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!!!

Belted Blue Maxi and a Big Belly!

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What’s better than a summer carnival? I’ll tell you. Cotton candy, poolside, at a summer carnival.

photo 5This TopShop maxi was perfectly breezy on this warm evening, while allowing me to wear flats (my pregnant feet HATE heels these days).

photo 2And some things are SO worth waiting for! I am OBSESSED with this Goyard bag. ANd of course, I never miss a chance to rock the bump:photo 3I added the belt to break up the print, and to give me a little shape. Some maxis just hang on pregnant bellies and make these cute little pregnant women look like oompa loompas. Solution: a strategically placed belt, which still accentuates your narrowest part of your waist! Et voila! Cute pregnant bump!

And while we are on the topic of pregnant belly, I am currently 27 weeks (feels like fifty, and I still have a whole trimester left – send help!)

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I am wearing:

Dress: TopShop | Belt: BCBG | Shoes: Aldo | Bag: Goyard | Sunglasses: Burberry | Bracelets: Katie Dean Jewelry, Cartier | Necklace: Ebay (killer one here)

Thanks for reading!!

Preparing for the Fourth

It’s no secret how much I LOVE holidays. And for some reason, the Fourth is at the top of my list.  For a fun little DIY project, I painted mason jars, following instructions (loosely) from here, to make these beauties:

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And now, a trip through my past Fourth’s with nail art:

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As far as fashion, of course I’ve got that covered! For the parade, Peyton will be wearing this Gap dress (which is now on sale!), with a headband by Rolly Polly (which is sadly no long avail), and blue mocs by Freshly Picked. I will be wearing jean shorts and a plaid Express shirt, which is unavailable online, and my new, blue Goyard bag.

My other option was this piece of patriotism. Unfortunately, we didn’t purchase these. Star dress here, stripes here.

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We will be keeping festive in these necklaces from Claire’s: Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 2.54.50 PMAs well as some good ol’ hair chalking, this actually smells like raspberries!

I also stumbled upon this gem of Peyton’s first Fourth, gotta love Timehop270691_10100212226189035_6964232_n

Stay tuned to see all these goodies in action! Hope you’re all having a great week!

Weekend Recap

Summer is awesome. My favorite part is eating outside. Living in Michigan, we all bundle up and hunker down for the winter starting in October, lasting through April. So I like to get my fair share of outside summer time!

That means all day Saturday and all day Sunday were spent poolside!

photo 3One of my hardcore pregnancy cravings is mineral water. Gotta have it poolside! And what better way to cap-off a solid day of poolside lounging than burgers and a fun dessert?!

photo 5I am seriously obsessed with the Oh Joy! collection for Target. (Plate here, napkins here)

For dessert, I found this fun Nutella recipe floating around on Pinterest and thought it was too good not to try (see it here via The Pioneer Woman) – and she is right! It was SO easy!

photo 1 photo 3And, another week, another bump-date!

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I am wearing:

Skirt: Abercrombie & Fitch | Tank: Abercrombie & Fitch | Headband: Icing | Necklace: Old, similar here | Earrings: Katie Dean Jewelry

Thanks for reading!

Bump-date

Hello! I thought I would give you all a little bump update (a bump-date!) I have been doing fun chalkboard weekly updates, and am excited to share them with you!

photo 1photo 2And my most recent update:

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Dress: LA Hearts

Currently not doing maternity clothing, and living in low-rise shorts and maxi dresses/skirts. We picked the name London, and have already started decorating the nursery! Can’t wait to share those photos with you, as well!

Stay tuned for so much more!!