Thursday, June 22, 2017

they can't all be winners

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Some outfits I post on here feel like a real home run - the lighting is great, the outfit photographs well and I feel pretty confident in what I'm posting - and then there's outfits like these. Those days when it's kinda gross outside, the hair is lackluster at best and the outfit is blah. But you know what? All the outfits can't be winners. Some days you just have to rock the slouchy dress, messy hair and a big 'ol dose of blah.

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dress: Target (similar) last worn here  |  cardigan: (similar)  |  sandals: American Eagle (cute alternative)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (similar)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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Today makes 24 weeks pregnant, so here's a quick bump update: Baby boy is approximately a foot long (so big!) and the size of an ear of corn. He's been super active lately and I'm starting to see his movements, which is fun. He's been a bit shy whenever husband tries to feel his kicks, but I'm sure he'll be feeling them soon enough!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

midi skirted belly bump

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For those of you who have followed this space for awhile, you know adore midi skirts. My obsession began last summer and since then have added quite a few to my closet - red, polka dotted, pink pleated, teal - I went a bit wild. But with sadness, I packed them away for the move and didn't anticipate being able wear them again until after the baby was born.

That is, until I started seeing all these adorable midi skirt maternity outfits on Pinterest and became obsessed with trying it for myself. The question was, which skirt? Enter this cream, dotted midi skirt back bought back in March, but unworn before it was packed away with the rest of my midis. Which really bugged - beyond annoying to have wait at least nine months, if not longer, before finally getting to wear it. So when I decided to try out a maternity midi skirt outfit for myself, I knew I had to rip off the tags and wear this one.

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shirt: Loft (similar) last worn here  |  skirt: J. Crew (options below)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  purse: GAP (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)  |  earrings: Kendra Scott (exact in drusy)

Sadly, my skirt is no longer available, but I did find some fun alternatives for you:


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While I'm not 100% convinced I'm pulling it off, it was nice to wear something different than my ever present jersey dresses and kimonos. So that has to count for something, right? :) That and the fact that I fixed my hair for the first time in weeks. I don't mind the wavy, but this definitely feels more like me and sometimes you just need to fix your hair and pull out an old favorite look to feel more like yourself (and less like the beached whale I keep telling my husband I feel like).

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Monday, June 19, 2017

monday musings: week 24

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Welcome to Monday Musings! Each Monday I share a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q: What do you like about where you live?

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A: This question is timely since summer in Florida is especially hard for me - even more so while pregnant. It's so dang HOT, tourist season is in full blast and I start to fantasize about places like the Arctic. My husband and I joke that we reverse hibernate - all the outside things in the fall/winter and glorious air conditioned indoors during the worst of summer.

So it's good to reflect on the things I do like about living here: the unbelievable ocean views, a job that I actually like, my beautiful new home, Disney World within driving distance (hello Florida resident rates!), not to mention St. Augustine - one of my absolute favorite Florida spots - and we have moderate winters. All good things. So right now might not be my favorite Florida season, but there's still plenty to look forward to - beach days, 4th of July fireworks, cookouts (I got my husband a grill for Father's Day) and rainy summer days that make it cool enough to go adventuring. :)

What do you like about where you live? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

thoughts and whatnots: 6.18.17

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blog love:

on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:


whatnots:
  • what I'm making: Banana bread. Yum! 
  • what I'm watching: We just got daddy "The Lego Batman Movie," so I'm sure we'll be watching it at some point today. 
  • what I'm crushing on: I'm on the lookout for cute - but most importantly comfy - neutral heeled sandals. Something like these tan ankle strap cork heels, these cognac gladiator style wedges or these buckled strappy sandals
  • what I'm looking forward to: Spending the day with my favorite husband and daddy - Happy Father's Day at all the dads out there!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

back to black

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In the summer time (okay I know it's not officially summer, but it sure feels like it), I tend to gravitate toward lighter, brighter colors, floral patterns and seersucker stripes. But for this outfit, I decided to go back to the basics with an outfit of all neutrals with a strong emphasis on black. Because sometimes a girl just doesn't feel like all the colors - and you can't go wrong with basic black, right?

Random side note, when my husband was taking these photos he wanted to know why on earth I had bunnies on my kimono - which I can kind of see it - but I assure you they're flowers, not wildlife. :) I managed to score this kimono for a mere $13 dollars from Forever21. Mine's from the plus section and is unfortunately now sold out, but the non-plus version is still available and only $17 if you're interested.

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kimono: Forever21 (exact)  |  dress: Old Navy maternity (exact)  |  sandals: Target (cute alternative)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact three pearl, exact six pearl)

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Today makes 23 weeks, so it's time for another bump update. Baby boy's checkup went well yesterday, his heartbeat was 155 and he was determined to kick while the nurse was trying to capture his heart rate. :) He's approximately the size of a large mango (yum!) about 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound - though my bladder is convinced he's 10 times that size! I've been feeling him kick and move a lot lately, which makes the whole thing seem so much more real. October is going to be here before we know it!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

americana

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This outfit feels a little ra-ra- go 'Merica with all the red, white and blue going on, but I can't say I'm mad about it. :) I had a different kimono planned for this outfit, but after searching high and low to no avail - days later I found it buried under a blanket at the end of my bed - I instead discovered this white/red/pink one buried in the bottom of one of the plastic tubs I still haven't unpacked from the move. (Confession: most of my clothes are still aren't unpacked. Opps.)

My big excitement for the day is the anticipated arrival the teal velvet storage sleeper sofa I ordered over a month ago to go in my office/craft room/guestroom...okay mostly craft room. I've been pinning yarn storage options like crazy. :) But seriously, how pretty is this sofa? I got an incredible deal on it, on sale with an additional 20% + free shipping. I ordered a swatch beforehand it it's more teal in real-life - the online picture looks very blue. I'll post photos to Instagram once it arrives! *insert happy dance*

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dress: Old Navy maternity (similar, similar non-maternity) last worn here  |  kimono: American Eagle (white/red option, white/blue option)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact three pearl, exact six pearl)


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Monday, June 12, 2017

monday musings: week 23

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Welcome to Monday Musings! Each Monday I share a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q: What would you like to be when you "grow up."

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A: While I love my job doing marketing/graphic design for a university, one day I want to own my own gift shop. Maybe as a second career after the kiddos are grown, though you never know where life will take you. :)

My first taste of working at a gift shop was in high school when I first worked as a gift wrapper during the holiday season then later on the sales floor at a high-end gift shop at the mall. But I didn't really fall in love with the idea until college when I worked at a place at the top of a mountain kinda in the middle of nowhere in Tennessee. The owner was fabulous - she let me create my own displays, run the place by myself, help with buying decisions and even go to market.

Her location was perfect - she was the only game in town - unless you drove down the mountain - but better yet she had great products - gorgeous jewelry, funky purses, candles and knickknacks - she even printed custom invitations (before the popularity of etsy and pinterest). Her stuff was cute, not stuffy, affordable and people just genuinely seemed to love shopping there and I equally loved working there.

So, for 10+ years now, that idea has percolated and grown in my mind as what I want to do someday...maybe years from now, but maybe I'll get a wild hair and do it sooner rather than later, it sure would be fun!