Pregnancy

A year in review: 2014

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Happy New Years to you all!!

This is the time to reflect on the past year and look forward to new beginnings.  This year has been such an exciting one for me.  Of course there were ups and downs but thankfully we are ending on a high note.  It has been a year since I discovered fashion blogs and started my fashion instagram account.  I finally had the courage to start this blog a few months ago and it has been such a fun and rewarding experience.  I am so thankful to all of you that are following along with my journey.

The biggest news this year for my family is that my husband and I are expecting our first child.  We are so thrilled to welcome our little baby girl March 2015.  Pregnancy has been a whirlwind of emotions for me.  I am just starting my third trimester and can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.  There will be many exciting changes for us in 2015

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The Bump Nest

I love to sleep.  I am one of those people who needs to have their 8 hours of sleep every night.  Even with my 8 hours, I still like to catch up on sleep on the weekends.  I sometimes wonder how I managed to survive my dental school days during exam time when maybe 3 hours of sleep was all I got.  I guess I will find out soon enough once baby girl arrives.

I heard that as your pregnancy progresses and your belly grows, sleep can become a challenge.  When my sister-in-law told me about the pregnancy pillow and that it was a sleeping necessity I knew I had to look into it further.   I did my research and came across The Bump Nest.  “With support in all the right places, the Bump Nest® Pregnancy Pillow relieves the aches and pains associated with a woman’s journey through pregnancy, including sciatica, restless leg syndrome, lower back pain, and symphysis pubis dysfunction.”


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This little fella wouldn’t mind a bump nest of his own.

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Pregnancy pillow:  Bump nest (Similar here and here)

This was one of my first pregnancy purchases  and I couldn’t be happier.  My husband and puppy on the other hand are currently not huge fans of the pillow since it takes up cuddling space.    I can’t wait to see how much it will help me during the third trimester.  Do any of you have any pregnancy must haves that I should look into??

With love…..

Andrea

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Animal instincts

I love adding animal inspired pieces to my looks.  You can pair them with a basic outfit to add depth and texture, or add them to a more colorful look as a neutral.

My style is most often very casual.  My go-to look is usually a button down shirt and jeans.   Especially during my pregnancy it’s getting harder to experiment with outfits.  I kept my look sleek and simple, and added two animal inspired pieces to enhance my outfit.

The first look included an old Zara leopard coat.  I don’t think you can go wrong with leopard.  I usually wear it in the form of a scarf or shoes but when I saw this jacket a couple of years ago I knew it was a must have.  I don’t get to wear it very often, but when I do, I always get compliments.  I think a good statement coat is an investment…especially when it’s not expensive!  Getting a basic print like leopard, houndstooth, or a bold color will be something that can last for many years and will always come back into style.


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Coat: Zara old (Similar here and here) // Shirt:  Equipment // Jeans:  7 of All Mankind (Similar here and here) // Boots: Stuart Weitzman (Similar here and here)

For the second animal inspired accessory I added a faux fur vest.  The vest adds volume, layers and texture.  I bought this vest last year at Club Monaco during end of the season sales.  I am very happy I did since this year faux fur vests are everywhere.

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With Love…

Andrea

Boy or Girl!!

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As soon as we found out we were pregnant, other than wishing for a healthy baby, we were curious to determine whether we were having a boy or a girl!!  My husband was especially anxious as he is already planning on painting the nursery and needed to know where we should begin.

One of my best friends who recently had a baby had a gender reveal party!!  This was the first time I had heard of this and knew I had to do the same.  Currently we are 17 weeks pregnant.  Our gender revealing ultrasound was scheduled for week 20.  On our 12 week appointment my OBGYN casually mentioned that it could be possible to see the baby’s gender at 16 weeks, and if the technician allowed us to sneak in the room, we could possibly find out then.  My husband was convinced we were finally finding out!!  At our 16 week appointment, we sweet talked and convinced our doctor and the technician to sneak us in the room and take a look.  Although he was ready to find out right at that moment, I had asked them to write it down on a piece of paper and seal it.  We brought this paper to our favorite bakery and had them put either pink of blue icing on the inside.  Pictures and details of the party will be on my next blog post!!

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Dress:  Ted Baker    Heels:  Jimmy Choo Similar Here and Here

Husbands look: Jacket: Etro (old)   Pants: Scalpers   Tie: Scalpers (old)   Shoes: Toms Similar Here and Here

As soon as I saw this dress I knew it was going to be my outfit for the party!!  It has an A line cut with a front pleat that fits my growing baby bump perfectly.  I love the embellished collar detail, it makes this simple dress complete with no accessories needed.  I paired the dress with simple metallic heels.  The dress is so bright I knew I needed something neutral to balance it out.  These were my wedding heels and I guess are my go to special occasion pumps!!

Find out what we are having in my next post in a few days!!  Thanks again for sharing this amazing journey with me.

With Love…..

Andrea

Expecting our first child!!

This is such an exciting post for me as the time has come to announce the thrilling news.  My husband and I are expecting our first child! We are delighted and nervous all at the same time. I’m currently 14 and a half weeks and feeling good.

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The first trimester was pretty easy for me in the morning sickness department.  I felt a bit nauseous occasionally but was never real sick.  My appetite increased and I felt like I just wanted to eat… and I did! Anything and everything in sight (I lost that filter telling me I was full).  I had acid reflux, heart burn and was constantly exhausted.  I kept looking online for blogs and websites of other pregnant women sharing their experiences and this motivated me to start my own blog, and share my experiences with you (in addition to my passion for fashion.)

The hardest thing for me so far in the first trimester has been the weight gain and my clothes not fitting.  It’s such an awkward stage because you don’t have a bump and it seems a little crazy to purchase maternity clothes, but most of my pants were not fitting.  I quickly found the belly band and the belly belt.  These were saviors for me.  I also realized that now is the time to update my wardrobe and start wearing more dresses.  You will read about that in my next blog post!

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Thank you for sharing during this exciting time with me. I look forward to posting my maternity wardrobe and exciting updates and information I get along the way.

With Love….

ANDREA