To achieve this look, I used the self-tanning lotion in Dark from Loving Tan the night before. The next morning I applied the Kismet Cosmetics Opulent Bronzing Lotion all over my body. You can apply more or less, depending on the shade you are going for. This bronzing lotion creates a gorgeous, luminous glow in just 5 minutes. It creates a sun-kissed look for your date night or girls night out! This bronzing lotion is a MUST to achieve a quick tan, without the awful smell! It’s also Paraben-Free. Phthalate-Free. Cruelty-Free. USA Made.

Link:  https://www.kismetcosmetics.com/shop/body/opulent-bronzing-lotion/ref/38/?campaign=OpulentBronzingLotion

Opulent Bronzing Lotion

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Happy 3 months to this sweet, precious soul that God blessed our family with on August 7, 2016. We officially survived the newborn stage. I say “survived” because I’m actually beginning to come out of one of the unhappiest, darkest times of my life. Everyone always asks how baby is doing, but here is why you should always ask how Mom is doing.

The night Ron was born, he was the little light in the middle of a dark stretch of time in that hospital in labor and delivery. The hospital had already lost one precious baby and they were about to lose another. They didn’t let us know what was going on until after our sweet Ron was delivered. It was a very somber couple of days and all I wanted to do was hold on to both of my boys and go home. We finally got to leave and I began to feel much better after we got back to our home.

The first month was exhausting, but little Ron and I bonded immediately and got closer each day. I had a little bit of the “baby blues”, but it was nothing compared to what I had with my firstborn. A little time went by and I actually said to my husband and parents, “Wow I just really feel pretty good and think I’m in the clear with being negatively affected by the crazy hormones!” I said that because they all know that I had a few signs of PPD when MB was born. Around week 7 postpartum with baby Ron, the hormones hit me like a freight train. Nobody tells you about the second wave around the second month PP that can get you. I began to completely come unraveled. I was more anxious than I have ever been in my life to the point I would shake like a leaf as soon as I would wake up in the morning. I couldn’t eat. I’m 5’7 and had gotten down to 117 lbs. I had headaches, was dizzy, and didnt want to interact with anyone. My biggest fear was not getting enough sleep. I was making something out of nothing and became so worried I wasn’t going to be able to get sleep that I was literally making myself sick. At this time, Ron was already only waking maybe twice per night and going right back to sleep, so obviously there wasn’t even an issue. Thank God for my husband. Oh my gosh I can’t even begin to tell you how this man held me together. He’s the one having to go to an office everyday but HE stayed up until 12:30-1:00 every morning to “dream feed” our baby so I could get a longer stretch of sleep. He bonded with our brand new baby during this time because he felt so bad for him. He knew I was sick. I don’t ever want to talk about that time again or even give details of it because it’s just dark and it’s ugly. All I know is that I’m lucky to be a type of person to where if something is getting to me and bothering me I literally cannot hold it in. I began to feel like I would literally burst open if I didn’t express myself to my husband, my parents, and my brother. My husband and my parents literally (almost physically) had to pull me out of this funk. And thank God they could.

We are 13 weeks postpartum now and I feel like me again. Little Ron is honestly one of the “easiest” babies that I have ever come across, which left me confused on what my problem was. Postpartum hormones are no joke though. Eventually I will detail this situation out, but for now it’s too soon and it’s too real. If you have experienced this, you know that. If you do experience this, you need to talk to you’re husband, doctor, and family. If you have a family member who just had a baby, always ask how mommy is doing. She’s been through so much physically and emotionally and if you have never had a baby, you have no idea.

Happy 3 months my precious man. I’m truly so happy to be able to enjoy you and everything you bring to this family.

Coming Out of the Newborn Fog & PPD

 

I haven’t had time to play in makeup lately with a newborn, but now that we are approaching 3 months and sleeping better, I’m beginning to see some light at the end of the exhaustion-filled newborn stage. Well, for now.

I’m obsessed with Halloween, so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to play around with makeup in celebration of it. I didn’t do a tutorial because, well when you have two young children and naps are unpredictable, I just didn’t see the point in trying. The makeup alone took over an hour and putting together a tutorial would have added another two! One day, one day. For now, hopefully you can get some inspiration from this look!

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Deer Halloween Makeup

 

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I had the pleasure of being able to try out an entire box full of goodies from Rituals Cosmetics, a luxurious collection of high quality products to enrich body and soul. I can’t brag on this company enough. These products are some of the absolute best that I have tried, and you won’t break the bank to purchase them.  When I run out of these products, I will definitely be going back to purchase them for myself!

I was able to try out several products from the Ritual of Sakura collection.  Here is a rundown of the products that I reviewed for you in my YouTube videos.

Body Cream
Ritual of Sakura Body Cream
Body Scrub
Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub
Shower Foam
Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam
Miracle Balm
Miracle Balm

Now that you know which products I am highlighting, on to the videos!  For a full review, you can watch the first video.  For a shortened version that went to Rituals Cosmetics for advertising, feel free to watch the second!  If you are serious about trying the products, I recommend watching the lengthy one =).  Let me know if you end up trying a product from Rituals Cosmetics!

Rituals Cosmetics In-Depth Review

Enjoy!

Rituals Cosmetics Shortened Review

Rituals Cosmetics Product Review

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Pregnancy, as wonderful and special as it is, causes some serious rapid changes to a woman’s body.  Most females want to feel beautiful to their husbands or significant others and pregnancy can occasionally cause some insecure thoughts and feelings that, in turn, can cause a pregnant girl to just want to give up on her appearance.

I am putting together this post to show different ways in which you can dress while baby grows!  During pregnancy, you may be like me and have curves like you have never had before.  Show them off!  Curves are beautiful, especially when they are carrying a sweet child.  I am currently 31 weeks pregnancy and all of these photos were taken during this stage of my pregnancy.  For different stages of pregnancy, feel free to check out my Instagram and Facebook pages!

I wanted to put together this post because I find that many girls almost give up on their appearance the further along in their pregnancies that they get, when I feel like this is the time in which a female is most beautiful!  Embrace those new curves carrying that precious cargo that you love in your womb and continue to dress to impress!

Note: I was not gifted any of these outfits pictured, so I’m not going to promote brands in this post.  I am simply showing styles that go well all throughout your pregnancy, especially in your third trimester.

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MB actually was supposed to be napping when I went to take these photos, but he didn’t want to on this particular day so I let him help me!  I have loved this dress during my pregnancy.  This is not a maternity dress, so I just went up one size in it to cater to my growing baby bump and it has been perfect.  I feel like I’m current in my style comfortable, and just enough bump shows for it to be the perfect go-to for summer!  There are so many similar styles such as this literally everywhere, so you are sure to find it.

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To me, this is such a cute and casual way to show off that baby bump while looking stylish all at the same time.  Throw on some distressed skinnies, a simple tank, a cute hairstyle, and GO!

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Honestly, a loose t-shirt dress has been my ultimate go-to for third trimester hot summer days.  You can’t really get any cooler than that!  The best part is, you can pretty much find them at any online store or boutique for a great price.

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Workout attire… So I normally workout alone but because we have been going out of town so much this summer, I decided to stock up on some cute tanks and shorts that I can wear to workout in! This is one of those options… and if you are brave like myself…

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You just show that cute little bambino to the world!  It’s summer, it’s hot outside, and you’re gorgeous so why not?

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Last but not least, the swimsuit. Summer can be a tough time to be pregnant! There are vacations to go on, summer heat and humidity, and one thing that you HAVE to wear at some point is a swimsuit. I have found several adorable maternity swimsuit options this summer, but I also really wanted to wear a bikini! So, I got my spray tan, bought my bikinis, and just went with it. Yes, there will be people out there who may look at you like you shouldn’t be wearing one while pregnant, or that look at you like you are crazy but if you feel confident enough, just throw it on and don’t worry about them. It’s your body and your baby and you should be PROUD! I chose to wear one for most of the spring and summer and you know what, I had more people embrace it and compliment me on it than not. If you want to, just do it! Usually the ones who look at you strange are much older and didn’t do that back in their day anyway. That’s all.

To see more of my pregnancy wardrobe, visit my Instagram!  I have many of the outfits tagged so be sure to check those out.  I hope you enjoyed this post and remember, what works for me may not work for you but there are always other options out there!  You can search the internet and find some ideas fairly quickly that would work perfectly with your own body type!

Be sure to comment or e-mail me with any questions that you may have and with ideas that you would like to see in the future!

Whitney =)

 

Dressing The Bump