It’s the final countdown.

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It’s the first of December which means it’s my sons birthday month and the final countdown. I’m approaching 39 weeks in a few days and I am SO ready (well as ready as a new mom can possibly be). It seems like just yesterday it was April 1st and I was in Malibu with my best girlfriends wondering if there was a possibility I was pregnant. It seems like such a journey but looking back at it the past 9 months went by pretty fast. Doesn’t it seem like you see a headline on a magazine about a celebrity being pregnant and then the next thing you know there’s a new headline about that same celebrity having her baby? Didn’t Kim Kardashian just announce she was pregnant with baby number two and now all the sudden she’s having her second baby before me? What is happening! And why does Diet Coke taste so good these days….

I can officially say with confidence that I am the biggest I have ever been in my entire life at the moment. I stare at myself in the mirror and wonder “how in the **** is my stomach going to shrink back to normal?” and “will I ever be able to wear a crop top again???” Oy, the mom struggle is real. Needless to say, sweaters are my best friend right now.

I actually really love this white knit sweater by PinkBlush Maternity. The gold appliqué on the arms is a great accent for the holidays. This is a sweater I see myself wearing during my maternity and after as well. I chose to wear it with my dark wash maternity skinny jeans, and brown lace up boots. Pairing it with a red Michael Kors bag adds an extra festive vibe for the holiday season. I really like to experiment with my make up, so I chose to wear a purple lip by Mac Cosmetics with just a little mascara. You can find more trendy maternity clothes like what I wore at PinkBlush and they offer great sales throughout the Holiday season (because I know all mom’s to be like to keep an eye on their spending). Some of my  favorite maternity clothes during this pregnancy have come from PinkBlush because they really know how to flatter a woman’s growing baby bump while keeping up with the latest trends in fashion. Now it’s the final countdown and final week until my sons arrival! Happy Holidays!

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All Aboard.

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I’m officially on “maternity leave”. I use that term loosely because I’m sure any mom’s to be can agree when I say it really is anything but relaxing. Sure I can sit on the couch all day at my leisure and watch endless amounts of Bravo TV, but the amount of angst I feel dwelling within me is something I have not yet experienced. I’m a cancer sign, and we really don’t like change or break of routine. With that being said, me breaking my routine of working (which I work in the service industry so my income varies weekly), is totally messing with my vibe. I have to reconfigure my weekly “budget” (a budget, whats that?)  and can only focus on buying essentials. So no impulse shopping – which is a weakness of mine. Do you know how hard it is to go get a mani/pedi and walk by all the clothing shops and not enter them? Hey, everyone has their vices. You might be thinking, there’s so much going on in the world Chelsea and you’re here complaining about about setting up a budget so you don’t shop as much? Well I’m about to be 38 weeks pregnant and I’m allowed to think whatever I want. Carrying a human is hard work – and I’m starting to think Kim Kardashian was right, being pregnant sucks (in the feeling big and uncomfortable everywhere sense). However, nothing puts me in a better mood then putting on a good outfit. I’m not going to lie, this charcoal maxi dress by PinkBlush Maternity was a win.

I don’t care how stressed out you are, how lazy you feel, how big you feel – when you put on the right outfit, it pulls you right out of that funk. In all honesty, when you’re this far along (37/38 weeks) you need to wear maternity clothes and maternity dresses and leave it up to the professionals whose job is to flatter your body no matter how big you feel. This maternity maxi dress you can find at PinkBlush and is the perfect soft/airy material that fits you in all the right places. In my opinion it’s versatile for many occasions. I chose to keep it casual with black rimmed hat and black chunky heels (low heels, let’s not get too crazy my feet do swell pretty fast these days). This is the perfect maxi dress to wear for the holidays and with Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching it can be yours too. With the help of PinkBlush, I will be giving away a $75 gift card to their online maternity boutique via my instagram @ChelseaEckland on Wednesday 11/25 at 8pm pacific time. All you have to do is follow my account and theirs @PinkBlushMaternity to find out how to enter. For all you moms to be, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to get some killer maternity clothes to make you feel fabulous just in time for all those holiday photos!

Top of the 9th.

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I can’t believe I’m 37 weeks pregnant. I mean, I can, but it has been quite the journey. In just a few short weeks I’ll be a mother to a little boy (who might I add isn’t as little as you might think). My last ultrasound had him weighing in at 6LBs and 10oz, with still room to grow. I just can’t wait to welcome him into the world and dress him in all the cute little boy clothes possible. His dad probably has other priorities for him, but I’m the fashionista in the relationship.

I am teaming up with PinkBlush Maternity once again to show you how you can wear and style  trendy maternity clothes. I love this hoodie by PinkBlush, it’s light, comfortable and versatile. I chose to style it with skinny jeans and sneakers – and I wore this look to my doctors appointment and everyone was giving me compliments on it. I will be hosting a giveaway on my instagram account (which is linked on my page) along with Pink Blush Maternity so you have a chance to win a $75 gift card to PinkBlushMaternity.com and purchase your own cute maternity clothes just in time for Black Friday! Stay tuned in with my page and Instagram to get the dates and details on how you can enter!

 

 

Yeah, baby, Yeah!

IMG_1593 IMG_1592 IMG_1598 IMG_1599 IMG_1601I never thought I would utter the words, but I’m glad summer is coming to an end. Even though the heat does not really subside from Los Angeles, I am looking forward to a little change in wardrobe. September 1st started off my 7th month in my pregnancy, and I’m excited to start experimenting with different ways to style my baby bump. Something I love to do when putting together an outfit is going with an overall theme for my look. In this particular ensemble, I chose to go about a 60’s mod theme (insert an Austin Powers “yeah, baby!”) Being pregnant, I like to make sure i’m extra cautious on how and what I spend my money on (being that I am saving for a new baby) so when I come across a steal like this fabulous dress, I have to take advantage and buy it! I managed to find this non-maternity navy dress at Marshalls in Studio City, and I’m totally in love with it. When a pregnant chick can find a non-maternity dress that fits appropriate, it’s like finding gold. It also has an adjustable appliqué strap on the side (how perfect, right?) that I can adjust to loosen or tighten around my baby bump. The leopard print booties I managed to find on ShoeDazzle a couple years ago, but luckily for myself and other fashionistas, the mod booty is totally in the fall season (picture the Beatles meets Austin Powers). Yellow is a color you should expect to see this fall, and this fun little Michael Kors satchel is a great accessory to add to any wardrobe. Here’s to the start of Fall and the start of my third trimester!

Dress / Monteau Los Angeles found at Marshalls

Booties / shoe dazzle similar here

Satchel and accessories  / Michael Kors

Sunny Santa Monica.

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What I think is essential when looking for maternity clothes is that they are comfortable yet stylish and on trend. I remember being a kid with my mom and walking through department stores and passing the maternity section and not seeing any of the same styles as the non-maternity section. This in turn, still lingered with me when I found out I was expecting. “Well, I will just have to try and find clothes in non maternity sections that will continue to fit me” I thought. That was until I passed crop top after crop top and high waisted pant after high wasted pant and thought, well this is just not going to work. What I love about this olive green asymmetrical top from PinkBlush Maternity is that it’s ridiculously comfortable and versatile to wear in more ways then one. I paired it with a classic white denim pant and some patten leather nude platforms to give this look a total SoCal vibe. I didn’t want to over accessorize on this particular day because my boyfriend and I decided to spend it at the beach. Just a couple simple gold and silver necklaces with a rose gold watch and a sleek pony tail make this look casual chic. Cuff the white pants and kick off the heels to stick your feet in the sand. I promise you won’t regret it!

If you’re a new mom to be, or expecting within a couple months, PinkBlush Maternity is a great online boutique to shop tons of trendy maternity clothes that can fit your every occasion. Take ideas from me on how I styled my cute maternity clothes featuring PinkBlush Maternity , or visit PinkBlush online and read how other styled theres.

Top / PinkBlush Maternity

Pants / Nordstrom Rack

Shoes / Leila Stone

Accessories / sunglasses / Micheal Kors

I’m feeling 22.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22. 22 weeks pregnant that is. This magenta bell sleeve maternity dress is from PinkBlush Maternity and I absolutely love the color and cut. It’s fitted but allows room for my baby belly to continue growing. I decided to style this dress in a southwest manor by adding some fringe booties and a spiked rose gold and silver necklace. The loose barrel roll waves make me feel like I should be center stage with a country band. The great thing about this dress and maternity clothes from PinkBlush is that they offer many different colors in the same style and cut (if magenta isn’t necessarily for you). You could easily style this dress up or down depending on your plans for the day or night. At the beginning of my pregnancy I was apprehensive about even attempting to shop maternity clothing, but after being introduced to the maternity boutique PinkBlush, I feel totally comfortable dressing in fashionable clothes that fit me as I grow.

Dress / PinkBlush Maternity

Shoes / Catherine Malandrino

Necklace / Urban Outfitters

Bag / Micheal Kors

Periwinkle parlay.

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About eight weeks ago I went in for my 12 week ultrasound to do standard testing. The doctor asked my boyfriend and myself in a rather exciting manner if we would like to know the sex ( *he did inform us that it was early and “not to make any purchases” ) but never-the-less it was going to be a girl! I was thrilled! My very own mini-me. Obviously, my boyfriend and I made the executive decision to not put the news out until our next ultrasound around 20 weeks. I anxiously made an appointment because I could not bare to wait any longer to get confirmation on the sex. As I lay down on the table staring at the screen awaiting to see my baby for the first time in eight weeks, the tech asks “would you like to know the sex?” without hesitation once again I said yes! “It’s a BOY!” says the technician. Huh? What? The technician points to his different body parts as I stare at the screen as if I’m watching a suspenseful movie for the first time. Shocked and in disbelief I glance back at my boyfriend who is basically bursting at his seams. Months of pinning, and fantasizing about a little girl and there he was right in front of my eyes. My son:

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Now that the shock has disintegrated, I am completely infatuated with the thought of having a little boy. With all that being said, my belly just seems to get larger by the day. I love maternity dresses lately that have no waist line which just fit me with such ease and are so comfortable during the summer heat. This basic periwinkle chiffon dress is from PinkBlush Maternity which is an online maternity boutique that offer trendy maternity clothes. Its draw string back allows you to loosen or tighten the fit depending on how big your baby bump is, which is essential these days. A basic dress allows a blank canvas which you can dress up or dress down to your liking. In my case, I wanted to pair it with gold and turquoise accessories to make the color pop. Turquoise is not only my favorite color, but a classic seasonal hue to add to any SoCal look. Gold is a great shade to accent a nice summer glow, especially when showing off some leg. Tis the season of baby bumps, maternity clothes and bright colors!

Dress / PinkBlush Maternity