2015

How I Found Out I was Pregnant

Hey guys! I’m really going to try my best to document my entire pregnancy for you all, just how I did my engagement, wedding planning and the first few months of marriage.

So if you don’t know by now, I’m expecting! I’m 16 weeks and feeling like a burst of energy these days. This wasn’t always the case. The first 12 weeks were long and exhausting! So how did I know I was pregnant …

As cliche as it sounds, I knew something was ‘different’ about my body. The first signs that I noticed was my unexplainable exhaustion. No really! I had never been so tired consecutively in my life. Around the beginning of February, I found myself sleeping from 8pm until 8am the next morning, and I would even have to sneak out of my job to take a nap in the car. It was that bad! I was EXHAUSTED. On the weekends I could easily wake up at 12 noon and still take 2 naps in one day. I’ve never slept so much in my life.

The second thing that startled me was I just felt unsettled and not like my usual self. My body felt heavier than normal, I felt bloated, almost like I had period-like symptoms but it wasn’t quite time for my cycle just yet. So I basically blamed it on PMS, when it was actually implantation of our little bean happening in my womb.

If that wasn’t enough to alert me, it’s as simple as… I just knew! I’ve always been really in sync with my body. I know or can predict when things are about to happen, my cycle is very normal, so I just felt it, honestly. As a matter of fact, when I took my first test and calculated my prediction of a due date, I was literally 3 DAYS OFF from what my doctor predicted at my first ultrasound. She was even shocked to see how close I was able to get to the due date.

It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. It all happened during Valentine’s Weekend. After being exhausted the entire week of V-day, I decided to take a pregnancy test. Why? Well because my sister kept poking fun at me, suggesting that I was probably pregnant due to my new hobby of marathon sleeping. I finally gave in an peed on a stick the Saturday morning before my husband came back in town. Sure enough (NOT EXPECTING THIS BY THE WAY) … there were TWO positive lines on the test. It was 8am, I vividly remember. I screamed and boo hoo cried like a baby. I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. My entire life flashed before my eyes. I called my sister immediately sobbing on the phone (I’m sure she thought someone was trying to harm me). We were both crying on the phone by now! She was excited and overjoyed, I was … shocked, scared, nervous, overwhelmed, slightly excited, terrified, unsure, a little joyous, did I say shocked?!

Honestly, I couldn’t believe I could get pregnant so easily. We weren’t trying, but we weren’t preventing either. For some reason I just assumed with me being 30, and having never been pregnant before, I would actually have to “try” to conceive. Well … Gods Plans are better than mine because here we are today with a strong heart beat and a healthy baby growing in my womb.

From there I planned the surprise of telling HD, and the rest of our immediate family. I’ll have to share all of the cute videos of how it went down for you all. It was MAGICAL.

I’ll be sharing the details on my first trimester with you really soon, I can’t wait to take this journey with you all. Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Xx, Triena

Spring Transition With Loft

As you guys know, I recently shared that I am expecting. So for the past few weeks (or my entire first trimester), I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. I’ve been extremely tired and struggling to even look decent these days so all of my final moments of winter were pretty homely looking.

Transitioning to spring and to my second trimester I got a glimpse of the old me! I’ve finally gotten back in a steady groove and I’m starting to feel more and more like myself everyday. With the warmer temps hitting ATL, I thought it was time to bring out some Spring Style.

Some people find it hard to transition their wardrobe from Winter to Spring. So I’ve come up with an easy method for the most seamless transition and that’s by doing warmer colors like blacks, nudes, dark blues, while adding a pop of Spring like florals.

This Flower Branch Jumpsuit from Loft is the best example of Spring Transition. The dark palette from the black, with pops of spring colors with the floral; it will easily take your wardrobe up a notch for warmer months. I layered it with a white blouse to make it office friendly, but over the weekend I will totally be wearing this number with bare arms!

To shop this look click HERE

And do tell, how you plan to transition to Spring.

*This post is in collaboration with Loft, all opinions are my own.

LOFT Just Launched Plus!

When I heard that LOFT carried plus size, I was ecstatic. I’ve always loved basic and work wear from LOFT, but as my womanly figure evolved, it didn’t quote work for me anymore. Hearing that they now cared straight and plus sizes, I knew I’d be adding them back to my regularly scheduled shopping experience.

Like this Windowpane Flounce Dress, that’s perfect for a day out of the office taking on client meetings. Paired with a basic cashmere sweater for warmth and opaque tights … it gives me the confidence I need to close a few deals. *Side note* This dress is currently 60 percent off!

Or this Faux Fur Lined Vest, which makes running weekend errands a breeze, literally! I felt so cozy in such a comfortable look. Paired with indigo jeans and cute booties, you’re all the south western vibes you’ll need this season!

Stay tuned for a full recap of the LOFT Plus Size Launch Party I hosted in October!

The Coordinate Set: A Low-Maintenence Style Staple

Guess who’s still working her summer closet for a few more weeks? This gal! It’s still sunny and 80 degrees in ATL and I plan to take full advantage of the nice weather. One thing that I love about this time of year is that it’s not too hot to get dressed. You know, the breeze is blowing, and all is right around this time of year. It’s not too muggy for makeup, and not too humid for cute clothes that may have a few extra layers… like my favorite coordinate set from Forever21.

Pause. I totally swagger-jacked my friend and blogger-sis Trina from Baby Shopaholic, as she technically had this fun number first, but I couldn’t resist grabbing it to see how it looked on a plus-body. Let’s just say, this coord set definitely flatters straight and plus size!

What I love about this get-up is the lightweight material. Although it’s long sleeve, it’s still light enough to wear during warmer months. The oriental flair also makes it perfect for this time of year.

It’s high waist, which is great if you’re a hippy-itty-bitty-waist girl like me And the pants have elastic versus a zipper, which is my personal preference for comfort. I paired the look with a black crop top because who doesn’t love to show skin? But this can easily be worn with a basic cami or even a screened tee could be cute!

Honestly, the best part is this set is less than 50 bucks and comes in an array of sizes from straight to plus. So everyone wins! I’ll share the links below.

Plus Kimono |  Plus Pant | Straight Kimono | Straight Pant

Darling Retro Chic Summer

Y’all, this retro chic black tropical midi dress from Torrid is my entire mood for summer. I’m not a big fan of hot summer days, but these fun sundresses from Torrid have made me think otherwise. The colors, the texture, the shape all screams for a celebration. This skater dress in particular really digs into my personal style because it’s line with tulle for volume; but don’t worry, there’s a slip in between the tulle layers so you don’t get itchy and hot!

Paired with bright colored sandals, and fun sunglasses … mood set!

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