Guest Post: Upbeat Soles

May 05, 2015
Hi sweet friends! Elle here, and I'm super excited to start introducing to you some of my very favorite bloggers! They've agreed to guest post for me while I learn all the ins and outs of becoming a mom ;) So, first up is one of my favorites, Shannon! Enjoy! xoxo.

Hey loves! It's Shannon from Upbeat Soles! First off, I just want to thank Elle for letting me crash her place while she is welcoming her new bundle of joy! I can't congratulate you enough and I know you are going to be such a wonderful (and stylish) mommy! Just a little bit about me, I am a born and raised Florida girl who is medical by day, fashion blogger by night and I truly believe you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to look fabulous!

One of my absolute favorite Spring staples has got to be the maxi dress! They are just so easy to throw on, comfy, and perfect for the warm Spring weather! I also can't resist a beautiful pattern! I have acquired quite a collection. or have become an addict, whichever you prefer, so I decided to dedicate my guest post to my favorite maxi dress looks! Is anyone else a maxi addict?!
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I hope everyone has a wonderful day! <3

Lady in Red

May 03, 2015


Hi ladies! I'm sharing one of my last maternity looks with you. This Pink Blush maxi dress is seriously a great option for non-preggo ladies too! It's soft, comfortable and perfect to dress up or down for any occasion! I went with simple blue and red. Primary colors together look so amazing. I'm also a fan of cobalt and yellow or red and yellow together! Who knew that high school art class would influence my wardrobe choices 10 years later?! 

Spotlight Weekly Link-Up: Week 87 | Denim

April 29, 2015
 
I am officially on maternity leave from blogging for a while, so please enjoy linking up with my amazing co-host Jacqueline, and our fabulous guest hosts you can see below! I've also included some of my favorite photos from last year where I styled denim ;)

The lovely Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! This week our theme is denim! 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!)

Bump Bows

Hi ladies! Today I'm here to share an awesome product with you called Bump Bows! These adhesive type stickers go over your belly button for decoration, utility, and even a make a great accessory for a maternity shoot! I've been using my package this whole pregnancy and I love that they smooth out my belly! Some ladies like the sticking out belly button look haha, but I'm not one of them ;)

My favorite bows are the pink ones of course since I'm having a little girl! The striped and polka dotted ones are the cutest! Isn't this just the coolest invention ever? Oh, and if you have a preggo friend, these make amazing gifts!
I'm giving away a package of Bump Bows on my instagram account today, so stop by @livingincolorstyle so that you can enter to win a pack of your own! Happy Wednesday! xoxo.

Currently Craving | Summer Sandals

April 28, 2015

Hi ladies! Just wanted to share some summer sandal inspiration on this lovely Tuesday! I am totally in love with all of these styles for summer! I've seen these styles in various stores, and I have already started my collection of summer sandals! I think the Vince espadrille sandals are probably my favorite at this point, and I may have to own them in every color! Notice the neutral trend I've got going on... sandals are a staple and must match with every outfit all the time! So, which are your favorite?

Tribal Print

April 27, 2015



Hi loves! Happy Monday ;) I'm sharing one of my last maternity looks! My maxi dress + denim jacket combo has been super played out, but I love that the pattern on this dress is unique! The navy and pink together are one of my favorite color combos. Can you believe this darling necklace from Jessica N Designs?! I thought it was perfect to wear the last few days of pregnancy to honor just J and I's time together before baby. I know that those days/weeks are pretty special!

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 InPink.com 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!

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