Things I've Loved in June | 2016

I can't believe it's already July! The year is half over, summer is in full swing, and most likely I'll have a baby before the month is through! I thought I'd do a little favorites post today and show you some of the beauty, fashion and lifestyle items that I've been loving and using a lot recently. Enjoy! :)

Target, dress, body con, maternity, dragon scales, outfit, fashion, style, pregnancy, 9 months pregnant, Alice Manfrida

First up is this body-con maternity dress from Target. I love the pattern. I think it looks like dragon scales and makes my bump look like a giant dragon egg. (For the record, I've also been playing catch up watching Season 3 of Game of Thrones.) It's a nice change of pace from the nautical stripes trend that completely dominates the world of maternity fashion and the colors make a little dressier looking. If you saw my 36 week pregnancyupdate, I included a picture of how I styled it to wear to my cousin's baby shower. I threw on a loose crocheted cardigan and some strappy flat sandals.

Fossil, handbag, bag, pocketbook, tote, leather, fir green, Gwen Shopper, zippers, designer, fashion, style, accessories

Fossil, handbag, bag, pocketbook, tote, leather, fir green, Gwen Shopper, zippers, designer, fashion, style, accessories

My next fashion favorite has been this new addition to my collection of Fossil bags. I got this Gwen Shopper in Fir Green for my birthday and have been using it almost exclusively since then. The color is a bit dark for summer but I don't care. I love that the sides zip to change it from a full tote to a more structured and interesting shape. I especially love that I can make that opening nice and small because it just has a magnetic snap closure and sometimes I don't want a fully open tote enticing someone with sticky fingers to see if they can snag my wallet. #citylife

Erin Condren, Life Planner, ECLP, blossom, rose gold coil, planner, agenda, calendar, organization

Erin Condren, Life Planner, ECLP, neutral, watercolor, planner, agenda, calendar, organization

Erin Condren, Life Planner, ECLP, vertical layout, neutral, watercolor, rose gold, calendar, planner, agenda, organization

Another obsession this month is the much anticipated Erin Condren Life Planner! I went with the vertical again this year but I chose the brand new neutral colorway and the rose gold coil. The font they chose and the minimal watercolor details they put in the neutral planners are still making drool every time I open it. (No, I am not ashamed to admit I'm drooling over my calendar.) My cover is the Blossom design, which is gorgeous with their suggested black background but I went with the bright mermaid color for mine. I could have stayed with my last planner until the end of the year and then just replaced it with a 12-month for just 2017, but because the July start of the 18-month version lines up so perfectly with my due date, I thought I'd just start over now. :)

Camelbak, purple, water bottle, hydrate, lotion, stretch mark, massage lotion, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, pregnancy

I've been chugging water from my new Camelbak. I know these are not new and tons of people use them, but a friend gave this one-handed water bottle at my baby shower because she said it will come in handy when I'm stuck in a chair breastfeeding. You can tip it upside down and it does not spill a drop! The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Mark lotion is something else that everyone but me has known about. It goes on super smooth, soaks in fairly quickly and it smells like dessert. I've been using it twice a day, instead of once like the last stretch mark lotion I was using because I've stopped using the oil I'd been putting on at night. Now that it's summer the oil is too heavy and doesn't ever seem to dry. But this stuff totally does!

Milani, eye shadow, cosmetics, makeup, Must Have Naturals, neutral, palette, pretty, eyes, beauty

Last, but not least, is the Must Have Naturals eye shadow palette from Milani. This is a great neutral drugstore palette and it's compact enough to fit in my travel makeup bag. I wanted to get something that was smaller than the Urban Decay Naked palette that I usually use so that I could easily put it in my hospital bag. The Milani palette is nice for quick daytime looks because it doesn't seem to have a huge amount of pigmentation. But for brightening up the eye area and making me look generally more awake, it's perfect. And really, isn't looking a little more awake all anyone is looking for when they are getting their picture taken right after they have a baby?

Don't forget to check out the FavoritesVideo that I put up over on my main channel.  I'm wearing the eye shadow and I have a clip in there of me wearing the dress so you can see how it fits a little better. :)

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice

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