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Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeTOP: River Island // JEANS: Rag & Bone (non maternity, I am using a belly band) // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // SANDALS: Zara // LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Snob’ // NECKLACE: Nordstrom // BAG: Alexander Wang // BRACELET: Gorjana

Photos by Jaci Marie 

I am officially at the “completely swollen” stage of pregnancy! Haha I finally had to suck it up and take off the rings (which was a struggle – I thought I was gonna have to saw them off)! This is probably the last post you’ll see my rings in. My feet, ankles, hands, all swollen! I rarely put on jeans except to go out and this was what I wore for a little get together I went to – and then went home and threw back on my sweats :) but I have been loving this top! I really needed a basic, black blouse and I love how long this one is! I find longer styles to be so much more flattering on my body type!

If you guys missed the tutorial for this hairstyle, you can watch it here!!

Hope you guys all have a fabulous weekend!!! xoxo

Posted On : June 6, 2014 at 5:59 am, by amber
Posted In : Fashion

Mia Bossi Brunch

Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot Blonde

DRESS: More of Me Maternity // LIPSTICK: NARS ‘Heat Wave’ // HEELS: Alice + Olivia

I wanted to do a quick post and share some pics from Chicago since a lot of you were asking about this dress! It is from More of Me Maternity and don’t ask why my bump looks so pointy! Haha baby must have been sitting a little weird that day :) But anyways, I wore it to the brunch that I co-hosted with Cara and Janet in Chicago and it was so much fun so I wanted to thank them for inviting me to come out! It was so fun to meet a lot of you beautiful girls too!

Mia Bossi sponsored the event and they have some pretty amazing diaper bags, I am sure you guys have seen lots of celebs sporting them. I am super excited to use mine and literally packed it up a long time ago just because I was so excited haha. I just couldn’t wait to fill those pockets with bottles and all that fun stuff.. even though I know I will probably be taking it all out I just had to. But if you are in need of a diaper bag you should for sure check them out!

Anyways, thanks to Mia Bossi for having me, such an honor! xo

Posted On : June 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm, by amber
Posted In : pregnancy

My Pregnancy FAQ & Maternity Photos

Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeDRESS: More of Me Maternity // SANDALS: Yosi Samra // LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Pink Pigeon’

My girl Jessica and I started shooting together a while ago and became instant friends and she was so sweet to take our maternity photos that will always be so so special to me! So I had to share them! I am obsessed with this silver dress and totally lucked out that my friend Christine let me borrow it last minute when my dress didn’t come in time!

I also wanted to share my pregnancy must haves and answer all the pregnancy questions I get asked all the time!! So here we go!

HOW FAR ALONG:

38 weeks!! He is (estimated) to be 7.25 lbs and I am dilated to a 1.8 and have gotten my membranes stripped (hate that term!) and still no sign of baby although I have been getting lots of lower back contractions so we will see! Stay tuned on Instagram so you can see him when we have him! I imagine I will be MIA on the blog for a few days when he comes!

GENDER:

For those who are new to the blog, we are having a baby boy!

WHAT DO YOU DO TO WORK OUT DURING PREGNANCY:

So in the beginning (months 1-4ish) I just did my normal work outs. I even continued to do ab work outs (my doctor said it was 100% fine) but then months 5-6.5 I probably went to the gym a total of 5 times haha, which is unusual for me since I enjoy working out. I was so unbelievably tired during those weeks and just honestly didn’t have the energy. Months 6.5-now I have basically just done about 30 min cardio, arm work outs (usually free weights), 200 lunges, and then oblique work outs (I do 2 minutes of reps on each side, 1 min at a time) and thats about it! And I don’t do that every day, I would say about 4 times a week. Although I have still gained quite a bit of weight, I think I am at 32 lbs now (yiiiikes!) and let me say I am crrravvving a good ab work out SO unbelievably bad! Can’t wait to get back in the groove once baby comes out.

DO YOU HAVE STRETCH MARKS:

Luckily, no. I haven’t done any creams, oils, or anything, I just do lotion as I would normally but I really think you either get them or you don’t so I don’t necessarily believe any of that stuff helps but that is just my opinion! I had read that if you have a steady weight gain and drink lots of water then it can help and so I tried to do that, not sure if thats why I don’t have any but thats the only thing I really have done! :)

DO YOU HAVE A NAME PICKED OUT:

Yes, but we are waiting til we see him to make sure it is the right one! So you guys will have to stay tuned for that!

WHAT ARE YOUR PREGNANCY MUST-HAVES:

1. Maternity Spanx!!!!!! My goodness I got these way too late in the game and let me just tell you, they are a game changer! They just make you feel tighter and not so whale-ish haha so I 100% say get these asap! Especially if you love to wear tighter dresses during pregnancy like I do!

2. Pregnancy Pillow – This has been a huge lifesaver because I have had horrible acid reflux and lots of trouble sleeping at night and this has totally helped! It is seriously like sleeping with a cloud.

3. Basic Maternity Tee’s – My favorite tee’s have been the basic v-necks from Gap! I highly recommend getting them in as many colors as you can :)

4. Comfy Flats – I have worn heels through my whole pregnancy for events, church, dinners, etc. and really have not had a problem with heels but for errands, walks with my husband, basically everything else in life, I have to have comfy flats that don’t give me blisters! I know I always rave about Yosi Samra flats but honestly they are the best! My favorites are these, and these. They are my two that I just grab and go!

5. A Good Husband – haha but seriously what would we do without them?!?!

HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOKS:

We have read a few pages of What to Expect When You’re Expecting but it really just started to overwhelm me haha. We have read almost all of Bringing Up Bebe which I highly recommend! David and I both have really really loved it!

ARE YOU GUYS STILL MOVING:

Yes! We are 100% moving but it unfortunately did not work out to move before the baby which I am happy/bummed about! There were pros and cons to both but ultimately we need to move after the baby! I am still not announcing where to, but will soon! We will be moving very end of July/very beginning of August!

Posted On : June 4, 2014 at 5:55 am, by amber
Posted In : Fashion,Lifestyle

Swim Season

Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot Blonde SWIMSUIT: Tommy Bahama via Nordstrom // SUNGLASSES: Ray Ban via Nordstrom (on sale!) // NECKLACES: ILY Couture // DONUT RAFT: Urban Outfitters

Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

Today I have another swim post with Nordstrom and this time I chose this red Tommy Bahama tankini that I absolutely LOVE! If you didn’t have a belly (it is not a maternity suit) it would pretty much look like a one piece and there is nothing more that I love than a good one piece! All growing up I wore bikinis only (I still wear them occasionally) and I thought one pieces and tankinis were so lame. But now I love a good one piece and think it is so classy! It also doesn’t hurt for those days you just ate a burrito or something and suddenly everyone wants to go swimming haha :)

Anyways, I love the fit of this suit and also love that it comes in so many colors. I wore it with my trusty Ray Ban’s – I love these all black ones! I had a pair and David and I lost them while we were in Europe recently and I was so stinking bummed!! So I had to get another pair because they are so classic and every girl/guy needs a pair! Plus they are on SALE right now at Nordstrom! Can’t beat that.

Here are some more summer suits from Nordstrom that I am loving…

Posted On : June 3, 2014 at 6:32 am, by amber
Posted In : Fashion

Dutch Turned Fishtail Braid

Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot Blonde DRESS: Madeleine Maternity // FLATS: Alice + Olivia // BAG: Alexander Wang // RINGS: Nordstrom // BRACELETS: Gorjana and Nordstrom // LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Pink Pigeon’ // SUNGLASSES: Ray Ban //RINGS: Nordstrom // NECKLACES: Nordstrom and Gorjana

Photos by Jaci Marie Photography

Holy cow did this week fly by or what?? So happy it is Friday!! Every weekend I just think how I am that much closer to meeting my little guy! Lately all we do on weekends is try new food haha not sure if that is because of being pregnant and wanting to eat non stop or what but I must say its been pretty fun! We went to the food truck round up in Provo tonight and I had a hot dog with mac n cheese on it and I think I was in heaven…. mac n cheese should just be put on everything!

Anyways, about this outfit – I am in love with all orchid/purple clothes for summer – I just think it is the prettiest color! I know this one is maternity so below are some other orchid dresses I love :) I also have a tutorial for you on how to do this Dutch turned fishtail braid! Watch it, here!

I hope you all have a fab weekend!! xoxo


Posted On : May 30, 2014 at 5:57 am, by amber
Posted In : Hair