I did a huge haul in June and these are just a few I was able to shoot and also some didn’t make the cut. I never will share items that aren’t good quality, only the items I love. Everything I’m posting ISN’T maternity, I just found items that work for BOTH stages in life! Also at the bottom of this blog post is a $200 Amazon Giftcard giveaway!!! 🙂
My Current Stats: 5’7″ – 155lbs – 6 months pregnant.
Ok, so I first posted this dress on my Instagram stories and I was in AWE. Not only is the material comfortable, it’s NOT see through, its thick enough where your underwear doesn’t show…IN LOVE. I went back online and bought the white, grey and baby blue. HA. I’m ordering 3 more colors as I type this. If you get anything you have to buy this. Wearing my normal size Medium.
Summer nights can be chilly, and having a lightweight sweatshirt in your closet is perfect for cool summer nights! This Universal Threads crewneck is the perfect spring to summer wardrobe staple and comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns! I picked up this yellow one in a size large for a more oversized fit, but could have worn a medium!
If it’s cute and lightweight, I’m buying it! This patchwork print blue maxi is perfect for any summer events that you’re going to. The square neck with tiered detailing and tie straps make this maxi far from ordinary! I’m wearing a size medium, my usual size, and fits comfortably even with the bump!
These are the perfect shorts for summer! The coral color is a fun summer color and the high waist with ruffle detailing is super cute. I got these in a size large because of the bump, but could have done a medium!
This denim wash romper is SO cute! This might be my favorite piece from my Target haul. Buyer beware, it runs large! I’m wearing a size small and it fits like a medium. This romper would be perfect for any events you have coming up this summer!
You all know I’m a sucker for animal print! This top is perfect for any kind of occasion, whether it’s in the office with a blazer or cardigan, a night out with the girls, or just day-to-day! A versatile piece in your closet is a must and I love that this top can be worn in every season. I’m wearing a size large because of the bump but could have worn a medium!
This bikini isn’t from this particular Target haul, but I wore this on my recent trip to Austin, TX and got SO many compliments on it! It’s super comfortable and has a very flattering fit. I’m wearing a size large due to the bump but usually, I am a size medium!
This bikini not only looks cute, but feels amazing! The stripes have a towel-like texture to them and are so soft. I like how the stripes are vertical so it has a very slimming effect. I am also wearing a size large in this bikini but am usually a size medium!
This dress is a perfect spring to summer transition piece! I definitely plan on wearing this to a summer barbeque this year and it’s very lightweight and comfortable. I’m wearing my normal size of a medium!
Everyone needs a hot pink bikini in their summer swimsuit lineup! I found this hot pink bikini and knew I had to have it. I’m wearing a size large and it fits perfectly for pregnancy, but am usually a size medium!
I saw this dress as I was checking out so I did not purchase this in store because they sold out of my size , however, I plan purchase online yesterday! This dress is SO cute! It would be perfect for any special events you may be attending this summer such as a wedding and is the perfect midi length. I would order my normal size of a medium!
This black and white striped bodycon tank dress is another one of my favorites from this haul! It’s perfect for summer and SO comfortable! I love how it can be dressed up or down depending on the weather or whatever you’re doing that day! I am wearing my usual size of a medium!
I haven’t shopped at H&M in forever and now I’m regretting that, haha. I found so many cute items. I will show you below my favorites, I tried on more but I didn’t like the quality. Also linked other finds that are online!
My stats: 5’7″ – 150 lbs (6 months pregnant) My normal size is a US 6/M, I will show you below what sizes I’m actually wearing.
I had a lot of requests to share some of my favorite swimwear, accessories, cover ups and more. All affordable and under $40. **I will list the size Im wearing below, I’m normally a Medium. #5monthspregnant
Diving into it with my must have one-pieces:
Leopard Print! I’m wearing a size L. Shop HERE. $34.99 Sizes XS-XL
Watermelon & Flamingo Print, I saw this and knew it was me, haha.
I can’t wait until the summer time to lay out by the pool and go on vacation and bring a good book with me and just relax. Putting your phone down and unwinding with a book is one of my favorite things to do!
Lately, I have been loving thrillers. Laying in bed with my favorite sparkling water (Ya know, preggo trying to spice up what I drink) and reading a thriller! I’m always in bed at night going “OMGosh!!!” and Carl laughs cause I’m so into what I’m reading.
The best is when a book is so good you just can’t put it down! Here are some favorites that I’ve read recently that are all available for quick shipping! Each book is linked!
This story is about an investigator who is tasked with finding a mother and her son who mysteriously disappear. In order to find them, Clare, the investigator, goes to the town where they vanished from disguising herself as the mother’s best friend to get some answers. She soon learns that everyone is hiding something and the answers she finds were not what she was expecting.
Another missing person’s tale, Girl Last Seen, is about a little girl who goes missing outside of her elementary school. The narrator soon realizes the photo of this missing little girl could be her! There are two missing girls, thirteen years apart and now their stories have too many similarities. This is a psychological thriller that will hook you from page one!
This thriller is about a parent on a quest to find their runaway daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to her abusive boyfriend and doesn’t want to be found. But when she’s found in Central Park, she’s a completely different person. I was hooked from the first page!
The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad- Order HERE
If you’ve read The Silent Girls, you must read this book! It’s a sequel and just as good, if not better. This story is about college student Rachel Rath who feels as if she’s being watched. A side glance reveals this man looks like the same person who killed her mother and father. Detective Frank Rath, Rachel’s uncle, adopted her after the murder, and when other girls in the town go missing and are found murdered, it becomes all too real.
Louise is a single mom who just got a new job. While she’s out one night, she meets and hits it off with a man who turns out to be her new boss. She then meets the boss’ wife, Adele, and puts the pieces together. These people are hiding some secrets, and Louise is determined to find out what is going on.
If you’re a big book to movie person like myself, this is the book for you! The Woman in the Window is soon to be a major motion picture and is a number one bestseller. Taking place in New York City, this book is about a woman named Anna who spends a little too much time in her apartment, giving her ample time to spy on her neighbors. When the Russell family moves in, her spying one night leads her to see something she probably shouldn’t have and she has a hard time distinguishing between imaginary and reality.
This book is about Naomi, dubbed “the child finder” due to her knack for locating missing children. When little Madison Culver disappears during her family’s Christmas tree chopping outing, the Culvers turn to Naomi to help find their missing daughter. During her pursuit to find Madison, Naomi slowly begins to uncover the secrets of her own life. This book alternates between Madison and Naomi’s voices so it can become confusing, but is so worth the the read! **My number ONE**
This blog post is sponsored by Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ralph Lauren’s “Romance” is the perfect scent for a romantic occasion. With Valentine’s Day coming up, gift yourself or your partner this gorgeous scent that is sure to bring out your sultry side! There’s nothing that makes me feel sexier than a gorgeous outfit and a beautiful scent to compliment it.
During Carl and I’s belated honeymoon to Aruba, I made sure to pack Ralph Lauren’s Romance fragrance along with me. The scent evokes notes of floral and citrus that smells romantic and of a special occasion, perfect for a honeymoon.
I first wore this perfume out to a nice dinner with Carl in Aruba. It made me feel sexy and fresh heading to beautiful beachside dinner. Sometimes, perfumes can be overpowering; but Ralph Lauren’s Romance is the perfect balance. The scent stayed on all night even by the salty sea water with the fish Carl and I ate for dinner. Not to mention, the bottle is gorgeous and the spritzer distributes the scent on your skin evenly. The large bottle ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy Ralph Lauren’s Romance on many dinner dates and romantic getaways.
Macy’s is my ultimate fragrance destination. With 250 different fragrances available to try, I love experimenting with the different scents and love that Macy’s even has a fragrance quiz online to help you discover your perfect scent that’s just right for you!
Right before Christmas, Caroline and I decided we were both in need of a ‘staycation!’ We decided to head up 495 just about 45 minutes away from my home in Northern Virginia to stay at the Pod Hotel located right in the heart of Chinatown.
We wanted to try something different than the “usual” hotel, and after a few recommendations decided on the Pod Hotel located in Chinatown! The attractive price point of $100 a night for a queen size bedroom made this the most affordable yet luxurious option in the entire city.
The small sized rooms are perfect for those who want to explore the city and are just coming back to get ready for the day and to sleep! Caroline and I each got our own rooms for some extra space and would highly recommend doing so unless you’re traveling with a significant other.
After settling into our rooms, we headed downstairs to the Crimson Diner where we had some light bites before heading out to eat. Perfect for some photo ops, the décor was amazing as was the food! Caroline and I got some chips and pimento cheese dip, onion rings and I got a breakfast meal as it’s served all day long! I also used my 2-for-1 drink tickets provided upon check-in for us to get a cocktail with our appetizers before heading out for the night.
Following our run around the city, we headed downstairs to Pod’s Whiskey Bar which was not only huge but totally packed with city-goers. It seemed like the go-to spot for many locals and provided a cozy yet fun atmosphere, bumping to Spotify’s Hip-Hop 2000’s playlist which is now Caroline and I’s new work playlist!
The next morning, we used our free coffee and donut “tokens” to each get a caffeinated drink and a donut before heading home.
We had a great time at an awesome hotel and would highly recommend staying here! If you’re local or visiting to New York (Brooklyn, Manhattan) or Washington, D.C. any time soon and are looking to affordable options, definitely check out the Pod Hotel on your next stay!
This holiday season, I am always looking for affordable gifts for my friends and family that show how much I appreciate them. Personally, I think the gift of taking time to pamper yourself is the greatest gift of all. My favorite way to gift pampering and self care to others is Raw Sugar’s gift sets!
Available at Target, these gift sets are “packed with fruits, vitamins and love” and are perfect for anyone on your list this year. The best part is how many products are included for such a low price! I picked up some of Raw Sugar’s bath fizzies and sugar scrub with body wash gift sets from Target. Beautifully packaged, they’re perfect for anyone on your list who’s deserving of some pampering!
Made with “nature’s basics” of fruit, plants and wholesome vitamins, Raw Sugar’s products are cruelty-free and vegan friendly! I feel even better about gifting an all-natural product to my friends and family knowing that none of their ingredients include harmful chemicals or dye. Not to mention, they feel incredible on your skin. They’re also gorgeous in a nice, warm bubble bath with some of their bath fizzers!
If you’re struggling with choosing gifts for friends and family, head to your local Target and pick up some of Raw Sugar’s gift sets and give the gift of self care and pampering. Don’t forget to grab one for yourself too!
This post is sponsored by Pantene however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When Pantene asked me to try out their new Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots, I was pumped. Imported from Brazil, this product has not hit stores in the U.S. yet but has been a staple in Brazilian hair care.
I have to admit, at first, I was a little skeptical. I was excited to try out a product before anyone else, but I rarely stray away from my usual hair care routine. But I could not be happier with the results from the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots and can’t wait to make it a regular part of my hair care regimen!
The Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots are single-use and come in a pack of three. My hair had been extremely over-styled and over-processed the last few weeks between shoots and special events, it was in dire need for some salon-quality care. After shampooing my hair, I squeezed the entirety of the Pantene shot into my hands and massaged the conditioner-like formula into my hair from root to tip for 30 seconds, focusing on the troublesome spots like my split ends. After 30-seconds, I rinsed it out and that was it!
I wasn’t expecting to notice an immediate difference. I’ve tried so many hair-damage-eraser-type products that promised instant results but to no avail. But wow was I wrong!
I brushed out my hair like I usually do and let it air dry naturally. My hair was noticeably shinier, the normal elasticity in my hair was back and it truly looked like I had just come from a salon! It was smooth and not to mention smells amazing, even a day later.
So, how did Pantene do it? Their absorbing blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, strengthening lipids and natural glycerin target your hair’s damaged areas. Because the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots act like a deep conditioner, I was worried using the whole “shot” would leave my hair greasy like other deep-conditioners I’ve tried, but Pantene formulated their Rescue Shots to prevent overdosing, so there’s no need to worry about putting in “too much!”
For the best results, Pantene recommends using their Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots once per week in place of conditioner.
Pantene’s Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots hit stores in the U.S. January 2019, but you can get your hands on this exclusive product right now at Walmart.com before it hits shelves in January – see here! I 10/10 would recommend you pick it up, I know I will!