Gameday Belles Boutique

IMG_9811My alma mater doesn’t have a football team. I’ve never been a big fan of sports, but I love the idea going to a big state school down South and getting dressed up for tailgating. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out these pictures to give you an idea. If you do happen to go to a big university, or you just love cute dresses, I am so excited to share Gameday Belles Boutique with you!

A few of my favorites are the Alyson dress, the Alice dress, the Caroline dress, and the Camille dress (featured in this post!) There’s a variety of dresses and tops so I’m sure you’ll be able to find your school’s colors.

My favorite thing about the Camille dress (other than the beautiful color and the scallop detail!) is how versatile it is – you can dress it up or down and it goes perfectly with statement necklaces, scarves, or a fitted blazer. I styled it for a gameday look with cowboy boots, a casual look with a scarf and Jacks, and a dressier look with wedges. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite, as well as your favorite Gameday Belles item in the comments!

Gameday Look

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Casual Look

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Dress- Gameday Belles Boutique (c/o), Scarf- Lilly Pulitzer, Clutch- Pink Azalea, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Bracelet- Lily & Laura, Earrings- H&M

Dressy Look

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Bump Style: Tulip Fields

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Hi friends! This week, I’m linking up with other bloggers for the Trend Spin theme of the week: color! If you’re a fellow fashion blogger, you can join the linkup here.

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This past Saturday my friend Olivia and I visited a tulip farm in Virginia, and it was absolutely beautiful! Tulips of all different hues were growing side by side and let me tell you, they were much prettier than the kind you find at your local Trader Joe’s! After having some fun taking pictures, Olivia and I each took home a bouquet we picked from the fields.

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Seriously, how beautiful and unique are these flowers? Olivia commented that it reminded her of Luke 12:27, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” God’s creation is so beautiful!

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This J.Crew dress is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I’ve used it for everything from a work dress under a blazer to a coverup at the beach. It’s loose fitting, so I could easily belt it and turn it into a maternity dress (at least for second trimester!)

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Dress- J.Crew Factory (similar here and here)// Belt- Thrift Store// Earrings- Payless// Bracelet- Juicy Couture // Sunglasses- Banana Republic Factory // Purse- Target

DC Cherry Blossoms & Gender Reveal

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Happy Spring everyone! I am so happy it’s finally beautiful outside! Last weekend, some good friends and I (read about our camping adventure last fall here) ventured out into the craziness that is DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival. After driving inching along for 2 hours downtown (no joke), we headed to the National Mall and the tidal basin to have a mini-picnic and take some pictures.

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I’m wearing all Target, and none of it is maternity, though it is extremely comfortable and stretchy! I’m at that point where there’s not really hiding my pregnancy any more, and I’m hoping people see it as a baby bump and not a food baby!

On Friday, I went in for an ultrasound to determine the gender. It’s crazy how big the baby has gotten- the size of a sweet potato!

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And we found out….

It’s a girl!

We are so excited. I thought it was a boy the whole time, so it was a bit of an adjustment for me, but I’m really happy.  Scott was sick and couldn’t go to the doctor’s appointment with me, so my pastor’s wife went and I drove to Target afterwards to buy an outfit and put it in a gift bag to surprise Scott. Her name is Allie Rebecca Cope, and we can’t wait to meet her in September!

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Bump Style: Botanical

gardens - Version 2One of the hidden gems in DC is the National Botanical Gardens. Located right near the Capitol, these gardens have plants from all over the world and different themed sections: Jungle, Hawaii, Desert, Medicinal, etc. I’ve lived in DC for almost five years and had never been before, so I was really excited to check it out! The entry area where the photos are from is definitely the prettiest. It’s very warm and lush right when you walk in, filled with a variety of trees with flowers and fruit and also houses a gorgeous water feature!

I love this bold printed top- in fact, I got it less than 2 hours before these pictures were taken! I found it at a consignment shop in Old Town Alexandria for under $20 and thought it made a perfect maternity top.

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Top- Current Boutique // Jeans- Target (wearing Bellaband) // Earrings- Francesca’s // Shoes- Payless

A million thanks to my wonderful friend Emily, the photographer behind the blog!

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Lilly on a Rainy Day & Life Update

_MG_6085 The March quote in my Lilly Pulitzer planner says “Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring!” And I have definitely been doing that. I am so tired of seeing black and gray everywhere, and am really excited for warm weather and the bright colors it brings. So even on a rainy evening, Lilly brightens my mood. _MG_6157edit _MG_6166edit _MG_6168 _MG_6151 _MG_6144edit Dress and Scarf- Lilly Pulitzer // Earrings- Brighton // Boots- Cavender’s // Gold bangles- Juicy Couture // Turquoise bracelet and belt- Target // Clutch – The Pink Azalea  _MG_6149 I absolutely love this clutch! It still has my old monogram, which my husband lightheartedly complains about, but I’ve told him he’s free to buy me a new one! Side note: All my Lilly items I’ve bought during their huge end of summer sale. I’m not about to pay hundreds of dollars for a dress, no matter how pretty it is! Also, can we talk about the Lilly for Target collaboration for a sec? I am SO excited!! The lookbook is already available online- and there’s so many cute things for under $50! You know online is going to be crazy the morning of April 19, so set up an account now and start saving your favorite items (clicking the heart next to the picture). Honestly, you might have better luck in stores, especially if you live a safe distance from a college campus!

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Did you know Lilly has a snapchat account? Follow along at lilly_pulitzer! _MG_6101 Not only is this Lilly scarf beautiful and super comfy (silk and cashmere), it’s also useful for hiding things, like a stain, a food baby, or an actual baby…. IMG_3506 I’m pregnant! That’s an ultrasound picture of Baby Cope at about 11 weeks. The ultrasound was amazing! The baby was waving his/her arms around and jumping up and down! I have an ultrasound scheduled to find out if the baby is a boy or girl in 3 weeks- we are so excited! We have names picked out and will announce them once we find out the gender. I’m in the second trimester now, and feeling so much better. First trimester was really rough with migraines and nausea (and don’t even get me started on pregnancy acne…) but I have left most of that behind. I’ve just taken a nannying job for two girls, 4 months and 6 months, and am learning so much about what it’s like to take care of an infant! I’m not sure exactly what this means for the future of the blog, but I definitely don’t want it to turn into a “mommy blog”. I think I’ll just keep posting fashion (Target has some majorly cute maternity clothes) and lifestyle updates (baby-related and non-baby) and let the blog develop as it will!