Palm Springs Preggo Style

This LA heat is inspiring me to write about Palm Springs! You may remember a previous post of mine about a girls trip I took with my sister and cousin to Palm Springs. Well we did it again, but this time around went to a few new spots. Also on this trip, my sister and I are both pregnant. This year, I missed Coachella because I didn't feel comfortable being pregnant in the hot dusty desert  and because my gurl Beyonce backed out. I almost always go to Coachella, making my visit to Palm Springs an annual thing. It was only fitting that I do it a bit differently this year and so here is a recap of our preggo style trip haha. 

OUR STAY / WHERE WE ATE:

We stayed right down the street from the Saguaro (where we stayed last) at the ACE hotel. Although it was my sister and cousin's first time staying there, I have previously stayed there with friends. I much prefer the restaurant on site and they offer better drinks and food poolside than the Saguaro. We got the nachos and caesar salad by the pool and it was just a perfect snack, not to mention the service was great. We also liked that they serve Clover juice ( bonus for pregnant ladies, that can't get fun cocktails but want something refreshing.) As far as restaurants, we ate at Cheeky's and Birba of course, because they are not to be missed when visiting Palm Springs! We happen to try out Appetito, The Farm, Reservoir, Ice cream and Shop(pe), and Lappert's. We enjoyed that Appetito was right next door to the hotel. The food was good and they give quite large portions. The Farm is a good place to eat for breakfast or brunch. We liked their crepes and farm house flair.  As for Reservoir (a restaurant in the new Arrive Hotel that just opened this summer,) we were disappointed in their petite lunch menu, but mostly that the food and service wasn't good. Ice Cream & Shop(pe), also in the Arrive Hotel was quite cute and although the ice cream flavors were somewhat basic, it was a nice treat. Lappert's on the other hand is quite yummy! They serve up the famous Dole Whip, which is so refreshing in 100 degree heat.

WHERE TO: 

Since we've pretty much done it all at this point, we didn't do much but eat, relax and lounge! This summer, Palm Springs had some very  cool art installations put in place. We decided to visit DESERT X and it was a very cool experience. The mirrored house was so very neat and photo worthy! In these photos I'm 25 weeks and my sister is 28 weeks! I can't believe how the time has flown. I'm currently 35 weeks and very anxious to meet my baby! 

Hat // Lack of Color

Dress // Anthropologie

Shoes // Soludos

Swimwear // Alma Vistoso

Sunnies // Rayban

We're having a BOY!

I announced the gender on Instagram, but never officially on my blog. We are having a baby boy! When people would ask me if I thought it was a boy or a girl, I always said boy. I just felt like I was gonna have a boy. My husband on the other hand, would always reply girl. He thought because he wants a boy first, he'll get a girl. But that wasn't the case and he is beyond excited that it's a boy. He actually wasn't present at the doctors appointment the day I found out, because he was on his way back from Coachella. I contemplated playing a trick on him, but I'm not a good liar and I couldn't contain the news.

Here are photos of my 23 week bump! All the clothing in this post is non-maternity! YAY :)

Dress // Forever21

Jacket // NastyGal

Purse // Givenchy

Shoes // Nike

Sunnies // Rayban 

 

Where You Been Preggo Lady!

I know that I' am awful at consistently posting, but I've been especially awful at it during my pregnancy. As I mentioned in the previous post, maternity wear is really not cute. It is actually really hard to feel pretty when all you want to do is dress like a bum. Even when I manage to get myself done up, I still don't feel pretty because I'm not used to seeing myself pregnant and I feel "fat." I've noticed that a lot of people are currently pregnant in my life (must be the age) and on all my social media. Many bloggers that I follow are announcing their pregnancies, and it is hard not to compare myself to them. Every pregnancy is different and I don't want to advertise a falseness to mine. I can't wear the clothing I used to and be comfortable, and I wont spend my $ on overpriced maternity clothing. My freckles are in full force and my nose is always red. I'm just not feeling like my fashionista self at the moment and that is ok. Rather I'm focused on watching my baby grow and preparing for his arrival. As my husband says: " I've been non-stop! " I nag him daily with new home projects and preparing our nursery (post to follow.) 

Anyways, I'm 32 weeks +2 today! I'm getting a little closer to my due date and to getting my body back haha. In the meantime however, I'll try to recap the last 10 weeks as much as I can and I will also post about all my home renovations, my nursery and baby shower! Be sure to keep an eye out! XO

I live in maternity leggings and tees. Here is where it all began, my 21 week bump! 

Hat // Monique's Boutique

Shirt // Gap maternity

Leggings // Nordstrom rack purchase

Shoes // VANS

What to Wear

I've been having trouble posting. I want so desperately to take cute outfit pics and dress up to go out, but it's just not gonna happen. Every time I put something on that I think will look cute and flattering, I end up looking like a potato. I'll schedule to shoot and then cancel because I'm too tired and have zero energy to do my hair and makeup. Ok Ok.. by now your probably like WHA? Well Guys, I'm pregnant! I haven't made a formal announcement on my social media yet, but I have so much to say about getting dressed while being pregnant. What a pain! You thought you didn't have clothes to wear before, well when your pregnant it's a million times more complicated than that. I'm so excited to be pregnant but the maternity clothing available is truly horrendous. Maternity clothing is actually really pricey for being so ugly. Women still buy it though, out of necessity. I purchased my first maternity clothing the other day and although I wasn't thrilled with the stuff, I figured I could add my personal touch to the otherwise simple pieces. I'm hoping when I actually have a bump, it will get a little easier because I'll look pregnant and wont be so subconscious about looking like I'm just overweight. For now it's anything flowy and oversized! Here is an outfit that I recently posted on my IG a few weeks ago (still in my first trimester,) when I wasn't really showing much but was very bloated and fatigued haha. 

Top // Bought in Thailand ( similar ones at ZARA)

Pants // ZARA

Bag // Chloe

Shoes // Lola Shoetique

 

 

HUDSON Jeans for the Win

These HUDSON jeans are my new favorite jeans. They are so comfortable and I love the wash. It is great for daytime and nighttime wear. You may have noticed that I have been wearing a lot of Topshop high waisted jeans in my recent posts. They became my staple as I stirred away from G Star jeans and the super low rise. The Topshop jeans are affordable and super cute. I highly recommend them! However I was on a quest for a new nice pair of designer jeans and I have succeeded. 

Top // HM

Jeans // HUDSON

Bag // Gavriel Mansur

Shoes // Dolce Vita

Rain Rain... I love you, but go away!

What is the deal with the LA weather? My wardrobe is so confused right now... Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to wear my coats and sweaters, but I'm finding that I don't really have that many. I guess living in LA my entire life, didn't really prepare me very well for a down pour of rain and high winds. I actually don't own any water proof shoes, nor do I own any rain coats. I also came to the realization that I need to upgrade my cheapy umbrella asap! For now I've been living in this Zara coat!!! I basically have been wearing it with everything! I'm really happy with it because weather I'm wearing a light top or a bulky sweater, it layers quite nicely! 

Coat // Zara

Top // HM

Jeans // Topshop

Bag // Gavriel Mansur

Sunnies // DIOR

Booties // Dolce Vita

Netflix and Chill

There is so much to do in LA. I need to start getting out and taking walks. Just walking around my neighborhood, I discovered some tree lined streets that are full of beautiful palm trees! Instead of getting out however, I'm becoming a coach potato. I've been binge watching so much tv lately. I think in an attempt to stop shopping and spending money, I've been distracting myself with movies and television. We spend way too much on our cable and yet there is never anything to watch. I think Netflix and chill is seriously my life right now.  I started watching Stranger Things awhile back, and since then have become hooked on Netflix. I also recently finished watching The OA, which was incredible. They have been killing it with the shows! I really like that I can just watch everything without waiting for a new episode, but that can also be the death of me. Currently I'm watching GLITCH; add it to your queue it's super interesting, haha. If you have any suggestions of TV shows or rather free LA activities, I'm missing out on, leave it in the comments! xo

Tee // Urban Outfitters

Jeans // Topshop

Sunnies // Raybans

Shoes // BCBG Gen (older)

Whatever

This whatever bomber is on heavy rotation. I'm trying to buy less and less trendy items and more staple classic pieces, but this bomber definitely snuck in there. At least it's black and pretty much goes with everything... I just couldn't resist sportin the motto.  Whatever has certainly been my mood lately.

Bomber // ZARA 

Jeans // Topshop

Shoes // Vans

Bag // Chloe

 Choker // Deadgirldancing

Feelin Like A Champ

It's been so chilly in LA. I mean, I've never taken sweater weather so seriously before. As you know, I'm a sucker for baby pink or blush tones, so naturally this sweater was a perfect choice. I purchased it online as a Hanukkah gift to myself. I bought it in size XS and honestly it fits rather large on me. Even though I was disappointed in the fit, I still liked it enough to keep. I think mainly the sleeves bother me. This outfit turned out super sporty, which is not normally my look. It was ultra comfy to wear and I think I may opt for looks like this more often.  

Sweatshirt // Champion from Urban Outfitters

Pants // Topshop

Sneakers // Adidas Ultra Boosts

Classic Denim Jacket

In LA it's hard to say what exactly can be considered fall weather, since it pretty much is always sunny and warm. Still, It is starting to feel a bit like fall! It's been cooler in the evening and I've been bringing a light jacket with me everywhere.  A classic denim jacket is just the perfect choice. I've been wearing my denim jacket with just about everything lately. I bought mine awhile back at  Forever21 and it's lasted me well, forever! You can't go wrong with denim in my opinion and it seems that denim jackets are starting to make a comeback too. 

Dress and Denim Jacket // Forever 21

Purse // APC 

Shoes // Steve Madden