Dressing the Bump

Dress: A Pea in the Pod (also love this one)   |   Necklace: Kendra Scott   |   Sandals: Joie (50% off!)

So, guys, I'm gonna be honest with you on this one. Before I got pregnant, I thought dressing a bump would be seriously so fun and I couldn't wait to have all of these cute outfits showing off this growing little baby but let me tell ya, it's not all it's cracked up to be. 

One the first hand, let's tackle the elephant in the room- or the elephants- the boobs. Yes, I knew they would grow but I mean no one tells you that you go up 2 cup sizes by 22 weeks? No? Just me-- great. Just in case there are women out there like me, growing boobs isn't all that fun. First off, all of my wonderful bras- couldn't fit into them if I wanted to so right now I'm alternating between three very generic- incredibly comfortable- bras. All of them are this one from Victoria's Secret that I highly recommend! They have truly saved me. I'm trying to embrace them (figuratively, not literally) but it makes getting dressed tough. I have stocked up on these tanks for undershirts to keep them contained in shirts that still fit otherwise. 

Every day clothing- this category has definitely gotten more fun once I got passed the "oh, congrats! I thought you just had a big lunch" bump phase. Cute dresses like this one (and I have one similar to this) are amazing for weekends or going to dinner with Ryan. BUT, here's the thing. From bloggers I follow and such, so many people were said they bought non-maternity items and didn't go up a size and yet they fit. That was NOT the case with me. For a while, it made me sad and then just depressed because I felt like my old things were supposed to be fitting and EVERYTHING was just plain uncomfortable so I just let it go. Bottom line, turns out I have a body that just really has to be more in maternity wear (yay for shopping boo for my wallet) and everyone's body is different! I have been wearing maternity jeans since 6 weeks (huge thanks to my friend Taylor who literally gave me bags of clothes to borrow) and ya know what- they're so comfortable! 

My biggest pet peeve even before I got pregnant was shirts that were too short and I just have to say if you're pregnant and looking for basic tees- you have to get these from Target! The price point is amazing, they wash great, not sheer and super comfortable and long! I'm off to buy 4 more- not a joke. 

Business attire- so I work full-time at a university in their marketing department and unfortunately don't have a super flexible dress code. The good news is it's not like I'm a lawyer but business casual is a must. I am going to do just a post of that with outfits that I've been putting together that have been comfortable yet professional, really focused on a few staples so you don't have to spend tons of money on maternity clothes! 

Do you have any advice dressing a bump?! I'll take anything you guys got! 

the outlaw,



6 Steps to Lasting Friendships


I hit the jackpot with this group of friends. They are truly the strongest, most inspiring women I know. They all flew down to Florida to "surprise" me for my 25th Birthday, only Bailey and Megan got too excited and spilled the secret as soon as they booked their flights (haha so typical, but I love them for it). We all met at Purdue and before this weekend, we hadn't all been in the same place at the same time since our graduation (aka it had been 3 years too long)! I love how everything in our lives has changed, like moving all over the country and starting different careers and getting engaged (MEGAN), yet everything has stayed the same. I'm sharing some tips for how me made our friendship last long distance and loads of snapshots from the birthday weekend below.

As promised, here are my 6 steps to maintaining strong friendships:

1. Start a group chat.

Group text, group snap chat, group Facebook messenger, group Instagram messages- I'm not kidding, we have them all, and we use them all. Whether it's sending hilarious memes, asking for prayer requests, ranting about our day, this is our most common mode of communication. A group message is the easiest way to make everyone feel included and up to date. I hear from at least one of them every single day on one of these chats, and it's typically the highlight of my day too. #harrysbananapeppers

2. Download Houseparty.

This is not an ad; we just seriously swear by this app. It's basically 3-way calling but for FaceTime and with 5 people. We schedule Houseparty dates to catch up on each other's lives or if someone has a big update, like when Megan got engaged! It makes me feel like I'm sitting on a couch with my best friends instead of being thousands of miles away from them.

3. Schedule times to call each other.

Phone tag is the WORST, especially when you're also very forgetful and forget to return phone calls (sorry my b...). Instead of dealing with that mess, I schedule times to call my friends. Text them and ask when they are free the following week and add the phone call into your planner. I know it seems so lame to "pencil in" your best friends, but when you both have crazy busy schedules, it makes life easier! And it also gives you something to look forward to during a long work day.

4. Annual friend's trips.

This one is probably my favorite bit of advice. We decided to nix buying birthday presents and instead spend our money on an annual friend trip. Last year some of us went to NYC and had a blast and this year we all met up in Florida. Next year will be a big bachelorette party, location TBD!

5. Remember important dates.

Obviously you should call your friends on their birthdays, but try texting and calling them on other important days too. I try my best to remember their first days at new jobs, move-in days, big interviews. It can be as easy as sending a quick text wishing them good luck. It will mean the world to them that you remembered and that you are thinking about them. And if you are terrible at remembering dates (cough cough Kari), write them in your planner!

6. Hold each other up.

Both figuratively and literally (see above pictures). There are some horrible people out there that are going to try to tear your friends (or sisters) down, whether its a colleague saying they aren't good enough for their job, a boy who breaks their heart or disrespects them, a friend who doesn't include them, family that tries to take away their joy. The best thing you can do for your friends is encourage them, listen to them, support their decisions, threaten to light bad boys on fire (kidding. kind of.). I know my friends would do literally anything for me, so I try to uphold the same standard for myself, and you should too!

I hope this post is helpful to you! Share with your friends who are about to graduate or move long distance. How do you stay close to your girlfriends? Do you have any advice?

the favorite,


Family Photos on the Beach

So yes we're still catching up on posts but we couldn't not share our family photo session! The fact that we were all dressed up (and coordinated for that fact) and there were no crying or sleeping babies is one for the books. With so many of us, it gets difficult to have everyone in the same place at the same time so these memories will always be cherished :) 

the sisters