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Monday, March 30, 2015

3 WAYS TO STYLE A MATERNITY DRESS


There are some pieces in your closet you just can't stop wearing. They fit great, work well with your body type, and are a super versatile color. This maternity dress is just that for me. Right now I can't get enough of it. Because it's a simple design and pretty neutral color, here are a few different ways to style the same maternity dress. That way you can wear it grocery shopping with your kids, to lunch with your girlfriends, and to dinner with your man all in one week. Lets break down each of the three looks...

LOOK 1: CASUAL

DRESS: ISABELLA AND OLIVIA  | JACKET: NORDSTROM | SHOES: CHUCK TAYLOR | HAT: J.CREW (NO LONGER AVAILABLE, SIMILAR HATS HERE AND HERE), BAG: SIMILAR

A dress with Chucks is one of my favorite of all the momiforms. Especially being pregnant. Dresses are so much more comfortable and less constricting. But just the dress and Chucks can look a bit disconnected, so a simple baseball hat, jean jacket, and tote bag balance the casual pieces with the dress. 




LOOK 2: BOHO

DRESS: ISABELLA AND OLIVIA  | KIMONO: TARGET | BOOTS: SOLE SOCIETY | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SUNGLASSES: URBAN OUTFITTERS | BAG: NORDSTROM


Kimonos are another one of my go-to pregnancy pieces. A form fitting dress with a loose kimono really compliment each other and look effortlessly chic. Ankle boots tie in the kimono's boho vibe for a complete look.




LOOK 3: DATE NIGHT

DRESS: ISABELLA AND OLIVIA  | HAT: J.CREW | SHOES: STEVE MADDEN | CLUTCH: HOBO | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SUNGLASSES: URBAN OUTFITTERS 

Heels and a clutch are always a quick way to dress up a look. A panama hat is a great accessory you can add. With a solid color dress, the hat helps add to the look without looking like one too many accessories.





Friday, March 27, 2015

CHARTREUSE OVERSIZED DOLMAN TOP: TUTORIAL

TOP: MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW) SIMILAR HERE | PANTS: A PEA IN A POD (NON-MATERNITY VERSION HERE) | SANDALS: STEVE MADDEN | FRINGE CLUTCH: NORDSTROM | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR HERE AND HERE | WATCH: DANIEL WELLINGTON 


I'm declaring citron/chartreuse to be one of my favorite colors for spring. It is bright and fresh, and looks good with so many skin tones. I keep seeing the color pop up everywhere and I am instantly drawn to it. Here are a few of my favorite chartreuse pieces I've seen around. I can't get enough of it!




With this pregnancy I have been so in love with loose fitting, dolman sleeved tops. They are easy to wear and I love the look of them over a baby bump. Some of the tops I have tried on were too short, so I created my own pattern so that I could make the top as long as I want. I need to add the extra length for this growing bump! Check out my full tutorial for this top after the jump below. It is really simple, I promise! No sleeves to put in, just a front, back, and neckline to cut. I recommend making a pattern for it first because you will want to make a handful of these!



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Follow the link below for the full tutorial...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MARCH EDIT

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It's time for this month's edit! If you missed last month, I announced that once a month I will be rounding up 5 of my favorite product that I use consistently on a regular basis, and products that I would definitely buy again. This is quickly turning into one of my favorite posts to write because I love sharing the word on great quality products. Let's talk about March's edit...


Luxy Hair Extensions- I have been obsessed with these extensions since the day I got them. It is real hair, so they style and curl with no problem. The clip in is quick and convenient. I got the 160 Gram set in Beach Blonde and it matched my hair great.  It comes with lots of different clip in sizes, so sometimes I just throw in a few smaller ones on the sides of my hair for church, or clip them all in when creating thick long braids. And good news!  Not only are they some of the most affordable extensions I have seen, you can even get $5 off of your set of extensions with code: LUXYLEANNE.

Ken Murphy: Hair Resort Spray- Sometimes beach sprays can just leave my hair feeling greasy, but this stuff is what I have been on the hunt for since I moved away from California for college. It gives your hair the perfect loose curled beachy look, without making it greasy. I usually add in to loose curls on about day 3 of washing my hair. The curls look natural and a bit piecy, like I just spent a day at the beach. I was so excited to finally find this stuff!

Philosophy: Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme- I love this fragrance, but this creme version is my go to when my legs are a bit dry and they look hydrated and glowing after using this. The scent seams to last a lot longer when I use this creme too.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream- I am really picky when it comes to concealers. So many I have tried make me break out. I used to use a tinted moistuizer in highschool and loved it, but they discontinued it and I have wanted to find another one that worked as well for years. This one is actually good for your face!  it has SPF 30, so I don't even have to add sunscreen before applying, and gives my skin a perfect dewey look without looking greasy. And a little goes a long way, so it lasts a long time too.  I also love the squeeze bottle. It keeps this a lot less messy.


MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil 'In Anticipation'- My favorite lip pencil in my favorite color. I sat at the MAC beauty counter and tested out almost every shade of pink that they have and this one won. It goes great under lighter nude colors, and all shades of pink. And it stays on forever so you don't have to worry about your lipstick coming off. Definitely one of my favorite make up finds.


Shop all of this month's picks below, and make sure to check out February's Edit if you missed it!



Monday, March 23, 2015

THE POWER OF PINK

BLAZER: NORDSTROM | TOP: NORDSTROM | PANTS: SIMILAR | SHOES: LULU*S | BAG: STELLA & DOT | GLASSES: SIMILAR | NECKLACE: GORJANA (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR) | LIPS: CHANEL GLOSS IN 'SEDUCTION'

I like pink, but I wouldn't say I'm a big pink wearer.  I'm usually more drawn to more coral shades. But this blazer was too pretty to pass up. It is so vivd and such a great fit. The slightly longer length is great for hiding those parts other than my tummy that are growing ;) The pop of yellow makes this look perfect for Spring.

This past week was Bradley's Spring Break and we spent it playing in the sprinklers out back, visiting Garrett at work, and a full day of nothing but the beach. It was just what I needed after an exhausting weekend. One of the highlights of last week was having lunch with the Target Style team with some crazy talented bloggers and designers. I left the lunch with these gorgeous blooms.

I'm also so excited to announce that I will be hosting the launch party for Rachel Zoe's new maternity line at A Pea in the Pod this Saturday from 3-5pm at the Beverly Hills location. If you are in the area, come let me help you style your growing bump and be entered to win some of Rachel's gorgeous clothing line. I am so obsessed with this maxi, this caftan, and this sequin dress.  I would love to see you there!




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GARDEN PARTY

DRESS: NORDSTROM | JACKET: NORDSTROM | SANDALS: LULU*S | CLUTCH: HOBO | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS | SUNGLASSES: KATE SPADE



Monday, March 16, 2015

PRESSING PAUSE

TOP: OLD NAVY (SIMILAR) | CARDIGAN: NORDSTROM (ON SALE!) SIMILAR | PANTS: SIMILAR | HEELS: SOLE SOCIETY | GLASSES: RAY BAN | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | WATCH: ARVO | BAG: SIMILAR

Happy Monday!  This week is Bradley's Spring Break, so we have a few fun things planned. I am still recovering from two 14 hour work days this weekend (see a few sneak peaks here and here), so it will be nice to get to sleep in a bit more in the mornings instead of get out the door by 7:30. Bradley's school starts at 7:30! Who does that?! Looking forward to a week spent playing at the pool and spending the day with my boys.



Friday, March 13, 2015

CALIFORNIA CASUAL

TOP: NORDSTROM | PANTS: ZARA (SIMILAR) | BOOTS: SOLE SOCIETY | BAG: SIMILAR | CUFF: PRIMA DONNA | NECKLACE: SIMILAR | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR 


I have been a little bit in love with blue and white lately. Its not hard to tell based on my past few posts! But this navy and white embroidered top automatically caught my eye for more reasons than the color combination (it comes in four different colorways). The effortless, relaxed, California casual vibe it's putting off is totally up my alley right now. That and the pockets. With my growing bump, I love throwing on something that looks easy to wear with a great design. 

But the getting dressed part of the day isn't always super effortless. I usually have an idea of the look I'm going for when I style an outfit, but sometimes I am just plain out of ideas.  The kids need to be fed, errands run, etc. So when I have very limited time to plan out a look, I've started using this great new WEAR app on my phone. It's like pinterest x instagram, but only outfit inspiration. Tons of style influencers upload their looks to the app, so I can quickly plow through a handful of looks and be inspired for how to style my outfit that day. Another thing I love is that you can search by store or item of clothing, to tailor it to exactly what you are looking for. For a busy mom, having it right on my phone easily accessible is key.  (and the app is free!) You can check out my profile here


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