Feeling A Little Catty With Glasses Shop + My Second Trimester

14 Weeks

Meow! I finally got my hands on a pair of cat-eye glasses, y’all. It has been a long time coming. I’ve partnered up with several online glasses retailers over the past few years of running this little blog (which has really been a blessing because my prescription is ever-changing and glasses can be pricey) but none of them have ever offered the design that I really and truly had my heart set on! You guessed it! Cat-eyes! AND they’re tortoise cat-eyes! I’ve always wanted to try this style and this color. I tend to stick to black usually, which I’ve found to look a little bit harsh on my face in comparison to the tortoise. I’ve finally found my perfect match!
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It’s true – I am loving these glasses from GlassesShop.com. I ordered them with ease, received them quickly, and they are exactly as expected. They even came with a cute little case and a soft cleansing cloth. My number one recommendation for purchasing glasses online, though? Go to an actual store and try on a pair as similar as you can possibly find to what you’re thinking of purchasing online. I love that there is the ‘virtual try-on’ option but I really struggle with being able to tell what works with my face shape unless I physically try them on. Maybe even take a friend with you to help you decide on a pair! Once you know what you really and truly want – purchasing online is seriously the best option in my opinion. The price difference is just unreal. I mean, just check out the price on these! My second and final recommendation is to take the glasses to be fitted if they feel at all uncomfortable on you once you receive them. These fit a little snug on me so I may take them to get properly fitted. Use CODE: Steph20 to get 20% off your own pair of glasses from Glasses Shop! Make sure to let me know if you order a pair – I’d love to hear your feedback as well!
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These pictures were snapped at exactly 14 weeks on Wednesday! It feels amazing to finally be in my second trimester. I just feel a bit more at ease now that things have progressed this far. There’s really not much to report as far as changes go – I feel about the same. I’ve definitely grown quite a bit so I’m getting in my last hoorah with regular clothes (like this dress). I actually wore a pair of high-waisted jeans completely unzipped down the side with a long sweater to go Black Friday shopping yesterday. No one was the wiser, haha! Nate and I have really been enjoying the long holiday weekend. I’ve been staying up late and sleeping in a little so my schedule is going to be way off! But I have slept better the last few nights than I have in a while, so it’s worth it. I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

PS: What do you all think of the new blog design? I needed something new and I wanted it to be a bit seasonal! I think it will be fun to change the header as we move through the year. =)

What I Wore:
Dress: Marshalls (similar)
Glasses: GlassesShop.com (these) – take 20% off with CODE Steph20!
Hat: Forever21 (similar)
Top: Target (similar)
Boots: Target (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21

A Beautiful Kentucky Fall + Eshakti Review

A Beautiful Kentucky Fall
We have been experiencing a phenomenally beautiful fall here in Kentucky this season. Gorgeous colors, perfect weather! This is by far my favorite time of year and one of the main reasons that I don’t miss living in Florida. I just so wish it lasted a little longer because before I know it those pretty leaves will be gone and I’ll be freezing! (That’s when I miss 90 degrees with 100% humidity!) But – let’s live in the moment, shall we?
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Nate and I seem to take a trip out to Ashland Estate every year around this time. It’s a lovely place to take photos and wander around for a bit. We were definitely not the only people with the idea to take photos there on Saturday! I can’t tell you how many times someone walked into our shot, looked at us like we were a little odd, or tried to converse with us about photography. Haha. I have never seen so many people there at the same time.
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I had so much fun taking pictures in this dress. My gosh, I am in love with it. Eshakti.com sent it to me to review on my blog and though I’ve heard great things about them, I’m never really sure what to expect when I order clothing online. I was so pleased when I opened the package and held up the dress. Right away I could tell how well it was made – sturdy material, beautiful stitching detail – perfect! What really sets Eshakti apart from other online retailers is that you can customize their clothing to fit you perfectly – down to your exact measurements. I decided to go with a regular size 6 in this case though (one size up from normal) to have some room to grow into it. I did alter it a bit by having the sleeves removed and extending the length to knee length. I really love sleeveless dresses because it makes them so versatile. I can wear a long sleeve shirt under it with tights all winter and leave all of the layers behind in the spring/summer! I chose to lengthen it a little bit so that my growing tummy wont take the length up too short in the front. I could have removed the detail and the pockets if I had been interested in that – but how gorgeous is the detail!? And would anyone ever remove pockets from a dress? I hope not! There’s definitely room to grow and I think I’ll be able to wear this well into my pregnancy. It should be really fun to take pictures in it again down the road to see how that works out! My overall experience with Eshakti has been A+. This is a dress that will most definitely live in my closet for a long time and through many different seasons!
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I had to throw in a few shots of me holding my sonogram photo from my doctor appointment at a little over 7 weeks. =)

Outfit Details:
Dress: Kenya Dress // courtesy of Eshakti.com
Hat: Forever21
Boots: Target
Tights: Target
Cape: New York & Co.

**Photos taken by Nate

Boyd Orchards 2014

Boyd Orchards 2014
Nate and I went with his Mom, Grandparents, Sisters, and their families to Boyd Orchards last weekend. We went for the first time last year and it was so much fun. I had never been to an orchard or a pumpkin patch before (that I can remember) and I loved it! Last year we picked an insane amount of apples and had some trouble using them all. So we played it safe and helped the others pick theirs. We decided we’d be plenty happy with some apple cider and apple cider donuts! Of course in the end other family members pawned apples off on us because they had picked too many! ;] (I guess that was my plan all along!) I had my first apple cider slushy this year and man oh man.. I am hooked. We didn’t pick out a pumpkin so I’m thinking we might need to go back one more time! I really just need a reason to go back for another slushy.
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This is where I start waxing poetic about the weather, because it really has been fantastic. I get really emotional about being able to open all of the windows and let the breeze blow all throughout the house. Ha. Every single year. It was actually a little warm on Saturday at the orchard. I put on what I deemed the perfect apple picking outfit, got out there, and after a while of walking in the sun I was burning up. That’s what I get for trying to rush the fall weather! I am happy to report that the last few days have been nice and cool. Speaking of getting emotional – how wonderful is this photo below of my niece and her great grandma? SO sweet.
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Outfit Details:
Plaid Top: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target
Leggings: A gift from a friend
Hat: Forever21 (Thrifted)
Boots: Express
Bag: Vintage Coach (Thrifted/Gift from Mom)

Slow Weekends

My Favorite Light
Nate and I have been go, go, go the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday was kind of a slow day and it felt just right after a long day of tailgating with friends. Nate got up and did his normal ridiculously early things and I slept in. He came back to “take a nap” though, and we stayed in our dimly lit room well into the afternoon. Is there anything better than taking some time to just roll around in and out of consciousness with your favorite person in the middle of the day? No. No there isn’t. This past week went by fairly quickly and I found myself waking up to another weekend today. Saturday started early for me. I was up at 9AM for aerial classes and home by noon. When I pulled into the driveway today I marveled at my pretty little front porch. I bought gorgeous golden colored mums last night and put them in my hanging baskets. I hung up my tiny little fall wreath this evening and sat outside for a while in the crisp air. Fall has officially moved in and I feel like these photos are the last bits of summer.
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I’ve been trying to step back and make time for everything important. Truly important. I see so many people sleepwalking through their daily routines, not making time for anything but their worries. Y’all stop it, okay? Make a conscious choice to call up someone who’d be surprised to hear from you, to go run around outside with your camera, to take a class, to twirl around in a pretty dress, to figure out how to make better iced coffee at home than you can get at a coffee shop, to cook and eat delicious meals every night a couple of times a week, to make at least ONE of those DIY’s you’ve pinned on Pinterest… I’m talking to myself, too. Fill every minute that you are awake with something good, something that makes you feel alive. But then give yourself a little break if you never get to those Pinterest pins, because we’re never going to have time to make all of that shit, are we?
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Tonight we are at home – hanging out, watching football, doing yoga, having a few beers, relaxing. I’m enjoying the simplicity of it because I know the next few weekends will be filled with weddings and trips out of town. Lots of things to look forward to but lots of time spent on the move! Have a great weekend friends!

PS: I’m thinking of using my Tumblr a bit more again. Do you have a Tumblr? Leave your link in the comments!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Caught Ya Lookin’
Sun Glasses: Aria – St. Armands Circle
Necklace: c/o oNecklace
Purse: Vintage Coach – Thrifted
Flats: JCPenney

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