Clothes I Can't Live Without These Days…

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So these days it's not particularly easy to dress myself in super cute clothes all the time, but I do what I can. I'm 8 and a half months pregnant in the dead of summer in Southern California and all I can say is that I would really like to just walk around naked all the time with a cooling towel and a fan. I honestly would prefer to never leave my house, but alas that is not a realistic dream.

When it comes to preggo fashion the 4 pieces above are about the only things I've bought "maternity" and I love them all! The jeans were a great purchase until about 6 months when the average temp began to hoover in the high 80's, but for the fall/winter you absolutely must buy a few pairs! JBrand are so pricey, but I tell you they are amazing and they don't look a bit like maternity! Love that. Now shorts, I've tried a few pairs and the ones I liked the most are shockingly Jessica Simpson. I know, right!? They are super comfy and look really stylish! Fab. I've bought a few colors of this dress and it's great for layering with a kimono, I feel cute and they were super cheap. Winning. I also bought a similar baseball tee and I love it! I probably didn't need to buy maternity, but I love that the hem curves and that it's a bit longer. So those are my 4 maternity pieces.

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I honestly think it's completely possible to not buy a single maternity piece when you are pregnant in the summer. So really what I've been sticking to are maxi dresses, leggings, and tshirts. Boom. I have found that you usually can wear your same size or just one size up in more body conscious pieces. The key to wearing non-maternity clothes is material, gotta have some stretch! I've bought a ton of maxis and really found that they are easiest thing to throw on when you are just hot and tired and feel like someone punched you in the vag. Gap, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack have been my go to shops for dresses. I refuse to spend a ton of money on anything I can't be sure will fit after Rocco joins the world. Even with the heat I have been wearing leggings and my go to are the high-low pant for Lululemon which are just so crazy, comfy and make you feel super skinny! I also have a pair of liquid leggings similar to the pair above that I absolutely love for a night out! I think they look so cool with a bump. I am obsessed with v-neck tees from JCrew, I went up a size and they have lasted through out my whole pregnancy! Finally, I invested in a crazy comfy pair of leopard sneakers. Chic mom shoes, if you will... I will, thank you very much!

What are your go-to preggo pieces!?!? Do you buy a ton of maternity items or prefer to stick to adaptable regular clothes!?

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.]

The Most Important Meal of the Day

photoSo you hear this your whole life and for all the preggos out there breakfast can seem like the greatest meal you've ever had in your life!!! If you are anything like me, you are thrilled to wake up in the morning because that means you can eat!!! This little boy keeps me hungry ALL. THE. TIME. and I want ALL. THE. FOOD. I try to start my day off with a healthy, filling choice to set me on the right path for the rest of the day. Now, I'm super lucky that I wasn't crazy sick for the first trimester, Praise The Lord. I did indeed have plenty of nauseous days in the early weeks and I found that eating a small, balanced breakfast actually helped keep the tummy troubles at bay. So anywhozzle, here are a few of my favorite bfast meals. photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 copy photo 3 photo 4 photo 5 copy photo 5 photoSo you can see a lot of the same basic ideas repeated and with slight variations. First off, lotsa fruit. I'm not picky. Strawberries, blueberries, oranges, bananas, plums… you name it! So on top of being full of vitamins and nutrients, hello vitamin c, potassium, and folic acid, fruit is full of fiber which is important all the time, but especially whilst pregnant. Can anyone say hemorrhoids!?!? Sound awful?! Getcha fiber. Secondly, I usually have walnuts, nature's best plant based source of omega-3's, a B vitamin cray important during pregnancy. They are are also pumped full of protein and fiber. Same with sunflower seeds packed full of  B vitamins, folate, and a host of other wonderful health benefits with little fat. Every once in a while, I'll have a soy yogurt with granola, walnuts, and shredded coconut. Yum. I've even made breakfast ice-cream. Yes, it's green. Throw a frozen banana, handful of greens, and a splash of almond milk into a blender and top with pepitas and shredded coconut. YUM. I'm not a huge toast person, but when I do I love Ezekiel bread toasted and spread with some all-natural almond butter! I also had a kick of the McDougall Right Foods oatmeal cups. So easy!!! Pop them in the microwave with some water and boom. Done. I forgo the sugar packet and add a touch of maple syrup, some nuts or seeds and berries. Talk about starting the morning right!  And because it can't hurt, I sometimes add a cup of fortified almond milk or orange juice. Hope this inspires you to have yummy plant based breakfasts that are good for you and your little nugget!!!

So 3008…

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I spy a belly bump!!! This outfit is fully comprised of pieces I bought ages ago that just so happen to be majorly in fashion now… I'm patting myself on back for being so 3008 and not 2000 and late. These leggings were a master purchase for 12.80 back 6 or so years ago and they are literally the most perfect hip-chick pregnant lady accessory. I feel so thin and rockstar when I wear them. Unfortunately, as it gets hotter these will sadly have to be retired, but I plan on rocking them as long as possible! They fit the same dressing standards as my favorite AA leggings which I posted about here!! I'm super pumped about my Nordies Rack sneaker find, 30 bucks yo!! They have just the cool kid factor of the much more expensive ones I was eyeing and still may one day purchase, but for now these guys are doing the trick! Also, this may be my favorite purse ever! It's the envy of many and I found it at Nordies Rack nearly half off. Sadly the style and color is very much a distant memory of seasons past. I was able to find a ton on eBay and a few in the hot pink and turquoise, so if you are in love check that out!!