Ive never been pregnant in the summer.. well let me rephrase…. Ive never been showing pregnant in the summer before. I decided for the sake of staying cool and comfortable I will be on the prowl for comfy breezy and pretty maternity dresses! This pretty little pink number from Seraphine Maternity totally fits the bill! Kate Middleton is known to rock Seraphine dresses when she is pregnant so you know its gotta be good!
My favorite thing about their dresses is that they are all a super classy and flattering length! They hit right at or above the knee. Which is super important to me! I’m also super into pieces that can work for all occasions throw on heels for a summer wedding or church then some chucks or sandals for everyday summer shenanigans! The absolute best part is that this dress in on sale right this very moment!! only $53! run don’t walk!!
Ive linked you to some of the other fav maternity dresses for summer below! Most of them are on sale! JACKPOT!
Im so happy the whole world finally knows we are having another little Allen joining our family! Thanks so much for all the sweet supportive comments on my announcement yesterday! I’m so in love with how these photos turned out! I didn’t think we would have any decent ones as you can see Kate was being a little turd! Now looking at the photos her just being her self, little stubborn kate. It makes me love them even more! keep reading for this weeks bump update (they won’t be weekly I swear) also details on my dress are below!! ps I love you guys!! k bye
How far along? I’m 13 weeks today! I’m officially in my second trimester! Whoop Whoop!
Due Date: December 10, 2016
Morning sickness? No actually! thankfully I avoided it completely this pregnancy! I never got very sick with my girls either though. I just can’t let my stomach get empty thats when I start feeling a little sick. So I keep myself very well fed haha.
Other weird pregnancy symptoms? Yes! Omg I guess I have never had heartburn before but it is no joke! ouch!! I seriously thought I had ulcers cause my stomach was so upset I couldn’t keep anything down for an entire day! I didn’t think it was heartburn cause its in my upper stomach not my chest. My dr told me to start taking some OTC heartburn meds and they are seriously miracle drugs!!
Cravings? Not really Mexican food always sounds good. Any fresh fruit and veggies too!
Food aversions? I can tell you that this baby hates fast food! Every timeI have deep fried anything I feel terrible! thats when my heartburn kicks into hyper drive. I try and avoid it at all costs! Maybe this babe will be very health conscious? haha
Any Guesses Boy or Girl? I actually think this one is a boy! (I thought both my girls were boys too though) I only guess boy cause I haven’t been sick in the slightest (like pregnancy nauseous sick. heartburn sick is a different story) Also I have never had heartburn in other pregnancies. so thats new and makes this pregnancy different.
which gender are you hoping for? I’m sure everyone expects me to say a boy but I honestly don’t care either way! The thought of 3 girls sounds so fun! Having a house full of girls makes me really happy! Plus we really know what we are doing in the girl department! From a financial stand point we wouldn’t have to buy a single thing! But on the other hand the thought of a boy makes me really excited! Having a mini Todd would be the cutest thing ever! I know he would love a little buddy to take to sporting events. He says he doesn’t have a preference either. He is a darling dad of girls. We are just anxious to find out! We should know in a few weeks.
Weird pregnancy moment? My bump totally popped out with in the past week. I went from looking like I ate 5 burritos (burritos sound so good right now!) Now I look like I’m almost 20 weeks pregnant! I really have started showing sooner with each pregnancy! Its like I get pregnant and my body is all like “Oh yeah I know just what to do!” Then it slowly starts turning itself into something resembling a sumo suit. Its great!(sarcastic eye roll)
What I’m looking forward to: Knowing the gender! My sister in law Amy is due the same week as me and she knows she is having a boy! Its driving me crazy that I don’t know yet! It would be so fun to have boys together! I could never not find out the gender. I have way too much anxiety for that crap and I’m a planner.
My dress is from Hope Ave. Its non maternity! but sadly isn’t currently available online. They had tons in store I just got it very recently. Also a tip:It is one size only. It has a built in slip but it hardly covers my butt I’m 5’6. So I really needed to wear a slip. I found a cheap one at target.
Hey cute friends! I feel like every single post lately starts out with me apologizing for being M.I.A. so I’ll just skip it this time. MMMK? On to this fun outfit!! This ballet tunic top from White Plum is everything! It’s so flowy and perfect for spring pairs perfectly with the skinniest jeans you own. Cause hey… This top is so figure friendly it won’t tell anyone about your secret muffin top (wink). I tossed on a neck scarf cause I’m obsessed! I love this trend even though my husbands laughs at me and cannot take me seriously when I have one on. Now onto my favorite part of the look. THE BOOTIES! from Target WHAT WHAT WHAT???? they look identical to a pair of Dolce Vita boots that were $129. YAY!
Hey friends!! I really need to tell you how much I love this dress let me count the ways! Its so comfy! which as a mom (and a human being) comfort is absolutely paramount! Its modest! I’m 5’6 and its still totally long enough. I don’t think 5’6 is that tall but most dresses are surprisingly too short! Also not something that is useful to me now but it is nursing friendly! Which can come in very handy! Lastly it can be dressed up and down I adore pieces that can be styled multiple ways!! I have worked with/ for Mindy Maes Market for over a year now and they ALWAYS have adorable, high quality, affordable pieces! I have a few looks with them coming soon! Check out their new releases! outfit details below! I’m off to go sniff all the blooming trees! Utah is gorgeous right now! PEACE!
Jeans: J Crew / Shoes: Target $32 what??? / Bag: Occhi Co Brand new shop. Beautiful bags handmade is Guatemala
Hey Guys long time no post! I suck! I’m so on board with all the neck accessories that are popping up right now! My fav thing about this trend is that you can find these everywhere and they come on the CHEAP! $5 for 2 Yes please! At fire I was hesitant I am from a really small town full of farmers and legit cow people (boys and girls) Thats a politically correct way to say it yes??
So since I was never a farmers daughter or cowgirl I feel like a huge poser when I wear anything western or anything that would make me feel like a cowgirl! Examples, a plaid button down tucked in, cowboy boot, BANDANA! but when I wear it around my neck like this I feel like a fancy parisian. Sorry that was a rant!
Now moving on to this perfect top!! Its seriously amazing (for hiding all the cad berry eggs I ate over the weekend) Its all flow and breezy for spring! I can’t stop thinking about how perfect it would be for the early awkward stages of pregnancy! Its from my fav shop its brand new and they have amazing stuff! Like I seriously want everything!! OhBlythe.com check it out and thank me later!
* special thanks to ohblythe.com for sponsoring this post.
Hi I have been so awful at updating my site! BUT I’m back ladies!! I have talked about it a ton I feel like but the winter blues really got to me this winter! I sorta wanted to make out with that ground hog when he saw no shadow! An early spring is seriously what I needed!! You guys know how much I love to dress up and look nice. Mostly cause literally 99% of my days are spent with a sloppy top knot and in gym clothes. #MOMLIFE
I am really loving dresses with long sleeves for spring! I’m seeing chambray everything for spring so why not a chambray dress?! This one is from The Mint Julep you can shop it HERE! I also love throwing on a pair of glasses to change up my look. I have a bunch of really stylish pairs from Forever Glasses. They are really affordable! you can shop my faves here.
I have been taking a sabbatical from tutorials. I cut my bangs again. (HUGE MISTAKE!) I hated my hair now I’m growing said bangs out and I still don’t love my hair. Not going to lie. Not liking my hair makes me not want to style it. But I am working on a few ideas for tutorials and hopefully I’ll be able to fall in love with my hair again! If anyone has suggestions of hairstyles they wanna see. Leave a comment here or leave me a comment on Instagram! @ChristineyAllen
I realize its still winter but I am so sick of bundling up! Is it just me or has this been the longest Utah winter ever?? Its going by so slow I have the winter blues soo bad! So instead of wishful thinking that it will be spring. I’m trying out wishful wearing. Like if I wear warm weather clothes. The weather will have no choice but to get better.. That will probably work… right??? I’ll let you know how is goes.
You guys know how much I love wearing clip in hair extensions. I just lightened my hair thanks to my hair wizard sister in law Amy! My old hair didn’t match anymore I got new hair which is practically Christmas in my book!
I am happy to announce that I am a brand rep for Meraki hair extensions! I met with the owner Krista I asked what is unique about the hair. The first thing she said was “You’ll die when you feel the hair.” Dudes, she was not kidding! It’s the softest hair I have ever felt! I practically never need to brush them. They really don’t tangle up like other brands of hair I have used. The wefts are so thick! You cannot see through them when you hold them up (which is rare).
The platinum is the perfect shade! I took them to my colorist and had her match my hair to the extensions. I think it’s just easier that way.
They are 160 grams of amazing and I can’t wait to show you some fun hair styles with them!
I wear the 22 inch platinum 160 gram clip ins! You can shop them HERE
No idea why I couldn’t keep my hands off the hat in every picture hahah oops
*This post is sponsored by PMD but all opinions are 100% mine.
I’m sure we have all heard about the PMD (personal microdermabrasion) you can go to the spa and spend hundreds of dollars on a single treatment. This little puppy will save you in the long run! This helps with acne, fine lines and wrinkles and sun spots. BIG news, you can also use it on your body! I have those dreaded bumps on the back of my arms! I have always been self conscious about them! I am happy to report that the PMD is helping! The skin is smoother with less bumps and its only been a few weeks! My face is also much smoother and my make up looks way smoother and my yucky winter skin looks alive again! I have hyper pigmentation on my cheeks they get really red. If you know my brothers you know what I’m referring to. It works for them they look cute! On me I look over heated and feverish! My point is that my cheeks are an even color now!
I also just started using the PMD skin care line. Before I started this I am embarrassed to admit I was using clean and clear it was doing nothing for my skin! The PMD cleanser is mild has no smell and makes my make up disappear. The toner helps calm my skin after I use the PMD at first it is a little irritated. Once the toner is dry I put on the moisturizer. Trust me I have used other moisturizers after the treatment and they caused stinging and burning. Ladies we really need to invest and take care of our skin. we wear it and show it off everyday! we wanna look like major babes when we are 80 right? We should really start using preventative products in our 20s! The only down side is that you can only do it once a week! I always do it on mondays so I have something to look forward to haha
Each year I like to pick a new word that is my theme for the year. I used to watch studio 5 they did a segment about this and i LOVED it! For the past 2 years my word was HAPPY. the first year I was in the thick of my Graves Disease and I nearly died after giving birth to my preemie who had horrible colic for 6 straight months. I kept looking for happiness every where and sucking it up! The second year I chose the same word because everything was os much better and I was basking in the happiness, realizing it was every where finding it in my mega hunk hubby and gorgeous babies and enjoying every second!
This year the word I have chosen is BALANCE! Aren’t we all always running around like chickens with our heads cut off?
I want to add balance to every aspect of my life. Being a mother, being a wife, and being a human! I have and auto immune disease ou can read more about that in my story. I have an imbalance of hormones it leaves me on a roller coaster like a rickety old rollercoaster that i think will dump you out at every turn. I want to improve my diet that with my medication will help me feel good!
As a Mom I feel shame all the time for not having enough creative play dates, home made organic fruit snacks, maybe I let them watch too much TV or read to them enough. the list is straight up endless!
I love fitness and exercise it gives me my ME time everyday and makes me feel strong and motivated and also love donuts and coke the caffeine and sugar high are the bee knees! This year I will find balance between the two!
Another thing I want to focus on is growing TOBC (That One Blonde Chick) and add more mommy blogging! A friend of mine recently told me why she loves reading my blog. Beauty and style blowing and blogging in general are very competitive in Utah. She said that she thinks I am very real and that I have a unique voice and that its refreshing! So this year I want to hone in on that and figure out my voice and what exactly I want to say. After my struggle with Graves and all the health issues I had everyone has told me how strong I am and how they admire I have a sense of humor about it. Humor is the only way I know how to do anything!! I’m also a sharer! My fav motto is “There isn’t a person on the planet you wouldn’t love if you knew their story.” My little corner of the internet is my way of sharing mine.
Now onto this outfit! I really wanted a fun statement jacket but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on something that might be “out” in the blink of an eye. Forever21 has so many cute ones on the CHEAP!! Plus these jeans are my new fav in the winter its just not practical to wear jeans with hole all over the damn place! these are distressed with patches for warmth!! best idea ever. the rest of the look is linked below!
This is one of my fav dresses I have ever owned and I LOVE the story behind it! Let me paint you guys a little picture here. So its wednesday and my hubby has been in New York on business all week and was catching a flight home in the morning. Todd (my husband) calls me at like 5:00 he says “Hi are you sitting down?” I’m like “um….Awlays.” Then he says “How do you feel about flying out here for the weekend?” At first I was like “Yes!! how fun and romantic!” then my anxiety kicked in! I have never flown anywhere by myself. The only other tinme I was in NY was when I was 13 and it was the most awful culture shock I cant even describe it! I am from a really small town. population 3000.
I went back and fourth for hours we had to book tickets that night or i wuldnt be ablew to go at all. So i bit the bullet and decided im so sick of my anxiety keeping me from fun and exciting opportunitie. So I put on my big girl panties and flew to New York. I have no idea what I was worried about. It was seriously the easiest thing ever! My cute hubby met me at JFK no I’ll never be worried to travel alone ever again!
We ate the yummiest food and saw all the touristy things. The Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockafeller Center, The 9/11 Memorial. We saw the LDS Temple it was so cool!! We stopped at every tiny pasterie shop we could find. I can never get enough turnovers and croissants!
That weekend my hubby had his corporate work party so we wanted to look spiffy so we both got new black tie attire. Everything we both worse Zara from head to toe! I LOVE THIS DRESS! Its the perfect combo of classic and modern!
Dress is ZARA and sold out unfortunately I love this one here and here
Heels aslo ZARA and also sold out BOO! Similar here
Sunnies: Forever Glasses these are $5 SAY WHAT??? and you can use the code “Christine20” and get 20% off your order!
*Thanks to Forever Glasses for sponsoring this post!