Stripes In The City

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Life has been hectic since returning to work a month ago so I am a bit later than I expected in sharing this look with you! I purchased this dress in April when I was shopping for something to wear to the Preakness.  I had my heart set on a particular dress (sharing that look soon) but I was afraid it wouldn’t arrive in time. (It was coming from Hong Kong) Originally this Ted Baker dress was my backup option for Maryland’s Running of the Preakness Stakes but my first choice dress arrived AND I decided to keep this dress too!  Do I need another dress?  Well… no but that never stops me and I needed this dress in my life. Not for the normal reasons of adding one to my collection but because of the way it makes me feel. Wearing this dress I feel beautiful and sexy!! Both of which are difficult but much needed after having a baby!

While I loved the look of the dress I was cautious to actually try it on.  In my mind I was thinking… I just had a baby three months ago maybe I should wait to try on a form fitted dress. On top of that Nordstrom only had a size 4 … ekk! I knew I was not in size 4 shape but for some reason I was still drawn to try it on. Sure enough I couldn’t zip the zipper to the top…. why???? Oh because my Mom boobs are still quite large. I was a tinge discouraged but I knew from the start I was going to fit the size 6.  Aside from not being able to zip it all the way…I was pleasantly surprised that it fit like a beautiful, shiny luxurious glove. The material while soft and stretchy is considerably thick…thick enough to hold in and pull up some of the softer areas. Maybe I loved it because I had in my mind that it wasn’t going to look good or that I only had to size up once from my normal size.  Either way, I not only feel pretty in this dress…I feel sexy! {And honestly this is the first time since having Kade I have felt that way.} This dress hides what needs to be hidden and accentuates all the right curves.  Sure, I get emotionally attached to some of my clothing but what really gets to me is how my attitude is emotionally driven by how I look and feel in my clothes. In this dress I feel like a GIRL BOSS all day long… I feel like me again. Business meetings, lunch dates, dinner or meeting my husband for an evening happy hour this is the dress to impress.

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HILILA ONE-SHOULDER ROWING STRIPE {nordstrom $309}

HILILA ONE-SHOULDER ROWING STRIPE {ted baker $185}

SINAMAY BOW DERBY HAT {nordstrom $69}

PEEP TOE LEATHER PUMPS {saksfifthavenue $795}

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Mauve Maxi

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Maxi dresses have easily become synonymous with summertime style! You can find maxis in all price ranges and fabrics from silk to satin, chiffon and cotton… the list goes on and on. This summer season I am all about comfort, wash-ability and style of course! Having a newborn, it’s really important to me that I’m […]

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Memorial Day Brunch

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This Memorial Day we hosted an intimate family brunch for eight.  Originally, I had all kinds of grandiose ideas for decorating but landed on a simple rustic Americana themed tablescape. Luckily, over the years I have accumulated quite an assortment of entertaining tableware that can easily be used for any theme. {You will see I used […]

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Black Eyed Susan Style

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One of Baltimore’s most prestigious events is the Running of the Preakness Stakes.  The weekend kicks off on Friday with Black Eyes Susan day. {The name pays tribute to the Maryland state flower}. Black Eyed Susan day {or BES} holds a lot of history for the city of Baltimore and was first run in 1919. […]

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Styled Three Ways: Gingham

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This week I am styling a trendy off -the-shoulder gingham top from J.Crew ……………………………………………………………… Y’all know I love gingham and this seems to be the season to stock up!! Gingham is everywhere. What I love about this top is a few unexpected ways to wear it. Looking at this top hanging on the rack I immediately […]

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Mother’s Day Table Decor

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Hard to believe Mother’s Day is just a few short days away! I always look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with my amazing Momma and this year is now extra special because I am a Mom too!!! We are hoping for good weather and plan to picnic at Fort McHenry {right on the edge of Baltimore} […]

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The Art of Motherhood

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I recently attended The Art of Motherhood event co-hosted/created by Giulietta {Limonata Creative} and April {April Davidson Photography}.  These two ladies invited local Moms and Moms-to-Be to The Accelerator for a fun evening of Sips, Snacks, and Creative Ideas to celebrate all things beautiful about Motherhood. First, I must mention the event space they selected was […]

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2 Month Family Photos

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Huge thank you goes to my Mom for getting behind the camera to snap our family photos.  These pictures doubled as our Easter photos and Kade’s two month pictures. We chose the historic Jerusalem Mill for our location and four backdrops on site. At two months old Kade’s attention span is basically non existent and […]

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Girl Gone Gingham

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A few years ago Miu Miu came out with gingham slingback pumps that were AMAZING!  Unfortunately at the time I was not able to splurge on the heels and have regretted it ever since.  Finally I have found a similar pair from Banana Republic.  This time I did not hesitate to snag them up and at 40% off it […]

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