Golden Globes 2017: Red Carpet Trends

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I am not a fan of awards shows, however, I love seeing what beautiful (or not so beautiful) dresses come down the red carpet. There are trends I love, others I just don't understand, and some that I am totally hating right now. There was a lot of cleavage this year, something I am not a fan of at a classy event such as the Golden Globes.

METALLIC


YELLOW


SHOULDER CUT-OUT


OFF THE SHOULDER

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[Maternity] Style Crush: Steffy Kuncman

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I enjoy reading fashion blogs and collecting inspiration, but of course I am restricted with what I can wear right now being 32 weeks pregnant, so I love finding pregnant bloggers who inspire me to still try and be stylish as I continue to grow.

I have been reading Steffy's blog for many years, and it's been so fun to follow along with her pregnancy as she went through each week and how she managed to still dress so cute and stay true to her style.

Steffy is a fashion and lifestyle blogger, living in Long Island, NY. She and her husband share their love for adventure on her blog, Steffy's Pros and Cons, and now with their new baby boy along for the ride the adventure continues.









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Fashion Legend: Franca Sozzani

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On December 22, 2016, the world lost an amazing woman - Franca Sozzani. She was a true pioneer in the fashion industry, and used her passion for people and life to better those around her. Franca is someone that I look up to not only as a woman, but a human being that made her life's work something to be remembered.


"Franca had a passion for, and a deep knowledge of, fashion and its history, but an ability to keep an amused distance from its modern day excesses."



Franca Sozzani was born on January 20, 1950 and grew up in Mantua, Lombardy, in northern Italy. She died after a year-long illness on December 22, 2016, at the age of 66.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Her Work

Sozzani's career began as an assistant at the children's fashion magazine Vogue Bambini in 1976.  She directed the publications Lei beginning in 1980 and Per Lui (its male counterpart) starting in 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of Vogue in 1988.

"She turned Italian Vogue into a magazine powerhouse with a reach and influence far beyond its relatively modest circulation. A maverick spirit, she turned Vogue into a magazine that not only celebrated the power of imagery, but also used fashion stories as a platform to discuss broader issues. She was fearless in her willingness to tackle provocative and controversial social and cultural issues through the medium of fashion shoots."

My Favorite Vogue Editor- Editor Franca Sozzani Is Still in Vogue - WSJ:

By 1994, she was appointed Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Italia. Franca immediately shook up the formulaic title with dynamic covers and content, creating a magazine that, in her words, would be “extravagant, experimental, innovative.”

In 2006, she became editor of Vogue l'Uomo and in February 2011, she launched Vogue Curvy, staffed by plus-size bloggers who offer fashion tips for the full-figured. In September 2015, she took over editorship of Vogue Sposa and Vogue Bambini.

Her Legacy

In the 1990s, Sozzani helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel.

Sozzani was known for including topics and issues in her magazine which other fashion publications avoided, such as domestic violence, drug abuse and recovery. Issues of her magazine included "The Black Issue" (which featured only models of colour), "Makeover" (dedicated to the exploding phenomenon of plastic surgery) and most recently "Rebranding Africa".

In 2014, she was named a global ambassador against hunger for the United Nations’ World Food Program and received the Swarovski Fashion Award for Positive Change in 2016.


franca sozzani style: we call it iconic:

Franca, you will be missed.

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Pregnancy: the good, the bad, and things no one tells you

Thursday, January 5, 2017

There are many books, websites and blogs that you can read to help you prepare for pregnancy, but nothing can really prepare you for what your body is about to go through.

Here is my experience of the good, the bad, and the ugly side of pregnancy;

The Good


Getting pregnant is a huge blessing and one that we were praying about for a long time. I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to carry a baby.

Besides our engagement/wedding, I have never experienced so much genuine love and excitement from our family and friends, and even people that I don't know well.

My skin hasn't been this clear and soft for over a year, so I have been enjoying wearing minimal makeup these days. Just enough to cover up the dark circles under my eyes!


The Bad

The unwelcomed commentary.
People suddenly feel like it is appropriate to comment on everything, whether it's my weight, the size of my belly or even how tired I look.

Aching muscles and bones that make me feel like an old lady. Before I knew that I was pregnant, I was having very sore calve muscles (which I do usually get when I am overly tired). I wore compression socks to bed, which did help, but it's definitely not something I expected throughout my pregnancy.


The things no one tells you

You've probably heard that your hair will get thicker and shinier, but you will find that hair will start sprouting all over your body! I remember admiring my growing belly one day and noticed that my belly had some excess peach fuzz growing and I've noticed more facial hair as well - thankfully I am a blonde.

Body fluids will be out of control due to higher amounts of estrogen and increase in blood flow in your body. Runny nose, excess discharge, and a lot more sweating.

You will struggle with accepting your ever-changing body.
I have been trying to remember that the end is in sight, but already at 31 weeks, I am ready to get this baby out ASAP. The weight gain has been something that I am secretly hating, and I wasn't prepared for the huge transformation that my body was about to go through. I have been generally the same weight throughout my adult years, and have always been an active person. I have not had the energy or desire to exercise for the latter part of my pregnancy, which I know hasn't helped with my self-esteem. Let's just say I will be happy once my sweet babe is in my arms instead of my belly and we can go for walks together and I can start to feel like myself again.

Christmas day belly (30 weeks)

What surprised you about pregnancy?

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Pregnancy Update: 28 weeks

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Last week was a bit of a stressful one which ended with a visit to the hospital, so I wasn't really up for posting. So, I'm trying to catch up and post last week's update still so that I can keep track of my weekly progress.  

How far along: 28 weeks
Size of baby: Eggplant
Weight gain: 21.4 lbs


What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
I purchased another pair of pants (duplicate of one I already own, but in black), so am now pretty much set with my maternity wardrobe for the next 2.5 months. With it being Christmas time, I was needing something a little more dressy than the basics that I have been wearing, so I found this dress/top at Forever21 that I can wearing comfortably. I find wearing belts super uncomfortable and add unnecessary strain around my ribs, but I wanted to add a little more shape and colour to this outfit.


How do I feel: Symptoms? 
I was having some odd intermittent bleeding last week, and my OB was not available, so I went to Labour & Delivery at the hospital I will be delivering at, and they took me right away. They monitored me and did an exam, and everything is good with the baby. Just have to go for some follow-up tests, but it was such a relief knowing everything is ok with my pregnancy.

Movement: She's moving like crazy! It's not only kicks that I feel these days, but because baby is getting bigger, I can feel her move from one side to another. Or if she's laying more on one side, my belly is very hard and I can feel little feet or shoulders poking me.


Sleep: I tend to wake up around 4:30am some mornings and am unable to sleep for about an hour. But I have been sleeping pretty well for the most part.

Outfit details:
Blouse (dress) w/ belt: Forever21 | Pants (H&M maternity)

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Pregnancy update: 27 weeks

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I know I skipped week 26, but I felt awful last week because of this never ending cold and really wasn't up for taking pictures. Things have been pretty steady in the last couple of weeks, so not much to update you on in terms of pregnancy changes. I am in my last week of the second trimester, and offically 6 months pregnant. I can't believe only 3 months to go until we get to meet this little babe!

 

How far along: 27 weeks
Size of baby: Head of lettuce
Weight gain: 20.2 lbs

What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
My bank account has suffered in the last couple of weeks as my wardrobe was dwindling down to a mere few outfits that fit. I had to buy a couple more maternity pieces (and it pains me how expensive maternity clothes are), but also found some non-maternity pieces at Value Village that I can use to layer.



How do I feel: Symptoms? 
Pregnancy-wise I have been feeling good. My belly is definitely continuing to grow each week and my belly button is slowly disappearing. This morning I was woken up by a Braxton-hick contraction! It was such a crazy feeling and weird to feel how hard my belly was for that quick moment. Unfortunately my efforts to get rid of this cold haven't worked but I am starting to feel better. 

Movement: Lots of strong movements that can definitely be felt from outside my belly these days. It still takes me by surprise sometimes when I feel a super hard kick!



Sleep: My sleep has been interrupted by my cold this past week, but baby has been on the same sleep schedule as me, so I haven't been woken up through the night from kicking etc. (yet).

What I am most looking forward to: Getting things set up in the nursery and nesting at home as we prepare for our little babe to arrive. 

Outfit details:
V-neck sweater (non-maternity, but a size up): Smart set (thrifted) | Pants: H&M maternity

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