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Everyday Outfit

My everyday look consists of a T-shirt and shorts, or Tank top and shorts. The weather here in Hawaii is usually hot, even in winter. Very rarely do I feel like I HAVE to wear pants. It’s a blessing and curse. I yearn for Fall weather here, and when it comes around every once in a while, I despise it, because I freeze when it’s 75 degrees. That’s my freezing point. #Hawaiiproblems

Ask anyone, I’m obsessed with pineapples. I don’t even know why, I just like them. I bought this shirt from a craft fair because it had a pineapple on it (and it said aloha), and it’s safe to say I’m in love. The shirt is made by a local company called Sticks and Stones. You can check them out HERE. Really cute stuff, and they make Hawaii themed wear for the whole family! #supportlocal

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Dressing up in Hawaii

My fashion posts are going to be quick and simple, just how I like it. That seems to be the running theme through my blog. quick and simple recipes, quick and simple fashion, quick and simple makeup. I don’t like to spend a ton of time doing things, because, like I’ve mentioned in a few other posts, my son has the attention span of a fly.  So I try to squeeze in everything in the two hours while he is sleeping.

Here it goes!

I love fashion. I love to dress up, I love to keep up with the latests trends. The problem? Hawaii is VERY behind in the fashion game.  Trends tend to take a year before they enter the Hawaii market.  Don’t ask me why, I don’t know, but it’s very frustrating. Also, I find that people like to stare. I don’t know if they are staring because I look AMAZING or because they are wondering what the heck I’m wearing or why I’m so ‘Dressed up’. Continue reading

Dressing My Bump: What Di Pilipino Ladee Tell Me

I missed this weeks dressing my bump for obvious reasons.  I was in Cali, and well I was enjoying my short little vacay with mi familia.  After one of my shopping extravaganzas, I deicided to wait inside of Saks Off 5th instead of standing in the heat.  While waiting di pilipino laydee greeting people by the door tell me dat I look soooo cute pregnant (why thank you aunty).  Then she goes on to say: “You know what you habing?” I tell her yes, and she tells me, “Oh! your husband must be so happppy!” (I didn’t correct her, she seemed old school, and well I’m getting married eventually, and after 7 years he’s practically my husband anyway) She goes on to ask: “How par along are you?” I tell her 5 months, she responds wit “Ai! You so small yet! hoppully you no get bigger one time!”  I just smile and nod, she adds: “You know…people say dat when you hab a ____ you get ugly, but you no ugly, you so preety, I guess dey wrong den ya?”  That might have been the highlight of my trip.

It’s still getting harder and harder to find clothes to wear and it’s getting harder to wear a bra too.  They’re just growing at an enormous rate and I can’t keep up, so I’ve just been using sports bra’s and cami bra’s.  They’re a lot more comfy than underwires anyway. I’m managing!  I’m so glad I made the trip to San Jose because I got to visit one of my absolutely FABORITE stores ever, H&M.  Did you know they have a maternity section?!  It’s not huge, actually pretty small, but it’s definitely affordable, and very cute stuff.  I got some cute mint green jeans, a cream lace tunic, and some awesome overbelly tights.  None of what I am wearing in these pictures are from H&M by the way.

Baby is starting to move more and more, and it’s getting stronger and stronger with every karate chop it makes.  (Hey ma! do you need to use the bathroom? Hi YA!)  I’m getting more excited as the days go by and I can’t wait to meet my itty bitty one, I think we may have settled on a name too.  I hate to say it but, my fiance is good name picker, I usually get out voted and I should have known he would have picked something I’d like.

Sweater: The Wedding Cafe    Top: Pac Sun   Cami: Gap   Bermuda Shorts: Macy’s   Shoes: Jean’s Wearhouse

22 Weeks

Dressing My Bump: Comfy Womfy!

I promise you, I am growing bigger by the minute.  I am now up to 130lbs (moooo).  I find myself wearing the same clothes over and over again and it is becoming harder and harder to look cute and pregnant…not just pregnant.

My boobs are the size of small countries and my feet are turning into boats.  My grandma warned me about salt and sugar and that I would balloon up, once again I should have listened to her. The sugar part is not so hard really, I’m not a big sweets eater (okay, sometimes I am, my vice is super dense chocolate cake/brownies) it’s the SALT!  Man I love salt.  French Fries, Shoyu rice, chips, pickles, you name it, I’ll probably eat it.

Did I mention how big my boobs were? Okay, Fiance would not approve of me talking about my boobs and I will not disclose exactly how big they are but I’ll tell you this, they are heavy, sore, and heavy.  These bad boys are making it very hard to get dressed in the morning.

Yesterday I didn’t post a dressing my bump post because I was busy making cake pops, and I didn’t go out until much late in the day to go have an early dindin with my bestie.  So here it is…a what I wore…yesterday edition!

It’s not much to look at and it’s really simple but SO COMFY!  This shirt is from Nordstrom Rack, and it’s so uber soft I could wear it all day, every day!  The shorts are from my last post about Cinnamon Girls Sale, again so comfy!  And flats, well, who doesn’t love flats? Actually I’d rather walk around barefoot, like a native, imua! (I kid, I kid…I don’t like walking around barefoot at all, unless it’s sand, but even then I’m kind of sketch about it)

Shirt: Kische – Nordstrom Rack (clearance!)    Shorts: Cinnamon Girl   Shoes:  Abound – Nordstrom Rack (Clearance!)

20 Weeks 5 Days

Rain, Rain, Go…SHOPPING!

Today is Wednesday.  Normally, I would post a What I Wore Wednesday: Dressing My Bump Edition today.  However, thanks to all the storms that have been headed in our direction, we’ve been getting some wind and rain.  Rain + you will never see inside of my house + my camera being uber expensive = no pictures today…sorry. 😦 (I know I feel so horribly sad because I looked super cute today.)

I do enjoy the rain and wind we’ve been getting.  It keeps the pregnant lady cool and happy, and when the pregnant lady is happy, everyone is happy.

Alright, due to the fact that I won’t be posting pictures of my fashionable self, I’ve gone shopping in the past few days and here’s what I’ve gathered!

Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack

I don’t know about you, but Nordstrom HAS to be one of my absolute FAVORITE department stores.  I’m a true blue Taurus so I like luxury, however, I am also very Chinese and we be frugal yo! (okay, we are cheap)

Nordstrom Rack is CURRENTLY having their Clear The Racks Event, which means anywhere from 10-75% off already reduced prices!  If you’re a Fashion Rewards Member (if you have any one of their nordstrom debit/credit cards),you earn points, 2 points for every dollar you spend.  Every 2,000 points gets you $20.00 back in Nordstrom Notes AND in addition to that they have bonus point events (double and triple days) to earn points faster! From July 20-22 there is a double point event!

Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale in 2 days, however if you’re a Fashion Rewards Member (if you have any one of their nordstrom debit/credit cards) you get early access both online and in-store.

Some other awesome things about Nordstrom:

  • If they don’t have what you want in store, they’ll ship it to the store (or your house) for you.
  • Free Shipping AND Free Returns from their website
  • Return online merchandise in store

Today while perusing through the racks at Nordstrom Rack I found $30 True Religion Jeans, $50 Kate Spade Sunglasses, and various tops to cover my baby bump from $4.00-$10.o0.

Macy’s

Macy’s is my go to store for just about everything, basically because they’re cheap 75% of the time and there are 2 I can go to that are 10 min away from where we live.One of the good things about Macy’s is if you have a Macy’s Card you usually get 20% off, pretty much all the time, in addition to sales that are always going on.

Currently, Macy’s is having their Summer Clearance Sale. There are tons and tons and tons and tons of tops available for under $10.00. Dope.

Forever21

If you’re in the mix for basic tee’s and tank’s, Forever21 is you’re one stop shop.  They have THE most comfortable basic tops around for under $5.00!

I recently stocked up in bigger sizes because I’ve been growing some ENORMOUS chesticles thanks to my raging hormones.

My Favorite Shirt, $4.80

My Favorite Tank, $4.80

Express

Express is having their End of Season Sale up 70% off original prices with additional 40% off already reduced prices! DOPE! I found a couple tops for work, however can I just state that I really hate the trend of EVERYTHING being stinking see through?! I bought 3 tops but of course I bought ones that weren’t on sale. Lose.

Black and White Lace, Sheer Top

Kissing Placket Mock Pocket Top

Rolled Sleeve with Piping

 

 

I think that’s it….I got really tired by about 2:00 and had to head home…especially since I started making those damn cake pops (refer to this post: How Do I Make The Color Burgundy?)

18 Weeks and 4 Days

Dressing My Bump: Summer Cool

My friend from high school/college  just had a baby 2 weeks ago.  I got together with her and a couple of our friends from college just to catch up, talk story, and complain about why we hate teaching. This baby is adorable, even if she only slept the whole time we were there, she’s the sweetest thing with a full head of hair!

Ms. Kourtney-Shane

This is Kourtney with her big sister, Lexi, who loves Hello Kitty as much as I do.

Dressing My Bump

Today I FINALLY went to get a hair cut after almost 2 months of procrastinating.  My head started to feel heavy, my hair was getting way oilier than normal, and I was getting pimples on my neck, gross.  I finally called my hair dresser/makeup maven, Dayna Okuma Mau.  This chick is a miracle worker and she always makes me look and feel gawgeous! Need your makeup done? Call her at Salon808, you won’t be sorry.

It hasn’t been extremely hot here in Hawai’i lately, mainly because there are a couple of storms down south sending some gusty trade winds our way.  Even when it does get hot here, it does not get as hot as the mainland does, and I am not complaining (I probably will once it starts getting hot again).  For now, I’m enjoying the windy weather since being pregnant and hot is no bueno!

I had the hardest time looking for clothes to wear this morning because I hate when I’m hot and my clothes start sticking to my body!  Thank goodness I invested in some of these flowy tops before I knew I was pregnant, they are amazingly comfortable and cool.

I am definitely way bigger now than I was a few months ago and slowly I’m outgrowing all of my shorts, which is again, no bueno if you live in Hawaii! However, I recently found these awesome, jean shorts from American Rag at Macy’s that have SPANDEX! Yay, for shorts and spandex!  BTW they were also on the SALE rack at an additonal 40% off, so they were around $15.00.

So today’s tip: Flowly tops and spandex are definitely you’re best friends when you’re pregnant and it’s HOT.

Top: Soprano Soprano – Nordtrom Rack    Shorts: American Rag – Macy’s   Spaghetti Strap: Forever 21

Belly Band: BeBand-Target   Shoes: Charlotte Russe   Earrings:  My mom’s creation

17 Weeks 4 days

Fall style in summer? If it fits, hell to the yes!

I really don’t want to buy maternity clothes.  Actually, I don’t mind it so much because most styles are UBER comfortable.  However, being as petite as I am, I have THE HARDEST time finding things that fit!  I’ve always had this problem though so I’m really unfazed by it.  For as long as I can remember I have not been able to find a pair of jeans that fit my body correctly.  If it fit my hips, my butt was too small; If it fit my butt, my thighs were too small; If it fit my butt, my hips were too big! Some goes for my boobs: If it fit my boobs, the arms were too big!  I could never win.

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve been banished to the office until I pop.  Dress code is business casual, and before I go any further WTF is business casual? can I or can’t I wear jeans? I don’t get it but whatever, as Tim Gunn would say, I make it work.  After I started popping buttons and since I have gained some weight in the buttocks region, I went in search of maternity pants. There are a few stores that have maternity sections, however even their smallest size is gigantic on me (think steve urkel).  I just about gave up until a girl I work with suggested Target.  Long story short, I found some pants (that are still baggy but not too bad) and I love target.

In short, it doesn’t matter what you wear, where you get it from, if it’s in season or out of season, if you’re preggers and it fit’s, wear it.

Dressing my Bump

(can you tell I got tired of standing in this picture? I told you….I’m lazy. lol.)

Dress: The Wedding Cafe, Honolulu (a few years ago)     Leggings: Forever21    Shoes: Steve Madden – Nordstrom rack   Earrings: Claires Accessories

16 weeks 6 Days

Dressing my bump

Isn’t it weird how different people’s perceptions of pregnancy bumps are?  I’ve had people tell me I’m not showing and some people telling me I am.  I’ve had people tell me I’m small for 4 months, and some tell me I’m big for 4 months.  And each time I just nod my head, smile, and agree. Go figure.

In any case, to ME, my bump is showing, considering I can no longer button my pants and I am in constant search of stretchy clothing items.

I don’t consider myself super stylish, but I like to look good.  My grandma went on a rant yesterday about all the celebrities that insist on wearing tight clothing while they are pregnant.  Whoa there gamgam, I love you and to some extent I agree, but, sometimes it’s just cute to show off your bump.  Here’s what I wore today.  After taking these pictures I realized that my ensemble hid my bump pretty well (if I wanted it hidden).

Top: Nordstrom Rack     Belly Band: BeBand from Target   Pants: My Mom’s Closet (most likely originated from Ross)

Earrings: Made by my mom and I (coming soon to etsy)

16 Weeks 5 Days