BUMPDATE: 29 WEEKS

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Well, HELLO 3rd trimester!!!  Wow, what an awesome journey it has been so far!  I feel so lucky to be carrying this sweet bambino in my tummy and CANNOT wait to meet Baby Lutz.  Baby is moving oh so much, AND we got to see that sweet face earlier this week.  I think he/she has Ryan’s lips!  This makes me so happy, because he definitely has the prettiest lips.  😉  SO, let’s cut to the chase and get to the BUMPDATES!BUMPDATE-29-WEEKS-4

How far along: 29 weeks, 1 day!  SO CLOSE!!

Cravings: Absolutely zero cravings!  Diet is normal!  Weeeeeelll, actually, I do love chips.  But that is normal for me!  #chipmonster

Aversions: None!  YES!!!!!!!

Diet: Paleo! I have been traveling SO much lately, trying to get everything in order before I head out on Maternity Leave.  Obviously, it’s a lot harder to eat SUPER clean when on the road, but it is possible.  I love eggs, avocado, and fruit in the mornings, salads for lunch, and protein + veggies + potatoes or rice for dinner.  Almonds or apples and almond butter are SO yummy for snacks.  SPLURGE ALERT: Last week while I was in LA, the hotel had these AMAZING homemade chips.  While everyone was having cocktails at the bar, I would eat a few (or 10) chips as I socialized.  When traveling, I usually hit up a Whole Foods to make sure I have healthy breakfast items and snacks available.  Starting the day with a good breakfast makes the day so much better!  I also pick up a bar of 85% cacao to eat after lunch and dinner, instead of ordering dessert.  1 bar is 2 servings, but I spread this out into about 10 servings over the entire week (ok, I admit it…5 servings some weeks).  If you need healthy eating ideas, check out my last post HOW TO Love Your Pregnancy: Food + Fitness.  This is PART 1 of a 5 PART series I will be rolling out every other week.

Weight gain: Ok, I swore I would stop reporting my weight gain at 15 lbs, but I got to thinking…weight gain is HEALTHY!  We preggos should be proud of it, as long as we are gaining in a healthy manner.  Reasonable weight gain means the baby is growing and receiving the proper nutrition.  My weight gain really has fluctuated.  It varies between 16 and 18 lbs, so we are right in track.

Bump watch: My favorite accessory is definitely showing off!  I measured 30 cm when We went to the doctor on Tuesday, so the baby is growing right on schedule.  Clothes are getting a little harder to find, but I have been able to size up on regular clothes and still rock the bump!  Thank goodness for these amazing boyfriend jeans I am wearing in the pictures. So comfy!  I am carrying REALLY high, so fortunately, I can still wear my regular jeans.  Do not stress about shopping for maternity clothes…if you need help or ideas, please email me (lindzlutz@lifelutzurious.com)!  I am MORE than HAPPY to help you.  Keep checking my #rockthebump series and my Instagram for inspiration.  You CAN make it fun!!

Mood: Mood is great!  My husband probably disagrees though. 😉  Hello hormones!  All jokes aside, we are SUPER excited about our couples baby shower, a 2nd mini-babymoon, and getting the nursery completed (SO cute by the way…keep reading for all the details).  I will NEVER forget some advice I received at 12 weeks.  One of my co-workers that has had such a positive influence on my life (J-MAC, I am looking at you) said to me: “Lutz, no matter what, enjoy this time. Regardless if you don’t feel well, are busy, or are working too much, take the time to reflect and enjoy your pregnancy.”  Everytime I get down or frustrated or fed up, I think about his pep talk. And it is so true!  I am challenging each of you to ENJOY IT. Yes, it can be tough at times, but what an AMAZING journey it can be as well. And the reward is oh so worth it.

Gestational Diabetes: I added this category, because I want to address this condition.  It can  be scary!  I was super stressed out last week.  I actually failed my first glucose test (the one hour) and had to take the 3 hour test.  Of course, I was disappointed, confused, and frustrated.  I eat healthy, exercise, and maintain a low-ish carb diet, so how did could this happen?  There are ways to prevent gestational diabetes (healthy diet + exercise), but it can be genetic also.  If diabetes runs in your family, you may want to pay closer attention to the risks involved.  I ended up passing the 2nd test, but it definitely was worrisome.  If you do have to go in for the 2nd series of tests, make sure you pack a snack to eat as soon as you are finished with the test.  I felt fine throughout the test, but as I walked out to the car, I felt like I was going to pass out.  You have to fast, so by the time the test was over, I hadn’t eaten in 15 hours!  I can’t even go 4 hours without eating!  Also, you can sip water throughout the 3 hours, and I highly recommend this.  Do your research.  And talk to your physician PRIOR to your tests.  Discuss your diet and find out how you should prepare for the test.  Try not to stress!!  Let me know if you have any other questions!

How do I feel? Honestly, I feel completely normal.  If it wasn’t for my bump or the baby moving, I wouldn’t even know I was pregnant.  I am still traveling for work, blogging, socializing, and exercising.  I really have tried to keep life as normal as possible, and it has helped me love pregnancy and embrace the changes.  If you are in the 1st Trimester, hang in there!  I PROMISE it gets better!  Stay healthy, get moving, and have some fun!!

Body changes: One major change: y’all it is HOT!  I mean, 95 degrees in June?  That wasn’t supposed to happen until August when it was time for the nesting stage.  I travel to South Florida a LOT, and good LAWD it is brutal down there.  I have definitely noticed my body temperature is much higher than normal, so I am trying to adjust.  If I get too hot too quickly, I kind of feel faint.  It’s a weird feeling, but cooling off and hydrating usually works.  Besides that and my growing bump, I don’t really have any other changes to report.  What about my belly button?  I THINK it’s out, but it doesn’t really stick completely out.  “The bump” is making it difficult to bend down to tie my shoes or pick something up off the ground.  I can’t help but laugh when I have to ask someone to tie my shoes! ha

Workout regimen: Still Iron Tribin’ it y’all!  I have made some modifications (nothing on my back), but for the most part, it’s business as usual.  Double Unders were one of the first things to go for me.  It’s weird…I guess my equilibrium is off or something, but they have gotten very difficult.  Pull ups: wowzers, it’s like wearing a 16-18 lb (ha) weight vest!  The key: watching my heart rate.  I don’t wear a monitor, but I always make sure I can talk during the workout.  This is a great way to make sure you aren’t overdoing it.  If you are exercising, make SURE you are staying hydrated and keeping cool.  This is SO important during the summer months.

Girl or Boy Prediction: I hear GIRL more and more lately.  I think people just want me to have a girl, so they can see how I dress her! hahaha  I honestly have NO CLUE!  Last week, I swore he was a boy; this week, I feel like she’s a girl.  This one is going to be a game-time.  Still need boy names!!!!!  I will take ANY suggestions!!!

Nursery Updates: We have made a LOT of progress in the last couple of weeks.  The nursery is looking SO cute!  Well, the concept of it is.  I haven’t received any items yet, but I have ordered pretty much everything.  Here is a peek…

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A few details that I love:

  • Color-blocked sliding door!  Since the nursery is right at the front of the house, off the entrance, we want to keep it as open as possible.  It’s one of the most beautiful spaces in our house (the view is gorg), so we didn’t want to close off the room, BUT we obviously need a door.  We came up with the idea of a sliding door.  Since the door will slide into the nursery, it will limit artwork on one wall.  SO, I found this idea online: Colorblocked Door  It will create a piece of artwork while keeping the space open!  I am still debating on the colors, but more than likely, it will be mint green and bright yellow.  OR maybe I wait and paint it after the baby is here, so I can do hot pink if its a girl!
  • The crib.  No caption necessary.  I am obsessed!  (see top left of my inspo board) SO mod!
  • Black + white accents.  The back wall will be covered with black and white plus signs (similar to the blanket on the crib on my inspo board) or arrows, and I will accessorize all the neon + pastels with black + white.  This is an awesome way to add a bit of MOD to the otherwise bright and cheery nursery.
  • The clothing rack.  Y’all, this is going to be SO cool.  Instead of a closet or wardrobe, this is a sleek, minimalistic way to display Baby Lutz’s cute clothes.  Here is a link to what I will be doing: Minimalist Wardrobe Rack.
  • Acrylic.  Check out how cute those acrylic animals are (bottom right corner of inspo board).  I will also add an acrylic diaper tray, shelving, and maybe a little chair.
  • Turquoise day bed.  I have no words!  I love the mid-century modern look (bottom left corner of inspo board) to soften up the lines of the nursery.
  • YELLOW.  I am typically not a fan of yellow, but I LOVE how it pops!!!
  • Monte Rocker.  SO SO cute!!!!  it’s sleek, modern, and COMFY!

Don’t worry, I will create a FULL nursery post as we get closer to completion.

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: We had our 4D Ultrasound on Tuesday.  I have always thought those 4D’s were a little creepy, but how cool is it to see the baby’s face?!?!?  I was BLOWN away!!!  Baby Lutz was sleeping away with his/her arm under the chin, JUST like I sleep!  Albeit hard to tell, I swear Baby Lutz has Ryan’s lips.  Just look at this sweet face!!!  I definitely teared up.  It was such a precious moment for us.  Only 11 more weeks until we meet our little bambino!  We are getting more and more excited each day and can’t wait to be parents!  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in how we feel, what to wear, how to design the nursery, etc, but the REAL reason for all of it is so so amazing.  To conceive this precious baby and become his/her parents is truly a dream!  And what the female body is capable of is nothing short of amazing.  Ok, cue the tears.  🙂  We can’t wait to meet Baby Lutz!!  Prayers for a healthy baby and an easy delivery (ha) please!

Thank you all for taking this journey with us!!!


Love Always LL

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CHAMPAGNE TASTE + BEER BUDGET?

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Well, isn’t THAT the truth!  I think this is something we can ALL relate to!  It seems I am always looking for something CHAMPAGNE but on a BEER BUDGET.  Well, I have some awesome news!  Think back to around Christmas time.  Remember the shopping/foodie trip to ATL that the hubs and I took?   If you recall, I was actually pregnant and did not know it, as we ate and shopped our way through Atlanta.  I featured some amazing over-the-knee boots and a TO-DIE for Rebecca Minkoff FRINGE Cross-Body bag.  One of the posts from this trip was titled OVER IT and can be found HERE.  I also featured the bag in my IT GIRL Gift Guide right before Christmas.  I received SO many emails about that bag after those posts went up.  Both times, the bag literally sold out in HOURS.

Well, I have GREAT news.  THIS WEEK, Gus Mayer (Nashville + Birmingham) is hosting a Champagne Sale on Thursday, June 11th from 4-8pm.  Go ahead, mark your calendars, so you don’t forget.  For ONE HOUR ONLY (4-5pm), they will be selling 3 select styles of Rebecca Minkoff bags at a highly discounted price, including the FRINGE Cross-Body in WHITE and COGNAC that I have featured in my OVER IT post and my IT GIRL Gift Guide.  The other styles include the FRINGE Mini Mac in BLACK and COGNAC and the Mini Mac in FATIGUE, GREY, and WHITE, which is what I am featuring in this post.  Wanna know what’s even better?  For this one hour, they will be selling these bags for $99, instead of the regular $195 price.  Y’all, let me repeat that…$99!!!!!!  6 months ago, you couldn’t even FIND this bag.  Make sure you get there EARLY.  Fashionistas will be LINED UP, and the bag will sell out very quickly!

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So, how do you style this bag exactly?  FRINGE continues to be HUGE this year, AND as you can see from my posts, you can rock this bag year-round.  The leather is an amazing quality, and the bag holds the perfect amount of stuff.  I can typically fit my credit card holder, a few cosmetics, and my cell phone.  Also, the strap can be removed, so you can dress the bag up and wear as a clutch.  The cross-body option is perfect for summer festivals, a shopping day, or as your go-to summer bag.  Since I already own the cross-body in silver, I am going after the WHITE Mini-Mac.  I’ll race you for it!  How AMAZE does it look with this outfit from Urban Zen (Donna Karen’s new line and very much champagne-priced rather than beer)?  I love how the elegance of the bag the Jackie O-esque sunnies dress up the outfit, while the fringe on the bag and the shoes keeps the look feeling boho-chic.  And of course, I paired with the oh so fab Janessa Leone hat.  That’s the GREAT thing about the bag and shoes.  You can pair lower-priced items with very expensive items to create a super-glam look.  With the exception of the hat, the entire outfit can be found at Gus Mayer!  If you are interested in this look, stop by the store, shoot me an email, or call (205) 870-3300.  Champage-on-a-Beer-Budget-Gus-Mayer

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In addition to the Rebecca Minkoff bags, here are some more one-hour ONLY door-busters you can find from 4pm-5pm on Thursday:

  • $12 Trina wristlets in fun prints. Reg. $28
  • $29 contemporary short sleeve tops in 7 colors. s-xl. Reg. $58
  • $35 Shrug cardi in cool colors. s-m-l. Reg. $65
  • $39 Michael Aram porcelain sea urchin candle. Reg. $99
  • $49 Lola and Sophie double layer tanks, 4 colors. s-xl. Reg. $125
  • $49 Fringe summer ponchos, one size. Reg. $98
  • $99 Rebecca Minkoff handbags. 3 styles. Reg. $195
  • $20 gift card with any $100 cosmetic or fragrance purchase

I look forward to seeing you all there!!  PLEASE PLEASE share this post with your friends on FB, Twitter, and PINTEREST (see sharing icons at the end of the post).  Why?  Because that’s what friends are for!

General info:

  • Champagne Sale, Thursday, June 11 from 4pm to 8pm (One Hour Specials from 4pm to 5pm)
  • Gus Mayer will close from 3pm to 4pm to prepare for the event.
  • Champagne and Hors D’ouevres will be served from 4pm to 8pm.
  • 60% off summer fashions*
  • 60% off Regina’s ‘Choice’ Jewelry*
  • 50% off rack shoes*
  • Entire stock not included. Does not apply to prior purchases, gift cards, special orders, trunk shows, alterations, cosmetics or fragrance. Other exclusions may apply.

Have a GREAT week, and I will see you ALL on Thursday!

I was compensated for this post, but don’t worry, all STYLING and OPINIONS are my own.

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DRESS Urban Zen • SHOES Sam Edelman • SUNNIES Tom Ford • HAT Janessa Leone Lola • NECKLACE Tat2 Manhattan South • BRACELETS Vita FedeWill Leather Goods


Love Always LL


 

How To LOVE Your Pregnancy: FOOD + FITNESS

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This post goes out to all my fellow preggos and future preggos.  Now that I am officially entering the 3rd trimester…WOWZERS…I wanted to provide you with my new series: HOW TO Love Your Pregnancy.  This 5-part series will include healthy eating tips and exercise tidbits, MUST HAVE products to keep you comfortable, answers to my most frequently asked questions, Pregnancy Style 101, AND a survival guide for each trimester!  Keeping things as normal as possible was top priority for me.  And as I look back, pregnancy has been a LOT of fun and something I have truly enjoyed.  Trust me, I was one of those that completely DREADED the day I got pregnant.  BUT, it does not have to be miserable and is something we should all embrace!

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Ok, I know a lot of you are going to not like what I have to say here, but it will benefit YOU and YOUR BABY and help you feel great.  Remember, I am not a dietician or doctor.  PLEASE consult your physician or a nutritionist before changing your diet!

1) You are NOT eating for two.  I know, I know.  We have grown up waiting until the day we get pregnant and can eat whatever we want.  I tried this for 2 weeks.  It was MISERABLE.  Yes, it was fun eating food I would normally not eat, but I felt SO SO bad the whole time.  You know those early pregnancy symptoms we all hear about?  Bloating, gas, skin breakouts, weight gain, nausea, exhaustion, etc?  I felt them…for 2 straight weeks.  Week 5-7 had me on the couch, feeling terrible, and dreading the rest of the process.  Then, I had an epiphany: why am I eating like this when I haven’t eaten this way in YEARS?  Y’all my body just couldn’t handle it.  So, I stopped.  I went back to my normal diet, which is Paleo-ish.  I don’t recommend you start a new diet regimen but instead, find [and eat] what works for you.  Make healthy choices, instead of justifying a McDonald’s hamburger for every meal.  I increased my calorie intake (300 calories per day is what the doc recommended) and ate cleanly.  And bam!  I felt normal again!

2) Check your daily nutrient intake.  Y’all, I am NOT a dietician nor do I claim to be, but this is something that is important.  Getting the proper nutrients each day is crucial for you and your baby.  I knew eating Paleo may limit some of the nutrients, so I added in a few things to make sure I was getting enough of the required nutrients.  If you don’t know where to start, reach out to a nutritionist or ask a friend.  There are SO many resources out there to help you.

3) Cravings in moderation.  Yep, I get it.  There are times where you literally cannot live without a chocolate chip cookie.  I have been there.  I urge you not to give into them every time they pop up.  Can you splurge?  Absolutely!  Set boundaries for yourself and only splurge once a week or for special occasions.  Everything in moderation.  My CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT craving was grapes.  Now, I know what you are thinking…shocker, this is a healthy craving.  But honestly, anything that is over-consumed has it’s negative effects.  Grapes have a ton of sugar, so I made sure I was only having 1 serving per day.  YES, go ahead and splurge!!  You deserve it…but limit your splurges, so splurges do not become daily occurrences.

4) Eating Schedule.  Figure out a schedule that works for you.  I found that eating small meals throughout the day helped curb my nausea, but I have heard others say the opposite.  Find what works for YOU and stick to it.

5) Whole foods versus Processed.  Again, I realize this sounds terrible, but it can be a lot of fun, ESPECIALLY in the summer.  Think of all the fresh veggies and delicious fruits you can consume right now!  If you have not been down to Pepper Place, you are missing out.  You can read my post from last year HERE.  There is an abundance of organic fruits and veggies, meats, desserts, fresh flowers, etc.  And the best part?  You can support local farmers, eat seasonally, AND avoid processed foods.  I guest posted on my friend Heather’s FABULOUS blog last month (My Life Well Loved).  The post was all about HOW to EAT SEASONALLY (find it HERE).  I provide some great tips on how to plan your meals and truly eat seasonally.  No matter what eating plan, diet, lifestyle, etc that you follow, they all say to AVOID processed food.  It will honestly change your life.  You know those 2pm slumps you get in?  Or that tired feeling after you had a large meal?  That will go away!  My challenge to you is to visit Pepper Place and try it out for one week.  Let me know how you feel afterwards!  I mean, look at how relish these veggies look…nom nom.

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FIT MOMMA

Strong momma, strong baby, right?  It can be VERY tough to exercise in the first trimester.  You are tired, STARVING, and nauseous.  But try to get out there an get moving.  The summer is great time.  Take walks in the park, go for a swim, DO something you enjoy…just get moving.  Even on my tiredest days, I would try to do SOME form of exercise, and every single time, it made me feel a million times better.  Remember, take it easy, watch your heart rate, and make sure you can hold a conversation while exercising.  Even a 10 min walk around the block after dinner will make a world of difference.  Another idea?  Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.

I absolutely LOVE any sort of group fitness.  I currently do Irontribe and Orange Theory (when I travel), but there are SO many options out there: Spin, Zumba, Bootcamp, Water Aerobics, YOGA (I MUST start this!), Pure Barre, etc.  You name it.  These types of classes are an awesome way to hold yourself accountable, go at your own pace, and most importantly, HAVE fun.  Most gyms offer free group classes with their membership, so check it out.  As always, check with your doc before starting ANY form of exercise.  Here is an article that The Bump posted TODAY about pregnancy-safe fitness classes: Fast Pass To Fitness: The Best Classes To Take If You’re Pregnant.

MEAL + RECIPE IDEAS

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Keep in mind, I am about 85% PALEO, so this are just IDEAS.  You may want to incorporate more whole grains if you are not gluten-free.  Also, lentils and beans are excellent sources of protein.  It is VERY important that you get all your nutrients and calories each day, so again, these are just ideas to give you some inspiration.  I LOVE “healthy-ish” desserts on the weekend.  You can find 2 of my favs HERE and HERE.  Also, dark chocolate (aim for 70% or higher) is an EXCELLENT choice.  My fav brands are Alter Ego Dark Blackout (Whole Foods) and THEO Organic 85% Dark Chocolate (Whole Foods).  Very important: make sure you read the ingredients.  If not careful, dark chocolate can go from healthy-ish to down right NOT healthy.  And hell, all you non-preggos can take ideas from this chart as well!  This is pretty much how I ate before pregnancy with smaller portions and less caloric snacks.

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[table_header]BREAKFAST[/table_header] [table_header]SNACK[/table_header] [table_header]LUNCH[/table_header] [table_header]SNACK[/table_header] [table_header]DINNER[/table_header] [/table_row] [/table_head] [table_body] [table_row] [table_cell]2 Eggs cooked through
Half an avocado
Blueberries[/table_cell] [table_cell]15 almonds
10 grapes[/table_cell] [table_cell]Grilled chicken salad (use leftover chicken from dinner): quinoa, local greens, carrots, avocado (important for calorie intake), nuts, and snap peas[/table_cell] [table_cell]Hardboiled egg and a banana (if you didn’t have eggs for breakfast)[/table_cell] [table_cell]Rotisserie chicken (Whole Foods makes a “naked” organic chicken or you can get one at Pepper Place and throw it in the crockpot)
Roasted veggies (whatever you find at Pepper Place)
Basmati Rice[/table_cell] [/table_row] [table_row] [table_cell]Frittata (comment if you want my recipe)
Organic Apple Sauce (100% apples…found at whole foods)[/table_cell] [table_cell]Veggies and Hummus (check the label to make sure it contains only whole foods. I LOVE The Hummus People…website HERE)[/table_cell] [table_cell]Leftovers from dinner!!![/table_cell] [table_cell]Greek yogurt, nuts, and fruit (if you eat dairy)[/table_cell] [table_cell]Wild-caught salmon
Roasted potatoes (olive oil, salt, and pepper)
Side Salad with balsamic vinegar
2 pieces of 85% cacao dark chocolate (see suggestions above)[/table_cell] [/table_row] [table_row] [table_cell]Scrambled duck eggs with asparagus, garlic, and mushrooms (again, let me know if you want my recipe)
Local, organic blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries[/table_cell] [table_cell]Apple with Almond butter[/table_cell] [table_cell]Gulf shrimp + avocado (recipe HERE)
Side of basmati rice or quinoa[/table_cell] [table_cell]Veggies and guacamole (homemade if possible)[/table_cell] [table_cell]Lean pork (tenderloin, shoulder cooked in crock pot)
Zucchini noodles (amazing recipe HERE)
Bok choy, kale, onions, garlic, and mushrooms
85% cacao (see suggestions above)[/table_cell] [/table_row] [/table_body] [/table]


HOW-TO-LOVE-your-Pregnancy-HEALTHY-Eating-3I hope some of these meals help give you some ideas.  As I mention in the menu suggestions, leftovers are an AWESOME choice!  You can prepare a lot of meals on Sunday, so you do not have to cook during the week.  Also, give yourself a splurge meal or 2 during the week.  The hubs and I usually go out to dinner on Friday night and out to lunch on Saturday, and it is something I look forward to every week.  By splurging occasionally, you will truly feel better and appreciate it SO much more!  What are some of your favorite HEALTHY things to eat during pregnancy?  I would love to hear from you!

Love Always LL

5 STYLING TIPS + FAST CARS + HOT FASHION


Last week I had the opportunity to partner with Tesla, The Summit, and Spark & Arrow Creative for an AMAZING day of fashion, fast cars, AND pops!  That’s right…my day began with a delicious treat from Steel City Pops.  That was a definitely a perk of the shoot for this preggo.  Keep reading for my 5 Styling TIPS!

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When they approached me about the shoot, I was super excited to not only get to drive the Tesla Model S but also have the honor of styling the shoot.  I immediately reached out to my good friend Brittany at Gus Mayer, and we went to town.  She and I have collaborated in the past when she was at Calypso, and let me tell ya…she rocks!  If you want to shop or pick her brain, go see her at Gus Mayer or call her at 205-870-3300 ext 130.  At first,  I have to admit, I was a little nervous…1) I am pregnant!  Will anything fit me?  Do they even went a preggo in their pictures?  2) Because of my INSANELY travel schedule, we had VERY limited time to get the shoot styled (I am talking a few hours), so it was crucial that we worked efficiently.  This definitely ended up being a positive though…I work much better under pressure. 3) This is TESLA!  The fashion MUST be as HOT as the cars!  I knew we wanted something high-end and striking but also comfortable. Shoes would be super important.

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So, how did we style the shoot?  I was thinking of ways to turn this post into a HOW TO, and styling tips came to mind. How often are we faced with a last minute event, job interview, or date night and have NOTHING to wear?  I swear I have no room left in my closet but at the same time, nothing to wear. It’s absurd.

Anyways, here are my tips to style your next date night or fancy event. Or even just a casual day in the park!

1) Make a plan.  This is so crucial!  A goal without a plan is just a wish, right?  Don’t spend too much time or put a lot of detail into this. Simply take 2 minutes to brainstorm the vision of your outfit and must-haves.  For this shoot, I jotted down these thoughts:

  • Fabulous shoes
  • Flowy
  • Caftan
  • Shorts or skirt
  • High end
  • Simple, but striking accessories
  • Gold
  • Local items from the Summit
  • Bright colors

VISION: high fashion + touch of edge + local

2) Be flexible.  Ok, I know this has happened to y’all. You get an idea for an outfit stuck in your head, and nothing else will work.  Try keeping an open mind and be flexible. Let your creativity work FOR you, not against you.  Understand that you may have to make adjustments to your plan or even step out of your comfort zone.

3) Ask for help. Reach out to friends or a sales associate or look to bloggers for help. Communicate your expectations and MUST HAVES for the event and see what they come up with. Brittany and I were completely in sync, and it made the planning process so much easier.

4) Try stuff on and take pictures.  #selfie time!  At the store AND at home. If you are not purchasing anything new, try moving to a different room in your house to get a different perspective. You will be shocked at how different things look outside your usual environment.  Try different sizes as well…don’t be a slave to your usual size. Things look different based on how they fit. Again, this goes back to being flexible. Try on and take pictures AGAIN the next day prior to the event. You will be shocked at how different things look on day 2.

5) Stay TRUE to YOURSELF.  It’s ok to seek out inspiration from others but stay true to your own style.  Trends come and go, but YOU are the only thing that NO ONE else has. I have made this mistake many times. I get caught up on how an outfit looks on someone else and tend to get frustrated that I can’t emulate it.  Be confident and rock YOU!

Thank you to GUS MAYER, THE SUMMIT, and TESLA for a fabulous day of fast cars + hot fashion. By the way, if you’d like to take a spin in this badass car, here’s a link for a spot drive:

Tesla Spot Drive

Also, follow The Summit Birmingham on Instagram for fun facts about the TESLA S.  My outfits and AH-MAZE shoes can all be purchased locally at Gus Mayer.  Follow them on Instagram HERE and their shoes HERE.   I have also linked everything up at the end of the post!

PS, that car is NO JOKE. I am currently trying to convince the hubs to spot drive one. Does anyone have any good negotiating/get what you went tips that I can use? 😉  We can trade styling tips for husband negotiating tips!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  If you have ANY questions or need help styling, feel free to email me at lindzlutz@lifelutzurious.com.

Unfortunately, I did not receive a free Tesla, but I was compensated for this post.  All opinions and styling are my own.

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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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Mix + Match
Simple
High-Waisted Bottoms
Sporty Tops
Sheer Panels[/table_cell] [table_cell]Excessive Cut-Outs
Embellishments
Hardware
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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: 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!!!!)