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Camille is such a big girl now! The pic to the right is her “hand on her hip” pose lol!

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Hands on our hips!

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Must start off with kisses!

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Air guitar with the whisk!

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Killing this bread isnt she?!

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Cut a slit in between your bread to create a pocket for stuffing!

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Add sugar to your fruit to bring out sweetness!

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Add more sugar mommy!! More!

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The cream cheese and raspberry jam looked so good, we had to have a taste!

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Stuff your bread with the fruit filling and add raspberries!

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Time to make the custard!

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So pretty plated and dusted with powdered sugar!

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Camille loved it, she ate the whole thing!

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Mothers Day gifts are something that should feel thoughtful and special to the one you love. I remember my first Mother’s Day a little after Camille was born about two years ago. Her father bought me a sweet charm bracelet and held Camille in his arms as she held the bag. It was the sweetest thing ever and of course I cried. Thoughtful gifts always come from the heart and thats the best feeling ever!

 

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Have you thought of Mothers Day gifts yet? Well, I have a great gift idea to share with you today. As you can see, my little and I are in the kitchen in this post cooking breakfast. Stuffed French Toast to be exact (click HERE for the Recipe)! Camille loves to help mommy in the kitchen. Every weekend we typically cook pancakes together, well we used to as she was on a pancake kick for a minute! Its always a pleasure to have my little helper in the kitchen and get a little messy with I must say. Which really made me think about getting us aprons, so we could get messy in the kitchen and not on ourselves for once!

 

So I was super excited to partner with Belle Eve Clothing on making us “Mommy and Me” aprons! They have quite a few options for “mommy and me” aprons or just Mommy or whoever! Our aprons came out perfect! The aprons are made out of cotton canvas and has a detachable bow (Camille’s came with one too, but I discovered it in her toy box after the shoot lol). When I showed the aprons to Camille she got VERY excited. One of her favorite books, “Billie B. Brown Bakery Adventure” shows the character and her friends at school, baking in the “bakery.” As soon as she saw the apron, she called it “my bakery” and put it on immediately. Lol. I had to plead with her to take it off. Toddlers I tell ya!

 

Belle Eve Clothing is a great Mothers Day gift option!

 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and check out the Stuffed French Toast recipe. I found it on Pinterest. It was very easy to make and tasted delish! You can use any fruit you like and really make it your own. They are perfect to just grab and go, you dont even need syrup. They are sweet enough on their own!

 

Shout out to all the food bloggers out there, I was exhausted after this shoot. I don’t know how you guys do it cooking and taking pics at the same darn time. Well, I did have a toddler that I had to keep interested, but still. Hats off to you! Oh and thanks to my hubby who became Instagram husband for this shoot and putting up with my critiques of his picture taking abilities lol.

 

Be sure to check out Belle Eve’s line of aprons. I am sure you will find a perfect Mothers Day gift for the special lady in your life!

 

 

Outfit Details

Belle Eve Clothing “Mommy and Me” Mint and Peach Apron

Seven for All Mankind “Gwenevere” Slit Knee Jean

Bakeware Details

World Market Mint Mixing Bowl

Cast Iron Skillet

Extra Large Wood Chopping Board

Target Chalkboard Canister with Metallic Lid

 

 

April 20, 2017 0 comment
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Off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses are some of my favorite clothing pieces to wear. You guys will probably FOREVER see me in them and I am unapologetic about it. Its such a classy and chic way to show a little skin and shoulders. From every day casual to date night, you cannot go wrong with off shoulder anything. I mean look at this beauty I am wearing on the blog today. Its so chic and sexy at the same darn time! If you are in the mood to turn heads, well this off shoulder top is right up your alley!

 

Ready to add a few off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses to your closet?

 

Well girl I’m about to get you all the way together because I rounded up TONS of off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses just for YOU all UNDER $100!! You all know I am all about affordable style that will not break the bank. These off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses are head turners but easy on the wallet.

So click thru on my lookbooks below, pull your wallet out and get to shopping!!

 

Outfit Details

Missguided Off Shoulder Ruffle Blouse

Kohls Jeans (old)

H&M Pink Mules

GiGi New York Convertible Clutch

H&M Pink Tassel Earrings 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Bobbi Brown Pink Tortoise Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Photography Credit: Angie Garcia 

           
           

April 18, 2017 0 comment
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Jumpsuits are usually the first thing I look for when wondering what to wear to an event. They are an easy outfit considering its only one piece and tend to make a statement. I was recently inspired by a few jumpsuits that I saw on Pinterest of one of my favorite fashion bloggers, “Wendy’s Lookbook.” So I went to my favorite online store, ASOS, and immediately went to the search button and typed in “jumpsuits.” Well, that led to several pages that I did’nt particularly want to sift through.

 

Until I thought… I wonder if they have any cute denim jumpsuits?!

 

So when this off shoulder (yall know I love an off shoulder anything), ruffled, wide- legged beauty popped up. GIRL, I added it to my cart so fast. I am signed up with ASOS two day shipping service and I STILL could not wait for it to arrive!! Its seriously the most perfect, statement making jumpsuit for spring. Brunches, date nights, vacations! It will get so much love I cannot wait to wear it out again.

 

Ok, so how does this jumpsuit fit?

This fits true to size in my opinion, I ordered the size 4 and size 6 and kept the 6. My waistline like to act funny sometimes and I don’t always have time to play games. So I didnt want anything holding me back from wearing this jumpsuit. So the six fit me perfectly without being as snug in the tummy as the size four. Other than that, the fit gets a two thumbs up in my book!

 

Guess what, its now been marked down to $38!! Won’t He do it?!

 

I hope you have a great Easter weekend ahead. I will be attending church on Sunday and cooking dinner at home with my family. Easter always makes me so emotional. When I think of the sacrifice of a man who died for my sins, just so I could be me??

Its AMAZING!!

 

Outfit Details

ASOS Denim Jumpsuit ONLY $38!

Diane Von Furstenburg Round Aviator Sunglases 

ZARA Platform Sandals 

(old, linked similar)

Henri Bendel “Whitni” Satchel

(old, linked similar)

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”

Photography: Angie Garcia

April 15, 2017 0 comment
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Hey Loves!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. My weekend was spent cleaning the house and attending an Alvin Ailey Dance Company performance. Which by the way was simply amazing!! Such a great opportunity for some culture and to get dressed up. Speaking of which, I dont always get the opportunity to put on a pretty dress and hit the town. Especially as a mommy, the days of getting dressed up sometimes feel few and far in between.

So, what is my mommy style?

I wanted to discuss mommy style today on the blog. I learned quickly when Camille came home from the hospital, that getting time to take care of myself would be rare. If I wanted to take care of me, it would require effort on my part to not let go of what made me feel good as a woman. After all, who wants to lose their mojo?

 

Those of you who are moms understand the typical “mom uniform” of yoga pants or sweats can get pretty boring. And dare I say, not always stylish?!

 

I find it important to look for comfortable pieces that also has style and allows you to look well put together. For me, some days that is boyfriend jeans and a tee or most recently, this combination I am wearing here. Printed leggings and this super soft velvet/velour hoodie. Which is probably the most comfortable and simple outfit in my closet!

 

You guys, I have worn this outfit OUT! From dropping Camille off at daycare, meeting a friend for breakfast or hitting the grocery store, this outfit has kept me all the way together. Not to mention I usually end up petting this sweatshirt because its so darn soft and comfy. I definitely cannot exclude these polka dot mesh leggings. Seriously, how cute are they?!

 

I hope this outfit idea shows you that not even a fashion blogger is ALWAYS in heels or dry clean only pieces. There is a time and a place for everything. And most times, comfort does win. But, sacrificing style is never an option!

 

 

Outfit Details:

SheIn Side Zip Velvet Hoodie Only $17

SheIn Black Dotted Mesh Panel Leggings $13

NIKE AIR Rose Gold Sneakers 

(old, linked another option)

Henri Bendel Whitney Satchel

(old, linked another option)

April 3, 2017 0 comment
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Friday is upon us loves! I think every person in the world loves Friday. Its when the work week comes to an end and the promise of relaxation, sleeping in, happy hours and brunches are on the horizon. Its also the day when most companies allow for that most wonderful day called Casual Friday. Let me tell you, the struggle to put on office appropriate clothes was a difficult one for me. I would grab whatever had the least wrinkles and wore it with pride. I’m a girl who loves her jeans so for me, Casual Friday’s is where its at!

 

Today’s look is perfect for Casual Friday. The flare sleeve blouse works so well with the flare jeans! When I saw this blouse, I immediately had to have it. The ruffles, stripes and the ties on the sleeves all plays so well together. Its blouses like these you are happy to have in your closet. It pairs well with jeans, skirts, pants, culottes. Its just a perfect piece. Not to mention, this flare sleeve blouse is ONLY $23!! Girllll, yall know I love affordable fashion. We ball on a budget over here. This is a steal too good to miss. So get you one soon!

 

What do you have up for the weekend? Me? I’ll probably put off cleaning and find something fun to do 🙂

 

See you Sunday for my next post!

 

 

 

Outfit Details

SheIn Ruffle Blouse ONLY $23!

Wild Pearl Flare Jeans at Nordstrom Rack

(sold out online, linked similar)

Tory Burch Camel Handbag 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

ZARA Camel Suede Pumps

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Target Aviator Sunglasses 

(old, linked similar)

MAC “WHIRL” Lipstick 

Photography: Victoria Blitshtein 

March 30, 2017 0 comment
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Its almost Friday!!

 

Definitely time to celebrate! Soooo about this off shoulder blazer… I’m here for it! So often, it seems like you’re wearing the same thing over and over and nothing stands out on its own. Well, when I saw this blazer, I knew I had to have it. I mean, you all know I love off the shoulder anything, but to see it in a blazer is totally news to me. I had to order it and see if I loved it. And with this look, I most certainly do!!

 

This is another SheIn purchase! I know some people are a little hesitant to order from SheIn. You may have heard of those crazy stories where people order from those overseas websites and buy a dress and it looks a hot mess. Well, I’ve ordered from SheIn quite a few times (just search my site)  and I have not experienced those horror stories. What I like to do, is read the reviews of the item I am interested in FIRST before purchasing! That way, I have a good idea if I am buying a good piece or not. This off shoulder blazer has a good weight to it and great structure! The only thing that bugs me is that you see the two buttons from the bottom up, except at the top of the blazer, you only see the one. Its made to look like that, but thats a detail I would love changed. Otherwise, this is definitely a stand out piece and guess what? You probably won’t see many people wearing it because its so unique and its just different!

 

What are your thoughts on this off shoulder blazer? You here for it or nah??

 

 

Outfit Details

Shein Off Shoulder Blazer only $35!

American Eagle Ripped Jegging

(light shade no longer avail, linked dark rinse)

Steve Madden “Raela” Lace Up Pumps

(snakeskin print no longer avail, linked nude)

Michael Kors Ostrich “Hamilton” bag

(ostrich no longer avail, linked leather option)

Target “Cat Eye” Sunglasses 

Photography: Victoria Blitshtein

March 23, 2017 0 comment
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Hey loves!

Spring is here in Dallas! As a Michigander all of my life, Spring usually doesn’t hit Michigan until about May. So to have warm spring weather in Dallas in March always amazes me. But, I’m here for it because I can start transitioning winter pieces in my closet and remix them for spring! Like this velvet midi skirt I got a few weeks ago. I have been in love with it since I pulled it out of the package and the luxe velvet touched my fingertips. Was that too much? Sorry, but this skirt is just simply LOVELY and I want you to buy it!

 

If you are wondering how to wear velvet in Spring, the answer is pretty simple. You want to find a lightweight velvet piece that you can easily layer to go with the ever changing temps. The idea with extending velvet from Winter to Spring, is to make it more of a transitional piece that you can layer with multiple items in your closet. When I bought the skirt, my initial plan was to wear it with a sleek turtleneck and knee boots with a nice, streamlined coat and vampy lips. Well, I never got around to wearing that look since Spring got here so quickly. So I made some easy changes to make it spring ready! When I styled this look, it was one of those moments where I was desperate to make it happen. I was deep in my closet, searching on what to wear with this skirt. Nothing really stood out to me and I was close to giving up lol. Can I be honest with you for a sec? When I post looks on the blog, there is a little pressure there to get the look right. So I really go through it when I am creating an outfit because I don’t want y’all side eyeing me like “ummm girl, no!” lol.

 

Anyhoo, I am certainly pleased with this look. It has my name written all over it! I was glad that I was able to pair this velvet midi skirt with a few other spring transitional pieces such as the bomber jacket and the open toe booties (old Zara sale goody). I see myself wearing this look to events, church and brunch too!

 

I hope this post on how to wear velvet in spring gave you a few ideas. Do you have any velvet pieces in your closet that you want to carry in to spring? Let me know, I’d love to know how you plan to wear it!

 

 

Outfit Details

ASOS VELVET MIDI SKIRT

H&M WHITE CAMI

H&M ARMY GREEN QUILTED BOMBER JACKET

ZARA MESH LACE UP BOOTIES (OLD, LINKED SIMILAR)

HENRY BENDEL “WHITNI” BAG (NO LONGER AVAIL)

MAC LIPSTICK IN “VERVE”

14TH & UNION HOOP EARRINGS

Photography: Victoria Blitshtein

March 19, 2017 0 comment
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Check out my first impressions and demo using these brushes. So far, so good! I also love how they are also great for travel as they aren’t huge brushes, but still sized comfortably!

I still need to see how they hold due to washing and frequent use. But, for $10, I have no complaints!

Want to purchase items shown in this video? Find these brushes, shirt and necklace using the links below!!

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Love my shirt??!! Purchase below!
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Kendra Scott “Cheska” Necklace

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MAC Cosmetics blush in “True Romantic” is no longer available 🙁

MAC Retro Liquid Lipstick in “Topped With Brandy”

MAKEUP FOREVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION Shade #173

Thank Me Later Eyeshadow Primer

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March 12, 2017 0 comment
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The pleated straps help prevent it from sliding off!

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Pretty and strong bra hooks!

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It even looks good under lace if you wanted more of a nude look!

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No bra lines, just the perfect t-shirt bra!

 

 

 

Hey there!

 

So lets talk about bras today! I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of bras that I just hate! Some that are just plain uncomfortable, others that don’t fit me properly or some that makes me look flat as a board. I am so over having wearing these terrible things that is supposed to keep me contained and not moving every which a way when I am out and about.Its been plenty of times where I couldn’t take it anymore and I unsnapped my bra in the car or at my desk at work lol.  So when I saw Third Love, a bra company, in my Instagram feed, I was quite intrigued. Third Love not only offer a 100% fit guarantee AND a TRY ON for 30 DAYS FOR FREE, they also offer a new nude collection in five shades! Yes girl, not just that one shade of “nude” we always see in the stores. I had to see if it lead up to the hype. And ladies… they totally do!

 

So like I said, they offer a 100% Fit Guarantee, so if you are not pleased with your bra or purchase, you can exchange it or return it for free. Thats definitely a HUGE plus when ordering a bra online! They offer wireless, full coverage, push up, t-shirt, strapless, plunge, racerback and lace. Not sure which one to order? You can complete their “FIT FINDER QUIZ.” The quiz is awesome and totally helped me to select my bra, the Classic T-shirt Bra! The quiz asks you various questions such as the shape of your breast, what are your fit issues, if you prefer a natural cup or push up etc. The quiz really addressed all of my issues when it comes to finding a bra that fit. Personally, I now have a asymmetric shape due to breast feeding. Which means one boob is significantly bigger than the other, I must say this is a body issue for me that has been really hard to deal with. So when I purchase a bra, I usually have to get the bigger size to accommodate the bigger boob, but that leaves me with the issue of the bra gaping open on the side with the smaller boob. Well, not anymore! My Classic T-shirt Bra FITS ME PERFECTLY ON BOTH BOOBS!! No more of the cup gaping open. Its a close and perfect fit to my body. Glory be to God!!

 

Now that you know of my issues with my bra fitting me perfectly, lets discuss the five shades their New Naked collection comes in!! If you head to their site, you will see all of the various shades of their naked collection. I chose a darker tone nude bra to complement my skin tone based on the model. However, I do wish they had more of a true caramel tone. The naked-3 shade, which is the shade above this one, the naked-4, has more pink undertones to me based on the picture. I need a nude bra with a little more caramel, honey shade. So there is room to expand there. But, to even think of offering a nude bra in a broader color range is a great step in the right direction!!

 

So please try this brand and let me know what you think. I know one thing is for sure, I am ordering more of these bras! This is a total game changer for me in terms of the fit and color. I am so totally pleased!

 

Do  you struggle finding a perfect bra fit? If so, Third Love is a great place to start!

 

 

Where to Buy Details

*Third Love 24/7 Classic T-shirt Bra in naked-4 shade

*Third Love Seamless Cheeky in naked-4 shade

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Perfume

Forever 21 Lace Blouse (old, linked similar)

Old Navy “Holy Chic” Tee (old, linked similar)

Kendra Scott “Cheska” Rose Gold Necklace

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Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. Items marked with (*) are sponsored. Alwayz Fashionably Late strives to provide honest feedback. Please know that all views and opinions are my own!

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Hey loves!

As you know, I was in New York a few weeks back for my very first New York Fashion Week (read about it here)! As you can imagine, packing for New York during the winter time is quite a feat. Not only do I need to be stylish, but stay warm as well. I mean, I’m all for fashion, but what I am not gonna do is freeze my butt off! So it was absolutely crucial to have pieces to layer and keep warm in, while enduring the cold while in NYC. Rent The Runway to the rescue!!

 

Rent The Runway is truly a great travel hack because you seriously save so much space in your luggage.  You can rent dresses, accessories, coats, pants and handbags too!! Which to me, is quite important as I am a pro- carry on kind of girl.  I love using packing cubes to save space in my luggage! Whats great about RTR is that you can go online, select your pieces and the date you need them and have them delivered your home, hotel or wherever. When I was in NYC last October, I rented a few dresses for our anniversary shoot and had them delivered to the hotel (see the shoot here and here). After my rental period was up, I simply returned them to the RTR store in NYC. If you are not in New York, don’t worry! You can totally return them via UPS as well. Seriously, how easy is that?!

 

Rent The Runway also has an Unlimited program where you can rent up to three pieces and keep them as long as you like for $139 a month. If you didn’t know, RTR has tons of designer items such as Marissa Webb, Derek Lamb, DVF, Zac Posen and lots more! Free shipping, dry cleaning and you can cancel at any time! So the next time you are planning your vacay and wondering what to wear, just head to RTR and have your selections delivered to you. I linked a few vacay ready pieces from Rent The Runway below.  What a great hack right? Saving luggage space and still slay? You are winning!

 

 

Have you rented from RTR before? I’d love to hear what you rented and how you liked the service!

 

Please share!

 

Outfit Details

* Lovers & Friends Colorblock Charlie Jacket c/o RTR

ASOS Camel Wrap Coat

(old, linked similar)

ASOS Gray Turtleneck Sweater with slit sleeve (only $22!)

JustFAB Wedge OTK boots

(old, linked similar)

Disclaimer: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. Items that are marked with a (*) are sponsored. My views and opinions provided are my own! I always strive to provide honest feedback to my readers!!

Photography: Laurel Creative in NYC

 

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