Hooray for Fall! It’s finally Fall, my favorite time of year. All of the tasty treats make their way back out onto store shelves, and back into our happy bellies. Those beautiful gem tone rich colors make their appearances on store racks, and Summer time prints make their way to the back of the closet. One of my favorite things about Fall Fashion is taking a print that would normally be associated with a different season, and re-purposing it for Fall. For example, take this gingham dress from Simply Be:
This dress is absolutely adorable. The length is perfect, it’s flowy without being too flowy, it’s soft, comfy, cozy, and looks great with or without tights. I wanted to go for a South Florida Fall look, so I chose to wear cute ankle boots with this dress. This dress is perfect for my growing baby bump too! Simply Be has a huge variety of great dresses to choose from, and I find that this dress is going to be so versatile from season to season! It has endless styling capabilities – tights, leggings, boots, sandals, heels, belted, without a belt, with a great leather jacket…there’s just so much you can do with this dress. I also really love the fact that it’s something cute that I can throw on with any style of shoes, and look and feel good. I fully plan on wearing this dress while running around taking care of my daughter – who will be making her debut any day now within the next 3 weeks!
Another great easy to wear look? This floral tunic and leggings from Simply Be:
I love the ease and simplicity of wearing a nice long top with a comfy pair of leggings – especially when the leggings aren’t see through! These leggings from Simply Be are fantastic – and have been a life saver with my baby bump. They are rather long on the top, so if you have a long torso, a larger belly, or are pregnant like me, these leggings will become your new favorite pair. Both the top and the leggings are super soft, which immediately makes them a favorite for me. I chose to pair this outfit with a beautiful emerald green gem tone bag, and a great pair of velvet loafers from Wanted Shoes. They are cute, stylish, velvet (hello!!), and forgiving of third trimester feet!
I feel prepped and ready to be a busy mom while still looking and feeling good with these two outfits. I am searching for versatility and ease looking into the future, and Simply Be really hit the nail on the head for me with these looks! What do you think? Which outfit is your favorite? Be sure to check out these images on my instagram, and if you have some Fall Fashion Simply Be favorites of your own – tag them with #WeAreCurves and let me know so I can check them out!
ShopBop has another great sale going on through tomorrow!!! Head over and shop their new Fall Arrivals, or grab the Summer Clearance items!! Get 20% off of orders under $500 -OR- get 25% off of orders of $500 or more with code EOTS17!
Here are all the details of the sale to help answer any questions you may have:
This month I am celebrating PopSugar’s birthday with the PopSugar August Must Have Box! This is a really great box this month. The August Must Have is a special box because POPSUGAR Must Have turns 5 this month! The contents are really cute, and I cannot wait to use these products!!! This August box marks Lisa Sugar’s 5th year in curating her and her team of editors favorite items! This month’s box features surprises from some of Lisa’s favorite brand obsessions to celebrate POPSUGAR Must Have’s birthday!
To go along with the celebration, there is a Weekly Giveaway going on!! All current Must Have subscribers are eligible for a chance to win! If you aren’t signed up yet, can simply sign up before the end of August for a chance to automatically win a *major* surprise each week from following brands:
Week 1: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Pehr Designs
Week 2: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from First Aid Beauty
Week 3: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Kendra Scott
Week 4: Limited # of lucky subscribers subscribers will win something from Tarte cosmetics
Week 5 (8/31): 5 Grand Prize! Limited # of subscribers something from Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year (Must Have Facebook)
Check out what this month’s box features:
~Cheers Lacquered Tray by PASTEL. This tray is super cute and really festive! It’s perfect for any celebration (birthdays, anniversaries, the holidays, New Years Eve, and so much more!)
~5 in 1 Bounce Mask by First Aid Beauty. Give yourself a pampering session with this 10 minute nourishing mask that claims to make your skin brighter and firmer. Once I have my little one, I am definitely going to try this mask out and let you know how it is!
~Frienship Bracelet with Small Open Heart by Dogeared. I adore this sweet little friendship bracelet. It really reminds me of when my girlfriends and I used to make friendship bracelets as kids. I’m going to save this and give this to my little girl on her first birthday!
~Gold Glitter Candles by Meri Meri. When I opened my box, and saw these candles the first thing that came to mind was all of the birthdays my husband and I are going to throw for our baby girl. These are perfect! They are really pretty, glittery, sparkly, and so so cute! Plus the come in a pack of 24 candles!!
~Free Spirit Journal – Sponsored by Jeep by Fringe Studio. This gorgeous rose gold journal is such a great gift. I decided instead of gifting it, or writing in it personally, that I am going to make this our baby book for our little girl. I’ve already started crafting and filling it will memories, ultra sound photos and more!
~Goodie Girl Cookies Chocolate Chunk by Goodie Girl Cookies. These cute little cookies are gluten free – which is great for all of you out there with a gluten intolerance. With my pregnancy hormones, I am not a fan of these cookies, but my husband LOVES them!
~$25 Gift Card to Shoptiques.com. Shoptiques.com is supposed to be a great site that features a bunch of boutiques from all over. I cannot wait to check it out and see what they’ve got to offer!
In celebration of PopSugar’s birthday this month, you can get $10 off your FIRST Must Have Box with code PARTY. This code is valid through the end of August (8/31/2017), and it an excellent savings!! Grab your first PopSugar Must Have Box!!
These past few months have been nothing but a whirlwind of life sneaking up on me. Work was absolutely insane in February and March. While I was working 60 – 80 hour weeks back to back, trying to fit time in for my babe, my pups, and myself, my husband and I received some absolutely incredible life altering news…I’m pregnant!! Yes, my lovelies – I am pregnant!!! It would be an understatement to say that I am utterly excited to be able to say that about myself. I’m going to get pretty personal here, which I haven’t done on the blog in quite some time. Oh my word, deep breaths…here we go…
Let me take you back quite a few years, back into my mid-twenties…when a simple phone call changed my entire life. At this point in my life, at 25, my now husband (then fiance) and I had been together for 5 years. I was never the girl that wanted to have children. I played the rebellious teenager when my friends and I played house a child, and I never saw myself being a mom as I grew up. I wanted to have a boyfriend, dogs, and a career. I even told my mom (bless her heart and soul – miss you mom!) that I was never going to have children, and that she’d have grandchildren from my brother. Now, I have nothing against children or motherhood, but I never saw that being something I wanted for myself. I never really thought more about it. I mean, at this point in my life, I was in a committed relationship with my best friend, the man I love more than anything, and if we did happen to get pregnant, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it wasn’t something I was striving for or even looking for. Here I am, working at a private school, about to walk to lunch, and I see that my OBGYN was calling me. Naturally, I went outside to answer the call. “Hello?” I said. “Miss Foley? This is Rose from Dr. OBGYN’s office (not going to use their real name, sorry). I have the results of your tests in, and I wanted to speak with you about them. Do you have a moment?” At this point I started to panic. I had been having horrible cramps, irregular periods, and many more problems that I was undergoing testing. There was worry that I may have a very serious disease. What was she going to tell me? Was she going to tell me, over the phone, that I was sick? “Yes, I have a moment.” I said. “Miss Foley, I’m very sorry to have to tell you this over the phone. “Oh god – here it comes..”The results show that your ovaries are not in good working order, which is why you’ve had such terrible issues. Unfortunately, this means that your chances of being able to conceive naturally are slim to none, should you wish to do so in the future.” Upon hearing this, I felt my heart sink into my stomach. “Thank you so much Rose.” “Miss Foley, we’d like to see you next week to fully discuss the results, and answer any questions you may have. I will schedule an appointment with you.” Once the phone call ended, tears were streaming down my face. Why was I so upset? I didn’t want to have children anyway, why did this matter? Well – let me go on to tell you that the next 8 years of my life knowing this news severely altered my inner worth, my inner being, my self esteem in general. I felt, as a woman, the fact that I was completely unable to conceive a child – even if I wanted to – was not a possibility without lots of money, medical assistance and more stress. I felt like a failure. I felt like I wasn’t a woman. I felt robbed. Despite the fact that I never wanted children – the idea that I couldn’t have them on my own took away something from me, took away something from my husband, took away something from our lives.
Fast forward 8 years, to right now, I’m 33 years old. My husband and I are expecting something that we never thought we’d have the chance to experience. To have the privilege of feeling, knowing, exploring. We are on an incredibly exciting adventure of becoming new parents to our very own little baby, that we created. We blew medical opinion out of the water, and we miraculously created something we didn’t even know we could. The fact that I’m now 24 weeks pregnant, still blows my mind and my husbands’ mind. We feel lucky, we feel complete, we feel such an overwhelming amount of feelings, that its difficult to describe them in one simple word let alone a paragraph. As I sit here writing this post, I feel my little baby moving around (she’s an active one, let me tell you), and I’m so filled with love, joy, excitement, and a new beaming sense of self-worth that I want to cry (pregnancy hormones aside). I’ve shared with you an ultrasound photo of our sweet little baby in this post, simply because I feel that she is absolutely beautiful, and we haven’t met her yet. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes, and when you least expect it but when you need it the most.
With this new miracle in our lives, I’ve decided to start incorporating mom-to-be and more into this blog, as this is really my current focus in life. I still love fashion, style, makeup, shoes, and more, but this baby and my husband are my everything. I’d love nothing more than to open this up to something bigger, and connect with other moms and moms-to-be to discover inspiration, creative ideas, and more. I hope you will ride along this exciting adventure with me. Thank you for reading for so many years, for hoping on the roller coasters, and for letting me share a piece of my personal life with you. I love you all so much!
Shopbop is at it again with another AMAZING sale. Right now thru Sunday 4/16/2017 you can save 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders of $500 or more using code EVENT17. The best part about this sale is that it includes full-price AND sale items!!!!
There are few brands excluded from the sale, so make sure you read all of the exclusions on Shopbops site to make sure you shop the sale without exclusions! Shop the sale here.
With Summer just around the corner, I cannot wait to get my hands on some cute espadrilles for comfy, cute, and stylish footwear. Here are a few of my favorites:
There is an AMAZING sale happening RIGHT NOW at ShopBop! Now through March 5th 2017 you can save up to 25% off of your order using code GOBIG17! ShopBop has some fabulous brand, some of my personal favorites – Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Stuart Weitzman, and so many more. Get your favorite Spring picks before Spring hits with this fantastic sale at ShopBop!
Be sure to share your shopping hauls with me on social! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – or send me a snap (@itsmekirstinm)! Happy shopping!!
I am super excited to share with all of you THE perfect holiday gift of the season – Chocolat Frey!!
This holiday season, Chocolat Frey is the absolute perfect holiday gift. I created this gorgeous gift basket filled with some of my favorites from Chocolat Frey. Their packaging is pure perfection, easy to open, festive, and looks beautiful. Each product has it’s own unique, distinct, delicious taste. I adore how you can taste every single ingredient. Everything blends together to create a smooth, indulgent, chocolaty adventure that makes you want to come back for more (and more, and more, and more…). Giving Chocolat Frey is a lovely gift idea for anyone who is a lover of chocolate, sweets, or just craves an incredible extravagant experience.
Chocolat Frey is premium authentic Swiss chocolate that started thanks to two brothers, Robert and Max Frey in 1887. They had a passion for creating fine Swiss chocolate products. This is the foundation of the company’s commitment to quality and excellence. Did you know that today, Chocolat Frey is the #1 chocolat brand in Switzerland?!
Chocolat Frey uses only authentic, GMO-free ingredients (heck yes!!), including rich cocoa beans, whole roasted nuts, and milk – creating some of the most delicious chocolate I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. One of my favorite things about Chocolat Frey is that they have a bean-to-bar method that leaves nothing to chance. This process, perfected to the T, consistently provides true quality, and that incredible indulgence that we all crave when looking for a delicious, premium chocolate.
Aside from being utterly delectable, Chocolat Frey is UTZ certified. I love that they take a careful approach to the environment, while supporting sustainable cocoa farming. It makes their chocolate that much better!!
Want to know where you can purchase Chocolat Frey? I’ve got you, boo! Chocolate Frey Napsli can be found at Sam’s Club across the country. 80 delicious individually wrapped authentically Swiss milk and dark chocolate pieces for only $9.99. I’ve included a list of retailers below where you can find Chocolat Frey.