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Now that I am almost back to my pre-pregnancy body, still some pounds to lose and belly fat to get rid of (HOW do I get rid of this?? I need help in this area), I am slowly fitting back into some of my old work clothes.  However, pants and jeans are still a problem as I think my hips grew a size, or two.  So lately, I’ve been wearing dresses with black tights and heels or booties… like a lot, like every day, like I probably need some new black tights because I wear the same pair way to often.  Actually, back in my office in Kansas City, they had already adopted a casual dress code (jeans allowed) but now that I go into a different office here in Salt Lake City, I actually have to go back to business casual which means I still need to stock up on some more work pants and clothes for reals.  I’ve honestly thought that dresses and work pants were WAY more comfortable than skinny jeans, am I right??

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Dress: Les Lunes
Jacket: Target
Shoes: Target
Clutch: Saint Laurent
Necklace: DownEast Basics

Photos by Diana Putman Photography

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These photos were taken by the wonderful and talented Diana Putman Photography.  I absolutely loved working with her and her sweet self.  We did a couple shoots in downtown Salt Lake City including this one.  Diana is currently running a Wedding Photography giveaway, you guys, this package is worth over $2000!  If you are in the Salt Lake area and are currently planning to get married soon, you definitely need to enter!  One lucky bride will receive photography, makeup, hair style, and flowers for their wedding day!!  Submissions close on January 25, 2015 before voting begins, so hurry up and enter!

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You see that scarf right there?  I love it so much.  Why you ask?  Because it’s one of those magical ones that transforms into a nursing cover or a car seat cover.  It’s from Covered Goods and it’s so good.  It’s soft, stretchy, multi-purpose and so pretty too.

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I have no shame in nursing in public.  If Vivian is hungry and we are out, I just pull this scarf down over my shoulders and upper body and Vivian fits right into my arms to nurse.  Having this little accessory gives me that confidence to nurse in public and ensure that my baby girl is happy wherever we may be.

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Outfit Details:
Top c/o Riffraff (take 10% off with code SANDYALAMODE)
Scarf/Nursing Cover c/o Covered Goods
Jeans: Lee Jeans
Shoes: Shoe Mint
  Bag: Kate Spade

Photos by Rachel Laukat Photography

By the way, just had to give a shout out to my girl Rachel of Rachel Laukat Photography.  I just love her photography style, she is an absolutely sweetheart, and gets those photos back to you quick!  If you are in the Salt Lake City area, you should check her out for fashion, lifestyle, maternity, couple, newborn, family photo needs!  And we may just be giving away a mini session over on Instagram soon…!

Also, these photos were taken at the Grand America, which happens to be where I will be at for the next few days!  ALT Summit is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited to go for the first time.  I think I’ve wanted to go for the last 4 years but never could make it work… so now that I am local to Salt Lake City, I am finally going!  I can’t wait to meet some of my blog friends that I’ve been friends with for years but never met in person, I can’t wait to collaborate with brands, and I can’t wait to network and learn how to keep growing this blog of mine!  :)

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I just wanted to take this time again to reflect on the past 5 years once again and speak to the future. It’s been such a fun ride creating content and sharing my life with you all this blog. It’s so fun to look back to see my outfits, my style, my pregnancy, and what life was like for us 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years ago. I got married, had 2 kids, moved states, and actually kept pretty much the exact same job at work. The blog has changed from DIY to recipes to photography to lifestyle to fashion to kid’s fashion back to just about anything. I truly enjoy blogging and it is my happy place. At times it can be stressful because “I need to get a post up”, but on days like that, I just take a step back and think about the real purpose of blogging. Blogging is a place where I can document, share, and be creative. It’s my side job/hobby/passion. This week I will be attending my first ALT Summit and I couldn’t be more excited. I still have a lot to learn and want to continue to evolve and grow my blog in unique and interesting ways. Here’s to 5 more years… and hopefully more! :)

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Outfit Details:

Dress: DownEast Basics
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Tights: Ruche
Clogs c/o Lotta from Stockholm
Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Necklace: DownEast Basics

Photos by Diana Putnam Photography

I hope you guys have been having fun with these giveaways this past week!!  And for the grand finale (my 5th giveaway on the blog), myself and a group of my gorgeous and talented bloggers friends have come together to bring you a Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag Giveaway (in Cammello – Dolly, a $460 value) for ONE grand prize winner and a $100 gift card of choice to an additional winner!  The bag pictured above is my own bag and not the one being given away.  I am IN LOVE with this bag as it is made from beautiful leather, is on trend and holds quite a bit!!  Plus, the color is a great neutral that would go with so many outfits!

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The giveaway is open until January 25, 2015 at 12AM MST.
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And don’t forget to enter to win $500 credit to Riffraff, a gold Lily Jade diaper bag, a mini and receiving Saranoni Blanket, and $50 credit to Trend Addictions.  These giveaways end this week, so hurry!!

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Over the last couple of months, I have shared a few posts about this awesome shop called Trend Addictions.  This shop totally speaks to me since they sell item for Women, Children and the Home.  I obviously blog a lot about Women’s fashion on this blog over here, and I do a lot of Children’s fashion and items on Instagram, but one of my goals for the next 5 years is to blog more about my Home (decorating) and just lifestyle in general.  Honestly, there’s certain rooms in our home that I love, but there’s also certain parts that still have furniture and decorations that are about 5-10 years old.  I know it can get pretty pricey, but I really do want to add more color to our home and try to garage sale or donate some of the old furniture we have, to make room for some new stuff!  ;)

Anyhow, it’s been fun sharing this little series with you here and we just wanted to end it with a giveaway, of course!  This skirt is pretty amazing.  I just love the shape, color, design, and how it fits on me.  It’s one of those fun twirly skirts that is just the right length.  I have a severe obsession of pattern mixing florals with stripes, so I did just that.  And floral crowns, oh me, oh my, I wish I could wear them every day!

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Outfit Details:

Top: J.Crew
Skirt: Trend Addictions
Shoes: ShoeMint
Floral Crown: Missstevimarie
Bag: Saint Laurent

Photos by Shailynn Photography

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Are you guys having fun with these giveaways for my 5 year blogiversary? I sure hope so! Next up, we have a giveaway for all of those who love Sunday morning cuddles and snuggles. I recently discovered Saranoni blankets and fell IN LOVE. These blankets are hands down the softest things I’ve ever gotten my hands on and definitely keep us warm. We have an Extra Large one (pictured here) and a Receiving blanket that we usually use for baby Vivian. The bright, fun colors, make our home decor more colorful too. :)

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One lucky winner will receive a Mini and a Receiving Saranoni blanket!

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