SPRING TIME LOOK WITH PINKBLUSH MATERNITY

SURPRISE! I’m pregnant, LOL. Hopefully this explains why I haven’t posted anything to the blog since January. Currently feeling good and celebrating the fact that my nausea days are behind me, well, I hope 😂 LOL.

On the blog today, I’m sharing the most darling springtime look. I’ve been looking for a white dress for Easter for the longest time and have finally found one that fits my growing belly, thanks to PinkBlush Maternity. They have some of the most darling maternity clothing on their website. I love the variety in their online selection. They have casual pieces, dressy pieces, jeans, and even clothes to wear on delivery day or while in the hospital. There is definitely something for every new mom out there or mom to be.

I’ve been trying my best to remain stylish during this pregnancy and this pretty white lace dress has me feeling oh so beautiful, confident and springtime ready. I’ll be showcasing one more piece from the PinkBlush Maternity line on the blog later in the month, but wanted to make sure you all were able to shop my pretty white lace dress and the other marvelous pieces they have on their site. I kept it simple with my styling and opted for a cute pink flower hair accessory, small diamond stud earrings and pink platform heels, but there are definitely a plethora of ways you can style this fun lace white midi dress. You can wear a fun floral cover up with it, opt for a different hair accessory or even wear a cute drop necklace and matching earrings. However you style it, you’ll look flawless and ready to take on spring in style.

To shop my maternity dress  the PinkBlush White Crochet Overlay Scalloped Hem Fitted Maternity Midi Dress and other maternity dresses and PinkBlush maternity pieces, visit: https://www.pinkblushmaternity.com/

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


HOLIDAY PLAID MIX

Dreaming of plaid. We all know it’s no secret that I’m plaid obsessed and specifically around this time I go way overboard with the print. This year, I had the bright idea of mixing all the plaids in my closet to remix my wardrobe and try something new. I’m no stranger to print mixing, but mixing the plaids is definitely a new one for me. There’s legit a science to this because you don’t want to look like your going to a tacky day event and mixing prints can get tacky real quick if you don’t do it the right way, so today on the blog, I’ll share a few tips on mixing plaids for an effortless, fashion forward look that makes you look like one of the cool kids, yeah I said it, LOL. 🙂 😝

BLENDING LIKE COLORS

Sometimes, all you need is to mix plaids that have at least one of the same color in it. I have the color navy in my blazer and plaid pants and that same color is reflected in my shoes too. This ties it all together and the outfit flows a whole lot better that way. There are exceptions to this. You don’t have to match all the time, but if you’re a plaid mixing newbie, finding the same color in all your separate pieces is a great beginners choice. I don’t typically play it safe, as I’m sure you already know, but for this I will.

BREAK IT UP

I like to break up my plaids with a solid color. I did a white top to break up my plaid pants and jacket. You can easily break it up with a black or neutral color. This is a great way to play it safe if you’re new to the plaid mixing game.

MATCHING ACCESSORIES

Usually, I’m a little crazier with my accessories, blending whatever feels good at the moment, but for this look, I kept it simple and added a mustard yellow hat to draw in the yellow in my pants and did all over gold accessories. Sometimes, if nothing else is matching and you want to match head to toe, using your accessories to bring the whole look together is key.

SIMPLE, BUT FUN MAKEUP

So you don’t want to look like a total train wreck, so if you’re gonna mix prints, and if you’re gonna to mix plaids, your make-up look is key too. It’s kind of like your hair; I can’t stand dressing up if my hair isn’t done, it just throws the whole look off if you know what I mean, maybe you don’t, but still, LOL. 😂  I’m a simple girl when it comes to make-up, with the exception of pageants, I try to keep it simple and just do a bold lip. Consider your make-up look when attempting to pull a mixed plaids look together. It’s easy for this to go south fast, so I always say keep it simple, but fun with the makeup and don’t take yourself too seriously. I opted for the Lava Lamp red lip gloss by Ouifresh. Shop this lippy here if you’re diggin it as much as I am.

By the way, my mustard yellow beret and plaid blazer are both thrifted finds. The beret was a whopping $1 and I can’t quite remember the price of the blazer, but is was dirt cheap. Say it with me guys #winning.

Anyway, I hope this helps kick start your plaid mixing adventures.

Till next time!

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


BRIDE VIBES WITH OAK CITY BRIDAL

Before you say anything about me already being married, just know that if I had to do it all over again, I’d be getting my gown from Oak City Bridal. This was by far one of the best bridal experiences EVER, minus the fact that I’m not getting married and this was just a shoot to showcase some of the amazing gowns from the Oak City Bridal Collection. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to get all dolled up with make-up and hair and prance around in pretty white gowns for a day? LOL. 😂

For those wondering about Oak City Bridal, they are a fairly new bridal shop in the downtown Raleigh area. They have some of the best bridal gowns and accessories in town and there is literally something for every bride out there with bridal gowns ranging from sizes 0-30. I was surprised to hear about their size selections as this was definitely not a range you would have seen when I got married back in 2011. Not gonna lie, my own bridal gown shopping experience wasn’t really the best, but I really think I’ve made up for it by trying all these mezmerizing gowns from Oak City Bridal that day.

Every bride wants to look and feel their best and most importantly, brides want to have a comfortable, stress-free bridal shopping experience. I’m almost positive you will get that from Oak City Bridal. I stopped in a day before this fun shoot to get fit for the gowns I’d wear for the shoot and Oak City Bridal owner, Stacia, was the sweetest, kindness soul EVER. She really made me feel right at home, we had great conversation and the shop had an array of gown options for me to try on in my size. Never have I ever been somewhere where I fit almost ALL the sample sizes. When I was planning my wedding, I remember that there weren’t many options in my size. As a curvy girl, with curvy friends, I’m so happy to have found a bridal shop that is inclusive, so I can recommend to all my friends who are getting hitched.

Need I say more?

Now, you know I can’t end this post without sharing the IG handles and contact information for the amazing photography, hair and make-up team. They were a dream and I felt like a queen. It really does take a village, huh, LOL 😂 Check out all the amazing talent that made this day possible at their IG handles below:

Photographer: @arikashelest
Venue: @norris.house
Dresses: @oakcitybridal
Hair and Makeup: @wedded Kiss  (Hair Sarah/ Makeup Nina)
Models: @kgazda6889 @sincerelydeidra @withlove_ema
Till next time.
Sincerely,
Deidra Marie 😊