APRIL WISH LIST: LOFT EDITION

The weather is getting warmer & I’ve been looking for some pretty Spring/Summer clothes and accessories. I love this time of year! I really gravitate towards neutral colors, but I’d like to add some more color to my wardrobe! One thing I really need is shorts. I hope to find some pairs that will fit right, and flatter my body.

Here are some things on my wish list:

I am officially down 41 pounds since giving birth & I’ve been looking for a new swimsuit! I’m going out of my comfort zone and I ordered a two-piece bikini. I purchased these bikini bottoms and this bikini top. I hope they look good on me!

This Lou & Grey pom pom v-neck midi dress.

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Superga espadrille sneakers.

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Striped ribbon floppy straw hat.

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Denim button front skirt.

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Chambray flutter cutout jumpsuit.

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Denim roll shorts in staple dark indigo wash.

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Bouquet vintage soft tee.

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Cactus vintage soft tee.

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Cheetah print ankle strap espadrille wedge sandals.

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Lou & Grey tie waist linen pants.

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Woven handle straw tote.

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Loving all of these gorgeous pieces! Which one is your favorite? It makes me super excited for summertime. I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

ELOISE IS FOUR MONTHS OLD!

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WOW! I’m so late, but Eloise officially turned 4 months old on the 30th of March! This is such a fun stage and I’m loving it! She giggles, smiles so much more, loves to be talkative (especially in the mornings), and is so well behaved when we go out. Her baby squeals and babbles melt my heart, she loves to touch my face, and look into my eyes. I feel so grateful to be her mommy. We are in heaven with this little honey girl.

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She got her 4 month shots, and they weighed her at 12lbs 13oz. She’s an itty bitty girl, so petite! She takes after her mama for sure. 🙂

Some highlights: she witnessed mommy propose to daddy, she saw the ocean for the first time, she went on her first museum visit, she went to SF for the first time, and many more trips to the park with her sis, Lola. The weather is warming up more, and I’m so excited for longer walks outdoors.

I have so many photos of Eloise! Here are some of my favorites in March:

 

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I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!

xo

HE SAID YES! WE’RE ENGAGED!

What a beautiful and memorable weekend it has been. I’ve been planning a really special surprise for a little over a month… and I finally got to execute it! I asked Dexter to marry me. You heard that right: I asked!

A year ago on March 31, 2018- we found out we were pregnant. When I initially took the pregnancy test & it was positive, I was so shocked and I was freaking out. We weren’t “trying” to have a baby (also I didn’t even know if I could get pregnant because of my health issues), and I had a year left of school until I graduated. But after being pregnant and giving birth to our healthy & perfect girl, I realized that there was never going to be a “perfect” time to have a baby. Eloise has bonded Dexter and I in a way I cannot explain. It’s made us appreciate one another, and my love for him has deepened. So, I was thinking about all of this and it hit me: I should ask this man to marry me. I want to spend the rest of my life with him, and in the 7+ years of being together the timing finally felt right. So what better way, than to pop the question on our “finding out we are pregnant” anniversary?

So, I asked my sisters to be there so they can take pictures. My twin sister, brother-in-law and niece came up for a “weekend visit” and we all went for a scenic drive to Muir Beach. It was such a beautiful day: warm and sunny. I picked a nice little view overlooking the Pacific Ocean and read a special letter I wrote for Dexter… then I got down on one knee. He said YES! He’s been upgraded to my fiancé! 🙂 He reacted how I thought he would: he was super shocked and had no idea it was coming. I’m so happy I got to pull off such an amazing surprise! He’s usually the one surprising me in our relationship, but this time the tables were turned. 😉

We’ve already picked our wedding date & we know where we want to get married. I’m really excited to pick the perfect dress. Bring on the wedding planning!


Eloise’s first time to San Francisco

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This past weekend we went to San Francisco and the weather was absolutely perfect: sunny & warm. We ate at Souvla, and if  you haven’t been there before, you have to go! I like to go to the Alamo Square location, it has a nice outdoor patio! We both got pork salads, greek fries to share, and frozen greek yogurt with baklava crumbles. SO GOOD. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I wish they had locations throughout California (it’s only in SF)!

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We then decided to walk to Alamo Square and enjoy the views. I just love San Francisco. It’s our favorite city for sure, and I’m just glad we got to show Ellie! I know she won’t remember, but that’s not the point! I’m just grateful that we get to make memories as a family.

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Dex and I are trying to venture out of the house a lot more, since Eloise is such a good girl! Now that she’s almost 4 months old, we’ve pretty much got the hang of Ellie and her cues. We’re really thankful she’s such a good baby! 🙂 *proud parents*

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week & happy first day of Spring! Yay!

 

xo

Things I recently bought from Target:

I love a good shopping trip at Target, who doesn’t? I thought I’d share some random things I recently bought (with my own money, this isn’t a sponsored post— I wish it was). Haha! Sometimes when I need a little bit of “me time”, I drive to Target, buy an iced coffee & roam the aisles.

 

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BLISS Rose Gold Foaming Cleanser. So excited to try this! If I end up liking the cleanser, I want to try more products from their line, maybe a face mist or moisturizer. I’ve been into skincare lately, maybe because I’m inching closer to 30! I really need to form better habits when it comes to washing my face day & night. 🙁

 

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FORMULA 10.0.6 Skin-Brightening Mask. I hardly ever do face masks, so I thought this would be a good one to start with! If you have any good face mask recommendations, please let me know! (it doesn’t have to be from Target)

 

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FLAMINGO Women’s Razor. Okay, so I’ve used this razor already… MINI REVIEW: I have to say this is my favorite razor I’ve ever bought. It’s super sharp, but it doesn’t nick me like other razors. It’s also really pretty to look at, I love the purple & rose gold- good quality! I’ll continue to buy the razor cartridge refills.

 

 

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SMARTLY Summertime Body Wash. I’m not picky when it comes to my body wash, just that it lathers well & it smells good. This item checks both! Also- such a good price! $1.99 – you can’t beat it.

 

 

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MRS. MEYER’S Peony Soap. This is a little random, but I love this hand soap! It literally smells like Spring in a bottle. My favorite.

 

Have you tried any of these products? Or is there anything new at Target I should check out? Let me know!

xo

 

 

 

MAPLE HOLISTICS: SILK18 SHAMPOO REVIEW

I’m so happy to be working with Maple Holistics again! They were kind enough to reach out & send me their Silk18 shampoo for a product review. If you’re interested in reading a previous product review I wrote for Maple Holistics, click here.

SILK18 shampoo is great to protect against split ends, damage, dryness, dandruff, and hair fall. I’ve been using this shampoo for two weeks and it’s been so nice! I am currently in the postpartum stage of my hair falling out (super annoying), so knowing this shampoo helps with that, is such a plus. I love how nourished and fresh my hair feels after each use. This shampoo is great for all hair types and people with sensitive skin. Also, they have new packaging- and their bottles have a sleeker look! Love that.

Overall thoughts & reasons why I recommend this product: it’s cruelty free, they have recycled packaging, it’s made in the U.S.A., it’s sulfate & paraben-free, it leaves my hair feeling fresh & clean, it helps with dandruff,  and it smells so good!

They have so many other great products: hair care, skin care, bath & body, and personal care. The next product I want to try is their Argan Oil Shampoo & Conitioner set. This set is all about moisture & hair strength!

Check out their blog post for more information about damaged hair.

xo

*thank you Maple Holistics; all opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

ELOISE IS THREE MONTHS OLD!

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These months are flying by, and I love watching Ellie grow every single day. This stage is beginning to excite me more & more. Eloise is cooing & smiling a lot more. She shrieks with excitement, loves to look at mommy & daddy, is very good at tummy time (but won’t roll over yet), and will have long conversations with herself. It seems like her little personality is already developing and I cannot believe how interactive she is already! She has given us a few chuckles, but no belly-laughs… yet. I cannot wait for that!

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Ellie likes to touch my face, watch Sesame Street with daddy, and does so amazing in the car! She had her second road trip to visit family in Southern California, and got to hang out with her auntie, uncle, and cousin Addie! Eloise also went to Griffith Park for the first time (somewhere I went all the time as a child), went to her first brewery, and more park visits with her puppy sister, Lola.

Elle is 12 lbs, fits in size 1 diapers, but will be transitioning in size 2 very soon! She still fits in 0-3 mo. clothing, but I have a feeling she’ll be fitting in 3-6 mo. in a few weeks. 🙁 She’s growing so quickly! She celebrated her first Valentine’s Day, and daddy’s 32nd birthday!

Here are some pictures of my girl:

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Can’t wait to see what March brings!

BASIC INVITE: INVITATIONS FOR GRADUATION PARTY

Graduation season is coming up quickly, and what better way to highlight a huge milestone in your life, than to celebrate with family & friends? I’ve partnered with BASIC INVITE to show you all the amazing options to create the perfect invitations for a graduation party. Now that I’m getting closer to graduating college myself, its never too early to plan for graduation commencement invitations. I am loving these beautiful designs.

Have a little one graduating from pre-school, kindergarten, or elementary? These princess graduation invitations would be perfect!

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Basic Invite doesn’t only do invitations or announcements, but also stationery, business cards, stickers, and so much more! Their website is so straight-forward and easy to use. It’s the one stop shop for custom invitations!

Here are some amazing services you can get with using Basic Invite:

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

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Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of an actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to envelopes so that you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

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Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Foil – Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs. (I’m obsessed with rose gold! It’s gorgeous!)

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Right now Basic Invite is kind enough to offer 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

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I’m so excited to use this service to create my daughter’s first birthday invitations, family holiday cards, and for my college graduation next Spring! I’m obsessed!

*This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Postpartum Wish List

We have 8 days left of February, can you believe it? It went by so quickly, but that’s not surprising since it’s the shortest month of the year. At the end of the month, I’ll be 3 months postpartum. I have lost a total of 38 pounds since giving birth, and I cannot believe how my weight has just melted away! Sure I need to tighten up my stomach, and tone my legs, but I’m being patient & kind with myself. My body is still healing, and I would rather focus on more important things than my belly fat.

I thought it would be fun to post some clothes I’ve been eyeing & what’s on my wish list for the new season coming up!

 

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Lou & Grey Chambray Tie Front Shirt.

 

 

 

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Floral Wrap Blouse.

 

 

 

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Chambray Puff Shoulder Blouse.

 

 

 

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Knit Pull On A-Line Skirt.

 

 

 

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Striped Tie Hem Utility Blouse.

 

 

 

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Leggings in Heathered Seamed Ponte.

 

 

 

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Vine Ruffle Henley Shell.

 

I’m loving Loft & all their new arrivals! I find myself shopping here a lot because they always have great deals and cute clothes. Online window shopping just motivates me & gets me excited! Anyhow, I’m off to bed! We are driving to Los Angeles to visit family this weekend, so that means 6 long hours in the car. Hope you guys have a great weekend! xo