Embroidered Details for the Win

Good morning, friends!

Hope you all are having a fantastic week so far.  This week has been pretty mellow around our household.  Ryan came down with a cold over the weekend so we have been taking it easy.  We have been spending time with family now that he’s on the mend.  Our nieces go back to school in two weeks so we are trying to soak up as much time with them as possible.  We are heading to lunch with them today and then I foresee several pool days in the near future, once Ryan is 100%.

David and I need to figure out a sleepover night for the girls over the next week or two.  When we moved into our house five years ago, we set up one of the guest rooms as a sleepover room for them.  Well, that room will soon be turned into the baby’s nursery so we have to have them sleep in there one last time before we move the twin beds out and move the crib in.  It is definitely bittersweet.  While we are elated for this baby, it seems like the end of a beautiful era with our nieces, who are so important to us.  They are older now and have school, homework, projects, activities, and what seems like 1,284 birthday parties too attend.  Their free time to sleep at our house is more limited these days.  Don’t get me wrong, we see them at least a couple of times a week but overnights have become less consistent.  I’ll have to plan something special for this last night in their room.  We’ll have to figure out where they’ll sleep in the future!  (Cough, cough, I turned our other guest bedroom into a craft room a few years back and I’m not putting them in the one in the basement.)

Tiffany and I met up on Sunday and I wrote this incredibly pretty (and comfortable) embroidered dress.  It is the perfect piece to throw on when you want to feel put together but don’t want to worry about your figure.  No Spanx necessary, no sucking in, no worrying about how much food you consume that night…just pure comfort.  Initially, the gorgeous sleeves drew me in.  I also loved the contrast of the bright colors against the dark black fabric.  It’s a perfect piece to transition into the fall as well as it looks great when paired with booties.  It definitely fits oversized so I HIGHLY recommend ordering down a size…if not two.  (For reference, I am 5’10 and typically wear a Large but always size down in Free People.  I ordered a Medium and even that will have to be taken in after this pregnancy.)



Have a wonderful day!








Little Black Dress

Happy Monday Friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  While my weekend was good, I’m very excited about this week.

First of all, the weather is supposed to be better.  The heat has been unbearable here in Raleigh, which you can tell by the pictures.  The heat index was 107 when we shot these, so my hair is a mess and my makeup was melting off, but nonetheless, we got the job done.

Second of all, I signed up for bootcamp so I can hopefully lose some of the weight I’ve put on during this IVF cycle.  I feel awful.  I don’t like anything I put on my body and I’m very uncomfortable with myself.  So, last week I decided to do something about it and sign up for bootcamp.  While the first session isn’t until next Monday, we have to log 120 minutes of cardio this week, so I pumped!

Since I haven’t been the most comfortable in my own skin, I haven’t shopped too much lately.  Plus, with all of the IVF costs, I don’t need to shop.  But, a few weeks ago, I allowed myself to venture into Anthropologie just to browse.  Well, that didn’t work very well.  They had SO MANY cute things. I took several items to the dressing room, but ended up with this simple black dress.  The fabric is so soft and it drapes perfectly. It can be worn anywhere…casual or dress, plus I can easily transition it into fall by adding a vest or jacket.

You can never go wrong with a little black dress, right?!

(shop this look below)





Have a wonderful week!