Off the Shoulder

Happy Friday Dolls! Now I know I am a little late to the game in writing about the widely popular “Off the Shoulder” trend, but this trend isn’t going anywhere, any time soon.  In Miami, showing a little skin is always in and for everyone else preparing for the Fall months, bare shoulders are transitioning into Fall by way of off the shoulder sweaters and cold shoulder turtlenecks and long sleeved blouses.

I purchased this dress from Boohoo.com and to be frank I was somewhat reluctant to order from this site because the prices seemed a bit “too good to be true”.  However, despite my hesitations I took a leap of faith and ordered this dress in two colors and another OTS (Off the Shoulder) top.  Overall, I must say I was fairly pleased with the quality of the items I ordered. I would compare the quality of the clothing to that of Forever 21.  When it comes to trendy pieces I try not to break the bank and that is what sites like Boohoo are ideal for, trendy pieces at very low prices. I originally had my heart set on this MLM Label Maison Dress, but the price tag gave me heart palpitations and so I settled for the very similar version you see me wearing here for a fraction of the price!

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OTS Ruffle Dress; Tassel Necklace: Forever 21 (similar); Espadrille T-Strap Wedge: Catherine Malandrino via TJ Maxx (on Sale for $20.00); Handbag: Louis Vuitton; Fur Pom Pom Key Chain: Michael Kors

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Roman Lion’s Newborn Lifestyle Shoot

Today I am finally sharing Roman’s Newborn Lifestyle shoot photos! I am so happy that despite the rushed circumstances of Roman’s birth, we were able to put this shoot together and capture such beautiful moments.

As many of you may already know, I delivered Roman 18 days earlier than his originally anticipated arrival due to a pregnancy complication called Obstetric Cholestasis. In short, Obstetric Cholestasis is a rare pregnancy complication caused by a build-up of bile acids in the bloodstream. The bile salts in the blood cause a persistent and in my opinion, uncontrollable itch on the skin and most notably on the soles of your feet. The bile in the bloodstream could have potentially become toxic to my little Roman and therefore I was induced on May 31, 2016 and gave birth on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, three days before my scheduled maternity photo shoot.

Therefore, my maternity photo shoot turned into Roman’s Newborn Lifestyle photo shoot. The nursery was not yet finished and I had not ordered any newborn outfits or props for Roman’s photo shoot! But thanks to the very accommodating Darling Dreams Photography team and the fast-as-lightning hands of Danielle Spencer of Red Owl Photo Props, we were able to set up the shoot and suit Roman into this adorable hand knit Lion costume! I am so glad it all came together because these are photos I will cherish for a lifetime!

Special thanks to my boyfriend Daniel for quickly making the nursery photo shoot ready; to my sister (and MUA) Victoria for providing the glam; and my sweet niece Cyane for helping me sponge bathe Roman that morning!

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Bump Style Recap

Hey everyone! I bet you all thought I had completely forgotten about Sun Fun Fashion and although my infatuation with my baby boy Roman and being a first time mommy has completely consumed my life, I still think it’s important for all mommies to find some time for themselves (whenever possible) and engage in activities that bring them clarity and joy.  Easier said than done, I know and since “me time” is very scarce from now on I’ll probably be a lot less wordy in my posts. This will definitely take some pressure off and hopefully increase the frequency of my style posts, if not at least maintain the frequency of my posts. After all, my main goal here on Sun Fun Fashion is to share my personal style, not my Pulitzer Prize winning writing skills.

Now, I wish I could tell you that I’ve transitioned from fabulous fashionista to fabulous mommy, but that is certainly not the case. Since Roman’s birth I have been living in PJ’s, robes and flip flops and have had zero time for hair and makeup. And since no one wants or should have to see that, I will not be sharing my OOTD today.  Instead, in the spirit of #NationalBumpDay I have compiled a collection of my maternity looks (many of which did not make it on the blog) in hopes of inspiring all the soon-to-be mommys!

I will be returning to work next Monday at which time I will be forced to bathe daily, dress up and once again appear to be a functioning, contributing member to society. It will be a bittersweet day as I cannot imagine being away from my little Roman for 8 hours in a single day, however I am looking forward to getting into my new routine as a working mommy and fashionista.

Wish me strength and luck on my return to work next week! I wish you guys a happy #HumpDay and happy #BumpDay to all the beautiful pregnant women in the world!

xoxo,

Martha

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Easy Breezy Boho Chic

Hey guys! I hope you all are having an “Easy Breezy” weekend so far.  I will be spending most of my weekend taking part in my new favorite past time: working on Baby G’s (Baby Guenechea) nursery!  I am very proud of our progress so far, we’ve painted; built the crib, dresser, changing table; and organized Baby G’s clothing (or at least what clothing we have so far).  Despite the progress we still have so much work to do! Preparing for a baby is an enormous amount of work and I don’t want to leave anything for the last minute.  I shared a little sneak peek at the nursery on IG earlier this week (here), but I can’t wait to share the final outcome with you all!

Here’s an “Easy Breezy” shirt dress look I put together with the help of a few colorful boho accessories.  I love this shirt dress because it is work or weekend appropriate, lightweight and will carry over well sans baby bump.  I’ve been very selective about my maternity style purchases ensuring that I select items that I can also make use of after pregnancy.  Consider that my #1 maternity style tip!  I’ll be working on a list of maternity style tips this week and sharing them on the blog very soon!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and as always, thanks for stopping by!

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White Shirt Dress: BCBG MaxAzria (similar, similar)

Necklace: Girls Will Be Girls Boutique

Ring: ALDO Shoes

Wedges: Schutz (on SALE here)

Fringe Bag: Gift from BFF

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PinkBlush Maternity & $75 Giveaway

They say “Spring is when life is alive in everything” and this couldn’t hold any truer for me personally than it does this Spring!  Today marks the 28 week point in my pregnancy and I am happy to share that I continue to feel happier, healthier and more alive than ever. Being pregnant  has been the single most magical and rewarding experience in my entire life. At 28 weeks, I am feeling my baby boy’s movements more than ever; can finally say my voracious appetite is slowly subsiding; and have become obsessed with the decor and completion of my little man’s nursery.

As you can see, my baby bump is growing bigger and more beautiful every waking moment and thanks to a little help from my friends over at PinkBlush Maternity, styling my bump has been simple, fun and affordable.  As soon as I found out I was pregnant I immediately began the hunt for stylish, yet affordable maternity clothes and PinkBlush resulted in the answer to my maternity style prayers.  With a vast selection of maternity tops, bottoms, dresseshospital robes and maternity plus sizes, PinkBlush is a one stop shop for maternity fashion!  I personally can’t get enough of their beautiful selection of maxi dresses, you’ve seen me in one of their gorgeous wrap around maxi dresses before here; I also purchased that same wrap dress in a different print which I plan to wear for my office baby shower on April 8th (stay tuned for that); and in today’s maternity style post I am wearing the ‘Coral Damask Bottom Maternity Maxi Dress’ which is available in a variety of colors and plus sizes too!

What I love most about PinkBlush’s Maxi Dresses is their versatility. Not only are they specially made to accommodate a growing baby bump from day 1 to day 280, but you’ll be happy to know that PinkBlush’s maxi dresses are also tailor-made to fit even after you’ve given birth and lost all the baby weight.  What’s more is the facility of a maxi dress to take you from day to evening with just the switch of a few accessories.  Today’s post shows how my ‘Coral Damask Bottom Maternity Maxi Dress’ took me from a day time stroll around the Coral Gables Farmers Market, to an evening dinner date with my love with just a quick change of shoes and accessories.

And now, the part you’ve all been waiting for…… Giveaway Time!! I’ve teamed up with PinkBlush to bring you an amazing giveaway just in time for spring shopping!  How does a $75.00 gift card to shop PinkBlush sound? By the way, have I mentioned that PinkBlush has a collection of non-maternity clothing as well?  That’s right, pregnant or not this is a giveaway you don’t want to miss!

There are two options for entering, you can choose either option, or to increase your chances of winning, you can do both:

Option 1: Subscribe to Sun Fun Fashion!  Enter your e-mail address into the slot provided in the upper right hand corner of the Sun Fun Fashion Home Page and click SUBSCRIBE.

Option 2: Head on over to my Instagram and follow the steps provided in any of my posts featuring PinkBlush! (here and here)

The winner will be announced via e-mail and/or Instagram DM on April 4, 2016!  Good luck!

 

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Maternity Style Must Have

We all love to hate Kim Kardashian, but we gotta give her credit where credit is due, and while I give her kuddos for turning a shoddy sex tape into a multi-million dollar empire, that is not what I will be crediting her in today’s blog post. I will however, be crediting her for influencing my all-around “Maternity Style Must Have”….. The endlessly versatile Wolford Fatal Dress.

Although I don’t customarily wear skin tight dresses, I can’t think of a better time to embrace my womanly curves than during pregnancy.  Made of a luxe, super stretchy fabric, the Wolford Fatal Dress is the essential dress to accommodate a woman’s flourishing, baby making body; and as if finding the perfect LBD to sustain you through 9 months of pregnancy wasn’t valuable enough, you’ll be wowed to know that this amazing dress can be worn in at least 10 different ways!

We all know maternity clothing can be pricey, and although the Wolford Fatal Dress’ $215.00 price tag isn’t necessarily on the low end, when you consider the countless styling possibilities and potential for postpartum wear, it truly is a bang for one’s buck.

What’s your maternity style must have?

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Bridal Tea Party

Tis’ the season to be married, fa la la la la la la la la!

Yep, its wedding season my friends and with weddings come Bridal Showers!  Ever since I’ve known my BFF, Melissa she has been “wishin’ and hopin’ and prayin’..” for her “Big Day” and this upcoming weekend all her plannin’ and dreamin’ will come true!  Meli always said that when it came time for her Bridal Shower she wanted a Tea Party theme and boy did she get one!

The proud mother of the bride spent countless hours scouring virtually every Goodwill and antique shop in Miami to collect the tea sets used for the shower, which were later given to guests as favors. We noshed on finger foods such as tea sandwiches, croissants, cheese and pastelitos, but my favorite part was the never-ending spread of sweets consisting of macarons, petit fours, mini tiramisu’s, passion fruit and chocolate mousse cups, cupcakes, brownies and cake (just to name a few).  As you will see in the pics below, the decor was an absolute dream materialized using flowers, vintage hat boxes, lace, a crystal chandelier and Meli’s mother went as far as borrowing a vintage bird cage (together with birds) from a friend to create the most perfectly whimsical setting for Melissa’s Tea Party Bridal Shower.

I wore a floral wrap dress from my favorite maternity website PinkBlush Maternity.  I really cannot say enough about this amazing site! PinkBlush Maternity carries exceptional quality, fashionable maternity clothing, at beyond reasonable prices.  Believe it or not, this gorgeous floral wrap dress was under $50.00! I highly recommend PinkBlush to all my fellow mommies to be!

xoxo,

Martha

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In the Trenches

Hi guys! Here’s a look I wore a few weeks ago, but didn’t get around to posting sooner as I’ve been feeling a bit “In the Trenches”.  I’m currently getting over the second upper respiratory infection I’ve managed to acquire throughout this pregnancy and boy has it taken its toll on me!  Congestion has actually been a constant throughout my pregnancy  and apparently its a constant for many women due to the increased blood flow to all mucous membranes, caused by the high levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy.

Miami’s recent temperamental weather hasn’t been much help either, but at least its presented me the chance to wear one of my favorite statement pieces, this maxi sleeveless trench. You’ve seen me wear it on the blog before here, but I’ve worn it numerous times with everything from short skirts and high-waisted shorts to midi-skirts and jeans.  What makes this sleeveless trench a major statement piece is the dramatic length which can turn even the simplest cotton bodycon dress into a head turning ensemble.  Because being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t turn heads in admiration!

Hope you guys have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

xoxo,

Martha

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Weekend Bumpin’

While I still haven’t entirely renounced my beloved collection of stilettos, these days in my fifth month of pregnancy when my balance and equilibrium are a bit off (a common side effect of adjusting to a growing mid-section) you will most likely catch me reaching for midi-heels, kitten heels or chunky block heels during the work week.  But on weekends, sneakers are my saving grace!

Now, opting for sneakers doesn’t mean you’re confined to athletic wear or T-shirts and jeans (not that there is anything wrong with that). The feminine/masculine mishmash of sneakers with dresses/skirts has been a hot trend on the runways for quite some time and according to Glamour Magazine, sneakers are once again one of the hottest shoe trends for Spring 2016!

I personally love J.Crew’s selection of sneakers perfect for combining with dresses and skirts. The key to pulling off sneakers with dresses and skirts is PROPORTION. Never wear high tops with a knee length skirt.  Such combination will visually cut off your legs making you look short and stout– something to avoid at all costs, especially while baby bumpin’. Sneakers that are cut below the ankle such as Keds, Converse or the New Balance’s you see me wearing below will elongate your legs, making the proportion of your comfy yet stylish  outfit look much better!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend so far and thanks for stopping by Sun Fun Fashion!

xoxo,

Martha and Baby G

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The Struggle

I think any woman who currently is, or has ever been pregnant would agree that the first trimester of pregnancy can best be described as “The Struggle”.  The struggle to come to terms with the enormous change your life is about to undergo; the struggle to not worry yourself sick about the delicate life you carry inside; the struggle to not eat everything in sight, together with the struggle to keep it all down; the struggle to stay awake after lunch and the struggle to get dressed every morning, just to name a few.

During the second and third month of pregnancy the struggle to fit into your pre-pregnancy pants gets real!  Not ready to give into maternity pants just yet, you seek solace in using the good ole’ hair tie trickbelly band and a heavy rotation of leggings.  By month four you’re sick of struggling with hair ties and your leggings are pretty much worn out and begging to be retired! Enter maternity pants!

I recently gave into my need for comfort and style and purchased these Twill Skinny Leg Maternity Pants by MOTHERHOOD Maternity in both khaki and navy and my bump couldn’t be happier!  Not only is the twill material comfortable, but its a considerably chic upgrade from cotton leggings. I also love the versatile ankle length which can be worn with heels on days I’m feeling invincible, or flats on days when “the struggle is real”.

I am so happy to be back here on Sun Fun Fashion and I really hope you all will follow along and enjoy this life and wardrobe altering journey through maternity with me!  Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Martha

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Black Turtleneck: Marshalls; Tweed Blazer: Marshalls; Khaki Maternity Pants: Motherhood – Fit Belly Tech Twill Skinny via Amazon; Black Heeled Booties: Target (sold out, but similar styles here ; Black Handbag: H & M (similar); Tan Wool Felt Fedora: Expressimage2IMG_3554 (1)-0012image1_11