August 30, 2016

Pink Stripes

Multi striped dress Le Tote dress

The weekend before last, we headed to Lancaster, PA, to celebrate my good friend's 40th birthday.  One of my friends from Miami moved there many years ago after getting married and having children so its nice to have close friends not too far away from me in New York.  Another bonus was seeing how many people came into town from Miami for the festivities.  We had a mini Miami reunion in Lancaster and I had the best time ever!  I love seeing old friends.  Its always as though no time has passed and we always pick up right where we left from.

Lancaster is beautiful, it is nice to see so much greenery where you are able to see for miles down a field.  The town is not complicated with high-rises sticking out at every corner and everyone is so friendly.  I was in a great mood heading over there and this dress complimented my mood.  The bright colors and fun stripe pattern matched my personality and kept my comfort level at an all time high.  This dress screams birthday party!  

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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Pink multi striped dress Le Tote maternity style

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August 29, 2016

Soothe Massage

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This weekend the weather was beautiful.  My husband headed out to the preseason NY Jets game and I had our home all to myself.  So naturally, I booked myself a massage.  Not just any massage, but one at my own home so I didn't have to go far at all through the company Soothe.  Soothe is a massage service that delivers massage therapists to you within the hour or you can schedule in advance.  All therapists are licensed, background-checked and thoroughly vetted.  There are a variety of massages you can choose from including deep tissue, Swedish, and pre-natal.  You are also able to book couples massages and enjoy it together with your significant other.  The pricing is simple, it is a set price based on the length of the massage and it already includes gratuity.  

I booked a massage for the early afternoon on Saturday and once it is set, I was able to see the name of the therapist that would be coming to my home.  When booking the massage, I was also able to choose the gender of the therapist.  This is a great option for those who want to be as specific as possible when they choose a massage therapist.  Brenda was my therapist and she called me beforehand to let me know she was close by.  She arrived promptly and quickly set up her equipment, which included her massage table and music.  I made myself comfortable and she got started right away.  The massage was so relaxing and my muscles felt so relieved.  At first I was worried about having a pre-natal massage but I was quickly put at ease as it was quite clear that Brenda knew exactly what she was doing and was very good at her massage technique.  I was completely in heaven enjoying the massage that the time just flew by and before I knew it, it was over.  Brenda packed up her equipment and was on her way.  I completely enjoyed my massage and it was in the comfort of my own home!  I highly recommend this company and there is an app that allows you to book directly from your phone.  For $30 off your first massage, use the code FYBBF.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you for reading,

Andrea     

Soothe massage promo code FYBBF

Soothe massage promo code FYBBF

Wheres the bump?

Henri Bendel Jetsetter backpack travel style

I am now 27 weeks pregnant and with this top, you wouldn't even know it.  This open back blouse from French Connection is quite deceiving.  Paired with this stretchy skirt, it is great for summer time.  In the front, it appears to be a great work outfit but then...boom...I turn around and its party time :)

I am always pretty cold anywhere I go but with this pregnancy, I have found myself hot all the time so this shirt helped me to keep my cool when we headed out for Sunday brunch.  It is fun and playful but too bad I can't actually wear it to work.   I've been lucky and still haven't had to buy maternity clothing since the big trends this summer have been loose fitting clothing.  This makes it easier to pull items from my closet to fit the bump.  We will have to see how much longer that will last!  Another handy item that I am using a lot this summer is my Henri Bendel Jetsetter backpack.  It is convertible and can be worn three ways and so spacious that I can always fit a bottle of water in there to keep me hydrated.  How is everyone keeping themselves cool this summer?

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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French connection white top and hangar red skirt

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Skirt: Hangar (Astoria Boutique), Top: French Connection, Bag: Henri Bendel, Shoes: old

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August 27, 2016

Green Mango Dress & 6 Month Pregnancy Update

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I can't believe I am already six months pregnant.  Time is really flying, I felt like I just announced the pregnancy.  Its been interesting finding pieces that are comfortable and easy to wear with my bump.  I haven't really purchased any maternity clothes as yet but the time is definitely getting near.  This relaxed dress is from Mango and I have been wearing it all summer.  It is a great transition piece for my growing bump.  The fabric is lightweight, breathable and perfect pregnancy fashion.  I will definitely be able to wear this dress throughout the pregnancy.   I wore this dress with one of my summer staples, these open toe booties I purchased on my trip to Rome earlier this year.  The block heel allows me to feel safer when running around town.  Paired with a denim jacket or worn alone, this dress is a summer favorite. 

So far, I must say that I haven't had a bad pregnancy.  I didn't have bad morning sickness during the first or second trimester.  Now, during the sixth month, there have been a few symptoms that have creeped up.  

I started to experience heartburn right before going to sleep.  I noticed that when I had a glass of milk before bedtime, it relieved any heartburn I would have so now I have my nightly glass and don't have to worry about the heartburn.  Second, I fully have the linea negra...the dark vertical line that runs all the way down my abdomen.  It's definitely interesting to see the different changes in my body.  Fortunately, I do have my energy.  I have been feeling good for the most part and have made a point to keep going to the gym.  Lastly, I now have constant nasal congestion, known as pregnancy rhinitis.    It does make it a bit difficult to sleep but definitely manageable.  

I have to be honest, for so many years, I would worry about gaining so much weight during pregnancy and having a belly.  Now that I am pregnant, I love my belly.  It is so pretty to me and I couldn't be happier every time I look at it.  I know I just was not in the right state of mind all those years ago and everything is happening now when its supposed to!  I am feeling all these movements and kicks and I am in awe of what our human bodies are capable of.  I am so in love with this baby, I just can't control it!  

By the way, I do not what we are having and will be sharing soon!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea


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Mango dress maternity style pregnant and fit

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August 23, 2016

7 Charming Sisters


7 Charming Sisters Bracelets

I have always been a fan of accessories.  I tend to go through phases of what I like though.  For a period of time, I was always wearing statement necklaces.  Recently though, I am loving bracelets.  I like to mix and match and I think bracelets are that subtle accessory that bring such a great style and transform any outfit.  Recently I learned about and worked with 7 Charming Sisters, a company formed by seven women that have come together each with their own dynamic style to curate jewelry that will fit with any woman needs.  In addition, the most impressive part of this company is the fact that they also give back.  They are committed to employing people with disabilities!  A company that sells fabulous jewelry and thinks about others...thats what I am talking about!  They have won my heart!

Now lets talk about this jewelry, shall we.  Here, I am stacking three bracelets from 7 Charming Sisters, the Beloved Bracelet, the On Display Bracelet, and the Sparkle Sparkle Bracelet.  They go very well together and when I want to keep it simple at the office, I can just wear the Sparkle Sparkle bracelet to sharpen up my outfit.  I have worn these bracelets almost everyday since I received them and I can tell you that they are of great quality.  They shine constantly and are durable for those long days at work with me constantly hitting my arm against my keyboard.  Even more importantly, they look amazing! They stand out and the size is perfect.  Don't think they only have bracelets though.  Definitely check out their other pieces ranging from necklaces to earrings, and now bridal sets.  All their options are trendy and affordable.  There is a style quiz you can take to help you find specific pieces to fit your aesthetic.  I am so happy with their bracelets and look forward to getting more great pieces from their site.   

Thank you for reading,

Andrea


H&M Grey dress

JustFab heels and H&M grey dress

Gucci sunglasses and stacked bracelets

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Dress: H&M, Shoes: JustFab, Sunglasses: Gucci, Bracelets: 7 Charming Sisters

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August 16, 2016

Summer Work Wear

Le Tote

Staying cool and comfortable is my priority this season.  I found this racerback dress and it's not a maternity dress.   This Octavia dress is a size small and fits easily over my bump without being tight. I threw on my blazer to give it a polished look and make it work appropriate.  Simple accessories were added but my truly favorite part of the outfit are the shoes.

These fringed heels are from JustFab and really accentuate any outfit.  They are fun and flirty and perfect for summer.  

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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Just Fab sandals

Darby Parker sunglasses Astoria in Heels

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August 15, 2016

Astoria Finds: Sweet Jane Ice Cream


Sweet Janes Ice cream Astoria



I have always had a sweet tooth but I must admit that this pregnancy has put it on overdrive.  I am trying to be careful with not over doing it but I love chocolate, from cookies to cake to ice cream.   After having brunch with friends one weekend, we decided to take a stroll to get ice cream.  We ended up here at Sweet Janes Shop, located at 27-17 24th Street.  As soon as we walked in, the staff was so welcoming.  They made sure to let us know that it is their policy to let you taste as many flavors as you want.  I can never decide and ended up all over the place tasting flavors from salty dog to the S'mores.  They were very accommodating and I never felt rushed.

I decided on Coffee Kahlua which has a really strong flavor that I love!  Their ice cream is heavenly and I don't say that often about ice cream.  Usually, I prefer cakes or cookies to ice cream but this shop has me singing a different tune.  The texture is great and they really fill you up when they scoop their ice creams.  I enjoyed this so much that my husband and I find ourselves walking over at night just for a scoop.  It is about a 15 walk but so worth it.  You have to make it to this ice cream shop in Astoria, it is a true gem in our neighborhood.


Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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August 1, 2016

Pink Wrap Dress

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Wrap dresses are trending this summer and ruffles are the perfect compliment to them.   I wore this pink ensemble to join other bloggers for Sunday brunch.  I always have such a great time meeting other like minded women who are so ambitious and focused.  I had a great time getting to know each of them and finding women who you can have worldly discussions with.  One of the best parts about being in New York has definitely been the people I have met.  It is a nice change of pace that I am happy to have found.  

I was so excited to find these strappy heels on sale at Zara.  They are comfortable and the various shades of pink will allow them to be paired with a multitude of outfits.  I went with the pink overload by also wearing my pink mini Drew Chloe purse and pink Gucci shades.  I think you can never have too much pink :)

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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