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Weekly Baby Bump Photos

Weekly baby bump photos using chalkboard by Actually Ashley Blogs

Way back in February I shared the happy news that we were expecting! After a long journey to become pregnant, we couldn’t be happier to welcome our little girl into the world. Pregnancy is such an amazing thing. It is crazy to me that my body can create a life, do so much hard work. It truly is amazing to me. I wanted to document my pregnancy and see how my body would change over the weeks. I shared the photos of the first half of my pregnancy a few weeks ago. We started at 10 weeks. I decided to use a chalkboard to keep it simple. I used my Cameo Silhouette for the ‘background’ to avoid it rubbing off and having to start over each week. I also decided to wear the same dress  every week to make it easy to see how my bump grew and my body changed. It was a great $20 steal from TJ Maxx!

Tip- If you’re looking for a dress to document your own pregnancy journey, look for a stretchy material. I also went with a long dress so the length would not become an issue as my belly expended! I changed up my shoes and jewelry each week to keep it interesting! Weekly baby bump photos using chalkboard by Actually Ashley BlogsWeekly baby bump photos using chalkboard by Actually Ashley BlogsWeekly baby bump photos using chalkboard by Actually Ashley BlogsWeekly baby bump photos using chalkboard by Actually Ashley Blogs

What a difference! I can not believe how big my belly grew. It is so crazy to see the progression from week to week. Unfortunately, we had some complications at the end of my pregnancy and I was in the hospital for weeks 34 & 35, but that is a whole other blog post. I delivered a healthy baby girl when I would have been taking my week 36 photo! We feel so lucky to have taken this journey and I am so happy to have the belly photos to look back on. If you’re pregnant I really recommend doing bump photos! Don’t worry if you’re farther along- I started at 10 weeks- but anytime is good to start! I also hear the feedback that the bump photos are a lot to manage. I completely admit that the larger I got- the more I dreaded doing them. It felt like a chore to get my hair and makeup done, find the dress at the bottom of my never-ending laundry pile, con my husband to taking the photo again… it started to become a little taxing. If it seems like too much, maybe do a photo every other week or even once a month! Looking back I am so happy we stuck with it and did them! Look at this side-by-side from week 10 to week 33- crazy!

Weekly baby bump photos using chalkboard by Actually Ashley BlogsWant to see more baby bump photos? Check out my collaboration with GE Maternity clothing line, my first Stitch Fix Maternity delivery or these fun outfits sponsored by Shop Pink Blush Maternity. Thanks for reading- happy bumping!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 12

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix – As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. May contain affiliate links.

Hello Friends!

As you may know, I’ve been getting Stitch Fix shipments for a little over a year now. I have had a pretty wonderful experience overall with them and love being surprised every month with cute clothing that they think would look great on me! I found out I was pregnant earlier this year and we are so excited to welcome a baby girl into the world this summer. I am excited to keep getting Stitch Fix shipments while I’m expecting! Did you guys know that Stitch Fix offers Maternity gear? I reviewed my first maternity fix a few weeks ago. I love that they allow me to try on different sizes as my bump grows bigger and bigger without the commitment of purchasing something!  Stitch Fix Maternity  is perfect for getting a few hand selected items to match your style and body type. Take a look at the goods they sent me this month:


1: Just Black- Fleur Maternity Frayed Hem Denim Shorts- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Just Black Fleur Frayed Hem Denim Jean Shorts I asked my stylist to send me some modest short options. My due date is in August so I know I am in for some hot months to come… I really liked the style of these shorts and the length was great. Unfortunately, they were just too snug in the waist area even with the elastic maternity band. It was so tight when I sat down. I know I would end up not wearing them because comfort has become my #1 priority lately!


2: Mismu Maternity- Prisca Maternity Cold Shoulder Knit Top- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Misimu Maternity Cold Shoulder Knit Top with Black and White StripesTo be completely honest with you guys- I hated this top.. I don’t know if it was the material being slightly ribbed and itchy.. the way the stripes accentuated the growing bump (in all the bad ways).. or if it was the fact that I really don’t love cold shoulder tops… either way this one was a firm no from me.


3: Berry Jewelry- Jacoby Fringe Pendant Necklace- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Berry Jewelry Jacoby Fringe Tassel NecklaceI also asked my stylist for some tassel inspired jewelry. I have a few earrings and bracelets with fringe tassels on them, and I have been really loving this trend! I liked the length of this necklace but I wasn’t a huge fan of the pearl center above the fringe. I knew I wouldn’t get that much use out of this one for the price so I sent it back hoping to find something a little more my style next time!


4: Gilli- Gabbiey Knit Maternity Maxi Dress- ReturnedActually Ashley Blogs: Stitch Fix Maternity Review of the Gilli Gabbiey KNit Maternity Maxi DressI love a good maxi dress in the summer, don’t you? They are perfect to combat the summer heat (without having to shave your legs, score!) This dress is a beautiful deep navy color and had a nice detailing on the shoulder and back. I opted to return this baby because the lenght was iffy.. if my bump got any bigger (which it will) it would no longer cover my sandals. Also, it had a cute crochet detail on the back but it did not cover my maternity bras which is a no-go right now.


5: Full Moon- Kassey Pocket Maternity Knit Top- ReturnedI really love most items I get from Full Moon. I feel like you become somewhat attached to certain brands when you use Stitch Fix frequently. Full Moon has been a good brand for me, and I honestly love most items they send from them! I liked this top a lot. It was stretchy and have a ton of give with the elastic sides. It would be great if only it wasn’t summer… I have no need for long sleeves right now. Cooking this baby makes me sweat just thinking about wearing this top in July! 


Are you expecting a little bundle of joy soon? Check out Stitch Fix Maternity to get some tailor made looks for your growing bump! Not expecting? Stitch fix also offers tons of other services including plus sizes and Stitch Fix for men! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see other maternity fashion looks!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Shop Pink Blush + $75 Gift Card Giveaway

While this post is sponsored by Pink Blush Maternity– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to White Elm Photography for the wonderful photographs featured in this post!

Good Morning Lovies!

I am so excited to share a wonderful company with you today. Pink Blush offers some of the most adorable maternity clothes. I ordered a beautiful floral print maxi dress to wear for Easter, and when it arrived, I was head-over-heels in love with it! One of my biggest things lately have been maternity clothes that can grow with my bump, then transition into non-maternity later on. Versatility is key in the land of motherhood and Pink Blush has made it easier than ever to create a staple wardrobe with styles that can be worn during pregnancy into motherhood. I love that this dress has a wrapped waist. It allows for easy breast feeding once our little one arrives, but also is great for later down the road too!

After swooning over my new dress in a Monday Morning Coffee Post, Pink Blush reached out to me asking if I’d like to try out another beautiful dress. I really like the products they sell and shopped there on my own first- so I could not say “yes!” fast enough. Pink Blush sent me this cute maternity dress. I love how it is fitted to show off the baby bump in all the right ways. It is such a beautiful shade of saturated pink. I am planning on wearing it to my baby shower coming up next month in May.

White Elm Photography did such a great job with these maternity photos, don’t you agree? If you’re in the Central Ohio area give Natalie a call and tell her I said “Hi!”. She is also helping me with some fresh 48 hospital photos and our newborn shoot once baby arrives. You’ll be seeing some more of her amazing work soon enough!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Pink Blush was also so nice to offer a $75.00 gift card to one of my readers to try out some amazing clothing for themselves! Here are a few of my favorite items they have in their shop right now as inspiration on how to spend that gift card! Scroll down to enter the contest!

Mint Green Maternity Dress // Navy Blue and Lace Delivery Robe // White Floral Maternity Dress

Blue Distressed Skinny Jeans // Peach Chiffon Kimono // Pink Draped Front Nursing Top

They have a little something for everyone with plenty of styles and colors to pick from. What items would you buy with $75?! Let me know and enter below to win a $75.00 gift card to Shop Pink Blush.

Win a $75 gift card to Pink Blush

Thanks so much for tuning in! I can’t wait to see what items you love too! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Facebook to get more chances to win!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Thanks again to PinkBlush and White Elm Photography for their help bringing you this post! Please be sure to note some of the contest rules:  If you’ve already won a PinkBlush giveaway with 6 months, you will not be eligible to win. Winners must wait 3 months before they are eligible to enter to win another PinkBlush giveaway again. Good Luck!

How to style a blanket scarf

 How to style a blanket scarf four different ways plus coupon code to buy one for yourself!


This post was sponsored by Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique, but as always, all opinions are completely my own. As a thank you for reading, we are happy to offer you 10% off of your Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique purchase using coupon code AshleyLovesKKB

Good Morning Lovies!

It has been getting colder and colder here in Ohio. I’ve finally caved in and pulled out all of my winter clothing. I always try to hold onto my summer goods until the absolute last minute, but man, it been so chilly that I finally caved. While I hate giving up on my short sleeves and dresses, I must admit I am excited to get layering!

 I’ve recently found an amazing boutique clothing store in Baltimore, Maryland that has such great pieces called Kelsey’s Kloset. If you’re not in the Baltimore area, have no fear! They have an amazing online store too! Winter clothing is so great because in my opinion the more layers you add, the better the look. One easy layer to add to just about any outfit is a good scarf. Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique sent me one of their brand new blanket scarfs and I am head of heels in love with it. I wanted to share it with you and show you four simple ways I’ve been incorporating it into my winter wardrobe!actually-ashley-blanket-scarft-style-four-ways-coverLook Number One: actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-drape-shawMy first look is a blanket scarf draped over my shoulders like a shawl.  This is by-far the easiest style, and is so simple to do! Simply fold the blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Drape the triangle over your shoulders for a casual look. Another great style tip- try tying the ends in front of your body for a slightly more polished version (this also helps to prevent the scarf from slipping or moving!)

Look Number Two:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-wrapThis second look is a timeless classic. Like the shawl style, fold your blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Place the center of the triangle at the nape of your neck. Wrap the ends around your neck, and allow them to fall towards the front. I like to “Fluff” my scarf so it lays in a nicer shape. I like to separate the center of the triangle after wrapping it to show more layers.

Look Number Three:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-tuck-ends Like the traditional style before, wrap your large folded triangle around your neck just like look number two. Instead of allowing the ends to flow freely, tuck them under for a more tailored look! You can also loosely tie the ends underneath to prevent them from becoming visible.

Look Number Four:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-infinity-styleI am a sucker for a good infinity scarf- and you can transform any normal scarf into one! Start this one with the large triangle. Slowly start at the tip and loosely roll until you get to the end. Wrap the scarf around your neck twice. Tie the ends into a small knot to secure. Tuck the knot under the other layers to hide it! Voila- Infinity Scarf!

What do you think! All four ways are so simple but create different looks. Don’t have a blanket scarf? No worries, Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique is offering all of my readers 10% off of their entire purchase. Yes, that is your ENTIRE purchase- not just blanket scarfs! Use the code AshleyLovesKKB at check out! Be sure to check out their other goodies!actually-ashley-kelsey-kloset-coupon-code-bannerHow do you style your blanket scarf? Be sure to share photos of yourself in your scarf on Instagram and tag @actuallyashleyblogs and @kelseysklosetboutique for a chance to be featured this upcoming week!  I can’t wait to see the fun styles you guys come up with!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

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