Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

I hope you had a fantastic 2013, and will have an even better 2014 up ahead!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Envy: Oversized Pink Coats

There are many reasons why I haven't bought a pink coat yet:

1. Will I look like a piglet? (this was my husband's comment to me when I tried one on last time, see post here)
2. Which shade of pink? There are so many. Pastel looks so good, but hot pink is so cute as well!
3. Which material to go with?
4. If pastel, will it get dirty easily? Will I spill drinks on it like I always do with light-colored clothing?
5. Will pink coat still look good when aged?
6. Will wearing a pink coat look ridiculous next year? Or the year after?

Of course there are more questions, and not all of them will have answers unless I actually buy the coat - but I need answers first before I buy! Oh no, infinite loop. (I miss work already!)

For now, I'll just keep on pinning them onto my Pinterest board and continue my pondering.

jcrew pink coat
1 (J.Crew)

zara pastel pink coat
2 (Zara)

topshop pink coat
3 (Topshop)

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4 (J.Crew)

eva mendes pink coat
5 (Not sure)

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P.S. Here is the $25 gift card giveaway from last week, you can visit the post here or enter directly below:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

White Dress and Black Turtleneck

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Dress: H&M (similar) | Turtleneck: Target (here) | Belt: RW&Co (similar)
|  Purse: Nine West (similar) | Boots: Winners (similar)
| Necklace: Forever 21 | Earrings: Thyme Maternity

Our friend M was hosting a birthday party at this amazing loft, and kindly allowed us to snap a few quick photos. Thank you M!

Other than its simple and classic shape, what really made me pick up this white shift dress was its subtle pattern and sheen - casual enough to be worn on a normal day, but can also be worn to a celebratory gathering (OK so maybe I did have holiday brunches on my mind) once paired with some bling and accessories. 

A black and white color combination was by far the easiest to put together, and with the chilly weather, I naturally went with black turtleneck and thick tights to preserve as much heat as possible. I can't wait for the weather to warm up to wear the dress as it is or with other colors and style combinations.

Only one more week until Christmas, time flies and I need to start wrapping some presents!!

Oh, and a reminder to enter in the $25 gift card giveaway to PinkBlush Maternity's online store here.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Striped Turtleneck and Oversized Sweater

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Sweater: Gap (similar) | Turtleneck: J.Crew (similar)
| Jeans: Old Navy Maternity (here)
| Shoes: Skechers (similar) | Purse: Fossil

It's way too cold to be taking pictures outside nowadays, so here are some quick indoor snaps, taken before putting the little one's furniture into place.

I finally got my mom's help and got my favorite striped turtleneck tee fixed (worn so very frequently, see how to wear it 4 ways here), and just couldn't leave it alone. I have a feeling that it'll need further fixing down the road.

Isn't this little Fossil purse so darling? The favorite feature on this bag is the tag with the green flowers - it has a transparent insert on the reverse side allowing you to showcase a little wallet-sized picture. Right now it's containing a picture of my boys, but I'd like to update it so that it has Stormy (see her instagram @samoyedstorm here) in it too.

The $25 Gift Card giveaway to PinkBlush Maternity is still running and will remain open until Dec 30, so don't hesitate to enter! :)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PinkBlush Maternity Mocha Chevron Maxi Review and GC Giveaway

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Maxi: c/o PinkBlush Maternity (here) | Blazer: Zara (similar)
| Clutch: Sears | Hair bow: Ardene (similar)
| Shoes: Nine West (similar)

I was contacted by the lovely team from PinkBlush Maternity recently to do a maternity clothing review. I fell in love when I saw this Mocha Chevron Maxi maternity dress on their website, and knew right away that it was it, and furthermore, it was going to be a good candidate for my upcoming baby shower. I resisted wearing it until the shower, and I'm glad I did - it was the perfect and best of all the most comfortable maternity dress to wear at a party and to show off my 8.5 months pregnant baby bump.

I went with the website's Sizing Guide and ordered a size Small - definitely true to size and gave a wonderful fit, even the length was spot-on, as I had no need to hem the bottom at all - a rare and happy occurrence for a 5'2 petite me. At 95% Viscose and 5% Spandex, the dress is extremely light-weight and accommodating, and made moving around / mingling so much more fun and comfortable at the shower. Since this is also a nursing maxi dress, I have a feeling that I will want to wear this to other occasions after the little one is born too. 

PinkBlush Maternity is an online-only company that specializes in maternity clothes, and even though some of their maternity clothing (such as this dress) are labelled "Maternity / Nursing", they are so cute and trendy that anybody can wear them as regular clothing.

I'm therefore very happy that I can host this giveaway for one of you to win a $25 gift card to their website. The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide, and will run until Dec 30th.  Good luck friends! 

* This giveaway is completely free to enter and the winner will contacted and receive a $25 e-certificate via email. Winner will be announced once the giveaway closes. Entrants who have won a giveaway from PinkBlush Maternity in the past 6 months or have hosted a giveaway in the past 6 months are unfortunately not eligible.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Gray Wool Coat and Pastel Pink Tee

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Coat: Zara | Scarf: Joe Fresh | Tee: J.Crew
| Turtleneck: RW&Co | Pants: Thyme Maternity | Boots: Winners
| Purse: Nine West | Gloves: Express

I picked up this very cozy and soft pastel pink tee from J.Crew a little while ago, and knew right away that I'd want to pair it with something gray. There is something so fresh and stylish about a pink and gray color combination, and I believe the effect would be even better if the coat was pink and the tee was gray - oh well, you just got to work with what you have right? 

This gray coat is quickly becoming one of my favorites, but it is getting more and more snug as my 3rd trimester gets farther along, so I'm very thankful that I have this Joe Fresh faux fur stole to help fill out the gaps. It also helps that these stoles are long and can be worn in so many ways. This and its taupe colored sibling (last worn here) work very hard during these winter days, which makes them one of my best purchases from Joe Fresh!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Layers and Boom Sweater

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Jacket: Zara | Vest: American Eagle | Sweater: Phillip Lim for Target (here)
| Pants: Old Navy Maternity (sold out, similar) | Sneakers: Converse
| Gloves: Express (similar) | Purse: Nine West (similar)

This Phillip Lim x target Boom sweater seems to be very appropriate for my belly, as it certains looks and feels like it could make that sound anytime! (Let's hope not.) This sweater was one of my favorite purchases from the collection, isn't it so adorable? I love how it instantly brightens up the whole outfit without being too over the top, and of course I also have the practical reason of it being so warm and comfy.

I said I was going to pull out my earmuffs, and I did! I actually have been looking for earmuffs in other colors (perhaps white or burgundy), but have been failing to for the last few years - due to various reasons: uncomfortable, too big, too small, too puffy, too flat... Why are they so hard to buy?

At 33 weeks pregnant, it's getting harder and harder to walk around, and when I do I feel like a penguin or a duck, but I still love these strolls and always feel energized afterwards.  Hopefully this trend can continue!

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