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Spring Sparkle In My Step

I'm back and getting bigger by the week! We are now in the home stretch (I'm 28 weeks), and I couldn't be more excited for my beautiful baby girl to arrive.

Dressing is becoming quite the challenge these days as now ALL of my regular tops are cropped, and my non-maternity bottoms do not have a prayer. 

I was thrilled to receive this simple, sophisticated dress from Nora Gardner. It's perfect for work and any upcoming events that I have to attend. Best part is it's not a maternity dress so I'll definitely be able to wear it post-pregnancy! 
{Although Nora will be adding some baby bump friendly styles to her store at 47th and Lexington coming in April}.

I jazzed up my look with these gorgeous earrings, ring and bracelet thanks to Sorrelli ~ accessories are my best friends these days because they work no matter how big the belly gets! 

If all of the above weren't exciting enough, the polar vortex known as NJ is finally beginning to thaw. I've seen grass (and by grass I mean lifeless muddy patches of ground) for the first time in months!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!


A Worthy Investment

Coat:  Zara (old, similar here), Dress:  Anthropologie (old, similar here, here), Bag:  Mansur Gavriel (also loving the backpack), Boots:  Stuart Weitzman, Sunnies:  Ray-Ban

These boots are my winter wardrobe rescue. My husband gave them to me for my birthday, and I basically wear them every other day.

Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they keep my legs super warm {a major bonus this winter since it's been the coldest since the 1930's}. Also, between all of the ice and my growing belly throwing off my balance, flats are a must these days. 

These boots have probably paid for themselves 5x over. 

If you're thinking of buying a pair, definitely a worthy investment in my book.

On another note, hop on over to my Instagram this week to enter a fabulous giveaway with Gold and Gray  Jewelry.

Happy Monday everyone!


Perpetual Winter

Coat:  c/o Sheinside, Top:  Anthropologie (old, similar here), Jeans:  H&M (similar non-maternity style here), Bag:  3.1 Phillip Lim, Boots:  Hunter, Sunnies:  Forever 21 (similar here)

This winter seriously seems as though it's never going to end. In fact, it's snowing as I'm creating this post. I haven't seen green in months, and I'm seriously yearning for some fresh air and vitamin D.

But enough whining about the weather.

Once it does start to warm up and the flowers begin to appear, Baby Royle will be here before I know it. And I'm certainly nowhere near ready for her arrival.

Happy Monday everyone!


Never Will I Ever

Before becoming pregnant, I had many ideas about what my pregnancy style would look like. 

As I now embark on my 6th month of pregnancy, all I can do is sit back and laugh at my naive pre-pregnancy self.

So today I thought I would share with you a few of my pre-pregncy thoughts that went out the window once my belly began to pop.

#1 - I will never wear maternity jeans. Why the heck not? Did I think I was going to suck it in or do the hair-tie trick for 9 months? This was the first notion that was debunked. By 16 weeks I was dying for some relief. I dragged my mother to Destination Maternity with me, tried on about 15 pairs, and finally settled on my first pair of maternity jeans. Since then, I have purchased about 4 more pairs from H&M. I love the fit of their maternity jeans and you can't beat the price.

#2 - Leggings should never be worn as pants. I now prefer leggings over jeans/pants, and happily wear them to the office very often. After trying several pairs, I found this Gap pair to be the best. They go under the belly {sometimes I find the full panel can be a bit itchy} and are super soft.

#3 - I'm going to be pregnant in heels! I traded in my four inches for flats as soon as the lower back pain flared up. Once in a while I will wear a pair of heels at work, but I always bring my flats along. Also, there has been so much snow and ice that heels outside are just not a smart choice these days.

#4 - I'll probably be able to wear my regular clothes up until the very end. At about 5 months most of my tops started to become crop tops. I now have two options - buy a lot of oversized tunics, or buy some maternity tops. I did a bit of both, but for my basics I find that these Old Navy tees fit the bill.

And so, as my body changes my style does too. Lucky for me, accessories ~ like this amazing Ona Chan necklace ~ fit no matter how big your belly gets!

Happy Monday everyone!


The Bug

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a Valentine's Day filled with love, and a relaxing day off yesterday.

First and foremost, I want to apologize for the delay in revealing my Uncommon Goods giveaway winner. I intended on posting yesterday, however, fell behind schedule after being sick with the stomach bug all weekend.


I learned that the only thing worse than having the stomach bug, is having it when you are pregnant. Feeling so much better today, thank goodness!

Now without further adieu, my giveaway winner is...

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congratulations Emma! I will be contacting you shortly. Thank you to everyone who entered.

More outfit posts to come shortly!


Valentine's Day Gifting and a GIVEAWAY

I'm usually not a person who gets all gaga over Valentine's day. I'm quite cynical actually. I feel that couples should try to express their love for each other as much as possible ~ not just because of the 'holiday' ~ and the times I have gone out to dinner, it's overpriced and lacking in quality.

My ideal V-day consists of making a card and a romantic home-cooked dinner for my husband.

However, on this particular V-day, I am feeling a little more mushy than usual ~ probably because of my little miracle growing inside me ~ and decided that I would go 'all out' {and by 'all out' I mean I decided to get my husband and our princess a little somethin'-somethin'}

I was overjoyed when Uncommon Goods contacted me for a collaboration. Their selection of unique designs and handcrafted gifts is second to none, and although my list is short, they had the perfect presents for my two loves.

I chose this IPA beer brewing kit for the hubs, and these oh-so-adorable ballerina socks for my little love:

Still unsure of what to get your Valentine? Maybe a little something for yourself from their fabulous selection of gifts for women or personalized gifts.

Much of the selection on their site is handcrafted by artists and designers, and created in harmony with the environment. It's just a bonus that they are based in Brooklyn, one of my favorite boroughs. Most of their items are very reasonably priced. Best part? They are offering a $25 gift card to one lucky CC reader! 

Enter below to win and good luck!

**Giveaway ends on Friday 2/13 at 12am and is open to US only.