Maxi-mum Chic

happy Monday err, Tuesday!!!  sorry, i'm on vacation time!  we are staying in paradise with our best friends and their 2 boys and let me tell you, it is heaven! Currently, I am sitting poolside enjoying a mocktail with my bestie and soakin' up some rays. If you follow my insta, you know I already wore this dress to church a few weeks ago, but it's so easy breezy, I knew it would be perfect to bring to FLA. The print you guys, these photos don't even do it justice. It's definitely not new news that I love leopard print, but who knew blue and pink could be so gorgeous together?!  I stole these braids from my girl Chloe over at Topknots and Polkadots. If you're not already, go follow her, she's a doll and one of my blogger besties and you'll love her!! She was rocking these Dutch braids at brunch on Sunday, and I couldn't wait to try for myself! I think they give the look a whole new vibe, and of course I had to layer on a denim jacket because, idk, I just can't help but layer everything. back to this dress, it can actually be worn as maternity and is absolutely perfect for nursing, which is always my main concern when dressing. And lets be honest, most nursing styles are just not that cute. This sassy number comes from Pink Blush which not only offers women's clothing, but also a maternity site Pink Blush Maternity, that I wish I had known about when I was preggo, because the styles are so on trend and can still be worn in that post baby awkward phase. Should I take the plunge and go for babe #4, I will definitely be hitting them up to get me through those nine/ten months. Ok, so I'm totally schvitzing and I gotta take a dip, but I'll be back tonight with my vacay must haves. 
Enjoy your afternoon!!     
 "change your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly"
 
 
leopard maxi c/o Pink Blush
denim jacket 7 for all Mankind
shiraleah clutch TJ Maxx
white sandals GoJane
lucite sunnies Forever 21
gorjana v pendant necklace / sophie harper pave bar necklace / sophie harper x ring via Rocksbox [use code TARAXOXO2 to receive your first month FREE]
spiked midi rings / elton bangle c/o Kendra Scott
adria ear cuff / valrose ear crawler / starlet stud / rose hill bangle / starlet cuff / cono cuff / viseu bangles / starburst ring / halo ring c/o Moon & Lola
gleaming moment bangle / primrose sentiment wrap c/o Alex and Ani

ripe

 ok, so before we start, lets just acknowledge the elephant in the room, and by elephant I mean melons, and by melons, I mean these ginormous bubbies of mine.  seriously there's no hiding these puppies unless I wear a turtleneck and those aren't exactly nursing friendly.  so I apologize ahead of time, I know they're massive, but, they'll be gone soon enough, so just avert your eyes for now.  on to the good stuff, ie THIS ROMPER!!  the color is muy bueno, the fit is perfection and the lace . . . . EVERYTHING!  love love love would be an understatement.  i really didn't think it needed much styling, but just to make it my own, i slung my denim jacket over my shoulders and threw my hair in a mini top knot.  what else can i say?   its all about the romper!  have a great weekend lovies!!!
"life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can"

ALL IMAGES MARIE RODRIGUEZ
 
romper Trina Turk via Belk c/o // jacket Gap // hat c/o Goorin Bros // sandals Charlotte Russe // bangles c/o Alex and Ani // necklace via Rocksbox // earrings Moon and Lola //
Ray-Bans c/o Ditto [use code: SOUTHERNBELLES to receive your first month free]

laced on + tie up

HUMP DAAAAYYY!!!  i'm literally screaming this in my head like the giant camel in the office.  Wednesday always seems to be the calm in my storm of a life.  i never have anything scheduled, and we have church in the evening which just rejuvenates my soul.  i wore this dress to a Wednesday night service just a few weeks before Mav was born.  its not maternity, i just went up a size.  so now that he's out, and my waistline is slowly shrinking down to size, i keep a jacket tied around my waist like 95% of the time.  i guess because its almost like a belt in that it cinches you in and you know me, i love to layer!!  even in this scorching heat (i know, i can't help myself) one way or another, im gonna add a jacket to my outfits.  these lace-up gladiators are the perfect boho sandal for summer and they're gold, so obvi i love them . . . plus, they're under $40!!!  so, i have been searching for lace-ups since last summer, but they all seemed to be a little out of my price range and then i spotted these guys and ordered them immediately!  the hardest part was limiting myself to only 1 pair, but i still think i will end up getting them in brown just because i know i'll wear them like ALL THE TIME!  side note: i also ordered these wannabe birks and they pretty much haven't left my feet since they arrived.  finishing off my look with a bright pop of blue are my latest pair of sunglasses from Ditto!!  you guys, this endless eyewear program is pretty much the greatest thing that's ever happened to my face (and my wallet).  my sunnies obsession is a bit ridic, and being able to swap out whenever i want is totally playing to my weakness!  scroll down to snag your free code and prepare to be hooked!!! 
"do something today, that your future self will thank you for"
 
ALL IMAGES MARIE RODRIGUEZ
 
dress c/o Belk // denim jacket Gap // sandals American Eagle // bag Brahmin c/o Belk //
studs House of Harlow // necklace Rocksbox // bangles c/o Alex & Ani // watch c/o Jord //
aviators c/o Ditto [use code SOUTHERNBELLES to receive your first month FREE]

the prince and his plants

boo for Monday!  but yay for the fact that I actually got a post live according to plan!!!  the flu has officially taken over my house, and one by one, we have all been infected.  sounds fun, right?  well, its not great, but with the boys snuggled in bed, it has allowed me a few moments of silence to get some work done.  im very hopeful that one day I will be able to show you a fully finished home tour, but for now, we'll just have to settle for our half-done reno and at least give you a little glimpse into where were headed.  the master bedroom is my sanctuary!  and definitely where we spend most of our time.  in our old houses, we always had nurseries for the boys, but we never ended up using them, so this time around, we didn't even bother.  we are one of those weird crunchy families that believes in the family bed, so all of our boys sleep in here with us, including baby mav, who has his own little corner to keep him close by for those 2 am feedings!  and by the size of him, you know he's not missing out on too many of those.  ok, so i literally had Jeremy hanging shelves moments before these pictures were taken, but I love this cozy corner and it has everything i need to get my mom job done.  this massive recliner was waiting for us when we got home from the hospital because my in-laws are the best and knew i would need a comfy chair for the sleepless nights ahead, and im not gonna lie, i pretty much slept in it for the first month.  what i also live in most days??  pajamas!!  sorry to disappoint you guys, but i spend a lot of my time in a robe or jammies, or in this case, both!  its easily 2pm most days before i have the chance to shower, but in a pretty matched set, at least i'm decent enough to answer the door for the delivery man!  my favorite accessory in our "mock-nursery" are these python chucks.  i still have yet to decide if i will actually let him wear these or just keep them on display for all eternity.  the newest additions to our home are exotic angel house plants!  i am usually a fresh flowers only kinda girl, because i tend to kill everything, so i was pretty hesitant to bring these guys into my home and yes, i realize you are supposed to put them in a pretty pot of your own, but i was pretty sure they would be dead by now, so i didn't feel the need to invest.  i am very proud to report that both plants are not only still alive, but thriving!  snow white is my favorite, her purple leaves add a pretty pop to our bland d├ęcor, and fittonia is keeping ms rivers company with her red veins.  i'm thinking of adding a few of the bigger guys to the rest of our house, and just because instagram has created a succulent craze, i might need one or two just so i can be like the cool kids ;)
"what you plant now, you will harvest later" 

 
ALL IMAGES MARIE RODRIGUEZ

pajama set and robe c/o Belabumbum
exotic angel house plants c/o Costa Farms
sneaks c/o Taxidermy