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Blush, Blue + A Pregnancy Update

Maxi Dress (non maternity!) || Hat || Sandals || Jean Jacket (old, similar here)

Here on Long Island the weather has abruptly made the change from somewhat warm to hot, humid and sticky… ugh.  While I am so ready for summer I was not prepared for the toll the warm weather would take on my body while pregnant.  I feel like no matter how much water I drink I am swollen and sweating all the time and all I want to do is sit on the couch in the air conditioning.  But, with some work to finish up before baby girl arrives, and toddler that only sits for about five minutes at a time, we are trying everything we can to stay active and cool at the same time. I really don’t remember feeling this sluggish when I was pregnant with Addison.  I also don’t remember being this big, though I am sure I was! The hardest part of this point in my pregnancy is trying to explain to a toddler that I can’t pick her up.  Instead, we are doing a lot of extra hugs, kisses and hand holding, but I know sometimes she just wants to be in mommy’s arms.

 If I were allowed to go to my 40 week due date I’d have just under six weeks lift, but since I have to be induced I most likely have anywhere from three to five weeks left, and something tells me it’s going to be on the shorter end of that timeline.  I am also saying a little prayer each day that this baby comes on her own so I don’t have to go through the induction process again, but in the end whatever I have to do I will.   When I went in for my last weekly appointment baby C was measuring in the 87th percentile and is already over 6lbs!  While it’s pretty cool to get to track her progress week by week I always get a bit of anxiety when I go in to the doctor’s office.  With Addison, I was sent back and forth to the hospital more than a few times for extra monitoring so I never know if that is going to be the case this time around.  I have  also reached  full on nesting mode and have sterilized all the baby bottles and pump parts, picked up a few new tiny outfits for baby girl and done a bunch baby laundry, as well as packed our hospital bags.

Finally, I am trying to  finish up a few projects around the house including our outdoor deck (I can’t wait to share it!), the nursery, and our master bedroom.  I am really hoping I have these things done before baby arrives so I can enjoy our new life as a family of four without distractions.

Oh, and as for this dress I am wearing it is a non maternity style and around $60.  It’s lined and a great option whether you are pregnant or not.  I am not usually a pink person but I just love the color and paired with a jean jacket it made the perfect outfit for dinner out with the family last week.  If you have any questions about sizing feel free to ask!

xo Ali

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The Perfect Carryall

Bag: c/o Birdling Bags || Top: PinkBlush (similar option here) || Cutoff Shorts: H&M || Shoes: Soludos (old, similar option here)

Addi’s Outfit: Jacket: Gap || Top: Genuine Kids || Shoes: Gap

Happy Monday everyone! I’m sorry the past week or so has been a bit silent around here, but I have to say the end of this pregnancy is really kicking my butt!  I honestly don’t remember being this uncomfortable with Addison, but luckily I have only a few more weeks to go (six at the very most…happy dance!) until we meet our new baby girl.

Anyway, we’ve been trying to pass our time by spending as much time outside as possible.  The weather has been a bit unpredictable with all the rain we have been getting, but when we see a break in the clouds Addi and I have been taking full advantage of the close proximity to our town, which means restaurants, coffee shops and frozen yogurt…yum. Lately my little girl has had a mind of her own which means she wants to walk everywhere herself without her stroller, this also means I feel like I need to pack a larger bag than usual, mostly because I can’t throw things like sippy cups, water bottles, sunglasses and jackets in the bottom of her stroller.  At first I was carrying my bag and a smaller backpack for Addi, but I soon realized that left no free hands for anything else.  So, I decided to consolidate it all into this one larger “Day Tripper Bag” by Birdling Bags and it has been the perfect catch all bag for our afternoon outings.  The large inside and canvas exterior will also make it an ideal bag to pack for a picnic or a beach bag for later this summer with more than enough room for towels, sunscreen and beach toys.  It also comes in a smaller version and they have weekender bag that would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift.

Don’t forget, since today is #MommyMonday  head over to see how my other favorite and fashionable mammas are using their Birdling bags.  You can find there posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great week, with lots of outdoor time and of course frozen yogurt 😉

xo Ali

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Wednesday Wish List: Post Pregnancy Additions

ONE || TWO || THREE || FOUR || FIVE || SIX || SEVEN || EIGHT || NINE

With the holiday weekend coming up it’s hard to believe summer is fast approaching.  For our little family that also means only a few more weeks until our newest addition arrives and our worlds are changed for the better.  Officially, I have just over two months left, but since I am already being induced early, and baby girl is measuring between two and three weeks ahead, it’s looking like I have somewhere between six and seven weeks left to go, but if this baby girl is anything like her sister she will probably take her sweet ol’ time no matter what my doctor and I decide.

 As far as I’m concerned I have hit the stage in my pregnancy where the bump is just getting out of control and some days I feel like I just want to wear an oversized shirt and my husbands sweatpants and call it a day.  So, while finding outfits for right now is not so fun, looking for some new summer additions to my wardrobe for post baby has been one of my go to ways to pass the time (my life is so exciting…i know).  From what I remember with Addison, post pregnancy I just wanted to be in all the lose fitting,  outfits I could find.  So dresses like this have been high on my wish list.  I have also had my eye on this striped number and a few days ago I preordered it and can’t wait to try it on post baby.   Since my family also spends a lot of time at our beach house in the summer not wearing a bathing suit is probably not an option, so a cute colorful one piece is a must.  What items are on your summer wish list?  Leave your recommendations below I can’t wait to check them out!

xo Ali

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Mother’s Day Celebrations With Janie and Jack

My Dress: ASOS || My Shoes: Madewell

Addison’s Dress, shoes, bow and sunglasses: c/o Janie and Jack 

 

I cannot believe it is almost the middle of May let alone almost Mother’s Day.  What is even more unbelievable is that tomorrow my baby girl will be turning TWO.  At this time two years ago I was already laying in a hospital bed thinking our newest family member would be arriving soon.  Well, she had her own plans decided to make us wait just a bit longer, but knowing how she is now I am no longer surprised by this.

The year Addison was born Mother’s Day was the weekend before she actually arrived, and I remember it still feeling very surreal that I was actually going to be a mom.  We celebrated the day like we had many times before, with both my family and my husbands, but this time I was included in the gift and card exchanges.  It was even more strange because she wasn’t even here yet but everyone kept telling me that you are a mom from the moment you find out you are pregnant not just when the baby arrives and looking back now I cannot agree more.

I’ve always thought it was a little odd to just celebrate moms one day of the year.  I mean, most of us can agree that without your mom life would just not happen as smoothly as it does.  As a kid you never really understand exactly what your mom does, but now that I am older, and a mom myself, I realize a mom is not only “mom” but she’s so much more.  In one day she can accomplish what others might take a week to accomplish and she does it because she loves her family and would do anything for them.  This year I hope you take the time to tell your mom, grandmother, aunt, or special person in your life that has filled the role of mom, exactly how you feel.  You’d be surprised how much a little “thank you” or “I love you” can really mean to someone.

Since this weekend is filled with special celebrations that is as good of an excuse as any to get a little more dressed up than usual…right?  Addison tends to give me a bit of a hard time when it comes to “dressing up”, but when she saw this dress from Janie and Jack she ran over to it and said “Mama pretty!” So, using the excitement to my advantage I changed her into it and to my surprise she even stood still when I was clipping the bow in her hair and I know there are other moms and can relate to a squirmy kid when trying to comb or put up their hair!  Once we put on the shoes I could not believe how grown up she looked.  There is no more baby in her and she is all energetic toddler, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.   I’m pretty sure we will be recreating this look at some point this weekend because it is just so darn cute.

  So, to all the moms out there make sure you get a day of extra kiddo hugs and snuggles and even a little bit of pampering (think breakfast in bed?!).  In my opinion life as a mom is pretty much as good as it gets.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

xo Ali

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

 one || two || three || four || five || six || seven || eight || nine || ten || eleven || twelve

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, but now that it’s Monday it’s time to get focused and ready for the week ahead!  We have a really exciting week in store because Addison is turing two on Saturday and we get to continue the celebrations with family celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday  I cannot believe my little girl is almost TWO and that she will be a big sister very soon.  I go through mixed emotions, but mostly thank God every day that I get to call this adorable, spunky, strong willed, smart girl my daughter.  Seriously, where does time go!?

If you are like me and feel like time just snuck up on you and still have yet to purchase the perfect gift for Mom, it’s time to get down to business and palace that online order (luckily two day shipping has our backs!).  I’ve rounded up some of the top items on my list this year including these PJ’s you all loved when I posted them on Instagram a few weeks ago.   With baby number two arriving later this summer I have also had my eye on this adorable personalized bracelet.  This would be the perfect gift for any new mom or new grandma if you have it engraved with the names of their new baby or grandchild.  While Mother’s Day isn’t about how many gifts you can get mom, even the smallest gift can be a grand gesture and the first step in telling them just how much they mean to you and how you truly appreciate all they do for you.  In our household I know that Addison, my husband and I would be seriously lost without her gram and grandma because it really does take a village even when you only have one kid!

How are you all celebrating this weekend, feel free to leave your Mother’s Day traditions in the comments below!

 

xo Ali

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Pops Of Blue With Islefield

Scarf: c/o IsleField || Jacket: BB Dakota || T-Shirt: Old Navy || Jeans : J.Crew (old, similar maternity style here) || Bag: Celine (another similar option here) || Sunglasses: Le Specs || Shoes: Joie (Heeled version here)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We are getting back into the swing of things after spending a few days away watching one of my best friends marry her best friend.  It was a beautiful weekend and I cannot believe it is already over.  Now it’s time to get back to reality right?

I feel like a broken record saying this again but the weather promises to actually warm up and I am really hoping this time it’s true. We’ve had a few nice days here and there but then the rain and chilly weather returns, ugh.  Even though the temperature has only been reaching 50 degrees or so that hasn’t stopped me from wearing all of my favorite spring clothes, including these white jeans and this new scarf from Islefield.  I was introduced to the Islefield brand recently, but since receiving this scarf I have gone out of my way to pair it with some of my favorite outfits, and with Mother’s Day fast approaching it would definitely make a great gift for your mom, wife or special women in your life as a way to say thank you for everything they do. It comes in a few different colors and there a few different styles so you definitely need to head over to the Islefield site and while there definitly browse the rest of the site, because there are few items I can see myself wearing well into the summer months.

Don’t forget, since this is also #MommyMonday head over to see how my other favorite, and fashionable, mammas have styled their scarves:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

 

And, as a little treat for our readers use code JUST4MOM to get $100 off any purchase of $250 or more.  Happy shopping!

 

xo Ali

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Falling In Love With ThirdLove

Bra: c/0 ThirdLove || Robe: Pink Blush (another great option here)

I’ve never been terribly concerned about finding a bra that fits and I always just seemed to find one that was “good enough” or worked. I know a large part of that has to do with the fact I am smaller chested, and even though many might see that as a negative, I have always loved it.  However, since becoming pregnant for the second time I can honestly say finding supportive, comfortable and pretty undergarments has been a huge challenge.

I actually heard about ThirdLove from my mom and when I received their 24/7 classic t-shirt bra in the mail to try I was excited to see if it was as amazing as everyone said.  I can honestly say I have yet to find a bra that is as comfortable and stylish as this one.  The fit isn’t the only thing I love about this bra, the little gold details, small ruffles on the straps, and fun vibrant purple color make a simple bra even better. All of their bras also come in half sizes because as I am learning, not everyone can fit in the standard cup sizes.   I am also have a huge soft spot in my heart for a company that gives back and while you can read more about ThirdLove’s mission on their website they have donated more than $1 million in bras to women in need since 2013.  Pretty amazing.

You can shop some of my other favorite styles below or visit ThirdLove.com to try out a bra for free!

xo Ali

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Florals

Dress || Shoes || Clutch (old similar here) ||Earrings

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend! We started the weekend a little early with a quick two day “getaway” to my parents beach house out on the East End of Long Island.  Brian had some work out there on Friday, so we used it as an excuse take a break from our routine at home and spend some quality time together as a family. We headed back home just in time to celebrate a beautiful Easter day at my parents with some extended family.  The highlight of the day was definitely watching Addison during her very first egg hunt.  I use the word hunt loosely because it was mostly my younger cousins pointing out where the eggs were and her running to pick them up.

Now, on to this dress! This was supposed to be a post baby, late summer outfit, but once again I had to try it on as soon as it arrived.  I loved that the waist was high enough to cover the bump without a problem (wearing my pre-pregnancy size small) and the open front and long back is a really flattering silhouette no matter your body type.  I do think as my bump gets bigger I might want to use a little stitch or pin in the front so the opening doesn’t flap out too wide, but for now it’s the perfect fit!  I paired this dress with small block heels for a dressier look, but I can totally see myself wearing this with  tie up or slide sandals to make the look more casual.  Now, if someone would just throw a garden party so I can wear this dress in public asap!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

 

xo Ali

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Wednesday Wishlist: Shopbop Spring Sale

 1. || 2. || 3. || 4. || 5. || 6. || 7. || 8. || 9. || 10. 

This Shopbop sale has come just in time to update your Spring and Summer wardrobes with all of those light weight, light colored pieces you have had your eye on for the past few months.  From my top picks it seems that I am all about casual naturals that I wish were all in my actual closet and not my virtual shopping chart.  We are taking a little mini vacation to Charleston next week and these on trend slides might be the perfect choice to take along with me, after this preggo’s feet need to be comfortable right? Another item I am really loving is this all white backpack. I really think I’ll be switching from  oversized totes to easy to carry backpacks once Addison’s little sister arrives, I’ll leave both my hands free to wrangle two little kiddos.

All of these pieces and EVERYTHING else on their site is up to 25% off with code EVENT17.  Trust me, this is one sale you won’t want to miss!

xo Ali

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Casual Easter Style

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Dress (non maternity!) ||Wedges (on sale!) || Sunglasses || Bag (similar style here)

Lately, I’ve been seeing so many cute options dress options to wear on Easter Sunday it’s hard not to want them all.  But, I have noticed that many of thee dresses are form-fitting lace numbers that just aren’t practical when your Easter Sunday is spent going to church and then relaxing at home with your family until it’s time to eat until you are stuffed.  That is pretty much our tradition each year, very laid back and very casual. Is it like this for anyone else?

When I first saw this dress online I thought it might be a good option for me post baby since it had a button down front (very nursing friendly) and the fabric looked nice and airy for those hot August days. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it in a mail and realized not only could I wear this later this summer, but I could totally wear this now.  It is so comfortable and pairing it with cute wedges makes it perfect for Easter Mass. I know this isn’t your traditional “Sunday Best” but I’m all about comfort these days, especially when I’ll be chasing after Addison while she searches for Easter eggs at Gram and Pops’ house!

Happy Friday everyone, we made it through another week!

xo Ali

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