Pretty In Pink Blush Maternity

Finding stylish, affordable maternity wear can be tough, so I was thrilled to discover Pink Blush! They have everything a mom-to-be might need to feel comfy AND still be on trend. I nabbed a few items from their Spring 2015 collection and got a ton of compliments wearing them around town this weekend. I know I’ll be living in their super soft maxis as the summer heat gets going!

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Mint Green Floral Sheer Cardigan (c/o)

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Navy Blue Lace Colorblock Maxi Dress (c/o)

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Maternity Shoot | Laguna Beach

I was so excited to document this special time in our lives with a maternity photo shoot. What made it even more special was spending the afternoon with my best friend and her photographer husband of Mike Arick Photography (head over to Mike’s blog for more from the shoot). My husband is a surfer and we both grew up as beach babies, so I had been wanting to do a beach session for a long time. We headed down to a little cove in Laguna Beach and spent the afternoon enjoying the gorgeous scenery. Special thanks to Sweet Sage Events for the beautiful florals!

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 Dress: Sabo Skirt

 


BabyChella | Baby Shower

It’s BabyChella! My spectacular group of girlfriends threw us the MOST fun Coachella-themed baby shower this past weekend. We have been a tight group since high school, and so it really meant a lot to spend the day celebrating the next big phase of our lives with them. My hubby and I love music festivals and wanted our baby shower to be more of a fun party than your typical shower, which it definitely was. From the inflatable astronauts to the DJ booth to the special appearance by “Daft Punk,” it was one of the most special and FUN days of my life. Thank you ladies!!! xo

Dress: Revolve Clothing | Flower Crown: Sweet Sage Events

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Style The Bump | Maternity Looks

As someone whose wardrobe staple is mainly high-wasted, fitted skirts, I was more than a bit lost when it came to maternity style. I was able to maintain most of my standard wardrobe up until about month four, but the day quickly came when those darling little skirts just wouldn’t zip! At first I was overwhelmed with starting a whole new wardrobe from scratch, but after some serious Pinterest research sessions I got really excited by all the super stylish mommas out there. Over the past few months I’ve stepped out of my style comfort zone, and loved doing it! Read on for my pregnancy favorites, most of which will actually last beyond my pregnancy (yay!).

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Tunics - This might seem obvious, but a breezy tunic has been a god send. I found this one at Free People and have been wearing it so much, I bought it in black as well.

Cutoffs - I’ve been living in my super low rise One Teaspoon cutoffs using the rubber band trick – instead of fastening the top button, loop a rubber band around the button and through the button hole. It’s saved me from maternity jeans!

Sandals (with an ankle strap) - For summer, a cute pair of sandals that fasten has been a must-have. I’ve been a little unsteady, so anything that keeps me from potentially tripping is awesome. I adore these ones by Dolce Vita.

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Bikinis - Showing off the bump at the beach or the pool is soo fun (hello, no need to suck in)! While my bottoms have still been fitting (for now), I’ve had to size up my bikini tops. I didn’t want to spend a fortune since eventually I’ll have to size back down, so was thrilled to find some really cute ones at Target.

Hats - Okay, okay. As you’ll see from these photos, I have SERIOUSLY embraced the hat this summer. I don’t know why it took me getting pregnant to realize it, but it’s such a killer accessory! A cute hat can pull any look together, and has the added benefit of sun protection. I found white, black, neutral, and tan versions at a local boutique, but love Janessa Leone if you’re looking to splurge, and Free People or Forever 21 for more affordable options.

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Sunglasses - An obvious summer staple, but sometimes when you’re pregnant and not feeling so hot, a big pair of shades can do just the trick in giving you a little confidence boost. These Karen Walkers are my absolute favorite.

Beach Bag - To hold the regular items like your eReader and sunblock, but lately I’ve been needing to eat every hour on the hour, and have been loving a chic bag with room to store all my goodies. Snagged this one from bySJB on Etsy.

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Cross Body Bag: In preparing to be more hands-free once baby comes, I found this cute little cross body from J.Crew and have been using non-stop. Bonus: you can add your monogram for only $10!

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Work Dresses – All I can say is THANK YOU ASOS! Their maternity section is full of stylish, comfy, and affordable dresses that are perfect for work.

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Tank & Tee Dresses – I’ve always been one to shy away from super tight fitting clothing, but have loved showing off my bump! This Isabella Oliver dress is the softest material ever and goes with anything. Somehow stripes work for pregnancy, even though horizontal are usually so unflattering. The one below is old from Forever 21, but there’s a cute similar version at Target.

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Kimonos - Not only are these on trend right now, they add instant style to the simplest outfit. I found this black and floral one at Target.
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Statement Tees - Admittedly this photo was taken early on in my pregnancy, but I’ve worn this IlyCouture tee since then and always get a ton of compliments on it. Dressed up with a flowy skirt (this one from TigerMist), or just with cutoffs, they’re a fun way to show off your preggo pride.

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Costume Birthday Party

“Playing dress-up begins at five & never truly ends.” -Kate Spade

I absolutely love playing dress up. I literally have three boxes full of costumes that I cannot seem to part with! People always have an excuse for not dressing up at theme parties, so for my birthday this year I decided to throw a “Halloween in Summer” themed party. Everyone can come up with at least SOME costume! I also took the opportunity to try some fun party decor ideas, like custom confetti from The Confetti Bar. Read on for more party pix & tips!

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Custom confetti: The Confetti Bar

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What can I say? I love myself some confetti glitter. Shoes: Nine West.

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I created a simple DIY photo booth background using a white shower curtain, cardboard, gold spray paint, cardboard, and a hot glue gun, and made sure to have fun confetti on hand! Make It Rain Confetti: GAMAGO.

White corset bathing suit: American Apparel / Tulle skirt: Bel and Beau.

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We made a bunch of gold banners with fun sayings. The letters were from a DIY banner kit at WalMart, then we just spray painted with gold and sprinkled on some glitter!

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Mini chandeliers from ZGallerie (old) were recycled from our wedding.

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Had a blast glamming up these mason jars! The all-over gold was achieved by simply spray painting a mason jar gold (easy). To get the dip dye glitter effect, we simply placed masking tape around the middle of the jar, painted Mod Podge along the bottom half, sprinked on glitter, and voila! Paper straws: Amazon.

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Cut-out gold arrows (from posterboard) directed party-goers to the photo booth.

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Gold flamingos (spray paint) and Y A Y balloons greeted guests. Gold balloons: StudioMucci on Etsy.

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Thanks to all my amazing friends who humored me and played along! xoxo