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Details

Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Backpack in “Versailles”

Ju-Ju-Be Insulated Bottle Bag in “Versailles”

Ju-Ju-Be Paci Pod Holder in “Versailles”

SheIn Eyelet Tunic Dress (non maternity)

 

** Gallery wall details are in my prior post, “ Xavier Drew’s Little Man Cave Nursery Reveal!”**

 

Hello Loves!

I remember being pregnant with Camille, I  wanted the perfect, stylish diaper bag. Especially with having a girl! I just imagined myself walking through the mall or park with my baby in my stroller and my super cute diaper bag in arm. Ha! I can look back at that now and laugh. After I had Camille and actually had to utilize a diaper bag, it wasn’t the most functional and easy bag to carry. It was super difficult trying to manage a stroller, squeezing the diaper bag into the basket or hanging it on the stroller. Let’s not even mention the times I was just carrying the car seat and the diaper bag sliding off my arm every five minutes. I hated it! It started to become such a hassle to carry around, I would often times leave it in the car and just grab the essentials.

 

I recall Eric and I getting ready to take our first airplane trip with Camille as a baby to visit my brother in law in Chicago. She was about four months old. As a new parent, I spent so much time going over every detail making sure I packed what Camille needed for a successful trip.  I made sure to have a baby carrier on hand so I could just baby wear her in the airport while Eric dealt with the car seat, stroller and other things. I did not want to deal with carrying my diaper bag while trying to manage the chaos of travel and baby wearing Camille. While I was out shopping,  I stumbled upon diaper backpacks. I don’t know what rock I was living under, but I knew it had to be easier to travel with a backpack versus a tote bag. You guys, total game changer! From then on, I carried my diaper backpack all the time. Life was much easier!

 

My diaper backpack I wore at the time has now seen better days. After getting pregnant this second time around, I kept hearing and reading good things about Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bags. I knew I wanted a versatile bag to carry Xavier’s essentials as well as things for Camille and I too. So many moms were saying they loved the quality of the Ju-Ju-Be bags! They loved how easy it was to keep clean, plenty of pockets and easy access to different compartments. Well, low and behold when I went to check them out, I saw they also offered diaper backpacks. Yay!

 

What are some of the Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bag features?

So I am very happy that I was able to partner with Ju-Ju-Be and share with you all their bags. They also offer accessories such as changing pads, pacifier pods, bottle bags, pumping bags & more.  The price point for a diaper backpack is about $155. Another thing I like about the backpacks are the ergonomic backpack straps!  This is perfect for me because I sometimes suffer from back pains. Also, the fabric is made of Teflon, perfect for repelling stains. It also features two exterior insulated pockets to keep bottles warm or cold. Another great feature is that the backpack opens fully out, so you can easily see and access whats in your bag. I love this because sometimes you have to dig and dig to try to find anything thats fallen to the bottom of your backpack. So annoying!

 

I absolutely love the style that I selected too. Its called the “Be Right Back” Diaper Backpack in the Versailles style. I love the print and color, its really gender neutral in my opinion. Although Eric begs to differ. In fact, he said this backpack reminds him of the “New Kanye.” Lmbo and my argument was that its absolutely not the “New Kanye,” its the “Old Kanye!!” There is a huge difference people!  Lol.

 

Whats in my diaper bag?

I thought I would also share with you what’s in my diaper bag! This is so helpful for new moms or moms who haven’t had a baby in a while. Even I had to go back and research to see what I should pack in his diaper bag!

  1. Change of clothes: at least 2-3 onesies or sets that baby can change into in the event of spills, blow outs or change of weather.
  2. Pacifier: For me, I love the Wubba Nubba paci! It comes with a plush toy animal attached to the pacifier which helps to easily find paci and also baby can easily grab themselves. I swear by this paci because we were always able to keep track of it and it never rolled off anywhere.
  3.  Ziplock bags/trash bags: you know, in case of a tragic blow out!
  4. Diapers
  5. Burp Cloths: about 2-3
  6. Nursing Cover
  7. Changing Pad: I like the Ju-Ju-Be one as its memory foam and I also throw in a few disposable changing pads too!
  8. Socks
  9. Disposable Tee-Pees: I am having a boy and I don’t want to get squirted on!
  10. Baby Wipes
  11. Anti Bacterial wipes and spray: to wipe down those gross changing tables in bathrooms and a travel size antibacterial spray to sanitize it!
  12. Muslin Swaddle Blankets or Receiving Blankets

 

I hope this post was helpful. If you are not expecting, but know of a mom to be who is, send them this blog post! I am sure they would love to check out the Ju-Ju-Be products and also get an idea of what to pack in their little one diaper bag! Not to mention this bag would make a great baby shower gift too!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored post. This post with Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bags is sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions are of my own. I strive to provide honest feedback for all of my readers.

June 17, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Free People Mini Obsessions Floral Sleeve Dress in Purple for $85

Free People Mini Obsessions Floral Sleeve Dress in Blue for $60

Dolce Vita Satin Mule 

(no longer avail, linked dupe)

Anthropologie Acrylic Earrings

(no longer avail, linked similar)

 

Hey loves!

 

Well, I am 37 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe how fast time is flying. It seems like I just announced to you all I was pregnant back in January! Pregnancy has a way of being beautiful, amazing and awful and dreadful all at the same time. Lol, I was so sick up until about 20 weeks pregnant. I also ended up with the flu and a sinus infection too. Oh, and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Yeah, these past 9 months have not been so lovely. However, I’d do it all again just to have my little baby here with me.

 

Motherhood has a way of giving you a new outlook on life. You guys already see how I am with Camille. She is my shining joy and I don’t know how life would be without her. I am terribly nervous about having a second child because all Camille knows is being an only child. Thats all we know too as her parents. The adjustment I know may be a little difficult. But, she is SUPER excited to become a big sister! Just the other day she told me her baby brother is coming on Father’s Day. Now, I am not due until June 30th, but does she know something we don’t? I guess we’ll find out soon!

 

Last week I started experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions which I did not experience in my last pregnancy with Camille. It was not a fun experience let me tell you! Also, I have been dealing with a leg cramp for the past four days too. So far, I am only 1 cm dilated, but as we know with any pregnancy, things can change quick! I had Camille at 38 weeks so I am keeping in mind that Xavier may come early as well. Eric and I decided to place a bet on when Xavier arrives. I said by the 20th, Eric is betting on the 24th. Please cross your fingers that I win! I requested that he cleans the kitchen for a month! Lol.

 

As time is winding up with my final pregnancy, I’ve decided to spend these last few weeks trying to enjoy some time to myself. Just quiet time reflecting and enjoying the peace and quiet around me. I plan to take myself to breakfast, finish reading a book, grab a coffee at Whole Foods in the morning. Just simple things that I usually take for granted on the days Camille goes to school. When Xavier gets here, those days of having time to myself alone will be far and few. Although him and I will have our bonding time which I am excited about, I still want to enjoy those little moments of just me. Alone in my own thoughts or reading a book dreaming up the characters and plots, deciding how the story will end. Do you guys have those moments where you just enjoy being alone? I sure do!

 

But, lets discuss this Free People dress!

It’s simply a head turner. I’ve gotten so many compliments and stops/stares at this dress. My friend Renae from Renae Style Diary wore it when we were out taking pics of each other for our blogs. She had it in white and told me she found it at Marshalls for $40!!! I fell in love with hers as soon as I saw it. Just my luck, about a month later I saw the dress at Marshalls but in this gorgeous purple shade. I am wearing a size medium, so I have some room for the belly. It is a short dress, so I put on some denim shorts underneath. However, you can wear it as a cute mini dress just fine. I am sure a small would probably fit me better once I am no longer pregnant. If you can’t find this dress at your local Marshall’s, I was able to find it for you in blue!!! Its linked above!! Grab this dress quick as there are only a few sizes left!!! I am considering getting the blue one myself!

**Updated to add: I found the dress in purple but not for the price I paid, I also found it on eBay for a little less. Its linked  above too! **

So, whats to come with AFL blog in the next few weeks?

I hope that I can get in a few more blog posts before he arrives. Sunday I’ll be sharing with you whats in my diaper bag and maybe another style related post for next week. Thats if I can fit anything at that point.  When he does come, I don’t think I will be able to post as often as I would like. Of course, I will be adjusting to my new normal. But, the blog will still go on! Just give me some time to get settled in and adjusted.

 

Also, have you seen Xavier’s Little Man Cave Nursery reveal? If not, be sure to click the link! I am so thrilled that it came out as wonderful as it did. I can’t wait to hold him and rock him to sleep in his room. So many sweet and crazy moments are to come. I am excited and grateful for all of them!

June 11, 2018 0 comment
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Hey There!

 

I’m so excited to finally share the nursery reveal of my little man! Xavier Drew is his name to be exact!  The room is such a dramatic transformation in my opinion because it was once Camille’s room. So there was pink and white everywhere! Especially, the walls! I knew the walls would have to be the first thing done in order to makeover the room for Xavier’s arrival.

 

As always, I went to my local Sherwin Williams to pick out some paint strips to get this party started! My entire home is painted in Sherwin William’s paint. Since we moved in about six years ago, we painted majority of our home with Sherwin Williams. So I was so happy to partner with Sherwin Williams for Xavier’s nursery reveal! I knew they offered quality paint I could trust would be safe and non toxic for his room. We selected “Eider White” from their “Harmony” Interior Acrylic Latex Paint collection. Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex line contains new technology that helps improve indoor air quality by reducing VOC levels from your carpet, cabinets and fabrics. It also allows you to wash your walls and maintain a durable finish which makes it perfect for children and pets!

Let’s Check Out the Before!!

As you can see, everything was quite girly of course! I knew I wanted to maintain the same layout that we had with furniture in Camille’s old room. This room has a lot of angled walls, so furniture layout is already limited. The only thing this room really needed was some paint, crib and a dresser! But, it was really hard for me to see this space transformed from a super girly pink room into a “boy nursery” for Xavier. Oh, excuse the mess in Camille’s room. I was in the process of getting rid of a lot of her old stuff too! Its been crazy in the Green household as you can see!

 

Before: Room is also painted in Sherwin Williams color but I don’t know the shade.

The After: Xavier Drew’s Little Man Cave!

 

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How do you like the wall color? The “Eider White” paint is not pure white, it has a gray undertone to it which we usually lean towards when it comes to home decor and paint. This room gets a lot of light during the morning time, but usually is more shaded around noon and the rest of the day. The color of the paint shown in the pics should give you a good indication of what to expect. But, just know this paint color will definitely depend upon how much light comes into the room. You can have a light gray one moment and a subtle white the next! I really do like the color as it lightens and brightens up the room. Now I can’t even remember the room being pink!

 

You guys, I love his room so much! It took us a while to wrap up this room because I just could not find what I was looking for. Majority of the nursery decor I found for boys are Animal themed, Nautical, Woodland etc. It just did not move me and I knew I didn’t want that kind of theme for his room. Let me tell you, this room literally came together about two weeks ago!

 

We ordered the crib a few months back, but I did not know what dresser to choose as his crib is a light gray shade. I knew I wanted to go with the Ikea Hemnes 8 drawer dresser as its so affordable. We loved using it as a changing table too when Camille was a baby. I also didn’t want his entire nursery to be gray, so I went back and forth on the decision to get the Ikea Hemnes dresser in gray too. I’m so glad we did, it really jump started the color scheme in the room which was to bring in navy. Eric wanted navy in his room, but I just didn’t see it. But, I knew we needed a darker shade to balance out all of the gray.  But, once I found the navy curtains, I was finally inspired on how to decorate the room!

 

I also spray painted the white bookshelves navy and the white bookends an antique copper shade too. I wanted to warm up the wall space as well. His gallery wall definitely gives me all the feels. We were finally able to complete it this week as that was the last design element in the room. It definitely brings the entire room together. I feel as though his room is slightly rustic with a bit of a industrial feel to it. It definitely gives me “Little Man Cave” vibes. What do you think?

 

Have you tried Sherwin Williams paint?

Its a brand I have used for years for all of my paint projects. I definitely recommend you try it if you have not already!

 

Disclaimer: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. This post with Sherwin Williams is sponsored! Please note that my views and opinions are my own. I strive to provide my readers with honest feedback!

 

Xavier’s Nursery Details

Graco “Benton” Convertible Crib

Gray & White Glider w/ Ottoman (no longer sold)

Xavier Drew Personalized Wood Sign

Gallery Wall Art 

Ikea Hemnes Dresser in Gray

Navy Curtains in 63″ inch 

Crib Sheet

June 1, 2018 3 comments
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Outfit Details:

“A New Day” by Target Floral Kimono Cape

Target Maternity Denim Shorts

Michael Kors Wedge Patent Espadrille (old)

Target Straw Drawstring Crossbody

Chloe Dupe Oversized Wire Sunglasses

A New Day” Transparent Hoop Earrings

Hey loves!

Instagram has been a little source of contention for me lately. Instagram six/seven years ago was fun. There wasn’t the pressure of getting a ton of likes, followers or anything. I was inspired and intrigued by the images posted and the people themselves behind the camera. But now?? I find myself rolling my eyes at the things people do for likes and follows. I started to wonder why I was becoming so annoyed with my beloved Instagram. Then it came to me, it’s not the images themselves that were starting to annoy me, but the person behind the lens. Yes, thats right the Influencer or blogger that is “getting on my nerves.” Hear me out!

 

Now this post isn’t to bash anyone or hold anyone responsible for not keeping my interest on Instagram. But, I am sure we all at the age where we can tell someone is not their “cup of tea” or hey, we just do not have anything in common! Thats mainly why my unfollow game became so strong. I started to notice people personalities (maybe lack there of) and their overall vibe which forced me to question, “who the heck am I following?”

 

I’m not asking for you to entertain me or meet a certain level of expectation. But really, who are you?  Most of the accounts I follow on Instagram are fashion bloggers or influencers. So yes, it can get a bit repetitive in seeing similar styles and looks because it seems no one is an individual anymore. I digress, thats a whole other blog post! But, I’m just getting to the point where I want to know who you are behind all the pretty pictures. Feel me?

So who do I unfollow on Instagram?!

There are some bloggers who basically just sell their outfits of the day or promote their blog posts ALL THE DARN TIME.  You are pretty much the sales person I walk around to avoid at the store because I am not in the mood to be bothered. Every caption on Instagram is about the top you’re wearing, your Instagram stories is about telling people you have a new blog post up and to sign up for LiketoKnow.It. just about every week. Meanwhile, I don’t even know if you have a dog, cat or a goldfish. Isn’t there anything else about you besides you trying to earn likes, follows and commission sales?  This is why I unfollow on Instagram! I’ve had to hit the unfollow button on these Influencers so many times. I just simply cannot!

 

Let’s discuss those bloggers who will not respond to any questions in their comments or DMs. I also know quite a few bloggers who literally have said in their stories, “do not DM me about what I am wearing, head to my blog and go to my “SHOP” page to find out.” What?! This is such a huge, missed opportunity to properly engage with your audience. I do understand that some bloggers have a tremendous following, so they may not be able to respond to every DM about a pair of shoes they have on. But, I was taught, “its not what you say, its HOW you say it!” Its your followers that are helping you to pay for that Chanel bag or your rent and car payment each month. Treat us with a little decency. Actually, don’t even worry about it. Let me hit that unfollow button! Bye!

 

Here’s a quick one that I just had to understand and move on from. Influencers who only wear high end designers that I’ll never be able to afford (cause, you know I got daycare bills the amount of a mortgage payment over here).  Who wears a lace cami or satin top for $600 with a pair of jeans or a summer dress thats $900 that literally has me at “hello!” I’m sure I could find a look for less, but obviously your brand is not catering for my high-low, I’ll wear a Target piece with a quickness self. So why am I here? Let me move on and unfollow on Instagram! Its been real girl!

 

Ok, here’s a hard one that I gotta keep it real about. The ones who captions beg for sympathy and empathy basically all the darn time. I mean, whats really going on over there girl? Are you just going through a bad season in life or is this you every single day? Because I can keep you lifted in prayer, but are you popping up on my feed with signs of depression or some issues you need to let go and let God…. Y’all don’t come for me on this one. I honestly question if people are doing this to increase likes and get engagement on an Instagram post. Again, I’ve had to unfollow on Instagram. I can’t have this kind of negativity and bad energy come up every time I log into Instagram. I told you my unfollow game is strong. I’m not playing!

 

How do you feel about my thoughts on Instagram?

I know this blog post is unexpected. But, I feel by now you guys know I try to switch it up on the blog and discuss some topics that have been on my mind. My friend always laugh at me when I tell her “oh I unfollowed them” because she know I don’t play with entertaining the foolery lol. I just think its important to show people different facets of who you are. What makes you laugh? What’s important to you? Are you a foodie? Whats your favorite cocktail? What do you do to unwind or what you cooked for dinner? Something, anything to let us know that you have other interests other than what you present on Instagram. You know–in the perfect lighting, with the perfect filter and telling me to buy your shirt and it comes in five different colors. Insert eye roll here.

 

Ok, I’ve ranted long enough! Let me know your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2018 6 comments
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Outfit Details

J. Crew Denim Dress 

(old, linked similar)

Steve Madden Lace Up Espadrilles

(old, linked similar)

Elaine Turner Snakeskin Crossbody Bag

Sugar fix by Baublebar for Target Fringe Earrings

Henri Bendel Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Camille’s Outfit

Cat & Jack Polka Dot Navy Top

Target “Naomi” Gold Sandal

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you mommy’s out there!

 

Mother’s Day is usually a weekend of reflection for me. Mainly because my mother passed away several years ago, so its always a difficult time to take in, accept even. For some of us, we don’t have the gift of taking our mom’s out for brunch, or snapping pictures showing how much we love and appreciate our mothers. We only have the memories that we hold on tight to daily and try to push through the day as much as we can. I always encourage anyone as often as I can to tell their mother they love them. It’s the absolute worst thing in life to lose your mom. What you don’t want is there to be any words left unsaid. I know that sometimes there is strife or wrong doing that some folks have suffered from their mother or you may have to love them from afar. But, if you can just drop those three little words in when you can, you’re giving yourself a gift!! Just in knowing that your mom knew how much you loved her, no matter what!

 

What has saved me from most of the pain of no longer having my mother here on earth, is having Camille. Being a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Period! Its saved me in a lot of ways! I often doubted why God would take my mother away, why me? When Eric and I was trying for a child, it was not easy! We went through some difficulty and I questioned my faith in God. I grew up in church all my life and I knew that I had to hold on to my faith as tight as I could. Because if I let go…….!!! That little bit of mustard seed faith I had in wanting a child was just enough.  I became pregnant and was blessed with Camille! It showed me that God was listening! He heard my cries and my prayers!! Going forward, I saw that He never left me alone. He was right by my side and saw the desires of my heart! You guys can clearly see that she is my greatest gift from God, I’ll never take it for granted!!

 

Motherhood can be amazing, exhausting, scary and thrilling all wrapped up into one. Often times I wonder, am I a good mother? Did I lose my temper too quick? Am I not patient enough? Did I scold her instead of talking to her about what she did wrong? Am I spoiling her too much? We have a lot of fears as mothers, after all we don’t want to screw up the most important job in the world!

 

In today’s world filled so full of beauty standards, social media and just straight out racism, I wonder how can I empower my child to stay true to herself? To understand that she is beautiful, strong, intelligent and worthy of everything else she desires? My mom always said, “the world is getting wiser and weaker.” Y’all the “weaker” part scares me! We see it daily! So how do we ensure we impart wisdom and knowledge to our children so they don’t get caught up in the foolishness? I know I am not alone in these thoughts, right?

 

In a few weeks, my son will make his presence on this earth. My son! Those words are a little scary to me, because I feel like I’m such a girl mom. But, this is another layer of motherhood I will have to experience that I am nervous about. Raising a strong, black man in today’s America is scary! As an African American, its scary times right now! I don’t want my son to be seen as a threat, I want him to be seen as the child of God that he is! My prayer is that God truly gives me the wisdom and knowledge to raise my kids. I want them to break barriers, be educated individuals, make sound and wise decisions. I want them to do better than mommy and daddy. After all, that is the goal for each generation to succeed the prior one right?

 

What are your thoughts on Motherhood in today’s society?

I know this is not my usual fashion blog post. But, these thoughts have been on my heart for a while. You know how it is, sometimes we just don’t know how to say it or express it. I would love to hear any encouraging words you have regarding motherhood today. As they say it takes a village to raise a child. That’s the kind of positive, strong community we all need to make it through this thing called motherhood!

 

Share your thoughts!

May 15, 2018 0 comment
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Hey loves!

Vacations are vital to recharge, reconnect and just take a good break from the same ole, same ole! I was so happy that we planned a family vacation to San Francisco before baby comes. I was tired of looking at the same Dallas every day, doing the same thing and going the same places. It was high time to experience a change of scenery!

 

Our brother in law and his girlfriend have lived in San Francisco for about four years now. We’ve visited the city about two years ago and had a great time exploring. So when my brother in law called and said he was going to pop the question and wanted the family to be there, of course we said yes!!  San Francisco, here we come!

 

It can be a bit stressful planning a family vacation. Ticket prices, accommodations and how to get around are always the starting point. I was extremely happy to partner with Mazda on this trip and be offered the opportunity to drive the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring during our time in the city! I knew we needed a vehicle that would allow us space and the ability to be comfortable. After all, we are traveling with a 3 year old and a pregnant lady who needs to be able to sit back and relax at the drop of a dime. The Mazda CX-5 is a crossover vehicle so there was just enough space to do just that. But, if you have a very large family, this vehicle is not for you. Especially if you have more than one car seat, it will be a bit tight in my opinion!

 

So lets get started on my travel diaries shall we? I also posted videos of my trip on my Instagram sharing the highlights of each day. So be sure to head to my Instagram and click on the “Travel” highlight icon to see everything in action!

 

Travel Diary Day 1:

We arrived in San Francisco at around 10:30 am that morning after a 3 hour flight. This flight was also my first experience of having to take Camille to the bathroom on an airplane. Not fun folks!! Squeezing me and her in that little closet with this belly was the worst ever lol. Anyway, after we landed we picked up our Mazda and immediately headed to brunch. We were so hungry! We ate at Rusty’s Southern Restaurant and the food was pretty good. Not amazing, but good ya know?!

 

After which, we headed to the Golden Gate bridge! This is where my brother in law wanted to propose! We were in charge of scouting the perfect location for him to pop the question. That took about 2 hours because of traffic and a lot of the roads to get to the Golden Gate were closed. But, we finally found the spot for everyone to meet and he popped the question. Oh and she said yes!  If you want to see the proposal, head to my Instagram to check  my “Travel” Highlights!

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Landed in San Francisco, so its time to hit the streets!

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But first, Breakfast at Rusty’s Southern Restaurant in downtown San Fran!

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She’s beautiful! The Golden Gate Bridge!

 

Travel Diary Day 2:

Sunday morning we headed to Sausalito for brunch and to check out the area. I always heard that Sausalito has gorgeous views and is the cutest little boat town. We ate at Bayside Cafe and it was delish! They also serve fresh pressed juices (I ordered the carrot & apple- so good), coffees and shakes too. My blueberry pancake were huge and I couldn’t finish it even though I tried. I thought it was so cute that they served Mickey Mouse pancakes for the kids too! Eric thought it was a bunny lol!

 

After we ate, we walked around and checked out the house boats. There were so many to see! The owners really take great care of the decks with flowers and unique art work. It was to be appreciated! I really wished we could see the inside of one of the houseboats. I would love to stay overnight just for the experience!

 

Next up was the Marin Headlands. I wanted to take Camille to the Marine Mammal Center. I didn’t take any pictures here, but you can see a snippet of our experience on my “Travel” highlights on Instagram. The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands is a rescue center for seal and sea lions. We learned a lot about how the center rescue the animals, how they treat them and saw a few of the sea lions too! It was funny to see the sea lions escape some of the care takers who were trying to give them their medicine.

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Breakfast in Sausalito at Bayside Cafe! Check out the Mickey Mouse pancakes for Camille:)

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The houseboats in Sausalito are so unique and pretty. The owners keeps the decks full of flowers and color!

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The houseboats in Sausalito are so pretty. I loved how the owners decorated the decks!

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Let’s chat about the Mazda shall we?

Oh, I can’t let the blog post go on without sharing a little bit about the Mazda CX-5! Again, this is a crossover vehicle that seats 5. I wouldn’t recommend it for large families, especially those of you with multiple car seats, you would need a SUV for that purpose. If you are traveling with a car seat, this vehicle does offer the LATCH system which made it very quick and easy to secure Camille’s car seat. The car seat LATCH system is great for peace of mind that your child car seat is safe and tightly secured while you’re hitting the road. This checks off my safety concerns as a parent for sure!

 

But, lets talk about how gorgeous the metallic red paint is? It reminded me of red candy apples! The 2018 CX-5 offers metallic finishes and other paint options as well. I’d personally would go for this red, its beautiful! This vehicle pretty much has everything you need. It offers Navigation, rear view camera, great sound system and the power rear lift gate system. Also, The Mazda Connect System is easily accessible and visible so that you can keep your eyes on the road. It allows you to easily access your navigation, music and radio functions. Unfortunately it does not have Apple car play feature!! Which, as an iPhone user, is a necessary feature for me in my car to have access to my music and google maps features. Otherwise, this vehicle suited our needs for our daily travels.

 

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2018 Mazda CX-5 black and white interior is so stylish!

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Time to head off to our next stop… but not until Camille gets in her car seat of course!

 

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2018 Mazda CX-5!

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Mazda CX-5 offers striking metallic paint finishes. This candy apple red was a beauty in person!

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Mazda CX-5 has great trunk space for travel!

Camille admiring the sun roof in the Mazda CX-5!

 

After we completed the tour of the Mammal Center, our next stop was the Point Bonita Lighthouse. The Point Bonita Lighthouse is still an active lighthouse and is at the Southwest tip of the Marin Headlands. There is a .5 walk that is pretty steep before you can access the lighthouse, so be sure to be prepared with comfortable shoes before you go! Unfortunately, once we got to the trail, there was a sign up stating the lighthouse was closed for the day. So we just walked the trail towards the lighthouse and walked back. Let me tell you, my thighs and legs were burning!!! Those inclines were no joke. I definitely got my work out on. But, it was worth it to see the views and the waves crashing against the shore!

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Our little photographer captured Mommy and Daddy on one of the trails in Marin Headlands!

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We walked the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse! The views were amazing!

 

Travel Diary Day 3: The Painted Ladies, Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square

We started the day off with brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food. Food was very good and the beignets are huge! I would share more about the food and ambiance of the restaurant, but one of the servers were quite rude. It ruined the experience for me so thats all I have to say about that. Lol.

 

Anyway, after brunch we headed to see The Painted Ladies. You guys know what The Painted Ladies are right? The houses in the opening scene of “Full House!” These houses are known for their feature on the show and of course, the gorgeous Victorian architecture. They are a tourist attraction so you will also see people stopping by to take pictures. We didn’t get to see The Painted Ladies when we visited San Fran two years ago, so it was on my list of Things to Do. I was glad we stopped to check these ladies out!

 

What made it really enjoyable is that its across the street from Alamo Square, which is a beautiful park and picnic area. We let Camille enjoy herself at the playground for a while which made her a happy camper. Be sure to check out my Travel Diary video on the Travel Highlights section on my Instagram to see more!  The views from The Painted Ladies are beautiful and worth the stop to enjoy and take in the city. I would suggest even packing a picnic to eat on the hill and enjoy the sights while you’re there as well!

 

After the park, we headed to Lombard Street, also known as, The Crookedest Street in the World.” I’m not gonna lie, we were all a little nervous because the street to even get to Lombard Street had a VERY high incline. But, after we went down the hill, it wasn’t so bad. It really is a crooked street and is filled with people walking the street or at the bottom of the hill taking pictures. It was a fun, quick stop to check off my things to do list without even getting out of the car. So I do recommend experiencing it at least once.

 

Our last tourist stop was at Ghirardelli Square. Friends, you must go so you can stop by the original Ghirardelli Ice Cream shop! I had a Ghirardelli Salted Caramel Sundae when I went to Vegas last year with my husband. It’s AMAZING! So anytime we are on the West coast, we MUST stop by Ghirardelli. Ghirardelli Square is basically a square with shops, restaurants, and great views to enjoy as well. We got our sundaes at Ghirardelli and it was worth all the calories and sugar! So good! Camille had a great time eating most of my sundae too. I tell you, when you’re a parent nothing is yours anymore! She always reminds me that I should share with her. Go figure!

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The Painted Ladies!

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The Painted Ladies: “Everywhere you look, there’s a heart! A hand to hold on to – Full House!

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Lombard Street: The Crookedest Street in the World!

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Ghirardelli Square: Unique spot filled with shops and restaurants!

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Ghirardelli: The MOST DELICIOUS Salted Caramel Sundae ever in life!

 

I hope you enjoyed this travel diary as I shared with you some of our stops on our last family vacation before we become a family of four! This trip meant even more to me knowing that soon, things will change again in the Green household. So it was important to experience new scenery and create moments with Camille as our family of three comes to an end. Again, check out my travel diary videos on my Instagram to see more. I know you will enjoy it!

 

 

Do you have any family vacations coming up soon? Where are you headed? I would love to know!

 

 

Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late may also participate in sponsored posts. This post regarding my Mazda CX-5 experience is sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

 

 

 

 

 

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Outfit Details

Forever 21 Tan Draped Trench Coat

(currently not avail in Tan, but Navy online)

Gold Label “Girlfriends” Tee

Pink Blush Maternity Distressed Jeans

Target “A New Day” White Sock Booties

L.A.M.B. “Lipstick” Clutch Bag

(no longer sold, linked similar style from eBay)

Forever 21 Gold Hoop Hammered Earring only $3!!

 

Hey Loves!

I hope your week is going well! Here in Dallas, Spring has sprung…. sort of! Its warm and beautiful one day, then rainy and humid the next. Not good for a girl with natural hair, the humidity is NOT my friend lately. Anyways, the Spring weather has given me all the spring time feels and wanting to update my wardrobe. I popped in to Forever 21 the other day and found this super cute trench coat duster. I love the light weight of the duster, that it can be worn as an easy layering piece and that it does not require me to button it! Cause girl, I cannot button or zip anything over this bump, ok?!

 

I’ve noticed that the trench coat is a new spring trend as I am seeing it not only in the form of a coat, but in dresses, jumpsuits and duster style like the one I am wearing. I want it all!! Its a good thing  there are many affordable options for the trench coat trend.  We can all go a little crazy and style the trench coat in so many ways. I’m here for it!

 

Are you here for the white boot trend?

Oh and what do you think about these white booties? I wasn’t sure how I felt about the white boot trend, but I found myself falling in love with it when I saw it styled on Instagram and Pinterest. As long as you keep the outfit styled really simple and classic, it will always pop and look good. I wouldnt spend a grip on white booties though, thankfully these were under $40 and I feel thats all I would pay for a white boot!

I linked some great trench coat options and where I got these white booties for the low! Be sure to check it out!!

 

 

March 29, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Who What Wear Collection Sweatshirt Dress by Target

Reebok Rose Gold “Harmon” Sneakers 

Zara Fringe Back Pack

(old)

 

Hey loves!

 

Can you believe March is basically over with? My little one is due June 30th and I need to get cracking’ on soooo many things. I need to move Camille to her new room and redecorated as well as get his nursery painted and start decorating his room too. It’s a bit overwhelming to think of my things to do list. Its long y’all, long! Send help!

 

This cute sweatshirt dress by Who What Wear was a Target find on one of my many Target runs! I had to get this sweatshirt dress because my clothing selection these days is running low lol. I paired it with sneakers, what woman am I becoming? Lol. You guys know I love a little heel or a flat, but I fell in love with these rose gold Reeboks I found at DSW. They are so comfortable and I’ve been wearing them a lot lately with just about everything. Do you have any comfortable, but stylish sneakers you love? Let me know, I wouldn’t mind getting another pair… or two!

 

So back to this pregnancy, I have 16 weeks to go! It’s unreal. I take my second glucose test tomorrow and I am praying I pass it. I didn’t do so hot on the first one, so it’s making me a bit nervous. This pregnancy has been very exhausting and full of morning (noon, afternoon, whenever) sickness. So as you can imagine, I just want the rest of my second and third trimester to go as smoothly as possible. I want to avoid any issues where I can. Although, that seems a bit hard to do considering I want to eat ice cream in bed whenever I can?? Don’t judge me y’all!

 

Now that I’ve gotten my second wind and have more energy, I am working on getting some content going for you guys. I want to do a video on my favorite lipsticks, nursery reveal, vacation looks and my summer must haves. So get ready ladies! Get ready!

 

 

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BEFORE!

 

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AFTER!

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Tiered Spice Rack 15 inches long, which extends an extra 5″!! Purchased at Homegoods!

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Plastic Storage Containers I found at Ross years ago!

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I bought gift tags to label whats in each basket! This helps to keep order and for everyone to know where to find things… including me!

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I LOVE this under shelf basket that you can easily slide under your shelf! Its perfect to utilize additional space for all of my ziplock and foil we use. I have so many!

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Great size baskets which are deep enough to hold a lot! This is the Small size!

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This is “Camille’s Basket!” lol. Its low enough for her to reach and find all of her snacks!

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Medium basket (left), Small basket (right)!

 

 

Item Details

Small Scoop Storage Basket in Copper

Medium Scoop Storage Basket in Copper

“Camille’s” Copper Storage Basket

3 Tier Cabinet Shelf Organizer 15 inch

Air Tight Food Storage Containers 6 pc Set

(old, linked similar)

2 Pack Under Shelf Basket 

Kraft Gift Tags

(purchased mine from Hobby Lobby, linked similar)

 

Hey Loves!

 

So I know this is an unusual post as I mainly post about fashion or lifestyle. But, I shared on my Instagram stories that I was doing a pantry makeover. Lord knows it needed it! Cluttered, expired goods and no order left me so annoyed every time I opened my pantry door. I did a poll on Instagram if anyone was interested if I did a blog post regarding my pantry makeover and everyone voted yes. So here we are! You guys are getting an inside look at my pantry. How’s that for getting to know each other better? lol.

 

The first pic in this blog post is my before. Well, not really! This was the day after I trashed all of the expired mess from the pantry. I got a little ahead of myself and forgot to take the true before picture of the pantry. Anyways, when I got fed up regarding the mess of my pantry,  I took to Pinterest for organization ideas and tips. I mean, isn’t Pinterest the greatest for inspiration?! How are we adulating without it, right?

 

The storage solution that stood out to me were wire baskets and labels. I really wanted something we could see thru and not have to always pull out. Especially with Camille being a little more independent now, if she’s able to grab her snacks without needing Mommy or Daddy to help, we’re winning. But, because not any ole’ wire basket would do, I wanted rose gold! You guys, I had the hardest time finding rose gold baskets in the sizes I wanted. I stumbled on a pantry makeover article where they had my coveted rose gold wire baskets. Guess what guys, they were from Amazon!! Has Amazon ever failed us? No, not never!

 

There were a lot of size options, so I ordered quite a few. I wanted to ensure they were deep enough for what I needed and that I ordered enough so I wouldn’t need to order more. These worked out perfectly! I ordered 3 small, 3 medium and the one rectangle one. I also ordered tiered shelving to place canned goods, cooking oil and whatever else that I could easily see displayed. But, the ones you see here are actually from Homegoods! These are 15 inches wide with the option to extend an additional 5 inches. Whereas, the ones from Amazon were only 15 inches wide. Also, the Homegoods tiered shelves were significantly cheaper too! So head there first to see if you can find them!

 

Another great find on Amazon were the “Under Shelf Basket” thats holding all of my foil and ziplock bags. This shelf is so bomb y’all! It comes in a pack of two and all you do is slide the shelf onto your shelf. No screws, nails or any drilling! Just slide and go! This is perfect to utilize more shelving space and get rid of the clutter. Amazon is just amazing I tell you.

 

The last little detail is that I used gift tags to label each basket. I knew that if I didn’t, I would forget what would go where and the husband would have no clue where to put things. And we cannot have my pantry makeover go down the drain by creating more chaos! What’s so cute is the day I did the pantry makeover and Camille came home from school, she went to get a snack from the pantry and saw her name. So she know’s this basket is Camille’s stuff! Which also makes it easy for her when she helps me to put groceries away. I can just tell her to put it in her basket and she’s good to go!

 

Want to see more home makeover and organization reveals?

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pantry makeover. It makes me happy when I open my pantry and its all nice and pretty. I got a few more spaces to go in the house to get organized such as the spice cabinet, my bathroom closet, Camille’s room and the nursery. So if you guys are interested, I may post about that too! Hey, when you’re over 30, things like this are exciting lol. But, I hope this post is helpful if you are interested in getting your pantry organized. If nothing else, just get a cute rose gold basket girl!

 

March 15, 2018 2 comments
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Y’all I don’t know how some pregnant women do it when it comes to dressing up and wearing heels. I am struggling over here because I do not want to participate at all lol. Its like I crave comfortable clothing like I do food. So weird right? I was the same with Camille. At the time I was working, so I had to look a little put together Monday thru Friday. So what they got from me were some V-neck Target tees and my maternity pants, along with a wedge or a flat. Lol, since I am not working, I can currently be seen in something comfortable like yoga pants and a sweatshirt. Which is why I am so thrilled that athleisure wear is considered stylish and on trend. Praise the Lord!

 

However, I was still struggling on where to find cute loungewear or sweatsuit sets. One of my blogger boos and friend, Shana, from Brown Girl Stylish suggested I head to TJ Maxx because they had some great athleisure/ lounge wear options. You guys, TJ Maxx and I use to be besties years ago. I was a regular and the layaway was my jam lol. For some reason, I stopped going and let me tell you, I need to add it back to my rotation on where to shop. I found lots of cute athleisure sets, including the one I’m wearing in this pic! This outfit is NOT maternity, but has good stretch and room for me to grow a bit. I can be cute and prego in this set and I’m here for it!

 

Not only do I crave comfy clothes, but comfy shoes too! I popped over to DSW after I got this set and they had sooooo many cute sneakers. I am not a sneaker girl at all, but honey I had about six pairs I loved that I was trying to narrow down. But, I fell in love with these Nike’s as they are SOOOOOO comfortable and the blush pink was calling my name. It definitely helped that I had a coupon to knock off a couple of bucks too. Don’t you love when that happens?!

 

 

Is athleisure wear on your radar when you’re shopping??

I definitely plan to buy a few more pieces to help me along the rest of this pregnancy. Especially if it has me out in these streets looking like I have my life together! Athleisure wear is not just for working out or heading to the gym. Its all about comfortable clothes that can translate from gym to every day activities. I linked a few options I found online. But, if you love what I’m wearing, head to your nearest TJ Maxx and take a look!

 

 

Outfit Details

DKNY Army Green Hoodie via TJ Maxx

DKNY Army Green Mesh Yoga Pants

(LINKED SIMILAR)

NIKE “Tanjun” Running Sneaker 

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