IN or OUT?  Swimsuit Trends

IN-or-OUT-Swimsuit-TRENDS-SportyWith the Memorial Day holiday upon us, summer is official here!  It’s time to bust out those ‘kinis and head to the pool.  But FIRST, make sure you know which SWIMSUIT TRENDS are IN or OUT.  Being preggo, I have pretty much ordered every swimsuit under the sun.  I have researched, tried on, returned, and purchased a boat load of suits!  So, without further adieu, here are the HOTTEST swimsuit trends for Summer 2015 to give you a little inspiration.  And JUST in time for the holiday weekend.  Don’t plan your BBQ until you shop these looks!  Click on the pictures in the slideshow for shoppable links (baby bump not included).  And remember, the MOST important thing is to feel good about what you are wearing.   Whether your favorite suit is IN or OUT, you want to be comfy and confident.  You know what I always say…if you like to wear sequins to brunch, then by all means, rock those sequins at brunch!  Happy Memorial Day!

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High-Waisted Bottoms
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    IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
  • IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
    IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
  • IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
    IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
  • IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
    IN: SPORTY TOPS | MIX + MATCH
  • IN: SIMPLE
    IN: SIMPLE
  • IN: ONE PIECES | Photo Cred: www.happilygrey.com
    IN: ONE PIECES | Photo Cred: www.happilygrey.com

 

IN or OUT? Swimsuits

TOP Mikoh • BOTTOMS Mara Hoffman • HAT Janessa Leone • SUNNIES Illesteva

 IN or OUT? Swimsuits

TOP Mikoh • BOTTOMS Mara Hoffman • HAT Janessa Leone • SUNNIES Illesteva

 IN or OUT Swimsuits

TOP Adidas by Stella McCartney • BOTTOMS Mara Hoffman • SHORTS Rag & Bone • SHOES Rebecca Minkoff •  SHIRT Mara Hoffman

 IN or  OUT?  Swimsuits

TOP Adidas byStella McCartney • BOTTOMS Mara Hoffman • HAT Janessa Leone

 IN or OUT? Swimsuits

SWIMSUIT: Marysia • HAT Janessa Leone • SANDALS Birkenstocks • CAFTAN Cleobella

 IN or OUT? Swimsuits PHOTO CRED: Happily Grey

 

IN or OUT?  Sewimsuits SWIMSUIT H&M Sporty Swimsuit (only $30!!!)

 IN or OUT?  Sewimsuits

SWIMSUIT Mara Hoffman

SWIMSUIT Flagpole Swim Joellen (SO FAB!!!!)

ROCK THE BUMP: The Caftan

For my second installment of ROCK THE BUMP (see the first installment HERE), I am featuring a SUMMER MUST HAVE.  What is THE staple every preggo (and NON-preggo) should have in her closet?  THE CAFTAN.   What exactly is a caftan?

The caftan is a magical, elegant, flowing garment made of luscious printed cotton or silk, which instantly transforms the wearier into a truly ethereal creature. (definition credit: xojane)

During my mission to avoid all things maternity for as long as possible, I started purchasing caftans left and right.  You can pair with shorts or jeans, over a body-con dress, or even as a swimsuit cover-up.  Caftans are extremely flattering and can be worn casually or more dressy.  I don’t know about y’all, but being pregnant, I tend to want to cover my arms right now.  Caftans are light enough to do this without sweating to death (you know what I am talking about).

Remember, caftans are perfect for non-preggos too!  Rachel Zoe always looks super-fab in her caftans.  The Zoe Report has some EXCELLENT tips and styling ideas for caftans HERE.

Caftan Styling Ideas (more SHOPPING options at the end of the post) 

1) DRESS IT UP

Caftans are very versatile, so they can be dressed up easily.  For a fancy affair, choose a bright caftan in luxurious silk, and add gold accessories and strappy metallic heels to complete the look.  PERFECT for an evening wedding or a black tie event!

ROCK THE BUMP: The Caftan

 

[photo cred: The Zoe Report]

CAFTAN Ralph Lauren (similar HERE, HERE, or less expensive option HERE) • HEELS Jimmy Choo (similar styles HERE) • BAG Sondra Roberts (similar styles HERE) • NECKLACE Ben Amun (similar styles HERE)

2) DRESS IT DOWN

These pictures below were taken in Napa Valley during our trip a couple of weekends ago.  I paired this Free People caftan with jean shorts and my swoon-worthy Chloe gladiators to create a hip, spring/summer outfit.  Add a hat to complete the outfit for a polished, well-put together look.  Janessa Leone is my GO-TO hat line…her hats are TO DIE.

 

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ROCK THE BUMP The Caftan Life Lutzurious


CAFTAN Free People • SHORTS Free People • SUNNIES Sunday Somewhere

HAT Janessa Leone Wright • SHOES Chloe Gladiators 


SHOP!


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What caftans do you love?  Please share in the comment section!

 

Love Always LL


 

MD-Wellness-ReLaunch-Party


Good afternoon dolls!!!  I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!  Who is interested in free skincare products??  UM, I AM!!  I am SUPER excited about the MD Wellness & Aesthetics Re-Branding Party coming up on TUESDAY, MAY 19th.  If you are around, you won’t want to miss it!  This will be a fun, girls night out event with complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.  I will be there live-blogging, along with THE Tracy James from Chic Made Simple, so please join us.

So, what exactly is MD Wellness & Aesthetics?  They focus on 3 core areas to assist clients in achieving an overall sense of well-being. Through medically supervised weight loss, age-management, and aesthetic services they encourage each patient to reach their individual goals. They formulate custom solutions and protocols to fit your lifestyle and budget to insure you are satisfied with your results and service!

At this event,  MD Wellness will be giving away fabulous treatments + products and performing complimentary “mini treatments” on site.  They will have representatives from Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm, Skin Medica, Jan Marini, QuantaShape, QuantaBella, and Eclipse Aesthetics with the MicroPen Elite on hand during the event to answer questions and provide more information about their products.  Oh, and they are offering a FREE B-12 injection if you meet them all!  Ok, how else do we qualify for the free stuff??  First of all, register for the event HERE.  Then, simply show up and have fun!

DETAILS

Where: MD Wellness and Aesthetics
650 Inverness Corners | Birmingham, AL 35242

When: Tuesday, May 19th 5:30-8:00 PM

Who: MD Wellness & Aesthetics

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I can’t wait to see you guys on Tuesday!!

 

Love Always LL

 

 

BUMPDATE: 24 WEEKS

BUMPDATE 24 WEEKS

WOWZERS!!!  Can you guys believe I have reached the 6 months mark?  WHERE in the WORLD has the time gone?  I am now officially freaking out about everything we have yet to do.  Yes, I have a precious Pinterest page with all sorts of inspiration, but we have not purchased a SINGLE thing.  We are headed out on our BABYMOON (yay!) soon, so hopefully, there will be plenty of time by the pool to get some things ordered.  Also, stay tuned for my 1st Trimester MUST HAVES coming soon!  THANK YOU ALL for the fabulous advice you gave me at my last BUMPDATE.  I LOVED reading all your funny stories, suggestions, and predictions. 🙂  Please keep them coming!

How far along: 24 weeks on the dot!

Cravings: No cravings!  I am back to my usual pre-pregnancy chips and chocolate addictions (only when I splurge).  We do have a bite of 80% cacao dark chocolate each night.

Aversions: None to report!  WHOO HOO!!!

Diet: Paleo!  We really try to cook as much as possible and focus on whole foods: seasonal, local veggies and lean meats.  The key is avoiding processed food and watching my sugar intake.  I have a major fear of gestational diabetes, so I am REALLY cutting back the sugar before my test in 3 weeks.

Weight gain: It varies.  Really anywhere between 12-15 lbs.  15 lbs after our trip to Napa!  12 lbs after a few days of my normal clean eating.

Bump watch: There is no “watch” anymore!  It has made its presence known and is the perfect accessory.

Mood: Mood is great!  I am embracing the changes and enjoying being preggo.  EXTRA happy this week anticipating our trip to Dominica!  One weird change: I am a LOT more laid back when pregnant.  Normally, I am super intense all the time, so I am enjoying (and so is the hubs) my go with the flow mentality!

How do I feel? I honestly have never felt better.  I traveled for 7 days straight last week…BHM>BOS>SFO>NAPA>BHM and really did not feel terrible at all.  I was tired by the end of the night and ready to hit the sack, but I had lot’s of energy during the day.  Again, I credit this to my workouts.  They are a lifesaver!

Body changes: Since my last bump date, I don’t really feel like much has changed at all.  My bump is getting bigger, but I feel like my weight gain is evening out some. (Someone please remind me of this when I go to put on a swimsuit).  My belly button is hanging on for dear life!  I feel like it will become an outie any day now.

Workout regimen: Y’all, I swear I have become addicted to exercising.  I have even found myself waking up at 5am JUST to get a WOD in when I travel (NOT a morning person).  Don’t worry, I am being EXTRA careful.  But the energy I get (and the sense of accomplishment) is something I look forward to everyday.  I honestly think my pregnancy would be much more difficult without the daily exercise.  I am definitely modifying where needed but feel even stronger now than I did pre-pregnanncy.  I have even beaten the hubs a time or two. 😉

Girl or Boy Prediction: I hear GIRL all the time, but people have been saying BOY a lot more lately.  I don’t know if it’s because Ryan always talks to the baby like it’s a boy or what, but I am starting to think BOY.  Speaking of…we have NO BOY NAMES!  Please help us!!!!

Nursery Updates: I can’t even.  I HAVE to get going on this.  In the meantime, check out The Lutz Nest on Pinterest.  Super cute ideas…now I just need to put them in action.

DAD: Ryan has been SO SO awesome!  I cannot brag on him enough!  He is SUPER excited and has been really hands on. He is hoping “number 2” is a little boy, but I know he would be such an amazing girl dad.  He is constantly talking to the baby and has really embraced my pregnancy.  (awww cue the sappy rom-com tunes)

BABY LUTZ: Baby Lutz is moving around like crazy, especially at night!  It really is the craziest feeling.  It feels like a butterfly is flying around in my tummy, and some times I swear the baby is hiccuping.  He or she is the size of an eggplant and is growing really quickly now.  Weighing well over a pound, he or she will double in weight over the next few weeks!  I am hoping to get another ultrasound at my next visit.  Fingers crossed!  If so, I will post a picture of his or her precious little face.

Well, that’s about it for this update.  A few posts coming up…1st Trimester Must Haves, NAPA, and another MY CHIC BUMP post.  Last week, I had the pleasure of guesting posting on the amazing blog, My Life Well Loved.  I was SO honored when Heather invited me to post while she was on vacation.  If you are not following her, you definitely should ASAP!  If you missed it, make sure you check out my recipe for a FABULOUS Citrus and Fennel Salad, as well as seasonal eating tips: How to Eat Seasonally.  Lastly, I collaborated with Healthy, Beauty, Life magazine to provide travel tips for their readers.  Before you plan your summer vacays, make sure you check out my article HOW TO Plan the BEST TRIP EVER.  You DON’T want to miss it!

I hope everyone has an awesome rest of the week!!  Love you ALL and appreciate the SUPPORT!  

always-LL


DRESS Mara Hoffman (lot’s of options HERE) • SHOES Chloe Gladiators • NECKLACE Dannijo (similar HERE)

 

ROCK THE BUMP: FRINGE + RIPS

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Oh hi!  I hope everyone is having a GREAT week!  I have been in the Boston area all week for work and am now jet-setting to Napa to meet the hubs.  YAY!  And what better time to kick off my new series: ROCK THE BUMP!  In an effort to inspire your most stylish bump, I will be compiling a collection of not-so-maternity, maternity options.  And the great news??  You don’t have to be preggo to wear these styles.  I have been avoiding traditional maternity clothes like the plague, so these options will work for anyone!

Right now, I am all about that FRINGE.  So, my first few posts within ROCK THE BUMP will feature my FAV LaMarque fringe jacket.  It is SO SO versatile and can be styled in many ways.  If you are not familiar with LaMarque, they are a designer brand based out of Montreal.  While their foundation is leather, their collections extend much further, offering a contemporary mix of leather, suede, mixed media sportswear, skirts, tops, etc.  Each piece is hand-crafted, both modern and edgy in distinction.

This time, I paired my fringe jacket with my go-to Rag & Bone ripped jeans, Christian Louboutin stacked heels, a Sincerely Jules sleeveless sweatshirt, and my Dannijo statement necklace.  PS, if you do not know about Sincerely Jules, go follow her immediately.  Her blog is ah-may-zing.  I love how this outfit mixes easy, breezy style with a couple luxury pieces.  For my fellow preggos, grab a belly band to make your regular jeans last well into your pregnancy.  My
favorite option right now is the Ingrid & Isabel Bellaband [purchase HERE].  All outfit details can be found at the end of the post, as well as clickable shopping links!  Lastly make sure you follow my Pinterest page: ROCK THE BUMP for more maternity inspo.  Have a great weekend!

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SHIRT Sincerely Jules Piper Sleeveless Sweatshirt • JACKET LaMarque Zura Suede Blazer (on sale!) • JEANS Rag & Bone Rips • SHOES Christian Louboutin Hippik • NECKLACE Dannijo • SUNNIES Fendi Cat Eye • BRACELETS Vita Fede and Will Leather Goods



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