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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127 Comments

  • Reply lindsey simon October 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    What a beautiful post Amy. I’m sorry to hear about your glucose test, but once that little bundle of joy arrives it’ll all be worth the struggle. You look absolutely amazing and that dress looks simply stunning on you 🙂

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

  • Reply Laura Marie October 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    This laced dress looks so beautiful on you, you look so classy. Please keep firm in your faith that all will be okay with your health and I’ll be praying for you.

    You certainly look terrific with your bump!

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  • Reply Angela Keeley-White October 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Such a pretty dress! I love the lace! So sorry to hear you failed the glucose test, but soon your healthy baby will be here 🙂

    xo,
    Angela

  • Reply Laura Boswell October 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I’ll be praying for you sweetheart. I know it is so tough and frustrating but you are about to finally have your little miracle IVF baby in your arms in just a few months. I’ll be thinking about y’all. ; )

  • Reply Brenda Mobebi October 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

    The designer of this dress did a wonderful job… wow, this is beautiful. spent almost 10 minutes going through and admiring the dress.

    Brendascouch.com

  • Reply Kelsey & Kenecha October 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Looking so beautiful. I love that dress!

    Florals&Smiles

  • Reply NXKTA | AYISHA B. October 6, 2016 at 10:32 am

    You look absolutely GORGEOUS in that dress! x

    http://nxkta.blogspot.com/ || http://instagram.com/nxktablog

  • Reply tiateilli October 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    The dress is amazing! xx

    tiateilli.com

  • Reply Ashley White October 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    First of all, you are one hot mama (to be) in that dress. YES.

    Secondly, so sorry the first glucose test was a bonk. That is a huge bummer- and I can imagine those frustrations pile up. Thinking of you, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Reply Emily October 6, 2016 at 9:58 am

    You look amazing! This dress is such a perfect maternity style! So glam!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  • Reply Elise Ward Joyce October 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I am sorry about your glucose test, that is a bummer. You have such a great out look. We are not perfect and knowing this or reminding ourselves of it is half the battle. 28 weeks!! YAY!! You look stunning in this dress Amy.

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  • Reply Rosie Nikci October 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

    You have the best style ever let alone best preggo style! I know I always say this but you are GOALS

    Life is just Rosie
    Instagram

  • Reply Lígia Peixoto October 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

    The dress is amazing! You look gorgeous..

    Lígia
    Lifestyle&Co. // Facebook

  • Reply Dominique October 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

    That dress is amazing! I love BCBG, they always have the most gorgeous pieces! xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

  • Reply Sapphire Ziva October 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

    You look so pretty and chic !!
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    xo, kanchan

  • Reply Shauna C October 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I love what you wrote at the end of your post. Beautifully written, and you have definitely been blessed with an amazing life. Love hearing these updates, too!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Reply Gina Daily October 6, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your discouraging news, Amy Ann! I know that must be frustrating but I appreciate so much that you were able to work through it and regain your perspective. In fashion news, this is probably my favorite dress you have worn and you look absolutely stunning!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  • Reply Emma (Fluff and Fripperies) October 6, 2016 at 7:55 am

    That dress is absolutely stunning on you! I love the black over cream look, so chic.

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com/

  • Reply Leah Behr October 6, 2016 at 7:03 am

    So sweet, Amy! You have a great outlook, and I think it’s natural to get discouraged from time-to-time. Praying for you sweet friend! (Also, that dress is fab!)

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  • Reply Alina Aronow October 6, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Such a beautiful look my dear! Love this dress! Oh no, I didn’t pass my Glucose test either and had to take the 3 hour one. Don’t worry- it’s going to be over soon!!!!!!!!!!! And I hope it goes well.

    http://www.theclosetcrush.com

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