4.15.2015

Black, White, & Red


This will probably be my last outfit post before the “big day”.  I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago on one of those days where we had a break from the frigid weather (you can still see some snow melting on the ground).  

I was so excited to bust out this new light weight coat I bought at Zara on super sale back in January-it was only $49.99!  It didn’t quite button but I think I managed to get away with it.  You can pair red with so many different colors from soft grey to bright turquoise, but when in doubt you’ll never go wrong pairing it with white and black.  

What color do you like to wear with red? 





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Coat: Zara SIMILAR HERE // T-Shirt and Tank: Maternity // Jeans: OLD NAVY MATERNITY NON MATERNITY HERE // Bag: Kate Spade SIMILAR HERE // Pumps: NORDSTROM



4.11.2015

MY FAVORITE FINDS




HAPPY SATURDAY!  Hope you have some great plans for the weekend but if you have some downtime here are some of my favorite links from around the web.


  • This last month of my pregnancy has seriously sent my sweet tooth into overdrive.  I may just have to try this CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE recipe this weekend.  It looks DIVINE! 
  • I never set out to have a “signature scent” but really the only thing I ever wear is LIGHT BLUE by DOLCE & GABBANA.  It seems to be the only scent that sticks to me and it’s lemony notes remind me of summers spent eating lemon ice pops by the beach in the South of Italy.  I'm always on the lookout for something new and plan to give these CITRUS SCENTS a try next time I am in Sephora. 
  • If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I subscribe to BIRCH BOX and love it.  It’s like my birthday comes once a month when I get that box full of little surprises in the mail.  You can imagine my delight when I came across this FOOD SUBSCRIPTION BOX called TRY THE WORLD !  What could be better than receiving delicious goodies from around the world straight to your home? This is the perfect gift especially for a new mom (wink, wink to my husband if he’s reading this). 
  • Maybe it’s the weather warming up but I’ve definitely had the shopping bug lately.  I’m trying to hold off as much as I can but the great sales on new arrivals are killing me. JCREW is currently running 25% off full price styles and an extra 30% off spring sale styles with code SHOPNOW.  They have a great PANT FIT GUIDE that details all the styles they carry.  
  • The weekend is always a great time for relaxing, reflecting and reading something inspirational.  THIS ARTICLE is a must read! 

4.09.2015

SHOP BOP FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE

SHOPBOP has been running their Friends and Family Sale all week and today is the LAST DAY! Use code SPRING25 at checkout and get 25% off almost everything (some exclusions apply.)  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites items that will be perfect for spring and summer.  



Since I’ll be post baby belly this summer I’ve been on the look out for nice one-pieces like THIS ELLA MOSS SUIT that has just the right amount of coverage and sass!  I definitely need to purchase a pair of THESE IPANEMA JELLIES that can go straight from the beach to dinner with this PRETTY MAXI DRESS which would look great worn open as a cover-up. Or if you prefer a more traditional cover-up option this JOIE TUNIC is perfect.  I would throw it over white jeans for a more dressed up look with these NEUTRAL SANDALS that will seriously “go with anything”.  You can never go wrong buying summer basics like this FEMININE TOP or these TORTOISE SHELL SUNNIES and the start of a new season is always a great time to clean out your makeup bag and replace it with a cute one like THIS.  I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Clair Vivier but if you haven’t let me introduce you to her super soft, simple and stylish bags like THIS TOTE with just the right amount of “french girl” flair. 

Now is also a great time to add items to your wardrobe that are trending for spring and summer like these HIGH-WAISTED JEANS or this HIGH-WAISTED SKIRT, this MINI BUCKET BAG, these FRINGE SANDALS and this adorable DENIM SKIRT .  Although they are current trends, they are also classic pieces that will make great additions to your wardrobe for seasons to come.  And at 25% off, you really can’t go wrong - but hurry this sale ends tonight! 


























4.06.2015

My Favorite Finds (Pregnancy Edition)



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Now that I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy (17 days till my due date) I think it’s a good time to recap my favorite items, the ones I couldn’t have lived without for these past 9 months.  Although there are things that you will definitely use more in one trimester and less in others,  I’ve made pretty good use of all these items.

I can’t recommend exercise enough throughout your entire pregnancy (with your physicians approval of course.)  I continued to take spin classes and workout with a trainer all the way up to my 7th month.  I stopped around 7 months for various reasons and definitely felt less energy and flexibility along with poorer sleep, although my SNOOGLE has been a godsend.  It’s big no doubt, but it helps prevent back pain and makes sleeping more comfortable.  I think I’ll have a hard time parting with this after pregnancy.  As for exercise,  even though I’m less than 3 weeks away, I’m trying to incorporate walking and squats back into my daily routine as I’ve read this helps with labor.  Workout clothes that fit well have been hard to find but I like the CHAMPION maternity line at Target because it fits well and is super comfortable and affordable. 

Even if you do work out, your body will change and your belly will inevitably stretch.  I’ve used MUSTELLA DOUBLE ACTION STRETCH MARK CREAM  throughout my pregnancy.  I’m prone to stretch marks so I’m hoping that this will help keep them at bay.  I haven’t seen any yet but keeping my fingers crossed. 

As your body changes and grows you’ll need to purchase new clothes.  I find that whatever styles work for you pre-pregnancy are what you should stick to during your pregnancy.  I like to wear jeans and tight fitting tops so I continued to wear these items during the past months.  You’ll most likely veer towards one type of panel pant.  THE GAP has a wide selection of all three types of jeans and pants.  For me I loved side insert early on which I wore with my BELLABAND later in pregnancy and the full panel as my belly got bigger.  I would recommend buying the BELLABAND in nude so that it can be worn underneath both light and dark tops.  OLD NAVY MATERNITY TANKS have been one of my favorite items, they are cheap and comfy and can be worn underneath sweaters and button downs or as a PJ top.  I think I will continue to use these as I nurse. 

Although pregnancy is a beautiful experience, many women will suffer uncomfortable side effects like morning sickness, nausea and indigestion.  I had really bad morning sickness the first three months and the only thing that helped was sleep and anything ginger. One of my favorite ginger remedies was this GINGER TEA.  As the nausea disappeared and I was able to eat more, the indigestion crept up and now is a daily occurrence.  I have a couple of bottles of TUMS SMOOTHIES around the house and pop a few when it really gets unbearable.   They help soothe and also provide a extra dose of calcium but as always make sure to ask your doc first.  

What are your favorite pregnancy items? 



4.01.2015

Stripes on Stripes


My favorite part of a new season is being able to check out and shop all the new arrivals.  This season I won’t be doing any shopping since I am well in to my third trimester.  

I’ve scratched that itch by decorating the nursery and shopping for my little one which has been loads of fun.  For me, I’ll keep my sights set on summer, when I’ll hopefully be able to purchase some new additions to my wardrobe.  I am curious to see how my body will change and or bounce back from pregnancy and keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t be too tough.  

In the meantime, I’ve tried to make the best out of what maternity items I have and tried to use any of my pre-pregnancy pieces that could work.  Both the turtleneck and dress in this shot are non-maternity but have just the right amount of give to fit me comfortably.  This has to be one of my favorite and possibly the most comfy outfit I’ve worn my entire pregnancy.  

It’s purely coincidence that the bag and dress match perfectly but I love the concept of pairing vertical with horizontal stripes, don’t you? 





Shop the Post: Dress: Old (Another option HERE and HERE // Turtleneck: JCREW // Boots: Old (Another option HERE and HERE) // Bag: Old ( Similar HERE ) // Sunglasses: NORDSTROM // Bracelets: Alex and Ani // Watch & Ring: Old