the cutest accessories for Summer! I want to wear it with everything...I don't believe this one is for sale any longer but this one is almost identical and we've linked to SO many different watermelon styles below!


FRUIT FOR THOUGHT:



How do you feel about fruit-inspired accessories? 
We're of the opinion they are poolside perfection!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Waiting Game | Pink Blush Dress


GUYS! Today is our DUE DATE! July 26, 2017...a date we've been saying out loud and repeating over and over in our minds for 9 months now. A date that seemed so far away, like it might take forever to arrive. I know it takes that long for the baby to grow and become healthy enough to enter the world but I also think the elongated time frame is intended to give new parents (Moms, specifically) a chance to get used to the idea of the huge life change that's about to occur. However, now that I have reached 40 weeks, I can officially say, no time will ever be long enough to realize your world is about to be turned upside down. No matter how much preparation you do or how much you talk about future plans, I don't think you can truly grasp how HUGE this is until the little person finally arrives. On one hand, I'm so ready to not be pregnant anymore (especially since I just ordered a few things from the Nordstrom sale in my normal size...here's hoping!), but on the other hand, that means I will be responsible for another HUMAN...


On that note, there have been so many feelings running rampant these days – I feel like I have been the most emotional in the third trimester, perhaps because it’s getting so close but I also feel like I have no control over it most of the time. Different reactions come in waves and I found them to be summed up beautifully by a blogger I follow:

“It could be any day now or you could keep us waiting to see your face a whole month longer. There's something so delicious and frustrating about the not knowing. My body hurts from trying to provide you comfort. A place for you to do your final growing before you're ready to join us here. I try so hard to understand what it'll be like to hold you in my arms, but I can barely imagine you. My son. Some days I feel like I know everything there is to know about you, other days you're a mystery to me kept safely under my ribs. I lie awake at night thinking about all the unknown, the fear and the excitement dancing together in a giddy show. 

I watch your Daddy sleep, I think about all the things we've achieved together, all the moments I've spent laughing and crying next to him. How much I need him now more than ever. And in a moment I feel so overwhelmed with happiness that we'll share being your parent together and a quiet sadness at leaving just the two of us behind. That's where we are right now. Stuck in between. Soon you'll be here and it'll be hard to remember a time before we knew you. Soon I'll know the sweet smell of your neck, the color of your eyes, and the way your hair crumples as you sleep. Soon there will be so much new but for now there is what was, in all it's imperfect beauty.”


SHOP MY STYLE:





Next time we talk, it's possible I'll be sleep deprived and snuggling a tiny little monkey. Okay, it doesn't sound half bad, does it? ;) Also means this is possibly my last maternity post...I feel like I have been talking about bump style for so long and for the most part, it's been a fun journey. Look back on all of my maternity posts here!

Talk to you guys soon...Wish us luck! Xo

Wearing: 

 Dress: c/o Pink Blush
Sunnies: Target
Purse: c/o Sole Society (Currently available in white)
Sandals: c/o Sole Society
Jacket: J. Crew
Bracelet: Alex & Ani

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Little Black Jumpsuit

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A great twist on the LBD is the little black jumpsuit. It's just as versatile and appropriate for all occasions, but if you find the right one, it can also be so much more cozy and easy to move around in. Not to mention if your a mom like me, this one eliminates the risk of flashing your derriere if you have kids and have to be branding down a lot! By now you guys all know how important it is to me to not trade comfort for style. We can have it all, you guys!

I love this ruffle top number because it can be dressed up or dressed down. By simply trading my heels for a cute flats and denim jacket, this outfit can easily be worn for everyday wear. I love items that you can get a lot of wear out of! I decided to dress it up this day by adding a classic gray heel, black and white bag, polka dot scarf, and a bright pink lip. In the end I felt chic and put together, but I also still felt like I was wearing pajamas. Score! 

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SHOP BLACK JUMPSUITS:
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Jumpsuit: Dex // Bag: c/o Coach // Shoes: JustFab // Scarf: Zaful (similar) // Watch: Movado // Ring: Vintage // Lip Color: Glo Skin Beauty- Dahila

Do you own a little black jumpsuit? What do you think of this pairing? 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Maternity Monday: Packing the Hospital Bag

I've read so much during my pregnancy about "hospital bag essentials" and being 38 weeks, the time has finally come to put to mine together so I wanted to share with you what I'm including, many of the items being “must-haves" from other lists I've seen. I'm sure there are going to be items I don't even touch but in my mind, it's better to be safe than sorry and over pack...I even do this for our weekends at the lake, just ask my husband who can't believe what I deem necessary for a 2-3 day weekend! 



Hopefully my packing plans will help other pregnant Mamas out there or at least give you an idea of where to start. By the way, I'm using this satchel from Sole Society...it's one of my favorite travel bags and has a zippered section on the bottom, perfect for shoes and separates. 

Mama Must-Haves:
  • Insurance info & hospital forms - We pre-registered online with our hospital to have one less thing to worry about when we arrive
  • A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause - I like this one because it's still pretty while being functional.
  • A going home outfit - I think I found this to be the hardest item to plan for, not only because I wear all of my maternity clothes regularly (so I didn't want to pack anything) and I know there's a chance I'll be pretty uncomfortable leaving the hospital so I wanted something as comfortable as possible (without it looking like shower curtain, basically). Enter the Molly Ades nursing maxi dress - I started talking with Molly via Instagram late in my pregnancy, as she resides in Lake Geneva and noticed me trying to keep up with my style during these last few weeks. She told me about her collection which provides comfort, portability, ease of nursing, and the ability to fit and flatter a changing body - YES PLEASE! Her pieces make it easy to nurse when you need to and still look cute. I have been wearing the maxi dress often lately and figured it was perfect for the hospital (along with this tank and nursing poncho).


SHOP MY HOSPITAL BAG:

  • 1 or 2 maternity bras (no underwire, I'm told!) and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection). P.S. I also just purchased this hands-free bumping bra which will be waiting for me at home, but I've had many girlfriends suggest it so I figured I'd share!
  • Due date playlist (and iPad or something to play it from, obviously). I typically have music on at all times (at work, while making dinner, getting ready, etc.) because it relaxes me and provides the right ambiance for the situation. Labor day is no different...work with your spouse to create a list that will calm you throughout the experience.
  • Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, lip balm, nipple cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (sorry, but I don’t go anywhere without mascara and there WILL be photos taken!), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lenses, solution, glasses, etc. (I hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for some travel sizes to make it easier!)
  • Headband or ponytail holder -- So essential for us long-haired ladies. I sense a top knot in my future!
  • Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)
  • Pen and paper
  • Non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed – I’m a big fan of granola bars and trail mix).
  • Cell phone and charger - Dire!
  • Light reading - Not sure I will have time or even be focused enough to read but just in case! I am currently reading this book...it's the second I've read by Ruth Ware, pretty good thus far. Anyone else read it?

  • Your own pillow - I feel like this is important because you're already so out of your element and having something comforting from home sounds like a nice addition.
  • A travel fan - This may only apply to me but I can't sleep without it...it comes on all trips with me and this is no different. Again, comforts of home.

Baby Basics:
  • A going home outfit! Of course, this was the most fun thing to pack, especially since he got so many cute clothes at our shower. I packed a cute Summer outfit (see nautical onesie and plaid shorts) but also a few more practical ones (in different sizes) like onesies with a pair of comfy pants, just in case. 
  • A swaddle blanket - The Aden & Anais brand seems to be a common favorite
  • Pacifier - Think this will give everyone some peace of mind, especially on the car ride home...
  • Baby book: If you have some time in the hospital you might want to write down some details about your labor so you don’t forget. I also packed our "letters to my baby" book so we can write him a message about this special day that he can read years from now
  • The car seat! Obviously this isn't a bag packing item but definitely needs to be (safely) installed beforehand so your little one can make his journey home. P.S. Our lightweight stroller pictured here is the Graco Breaze Click Connect (in Pierce). It came highly recommended to us and the car seat transfers perfectly to our larger jogger stroller so I think we're going to be happy with it.
My biggest tip for packing your hospital bag is to do it early… just in case! At the end of the day, the hospital has mostly everything you will need but it will give you peace of mind to have your daily items from home since you're embarking on an already unfamiliar situation. 



Mom's - Did I forget anything important? What did you find helpful to bring/leave at home?

Happy Packing! Xo


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Old Navy Chambray Dress


Happy Thursday friends! This week, we are rocking and swapping this beautiful chambray dress of Kaitlyns. She picked this one up from Old Navy back in early 2016, and we have been swapping it ever since. Oddly, I never took photos in it until recently. It is such a great everyday piece but it's longer on me, so I was always coming up with reasons why not to shoot in it. Kaitlyn and I are five inches apart in height, so what works on her length wise, doesn't always work on me (and vice verse...don't even get me started on our shared romper issues! lol). However, I finally came to the conclusion that I liked it knee length, and if I wanted it shorter, I could just pull the elastic waist up! 

SHOP CHAMBRAY DRESSES:


When Kaitlyn wore her dress last June, she styled it with a bandana tied around her neck, classic white chucks, my stripe clutch, and a great red lip. When I got my hands on it this past month, I paired it with a long stripe cardigan, gladiator sandals, and this shared paint splattered bag of ours. I think I'm finally over my "it's too long for me" phase. At your knee can be a great cut for a dress too! Especially when chasing kiddos around. ;) 


Do you own a chambray dress? What do you think of our pairings? 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Little Bit Nautical, A Little Bit French

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I was recently gifted these drawstring linen pants from J.Jill and I have to say, they are so my fast favorites! It was a no brainier when it came to styling these beauties for the first time. A pairing a little bit nautical and a little bit French just had to be created. To be honest, it was a little bit retro with a nod to Dirty Dancing as well! (<-- Might be my all time favorite boomerang.)

I wore this outfit for watching fireworks over Lake Geneva and let's be honest, this red, white, and blue look was a great choice for the holiday. That said, this pairing is great for any day of the week in all actuality. In fact, I've worn this outfit (or a variation of it) two more times since. What can I say? I love these white linen pants! It's fun to wear them at my natural waist (perks of a draw-string) then styling them by tying a top or tucking one in. It's also fun to wear them lower down towards my hips and adding a longer top while cuffing the ankles. Gotta love a versatile items of clothing! 

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SHOP THE LOOK:
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Hat & Pants: c/o J.Jill // Top: Old Navy (Sold out)  // Bag: Urban Expressions via E Street Denim // Shoes: Converse // Sunglasses: Rayban // Watch: Movado

What do you think of this pairing? 
Do you currently own white linen pants?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Baby Shower Style | ASOS Maternity Dress


A pancake station ✔️ 
Baby succulents ✔️ 
A "Mom-osa" bar ✔️ 
A carriage made of cupcakes ✔️

...These are a few of my favorite things 

I must say, the gracious hosts of our baby shower (all 7 of them!) didn't miss a beat in personalizing the day just for us and our growing Family. I remember how early my Mom started plotting ideas for shower day...We shared the big news with our parents in December and a few weeks after Christmas, she was already making folders with ideas and inspiration. A few months later, she hosted the rest of the ladies in my Family at her house for an Italian dinner while they narrowed down options and delegated different tasks to be completed. All along, my Mom made sure everything was kept secret from us because she wanted all of the touches to be a surprise and more than that, didn’t want us having to think about anything since there was already so much on our plates. I’ve been involved in planning multiple different showers (baby and wedding) so I know how much work they are and I can't thank them enough for their time and efforts.

The shower was a few weeks ago and we are still overwhelmed with the love we were shown that day. There was so much joy and happiness spilling out of every little moment and we feel so blessed that our little man is already so loved. P.S. You should have seen our faces once we got all of the gifts into our house...oh my God. I just kept saying, babies CANNOT need this much stuff (though I'm told we'll be surprised how much of it we actually do use). We put everything in the dining room until we were ready to start going through it (many days later) and then napped on the couch for hours, the dog included. A tiring day for us all!

Here are few shots of my favorite details:

party favor succulents found here

cupcake carriage by smallcakes 

"mom-osa" station


As for the dress, I considered quite a few – I basically kept my eye on the rotating maternity styles at ASOS for a few months and closer to shower day, I ordered a few different ones. I was obsessed with this style online – It was out of stock for so long (and actually is again, but the maxi version is available!). I loved it so I waited for it to be re-stocked to try it on...unfortunately, it was still a little too big/boxy on me and I was really looking for something more body hugging. As I’ve mentioned previously, I prefer this when it comes to maternity styles…in my mind, there’s no reason we should hide our bump or the rest of our shape. With that said, I ended up choosing this half sleeve style (in light blue, of course!) and was very happy with it. 

SHOP MY SHOWER LOOK:









P.S. If you're still hunting for a maternity occasion dress, here are a few of the other runners-up I debated on and off...they're all so beautiful! 

SHOP OCCASION DRESSES:



And because this outtake is too good not to share...Damn wind! Would have been a fun shot :)


Overjoyed and overwhelmed, all at once!
Can't believe we're about to become Mom & Dad...Eek!!

Let the adventure begin... 

Wearing:

Shoes: Splendid c/o ShopBop
Earrings: Francesca's (old), similar
Bracelet: Alex & Ani
Lipstick: Butter London - Loved Up