Spotlight Weekly Link-Up | Week 86: Work Week Style

April 22, 2015
I am officially on maternity leave from blogging for a while, so although I'm still very present via social media (and I've got a giant queue of posts built up, for the next three weeks) please enjoy linking up with my amazing co-host Jacqueline, and our fabulous guest hosts you can see below :) I've included a few of my favorite 'work week chic' looks from the past year or so! Which one is your favorite?!

The lovely Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! This week our theme is work week style! Or you can pick any fashion/beauty related post to link up! Come back weekly to visit us! (Click after the break to link-up!)

What to Pack for the Hospital

April 21, 2015
Hi friends! I'm super excited about my rapidly approaching due date, and wanted to share some things that I plan on taking with me to the hospital. Since I'm a first time mom, I'm sure some of this stuff will be excessive/I won't need it all at the hospital, but I'm of the mindset that it's better to be safe than sorry! Even if you're husband's carrying a couple extra bags for you ;)

Because I'm an organization freak, I separated this post into two sections - what to pack for mom, and what to pack for baby! I just used a typical [well, it does have pink polka dots] suitcase and duffel bag for my hospital things, and I decided on a Tory Burch 'Ella' tote as my diaper bag. I'm in love with the nylon material, and it's still stylish enough to wear with my outfits!

List of things I put in my hospital bag: 
- insurance cards, birth plan, hospital documents
- my own hospital gown: I adore the pink polka dot one I got from Baby Be Mine Maternity.
- 2 pairs of nonskid socks
- a book to read while you're waiting for labor to progress: I'm reading The Happiest Baby on the Block, and Bring Up Bebe (for the second time!)
- iPod with birthing playlist/speakers
- 2-3 maternity/nursing bras
- 2 nursing gowns and/or robes to wear after delivery
- nursing pads for leaking/soothing
- Lalabu soothe shirt: I can't wait to try this out. It's the ultimate way to 'wear' your baby. I've been doing lots of research on baby wearing! 
- 2 comfy outfits to wear in the hospital
- toiletries (face wash, make-up remover, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, etc.)
- hair dryer/flat iron
- my own pillow (with a distinguishable pillow case)
- my own towel (I hear hospital ones can be rough and tiny)- make-up bag (I know we'll be taking pictures, and I want to look nice!)
- Milk & Baby Belly Bandit compression top: this is a nursing top, and it helps start trimming your waistline! I am super excited about this item!
- camera with battery and charger
- a going home outfit: I chose this comfy, cute dress from Pink Blush Maternity
- baby wearing wrap: I may try this out at the hospital so the nurses can help me, but I know I'll be using this amazing wrap ALL THE TIME! I love the Happy Baby Wrap because they've got such amazing prints and patterns! 
List of things I packed in baby's diaper bag:
- 3 onesies in newborn size
- 3 onesies in 0-3 months size
- 2 pairs of mitts for baby's hands
- 2-3 pairs of baby socks
- 2 Aden + Anais Muslin swaddle blankets: I've heard such great things about Muslin blankets!
- adorable headbands/infant hats (these ones below are from Infanteenie Beenie - @infanteeniebeenie) 
- a few extra diapers
- Hemmed in 3-in-1 infant accessory: this piece is a nursing cover, carseat canopy, and play mat/blanket (items like this seem super mom-friendly so I don't have to carry around a million things... it serves multiple purposes.) Have I mentioned how excited I am about nursing?!
- installed car seat: we chose the Uppababy Mesa car seat
-stylish nursing scarf: I'll probably wear this one home! I love my chevron scarf from Kismet Love Collection (@kismetlovecollection)
Like I said, it may seem like a lot of stuff, but I'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared! What are some things you took to the hospital that you maybe don't see on my list? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from other mama's! 

Maxi Moment (or month)

April 20, 2015

Hi loves! Happy Tuesday! Today I'm back with a fairly simple combo - a long black dress and cognac accessories! Never underestimate the power of any sort of black dress. I could style this with a blush pink kimono for a more bohemian feel, or I could pair it with a denim jacket or vest! Since the weather is so gorgeous, I just styled it with a statement necklace from and my Tory Burch staples! Make sure to check out the fabulous non-maternity styles I've found above! xo.

Bloggers Who Budget | Stripe Love

April 19, 2015
Wearing: Motherhood Maternity maxi dress c/o (similar non maternity option here, and several linked below) | Old Navy denim vest | Tory Burch 'Miller' sandals | Dolce Vita bag c/o | Joyiia 'Sol' necklace c/o | InPink 'Spotlight Rhinestone' bracelet c/o

Hi loves! Today the #BloggersWhoBudget are back this month styling our favorite take on stripes! While black and white or navy and white are my favorite stripe combos, I decided to style this colorful striped Motherhood Maternity dress for a change. It is super lightweight, and very soft, so it makes this last month of pregnancy very doable and stylish! I paired it with a denim vest for a change since I feel like all I've been wearing lately is a maxi dress with sandals.

In other news, who was able to snag some Lilly Pulitzer for Target?! I found a few things online Saturday night, then was able to snag a couple things in stores Sunday morning!
I hope you had an amazing weekend. Be sure to check out the other girls' #BloggersWhoBudget 'Stripe Love' looks, and have a fabulous week!

Spotlight Weekly Link-Up | Week 85: Statement Jewelry

April 15, 2015

Hi loves! I'm super excited to share this dress with you because it reflects my love for all things colorful! My blog is named Living in Color after all ;) I'm so ready for the brights, neons and other lovely trends that summer brings! Pretty soon I'll have another human to dress other than myself! She has lots of neon outfits already ;) Can you believe how darling this Stacy Brown Designs clutch is? I love that it has my monogram on it - personalized pieces are my jam.

The lovely Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! This week our theme is statement jewelry! Or you can pick any fashion/beauty related post to link up! Come back weekly to visit us! (Click after the break to link-up!)

Just Pretend

Wearing: Preggo.Leggings top c/o | Old Navy dress (worn as skirt - super on sale!) | Alicia Klein clutch c/o | Target sandals (only $22) | similar necklace (ony $5) | My Flat in London bow bangle | Sparkle & Gem 'Teardrop Crystal' bracelet c/o

Hi loves! This is going to be a quick post, because I'm waist-deep in baby prep! Today I'm sharing a look with you from a desperate prego lady! I am really struggling to find creative pieces to style these days, being almost 9 months and all ;) Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy with wearing dresses every day but sometimes I like to be creative with my outfits, so I styled a maxi dress as a skirt with my Prego.Leggings top (which is super comfy and soft!) 

If you're interested, I'll be hosting a Prego.Leggings giveaway on my instagram soon! Follow me @livingincolorstyle for details on how to enter!

Baby Shower Love

April 14, 2015
Hi lovely ladies! Today I'm super excited to share my photos from my three baby showers given for me by my sweet family, my friends, and a surprise shower thrown by my coworkers! I am so blessed and thankful for each person that took part in showering my little one with beautiful gifts!

Baby Shower #1 - Friends
The inspiration for this shower was all things girly and of course, pink! My two sweet friends Brittany and Cathy offered to throw this shower, and they did such a great job or organizing it! There were crepes, fruit cups, and a delicious cake! The turnout was amazing, and I was so thankful to have so many supportive friends join me in celebrating my little girl! Cathy did an amazing job designing the invitations! She used Tiny Prints and was able to completely personalize them, see proofs, and get them ordered, and sent out within about a week of creating them! I adore the pink stripes.
cake courtesy of Sissy Sweet Cakes
Invitations courtesy of Tiny Prints
Mint floral dress courtesy of Pink Blush Maternity (similar here)
My sweet friend, Brittany!
Thank-you notes courtesy of Tiny Prints

Click below to see photos from my other two baby showers!

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