My Favorite Maternity Pieces that Can Be Worn Even After Pregnancy

Being a first time mom has brought on a plethora of new and exciting challenges, including improving my wardrobe to incorporate maternity clothes. I was a bit surprised when I first started looking for maternity clothes because I didn’t see much in stores. This led me to venture online to the abyss that is online maternity wear. While it is nice to have elastic on the pants and ruched fabric here and there, I have been determined to find clothing that I could pull off wearing even after pregnancy. That is when I came across PinkBlush Maternity Clothes.

I already purchased the above dresses online during Black Friday deals (I got these beauties for a steal by the way). A few of the dresses I purchased are no longer available, but listed are some dresses that are very similar. I was already familiar with the great quality of PinkBlush clothing when I got an email asking me to become a PinkBlush Style Ambassador. I was thrilled to be asked to join this great community of beautiful, glowing,  mommas-to-be!

I was looking for a cheerful dress that I could wear during the spring while pregnant and summer after our little prince is born. I found the perfect dress! It is a pink floral wrap dress. When I got it in the mail, I was happy to learn that the dress is incredibly comfortable, has a nice stretch to it, and has a modest length.

I found that the most versatile maternity clothing are dresses because there are so many different styles. The best maternity dress styles I know will also fit after pregnancy are wrap dresses, empire waist, and skater dresses. It also helps if dresses have a bit of spandex in them. Since these dresses are already pretty loose and flowy at the bottom, the spandex allows for a more comfortable upper top area. Because of these functional features on this dress, I know that this spring beauty will fit me long after our little fella is born.

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Sizing information:

5’4”

Normally around 115lbs

24 weeks pregnant

Wearing a size small














Megan's Picks: All you need is a little tweed

This fall I have been seeing tweed everywhere, which is wonderful because some of my favorite pieces already in my closet are tweed separates. It is rather warm fabric, making it the perfect choice this time of year. I don’t know about other places, but Portland seems to be getting pretty chilly and earlier than normal.

The sets have been the most amazing to see. There is nothing more classic Chanel to me than a beautiful tweed set. I put together my picks of my favorite tweed pieces I have seen this season, without the Chanel price tag.


3 ways to wear a plaid pencil skirt

One of my favorite closet staples is the pencil skirt. It is everything I want in a piece of clothing. Classy, modest, but also compliments curves. I found the most beautiful and comfortable pencil skirt from Eugene, Oregon local brand, Yala.

I would love this skirt for the simple fact that it is incredibly comfortable, the perfect fit, and has a lovely plaid print. There is more though! Yala uses organic material that is responsibly made. Not only does this piece feel good to wear, it provides another kind of positive feeling.

This skirt is made from a bamboo viscose and is a blended double knit. This makes it a thicker material and perfect for fall. The materials are organically grown, sewn where sourced, using low impact dyes, a small sewing floor, and Oeko-Tex 100 certified (this means it is not made from any harmful substances). Their philosophy fits so well with what I want out of a clothing company.

Below are three looks I put together with the Geneva skirt.

Sincerely,

Megan

P.S. If you’d like to help support a local company too, enjoy this coupon for 20% off of your Yala purchase through 11/15/18! Use coupon code: YALASINCERELY18 at checkout.

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At-home teeth whitening: does it work?

The best thing to prepare me for my day of taking on teaching 32 students is coffee or tea. Lately, I have taken to tea, which has been an absolutely lovely way to start the day! Although this warms me up in the morning and makes me feel good, there is a negative aspect that comes with coffee and tea drinking: teeth stains. 

At home teeth whitening


As someone that is very busy, I have found that getting around to whitening has been trouble in the past. I have tried many different methods from store-bought whitening strips to natural remedies like vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil. With the traditional whitening strips, I found that it was always so hard for me to keep them on. I was constantly having to readjust them and I didn’t want to do much with them on. When using natural remedies, I didn’t find much success and quite frankly, my stomach didn’t agree with many of these ways either. 

I think one of the best ways to make a good impression is to show the care you take of yourself. A bright smile is one of the easiest ways to look well cared for. Luckily, I came across Smile Brilliant. I was so excited to learn that everything you need for the process is easily done at home! I have always wanted to try a professional-level whitening system, but with such a busy schedule, I don’t have time for extra trips to the dentist, just for whitening. 

When my Smile Brilliant box arrived, I felt ready to take on this seemingly intimidating process because of the information provided. The process was so easy because the box comes with very detailed instructions and each container is nicely labeled. There were even tips on what to do if I messed up my first attempt at making the molds. Smile Brilliant thoughtfully includes extra mold containers just in case (and did this come in handy for me!). In all, my box included custom-fitted trays designed specially to fit my teeth, and 3 whitening & desensitizing gel syringes. The entire box was a value of $149.00. 

After I did my molds, I mailed them back in the pre-stamped envelope and waited for my trays to arrive. It took about two weeks for the entire process (this included sending the molds to Smile Brilliant, the making of my trays, and getting the finished product in the mail). 

Once I received my trays in the mail, I wanted to try it right away! I typically have sensitive teeth, so I was a little worried at first. One thing that really helped me was a tip I read on the How-to and FAQ page that suggested putting coconut oil along the gum line. This was such a helpful tip and it made my first session comfortable. Because the trays were molded from impressions of my teeth, they fit like a glove! I didn’t feel restricted from doing anything. It was easy to do things around the house without worrying that they would fall off. 

After I whitened for about an hour, I would brush the whitening residue off with a non-whitening toothpaste. Then, I would use the desensitizing gel for 20 minutes. I found that the best time to whiten was around bedtime, this way I knew I wouldn’t need to eat anything afterward. Because I have more sensitive teeth, I found that I needed to whiten every other day. 

I noticed results after just the first few sessions, and Guy noticed my pearly whites too! I am so pleased with how much whiter they appear. If you are looking for a better way to whiten your teeth, I would absolutely recommend trying Smile Brilliant. 

COUPON & GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 
Get 15% off your purchase with the coupon code: sincerelymrsthompson15 

Smile Brilliant is also giving away a credit for $149! It is only open for 2 weeks, so hurry! Please follow the link to apply for the giveaway.

Giveaway link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/sincerelymrsthompson 
(Open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.)

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