Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bump Style Fashion

Being pregnant is a whole different ballgame when it comes to fashion. Things just don't fit like they used to.  I know redoing my wardrobe while pregnant isn't the best idea, but I can't help myself by adding items that I can use after the baby too. Plus, I want to be comfortable enough to do what are now more "difficult tasks," such as bending over to tie my shoes, shaving my legs, and painting my toe nails. Of course finding the right fashion at an affordable cost is somewhat difficult. There's those hideous old school maternity clothes that just don't cut it. (and I would never be caught dead in) And then there's the super cute options that are just outrageously priced. I just can't get myself to buy something that expensive when I'm not sure how I will fit into it after baby. (Especially jeans)  I found that dresses are a safe option and can be worn while pregnant as well as after baby girl makes her debut.

Here are a few of my absolute favorites and must haves I've found so far that don't break the bank:

1. This beautiful floral baby doll is flattering for every body type. Plus they come in different colors for your liking.
2. This pretty navy floral from Beachcoco is one of my favorites! It's flowy and airy enough in the summer months, but you can also throw a cute cardigan over it and dress it up or down.
Beachcoco on Amazon
 3. These stripes make the perfect casual outfit for day and night. Pair it with some flats or some cute tennis shoes and you are set for the day!

4. I've been really into form fitting dresses this pregnancy. I haven't felt like I could wear them (or feel confident enough in them) until I became pregnant. I love the idea of showing off the bump rather than covering it up. I mean, you're only pregnant about 9 months so might as well take advantage of the opportunity! Right?

Motherhood Maternity

5.  Kimonos are a lifesaver when pregnant. When you just don't have the energy to muster up an outfit, just throwing a kimono over a simple shirt is the easiest grab and go option! Especially in the third trimester when your energy starts to dwindle. I can't tell you how many times I just try to find something quick and easy to throw on for the day to run errands or meet up with a friend. Kimonos make it appear as if you've got it together and the best part is you don't need a lot of effort to achieve that look!
Pink Blush

Pink Blush

 6.  Sweaters and Cardigans- another versatile and needed closet piece. Perfect for every body type. Sweaters and Cardigans are flattering and simple. They can dress up any outfit.

Pink Blush
Pink Blush

 6.  Loose blouses are always a good idea. When you are just wanting something comfortable that doesn't hug your body. In my case, when I want to eat more without feeling self conscious or that I need to "suck it in." (Luckily I haven't had to do that for a while!) But I am also loving this pretty piece, because I can still wear it after baby, when I'm just not ready to show off my body yet.

Amazon- Ruffle Floral Blouse
Also loving this simple flowy top that can be worn with literally anything! You can throw a cardigan over it, or leave as is. It's simple, but still equally as beautiful.
Pink Blush
7. On those days where you need to dress it up, but shaving your legs just isn't happening.
Trust me, I get it. The struggle to bend over to even reach your legs is one thing, and then you have to balance to shave? Not happening. That's where this pretty long dress comes in handy. Plus it doubles as a nursing dress, which is a huge bonus in my book. If it makes my life easier, I am so in!

Pink Blush

8.  Last but not least, shoes. I have been keeping it super simple this pregnancy by sticking with shoes that are easy for me to get on myself, without having to ask hubby to help me. (Which yes, has happened more times than I can count). 
I have been living in sandals and slip ons, but I do love a fancier shoe when we go out to dinner. These are the most comfortable shoes I think I have ever owned. They are cute, fashionable, inexpensive and they don;t even feel like you're walking in heels. (Which can be scary when pregnant with the risk of falling or tripping).  They also come in black, and I really think I need to get them in that color too! PLUS, now they are 50% off, and I wish I got them for that good of a deal when I bought them!

Nordstrom - now $29.96!

As you can tell, I am totally crushing on the florals lately.  Florals are just so fresh and feminine. If you saw my Baby Shower post, then you know I chose a floral dress to wear. Something about it just makes me smile! Plus it was super comfortable especially in the hot summer months. Not only do I love revamping my closet, but I also love sprucing up the house with fresh flowers.  A beautifully selected floral arrangement of a dozen roses in different colors complimented with a pretty vase is guaranteed to make anyone feel fantastic. My favorite color is the mauve roses from Roses Only. It would be the perfect compliment to any room decor and freshen up the space.

What are some of your favorite wardrobe staples?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Baby Shower Recap

I had my Baby Shower a few weekends ago and was so overwhelmed with love and support for our baby girl. It was the most relaxed, stress free party I think we've ever had. We normally host at my parents home, but decided having a venue take care of all the setup, food, etc. would be much less stressful for us. I also knew I wanted an indoor shower, as it's August and very hot! My cousins took care of the decorations and games, and I was able to enjoy the entire day!

We had vegetable crudites, a fruit platter and a champagne bar to start off the day.  (We also had a coffee, iced tea and pink lemonade station.)

My cousins took care of the games, made the diaper cakes for the table centerpieces, and really took a ton of stress off my mom and I for the fun day! For the games/prizes, we did:
  • Don't say "Baby"
  • Baby Word Scramble
  • The tray game (We put various kitchen and baby items on the tray and walked around with it, once everyone got a good look, they had to write down as many as they could remember-- the person with the most guesses won!)
  • Diaper Raffle
For favors, I made little pink and gold tags that said "mani thanks" and tied them to different colored pink nail polishes and set them around the tables.

For lunch we had Salad, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, Roasted potatoes, vegetables, and garlic bread. And For dessert we had our raspberry confetti cake, and chocolate mousse. Everything was delicious!

Dress from Pink Blush of course!
Shoes: BP Decker Lace-Up in Nude


 The day was so fun and stress free! Baby girl received a TON of amazing gifts and all is greatly appreciated! Now to wash and get everything organized for her arrival!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Baby Shower Themed Gift Ideas

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With my Baby Shower right around the corner (This Saturday!) Baby shower gifts have been on my mind. And I'm not talking gifts for myself. I've gotten so many ideas on what I'd love to gift my friends whenever it's their turn to have a baby.

What I normally do is check out their registries and tie in pieces I think would look cute with their registry picks! I try to make "themes" out of the gifts I choose.

For my friends Baby shower a few months ago, I chose a "bath theme" where I purchased the bathtub she wanted on her registry,  and paired it with items like rubber duckies, washcloths, a hooded towel, and some Baby Shampoo, Body Wash and Lotions and a Book related to bath time.

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Bathtub | Bath Rinser | Rubber Duckies | Washcloths | Hooded Towel | Baby Wash Set |

Some other great ideas for themed gifts would be:

Laundry Themed- You can get some clothespins and string and hang the onesies and socks on the string and put them in the laundry basket. So as they pull them out they will be attached on the string by the clothespins. 
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Laundry Baskets | Laundry DetergentOnesies | Socks

Fill a Diaper Bag- Get a diaper bag and fill it with baby bottles,  Baby Wipes (even a cute wipe case) , Some plain onesies just in case an accident happens when on the go and you need a quick change, Snacks.

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Diaper BagBaby Bottles | Baby Wipes | Wipe Case Plain Onesies

Sun Theme- Perfect for a Summer Baby, or a family who travels often. Keep baby protected with sunscreen, sunglasses and hat, and complete the set with some fun items like a fun towel,  beach toys and a beach chair.
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Baby sunscreen| beach towel | baby beach chair | splash mat |sunglasses | hat.

Some other ideas:

Sleepy Theme-Humidifier, Nightlight, Calming Essential Oils, Snuggly Stuffed animals, and Calming Sounds.

Bed Theme- Similar to the Sleepy Theme, but some alternatives like you could get some bed sheets,  A cute lamp, and a musical mobile.

Safety Theme- First Aid Baby kit,  Owlet baby monitor, Baby video or sound monitors,

Have you ever gifted someone a "themed" baby shower gift? I'd love to hear what you did!
Do you have any other ideas for themes?