I ❤️ Nautical

If you know me well, you might know this one thing about me.

I absolutely love nautical themed everything.

Actually, my favorite structured dress is a blue and white striped dress.  And because I recently squeezed myself into this somewhat tiny, prepregnancy dress, I wanted to share my thematic obsession.


This is the first time that I’m wearing this dress post pregnancy! I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to fit this *small* dress again. But ::whew::, I made it! Side note, Ava’s dress is striped as well, haha.


This dress is from Ann Taylor The Loft. I found a similar dress here. Shoes are Valentino and can be found here.  Similar shoes here, here, and here!


My favorite watch is a nautical themed watch.


This watch is by my fav watch company, La Mer. A good friend of mine introduced me to them. I like them because they specialize in wrap watches and take the guesswork out of how to stack your “armwear.” Similar watch here.

My favorite fitted blazer is…you guessed it…nautical themed.


This fitted blazer though…literally gives me life. And I love when it is chilly enough to wear it. Then I can bust out my ingrained NY combination: boots, blazer, jeans, & scarf. You just can’t lose. Jacket (kind of old) is from H&M. Similar blazers here, here, and here.

There is something so classic about a nautical inspired outfit. And there are so many ways to “nautical-ize” your outfit, from a watch, a jacket, or a pair of slacks. Usually bllue & white stripes will do the trick.

Now that I’ve shared my obsession, do you have your own style craze? What is your go-to theme?

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Motivation Monday: Eat Right!



My motivation of the week is to make healthy food choices & to eat right.  The goal is not to diet, but to really focus on eating things that are good for me.  For months, maybe years, I’ve been trying to enjoy a healthy eating lifestyle: nothing extreme, just a balancing game so that at the end of the week, I’ve had enough healthy foods to balance my unhealthy favs (#sugarlover #carblover).  I call this flexible dieting. Here is my meal plan for this week (hyperlinks for specific brands that I use):

Main meals: 

1) Chicken caesar salad with olive oil dressing

I just had this for lunch...yum!

I just had this for lunch…yum!

2) Baked chicken, steamed cauliflower, and baked sweet potato

3) Broiled steak, brown rice, and kale


1) Oatmeal with walnuts & coconut milk


1) Homemade lactation cookies (NEW recipe to come!)

2) Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins in Chocolate Chip

3) Apples & grapes

4) Maybe some gluten free brownies if I have the energy later this week, lol

5) Chobani Greek Vanilla Yogurt


1) Water

2) Coffee

3) Traditional Medicinal’s Lactation tea

4) Kale & apple fresh juice made at home

Here is how I work a meal plan: I set up 3-4 main meals, snacks, and drinks for the week.  Then I just choose all meals from that list. Following this philosophy (along with moderate exercising), I’ve lost 30 pounds twice in my life: first when I started this program to lose extra weight I packed on due to stress, and then a second time when I loss my baby weight.  I still have a handful of pounds to lose, but I’m not overly concerned. 🙂

From late November 2014 to late May 2015.

From late November 2014 to late May 2015. The exact same outfit. And yes, I was wearing maternity leggings in the picture on the right…

#eatright #snapback

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