dress & one-piece swimsuit review

Halter midi dress & Floral one-piece swimsuit.

Happy first day of Summer 2017! Here’s my follow-up review from this earlier blog post. I was looking for postpartum-friendly pieces for the summer.

I ordered a size Small and Medium for the halter dress. The Medium was too big on me in the chest and too long in length. I’m wearing the Small in the photo above. I really liked the idea of this boho halter dress but I’m returning it. The reason why is that you really can’t wear a bra underneath the dress because the back is very low. It’s a shame because this dress is such beachy boho perfection.

I ordered a size Medium and Large for the one-piece swimsuit. The Large was too big on me, especially in the torso area along the seams. The Medium fits me very well (worn above in the photo) and I’m keeping this swimsuit. I typically don’t do one-piece suits because they flatten my chest and don’t comfortably fit my longer torso. This suit does not flatten my chest because the top part is the same as my favorite string bikini triangle top. It’s padded, which is a huge plus. The torso feels very comfortable for me, so it’s a go for my longer torso.

The only potential issue is the “cheeky cut” of the bottom (their terminology, not mine). Fortunately, it’s not too revealing and I have a flat butt so it works for me.

I love the low back on this swimsuit and that I can get a custom fit with the halter strings at the top and at the lower back. I highly recommend this one-piece!

Let’s have a summer to remember, everyone! xx

latest purchase

Floral one-piece swimsuit & Halter midi dress.

I just ordered the swimsuit and halter dress last night. I’ve been eyeing this one-piece for a week or two and finally pulled the trigger. I’m hoping the cut on the butt isn’t too bare, but I ordered a size Medium and a size Large to get more coverage.

I love the boho goddess vibe to the halter midi dress. I think it is sexy yet casual. I hope this dress works out, I would love to add red to my summer wardrobe.

Have you scored any recent faves? TGIF! xx

tassels squared

Pleione bell sleeve top in pink smoke; Paige Denim Skyline ankle peg jeans; Cream tassel platform loafers; Tassel earrings in white; Halcyon Days enamel bracelet in pink & gold (gift, similar); Madewell ring (old, similar).

A quick post of my outfit today. I’m so glad I bought this top months ago, the blush pink really complements white denim. The tassel platform loafers are super comfortable and are stylish for days. I finished the look with my white tassel earrings.

You’re in luck if you like any of the items, I think everything I’ve linked are on major sale right now. I’d hurry on the top though, since sizes are limited.

Have a wonderful Thursday! xx

recent purchases

One-piece swimsuit; Embroidered jacket; Metallic rose gold oxfords; Cream tassel platform loafers.

I want to share my recent purchases with you. First, I bought the one-piece swimsuit for my postpartum body. It’s a fun and sexy suit but it covers the problem areas. I also like the molded cups since one-piece suits usually flatten my chest, but this suit provides a flattering shape. I ordered a size Small in this and it fits well. The ties are adjustable so it’s a custom fit.

Second is this snappy little jacket. I bought s size Small and it’s a great fit. This jacket elevates even a simple jeans and tee look. Promo code “MAINEVENT” provides an additional 25% off the sale price.

Third and fourth, look at these gorgeous shoes! They run true to size and are well made like every other Stuart Weitzman shoe. They complement both dressy to casual outfits, such as with a dress or with cutoff shorts.

Happy Thursday to you! xx

outfits lately

Sanctuary camo sweater; Old Navy olive shorts (old, similar
); New Balance 410 sneakers; Personalized script name necklace in rose gold; Bony Levy ‘Gianna’ & ‘Marquee’ diamond stacking rings in rose gold.

Sanctuary camo sweater; Personalized script name necklace in rose gold.

J.Crew eyelet dress in white; Steven by Steve Madden sandals in light blue suede (old, similar); Madewell ‘Playlist’ sunglasses in dalmation; Aquamarine and diamond earrings.

J.Crew eyelet dress in white; Aquamarine and diamond earrings.

TGIF! Hope you’ve been well and enjoying the warm May weather (finally, it’s been a cool spring this year).

Here are a couple of recent outfits. The first outfit shows my love for camo. The lighter weight sweater is perfect for those days when there’s a slight chill in the air. I’ve shown a close-up of my personalized necklace with my daughter’s name. I love the script style and the fact that it comes in rose gold (or in white or yellow gold if that’s your preference). I plan on giving this necklace to my daughter as a gift for a future special occasion.

The second outfit was from Mother’s Day, my first as a mom! It’s been a lifetime dream come true and my baby girl is so sweet and lovely. My heart is overflowing with my love for her. I’m wearing my new J.Crew eyelet dress (I also have it in green) and my sandals matched the aquamarine and diamond earrings I received as a Mother’s Day gift. Aquamarine is my daughter’s birthstone.

Enjoy your Friday! xo

review of new goodies

Embroidered top in eyelet white (there’s also a black version of this top) & pull-on shorts in foliage green.

An overdue follow-up review of this post and I’m pleased to report that I loved the embroidered top and pull-on shorts. I ordered two sizes of each item, sizes XS and S. I kept the size Small because the XS was tight across the chest in the top and tight across my hips for the shorts. I wouldn’t say they are true to size because my postpartum size is in flux. The embroidered detail is well done and so colorful. The shorts are a joy to wear with the elastic waist but the material easily reads dressy. I highly recommend both. I also purchased the shorts in almost black.

Espadrilles leather slides in pale peach & Leopard fabric slides.

Here’s a picture of my two latest shoe acquisitions. The dramatic flair slides are on trend for this spring and summer. Comfortable and true to size for both pairs.

Eyelet dress in warm clover and white.

Another follow-up review of this post. I had originally ordered my usual size 0 in the dress, but I could not button the buttons from the waist up. I returned the dress at my local J.Crew store and I spied the green dress in a size 2. Tried it on and I love this eyelet dress so much that I bought it in white as well (also size 2).

The full lining is sewn in, which makes for great dress construction because it helps prevents wrinkling and gives a nice shape to the skirt portion. The white color is not sheer at all. It has deep side pockets. The best part is that it’s nursing friendly. An astute comment made on my Instagram said this dress style was easy to dress up or dress down. I agree wholeheartedly, as you can see it looks casual with my slip-on sneakers (while trying on dresses at J.Crew, but I’ll be sure to wear them together at home) and it reads dressy with my wedge sandals below. By the way, how great is this shade of kelly green? So fresh for spring.

Eyelet dress in warm clover & gem pearl earrings; Banana Republic Factory Store tan wedge sandals (old, similar); Ray Ban flash lens aviator sunglasses in green.

Have you found any recent new loves for spring? Please share in the comments below.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

25% off j.crew new arrivals

Top row: Eyelet dress in warm clover; Ruffle striped skirt in brunswick blue; Eyelet dress in white.

Bottom row: Tassel earrings in white; Link necklace in white; Clear bow iPhone case; Tassel earrings in navy.

Tassel earrings in white; Link necklace in white; Eyelet dress in white.

Spring is in the air! It’s time for breezy eyelet dresses, ruffled skirts and lots of white. Promo code HOPTOIT provides 25% off your purchase for new arrivals and 40% off sale items at J.Crew.

I recently purchased the white eyelet dress, necklace and earrings as you can see in the second image above. I recommend all three items for a white refresh (the dress is true to size). I plan on wearing the dress and either the earrings or the necklace for my daughter’s upcoming baptism.

I just ordered the green eyelet dress (it also comes in white and in navy versions) in my usual size (regular 0). This shade of green is so vivid and lively. I ordered the ruffle skirt in petite size 2 because I wanted the shorter length for my shorter legs. I loved the tassel earrings so much in white, that I ordered the same pair in navy. And I need a new phone case since my current case is cracked. Please check back for reviews!

Hope you are enjoying your spring! Have a great week, xx.

Madewell is NOTKIDDING around

Pull-on shorts in almost black and foliage green & embroidered top in eyelet white (there’s also a black version of this top).

Madewell is doing a April Fools’ Day weekend promotion online and in stores, which ends tonight at 11:59 pm with code NOTKIDDING (20% off your $100+ purchase or 30% off your $200+ purchase). The above are my recent purchases, where my goal was to find postpartum-friendly clothing. You know embroidered is my jam and this top looks very cheerful. The pull-on shorts are highly rated online and they have pockets. I ordered both the black and olive green colors.

Happy Monday to you, cheers to a great week for all of us! xx

baby girl is here

My sincerest apologies for the radio silence. Our baby girl arrived earlier than expected in March, at 37 weeks and 2 days. I discovered I had severe pre-eclampsia at a routine pregnancy no-stress test (oh, the irony) and it was go time for delivering this baby (I had no choice in the matter). They induced labor on a Friday and about 73 hours later, our daughter was finally born. It was a rough labor and a crazy delivery for the both of us. Then, we had to stay at the hospital for a week post-delivery due to our respective medical issues.

I’m still dealing with high blood pressure and some other medical complications but fortunately our baby girl is doing well at home and thriving. We are over the moon with our little one and cannot believe she is ours and we are hers. She is in a word, perfect.

Welcome to the world, sweet baby girl.

pink love


Pleione bell sleeve top in pink smoke; DL1961 ‘Lara’ maternity jeans (non-maternity option); Kate Spade ‘Priya’ platform loafers in blush (on sale here) & statement necklace (old); Glider recliner chair.

It was unseasonably warm today (74°!) and I took full advantage of it by wearing my new bell sleeve top and platform loafers, both in blush pink. Actually, I mostly wore my slide sandals since my feet and ankles are super swollen lately. But I wanted to show off my new Kate Spade loafers (on the lesser swollen foot). They are true to size and the crinkle patent leather in blush is beyond gorgeous.

5/9/17 Update: I’ve returned the Kate Spade loafers, sadly.  I could not fit into both shoes while pregnant and even postpartum because I was so swollen.  Fortunately, the swelling is mostly gone but unfortunately, the loafers run large on my feet.  My heels and backs of my ankles kept popping out while walking in the loafers, so back to the store they went.

Surprisingly, the non-maternity Pleione top from Nordstrom actually fits over my 36-week pregnant baby bump. The knit top is true to size and obviously stretchy and soft.

Please don’t mind the placement of the glider recliner chair, which I highly recommend by the way. It rocks when upright and swivels 360°. It reclines (quietly) too, so it’s perfect for nursing. It’s currently on sale too if you’re in the market for a nursery chair.

Happy March 1st! xx

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