Friday, May 18, 2018

ROAD TRIP TO AUSTIN...


DRESS: Chicwish // SHOES: Treasure & Bond // BAG: Cult Gaia // BRACELET: David Yurman & David Yurman

Happy Friday! We took a little road trip to Austin Wednesday for Reward Style's City Tour. Even though everyone was fighting for the fan and sweating their butts off (because it was basically 100 degrees), I'm glad I made the drive for the event. To be honest, I didn't even know what was going to happen at the event. It was basically a social gathering of Texas based Reward Style bloggers to celebrate the achievements that Reward Style has accomplished since the LiketoKnowit app launched. I personally love going to these events because I feel that I can relate and talk to everyone. Everyone I spoke to was so sweet and sincere. It's also funny when you've been following someone on Instagram that you've never met and then you finally met them and feel as if you've been friends for awhile. I finally met Janna and she's so so sweet! Yall should definitely check out her page.

It has been extremely hot this week so I'm still living in maxi and midi dresses. My baby bump has also doubled in size so it's super each to wear longer length dresses because my short dresses are a little too short. I'm a big fan of white on white because it's refreshing and very clean. My dress isn't maternity but is PERFECT for expecting mother's. Swap out the wedges for a pair of flat sandals and it makes the perfect beach vacation outfit. 

Especially if I have to bend down to pick up Liam. While we were in Austin, we basically shopped and ate the entire time. I've been to Austin several times and it's a city that's unique. They have delicious authentic food there. My favorite place to get breakfast tacos is Juan in a million. I try to stop here every time I'm in the city. They are known for their "Don Juan", which is a tower of eggs, potato, bacon, and cheese. It's only $6 and makes about 3-5 breakfast tacos. It was on Man vs. Food so you know it has to be good.  We also ate at 24 Diner and it was delicious too. They serve comfort food and the best part is that their breakfast menu is served all day. I had the french toast platter and it's in my top 5 best breakfast meals. We went shopping at The Domain yesterday and it's a great area to shop and/or eat. They have several local stores that you can't find at your typical mall. Liam and I stopped at Sugarfina to grab a few goodies. Apparently, they're opening 2 locations in Houston soon.

We're heading out to Lake Charles this weekend for some relaxing pool time. Liam and I are hitting up 4 cities in Texas within 2 weeks! I'm thankful to have my sister travel with us to help with Liam. I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FEELING POSITIVE ABOUT MY BODY CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY...



SWIMSUIT: ASOS (on sale for $22, white version) // COVER UP: ASOS // BAG: Cult Gaia // BRACELET: David Yurman & David Yurman

Writing a bathing suit post was something I never thought I was going to do, especially when I wasn't in the best shape of my life. I'm not going to lie when I found out I was pregnant, I wasn't too excited about my body changes. The main reason for that was that two months prior to getting pregnant, I had planned out a new workout and diet routine to get my body into the best shape EVER! As I mentioned before, this pregnant was a wonderful surprise. So the news did come suddenly. 

In my first trimester, I didn't stop my workout routine, I did a less intense version of it (that my doctor approved of). After I was told I had a slight case of Placenta Previa, my lifestyle changed in an instance. I was bummed that I couldn't continue to stay in shape because I knew what was more important, keeping the baby healthy and safe.

 With Liam's pregnancy, I was working out up until 8 months and I feel that that was a big reason as to why my labor was easy and my recovery time was less than 2 weeks. Keeping your body healthy, regardless if that's diet or fitness is actually so beneficial. It isn't just about looking "good". 

I finally told myself, "you're only pregnant a few times in your life, enjoy everything you can about it because in 9 month's it'll all be over". This might be the last time I get pregnant because Tommy and I discussed that if this baby was a girl, it would be our last one. We'd have one of each. After getting over my ridiculous feeling of not being "in shape" with my second pregnant, I started to accept and enjoy the fact that I'm gonna have that Michelin Man body for the next couple of months. Reminding myself that nothing is more important than the health of my daughter overrules everything! My children will always come first and I'm willing to sacrifice everything, big or small. This summer, I'll be sport my big baby bump in this bikini, along with all my extra pudge with no cares in the world. It's important to feel positive about the changes your body goes through during pregnancy, because you're creating a real human being. The fact that women can do that is one of the most amazing miracles on this earth. Stay positive about all these changes and embrace them while you can because 9 months will past by sooner than you think. 

Sizing details: I'm wearing a US 4 in both my swimsuit and cover up. They both fit really well. If you're not pregnant, I recommend staying with your normal size. If you're expecting, I size up a size or 2 so it'll last longer for your growing belly. This swimsuit is not padded at all, it's like pulling up a body suit. There is a busty version here.

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

TROPICAL PRINT...


DRESS: Pink Lily (this one is super cute too!) // SHOES: Marc Fisher // BAG: Pink Lily // BRACELET: David Yurman & David Yurman

Happy Thursday! Liam and I have a busy day ahead of us. We have a lunch with our friends and their  babies, a doctors visit, and I have a spa date night with some girlfriend tonight. We've been spending a lot of our time at the park and splash pads lately. It's already in the 90's here in Texas and all I can think about is planning a mini vacation to somewhere tropical. We can't leave the states until the baby is born so somewhere down south will have to work.

 I'm typically not big on prints but I will definitley make an exception for this maxi dress. This print is super darling too! I'm so so in love with the floral and leaf print. It all contrast so pretty against the pink too! I've been gravitating towards maxi dresses lately because they flow so well and are bump friendly. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A BLACK MAXI FOR SPRING...


DRESS: Free People (pink version here) // SHOES: Nordstrom (under $80) // BAG: Cult Gaia // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker 

Spring flies by relatively quick in Houston. I try to get all the wears possible out of my maxi dresses and jumpsuits before it gets too hot. The white embroidered detail contrast so well against the black. Switch out my wedges for a pair of flat sandals for an easier more casual wear. I linked a few more styles below that I found cute below! 

Thank you so stopping by! 

xo,
Annie

Photos by Arzu Photography 


Sunday, May 6, 2018

THE STRONGEST WOMAN I KNOW, MY MOTHER...



For me, I didn't truly understand the meaning of a "Mother's love" until I became one myself. A mother's love is infinite. As Liam grew older and I began to get into this thing we call "parenting", I quickly realized that my parenting methods came from my Mom. 

Growing up, my mom was a very strict parent. She was and still is a  hardworking and incredibly strong woman. When I was around 13 years old, my mom became a single parent. There were four of us. I had two younger brothers and a younger sister. Looking back at all the obstacles and difficulties that she overcame, I'm not sure I could have done it myself. When I say that my mom is a willful and hardworking person, I mean it. My mom worked 12+ hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. She owned her own business so we were always with her. I saw someone work harder than I've ever seen. Not only did she do everything she possibly could to support us, she also taught all of us the importance of being educated, successful, and to be kind. Even though my mom went through these difficulties, her children never got a glimpse of how hard it was. My mom practically gave us anything we needed. There was never a day where she wasn't able to take us out to eat, go on a trip, or buy that $100 pair of jeans that was probably too overpriced for a 13 year old. My mom raised us in a way that would take me forever to explain. I'm so thankful for everything that she did and still continues to do for her children and grandchild. I learn my parenting skills from my Mom and I know that I'm raising my children in the best possible way that I know. 

My mom is a pretty simple person. For Mother's Day, I know all she would want is for her children to be in the same room, spending time with one another. I've teamed up with Papyrus to share the gifts that I chose for my mom that are both sentimental and precious. If I were to collect all the photos of us together, I'd probably have less than 20 pictures. My family isn't big on pictures so it was definitely a task going through multiple hard drives trying to find captured memories of us. When I saw this picture frame from Papyrus, I knew my mom would LOVE it! It goes perfectly on her desk and a  picture says a thousand words. 

Liam and I chose a few cards to give to her this year from Papyrus's Mother's Day collectionThis "Mom is right about everything" card, is cute and humorous. She's literally always right, there's no arguing with her. The card Liam chose for his grandma also shows both of our appreciation. My mom has been there for both of us ever since she found out I was pregnant. Even though we lived in a different state for half of Liam's life, she continued to check on us and help with whatever we needed. She even flew to Colorado for a day before! 

As I mentioned before, my mom is always working. That means she's on the go. I chose cute and useful gifts like this pink water bottle and journal for her. My mom is old fashion, she only writes! If you gave her a laptop, she wouldn't even know how to pull up a document, lol. My mother is all about sentimental and practical gifts. I know she'll appreciate these Mother's Day gifts and keep them for keepsake. 

"Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your won, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is... and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong" - Donna Ball 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie


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