Bump Update: First Trimester

Since I’m already 24 weeks and just three weeks away from my third trimester (eek!) I think this First Trimester Update is WAY over-due! Thanks to our little Placenta Previa ER incident, I kept forgetting to write this post but alas, it is here! Enjoy (and if you have anymore questions, leave them down below!)

When are you due? June 11th

Did you feel sick? YES! I puked a few times (TMI I know!) and I just felt nauseous and gross all the time. I also was super tired.

How are you feeling now? AMAZING! I’m telling you, almost to the day of starting my 2nd trimester I started feeling better. As the 2nd trimester went on, the more food I was able to eat again – it’s been fantastic!

Any cravings? Not really. It was super hard for me to find a food that didn’t make me sick so really anything bland was perfect.

Any food aversions? Yes! Almost everything. I think the big two were eggs and chicken. The smell of them make me dry heave and poor Mac couldn’t figure out what to cook. We didn’t eat great while I was in the 1st trimester only because I wasn’t sure what I could and couldn’t eat until it was in front of me – there was a ton of wasted food during this time.

How tired were you? Very! I never take naps – it’s never been my thing – and I started to take naps around 3pm every day. I seriously don’t know what I would have done if I was in a regular office situation and I’m forever grateful I have a very flexible job.

Did you stop drinking caffeine? I have never been a big caffeine drinker so I wasn’t really giving up anything.

Have you gained any weight? Only 2 lbs. :) However, I wasn’t in great shape to begin with so once baby comes, I’ll be on a kick to get back to a better weight (and yes, I know that will be hard!!)

Favorite Apps or Books? There are a few apps I downloaded and my favorite has been “BabyBump”. It gives me daily and weekly updates on the progress of our little nugget and it has a space where you can take pictures to document your growth. I’ve only taken two pictures thus far but I love

Do you have a theme for the nursery? We do! To get me excited about having a boy Mac sent me a few pictures of baby boy nurseries and we are going with a blue, white, grey, and brown theme. We have completely copied this nursery with it’s wainscoting and blue stripes and I’ve already purchased wicker baskets like this nursery so stay tuned, more updates to come!

Well, that’s it for now! Stay tuned in a few weeks for my Second Trimester Update and keep your fingers crossed, I go see the high risk Doctor today in hopes that I’m cleared from this light bed rest!

 

Smooches,

Britt

My Experience with Placenta Previa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSA: This is going to be a long post so grab a drink (or if you’re pregnant, grab a snack) and sit back, relax, and enjoy!

When my bestie was pregnant a few months ago, she kept me updated with her appointments and what was going on with the baby. After one appointment around 20 or 21 weeks (I can’t remember) she told me that her Dr. said she had Placenta Previa. Placenta Previa “means that your placenta is lying unusually low in your uterus, next to or covering your cervix” and if found early, it will most likely “move up” and there is no problem. The reason the placenta moves up is because the baby is growing and usually the only reason to worry is if you start bleeding. The bleeding was a concern my bestie had as her Dr. told her if she starts to bleed, she will have to be on bed rest, but thankfully that never happened!

My bestie and I have similar jobs – we are both independent sales reps in the Home and Gift industry – so being on bed rest would have really put a damper on business. She’s had a few years to establish her business head of me but being on bed rest meant she wouldn’t have been able to get out and see her customers. Of course her baby had other ideas and was delivered a month and a few weeks early but all in all she was never put on bed rest because of Placenta Previa and being her best friend, I became very well versed in all things Placenta Previa.

Flash forward to almost a month ago when I woke up at 6:20am to a whining puppy. Bella rarely gets up that early but when you gotta go, you gotta go, and I got up to take her outside. While outside I felt like my underwear were wet (I know, totally TMI!) but it’s been a common feeling since I got pregnant and I didn’t think anything of it. I fed the little Bella Bear and started off getting ready for the day. (Side note: Mac wasn’t feeling well so he was sleeping in our downstairs guest room this whole time.) I went to the bathroom and still being a little sleepy, I didn’t realize anything different until I went to go wipe – there was blood everywhere! I’m talking first time period blood (I know so much TMI in this post!!) and completely freaked out. I took off my sleepy shorts and underwear which were soaked, put on a new pair of underwear and figured I would be ok until I called the Dr. later in the day. However, I decided to go to the bathroom again, this time soaked through another pair of underwear and this time a huge chunk of something came out…cue the waterworks. “What in the world was this?!” “Oh my gosh, I have to wear a pad I’m bleeding so much” “This much blood is not good” “Oh my gosh, I have to go to the ER” all went through my head at once and I rushed downstairs to wake up Mac.

Poor Mac was so sleepy confused as I’m crying telling him I’m bleeding and we have to go to the ER but he jumped into action while I tried to call my doctor. It was after hours and my Dr. was supposed to be paged and then call me back in 10 minuets and that didn’t happen (I later found out he was delivering a baby!) we made the executive decision to drive to the ER. I sobbed the whole way there, Mac trying to make me feel better, and I was a mess while I was getting admitted as well. All I could do was think the worst – this much blood is never a good thing – and I was starting to prepare myself to news that we might hear.

The nurses in the ER were amazing and really tried to put me at ease but it wasn’t until a nurse came in with a Fetal Heart Rate Machine that Mac and I were able to relax (and I was able to stop crying). Thank goodness they heard the heartbeat (we both bawled our eyes out when we heard that sweet sound) and then it was just a matter of waiting.

As we waited, nurses and Drs. came in and out to ask me questions, look at the blood clot I brought in (we learned that it wasn’t placenta but a blood clot, thank goodness!) and finally I was rolled into an ultrasound room. During the ultrasound they did both a vaginal and regular ultrasound and after that, we were rolled into another room in the ER to wait yet again.

I have to say, the ER Dr. who was around during all of this was AMAZING! She was pregnant herself and completely understood how we were feeling and what we were going through. She told us that my placenta was 1cm away from my cervix and although it was not complete Placenta Previa, my placenta was low enough where she was comfortable calling it Placenta Previa. She told me that all we can do is hope the placenta moves up and if it doesn’t, I would have to have a scheduled C-section around 35 weeks. It wasn’t until I had my regular OB/GYN appointment where I learned more.

The next day my OB/GYN told me that there really was no explanation for the bleeding since my placenta wasn’t touching my cervix but to be safe she ordered me on light bedrest, pelvic rest, and requested I go see a high risk Dr. to do a level 2 ultrasound. Well crap, light bedrest?! I asked her about a market my industry had the next week and she literally looked at me, cringed, and said she didn’t want me to go. She wrote me a Dr. note and I was off to schedule my high risk Dr. appointment for the next week.

(Side note again, I had another blood clot come on the next day and went back to the Dr. but again heard the same things. The OB/GYN practice I go to has to think I’m crazy but better safe than sorry!)

Anyway, I met with the high risk Dr. and she yet again had no explanation on why I bled. She repeated everything that my normal Dr. said and I’m supposed to see her again in 4 weeks in hope that the placenta has moved up. So, light bed rest until then – what a bummer!!

I know for some light bed rest might seem amazing but as much as I love being on my computer and getting work done, it’s kind of driving me insane! I feel totally fine so in my mind I can move around like normal but I know I have to do what is best for the little nugget. I’m frustrated and annoyed and if you feel the same way, it’s totally normal! Personally, I feel this is two giant steps back for my business after a great five days at the Atlanta Home and Gift show, and I was really hoping to get out and see all of my customers. Long story short, my customers need to see me right now as it’s expected in the Home and Gift industry that the rep visits often, and as a new rep, I need to make this effort. After this little ER stint, there went all my drive to grow my business and there went the better commission checks I was hoping for.

I know things will get better (and they really haven’t been awful this past month of light bed rest – I have gone out once a week to see a customers) but I wanted to share my feelings in case there are other Mammas out there on some sort of bed rest. It’s not easy but I think as a Mom-to-be with a blog, I need to get out there and write about it so others know they aren’t alone. Feeling scared is ok, feeling annoyed and frustrated is ok, and frankly all of your feelings are valid! If you have questions about anything, please do not hesitate to email me or shoot a comment in the comments section. I don’t claim to be a Dr. but I sure want to be a help if I can be! Us Mamma’s have to stick together!!

So all in all, Baby M and I are ok and this Mamma will be taking it slow until I get cleared from this light bed rest. Thank you for reading this novel of a post and more pregnancy updates like a VERY long over-due First Trimester update coming soon!

Smooches,

Britt

Mocktails with Barritt’s Ginger Beer

It’s no secret I LOVE a good drink (hello I grew up in Wisconsin for goodness sake) so now that I’m pregnant I’m in the search for the perfect mocktail. This gal need to feel like she’s actually drinking so thanks to Barritt’s, I found the PERFECT drink for the upcoming Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day holidays!! Get ready for…Mocktail Sangria!!

Ok so I love anything with berries so this Sangria Berry Mocktail is perfection and even better yet, it took me 5 min to make! The ginger beer gave it that alcohol-like tang and well, it’s sangria, need I say more?!

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice (YUM!)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3 cups frozen fruit (I went with frozen mixed berries from Target)
  • 1 orange cut into slices
  • 2 cups of Barritt’s Diet Ginger Beer
  • ice

Now ready for the easiest directions?!

  • Sir orange juice with pomegranate and lime juices in a large pitcher
  • Stir in frozen fruit and orange slices (I let mine sit for awhile so it tasted super yummy)
  • Top with Barritt’s Diet Ginger Beer and ice

See? The easiest ever! I’m seriously so happy I found a drink that I actually like AND tastes like the real thing! Wait, scratch that, it’s better than the real thing because you don’t get a hangover!!

But seriously, the Barritt’s Ginger Beer is amazing and if I WERE drinking I would be using this to make the crap out of Moscow Mules! Mac and I keep our bar stocked with this stuff because it’s the perfect mixer and it tastes amazing so for your next party, you need to stock up on Barritt’s!! Also, side note, the packing is colorful and really is adorable on your bar (because we all want an Instagram worthy bar!)

Thank you Barritt’s! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Smooches,

Britt

Gender Reveal with Paris312!

Normally during a pregnancy the big ultrasound that reveals gender is at 20 weeks but due to some spotting and then bleeding that lead me to the ER (sorry if that was TMI and more on that in a future post) we found out the gender of our little nugget at 17 weeks!

Funny story though, when we found out the gender I was not prepared AT ALL! I went into the Dr. for an unscheduled ultrasound to make sure everything was ok with the nugget and the ultrasound tech had a trainee with her so instead of just doing a quick check up they did a full on check so the trainee could learn. Half way through the ultrasound the tech asked if she would be giving it away if she told me the sex of the baby and without even thinking that Mac wasn’t with me I said “no, I would love to know!” She showed me the infamous “diaper shot” and she told me the baby…

…is a…

…BOY!! My reaction was pure SHOCK as I was convinced we were having a girl (there went the two girl’s names we picked out!! haha) and when I left the appointment, I called Mac instantly! Mac was so so excited as I personally was still coming to terms with the fact we weren’t going to have two girls (I grew up with a sister and I’m telling you, I was convinced we were having a girl) and I called a few other family members to tell the news.

We have already started working on the nursery (and the name!) so stay tuned for updates on the construction of our little guy’s room and also stay tuned for a First Trimester update as well as an update on the reason I was in the ER. I want to share as much about this pregnancy as possible, especially now that I’m “high risk”, because I know there can be so much on the Internet about one topic that can totally freak out a first time Mamma. I just hope I can help out anyone going through the same thing.

All in all, baby boy and I are doing great and for now, I’m on light bed rest until we can figure everything out. Thank you to everyone who has sent us messages, well wishes, and prayers – baby boy is already so so loved!!

Now, I did want to mention these amazing poppers from Paris312!! The company is a local Chicago company – which is amazing – and they were able to customize these poppers with the blue tissue confetti for our gender reveal. If you want to do something similar they can customize the poppers for you as well OR they have these huge balloons that you can pop that will rain down either blue or pink confetti as well.

The company doesn’t just do gender reveal items, they are a full party good store that focuses on ascetics, quality, and convenience. They have tons of amazing party goods that make throwing a baby show, wedding shower, or just fabulous party super easy and they also have an option to create your own party box. The party box takes all of the guess work out of decorating for a party and seriously y’all their stuff is ADORABLE!! OH, they also have balloon concierge where you can get these amazing HUGE balloons delivered to you in the Chicago area and I’m telling you, your next party will look fantastic!!

Check them out at their website or their beautiful Instagram feed and thank you to Paris312 for sending these super fun poppers – Mac and I had a blast shooting this post!

Gender Reveal with Paris312!

Smooches,

Britt

Our Early Christmas Gift

Santa came early in the McCollum Household and we are so happy to announce that we are pregnant!! The baby is due next June, 2017 and we could not be more excited!

I’m awful at keeping secrets and it’s been so incredibly hard keeping this massive one from everyone so I have to say, it feels so good the cat is out of the bag! Our immediate family has known for a while but I know it’s been hard for them to keep a secret too so now it’s time to shout it from the rooftops! 

I have to say, I feel very lucky and blessed to have a little nugget on the way (We have been calling the baby a nugget because we thought she/he looked like one from the first ultrasound.) because so many couples we know have had a hard time getting pregnant. We are so lucky and blessed and this little nugget is a miracle!

The day I took the pregnancy test was a normal Thursday (or Friday, I can’t remember) and I was home while Mac was at work. A week before I took the two pregnancy tests out of the box and stupidly opened up one of them to take a look. Well, little did I know that these new electronic tests require you to take them in 24 hours or they don’t work anymore so I took the test for “shits and giggles”. The test was negative that time around so a week later when I decided to take another test because we were going to our friend’s wedding that weekend, I was convinced it was going to say “Not Pregnant” again. Well, to my SHOCK it said “Pregnant” and I instantly started pacing our house. I texted one of my best friends if she could talk and I had someone to freak out with other the phone! Mac wasn’t home after all and I needed to get out the news to someone!

Half way through the day I texted Mac that I had an early birthday present for him when he got home and when he got home, he just lingered in the driveway – it was driving me nuts! I finally walked outside and said he needed to come in the house so he could see his present and the first words out of his mouth were “You’re pregnant aren’t you” and I just started to smile and giggle. Tears ensued and later that night we Facetimed both of our families.

Our families are so excited and what I love is this baby is going to have two different experiences with each side. In Mac’s family, this baby will be one of the baby cousins because Mac’s brother and sister both have multiple children. In my family, this baby will be the first and oldest cousin/grandchild but either way, the baby is already so loved!

So will we learn the sex? OF COURSE!! I’m not big on secrets so we want to know as soon as we can! I’m also a planner so I want to be able to plan, decorate, and shop with either a boy or girl in mind.

Well, this post is already super long (sorry!!) but I plan on doing posts every trimester to keep you all updated. The First Trimester post will be up soon so I can give you more updates on what I’m craving and how I’m feeling then – stay tuned!!

Thank you all so much for reading and Merry Christmas to you all!!

Baby McCollum coming 2017!!

Smooches,

Britt

The Perfect Holiday Gift and Drink

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It’s no surprise I love a good drink during the Holidays so today’s post is coming to you thanks to La Croix and their awesome Holiday Variety Pack – can you say yum!?

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I have to say, buying presents for your family is sometimes hard. After the 30+ years of knowing them AND buying Holiday and birthday presents it sometimes feels like you have given every single gift known to man. Well, enter La Croix! Thanks to La Croix I found the most perfect present for my sister-in-law, Kristin, and we found some great drinks to make during our Christmas celebration this weekend! Oh and this whole pack is $7.50 YES FOLKS, it’s $7.50! It’s a no brainer for a gift AND you can get it at your local Chicagoland Mariano’s!!

(PS…I was trying a few new things with my DSL camera and I might have had an epic fail. Sorry guys! I’m still learning but I promise I’m working on getting better!!)

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Our family likes to have fun! Ok, wait, that’s a total and complete understatement…our family like to PARTY and when I say party I specifically mean drinking. We can probably drink your family under the table (we are Irish and German after all) and our Christmas celebrations usually go into the wee hours of the morning drinking anything and everything from my parents bar. The majority of us have hangovers in the morning (a sign of a good time not bad choices!) but we always walk away with the best memories of that year’s celebration.

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Besides playing all different types of games, we love making different kinds of drinks and thanks to the La Croix Holiday Variety Pack, we never ran out of drink ideas this year! I’ve shared some of mine and my sister-in-laws favorite drinks to make with the La Croix Holiday Variety Pack and we hope you make them at your next family get together!

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Red Wine Berry Spritzer

  • 1 part red wine
  • 3 parts La Croix Mixed Berry Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Frozen Berries
  • Pour ice in glass. Add frozen berries. Pour wine, then sparkling water. Sip and enjoy.

Cran-Rasberry Mimosa

  • Champagne
  • LaCroix Cran-Raspberry
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Cranberries
  • Muddle pomegranate seeds and cranberries together in a glass. Stir together with Lacroix, pomegranate juice, and champagne.

Citrus Spritzer

  • Campari
  • Simple syrup
  • Fresh juice from 1 lime
  • Fresh juice from 1 orange
  •  LaCroix Tangerine Sparkling Water
  • Lime wheel, for garnish
  • Add Campari, simple syrup, lime juice, and orange juice to a large wine glass. Stir to mix. Top with LaCroix Tangerine, stir gently, and garnish with a lime wheel.

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And don’t forget, the La Croix Holiday Variety Pack is the way to go this year because everyone, sister’s included, like to have a good time during the Holidays and let’s be honest,  we might need to knock a few back because lovely Aunt Tilly is talking about the election again….Bring on the La Croix drinks!!

Thank you to La Croix for sponsoring this post. As always, all of the opinions are my own. Thank you for reading! 

Smooches,

Britt

Moonfish GIVEAWAY!

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It has been so long since I’ve done and Giveaway but good things come to those who wait and oh my gosh am I excited for this one!! Details in a second, let me tell you WHY I’m doing this giveaway.

If you haven’t read my post about Moonfish, please take a second and read about this amazing company. I’m partnering with them today because I truly believe in the company and the women behind it and I love the positivity these women exude. Moonfish is actually a customer of mine and they sell some of our products in their Pop-Up but it’s so much more than a customer relationship, as the saying goes “when you know you know”.

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When Moonfish does a Pop-Up shop they are all about partnering with companies in the community and I just ADORE this concept! A few weeks ago, as I mentioned in my post, they partnered with Beermiscuous, and this Sunday November 27th – Tuesday November 29th they are partnering with the Chicago neighborhood Edgebrook to help promote the community. The Pop- Up will be at Edgebrook’s Creativo Innovation Space and they are open from 9am – 9pm every day with appointments on Sunday and Monday. They do appoitments so they can give you a personalized experience and I personally LOVE the idea. Are you stumped on what to give Mom? They can totally help you out with a one on one appointment so click here to book now!!

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When I went to visit them at Beermiscuous the set up was adorable and the items were AMAZING!! Seriously, if you are looking for a Holiday gift look no further!! They have jewelry, accessories, clothes, candles, gift items, kids items, and items for men so you really do not want to miss out – it’s just too GOOD!

To celebrate the Moonfish’s Edgebrook Pop-Up this week Moonfish and I are giving away the most adorable knit hat with faux fur pom pom and matching knit mittens. The hat is super cozy for our Midwest winters and the mittens and lined with fleece, yes lined with fleece!! So scroll on down, enter the giveaway, and share with your friends!! Everyone needs the chance to win this beautiful kit hat and mitten set!

Thank you to Moonfish for partnering with me to do this giveaway and thank you to all of you for reading and participating!!

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Head over to the Moonfish website and don’t forget to schedule an appointment for their Edgebrook Pop-Up November 27th – 29th

Smooches,

Britt

Moonfish Pop-Up + Beermiscuous

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Well you guys, I have to admit, I totally wanted to get this post out earlier in the week but I blame the World Series Champs the Chicago Cubs for that – oops! I couldn’t take my eyes off the World Series and I’ve been watching coverage (and stalking Twitter and Facebook) since they won and I have to say, I’m still so exited!! But that’s not what today’s post is about. Today’s post is about an amazing pop-up Boutique that happened to walk into our and! Sales showroom in September, Moonfish.

For those who don’t know I made a career change to be a part of a home and gift rep group back in July (I’m sure I’ll write a blog post about it soon) and I met the ladies of Moonfish while there was a show in our showroom. I’m totally convinced that everything happens for a reason and I have to say, meeting Sarah and Cathy was the highlight of my day! They both were so much fun to work with and I think in this day and age when everyone is so negative and hurtful (hello politics!) it’s so refreshing to meet kind hearted and loving women.
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Speaking of kind hearted and loving, that is the mission of the women of Moonfish. While we were in the showroom looking at all of the lines that and! Sales carries, the ladies were drawn to products that had a message. A message to lift people up and be positive and I cannot tell you how much I love that! One of the favorites of the Moonfish ladies was our line called Bops. Bops’ mission is to give back and the ladies ended up buying a number of items that will go back to the women in the countries who made them. If that doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what will and I love that it’s important to Moonfish to give back.

So what’s the deal with the Pop up boutique and not a brick and mortar store? Well folks, this is my favorite part! First of all by not having a brick and mortar store, Sarah and Kath are able to bring the latest in fashion, accessories, and gifts at extremely reasonable prices because there is no overhead. The other amazing part is that they get to partner with other local businesses to bring a shopping experience that is unique, fun, and interesting.
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This season the local partnership will be with Beermiscuous a local Craft Beer Cafe with hundreds of craft beer on tap and the shopping begins on Thursday November 10th and runs until November 13th. What I absolutely love is that when you go to this event you’re not only supporting Moonfish but you’re supporting Beermisuous as well. Nowadays when there is a big box store next to a big box store, it’s really important to support the local businesses that keep our cities, towns, and country going. 

What also is great about the Moonfish pop up experience is that the first day, Thursday November 10th is by appointment only. How cool is that?! You can have a special one on one experience and your own private shopping experience where the ladies really get to know you and what you like. I think that’s just such a special touch Moonfish adds to this whole fun pop up experience.

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If you want to be the first to attend this fabulous pop up, be sure to make an appointment here but don’t worry, you can also attend on Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday without an appointment. Also, you need to stay tuned on all the fun that Moonfish will have throughout the year because you never know which local business Moonfish will partner with next! In the past they have partnered with furniture stores and art galleries just to name a few and I know they have so many amazing ideas for the future. 

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So here are all the links you need!

Website for future pop-ups and subscription

Make an appointment

I hope to see you there!! Here’s to shopping local! 
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Smooches,

Britt

Arlington Million with Rent the Races

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Holy moly, I’m back everyone!! It feels good and thank you all so much for sticking around while I took this little blog hiatus. I haven’t been completely gone, I’ve been posting every day on Instagram so if you want to see what I’ve been up to, head over there! I really am going to work on bringing you all fabulous blog content so thank you all for allowing me this break. It’s been refreshing and much needed since life has been crazy! (More about that in a future post)

So why am I back?! Because of Rent the Races!! I don’t know if you remember a post a while back I did about Rent the Races but as the Arlington Million approaches, Rent the Races contacted me so we could do a post together about their fabulousness! (Keep reading because I have a DISCOUNT CODE!!)

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Dress: The Limited (Love this!)  |  Facinator: Rent the Races (c/o)  |  Shoes: Old (Similar)  |  Purse: Charming Charlie’s (Love this!)

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So you all know how much I LOVE Rent the Runway, right?! I mean, renting designer dresses instead of buying them? YES PLEASE! Well, this is exactly the concept for Rent the Races except you rent the most fabulous and beautiful hats and fascinators! #BRILLIANT right?!

I mean, how many times have you been to a racing event, bridal shower, or wedding where you needed a hat but you didn’t want to spend a crap ton of money on something you probably will never wear again? I can tell you I’m totally guilty of that and  I’ve been to a few events where I’ve even attempted a DIY hat and failed miserably!!

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So this week we are celebrating the Arlington Million at the Arlington Race Track and I’m so excited to share a special code with all of YOU!! Right now until the end of the day you can get a hat on Rent the Races for 10% off with code fbombs10!! Even if you don’t plan on going to the Arlington Million (but seriously, why wouldn’t you go because it’s so much fun!!) you should rent a hat and have a fantastic weekend. I mean at 10% off it’s a why not moment!

Oh and while we are talking money and all. The fascinator I’m wearing is only a $30 rental – yes only $30 – and with 10% off it’s a STEAL!! What I love most about Rent the Races is that everything is taken care of for you. In your adorable hat box you’ll find a return label so when you are done with your event, you just stick that label on the box and send it back – it’s that easy!!

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I’m telling you ladies and gents this company is amazing! And not only because you can rent beautiful pieces but because the folks running the company are so sweet! Now-a-days when the world is so mad at each other, I love supporting nice people. The customer service is hands down the best and really, just supporting a business like this makes me happy. So do yourself a favor and head over to Rent the Races now – you will not be disappointed!

And HUGE thank you to Rent the Races for not only the fabulous fascinator but for getting me back to writing a blog post again!! I may not be the best writer but I love it! Thank you for reading and thank you as always for your love and support!!

PS…Don’t forget to use cod fbombs10 at checkout!!

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Smooches,

Britt

Off the Shoulder Trend

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The off the shoulder trend has been my jam this season and I want to share one of my favorite looks from t+j Designs.

Not going to lie, this is going to be a short post (like it end right here) but I just couldn’t not share this fab top!! It’s perfect for the weekend so let’s get it started…3…2…1…HAPPY WEEKEND!!!

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Top: t+j Designs  |  Jeans: Old Navy  |  Shoes: Old (Similar)  |  Purse: t+j Designs  |  Sunnies: t+j Designs

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PS…Can we talk about this adorable lip purse?! This whole outfit makes me smile! Oh and this top would look amazing with white jeans too!!

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Smooches,

Britt

Spring Midi Skirt

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As you probably know by now Midi skirts are my JAM and lately I have been dying over this Spring Midi Skirt from t+j Designs. It’s colorful, the fabric is thick (but not too thick), and it’s just all around the perfect midi for the spring.

Now, you probably have seen me in this already if you follow me on Instagram but it’s officially making it’s debut on the blog today. I have been wearing this skirt way before it was launched on the t+j Designs site and I’m so excited that it’s finally here for you all to purchase!!

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Skirt: t+j Designs  |  Sweater: Old Navy (Similar)  |  Shoes: DSW (The EXACT pair!)  |  Sunnies: t+j Designs

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Seriously though, look really closely at these pictures. What do you see on the ground? Yep folks, that’s snow so you can imagine when these photos were taken!! In fact I think it’s been almost 4 months since these pictures have been taken so it’s been 4 months of me just dying inside because I wanted to share! I mean, can you blame me?!

I decided I didn’t want to be Plain Jane and pair this skirt with a normal black or white tee and when I was trying to pair it with something I randomly chose this black and white polka dot sweater. I have to say it was completely by accident but sometimes outfits just create themselves and this was one of them!

Pattern mixing is one of my all time favorite things to do with an outfit (I even wrote some tips on pattern mixing last spring) so this outfit might be one of my favorites! So enjoy this fun outfit and be sure to check this skirt out on the t+j Designs website – I can almost guarantee it won’t last long and you do not want to miss out!!

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Smooches,

Britt

Derby Style

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Call me old fashioned but I LOVE the Derby. There is something really awesome about traditions that last decades long and I wish I could make “going to the races” a weekly thing! Side note, this is the reason I love golf too. Not only am I good at golf (fun little Brittany fact) but I love that some golf traditions have been around since the beginning of the sports existence. Call me an old soul but I love it all!

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Dress: Dillards (LOVE this!)  |  Shoes: Kohl’s (Similar)  |  Fascinator: Rent the Races  |  Earrings: t+j Designs

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There is a race track in the suburbs of Chicago called the Arlington National Race Track (check out the post I did last year!) but a normal day at the track isn’t as crazy as one might think. A normal day at the track for some folks might be jeans and a tee shirt – a normal day at the track for me is a cute sundress – but there are special days (like the Kentucky Derby) where people dress up. Those days, are MY days!!I am totally obsessed with the idea of dressing up and wearing a hat and I’m pretty much convinced I should live in Europe and go to Royal Weddings ALL THE TIME.

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Speaking of wearing hats in Europe, the last time I wore this dress was at my BFF from high school’s wedding in Ireland. I had the cutest black fascinator and I seriously was in fashion heaven. The wedding hats and fascinators were amazing (of course not as amazing as the bride!) but I felt like I was right at home.

This fascinator comes from the BRILLIANT company called Rent the Races. When my boss Jen asked me to be a part of a photoshoot about Derby Fashion (see a few fun pictures below) I knew I had to have a fabulous hat. Only problem is hats, especially Derby hats, are usually REALLY expensive. I didn’t want to buy a hat just for the photoshoot so I was determined to find a more cost effective option. After a few rounds of Google I found Rent the Races and I could not have been happier!! This company was AMAZING!!

There are so many hat and fascinator options – seriously any color and style you are looking for they have – and their customer service is phenomenal!! I cannot recommend them enough and I will for sure be using them in the future.

So how does it work?! It’s exactly like Rent the Runway. Find a hat, rent it for 4 or 8 days, wear the hat in all your fabulous glory, and send it back with the prepaid label they send you – it’s just that easy! So for Derby themed Bridal Showers or the Derby it’s self, this company is perfect!! (And for the record, this is not a collaboration with them. Rent the Races did not pay me to say any of this, I just really love the company!) So thank you Rent the Races, you all are BRILLIANT!!

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Here’s the photoshoot I was telling you about! #SquadGoals

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Smooches,

Britt