Denim Vibes & a Katie Dean Jewelry Party

photo 2 I’m officially wearing SOME maternity clothes, this dress being one of them. I’m still very comfortable in my maxi skirts and dresses, though!

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I find the cut of this dress extremely flattering for a smaller bump. According to H&M’s website, I should have sized up 2 sizes being in my third trimester, however I am still wearing a small. All bodies grow differently while pregnant, so to have the best experience searching for maternity clothes (which is depressing enough as it is – why does everything have stripes? Do we need an army of nautical, waddling preggos?), I suggest in-store purchases only, so you can try things on!

I broke up the denim dress, and added a little shape to my body with a high belt, accenting the fact that I am not – in fact – a chambray grape!

Being 31 weeks pregnant, I don’t get out on the town as much as I used to! However, Katie Dean is in town (yay!) and having a sale, check out the details below:

BtUbLvPIcAEJm0xLike I would miss that? Never! See my post from her last Grand Rapids sale here.

Also, here is my 31 week chalkboard photo:10530942_10101996413593175_8911913206549320905_n

Wearing a Gap maternity shirt (which is amazing, unsure why i fought buying one for so long!)

I am wearing:

Dress: H&M | Belt: Ferragamo (color sold out, others here) | Necklace & Earrings set: Charming Charlie (similar here) | Bracelets: Katie Dean Jewelry, Katie Dean Jewelry, Cartier | Shoes: Michael Kors | Bag: Louis Vuitton

Thanks for reading – and hopefully I can snag some gorgeous Katie Dean Jewelry at tonight’s party!!

Bridal Shower Fun

photo 1Yay! My Best friend is getting married, and as maid of honor, I got to throw her a shower!  Parties are my thing, and Pinterest only fuels my fire. I thought it would be fun to share some snaps from the shower with you!

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The painted canvas was purchased at Hobby Lobby for $7, and I rolled the coral paint on, and wrote on it with a blue paint pen. Super cheap and so cute! All the girls ended up signing it with silver sharpie for the bride-to-be to keep forever! Her wedding is on a lake, so with the nautical theme, “tying the knot” was so perfect!

photo 4For the tall glass vases, I purchased those at Hobby Lobby in the flower section, I painted the inside with mod podge, dumped in glitter, and rolled it until the glitter coated the glue – so in love with how they turned out! Same deal for the little mason jars!

In the basket, you’ll see wedding advice cards, purchased here, and self-addressed envelopes for thank you notes – seriously a life-saver for the guest of honor!

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At everyone’s place setting, they had a cute little nail polish to take home with these ADORABLE polish tags, the advice cards, and two games. The bride requested no boring, over-done, traditional shower games. Challenge accepted.

photo 3We played Who Has The Groom (which everyone seriously had SO much fun with) and this fun little lotto game (the winning cards said “I DO!” the losing cards all had funny wedding mishaps on them!)

With [a ton] of work, one of the bridesmaids and I were able to hang a shabby-chic backdrop for photos. I wish I had advice for this, but we probably did it the worst way possible. I made fun little signs (purchased here) with paper straws for photo props:

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photo 2The Miss to Mrs. banner was purchased here.

My dress is from Parker, this print is sold out, but it’s available here in a different print.

Dressing the Bump: Stripes

photo 1No better way to end a perfect Friday evening dinner, than a walk while the sun sets! I purchased this dress this week at Old Navy, and am in love, it’s no longer available online, but it’s still in stores! I actually bought my pre-maternity size, thinking I could wear it post-baby, but when I tried it on, it was the perfect amount of stretch. So, if you’re not pregnant, I would size down!

As you’re reading this, I am heading to my best friend’s bridal shower. I looove hosting parties! I went crazy crafty for this one, and will be sharing photos soon on here – so stay tuned!

photo 4Nothing like dressing up a casual dress with a statement necklace!photo 3 photo 3

I am wearing:

Dress: Old Navy (in stores, similar here) | Shoes: Aldo (old, but loving this one) | Purse: Louis Vuitton | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar here) | Nail Polish: CND Shellac Tropix

Oh, and by the way – I am 30 weeks (technically 31 weeks tomorrow), so here is my chalkboard picture:

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I am wearing an ASOS Maternity Dress. (longer sleeved version here)

Thanks for reading!

Weekend at the Cottage

Guys! I’m back :) It was a great weekend without phone service (joking, I am so happy to be back in civilization), but the weather was great and we had a blast!

Here is a quick glance at our mini-vacay:

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photo 5Rockin’ the bump, beachside, swimsuit from Victoria’s Secret, nail polish is CND Shellac Tropix

photo 1Beautiful fresh berries at the local farmer’s market! Yum!

photo 2Enjoying a cool morning walk on the beach, wearing a Nasty Gal Anorak (sold out)

And of course, various shots of things in my hands:

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This is “Beach Pudding” my be achy remix of my 4th of July pudding cups. I substituted vanilla wafers for the oreos, and used french vanilla pudding for the “sand”, and blue food coloring for the “water”

photo 4 photo 1 photo 3Happy to be back!! :)

Wrapped Up

I’ve said it multiple times: The DVF Wrap Dress couldn’t be more perfect for the shape of a woman’s body – and yes, I mean ANY woman. Especially pregnant women. See how I’ve styled other prints here.

photo 1Last night was the Crystal Invitational Golf Tournament after party. My husband took second place in the horse race (which is a lot less exciting than it sounds. No actual horses were involved – but he kicked butt!)

Naturally, I pulled out another wrap dress for the occasion. Each of the prints are subtle enough to not be overwhelming, but still require little to no accessorizing, so it makes for easy dressing.

photo 2Any event that has a s’mores dessert bar is a winning event in my book!

photo 3Absolutely obsessed with the bright flowers in this dress. I am also eyeing this one. So you might see that in the next month on here! These are perfect because I plan to wear them post-pregnancy.

WHICH BY THE WAY, I have two months left! Heading into my 29th week, so here is a peek at last week’s chalkboard:

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I am wearing:

Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg (old print, see current season here) | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti via AK Rikks | Purse: Chanel | Necklace: Erikson Beamon via AK Rikks 

We are heading up to our cottage next week for a much needed vacation, so excuse my lack of posts! Thanks for reading!

Firecracker Popcorn

photo-11Today, I am going to share with you one of my favorite recipes, and it’s so easy – there is still time to make it before your party tomorrow!

And this is easy to change up for different holidays/events!

What you need:

1 bag of popcorn
1 cup of white baking chocolate
2 bags of strawberry poprocks
festive sprinkles

What you do:

photo 1Usually, I pop a bag of PopSecret and set that on a cookie sheet to cool, but I was in a pinch for time, so I used a bag of Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop (which is amazing – if you haven’t tried this, I insist you do!).

Let your popped popcorn cool, while you melt your baking chocolate. You can do microwave,  but I prefer the stove. I feel like I have more control over the melting process, so that’s my recommendation, unless you’re crazy good with the microwave, then more power to ya!

Drizzle your completely melted white chocolate over your cooled-off popcorn, like so:

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If you’re anything like me and have no control over your drizzle-speed, you’re going to want to use a spatula to separate the big clusters. Then grab your pop rocks and sprinkles, and have at it. Better yet, give the sprinkles to your toddler and let her go at it!photo 2And voila!photo 4Let it cool, break it apart, and put it in whatever bag or serving dish suits your needs! How easy is that? Seriously, the hardest part is waiting for the baking chocolate to melt.

If you want to mix it up for Valentine’s Day, add a bit of red food coloring to turn your baking chocolate pink, drizzle over your popcorn, and add fun heart sprinkles! Likewise, leave your chocolate white, and decorate with red and green sprinkles for Christmas! One recipe, so many ways!

Have a safe and fun Fourth tomorrow!!!