Fall Dress & Floppy Hat

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

DRESS: Free People | SHOES: Steve Madden | FLOPPY HAT: Here, love This | BAG: Chanel, similar Here | HOOP EARRINGS: Argento Vivo | BRACELET: Similar, also love This

A floppy hat is a fall must have accessory! I wear them constantly!  They look great with pretty much any fall outfit; dresses, sweaters, jackets.  I just got this hat, a new trend for this fall.  Can’t wait to start wearing it. Side note: I probably love hats so much because they cover up my bad hair day :)

Completely in love with this dress and these booties!  A fabric bootie or ‘sock bootie’ is another hot trend this fall.  I love the details of these and how comfortable they are.  And I love the colors of this dress.  The cut is fantastic, it gives great shape while still being so comfortable!

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

free people Stella Graphic Print Minidress

Thank you Nordstrom for collaborating with me on this post

Camo Skirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

SKIRT: Rebecca Minkoff | SWEATER: mine is older, so similar Here, also love This | BOOTIES: Steve Madden | BAG: Givenchy, similar for less | HOOP EARRINGS: Similar Here & Here | LIP: YSL #10

I love anything camo!  When I saw this skirt I was instantly obsessed!  I love the stud details on the side of the skirt.  The color of the camo is absolutely perfect.  And the length of the mini skirt is fantastic, not to short; but just short enough to be a mini skirt and show off your legs.  It runs true to size, I’m wearing my normal denim/pant size in this skirt.

I showed this skirt on my snapchat a couple weeks back.  I showed several ways to style it.  It also looks great with a basic tank and crop denim jacket.  Or the same basic tank and oversized long sweater.  Very versatile!

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Rebecca minkoff Dove Camo Miniskirt

Thank you Nordstrom for collaborating with me on this post :)

Asymmetrical Top & Denim Skirt

south Tampa cover photo shoot

ASYMMETRICAL TOP: Trouve | DENIM SKIRT: Joe’s Jeans, also love this | SHOES: Guiseppe Zanotti, similar for less Here & Here | BAG: Chanel, similar Here | EARRINGS: So Similar | LIP: YSL #10

Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone had a great Halloween :)

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

south Tampa cover photo shoot

Breast Augmentation Surgery

breast augmentation surgery

It is been 2 weeks since my breast augmentation surgery.  I thought this would be the perfect time to share my experience and thoughts on the whole process.  This is a surgery so many women think about having, or have had done.  I have had soooo many questions about mine.  I thought I would open up and share what you all want to know.

Why did I have the surgery?

When I was young, before I had babies, I had very nice (small) perky breasts.  I never really thought about wanting them bigger.  I think breasts at all sizes are beautiful.  When I got pregnant with my oldest, Sofia, my boobs went from a size B to a DDD.  I was blessed with a lot of breastmilk to feed my babies.  After I stopped nursing my boobs deflated a lot!  The ‘meat’ of my breast went back to a size B, but with a lot of stretched out skin.  I would describe my boobs as tube socks with some applesauce at the bottom.  They drooped down and laid against my chest.  I felt so unsexy!  I rarely would even let John see my topless.  Every swimsuit, bra, lingerie I ever wore had an underwire and tons of padding.

How long did I nurse my kids?

I nursed exclusively (no formula) for 6 months with Sofia and 10 months with Caleb.  Caleb was much more into nursing than Sofia was.  Typical man… always into the breast! lol

How I knew it was the right time?

I knew immediately when I was done nursing Sofia that I would get a breast augmentation surgery.  I planned on waiting until I was completely done having children.  No sense in fixing something then having it get all messed up again.  I also wanted to wait until my kids were a little older so I wouldn’t have to feel bad not picking them up for a couple weeks.  Being the planner I am, I planned to do it when both kids were in school full time.  Get the surgery done in a slow month of the school year.  Hoping the kids will be so busy they won’t really notice.  And I can take the time I need to recover properly.

A couple days before surgery:

I have been waiting for this surgery for yeeeeears!  When I scheduled it I was so excited I screamed!  I counted down the days like a child waiting for Christmas Day.  Then 4 days before my surgery, I realized I’m having surgery and got really nervous.  I had only been focusing on having perfect breasts that I forgot to think about the process and the fact that I was going under the knife.  I started to freak out about the results;  What if they are to big? to small? not perky enough?  I got nervous about the anesthesia, the pain, the recovery.  I became very weird and emotional and moody.

Day before my surgery / pre-op:

The morning before my surgery I woke up excited and hopeful, with a stomach full of butterflies and nerves.  I had a doctor appointment that day, to go over all the details of the surgery day.  Meeting with my doctor calmed sooooo many of my nerves.  Talking with my doctor, hearing all the details and seeing how calm he was put me at ease.  Plus he has the best personality and made me feel so much calmer.  He made me feel so confident my surgery was going to go smooth.  After the appointment I watched a movie and relaxed the rest of the day.  I felt mostly calm and relaxed.

About 10:00pm that night I started getting really anxious again.  I kept counting down the hours.  The anticipation was killing me!!  I hate needles and hospitals and anything medical.  I was more nervous about getting my IV put in than the surgery and recovery.  I couldn’t eat or drink anything after midnight.  So my plan was to eat a huge meal around 10:30 or 11:00.  But my nerves were so intense I could barely eat.  My doctor gave me some valium for the recovery and told me it was ok to take one the night before for nerves.  So I did, even with that I barely slept.

Surgery Day:

I woke up calm and focused.  For me, the worst part was the leading up to the surgery and the anticipation; not the surgery itself.  At this point I only had a couple hours till I was under anesthesia and I was put out of my misery.  When I was taken back to prep for surgery I got very hyper and tried to make a lot of jokes, my way of dealing with my anxiousness :) John and Jaclyn sat with me until they wheeled me back into the surgery room.  They were both so amazing, sweet and comforting to me!

Being wheeled back to surgery was so strange.  I had so many nerves I was talking non-stop about random stuff to everyone.  Next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery.  I remember saying how tight my chest felt.  It was a tightness I can’t describe, soooo tight!  I have to be honest, the rest of the day is very blurry.  Coming off of anesthesia and being on pain meds made my brain very foggy, unable to think straight and remember much of anything.

John and Jaclyn helped me get my clothes on, put me in a wheel chair, drive me back to the hotel and get me in my hotel room.  I remember eating chicken noodle soup with some saltine crackers and ginger ale.  I didn’t want to get nauseous from the pain meds so I knew I needed some kind of food in my stomach.  After some food I got up, walked around my room, showed everyone my new boobs :) I started watching a movie, then took a huge nap.

Random side note: my doctor told me to wear something comfortable to the surgery because that is what I will wear home and most likely wear the rest of the day and sleep in.  And to wear something that buttons up the front because it will be too uncomfortable to put something over my head. And he was right!  I wore these pj’s (got a size small) and lived in them for at least 24 hours!  So soft and comfortable!!  Then the next day I switched into these pj’s (got a size medium).  I lived in both of these for the first week.  I also slept with this blanket every night, and still do!  It is the softest thing I have ever felt.  It made sleeping much easier to have a comfy blanket to cuddle with or wrap around me to make my sleeping position more comfortable.  And of course I got the bathrobe as well!  When I find something this soft and I’m stuck at home recovering I’m going to get the bathrobe!  I have literally lived in these items the past 2 weeks!!!

First night after surgery:

This was very challenging for me!  I like to sleep on my side or stomach.  After this surgery you have to sleep elevated on your back.  I had to put 2-3 pillows under me and sleep elevated.  This position is so uncomfortable at any time for me, especially when I am in a lot of pain.  I woke up a ton of times, very uncomfortable and in a lot of pain.  I kept up with all my medications that my doctor gave me. I took them every 4 hours to stay ahead of the pain.  But even with that, I was still in a lot of pain.
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10 Outfits to Recreate this Fall

joie faux fur vest

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Faux Fur Vest, also love this & this | Cold Shoulder Sweater | Faux Leather Leggings | OTK Boots, similar for Less | Gucci Bag | Floppy Hat

topshop Oversize Cocoon Sweater

Outfit Details:

Sweater | Ripped Coated Denim | Booties | Gucci Bag

velvet dress

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Velvet Dress, also love this | OTK Boots, similar for Less | Chanel Bag, Similar | Floppy Hat

grey sweater

Outfit Details:

Cold Shoulder Sweater | Faux Leather Leggings | OTK Boots, similar for Less | Givenchy Bag

red suede jacket

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Red Jacket | Tank | Black Denim | Leopard Pumps | Necklace | Givenchy Bag

sweater weather

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Oversized Sweater | Leggings | OTK Boots, similar for Less | Celine Bag

givenchy antigona caramel medium

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Off the Shoulder Sweater, Love This | Faux Leather Leggings | Leopard Pumps | Floppy Hat | Givenchy Bag

express Cable Knit Snap Front Wedge Coatigan

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Cardigan Sweater, also love This & This | Tank | Leggings | OTK Boots, similar for Less | Necklace | Givenchy Bag

topshop lace trim sweater

Outfit Details:

Sweater | Skirt | OTK Boots, similar for Less | Chanel Bag, Similar for Less

topshop Leopard Faux Fur Jacket

Outfit Details:

Faux Fur Jacket | Tank | Ripped Coated Denim | Valentino Pumps | Celine Bag

I loooooove faux fur jackets!!!  I love this leopard one, obsessed with this, and this cream bomber