A Watercolor Maxi Dress & Maui Backdrop

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I’ve been in Maui for the past couple of weeks and I’ve been doing absolutely nothing – and ohhh how wonderful it feels! Just what I need in my second trimester…some serious R&R. I have truly been doing nothing but reading (just finished the first Veronica Mars novel – ah-mazing, of course), EATING (pickles, green olives, extra spicy bloody mary mix and pepperjack cheese are the preggo cravings), finally catching up on the last season of 90210 (yes, the newer one – leave me alone), and watching my son play in the pool and ocean with daddy while I soak up some Hawaiian rays. So after days of being lazy I decided maybe I should actually do something, like write a blog post. So here I am, being semi-productive!

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I bought this amazing Jack by BB Dakota maxi dress last year but it’s still available now – here and here. I love the vibrant mix of colors that look like watercolor brushstrokes. It makes me think of somewhere beautiful and tropical. So naturally it was the very first thing I thought of to pack for our Maui getaway.

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I think I’d like this with a cute belt around the cinched waist, but since I’m 16 weeks pregnant I just don’t think the belt would look quite as good as it does on the Urban Outfitters model

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The other thing I love about this dress – it’s so flowy/swishy it will make you want to twirl. Gotta love any dress that makes you want to twirl! OK, enough about my love affair with this dress. I had to say my goodbyes since pretty soon I’ll be a little too round to fit into it! Maternity wear is just around the corner!

 

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Anchors, Stripes & a Glimpse of Spring

railroad stripe jacket, old navy, anchor tank, anchors, nautical, stella & dot, 7 for all mankind, gap, metallic, flats, metallic loafers, steve madden handbagIn the last week or so we’ve gotten a peek at spring with some amazing, glorious sun (I actually got a little toasty a few times driving and even turned on my air conditioner a couple of times!). This of course has improved my mood by like 10,000 percent. Plus I got to bust out some spring-y clothes! And wear my new metallic flats from the Gap! Anything shiny (the sun, metallic shoes, etc.) makes me extremely happy.

Unfortunately I have had basically no energy to put into my outfits, let alone blog about them (p.s. I’m 13 weeks pregnant!). So yeah, with a little bun in the oven, all I feel like wearing is stretchy pants. That’s it. I’m in that weird phase of pregnancy where you feel kinda fat but you’re not ready to wear maternity clothes…and your normal clothes are starting to get just a little snug. I’m pretty sure this is the last time I’ll wear these jeans for a very looong time. Unless I add those weird little extender things. Or I could just stick to stretchy pants.

Anyway, I’m sure you’ll get to see me rocking some maternity fashion very soon…

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Photos by Aaron Apple

A Little Orange, A Little Gray

Hope you all had a great long weekend (if you were able to get Monday off)! Thankfully I had Monday off because I soo needed that long weekend. I basically did nothing and it felt wonderful. I spent most of the time at home in sweats (or yoga pants if I ventured out to Barre3 class or to the park with my kiddo). I thought about going to Costco but then came to my senses (I mean, just thinking about it is exhausting). On Sunday I got the chance to do brunch with coworkers at Anthony’s so I did actually have to wear normal people clothes. It was super freezing and overcast but it was still a beautiful view eating brunch while looking out at the marina. And I decided to wear my bright orange mary jane pumps to add a pop of color on such a gray day.

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Top from Nordstrom BP / Xhilaration faux leather jacket / J Brand jeans / Fergalicious pumps (sold out in orange, other colors here) / Stella & Dot necklace / Hat is a gift from Peru

Photos by Aaron Apple

Target Style – Floral on Black

target, target style, black skinnies, forever 21, stella & dot, whimsey, booties, floral printI know it’s a given but I LOVE TARGET (aside from the whole credit-card breach thing). Who doesn’t love a little Target style? It’s inexpensive (especially if you’re shopping in juniors) and you can stock up on all the cutest trends that you want to wear this season but don’t want to fork over a ton of money for. Normally I don’t buy jeans at Target but who knows how long I’m going to be digging black acid wash skinnies for? So instead of spending lots of $ on a designer pair I’m going for the $22.99 pair. I also found this lovely bright floral print top that has a cool zipper detail on the end. (The booties are also from target – everything else I’m wearing is from other stores). target, target style, mossimo skinny jeans, xhilaration top, mossimo booties, stella & dot, forever 21 purse

Aside from my Target finds, can we just talk about this AMAZING gold and black beaded statement bracelet? I saw it at the fabulous Whimsey in Fairhaven and fell in love instantly. I only got to model it for this post so sadly I had to part with it. I love/need it for my jewelry collection! whimsey, bellingham, statement bracelet

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target, target style, mossimo skinny jeans, xhilaration top, mossimo booties, stella & dot, forever 21 purseMossimo Supply Co. zipper skinny denim / Xhilaration zipper detail top / Mossimo booties / Forever 21 purse / Michael Kors watch / Stella & Dot necklace and ring / Whimsey bracelet

Photos by Alex McAdoo

Houndstooth Plaid Leggings

houndstooth, leggings, print leggings, infinity scarf, helen ficalora, targetI could live in leggings every single day. Luckily there are some really cute print ones out there so I don’t get stuck in black ones all the time! Print leggings are so fantastic because you get to wear comfy, stretchy pants, yet you still look put together. And, they’re inexpensive. I have several pairs of printed denim pants but the designer ones are quite pricey considering you don’t get nearly as much use out of a printed pair of pants as you do regular denim. So it’s nice to be able to stock up on printed leggings and not break the bank.

I found this pair of houndstooth plaid leggings and it was love at first sight. I adore plaid and houndstooth prints and leggings are my life so obviously the combination is winning in my book. (And yes, I do wear these boots practically every day but I can’t help myself…they go with everything and are so dang comfortable).

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houndstooth, leggings, print leggings, infinity scarf, helen ficalora, targetTarget Converse One Star shirt / Sojourn infinity scarf / Kali Rose Boutique houndstooth plaid leggings / Steve Madden boots / Stella & Dot renegade bracelet / Gorjana Griffin leather wrap bracelet / Helen Ficalora initial charm necklace

Red Skinnies & Daisies

daisy sweater, element sweater, juicy couture, colored skinny jeans, red skinny jeans, targetApparently I sometimes have the taste of a 12-year-old girl…that probably explains why I immediately picked out this sweater with ginormous daisies at 4 Starrs Boutique last weekend (and why I am drawn to anything with glitter or Hello Kitty). Also, flowers make me think of spring and I am SO beyond ready for spring. I love my boots and all but I’m ready to pack them away, along with my giant puffy down jacket. Bring on dresses and sandals!

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Photos by Aaron Apple

Five of My Beauty Must-Haves

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It feels like ages since I last posted. Well it kind of has been – a few weeks! With a full-time job I must admit it’s a little hard to find the time to take pics – I have to do it during the day before it gets dark, and I hate to bug my coworkers to step away from their work to take photos. Then my weekends are filled with activities with the kiddo and the time spent in yoga pants has grown increasingly (it’s a slippery slope!), so that makes it hard to get photos in any sort of decent outfit on the weekend (hmmm, maybe I should start posting about yoga wear I love/need?!). PLUS, my husband decided to make it his New Year’s resolution to spend a LOT less money…and unfortunately he added me into that equation. Basically I got forced into his “spend less, save more” New Year’s resolution. Or what he likes to call the (I’m shuddering) “spending freeze.” Lame. Does my hubby not understand how hard it is to blog about fashion if I am on a spending freeze?! We’ll see how long it lasts. I did at least get gift certificates for Christmas, so there’s that.

In the mean time, I figure I can do a beauty-related post. I have some beauty products that I am absolutely 100% obsessed with and no spending freeze will keep me from making sure I am stocked up on these items! I’ll just name my top 5 for now so you don’t get bored and then do another top 5 later (well to be honest I’m just trying to save something for another post during The Great Spending Freeze of ’14).

5 of my beauty obsessions:

1. got2b Dry Shampoo, $5-7

top5_dryshampoo_editYou know how there are some things you wish you could say you invented? For me, dry shampoo is one of them. I mean, how effing brilliant is it?! I used to have to wash my hair every single day or it would get gross. Even though I’d read in magazines that it’s bad to wash every day, I just couldn’t stand to not wash it. Then I discovered dry shampoo! Obsessed! Some dry shampoos seem a little pricey to me (e.g., I hear people swear by Klorane’s dry shampoo, but I never tried it because I didn’t want to spend $18-20). So I’ve been trying out the cheaper brands and my favorite is got2b. It’s cheap (often on sale at Walgreen’s), smells pretty good and doesn’t leave my hair looking white and powdery.

2. Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, $52 (Refills $40)

top5_purepressed_editFoundation is one of the items I do not want to buy at a drugstore – I am willing to splurge a little. For years I used liquid foundation but then tried out that Bare Minerals stuff. I did not care for it. Then I started hearing from various people who work in the skincare/esthetician industry about Jane Iredale products. So I tried this out and loved it. Jane Iredale products don’t contain the nasty chemicals that so many beauty products contain. The PurePressed powder feels so weightless, even when I apply more for fuller coverage. Plus it’s got sunscreen! Bonus tip: The key for me is using it with the Jane Iredale Handi Brush. I had never spent a lot of money on brushes but after trying this one out I was willing to spend the $45 for this brush. It made a world of difference in how the powder applied to my skin.

3. COACH Poppy, $65 (1.7 oz)

top5_poppy_edit2I’ve always been a one-perfume kinda gal. I pick one I like and use it daily rather than switching it up. In high school I favored Davidoff Cool Water for women. Then I went through a DKNY Be Delicious phase. Now I’ve become kind of sensitive to perfumes and most of them give me a headache. If you’re like me and need a perfume that’s not super bold or strong, Coach Poppy is the perfect floral fragrance that’s sweet & light.

4. Clinique Lash Building Primer, $15

top5_lashprimer_editI have yet to find a mascara I really love. I am not loyal to any one mascara and am constantly trying different ones. I’ve even tried the ones people swear by – both drugstore kinds (like Cover Girl LashBlast Clump Crusher) and department store brands (like Benefit’s They’re Real!) but none of them really impress me. I’m starting to think my eyelashes just suck. The only thing that does seem to actually help out is my Clinique Lash Building Primer. This stuff does a good job adding a bit of length and thickness before I apply my mascara.

5. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, $10

top5_nails_editI have zero patience for nail polish. Every time I apply it I manage to smudge it because I can’t just sit and wait for it to dry. I’m a busy, working mom; I have shit to do! Laundry to fold! So nail polish strips are an easy way to get my nails looking pretty without the annoying dry time. I’ve tried other brands but I love Sally Hansen ones because they come in a gazillion colors/prints. They do have basic colors but I love getting the fun prints! p.s. – if you look closely I’m wearing another set of polish strips in the dry shampoo pic.

Well, that’s my beauty must-have roundup for now! What are your beauty must-haves – are any of these your faves??