Our Growing Family- Maternity Photos

Welcome back. I am a few months behind, okay a handful of months behind on blogging content to share with you all.  Things have been busy and an adjustment with a new baby. Today, I am sharing a look into our maternity photo shoot.  We had a session with a local photography in late January, about 6 weeks before Beckett made her 6-day-late entrance.  My husband and I have not gotten professional photographs together since we got married 5 years ago.  Our wedding and engagement session?

I really wanted to remember this big milestone in our family so we braved the Indiana January freezing cold to get some great moments.  We had never taken family photos that included Lilly, our fur baby, she is only four and she joined our family after our last session five years ago. I cannot say enough about these photographs Erica Rayl Photography captured of our growing family.  The location was spot on! Ladies who are pregnant and wondering what to wear during your maternity shoot, I recommend a dress.  You can always wear pants in photographs, but I think a dress will look much better and really go a long way from your everyday wear.  I picked out my dress and then we put together items my husband already owned.  I must say, I am happy with our wardrobe choices. This handsome man has been hands down the best husband and daddy.  It has been a difficult year but I knew he would move mountains to shine as the best daddy to Beckett, and Lilly. Though the last year was not easy with his job lay-off, he stepped right up to cook, clean and take care of this preggo lady.  Sometimes life is hard and exciting all at once. It definitely was not the ‘plan’ but we are surviving and making the best life.  I always tell myself during the hard times, ‘it could always be worse, and to look at the positives’.

My dress:  PinkBlush  shop here  |||  Jimmy’s jacket/pants/shirt is J.Crew (old)

 

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If you are looking for a photographer in Indiana, you can check out Erica Rayl Photography. 

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3 Ways to Wear Denim with a T-shirt

Are you like me and live in denim? Do you sometimes feel like your outfit is just a plain t-shirt and denim look? Today I share my current favorite denim looks with just a bit more to the look.  These looks are easy since it is just denim + a t-shirt, with a few added items to make them look more put together.

The first look is my overalls and navy striped t-shirt with a pair of converse.  It took me sometime to commit to these overalls, but if you follow me on Instagram you know I have been living in these overalls.  I highly recommend everyone to try a pair, these are on sale for $35 right now at the Gap. I thought I would dislike them for my body type but actually love them!  This look is easy to create with any t-shirt you already have and a low sneaker we know you already have in your wardrobe.  Lastly, I paired my look with my current favorite backpack as a final touch.  You could also pair a crossbody bag if you are not a back pack person. And that is look one!

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Overalls: Gap Here (currently 50% off) ||  T-shirt: Gap Here (currently 50% off)  ||  Converse: Nordstrom Here  ||  Handbag: 7th & Park Boutique-sold out, similar here

 

Look Two:

For our second  denim and t-shirt look you might have everything you need in your closet.  These days I need my denim to not be too skinny so I have a pair of girlfriend jeans I got for under $30 recently from Banana Republic Factory.  I just had a baby and needed a more relaxed fit, so these work perfect. Next, I paired a olive t-shirt from last season, tucked it in and topped with a short sleeve oversized sweater. My shoes and necklace were also very old pieces I already owned.  Sometimes, if you dig deep in your closet you can pair ‘old’ pieces that now seem new for a refreshed look.  Kind of makes you feel like you bought a new outfit! This might be my new favorite momiform.

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Denim: Banana Republic Factory here (currently $35, I had an extra coupon) ||

Top: Similar  ||  Cardigan: Similar    ||  Sandals: Old Navy here

 

The Third Look:

My third look is basic with a few extra accessories to make it more than just  denim and a t-shirt.  My go to cognac back pack and sandals were just the right accessories with this navy t-shirt.  Navy is becoming a favorite color of mine not only in my wardrobe but also home decor. And before I side track to home decor….. This denim is the same girlfriend denim I wore in look two but with a navy crew neck t-shirt I found at J.Crew recently.  Now that neck scarf? (And yes, I got it for $3 in the dollar spot at Target, winning) And this is why I always check the dollar spot when I am at Target. You never know what hidden gem you will find. 🙂 (I also buy $1 cards for birthdays and such in the dollar spot..but that is for another day, another post) I think this neck scarf look is a your on board with it or your not, and I am for sure. You can tie it tighter around your neck or more loose like I have done so here.  I have this neck scarf and a classic red one that I got last year.  You will be seeing more of this neck scarf look from me for sure.  If you are not wanting it around your neck, you can try adding it to the handle of your handbag or strap of your crossbody bag. They are very light weight but I know some people do not like things up around their necks.

What if I told you this third and final denim and t-shirt look only cost me a total of $65! All items (aside from the back pack) only cost me $65 bucks total.  That is pretty good since the denim, t-shirt and sandals are staples in my wardrobe right now.  These items get a lot of use and can be mixed with so many pieces. I am all about items that can be mixed so many ways and worn with many different looks.

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Denim: Banana Republic Factory here ||  T-shirt: J.Crew  here  ||  Sandals: Old Navy here  ||  Back pack: 7th & Park Boutique–sold out, similar  || Neck Scarf: Target (dollar spot in-store)  I like this one

 

Hope these 3 ways to wear denim and t-shirts give you a few ideas of how to mix items you have in your wardrobe.  What ways do you like to wear your denim and t-shirts to give it a put together look? I would love to see how you style your looks. 🙂

**I will also be doing  a blog post about how you can get $$ just for shopping online! It is easy and I have made over $450! (It is not a gimmick and you will want to catch that post) If you will be shopping online soon, send me an email so you don’t miss out on $$ back in your pocket.            mybrunetteadventure@gmail.com

XOXO,

Jessica

 

Summer Day Dress

What is more exciting, this perfect ‘summer’ weather lately or that I am finally blogging?  Okay, maybe you all did not miss me like I have missed blogging.  Lets have a small recap on my life since my last post in February. Yes, I said February as in 4 months ago.  Since then, I have been working full time, running the boutique business full time, small renovations to our kitchen, attending weddings, going on mini weekend trips and most recently planning/taking a two week vacation to Hawaii for my 30th Birthday. It was the trip of a lifetime and I could go on for hours about it. I took a lot of photos and videos in Hawaii so I am still working on a post or two of that trip. Stay tuned and I will eventually share it here with you all.  🙂

Todays look is one of my favorite summer go to looks.  A simple bell sleeve dress with some simple bright designs.  This look can go to the beach, the park or a day date.  Good news, you can get it right now at 7th & Park. Free U.S. shipping! I paired my look with a simple gold flat sandal from J.Crew.  You can also add more accessories depending on the occasion.  Beach tote? Floppy hat for the beach? Sunglasses? Check out the sunglasses all under $15 at 7th & Park.

Hope you all are doing well and have some fun things planned for the weekend and summer. I have a few things planned this summer; lake house life in Maryland with my family, girls weekend to see my best friend in Grand Rapids, mini tips and possibly a getaway to Nashville, TN. We recently booked a long weekend trip for early November in NYC. Southwest was having a major sale and I earn points with my Southwest card. Our flights only cost me $22.40! (the taxes & fees you have to pay) I will put together a post soon on how we travel on a budget and get great deals. As for this weekend, I will continue working on our kitchen/patio area, getting caught up on the business, and enjoy the nice weather outside.

Enjoy your weekend!

-Jess

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