flowy dresses are my maternity jam…

i am now in the home stretch of this pregnancy with only 8 weeks left to go. the last thing i want is something tight on my bod. i have been wearing every loose, flowy dress i can get my hands on. Light and breezy caftans, muumuus and day dresses paired with sandals are my new maternity uniform. other then my vintage & etsy finds which you can read about here and here , this is where i am hunting them down on the web.

everyday maternity fashion caftans muumuus and boho maternity dresses

 

black embroidered dress $168 / printed maxi $148 / button up navy maxi $88gray maxi $88 / black maxi (comes in 4 colors and stripes) $25 / printed caftan dress $89 / black smock dress $129 / flutter top maxi $15 / plaid shirtdress $25 / cloud print dress $32

esty round up with lil’ mamas

Hello!  So happy to have one of my favorite mamas on the blog today with our etsy round up for February! Ali Aut, over on the lil mamas blog has three of the sweetest little nuggets around, ages 11, 2 and 9 months. i am obsessed with them all. she writes for the sometimes hilarious, sometimes edgy and always unexpected blog, Lil Mamas.  Ali and i share a similar love for all things etsy, handmade and vintage. we can talk for hours about it, so today we are. Here are our favorite etsy finds of the moment. Shop on mamas!

Etsy Round Up February

1. ivory linen baby baptism or blessing dress by chasing mini: with a little girl on the way i can start thinking about really special baby clothes again and this dress is at the top of my list for her blessing.

2. kimonos for little girls by Busy Spinning Thread: i mean if this darling pic doesn’t just kill you the kimonos will.

3.hand carved cow skull by AureusArts: i love the skull trend just as much as the next girl, but this hand carved skull is beautiful to the next level. makes you want to run in the fields with a flower crown on my head.

4. this abstract art work by a handcrafted home: soothing and edgy and happy all at once.

5. Double crest wedding ring by artemer : i am not getting remarried, but if i was, this ring would be on my list.

Ali’s Picks:

LITTLE PRETTIES -There is something about layering bracelets that takes me back to 2nd grade. I had so many friendship bracelets on my wrists I’m sure my mother thought she would have to call the fire department to get them off! These petite baubles are just the right accessory to throw your little ones cuteness factor over the edge. Also, they have a clasp so you can easily remove them without calling 911. Sizes range from infant to adult size.

FAIRYFOLK -My obsession with this company is major. Their large cloud mobile makes me want to have 900 babies, put them in white whimsical clothes and have them floating about all of their beds. It’s just so yummy.

RACHELJOK- Our love of weaving continues with Rachel. I love her because she is constantly restocking her shop with new and innovative weaves. Really, something for everyone.

ADATINE -If you’re like me you can’t look at another stuffed animal. All I think when I look at them are dust and  ALLERGIES. However, not Adatine. This shop makes me so happy. A modern take on a classical must have for kids.

ANCHOREDEEP -Living for these rompers and trying to muster up enough courage to get one made in an adult size! Ya heard!?

effortless maternity style

effortless maternity style. if you are pregs, you want effortless, comfortable and stylish. i like to keep my pieces clean and versatile because i don’t want to invest in a ton of styles. i like being able to mix all my outfits around and wear tried and true comfy pieces. HOWEVER, this is the time i will invest in jackets, hats, shoes or handbags that i will wear loooong after baby arrives and they always fit.

SOOO… is this the time to announce I AM PREGNANT?? well I am. I am due in June. Look for a post this next week giving you all the details!

effortless maternity style | maternity fashion

felt hat: looking for a departure from the boho shapes you already have? love this fresh round update. and you have to have hats to throw on when pregnant for those days when you are just not feeling up to doing your hair, or anything else…am i right?

perfectly worn denim jacket : i have been looking and looking for a good denim jacket. actually, i have been looking for a vintage, sherpa lined levi jacket that my brother gave me in 7th grade but have not found it all winter ( insert frowny face). this denim is soft and comfy, already worn in and perfect to take me into the fall. white collar shirt / black ripped jeans

worn black leather booties: comfy, no laces and easy to get on while stretching over that baby bump.

lace maternity shirtdress / leather biker jacket : get the leather jacket you have been drooling over now.  feel stylish all 9 months and wear it after baby arrives. because really, has anyone ever regretted buying a black leather jacket? no. (britt, looking at you;)

brown clogs: clogs are my saving grace during pregnancy. cute, stylish and high enough to get you out of the frumpy rut while being easy to walk in. this pair is rocking my world.

*please note, affiliate links were used during this post. all opinions are my own.**

beauty closet… back to school beauty picks for women

lacey and i are back for another installment of the beauty closet. recently lacey had the honor of working with sephora, and you know how we love sephora. we are all busy women and one of my biggest pet peeves is when people talk about how busy they are so, with that aside lets move forward with our busy lives. lacey is literally going back to school for her second year in her masters degree program. i just love a back to school freshening up so we put our heads together and each came up with our go -to can’t live without back to school beauty faves for this fall.

lacey’s picks:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light:

This little gem is my favorite go to. At 33 my appetite for glitter/shimmer has been dormant for well over a decade and frankly, I don’t have the time to deal with budding crow’s feet illuminated with reflective particles of iridescence. What I do need and want however is a healthy glow. This finishing powder makes every picture, humid day, and micro wrinkle that much more bearable. From the lighting inside the classroom to the bright summer sun at midday, this little dream, especially when applied in downward strokes, transforms my surface imperfections into a soft blanket of smooth. My skin needs to breathe but also appear lit up from within, check and check.

Smashbox – Bronze Lights – Sunkissed Matte

Is there a more important staple besides mascara and concealer, than a bronzer? I think not. This one is as matte as I can find, an even more amped up staple. I plan on continuing to use this power player way into my Indian Summer to contour, accent, define, and even as an allover eye shadow (or in the crease) with a brown gel eyeliner for summer nights, keeping it natch in the heat. I use this every day with a series of revolving palettes to keep me looking Vitamin D sufficient.

Dior Addict 389, Kiss Me

Some days I just need color! Period. The end. When I do, this is my crush. It seems lighter in the packaging than it is. It is, most def pink, but the best one I can find. Its application is wet, but doesn’t stay that way. You feel like you are getting a bit bamboozled by the texture, but you are so happy with the color that you don’t mind. And when you come back a few minutes later to reevaluate you accept that this lipstick/gloss hybrid has an agenda of her own, she is tricky, but oh so good. Try it with a pony to open up the eyes or let it be the focal point while you accommodate day 2(or 3) (or 4, I don’t judge) of your blow out.

Cassaundra’s Picks:

BEST NUDE NAIL POLISH FOR FALL 2014

back to school fall beauty basics

1. Skindinavia Bridal Make Up Finish:

I like to finish my make up off right and THIS is my favorite make up finishing spray. It keeps everything right where i put it, all day. period. easy as that.

2. Color Proof Super Plump Volumizing Conditioner:

i was a little hesitant when my local beauty shop suggested this conditioner but then i tried it. I love the scent,  kind of a cocoa meets something else yummy and it is rich and weightless at the same time. it took a lot of finagling and an allergic reaction to pull me away from my favorite hair care brand bumble and bumble but i really like this conditioner so i am sticking to it.

3. Marc Jacobs: Funny Girl Nail Polish

i have a hard time finding nude polishes that i love. this one by marc jacobs is super shiny, long lasting, not too gray, not too beige…its juuust right. the price tag is a little hard to swallow but i have been wearing this baby for weeks now and i am LOVING it!

4. Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner:

i have worn a thick line of eyeliner ever since i was fifteen. it is my drooled stained security blanket of make up. i feel undone without it. trying new eyeliners is my jam. i have some criteria for a good eyeliner. 1. must go on smooth and not tug the eye. eye tugging creates wrinkles and the pencil will skip and make unwanted marks. 2. it must be long lasting. 3. it cannot budge.  Gel liners are great for this but with the typical pot and brush technique it wrecks havoc on my brushes and they dry out before i use all the product. this is the first clickable gel liner with a perfectly shaped brush applicator to create the perfect cat eye that stays all day. thank you benefit.

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mama style with hey natalie jean…

do you follow hey natalie jean? you should. she is a brilliant writer and funny and strong and oh so stylish. we decided to team up to inspire one another on what we wear. i looked to natalie for overall inspiration and she looked to me for some kaftan inspo. click on over to her blog and check out all the deets. hope you like it.

overalls 3 overalls 2 overalls 1

denim shirt / overalls from h&m / shoes/ bikini top / hat / glasses /