Shopbop Giveaway

Today I am thrilled to be collaborating with 30 amazing bloggers, to bring you a $500 ShopBop gift card giveaway!
Yes, you read that right. One lucky reader will win a $500 ShopBop Gift Card to splurge on some amazing clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Monday, November 3rd and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to visit and say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck!

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Mara Hoffman Desert Braid Tutorial

This hairstyle is inspired by the gorgeous braid from the Mara Hoffman fashion show during New York Fashion Week 2014. It is done in three steps with the intricate braid then the side pieces wrapped over the hair band.

I took some liberty with the actual braiding portion of this hairstyle, taking small pieces from other strands, adding them in and cross them over each other instead of simply braiding the hair down into a single braid. There is really no pattern with how it was done but whenever one strand felt thicker than the others I simply divided it and only crossed half over or under the middle. Watch the video below to see exactly what I mean but try it out and play around with your own braid. It can be done a million different ways and still be shabby chic in the end.

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Get the Look: Mara Hoffman Desert Braid Tutorial

  1. Start with a deep side part; either side works perfectly.
  2. Separate out the front portion of hair on both sides, from the part down to the ear, and clip this out of the way.
  3. Tie the rest of the hair into a low ponytail.
  4. Divide the ponytail into three sections for the braid.
  5. Cross the left strand under the middle, then the right strand under the middle.
  6. Cross the left strand under the middle.
  7. Now take half of the center strand and add it to the right strand.
  8. Cross the right strand under the middle.
  9. Cross the left strand under the middle.
  10. Divide the right strand in half and cross only one half under the middle.
  11. Cross the left strand under the middle.
  12. Cross the right strand under the middle.
  13. Cross the left strand under.
  14. Divide the middle strand in half, add one half to the right side, then cross the right strand under the middle.
  15. Divide the left strand in half and cross only one half under the middle.
  16. Cross the right strand under the middle.

At this point in the video, I pulled the braid over my shoulder so the strands are now crossed over instead of under the middle section.

  1. Make two regular crosses on each side over the middle.
  2. Divide the next side strand in half and only cross half over the middle.
  3. Make two regular cross-overs.
  4. Then divide the next strand in half and only cross half over the middle.
  5. Divide the next strand and cross half over the middle.
  6. Make three regular cross overs.
  7. Divide the next strand in half crossing part of it over.
  8. Cross half the next strand over.
  9. Then tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  10. Gently loosen the sides of the braid by pulling on the edges.
  11. Remove the side clips.
  12. With the hair on the left side, cross it over the ponytail band and wrap the hair around the band.
  13. Secure the hair under the band with a hair pin.
  14. Take the hair from the right side and cross it over the band before wrapping it.
  15. Secure the end with a hair pin.
  16. Loosen some hairs around the face and spritz the look with hairspray.

24 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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24 Weeks Pregnancy Update – Officially 6 months along! Whoo hoo!

Baby’s gender:

Boy – I call him “baby boy” to AJ and “Himmer” (Him/Her) to everyone else.

Baby’s size:

1 1/3 pounds, almost a foot long, about the size of an ear of corn.

Baby’s development:

Baby currently has a lean figure, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon plump up.

His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop.

His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world.

His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

My weight gain:

16 lbs

Feeling: 

More like myself again though every morning I wake up feeling very tired even after getting enough hours of sleep. AJ says I toss and turn all night so this may be the reason I wake up exhausted. I prefer to sleep halfway between being on my side and being on my stomach so baby boy tends to punch or kick out against the mattress if I am smashing him too much. This makes getting comfortable during the night quite difficult.

Morning sickness: 

My doctor told me I experience hypoglycemia when I get those dizzy, nausea spells and that I need to be munching on something throughout the entire day. I try not to let myself go too long without eating and pair up my food groups with things like nuts, cheese, fruit, oatmeal, and milk as my snacks of choice.

Cravings: 

Hearty meals like beef, chicken, or turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans.

Things of Note:

I have officially “popped” and walk around with a bump in full swing. No one has tried to touch my stomach yet, thank goodness! I am waiting for that day to come and hoping it never does.

So far, I have been wearing looser clothing to work so the bump doesn’t show too much, always covering up with blazers and sweaters. Of course, now that it’s gotten to this size it is harder to hide but I am gradually getting more and more comfortable with it.

Every night I lather on coconut oil and sometimes just stare at my stomach in the mirror, completely in awe at how my body is changing to accommodate this growing babe. It is so mind blowing that my body knows exactly what to do and can simply do it. Here I am walking around like normal while basically growing a human from nothing. Of course, I really love to use it as an excuse for getting out of anything saying things like “yeah but I’m really tired, I’ve been growing a human all day long.”

I can already tell that I’m going to miss having this little boy in my tummy once he arrives. It makes me sad to think that this intimate time with him is so short. Before I can even blink I know the quiet moments of laying in bed, cherishing the notion of a growing boy inside of me, feeling him kick, will soon be traded in for a little boy running around the house, tracking in mud and all manner of wild things later on. Everyone says it’s worth it though and I believe it 100%.

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Check out the previous weeks!

23 Weeks // 22 Weeks // 21 Weeks // 20 Weeks // 19 Weeks // 18 Weeks

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Swarovski Crystal Earrings Giveaway

We’re about halfway through Tuesday, so why not throw in a little giveaway? Today Pomme Cannelle would love to give one lucky reader a gorgeous pair of Turquoise Swarovski Crystal Earrings! They have tons of gorgeous pieces in their shop. I especially love the Clio Blue Christine Gold Bead Necklace and the Zag Bow Gold Necklace.

To enter, head on over to Pomme Cannelle, pick out your favorite items and then leave a comment below in the rafflecopter.

Best of luck! Also please note, this giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Shop the Look: Red Plaid

A chic outfit and perfect example of layering for the crisp Fall weather. A plaid shirt always adds that extra pop of pattern to any outfit. Pairing it with matching pieces like a duffle coat and hunter boots is a great way to pull the entire look together. Layer thigh high socks over your favorite tights or throw a basic turtleneck on underneath your button up for extra warmth!

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Shop the Look: Red Plaid

TOP // Rails Kendra Plaid Top  / style steal

SKIRT //Halogen Skater Skirt / style steal / longer hem option

COAT // Michael Kors Duffle Coatstyle steal

TIGHTS & SOCKS // BP. Opaque Tights / Thigh High Socks

BOOTS // Hunter Boot / Short version

BAG // East West Leather Tote / style steal

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