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Paisley Swing Dress

16 January 2017

If there's one silhouette that never fails me it most definitely would have to be of the swing variety. There's something about the movement and flow of a swing dress that makes it an essential in my closet, pregnant or not. When it comes to colors and prints, the more the merrier. This particular dress immediately caught my eye with the colorful, winter friendly paisley print and above the knee hemline. It flows effortlessly over my bump and makes getting dressed that much easier, especially on those dreaded "I have nothing to wear" days. Which seem to happen more and more as the months progress. Eck. 

Since layering is key at this stage of winter (though it was 50-something degrees when we shot these at the end of last week) I had to add this suedette coat to my lineup. Draped front, oversized pockets and the luxe finish? Yes please, AND for under $100? SOLD. Plus it layers over my dress flawlessly, making for a perfect pairing. 

Dress Show Me Your Mumu via Zappos, Jacket Brigitte Bailey via Zappos, Boots Report

Golden Milk Recipe

12 January 2017

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2017 is officially in full swing and if you're like the majority of the population chances are you've made some sort of resolution to make this the best year ever or something along those lines. Whether it's whipping yourself into shape, trying to get organized or finally buckling down and making some serious changes,you've likely hit the ground running and are seizing that goal (or goals). I personally am not getting too crazy just yet with the goals, after all we already have some big life changes coming our way in May. But, I will say I have had a hankering to try Golden Milk for like, forever. Basically, it's turmeric and a bunch of other amazing spices mixed with milk to warm the cockles of your heart. It's actually REALLY good and I don't use that description lightly, especially when it comes to alternating my other favorite cold weather beverages, like hot chocolate. Aside from being delicious, it has some pretty amazing properties, the turmeric alone is a reason to give it a shot. It's anti-imflammitory and has tons of anti-oxidant properties.

As far as creating the mustard-y hued concoction it's actually really simple and can be done a number of ways with a number of different types of recipes. I kept it simple for my first time and ended up sticking to this recipe, it does the trick. 

Turmeric Milk (Golden Milk) - Serves 2 

For The Paste:
1.5 C Milk (Cow, Coconut, or Almond Milk)
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tbsp. Ground Turmeric
1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
1 Tsp. Black Pepper (It help the Turmeric absorb)
3-4 Tbsp. raw honey
 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tsp. Cinnamon

In a sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. 

Reduce heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Serve warm. 

Check on Check

11 January 2017

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Now that the flu and first snow of the new year have come and gone I can finally get back to wearing some of my winter favorites. Current obsession: check on check. I'm all about this particular chicwish jacket and it could not have been a more perfect addition to my winter coat collection, though I'm starting to realize I might need an all black version of this cut and style. Until then I'm piling on the blanket scarves and wearing it with my winter basics, like these black maternity jeggings and turtleneck. Psst. my boots are currently on sale at Zappos in both colors just in case you're looking for a new over the knee boot. Check'm out. Xo.

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Burgundy Smokey Eye

10 January 2017

Sure the holidays are over but that doesn't mean we have to part with the festive looking makeup looks, especially now that the glum and ho-hum days of winter are here. Why not heat up from that 15˚ degree weather with rich hued, wine inspired look - think mulled wine with a hint of shimmer, and on your eyes. It can be toned down for day or amplified for date night. I know we're a month off but maybe it could be a contender for Valentine's day. I personally kept the lip simple and went with a muted, pastel pink lip from MAC to let the eyes do all the sparkling. 
1. Prep your face with a primer.  I used ThisWorks "In Transit Camera Close-up" (It's a moisturizer, primer and mask in one). 

2. Next, with my Real Techniques Beauty Sponge (dampened) I applied my Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

3. A little contouring and highlighting with Maybelline Master Contour in 010 Light & Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in Medium Nude Glow

4. On the apples of my cheeks I kept it simple with Stila Sunrise Splendor Convertible Color

5. With Bareminerals Gen nude in Borderline I lined and blended my lips. Applied Mac Real Doll and gave it a quick blot. 

6. Finally eyes, I'm obsessed with the Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette so there was no chance I was not putting it to use on this one especially when "Pigalle" is the perfect color for the job. I created a base with "Jezebel" on my lids and lightly built up color with "Pigalle" in my crease until I reached the the hue I desired and then blended with a q-tip for a smokey, more balanced look.

Favorite Outfits of 2016

09 January 2017

Hooray, It's FINALLY 2017! Ok, it has been for at least a week now but since I've been sick in bed and haven't cracked open my computer since 2016 I figured I still had a moment to celebrate the new year. Woohoo, break out the sparkling cider! Initially I had planned for this post to go live last week but  honestly the flu and screen time just don't mix for some reason. So here it is, a week late. We're looking back at 2016 one last time with fondness and celebrating the last 12 months of style on TFD. I'm still pretty excited about stepping outside of my "I like to wear black" box to play around with more colors and prints. See which made the cut for my favorites and pick a few of your own....

Here's to another stylish year for the both of us!

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Small Sips With Evolution Fresh®

05 January 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Evolution Fresh® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Now that coffee is out of the picture for the next several months (blah, thanks pregnancy) I've found myself reaching for more baby friendly alternatives for my morning routine. One of which is a longtime favorite, green juice. It's basically the easiest way to get my daily fruits and vegetables in one serving at the beginning of the day. Because, real talk I don't always hit my daily suggested serving size for some reason or another. It happens to the best of us. Now, usually I'm all for busting out the juicer and making it on my own with a healthy amount of fresh produce, but since my energy is lately on the low side, I'm going with the easier route and picking up the already bottled versions. No judgement.  One of my longtime personal favorites is Evolution Fresh®, of whom I have been a fan of since the delicious juices first hit shelves a few years back at Whole Foods. 

Now they're easily found at a variety of local grocery stores, and Starbucks, which lucky for me just so happens to be around the corner.  Evolution Fresh cold presses their juice by high-pressure processing to protect nutrients and taste. I'm all about the smooth greens & kale medley of go-to greens with potassium, a splash of tropical sweetness and a smooth mint finish (with a paltry 7grams of sugar per 8 fl. oz serving). Each bottle of green juice contains 10 g of sugar or less per 8 fluid ounce serving, so you're not sacrificing anything when you reach for that bottle.  I usually drink one whole Evolution Fresh throughout the first part of the day, starting when I wake up in the morning. I will usually finish it off at around my pre-lunch snack break and pair it with a little bit of protein to keep me moving. I have gotten into the habit of putting a cup of plain yogurt together with a handful of nuts or granola. This with my bottle of juice is my favorite way to start off the morning. I do have to admit, however, that I have found myself cheating on my healthy food choices with a bowl of organic cocoa crispies every now and then (it's all about moderation... and pregnancy cravings). As far as pre-lunch snacks and lunch go, I with often end up with eggs with a decent amount of hot sauce and a side of avocado or sliced bananas. To finish the day, we will usually have some sort of protein and a heaping pile of vegetables, depending on the night. One essential do-not-miss throughout the day is water. Staying hydrated in key whether you're at home trying to make a deadline or popping into a grueling barre or spin class. This is something that everyone knows, but is so easy to let slip. I suggest recycling & refilling your Evolution Fresh bottles with water several times a day to keep you in the habit of drinking water regularly. Plus, you get to reuse that bottle a few times at least before you recycle it. With the new year upon us and each year's new goals in a brighter direction I suggest keeping it simple. Start small and get your body moving, even if it is just walking to work instead of taking a cab. It's the little things that help get you into the routine.  Learn more & see if Evolution Fresh is available near you.

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