Winter Preview Fashion

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I’ve been busy with Luke and Queen Styles Boutique! This year’s pop-up shops are different. I need to stop and pump for Luke. Which means I need coverage while I’m away. I’m grateful to have great friends and family who are helping me during this new season. Not to mention a husband who delights in encouraging me.

Here are a few looks from this month. All looks have pieces from Queen Styles

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Asheville Trip

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Asheville, North Carolina is one of my favorite places to visit. When I’m there, it always reminds me to slow down. The pace is just so relaxing. Life can be hectic at times and if we’re not careful, we can get caught up in the busyness of it all and miss out on the simple moments. It doesn’t hurt that the scenery is so beautiful. Here are a few pictures of my trip.

This sweater dress is from Queen Styles Boutique

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Versatile Black Floral Shorts

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Our first date night since baby Luke was great. Questions like: “was he thinking about us?” and “what was he doing?” crossed my mind. Granted, he was with my mother so there wasn’t a need to worry but I had never been away from him. My husband and I went to one of our favorite burger spots and listened to live music. It was a short outing but needed! If you’re a new mom or know new parents I highly suggest investing in date night or offering to watch their little one so they can enjoy a night out.

It’s close to fall but the humid Carolina summer isn’t showing signs of letting up. I wanted to be very comfortable but of course fashionable. I love these black shorts from Queen Styles Boutique. They’re perfect for all seasons. During the warm month I can wear them with just about any style shirt for a cute look and I can’t wait to pair them with a pair of tights when the weather cools down. For date night, I paired them with a white t-shirt and sandals.

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Simple Tips for Expectant Mothers

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Baby Luke is almost 4 weeks old and we are mesmerized by just about everything he does. Of course I don’t know everything, but I thought I would write a post for my mommas who are getting ready to welcome their little one. Most likely, you won’t find these tips in online articles because they’re very random but they’ve helped me a lot. Here they are in no particular order.

1. You Need to Heal- I don’t know why our society has become so desensitized to women giving birth. It’s almost as if people expect women to give birth and bounce back to normal during the same week. Don’t fall for it. Your body spent nine months nourishing a baby and then giving birth to it! Give yourself grace and time to heal. Take it easy. Don’t feel pressured into playing the role of superwoman. It’s been almost four weeks and I can honestly say that I don’t feel 100% myself yet and I’m absolutely okay with that. Giving birth is a big deal, so don’t downplay your recovery.

2. Be Prepared for Mommy Shaming- I wish I could tell you that everyone will support every decision you make regarding your little one but that’s not always the case. Mommy shaming happens. The sooner you accept this, the easier it is to deal with. Know that other’s opinions on your decisions don’t reflect whether you are a good parent or not. There’s a good chance that you’ve done a lot of research and have carefully thought about the decisions you’ve made, trust your instinct. Think about how you want to deal with it in advance. That way, you’re ready and prepared when it happens to you.

3. Make Visitor Guidelines Before Your Little One Arrives- This includes visitors at the hospital and at home. My husband and I spent months on these guidelines. We wanted to make sure that Luke was a priority and I had the support I needed to heal. At the hospital, we wanted a very intimate setting. When we got home with Luke we didn’t want to be overwhelmed with visitors. After we made our guidelines, we let our families know in advance. Let people know what your guidelines are ahead of time so that everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect. Think about how long you want visits to be. Do you want visits to only be during the weekend? Do visits need to be scheduled with your partner or with you?

4. Stock Up!- Stock up on supplies…not just food. We purchased hygiene and house products before Luke got here. The last thing you will want to do is think about how you don’t have anymore paper towels in the house or have the realization that you’re out of deodorant. The goal is to be prepared for what you can control. You can control having a month’s supply of body wash. You can’t control sleeping in shifts of 3 hours with your newborn. Focus on what you can control.

5. Accept Help- We took all of the help that was offered. My mom is a teacher so she had a few weeks off before the new school year started. She provided meals, did laundry, washed dishes, let me nap when I needed to and watched Luke while we had a quick date night. We had friends and family help with extra meals too! This help was invaluable and I encourage you to take up any help that’s offered. When help is offered, don’t be shy. Tell people what they can do. It really does take a village to raise and welcome a child.

6. Get Your Postpartum Wardrobe Ready- You’ll need to be as comfortable as possible when you get home. I purchased sweatpants, leggings, nursing tops, fuzzy socks, and got my hair braided before Luke’s arrival. Some women feel comfortable in nightgowns, if that’s you purchase them ahead of time. If you prefer leggings or sweatpants, purchase them ahead of time. The key is to make sure you’re prepared for recovery before you get home. No you’re not about to walk the runway but I can tell you that putting on decent activewear can make you feel refreshed.

7. Decide in Advance What Your “Me Time” Looks Like- It’s so important to have “me time” especially as a mother. Maybe your “me time” is ten minutes, or an hour but you need “me time”. Some days I have ten minutes and some days I have longer. Before Luke got here I purchased some books and magazines I knew I would like to read. I’ll be honest and say I’ve read maybe twenty pages of a book since he got here but it’s something I look forward to. My husband and I made the decision that we aren’t taking Luke out in public until he’s had the necessary shots. So I knew I had to be intentional with my “me time”. Reading helps a lot or sometimes I go to Target while my husband is with Luke. After my doctor clears me, I’m looking forward to taking some fitness classes for my “me time” and I can’t wait!

8. You’ve Got This- I was home with Luke and trying to figure out something. I asked my mom her opinion and she said “it’s your call momma.” I can’t tell you what those words meant. You have an instinct. Trust in. Trust that your instinct will lead you to make the right decisions about your child. Don’t fall into the trap that you need to look a certain way or act a certain way as a new mother. Be confident that you’re doing the best you can as a new mother. You’ve got this!

Like I said, we’re almost at the four week mark so I don’t know everything. These are just a few tips that helped me. Here’s a picture of me and baby Luke after delivery.

How to: Shop a Summer Sale

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It’s that time of year for: Summer Sale’s. Stores are getting ready for their fall inventory and one of the ways to do that is to have a sale. When you’re about to shop a Summer Sale, do your research. Are all items on sale? Is the sale happening in waves or all at once? Research the discounts. Do you see the term “up to” or do you have to spend a certain amount to qualify for a discount? The answers to these questions can make a huge difference in the amount of money you spend. Queen Styles Boutique is having a Summer Sale right now. Here’s what you can expect: 25% off at checkout….on everything. That’s right, everything. Here are a few of their pieces:

This Pink Ruffled Dress

Curvy Queens Off-the-Shoulder Top

Champagne Metallic Skirt

Summer Sale’s can be fun so enjoy them!

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Black and White Floral Pants

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It’s hard to believe that our baby boy will be here in less than 4 weeks! We’re so excited to meet him. We’re busy making sure everything is ready for him and I’m busy trying to stay cool and comfortable. I’ve been sticking to light fabrics as best as I can. Here’s a look I out together recently. It’s pretty casual but I can’t wait to dress these pants up with a cute pair of heels or wear them with a crop top. Wearing black and white really allows you to play with different colors in your accessories. I chose to pair this look with metallic accessories but the next time, I’ll probably pair these paints with a little more color.

Top: Old Navy

Pants: QueenStylesBoutique.com

Shoes: Target

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Baby Shower Fun!

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This weekend was our baby shower! I was told a time and a place to show up and that was all! I’m so grateful to have great friends and family that surround and support us. It was a great day. Here are a few pictures of our celebration:

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Throw Away the Mold

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This spring, I’m having a lot more fun with fashion. I’m pushing myself to wear different color combinations and I love it. My number one rule with fashion is: have fun! Fashion is supposed to be about expression. Whatever you decide to wear for the day, it should express how you feel. Never feel compelled to wear something to please someone else. Never dress a certain way because you’re afraid of what others might think. At the end of the day, you need to be happy with yourself. If you don’t fit into a box or a certain mold, own it. Stand out. When God created you, He threw away the mold. Be proud that there’s no one else like you.

This particular day, I was feeling bold and flirty. This off the shoulder ruffled dress helped me bring out the flirty side. I paired it with my metallic loafers to bring an unexpected element to this look and I loved the result.

Dress: http://www.queenstylesboutique.com

Shoes: http://www.shoedazzle.com

Sunglasses: Target

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Just Go With the Flow

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I’m looking forward to this three day weekend. We made all of these plans and then we scrapped them. Why? Because we didn’t want to have a planned weekend. We really just wanted to rest and go with the flow. I really believe that amazing things can happen to us when we let go. When we realize we don’t always have to have control, we open ourselves up to new possibilities, relationships, and experiences. So, I have no idea what we’re doing this weekend but I’m looking forward to it!

Pants: http://www.motherhood.com

Top: www.queenstylesboutique.com

To all of the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for the United States, I thank you for your sacrifice. I’m praying that God’s peace and love surrounds your family.