Actually a Dress

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As this belly grows bigger and bigger, it’s getting hard to find shirts that are long enough.  This top is actually a dress technically, but I’m loving wearing it as a top with leggings. These leggings have been my best friend these last few months.  I dare you try and take them from me! It’s not happening 🙂 I am loving this blue floral dress, which I'm actually wearing as a top with leggings. Perfect maternity look especially with the weather beginning to warm up.

I have been so grateful that it has been warming up lately.  Considering it hailed most of the day today, though, I’d say the weather is still feeling a bit moody.  I try and keep a jacket with me for those swings that sneak up on you.  This jacket is fun and a little edgy!

Blue floral maternity dress with comfy black leggings and an edgy leather jacket. I paired this outfit with chunky black booties. Perfect for fall.

For my makeup I decided to keep everything pretty neutral except my lip color.  I like to add a little pop sometimes! I’m wearing Desert Sunset blush, IIID foundation, honey illuminator, eyeshadows sabrina, mama, oak, and trust all from HERE

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Hope you are doing well! Have a beautiful week and be kind 🙂 XO

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My Winter Survival Outfit

Happy New Year! Wow, that came fast! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the joy in the world this coming year. I love the motivation and excitement that surrounds this time.  I wish I could find a way to bottle it up and have it all year long!  Instead, I usually get back into the routine of things and realize it is still winter, but there aren’t any thrilling plans to help me forget how cold it is haha.  So, today I thought I would share my winter survival outfit!  choker-3-1-of-1

We have way more snow than usual right now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  In fact, I was just told we may wake up to 8-10 more inches! I like to be warm, dry, and cozy so traipsing around in feet of snow isn’t really my thing.  I put together this outfit to at least take warm and cozy around with me!  This top is one of my new favorites because the built in choker makes it unique, and the long sleeves, length, and fit make it so comfy.  Plus, it is only $13 so you can’t beat that!choker-1-1-of-1

I paired it with my Blanqi leggings because I wear them almost every day and I can’t convince myself to stop haha.  They are the best leggings I have ever owned!  My striped bag is from Seaport Stitches.  I don’t leave home without it! Mainly because it carries all my snacks 🙂 and it looks good doing it.choker-2-1-of-1

I threw on some boots to keep the snow out and of course a big chunky sweater.  They help to break up my head to toe black spandex thing I usually rock around the house, and instead make me look more acceptable in public.  Or so I like to think!My winter survival outfit! Loving this black shirt with the choker neck detail, comfy gray sweater, and the best leggings! Maternity style, mom style, casual comfy style!

Hope you are enjoying the winter, and if not, hope you can put together a winter survival outfit to help you make it through!  Thank you for a great year and all the support XO

Hello Fall

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You know I’m a summer girl, but this year something about the seasons changing has me more excited than usual.  I can’t quite nail down what it is, but I’m a fan of fall right now.  Could be the amazing colors, the cooler weather (therefore, comfy sweaters and boots) the delicious food, I could go on.  I guess I do know why it’s so great!  I have already started making hot wassail and planning all kinds of decorative sugar cookies.  Hello fall!

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One of the exciting parts of fall is definitely the style options!  I love this top from Shein because the color is amazing! It’s on sale for $17, which is awesome! I also love the little detail on the sleeves.  Unique pieces add so much to the personality of your outfit, and this one does just that!

My darling friend Corrie Butler took these photos of my friend Suzy and I.  I love how the light was captured!  I adore both of these babes 🙂

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K let’s chat about our jewelry for a sec.  How amazing is this necklace?! SOO cool! It is from RUS Turquoise.  I’ve always had a thing for turquoise.  My grandma wore it all the time and I remember crushing on it while growing up.  It’s so unique and beautiful.  I can’t get enough!

What are your favorite things about fall? I’d love to hear! Hope you have an amazing week 🙂 XO

 

 

Braving Bibs

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For the most part, when it comes to my style, I’m not always that brave.  Every once in a while I throw something crazy in there, but for the most part, I keep it safe.  I have been watching the overall trends going on for the last bit, and I actually think they are darling on most people.  I have even tried to convince my daughter to embrace them. She has a fashionable mind of her own, though haha 🙂6-1-of-1

When I found these bibs on SheIn I decided to take the plunge.  Most of myself is glad I did, even though I’m not yet brave enough to wear them all the time.  They are fun to switch things up!  4-1-of-1

I kept the rest of the look simple, with basic black for my top, booties, and accessories. I rarely wear my hair all the way up, but since I was already getting crazy ha I thought, “Why not!”

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I found SO many darling things on SheIn! I’m excited to shop there again.  Check it out. They are having a killer sale right now!  Make sure you check sizing really well, though!

How do you feel about braving bibs?  I’d love to know your thoughts, and if you have a favorite pair!  Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week 🙂 XO

Braving Bibs! Overalls coming back in style!

 

Girl Maker

Being a “girl maker,” or mom of girls, is one of my favorite parts of my life.  No doubt, I would love boys too, but so far I’ve been dealt the girl card, and I’m pretty happy about it!  View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

There are SO many things I have learned from raising my babes so far, and it’s clear to me everyday that I have so much more to learn.  I’m ok with that, though!  There are some important things I want my girls to glean. Being kind and compassionate, including to yourself, is a big one!  View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

I loved this GIRL MAKER tee from Revol Roots because it connected to my heart.  It is made of the most comfortable material and I love how simple it is!  I wear it all the time!

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I’m going to get real here.  I’ve had to learn a few things the hard way, and as a result, my parenting style has changed quite a bit these last couple years.  I used to parent a lot out of fear.  Mainly fear that I wouldn’t teach them something they needed to know, or that they would grow up lacking some major component of life I hadn’t given them. I put so much unnecessary stress into my life everyday, even though my intentions were pure.  My stress, of course, was not helping my children to be carefree, happy, and confident like I wanted them to be.  Haha like I had been stressing to teach them to be! Thankfully, I hit my knees in prayer and was guided to some books that helped me come to a pretty clear realization…The only way for me to truly teach them, is for me to be what I want them to be.  It was daunting and overwhelming at first.  I was in a place where I knew I had a lot to work on, in many ways.  Being kind to myself was not even something I was comfortable with.  Looking back on it now, it’s hard to wrap my head around the daily thoughts and conversations I allowed to roll around in my brain, and even vocalize to myself.  No wonder I was feeling inadequate as a wife, mother, homemaker, daughter, sister, friend, etc.  Sadly, I was telling myself I was inadequate in almost every way with the hope that it would somehow motivate me to do better.  Hence the fear of not raising my girls “right.”View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

It has taken daily prayer, and intentional action every single day for the last couple years, but I’m finally in a place where I am kind to myself.  I’m not perfect by any means, and I catch myself slipping all the time.  All it takes, though, is one look in my daughter’s eyes to bring me back. (Or my sweet husband not letting us leave until I appologize to myslef for the self-depreciating comment I made 🙂 )  The best and most effective way to teach, in my opinion, is by example.  I feel like one of the greatest gifts I, as a mother, can give my daughters is to embody the things I am trying to teach them.  At first it seemed selfish to me to put so much effort in my improvement, but it has made such a difference!

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Our home has become so much more relaxed and encouraging, the more confident I become in my imperfection.  I want my girls to know how beautiful and special they are, be confident, and the rest will come! I love being a GIRL MAKER!Girl maker t shirt- gray v neck! Girl mom shirt!

Have a wonderful week! XO

Photos by Stayc Smart

Extend Your Summer Nights

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I’m still in denial a bit that school is starting in a couple weeks and that summer is coming to an end 😦 My summer loving heart never wants it to leave! We have been trying to make the most of every day.  If you are like us, you may also be clinging to summer, and wanting a way to extend your summer nights!

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The girls and I have spent a lot of nights this summer watching their dad play lacrosse on his summer league.  We are usually using my phone to take pictures, dance to music, chat with grandparents, etc while we “watch” 🙂 By some crazy miracle (they lost most of the games this season) they actually make it to the playoffs and clawed their way to a victory last night! If you hurry, you can catch my cute husband’s championship victory dance on my Instagram story haha (@savanahpoulsen)

Since we use my phone all day (mainly for our dance parties) and now we also use it all night, my battery just cant keep up! I’m so grateful for my portable charger from MOXYO 🙂 It carries a full charge on it and has saved us many times! By saved us, I mean made it possible for Myla to take more selfies because you know those are GOLD haha

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Documenting our fun times together is something that is super important to me.  It’s nice to know I have my MOXYO charger to help! This cute case is also from MOXYO and I love it.  It is sleek and since my phone is gigantic, it’s great to have a case that doesn’t add any bulk!

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View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullifeThank you to MOXYO for the awesome case and charger! Thank you to Stayc Smart for the photos! My scalloped top is the same one from the Scalloped Details post 🙂

Hope you are enjoying your summer! I’d love to hear your favorite activities and how you extend your summer nights! XO

 

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The Summer Dress

Sometimes in life you are lucky enough to find an item of clothing you want to wear every day.  Even more rare is when you find one that you want to wear every day and also could wear every night! Ha I have to convince myself not to wear this Summer Dress from Brick + Main 24 hrs a day, every day.  It is amazing!

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I love that it is loose and flowy. Never thought I would find something that I’m grateful doesn’t have some kind of structure or shape to help me out, but I’ll take it!

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Want to know the best part? It. Has. POCKETS! I’m still not really sure why people are so obsessed with pockets, but I’m just going to jump right on that bandwagon.  Pockets are pretty sweet.  Especially being a mom and having to carry around all those goldfish crackers.  Brick + Main is so wonderful and have offered a discount code for all of you through August 9th! Use “SAVANAH15” to save 15%

Summer flow dress! White light summer and spring style for women and moms. Tie knot dress.

I love to wear the front knotted, but as you can see from the top pic, it’s also great down.  And according to my daughter, “knotted is just super weird.”  I happen to disagree with her, it is actually “just super cute!” It adds a fun touch.  I also wore a cotton slip under my dress because the side slits are a little too high for me.  I guess I could learn to sew and stitch them down a bit buuuuuut…the dusty sewing machine I bought seven years ago and haven’t touched since says I might as well just wear the slip 🙂

Blonde and light brown hair styles for long hair, long loose curls and waves. I paired this dress with some of my favorite jewelry pieces.  Of course, my Arvo watch is always a staple.  I recently received this knotted bangle from Casa de Delia and I’m obsessed.  It is so perfect.  I also got the top necklace(Evil Eye) in my stack from Casa de Delia.  I love how dainty it is and it honestly goes with everything!  The bar and charm necklaces are from my sweet friend at Made by Mary.  They are personalized with initals of my darling family.  I cherish them! View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

Photos by Stayc Smart Photography.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! I can’t believe it is already August!! Nuts! XO

 

Scalloped Details

There is nothing better than hanging with my girls! I love their cute little personalities and getting to spend every day with them.  I also love wearing things that make it easy to be comfortable to play around with them! Enter, this top!Scalloped top from Brick and Main! Lovely short sleeved shirt with feminine detail!

Nothing beats a top that is functional and darling! Little details really make a big difference in my opinion. The scallops on this top from Brick + Main are my favorite! The sleeves and length are also perfection.  View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

My sweet Myla has so much energy and her silliness is contagious! I just love joking around with her.  If only I could bottle her up haha!View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullifeView More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

I learn all my crazy faces from her!  Give them a shot, a good silly face can totally brighten your day 🙂

Photos by Stayc Smart Photography follow her HERE she is the best!

Hope you have an amazing week! Head to Brick + Main for the cutest clothes.  I seriously love them all!  XO

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The Awristacrat from Arvo

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This blogging adventure is still pretty new to me.  It has been so humbling and exciting to have it go from an outlet for love of hair styling to something that connects me with so many amazing people and companies.  I have made incredible friends and I’m grateful for those connections!  3 (1 of 1)

One of my favorite companies I have gotten to know is Arvo.  They are amazing!  Not only do I love their watches, but they give so much back.  I love their mission: Be good. Do good.

They released some new designs, and honestly, all of them are beautiful!  This is the Awristacrat, and it immediately caught my eye.  I have been wanting a black watch for a long time.  This one is my favorite!2 (1 of 1)

They are so generous to offer a discount code to us! Check out their beautiful styles HERE and use the code SAVANAH15  (remember, I spell it a little weird 😉 there is only one “n”)6 (1 of 1)

I’m grateful and honored to be connected with Arvo.  Thank you for everything you do! Also, if you have a company or you are an influencer, make sure you check out their app Collabor8! It, like them, is wonderful!

Have an amazing week, my friends!

XO Savanah

 

 

 

Little Besties

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One of my motherhood dreams has always been for my kids to be good friends.  It melts my heart to see it happening with these two babes! I worried a little bit when I was pregnant with Viv.  They are five years apart and I thought it might make it hard for them to become good friends, but I was totally wrong! They are the most darling little friends and want to be together all the time.  I love it!

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Most days Myla begs to get Viv dressed and pick out her clothes.  I let her for the most part, but sometimes the outfits get a little crazy haha! I love having things like this cute poppy jumper from Little Cottonwood that make it easy and look adorable.  PS it is on sale 😉viv1 (1 of 1)

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I tried to play with Viv a bit, but she was NOT having it haha! She just wanted her sister, or to be doing her own thing.  Unless I bribed her with a fruit snack haha.  She still had a bit of a scowl, though.  See pic below 🙂

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My flowy white top is from Cozy Threads Boutique, and I am loving it.  I can’t get enough of tops that are comfortable and easy, while still looking good! Check out their site and use code COZY25 for 25% off your purchase!

Flowy white top! Women's summer and spring style :)

Hope you have an amazing week! I’m hoping to get some deep cleaning done, and possibly even some reorganizing if I’m feeling extra ambitious haha!

XO Savanah