70’s summer vibes.

20170604181341_IMG_2369-01This past weekend I was crushing hard on the 70’s, I spent a majority of my weekend grooving out to Fleetwood Mac, and The Mammas and the Pappas while frolicking outside. Luckily for my slight 70’s addiction (or maybe not so slight) I’m pretty stocked on all of your flower child essentials, all perfect for a spring outfit. 

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To start off this vintage Forever 21 dress, (totally joking about the vintage part) was a recent rediscovery from my closet, I’ve had it for a few years and can’t seem to get enough of it. The fabric is light weight flowy and breathable all musts for a hot California day . It cinches in at the waist creating a very flattering shape the slightly oversized bell sleeves come down at and angle for optimum frolicking action. Is it me or is anyone else getting major dessert flower child vibes from the print? 

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 I kept my accessories minimal opting for an oversized straw hat and wicker vintage clutch a match made in heaven. Of course I live in my Karen Walker Super Dupers  year round they Shapes frames my face perfectly. 

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These Steve Madden espadrille wedges are a new addition to my closet, I now know why they are the shoe of the summer. I found mine at DSW for only $59.99 and let me tell you I’m running back for all the other shades, they are absolute perfection. The brown suede against the light rope scream summer and the strap make them easy to walk in all day long.

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I’m sure this outfit this going to be on repeat, all summer long.

What is your current favorite outfit be sure to share in the comment below. 

As always thanks for visiting and don’t forget to follow me on I.G @lifeinmauve for daily inspiration posts.

Peace and love

Nayeli

 

Plan with me

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I can’t believe that May is gone, and we are already half ways through 2017. I have to say May, flew by and for the most part it was a hectic and stressful month, so I’m glad to see it go (sorry May). Needless to say I’m excited for a fresh month, and wanted to start it off on a… more organized foot . A few nights ago it hit me, my days have very little structure which makes them feel hectic and overwhelming I tend to do things as they come. So I decided to revisit keeping a planner because when I did have a traditional 8-5 a planner was a lifesaver, it kept me on task and even allowed for down time ( dare I dream of a spear hour or two). So last night I set aside 30 mins to plan out good portion of my month and I have to say I already feel so much more in control of my day.

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To start off I have a Large Kate Spade planner, It’s broken down into two types of layouts, a traditional full month view with a side bar for notes and a daily lined section (one week over two pages).

I like to go to town, and decorate each month with stickers, washi tape and cute paper clips. Typically I stick to a color scheme, to make it visually appealing, decorating also gets me me motivated to plan my month out.

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Before mapping my tasks out, I like to decorate (I’m a dessert first type of gal) first. I stick to 2-3 colors or patterns, I use stickers and quotes that keep my planner feeling positive and motivational.  This month I’m reminding myself that “I have everything under control”. 

I start with filling in important tasks like, bills, appointments things that must happen on specific dates. I then layer on events such as family visits, parties, and any traveling we might be doing for the month. Finally I add my goals for the month, which given my current stress level, this past month they center around alone time. I’m heading back to the gym and allowing an 30min-1hr of pampering time each day.

Laying everything out not only gets me mentally prepared for really busy days, but also keeps me on a daily time schedule.

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Once I have everything mapped out on the monthly portion, I transfer things over to the daily section which acts as a daily to-do list. This section also gets small tasks like cleaning, laundry which are my flexible tasks. I also go into detail for Instagram or blog posts, along with a time I strive to upload by. I check everything as I go and any tasks I don’t get to, I transfer over to the next day.

I prioritize time consuming and important tasks at the beginning of the week, leaving my weekends clear to go out and do something fun with my family. I write everything in no matter how big or small, I’m a strong believer that things are more likely to get done if your write them down.

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I’m excited and hopeful for June, I think at the very least having a place to get tasks off my head will elevate some of the stress.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to share any planner tips with me. Or really any ways you like to destress, what works for you?

xox

Nayeli

Small space, big style

I’m REALLY excited to finally be sharing our bedroom/ nursery tour, it’s my favorite space in our home. It meets all of our needs while still feeling stylish and to be honest, I’m pretty impressed of what we accomplish with only 180 sq ft. We had three goals, while designing this space; 1) we needed to create designated area for baby (that could act as the nursery portion). 2) we needed to fit a crib, rocker, queen size bed, and a dresser. 3) It needed to still feel grown up, yet playful all at the same time. Oh and lets not forget, 3 of us (baby, my fiance and I) share this room! PHEW!

 

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The first task was choosing a color palette, and while I could have lived perfectly content with a very neutral, soft color palette ( all white and blush for me please!) I had to add a touch of masculinity. So the bones to our palette are a rich navy and crisp white with pops of orange and green throughout the space to create a playful vibe. As for a “theme” we really don’t have one, our taste tends to be a little bit all over the place. (but it all somehow works together). I guess you can say we tend to lean towards bohemian design eclectic if you will.

 

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The star of the show is our bed, (my favorite) it’s the first thing that catches your eye when you enter the room. The headboard (DIY) a navy suede, paired with exaggerated tufting add an element of richness and sophistication to the room. The neutral linens add juxtaposition, with a tonal south-western inspired print, layered along side a multitude of tassels on the throw blanket and pillow. Keeping everything tonal allowed me to add several texture and patterned layers, with out feel overwhelming.

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The next step in our process, was space planing we had several new pieces we wanted bring in, to make life with a new baby a little more “comfortable”. We added a rocker that I’m absolutely in love with, and a C style side table. Opting for a not so traditional rocker,  kept the room from feeling to nurseryish yet still served its intended fuction. Especially during the first sleepless nights, it was a life saver having a comfortable place to sit with baby until he fell asleep.

The dresser was something we already had, it’s a chest style 6 drawer dresser which baby and I share ( well more like he has four drawers and I have two #mommylife). The scale and the color are perfect for the space bringing in  warmth from the  wood, while the hardware ties in our love for modern.

Our C table came as a later addition, at first we wanted to go with out a night stand but we quickly realized we needed something. It was a lucky find from Ross and only costed $29.00, the shape is perfect as this area is snug it fits perfectly over the arm off the rocker.

Tucked behind the table is a gold leaning floor mirror, from Ikea (no longer available) that I’ve had since my very first apartment (so obviously it’s not going anywhere!). It brings in a lot of light, and makes the room feel much larger that it actually is plus baby loves to look at himself in it. The gold frame, is everything it has an almost vintage quality to it.

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For babies area, we kept it playful yet not overly themed the focal point is a gallery wall filled with little critters (mostly painted by me) and geometric mountain scapes. Items like a vintage inspired wall sconce, large navy pot, and geometric pillow give it a grown up feel. A simple light-grey crib frame, is not invasive or over powering, marrying nicely with the rest of the room. We utilized every inch of the room and store clear totes underneath his crib for  fold-able clothes. I whipped up a simple caddy to house all of babies necessities (e.g whips, diapers, lotion etc. ) this freed up a ton of counter space, and minimized the clutter in the room (plus it keeps us organized).

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While we do have a busy walls, it all works since we try to keep it in the same color family. Over the bed we have a DIY woven wall hanging and two vintage hats anchoring it.Minimal yet full of texture for plenty of visual interest.

This round wire shelf, is styled in our color palette with special objects for baby like gifts brought back from trips to Mexico, and a baseball from his first game. I’ve added in faux succulents to add a touch of greenery,  and liven things up. Anchoring the shelf, we have some of our favorite pictures of Levi in these modern gold floating frames, that hang by a simple leather strap.

On the dresser more plants (#urban jungle) and a few thrift-ed treasures like this 1970’s oil lamp for added interest. I also love picture frames (this was my mother’s day gift) they make a space feel cozy, and are an easy way to introduce color.

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The biggest key to making a small space work, and not feel overly crowed is to keep it clean and organized. We store things like books, toys, shoes and sleepwear, in totes making them “appear” neat and organized. I also try my best to pick up daily, although that’s not always the case… we declutter and donate often, as soon as we stop using something, it gets taken out of the room and pass on. 

Hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did, I truly believe that no make the size of a space it can be functional and stylish.

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Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo Nayeli

 

I’m continuing my crafting kick this week, but this time I’m busy making decor for my apartment because WELL… I just love staying busy and changing stuff up around my place. My focus these days has been our restroom, it’s been an area that was lacking color and personality. I decided to combine my love for all things bohemian and all things blush and blue. I DIYed a bar towel rack, and whipped up a small yet colorful painting but it still needed something else I knew I wanted to in cooperate a mirror and a little more color, Que the Boho wall Hangings (I have a restroom “reveal” coming soon hence what these are not shown in their new homes, stay tuned).

They were very simple to make, this is the  type of craft you can do while binge watching Girl Boss or whatever show you are currently hooked on. Now on to the tutorial.

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For this DIY you will need:

 

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Step one:

I started by cutting 42, 6″ strips of Blush yarn, 11, 6″ strips of  Pale Taupe yarn and 1, 20″ strip of Navy yarn, set a side for now.

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Step two:

I then placed a piece of tape just below the middle of the mirror, I used this as a guide to glue down the yarn.

*Crafters note: I recommend using washi tape, or a tape that is not overly sticky.

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Step three: (optional)

I wanted to add a boarder to the mirror, to give it more substance, so I place a slightly smaller bowl over the mirror leaving me with the perfect amount to create a border. With a small brush I painted along the edge, this made the mirror really pop  (I’m obsessed with this stuff!).

*crafters note, I once you lift the tape there will be a small gap left go back in with your brush and carefully fill it in.

If the gilding liquid bleeds, take a Q-tip and a small amount of nail polish remover to fix any mistakes.

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Step Four:

I found the vertical center of my mirror and laid down a generous amount of Mod Podge placing 11 Pale Taupe strips, in the center, and 21 Blush strips on either side. As I added more I made sure to place them closely together and made sure they were straight. Set aside and allow to dry (20 mins to work with, but 24hr to full dry)

*Crafters note: start from the center and work your way out this will ensure everything is symmetrical.

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Step five:

With the same small bush I painted one of my three dowel caps, leaving the other two untouched. Set aside allow to dry.

*Crafters note: I slid a brush handle through a dowel cap, this allowed me to rotate the cap while I painted it.

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Step 6:

To hang the “beads” I took my Navy strip and folded it in half, leaving me with 2, 10″ strips. I knotted the bottom portion 3 times and slid the first bead through both strips about 1″ from the bottom. I then made a second knot 2″ above the first one, and slid my second bead, and finally I made my last knot another 2″ above the second one and slid the last bead.

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Step seven:

To create a tassel, I simply looped the Navy yarn 20 times around the palm of my hand, I then took a 6″ string and tied it through the center of the loop.

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Step eight:

I then snipped the bottom of the loop, creating several separate strands.

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Step nine:

To attach the tassel, I simply tied the loose strands through the loop and cut off the access.

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Step ten:

After the glue was dry enough, I took the mirror and laid it flat separating each of the strands I then taped all the yarn down with a second piece of washi tape. This will keep everything in place.

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Step eleven:

To achieve a nice uniform round shape I took a bowl slightly larger than the mirror and placed it 5″ below the bottom of the mirror. Holding it firmly I then began to cut along side the bowl. 

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Step Twelve:

The last step is to glue everything down with a generous amount of glue, and allow to dry over night before hanging.

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The end result is so chic, I love these in multiples to make a statement.

Hope you all liked today’s DIY, don’t forget to tag me on I.G if you recreate them #lifeinmauveDIY. Follow me on I.G for daily inspiration posts @lifeinmauve

Thanks for reading!

Mother’s Day Gift Idea DIY Engraved Bracelets

The challenge of finding Mom the perfect gift, that says “Mom you’re the best, and you mean the world to me” can be well, a challenge. I struggle every year to find a meaningful gift for the most important woman in my life, BUT what do you DIY for Mom as an ADULT? This year I decided give hand engraving a go, and let’s just say the result is beautiful, these bracelets are so lovely and dainty paired with your very own hand writing it’s the perfect personalized gift. I love these!

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step One:

For a wrap style bracelet, measure and cut 3, 42″ strands of floss then fold in half. You will be left with 6, 21″ strands. Repeat, you should have two set of 6, 21″ strands.

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Step two:

Once folded in half take a pencil and place it right at the center of your floss make a small tight knot, you should be left with a small loop around the pencil (repeat).

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Step four:

Take a small piece of your stamping tape and place it right over the loop (this stuff is very strong it keeps everything in place, it’s amazing!). Then separate the strands into 3 groups like this.  (repeat)

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Step five:

Start creating a simple three strand braid, down the entire length, make a small knot at the end set a side for now. (repeat)

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Step six:

Take a pencil and write out a sample of what you would like to engrave. I recommend practicing on a separate bar or disc,  it’s not very hard to use but it does take some getting used to (make sure you have fresh batteries). Then simply Trace over the pencil, I did a set of two, one with my Mom’s zodiac sign the second with her name.

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Step 7:

Lastly take your jump ring and run it through the loop as well as through the bar, using pliers close jump ring, then take your toggle and attach it to the end. Repeat to the other side your are all done!

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Here is the finish product, as you can see I made a second style using a charm bracelet and stamping discs. These are perfect, I love how minimal and chic they are.

Don’t forget to follow me on I.G for daily inspo pics @lifeinmauve for your daily dose of lovely.

Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

DIY Mothers Day Gift Idea Minimal Ring Holder

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With Mothers Day right around the corner, some of us might be scrambling to find the right gift for those special mamma’s in our life. Well don’t worry, I got you! I have a super Chic, Modern and EASY jewelry holder ( you only need 30 mins!) perfect for the minimal mom.

I bought all of my supplies from Micheal’s Craft Store, with coupons and store promotions everything came in under $20.00 SOOOO affordable. ( Also I ended up using added a small marble dish, also from Micheal’s)

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step one:

I Start by adding a VERY thin and EVEN layer of the liquid gilding with a small foam brush. I Allowed the liquid gilging to fully dry before adding the next layer (I did three) be sure to shake well before each use. Also this stuff has a strong scent, work in a well ventilated area.

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Step two:

I wanted to create an ombre effect, so I stared by added blue paint to 5 mixing  bowls then added a small amount of white paint until I reached my desired color ( this is optional, you can paint your cones all the same shade). Set aside and allow to dry.

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Step three:

Once everything was fully dried, I played around with placement until I was happy. I used a ruler and pencil to make a guide, creating two straight rows going from dark to light and placing the jewelry dish on the far left.

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Once I was happy with the placement, I added a small amount of E600 still using my ruler as a guide. I allowed the glue to dry (24hr) and that’s it!

I hope you guys enjoy this DIY, If anyone recreates it be sure to tag @lifeinmauve and use the #lifeinmauvediy. I have a few more DIY’s to share so make sure to check back tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

How to Thrift like a Pro

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Ever since launching life in mauve I’ve been on a constant hunt, for new gems to style and create content with.  Since my pocket-book isn’t endless, I’ve been spending my free time rummaging through strangers unwanted possessions at thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales (the struggle is real!). I have to say, it’s been really fun, and I’ve found some awesome unique things along the way and I thought I would share my thrifting process (yes it’s a full blown process).

My favorite (or most successful ) seasons to thrift are spring and summer, around this time most us are doing spring cleaning and looking to declutter, and refreshen our homes. Thrift stores are packed and yard sales are popping up everywhere full of undiscovered treasures. I encourage you all to spend a weekend or afternoon checking out your local thrift store and see what gems you can find.

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  • know what you’re looking for: Think of specific styles, shapes, and intended purpose
  • Shop the entire store or sale: This is probably my number one tip for finding all the gems, rummaging takes time, be sure to look through every section because things get misplaced all day long.
  • Bring a friend: I have an awesome thrifting buddy who also happens to be my cousin, Randy, we know each others style so while shopping for ourselves we also keep and eye out for each other.
  • Think creatively: Color can always be changed, items can multi-purpose as long as it has good bones I say go for it and take on a small project.20170427041844_IMG_1229-01
  • Look out for discounts: Most thrift stores offer half off certain color tags, or sales on certain departments. Be sure to ask an employee.
  • Set a budget: It’s very easy to get carried away in the excitement of low prices, try to bring a set amount of cash.
  • Shop in departments: Yard sales and thrift store can feel overwhelming, so I recommend to shop one area at a time this helps me stay focused as I make my way around.

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  • Double Check everything: Make sure to test lamps, sit on furniture, inspect the  backside, and underneath to make sure there is no hidden damage.
  • Avoid Stains and cracks: Be realistic of what can and can not be fixed, in my experience stains are nearly impossible to remove and cracks tend to be too time consuming. Just say no!
  • Yard sales over Thrift stores: Yard sales tend to have lower prices, usually items at yard sales are priced to go, which means people are more willing to bargain with you.
  • Bargain: Bargaining can be hard, what amount is appropriate whats not? I usually offer $5 dollars less knowing most people will go down by $3.
  • Review: Lastly right before paying I review the items in my cart and make sure I have purpose for everything.

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  1. Think creativly: Items can always be repurpesed, colors can always be changed, as long as something has good bones and works for my intended purpose I give it a shot.
  2. Set a budget:The rush of thrifting paired with the low prices can suck you in, even $2.00 adds up don’t spend more than you tended.
  3. Keep an eye on the employee doors: New merchandise is stocked through-out the day, employees will roll racks and carts out, and allow you to shop directly from them. You can get your hands on all the new and fresh items.
  4. Bring a friend: Two set of eyes are better than one! I have a really good thrifting buddy, my cousin Randy, we know eachothers style and keep and eye out for each other. A buddy will also keep you from making bad impulse buys.
  5. Don’t buy anything with stains: IF fresh stains are hard enough to get out, old stains are even harder. Just say no.
  6. Know your abilities: I’ve found myself regretting buys because I’ve taken on more than I am capable of.
  7. Double check everything: make sure you plug lamps in, sit on furniture, check the back side and underneath.
  8. Ask about Discounts: Look for signage that shows what type of discounts are currently going on, most thrift stores have a weekly color that is half off.
  9. Browse the entire store: This is probably my number one tip! Thrifting takes time, comb through every section don’t assume all chairs are held together, customers tend to leave things in random places.
  10. Bring hand sanitizer: things can get sticky at times so I like to bring something to keep my hand clean.

Weekend Diary 1

20170430172724_IMG_1234-01Like most people I look forward to the weekend all week long, I look can’t wait to putting together a cute outfit, cheek out a new cafe or just spending the day outdoors. my family came to visit and celebrate El Dia Del Nino (kids day) so we decided to pack up picnic and take advantage of the beautiful sunny day.

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I have to say I feel really #blessed to have so many beautiful beaches, parks, and hiking trails near me (all perfect for a great Instashot ). We decided to head to one for our favorite spots, Lovers Point a cute little picnic area in Pacific Grove. We love that it has easy access to the beach but also has plenty of grassy areas to lay down a picnic blanket and enjoy the beautiful view.  On sunny days, it’s absolutely mind blowing!

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We spent a majority of our afternoon playing with the kids on the grass and running around. My nephew and son really enjoyed the sunny weather, we played freebie and enjoyed a delicious lunch with the sound of crashing waves behind us making the day even better.

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I knew we would be running around a lot so I needed a very comfortable and flexible outfit.  I opted for my new favorite off the shoulder striped top, paired with rolled up straight leg jeans and my lace-up  nude sandals from Payless Shoes ( check out my Spring shoe essentials)  it made for a light and airy spring outfit. On days that I need to be hands free my go to bag is my Kate Spade backpack it’s classic, and offers enough space that I can pack all of babies needs. Of course these days I try to capture every moment so I never leave the house with-out my camera.

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After lunch we went down to Cannery Row, and did a little more walking around and popped into Ghirardelli for a cheeky late afternoon treat. I totally recommend the Presidio Passion Strawberry Sundae, it’s amazing!

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It was a fantastic weekend, I’m already counting down the days until the next! I’d love to hear how you all spent your weekend, share it down below.

Let’s Talk Bras

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Gilligan & O’ Malley for Target

I feel like I have spent a majority of my adult life in the search of the perfect bra. Over the years I have tried several brands, styles, and have gone back and forth between padded and unlined. My search for a great fitting bra that also makes me feel sexy and confidant, has become even more of a challenge since becoming a new mom (a breast-feeding mom at that). It seem like nursing bras are all made to look like weird training bras. and give you uniboob (come on bra companies us moms  want cute and dainty bras too). Well, I have really exciting news! So exciting that I’m snapping pictures of my unmentionables, and sharing them all over social media… I found two really great bras, and I just have to share this discovery. Although it’s not an actual nursing bra, nursing is very do-able even better they can be found at Target ( can they do nothing wrong?) and it’s only $16.99! I have two styles that I’m obsessed with, like committed relationship obsessed.

To start I’m a 36D and have a lot of needs, I look for lift, support, flexibility (As a mom I’m constantly moving and can’t have anything jumping ship, you know what I mean) I also need it to be comfortable, durable and let’s not forget it needs to be cute. I know, it’s a lot of requirements but well-fitting under garments are VERY important, there nothing worse than having to constantly readjust. Style wise I go back and forth between wires and no wire, however I try to avoid padded bras I prefer a unlined bra (opposed to 20-year-old me, who loved an overly padded bra).

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Gilligan & O’Malley Unlined Lace Bra
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Buff Beigie, $16.99

I have two styles to share both from Gilligan & O’ Malley range from Target, but this one is by far my favorite I own a few different colors, and here is why I love it sooo much. It’s a fully unlined, wire lace bra (that’s a mouth full)  that has a slight stretch. Making it very comfortable to wear through-out the entire day or even sleep in. It comes in a wide range of sizes, even for us gals with larger breasts (size range 32B-40DD), the cups cut across at a slight angle giving the breast a very flattering shape. The built-in wire stops at the perfect point, high enough that it holds everything in from the sides, but low enough that you don’t have an annoying wire digging in at your side. Although this is not an actual nursing bra, I find the stretch and shape make nursing very do-able.

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Gilligan &’ Malley Unlined Lace Bra

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Ebony $16.99

The second color I own is this black number, which is just plain feminine and sexy no other way to put it. It’s completely outlined in lovely scalloped lace trim, which gives it a uber feminine feel. It works well under slightly sheer t-shirts, or t-shirts that have a deeper v ( lets face it showing your bra, is totally a fashion trend) the lace slightly peeking out looks really chic. A wider band hugs and smooths everything out making it undetectable under thinner fabrics. I can’t say enough good things about this one, I recently introduced my sister to it and she is just as obsessed as I am.

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Gilligan & O’Malley Floral Lace Bralette
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Crystal Pink $16.99

The next style is a true bralette that can be worn racer back or not, it comes in sizes XS-XL and is offered in 4 soft neutral shades. There is a delicate 1″ band of lace that  wraps around the entire bottom and curves in at the center front cinching me in. I don’t get as much support as a traditional bra but it still does a good job holding everything in place. The majority of  bralettes that I have tried are geared towards women with smaller breast, so I appreciate a brand that offers larger sizes that are  true to size and that are cute!

Share down below any of your favorite brands and styles ALSO Target has a 20% off sale until 04/29/2017! Talk to you all soon.