12.04.2015

Christmas Lot Frolicking

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Every year I cross my fingers for a cold Thanksgiving, and most of the time it doesn’t happen. Yet this year, as I watched the weather forecast, I became giddy inside with the anticipation that this Thanksgiving would be nice and chilly. To my happiness, the weather continued into the weekend. So when we decided that it was time to pick up our tree, I was able to dress in cozy and warm layers… for the 65 degree day (I know, I know… that’s warm for most parts of the country). Dressing in layers with the bump can be tricky… too many loose layers and it looks a little frumpy. The best option, I’ve found, is to start with a more fitted bottom layer, like this stripe top (which comes in four different colors), and then work your way out, but always making sure that each layer is only slightly looser. Of course, this isn’t the equation I always follow…so I guess it ultimately comes down to dressing however you feel best… because confidence is always the best look in my opinion!

Happy weekend everyone! TJ and I are headed up to Santa Barbara for one last baby-moon weekend before Harper arrives. You can follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (shanpulsiferibi). Hope you have a great one!

{Outfit Details || Top: J. Crew (sized up to a small) | Jeans: AG (wearing a bellaband) | Vest: Old Navy | Beanie: Old Navy (sold out), identical here | Scarf: c/o Shein | Purse: Chloe, cheaper option here | Boots: Hunter | V Necklace: Gorjana}

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12.01.2015

Holiday Festivities

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Growing up I looked forward to so many different activities around the holidays. Cookie decorating, Christmas tree trimming, seeing Santa, and all the small festivities that took place with friends and family. Yet the one event I looked most forward to was always my dad’s company Christmas breakfast. It was a time when all the families would come together on Christmas Eve morning and enjoy a relaxed environment to catch up and share in the excitement of the holidays. After, we would head over to the office and finish out the day in dad’s office drawing pictures and writing letters to Santa. It was also a time I was able to first wear the “Christmas outfit” I had picked out for the holiday. It was usually a festive holiday dress, along with a cute new pair of shoes, but I was always so excited to have my mom french braid my hair and toss on that new ensemble. And I guess that much hasn’t changed over the years. I always pick out a few fun and new pieces each holiday season to add a little something extra to my outfits. A little sequin and faux fur are never bad options in my book, especially when paired with an otherwise “neutral” color pallet (aka: all black). The holidays are all about kicking it up a notch, so I say “why not??”

{Outfit Details || Coat: c/o Shein (wearing size S) | Dress: Nordstrom (sized up one due to bump) | Boots: Steve Madden | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Ring: David Yurman | V Necklace: Gorjana | Eye Necklace: Sashi | Pendant Neckalce: David Yurman}

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11.24.2015

The Sequin Blazer: Subdued Holiday Glam

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While I always love a knock out glam ensemble for the holidays, over the years I’ve found that it’s relatively limiting. Kind of a one time, that’s it, type of thing. So over the years I’ve tried to refine my holiday style to be able to move from day to night, casual and dressy. A simple statement piece that can make it all transform for any occasion is what I look for (last year’s holiday looks here, here)… and for the past few years I’ve found those pieces to include plaid and sequins. No, not the sequins of the 80’s (please, never again), but more the subtle glam and eye catching flicker of light that a sequined piece provides.

Given the bump situation this year, I decided that I wanted most of my holiday looks to remain neutral with pieces that grab your attention (like with this faux fur coat). The reason? I would like to avoid looking like an oversized Christmas present. I love today’s look for a celebratory brunch with my girlfriends, or a date night with TJ. If I toss on a pair of leather pants or a black body-con dress, this blazer automatically adds just the perfect touch of holiday glam! Versatility, versatility, versatility…. right?? Right.

{Outfit Details || Sequin Blazer: c/o Shein (good quality, $25!) | Top: Nordstrom (similar) | Jeans: c/o A Pea in the Pod (I distressed them a little more), non-maternity here, here | Scarf: Nordstrom or Madewell | Shoes: Valentino, cheaper option here | Black Ring: David Yurman | Pendant: David Yurman}

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11.20.2015

The Winter-y Cape

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I think every Winter I cultivate a wardrobe that I wish I could wear 24/7. I go on the hunt for warm sweaters, heavy coats, and beanies. Then cross my finger a cold front will settle over the area (or plan multiple trips where I know the weather will be chilly). It rarely does… but at least I’m prepared, right? This year, I haven’t changed my routine much (at all) and part of the growing “cold weather” collection is this cape. I’ve figured out how to make it work though, you see. Since the mornings are blissfully cool, it’s perfect to toss on over any ensemble… and then slip off when the temps warm up. For those days when the cold decides to grace us with its presence for the entire day, the cape can stay put and keep me warm. It’s all about getting creative, right??

Also, be sure to enter the Chicwish $100 gift certificate giveaway here! And if you’re wondering about this giveaway, it’s still open too!

I hope you all have a great weekend! I know we’re planning on relaxing and really tackling the nursery this weekend! Cross your fingers for us that we can get most of it finished!!

{Outfit Details || Cape: c/o Chicwish | Dress: Forever 21 | Boots: Stuart Weitzman, identical and less expensive version here | Purse: Chloe | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bracelet: David Yurman, David Yurman}

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11.18.2015

Post-Pregnancy Fitness With Orangetheory

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It’s no joke that there are so many changes your body goes through when you become pregnant. From parts shifting you never knew could shift (I’ll spare you the details…) to the surging emotions, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. All that being said, one of the biggest changes is the weight gain. While it’s all healthy and completely normal, it’s still something that takes some getting used to. At first, it’s the pants that feel a little “too snug.” Then it’s the fact that the pants just won’t button. Period. Then there’s the time when you’re putting on your leather pants and rip a huge hole down the crotch area (true story). Needless to say, it’s a reality. Despite all that I just said, it’s also a miracle, something I feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to experience.

As I look forward into the New Year, post-Harper’s arrival, I’m also looking at ways to get myself feeling fit again. While there is a small (okay, medium) part of me that desperately will want to fit back into my jeans, my main concern is feeling athletically fit again. Pre-pregnancy, a 9-mile weekend run was a drop in the bucket. An hour long spin class was a piece of cake (okay, maybe not cake, but you know what I mean). Now, I jog… a 5mph pace… and spin classes are a thing of the past.

When I was approached by Orangetheory Fitness to partner up with them post-pregnancy I hopped on the opportunity (I’ll be documenting my experience after I get post-delievery medical clearance to work-out). I’d heard great things about the work-out from friends, and decided to try it out. I loved it. It’s a 60 minute HIIT (high interval intensity training), high energy, full body workout that utilizes cardio training, free weight training, body weight movement, and suspension training to optimize the results you see from your work-out (both during and after). Prior to the work-out I was fitted with a heart-rate monitor. Throughout the routine (which is different each class), I was able to track my heart-rate and see exactly how hard I was working (I stayed in a very safe zone for bebe and me, if you’re wondering).

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One of the best parts of the work-out is that it’s completely customizable to where you are in your fitness journey. Being 7 months pregnant when I tried the class, on the treadmill I was a walker, using a steep incline to challenge myself. Whereas the person next to me was shifting between running and sprinting to increase her heart-rate and work-out gains. Have an injury? They can customize it to fit your athletic needs (i.e. think spin bike instead of the rowing machine).

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And, because I’m always a firm believer in a little motivation for a work-out, a few new pieces of attire are just what I need. I’m love, loving, this get-up from Vimmia Active. Their pieces are excellent quality, comfortable, and they have the best prints and designs. I’m wearing this sports bra, top, and pants (which hug in all the right places).

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Something that I’m really looking forward to is visiting some of my favorite spots with Harper. While I know she will be too young to understand any of it, I simply look forward to stopping by my favorite juice shop and healthy lunch spot, Ivy Cafe, to fuel myself and spend some QT with my little QT. And be sure to stay tuned in December (keep your eyes open for the “fitness fanatic” gift-guide) where we will be giving away something exciting with Orange Theory Fitness.

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{Outfit Details || Sports Bra: c/o Vimmia | Top: c/o Vimmia (similar, and in multiple colors) |Pants: c/o Vimmia (similar) | Sweater: Nordstrom | Shoes: Nike | Bag: Tory Burch}

Photos by Taylor Cole Photography 

11.17.2015

Dressing Up In Faux Fur + $100 Chicwish Gift Certificate Giveaway!

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“Playing dress up begins at age five and never really ends.”

When I was younger I would raid my mother’s closet and drawers. She had the prettiest pink silk dress, and I loved putting it on, dancing through the house, and singing “I know you…” from Sleeping Beauty. I was about five. When I grew out of that phase, I discovered my grandmother’s coat closet…. and the mink coat (or two) that was stored in the back. It was my great-grandmother’s, passed down to my grandmother. Now, that was a fun piece to walk around the house in. Fast-forward to high school… years of prom dresses and up-dos (most I would not care to ever revisit)… immediately followed up by sorority formals. Then the big dress up of a woman’s life: the wedding day. I guess I relate to the quote. While we all have our “staple” pieces, sometimes you have to throw in a few unique pieces here and there to add a little something extra to your outfit.

Enter this two-toned faux fur coat. Maybe I was drawn to it because it reminded me of those “dress up days.” Or, maybe it was just the piece I was looking for t0 add a little somethin’ somethin’ extra to my wardrobe. Either way, it’s a perfect little number to wear through the holidays…. and really, is there a better time to toss on a little faux fur than the holiday season?

If you’re loving this coat, or all the other Chicwish pieces I have posted (a few favorites include this pink fringe post, grey coat post, and lace top) be sure to check out the end of the post on how you can win a $100 gift certificate to use at their site!

{Outfit Details || Coat: c/o Chicwish | Pants Held Up With: Bellaband | Top: Free People (2 other colors too) | Jeans: J. Brand | Shoes: Louboutin, similar here, here | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Purse: Prada, similar here | V Necklace: Gorjana}

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11.13.2015

Power Pants

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I’ve always believed that a woman should have an article of clothing in her closet that makes her feel “powerful.” For some, that’s an amazingly tailored pant-suit. For others, it’s a dress that hangs in all the right places… and for some, it’s a killer pair of shoes. When I was younger, I would watch my mom get dressed for work, and while I don’t remember much, I remember the vintage (well vintage now) Gucci briefcase she toted off to work. Not that I knew the brand back then, but there was something powerful and commanding about watching her head to work with that in her hands.

While I’ve never thought that clothes or accessories make the women (ever), I do believe that the right outfit can add to confidence and make a woman feel powerful. For me, I’ve always had pieces, throughout the years, that made me feel extra confident. From the night before the first day or school, to the evening before college interviews, and the morning starting a new job… there have always been integral pieces in helping me feel prepared for the day.  Right now, my power piece has to be these (faux) leather pants. Not that they’re anywhere near acceptable for my 9-5 job (like, at all). Yet, as the belly grows and the urge to be on the fumppy side creeps in, just placing these bad boys on makes me feel powerful again (and by that I mean they make me feel like I don’t have a big watermelon protruding out from my belly)… and to end this on a slightly humorous note… they are right now at the tailors… since I ripped a pretty large hole in the crotch area pulling them up for this post. Ooops.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend! If you’re looking for some cozy pieces to add to your weekend wardrobe, this top I’m wearing is right up your ally. It’s super soft, pairs with anything, and is a perfect price point! I wear it all the time.

{Outfit Details || Coat: c/o Shein | Pants: Club Monaco | Top: Nordstrom | Booties: old, almost identical here | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff  | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | V necklace: Gorjana}

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11.11.2015

A Night on The Town With The Bump & Boo

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When we found out that I was pregnant, I worried about how my fatigue levels might impact our love of exploring and traveling. I was blessed that it affected none of that, and so when we began to discuss the idea of a baby-moon (very early on) we came to the conclusion that a few smaller getaways might be better than one big trip. Part of the decision was because most of the places we wanted to go (i.e. Cabo, Greece…) were nixed by the doctor, and the other part was because we knew that there was still so much to be explored within a 300 mile radius of where we live.

Enter Los Angeles. A city known for decadent dining, opulent living, and a vibrant cultural experience. Being in need of a fancy night out prior to Harper’s arrival, we decided to head up the freeway (sorry, freeways, plural… you know what I mean if you live in So. Cal), and take advantage of WP24 by Wolfgang Puck (and want to return to check out Ford’s Filling Station.) I opted for a fitted sweater dress and leather jacket, paired with my favorite studded pumps to meet that “fancy” requirement I was going for.

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We opted to dine atWP24 by Wolfgang Puck. Situated 24 floors up, the city-light views were spectacular and made for a romantic dinner setting. We were able to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in the lounge (well, a delicious Pear mock-tail for me and a Chimay for TJ) while taking in the city views.

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After great conversation and a spectacular sunset, we headed into the main dining room. The soft lighting and hanging lights set the perfect mood for an evening of reconnecting, reminiscing, and looking excitedly into the future.

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Being in my third trimester, my appetite has become voracious, so we opted for not one, but two appetizers (I guess that appetite is something men get too??). The Maine lobster spring rolls were delicious, especially when immediately followed up by the crystal chive dumplings (filled with Alaskan King Crab, shrimp, and pork)… I could have eaten a whole plate of them. WP24 restaurant, itsy bitsy indulgences

As if those weren’t enough to fill us up, we opted to split the whole roasted duck. The last time we had duck was on our trip to Paris, so this seemed like the perfect dish to reminisce over…. and it didn’t disappoint. Rich, tender, and bursting with flavor… and I just loved the little biscuits it came with to make the tiniest, personalized sandwiches.

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It was such a beautifully romantic evening, set above the city lights, that I couldn’t have imagined any other way to celebrate our past and exciting future together! And since a little celebration always calls for decadent dessert (and champagne… but, you know…) we couldn’t resist the Vietnamese tort…

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{Outfit Details || Dress: Volcom | Jacket: BLANK NYC | Shoes: Valentino, cheaper option here | Ring: David Yurman | Purse: Chloe}

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11.10.2015

Classic & Timeless: Oversized Sweater Dress & OTK Boots

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As the temperatures begin to stabilize over here in California, so do the pieces that are starting to make it into my steady wardrobe rotation. Slowly the tank tops and lighter sweaters are being packed away, and in come the boots, sweaters, and hats that I have so longed for since August (and then in May, this statement will be in reverse…). I’ve always believed that a woman should have a few key pieces, every season, as her “go-to” for effortless style and grace. For me, those pieces this season are a classic oversized sweater dress, leg defining over the knee boots, and a timeless hat to either cover up a bad hair day, or accentuate an ensemble. When chosen in neutral shades, these pieces help me avoid those “I have nothing to wear” moments that so frequently pop up… and make getting out of the house in an unfazed fashion impossible.

I know I have talked about “dressing the bump” a lot on this blog, but I can’t tell you how much those “go-to” pieces have saved me in the past few weeks. I’m not one who ever likes to look over the top, or as if I spent hours on my look (because in reality, I don’t have time for that), so these classic neutral pieces have been my life savers… and I imagine they will continue to be over the next 8 weeks!

{Outfit Details || Sweater Dress: c/o Shein | Slip: Nordstrom | Boots: Vince, similar here | Hat: Rag & Bone, similar here, here | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | V-necklace: Gorjana | Pendant Necklace: David Yurman | Purse: Chloe}

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11.06.2015

Weekend Casual: Plaid & Leopard

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Real Life: I changed my outfit four times before settling on this one for a day at Pebble Beach. It was one of those days where I simply didn’t think anything looked good. At. All. The natural pin cushion for my frustration? TJ. Poor guy listened to me rant about how I had nothing to wear (despite a suitcase full… and some having to transfer to his suitcase at the airport once mine was weighed) and with every outfit kindly stated how “beautiful” I looked. With the bump growing on an hourly (if not minute) basis, I think I was having an adult temper tantrum. Eventually I calmed myself down, convinced myself that the hotel mirror was distorting my reality (to which TJ rapidly agreed), and tossed on this plaid top and asked for assistance in putting on my leopard booties.

Humor aside, I think we all have these days (right?). My solution, when I’m at home, is to fall back on my tried and trues (a crisp white button up and favorite distressed jeans, with a few gold accessories). When I’m away and my options are a little more limited? Still, a button up and distressed jeans. They’re the perfect look when you want to look put together and feel good about yourself! What are your favorite go-to pieces??

And… a very happy Friday to you all! This weekend we’re heading up to LA for a little exploration and a night out on the town. I love exploring LA and can’t wait to share some of the photos next week. Have a great weekend everyone!

{Outfit Details || Top: J. Crew, 25% off (I am wearing a size 6, I usually wear a 00/0) | Jeans: J. Brand (with a bellaband) | Booties: Sam Edeleman | Jacket: Nordstrom (similar) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Purse: Prada, cheaper option here (under $200) | V Necklace: Gorjana | Eye Necklace: Shashi | Pendant Necklace: David Yurman}

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