Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oh baby baby...

It's true.
I know some thought the day may never come, but the hubs and I decided it was time to expand our family and have a child that does have 4 legs and a tail :) After a little bit of trying, we found out the good news early November.

We told family and friends with this surprise Christmas card.
We did a photoshoot before Thanksgiving for the announcement card photos with Perks Photography, who is owned by an old friend of mine Anthea. She is so creative and was able to get some really amazing pictures of us that Sunday evening.

Mr. B catching up on light reading
As soon as we found out we were expecting, I bought a bunch of books and we bought a nice camera. We have taken weekly pics of my belly from the front and side, along with other funny pictures to remember this time. I plan to put them all together in a nice memory album.
It's really bizarre to watch my baby bump grow and my physical appearance change and finding clothes that I like wearing! Going from a size 0 and wearing almost anything to being a little more selective is def a challenge!

I am still working out a lot- doing Bodypump, Piyo, and some jogging. Plan is to get my post baby body back ASAP!
Stay tuned for lots more baby posts. Planning a maternity clothing post, nursery decoration post, and others :)

As seen online.....

It's no secret that I love to shop. Fortunately for my closet and unfortunately for my wallet, I am often influenced to buy clothes after seeing them styled online, whether it be on Pinterest or on various fashion blogs.
Here are some of my purchases:

After seeing this outfit online at Girl Gone Fashion, I wanted both the skirt and the top! I love the mixed patterns, colors, and how well everything went together. I looked online and only saw the shirt. I honestly forgot about the it, until I stopped in a Francesca's store. While looking around, I found both the skirt and the top on sale! The skirt came to $16.00 and the top $19....both less than $20!

Shopping tip: Top is still available online here. So many items were on sale, I recommend going to the store. Also if you text Join227 to 22466, you will get a 20% off coupon for in store purchase!

I fell in love with this Ralph Lauren Nantucket striped top featured on Summer Wind. When I went to the RL website, it was sold out. I did a search on ebay and found brand new, with tags, for really cheap. It is great quality and super comfortable. I wore it in late summer with shorts and then again in the fall with jeans.
on a lazy Saturday afternoon, bowling with the hubs.

I really liked this Kelly green sweater seen on The Classy Cubicle. Another Ralph Lauren item and another item no longer sold on their website. Although the blogger offered some similar options on the post, none were as cute as this one pictured. I did another ebay search and was able to find the sweater at only $10 (if I remember correctly)! Even more stunning in person, this is great paired with white cropped pants just as the blogger styled. It also looks great with gold chunky jewelry!
I think I stumbled across this Everly chevron top on Pinterest. I clicked the link but their site did not have online shopping. After a Google search I saw the brand was sold at boutiques and at Nordstrom. I think I ended up buying this top for $8 off Poshmark.
Shopping tip: Poshmark is one of many online consignment shops where you can buy and sell clothing. Although I have had more luck selling on Ebay, there are some great sites to find some good deals or hard to find items.
I found this adorable dress on Instagram of all places, on the account of Ali Fedotowsky (I'm guessing a Bachelorette contestant?) The dress she listed as a BCBG dress and I went to their site and purchased it ASAP. I wore it for the Sandals dinner cruise in Baltimore a week later. I used a promo code and got $25 off and free shipping....dress was around $55.
Shopping tip: Always search for coupons or promo codes by simply searching the web, before making any purchases online!
Dress paired with a Lilly Pulizer belt, blogged I about here