A friend of mine keeps checking in asking if we have a new baby yet. She made me crack up when she mentioned that I was like the new April the giraffe–ha, which is exactly how I feel!
As of today, I am officially 39 weeks! As of last Wednesday, I’ve had three rounds of false labor (not fun), and the energy of a slug. This is the first time I’ve actually made it to full term (39 weeks), so it’s kind of strange knowing that I will most likely walk into the hospital tomorrow for a scheduled appointment to have a baby! And although that was always the plan, for all of my girls, early labor always seemed to beat my due date to the punch.
The Crazy Homestretch
This entire last month of pregnancy has been a bit crazy. Contractions pretty much started around 34 weeks triggered by any type of normal walking during my day-to-day routines. For the entire month of April, I’ve been on edge thinking, “Any day now!” Of course now that I expected to go early, I ended up hanging on until the very end.
My goal this month was to make it to my baby shower and Easter. I especially wanted to give my girls one last calm Easter before the true chaos begins. I’m anxious to meet my new baby girl, but also embracing each remaining day as a family of four. Thankfully, I made it past both occasions. My beautiful mom and beautiful friends threw me an over the top baby shower. Here I was thinking I’d have a little sprinkle, and instead I was surprised with a chic and glammed up party. It was fantastic, and can’t believe all of the support and love I have from family and friends.
What I Wore
For my shower and Easter, I wore a nude embellished maternity dress from the ASOS‘ maternity lines. I fell in love with a nude and jeweled up number at first sight. In fact, I’m wanting to even keep it for after the baby, but I’m pretty sure I won’t have the bust to fill it out–ha!
Timing was also on my side with the launch of Target’s Sugarfix by BaubleBar launch. BaubleBar is one of my favorite online accessory brands–they’re always up to date on the latest trends. Rather than having to go to a busy mall or spend extra money online, you can literally make a run for your normal Target goods… toilet paper, lotion, and stunning high-end earrings! With my low energy right now, one stop shopping is a must!
Well, wish me luck friends! The next post I have planned will be all about the newest member of the Marrier family! I can’t wait to meet her!
At last! I’m approaching the last stretch of my pregnancy, but I must admit this last trimester is testing my fashion game. At this point I really couldn’t care less about what I wear. I prefer leggings and t-shirts to anything else right now. However, an online maternity store by the name of Ingrid and Isabel recently reached out and introduced me to their irresistible and chic line for pregnant women and moms going through the postpartum stage. When I pulled up their website and saw how chic and gorgeous everything was, I had to try out their looks!
Three Beautiful Maternity Looks
So, I tried out 3 different looks… My first look was a bohemian white off the shoulder midi dress. Also available in pink, black and blue, this dress is super comfortable, lightweight, and made with quality. My next piece is another off the shoulder get up, but it’s a top. This top’s beautiful embroidered details and light fabric makes dressing up or dressing down any OOTD super easy. Finally, for a more formal look–like my baby shower coming up, I’m wearing a pink lace boatneck dress (super stretchy and surprisingly very comfortable). Take a look at the Ingrid and Isabel website; I promise you’ll be tempted to load up your online shopping cart with beautifully made clothing.
More Than Maternity Clothes
My favorite thing about this line I that they make their pieces for your pregnancy, but also for the postpartum months. This makes me feel so much better about spending money on maternity clothes–which I hate because it’s such a temporary time period. However, with these looks, I can continue to wear my clothes even after my pregnancy, and at the same time, I’ll still be fabulous and on trend!
Check out Ingrid and Isabel for yourself for their modern and chic apparel for expecting mamas! Also, check them out on their social channels–
This mama is feeling a lot better. With both of my pregnancies, my nausea, food aversions and low energy was long gone by the second trimester. However, with this pregnancy, I haven’t been so lucky. Even over the Christmas break, I was dealing with morning sickness, food aversions, super low energy, headaches and a horrible toothache! Recently, my energy seems to be creeping back up, I’m not being super picky on what to eat, nausea may only come in waves a couple of times a week, and I finally fixed my tooth problem which has also helped reduce the headaches. Finally, things are looking promising!
Not Trading in the Chic
So I’m pretty much feeling like a seasoned vet when it comes to this whole pregnancy thing. However, this time around, especially now that I’m blogging, I’m learning that style doesn’t have to be compromised. With that being said, you would think comfort would then have to be sacrificed, but that’s not the case either.
Like I explained before on my last maternity post, I am obsessed with Pink Blush and love how they incorporate the current chic trends for women, yet still take comfort into account. Today’s Pink Blush find is a chic olive dress (see the non-maternity version here) with a ruched/gathered side to either dress up your bump, or just add a little bit of pizzazz. This dress comes in multiple colors for multiple seasons, and best of all, it’s soooooo comfortable, soft and stretchy. This dress looks amazing alone or layered with an accent piece.
How I Wore It
Take a look at my looks below for inspiration. I’ve paired this chic look with an oversized faux style vest, over the knee boots (my defaults this season) and dramatic chandelier earrings. This dress is also just as stunning by itself! Remember… Pink Blush is not only all about the pregnant mamas, they’re really just about making women feel beautiful. They’ve got something for everyone, so check them out! I will also be hosting a Pink Blush $75 gift card giveaway today around noon, so be on standby via Instagram for the launch of that contest (@snafierce)!
We all know that wearing what you feel is all the rage. Yes, graphic tees are super popular, but I’ve started to notice that it’s hard to make a statement that is original and not redundant. We’ve all seen the, “But first, coffee” or “Fry Day” tees, but these sayings can be a bit overdone, so it’s nice to finally find a company that specializes in original quotes and sayings.
Meet Thread Tank
I recently came across a company by the name of Thread Tank, “The Stories You Can Wear.” This company recently reached out and introduced me to their amazing line of graphic tees for both women and men. I was immediately sold by their catchy and clever sayings as soon as I began scrolling their site. I personally fell in love with
everything mom related, mainly because I’m currently carrying around my twenty-four hour mom cargo (baby bump) ha! I selected their adorable “Mama Bear” and “Papa Bear” tees for my husband and I. I thought this would allow for really cute maternity pics. I also chose their “Mom Game Strong” tee. This shirt just spoke to me because I highly respect the moms out there who are constantly multitasking, wearing many hats, and living their dreams–all while balancing mom life. These women are my inspiration.
Check out today’s pictures as well as the Thread Tank website or Instagram profile for inspiration. These tees would make a great Christmas gift for yourself, or even a loved one. Be sure to follow me today on my Instagram account… I’ll be hosting a giveaway where three lucky winners will be chosen to select a tee of their choice! That’s right, not one, but THREE lucky winners!
Enjoy the rest of your week friends, and don’t forget to wear what you feel!
For some reason, every winter my wardrobe turns to blah–desperately lacking color! It’s even evident on my Instagram feed. Other than my pop of reds from Christmas, you can sort of see the color fade away for the winter.
Saying NO to Segregation
Don’t get me wrong, I love my wardrobe choices, but it’s like the color gets sucked right out of my closet! And yes, it does have a lot to do with the fact that companies tend to focus on the neutrals for the winter, and release their ‘colored’ clothes in the spring and summer. But hey… let’s not segregate our seasons here! And who’s to say colors have to be muted in the winter? Well, I’m ready for a change… I need a pop of color in my life, or at least on my Instagram feed. Ha!
My Color Fix
Today’s dress was another PinkBlush find! Hey, I know this is my second PinkBlush post this week, but they have killer deals, and I wanted to share my looks before it was too late! Like stated in my last blog post, PinkBlush is a company that started off as a maternity boutique, and is known for their chic maternity clothes, however, PinkBlush maternity is now offering the latest trends for all women! Not only are their looks chic, but they’re also made beautifully and with comfort in mind for us busy women. The best part of all, these clothes are affordable. For my mamas who are pregnant or in that transition period, PinkBlush’s trendy maternity clothes, and even their women’s line, will suit you perfectly.Today’s gorgeous floral draped maxi dress, (here it is as a cute maternity dress) was the perfect pop of color I needed to give me my color fix!