Fall Florals

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I can’t say enough how much I love this dress! It’s the perfect fall floral print (florals are still really in this season), the material is nice and light so even when the sun feels warm you don’t feel too hot, and it’s only $36 (plus an extra 30% off today!)! The dress was a little short on me (I’m wearing an xs for reference) but I’m not sure if that was because of my bump or if it is just short. I added booties and my gray wool hat to make it look a bit more fall and a red lip for a pop of color and to complete my quintessential fall look but I’m excited to wear it with tights and boots once the weather cools down, too!
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dress: Old Navy (30% off today!), booties: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom, hat: Nordstrom

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had really nice fall weather here and went for long walks for coffee both Saturday and Sunday morning and it was probably my favorite part of the weekend! We (and by we, I mean Joe) also did a lot of work on Amelia’s room and I’m getting really excited about it! I’ll be sharing a reveal here soon! Have a great day and thanks so much for reading (don’t forget to subscribe!)!

❤Britt

Striped Baby Bump

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Even though it’s officially fall today, I’m still trying to get the most out of my summer wardrobe like my summer dresses. To transition summer items to fall, add a piece or two to make it feel different and appropriate for the season such as a cardigan or booties, or both. Leopard, velvet, embellishments, and statement furs are really big for fall so consider adding one or two of those elements to elevate your look. Also, off the shoulder looks and ruffles are still holding on strong so you can continue wearing some of those pieces that you may already have from summer through fall (see some of my favorite looks from last fall here, here, and here)!
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dress: Nordstrom, cardigan: Nordstrom (last spring), flats: J.Crew (one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own and it comes in a really pretty deep red for fall!), sunglasses: Illesteva

Happy first day of Fall, guys! Hope you have some fun fall things planned for this weekend (we don’t, but I’ll just live vicariously through you! We have to finish up Amelia’s new room, so lots of housework will be going on here or at the top of the page where it says subscribe… hopefully!)! Thanks so much for reading! Don’t forget, you can subscribe to Lizzie & Jane here so that you never miss a post (which is especially great for this upcoming season because I have a few exciting giveaways planned as well as gift guides and must haves for baby!)! I also am trying to get back to a regular posting schedule but I’m shooting for 3-4 times a week so I promise it won’t be an overload of emails if you do subscribe (I hope you do!)!

❤Britt

“Feeling Like Fall” Inspiration

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Since it’s officially the first day of fall on Thursday, I thought I’d give you some fall inspiration today! Leopard is really in this season (though, in my opinion, it is always a classic, but it’s fun to see more leopard pieces available right now!). Since I’m not sure when I’d fit into this dress (or any other non-maternity leopard piece of clothing), I’m really looking for a new pair of leopard shoes (booties or flats? or maybe even pumps?!) this season. While I’m planning on doing a separate “September Wish List” post, most of these items are actually on my wish list (except for this lotion, which I already have and love!). I have at least 3 pairs of shoes that I really want, a new bag (I can’t decide between a crossbody or a tote), jeans, lots of tees and sweaters, and a few dresses and accessories (you can never have enough blanket scarves and this one is only $25!)!

❤Britt

Plain White Tee

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A plain white tee is an essential in any wardrobe for any and every season. I’m a big fan of tee shirts in general as my style is usually pretty casual but white is definitely a must-have. I kept this look really clean and neutral but I love white tees with fun accents, like a bright pair of shoes, too; or you can dress it up with a blazer, dark jeans, and pumps. A white button down is a must-have, too, but in all honesty, I actually don’t have one myself! I’ve only recently been building the basics in my wardrobe and I’ve probably been pregnant for half that time (including Amelia), so I’ll start again once this baby is born.
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tee: Nordstrom, cardigan: Madewell, jeans: Motherhood Maternity, flats: J.Crew

Happy Wednesday! I feel like it already needs to be Friday. Joe has been away since Sunday morning so it has been a l o n g week for me and Amelia already. He comes home today but not until regular time (so like 6:30 or 7 tonight) so I have a feeling it’s going to be another long day. 4 days and 3 nights home alone with a toddler, especially while pregnant, is no joke! I don’t know how you single mamas or mamas whose husbands travel frequently do it (Joe travels more than the average person and I complain about it every time! It’s so tough!)! I’m exhausted! Anyway, I hope you all have a great day! Thanks so much for reading!

❤Britt

That Mom Life

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I’m now down to only fitting in my maternity jeans or stretchy dresses… so different from my last pregnancy where I was still hardly showing at this point! We’re going on 25 weeks and I can hardly believe that this little baby will be here in just about 3 short months! We have so much to get done before then but it’s all so exciting. In other news, I love these graphic tees! I have 2 right now and I’ve been wanting a sweatshirt- they’re just so soft and comfortable! Also, totally appropriate to wear in public (and they make really cute gifts!)!
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tee: ILY Couture (on sale now for $19.99! I also want this sweatshirt– how cute would it be for leaving the hospital?!), jeans: A Pea in the Pod, sandals: Sole Society

Is anyone else really into their skincare routine lately? I’ve always been a sunscreen everyday kind of girl (thanks, Mom!), but recently I’ve been more concerned with my skincare routine than just the typical wash your face morning and night and put on some lotion (I had been using Oil of Olay and ran out). Anyway, last week I went into Sephora looking for a mask and ended up with this new lotion. Long story short she told me my skin was really dehydrated, which I’d actually heard before from the woman who gave me my last facial. I’ve also been researching skin care routines as, since this year is my last year in my twenties, I figured I should get more serious and consistent about my skincare. If you guys have any suggestions or favorites, I’d love to hear them! Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend!

❤Britt

Amelia Rose: 18 Month Update

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How is it that I already have an 18 month old and am due with a little boy this coming December? Our fearless, feisty, beautiful, incredibly smart, and brave girl was 18 months on August 6th (and in the interest of being timely… before she’s 19 months… here’s her 18 month update! Also, I apologize in advance for the photo heavy post but these are my favorites of her from 12 months through 18 months!). So much has happened between when she turned 1 (see Amelia’s 1 year update here) and now! She was discharged from outpatient PT early in the summer and now only has early intervention PT once every other week, she’s walking great (and has been walking since a little before a year), saying so many words (which is doubly impressive given that the right side of her face is partially paralyzed), she LOVES to read and to give kisses, has absolutely NO fear and walks right into the ocean whether or not you are holding her hand… in fact, she’d prefer that you were not holding her hand! She is so fiercely independent (good or scary or both?). She’s seen so many specialists (she still sees Pulmonology- but hopefully only once a year with one sleep study a year as well, Cardiology- also down to once a year now since she looked so good at her February visit- they think her VSD is now closed!, ENT- every 6 months or so depending on how she’s doing, Audiology- every 6 months, Plastics- has been about every 6 months- we actually just saw her Plastics Dr. a few weeks ago and he said she is looking great- still looking at somewhere around 8-10 surgeries and we meet with the entire Craniofacial Team in February for a full day of discussing and planning, she will have to see Orthodontics and Opthamology at some point but I’m holding off as they’re not critical right now, she also will see a Speech Therapist for evaluation- just in case- in September, and I already mentioned PT) and still she is so happy, even smiling at the doctors through their poking and prodding (unless they’re trying to look in her ears, she hates that). She was 22 pounds as of a couple of weeks ago and is growing like a weed! Amelia also became a big cousin in June to baby Faith and she loves her! She always wants to help her Aunt Tara feed the baby and is always trying to touch her face (and steal her toys!) or give her kisses.  She loves to dance, listen to music, eat (though it has to be on her terms… again with the independence… I think cheese is her favorite thing right now, and bananas), and she’s turned into a pretty good napper (she takes about a 2 hour nap in the late morning) and a pretty good sleeper, too! She can be a wild woman, gets into everything, doesn’t like to be contained (we have an enclosure gate that we’ve actually had to tape together because she is also an escape artist), and though sometimes I can’t wait to put her down for her nap, I also can’t wait for her to wake up (sounds backwards, I know).

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Amelia, you have brought me and your Daddy so, so much happiness and joy. You inspire us daily to be better people for you, you make me second guess about complaining about the small things because I think about how much you have to go through and I just think about how lucky I am to have you. You bring smiles to everyone you meet and Daddy and I are beyond proud of how much you’ve accomplished and grown in such a short time. I feel like you’ve been with us forever and I don’t know what we did before you. I’m so excited to see you become a big sister in December! I know you will love your baby brother so much and will be the best Mommy’s helper.

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Remember our first photos as a family of 3 (thanks to Richard Barnes)?! And Amelia’s First Birthday and her one year old photos (thanks to Donna Billingsley)?!
Follow along on Instagram for more!

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❤Britt

Lavender & Light Pink

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Old Navy has a ton of really cute (& affordable) dresses right now! If you’re a dress girl but don’t have a ton of money this season to spend on everyday dresses, or if you’re pregnant like me and don’t want to spend a ton of money on any item of clothing right now, I suggest you check out their selection! I got this lavender one back in the spring and I really love it- the fit, the color, the print- it’s all so pretty. I always do really well for Amelia here and at Gap but not always for myself but I really was pleasantly surprised at their online collection for fall. Also, everything is 40% off right now!
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dress: Old Navy (just bought this one for fall), sandals: Sole Society (last year), sunglasses: Illesteva, bag: J.Crew (old but use code WEEKOFSTYLE for 25% off through 8/28!)

Happy Thursday! I’m hoping to have Amelia’s 18 month update up here either tomorrow or Monday (I’m just waiting on pictures and can’t decide what to use, as usual). Thanks so much for reading!

❤Britt

Gold Pops

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It’s been much harder for me to dress this bump this time around for whatever reason. Finding something to wear that I haven’t already worn at least 10 times this summer (at least for the blog) has been extremely tough, considering I haven’t bought any maternity clothes yet except for the PinkBlush dress I received here (and I love it! Check my Instagram for a fun $75 giveaway to their shop!). I know you’ve seen this dress a handful of times already (or more, remember here and here) but I added a belt and some dressier sandals to make it look a little different.
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dress: Nordstrom (last year), sandals: Sole Society, belt: BCBG, sunglasses: Ray-Ban, lips: Nars lip pencil in Red Square

Don’t forget to head over to Instagram (@brittanyannemonroe) to enter my $75 shop credit giveaway with PinkBlush! It ends tomorrow!

❤Britt

PinkBlush & Giveaway!

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I really love this floral maternity dress from PinkBlush! I’m a big fan of swing dresses in general but I especially love them when I’m pregnant because they’re great for both before and after pregnancy and PinkBlush has the cutest maternity clothes! I also really like this striped dress (it’s fitted so will also work for before and after baby) and this floral maxi one and I LOVE this floral sweatshirt for fall and winter! I also really like this dress for fall- so cute with a pair of booties! I should also mention that PinkBlush has non-maternity clothes as well! Keep reading for a fun giveaway at the end of this post!
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dress: Pink Blush c/o (sizes are very limited in the dress I’m wearing but click through to some of my other favorites above!), sandals: Just Fab, lips: Butter London Plush Rush in !!!

Guys, I’m really excited to be hosting a giveaway for a $75 gift card to PinkBlush!
DISCLOSURE: if you have won a PinkBlush giveaway within the last 3 months, you are not eligible to enter to win again. Sorry!

Giveaway Rules:
1. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@brittanyannemonroe)
2. Leave a comment on my latest Instagram photo (the one where I’m wearing the floral dress showing off my bump!), like the photo, and tag 3 friends who would love wearing PinkBlush (you can tag up to an additional 5 friends for extra entries- each person tagged = 1 extra entry!).

The giveaway will run through next Wednesday and I will announce the winner on Thursday! Hope you all have a great weekend and good luck!

❤Britt

Grid Lock

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While I don’t wear a whole lot of bright prints anymore, I’m still a fan of print mixing. I like how these prints play off each other and how the opposite color schemes lend a fun element to the look while the black and white color scheme and the window pane pattern keep it classic. I added these pink sunglasses I got from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for a pop of color and I love them! I kept a soft pink lip and black and white bag to keep the main focus on the outfit.
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skirt: Nordstrom (old but love this version for right now and fall!), blouse: Target (last year), shoes: Just Fab, bag: Kate Spade, sunglasses: Illesteva

I hope you all had a great weekend (I know it’s Tuesday but I couldn’t get my act together in enough time yesterday to get up a post)! We spent our time with Joe’s family on the Chesapeake. Amelia and I went down on Wednesday so it was nice to get to spend a few extra days with everyone (if you follow along on Instagram, you probably saw the adorable picture of Amelia and our niece, Faith! You also probably read that I shattered my phone screen again… the second time this summer! So frustrating.). I’m also finally feeling better so I’m hoping to get back to a somewhat regular posting schedule over here really soon! I’m also looking forward to our 20 week ultrasound this week (we already know the gender- I had the blood test so we’ve known for a while- I’m hoping to announce that soon, too. This summer has been way too crazy and keeps throwing me off! Here’s to hoping some normalcy is restored soon.)! Have a great day, guys!

❤Britt