Maternity Session with Matthew J. Wagner

I have always thought there is something so beautiful about pregnancy. I think women look gorgeous pregnant and always knew that I would want to do maternity photos so that I could cherish the entire experience forever. I decided to do these photos at 37 weeks so that I would be “very pregnant” in the photos.   Matthew J. Wagner, a Connecticut based photographer, did a beautiful job making me feel comfortable and confident and making sure to photograph flattering and beautiful shots.  Being 9 months pregnant, knowing those “flattering” angles are super important!  Here are a few of my favorites.

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{ Maxi dress: Kohl’s| Flowered belt: Charming Charlie| Jeweled sandals: Marshall’s}

Series: It’s the Little Things

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. With temps in the 80s, we were able to hang out by the pool and grill some delicious food for family & friends. It was so cool to get my first Mother’s Day wishes as it is surreal that I will be a Mom in just a few weeks. Here are some of my favorites from this week’s It’s the Little Things series.

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{perfect pink mani with a gold accent nail, or as my friends and I like to call it- “party nail”}

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{My very first Mother’s Day card from the hubby!}

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{these Magnum Chocolate peanut butter bars were the perfect satisfaction to my chocolate craving}

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{My favorite serving dish for tacos makes taco night so easy & mess-free}

Sunshine & Floral

With exactly 3 weeks left until my due date, I am at the point where when I get dressed in the morning, I wear “whatever fits”. The great thing about this gorgeous weather is that maxi dresses are the perfect, comfortable solution for this late in pregnancy. The pool is open, the sun is shinin’ and I am rockin’ this awesome watch gifted from Guess- the perfect summer watch since the band is silicone & waterproof and has gorgeous rose gold accents.

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{Floral maxi: T.J. Maxx | Coachella sunglasses c/o Polette | Watch c/o Guess | jean jacket: Nordstrom}

Cinco de Mayo

I love the color and fiesta of Cinco de Mayo every year.  Any excuse to have a margarita, I’ll take it.  I will be making delicious tacos tonight along with virgin fresh margaritas to celebrate.  I also love the start of Aztec-inspired fashion with strappy sandals, colorful prints, and adorable straw hats to kick-off summer fashion.  How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

Below is a  Cinco de Mayo inspired look and of course, I am sharing my favorite skinny margarita recipe.

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The Best Skinny Margarita

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Instructions

Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice.   Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a slice of lime.  You can add agave nectar but I have been trying to cut out sugar where possible so I usually do without :)

Rim with sea salt and enjoy!

Casual Updo

A lot of times, we associate updos with more formal events but I am a huge fan of updos for a casual night out, especially as the weather starts to get warmer. With festival season upon on, twists and braids are everything right now. I am loving this updo by Ashley Stone, owner of  Beauty Entourage, which I paired with my favorite Nasty Gal headpiece.  I did give this type of updo a stab on my own and was happy with the results.  Of course it doesn’t compare to Beauty Entourage but for a quick updo, the braided crown is easy to master.  You can check out the tutorial here.
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