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Cream Tweed


H&M has been serving up the fire looks lately. I love that they offer such stylish pieces at affordable prices. Many times, the items look far more expensive than you would expect. Case in point this recent jacket that I found at my local store. I loved the faux tweed texture, the oversized gold buttons, and the longer length. It’s so easy to throw on with a short dress or even jeans and a t-shirt. In my case, I threw on the extra layer over wide-leg Zara trousers and a black bodysuit. It was an easy and comfortable option for a breezy day where I didn’t want bare shoulders.  I tend to gravitate towards cream jackets (my cream blazer collection is overwhelming), but I also love the black. I think it will be a great transitioning piece to Fall! I completed my look with some high-end accessories including new Tom Ford sunglasses (found in the men’s section at Saks) and my trusty Goyard bag. Shop the look below!

Jacket: H&M. Pants: Zara. Sunglasses: Tom Ford. 


Think Pink


So far, switching to pregnancy-friendly items has been easy for me. I tend to gravitate towards empire waists, flowy silhouettes and loose-fitting garments for the most part, so not much has changed. I’m sure I will need to get some maternity-wear as I get bigger, but I’m enjoying playing in my current closet at the moment. One of the dresses that I’ve been really excited about is this longer-midi number from Zara. The combination of the super thin straps and a particular shade of pink feel extra girly and perfect for Summer. I also love a poplin dress that is light and airy for the South’s intense heat. I paired the dress with another great find from Zara – my favorite gold sandals that are also on sale. They’re a buy that can’t be beaten!

Dress: Zara.  Sandals: Zara.  Earrings: (Purchased at Tenley Dietrich)


It’s A Girl!


Jason and I are so thrilled to announce that we’re expecting a little baby girl! Words can’t describe how excited (and a little terrified) I am to have a little version of me running around. At least I know she will one-day appreciate my extensive purse collection! In all seriousness, I had a feeling it was going to be a girl based on the intense morning sickness and my fair share of aches and pains early-on. Don’t they say that girls tend to be more difficult pregnancies? I know it’s all worth it, and Jason and I are counting down the weeks until we meet our little girl.  In the meantime, I’m trying to savor the moment, especially with all of the wonderful help from MY mom.  She’s such an amazing girl mom, and I can’t wait to see her spend time and pass on her strength and wisdom to our little one.  

I keep thinking of all the times when I was difficult in my teens and my mom said “Just wait, one day you’re going to have a daughter just like you.” I guess we’ll see if she’s right! Another hunch it was going to be a girl was the fact that Jason has just always seemed like a total girl-dad to me. What a mush! Before December, I’m trying to coordinate a white-nursery (too much pink isn’t my vibe) and create a new guest space in the house. Of course, the fun part has been creating our registry and picking out outfits. A special moment for me was visiting the baby store in Jacksonville, FL where my parents bought my baby clothes. Of course, my mom kept many of my baby things, but it was so nice to pick out a couple of outfits at the same boutique, just for Baby O!We haven’t decided on a name yet (we have a front-runner we’re still testing out), but I’ll keep all of you updated as things progress! In the meantime, have a glass of champagne for me and the baby!