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 Clarissa October 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    That dress is everything! This is most chic maternity dress I have ever seen!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  • Reply Megan October 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    That dress is absolutly amazing! you look so pretty!

  • Reply Nevena Krstic October 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I love your dress! You look beautiful in it! 🙂 xx


  • Reply Andreea Birsan October 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    What a gorgeous black dress. x

    Have a great day,

  • Reply Floortje van Cooten October 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Love the dress dear!





  • Reply Lyddiegal October 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    And sometimes a great dress and a date night with the guy you love is just what you need when you are feeling disappointed, right? But you do look, really, really fabulous in this dress!

  • Reply Meagan Brandon October 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Even if you may not feel great every day, you look stunning in that dress! It’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your bump date–I like how you are trying to stay positive but also admit how hard that is sometimes…I can only imagine how frustrating those bumps along the way can be, and you’re only human after all. Keep hanging in there–you’ve got this!! Can’t believe your babe will be here so soon 🙂


  • Reply Molly Hogan October 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    This dress is gorgeous on you!!




  • Reply WhatWouldVWear October 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I just love this dress on you, Amy! You rock maternity like no other, and I am so sorry to hear that you failed your Glucose test. Remain steadfast and continue praying. Everything will be find at the end. Sending much love your way!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Cassie Paige October 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I love that dress on you! And sorry to hear about your glucose test! Sending some good vibes your way!


  • Reply Heather Noire October 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    That dress is so elegant and beautiful! I love that bag as well you have gorgeous style xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/10/falls-hottest-label.html

  • Reply Siffat Haider October 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you failed your glucose test. Sending prayers and positivity your way. On another note, your pregnancy style has been so on point, you look beautiful in this dress!

  • Reply Britney October 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful! That dress is gorgeous on you, and I love the bag too!

  • Reply Ruth @ My Little Nest October 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

    You look so gorg in this dress! It’s so pretty! So glad to hear baby is healthy! Sometimes things don’t go our way, but but those moments remind us who is in control. Everything is worth it once you hold that sweet babe!


  • Reply Laura October 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! Love the nude underlay! Only a couple more months until you get to meet your precious baby and it will all have been 100% worth it!

  • Reply Aiko Cunanan October 5, 2016 at 11:26 am

    You look amazing! Such a beautiful lace black dress- looks so comfortable, yet classy and flattering.



  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom October 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

    So sorry you failed that glucose test, prayers that you pass the longer test! That healthy baby is definitely worth it all, though. You are so beautiful in this dress, I would have to say this is one of my favorite dresses on you! The color for the heels is perfect against the black dress, too.


  • Reply Ellese Launer October 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

    That is such a beautiful date night look. I love the dupe Chloe bag. As for the update, I am praying for a better result for the longer test. I love how you put it all into perspective and said, nothing in life is perfect. Such a great reminder, and helps me be grateful for what I do have. Sending love! XO, Ellese


  • Reply Lily Ayala October 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

    YES to the last paragraph! I get frustrated as well, especially when I see teenage girls walk into my office to tell me they are pregnant. It’s hard. I understand. And I’m so sorry you failed the glucose test…but there is definitely still a chance that everything will be okay! I will say a prayer for you, Amy. Thank you for being so honest and open. It’s not easy. But at the end of all of this, you and Russ will have a beautiful baby and it will ALL be so worth it. Big hugs, Amy!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply fashiondiariesbyk October 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

    You look absolutely beautiful!! Love that dress!!

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