That 70′s Post & a Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway!

I was recently approached by a company called Pink Blush Maternity to browse their collection as I am, obviously, very pregnant. I had never heard of their brand before and as I scrolled through their website I became giddy! I’m always complaining about the lack of affordable and stylish maternity clothes and I feel like I hit the jackpot with these guys! They have pretty much everything from sensible and basic every-day items, to colorful and fun eye catching pieces, to classics with a fun twist. There’s something for everyone, but more importantly, lots for me! I was instantly drawn to all of their colorful printed clothes since around here Spring is most definitely in the air!

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My little boog was part of this shoot too! She is VERY into ‘modeling’ lately. Puts her hands on her hips and “poses.” It’s literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, ha. So expect to see a lot more of her on here. Maybe I’ll start blogging her outfits too! ;] Here she’s wearing a Target tunic, Baby GAP ‘jeggings’ and Oshkosh B’gosh slip ons. Oh and my hat.

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DRESS: C/O PINK BLUSH MATERNITY (on sale NOW for just $22!) || SHOES: JIMMY CHOO (similar here) || HAT: EXPRESS (similar here) || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN LUXE || RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE || SHADES: TOMS

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So anyway, back to me here! I’m obsessed with this dress and as soon as it showed up I knew I was going to style it all 70′s like. Especially since it was 70 degrees out when I wore it! It just felt appropriate. The colors and pattern are beautiful, and it’s something so different for me. I’m constantly trying to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to my wardrobe and I decided it would be no different while pregnant!

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I like this dress a lot because on cooler days I can wear it as a top as well paired with white skinnies. I think, technically, it is a top but all maternity clothes run really large and long on me, so I opted to wear it as a dress instead.

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Now for the giveaway! All you have to do to enter is click on the link below and the follow the super easy steps! Nothing is mandatory, but you won’t get any entries unless you do SOMETHING! The more things you follow/do the more chances you have to win a $25 gift card to Pink Blush Maternity! ($25 will get you this top, and you’ll still have a few bucks left over!!) Giveaway starts today and ends next Tuesday! I’ll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, so get your entries in!!

Win $25 to Pink Blush Maternity by clicking this link!

 

DISCLAIMER: If you have already won a Pink Blush Maternity giveaway in the past 6 months you are, unfortunately, not eligible to win this time around.
The selected winner has 48 hours to claim their prize before I will pick another winner.

 

GOOD LUCK!

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Put a Little Spring in Your Step!

After reviewing my blog posts these past couple of months I realized I needed more color in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% ok with an all black wardrobe, tres chic! BUT with warmer temps coming our way I did feel like I had to spice things up a bit with some color, and where better to start than your shoes!

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BLAZER: OLD, similar here, on sale now.|| TOP: ASOS || JEANS: MOLLY & ZOE (similar here | maternity here) || HEELS: CHARLOTTE RUSSE  (similar here & here)|| BAG: CHANEL || SHADES: RAY BANS || EARRINGS: KATE SPADE || BUMP BAND: ASOS

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I’ve finally invested in one of those “belly bands.” They’re like thick bands of stretchy fabric that you wear around your stomach over your pants. They’re basically made to help you be able to wear your non-maternity pants longer and they look as though you’re wearing “layers.” I never had one during my first pregnancy, but I was SO big I couldn’t wear many of my normal clothes anyway. This time around I fit in all of my regular pants in every way except for around the bump, obviously, so I bought one of those belly bands to be able to wear my jeans & such longer. What a good investment, too! I’m quite happy with it. 
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I’m so in love with these shoes! They’re springy and colorful and fun and, believe it or not, so comfortable! They were perfect for walking around the town on a gorgeous afternoon but dress up any outfit in seconds. I’m really excited to wear these well into the summer with a little white dress! 
IMG_2462 IMG_2481 IMG_2486 IMG_2497 IMG_2510Isn’t this top adorable too? I am just so in love with ASOS’s maternity line! So much color and youth! If you’re a young mom like me, there are few things worse than the expectation that people put on you to start dressing like a 50′s housewife. It’s even worse when you’re pregnant! Walking into Motherhood Maternity makes me angry sometimes, their options are just so…..drab. ASOS maternity is where it’s at! If you’re looking for some amazing maternity options for spring I most definitely suggest you browse their site, you won’t be disappointed!

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The Iron Throne

My outfits this past weekend had really coincided with some events that I was completely unaware of while getting dressed, ha. Yesterday’s post was the Kurt Cobain tank top on the 20th anniversary of his passing, and with this outfit I wore a necklace I call “the iron throne” on Game of Thrones premier day! I used to wear a ton of silver jewelry, but in the last year or so I’ve incorporated a lot of gold into my wardrobe. I started to neglect everything silver and stopped buying it all together. I missed it, so since then I have been on the hunt for a metal-like silver necklace to wear with more casual outfits and this is it!

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Doesn’t this necklace remind you of the iron throne? I love it! I love the color of the silver against the dark red dress. They pair so well together!

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JACKET: H&M (similar here, on sale) || DRESS: H&M || NECKLACE: H&M (similar here) || SHADES: RAY BANimage-17 IMG_2306

It’s a little embarrassing that this entire outfit is from H&M, but what can I say? I just love that store. The jacket is from last spring, the necklace and dress are recent purchases. If I’ve said it once I’ll say it a million times, maxi dresses are your best friends when pregnant! This is not a maternity dress, but the fabric is stretchy and hem around the stomach falls perfectly so I can tuck it up a little bit without making it look awkward. It’ll work now and I can wear it well into the summer when my bump is retreating! hahaIMG_2326 IMG_2333 IMG_2347

Days like this when it’s gorgeous out are wasted if you’re not outside. Spending a little quality time at the beach with my little one looking for shells, sand dollars, and sea glass makes my heart happy. The air was a little cool this day but the sand was so warm, it felt so good on my feet!  I’m entirely too excited for Summer, but I’ll enjoy spring while it’s here!

REMINDER! Today is the LAST day you can enter my Hydroxatone giveaway! I’ll be randomly selecting one winner and announcing it on the blog tomorrow! Good luck! Enter here.

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20th Anniversary Edition

When I put this outfit on and decided to snap a few pictures in front of the Iconic Stone Pony, I had no idea what day it was… but apparently my subconscious did! 20 years later… RIP Kurt.

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I’m not the ultimate Nirvana fan, I believe that honor belongs to my husband, ha, but anyone who likes real music can appreciate what Kurt Kobain did for music today. And if you can’t, go listen to your skrillex and shut up. Nirvana also gave way to Dave Grohl, who is my spirit animal, so I mean obviously I love them.

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SHIRT: H&M (old, similar here) || BRALETTE: VICTORIA’S SECRET (similar here) || KIMONO: FOREVER21 || LEGGINGS: H&M || BOOTS: JIMMY CHOO || BAG: H&M (similar style here and  here) || SHADES: RAY BAN || RING: ROMAN LUXE
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It’s funny as I write this thinking about how going to the Stone Pony is literally no big deal for me but some people may be like ohhhh wow! hah. I’ve spent my entire life on the beach, no more than a 5 minute drive away no matter where I lived, (save for a few years after college when a momentary lapse in judgement made me think it was ok to relocate up north, never again). I used to spend my weekends at the Pony watching my now husband and friend’s bands play, now I live about 2 minutes from the venue. It’s pretty legit. Anywho! I dig this outfit… another band t-shirt, surprise surprise! Like I said, I have a plenty! I refuse to dress warm anymore, even if the weather calls for it. It is Spring and that is how I am dressing from now on, so there!

Don’t forget about my Hydroxatone giveaway happening now! There is still 2 days left to enter!! I’ll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, someone will win over $100 in Hydroxatone amazingness, so don’t miss out! Enter here.

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Some Impromptu Maternity Photos

Over the weekend I was playing around with my camera, tripod, and self-timer settings when my daughter discovered she loves being in front of the camera. I mean, she loves when we take “selfies” together, but this brought on a whole new level of appreciation. I was using her as a test subject and she loved it, it turned into a mini photo shoot and I wanted to share some of the pictures with you guys because they actually turned out pretty beautiful!

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Please ignore the fact that she’s wearing Minnie Mouse pajamas & a tutu, it’s her “princess outfit.” And I’m in a sports bra & leggings… we really like to class it up on our days off!

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Bumpdate: I’m 33 & a half weeks now! Crazy how fast this time goes. I feel like we JUST announced our pregnancy…. with Charlotte! haha. When you are on your second child, times moves so quickly! I’m not sitting around just waiting for a baby to show up anymore, I’m always on the go with this little one and work. Baby R #2 is going to be here before we know it!

Hope you guys enjoyed our little photo shoot! Don’t forget about my Giveaway with HYDROXATONE happening now! Visit my last post for all the details on how to enter! It takes about 30 seconds! Good luck!

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My Beauty Routine & Hydroxatone Giveaway!

I get a lot of questions about my beauty routine and the products I use, so I thought I’d put together a little post on my everyday beauty routine, complete with a giveaway from Hydroxatone! (One of my favorite beauty lines, duh). Behold: the terrifying blank canvas!

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Step one:always start with a Primer! They smooth out your skin and fill in a the little lines and wrinkles so you have a smooth, clean blank canvas to work with when applying the rest of your makeup. I’ve been known to switch around, but my go-to right now is Arbonne primer.

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Step 2: My beauty routine has changed recently. It used to be: Primer, then a thick coat of foundation to cover up everything else on my face. That’s before I was introduced to Hydroxatone! Now I use their BB cream, and a thin layer of it, to cover up all of my imperfections. I pump a little bit onto the top of my hand, use my finger to dab it onto various spots on my face, then use a flat brush to blend.

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Step 3: Powder foundation. Since this BB cream is so amazing, I only swipe on a very small amount of Arbonne’s powder foundation to smooth out any areas that were overlooked before. I generally apply to my forehead, nose, and chin, since I’ll be applying bronzer, blush, and highlighter to my cheeks later and I don’t want to cake on too much product. (I’ll also add a little bit of concealer under my eyes or around my nose if necessary!)

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Step 4: Bronzer! I am a huge fan of Arbonne’s bronzer. It only comes in one shade but seems to morph itself to match whatever shade my skin is at the time… ha. I swipe this on with an angled brush UNDER my cheek bones. I also apply a light dusting along my hairline and jawline, but not as much as my cheeks.

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Step 5: Blush. I usually apply blush to the apples of my cheeks with a sliiiiiight swipe upwards. Typically I switch between a few shades between NARS and Smashbox, depending on my look for the day.

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Step 6: Highlighter. I use Laura Mercier’s powder highlighter. I’ve had it since the summer and it shows no sign of running out any time soon, it’s amazing! I apply this above my cheekbones, along the bridge of my nose, and in the center of my forehead.

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Step 7: BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!!! This is the most important step you could possibly do while applying your makeup. Without blending, you may walk around looking like a drag queen. I use the same big brush I apply my powder foundation with and blend from my cheeks upwards towards my hairline in big circular motions.

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Step 8: Eyeliner. I either use a liquid eyeliner or a pencil depending on the rest of my look for the day. When I’m going for something more casual, without any eyeshadow, I’ll usually apply liquid liner. I generally use Arbonne’s liquid liner as it’s amazing for sensitive eyes, which mine 100% are! However, when that runs out and I wait for my new liner to arrive, I’ll use this liner pen from NYC. It’s about $2 and super easy to apply.

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Step 9: Eyebrows. If there is one thing you take away from my post today it is this: GROOM YOUR DAMN EYEBROWS! That doesn’t just mean plucking or getting waxed, it means groom them, mold them, shape them! Your waxing or plucking means nothing if they’re crazy and all over the place. Use a clear eyebrow gel, it basically looks like clear mascara.

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Step 10: Mascara. I pull my look together with mascara. I’m prone to using drugstore brands, actually. I think you generally get the same results as if you splurged on a super expensive brand. Normally I’ll buy Maybelline’s Falsies mascara. I’m addicted to it. Mascara tends to dry out so quickly, so I’m not fond of spending an arm and a leg on it. However, I’ve been gifted Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara about three times in a row, so that’s what I’ve been using lately, ha.

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And voila! This is the completed look of my casual, everyday beauty routine.

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For a little extra ‘flare’ I’ll add a pop of color to my lips. Depending on my mood I’ll either throw on a sheer pink gloss or a lipstick. Here I’m wearing LAQA & CO’s fat lip pencil in Lambchop. It’s like a more subtle version of NARS Schiap (which I love).

AND NOW FOR MY GIVEAWAY!

As I said earlier, I was anti BB creams. Every single one I ever tried did absolutely nothing, and I have tried them all! BB creams are basically supposed to be a foundation, concealer, primer, whatever else, all in one. I’ve always found that I had to apply a thick, thick coat to get the coverage I desired from this kind of product. So I gave up on them all together. Until one day, about a month or two ago, during Beauty Chat on Twitter, I was introduced to Hydroxatone. Someone asked about BB creams & I voiced my opinion on how they’re useless when they tweeted to me & asked if I had ever tried theirs, which I had not. They were kind enough to send me a sample and all I can say is, it’s life changing! THIS is the BB cream I have been looking for! It covers so well, I only need to apply the smallest amount, which means I don’t waste a ton of product, which then means it will last me much longer, yay!

NOW you can win your very own bottle of Hydroxatone’s  Anti-Aging BB Cream AND their anti-acne CC cream! All you have to do is follow the very easy steps below!

1. Follow me on Twitter here.

2. Follow Hydroxatone on Twitter here.

3. Follow me on Instagram here.

4. Follow Hydroxatone on Instagram here.

5. ‘LIKE’ Hydroxatone’s Facebook page here.

Once you have completed these 5 easy steps, feel free to leave a comment below! The more steps you take the more entries you get, so follow, follow, follow! This giveaway will end on Tuesday the 8th and I will announce the winner on Wednesday the 9th. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor! ;]

*Hydroxatone’s products can be found at Ulta & Khols, in stores or online.

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A State of Nirvana

Remember on Friends when Rachel was pregnant? Back then I swore that I would channel her style whenever I went through my own pregnancy. This outfit in particular always stuck out in my mind. Old ladies gasped at the sight of her bump poking out under her shirt but I loved it. Fake baby bump or not, she had some sick style.

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I will forever be team Jen, everything about her is just lovely, so it makes sense that I would fixate even on her fake pregnancy style, ha.

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T-SHIRT: H&M (similar here) || SKIRT: CHARLOTTE RUSSE || BAG: H&M (similar here) || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE (similar here)|| SHADES: RAY BAN || RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE

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This is the kind of outfit you will find me in on a regular basis, pregnant or not. Band t-shirts are my go-to since I have about a million of them. (small exaggeration, but I get one from every concert I go to, so I do own a lot!). Obviously this isn’t an authentic Nirvana concert t-shirt, but I’ll pretty much buy any Nirvana T I see, especially if they have a fun twist like the back of this one does. image-32

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Can we also talk about this bag?! Like it or not ladies, fringe is in. There are several ways to attack this trend because, I know better than anyone, it’s not for everyone. I mean, I’m not going to wear a fringe crop top while pregnant, as much as I may want to! ha. So get your hands on some fringe accessories if you want to try the trend but aren’t sure if fringed garments are for you just yet. Take baby steps. In all honesty, when I saw fringe was coming back all I could think of was my mom’s friend who has a heinous fringed brown leather jacket from the 70′s she still wears on a regular basis (before it came back into style, if you can even say that it did come back). So I knew I wasn’t going to be on board 100%, but I saw this bag and realized it’s the perfect way to play with the trend without trying too hard.

image-50Gorgeous right? This is a fun look, definitely more casual but still very my style. And to be honest, I love the looks of disbelief I get from all those hoity-toity old women who wore turtle necks and sweat pants through their pregnancies “back in their day.” Sorry Blanch, not for me! Avert your eyes if you don’t like it. ;]

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What’s Black, White, and Red all over?

This blog post! Ha ha ha… cheesy enough for everyone? Who doesn’t like to start their day with some cheeeeeese.

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image-35image-36image-38image-39 Simple white shirts are another favorite wardrobe staple of mine. I live in white t-shirts (when I’m not pregnant) and either boyfriend jeans, or shorts depending on the season. When I found this top at A Pea in the Pod I was stoked! I immediately saw about 20 different ways I could wear it… BUT this look first!

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This weather was legit. The epitome of a Spring day. When a cool breeze came I simply slumped down the scarf to cover my shoulders and arms and it warmed me right up!

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This bracelet is a flee market find from one of my many trips to Aruba years ago! It used to make an every day appearance in my wardrobe but took a back seat to other accessories over the years. I forgot how much I loved it! It’s amazing what $7 in another country can get you. I just love rediscovering old favorites, don’t you?image-33 image-31 image-32

These are my first ever pair of Louboutins. The hubs bought them for me as a wedding present :) They were insanely uncomfortable at first, but after almost 4 years of being worn in they kind of fit like a glove now. Maybe a glove on OJ’s hand, but a glove none the less! This Target bag is a total knockoff of a Celine, but I’m obsessed with it! I love all the space. I’ve been prone to carrying small crossbody bags for so long so it’s nice to have a little extra room for all of the crap I can accumulate so quickly while still maintaining a sophisticated look.

By the way! Thanks for everyone who weighed in across social media on the topic of going blonde! I’m totally doing it! Have not yet decided which shade of blonde (I’m between white white white blonde or a color similar to my ends) but I’m definitely doing it. Stay tuned ;]

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Wardrobe Staple: Chambray

Image-1-2If there is one thing every woman should have in her closet, it’s a chambray top of some sort. They’re one of the most versatile articles of clothing you can own. Here I’m wearing a chambray tunic over simple leggings with chunky wedges, but there are countless other ways to style yours!

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TUNIC: A PEA IN THE POD || LEGGINGS: H&M || WEDGES: STEVE MADDEN || SHADES: ALDO (similar here) || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN LUXE || WATCH: MICHAEL KORS || BRACELETS: ALEX & ANIchambray chambraychambray

I don’t know what was up with my camera this day, I didn’t add these odd little sun bursts throughout my pictures, it’s natural, haha.

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When the weather starts to really warm up (and my baby bump is gone) I’m looking forward to wearing a chambray button up tucked into white skinny jeans. They also look cute tucked into a full skirt, see how I styled one here.

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I feel as though I must mention that this is one of the most comfortable tops I have ever laid my hands on! The fabric is so soft, I wanted to wear it for days! Sometimes maternity clothes can really surprise me… ha. The weather over the weekend couldn’t have been more perfect either! Getting to wear these wedges again made me giddy. ……..And then it snowed. Le sigh. ALSO! I have a question for my readers. I want to go blonde. Like, blonde blonde. What do you guys think? Should I try it?! :D

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Day to Night: Maxis for Days.

When Spring hits layers take on a whole new meaning. You’re no longer layering for your life, as it’s absurdly freezing and you need to wear just about one of every single item you own to stay warm. You know what I mean? Layering in the Spring is all about taking your look from day to night, or a warm indoor spot to the cooler outdoor temps.

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DRESS: H&M (similar here, and here) || SWEATER: H&M (similar here) || HEELS: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN BRIDE || SHADES: FOREVER21 (similar here) || BAG: CHANEL || LIPSTICK: NARS DRAGON GIRL

h&m maxi dress h&m dress h&m dress h&m dress h&m dressSince we had some freakishly and wonderfully warm weather hit my area last week I jumped at the chance to throw on a maxi dress and flats. Maxi dresses are literally the most perfect item of clothing for pregnant women, so take note! I literally do not own one maternity maxi dress, yet maxi’s were all I wore throughout my last pregnancy and they will be all I wear as the weather starts to warm up this time too. Shop for dresses with jersey fabric, they’re light and stretchy, will fit and flatter and still feel comfortable. I wore this dress throughout the day and before heading out to dinner with friends I threw on the sweater, heels, lipstick, and viola! Instant day-to-night look!

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