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 Floortje van Cooten October 6, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Beautiful look dear!





  • Reply Raindrops of Sapphire October 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Oh you look amazing! I love this dress so much, you look glowing, your pregnancy is suiting you well! Peridot is my birthstone!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Reply Abby Castro October 6, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Love this LBD! So simple yet elegant and packs a lot of style punch! The shoes are perfect with it too!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Reply kathyleonia October 6, 2016 at 1:11 am

    i am in love with this dress 😀 follow?:)

  • Reply Mica October 6, 2016 at 1:10 am

    You and your bump are looking beautiful – what a great maternity dress, perfect for date night! 🙂 I had one go-to dress I kept going to in each pregnancy when I wanted to feel pretty, haha! I think it’s a must have mood booster to have in your maternity wardrobe! 🙂

    Don’t stress about failing the test too – the short one isn’t always accurate so hopefully you have better luck with the second one! I failed the first one with my eldest, and passed the long one, although I HATED it as it made me feel so sick not being able to eat anything for the whole morning. Second time around I found out they stopped doing the short test as it as so unreliable so at least I didn’t have to do two tests, although taking the longer one again sucked!

    Hope you’re having a fantastic week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Disha October 5, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    You look absolutely stunning in this maternity dress! And loved your positive thoughts towards life 🙂 Many good wishes for your baby.


  • Reply Vettae-Fee Kling October 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    what a pretty little back dress! look perfect with your skin tone!
    Xo – Vettae

  • Reply Tamara October 5, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This dress looks absolutely beautiful on you and your baby bump! 😉 Praying that your next test gives you good news!


  • Reply Shea Sayers October 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Gorgeous dress Amy Ann! I agree about maternity clothes not always feeling the sexiest, but this dress is an exception for sure. I can’t believe you’re already in your 3rd trimester… that seemed so fast! Sorry to hear about the glucose test–crossing my fingers for you that the follow-up yields better news. I love what you had to say here too, so true.

  • Reply Emily Green October 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    So much I love in this post. “My efforts do not determine my worth.” YES. Yes. and this dress? Sexiest maternity dress I’ve ever seen:) it looks STUNNING on you, Amy Ann!

  • Reply Akaleistar October 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    You look fabulous! Hope you get good news on your next test!

  • Reply PLAYING WITH APPAREL October 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous! So flattering for any body shape (or pregnancy stage)

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  • Reply Beth Adams Mishoe October 5, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Such positive words. I know things can be frustrating when you hear not fun news from the doctors. But the best thing for you and the baby is to keep that positive outlook, after you rant and rave for a couple of minutes or hours. (It’s always good to get it out of your system)

    This dress is gorgeous on you and love the accessories you paired with it.


  • Reply Threads for Thomas October 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I’m obsessed with this dress, and it looks beautiful on you! I always love reading your bump updates.

  • Reply Jennifer Zorb October 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I so appreciated the chance to read your honest reflections in this blog post and the truth that you are learning through this season. This was just what I needed to read tonight. “…I hope to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord. That’s what it’s all about anyway.” Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • Reply kelsey bang October 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    love the black dress with nude pumps! great look!


  • Reply Chow Down USA October 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    That dress was made for you! It’s elegant and perfect for date night at the same time! And I agree, life isn’t perfect and we just have to be strong and smart enough to roll with the punches! You’re doing amazing!

    Chow Down USA

  • Reply Joti Singh October 5, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    This whole look is so cute! I love that you were able to find the dress in maternity! You look great.


  • Reply Lisa @ Daily Style Finds October 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    BCBG has some great clothes/dresses! You look amazing in this dress.

    Daily Style Finds

  • Reply Maggie October 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I love this dress and just can’t get over how amazing it is! Those details are stunning 🙂


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