Archives for August 2011

Wedding Wear

I am the WORST at figuring out what to wear to weddings. Usually you can find me frantically running around the mall on the day of said wedding, buying something expensive and mediocre only to never wear it again. Once in college, I bought a dress, wore it to a wedding and returned it the next day. I felt so bad about it, that I went back and re-bought the dress and it sat in my closet until Buffalo Exchange bought it.

Deciphering the dress code (cocktail, black tie, no specified dress code <— that one’s a punk) can be a little tricky

add a quickly-growing baby belly into the mix


+ the fact that I really don’t like Empire-waist cuts

and that I don’t want to invest in something I’ll most likely never wear again….

The answer:

BCBG sale.


BCBG is the answer to pretty much everything. Cute date clothes, special occasions, work attire, life. It can be on the pricey side, but the quality is pretty fantastic and about twice a year, Dillard’s will have a SICK sale on BCBG. Right now is one of those times.

Many of the pieces were either 50% or 30% off, with an additional 30% off of that. I die.

It took everything in my power not to stock up on dresses to have next summer, but there’s no way to tell how my regular size would look on me, so I didn’t. The Pilot was thankful, haha.

I did pick up the about maxi dress (more pics coming after Sunday’s wedding) and it isn’t Empire waist, is super cute, and who knows, I may actually be able to wear it again!

Original price:


What I paid: $79, including taxes.

Crazy awesome.

I’ll wear the dress with silver strappy heels, carry a small clutch and just have to figure out jewelry.

I do have to show you guys my new eyeliner obsession:


Tarte smolder eyes in golden black.

My beloved Buxom eyeliner has been replaced.


As much as I loved the Buxom, towards the end it started to get clunky and get all over my eyes, including in my contacts which drove me crazy.

Why tarte wins:

-It goes on SO smoothly, is waterproof and easy to smudge for smoky eyes [<— all eyeliner requirements]

-It has tiny golden flecks in it, without being too glittery or hookery

-Free of parabens, mineral pol, petrolatum, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic dye and synthetic fragrance- it’s clay-based

Where do you go for special occasion attire? Fave eyeliner?

Was August Awesome? [giveaway]

*******************************This giveaway ended Sept. 1, 2011 at 10:30 EST. Stay tuned for the next one! At the beginning of this month, I posted a list of 10 Ways to Make August Awesome. It’s always fun to have some monthly motivation and goals, so I’ll probably do similar lists for each month 😀 Bella’s August in […]

Cake and Milk

Sometimes after a long day, cake and [almond] milk is a very good thing 😉 I have no idea how I forgot about my chocolate mug cake. It’s been way, wayyyy too long. This morning, after I last saw ya, I went to hit up the weights and do a few minutes of ellipticizing. As […]

I <3 my midwives

When I first told my family that we were seeing a group of midwives for the baby’s birth, they didn’t even think twice about it. They know it’s more “me” to go a non-conventional route, but it’s kind of funny considering midwife-led births are far more common all over the world and are recently starting […]

Will twirl for chicken

Morning <3 How’s your day going? Hope it’s been lovely so far. Last night for dinner, I made something quick and easy since it was cookstravaganza here all weekend: Lemon and garlic asparagus (with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, a little cayenne, olive oil and lemon slices) Quinoa was goat cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries […]

2 things I learned today

1. All of my dresses that zip up the back no longer will zip over the belly and girls. I will probably have to start buying more forgiving dresses. The only exception is a white J Crew dress, since it’s cotton and has a little give. Which brings me to #2.. 2. If you are […]

Party Rockers

in our houuuuuuusse toniiiiiight 😉 Our first party in the new casa was a success—surrounded by family, friends and food. Not much more I could ask for 😀 Thank you for all of the lovely compliments on how our house is coming together. The best thing is having the boxes out of sight- it feels […]

Befores and Afters

          More pics *here* It’s still a work in progress, but we’re definitely starting to feel settled <3

Into the canyon

Morning friends <3 Hope you’re having a lovely and relaxing Sunday 🙂 Bella is. [Paws crossed- such a lady!] We woke up bright and early to take MIL on a Sabino Canyon adventure. It was a beautiful morning and it was so nice to be surrounded by nature. Nature was happy to see us, too […]

Party Preppin’

Hiiiiiii 😀 How’s your Saturday been? Thank you so much for your ideas on how to fix up the master bedroom. I’m excited to start getting things together, now that we’re settled and all of stuff is unpacked. I got home from an awesome day of work and dove right into food prep for tomorrow. […]

Baby punched me

I haven’t been able to feel the little lady kick and move as much as I’d *like* to. Source [CRAZY pic!!] It may take more time (? I’m almost 22 weeks), but everyone keeps asking me, “Are you feeling lots of kicks?!” “Yes! I love it!” Ehh, not really. I’ll feel little butterflies and pops, […]

Save the room

Hi friends! How’s your Friday been? Mine has been a crazy whirlwind, but still had time for a workout and lunch with the girls 🙂 Today, I ran errands to get supplies for Sunday’s housewarming party, cleaned the casa [vacuuming stairs is no joke] put the guest room together sparkle-fied the kitchen the master bathroom […]