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Duster Cardigan

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Duster Cardigan: Forever21  / Jeans:  Gap  / Turtleneck: Target  / Boots: Old similar here / Bag: old similar here  / Sunglasses: Target

I am so in love with the duster cardigan trend. It adds so much to an outfit and if you pick a statement piece it can bring your entire outfit to a whole new level. I am wearing simple black jeans and a black turtleneck and this piece really brings the outfit to life. Not to mention when you are really showing in your pregnancy, it hides the bump more and any areas that need some hiding. For all of my mamas out there, you know what I am talking about. I had such a fun time shooting this look with my girl, Arazelly. She is such an amazing photographer. We shot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and there were so many cool opportunities and great photography spots. We shot this look at Mr. Purple and I can’t wait to go back.

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My Maternity Style

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Dress: Target under $10! / Jacket: White House Black Market similar here and here / Booties: Jessica Simpson old but similar here

I can’t believe we will be welcoming our baby girl in a short few weeks. I am in complete nesting mode and our crib arrived this morning, it is starting to feel so real. One thing that has been challenging as of late has been dressing this bump and I am talking today all about maternity style. Once you get to the end, it is pretty hard to hide the bump and you just have to embrace it. The green dress I am wearing in the photos above is from Target and it is so soft and comfy. It is non maternity but since it is a stretchy sweater dress it works over a bump and I am wearing a large for sizing the belly. My black coat is an oldie but a goodie from White House Black Market. One thing that I have been doing lately is wearing a lot of cardigans, long sweaters, and coats to hide the overall growing size of the bump towards the end. There is a growing baby in there and there is no hiding it :).

Below are some tips on my maternity style throughout the pregnancy:

In the first trimester I wasn’t showing so it was easy to continue wearing my every day style and clothing. Although I felt really sick this pregnancy in the first trimester, all I wanted to do was lay in bed, but I didn’t start wearing maternity jeans until the second trimester.

The second trimester I was able to get away with maternity jeans and size medium tops or dresses that were just  regular women’s clothing. I don’t really go full force into maternity style until the third trimester when everything is growing so fast and you are getting really big – the baby grows the most in the final trimester.

The third trimester is the hardest to keep your style as you start to have limited choices. I am consistently wearing maternity jeans and clothing, although I do try my hardest to get away with regular women’s clothing in a size large if I can. This is when I am really focusing on my maternity style and what that means. Sometimes regular women’s clothing “fits” but the way it “fits” just isn’t right and you are better off with maternity clothing and should really think how to stay true to your style. In this stage I wear the long cardigans, oversized sweaters, statement coats, etc… All black is your best friend especially if you can add statement jewelry or shoes, that is a great way to look slim but stylish. If it is the summer then maxi dresses are really the way to go. I wore so many dresses with Lucas and I was able to keep my  style.

Favorite maternity sites:

www.gap.com/maternity – Love their jeans!

www.oldnavy.com/maternity – their everyday tees / shirts and basic pieces are really great for maternity

www.asos.com/maternity – I got my 30th Birthday dress from here and they have so many cute trendier maternity styles

www.motherhoodmaternity.com – have the best maternity leggings, work clothing, and nursing camis

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New Year – 2017

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Leggings: Motherhood Maternity / Top: Express / Blazer: H&M / Clutch: Coach

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic New Year and got to celebrate with loved ones. We stayed home quiet this year as we have done for the last several years. With a two year old and a baby on the way, staying home and relaxing makes the most sense and is greatly welcome.

I usually set goals for the new year every year and I have been in the process of trying to decide which goals to set for 2017. I usually make top goals and subgoals and trying to decide which ones I am really going to make myself accountable for this year and stick to them! Do you make any goals? How do you keep track of accomplishing them? I usually make a visualization board to keep focus and spreadsheets I keep on the computer. I love checking back on them.

There were so many changes in 2016, I am welcoming 2017 with open arms, but 2017 will have a lot more changes with baby number 2’s arrival in March. Which of course is my first and number one goal, to have a healthy little girl this year. We are so excited and are really going to focus on her arrival now that we are in countdown mode. I will start sharing pregnancy updates on the blog soon as well.

I of course want to make goals for my fashion blog / career, and probably after baby get back into shape. I think I will share my official 2017 goal list at the end of this month once I finalize for myself on what I am going to really work on this year. I can also share my spreadsheets and techniques I use. What goals are you setting for 2017?

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Sweater Weather

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Sweater: Sold out similar here  and 50% off / Jeans: maternity but non maternity here / Boots: Marc Fisher / Bag: H&M

As I am starting to progress further into my pregnancy, I am so grateful for sweater weather because it makes dressing your bump easier. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago when it was – 20 degrees- and we were freezing taking these shots, but I love this sweater and had to share. The sweater is from Express and is sold out but I linked to a similar one. Express is also having a 50% off sale, and I am going to grab some really great sweaters at a fraction of the price once this post goes live!

I am loving this open cold sweater trend right now and it is so easy to pair with jeans or leggings. And of course I am really in love with these Marc Fischer boots, I am loving his brand, shoes and quality and I am looking to purchase a few more. I hope everyone is getting ready for the holidays this week, Christmas shopping is complete here and we are already starting to hand out our gifts. If you missed it, I posted a holiday gift guide here for any last minute shoppers.

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Gray Cold Shoulder Sweater

Sweater: sold out similar here and here / Boots: Marc Fischer / Bag: H&M (clearance for $12.99!)

Happy Saturday! We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning here in New York and we are getting ready to hopefully see some Christmas lights tonight. So excited!

I wanted to share this cold open sweater from Express. I am loving the cold shoulder sweater trend and there are so many cute ones. I have another one to share later this week. This sweater trend is so cute and this sweater in particular is so nice and warm. I am also in LOVE with these Marc Fischer boots. They are a fraction of the price from Stuart Weitzman boots and they are so comfortable. I really need comfy shoes and they are comfy and fashionable. I am really obsessed with Marc Fischer boots I am looking to buy a few more. Definitely worth the purchase!

Also, my bump is growing and I am officially in my third trimester, woohhooo, but getting away with regular size medium or large clothes may be coming to an end and I may need to switch to full on maternity clothes. We are getting ready here for Christmas, my 30th Birthday in January and then baby number 2. I hope everyone is getting ready for the holidays, this is the last Christmas shopping week!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

1. Rampage Jacket ($27.99!!!) / 2. Robe/ 3. Michael Kors / 4. INC / 5. Free People/ 6. Addidas/ 7. Apple Watch

Hey guys! Sharing a quick holiday gift guide for her today. All items are from Macy’s and range in a variety of price points from $14 (I am looking at you INC necklace) to $369 (hello apple rose gold watch). The holidays are fast approaching and you only have a few more weeks – days – to get those holiday gifts. I am completely done with my gifts, ah the power of online shopping. I just have to wrap them and I have almost all of my holiday cards out the door! Who would think a toddler lived here 🙂 I will be sharing our holiday card next week on the blog as well as a few more gift guides. Including stocking stuffers under $25. Hope everyone is having a great week!

Xoxo

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Holiday Fashion

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Shirt: Free People/ Leggings: Macys / Shoes: Steve Madden similar here and here / Clutch: Coach

Sharing my first Holiday fashion look on the blog today. The Holiday season is among us and I am sure everyone is celebrating and having a wonderful time. I am sharing a super simple holiday look. I paired some basic leggings with a black lace top and some statement shoes. You could also wear this look with black shoes or a dark red velvet or even green velvet pumps. That is the best thing about wearing all black! I actually found these shoes at Nordstrom Rack and I can’t seem to find them online, they were $25 though, what a steal! I linked to a few similar above.

This shirt isn’t maternity, but I am definitely getting bigger and will start to be wearing more maternity clothes. One thing I try and do is just wear regular clothes in a larger size, but when you get towards the end you can’t escape it and give in to maternity wear haha. Hopefully everyone’s Monday is off to a great start. I am getting ready to get some holiday gift guides for your gals on the blog later this week.

Xoxo

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Green Cozy Sweater

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Sweater: Marshalls (smiliar here for $27.90, loving this high / low version here and here) / Jeans: Gap / Crossbody: Marshalls  (LOVE this one) / Shoes: old similar here (and under $80)

Happy Wednesday loves! I am a huge sweater weather girl, there is something just so cozy about it and I love this green cozy sweater. I wrote about a new maroon sweater I am in love with and this green one is just as good. Sometimes I love cowl neck and sometimes not so much, but this sweater is perfect. It is so soft against my skin that I just love wrapping myself in the sweater, and best part is it is under $40. It such a steal and of course got it from one of my favorite stores, Marshalls.

I also linked to a few green cozy sweaters I am loving right now, including one from Nordstroms for $27.90. You’re welcome! Hope everyone has a great day xoxoxo.

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Maroon Sweater

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Sweater: Marshalls (smiliar here and here) / Jeans: Gap / Crossbody: Marshalls  (LOVE this one) / Shoes: old similar here (and under $80)/ Sunglasses: Ray Bans

Happy Tuesday! I love sweater weather. There is something that is so cozy and warm about wearing sweaters and knowing the weather is getting cooler. This Maroon sweater I picked up from Marshalls, is such a steal, and is under $40. I can’t find the exact one online, but I linked to a few similar ones. The sweater is a bit short, but goes great with denims.

I am also in love with this bag, also from Marshalls, and only $25. I swear I find the best deals there, sometimes you have to search but you can find some really great stuff. I am really obsessed with the Chloe bag, and this was such a great find that was similar but a lot more affordable. I also linked (above) to a Rebecca Minkoff bag that is similar that I am pretty much in love with and under $200. Maybe a Christmas gift to myself?

I hope everyone is getting ready to have a wonderful holiday season. We made an announcement on my social channels, that we are expecting our second baby in March 2017! We are so excited. In fact we took these pictures right after my doctors appointment where we found out we are having a girl. Lucas is so excited to be a big brother, I don’t know if he fully understands the concept but he points to my tummy and says baby. I can’t wait to see his interaction with her once she gets here. I am starting to do all the planning like ordering crib, bedding, etc… I can’t wait to share all the details. I will do a bigger pregnancy update soon on the blog. Xoxoxo.

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Black Friday Sales

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are pretty much in a food coma today and getting ready to have more family over this afternoon. This morning I have been doing a ton of Black Friday shopping. There are so many good deals and I pretty much scored everyone’s Christmas presents already. Talk about feeling accomplished. I wanted to share some of my favorite sales and deals below.

Loft – 50% off code: Friyay

ASOS – 30% off code: Thankful30

Nordstrom – 20% off select items

Macys – 20% off code: Thanks

Kohls –  15% off code: Novsave15

Carters – everything 60% off

Gap – 50% off code: TGIF50