Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bump Style Breakdown: Volume 3

This week's bump style breakdown is all about the casual, sporty maternity style. Comfortable kicks, distressed denim & a baseball cap, the perfect outfit staples for an expectant mama on the go!

For my first two pregnancies, I never even invested in a pair of good maternity jeans because I felt like I would never really wear them. But regular jeans with the old hair tie trick just aren't cutting it anymore. It wasn't until this time around that I discovered how a pair of full panel, over the belly maternity jeans can be as comfortable as a pair of sweats, but maybe just a tad more stylish. ;) I will love distressed denim forever & will most likely continue to wear these well after baby girl arrives! 

This striped tee (the same style as the polka dot one that I wore a few posts back) has quickly become one of my favorite shirts. I have always loved stripes on a baby bump! The material is so soft & the longer length with side rouching is so flattering for a growing belly. Adding a baseball cap, for days when styling my hair is just not in the cards, and comfy shoes for chasing the kids around, and this outfit is practical to the max.

Be sure to check out Anna & Leanne's blogs to see how they pull together their sporty maternity style! XO

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Birthday Eve, Eloise Ruby!

Our sweet little dark haired, blue eyed, beautiful baby girl. We can't believe that you are turning one year old tomorrow! You have taken us all by storm since the day you were born, always doing things your own way & surprising us with the unexpected every step of the way. You are our wild girl, always on the go & ready to see what you can get away with next. Your smile lights up the room. No matter how much fun you are having or even how upset you might be, you leap into our arms any chance you get. You are snuggly & sweet, and you give the best sloppy open mouth kisses. You love to dance, you love to be rocked & you will never turn down a chance to hold hands when you are walking. You are pretty much the best, Ellie baby. We love you more than words can say & can not wait to celebrate your very first birthday.

Chambray Stripe Shirt (Gap, sold out, similar here & here) // Pocket Bloomers // Neon Pink Moccasins // Necklace (Crewcuts, sold out, similar here & here)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Five Spring Beauty Favorites

One of my favorite things to read about in blog land are hair + beauty favorites. I love reading reviews & hearing what products people have tried & loved. I feel like I give up on beauty products in the winter, my hair is always dry & full of static, I see no point in having a tan when I'm constantly wearing sweatshirts & we don't go near as many places when it is cold, so who needs makeup? ;) But once Spring rolls around, it's game on, so I thought I would share with you my top five current faves!
TanWise Sunless Tanner // Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer // DryBar Triple Sec // Voluminous False Fiber Lash Mascara // Jergens BB Body Cream

Tanwise Dark Bronzing Mousse paired with the Tanwise Face Tanning Gel are the perfect Spring self tanning combination. I have tried them all, and have fallen victim (only to blame myself) to many streaky, orange tans! But I am convinced that I have found the perfect self tanner, only bronze, no hint of orange. I like to use the gel on my face because it gives you plenty of time to rub it in without drying too quickly, and no oily feeling left behind, so you are able to apply makeup right away. It is very subtle color too so you can use it often & not worry about too much color. I have used this gel on my chest & arms as well when I don't have the time to do a full application with the mousse, but come summertime, I think the entire duo will be necessary! The mousse is amazing, it is very full color (be sure to avoid the knees & elbows) but you can see the color as you apply it so it is really easy to get a good, non-streaky tan. I also recommend using an applicator glove because this stains your hands pretty harsh. Although Mrs. Jones Soapbox Scrub will take it right off! ;)

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer & L'Oreal False Fiber Lashes Mascara are two of my very favorites, both which can be found at Target as well but are often sold out. I am always willing to spend more on good makeup, but these are both crazy affordable & I love them far more than any expensive alternative.

I tried DryBar Triple Sec Texturizer on a whim as we stopped in the new DryBar that opened near us & instantly fell in love. For someone with thin, fine hair, this is a dream!! It works as a dry shampoo, amplifier & texturizer, and seriously smells amazing! I first bought a sample size bottle & immediately went back for the full size. I love this as an all-in-one product to avoid having to wash my hair every day & to give it tons of volume & texture for styling. Quite possibly my favorite hair product of all time!

Jergens BB Body Cream has been a long time favorite as well. I used to shy away from Jergens lotions because of the scent, but this scent is very subtle & smells good. This is the perfect lotion for Spring when you start to show a little more skin, I always dread wearing shorts & dresses for the first time with dry winter skin, so this is a must-have for me.

For my everyday makeup, my favorites are Too Faced BB Cream (in vanilla), Nars Bronzer (in Laguna) & L'Oreal Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner. I am not really partial to anything else specifically, I am always open to suggestions for great shadows, blushes & lip color! Now it's your turn, have you tried any of these? What is your Spring beauty product that you can't live without?!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birthday Weekend + Tornado Warnings

Thank you all so much for the sweet birthday wishes on Instagram (@jlgarvin), we had a laid back weekend spending time together & eating all of my favorite foods. Pretty much all you can ask for when turning 29, while 29 weeks pregnant, on a Sunday! I vaguely remember saying last year "well at least I'll be able to have a few birthday cocktails next year..." joke's on me!

Brandon & the girls surprised me with breakfast in bed, crepes in fact, which Brandon stayed up late the night before making batter. Sweetest ever! My little monkeys got in bed with me to snuggle, eat & smear Nutella all over the place. It rained most of the day so we just hung out at home, and later on my parents kept the girls for a few hours while we did some birthday shopping & got sushi. Afterwards, we all went to my parents house to have my favorite publix vanilla & buttercream cake that I ask for every year. It never gets old! It was the best kind of day, I have so many things to be thankful for & I am excited for all of the things to come in the last year of my twenties. Next year, we are going to Vegas! ;)

Fast forward to today, my mom took the day off work to hang out with me & the girls for our birthdays so we decided to take the girls to play, do a little shopping & grab lunch. We were just about to leave the mall after Harper insisted on playing at the train table for just one more minute (fifteen times...) when a storm rolled in & the sirens went off. We debated jumping in the car to rush home but we immediately got alerts on our phones saying there was a tornado warning & to take shelter. As we inched back inside the doors of Von Maur, one of the employees requested that we all take shelter in their clearance shoe room, as they were about to shut the store down. They closed the doors, pulled the metal bars down over them, and about fifty people huddled inside the shoe room, for the next HOUR. It was quite the adventure, we ended up blowing bubbles for lots of upset toddlers missing their nap times while everyone took turns trying on shoes & snacking on all of the chocolate that the staff brought in. Not a bad place to be trapped during a storm! ;) We made it home safe, and although the nap time train was long gone, the sun was shining & we got to take the kids outside for some water table action. The adventures of being 29!

Hope you all had great weekend! XO

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

It has rained the entire week here, we have been stuck inside & even confined to our first floor as the bathtub refinishing fumes were pretty overwhelming. So what is one to do? Throw an air mattress on the living room & have a week long camp out. The girls have been using it as a trampoline for most of the week, we somehow managed to take a giant group nap on it & because of it, I have been far less productive than usual. So here's to a lazy Friday, a sunny weekend & a roundup of a few favorites over the past few days. Including these silly girls faces...

...and Harper's response the other day to me asking her to clean up her toys.

Girlfriend literally took every single item, including chair pillows, out of her play area & hid them in a giant pile behind the dining room table. Hashtag nailed it.

I may be the last person on earth to have heard of Beyond Yoga, but I recently got a pair of their yoga pants & a tank, and have decided I may need a comfy clothes overhaul so I can live in their yoga gear from now on. I'm obsessed with all of the colors & styles, they're just too good not to share! They are the softest material & best fit on the planet, and best of all, they have both maternity & non-maternity styles!

If you haven't tried this Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer yet, you are in for a treat! It has been my favorite makeup product for the last few weeks, I gave up on my long time favorite Nars concealer in favor of this, you can't beat the price & I love that it never creases! Highly recommended if any of you live in the land of dark circles like me! ;) I like both the Light & the Brightener shades, depending on what other makeup I am wearing, whether I want to use it as more of a highlighter or just to blend in with my skin tone.

During this week's book store adventures, I spotted the most adorable new kids book called Home . I love the story & the illustrations are the cutest, this would be the perfect addition to a little boy's room just for decor as well!

I am loving this recipe for 4-Ingredient Coconut & Nutella Fudgsicles, Harper would have a blast making these with me & I think it would be a tossup between which one of us would love eating them more.

And since this post could use a little excitement, let's talk about BIRTHDAYS! Today is my mom's birthday, she is in Iowa visiting family so we are sad that we can't celebrate with her, but chocolate cake & granddaughter kisses await! It's also my brother Josh's birthday today, he is two years younger than me & reminds me of it every year. I turn 29 on Sunday, I see sushi (cooked, of course) mad snacks & really lame pregnant girl activities like napping in my near future! And best of all, Eloise turns one next week!! Where has the time gone! So excited to celebrate her silly little self next weekend with woodsy & whimsical (and hopefully outdoor) party!
Have the best weekend!! XO

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


We have been experimenting with our little love bugs & their newest quest to share a bedroom. They are obsessed with each other, Eloise looks up to her big sis so much & wants to do everything Harper is doing. Harper always watches out for her & makes sure that she is happy. Except for when she is the one tormenting her, of course.

We moved Eloise's crib into Harper's room, but have the new crib for the new babe set up in the nursery where Eloise currently still sleeps, because Eloise is still bat shit crazy in the middle of the night & we can't subject Harper to that madness quite yet. Observations so far, as we have just barely dipped our toes in the room sharing waters:

1. There are eighty five books/toys/blankets/things in this room but they will fight over one single thing always.
2. Harper thinks of Eloise's crib as a jungle gym, she wants to climb in, fill it with toys & jump in it. I am positive this will happen multiple times at 2am when Harper wakes up with a bad dream that there is a "giant truck in my room!"
3. Their bedtime routine already lasts anywhere between one to two hours, and Harper will gladly drag out for another century asking for different socks, another drink of water, a trip to the bathroom, a tissue & chapstick. I imagine things will get even more carried away as they are in the room together. And Eloise starts talking.
4. I will call it a win the first time Harper gets out of bed to bring Eloise her paci that she has launched across the room & is crying for. 
5. I imagine myself creepily watching them on the video monitor as they talk to each other & make each other laugh, it's always funny to see what your kids do when they don't know you're watching.
6. I already want to have slumber parties with them. 

And with that, my nap time peace & quiet has come to a screeching halt. 
Happy Hump Day, friends! XO

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Long Live Long Hair

When Top Knot Extensions reached out to me a few weeks ago about trying their halo hair extensions, I was almost jumping up & down with excitement! I have always had long hair, it has never been super thick, but it took on a whole new meaning of thin (and sad..) after having babies. I recently had a few inches cut off, so it is the shortest it has been in a few years. My post-partum hair loss has been insane, I have crazy fly-aways & although my hair still grows really fast, it seems to break much easier leaving me with lots of split ends. I can hardly even pull off a decent top knot these days, let alone anything cute like a fun braid. I was so excited to have the chance to have long, thick hair again. Whenever I put them in, I never want to take them out!

Here is a before & after of my hair, it makes a world of difference! Not just in length, but in thickness & texture, the extensions curl sooo much better than my hair does & makes styling so so so much more fun! Please excuse the half renovated bathroom in the background. ;)

The halo hair extensions are so easy to put in & take out, which is super important for moms, or anyone with a busy schedule & limited time to get ready. It takes me less than 5 minutes to put them in, with added time to curl & style of course. I haven't had a chance yet but I need to get to the hair salon to get them blended to my current length a bit. They aren't heavy or uncomfortable at all, and they have adjustable side clips so you can make sure they fit your head perfectly. Harper has had so much fun brushing my hair while they are in, she is begging me to make an Elsa braid, I can't wait to try them with these longer locks! :)

If you're considering trying some, you can use coupon code jessicaTKlove for 10% off your purchase! You can also talk to your hair salon to see if they can get them ordered for you, if they can carry them you'll be able to get a perfect color match & have them blended right away! And if your salon can carry them, you can try out all of their different types of extensions, as they have more permanent options or clip ins as well! *Updated to add, if you have had any issues ordering, it looks like some of their extensions are currently on backorder but should be in stock soon, and the coupon code should work as long as the item is in stock! XO

Long live long hair!!

Top Knot Extensions sent me this halo to review, but did not compensate me to write this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own! Thank you for taking the time to read & support the companies that make it possible to keep my blog up & running! :)