Pregnancy Must Haves

So I am almost 8 months into the pregnancy and I have now developed a few “favorites” that have made this entire process easier. I thought I’d share them with you!

1. Over the belly maternity jeans

bc60043487b9ef085a3316a691378309Yes, The majority of my pregnancy was during the summer (at least the fully pregnant part) and I still live in these things. The band, or “under the belly”types serve their purpose, but get SUPER uncomfortable as you get bigger. Invest in one good pair of jeans in a basic wash that is hemmed for when you’re wearing flats. That way they work the ENTIRE pregnancy. (Also, pant rock when you are too tired to shave your legs. I’m just saying. Those days happen.) I like a bootcut or a skinny fit. Although bootcut trend to be a bit more “timeless” and thus you could probably wear them with other pregnancies. Side note: those belly band things sort of work, but were more annoying than they were helpful. I need my pants to stay UP. Buy some of these jeans. Just trust me.

 

_79103392. The BLANQUI support tank

This is AMAZING. I cannot say enough about this tank. I LIVE in these things. Before I got one, my back hurt all the time and I was miserable. This bad boy provides comfortable support and my back pain is SO much better. It holds the belly up and provides compression where you need it. I got the super duper supportive tank, because if I’m wearing it to help with pain, I want it to ACTUALLY HELP. I will hop out of the shower, forget to put it on and 30 min later, I’m wondering why my back hurts. I put it on, and in a few minutes it feels better. Glorious. It’s pricey, but I think it’s totally worth it. Also, it works after pregnancy to help suck in all of the extra post-baby body. (Note: I sleep in this thing too. I LOVE IT.)

3. Preggie Pop Dropsnq-003_1z

I was sick from 6 weeks until 7 months almost daily. The drugs that the doctor gives you help, but I didn’t want to take those every day. These helped me not get sick at inconvenient times. :) Granted, if it was SUPER bad, I would just take the pill, but these were in my purse, my car, next to my bed, etc. They helped take the edge off if I could feel nausea kicking in.

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I have been taking bubble baths every single night. I have noticed a HUGE difference in back pain, swelling, etc, once I started taking daily baths. If the baby is making me uncomfortable, I just hop in the tub. I needed a bubble bath that was gentle enough to use daily that wouldn’t dry my skin out. This works perfectly and smells fantastic! The water helps take the weight of the baby off of my back and other organs. :) For some reason I can’t just sit in water, so the bubbles and smell help me relax and just lay there and let the baby float.

5. Burts Bee’s Mama Bee OilBU520102

First, let me say I’m not super terrified of the idea of stretch marks. I have also heard that whether you get them or not is genetic and not specifically what you do while you’re pregnant. So, I can’t really attest to the ability of this oil to avoid getting any stretch marks. I can, however, rave about this stuff due to the comfort it provided me. Every third day or so from the 4th month on, I would feel like I was about to burst. The little guy would have a growth spurt and I could FEEL my skin stretching and it was suuuuuuuper uncomfortable. I got in the habit on putting this stuff on right after my nightly bath and it helped immensely. I don’t think I have any stretch marks, but I haven’t sat down and really looked. Logic would assume that skin with moisture (lotion or oil) would stretch more, so I assume this oil would help more than not. Additionally, I HATE the smell of cocoa butter, and this oil smells lovely.

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This is the best invention for pregnant ladies ever. I LOVE this thing. It is the perfect size and honestly, the curves on it are absolutely perfect for what I need. The small hook goes under my head and the larger one fits between my knees. Or I can flip over and just drape a leg over the whole thing. It does WONDERS for back/hip pain. I tried to just arrange a ton of pillows, but they weren’t firm enough, or they moved, or I got cranky trying to adjust them in the middle of the night after I got up to go to the bathroom. This is amazing. Get one.

I’m sure there are other things that I’m forgetting, but these are the day-to-day must haves in my life. Are there any things that you couldn’t life without during your pregnancy? Let me know in the comments!

-Adriele

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! Today I am enjoying the day off work to shop with Ian and clean the house. I know, SUPER EXCITING, huh? ;)

In case you missed it, I wrote a post for the guys on Friday about shopping tips (they apply to everyone) for the sales this weekend. To view that post, click here.

If you want a great list of all of the sales going on, this post seems to have a great rundown of all the sales. Check it out.

Happy shopping! I’ll see you all tomorrow!

-Adriele

Guy Friday: LABOR DAY SALES

It’s that time, guys! LABOR DAY SALES!!! I talked about it last week, and it is finally here! I’ll put a few of my favorites below, but the main message of this post is that there are insane sales out there, so if you need some new shoes, or a new pair of short, etc, GO SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND.

Ok, sorry, I got a little shouty there. I’ll reign it in. :) I just really love these sales. I have already done my part and raided J. Crew. I may still attack Tory Burch… we shall see.

My rules for shopping Labor Day sales:

  • Less than 30% off is lame. Unless it is an additional 30% off, I would pass. We’re talking 40%-80% off for the good sales. Unless this is an item that you specifically have been wanting forever, never goes on sale, etc. In that case, get it. Otherwise, I would pass.
  • If they don’t have your size, don’t give up. More often than not, another location will have your correct size/color and they will ship it to your store (for free) or directly to your house. Don’t hesitate to ask.
  • Unless you love it, don’t buy it just because it’s on sale. Trust me on this. It will sit in your closet forever and that’s just a waste.
  • Use this sale time to branch out. Get the basics you need for sure, but try to take a baby step outside of your comfort zone with new items. This is a fantastic opportunity to try a new look without investing a ton of money.
  • Hit the outlets. If you have an outlet store nearby, check it out. Stuff gets INSANELY cheap this time of year. Not kidding. Worth your while.

Some of the sale

Brooks Brothers: save up to 50% on summer items

Saks Off 5th: Take an additional 40% off with code : LABORDAY

J. Crew: Take and additional 25% off with code: almost fall

Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy are all having sales too

Nordstrom: save up to 40% off of sale items

Eddie Bauer: Everything in the store up to 50% off

Dicks Sporting Goods: sales on almost everything

In addition, major chain retailers will have spot sales all over the place within the store. It doesn’t hurt to go and check them out.

This is what happened in 3 hours last year:
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And THIS is what happened when I took my friend and co-worker in DC shopping over Labor Day:
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As you can see, I don’t mess around. :) Labor Day is the best!!!

Let me know what you guys get!

-Adriele

 

 

 

 

{Outfit of the Day} Maternity and Cobalt

It’s official! I almost have a month left!

So now I’m flipping out. Ok, untrue. I’m not flipping out, I’m just acutely aware that my baby could come at ANY TIME now. That is both exciting and completely terrifying. Nothing like the thought of being COMPLETELY responsible for a tiny human being to snap you into reality.

In the meantime (the non freaking out part), I keep myself occupied with work and the blog. My maternity wardrobe has switched to COMPLETELY comprised of actual maternity clothing. That brings me to this dress:

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Photos by Jacque, Inc.

Dress: Old Navy Maternity (similar)
Bag: Old, found at TJ Maxx (it came with a matching tote. I LOVE it)
Shoes: Converse leather 
Hat: Target
Bracelets: Assorted

This is the most comfortable outfit ever. I love a stretch jersey dress. The baby digs it too. He’s waaaaaay less cranky when I’m in comfortable clothing.

I am amused to see how I dress the last month of the pregnancy. It’ll be an adventure, I’m sure. :)

Until next time, rock the bump ladies!

-Adriele

Calling All Moms

I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I was going to put out a call to all moms to submit advice for all of the new moms out there. As you may know, I have quite a few friends joining the mom club with me this year, and we love advice.

I ask this of you- what did you learn with kids? I know there is the basic overview statements of “don’t sweat the small stuff, etc.” but I’m looking for SPECIFICS. What worked for you and your kids ESPECIALLY when they were babies? What book did you read that really made a difference in how you parented? What did NOT work? I love when people say “buy this book, it’s awesome and it helped.” or “this gadget didn’t work at ALL.” Obviously, there is no “one size fits all” method to parenting, but I love bits and pieces of advice. It’s fun to hear and I love all of it!

My plan is to combine all of these bits of wisdom in a post for new moms.

Remember, I need specifics. Think: fortune cookie, not proverb cookie. I’d rather a cookie tell me I’m going to make a new friend over one that says something like “an open mind unlocks all doors” or something to that extent. I like the specifics of “try this.” :)

Please post your comments below or on Facebook. I thank you in advance for any advice you can give!

So excited to hear what you have to say!

-Adriele

{Trends and Style} Ankle Boot

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This is a trend that has stuck around and I’m so pleased- the casual ankle boot. I talked about the popularity of this boot last year in this post, and it is still going strong. This is good news for two reasons:

1. If you purchased some boots like this, they are still in style, so rock them!

2. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a pair, there’s even more options/styles in every price range, which is FANTASTIC.

THE BOOTS
I love this boot because you can get it with a short heel, or in a flat form. It’s the perfect way to inject some serious style in your wardrobe without making a large effort. Lazy person fashion, you know I love it.

A light grey, khaki or taupe are very popular colors this Fall. Here are a few of my favorites:

Target (I seriously love these shoes) for $49.99
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Nine West $119
PG.NWJARRAD.JJGD9A2.PZSole Society $89
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Clarks $139
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Bandolino $70
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Tory Burch (mmmmmmm, PRETTY!) $385 (yikes)
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STYLING
I would recommend wearing these boots with skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans. Bootcut or straight legs jeans are a no-no with this look. The top half of your outfit could be a slouchy sweater, an oversized and loose t-shirt, a chambray button up or even a t-shirt with a blazer over it. Yes, some people even style these boots with dresses. I tend to steer clear of that look because it is fairly “young” and I’m not trying to look like a high schooler. :) I’m too old for that, haha, that ship has SAILED. More on “what not to do” in a post in the near future.

If you purchase one of these “neutral” colored boots, you don’t HAVE to stick with a neutral color palate for the rest of your outfit, but they lend themselves wonderfully to muted Autumn colors. If you want to go a bit more “high fashion” and pair these with LBD’s and such, stick with a black pair.

Here’s me styling a black pair from Sole Society with boyfriend jeans and a casual red blouse:

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This year, I’m going for a grey pair, I think. Do you have a favorite pair, brand or color?

-Adriele

 

{Guy Friday} Prepare To Go Shopping

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Happy Friday, gents! As you know every Friday, I sit here and tell you guys what not to wear and what you should have in your closet. I try to keep it fairly simple and not complicated.

Fall (the best season of the YEAR) is fast approaching and that means several things:

1. SPORTS (EPL just started and Football starts)
2. Cooler weather
3. Better clothes (fall style is the BEST)
4. SALES

Here’s a shopping secret: Biggest sales of the year happen over Labor Day weekend. Not Christmas, Labor Day. They are getting rid of Summer stuff and clearing out all of the Fall “back to school” stock, so it is CHEAP.

I never realized this until Ian was in Europe without me and I decided to drown my sorrows in a trip to go shopping. (In Florida… don’t ask. I tend to “go hard” when I’m being ridiculous.) Regardless, I was met with insane deals at every turn. I finally asked a store manager what the deal was and they said “these are always the biggest sale days of the year.” Hmmm. So I asked another sales person at another store. Same story.

The moral of this post? GO SHOPPING OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND. I’ve been harping on you guys to get some new shoes, update your closet a bit, etc, and this is the perfect time!!! Do it!!

When in doubt, tweet me with a pic and I will tell you yay/nay.

Next Friday I will try to throw up a post showing you some of my favorite items that are on sale online. I just wanted you to prepare yourself. This is going to be amazing. :)

You’ve been warned.

Until next Friday, Gentlemen.

Adriele