Winner of the Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway

I’m very happy to announce the winner of the Pink Blush Maternity giveaway on Style By Patty!

The winner is:

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 Congrats Michelle!!!!!

I really enjoyed hosting the giveaway on my blog and hope some of you mommies to be were able to check out what Pink Blush Maternity has to offer!

In the meantime, make sure you follow Pink Blush Maternity on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest on maternity wear.

Stay tuned for new posts coming up next week and have a Happy FRIDAY!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Cherry Blossom Style

Finally!!!! Spring is here and the cherry blossoms are the biggest indicator that tell us it’s safe to put away the winter gear and get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

We are in the middle of the cherry blossom festival here in Washington DC and local hair stylist and make up artist Audrey Bethards, has put together a beautiful guest blog to show case Cherry Blossom style for the spring wedding season!

I’m Audrey Bethards, a professional Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist in the Washington, DC area. Patty was nice enough to let me feature a post on her blog today!

We all know that springtime means lots and lots of weddings with approximately 29% of all weddings taking place in the spring. One unique gift springtime weddings in the Washington DC offer is the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms. Many brides take advantage of this natural beauty to add stunning features to their dream wedding. The following are ways you can incorporate cherry blossoms into your wedding!

1. Hair 

Cherry blossom embellishments can add a delicate touch of natural beauty to create the perfect bridal hair style. Consulting with your hair stylist on how to incorporate cherry blossoms into your wedding hair style will help incorporate your vision for the hair style and what the hair stylist can do. In the pictures below notice how just a couple of cherry blossoms compliment these simple yet stunning bridal hair styles.

Photo Courtesy of Jen Fuj Photography

Photo Courtesy of Jen Fuj Photography

Photo courtesy of Bee K.

Photo courtesy of Bee K.

2. Makeup 

Using the color palette of cherry blossom trees to do the makeup of the bride and bridesmaid is a perfect way to compliment cherry blossoms incorporated into your wedding ceremony. Using soft pinks, purples, creamy tones and browns, you can easily match the natural beauty of cherry blossoms. Make sure not to overdo the makeup, because you want your look to look as naturally beautiful as the cherry blossoms!

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Williams

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Williams

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Photo courtesy of Wallpapers-Wide

3. Background for Wedding Photographs 

Even if you cannot host your wedding ceremony among cherry blossoms trees, the ethereal beauty of cherry blossoms makes for a perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.

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Photo courtesy of Viona Art

Photo courtesy of vickipluserik.com

Photo courtesy of vickipluserik.com

The fleeting beauty of weddings and cherry blossoms match perfectly; they last only a short time, yet the beauty stays with us forever. Pablo Neruda says it best:

“I want to do with you what spring does with the Cherry trees.”

Audrey Bethards
Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist at mymakeupbook.com
Twitter: @makeupartistdc
Facebook: Hair and Make Up DC

For hair style and make up tips make sure you follow Audrey on her website and check out her youtube channel.

Thank you Audrey for such a beautiful post for cherry blossom season!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway

I’m very happy to announce a fun collaboration with Pink Blush Maternity!

Style By Patty will be hosting a Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway for a lucky mommy to be here on the blog! Enter to win a $25.00 gift card to Pink Blush Maternity’s online store and have fun shopping for some of the latest trends in maternity wear.

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I must say this is my very first maternity dress and wearing it around town has been kinda surreal. I’m a mommy to be now (as in I’m a grown up ?!?..lol) looking to be cute and stylish while keeping comfort my number one priority. This navy blue chevron print belted maternity dress was only $38 and is right up my alley in price, comfort and my own personal style.

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Pink Blush Maternity has a great variety of tops, skirts, dresses, etc. to help you stay comfy while giving you a polished look for the hot summer months coming up. I’m excited to keep adding to my Pink Blush collection as the summer and the bigger belly come along.

In the mean time, let’s get to the giveaway.

Follow the instructions on the Rafflecoppter widget below to enter. You can enter daily and the winner will be announced on April 17th!

Conditions: Entrants who have won a Pink Blush Maternity giveaway in the past 6 months, or have hosted a giveaway in the past 6 months, are not eligible to win a gift card again.

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Good luck mommies!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

My Baby Bump

So it was probably a dead giveaway last week when I introduced baby bump style week that I was up to something lol. I got plenty of text messages and emails saying “Um, do you have something to tell me?” Well yes I do!

I’m a little over 4 months pregnant with my first child and I’m very happy…and scared…and nervous…happy. My husband and I will be expecting the arrival of our baby (we find out if it’s a boy or girl end of April) on September 13th, 2014.  Since my husband’s birthday is the 18th and mine is the 21st of September, we realized that September has just been overhauled by this little bundle of joy.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I get to relax a little bit and start showing my baby bump style. I wanted to debut the bump with a vibrant print and something sparkly to celebrate the happy news.

Tribal print dress from Express and jean jacket from Old Navy.

Tribal print dress from Express and jean jacket from Old Navy.

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My new sparkly obsession, my necklace from The Poshlet

My new sparkly obsession, my necklace from The Poshlet

Someone's gonna be a big brother soon!

Someone’s gonna be a big brother soon!

All my guest bloggers from last week had impeccable baby bump style and have truly inspired me to embrace the bump and have fun with clothes during pregnancy. Let’s see how long it takes me before I start showing you my “sweatpants look” lol.

More baby bump style to come and more dressesssssssss! FINALLY, DRESS SEASON IS BACK!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Baby Bump Style Week Recap

Last week on the blog, we had a great group of style and fashion bloggers showing off the latest trend, the baby bump! It was refreshing to see these young moms be stylish, sexy, cute and modern without having to wear maternity clothes that didn’t reflect their personal style.The posts and pictures were so beautiful and inspiring that I had to recap baby bump style week and say a BIG THANK YOU to the following bloggers:

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Rachel from the blog The Rachel Ross showed us her baby bump style in a beautiful coral colored summer dress that is both bump and post bump friendly. Thank you so much Rachel for taking time out of your busy mommy schedule to be part of such a fun style week.

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Next up was Cara from the Hawaiian based blog Hi Tea Style sharing her favorite baby bump style must have pieces. Cara’s must have piece; her kimono jacket. Thank you Cara for taking part last week, I really appreciate you being part of the blog!

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Stephanie Barger from the style blog The Darling Two showed us her impeccable baby bump style with a special winter cape look. Stephanie recently had her baby girl and is already showcasing her post baby bump style on her blog. Stephanie, I can’t thank you enough for being part of baby bump style week!

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And Stephanie from the lifestyle blog Peplum + Coffee shared her honest view on pregnancy and what style pieces are a must have in your closet for your growing baby bump. Stephanie also recently had her baby and is now a fitness journey back to her pre baby body. Thank you Stephanie for being part of the blog! I’m following along on your fitness journey and it’s inspiring! Keep at it!

Thank you again to these fabulous mamas for participating in baby bump style week!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Baby Bump Style Week With Peplum + Coffee

Today on baby bump style week we have Stephanie from the refreshing lifestyle blog Peplum + Coffee. Stephanie talks about the undoubtedly uncomfy side of pregnancy and what baby bump style solutions can work for you.

When Patty asked me to be a guest blogger for baby bump style week I was flattered! I really wanted to write a post about what you don’t ever hear about during pregnancy – the third and fourth trimester of pregnancy style. During the third you can’t see your feet and the last thing you probably want to think about is fashion. After the baby, you enter the fourth trimester and finding something to wear that makes you feel beautiful and not sleep deprived can be challenging. I am a mom of two and when I was pregnant with my daughter I didn’t think about pregnancy style. With my son, I wanted to be a fashionable mom.

Here are some staple baby bump style pieces that I lived by during my pregnancy:

  • Buy a maxi skirt – or two. I absolutely love my maxi skirt. I purchased mine from Gap Factory and was able to wear this from the beginning of my pregnancy right up to my due date. The maxi skirt is a great transitional piece for all seasons and can be worn with flats, ankle booties, casual tees or even a boyfriend cardigan.
  • Dressy sweat pants – I was really excited for the “dressy” sweat pant look that’s been trending!  I found the perfect pair of dressy sweats at Target for under $15 and bought them a size up for extra belly room. You can dress these up or down with the perfect pair of shoes or sneakers. HELLO COMFORT!
  • Leggings – Leggings were a go to for me since I wore a lot of leggings with really comfy dresses. I don’t think I purchased any maternity clothing this pregnancy. Being that leggings can be so easy, I paired them with really basic tee shirt dresses, comfy sweaters and accessorized them with over-the-knee boots.

I think owning basic pieces of clothing that can transition from season to season really worked for me. You don’t have to break the bank either. Kohl’s, Target, and Gap Factory were the main places I shopped. I purchased a few belly bands from Target and didn’t have to invest in actual maternity clothing. With the pieces I mentioned you can add your own personal style by accessorizing and still feel stylish with your bump.

Thanks so much Patty for letting me share my baby bump style tips with your readers.

Stephanie
Peplum + Coffee

Make sure you keep up with Stephanie’s blog, she’s on a very interesting fitness journey to get back to her pre baby body. Follow the journey on her Instagram as well.

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Baby Bump Style With Stephanie Barger

Today on baby bump style week I have an amazing style blogger who I admire very much. Stephanie Barger from the blog The Darling Two that she shares with her bestie Courtney,  has had impeccable baby bump style all throughout her pregnancy (which you can check out on her blog and adorable Instagram page). So when I asked her to be part of baby bump style week Stephanie was more than happy to be part of the week and send me some stylish photos. She did however through in there “I’m having the baby any minute now, but I’ll get those photos to you asap.” And sure enough just 7 days ago, on March 20th Stephanie gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Maison Olivia. This bran new mommy with a 100 things on her mind was still able to send over some pics to feature for baby bump style week and for that, I am very grateful. Thank You Stephanie! Fashion and style always prevails ;)

Here are some chic and fashion forward baby bump style pics.

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The thing I love about this look is that it’s great for styling the bump but is totally wearable post baby bump.

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Someone please buy me a cape!

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Thank you again to Stephanie for taking time out of her hectic schedule to send these photos over and a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your adorable baby girl Maison Olivia!

Make sure you follow Stephanie and Courtney on their blog The Darling Two, Twitter and Facebook.

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Baby Bump Style With Hi Tea Style

Baby bump style week continues with guest blogger Cara from the Hawaiian fashion blog Hi Tea Style. Cara shares her adorrrrrrable baby bump style and what it means to look stylish while being comfortable during pregnancy.

Hey guys I’m Cara from Hi Tea Style here to share a few baby bump outfits that I loved to wear during my pregnancy!  I have to say that I found it quite challenging to find outfits that were both comfortable, yet stylish when trying to show off my growing baby bump. It’s truly a special time in your life and it feels great to embrace your changing body as you get ready for your baby.

Dress: Target Cardigan: Forever 21

Dress: Target
Cardigan: Forever 21

I was most comfortable in kimono jackets due to its lightweight material…not to mention the way it flows.  I paired the kimono jacket with skinny jeans/pants to give the overall look a feminine feel…and I felt great!  I tried to find ways to mix both maternity & non-maternity clothes that way I didn’t feel deprived from shopping at shops/boutiques that I love.

Kimono: Patty's Closet Pants: Motherhood Maternity

Kimono: Patty’s Closet Pants: Motherhood Maternity

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Remember, being comfortable is key during pregnancy and looking stylish turns out to be a nice added bonus ;)

Aloha from Hawaii!

Cara

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I’m really loving Cara’s cute yet comfy baby bump style. So happy that Cara and Rachel have been part of such a special week.

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Baby Bump Style Week

I’m so excited to introduce a fun new week on Style By Patty. Lately, throughout the Twitterverse and Instagram I’ve noticed an emerging trend among my favorite fashion bloggers, THE BABY BUMP! These ladies are chic, fashion savvy, mamas to be that are rocking some serious baby bump style. Since I’ve been admiring their baby bump style for a while now, I thought it would be fitting to name this week baby bump style week.

My first guest blogger is Rachel from the fashion blog The Rachel Ross who shares her adorable baby bump style for the very important date night!

The best part about being pregnant is planning a babymoon… even if you don’t get to take one! ha When I was pregnant with Charlotte I went on a mini babymoon with my parents to Florida. The way people would look at a young pregnant woman wearing a bikini was amusing, at least to me. This time around my husband and I are planning another quick baby moon, even if it’s a few nights as close as Atlantic City. I’m looking forward to relaxing, and more importantly, dressing up for some fancy dinners!

Dress: Urban Outfitters {similar here] http://bit.ly/1gqrV6y Shoes: Jimmy Choo http://bit.ly/1isqnHj

Dress: Urban Outfitters {similar style here}
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

I plan on wearing this outfit for a spicy little date night! The dress is from Urban Outfitters, last year. I bought it at the end of the season, before I knew I was pregnant, and then it got too cold too quickly to wear it.Thankfully it works well with my bump! I love finding pieces like this that I can invest in and wear pregnant or not, major score! I was instantly attracted to the cross-over pattern and slit in the skirt. It’s not exactly a midi, or high-low cut, it’s a fun combination of both which I like.

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Belt: ASOS http://bit.ly/1fhUf4L Earrings: Kate Spade Bracelet: c/o Roman Luxe || http://www.romansunstone.com/Galactic_Rocks_Cuff_Bangle_Bracelet_p/23442101.htm [or similar here http://bit.ly/1gr3JB8]

Belt: ASOS 
Bracelet: Roman & Sunstone

To add some flare to the outfit I’m going to throw on this necklace to match my cuff. My favorite thing about this necklace is that it’s actually a 3-in1. You can wear both pieces, as seen here, or just the choker, or just long necklace. So versatile! So worth the money.

Until next time, kisses!

Rachel

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Thank you to Rachel for taking the time out of her busy mommy schedule to share her baby bump style with us. Make sure you follow her on like…everything and stay tuned for more baby bump style week to come!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Chanel Presentation, Paris Fashion Week 2014

So happy to have one of my favorite bloggers and chic fashionistas, R from Haute So Fabulous share coverage of the AHHHmazing Chanel presentation from Paris Fashion Week 2014. Trust me when I say you will never go sloppy to the grocery store again!

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In all it’s Parisian fabulosity, last week the Grand Palais was transformed into the chicest shopping destination in the history of well, Chanel chicness. However, it was not simply any old store but a Chanel SUPERmarche and the very stage from which Karl Lagerfeld showcased his latest offering for Chanel’s AW14 RTW collection. Never one to send his girls down a simple catwalk, oh goodness gracious no, this season Mr. Lagerfeld outdid even himself and his usual unusualness by creating the most avant-garde runway show we ever did see.

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Before taking their seats, guests were free to roam the aisles where 500 everyday products turned into the prettiest double C’d goods that would have any Chanel lover feeling like the ultimate fashionista in a Chanel superstore. Jambon Cambon, eau de Chanel, Tweed Tea, Haute Ketchup and Chanel Bon Bons stocked the shelves from floor to ceiling. From fresh produce to a hardware department housing a chainsaw with real Chanel chains alongside Chanel branded spades and hammers. Models, including Queen Delevingne who opened and closed the show, strutted their Chanel stuff throughout the store like they were simply living the everyday Chanel shopping dream.

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Coco Rocha and Kendall Jenner share the latest chicness while doing their catwalk duties.

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It really was a feast for the eyes.

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Chanel chained shopping baskets.

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Chanel eggs anyone?

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The 80 year-old designer’s imagination simply never fails to deliver the goods!

Oh yes gosh and the clothes, lets not forget the clothes. A clear mix of classic Chanel staples and youthful street-style, the collection told the tale of fast fashion with ample amounts of luxury! Just like the set from which it was revealed.
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As the show came to a close, a message from the PA system spoke to the audience: “Dear valued customer, the Chanel store is closing. Please pick up your complimentary fruit and vegetables as you leave.” Which of course is where the looting began and security checks upon departure were enforced. Hey, even celebrities get a little carried away in the heat of such Chanel moments.

Most definitely the highlight of all fashion week shows this season and the creme de la Chanel in originality and creativity. It makes me wonder what fabulous heights Mr. Lagerfeld will soar to next. Let’s be honest, a trip to your local store will simply never be the same.

Love R x
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