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: Nautical

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These photos were taken at Washington Sailing Marina and are more of a mini-maternity shoot than a fashion shoot. Emily happened to bring along a hat which went perfectly with my dress, and I love how we incorporated it! Below are some of my favorites:

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Dress- Motherhood Maternity, similar here // Tote- Marley Lilly // Bangle- Marley Lilly // Earrings- H&M// Hat- Eastern Market // Shoes- Jack Rogers

Have a great week, and don’t forget to enter the Anthropologie giveaway here!

Bump Style: Floral Print

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Lemme take a minute to talk about how awesome my church family is. A few weeks ago, we had an ink pen explode in the dryer and get large black splotches all over the whites and colors (mostly my clothes, as Scott’s tend to be in the dark wash). While I’m hoping I can salvage at least some by dyeing them navy, in the meantime many of my stretchy dresses and skirts (aka maternity clothes) were ruined. I put out an email on the women’s listserv at church asking if anyone had summer maternity clothes I could borrow, and I now have a much larger maternity wardrobe than I ever expected! So thankful for our local body of Christ here in Del Ray.

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This dress is borrowed from a woman at church, and I love it! While the colors tend more towards fall, I think it works great for a summer evening as well.

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Dress- Target // Earrings- Target // Bracelets- Forever 21 // Bag- From trip to Italy // Sunglasses- LOFT

This weekend, Scott and I are moving (but literally just down the street!) We are so excited to have an apartment that has a dishwasher, disposal, washer-dryer, and (perhaps the best of all with the summer heat) an AC unit in the bedroom! After months of searching, we finally found a place just down the street that’s actually cheaper than our current rent- such a godsend! While I’m not looking forward to unpacking, I am looking forward to decorating! I’m hoping to do a home one-bedroom apartment tour/a DIY decorating feature on the blog soon!

Maxi Dress at Emma’s Espresso

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On Saturday, my good friend Emily and I went to check out a new café in Del Ray called Emma’s Espresso and Wine Bar. While the food was good but not knock-your-socks-off, the décor of the cafe was absolutely perfect. It had a Victorian feel with the silhouette logo and metal deer heads over the cozy fireplace, but I also loved how clean and simple the space was: black and white with silver dining tables and marble countertops. I can definitely see myself going there to meet friends or to sit and read and work on my computer.

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I found this maxi dress on sale at Old Navy for $17, and I absolutely love it! With the ribbon tie, it works for maternity as well as afterwards, and it is perfect for this hot summer we’re having in DC. I paired it with two pieces of jewelry that matched the light blue geometric print perfectly- an Alex and Ani bracelet (I love this specific one because it helps support a Christian organization dedicated to clean drinking water in developing countries) and a beautiful necklace my mother-in-law bought me for Christmas.

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Dress- Old Navy // Earrings- Macy’s // Bracelet- Alex & Ani // Clutch- Marley Lilly // Sunglasses- LOFT (similar)// Necklace- Brighton 

Stitch Fix Review

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Have you heard of Stitchfix? I don’t think it’s a Christian company, but for some reason it seems like every Christian blogger and podcaster seems to be obsessed with it! I decided to try it and see what all the excitement was about. Luckily for me, they do maternity styling and petites! You fill out a style profile online with a quiz, short question and answer, and can even link your Pinterest fashion page (view my page here for an idea of my “ideal” style). Each box comes with 5 clothing or jewelry items specially chosen for you that you can either keep or return.
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Sadly, I wasn’t a huge fan of what they sent. I had high hopes, but I think the maternity feature is relatively new, so perhaps that’s why many of my pieces didn’t seem to match my style profile. Also, all the clothes were so expensive! The cheapest thing was a tank…for $48. I was hoping to buy a shirt or dress and spend around $35, but that just wasn’t an option.

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This dress was definitely my favorite that they sent, but it was a little clingy and so it wouldn’t work much longer for my pregnancy, and at the price ($75!), it was just too much. The quality felt like something I could get at Old Navy or Target, so I didn’t think it was worth splurging on.

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This tunic was a pretty color, but not my style.

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I think the leggings were supposed to go with the tunic, but they were way too long (not petite), and I’m not a fan of wearing leggings in public.

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The cardigan on the left was chosen because it fit my “preppy style”. I did like it, but it was $58 and not that special in my opinion. The tank on the right was super cute and fun, but it did not look good at all with my pregnancy bump!

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The box came with this styling card, which showed outfit suggestions for each piece- definitely a nice touch.

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Overall, I was disappointed that I didn’t find anything that worked. At least I got an outfit shoot out of it! I think Stitchfix is a fun idea, and would probably be great if you didn’t mind spending more money for clothing items.

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IMG_6403Dress- Stitchfix // Shoes- Target // Earrings- Boutique in Hawaii // Bracelet- Target // Bag- Purchased in Italy // Nails- Julep

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!