clutch: fashionABLE
photography: Cameron Louise Jones

This pregnancy I felt I was pretty set.  Girl number two with a birthdate the same as my first girl and this being my third summer pregnancy, I feel pretty well stocked on all ends as far as maternity and baby clothing goes.  There were a few new things I felt I need.  I did grab a new bathing suit, a pair of distressed jeans, and then set out looking for some great closet staples that were versatile and high quality (target was not going to do!).  

I have love love LOVED my pieces from Soon Maternity.  Great quality, comfortable cuts and fabrics, and fit my desire for versatile.  I love pairing this dress with both converse or dressing it up with some pumps (ya know, when I feel like I'm not waddling too much to wear them).  You can find all sorts of great maternity fashion with Soon including active wear, special occasion evening wear, and after pregnancy nursing wear.  

You can see more of my SOON style from this pregnancy and previous here, herehere, here, and here.  You can also find me chatting pregnancy, motherhood, and style over on the Soon Maternity blog.

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new summer makeup with bareMinerals

New seasons always have me thinking about closet and make up refreshers.  For my closet I alway like to get some fresh whites (I just got a new white crew neck tee and white muscle tank from Everlane) to make sure I have some bright staples to mix and match.  With makeup I'm always thinking fresh mascara, what colors I'm wearing most, and then taking note of how the changing season affects my skin -- will it be more dry or oily? will I be more tan or less?  And as always, my love affair with bareMinerals comes perfectly in play with this season change with two new launches!  

The first is a product is my hands down favorite foundation -- bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.  When it first launched there were 10 shades to choose from the the ranged in darkness for cool, neutral, and warm skin tones.  But the NEW launch of the gel cream has added 6 NEW shades so you can be sure to find your perfect match.  For instance, maybe your usually a vanilla but you get a bit of a summer tan and might want to bump up a half step to the new wheat shade which is a good in between then jumping all the way up to a deeper shade.  You can read more what I love about this foundation in this post, but it really is the perfect solution for summer skin.  Its light coverage that evens your skin tone without feeling heavy or oiled up.  You feel the hydration immediately, its my favorite part of my routine.  (You can use your fingers or a sponge, but I prefer the smoothing face brush for application).

And brand new - love this finishing duo - the NEW bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo.  I've been loving using this combo in this new warmer season in place of my all over mineral veil.  Because the weather and humidity (and even this pregnancy) have my skin doing all sorts of craziness, this combo of matte & glow give me the perfect flexibility in one product to touch up all my areas and give the perfect finish.  Using the dual finish brush, I like to use the natural hair (brown side) with the matte powder to set my make up on my forehead, the creases of my nose and my chin -- it absorbs oil people!  Then I flip my brush to the synthetic (white) side and apply glow to the very top of my cheek bones above my blush and down the top of my chin for the slightest highlight and accentuating finish.  Love it.

You can find both the complexion rescue cream and the translucent powder duo at bareMinerals boutiques or  Also available at Sephora, Macys, Ulta, Dillards and several fine spas and salons.  

I received product for purpose of review.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Affiliate links used. 

blowouts, baby bumps, sunnies, and hieroglyphics

Last week my friend Cameron and I enjoyed a fun girls afternoon of some pampering and city exploring.  Just the two of us with no kids in tow!  Before we left I put on a favorite SOON maternity top, grabbed my new ralph by ralph lauren sunnies, and a hat.  Yes... a hat.  Because our first stop for the afternoon was The Dry House and I was leaving my hair to the professionals.

Neither Cameron or I had ever had a blowout and it was a super fun experience.  Nestled in green hills The Dry House was a cozy and peaceful place where you can walk in frazzled in a baseball hat and walk out feeling rested, fun, and chic and of course... with great hair.  The vibe was perfectly Nashville and my stylist was attentive and gentle as she sought to give me fierce hair, a quiet moment for a busy mom, and was great to chat with.  She even gave me tips on blow drying my hair at home and how to use different hair tools and products.  

Dry House has several different signature styles - Cameron and I both went for the 305 (mermaid waves).  Sadly we both had to decline the champagne they offered (both with our baby bumps), but that would have been such a lovely accompaniment to our experience.  This is a great place to treat yourself, get ready for an event (they have a makeup stylist you can book appointments with too), a bachelorette, bridal, or girls night out party. So glad to have found them.  

With our hairs all perfectly did, Cameron and I set out to one of my favorite Nashville murals to snap some shots.  We ended our day with backyard bbq and play with our kiddos and husbands.  A perfect afternoon.

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top:  Soon Maternity
jeans: DL Maternity via Stitch Fix
Ralph sunglasses (shop more women's sunglasses)
shoes: Lotta from Stockholm
hair: the dry house

dress: zara
sunglasses: h&m (similar)
shoes: Lotta from Stockholm
hair: the dry house

.All Photography by Cameron Louise Jones.
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