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:
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!
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’m super excited to announce that I’ve recently relaunched my YouTube channel, Kir Sparkles!! I’d love it if you would check out my latest greatest YouTube video. I’m unboxing the new FabFitFun Fall 2016 box – and all of the extras I purchased with it. Leave me some love!
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
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!!
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
**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DriveShop. All opinions are my own.
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!