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

Sleeveless Trench

Hey guys!  I wanted to share this simple look I wore a few weeks back.

I think it’s pretty obvious I have quite the fascination with sleeveless trenches/blazers (as seen here, here, here and here).  I love how effortlessly a sleeveless trench can add dimension to just about any outfit, from a tee-shirt and jeans, to a feminine little dress.  Versatile and always chic, the sleeveless trench is just the thing to help transition your style from summer to fall. Not to mention, it’s a great way for Miami-ans to embrace fall outerwear without suffering from heatstroke!

What are your favorite summer to fall transition pieces?

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Sleeveless Maxi Trench Coat: Lavish Alice via Asos; White Cotton Tank: Ann Taylor; White Skinnies: Ann Taylor;  White Mules: Mossimmo via Target ; Gold Rope and Tassel Necklace: INC International via Macys; White Clutch: ZARA.

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My Handbag Essentials

Rue La La: My Handbag Essentials

When it comes to clothing I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m not big on splurging. Clothing is so unfaithful. One season it’s in, another it’s “so last season”. One week it fits like a glove, the next week it fits like a sausage casing.  I usually prefer to indulge in handbags. They are eternally more forgiving of seasonal trend shifts and sudden, unexplained weight gains. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m an equal opportunity handbag collector.

Out of all the components that make up a fabulous outfit, I believe the handbag holds the most importance. A handbag is more than just the perfect accessory, to me, a handbag is my home away from home; a fabulous receptacle of a woman’s essential belongings for the day ahead. I have been eager to share a “What’s in My Bag” post for quite some time now, so when Rue La La asked me what my daily handbag essentials are, I simply could not resist sharing with you all here on Sun Fun Fashion!

Rue La La is an online shopping destination for the most desired brands at members-only prices and when it comes to handbags, Rue La La does not skimp on selection. With brands such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Michael Kors to name a few, Rue La La is the go-to site for designer/luxury handbags at discounted prices.

The peeps over at Rue La La know just how essential the right handbag is to a woman. I came across this handy Handbag Guide over on the Rue La La Blog which offers a wealth of information and tips such as choosing the right bag for every occasion, verifying the authenticity of luxury brand handbags and even a brief history of the handbag. Check it out! I’m sure you’ll learn something new!

Alright, let’s talk about my handbag essentials! Some women have the great fortune of leaving their abode with a clutch or cross-body carrying just the bare necessities. I am not one of those women. My needs are a bit more complex. I love my Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag because it is functional and fabulous! Walking to the metro station is part of my daily commute and I am constantly on the go. My daily adventures call for an assortment of 29 items which I like to break down as my survival kit and my beauty kit!

Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau

 Now, let’s go inside the bag:

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1) Wallet; 2) Keys; 3) Sunnies; 4) Ballet Flats; 5) Measuring Tape; 6) Blog Cards and Holder; 7) Iphone 5s; 8) Portable Charger; 9) Headphones; 10) Metro Card; 11) Car 2 Go Card; 12) Makeup Bag; 13) Mascara; 14) Mirror; 15) Blush; 16) Lipstick; 17) EOS Lipbalm 18) Concealer; 19) Nailpolish; 20) Band Aids; 21) Shout Wipes; 22) Crest Whitening Strips; 23) Cottonelle Fresh Wipes; 24) Book; 25) Notepad; 26) Reading Glasses; 27) Pen; 28) Mace; 29) KIND Bar (pictured below).

The Survival Kit:

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Fancy Wednesday

TARGET is having a huge sale on all summer clothes, shoes and accessories and well, considering we live in the eternal summer that is South Florida, this sale will have us stocked up on fashionable finds for months to come!  Here are a few of my Target Summer Clearance picks, but you can shop the entire sale here!  Happy shopping!

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Floral x Floral

I simply adore florals, not only are they easy to incorporate into your year round wardrobe (especially if you live in tropical Miami) but I also love mixing florals with other prints, or even other floral pieces to create a head -to- toe floral garden look such as today’s OOTD!  Someone invite me to a garden tea party!! I’m ready!

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Crochet floral top: The Dressing Room, (similar); Floral Pencil Skirt: Merona via Target, old, but LOVE this similar version; Crystal Color Necklace: ILY CoutureWhite Clutch: ZARA, sold out; Large Purple Stone Ring: Sole Society; Sunglasses: ALDO Shoes.

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Weekend Gladiator

I promise I did everything in my power NOT to give into the “knee high gladiator” trend and well, I FAILED.  Miserably! See here’s what happened….

I do 95% of all my shopping online.  The other 5% happens when I am forced to physically step foot into a mall to either exchange or return something.  Well, about a week ago I stepped foot inside of Macy’s Dadeland to exchange an item when there they were….. standing tall and mighty a top the always tempting Vince Camuto display.

You see, in a magazine or online, these knee high gladiators can be more easily overlooked. I mean they don’t LOOK very comfortable or versatile, do they? However, once you see them in person they are simply irresistible! I simply could not resist trying them on, and as I walked around Macy’s shoe department for a feel, I quickly realized these fierce, flat gladiators were the most comfortable straps of leather I’ve had on my feet, EVER! I could seriously walk the entire Roman Trail in these puppies (pun intended). *Note to self: Plan a trip to Rome pronto!

Well, you can all guess how this story ends… I purchased them! This time around I wore them with a belted, single shouldered dress to bring some fun and femininity to the mix!  With their high level of comfort and intense ferocity, these sandals will surely be my “Weekend Gladiators” for the summer!

Happy Weekend, Gladiators!  May your weekend’s be thrilling and prosperous!

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Knee HIgh Gladiator Sandals: Vince Camuto; Tribal Print One Shoulder Dress: Marshalls; Belt: Target; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Snake Wrap Cuff: Rachel Zoe.

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Señorita Flores

I have an admission to make…. I did an awful job at packing for my recent past trip to Los Angeles! Aside from the outfits, accessories and essentials for the actual FABB conference, I neglected to pack just about everything else!  I had no pajamas, no flip flops and only one extra T-shirt (the one you see below).  Considering the desperate and deficient circumstances in which the outfit below came to be, I had no intention of photographing this outfit.  However, after the Lucky FABB Networking Brunch, my boyfriend and I decided to take a stroll around L.A. and head to the Farmers Market for a late lunch and we came across this gorgeous mural on the side wall of a gas station and I just couldn’t resist snapping a few pics!

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Boyfriend Jeans: c/o Marshalls; Striped Tee: Tahari c/o Marshalls; Yellow Fringe Heels: Lorita c/o Shoedazzle; Gold Glitter Belt: Merona c/o Target; Handbag: DKNY Saffiano Large Work Shopper c/o Marshalls; Flower Statement Necklace: ILY Couture – “Viva Necklace”

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Seersucker

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a productive Monday! Seersucker is one of my favorite spring/summer fabrics.

What is seersucker?  Seersucker is a breathable woven cotton fabric, traditionally striped or checkered, with alternate stripes crinkled in the weaving giving it a slightly wrinkled appearance making this fabric perfect for those hot spring and summer months.  The word “seersucker” originates from the Hindi words “kheer aur shakkar”, meaning “rice pudding and sugar” due to the resemblance between the smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar.

That ladies and gentlemen is your Sun Fun Fashion Lesson of the day! Lol!

Have a great week everyone!

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Seersucker Blazer: Nine West c/o Macys; Yellow Skinnies: Loehmanns; Gold Sandals: Pour La Victoire; White Cobblestone Faux Leather Satchel: ALDO (this one is identical except for the texture of the leather); Gold Glitter Belt: MERONA c/o Target; Sunnies: Rayban Clubmaster.image_1 image_2image_1 image_2image

The Holy Grail

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! With a wedding and very special surprise birthday party to attend, this past Saturday proved the perfect day to debut the dress I consider the “Holy Grail” of the Peter Pilotto x Target Collection. The Jacquard Dress in Red Iris Print was the single most coveted piece of the collection, and at 3:00 a.m. on February 9, 2014, when I placed this dress in my shopping cart on Net-A-Porter.com, it took every fiber of my being to stop myself from screaming excitedly up and down the halls of my apartment building like a lunatic!

Just a few short hours later, this beauty was being resold on e-Bay for up to three times its original price of $79.99. I’m not going to lie, had I failed to purchase it directly from Target or Net-A-Porter for its original price, I would have paid double and would not have regret it for a second.

From the eye popping colors; genius geo-floral print; rich textured fabric; playful, pleated, tulle enhanced skirt; and fabulous bodice top. This dress is the most exquisite item to come out of any Target designer collaboration to date!

I went for an ultra playful and colorful spring look by adding blue (faux) suede shoes from Shoedazzle, a light blue clutch from Ann Taylor Loft and minimal accessories.

I wish you all a productive and joyful week!

xoxo

Martha

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Jacquard Dress in Red Iris Print: Peter Pilotto x Target (SOLD OUT); Blue Faux Suede Sandals: KAELA by Shoedazzle; Light Blue Patent Leather Clutch: Ann Taylor LOFT; Black/White Bracelet: Kate Spade.

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Fun Femme Frock

And so my love affair with the Peter Pilotto x Target Collection continues, but can you blame me?  I mean, look at the use of print and color on this frock; and the low-high cut, ruffled bottom goes without saying!  This little frock is fun and feminine all wrapped up with a matching black/white patent leather belt into one fabulous frock! I opted for all black and white accessories this time around, but for future use of this frock, I look forward to altering the dynamic by replacing the belt with a solid colored belt and coordinating accessories.  Of course, you will see it here on Sun Fun Fashion!

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Printed/Belted Frock: Peter Pilotto for Target; Bi-Color Black Toe Pump: Rock & Republic (sold out) but similar (here) and (here) ; Bib Necklace and Matching Bracelet: Kate Spade (old); Color-block Fold Over Clutch: Express (here); Sunnies: Rayban, Clubmaster Aluminum (here).

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What do you know….My dear friend, co-worker and photographer (yes, she’s a woman of many talents), Teri Rodriguez coincidently came into the office also wearing Peter Pilotto x Target!  Doesn’t she look fab!! Oh, yeah and her flats…. I DIE! Love ya Teri!

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