Five Spring Must-Haves

We have been blessed with some amazing weather in Chicago the past couple of days! It is the only thing keeping me from going completely crazy my last few days of being pregnant. I could be ready to start running off my list of aches and pains and then I feel that warm sun and completely forget it all. My mom is here from California so I tell her she must have brought it along with her.  I wore this outfit with her the other day to shop for some key ingredients for some dishes she plans to cook up for me to help during my recovery process. Mom’s are the best aren’t they?

After having a baby myself, I definitely appreciate what my own mom went through raising us, since I grew up in a family of seven. When I was younger I constantly craved my own space and privacy, and kind of resented the fact that my parents didn’t think about my personal preferences during their family planning discussions.

But now I see the world differently, and I love the fact that I have multiple siblings with whom I can turn to for help, call to chit chat, or even air out my grievances without receiving any judgement in return. I’m glad that Adam will now finally have his own sibling, God Willing, to be able to do the same.

For today’s post, I’ve teamed up with Banana Republic to share five of my must have items for Spring. These are all things that are chic and worth investing in because they never really go out of style.

First – Military Jacket – (on sale 40% off!) I love this one from Olivia Palermo’s Spring picks from Banana Republic. It has a feminine sleeve detail that makes it really fresh and updated for now.

Second – Neutral Flats -(on sale 40% off!) Flat shoes are a must in my opinion, but these are a little extra special because of the bow and scallop detail. I love the feminine touches, and again I know it will work with almost everything I will wear.

Third – Distressed Denim – Still a staple I won’t quit – a great pair of denim with some distressing makes any outfit less stuffy and more relaxed.

Fourth – A great pair of Sunglasses – For those no sleep days – whether it is from partying all night or feeding baby all night, the right sunglasses are a lifesaver when you don’t want the world telling you ‘you look tired’ – which, by the way is something you should never tell anyone, ever. I personally love Ray-Ban brand- I’ve had this pair for years and it is still as hot as it was the day I bought them.

Five – A quality bag – I like to invest in great bags that I get a lot of use out of. Not only ones that will be brought out a few times a year on special occasions, though every girl should probably have one of those if it fits her lifestyle. Side note: I borrowed this bag from mom, but now it is on my own wish list!

What are some of your must-have’s for Spring?
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Military Jacket: Thanks to Banana Republic (currently on sale 40% off!)| Flats: Thanks to Banana Republic (currently on sale 40% off!)| Distressed Denim: Thanks to Pink Blush Maternity | Necklace: Monica Vinader  | Bracelets: Monica Vinader | Bag: Coach | Sunnies: Ray-Ban

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Spring Dresses with Tommy Bahama
The weather is actually warming up a bit around here (50 degrees yesterday what??) and I’ve completely stopped buying any more coats and heavy sweaters in exchange for more Spring time items. A dress is one busy mom’s go to staple item I like to stock up on in every color, and when it is chilly I just throw on a light jacket or sweater and I’m all set.  One of my favorite places to get high quality and classic pieces is Tommy Bahama. I’ve collaborated with them quite a few times as you may have noticed if you are a regular here, and I’ve been able to get a ton of wear out of everything I have. For me that is so important in choosing what I shop for, if I can’t get a ton of wear out of it, I don’t even bother getting it.
You also may have noticed I try to avoid shopping all of the big fast fashion houses, because I strive to be a conscious consumer, I know that if I get a $5 dress, someone somewhere else is taking a hit. At first the thought of never shopping at Zara again was so scary I didn’t even want to say it out loud, but to be real, it has been so easy – and I end up saving a lot of money which allows me to buy great quality pieces from brands I love and respect.
About my look – the midi dress I’m wearing has a cute neckline with a racerback style. I love the peephole in the back of the neck, and the versatile olive color. I paired with the coziest of all sweater jackets and a pair of boots because it isn’t quite warm enough yet to go without. Take a look at Tommy Bahama’s dress collection – they are currently having a 20% off promotion, until February 21st!
Collaborating with my favorite bloggers again for this one! Click on the links below to check out details about any of the looks.
Thanks for visiting as always xx

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Maternity Photo Series

Hi guys! I’m so excited to finally share my maternity series pictures with you! The team I worked with (tagged below) was an amazing and inspiring group of women. Each are incredibly successful and talented in their own fields, photography, makeup artistry, hair, styling, everything- but on top of that they were all so humble and chill like true girl bosses should be.

The inspiration behind this series was to celebrate the beauty of being pregnant. Pregnancy can be so draining, emotionally and physically. It can also be hard to feel happy or beautiful with all of the changes going on in your body, gaining so much weight, and let’s not forget the lack of sleep. Taking the time to take pictures and document this period in life is so important, I think I have like two pictures being pregnant with Adam so I always advise moms-to-be to do it because later in life you will really appreciate it .

It was really fun to also incorporate my culture into the looks, by wearing traditional Pakistani clothing, two of the looks are actually borrowed from my family members, because I wanted to give a nod to my Sindhi heritage. (The hat I’m wearing is a typical traditional Sindhi hat.) Overall, having a day of pampering, getting glam, wearing gorgeous clothes, and shooting in an incredible location – what could be better?? For your own maternity shoot with this team, contact Skaiste Vingilys photography!

Photo credits: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys  Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Custom gown (look 1) @StyleMeCouture

For a peek behind the scenes watch this video:

Photo Credit: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys  Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Custom gown (look 1) @StyleMeCouture

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Photo Credit: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Custom gown (look 1) @StyleMeCouture