Recent Makeup Haul : Drugstore

1Here is a quick video showcasing my recent drugstore makeup haul. Links are provided below. Oh and don’t mind my awkward mumbling or dirty hair….yikes!

 

 

Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb matte lipstick

Wet n Wild Black Orchid lipstick

Revlon Black Cherry Super Lustrous lipstick

Jordana Twist and Shine moisturizing balm stain- Cranberry Crush

Rimmel London Scandaleyes waterproof kohl pencil- 005 Nude

Jordana Fabubrow eyebrow pencil- Taupe

Wet n Wild single shadow- Creme Brulee

Jordana 12 hour liquid eyeliner pencil- Black point

Jordana Fabuliner bold felt tip liquid liner- black

Jordana Best length extreme lengthening mascara- Black

The name game

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We’ve all played it at some point. Searching through books, scouring family names, watching tv with one agenda….find the perfect name. Sure we named our baby dolls when we were young, and probably even came up with names for numerous  unborn children. But when it really comes down to it, naming your sweet precious baby can be hard, fun but hard. Here is a little bit of our journey.

 

Naming boys always seemed to be easy for us. We  like last names for first names because they are unique and strong. With the boys we always had a definite forerunner and a couple names in in the bank. We just had to see what fit them best when they arrived. We named our first son Cohen after watching all four seasons of the O.C. and loving Seth Cohen and the fact that they called him “Cohen”. This was 7 years ago and I still love his name. I’m so glad we went with our gut that many years ago, even before unique names were very popular.  Then 5 years later Kempton came along. Again boy names just come easier for us. A strong last name that goes well with older brother’s name. Check. Plus you always have to think of the nicknames or shorten version of the name and Kemp fits him perfectly! (Kemp means athlete or champion)

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So we have a Cohen Brooks (named after daddy Brooks) and a Kempton David (named after grandpa Dave who passed away a year before he was born). Now we are pregnant with a girl!! I dreamed and dreamed about what it would be like if at the gender ultra sound I would hear those words….It’s a girl. When we did the shock and excitement was overwhelming. The second we got in the car there was so much planning to do. Starting with a name!!! Brooks, who is normally the name everything guy, looked at me and said I don’t like any girl names. Ha! And I felt the same way.

We were finally having a little princess and the name had to be perfect. Pretty and sweet and strong and go with brother’s names and have meaning and be named after a family member….the list just went on and on. Should we stick with last names? Should we stick with the same consonant sound as the boys? What to do?! Again I had a boy name all ready to go and now we had to switch it up. Brooks and I would talk about names till we were blue in the face and finally just decide none of them were her name. It would come to us, or so we kept telling ourselves. Here are some that were on our list….

Ellison (Elle) Tamara

Quinn

Aislynn Anne

Lynlee

Lyndon

Cambelle (Elle)

Palmer Quinn

Kendi Lynn

Berkleigh

Quinlyn (Quin) Kate

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We were pretty set on Quinlyn Kate and the boys even started calling her baby  Quin. However the closer it got to her arrival, the more the name just didn’t seem to be the RIGHT name. First of all I had been really mixing up Cohen and Kempton’s names recently and I felt like adding another “Cu” sound to the mix might really confuse things. Secondly the name Quinlyn Kate did not incorporate any of my mom’s name which I was really wanting to do. Cohen is named after Brooks’ mom’s side, Kempton is named after Brooks’ dad, and I wanted my daughter to be named after my side of the family, or my mom and me. And the third reason I decided against it was because not knowing the sex, Brooks and I had already quietly given the name Quinn to our Angel baby a few years back and I felt it was important to leave that name special to him or her.

So now what……

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I honestly didn’t know how we were going to come up with something that we both liked that also fit our criteria. And then bam it came to me. A last name, strong with a cute shortened version, using my mom’s name, and my name, and sounds good with brother’s names. ANISTON LYNN or Ani Lynn. Named after Tami Ann and Amanda Lynn. Plus we share the same monogram which makes it all the more fun. It gives me an excuse to buy things with my initials on them :)

So there you have it. Thats how princess Ani got her name. And now that she is here it 100% fits her. She is such an Aniston :)

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Oh and just for fun if we were having girl twins the names would of been Ellison and Aniston and if they were boy and girl Asa and Aniston. See we’ve played the name game waaaaaaay too much.

 

Newborn photos by Alayne Johnson

Postpartum Style

 

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As important as it is to find the right pieces to dress your bump, I feel it is even more crucial to find fitting pieces post baby. It is a time where most all of our focus goes to the baby and mom duties. If we do happen to get any “me time” we usually chose to sleep am I right?! So on the rare occasion that we do change out of our pajamas it would be nice to have a few go to pieces. To help you out I have compiled a list of items I’ve been loving/living in recently.

 

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{shirt free people/ pants Lucy}

 

1. Lucy Perfect Core Leggings.

These yoga pants are just so great. They are flattering and super comfortable. They are called the perfect core because they are high waisted with a supportive panel that comes up to your belly button. Totally tucking everything in and smoothing out your belly. The top part sort of feels like spanx, but looks so stylish. Thank you Lucy!! I practically live in mine. I have found that I can wear them not only to the gym, but also with tall boots and a slouchy sweater. They are a bit of an investment (around $100 for yoga pants), but they are such a staple piece for me, and absolutely worth the money.
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{shirt free people/ pants Forever 21}

2. Free People Tent tops.

This one is a no brainer. Flowy tops totally disguise the oddly shaped middle we are left with once baby is evicted. The reason I specifically love free people tops is because the middle is loose, but the arms are still made small and tight. That way it looks like you are purposely wearing an oversized top, not drowning in your husbands shirt. There are just so many ways to wear them. Down and flowy, tucked in, or knotted up. Also breastfeeding? Hello! No need for a breastfeeding smock. Your baby fits great right under your shirt. These tops range from $48-$98.

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{hat free people/ button up American eagle/ tank Blanqi/ pants Nordstrom}

3. Button ups with snaps.

Not much explaining needed here. Snaps > Buttons when breast feeding. I try and find dark colors or patterned tops for a slimming illusion.

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{hat free people/ shirt Blanqi/ pants Nordstrom}

 

4. Blanqi support tank

This tank was a life savor during the last few months of my pregnancy. The material is breathable, yet supportive. Best of all I felt so confident when wearing it. It was one of my go to pieces near the end and continues to be a staple now. I just can’t say enough about the material. It is such quality. I’ve been wearing it as a layering piece to provide extra slimming.

 

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{shirt Urban Outfitters/ joggers Target}

 

5. Jogger Pants
I have three kids. I’m always on the move. I need my wardrobe to be as comfortable as possible. Jogger pants are so great because they feel like pajamas, but look like you put an outfit together. Lately I’ve really been digging these ones from the Gap.

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6. Floppy Hats

Accessorize! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten all the kids dressed and ready only to realize I have no time left for myself. It’s jeans and a t-shirt and I’m out the door. No time for makeup or outfit planning? Just throw on a big floppy hat and a chunky ring and you’ll look all put together. A cute hat covers crazy unbrushed hair and bags under the eyes. Two things us moms know all too well.

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Me time.

Will I ever have time to blog again? I have all these ideas spinning around in my head. Things I want to get down on paper. To teach, to inspire.   But I have three kids. Three kids that demand my time. Each time I sit down to write something comes up. Someone needs me. Someone wakes up unexpectedly. I know some day I’ll look back and miss this time. But for now If I’m being honest I miss my me time. I don’t need much, maybe 30 min a day. But right now I’m not even getting 5. Having three kids is exhausting. Having three kids is exciting. Having three kids is rewarding. But mostly  having three kids is just plain tough.

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The Art of Pregnancy- Maternity photos

Psalm 139: 13-16 (NIV)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Warning: extra long photo stream below! My photographer Ashley is just so talented, and we had an absolute blast capturing these pictures. I believe that every mother-to-be should find a way to capture the beauty of their pregnancy, because it is a true miracle. Here is the art of my pregnancy through photos. Enjoy!124IMG_54955IMG_57123IMG_580367IMG_5974IMG_6092IMG_6035IMG_60908IMG_6044 IMG_60479

If you ever need a good photographer in the Indy area you must check out Ashely Elizabeth Moore. She’s the best lifestyle photographer hands down. Her creativity helps your true beauty shine through!

 

 

Photography: Ashely Elizabeth Moore

Makeup and styling: Madeover by Mandy

Clothing: Free People

Bumpdate- 39 weeks


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Still pregnant….I don’t know why but I really didn’t think I’d see 40 weeks this time around. I guess I thought by the third kid my body would know the drill. It’s all good though. I just keep reminding myself how much her brain is developing, and how this is simply the calm before the storm so to speak. Once she is out we have three kids!! Ahhh three kids!!!

Lately my husband and I have had a hard time falling asleep at night. I don’t know if it’s our anxious minds, our over dosing on caffeine, or God allowing us to have some special time together. Let’s just say pillow talk has been at an all time high! We have watched countless movies, laughed and joked together, dreamed about our future and what our new daughter will be like. It has been very special to me and I know  the memories out weigh the lack of sleep.

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In other news I just recently stopped working. Normally the summer is a very slow time in the makeup business, but I’ve been surprisingly busy. I kept getting asked to work jobs, or to do makeup consultations, and I didn’t want to turn them down. Just last week I finally said I’m officially on maternity leave! I would of never been able to do it without a supportive husband, a helpful mother-in-law, and my Blanqi support tank!! I’m serious guys, this support tank is the bee’s knees. Definitely a maternity must have.

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How far along: 39 weeks and 5 days

Baby is the size of a: mini watermelon. Between 6 and 7 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Outfits from Pink Blush, Jeans from A Pea in the Pod, and my Blanqi tank. Other than that I have loved free people all throughout my pregnancy because I know I am buying pieces I can wear both now and post pregnancy. Their clothes are so flowy in the middle, yet tight on the arms. I am able to buy my normal size and feel comfortable that I am not stretching anything. Also I’ve been buying a lot of basic tanks and wearing vests over top. I’m all about investing in clothes that you can get the most benefit from. If this is your first baby I totally encourage getting some great staple maternity pieces. Another thing I’ve been known to do is shop the men’s basic section. Since my husband wears size Med I am able to buy nice soft shirts for us to share! It’s funny cause just today I was searching all over for a shirt and come to find out he was already wearing it!

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Sleep: I have a hard time falling asleep at night. Not because I’m uncomfortable, but because my mind is constantly going. I find once I’m asleep I sleep good and hard but then any noise, or urge to pee can wake me up and keep me up. I’ve been taking little cat naps during the day and that has been helping a lot. I guess my body is preparing itself for the upcoming interrupted sleep.

Exercise: We take Emmy on long family walks every night.

Movement: She is a mover and a shaker! I joke that she is already a little ballerina.

Any Cravings: The ice craving has somewhat ceased. Although I’m still a sucker for a 44oz gas station cup full of crunchy ice.

Miss Anything: Wine, summer concerts, the fair, my ankles.

Anything make you queasy or sick: The puking/pooping part in Bridesmaids gets me every time.

Any Labor Signs: Lots of contractions. 3cm dilated and 50% effaced.

Wedding ring on or off: On but I’m starting to get a bit puffy.

Happy or Moody: Mostly happy, but I have my days.

Looking forward to: Meeting this baby girl and having all of my family around.

Best moment of the week: Spending quality time with my mom shopping for baby girl. Also finalizing the name with daddy and starting to call her by name.

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This pregnancy has been such a blessing from God. I’ve never enjoyed being pregnant like I have this time. I have felt great, been able to spend lots of quality time with my kids, and I’ve taken time to document so much of this last go round. Our family has bonded over this baby and the fact that it’s a girl is just icing on the cake. I finally feel more than ready to close this chapter of my life. This is it! The last time I’ll be pregnant, and I’m really okay with that.

In the last few weeks I’ve been focusing on soaking up  special time with Kempton, knowing pretty soon he is going to look like such a big boy. It makes me sad to think he will no longer be the baby. I’ve also loved spending one on one time with Cohen and talking about how he has such a special role as oldest in the family. Brooks and I have grown even closer over the past 9 months. Just the other night he looked at me and said “how did we get so lucky to find each other?! Do you think this is how all married couples feel?” We’ve been together for almost 11 years now and our love just keeps getting stronger. Thinking of him having a daughter almost brings me to tears and I just can’t wait to see how God creates a special soft spot in his heart.

Ok sorry for the sappy pregnant emotion. I just never want to forget all these amazing feelings. God has been so good to our family and now all we can do is pray for a safe delivery and a healthy baby! Thanks to everyone for following along with me on this journey. It won’t be long now….

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Photo by the amazing Ashley Elizabeth Moore!

 

xo Mandy

Ps. I’ve got the Grand Finale of pink invasion giveaways going on over on instagram. Check it out @madeoverbymandy. One lucky follower will win the whole list of my favorite items for baby girl!!

My Blanqi Style

You’ve heard me say in posts before that I’m not a huge fan of maternity clothes. I don’t like how over priced and oddly styled they are. I feel like a lot of maternity pieces scream “I’m just a big ole pregnant lady don’t mind me!”  I find that I can style most non maternity clothes better with the exception to a few key pieces. This bumped by Blanqi belly support tank is definitely one of those pieces. There is just nothing else like it!!

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The Blanqi bodystyler has been a staple in my wardrobe since the day it came in the mail. This stylish support tank is not only fully lined and full coverage, but it supports your belly and back to alleviate any pain. I swear it feels like someone is holding your belly up for you!! I love it for my long days at work because it’s breathable mositure-wicking fabric keeps me cool and dry. It’s just such an easy piece to throw on and go. 


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I even wear my Blanqi bodystyler on date nights. The material of the tank is fabulous and perfectly structured. Think better than a lululemon tank top!! It’s great for layering or even by itself. The fabric is totally opaque and creates a beautifully smooth silhouette. Also the long length of the top takes the place of any bulky belly band allowing you to wear all of your favorite pants for longer.  Hooray!!

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Here are some silly mirror selfies to show you just how long the tank really is. The girls behind this awesome design (Valerie and Sabina) are true geniuses. They have successfully created a stylish piece of performance wear that I will continue to wear post baby. This top truly is the perfect start to any outfit, and I’m proud to be a Blanqi girl!! Check them out on Instagram @blanqigirls and hash tag your photos #BLANQIlife and #makemoments

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* A true testament to the greatness of this tank is the fact that I am 38-39 weeks pregnant in these pictures and I am still feeling full support. Also I would not normally have the confidence to wear something white and tight  this far along, but I love how it smoothes out my belly and really shows the beauty of pregnancy.