Light Pink + Light Blue & A Little About This Pregnancy

I’ve been trying to get this outfit posted since Friday but we have had bad weather so I haven’t had my sitter since Wednesday. We just got a couple more inches of snow so it looks like I’ll have a couple more days of one on one time with my little guy. I do love this quality time with him and being able to focus on him and not anything else. If I don’t have a sitter, I try and blog while he is napping but lately he has been needing me to be with him while he naps. The 30 minutes I do have, I spend cleaning up lunch or making myself lunch and just when I think I have time to sit and do some work I hear him cry. I’m hoping throughout the day I’ll be able to write a little bit here and a little bit there. 
I’m not revealing the gender. Thought I should put that out there first. I do want to share a little about this pregnancy. If you guys have specific questions I would happy to do a whole post, not fashion related, to your questions. 

In the meantime, my first topic is that I cannot catch up on sleep! I’m well into my second trimester and I’m still feeling exhausted because I can never sleep in. I try to go to bed`early and some days I am able to be asleep by 10:30pm but most nights it’s past 11pm and I’m not done doing what I need to do. Since Saturday, Myles has got up 15 minutes earlier each morning! Why is this happening. Not too long ago he woke up at 7:45 and this morning it was 6:45 AM! It’s dark outside at that time. I have been taking little naps while he naps which is helpful. With my first pregnancy I was sleeping at least 9 hours no matter what trimester I was in. Some people don’t need a lot of sleep to function, I’m not one of those people but I am trying to do my best to not lose my patience even though that’t the first to go when I’m tired. 
Another really different thing about this pregnancy is that I barely feel this baby move. At first I thought it was because it’s just not going to be as active as Myles. I was looking forward to that because Myles's movement was insane in utero and he doesn’t stop moving today! During one of my ultrasounds the tech couldn’t get a good picture for a while because the baby was moving so much! The reason I don’t feel this baby as much is because I have an anterior placenta. Anterior means the placenta is placed at the front of my uterus, so I have my skin, uterus, placenta then baby. A lot of this babies movements are absorbed by the placenta. I do still feel it move every day which is what I want and it makes me so happy to feel those flutters. 

The main reason I don’t feel this baby move as much as I did with my first is because I’m not still enough to focus on this babies movements. I am too busy with Myles. That goes with all second time mothers I imagine, I know it did with all of my friends. I feel a little guilty not being able to talk to this baby and focus on it’s every move. I know I need to get over that feeling because I’m going to be in for a lot of guilt after this baby comes, trying to balance it all. 
So far I’m still able to wear heels! I wore heels on my 28th birthday when I was 36 weeks pregnant with Myles. I actually wore wedges but they were pretty tall. I feel good getting dressed up with my bump sticking out. I honestly don’t wear heels as much this pregnancy because of Myles. Last night I wore boots with a heel to the Grizzlies game and Myles took off down a hall and I could barely catch up to him! I did have the baby bag on me as well, but still, I need to be able to keep with my child! He’ll be outrunning me in no time!
The Breakdown:

I love how this outfit came together. This sweater can be pulled down and worn with leggings too but while I still fit into jeans I wanted to make sure I to wear the jeans! I bought it while I was in NYC and my friend took me to her favorites store, Aritzia. They had such cute things and a great sale going on too! My jeans are from Express and aren’t maternity and I was able to button them! They are low rise so fit under my bump and are a loose fit. The jeans are probably supposed to fit looser but I really love them. They are slightly acid washed without screaming 80’s! The length of these jeans is a little tricky for me. I had to wear a pump that exposed some of my foot. I might end up cutting the hem of these jeans to be shorter so I can wear them with other shoe styles. 

Would you wear this sweater with jeans or leggings?

sweater | Aritzia 
shoes | Sergio Rossi
clutch | from Crazy Beautiful 

Live votre rêve!

My Non-Pancake Pancakes With Bananas + Healthy Tips For Your French Toast and Waffles

The reason I say this is a non-pancake is because it doesn’t actually taste like a pancake but because it is the shape of a pancake and it’s flipped on a griddle... it’s a pancake. I am a huge sugar lover, like most of us are and I love having something sweet for breakfast and I love making breakfast. Pancakes, french toast or waffles aren’t really a healthy way to start your day (except on the occasional weekend) so I looked around my kitchen and make up my own healthy pancake.

My first go at making a healthy pancake was 1 egg (scrambled) and 1 ripe banana (mashed). Stir it very well, and pour 1/4 cup onto a greased (in my case a coconut oil sprayed) pan. It was runny and lumpy and not your beautifully shaped fluffy pancake. It did flip and turned out just fine and it tasted like the ingredients... banana scrambled eggs. Add a little butter and syrup to the stack and it tasted more like your traditional pancakes, only slightly more dense and egg-like. My son had a few bites but even he wasn’t the biggest fan. 
For the next attempt I added a dash of cinnamon, which is one of the healthiest spices. The recipe needed some substance, a powder of some sort so I decided to add a scoop of vanilla protein powder as well.

What You’ll Need

1 banana
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. flaxseed meal
1 scoop protein powder

One of the keys to the perfect pancake, fake or real, is to cook it low and slow. Food in general seems to be so much better when cooked at a low temperature for a longer period of time.

These pancakes have 290 calories in them. Pretty nice to get a fulfilling and tasty breakfast for under 300 calories!
What To Do

1. Turn your burner to medium-medium low.
2. Spray with coconut oil or any spray of your choice.
3. In a medium bowl mash banana with a fork.
4. Scramble egg in a small bowl.
5. Add egg and vanilla extract to banana
6. Combine dry ingredients and add to wet mixture.
7. Whisk together all ingredients or use a blender if your prefer no lumps of banana
8. Pour a little less than a 1/4 cup of batter on to heated skillet.
9. Brown on both sides and serve hot. You can add butter and maple syrup, fruit or Nutella as toppings.

Makes 4 pancakes.
Target has new spring things out! I love refreshing my hand towels and I was in need of new lightweight plates! I also love this skillet. I use this particular skillet anytime I need to cook something that I need to flip with a spatula, like grilled cheese, a quesadilla and, of course, pancakes and french toast. 
Healthy Tips For The Sweet & Hearty Breakfast Choices

For Waffles: Add flaxseed meal. I always add at least 1 tbsp to my waffle batter. Flaxseed is high in Omega-3 and fiber which will help you stay fuller longer. I follow the Bisquick (always the white box) waffle directions but to make my husband (major sweet tooth and high metabolism) and myself (regular metabolism and wants to be healthier) both happy I add 1 tsp of vanilla extract for him and the flaxseed meal for me. I honestly can’t taste the difference, flaxseed or no flaxseed. Of course, my husband says it ruins the taste but I’m pretty sure if he ate it with his eyes closed he would never know. Plus, a little altered taste for more health benefits is always worth it!

For French Toast: Use whole grain bread. Yes french toast is delicious on challah bread or even white bread but that is going to get you no where. You will be hungry sooner than later. I’ve started using whole grain or 100% whole wheat breads that are high in fiber. I don’t buy the same bread every week  so I can’t recommend a specific brand but buy your favorite high fiber bread and enjoy your french toast, you’ll be feeling fuller longer!

Live votre rêve!

How To Wear Cropped Flares In The Winter

Cropped flares. Now, this is a tricky trend that even I second guess. This particular pant I’m wearing here is from a purchase in fall 2016. I wore this pant to Art on Fire that year, you can see those outfit details here.  Since it was fall, I wore it with a bootie and leather jacket. I made sure to have some skin showing between my shoes and the hem of my pants. I always prefer to shoe a little skin if possible. 

Come 2017 and now 2018 wearing boots with cropped jeans is such a norm. If you google boots with cropped pants loads of pictures will pop up. Wearing boots with your cropped pants allows you to dress a little warmer, throw on a coat over a sweater and you’ll be warm and stylish!
I got obsessed with these Mother cropped jeans that I got over the summer in white and light blue. You can see how I styled them over the summer here, here (worn with these awesome mules that now come in gold!), here, here annnnnd here. I would have loved to wear these this winter but they are high waisted and high wasted jeans were the first thing to go in my wardrobe due to my bump.  I would says I got my moneys worth with both pairs of jeans. You better believe I’ll be wearing them again this summer when I can tuck my left over baby pooch into the high waist!

I do like that today’s style is more of a crop boot cut instead of a crop flare, it seems to be less dramatic. 
I’m not a fan of the PCV styel sandal because your skin turns white under the strap and it just looks like the shoe is uncomfortable. Maybe if it is is small accent I would like it but I do love the lucite heel on this bootie I am wearing. I found this black velvet bootie with a lucite heel that I am really obsessed with. They are also on major sale but I know I don’t need two pair of black booties with lucite heels. 
Tips And Ideas On Wearing Cropped Flares

Most of you will say you are too short to wear these jeans. You aren’t. I am just under 5’4” and I don’t think I’m too short for them. Now you may need to get your jeans hemmed or you can even cut them so you have at least 3” from your hem to the top of your foot. 

This isn’t a dressy pant so stay clear of high heels but high heel booties are perfect, let the flare hang over the top of the boot. You can also wear a mule or a block heel, you need a heavy shoe to balance out the flare of the pant.

The Breakdown:

I went back and forth on what shoes jeans to wear with this sweater, what shoes to wear with the cropped jeans and when I finally got my outfit and accessories together I couldn’t figure out what to do with my hair. It was one of those days where my hair wasn’t cooperating so it couldn’t be worn down. My top knot wasn’t full enough and a hat was a little too much. I’m still thrown off by the brightness of this sweater. It is by far the only thing in my closet this bright but it feels nice to have a pop of something mixed with all my neutrals. 

Do you wear cropped flares? I’d love to hear your take on them and how you would style them!

sweater | Express ‘Striped Sleeve Funnel Neck Sweater’ 
jeans | J Brand ‘Selena Cropped Flare’  (ON SALE)
shoes | Jessica Simpson ‘Teddi3 Lucite Heel’ 
bag | Express ‘Quilted Camera Bag’ (designer version)

Live votre rêve!


Bluff City Lights x Eva Salon + A Giveaway!

At the end of 2017 the girls and I of Bluff City Lights were ready to start 2018 with fresh locks. We teamed up with Eva Salon Boutique, located on South Cooper in Memphis, where the owner April took off our split ends, gave us some volume and updated (some of) our color. 
Whenever I first sit in the salon chair I feel like hair dresses are always like “what in the world am I going to do with this!?” Since I love to trim my own hair and cut a little here and there, whenever I do show up to a salon for a professional cut I know they have there work cut out for them. 
This has to be everyone’s favorite part of getting their hair done. I mean I could have my head massaged and warm water rinsed through my hair all day. It is so relaxing. When I shower at home I try and massage my scalp but it just isn’t the same. 

Below are the brand of products that were used on my hair. I had never heard of Davines but it smelled great without being too strong and I love the way my hair felt.

Here is the finished product! Shiny, fresh and bouncy! A couple days later Bluff City Lights tried to meet at the salon while Megan was getting her color touched up and Alex was getting her hair styled. We missed Collins but she did get her hair done and you can see her pictures and read about her experience on her blog Collins Closests.  Make sure to read Alex and Megan’s blog too!
(I was sucking in my 12 week bump here!)
 These hair shots are actually how I styled my hair after April cut it. It’s a little different than how she styled it but I love both ways and I couldn’t be happier with how my hair turned out!

April has teamed up with Bluff City Lights to give one of our readers a $200 gift card to her salon, Eva Salon Boutique. With the new year in full swing it’s time to start refreshed! All you have to do is enter your email in the giveaway below and you will be added to our drawing! Good Luck!

Live votre rêve!


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