Life, babies, miracles

Life and babies on Kirstin Marie

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you, huh?

These past few months have been nothing but a whirlwind of life sneaking up on me. Work was absolutely insane in February and March. While I was working 60 – 80 hour weeks back to back, trying to fit time in for my babe, my pups, and myself, my husband and I received some absolutely incredible life altering news…I’m pregnant!! Yes, my lovelies – I am pregnant!!! It would be an understatement to say that I am utterly excited to be able to say that about myself. I’m going to get pretty personal here, which I haven’t done on the blog in quite some time. Oh my word, deep breaths…here we go…

Let me take you back quite a few years, back into my mid-twenties…when a simple phone call changed my entire life. At this point in my life, at 25, my now husband (then fiance) and I had been together for 5 years. I was never the girl that wanted to have children. I played the rebellious teenager when my friends and I played house a child, and I never saw myself being a mom as I grew up. I wanted to have a boyfriend, dogs, and a career. I even told my mom (bless her heart and soul – miss you mom!) that I was never going to have children, and that she’d have grandchildren from my brother. Now, I have nothing against children or motherhood, but I never saw that being something I wanted for myself. I never really thought more about it. I mean, at this point in my life, I was in a committed relationship with my best friend, the man I love more than anything, and if we did happen to get pregnant, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it wasn’t something I was striving for or even looking for. Here I am, working at a private school, about to walk to lunch, and I see that my OBGYN was calling me. Naturally, I went outside to answer the call. “Hello?” I said. “Miss Foley? This is Rose from Dr. OBGYN’s office (not going to use their real name, sorry). I have the results of your tests in, and I wanted to speak with you about them. Do you have a moment?” At this point I started to panic. I had been having horrible cramps, irregular periods, and many more problems that I was undergoing testing. There was worry that I may have a very serious disease. What was she going to tell me? Was she going to tell me, over the phone, that I was sick? “Yes, I have a moment.” I said. “Miss Foley, I’m very sorry to have to tell you this over the phone. “Oh god – here it comes..”The results show that your ovaries are not in good working order, which is why you’ve had such terrible issues. Unfortunately, this means that your chances of being able to conceive naturally are slim to none, should you wish to do so in the future.” Upon hearing this, I felt my heart sink into my stomach. “Thank you so much Rose.” “Miss Foley, we’d like to see you next week to fully discuss the results, and answer any questions you may have. I will schedule an appointment with you.” Once the phone call ended, tears were streaming down my face. Why was I so upset? I didn’t want to have children anyway, why did this matter? Well – let me go on to tell you that the next 8 years of my life knowing this news severely altered my inner worth, my inner being, my self esteem in general. I felt, as a woman, the fact that I was completely unable to conceive a child – even if I wanted to – was not a possibility without lots of money, medical assistance and more stress. I felt like a failure. I felt like I wasn’t a woman. I felt robbed. Despite the fact that I never wanted children – the idea that I couldn’t have them on my own took away something from me, took away something from my husband, took away something from our lives.

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Our Sweet little baby

Fast forward 8 years, to right now, I’m 33 years old. My husband and I are expecting something that we never thought we’d have the chance to experience. To have the privilege of feeling, knowing, exploring. We are on an incredibly exciting adventure of becoming new parents to our very own little baby, that we created. We blew medical opinion out of the water, and we miraculously created something we didn’t even know we could. The fact that I’m now 24 weeks pregnant, still blows my mind and my husbands’ mind. We feel lucky, we feel complete, we feel such an overwhelming amount of feelings, that its difficult to describe them in one simple word let alone a paragraph. As I sit here writing this post, I feel my little baby moving around (she’s an active one, let me tell you), and I’m so filled with love, joy, excitement, and a new beaming sense of self-worth that I want to cry (pregnancy hormones aside). I’ve shared with you an ultrasound photo of our sweet little baby in this post, simply because I feel that she is absolutely beautiful, and we haven’t met her yet. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes, and when you least expect it but when you need it the most.

With this new miracle in our lives, I’ve decided to start incorporating mom-to-be and more into this blog, as this is really my current focus in life. I still love fashion, style, makeup, shoes, and more, but this baby and my husband are my everything. I’d love nothing more than to open this up to something bigger, and connect with other moms and moms-to-be to discover inspiration, creative ideas, and more. I hope you will ride along this exciting adventure with me. Thank you for reading for so many years, for hoping on the roller coasters, and for letting me share a piece of my personal life with you. I love you all so much!

xoxo,

~Kirstin

 

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Event of the Season at ShopBop!

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Shopbop is at it again with another AMAZING sale. Right now thru Sunday 4/16/2017 you can save 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders of $500 or more using code EVENT17. The best part about this sale is that it includes full-price AND sale items!!!!

There are few brands excluded from the sale, so make sure you read all of the exclusions on Shopbops site to make sure you shop the sale without exclusions! Shop the sale here.

With Summer just around the corner, I cannot wait to get my hands on some cute espadrilles for comfy, cute, and stylish footwear. Here are a few of my favorites:

Soludos Lace Smoking Slipper Espadrilles

Soludoes Tulip Lace Smoking Slipper Espadrille,  $75.00 (save 20% with code EVENT17)

Soludos Knotted Platform Smoking Slippers

Soludos Knotted Platform Smoking Slipper Espadrille, $75.00 (save 20% with code EVENT17)

Ash Zelia Espadrilles

Ash Zelia Espadrilles, $170.00 (save 20% with code EVENT17)

 

What are you looking forward to wearing this Summer? Let me know if you snag anything from the sale!!! Happy Shopping!

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Buy More Save More

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There is an AMAZING sale happening RIGHT NOW at ShopBop! Now through March 5th 2017 you can save up to 25% off of your order using code GOBIG17! ShopBop has some fabulous brand, some of my personal favorites – Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Stuart Weitzman, and so many more. Get your favorite Spring picks before Spring hits with this fantastic sale at ShopBop!

Be sure to share your shopping hauls with me on social! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – or send me a snap (@itsmekirstinm)! Happy shopping!!

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Chocolat Frey: The Perfect Holiday Gift

**Disclosure: This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Chocolat Frey. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. All opinions are my own. 

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Chocolat Frey: The Perfect Holiday Gift

I am super excited to share with all of you THE perfect holiday gift of the season – Chocolat Frey!!

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This holiday season, Chocolat Frey is the absolute perfect holiday gift. I created this gorgeous gift basket filled with some of my favorites from Chocolat Frey. Their packaging is pure perfection, easy to open, festive, and looks beautiful. Each product has it’s own unique, distinct, delicious taste. I adore how you can taste every single ingredient. Everything blends together to create a smooth, indulgent, chocolaty adventure that makes you want to come back for more (and more, and more, and more…). Giving Chocolat Frey is a lovely gift idea for anyone who is a lover of chocolate, sweets, or just craves an incredible extravagant experience.

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Chocolat Frey is premium authentic Swiss chocolate that started thanks to two brothers, Robert and Max Frey in 1887. They had a passion for creating fine Swiss chocolate products. This is the foundation of the company’s commitment to quality and excellence. Did you know that today, Chocolat Frey is the #1 chocolat brand in Switzerland?!

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Chocolat Frey uses only authentic, GMO-free ingredients (heck yes!!), including rich cocoa beans, whole roasted nuts, and milk – creating some of the most delicious chocolate I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. One of my favorite things about Chocolat Frey is that they have a bean-to-bar method that leaves nothing to chance. This process, perfected to the T, consistently provides true quality, and that incredible indulgence that we all crave when looking for a delicious, premium chocolate.

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Aside from being utterly delectable, Chocolat Frey is UTZ certified. I love that they take a careful approach to the environment, while supporting sustainable cocoa farming.  It makes their chocolate that much better!!

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Want to know  where you can purchase Chocolat Frey? I’ve got you, boo! Chocolate Frey Napsli can be found at Sam’s Club across the country. 80 delicious individually wrapped authentically Swiss milk and dark chocolate pieces for only $9.99. I’ve included a list of retailers below where you can find Chocolat Frey.

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Make sure to follow and like Chocolat Frey on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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Chocolat Frey is graciously giving away a $55 selection of Holiday chocolate!! Read on below for the full giveaway details and how to enter!!

  • Prize: a $55 Selection of Holiday Chocolat Frey (substitutions are possible)
  • Who can Enter: US Residents ONLY, 18 years and older!
  • Time Frame: Giveaway starts December 5th at 10:00am EST and ends December 18th at 11:59pm EST
  • Winner: One winner will be selected at random and contacted via email
  • How to enter: Enter using the GLEAM widget below

$55 selection of Holiday Chocolat Frey

Be sure to hop on over and visit the other blogs, check out their holiday ideas including Chocolat Frey, and enter more giveaways!!



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Florida is my home

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Florida is my home. I’m originally from a small town on the northern side of Long Island, NY. My family was relocated to Florida on Halloween when I was 9 years old. At the time, I was both excited (because hey, Disney World is in Florida, right?!) and completely destroyed (wait a minute…I have to live where people vacation now?). For a very long time, I spent many summers, winter breaks, and spring breaks going back to my home town and spending days with my late brother, Bill, and my other close friends and family. I didn’t truly begin to appreciate and accept Florida as the beautiful new home until I was well into my twenties. There’s just something about those picturesque sunsets, the smell of the tropical beaches, the pure white sand, the turquoise waters, the mangroves in the swamps, the awesome animals, the variety of stunning palm trees, and of course, the fresh oranges and grapefruits. The abundance of different cultures and ethnic foods that are just right around the corner is very exciting.

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One of the coolest things about Florida is that there are literally more than eight different types of environments that are easy to get to. From the Keys, to Miami, to the Everglades, to the countryside of Weston and Homestead, to the touristy areas of Orlando, to what feels like the gorgeous deep south in Jacksonville, to Tampa and Pensacola – there are so many places to discover, enjoy, and experience. Come visit Florida. Florida is my home, and I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t trade it in for the world.

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The Home T “Florida” c/o (Every purchase donates to Multiple Sclerosis!)

Torrid Skull Jean Shorts (old)

Berkshire Plus Size Tights c/o

Dainty Chuck Taylor c/o Shopbop

Bisou Bisou Seamless Camisole

Boohoo Lillie Choker

Double Deesigns (Local Indie brand!!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Leo

Tignanello Green Bag (was my moms)

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Winter Pinstripe

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Hello Sparkles!!

I’m really excited that it’s starting to cool down down here in South Florida. I was finally able to break out some cute winter wear!! I adore wearing tights, even when there is only a slight chill in the air. Recently, I’ve been trying out Berkshire’s new plus size tights, and I have to say – they are fantastic! I paired them with this great pinstripe-esk peplum style dress from City Chic (via Gwynnie Bee), and they were just the perfect addition. Right now through December 16th, you can get 15% off of your Berkshire purchase at Eberkshire.com with code Blogger15!!

Winter Pinstripe

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Mixing prints is so much fun, and can be done really subtly. In this winter pinstripe outfit, I opted to mix the subtle triangular print that is on the front panel of this dress with a darker animal print Rebecca Minkoff bag. I really like how the triangular print gives off a pinstripe feel from afar.

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To top off my look, I chose to wear these practical scalloped heels from Wanted, and a cute 3/4 sleeve cardigan. This would be a great outfit for a job interview, or a day to day outfit for the office.

CityChic Kyoto Lady Dress (via Gwynnie Bee)

Berkshire Firm All The Way Tights in Black c/o

Ashley Stewart 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (old)

Wanted Shoes Mia Heels c/o

Boohoo Choker

Rebecca Minkoff Bag (old)

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Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here!! It’s that time of year that most everyone looks forward to each year. Festive decorations, tasty treats, delicious warm beverages to soothe your soul, savory creations, and of course – shopping! This is the best time of year to get in on some of the best savings all year round. I’m really excited about Cyber Monday, as one of my all time favorite retailers has an incredible sale going on. Shopbop is an online retailer that sells designer products from all ranges – high end to very affordable. Their products and selection is always on point, and always offers up the newest, latest, and greatest. If you aren’t familiar with them, I highly suggest you check them out!

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Shopbop is offered a tiered discount sale – meaning the more you spend, the higher your discount off your purchase is! Right now through tomorrow night you can save 15% off a $200+ purchase, 20% off a $500+ purchase, and 25% off an $800+ purchase – that is all full-priced AND sale items!! Those may seem like steep numbers, but the savings are greater the higher the purchase. For example, lets say you’ve been stalking this gorgeous Maison Margiela Leather Handbag. Now at MSRP for $2695, that’s a steep price for a handbag. “But it’s Margella. I need it.” You say. Well, it’s now marked down to $1617.00. Toss that baby in your cart and use code GOBIG16 and get 25% off (that’s $404!!). That means you are only paying $1200 for an almost $2700 bag. That is incredible savings!!!   For the full sale details, click here.

Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together three little Shopbop Holiday Gift Guides, each with my favorite picks:

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Happy Shopping!

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FabFitFun Fall Unboxing

Kir Sparkles FabFitFun Fall Unboxing

Hey lovies!!

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve recently relaunched my YouTube channel, Kir Sparkles!! I’d love it if you would check out my latest greatest YouTube video. I’m unboxing the new FabFitFun Fall 2016 box – and all of the extras I purchased with it. Leave me some love!

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FabFitFun Fall 2016 Unboxing Video


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ShopBop for Fall!

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Hello hello!! Are y’all ready to get your Fall shopping shoes on?? ShopBop has an AMAZING sale going on RIGHT NOW!!! I don’t know about you, but I am on the ShopBop website AND the ShopBop app at least once a week these days. I am always keeping my eyes peeled for those delicious designer goodies that ShopBop has on lock. Before I start sharing my latest Fall favorites, let me give you the sale details so you can score some of my favorites!

Right now through October 14th, ShopBop is offering 25% off of a purchase of $500, and 30% off of a purchase over $500 with the code MAINEVENT16 at checkout.  Click here for full details and restrictions about the sale.

 

Kirstin’s Top Two Fall Favorites

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This may seem a little pricey, but let’s say you have been making googly eyes at the Alexander Wang Mini Rockie with Rose Gold hardware (one of my personal favorites – stunning bag – killer for Fall), which retails for $650 regularly. Now, with the code MAINEVENT16, you will save 30% (that’s $195!!) off of that bag, making it only $455!! That’s a steal at that price!! Not to mention – scoring a high end designer bag for under $500? Yes, please!!

 

Dolce Vita Saylor Booties on Kirstin Marie

These gorgeous Dolce Vita Saylor Booties are my absolute favorite for Fall. They hit at a great spot around the ankle, have a sweet little heel, and I love the zipper detailing. Grabbing these babies with 25% off is not a bad deal at all!!

 

What are your Fall favorites, and what are you planning on snapping up during the ShopBop sale? Leave me a comment and let me know! xx

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Breaking fashion rules

Breaking fashion rules Society+ Crop Top and BlacK Skirt #FashionFreedom #iamsocietyplus on Kirstin Marie

J.Kane Black Skirt | c/o Society+

Society+ Plus Size Caged Crop Top | c/o Society+

As a plus size woman, I’m constantly reminded of the “fashion rules” that I must follow – or else. This leaves us curvy girls with an array of limiting, boring, ugly options. I want more options! Trying to stay confined to a tight unfriendly, unfashionable box is not my thing. I gathered all of my strength and busted out of that “rules of fashion” box. Today, I am breaking fashion rules! The age old rule that’s meant to be broken: plus size girls, or girls with larger than average sized arms cannot wear sleeveless tops. Heck yes, I can, and I will!

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I’ve teamed up with an amazing brand, Society+, and Society+ to show you that breaking the rules is fun, easy, and empowering. I’ve always, always been self conscious about my large upper arms. I’ve tried exercises, dieting, and so much more. I confined myself to always wearing short sleeves or longer to conceal my arms. Not anymore. I’ve even decided to further break this rule and blow past my comfort zone by getting a full sleeve tattoo on my left arm. My tattoo is very much in progress and in the beginning stages, but I am in love with it. My tattoo, though a drastic was to break this fashion rule, has boosted my confidence so much that I WANT to show it off. I don’t care if I have large upper arms. When I slipped into this strappy, sexy crop top with this perfect black skirt I felt SO good. I felt like I could go anywhere, do anything, be who I am with no shame. Of course I was nervous as I left my house, but the looks I got from strangers were good ones, and my husbands’ face said it all. I look good, I feel good, and darn it, baby, I will show my arms off, regardless. Society+ is such an incredible, empowering brand that celebrates body positivity and body love. I could not think of a better brand to work with when thinking about breaking the fashion rules.

Now it’s your turn, my lovelies! Join me in breaking any of these fashion rules:

~Exposed Tummy (Crop tops, etc)

~Exposed Legs (mini skirts, and more)

~Exposed Arms (sleeveless everything!)

~Wearing color and bright color

~Wearing white

~Wearing stripes, prints, and more!

Share your photos on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat (@itsmekirstinm) – be sure to tag me, and use #FashionFreedom when you post.These fashion rules were meant to be broken! Break free with me & Society+, and show the world how beautiful you are!

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