Friday, June 19, 2020

HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER : What it's like being pregnant during a pandemic


How are we here already?!


If you would've told me 7 months ago that I would be pregnant in the middle of a global pandemic caused by an unknown virus flipping life everyday as we know it upside down, while riots and protests fighting for equal rights are also happening all over the world, I would've assumed you watch waaayy too many sci-fi movies.
Yet here I am writing this from the comfort of my home, while the outside world is still in shambles, and a tiny baby kicks in my belly. 


There are a lot of emotions and a lot of firsts that come with being newly pregnant. From the excitement of telling your friends and family, your first ultrasound seeing your little peanut, the first baby item you buy, the first talks of your baby shower, the first time family and friends see your bump, and eventually the first time your baby kicks. 
However, 2020 has changed a lot of these moments for us first time moms.



To be honest, I've had some pretty hard moments throughout this pandemic pregnancy. Did I think I would be social distancing from my mom and sisters at such an exciting time? 
That the only way for them to see my growing bump was through text or FaceTime?
That I would be going to every doctor appointment alone- even the monumental ones?
That I would be out of work for months, or the stress that comes with being with an essential worker?
Even having to rethink all the plans for my baby shower?
NO.

At the end of the day, does any of THAT stuff really matter? No.
I'm healthy, baby is healthy, and my loved ones are as well. On top of so many other blessings we've received throughout this time that may not have been given if things were different. God had a plan, and knew what he was doing when he made me pandemically pregnant!



Quarantine has given us a new outlook on things.
For me personally, it has allowed me to connect with the peace and beauty that is my growing baby and body. A new appreciation for my family and friends and the ways they've helped keep the "first time mom" excitement alive. Time to reconnect with hobbies that calm my mind. An opportunity to organize and prep for the baby in ways I would have told myself I was "too tired" or "too busy" to do otherwise. I've even started cooking/baking, which is something I RARELY did (Donovan says it's my motherly instincts kicking in).

This time has also helped build and strengthen the relationships most important to me, while finding new ways to connect and share these special moments. For instance, going to doctor appointments alone allows me to video the ultrasounds- something we probably would have not thought of doing before. I now have pictures and videos of our baby moving inside me, and a way to experience that moment with loved ones. It truly makes it much more magical!

So, was I down and in my feelings in the beginning? Yes (crazy times and pregnant hormones aren't the greatest combo).
[but] Honestly I couldn't be more happy to become a mom! From every little kick, poke, movement, even craving, this baby already brings so much delight and excitement to each of my days. This might not be the pregnancy any of us first time moms envisioned, but it truly is such a joyous and blessed time for us to cherish and enjoy!

April - May - June

May - June


I can't believe that I'm in the final stretch of baking my baby! It seems like not too long ago I was looking at my little bloated belly envisioning a "real" baby bump!

Despite the crazy times we're in, I thank you for letting me share a different type of crazy time in my life. There's honestly soo many more things I've been working on to share, and my hope is that these post bring some light and love to whoever wants to experience (or going through) it with me.

Moms are strong, but quarantine mommas might be even stronger!



Monday, March 16, 2020

FEMME LUXE FAVORITES


I'm back with some new favorites from Femme Luxe!


I'm fortunate enough to have this partnership with Femme Luxe Finery, and wanted to showcase the clothes I receive in a little different way than my previous posts. 

Soo, I thought why not make it a monthly (maybe bi-weekly) thing where I show you the recent pieces I'm loving, and how I style a few of them!


"Mesh puff sleeve top in Kynlee"

This style of top has been on my radar, and with spring right around the corner (rumor has it the groundhog didn't see his shadow) I thought now would be the perfect time to get it!
The mesh sleeves bring an elegant transitional element, making it the perfect from winter to spring, or from day to night top. While the overall structure and front clasps give that trendy milk maid vibe. Dress it up, or dress it down, it's a super cute top that's not going out of style anytime soon!


"Black long sleeve crew crop top in Scarlett"

I know what you're thinking, another black piece of clothing?! But honestly, you can never have too many. I love basic pieces like this because they're literally so easy to throw on with any type of outfit! Pair it with sweats or leggings for a casual, chill day, or your favorite high-waisted black jeans for a night out.


**These last two dresses I was super stoked about receiving but the way the current weather is set up, haven't been able to give them a night out of the closet. I'm going to insert pictures from Femme Luxe's website, and my own images will be up on Instagram soon!**


"Black sparkly glitter bardot bodycon mini dress in Madison"

I think this dress is perfect for party season, or a glitzy night out! What drew me in was the fun frill hem on the sleeves, and the way the glitter danced around the dress. I can't wait until I have the perfect occasion to give this baby the lime light it deserves!


"Brown leopard print satin bodycon mini dress in Annabel"

To me, leopard print is a neutral; so naturally I had to add this dress to my ever-growing collection. Having other style elements I love like the corset detail on the bust, the satin material, and the slim but not restricting fit. Pair with heels for date night, or sneakers and a cute denim jacket for a summer day of activities!






shop the pieces here;

p u f f  s l e e v e  t o p
https://femmeluxefinery.com/products/black-mesh-puff-sleeve-top-kynlee

c r o p  t o p
https://femmeluxefinery.com/products/black-long-sleeve-crew-neck-crop-top-scarlett

g l i t t e r  m i n i  d r e s s
https://femmeluxefinery.com/products/black-sparkly-glitter-bardot-bodycon-mini-dress-madison

c o r s e t  d r e s s
https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/collections/corset-dresses


Be sure to check out some other essentials such as;



Friday, February 14, 2020

Last minute things to do this Valentines Day


If you're anything like me and find yourself waiting until the last minute to make Valentines plans, I've got you covered! 
Whether you're spending the day with your boo, your besties, your family, or treating yourself, I've put together some fun ideas. After all, fancy dinners are nice, but why not add some spice to the sugar in your life!



💗 Visit an arcade bar:
There's plenty of these here in Dallas that have an array of old school games and local drinks. Channel your competitive side, and see who's the real champ at ski ball, or DDR!


💗 Walk around a museum:
Find a free exhibit and give each other your best interpretation of what's really happening in the paintings.


💗 Have a pamper day:
Nails, massages, blow-outs.. do I really need to say more?!


💗 Make your own succulent at a Plant Bar:
Like build a bear, but with plants! These trendy botanics will add the perfect touch to your living room, plus you'll have fun seeing what creations everyone comes up with.


💗 Book a fancy weekend staycation:
How often do you spontaneously stay in a hotel, or view your city through the eyes of a tourist? Book a night (or two) in that hotel you've never had a reason to stay in, browse local shops, try the new restaurant that just opened downtown, and just enjoy your city with someone you love!


💗 Go roller skating:
Kick it back old school and see if you still have skills on four wheels! Go all out with knee socks, shorts, and a classic graphic tee. If you're lucky, you may even hear some pop tunes from your youth under the disco lights!


💗 Go to the movies:
Skip the fancy dinner and splurge on popcorn and movie snacks!


💗 Have an old-fashioned slumber party:
When all else fails, grab your besties, snacks, favorite pj's, and lot's of cheesy rom-com movies!



I hope this little guide helps if you're still at odds about your Valentine's plans. 
No matter what you end up doing, as long as you're spending time with the ones you love your day will be one to remember!




xoxo,






Tuesday, December 24, 2019

WINTER TONES with Femme Luxe Finery


Winter is a strange time in Texas.
One day it's 70 degrees, the next Jack Frost is choking you with his wind chill.


Neutral seemed to be the tone of 2019, so these pieces arrived just in time to let me end the year in style!

Sweaters are a must have this time of year. They're perfect for layering, wearing alone, and add that cozy element to even the most dressed up outfits! This oversized one is so versatile. Pair with leggings or biker shorts (it was one of those warmer winter days) and let the split sides tease your figure, or remix it by knotting the front & slipping on your favorite blue jeans. You basically get two sweaters in one!


I chose to also drape this duster coat over my shoulders. This is one of my favorite ways to wear coats, however if you prefer to wear it the more traditional way you will still look and feel incredibly chic!


I know I said these were the hottest tones of 2019, but I'll definitely be taking these pieces with me in the new decade!



shop the pieces here;

s w e a t e r


d u s t e r  c o a t






Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY 2019 DEALS



It's that time of the year!! You're all caught up on family gossip, on to your second (or third) plate, and ready to shop the sales! While some enjoy the commotion of the crowds, others, like me prefer to shop from the comfort of our couch and cozy clothes. Which is why I've once again rounded up all the best steals and deals this holiday weekend!

*all sites linked


30% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED
*some exclusions apply


50% off site-wide (excluding kits)
20% off Midnight Maven Palette
up to 55% off merch
CODE: BFCM


40% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


60-80% off EVERYTHING *even sale*
+ an additional 10% off
CODE: GOGOGO


30% off site-wide
+ different deals all week;
TH- 30 pan palette & brush roll
FRI- Fourth Ray beauty sets over 40% off
SAT- $5 lashes
MON- holiday collection launch
NO CODE NEEDED


50% off EVERYTHING
*excluding sale*
CODE: HUSTLE


ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS:
25% off eye palettes, brow, blush & bronzer
40% off lips & glow kits
50% off contour kits & eyeshadow singles
+ palette collection launch at discount
+Norvina blockbuster collection
+ 10 piece sets at discount
+ $10 limited edition magnetic palettes or FREE with purchase of 6 eyeshadow singles


30% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


Buy one get one FREE
NO CODE NEEDED


up to 70% off select items site-wide
*excludes new collection


up to 90% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off site-wide
CODE: HOLIYAY


50% off orders of $30 or more
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off EVERYTHING
CODE: THIRTYOFF


FREE SHIPPING OVER $50
+ free kylie skin headband
NO CODE NEEDED


50% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


up to 80% off EVERYTHING
+ an extra 20% off
CODE: PROMO20


up to 70% off brush sets, palettes, & more
*some exclusions apply
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off EVERYTHING
CODE: BIG30


buy one get one free
NO CODE NEEDED


65% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off site-wide
+ free shipping
NO CODE NEEDED


up to 75% off EVERYTHING
+ an extra 20% off
CODE: EXTRA


50-80% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


55% off site-wide
$5 off mystery boxes
CODE: BLACKFRIDAY


MILK MAKEUP:
25% off site-wide
+ FREE glitter bag & werk it set with purchases $65+
NO CODE NEEDED


JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS:
BLACK FRIDAY;
40% off all lip products
35% off all highlighter products
30% off all fashion & accessories
30% off all palettes
25% off concealers & setting powders
CYBER MONDAY;
25% off entire site
*excludes holiday collection
+ FREE SHIPPING all weekend
NO CODE NEEDED


GLOSSIER:
20% off EVERYTHING
NO CODE NEEDED


OLE HENRIKSEN:
20% off site-wide
+ FREE mini 5 piece set with purchase of $75 or more
+ FREE 2 day shipping on orders $50 & up
NO CODE NEEDED


BATH & BODY WORKS:
40% off EVERYTHING
+ free shipping on order $40 or more
CODE: CYBERDAY


SEPHORA & ULTA
both having online


DANESSA MYRICKS:
45% off EVERYTHING
CODE: DMB45


WINDSOR:
30% off EVERYTHING
+ free shipping
CODE: CYBER30


LA GIRL COSMETICS:
40% off site-wide
CODE: CYBERMONDAY



Most brands are starting their sales early this year, so I will be updating this post throughout the weekend.
Be sure to check the IG's and websites of any additional brands you love in case I miss any!



Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!