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Monday, May 23, 2016

Sporty

I hope y'all aren't sick of seeing my denim outerwear yet, because my jean jacket and vest are in constant rotation. I've mentioned before how much I love these types of casual looks, and it's likely what you can find me in on a spring/summer weekend. I scored this dress at the Gap outlet during the event with Cincinnati Premium Outlets, and I can tell it's going to get a ton of wear this summer. I'd recommend going a size down, because even at almost 14 weeks pregnant, I've got room to spare in a Medium. I added these super fun earrings I recently picked up to jazz up an otherwise basic ensemble. What do you think of wearing sneakers with dresses?!










Dress: Gap c/o Cincinnati Premium Outlets // Vest: Gap // Bag: Chloe // Earrings: H&M (under $15) // Sneakers: Nike // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunnies: here

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Finds


image via The Teacher Diva

Friday, we meet again! This week was a doozy in the worst way and we have some celebrations to attend this weekend, so I'm really hoping I'm feeling good enough to be out and about for a bit. I also want to shoot some looks now that my belly is growing a teeny bit! I am also hoping that the weather warms up (for good). What are you guys up to this weekend?! I can't believe May is almost over. Below is some of what I've been loving lately. Enjoy!

PRODUCT FINDS

Save up to 30% off my favorite jewels! I especially love this and these.

How fun is this skirt for under $50?!

These definitely just got added to my cart.

My skin went from super oily to dry, so I mix a few drops of this in with my moisturizer for glow.


NON-PRODUCT FINDS

If you're in the area, I hope you can join the Thread Cincinnati x Dress for Success event next week!

Did you catch my first Pregnancy Tag? I was blown away by the positive response so thank you!

Now that Kate and I are pregnant at the same time, I'm loving her maternity looks!

Even though I'm #teamNSYNC, this took me back in the best way!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Realism

After babymania, it's back to regularly scheduled outfit posts! If I'm being totally honest, this is the type of look I love to wear the most. It's comfy, tried and true, and has an extra layer of warmth (because I'm cold 99% of the time). Especially now that I'm pregnant, those are the qualities I look for when getting dressed. The flats keep it real for a day that's subject to walking and the chambray around the waist is just added insurance. Paired with my favorite bag and some sunnies, I'm ready for whatever may come my way. These espadrilles are new favorites for the season and I love the studded detail. What's your go-to outfit!?









Dress: Old Navy // Chambray: Nordstrom // Espadrilles: Rebecca Minkoff // Sunnies: Nordstrom (only $12) // Bag: // X Ring: Uncommon Goods c/o // Skinny Rings: Stella & Dot // Watch: Michael Kors

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Insta Lately

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I've done one of these. I think the last time was in February! With all the issues LTK has been having lately, I thought now was a perfect time to get back into Insta Roundups. In case you didn't know, rewardStyle upgraded our app and while it's supposed to have new and better features, there have definitely been some glitches out of the gate. A few of you have let me know you haven't been getting emails, so I figured putting all the links in this post would eliminate that step. Also, these are great for those of you that don't like LTK (which is ok)! I hope you love this roundup. Let me know your thoughts on these kinds of posts in the comments.

One of my favorite pairs of sunnies!


My go-to denim that are under $100!


Dress comes in a few prints and under $30!


Linking tons of similar coverups!


Dress is SO super comfy but it is pretty short, so keep that in mind if you're tall!


Favorite pants for work! Not maternity but have an elastic waistband so they are really comfortable.


Earrings are under $10


Tunic is c/o SheIn and under $30 + so comfortable!


Pink chambray is from Pretty Pony Boutique


Tassel OTS top is only $10 and comes in a few prints/colors!


Dress is c/o SheIn and under $30!


Here are those pants again. I seriously wear them so much!


Dress is really comfortable and under $30!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pregnancy Tag



This week's post schedule is going to be a little off due to a death in my family that shook me up quite a bit. Thanks so much for your patience and support as I took the day off yesterday. So today, I'm back with a more personal post about my pregnancy so far. In case you missed last week's post, Baby Chaulk is coming this November! Mike and I are so grateful and cannot wait to embark on this adventure. I thought it'd be fun to do a pregnancy tag to fill you guys in on what's been going on on my end!


1. How and when did you find out you were pregnant?
We actually underwent a fertility treatment in February after a year of trying with no successful pregnancies. Not going to lie, the last year was really, really hard. My patience and faith were tested beyond what I imagined I could endure. So, finally, we decided to see a specialist and try out an option and it worked on the first try! For those of you experiencing infertility, I want you to know I feel for you so hard. I remember crying on the floor after every negative test and thinking it would never happen. But stay hopeful. Miracles happen every day! I followed along other bloggers' infertility journeys and it really helped to make me feel not so alone. Check out Eleni and Kelly's stories. I don't want to go into more detail on here about what we went through, but if you have any questions at all, I'm an open book! Feel free to email me anything at all to pgchaulk@gmail.com. So, back to the question, we found out at week 4 because we were told when to test based on our treatment. I couldn't believe it when I took my first positive pregnancy test, so I took about 10 more after!

2. How did you feel?
I couldn't believe it when I first saw the positive. I kept telling Mike I think I might be pregnant. We didn't fully believe it until the fertility clinic confirmed it with a blood test. Once someone else said it outloud that I was pregnant, I was overcome with every happy emotion there is. We're so grateful that we're given this blessing and cannot wait for November.

3. How old were you?
I am currently 28, and will be 29 when I deliver.

4. How did you tell your partner?
Because we underwent treatment, it kind of takes the surprise out of it. But, once the doctor confirmed my bloodwork, I made a drink for Mike for when we got home for work and told him he'd be drinking for two for a while! I cried and we hugged in our kitchen. It seems everything amazing for us happens in the kitchen (fun fact: we got engaged in our kitchen in our old house!).

5. Did you wait three months to tell people? Why/why not?
We announced after our 12 week appointment. Because of how hard we had to work to get and stay pregnant, I am still incredibly nervous of miscarrying. I wanted to wait as long as possible to tell, but we've had many healthy scans so I feel more comfortable in celebrating this now.

6. Is this your first?
Yes!


7. Do you want more?

We're so thrilled to have this pregnancy. If I were to get pregnant one more time, that'd be amazing. I don't think we want more than 2, though. We both come from 2 kid families and love the dynamic of having a sibling.


8. Your biggest craving?
Ugh, nothing. See question 10. :)

9. What's the best part of being pregnant?
Knowing that I get to be a mom is the greatest blessing. I knew my whole life I wanted kids and while it didn't happen how I thought it would, getting to bring a life into this world with Mike is such an incredible feeling. Hearing that little heartbeat or seeing our nugget dance around in my belly never fails to make my day.

10. What's the worst part of being pregnant?
My hyperemesis. Since around week 5, I have been terribly sick. I throw up multiple times a day and sometimes even have a hard time keeping water down. In fact, I've lost 15 pounds! While that sounds like a good thing, being so sick has been miserable and literally sucked the life out of me. I've even passed out from dehydration because of it and had to be hospitalized. All I've eaten these last few months is saltines, ginger ale, gatorade, applesauce, and popsicles, and often I can't even keep that down. I'm dreaming of the day when I can eat without getting sick and actually have cravings! I've also had some headaches as a result of the dehydration which are brutal. I tried Diclegis, Zofran, and Phenergan, and nothing worked so I've just been silently suffering over here. I'm praying I get some relief here in the next few weeks so I can actually enjoy this pregnancy!

11. Will you find out the gender? What do you prefer?
Yes we will. Hopefully here soon! We have no preference. We just want a healthy little nugget!

12. Do you have names picked out and what are the stories behind them?
We've talked about names in the past and I think we have a few more girl options than boy options. But, we're going to wait until we know the gender to talk more seriously about it. And we won't be sharing until it is born. :)

13. What's your birth plan?
I am not sure yet. TBD for now?

14. Will you breastfeed?
I hope to! I plan to listen to my body and my baby and hopefully be able to do what's right.

15. Do you plan to work or be a stay at home mom?
I will continue to work at my job and run my blog! I can't wait to incorporate mommy and baby content!

16. Will you make your own baby food?
I will try to! I can't promise I'll keep up with it, but I look forward to experimenting.

17. Do you have nursery ideas/themes?
We have a pinterest board full of ideas! Once we know the gender, we'll be able to explore that a little more.

18. What have you purchased since becoming pregnant?
I honestly haven't bought too much but this pillow has been my saving grace! We bought this and this first thing and they've been pretty helpful. I got this onesie for our announcement and I've been using this belly butter so far and really like it! My skin, which pre-pregnancy was pretty good, has become super dry and prone to breakouts :( So, I've called in my holy grail and it's helped a lot. These prenatals are one of the few that haven't aggravated my illness. Taking them right before bed also seems to be the best bet. I'm sure we'll buy a ton more once we know gender! I haven't bought any maternity clothes yet either because of my weight loss, but I'm sure that won't last long.


So there you have it! Again, I am an open book and willing to answer any more questions you may have, so don't hesitate to reach out. I'm hoping to do a bumpdate maybe once a month so let me know what you're interested in hearing about!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Finds

Once a sleepy beach outpost, Tulum, #Mexico, has become a fashionable yet low-key escape.:

Friday, we meet again! I'm actually on a week long staycation since our Mexico trip got cancelled because of Zika, so I'll be hanging around these parts and hopefully relaxing. I'll leave the above photo to let you know how sad I am to not be on the beach (although for good reason)! What are you guys going to be up to!?


PRODUCT FINDS

Wanting everything from this collection.

I'm old & pregnant so I've been loving the idea of a one piece swimsuit. This is cute and still cool!

This will be so cute once I have a big bump!

These are ADORABLE and perfect for warmer weather!


NON-PRODUCT FINDS

If you haven't caught on from the above, did you catch yesterday's post?!

Definitely wanting to try this!

Hahah, this is spot on.

Don't forget to enter the Thread giveaway!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Oh Baby!

Mike and I are so excited to share that we will be welcoming our first child this November! We are just over the moon and cannot wait to meet this little babe! I'll be sharing more about my pregnancy next week [including the good, the bad, and the UGLY], but for now, enjoy these photos. A big thanks to Tiernae Salley for this adorable shoot. I will always remember this day and love how they turned out.











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Dress: Topshop // Earrings: Kendra Scott // Heels: Valentino // Bracelets: H&M // Lip Color: MannyMUA x OFRA ['Charmed']

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Shirt: Express // Jeans: J.Crew // Shoes: Cole Haan // Watch: Omega

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