Sweet & Chic

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Coat: Express (old) – similar / Lace Dress: Tobi / Shoes: Kimchi Blue – similar / Tights: Urban Outfitters (old) – similar / Sunnies: Brickyard Buffalo / Earrings: World Market / Bracelet: Stella & Dot / Necklace: Vintage / Lip: MAC Rebel

I blinked, and it was the end of January! Holy smokes. February is right around the corner, and yesterday was the first time I thought about Valentine’s Day. It’s not a huge holiday in our family, but we still do like to do something nice to celebrate at some point during the week. Though as of today, we’ve made absolutely no plans, and I have no gifts for my people’s yet! Oopsie!

I do, however, have a cute outfit! Haha. I found this sweet little off the shoulder lace shift dress at Tobi in a wine color, and I think it makes an adorable little date night dress for a romantic evening out. I pulled together some other favorites from my closet to complete the look, and now I just need to figure out somewhere to go, right? ūüėČ

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any plans? Going out? Staying in? Did you buy any gifts for your loved ones? Spouse? Partner? Littles? I need ideas, you guys!! LOL!

In other news, I hit 11 weeks of my pregnancy with Baby #3 this week, and I’ll be heading to the doc tomorrow, so I would absolutely appreciate any prayers or good vibes you could send my way! I am feeling okay. A little nauseous and super exhausted the past few weeks, but overall it’s been easier than my last two pregnancies, so I can’t complain too much! I think someone upstairs is being kind to me this time around know that I have two little dudes to chase on the regular.

I have been feeling a little more energy this week and been listening to my body when it comes to nourishment and exercise. My January Challenge Group is ending tomorrow and my February one will be starting on Feb 5th and is all about SELF-LOVE!!! I plan to continue to listen to my body and do what it needs for myself and baby, and I’m looking forward to supporting all of the amazing ladies who have been crushing their programs and those who will be starting fresh this month as well! There is still a little bit of time and a few spots left to sign up to join us on Monday, so please reach out if you’re ready to take action and reach some goals this upcoming month!

Hope you all are having an amazing week, and sending you lots of love!

XO,

Gina

Flower Child

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 Flowing Floral Pants: Forever 21 / Top: Target / Jean Jacket: American Eagle Рsimilar / Flower Crown Headband: Urban Outfitters Рsimilar / Shoes: Nine West Рsimilar / Earrings: Baublebar Рsimilar / Medallion: old / Sunglasses: Vintage / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Рalso like it in silver / Chevron Rings: Baublebar (sold out, but like these sets as well) / Bracelet: cara New York Рsimilar / Watch: Michael Kors / Lip: MAC Snob

I’m not usually one for a wide leg pant, but I could not resist this vibrant floral pair from Forever 21. ¬†If you are looking for a pair of pants as comfortable as pajamas but acceptable to wear outside of the house, then these are definitely the pants for you! ¬†I wore these last weekend on a long walk to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and they were both flowy and light. ¬†I was clearly excited that spring had arrived as you can see from¬†the multitude of florals in my attire. ¬†We had a great time exploring and seeing the new buds coming up showing¬†the first signs of the season. ¬†I am definitely planning on going back here again toward the end of the month when things are in full bloom. ¬†I took a few more photos of our trip to the botanical gardens, so stay tuned next week!

Happy Friday!

XO,

Gina

Maternity Photos By Misa*Me

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On the weekend we went back to Maryland for Teri’s bridal shower and Little Monkey’s baby shower, we were lucky enough to squeeze in this maternity photo session with the lovely Marisa Crider of Misa*Me Photography. ¬†I was looking for a sun drenched romantic setting with tall grass for the backdrop of this shoot, and Marisa found the perfect location! ¬†The sun more or less cooperated for some of the time, and we were able to get the beautiful field shots I wanted as well as some surprise shots on a nearby beach. ¬†Marisa never fails to impress with her talents, and she truly captured our excitement for our arriving baby boy. ¬†We cannot wait to meet him and share these photos with him one day.

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Outfit 1: On Me – Dress: Target Maternity / Necklace: Cheerfully Charmed (similar) / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Baublebar / Lip: MAC Venomous Villains Heartless / Baby Shoes: Luvable Friends¬†— On Zack –¬†Button Down and Linen Pants: H&M

Outfit 2: On Me – Dress: Ella Moss via Gilt / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Henri Bendel and Baublebar / Earrings: Borrowed from Misa*Me / Lip: MAC Venomous Villains Heartless — On Zack –¬†Shirt: H&M / Shorts: Target / Shoes: Sanuk¬†– similar here,¬†here, and here

Thank you so much to my amazing cousin, Marisa, for taking these photos for our little family.  We really appreciate it, and cannot wait for our little man to get here!

If you’d like to see more photos from the shoot, then please head on over to Misa*Me Photography to see the rest.

Hope you are all enjoying the week so far.

XO,

Gina

Romantic Chambray

This past weekend, I headed back down to Maryland for my cousin, Alex’s, bridal shower! ¬†The hubs and I headed down on Friday night and stayed with our other cousins, Marisa (Alex’s sister) and Brian at their house back in the woods of Annapolis. ¬†They recently built a fire pit in their backyard, and with all the beautiful foliage, I thought it created a beautiful backdrop.

I have been wanting to wear the new casual chambray button down that I purchased, and decided to pair it with this ivory tulle skirt and ivory sheer tights to give it a more romantic and dressy feel for the bridal shower. ¬†These booties were actually a gift from my Mom, who had originally purchased them for herself and decided she didn’t think she could rock them. ¬†I gladly took them off her hands. ūüôā ¬†Thanks Mom!

Speaking of my Mom…my Mom & Dad are celebrating their Golden Anniversary today! ¬†29 years on the 29th! ¬†I am so happy for them, and I wish them an amazing day with many more happy years to come! ¬†Love you.

And in other news…we are hunkered down in our Brooklyn abode staying safe from Hurricane Sandy. ¬†I haven’t seen too much rain, but there is definitely a lot of wind. ¬†We are prepared in case the power goes out (but I am hoping that it doesn’t.) ¬†I have seen tons of pictures of the wrath of Sandy and all the flooding caused so far. ¬†Hope everyone on the East Coast is staying safe!

Chambray Button Down: GAP (FYI, this runs big!) / Ivory Tulle Skirt: American Eagle Рsimilar here and here / Belt: Urban Outfitters (old) Рsimilar here and here / Ivory Tights: Urban Outfitters, now on sale! / Booties: Kohls (old) Рsimilar here / Bracelet: Bauble Bar / Necklace: H&M / Watch: NYC Street Vendor / Rings: Gold Claddagh Ring (Irish traditional ring) Рmine was a gift, but you can find one here, other ring gift from my 8th grade Confirmation / Lipstick: MAC Rebel

#54 Go for a Romantic Horseback Ride on a Trail

June 1, 2011

I’m going to pick up from my last post about the cowboy culture of Hawaii with my next adventure!¬† Also taking place in Kauai, this adventure was completed on the South Shore of the island in a town called Poipu.¬† We really wanted to go for a horseback ride on our trip, and our local rodeo friend recommended that we head down to CJM Stables so that is exactly what we did.¬† Aside from beef production, another source of income for these ranches and stables are tourists coming through for horseback rides and tours.¬† Sorry again for being repetitive to those who took the time to read my entire Hawaii post, but I want to elaborate for those who only read the condensed version.¬† Before completing this bucket list item, I had only been on a horse twice in my life–once was on my 7th birthday when my parents threw my sister and I a carnival birthday party (still my favorite birthday party to date.)¬† They hired the neighbor who had a stable to come up with one of her horses for “pony rides” for all the kids.¬† We walked around the front yard a couple times with someone holding the reins from the front leading the horse around, and we called it a day.¬† The second time, I was about 10, and once again I didn’t have full control of my horse, as we were at the stable of a family friend, and she led the horse around the ring a couple times with me on it.¬†

Upon our arrival at CJM Stables, I was really excited as this would be my first time on a horse by myself without help controlling it (which also made me a little nervous!).¬† I was also really looking forward to a romantic experience of riding a horse down a trail with my new husband.¬† The best part was that the ride took place on both the beach and the mountain side; I really don’t think you can get any better than that!¬† My horse’s name was Hoppa, and while she listened to my commands fairly well, she was definitely a lazy one!¬† I think it was a good match for me though, because as a beginner, I may have freaked out with a rambunctious horse.¬† You know what happens when a horse feels your fear?¬† That’s right–they get scared, and could consequently buck you off.¬† Not my idea of romantic.¬† So Zack, the fearless one, got the spunkier horse named Dude who just ate grass the whole time on the trail (you weren’t supposed to let them eat the grass by the way–I hope this isn’t how Zack plans to discipline our future children.)¬† The ride was absolutely beautiful.¬† It was so amazing to be riding a horse right on the beach and then up through the mountainside.¬† We got caught in a couple rain showers, but even that couldn’t ruin the amazing scenery and experience we were having.¬† I picked up riding surprisingly quickly, and we had such a great time.¬† Our guide, Chaz, was a lot of fun, and we found out that he and his partner actually won the roping competition at the Waipa Rodeo from my previous post!¬† We took some photos which you will see below and enjoyed some delicious POG (Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava drink) on the trail.¬† At the end of the ride, I was sad that it was over and I had to say goodbye to my horse, but my legs and bum were certainly pleased that we were finished!¬† This is the last Hawaiian adventure I’ve completed on my bucket list to date, and I’m so grateful we were able to tick off SO many fun things while we were here!¬† Hawaii, especially Kauai, is definitely a must in terms of travel, so if you haven’t been there yet, make sure to plan a trip in the future!

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Me and Hoppa