November Old Navy Favorites & Mini Try On Session

Old Navy is one of my favorite stores because of the great deals on staples they have for women. Trends come and go, but somehow Old Navy does a great job at putting together modern looks in classic styles so you won’t have an item that’s in this season but unwearable the next. I stopped by my local ON to get an outfit for family photos for Royce and saw so many great items for the fall and winter that I had to try a few things on!

For sizing reference, I’m about 5’5″ and 28 weeks pregnant. I’m wearing a medium in both the color-block sweater and the plaid button up, but a large in the red sweater as I wanted to layer it over the plaid button up. The jeans are from their “jegging” collection and SO stretchy and comfortable. They aren’t maternity, but definitely wearable and I love having an option that doesn’t have the belly band! I’m normally a 6 in Old Navy’s jeans but I sized up to an 8 for my bump.

You can shop all the pieces I’ve shared above, plus a few other favorites using the photos below!

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Casual Cabin Maternity Style (Plus, How To Find Hunter Boots On Sale)!

 

Sweater: UOI Boutique  (use code BLOOMWITHSTYLE10 for 10% off)| Jeans: Marshalls (purchased over a year ago) | Hunter boots: Nordstrom | Plaid Blanket Scarf: (Old, exact match here) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Earrings: UOI Boutique

 

Believe it or not, this entire outfit is composed of non-maternity pieces… even the jeans! I’m lucky enough to still fit in a few pairs of my regular jeans even at 25 weeks pregnant. With my first, I spent quite a bit of money on maternity clothing which I later gave to a friend because I didn’t think I’d ever need it again (or at least not so soon, haha)! I was a lot bigger than I am now, so I wouldn’t say purchasing the clothes was a waste. Now when I’m shopping for items to add to my fall/winter wardrobe, I try to buy pieces that are in regular women’s sizes so I can wear them longer after baby girl arrives. This means most pieces aren’t “fitted”.

Onto the beloved Hunter boots… I wanted a pair for so long and never really owned a true pair of rain boots before these. They’re a life saver. Even though they’re on the expensive side, I’ve worn these through the rain, snow, and mud and they’re still in great shape! I do wish that I had waited for a sale before spending the full amount because over the years I’ve learned you can score them for as much as 40%!

Nordstrom Rack is the first place I check to see if they have any – both online and in stores. Unfortunately I’m 45+ minutes away from the closest one, but I have even started seeing them in stores like Ross & Marshall’s! If you’re okay with buying pre-loved boots, I always check eBay, Poshmark, & ShopGoodwill. I’m so surprised that not many people have heard of Goodwill online… it’s not my go-to place to just search and see what’s new, but I’ll hop on and search for designer names to see if anything good is up and make a bid for it. I scored my Tory Burch flats BRAND NEW last year from there for less than $75!

Leave a comment below of your favorite places to score great deals at!

 

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Freshly Picked Favorites – October 2018

Freshly Picked October 2018

My new monthly series “Freshly Picked Favorites” is HERE! Towards the end of each month I’ll round up a few pieces I’ve tried and love, along with some pieces that may not have been purchased yet but I have my eyes on. Everything you see is pretty affordable at under $100 and perfect for this cozy, fall weather 🙂

One product I want to put in the spotlight is the Bliss wet/dry jelly cleanser. I got to use this after I went on a fun a day date to Milwaukee where I actually wore a full face of makeup which is really rare. I came home and grabbed the sample size of this that I received in my October Target beauty box (see this post for a full review) and not only does it smell fresh and feminine, but it truly does remove all makeup and leave your skin feeling silky soft.

The J. Crew sweater shown above is so fun! I’ve noticed color-block sweaters and cardigans are a huge hit this season and I love that this one has colors that aren’t necessarily traditional to wear in the fall. Plaid scarves will never go out of style and the one here is very affordable at $24! The black OTK boots shown I’ve actually purchased and are on sale currently. They’re a staple to every girl’s wardrobe – seriously, I reach for these practically every day because they go with everything. Another staple piece you need to grab is a good pair of denim jeans since in the fall and winter it gets a bit too chilly to wear denim that’s super distressed. Lastly, I love this dainty little initialed Kate Spade necklace and would be perfect gift to give!

This weekend we’re stopping at our favorite local bakery for fall-themed treats and enjoying the end of Dougie’s week off of work. What are your plans for the end of October?

 

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Fall Fun & OshKosh Overalls Day

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Collaborations like this make Bloom With Style possible!


I remember being younger and my mom always dressing me in overalls. I did NOT want to wear them because 1) I wanted to dress myself 2) I didn’t think they were fashion-forward. Arguing with my mom over what I wore was a daily battle, but now that I’m a mother myself I look back on photos of myself and realize how cute my outfits were. Yep, I’m admitting it: My mom was right.

I can totally understand why she wanted to dress me in them now. Overalls are so easy to match with other things and good for several seasons, they actually stay on your kid (unlike lots of baby/toddler jeans), AND they’re simply adorable! I got the set that Royce is wearing at the OshKosh store closest to us and I was relieved when I saw how easy they were to find. They had an entire section on a wall with toddler overalls hanging so I could see them all at once and get a good idea of the pairs we wanted to buy.

What I love about OshKosh is how easy it is to find an entire outfit for him! It’s definitely my go-to place for kids fashion. The pair of overalls we bought have a warm grey flannel lined on the inside that shows when you cuff up his pant legs, so I paired them with the grey flannel bodysuit underneath. Not only is this set perfect together, but both pieces can be worn separately with other items.

On October 25th, OshKosh will be celebrating its second annual Overalls Day! I’m so excited we can participate this year and have the chance to win prizes by sharing photos and using the hashtag #OverallsDay. OshKosh will be giving away $100 gift cards every hour from 10am – 5pm EST on Overalls Day. You can enter on Instagram or Twitter. You can also enter on Facebook and one lucky winner will receive a $500 card (yes, you can participate in both for double the chances of winning – how cool is that?) If you’re into made up holidays and will be celebrating as well, make sure to share your favorite photos with us!

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Pink Blush Maternity Fall Haul

You probably know by now that I’m expecting baby #2! I’ve known of the brand Pink Blush since about 3 years ago, and it’s been my go-to store for anything maternity and honestly women’s fashion in general.The one thing that isn’t fun about being pregnant is spending lots of money on clothes that you’ll fit for less than 9 months. I save a lot of money by shopping here because most items still look great with your post-partum body! If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for basic pieces and trendy items, Pink Blush is definitely the place. If you don’t believe me, look at some of the pieces I’ve worn in the past (here, here, AND here)!

Watch the video linked below to see a quick haul of my favorite pieces this season! I’ve even tried on a few so you can get the idea of how they look on, and you can shop them above 🙂

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Affordable Fall Fashion & A Fun, Fall Bucket List!

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Eeeek! Can you believe it’s fall? I mean, technically it’s not… but in Illinois most apple orchards have been open (or just opened this weekend, like mine!) so that basically means it’s fall, right? Royce and I met a friend and her daughter and got to eat apple pie, drink fresh apple cider (sooo good!) and brought home a dozen warm, apple cinnamon donuts. It was his first time going and he loved it! Year before last I was about 9 months pregnant with him, and last year we simply didn’t make it out together! It’s not stroller-friendly in all parts of the orchard, so if you do have a little one, I recommend you bringing them when you have a helper or two to watch them if you want to go in and shop for decor and other little food items, or wait until they’re in the walking stage.

If you couldn’t tell already, fall is my favorite season by far! I love everything from the cozy knit sweaters to the fun outdoor activities that you can do with the family. Don’t even get me started with pumpkin spice lattes! Starbucks is releasing them earlier than ever this year and I have NO complaints. Aside from the good food, the fashion during this season is the best. I’m a fan of oversized everything because 1. You don’t have to worry about your body flaws showing (anyone with the mom pouch knows what I’m talking about)  2. LAYERING. I love keeping a cardigan handy so I can wear a tee when it’s warm out and then toss on the cardigan when it gets a little chillier in the evening. Everyone feels more comfortable in layers usually too! 3. The colors are my favorite! Give me all that rust orange, maroon, olive, plum, and neutrals. I personally feel like I look better in darker colors and they flow right into winter fashion!

Above are a few pieces I’ve been eyeing for fall! Hover over each image to shop it from the retailer’s site. The best part? Everything I linked is under $75! I made sure to keep everything affordable so you can update your fall wardrobe (just one thing on the bucket list below!) even on a budget. Happy shopping, friends!
Make sure to make your own bucket list for this season to keep things exciting for yourself and your family! If you’re a bit stumped, check out mine. Everyone’s list may vary depending on the holidays you celebrate, traditions you carry on, and local activities. I can’t wait to check off things on mine!

fall autumn bucket list

 

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Summer Vacation Style On A Budget

Palm print cover up: Amazon | Scalloped one piece swimsuit: Amazon | Stud sandals: Amazon | Kate Spade dupe earrings: Belle & Ten | Tassel clutch: Belle & Ten | Sunglasses: Old, but similar here 

 

When Dougie surprised Royce & I with a trip to Wisconsin Dells, I needed to find an affordable waterpark friendly outfit that could get here in less than a week. Of course my first instinct is to check Amazon as Prime is the greatest invention ever and we rely so much on it. I was so fortunate to find this cute cover up, one piece, and sandals for less than $70!

My favorite piece in this look though is the pom pom + tassel mix clutch! This style is so in (both tassels and straw totes!) and is perfect for packing cash/cards, your phone and keys when heading to the beach. These earrings literally look exactly like the popular Kate Spade square studs that retail for $38. Mine are $9.50 – crazy, right?

On a side note, I know everyone is sharing fall fashion because of the Nordstrom sale but I can’t even think about that yet! We’re still ranging 80s-90s in Illinois. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about pumpkin everything and apple orchard visits, but this girl can patiently wait! Plus that means we’re one step closer to winter – no thank you!

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Little Red Dress

Dress: SheIn | Earrings: Forever 21 | Shoes: Old, similar here & here | Flowers: Delores Designs | Photos: Brown Eyes Photography

 

The perfect little red dress is here – and it’s in your budget! I’ve seen similar dresses paired on so many girls and all were different body shapes so I was excited to know that it would also flatter my body shape!

I love the longer length because it makes it a bit more classy and modest. I’d wear this dress out for a date night (with Royce, obviously 😉 but it’d be perfect for a winter or Spring wedding in the blush color option!

Now let’s talk about the price… it’s a dupe for this much more expensive designer version and actually good quality! I get asked this question all the time: Is SheIn really legit? And my answer is always yes! Now there’s been a few pieces that weren’t the best quality, but I had already expected that based on reviews and I took the chance. I’d compare it to Forever 21 or Boohoo if you’ve ever shopped at those stores. The key to shopping at SheIn is making sure you read reviews before buying and when in doubt, size up!

If you had this dress, where would you wear it?  Leave a comment below!

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How To Wear White Jeans In The Winter

 

Photos by Brown Eyes Photography

I’ve learned to make my own rules when it comes to fashion – as long as I feel good in it, wear it! There’s been a rule going on for years that you can’t wear white jeans after Labor Day but I think white jeans can be as chic in the winter as they are in the summer if you pair them with the right top and shoes.

I’m also a rule breaker because I think blush pink is totally a neutral color! It pairs so well with grey, tan, and white and brings a little bit of brightness without making a statement. My top is originally from Sky Denae Boutique but is unfortunately sold out. I’ve linked a few other pretty blush tops as well as wrap blouses below.

My boots were less than $40 and found at Burlington recently, but I’ve also linked a very similar and affordable pair! I’m a sucker for over the knee boots because they dress any outfit up and are really feminine! My trick to looking like I have it all together is throwing on a pair of jeans and these boots and my cute down coat… even if I’m wearing an old college t-shirt underneath and no bra… I look put together. That’s embarrassing to admit but you have no idea how many times I’ve gone to Target like that!

P.S. This outfit would make an adorable look for a casual brunch date on Valentine’s! What are your plans for the holiday?

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Staying Stylish & Safe with Little Planet Organic

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

On Royce: Organic Polo-Style Romper

Since I became pregnant with Royce, I’ve done my research on baby products to make sure I was buying the best (and safest) products for him. During this time I also learned of the toxins in many every day household products and beauty products. I’ve switched a majority of those products to safer, organic versions or just natural versions. If you’ve ever wondered what I use for beauty products (because I think it’s hard to find affordable ones that work well) then check out this page.

All of that to say that I never did much research on organic COTTON. Yes, cotton. I’ve learned that the cotton industry often uses pesticides which can affect the environment and our health. I’m really picky on what I put onto Royce & I’s skin for body wash, lotions, etc. because your skin is the largest organ on your body, so now I plan to wear organic cotton as much as possible too!

Carter’s has launched Little Planet Organic for a Limited Edition line that Royce & I are SO excited about! Whether you have a newborn or a toddler in size 5T, they have something for your little one! All of the products are made from 100% certified organic cotton and continue to be affordable like their other collections. If you do a simple Google search on organic cotton, you’ll find most are pricey and pretty basic prints, patterns, & colors. I love that Carter’s made sure Little Planet is still trendy, colorful, and a great value.

Even though Royce looks like a little man in his romper, I also love their organic pajamas! I always call Royce “Sleepyhead” so we have to snag this set. Little Planet is Limited Edition so grab any items you see before they’re gone! Head over to Carters.com to see the full collection or check out a few of my favorites below!

 

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