Friday, July 17, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Dress: c/o Jess Lea Boutique, Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch, Shoes: Michael Kors (similar), Sunglasses: Versace
So I took my last pictures this week in New England as we are moving back to my homeland, Georgia! I have been so stressed out lately, especially with trying to sell our house, pack, and take care of a baby. On top of that, my dog is sick and I am sad about having to go back to work so soon! Needless to say I am maxed out on my stress levels, but am happy to be going home to the ATL where my family and old friends are.
If you are on Instagram, you have probably seen this dress all over the place! It's from a new online boutique called Jess Lea Boutique. The maxi dress that I am wearing is also from Jess Lea Boutique and it is really adorable and different then most maxi dresses. I really love the beading on the top of the dress and how the back of the dress cuts in to a skinny zipper. The length on this dress isn't too long and is perfect with a pair of wedges. I really love how the skirt of this dress is more of a neon yellow too. The yellow skirt compliments the navy and coral detailing of the top really nicely. If you haven't checked out Jess Lea Boutique yet, I suggest you do! They have really amazing clothing and are offering 50% off all of their clearance items right now when you use code "JULY50"at checkout.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I love pink. When I saw this dress from Teodora B. I just had to add it to my neon collection. When it arrived, it was brighter in person than I thought it would be (which I loved) and I couldn't wait to put it on. This dress has a flared skirt which is really adorable, and I also like that it has a zipper at the neckline. I thought the neckline looked good unzipped and also zipped so I could wear this amazing necklace that I received from Happiness Boutique. As you all know, I am a sucker for pockets, and this dress has them! I love being able to go to an event or out to dinner without having to carry a bag, so pockets are great to have to hold onto a lipstick and a little wallet.
Teodora B. is a new online clothing boutique that is inspired by the trendy young professional and offers styles that are colorful and fun that can be worn in the office. I love how Teodora B.'s clothing puts a whole new spin on "office attire." Having something to wear to work each day that makes you feel confident, feminine and classy makes me look forward to going to work each day. One of their new arrivals that I absolutely adore is this two-piece crop top and skirt! I love the colors and have really wanted to try the two piece trend. What are your thoughts on two-pieces? Do you have any in your closet?
Friday, July 3, 2015
Having to wait six weeks after a c-section for exercise clearance was really tough for me. I started to feel ready for exercise at about four weeks postpartum, but also didn't want to push it and wanted to allow my incision time to heal completely. I know my body just did this incredibly miraculous thing, but its tough when you go from being fit, having no control over your body during pregnancy, and then having to wait six weeks postpartum to do anything active.
I started walking at about five weeks postpartum. I would walk around the park with my click and go stroller, but I felt like it just wasn't made for speed walking (its not) and I kept hitting the brake pedals with my feet every few steps. When I got the Nuna Mixx stroller, it was a total game changer. Its not a jogging stroller, but its heavy duty enough to really maximize my walking workouts. The two front tires make a huge difference while walking, and I like that the seat is interchangeable to either be facing you or outward. The best thing about the Nuna Mixx is that its compact and easily opens with just one hand (a great feature when you've got your hands full!)
Some other features of the Mixx include (taken from the Nuna website):
- true flat reclining seat allows for plenty of space to sleep or stretch
- oversized, extendable canopy with removable, flip out eyeshade and integrated mesh ventilation panel providing both extreme shade and light breezes simultaneously
- one-hand, five position recline keeps little riders relaxed when sleeping and upright when exploring
- adjustable calf support comforts little snoozers
- simple, height adjustable, one-hand push bar makes one-hand-pushing/other-hand doing simple
- three or five point anti-loop, harness featuring quick click release button provides ultimate safety and peace of mind
- made with better for baby certified Oeko-Tex® fabric
- one-touch, rear wheel braking system is strong and responsive
- lockable, front swivel wheels give peace of mind on the bumpiest of cobblestones
- removable arm bar fits kids of all sizes
- front and rear wheel progressive suspension technology absorbs all bumps, crunches and hops for an infinitely smoother ride
- large storage basket with compartment divider for stashing swag
- infant car seat adapters (fit the Nuna PIPA™ infant car seat) are included with purchase
- various additional accessory options for every little want or need
Besides needing a stroller to accommodate my new fitness needs, I also needed some new attire. When I first went for a jog (after being cleared by my doctor at my six week appointment) I realized that I really needed some workout clothes that would be supportive and also be easy to nurse in. At first I would just double up on sports bras and then have to slip them off to nurse, but then I was introduced to Belabumbum's new active line which is nursing friendly! The Nursing Racerback Cami that I am wearing lifts up at the bust line for easy nursing access. The cami is also long in length and provides excellent coverage for changing bellies. The capri pants that I'm wearing are convertible and allow you to wear the wide waistband over your growing (or postpartum belly) or can be worn folded down to wear underneath your belly. The capri pants even have a media pocket in the back! I'm glad there is finally activewear out there that is nursing friendly and is perfect for new moms!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I love summer. Not only do I love summer because I am off of school, but also because I love to be outdoors. One of my favorite things to do outdoors is to have a picnic. As a child I would love it when we would pack up our lunch and head to the park. I have also always liked evening picnics while watching fireworks, going on a romantic picnic date and even enjoy an indoor picnic in the wintertime when the winter blues have got me down.
Since the 4th of July is coming up this weekend and its the ideal time for a nice family picnic or even a barbeque with some friends, I have teamed up with Sugarfina to offer my readers a "Summer Picnic" Giveaway. Sugarfina is a candy boutique that offers candies from all around the world. They have "build your own" bento boxes and some other amazing gift ideas (I got my dad their licorice sampler for Father's Day and he loved it!) Included in my summer picnic basket is their Chocolate Berry Basket, Peach Bellini and Apple Pie candies (I mean, what's a picnic without apple pie?!) The winner will receive each of these candies. Sugarfina is also offering all my readers a $5 coupon code. Use "PICNIC5"at checkout to receive $5 off your order. The giveaway will end on Sunday 7/5 and to enter the giveaway, see details below on the rafflecopter. Also, be sure to visit my Instagram page to learn how to gain a bonus entry!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Shabby Apple sure knows the way to my heart with all their gingham! Shabby Apple's spring/summer line has so much gingham (like the dress I wore here when I was pregnant) that it makes it very difficult to pick out a favorite! I love this yellow gingham seersucker maxi dress ( it also comes in green!) The skirt is super long so I had to wear a high pair of wedges with it, but the cross-wrap style of the dress was super flattering around the waist. I also liked that I was able to adjust the sizing a bit in that area by just tightening the sash.
Shabby Apple has some amazing new dresses in gorgeous jewel tones. The bright purple, pink and green colors are stunning, and this plaid dress is also one of my favorites! They also have an adorable swim line this season, and some of the one-pieces are way too cute! (I wanted one this spring, but they came out when I was super pregnant so I was unsure about sizing) I had to include my son in my last pic with his yellow gingham so we could do some Mommy/Son twinning!
One of the greatest things about Shabby Apple is their belief in women empowerment. Over 90% of the company is employed/run by females, and they strive to provide generous maternity leave (something I can completely appreciate now that my own maternity leave will be ending soon!) and flexible schedules to help women become leaders of this world. Another way that they do this is, is by donating a portion of their proceeds to charities and organizations that help women in less developed countries. There's really nothing better than a company that has amazing clothing and also supports women! I encourage you to check out their website, because I know you will fall in love!