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ShopBop Sale!

ShopBop Sale September 2017 on Kir Sparkles

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:

ShopBop Sale Details on Kir Sparkles

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Life, babies, miracles

Life and babies on Kirstin Marie

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you, huh?

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.

Kirstin Marie's baby July 2017
Our Sweet little baby

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!

xoxo,

~Kirstin

 

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Buy More Save More

ShopBop buy more save more March 2017 sale on kirstinmarie

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!!

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ShopBop for Fall!

ShopBop October 2016 Event of the Season Sale on Kirstin Marie

Hello hello!! Are y’all ready to get your Fall shopping shoes on?? ShopBop has an AMAZING sale going on RIGHT NOW!!! I don’t know about you, but I am on the ShopBop website AND the ShopBop app at least once a week these days. I am always keeping my eyes peeled for those delicious designer goodies that ShopBop has on lock. Before I start sharing my latest Fall favorites, let me give you the sale details so you can score some of my favorites!

Right now through October 14th, ShopBop is offering 25% off of a purchase of $500, and 30% off of a purchase over $500 with the code MAINEVENT16 at checkout.  Click here for full details and restrictions about the sale.

 

Kirstin’s Top Two Fall Favorites

Alexander Wang Mini Rockie with Rose Gold Hardware on Kirstin Marie

This may seem a little pricey, but let’s say you have been making googly eyes at the Alexander Wang Mini Rockie with Rose Gold hardware (one of my personal favorites – stunning bag – killer for Fall), which retails for $650 regularly. Now, with the code MAINEVENT16, you will save 30% (that’s $195!!) off of that bag, making it only $455!! That’s a steal at that price!! Not to mention – scoring a high end designer bag for under $500? Yes, please!!

 

Dolce Vita Saylor Booties on Kirstin Marie

These gorgeous Dolce Vita Saylor Booties are my absolute favorite for Fall. They hit at a great spot around the ankle, have a sweet little heel, and I love the zipper detailing. Grabbing these babies with 25% off is not a bad deal at all!!

 

What are your Fall favorites, and what are you planning on snapping up during the ShopBop sale? Leave me a comment and let me know! xx

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Kia Soul!

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DriveShop. All opinions are my own.

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The 2015 Kia Soul! is an awesome little car that I feel is pretty underrated. I partnered with DriveShop to test drive the 2015 Kia Soul!. I was lucky enough to spend a great week with the Kia Soul!, thanks to my friends at DriveShop. The car itself is fully loaded – I’m talking backup camera, panoramic sunroof, color changing speakers, leather interior, the works!

I was seriously surprised at how roomy the car is. I could fit four larger sized people plus some stuff in the trunk and everyone was super comfy! For a four cylinder vehicle, the car definitely has some pep to it. It is a nice and light weight car that handles really well on the highway and in the city. The maneuverability of the car was one of my favorite things about driving it. Plus – can we talk about how good this color is?? The vibrant red is a gorgeous color, and just adds to the car.

I’d like to give a big thank you to my friends over at DriveShop for this awesome opportunity!

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Keep on talking with Verizon + $500 Amazon Giveaway!

**DISCLOSURE: This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic**

Foley Family Christmas Photo 2015

Now more than ever is it important to me to be able to get in touch and connect with my family and my friends. With my mom passing away, I’ve never felt more of a need to constantly have the ability to talk to someone close to me at any given moment. Whether it be my husband, my father, my brother, or my best friend, these moments matter to me the most. When I don’t have signal, or the call drops, or we get disconnected for some unknown reason, it makes these moments very difficult, emotional and stressful for me. Having a reliable phone and service is really important to me.

Me and Dad in Savannah January 2016

I have been toying around with the idea of changing carriers for a long, long time now, so that this issue can stop happening. I’m always looking at Verizon. They have the largest coverage, which means no more dropped calls. Did you know that RootMetrics® rates Verizon #1 in speed, data, reliability and overall performance in the U.S.? That’s major! Verizon engineers are always testing their performance, and working to make it the best it can be. This, to me, is so incredibly important. It means that I can call or text my family anytime I need to, or want to.

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Right now, Verizon has some really good, affordable deals on new smartphones. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking to upgrade my phone. My father just recently got a new phone (and he is not one to purchase on a whim), and he loves it! Don’t let a bad phone keep you from talking to the ones you love! You can order a new smartphone or tablet from Verizon Wireless, add a line of service, and even become a new customer — all online! Plus, when you purchase a new device you can save $50 on select smartphones with coupon code COUPONVZW. Check out all of the latest deals on Verizon’s smartphones here. The COUPONVZW offer expires 2/29. Available for new customers or additional lines of service. Not valid for upgrades.

I think this Droid Turbo 2 is such a cute smartphone. I love the fact that is has a shatterproof display. I’m a victim of the random phone falling out of my bag moment, so a shatterproof display is a big win-win. Right now, Verizon has a “hidden offer” for the Droid Turbo 2. If you purchase a Droid Turbo 2, then you will get a free Qi Wireless Charger. To receive your free charger you must purchase the monthly device payment, not the full retail price. This offer is good through 2/25. Free is always good in my book, and wireless charging is such a cool concept!

I’ve teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and Verizon to offer up an amazing giveaway: $500 to Amazon!! Check out the details and how to enter below. Good luck!

  • Giveaway Prize: $500 to Amazon
  • Dates: February 2, 2016  – March 1, 2016 at 11:59pm EST
  • Disclaimers or Restrictions: U.S. residents ages 18 and up only

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