Thursday, March 23, 2017

MINT GREEN + ROYAL BLUE

The weather here in Charlotte has been inching toward spring and I could not be happier.
And if you're like me, once the weather starts turning, you can't wait to pull out fresh springy colors!

This necklace was actually the inspiration behind this whole outfit. I love all the bright happy colors that are incorporated into it. I can't wait to style it with something pink! But for now, I stuck to blues and greens and pops of gold, like these Sam & Libby ballet flats that I recently picked up at Target. I didn't know this until later, but apparently they are dupes of these super expensive Chloe flats. Who knew?! Yeeeep I think I'll stick to my $20 Target pair for now. ;)

My top is old from Flourish Boutique. Flourish is no longer open, but I did find these pretty mint green long sleeve blouses here and here and this adorable short sleeve version here. My pencil skirt is from The Limited (of course!) and since they are no longer open either, I found quite a few look-a-likes, linked below. My favorites are this very similar skirt from Talbots, this scalloped skirt (also from Talbots), and this great fit and flare skirt from Tahari.

Is it feeling like spring where you are? I hope it is!

NECKLACE [Hello Gorgeous Boutique] // Exact here
BELT [Forever 21]  // Similar here here // Super cute sparkly version 
TOP [Flourish Boutique] // Similar here here // Love this short sleeve option
PENCIL SKIRT [The Limited] // Similar herehere, & here // Adore this scalloped version & this flared version
BALLET FLATS [Target// Exact here // The real Chloe pair // LOVE these Tory Burchs // Cute dainty bow ones here here // Great textured silver ones here


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPRING FLORALS

Yesterday officially marked the first day of spring. Hooray! Since I spent most of yesterday in gym clothes, I thought I'd make up for it today. Because florals for spring? Groundbreaking. (Devil Wears Prada lovers, you're all over that reference, right?!) 
And to be honest, I'm more than happy to put on a pencil skirt and let this baby bump do it's thing because almost none of my old pants fit. And by "almost none" I mean ALL. Ha. But that means baby is growing right? Speaking of the little bug, I have my 18 week ultrasound later this week and I can't wait to see him/her again. It's been almost a month and a half since my last one and I just want to make sure baby is okay in there. Pregnancy after a miscarriage is something else you guys. The anxiety, the worry, the hand-wringing. I plan on writing a post dedicated entirely to that topic soon.

But anywho! Let's talk about the outfit below. My top and skirt are from my favorite work clothes store, The Limited, may she rest in eternal peace (!!!!). But I love this similar purple shell and this pencil skirt from Express. My blazer is old from Forever 21, but I found a ton of great similar options which I linked to below. I think my favorite is this navy floral blazer from Modcloth. My pink pumps are old too. They are from that amazing Christian Siriano and Payless collab a few years ago. (One of you loves just brought it to my attention in the comments below that Christian is STILL collaborating with Payless on a limited basis. So everyone RUN, don't walk to Payless because his designs are gorg!) My favorite look-a-likes for the pink pumps are these suede Sam Edelmans and these Nine West kitten heels. And last but not least, my necklace is from my boutique. :)

OUTFIT DETAILS below //

NECKLACE [Hello Gorgeous Boutique] // Exact here
TOP [The Limited] // Similar hereherehere, & here
PENCIL SKIRT [The Limited] // Similar herehere, & here
FLORAL BLAZER [Forever 21] // Similar hereherehereherehere 
PUMPS 
[Payless] // LOVE these Sam Edelmans // Similar here here // Great kitten heels here here


Friday, March 17, 2017

SCALLOPED PINK DRESS + UTILITY VEST

Top o' the mornin' to ya'! Since I am approximately 0% Irish and not a huge drinker, I've never gotten too involved with St. Paddy's Day activities. But incorporating a little bit o' green into my outfit? That I will happily do!

So this is me using my St. Paddy's green to accentuate this perfect pink scalloped dress from Catch Bliss Boutique. I love this dress for so many reasons, the first being that it's obviously adorable and SO comfy, and the second being that I've been able to transition it seamlessly into a maternity dress. I just had to cinch the waist in a little higher with a belt and BAM, #BumpStyle. ;) 
I've worn this dress a couple of times in the past few weeks and have styled it many different ways. But I think this layered look may be my favorite. The pink/green/grey/taupe is a great neutral pallet and also a nice transition into spring!

For reference, I'm wearing a size small in the Arianna dress. The dress is very forgiving and falls perfectly, even on my 17 week preggo belly. So if you're between sizes, I wouldn't worry about having to size up. 


DRESS [c/o Catch Bliss Boutique] // Exact here
GREY CARDIGAN 
[Marshall's] // Similar hereherehere, & here
UTILITY VEST 
[c/o Avery Lane Boutique] // Similar herehere, & here
TAUPE BOOTS 
[Fergalicious, DSW] // Similar hereherehere, & here
GOLD BELT [Forever 21] // Similar herehere, & here
NECKLACE + CUFFS [Hello Gorgeous Boutique] // Exact necklace here, Exact cuffs here & here

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hello, Baby!

You guys, I had mad plans for our pregnancy announcement. I pinned so many cute photo shoot ideas and spent hours daydreaming about how we would perfectly announce that after many months of prayer and waiting, John and I are happily expecting our rainbow baby. 

But today while trying to find a shirt that fits and finding this hilarious one that my mother-in-law bought for me before our Italy trip this past summer, it came to me that this is the perfect way to announce our perfectly imperfect reality. Our half-opened moving boxes, the ladder in the background, my lack of makeup and our general lack of bathroom items in our new house (hence the very trendy blue solo cup/toothbrush holder), and of course my baby bump. 

So here I am, and here we are. Baby Back is due this August and we are absolutely over the moon!

P.S. #BumpStyle, here I come!! ;)