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!

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.

Baby Shower Fab

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I was able to make a trip back to Georgia in late May to visit all my family and see all my best peeps and also to have my Filipino baby shower. I don't know if you know this, but The Captain is Filipino. I have Filipino family. It's like My Big Fat Greek Wedding except with more gambling and roasted pig. The shower was more entertaining than I can possibly describe to you! From the limitless questions to the very anatomically correct Asian baby boy figure adorning my super non-vegan cake, seriously. It was a hoot. I am truly blessed and Rocco was sufficiently showered with gifts!!! I wore this adorable Kohls dress that was passed to me by a recently preggs buddy. I am obsessed with it. I wish it was still available online so you all could buy it!!! I think this is the perfect preggo dress. It's form fitting, but not skin tight and it's long enough that, as you grow, you don't start to worry about showing your lady bits. The pattern is pretty magical and it's from Kohls!!! Kohls?!?! I linked to a few super cute tank dresses from various inexpensive stores that are great for showing off your belly and staying cool when it's hotter than the surface of the sun outside. My shoes are super comfy, stable, and ancient, but those I posted are equally fab, they might not be as stable as mine if you are preggo… these might be a better option! I know they are high, but they are super comfy. I still wear mine!! Swearsies.

photo 1[In Georgia, with my beautiful mom, Sandy Nana, my gorgeous sister, and then my super cute self. Look how tiny my tummy was!? How long ago was this? Have I doubled in size?!?! Ay yi yi.]

photo 2[Yes, that's exactly what you think it is. A baby statue with a penis and a USMC tattoo… No words. Side note: I ate like 30 veggie lumpia]

photo 3[Lolo and I comparing bellies.]

Seeing Stripes

Blissful Outfits - 10 Blissful Outfits - 11 Blissful Outfits - 13 photos via Kelsey Erin Photography | [shirt] Audrey from Mimi & Red [tank] Lizard Thicket [jeans] JBrand maternity [scarf] Urban Outfitter [loafers] old Shoemint, I'm digging this pair!

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