9 Months of Black a True Story 

The prompt on WordPress says 

Share your story here…

That’s exactly what I’m doing. Someone asked me today what my goal was with the blog; originally it started as a fashion blog because who doesn’t want to have a reason for all those selfies.    

 Once I found out I was pregnant I was terrified of what it was going to do to my body. I had worked so hard to be in great shape to feel good in my clothes, so good infact I was shareing pictures of myself with millions of strangers. 

 The first time my husband and I tried to conceive I couldn’t do it, I was in tears. I didn’t want to get fat.  

You’re not fat, you’re pregnant 

  I failed to see the difference honestly, and what is maternity fashion anyway. I spent my entire life trying to conseal my not so flat stomache, or my wide hips. All of a sudden it was acceptable to be round.  

 In the early months of my pregnancy I counted my calories to make sure my child was nourished and I wasn’t going to gain more than the 25-30 pounds at the doctors request .I gained 25lbs in three months eating 2000-1500 calories a day, and continuing my regular workouts.  

 I felt helpless, by my second trimester I couldn’t do Pilaties or Barre all I could do was walk on the elliptical.. Well that just plain sucks.  

 I wore leggings and black tops, mostly target and H&M that was an easy staple before pregnancy now it was a prison. I was stuck in my own body and forced to act as though it was the greatest time of my life because it was way more difficult to tell people I was miserable. 

 Where is the silver lining in all of this Fashion misery…. Those things you hear about the weight coming off fast. Actually true; I was 20lbs down the first week after my son was born. I was so excited to be able to bend over once I was clear to excersise again it was the greatest feeling of my life. 

 I have this amazing little ball of joy that loves long walks and giggles when I jump rope, my entire pregnancy I failed to realize it was infact temporary . Like so many hard ships in your life… This too shall pass, and it did.  

 The prize at the end was well worth it and the human body is an amazing thing.  

 

Your body will never be the same after you have a baby

Your right it’s not, it’s better than ever and how I view myself now is diffrent, there is a difference between pregnant and fat; fat doesn’t give you a baby it just gives you diabetes.   

 Love yourself today, it’s the only one you get. 

Maximalism in Action

So I did it! Took my own advice and mixed like a Mad Man to create the perfect look for my Salon Opening!

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How did I know this mix of fabrics and patterns was going to work??? I didn’t

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I went shopping at Nordstrom Rack to find an outfit for the Arrow Studio opening soiree! Found this amazing tapestry dress from Free People, upon my internet search it’s sold out online :/

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I knew I couldn’t wear it like the model, because I like my shoulders covered. I decided it was perfect and I could throw a sweater over it… I’m sure I have something at home… Right! Wrong, I thought about all the lonely strapless dresses in my closet that never see the light of day, then I heard Kyle’s voice in my head

always , shop in outfits

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When you hang out with people who dress this well there is always some fashion pressure! So I decided to not leave the store without a matching, or perfectly mismatching shrug. I grabbed a few white sweaters, a denim jacket, and this floral top.

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Some how it worked, but did it really? Well, it didn’t hurt my eyes! At this point I thought ok grab something else in the same feel, but different pattern… Wow no pic of this because it really hurt my eyes, and my fashion heart. That’s when I decided this works! I think it was a success!

Fashion Dynasty Note:
My clutch and shoes are neutral and match one another, this helps display my mix of patterns and also does not add another element of texture to have to match!

Instagram the rabbit hole

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How cool is Tattly. My husband says people without tattoos always say ” they can’t commit!”

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Well, it’s true I can’t pick one outfit a day I have to pick three!

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So now I can pick 3 well designed Temporary Tattoos a day, and the ironic joke tattoos won’t be party conversation pieces in 5 years!

Slipper Stalking

As you know by now…
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This guy is unstoppable, and unbelievably fashionable. Most people think I dress him. That couldn’t be further from the truth. He is usually dressing me. It’s always a simple nod and ” babe, your trying to hard!” He knows how to get the best out of me.

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I like to add to his closet so he always has the chance to make interesting choices! Found a rad Instagram for custom shirts and Mens Fashion!

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Led me to Bull and Tassel Same low Profile as a classic smoking slipper, but he has support and grip!

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Fashion and Function!

Parking lot Blues

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I’m always on a shopping quest, every city I go to! Today I stopped in Beanie+Cecil at Lumina Station in Wilmington NC. 20140523-132312-48192283.jpg
Bought some Rag and Bone Distressed Jean Shorts! Then walked out the back door to this Kick ass Mobile Shop

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Faherty was started by two brothers from the jersey Shore. The clothes are killer quality, tailored to perfection and made of some Boss materials! They are taking their Mobile Store all over the us! Hey Guys if you come to Durham I will Buy

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The ToFo ChambrayShirt Dress (195$)
Ok, I might comeback Tomorrow and buy it! They will be in Wilmington till tomorrow so check them out. Faherty

Selfie inspired : a manifesto

Last night I found my self uninspired… I purchased a brand new bag, and felt like nothing in my closet was good enough! 20140519-110313-39793234.jpg
So I poked through My Pinterest

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Found this amazing out fit from one of my friends boards! I started thinking I need to put my own selfie collection together! So her it is! Hope it’s inspiring.

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If you like my style you can follow me on Instagram

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That guy who shows up in my selfie occasionally is my Husband check out his Instagram

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He naturally challenges my style choices!

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And photobombs me!

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He also takes my selfie plus one!
Now that your sick of looking at my face! Hope you steal my outfits