Long Sleeve Lace Dress + Third Trimester Bumpdate

October 5, 2016

When I saw this long sleeve lace dress by BCBG, I knew I had to have it. I love the nude underneath with the black overlay. Thankfully, A Pea in the Pod carries the maternity version (also available in cream), and they were kind enough to send it to me. You can find the exact non-maternity option here. BCBG has always carried some of my favorite dresses, so I was thrilled to find they have a maternity line. You can shop other non-maternity pieces here.

Let’s be real, pregnancy isn’t a time when you feel particularly sexy. I’ve been fortunate enough to find some clothes I really like and even more fortunate that blogging has allowed me to have a great maternity wardrobe. But most of those clothes aren’t items I’d see and think, “now that’s a date night look.” Thank goodness for this dress. It totally made me feel date night ready, and that is just what I wore it for. So if you are in the market for a sassy dress (maternity or non-maternity alike), this is it. If it’s warm enough, I am going to wear it to a wedding too.

Also, you’ve got to check out my earrings. If you’re a long time reader, you know Purple Peridot is a favorite of mine. I have these beaded tassel earrings in just about every color as well as their tassel ear jackets. Between the two, I rarely wear anything else. They are light and affordable. You can use STRAIGHTASTYLE for 10% off anything on their site (including the cute plaid scarves!). And my Chloe dupe bag is under $30 and comes in several colors!

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Long Sleeve Lace Dress

Long Sleeve Lace Dress: BCBG c/o A Pea in the Pod, exact non-maternity // Nude Heels: BCBG (on sale!) // Chloe Dupe Bag (comes in several colors!) // Earrings c/o Purple Peridot (use code STRAIGHTASTYLE for 10% off)

Third Trimester Bumpdate

Holy cow, it is hard to believe I am officially in my third trimester! We are so thankful for a healthy baby. Today I am 28 weeks. Whoa. It’s been a while since I shared a pregnancy update, but you can find my first trimester and twenty week updates here and here if you’re interested. Our infertility story is also linked on my about page. If fashion is your thing, feel free to skip this part.

Well, I failed my glucose test. There is still hope I may pass the longer one yet to come that takes all morning and involves lots of blood being drawn. Whomp Whomp. I just got this news yesterday, and I’d by lying if I didn’t tell you I was pretty displeased. After almost three years, I am so tired of bad news and needles. Sometimes I feel so frustrated that something which is supposed to be so natural has been so difficult for us every step of the way.

In the midst of my bad mood, grumpy texts to friends, and pity party, God faithfully nudged me to peace. I am not in control. Life is not perfect. I am not perfect. No matter how much I try to make it be so, my efforts are not what determines my worth. Thank goodness. Every time I learn this lesson, I think surely it will be the last. I won’t have to learn it again. But this thick skull of mine always seems to need another round.

I had other words planned for in the format of previous updates, but here is what I know: I am the mother to be of a healthy baby. I am married to the most wonderful man alive. I have the best family and community. We have good jobs and a house we love. There is so much to be thankful for. In the midst of all the other in betweens life hands us, I hope to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. That’s what it’s all about anyway.

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  • Reply Rach October 5, 2016 at 7:42 am

    That dress is beautiful!! I can’t believe you are already in your third trimester. Where did time go?! I also love it when you mentioned that God nudged you to peace. I have told myself this several times this year, and it helped me realize that I just got to live my life and be grateful for what I already have. Sending positive thoughts your way!


  • Reply FAB le Frique October 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

    That dress! You’re totally rocking it, I love the top part of it, soooo pretty!
    xx Frederique

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz October 5, 2016 at 7:13 am

    This dress is absolutely STUNNING and you look stunning in it! So sorry to hear about the glucose test but the power of prayer is an amazing thing and God will take care of the rest! Sending happy thoughts your way!


  • Reply Florentina Scusi October 5, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Gorgeous dress!

  • Reply Jill October 5, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Life is never perfect but you have the right perspective and have so much to be thankful for! I hope your next test goes well! You look stunning in that gorgeous dress!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Rachelle October 5, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Such a pretty dress, you look adorable and sexy.


  • Reply Blaire Bingham October 5, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Ahhhh! That dress is so gorgeous! I am so sorry about your glucose test. I failed mine big time and had to do the whole Gestational Diabetes thing for all of my pregnancies, so if you need me, I am here for you to answer any questions, or even if you just need a shoulder to cry on. I still have one good shoulder haha!
    xo, Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Rachel October 5, 2016 at 6:20 am

    You are so right about life not being perfect. I find myself having to learn this lesson over and over again as well. I hope your next test goes better, keep your positive outlook! Also, this dress is gorgeous on you! That’s awesome they make this dress in both maternity and non-maternity!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Jacquard Flower October 5, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Wow what a great dress, you look stunning. Gemma x

  • Reply Marta C October 5, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Such a great attitude Amy Ann, counting all of your blessings is the best way to deal with the rough patches life throws us! Hope the next test will go better! On another note this dress is just stunning, I’m obsessed!

  • Reply Meghan Conard October 5, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Gorgeous lady! Loving this LBD – so beautiful & perfect for date night!

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine October 5, 2016 at 5:34 am

    STUNNING as can be, you should be on the cover of a magazine!!!! I bet this did make you feel fabulous because it shows!!! I’m so sorry about the glucose test, you’ll get it, but I LOVE your positive outlook and grateful heart!!

  • Reply kandja sylla October 5, 2016 at 5:14 am

    That dress is divine! You look so elegant and classy. Your style is superb. You’re one hot momma-to-be Amy Ann! xx


  • Reply Annessa Smith October 5, 2016 at 4:19 am

    This dress is stunning Amy, you look amazing! I definitely know what you mean by getting frustrated at things out of your control, but there is definitely a calm to be found in knowing you’re doing your best and there’s not much else you can do! Wishing you the best!

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  • Reply The Hidden Thimble October 5, 2016 at 4:19 am

    The dress looks stunning on you Amy Ann!
    Wishing you the best for your soon-to-arrive baby joy 😀


  • Reply Izabela Nair October 5, 2016 at 3:17 am

    You look so radiant Amy. That lace dress is so perfect.


  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio October 5, 2016 at 2:46 am

    What a beautiful dress!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Violette October 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

    This little black dress is love lovely, I love the lace details! Beautiful as always!


  • Reply tiphaine marie October 5, 2016 at 1:52 am

    oh my, the dress is gorgeous!! love how you styled it 🙂

    x tiphaine

  • Reply Eniwhere Fashion October 5, 2016 at 1:17 am

    You are so beautiful Amy Ann with that dress….not sexy?!?!? I think yes!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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