Blissful Baby, Take 2

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Well, the Captain's done it again. We are so excited to be growing our little family, and yes, it was on purpose! Arriving August 2016. Stay tuned to watch me get chunky!

The Long and Short of it

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First off, I had pink hair!!!! It's been 15 years in the making, but I finally put some pink in my locks! Such a rebel. Yes, you can barely tell in these photos and that was sorta the point and it's pretty much completely gone now. Next time I will go brighter, but I wanted a kiss of pastel pink to make me feel like the cool mom I am… cause I am soooo not a regular mom…

CoolMomvia

So here's my final maternity fashion post! I can't believe I'm no longer pregnant… It's amazing how that happens… I have never been much for maxi skirts on me before pregnancy. Honestly, even as a self proclaimed stylist I find them very difficult to dress. I love layers and the whole rocker thing, so I find it hard to layer on a maxi without looking like a full on hobo. Well with as hot as it's been, pants and shorts are just a hell no and if you don't want to purchase maternity clothes you are left with maxi skirts and maxi dresses. This skirt was lovingly passed down from my sister, I stretch it out pretty badly every time I wear it, but luckily it always shrinks back. If you've never visited my sister's store's site you totally should, you can find it here. Super cute, super affordable. I have also had a ton of luck with Nordstrom Racks maxi skirt selection and for the price you can't beat it. I don't plan on wearing these much post baby, so I really didn't want to spend a fortune. I've tried to keep my maxi's fun and patterned and pair them with a ton of boho accessories. I threw on whatever rings still fit my sausage fingers and as many dainty gold necklaces as my sweaty body can handle [little did I know that wasn't going to go away after Rocco's birth]. My makeup these days, as you can see, is barely there. If I can cover redness and the bags under my eyes than I am totes winning at life! Who's ready for Fall/Winter!? #ThisGirl

DSC_0914-(ZF-8413-57929-1-017)My favorite mini. This chick knows how to pose!

Earth Goddess

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Hello 33 weeks!!! Say whaaaaaa!?!?! Can you believe it? 'lieve it!?!?!? I can't! Rocco is on his way to the world people! The Captain and I are just getting so stinking excited because it's definitely getting really real. All that second trimester energy is officially peace'd out and now I just want to take naps and eat waffles and avocado rolls. I am forcing myself to go on walks and do my Tracy dvds as often as my poor lil' hips can take it!! I have to admit much to my dismay I HATE wearing clothes these days. I love clothes!!!! But alas, I don't want to wear anything and the idea of jeans or pants in this summer soCal heat is just cray. I am living in maxi dresses and skirts. I found this one at a spectacular little boutique, Metaphor, in downtown Vista which is between San Marcos and Oceanside San Diego peeps. I have managed to only purchase 5 items that are actually maternity throughout this pregnancy and I think I've managed to look pretty cute!!! So, I'll be talking about my favorite preggo clothes next week!! Stay tuned!

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Horizontal Stripes are Slimming, no?

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Since it would be impossible for me to feel more wide, I've decided to no longer give a flying eff. I want to wear stripes, so I wear stripes. I found this little gem at my favorite San Diego boutique Mimi and Red. Yes, I spend a great deal of money at this store. This dress is magically stretchy so it hugs baby Rocco without being vulgar! After watching the adorable Begin Again, I was super inspired by Keira Knightley's adorable character's quirky, sweet style! It was girlie and chic, but with a decidedly menswear inspired, hence my oxfords. I've also been taking an au naturel approach to my hair… I let it do whatever the bloody hell it wants to and I just don't care…. It's really freeing! I also wash it maybe once every 9 days… Yeah, I'm seriously winning at life.

It's Pronounced Tar-Jay

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Spring is upon us and this was my last ditch effort to fit into my favorite shorts before this baby bump becomes too out of control. I did try the "hair tie trick" with this pair of button fly shorts and it actually works okay. Basically, you loop the hair tie through the button hole and then loop the other end a few times around the button. I wouldn't want to do this with a zipper fly, but it worked just fine with these. I am obsessed with this Target tank! I want to go get another style. 15 bucks and the perfect length for a growing belly! This is why people love Target!!! I have on my favorite nude slimming tank from my sister's store in Georgia, if you are in the Newnan area you should totes go check it out!!! Right now, I'm on the lookout for the perfect pair of affordable pregnancy shorts, not an easy task!! So stay tuned for that!!!

Seeing Stripes

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I am the strange type of person who loves fashion yet craves comfort. It's a delicate balance… And now that not much of my clothing denim fits, thanks Baby, I am finding it more complicated to dress stylishly without resorting to exclusively wearing yoga pants. I refuse! So here's one things folks don't tell you about being preggs. You think oh, I'll just wear my normal clothes until BAM I'm a cute little mama rocking maxi dresses and friggin' elastic waistbands. Lies. There's the dreaded in-between where it just looks like straight up muffin top! You can still mostly button your skinny jeans, but as the hours pass they get tighter and tighter, by noon you have to unbutton them to eat and by 4pm, forget that shit, you are having to unbutton your pants just to stand. TO STAND. WTF!!?! So I found that at around the 3 month mark, I had given up on about 90% of my pants/shorts. Note: I can still rock my Paige Jimmy Jimmy boyfriend jeans[they are on sale], I love them!! They say you can tie a hair tie around your button and keep your wardrobe longer… I couldn't do it. They also make something called a belly band, but I haven't read overwhelmingly positive reviews on any of them. Honestly, I'm like, dude, give it up, your pants don' t fit. You're growing a human, it's allowed! Buy a pair of maternity jeans** already!

I find that dealing with the is she pregnant or did she just eat a MASSIVE burrito stage is to wear huge flowy tops, see here, here, here, and here. Luckily, I adore baggy tops, so I am hoping to get through the majority of pregnancy without purchasing many "maternity" items. Much like everyday, if you are going to wear baggy loose tops, you MUST pair them with a skinny bottom! Those proportions will keep you from feeling frumpy!

Blissful Outfits - 16 Blissful Outfits - 17**I gave in and bought a pair of J Brand maternity skinnies and I think they are brilliant. I was looking into the side cutout maternity pants, but found that I really preferred the full panel. It feels like it's sucking everything in which I love! It's all personal preference. They are astronomically expensive so definitely check out eBay before your fork over so much $$$. I am looking at them as an investment, I will live in these jeans for nearly 9 months and hell, I now have a solid pair of Thanksgiving pants for LIFE. #Winning

This is Happening!

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SURPRISE!!! The Captain and I will be welcoming a baby BOY in early October!! I'm gonna get so massive!! This is epically strange for me, as I was always that person saying I would never spawn. I mean kids are so loud and needy and messy and expensive and messy… but all I can say is they are also hilarious, magical, precious, smell like heaven [sometimes] and yes, loud and needy and messy and expensive and so freaking messy. We are so excited to meet this little weirdo!! I mean, the kid has no hope with us as parents! So, as this is a lifestyle blog and my lifestyle is 'bout to get a little cray, I hope you will all be along for the journey! I want to share my preggo stories in a way that do not constantly induce eye rolling, but actually make you laugh!  We are gonna talk about maternity fashion that doesn't break the bank, what a vegan preggo eats, what baby shit you actually need, how to design a baby room that kicks ass etc, etc. It should be fun! I feel like every person on the planet is pregnant these days [color me unoriginal] but I am so hoping this will be a place where nice folks can come together and have some real talk about all kinds of shenanigans. Now, for those of you without little monsters, do not despair! This blog is still about living blissfully and happily, so please don't run for the hills, it's not contagious… that I know of…