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Braided Crown








With the weather that likes to stay in the 90 degree range these days, I am constantly looking for new ways to keep my hair out of my face.  Hair2Wear recently sent me this braided headband and I can’t stop wearing it.  It’s like the perfect little accessory to add to my hair to give you all the illusion that I braided a strand of hair and tied it around the crown… too bad I’m not really that talented to do something like that… or else it would just take me many hours and it wouldn’t look as good anyways. They’ve got lots of hair color options so it’s easy to find one that matches your shade and they’ve got lots of other “hair” accessories too.  What are your favorite summer hairstyles for keeping hair out of your face?

Outfit Details:

Dress: Golden Tote
Bag: Chloe
Braid Headband c/o Hair2Wear
Sandals: Sole Society
Bracelet Cuff: Lemon Stripes


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I am back with a giveaway from an awesome maternity shop called Belly Dance Maternity!  They have some physical stores in New York and Chicago and I am so happy they have an online store too.  They have a collection of some of the top maternity designers for their clothing, items perfect for nursing and even baby gifts as well!  I would say their items range from very affordable to a little on the pricey side, but that way there is something for every budget.  And if you didn’t see a few posts ago, I featured one of my favorite dresses from them in this post here.  And here are some other maternity/nursing items that I love:

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And a little preview at some items perfect for your little ones too!

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Now one lucky Sandy a la Mode reader has a chance to win a $25 gift card to Belly Dance Maternity! Just enter below in the Rafflecopter widget!

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This giveaway ends on 7/29/14 at 12:00AM MST!

Don’t want to wait? Take 20% off your Belly Dance Maternity order with code “ALAMODE” from July 22-31, 2014!

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First of all, I really need to give a shout out to my photographer Jessa Kae!  She’s taken a few outfit pictures for me lately and I just love the way they have turned out!  She is a sweetheart and a pleasure to work with and knows how to tell me if I need to turn a different angle or what not.  We took these pictures inside the Utah State Capitol on a hot hot day.  Visitors would come and go and I’m so happy we were able to get these photos when no one was around!  I am sooo super in love with how the very first one turned out!

This dress is one of my favorite maternity dresses of all time… I think I say that a lot?  But really, this is one of the top ones!  It’s got the prettiest flower detail, hugs my belly, but also is loose and flowy so I’m not uncomfortable.  Like I’ve said a million times this Summer, maxi dresses are my go to all the way until this baby is born!!

Outfit Details:

Anastasia Dress in Poppy c/o Tiffany Rose
Bag: Saint Laurent {similar}
Shoes: ShoeMint
Necklace: Swell Caroline
Earrings: JEWELIQ
Bracelet: Daily Dose

Photos by Jessa Kae


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When I put together an outfit full of neutrals (yes, leopard is neutral too), there’s nothing more I love than adding pops of color to the outfit just to mix things up.  And hot pink is currently my favorite “pop” of the season (in my nails and necklace)!  I’ve always thought as red as a classic contrast to leopard and chambray… but hot pink is a more chic and modern twist on this color combo.  I’m thinking I want to redecorate my home office with white, black and pops of hot pink too actually… see I tell ya, I’m obsessed!  Well, pink has always been in my top 3 rotation of favorite colors of the moment, so I don’t think I’m ever going to get sick of it.  What’s your favorite color to use for a pop of color??

Outfit Details:

Tunic Dress c/o Belly Dance Maternity
Sandals c/o Riffraff
Hat: Target
Bag: Madewell
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Rings: LUMO Jewelry

Photos by Jessa Kae


P.S. If you are expecting or know someone who is, then you must rush over to my Instagram feed to enter the #VirtualBabyShowerGiveaway!  There’s ton of goodies for Mama + baby being given away!

There’s nothing like going to the beach on a beautiful, hot summer day!

It’s the perfect place to cool off, get a tan, and have endless amounts of fun! Everyone needs a little ocean therapy to clear your mind and get into summer mode.

However, you can’t go to the beach without some beach essentials, right?

Lucky for you, today I’m teaming up with a group of lovely bloggers and shops to bring you a Beach Essentials GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away $350 cash to help you purchase your favorite beach accessories, as well as some items from our favorite shops that will kick start your beach bundle!

Look right below to see what those items are!

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

Make sure to complete as many entries as you can so you have a higher chance of winning!

Also, don’t forget to check out each of these awesome blogs and shops below!

NC Grown  |  Auteur Ariel

Jody Beth  |  More Pieces of Me  |  Wild One Forever  |  Join the Gossip  |  Kiss Me Darling

Bloggers Closet  |  Fizz and Frosting  |  Sandy a la Mode  |  Haircut and General Attitude  |  Still Being Molly

Simply Just Lovely  |  Rebecca Lately  |  Beverly Swimwear  |  Love, Lo  |  Twenties Girl Style

The Freckled Fox  |  Fifth & Mae  |  Breezy Days  |  SWELL  |  Deidre Emme

Oh, Sweet Joy!  |  The Red Closet Diary  |  Kameleonz  |  Raspberry Glow

Good luck and hope you’re having an amazing summer!
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