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. 

Instagram LookBook Shopper

You know by now I’m an Instagramaholic my new favorite past time is following the rabbit hole of Likes! 20140729-094908-35348004.jpg
This photo of my Vacation #ootd was recently liked by Halcyon Fair who knew one like would open up this page of awesomeness .

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I am dreaming of my little pregnant baby bump throwing a cocktail party in this vintage number.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to maternity Fashion and vintage!

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If I was a daring Man Repeller Fashionista I would rock this top and skirt baby bump exposed!

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Check out these beautiful photos of Maura in my home town of Chapel Hill North Carolina.

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I’ll leave you with two sets of vintage earring from her site
My birthday is tomorrow these king of the Jungle studs are fitting for a Leo!

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Fashion Dynasty DealThanks for the love – take 20% off anything in the store with code SHARELOVE now through this Friday 8/8! On Halcyon Fair

Cowboys don’t cry, a Shoe Dilemma

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We have all heard the saying “Dress for the Job you want, not the Job you have!”
This is a daily dilemma for me; you could almost call it a ritual. Every morning I open my eyes and start putting together the perfect outfit. One of a fashion hungry A-List celebrity. I start at the top and work down to my feet.

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Here is where the frustration begins; I am a hair stylist, first I need to look professional, second I am standing on my feet between 8 and 10 hours a day. That’s not comfortable in any high heel or Flat for more than 4 hours. So I have two options: change shoes every 2 hours or find something that is Fashionable and Functional.

Nocona White Calf

Nocona White Calf with Fashion Toe

I’ve Fallin in love with these;Nocona White Calf ,not ony do they hold my ankles secure for the day, but the are large enough for my wide calves.(16inch calf) Nocona Boots run true to size and comfort.

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When you first get them you will think, this boots look really narrow. That is what is amazing thing about them . They are comfortable, and fashionable; they make your feet and calfs look sleek and petite. Not an easy task for a white boot!

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Cowboy boots have answered alot of my fashion dilemmas simply by being classic. If you are going to invest in a classic cowboy boot. Spend money with the companies that work for real CowBoys, not just wanna be cowboys in designer boutiques!

Fashion Dynast Note:
I trust any of the Justin Brands, Tony Lama , Nocona

Great for wide Calves

Most of the sizing runs true, but it is always good to try before you buy. 

 

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!

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