Dressember 2016: First Week (& a bit)

It’s a week and a half into December (already), and so I’ve been wearing the same dress for a week and a half! I thought I’d share my Dressember progress every Monday, so as not to post too much (however, if you like seeing my #Dressemberootd on the daily, you can check out my Instagram @Alysalovely, I share the outfit every day there!)

Here’s how I wore my Dressember dress so far:

Day 1 // Necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

Day 2 // Cardigan: Thrifted // socks: American Apparel // necklace: finity handmade on etsy

Day 3 // Scarf: Out of the Blue

Day 4 // shirt: Bluenotes // necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop (see link above) // socks: dollarama

Day 5 // scarf: Little Stitches By Brandi Little  // socks: Target

Day 6 // apron: gift // skirt: thrifted // tights: Target

Day 7: Cardigan: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop

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Day 8 // shirt-dress: thrifted // tights: Target

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Day 9 // cardigan: thrifted // tights: thrifted

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Day 10 // This is when I was on ~the news~ delivering the mail with my babies! haha

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Day 11 // And yesterday, when I wasn’t feeling all that well so I didn’t take a picture. But I did wear the dress!!

If you’d like to donate, you can find my campaign page here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016 – Join Me!

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It’s almost December (yay!) and that means that it’s almost DRESSEMBER!  I’ve been participating in Dressember for a few years now, this year will be my fourth year participating and I love it.

Basically, you wear a dress every day for the month of December, and raise money to stop human trafficking and sexual slavery at the same time.  As a collective group, we’ve raised over $1.5 million (USD) in three years.  I believe the goal for this year is to reach another million!

So where do you come in?  There’s a few things you can do:

  1. Participate!
    It’s so easy.  Sign up here.  You don’t need a million dresses to participate, just one.  This year I will be wearing the same one dress all year, and you can, too!  It actually makes it more of a challenge that way, because you need to find ways to keep your one dress stylish and fresh (as in, non boring 😉 )
  2. Join a team!
    Here is the link to my team, Dresses in the Snow! You are more than welcome to join my team, even if you don’t actually have snow where you are.
  3. Donate!
    If you aren’t sure about actually wearing a dress all month, or you know you wouldn’t want to participate, you can always donate to the cause!  Here is my personal Dressember campaign page. I would love a donation <3
  4. Share!
    Not sure about participating, and don’t really have the money to donate?  I get it! Another way to help is to share on your social media! Tell your friends about my campaign or my team, and maybe they’ll want to join or donate.  Spread the word 🙂

If you have any questions, such as “I’M A MAN!” or “I HATE DRESSES” or “BUT I HAVE A WORK UNIFORM”, check out the official FAQ here!

SO excited for Dressember this year!
And be sure to check out my instagram, @Alysalovely!  I’ll be updating daily with my #ootd/#dressemberootd (that’s outfit of the day ;))

xoxo,
Alysa

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eShakti Dress Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a customized dress from eShakti.com and I’m so excited to share my review with you here!

eShakti dress review

dress: c/o eShakti // shoes: Target // clutch: homemade // bracelet: Pandora

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I was so excited when I was contacted by eShakti to review one of their beautiful dresses on my blog.  The entire experiences was really fun.  There were a lot of dresses to choose from, and it was difficult to make a decision.  Plus, it’s really cool how easy it is to customize each dress and make it your own.  I chose this dress because it reminded me of a Frozen/Belle crossover.  It’s not a colour that I normally wear, but I love how bright and vibrant it is.

When it came to customizing the dress, there were quite a few options, and again, I had a lot of fun choosing what to customize.  You could add pockets, change the hemline, change the collar, or change the sleeves.  It was so easy to make the specific customizations according to my style.  And, I really like how with eShakti, it’s not about a specific numbered size, and everyone has to fit into what that size is supposed to be.  eShakti is based on your body, and your personal measurements.  I really liked going through and choosing how I wanted my dress to look.  My dress also arrived very soon after it was shipped, which was amazing.  One of my pet peeves with ordering online is how long it can take, but this took no time at all to come. The quality of the dress is also really good.  I feel like I’ll be able to wear this dress for a really long time.

And great news! You can use the code ‘alysalovely’ to get 10% off your order from eShakti.com!  You can use the code until October 28, 2016, you can add it to other codes and use it as often as you like 😉
You can also check them out on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter <3

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this dress at no charge in exchange for my honest review, and all the opinions stated here are my own.

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Half Moon Drive In

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dress: thrifted // jacket: Forever 21 // scarf: Little Stitches By Brandi Little // shoes: Target

Half Moon Diner

On the way out to the retreat last weekend, we stopped at the Half Moon Drive In for dinner.  It’s such a cute little retro restaurant that I had to take some pictures.  We both got double bacon cheeseburgers (which, I thought that meant it was going to be double bacon.. it was double burgers haha) and milkshakes.  It’s a super cute restaurant and a definite must see in Manitoba (in my opinion).  Plus, it was just fun to go get something to eat at an interesting and unique restaurant.  And, I had never been there before.  It was great!

xoxo,
Alysa

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bye bye summer

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top: American Apparel // leggings: SweetLegs // scarf: thrifted

new mama style

It’s crazy that summer is over.  Well, almost over. Technically, the last day of summer is next week, but it already feels like fall around here.  Which is really really nice.  It was pretty hot here all summer, and with a new baby, I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it.. especially at night.  But it’s getting cooler now!  It’s a relief haha

It also means that all my fave fall fashion-y things are coming out.  My sweaters, my scarves, my BOOTS! I love it! Looking forward to wearing all the fun fall things soon. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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rocking the mom jeans

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jeans: moms // shirt: thrifted // necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

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It’s a good day when I manage to take outfit photos before I get spit up on my clothes.  It’s an even better day when that happens and I’m wearing legitimate pre-pregnancy jeans.  These were legit my mom’s jeans, too. I kind of stole them from her. :p

I haven’t taken outfit photos in a while, for a number of reasons.  The main one being that whole spit up thing.  It’s not really a good look for me when I have some kind of spit up on my clothes.  But at the same time, I’m loving this whole mama-of-two thing.

The other reason I haven’t been able to is because most days, I have a velcro baby on my hands!  I love holding him, and carrying him, and wearing him in a carrier.. but good outfit photos don’t happen that way.  C’est la vie!

I never thought I would say this, because I’ve been a pro-summer girl pretty much my whole life, but I am looking forward to fall.  I am looking forward to wearing pants and sweaters and the like.  It’s fun to wear tiny dresses and shorts, but I’m excited for getting all warmed up and cozy.  And perfect timing.. it’s the end of August! It went by FAST, y’all! What happened to summer??

What are you looking forward to about the fall?

xoxo,
Alysa

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tiny red slide & flower crown

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dress: thrifted // bralette: La Senza // shoes: Toms // hair band: homemade by my sil

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How’s your summer been?  We’ve been keeping ourselves busy.  There are always things to do, and people to see.. which is just the way I like it!  Plus naps to have, and chocolate to eat.  It’s been a great summer so far, and I’m excited for the rest of it.

A lot of it is being spent in our very own back yard.  It’s nice to have a pretty good sized yard that we can roam around in.  There are rocks to pick up, and sticks to look at, and a little red slide!  Perfect for a little girl in the summer.  And next year, it’ll be perfect for a little girl and a little boy.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Life with two

new mama style

shirt: thrifted // leggings: SweetLegs // necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

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These pictures are a double win.  Not only was this the first time I was able to take outfit pictures since my son was born, but I also managed to do it before anyone spit up or peed or snotted on me!  #mamawin 😉

It’s been really fun around here with two, but definitely different.  There’s always someone who needs me.  I’m constantly getting up and getting something for someone, and it’s usually right after I sat down. It can be hard, too, though.  Sometimes I have two babies crying at the same time, and two little people who require my attention at the same time.  Most of the time, I can only take care of one need at once and so someone else is unhappy with the choice.  It’s not always easy, but at the end of the day when I look back over my day, I can (usually) honestly say that I love what I’m doing.. and I think that part makes all the difference.  Even if I get frustrated. Even if we are ALL crying (though that hasn’t happened yet haha). It’s important work and I am so happy to be able to do it <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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waiting is the hardest part…

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dress: Plato’s Closet // shoes: Target // hairband: Aldo Accessories

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Welp. I’m officially one week overdue.  Which is weird.  I never made it this far when I was pregnant with Autumn, so I’ve never been this pregnant before.  I’m totally and completely done though, it just seems like this little guy just hasn’t gotten that memo.  Hoping that he comes quick quick quick! I’m ready to hold him in my arms and snuggle him, and introduce him to Autumn, and show him off!

I’ve been basically living in maxi dresses lately.  I’m at the point of the pregnancy where I can’t be bothered to put lots of effort into what I’m wearing or makeup or things.  It’s tiring.  Plus, Autumn seems to be in a state where she constantly wants to be held.  Not that I mind, but it makes putting on makeup quite difficult.  I think she knows that a big change is coming!  I’m excited for her to be a big sister.

Wish me luck this week/keep us in your prayers!! I’m hoping this baby comes sooner rather than later 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: 40 weeks!!

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dress: Sammydress // shoes: Plato’s Closet // shirt: Bluenotes // scarf: thrifted

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I usually post my bump day update on Wednesday (because it’s hump day/bump day), but since today is my actual due date, I thought I’d post a little bit early!  Maybe, and with any lucky, I’m giving birth as you read this. What!! Could be! I’m really hoping so 😉

I am officially totally full term, 40 weeks pregnant.  But it could go over, definitely can’t come early now.  At this point, this little bean is about the size of a pikachu!! I’ve been waiting weeks to say that haha He’s been moving a lot still, definitely running out of room in there.  I’m really excited to see the little feet that keep kicking me.  <3

I feel pretty ready to be done!  But, in the very least, I’m hoping I don’t go over too much… but it’s not really up to me.  I’m as ready as I can be, but it all depends on how ready he is! We’ll just have to see how the next few days go.. but your continued thoughts and prayers are so very appreciated! And wish me luck <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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