Diamond Shopping with Diamonds Direct

“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” ― Dolly Parton

Diamonds are rare, beautiful, timeless, authentic, and have the ability to make you feel a certain way. I have always been fascinated with them. I love how they sparkle when you move your hand in conversation. I love how they come in different shapes and sizes and there is a perfect one out there for everyone. Mostly, I love how they can be passed on through generations and carry a story each time. I love how you can get your great-grandmother’s diamond earring and they re just as beautiful then, as they are now.

I take diamond shopping very seriously. There are a handful of places that are on my list that are acceptable for Brice to buy from. Locally, one of them is Diamonds Direct. Not only do they have very competitive pricing  but they also have very quality diamonds. Upon walking in you are amongst a land of sparkle. They have pieces and price points for everyone.

I had my eye on a pair of diamond studs. I have always wanted a pair. I love how they can be worn everyday and also dressed up for formal events. I went into their newly renovated store and was overwhelmed (in the best way) with all of the options they had for me. I settled on a pair of .75 carat, beautifully simple studs. They were so helpful and patient as I tried on different pairs. They listened to what I liked and didn’t like and found me the perfect pair.

If you ever need a beautiful piece I truly hope you go to Diamonds Direct, if even to experience their amazing store and very helpful customer service. I found my dream stud and through the process I can wholeheartedly recommend them.

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What to Wear Pregnant and Postpartum: Frances Hart

Outfit Details // Frances Hart Puff Sleeve Crewneck Sweater, Frances Hart Ribbed Knit Sweater and Ribbed Knit Skirt

I first discovered Frances Hart when I was pregnant with Eloise. We were in Covid lockdown for four months of her pregnancy. All I wanted was to look put together. I know that sounds strange to say during a lockdown, but I feel my best when I get dressed. True Story:  I HATE wearing work-out clothes unless I am actually working-out.  To be productive, I need to feel put-together and good. Before I was introduced to Frances Hart I was buying a lot of  Zara tent dresses. They were comfortable and made me feel put together but I yearned for higher quality, chic, and multi-purpose pieces. I wanted to move past “trendy” and into timeless.

When I found Frances Hart I felt like my wants had finally been met. I had no clue a company like this existed. When I received their dresses (all three shown in this past post) it was a match made in heaven. The quality of the fabrics was unmatched and their attention to detail was something I didn’t even notice on their website. Everything from the pleating around the shoulders, the ties at the waist, or the extra ruffle by the wrist. There was so much detail that I was truly blown away.

You always hear, “you can wear this pregnant and postpartum.” However, if you have been pregnant, how often is that really true? Not much. However, I found myself reaching for my Frances Hart dresses just as much postpartum as I did pregnant. The fit was different, but just as beautiful. I truly don’t know how they can create one pieces that can be worn at such different life stages.

I have kept in close contact with the girls at Frances Hart so when they launched their new knits I wanted to see if they could be as multi-purpose as their dresses. I am no longer pregnant but since their dresses fit me so well postpartum, I wanted to give the knits a shot too! Well, long story short, they did it again. I could 100% see how they would look beautiful pregnant, but they fit just as good postpartum. And like their previous pieces I own, the quality of their knits is above and beyond. I have actually been living in this sweater! I love it with jeans for a casual, everyday look.

My best friend is currently pregnant so I let her borrow the dresses I wore when I was pregnant with Eloise. She agrees, they are like nothing else on the market! Since I am not sure we are completley done having babies, I feel so good knowing I can invest in items that will work for all stages of my life!

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Holiday Card With Janie + Jack

Holiday cards are stressful. At least for me. Getting everyone dressed and ready, dealing with a toddler who didn’t want to wear her bow, shoes, or any of the beautiful accessories I picked out from Janie + Jack, and then trying to get a 4 month old and 2 year old to smile on cue. Oh, and Dallas had a heatwave so it was 98 degrees. Let’s just say, I needed a good cry sesh and a glass of wine afterwards. However, as my mom said, these are the moments you will look back on and smile. I know she is right but my lord, why do they need to be so difficult?

The one thing I was beyond grateful that I did was to buy the girls matching dresses weeks in advance. I turned to one of my favorite shops, Janie + Jack. Knowing that their outfits were decided on and would look so cute gave me such peace of mind leading up to the photoshoot. When I was looking for their outfits I wanted them to be similar, beautiful, and wearable. Wearable you might ask? Well, there are a lot of holiday parties coming up and I wanted something that Eleanor could look really cute in, be able to enjoy running around and playing with her friends, and me not being stressed out the entire time she was about to ruin a $$$ outfit. I wanted the outfit to look $$$, but not be $$$.

This is where my love of Janie + Jack comes in. I have purchased their items non-stop since finding out I was pregnant with Eleanor in 2017. They are one of my go-to shops.  Their items are of amazing quality and look really expensive without breaking the bank account. I want items that last, especially now that I have a second girl and without a doubt, their items last. I have so many pieces that have already been passed down to Eloise and they look brand new. I can’t sing their praises enough!

This year, their holiday line knocked it out of the park. Tartans, velvet, matching masks (hello 2020), hats, plaids, they really seemed to capture everything you want in your holiday outfits. Being a longtime fan, I truly can’t recommend taking a look at what they have on their website right now! It is Parisian chic! Which y’all know I love

SHOP THE GIRLS OUTFITS BELOW:

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Eleanor’s Outfit// Dress, Bow, Gloves, ShoesCoat, Matching Mask

Eloise’s Outfit // Tartan Set, Socks, Shoes

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