Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Treat Yourself (& Others) with Underclub




TREAT YOURSELF

Pregnancy is such a beautiful experience and it's been such an amazing time for me these last few months of carrying our baby. It's such a neat thing to know you have been growing a little person in there, and even though we haven't met her, she's brought SO much joy to our lives already. Even though I've loved pregnancy, we're getting closer and closer to meeting her - pretty much any day now and I am beyond ready! Although pregnancy is many wonderful things, there's also so many (not so wonderful) things about it. There are so many changes that your body goes through especially towards the end of pregnancy. You are so uncomfortable and for me, sleep is a long forgotten thing because I hardly get any! It gets harder and harder to fit into any of your clothes, and you basically just want to spend your days in a comfy robe or sweatpants. It's hard to even want to get dressed, much less do your make up and hair. I'm looking forward to the little things post delivery like sleeping on my stomach or having myself a huge cup of coffee! Sometimes you just have to treat yourself and us as women definitely deserve it after that! Here's a few ideas to take time for yourself and enjoy the little things post partum!

1. GET A MASSAGE
I've been told by some friends that pregnancy massages are the best and help you relax, but for one reason or another, I can't ever seem to get around to it, so I guess I'll have to save that for post delivery. It'll be so nice to take time for yourself and have a few moments of peace even if it's just for 30 min to an hour!

2. REPLENISH YOUR WORKOUT ATTIRE
I definitely did not workout as much as I should've throughout my pregnancy besides doing a lot of walking. I'm looking forward to being able to workout again and try to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and get to wear my clothes again. Although I know I'll have a bit of a hard time getting motivated, so new work out clothes or shoes always do the trick!

3. SHOP!
I stopped buying new things a couple of weeks ago because I had been buying oversized things and clothes that fit my bump, but now it's pointless to do so since we're so close to our delivery day! I realize you don't just snap back to pre-baby weight but I am looking forward to being able to buy a normal pair of jeans without a belly band or sized up clothing to fit.

4. THROW OUT YOUR GRANNY PANTIES
I always love having cute undergarments even though nobody sees them. It just helps me feel more put together and feel better. Let's be real though - during pregnancy, you can say goodbye to that. Comfort becomes priority and the pretty and lacy things become a thing of the past. I've been told that big "granny panties" are a must have in your hospital bag because you don't want to ruin anything pretty and that's basically just a necessity postpartum. It'll be nice to get back to the cute things when it's time and one way to do so is by signing up for a monthly subscription with Underclub. It's a curated selection of designer underwear service delivered to your door monthly, You can cancel anytime. It's like a little gift to yourself every month with luxurious designer underwear and right now they're soft launching a new $12.95 subscription line and you can get exclusive access when you subscribe this month here!. It's the little things! 

5. HELLO COFFEE!
Coffee was definitely the hardest thing to give up (not completely), but I definitely had to cut back from having 1-2 cups a day or having a grande iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks. I'm also someone that loves a huge glass of iced sweet tea, so I can't wait to be able to treat myself without any guilt. 

6. FINALLY, DON'T RUSH BACK TO YOUR "NORMAL" LIFE. 
I'm somebody who loves to stay busy and always be doing something. Kalep gets annoyed with me sometimes because he just wants to sit on the couch and do nothing but Netflix, and I can only sit through an episode or two. I kept putting off the date that I would start my "official break" from doing sugar cookies and from my invitation business until finally, I had to this week because baby will be here any day now. These last few days have been so nice though to not have any thing on my planner and not have something on my mind that just has to get done. It's nice to take time to relax and just "do nothing." This is a time when life slows down and it's okay to take time to lounge around the house especially when baby is here. Soak up the hours with your baby and your husband (and friends & family that visit) and don't feel guilty! The busy-ness will come soon enough, and I think every one deserves a break every now and then. I'm so glad it worked out that baby will be here during the fall/winter. It's such a cozy time especially with the holidays around the corner. I know I'll definitely be watching LOTS of Christmas movies, so don't be afraid to step back and RELAX!


TREAT OTHER "MOMS TO BE", BRIDESMAIDS & FRIENDS

Baskets are one of my favorite gifts to give. My best friend and I always joke about it because for every little occasion we have for each other, friends, or family - our go-to is to put together a basket of goodies. I also love receiving them as much as I love giving them. A lot of times they're full of things you actually need that you never think to go and pick up yourself. A subscription to Underclub would be a great gift to include in a basket that continues to keep giving, or even introduce to a friend to. It would be the perfect addition to a "mom to be" hospital or post partum basket. Also, perfect for a bridesmaid gift for a bachelorette party or the day before the wedding! I've put together a list of other ideas to include in each basket below! 

Mom-to-be Basket

• Chapstick or lip balm (Aquaphor Healing Ointment was recommended to me by my dermatologist for lips & it is THE BEST!)
• Hairspray, hair ties, dry shampoo, etc.
• Bust, Nipple & Stretch Mark Cream
• Hand Sanitizer
• Perfume or Body Spray
• Magazines or Books
• Gift Cards
• Fuzzy Socks (with grips)
• Chocolate & Snacks
• Nursing Pads
• Make-up Wipes

Bridesmaid Basket

• Nail Polish
• Personalized items like a koozie, a tote bag, necklace, etc.
• Earrings or jewelry for your special day
• Wine or Champagne Bottle (& a hangover kit for a bachelorette;))
• Chocolates & other sweet treats
• Coffee Mug

Hope you enjoy! 

Don't forget to check out Underclub to treat yourself & others to luxury!









Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Birthday Wishlist


My birthday is TOMORROW, so I thought it'd be fun to share a little birthday wishlist! :) 

1. Vince Camuto Britsy Boot - On sale & so cute! I love anything leopard, so I definitely have my eye on these!

2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - I LOVEEE this perfume! Kalep bought me a bottle during the first few months of dating and it smells SO good. It's also one of those scents for me that takes me back to good times too! :) 

3. iPhone X - My phone is just on its last leg, so I need a new one! 

4. BaubleBar Monarch Statement Earrings - These are so fun, yet neutral so can be worn with so much.

5. Michael Kors Ritz Watch - I love having a neutral watch that can be worn every day, and these watches are such good quality. 

6. Thread & Supply Pullover - It's fuzzy & looks so cozy for these next few months.

7. Nameplate Necklace - Kalep gifted me a rose gold personalized bar necklace right before our wedding with the coordinates of our wedding venue, so I'd love a name necklace with our girl's name to stack with it.

8. Fashion Drug Tiger Bag - This is a total dupe of the Gucci Dionysus for a fraction of the price.

9. Nike Juvenate - I love how these have a leather look to them for any street style look!

10. Sole Society Candice Tote - I've been needing some new totes and weekend bags, and I love this neutral color & it's less than $50! Great gift! 

11. Cream Ottoman - I ordered a similar one for our girl's nursery, but when it came in, it was the tiniest thing, so I need to find another one. 

Hope you're having the BEST weekend!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Must Have Fall Fabric - Chenille







Cardigan: Boohoo (Sold out), Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Vince Camuto
I feel like I am just about to pop any minute now! It's such a struggle getting dressed lately because jeans, leggings, and anything I have to bend down to put on is just doing too much for me (lol!). I'm kind of out of luck though because I can't wear dresses every single day. One of my go-to items lately has been cozy cardigans. I love throwing them on over a tank, a tee, a dress - even just my pj's when I'm at home. The chenille material has been SO trendy this fall & it's not going anywhere anytime soon. I actually purchased this pink one from Boohoo for around $23 but it's currently sold out. I did link a few other ones I absolutely love below and they're all under $50 - there's a couple that are even half off right now! Also, I found this one for baby girls while we were in Dallas, but the smallest it's available in is 9-12 months. It's exactly like mine but miniature sized - the cutest thing! These jeans are maternity from Topshop, and the price is so affordable and I love that they have a small band at the top instead of the big band that goes over your belly.

I'm currently in the process of trying to wash baby girl's clothes and pack our hospital bag, so that's it for now!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Leather + Knee Highs











Dress: Leith, Jacket: Old Forever 21 - Similar here, Boots: Similar here, Sunglasses: Bp. (Only $14.00!)

Forgive the crazy hair! It was SO windy (for what actually seemed like just those few minutes we were taking pictures). The amount of items in my closet that actually fit is starting to quickly slim down as we near the due date. This dress is one of the pieces that has been on repeat because it's comfortable and you can mix and match it with practically anything so it's super easy to dress it up or down. When buying a fitted dress, I always prefer to pay a little more but get better quality material. You can find fitted dresses high and low for $5-10 but the material tends to be super thin and show a little more than you probably want. This one is available in tons of colors and also in short sleeve. It looks so cute on people that aren't pregnant as well, and so flattering. 

It's getting harder and harder to move around and sleep, so I'm officially taking a short break from my cookies & invitations to prepare for baby's arrival and catch up on some much needed rest. It's so unreal to believe we only have a couple of weeks left until she's here! My birthday is also coming up this weekend, and it's so crazy how much your world already changes when you have a baby on the way. I usually have a birthday wish list ready (for my parents or Kalep ;)) and this year my birthday just snuck up on me - it's this weekend, and I hadn't even thought twice about it because I'm so excited for our girl to get here! I love that Kalep, Baby W & I will all have our birthdays in November because it basically gives us a reason to celebrate all month long. Anyway, we're off to our weekly doctor's appointment! I hope you have the happiest of Halloweens - the kid inside me is so excited to hand out candy tonight (even though I'd much rather be trick or treating ;))! 

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall Maternity Staples



I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy, and I can't believe we'll meet our girl in less than a month! We finally have a couple of names for her (that we're still trying to decide between), but it's definitely progress. Now that I'm at the end of it, it seems like it went by SO fast even though the end is kind of dragging. It seems like so many people around me were (are) also pregnant and just in the last weekend, we've had a couple of people close to us tell us they're expecting as well. Love that our girl will have lots of babies to grow up with! Anyway, I decided to put together a "Maternity Must Have" list for any of you moms-to-be that are just at the beginning or even already deep in your pregnancy. It's tricky to get dressed when your bump starts to grow especially when you still want to be stylish yet comfortable. These are some of the basic items that I picked up or that I wished I would've to make getting dressed a little easier. They're mostly basics but they're easy to mix and match and dress up or down. 

Leggings

Leggings literally go with EVERYTHING & you'll get to a point where that's all you want to wear because they're so comfortable, so it's good to have a few good pairs.



Maternity Jeans

I held off buying these until I was about halfway through my pregnancy (when I couldn't pull off the rubber band trick with my regular jeans anymore - lol!). I did make sure to pick up 2-3 pairs though and I wear them out now.



Fitted Dresses

Strangely, I had a hard time wearing body con or fitted dresses prior to pregnancy, but I absolutely LOVE them now. They're so comfortable and are easy to pair with jackets, kimonos, cardigans, etc. My favorite out of the ones below is the Leith dress - it's not maternity but still flattering.


Loose Dresses

These are what I should've definitely bought more of. It stays pretty hot in Texas even through the fall months right now, and these are so easy to throw on and go. Stylish and comfortable!



Shoes

You'll definitely get tired being on your feet for long periods of times, so you may have to ditch the heels for a while. Doesn't mean you have to wear boring shoes though! Mules are so on trend right now and they're comfortable. Love a good stylish sneaker too!



Cardigans & Sweaters

These are must haves - pregnant or not!



Kimonos, Dusters & Plaid Shirts

I grew to love pieces like these that I could throw on top of basics to dress up an outfit, and they're items you can definitely wear post pregnancy as well.



Basic Tops

These are just a necessity!



Extras

LOVE loungewear especially after a long day! Baseball caps are also a fave for days that are a little harder than others. Also, I've rotated the creams below for my belly and I have yet to get one stretch mark, and I apply each and every day 2-3 times a day.




Hope this helps any of you mommas (to be) out there!
Have a great Tuesday!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Maternity Shoot with Kimberly Cowan Photography







Dress: Sew Trendy (Provided by Kimberly Cowan) 

A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to do a maternity shoot with Kimberly Cowan Photography for one of her model calls at one of our little pieces of beauty in West Texas - The Monahans Sandhills. It's such a pretty place right down the road especially right at sunset. Kimberly Cowan is based right out of Midland, Tx and specializes in maternity, newborn and family photography. She was such a pleasure to work with, and made me feel so comfortable (even in a dress that was a little intimidating at first). This dress is from Sew Trendy, and they have so many pretty options for a maternity shoot. This gown (although very sheer) was made of such good quality and LOTS of material. They also have a program which works with photographers to provide gowns at a discount, so be sure to ask your photographer about it. Anyway, I just wanted to share a few shots from the shoot! I absolutely love this season of life right now and carrying our little one has brought me so much joy, so documenting it in a maternity shoot is so special. I have a couple of other maternity shoots left to do (hopefully Kalep will join me - he hates taking pictures) before baby arrives in 3-4 short weeks, so I'll be sharing those later! Really though - to all of you expecting mommies out there, be sure to take as many pictures as possible (even just at home) of your growing bump, it goes by so fast. I can't believe I'm already in my last month and that some of my friends who were expecting just delivered their baby! Be sure to plan your maternity shoots & 4D sessions ahead of time because life happens and time flies and these are moments you don't get back (at least for each baby)!




Monday, October 16, 2017

Casual Fall #OOTD + Express Sales


 





Sweater: Express (40% off!), Leggings: Express (40% off and available in petite!), Boots: Sam Edelman (On sale!) , Bag: Rebecca Minkoff - Available here (in grey velvet) and here (in pink velvet) 

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Express because I've talked about it plenty of times here on S&S from their sales, coupons and their jeans. It's one of my favorite places to shop for fall because they have so many knit sweaters and leggings. Their quality is the best too for how affordable it is. I'm not lying when I say I NEVER actually pay full price there because there are always sales or coupons available to use. Right now, everything is 40% off and that is the best time to take advantage of their sales. My whole outfit is on sale (even the booties - not from Express) right now. I love that their clothes fits so well. Their jeans and leggings are always a go-to for me especially because they are available in petite, and their sweaters are always the perfect length (even now with a baby bump). Anyway, I picked this one up the other day and I love how cozy it is and it's perfect for this transitional weather right now. These leggings I purchased last year and they're still in great condition, so I'll definitely be picking up another pair during the sale. I've linked other favorites from the sale in the widget below! 

I took a break from my blog and social media all last week - not so much because I planned to but more so because life just got in the way. I've been super busy trying to get out all invitation orders before I take a small break with baby only 4-ish weeks away. I've also had a really hard time actually getting sleep at night, so exhausted is an understatement. Luckily, Kalep and I took a trip to Dallas for a quick weekend getaway which was much needed. We stopped by Magnolia Market in Waco on the way for the Silobration, and it was just the cutest place and I was obsessed with all the vendors there. We also visited the pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum and shopped. The only negative was the terrible Texas heat. I only packed fall outfits and a lot of black, and I immediately regretted it when I was getting dressed. Anyway, I'm glad to be back and feelin' re-energized for the week, so hopefully, I can do better with my blog! I've got a check-up on Baby W today, so that's all for now!


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