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Life and Bump Update – Third Trimester

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ASOS maternity sweater third trimester Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

ASOS maternity sweater third trimester Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

ASOS maternity sweater third trimester Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

ASOS maternity sweater third trimester Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

ASOS maternity sweater third trimester Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

ASOS maternity sweater third trimester Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Sweater: H&M ($19) |  Jeans: Paige [c/o] | Handbag: Senreve Maestra Bag [c/o] | Boots: Kristin Cavallari


I have less than a month until my due date.  My head is spinning y’all.  How did the time fly by this fast?!  I’ve had about a million (not really) people ask me if I’m so ready to have this baby…  Here’s the thing, I’m not.  I’m perfectly content with where she’s at.  It’s the one time in life that I know without a doubt where she’s at, at all times lol.  Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be more excited to meet her, but I want to meet her in God’s perfect timing, so she can stay cooking as long as she needs to.

My apologies for the lack of blog posts lately, life has been more than a little crazy.  I’ve been updating my Instagram every day and keeping you up to speed about what’s happening in my life there.  I also uploaded a new YouTube video this past week, so if you missed it, head over and check out my winter morning skincare routine.

This past week’s episode of Hello Bump went live: Episode 25: Week 31. We Teach Breech.  Matt and I find out that baby girl is officially in breech position and what that means for our birth plan.  I gotta be honest, I was so disappointed when I realized that she was breech.  I always envisioned a vaginal delivery and never dreamt I’d have to be a candidate for a c-section.  I don’t fear a c-section because of the surgery involved, I fear it because my doctor and I want to avoid the additional scar tissue to my abdomen.  If you’ve read my endometriosis story, then you know I’ve already had two laparoscopies.  Now that I’ve had a couple different ultrasounds, tried every homeopathic breech remedy out there and talked to tons of people, I’ve come to accept this has my birth plan.  If she turns, I’m going to have to reprogram my brain again, lol.

This morning, Episode 26: Week 32. The Dreams went live.  In this week’s episode, we chat about our maternity photo shoot and prep for Thanksgiving.

We’ve had a busy past couple of weeks with Matt’s Timeless schedule, family visiting, my LA baby shower, Christmas cards and Christmas prep.  As we get closer to Christmas, life is starting to slow down…  Thank goodness.  I need some quiet time with my feet propped up by the fire while we watch Christmas movies.

Now for the nursery…  I’m still trying to finalize my decisions.  Y’all, I still haven’t made a decision on that dang wall!  We did paint it a gorgeous shade of grey that looks so nice with the white trim.  Matt painted the floor lamp and installed the chandelier.  We have the crib and dresser/changing table in place.  The first rug I ordered just wasn’t the right fit, so we sent it back.  I ordered a second rug and it’s on backorder until the beginning of January, and so I also ordered a third rug option.  Our glider and ottoman are scheduled to arrive this week from Monte Design and I can’t wait to see them!  Our crib bedding and drapes are being finalized hopefully early this week.  It’s so exciting to see it all come together.

I’ll be posting a full nursery tour once the room finally is finished.  Leave a comment below and let me know if you’d rather see a tour on my YouTube Channel or on the blog.

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Best Black Friday Sales Online

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DoormatEtsy  ||  Heels: Zara; similar heels

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  This is the first year that I cooked Thanksgiving dinner on my own and I had such a good time in the kitchen.  My turkey didn’t hold up to my great-grandma’s standards, but for my first try it wasn’t terrible.

Now on to the important stuff…  Black Friday sales.  I’m rounding up the sales from my favorite retailers and letting you know about the best deals.


American Eagle: 40% off + FREE shipping

GAP and Old Navy: 50% off everything with code: BLKFRIDAY.  Extra 10% off with code: JUST4YOU

Baublebar: 35% off with code: VIP35

Pottery Barn: 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Pier 1 Imports: Free shipping with code FREESHIP49

PinkBlush Maternity: 40% off + free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY

Lulus: Up to 90% off with code BESTFRIDAY

H&M: 20% off everything + free shipping

Forever 21: Up to 80% off sale items

Macy’s: Extra 20% off with promo code HURRY

Cosabella: 20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY20*

Steve Madden: 30% off + free shipping with code MERRY


ASOS

Best Black Friday Sales Online Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Best Black Friday Sales Online Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

DressASOS [c/o]  ||  Heels: Zara; similar heels  ||  Necklace: Merci Maman

I’m a big fan of ASOS.  You can score free shipping and free returns, which makes online shopping a breeze.

Coupon Code:  Get 30% off everything with code EPIC30.


Abercrombie

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Dress (Sold Out)

I was a big A&F shopper in my high school and college days.  I hadn’t walked into an A&F store in years, but fell back in love with their casual, yet comfortable styles while living in Vancouver last year.  They have so many awesome basics which are great for layering during Fall and Winter.

Sale Info:  50% off the entire store + FREE shipping.  No coupon code required.


Nordstrom

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TopFree People (40% Off!)

Nordstrom is hands down my favorite store.  They always offer free shipping and free returns on all orders, so you can’t beat buying from them.  They have a ton of my favorite pieces on sale now.

Sale Info: Extra 20% off sale items.  Up to 40% off tons of great pieces.


J. Crew

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Button-Up ShirtJ. Crew (40% OFF)  ||  Thermal Topsimilar here  ||  Necklace: Merci Maman Boutique

Coupon code for necklace: 15% off with code AngelaL15

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Vest:  J. Crew (40% OFF)  ||  Turtleneck: J. Crew (32% OFF)

Another of my favorite places to shop.  I love that I can pick up the perfect plaid button-up for both me and Matt in one place.

Coupon Code: 40% off your purchase + FREE shipping with code THANKU


ShopBop

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DressSusana Monaco

I’m a big ShopBop fan because it’s your one stop shop for tons of great brands.

Sale Info: Up to 30% off with code MORE17


 

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9 Tips on How to Dress While Pregnant

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How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

One of my favorite parts of pregnancy so far has been styling this baby bump.  I’ve had so much fun mixing maternity with non-maternity pieces to create outfits that are super stylish while still being comfy.  Honestly, the key ingredient to maternity fashion is comfort.

Gone are the days when women only wore tent-like mumus trying to hide their expanding midsection.  Women nowadays show off their bumps with pride, which is exactly how it should be in my opinion.  After nearly 8.5 months of styling this ever-changing body of mine, I wanted to write a post with my best tips and tricks for dressing your bump.

How to Dress While Pregnant:

  1. Buy basic pieces.  Steer clear of the trendy pieces that are recognizable.  Instead, purchase basic tops, dresses and bottoms that can be worn over and over again throughout your pregnancy.  This blog post is a perfect example of a basic dress.  These pieces will also come in handy postpartum as your body adjusts to being a new mom and losing the baby weight.
  2. Invest in at least one pair of great jeans.  When I say great jeans, I mean jeans that A) make your butt look great and B) are actually comfortable.  My favorite maternity jeans have been from Paige, Ingrid & Isabel and Madewell.
  3. Learn to layer like a pro.  Layers can be so chic in Fall and Winter, and pregnancy doesn’t change that.  Just because you have an growing belly doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite layering staples.  Pull out those cardigans, puffer vests, blazers and jackets that you love and just wear them open over a basic solid or striped top.
  4. Size up.  Some of my favorite looks during pregnancy have been from my go-to non-maternity brands (such as my baby shower dress) and I just simply sized up for the perfect fit.
  5. Shop online.  I hate dressing rooms.  I’m much more likely to keep a piece and love it if I first try it on in the comfort of my own closet than in the horrible lighting of most fitting rooms.  So many online retailers allow us to turn our home closest into our own fitting rooms with free shipping and returns, so be sure to take advantage.  Hey, there’s no strings attached!
  6. Make sure you’re comfortable.  Like I said above, comfort is key during pregnancy.  If you try something on and you’re not comfortable in it, I can almost guarantee you that you won’t get your money out of it during pregnancy.
  7. Buy a Bellaband.  I’m no longer wearing most of my non-maternity jeans, but with the help of my Bellaband, I was able to wear them much longer than I thought possible.
  8. Go for the dresses.  I’m promising you, dresses are your best friend while pregnant.  It’s amazing not having a waistline irritating you all day long!
  9. Get maternity undies.  I don’t care what anyone says, maternity undies (and bras) are a must in my book.  The day I switched over to my maternity panties it was like I became a whole new, happier person.  Read more about my favorite undies in this blog post.  I’ll recap my second trimester soon and chat more about bras in that post.

I hope this helps to take the pressure off and makes you realize that buying an entirely new wardrobe for your pregnancy isn’t necessary.  But one thing I want to remind my fellow mama-to-be’s out there…  Embrace this season of life.  Our bodies are growing a little miracle, so every symptom and change we experience is worth it (I know, I know…  I’m preaching to the choir right now as I sit here with sciatica, lol!)  But seriously, don’t be ashamed of your belly, love on it, show it off proudly and be excited to dress it.  It’s only 9 months that we get the opportunity to do these fun things. 🙂

Photography by Kara Coleen.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Bae the Label Grey Maternity Dress  ||  Top: Bae the Label Striped Tee  ||  Boots: Hinge Barris Block Heel Booties



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