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

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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.

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

GOBIG17 or go home

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Top row: Lace trim dress; Leopard dress; Floral dress.

Bottom row: Pink leather moto jacket; Polarized sunglasses; Rainbow leather crossbody bag; Camo jacket.

Shopbop is currently running a sitewide promotion on regular and sale priced items with few exclusions for the next five days. Promo code GOBIG17 can yield 25% off your total purchase if you spend $800 or more, 20% off your order if your spend $500 to $799.99, or 15% off your purchase if you spend $200 to $499.99.

The above are my picks and they are so ready for spring and summer.

The lace trim dress is retro. I love the ivory color, which gives the dress an airy vibe.

The leopard dress is on sale so there are limited sizes left. It’s a very easy-to-wear silhouette.

I love the mint green background to this floral dress. Remember greenery is the Pantone color of the year.

This pink moto jacket is the coolest. The tassels from all the zippers are my favorite detail, they lend such a boho vibe. Also practical if and when you find yourself riding a motorcycle in the rain.

Love the pink and gold combo on this pair of killer sunglasses.

How cute is this rainbow bag? It’s beyond adorable.

I’m seeing camo everywhere for this spring, although it’s never left my radar. I love camo as much as my beloved leopard and treat both prints as a neutral. This jacket is stylish and very practical with its super-sized pockets.

Are you planning to shop the sale? Hope you have a great week! xx

fair isle & a smile

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Motherhood Maternity fair isle sweater; Paige Verdugo maternity jeans in silvie; Vince Alanis oxfords (old, similar here & here); J.Crew lucite link necklace in pink (old, similar).

Happy Presidents’ Day! Hope you have the day off from work and are enjoying the holiday. xx

think pink

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Top row: Bell sleeve knit top; Ring bucket bag; Cocoon sweatshirt dress.

Bottom row: Platform loafers; Short coat; Oversized v-neck sweater.

My baby girl has me thinking all things pink lately. I’ve been drawn to lighter pinks, like blush and rose quartz.

I just ordered the bell sleeve knit top (top row, first image) in my usual size of XS. I really like that it’s not a crop top and the sleeves are on the long side as well.

The ring bucket bag is very much on trend but it’s so practical with its crossbody strap. The ring hardware is rose gold, which is another detail I dig. Promo code QUICK provides an extra 15% off an under $100 purchase (or 20% off for a $100 or more purchase).

How cool is this cocoon sweatshirt dress? The shift silhouette should be quite flattering and I love the fact that it’s made out of sweatshirt material.

The platform loafers are the perfect answer to sneakers but with a dressy vibe. These would look great with bare ankles, so prefect for spring! Promo code NEWARRIVALS will get you 20% off (or 25% if you use your Bloomimgdale’s card) until February 20th.

The short coat is the color of cotton candy. A showstopper of a coat and for under $35. Promo code 7779 will get you free shipping for this Presidents’ Day weekend.

I really like this oversized sweater because it’s 100% cotton and a bit more pulled together than a sweatshirt or long sleeve tee. I’m thinking this would be a perfect postpartum top for me.

Happy long weekend to you and hope you score some goodies on sale! xx

outfits lately

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Vince cardigan in cinnamon stick (also here); Topshop maternity plaid shirt (sold out, non-maternity option); Current/Elliott maternity Stiletto jeans in black (sold out, similar here & here); New Balance 410 sneakers in black/white.

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Target plaid sweater coat (sold out, similar here & here); Banana Republic tie-front blouse (old); Current/Elliott maternity Stiletto jeans in black (sold out, similar here & here); Dolce Vita boots in off white.

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Sanctuary camo sweater (also here); DL1961 maternity cropped flare jeans; Stuart Weitzman silver flats; J.Crew Playa earrings (sold out, similar).

At eight and a half months pregnant, I’ve stopped buying maternity clothes. I bought a few nursing friendly tops but I’m sticking with regular non-maternity clothing options. I recently ordered this camo sweater (in the last photo) in my normal size, XS, and I’m pleased to report it fits! So, the sweater definitely runs true to size. It’s a lighter weight sweater, perfect for spring and possible a cool summer evening.

I also purchased the Stuart Weitzman silver flats on clearance. I took my usual size of 8 and they are true to size. I had also purchased a very similar silver metallic pair from Banana Republic, but I returned them once I tried on the Stuart Weitzman pair. The leather is really nice and luxe.

Hope you’re having a great week! xx

cozy casual

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Kimi and Kai maternity zip collar sweatshirt in black (also available in grey or navy); Motherhood Maternity fleece leggings in fair isle; New Balance 410 sneakers in black/white.

An easy outfit for your typical Sunday. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! xx

what’s in my hospital bag

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Top row, left to right: Nursing nightgown; Set of 2 nursing tanks; Nursing sleep top (more sizes here); Set of 3 boyshorts.

Bottom row, left to right: Maternity robe; Set of 2 nursing tanks; Black sweatpants (also in heather grey); Leopard sweatpants.

I’ve reached the 8 months pregnant benchmark and I’m in mega prepare mode. Above you will find what I plan to pack for my hospital bag. The tops and nightgown are nursing friendly and the sweatpants are comfortable and not too tight or fitted. The jersey knit robe is very soft and has pockets.

I will be working on the baby’s going-home outfit next. This is very exciting!

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