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Monday, August 29, 2016

Color Crush: Shades of Green

It's been FOREVER since I did one of these (like, February forever) so I figured as we move into fall was the perfect time to do another! I always love shades of green for my fall looks (like here + here + here), whether it be emerald or forest green or peridot. Below are some items I've rounded up that I love in these hues! Do you love this color as much as I do?!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One Dress, Two Ways [Fall Transition Outfit]

I shared some of my favorite fall outfits last week, and today I wanted to share how I like to transition pieces from day to night during the time when it starts to cool down. I love this oxblood color of this dress! It is so cute and versatile and under $50! By pairing it with sneakers and a jean jacket, you're ready for a day at the farmer's market or out to brunch. For night time, you can swap out sneakers for lace up heels and denim for a leather jacket to bring on the edge AND glam. How do you transition staple, closet pieces like a flirty dress? PS - this post is not sponsored by Nordstrom, I just love finding pieces all from one retailer, especially one that has free shipping!

Look One: Dress // Denim Jacket // Sneakers // Necklace // Bag // Sunnies
Look Two: Dress // Leather Jacket // Heels // Earrings // Bag

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Monday, August 22, 2016

10 Things to Watch on Netflix

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Happy Monday! I'm back with another slightly untraditional post for me. So far while I've been on bed rest, I've shared what I'm wearing and what beauty products I'm loving, so I thought today I'd share what I've been watching. Being on bed rest is no joke. Netflix quickly became my best friend and I've watched some good stuff lately so I wanted to let you guys in on it. This list is kind of all over the place, ranging from TV to documentaries to movies, from horror to comedy. My taste is very diverse when it comes to what I watch, so I like to mix it up based on my mood. Leave me a comment on what you guys have been binging on lately and if there's any recommendations you guys have for me!

1.) Stranger Things - I'm only halfway through this but I love it! I won't give away too much but if you love sci-fi or older horror movies, you'll love this. It's so nostalgic and so well done. The child actors are amazing, as well! It's definitely living up to the hype.
2.) LOVE - If you're a Judd Apatow fan (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, etc), you'll love this. The two lead actors are so quirky and funny and the story progresses so naturally. It's only one season of 10 episodes so it's an easy, binge-worthy watch.
3.) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - My sister and I watched the entire first season (18, 1-hour episodes) in 4 days! This show is literally CRAZY! If you thought Kimmy Schmidt was absurd (another favorite watch), Rebecca sometimes puts her to shame! This musical-comedy is so entertaining and the entire cast is hysterical.
4.) Freaks & Geeks - Such a classic. It's old, but so, so good. There's so many familiar faces (Seth Rogan, James Franco, etc) and it's so fun to watch them before they all got really big. It takes you back to your hihg school days, no matter what clique you were in.
5.) The Twilight Zone - Another oldie but goodie. I know, I'm a nerd. But I seriously love this show. I've seen too many episodes to count and I love them all. It's easy to turn on at any point because they're short episodes with no continuity. If you like to be scared in an old-fashioned way, this is the show to watch.
6.) Master of None - You guys, I LOVED this show! While it's been out for a while now, it's seriously so good. Aziz Ansari is brilliant in it and I truly believe all 20 and 30 somethings can relate to the show at some point. Again, wtih only one season, it's easy to binge-watch and get through it quick.
7.) Friends - Duh. No explanation needed.
8.) Begin Again - I never heard anyone talk about this movie when it first came out and I have no idea why. It's AMAZING. Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo are absolutely phenomenal in this and the music is so good, too. In fact, I bought the soundtrack on iTunes! Who does that?! ANd for you Adam Levine fans, he's in it too. You're welcome.
9.) Dear Zachary - Someone should've told me not to watch this movie while pregnant. Holy water works. I truly believe this movie is best watched when you know little to nothing about it. It's a documentary and it is such a crazy sad story. But worth watching. I've watched a TON of documentaries on Netflix, so if you want any more recommendations, let me now! I could do a whole post like this just on documentaries.
10.) Hush - If you're looking to cuddle up and watch a scary movie, this is it. Normally I don't love scary movies because I think they are either too cheesy or too legitimately terrifying, but this is the perfect middle-ground. I was in suspense the whole time but I still was able to sleep that night. It's pretty messed up at times, but well done for a lower budget horror flick.

So, there you have it. The list of what I've been toggling between the last few weeks. Let me know if there's a series I need to watch or if you've seen/love any of these that I've mentioned! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Favorite Fall Looks {+ how to recreate them!}

Here we are. Halfway through August! This time of year is usually my favorite as fall outfits start to really be on my mind. While I'm still posted up in this bed, I rounded up some outfits that I would normally start working into my rotation. I'm also linking items to help you recreate them as you, too, start contemplating some fall ensembles! A lot of the same pieces appear in multiple looks so this is great inspiration for making your closet work smarter. What's your go-to fall look that you're most excited to bring back? Leave me a comment!

One of my favorite posts ever! love a good blanket scarf paired with ripped jeans and fun shoes.

Pair a blanket scarf with leather leggings and add in some leopard for print mixing

Throw on a jean jacket with some printed joggers

Top a basic blouse with a fur vest + distressed denim

Wear blackwatch plaid to the office with a pencil skirt

White jeans are perfect in the fall with a blanket scarf and booties

A utility jacket and sneakers dress down some distressed denim

Layer a plaid with a sweater over flares

Pair plaid and leopard with a sweet skirt and coordinating bag

Dress up your office wear with a chic bag and coordinating booties

A longline vest is perfect over an everyday dress

A suede dress is perfect for mixing up everyday casual style

Monday, August 15, 2016

Favorite Loungewear

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Last week I shared what beauty items I've been loving while on bed rest, so today I thought I'd share what items I've been wearing. While this is certainly different than my normal outfit posts, I actually love reading what other types of comfy clothes people love. Before I was on bed rest, I worked from home, so being able to be relaxed and still look put together has always been high on my priority list. Below are all the clothing items I've kept with me in the hospital that have me feeling still cute but comfortable for my bed rest.

1.) Comfy Cardigan - I mentioned this cardigan during the #nsale and I saw a few of you picked one up! I absolutely love how soft the inside is and the button detail is perfect for covering up when nurses or doctors come in. It's perfect to throw on over tanks and dresses and I've gotten a ton of wear out of this during my stay.
2.) Seamless Tank - these tanks are a DREAM! I actually recieved my first one as part of the PR package from when I did the event with Cincinnati Premium Outlets, and I immediately snagged a few more. They're beyond comfortable and the lack of seams makes it feel like a second skin! I highly recommend these if you're in the market for new camis.
3.) Joggers - these joggers are a dream. Comfy, cozy, and cute. Exactly what I'm looking for. I love these kinds of sweats for wearing out of the house, and they're perfect for my hospital stay. The stretchy waist accommodates my growing bump while the cuffed bottoms keep them looking structured.
4.) Nursing Nightgown - While I'm obviously not nursing yet, I had bought these nightgowns for post-partum and they're coming in handy now! They're so comfortable to sleep in and since they have the built-in bra, it's one less thing I need to worry about. I wear the cardigan I mentioned above over these.
5.) Active Tank - I love Forever21's active line and I actually bought these tanks pre-pregnancy. I love the fun detailing, though, and since they're cotton they're really easy to wear everyday.
6.) Long Sleeve Tee - this is hands down my favorite long sleeve tee I own. The material is so soft and it's a bit oversized. It's perfect to pair with leggings or joggers. The long sleeves help keep me warm, too.
7.) Rosie Pope leggings - I ordered these during the #nsale and I'm so glad I did. They're maternity so fit over my bump, but aren't too tight that I can't wear them for hours on end. They're the perfect leggings for being in public but also wanting to keep comfort first.
8.) Cozy Socks -  anyone who knows me well knows I'm always freezing. Being in this hospital is no exception. Having warm and fuzzy socks helps keep the chills at bay. 
9.) Lace Bralette - wearing a real bra is the least of my concerns right now. I have these bralettes in a few colors and love them to wear both day and night. The lace detailing is so cute (and looks adorable peeking out of tanks and dresses) but the lack of underwire makes them perfect for my situation.
10.) VS Cheekies - these are my favorite unmentionables for lounging. The cotton makes them comfy but the different colors/prints and lace detail still feel feminine. I have probably 10 pairs of these and love them so much.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Insta Lately

Since I'm confined to my hospital bed with no hopes of any new outfit posts for the foreseeable future, I didn't want to totally neglect the fashion side of this blog. I mentioned in Monday's post that I'm going to try to get creative with some posts for while I'm here on bed rest. An easy solution to that is sharing a roundup of the looks I had previously shot and have been sharing over on my instagram [where you can also find more consistent updates on my time on bed rest/baby Chaulk]. You know how these posts work so let me know if you have any questions!

This tee is so soft and perfect for so many looks! Size down.

This sweater is so cozy and comes in 4 colors. Order 1 size down!

top is old but im linking 2 similar styles plus these under $30 bag and shoes

Jacket, shirt, and shoes are all under $100 faves from the #nsale

this sweater is so cozy and shorts are under $25

blazer is still available and i'm linking great dupes for necklace + shoes

utility vest and maternity jeans are under $40

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hospital Beauty Must-Haves

One of the things I thought would be fun to share while I'm here in the hospital on bed rest is what is keeping me sane, beauty-wise. Because of my unique situation, I obviously didn't have time to pack a hospital bag, so I've really been able to realize what I can't live without. God bless Mike for constantly bringing me stuff from my bathroom that I remember I want! These items are all great for me while being here because they keep me feeling fresh and (somewhat) put together but are also all really great low-maintenance, everyday products. I really recommend these products for mamas-to-be at any stage in pregnancy, as well. Let me know if any of these make your holy-grail status, too!

1.) L'Oreal Blow Dry It Longwear Spray - This dry shampoo is a great, affordable option. I'm obviously not washing my hair everyday while I'm here, so I spritz some of this in before throwing my hair up in a top knot. It smells good and keeps everything feeling fresh when I'm too lazy to wash my hair.
2.) The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil - This product works overtime on both my skin and hair. I mix in a bit with my body lotion to keep my skin glowing and I also run a bit through the ends of my hair to keep it shiny. It smells amazing and I love the formula.
3.) Clarisonic Gentle Foaming Cleanser - This cleanser is so soft and gentle, just like it says. I have to limit my shower time here (maybe TMI), so it does the job in a short amount of time.
4.) L'Oreal Ideal Clean Towelettes - I keep these by my bedside for a quick refresh in the morning or to take off the day at night. The scent isn't overwhelming on these like some towelettes I've tried and they're a great, affordable option.
5.) Kiehl's Creme de Corps Body Lotion - This is my all-time favorite body lotion. It's so moisturizing with a really subtle scent. It heals even my driest patches (looking at you, knees and elbows). I always keep a bottle on hand. Pricey, but worth it for my skin.
6.) L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner - This is THE blackest eyeliner that doesn't budge. While I haven't been wearing makeup in the hospital, having eyeliner on makes me feel like I at least look alive! I keep one of these in my purse and car, as well, as it's always good to have on hand.
7.) Biore Charcoal Pore Strips - These are just a necessity. Again, even though I'm in the hospital, I'm trying not to totally let myself go. These help the pores on my nose appear smaller. I've always been a little self-conscious of the skin on my nose and these go such a long way.
8.) L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm - These are my go-to lip balms for a rush of moisture and a touch of color. The shades are really subtle and just add a little tint while being super moisturizing. I have these in literally every color and keep them by my bedside here.
9.) Kiehl's Grapefruit Body Wash - This body wash is nourishing and luxurious and I love the scent. It makes me feel like I'm at home in my own shower. I am such a Kiehl's body junkie, and this product is no exception.
10.) L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask - Even though I'm in the hospital, I still want to pamper myself. My skin is actually feeling really good from taking such a long break from makeup, but this mask really helps to pull out impurities and keep me glowing. I highly recommend this range of (affordable) masks if you're looking for a new one to try!
11.) Kiehl's Hand Salve - This product is so great at keeping my hands soft and supple.
12.) GlamGlow PoutMud - this lip mask has been a Godsend for my dry lips here in the hospital. I put some on before bed and wake up with super soft lips. It's pricey but worth it to me. My lips are always cracking and dry and this is one of the few things that really works.
13.) Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum - I've raved about this product before, like in my last bumpdate post. It is truly a miracle worker for fixing up any blemishes, redness, or other unruly areas. It smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling so soft. I definitely can't live without this!

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