Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Lovin'

Once Memorial Day hits and the pools open, it feels like summer has officially begun. I love everything about summer. Sun-kissed skin, and pretty sundresses, long days at the pool, ice-cold beer on a hot day, warm nights on the patio, popsicles, sprinklers in the yard...I could go on and on...

I have a few summer products I am loving right now too that I thought I would share...

Summer calls for fun, colorful makeup! I just recently purchased Laura Mercier's "Camellia" Lip Glace and it's the perfect shade of pink. It's much more sheer than how it looks in the bottle, but it still gives you a great pink lip. $24 at Nordstrom

I am not going to lie, I love the sun. But, I am REALLY trying hard not to spend as much time tanning myself as I used to. In order to prevent from being completely pale this summer, I enlisted the help of a new self-tanner. A friend recommended this product and it's the BEST. You can get a fabulous tan in just 3 days. It has to be applied pretty carefully, but overall the streaking is not bad and it actually smells decent! I bought the medium-tan, and it's really given me amazing color.

 This new Ginger and White peach body wash by Aveeno is light and smells almost good enough to eat!

Jonathan bought  me this dress for Mother's Day and I can't wait to wear it. Sundresses are always my summer go-to. They are the only way to stay cool when it's 90 and humid in Kansas City!
You know that I love a good bargain; I recently scored these wedges at Old Navy for $12.99. I can't wear really high heels when carrying the baby and chasing after a crazy toddler. I searched everywhere for a lower heel and finally stumbled upon these. They also come in a fun citron yellow.

I don't own these (YET), but wouldn't these be the perfect summer earring? They are Kendra Scott's new Skylar earring in Chalcedony. I adore this color, I feel like it could go with anything!  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lace it up

One item that I have been on the search for is the perfect lace top. I have tried a bunch on, but nothing is just right. I scoured the Internet and found some cute options ranging from under $20 to of course, the over $200 Diane Von Furstenberg. I think an item like this would be worth the investment because it's timeless...and how cute would it be back to all the colored denim this spring?


Monday, May 21, 2012

Thank You Bar Method!!!

Top: J.Crew (similar HERE)
Jeans: Mossimo at Target
Shoes: Harolds (OLD!)

I cannot tell you how happy I am to not be wearing anything elastic waist or full-paneled. Bye-bye maternity clothes, hello new spring wardrobe!

At 5 weeks post partum, I am back in my regular clothes with only 3 pounds to go. I am shocked, honestly...this is not normal, right? With my son it took me a very long time to get my body back. With my first pregnancy I gained almost 40 pounds and it probably took a year to feel normal again.

Getting back into my skinny jeans is no miracle; I have to give credit where credit is due. The Bar Method is THE miracle worker.  I started taking the classes before I got pregnant and then 3-4 days a week throughout my entire pregnancy. I even happened to take class the day before I went into labor!

When you are pregnant, it is definitely hard to stay motivated to workout. There were days I had to force myself to go, because I was either too nauseous or just plain tired. But once I got to class everything changed...I felt rejuvenated, strong and so relaxed afterwards. The stretching part of the workout did wonders for my body. It felt so good to stretch my muscles that are working overtime while pregnant.  I never had the bad aches and pains of pregnancy either, which I really attribute to the Bar classes as well.

To celebrate losing the weight, I got a few fun things for Spring. One of the items being the red skinny jeans (shown above) from Target. They are a phenomenal fit for only $24.99. They are Mossimo Fit 4 and they come in Red, Mint Green, Peach and Turquoise. I stalked 4 Targets to get the mint green and I finally found them!

And another great Target find...Dolce Vita knock-offs! Only $14.99 and they come in neon Pink, Black and Turqoise. A total steal!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mom of 2...

Well folks, we have survived our first month with a newborn and a toddler. Truthfully, I am enjoying this so much more the second time around. Yes, it's challenging. Yes, I am sleep deprived. And yes, I still don't quite feel like myself, but I am trying to just enjoy the little moments with my daughter. The times she naps on my chest and how peaceful she looks when she sleeps.

I adore watching my son interact with her and how he is already showing signs of protectiveness. Like today at Target when he told some stranger that she couldn't touch his sister ( I have to admit, I was impressed...he already has her back!). He wants to snuggle with her constantly, and he has a neverending amount of kisses. This was a photo taken today during tummy time...he didn't like that she was crying and so he got right down there to comfort her. 

I am not sure we could have gotten through the month without my Mom's help. She is an angel for coming for that long. It's certainly not easy to sleep in a bed that's not your own, and be out of your normal routine for that long. She entertained Julian when I was too tired to, she changed more diapers than I can count and folded never-ending loads of laundry. Mom, I owe you BIG. We will always be grateful for your time here, we miss you already!

I feel grateful for this time tonight to write, because I miss blogging! I promise I will get back to writing about the fun, frivolous, fashion stuff again soon. But, right now, this is where my head is at. I am sure you understand...

have a great night everyone!


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