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Happy Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July everyone!! This is one of my favorite holidays and I am so excited to spend it with my little one this year. We are keeping it low key and just having a BBQ with the four of us (including our dog Chauncey, of course) and making some pies and going to watch fireworks in the backyard. We live on a hill that overlooks the city so we can always see multiple firework shows going on and it is pretty fun.

Also, I just wanted to let you know about a little scheduled site maintanance. My site has been running slow recently so I am migrating to a new server tonight/tomorrow morning at 1AM to allow for more traffic and faster load times. If you happen to check during those times, it will probably be down for a couple hours, so just a heads up:)

The Fourth of July also always brings about some pretty awesome sales.. so here are some sales to take advantage of this weekend:

Alice + Olivia // Styles up to 60% off

Anthropologie // Extra 20% OFF sale items // CODE: BUZZ20

ASOS // 20% off full price items // CODE: PARTYINTHEUSA

BaubleBar // Recieve $10 Off orders of $30+ // CODE: JULYRS

French Connection // Sale styles up to 60% off plus free shipping // CODE: S14SHIP

Gorjana // Spend $100 save $25 // CODE: GG4USA

J. Crew // 40% off Final Sale // CODE: SHOPMORE

Nasty Gal // Get 80% off select items

Piperlime // Up to 50% off 150+ summer styles

Rebecca Taylor // Get an extra 40% off all sale // CODE: RT14JULY40

Torn by Ronny Kobo // 20% off site wide // CODE: FIREWORKS

Have the best weekend!! xoxo

Posted On : July 4, 2014 at 6:00 am, by amber
Posted In : Lifestyle,Personal Life

Black and Tan Basics

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I have been loving this new mom life – it is seriously the greatest. Little Atticus will probably be tagging along with me in my posts for a little since I am still not ready to leave him and probably won’t be for a lonnnnng time. I also figured it would be fun to share some random things along the way that I have loved while being a new mom in addition to my outfits, like that white baby blanket and giraffe pacifier – honestly that blanket is the best! We ordered two more because its sooo soft and so easy to swaddle with.

I have mainly been wearing casual outfits since I just wanna be comfy when we are out and about and I haven’t yet mastered the whole – balancing in heels while carrying a car seat – thing. So I pretty much live in flats and I save my nicer looks for when I go out and David is with me and can carry the car seat :)

Have a good day everyone!

Posted On : July 2, 2014 at 5:58 am, by amber
Posted In : Fashion

The Last of the Bump

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DRESS: Free People // SANDALS: Sam Edelman // HAT: Eric Javits // LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Coral Bliss’ // NECKLACE: Gorjana

Photos by Ashlee Brooke Photography

This is officially the last outfit I have with the bump! These were taken a couple days before I had him and I was debating posting them or not but wanted to share them because I love how this dress looks with a bump. I also love it as a non maternity dress, which is what it is meant to be, but it worked out great with the belly. I got it during the Nordstrom sale and love how flowy it is – its the perfect dress for summer.

Hope you guys all had a good weekend!! We did lots of World Cup watching and lots of outdoorsy/nature things. Since we are moving soon and probably won’t be returning to live in Utah again, we have been trying to soak up every last day we have here because Utah is just so stinking pretty. We are sure going to miss this place.

Have a good Monday! And thanks for everyone’s sweet comments on my last post, they mean so so much to me!! And I am so sorry for the slow load times and the site crashing, too many people were on at once and it was super slow and eventually crashed but I got everything sorted out and it should be working better now. xo

Posted On : June 30, 2014 at 5:11 am, by amber
Posted In : Fashion

Atticus Jon Clark: Birth Story

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It was so so hard to narrow down which pictures to share because Jessica did the perfect job of capturing every single detail and every time I look through all the photos I feel like I am completely reliving that night and feeling every emotion all over again and it is the best feeling on the planet remembering that night with such detail. Seriously, by far the best day of my life! Atticus came on June 18th at 3:35am and he weighed in at 9 pounds 5 ounces! I went to my 40 week doc appt. the day before and he stripped my membranes for the third time. The week before when I had them stripped I ended up going to the hospital because I was having a lot of bleeding (sorry if some of this is TMI, this is a birth story after all) and it ended up being nothing serious, just a ruptured blood vessel in my cervix but my doctor told me this time if I had any bleeding at all to go straight to the hospital. So when I noticed bleeding I headed to the hospital again just to be safe and again it ended up being nothing serious but because my doctor is freaking awesome, he kept me there and decided it was best to induce me anyways, which thank HEAVENS he did because I don’t think that baby would have come out til the following week when I had my original induction date set up and he would have been about a pound heavier, and lets be honest, no woman should have to birth a 10 pound baby! (sorry to my mom and David’s mom :) we were both 10 pound babies)

They got me going on pitocin and broke my water and when I started feeling contractions and when they got worse and worse I asked if I could get my epidural and soon after I was in literal heaven. I mean seriously, those things are so great. I was telling David they need to give you an epidural at the spa and then just let you lay in a hammock and get a facial haha because I have literally never felt so relaxed and so awesome before. BUT then hours later when it was getting close to push time I could feel my contractions and I could feel the pressure of the head coming out and started to really freak out. I was so so so scared and luckily David was there to calm me down and was so great but I was pretty dang nervous. Then I began pushing and pushing… I felt like my eyes were going to pop out of their sockets because I was pushing so hard. It was also horribly quiet in the room and I didn’t like that so I asked my sister to put on the Hall & Oats Pandora station and that kind of calmed me down, weirdly. I pushed for about an hour and towards the end I was really feeling everything it felt like. The nurse kept saying “feeling pressure is normal” and I was thinking, oh no sister, this is NOT just pressure. I know it would have been worse without the epidural but I was sure feeling a TON of pain. Then my doctor came in and I pushed for about 20 more minutes, which were the most painful, and then he said he needed to give me an episiotomy and I really started to freak out because I knew I would feel it, and I did. Then a couple more pushes and he was out – it was the strangest/coolest sensation feeling him slide out of me. Then I got to watch David cut the embellical cord and all the nurses and my mom and sister were saying how big he was! They let me hold him for a minute which was the most amazing feeling ever. Then the nurse had to take him away to clean him up and weigh him – my mom, sister, and David were all watching him get weighed and I was sitting there getting stitched up and it felt like eternity sitting there waiting to hold my baby again. Finally I got to hold him and I have never felt so much love in my entire life – for the baby and for David – it just doesn’t get better than that.

We switched hospital rooms and got a more comfortable bed and I got to nurse Atticus for the first time which was so so unbelievably amazing. I can’t even explain how much I love getting to nurse him.. the first time it was so instinctive for him to do it and I felt like we instantly had this amazing connection and it felt so special. Its my favorite thing to do and I feel so blessed that I get to have that time with him. (side note: I know not everyone can breast feed or some choose not to, I think any mom can have a special bond when feeding no matter how you feed and all moms know what is best for themselves and their baby, this is just my personal experience!)

We stayed a couple nights at the hospital and now we are home and loving every single second with this guy. We were cracking up because at first we were changing him shortly after I would nurse (we have since learned to wait a little longer haha) and right when we would open his diaper he would start peeing and poop would start squirting out, and I am talking it SQUIRTS, far! Haha and we just were dying laughing because somehow we thought it was kind of adorable and so funny. But we are just in heaven cuddling with him all day long, admiring all his little expressions, and having lazy days just the three of us. Four of us if you count Chauncey :) Chaunce has kind of been in denial that he doesn’t get all the attention now and actually doesn’t pay much attention to Atticus which has been really nice. He will come over and look at him but then just goes back to his bone – I am glad he is giving us space right now when he is so little but I am excited for them to be little buds one day.

So happy one week to our baby Atticus!! I sure love every second of being your mom :)

**All photos by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : June 25, 2014 at 5:12 am, by amber
Posted In : Lifestyle,Personal Life

Triple Braided Bun With Flower Crown

Barefoot BlondeBarefoot Blonde Well I am just sitting here at the hospital waiting and waiting for baby – who knew this was such a long process?! Anyway, figured I would schedule this post while I am bored sitting here (already been 8 hours!) so by the time you guys see this I will be a new mama!!! Can’t wait – it feels like Christmas right now!! :) :)

So about this post though, I had a flower crown for my wedding and love the feminine feel of a flower crown! Now I feel like so many people do flower crowns (still so cute though!) but wanted to come up with a new idea for brides looking for something a little more unique and fresh and loved the idea of putting a flower crown around a bohemian braided bun! Since there aren’t many mini flower crowns that are the right size for a bun you may need to make one, I made my flower crown with just some flowers, wire, and floral tape and it was such a sinch and cost around $9.

Here are the step by steps for the braided bun:

1. Pull hair into three ponytails in the back of your head.

2. Braid the ponytails and make sure they are pulled apart to help create a thicker bun. (you can also use a mousse to help!)

3. Wrap each braided ponytail in an oval, pinning as you go along to secure it in place. You can be creative with how you pin these braids, totally up to preference. Just make sure you end up with a bun! And then you can wrap your flower crown around that bun.

5. Finish with TRESemmé TRES Two Climate Control Protection Spray for extra hold during the day. And if you need to smooth some pieces in front for a more polished look, I love to use a bit of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Crème Serum to smooth the front pieces.

Hope you guys are having a good week and stay tuned for baby updates!!! :) xoxo

Posted On : June 19, 2014 at 10:00 am, by amber
Posted In : Hair