Mexico on the Horizon

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Okay, so I know that summer is basically over and it’s starting to get a bit nippy in the evenings, but I have a trip to Mexico planned in October! Yay! Sans kids. Double Yay! This means I will be keeping some of my summer staples within reach to take on that trip. I haven’t been out of the country since I was a little girl! This didn’t even hit me until I had to renew my passport, which I’ve never actually used. It’s a sad situation and I feel terribly uncultured (insert frown emoji here). I vowed to Pablo that I would be visiting a new country every year from now on. So yea, there goes the kid’s college fund. Joking! There’s no college fund. AnaB-July-41AnaB-July-35 AnaB-July-36 AnaB-July-33 AnaB-July-37 AnaB-July-38 AnaB-July-47

Photos via Alumbra Photography // Stylist: Adriana Castanon

A couple notes on this outfit. These boyfriend style jeans are from Target and I wear them a few times a week if possible. I love their relaxed baggy fit and distressed style. They are perfect for running errands with kiddos or you can dress them up with heels like I did here! The kimono is a clothing piece that I will be buying more of since it’s great for layering and makes a simple jeans and tee outfit so much more interesting. Lastly, I was informed by my dear friend and stylist Adriana Castanon that my espadrille shoes are a new, more grown up version of the converse in that it’s casual, versatile and cute! I’m going to second that because I wear them every chance I get.

Love,

Ana B

Here are a few more photos of recent summer shoots with Susannah of Alumbra Photography!

Outfit Details:

Kimono, Shoes and Hat: Nordstrom Rack of Springfield Mall

Jeans: Target

Accessories: She’s Unique

Bag: Bishop Boutique

If It Makes You Happy!

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My dear husband recently bought me the book “Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul” and reading it really brings me back to my childhood. I loved these books as a teenager. They inspired me to appreciate the little things in life, but also to dream bigger and farther than my little world at the time. I always wanted to move away somewhere and experience a different life. I did get that chance when I moved to California in 2002 as a newlywed. AnaB-Jan-31 AnaB-Jan-35 AnaB-Jan-36 AnaB-Jan-28 AnaB-Jan-44 AnaB-Jan-40 AnaB-Jan-33

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ALUMBRA PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s funny that the adventure I was looking for didn’t end up being in California. It’s happening right here in good old Virginia. And in my 30s. Not my 20s. Ha! But life is kinda funny that way. I’m always in awe of how things end up turning out. I do think that part of getting to where you need to go happens when you’re in tune with yourself. When you say no to the things that stifle you or make you unhappy. And say yes to the things to excite and inspire you! Even if people don’t agree or even if it doesn’t make you money at first. Believe in yourself, believe in your purpose, work really hard for what you want and find a way!

Love,

Ana B

Dress: TopShop at Springfield Town Center (Cute Options!)

Jacket: TopShop at Springfield Town Center

Plaid Thingamajig and Thoughts on Gift Buying

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You know, it was pretty fun walking around Old Town Alexandria with this over-sized plaid thingamajig. I mean, what do you even call it? I thought it was a scarf when I picked it up at H&M, and then it kept going and going. In all honesty, it’s a blanket. And I got to walk around Old Town with a warm fuzzy blanket thrown on top of me…and nobody flinched. A cup of joe and I was set!

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Alumbra Photography

How’s your Christmas shopping going? I’m half way done, but honestly, it’s kind of hard to shop for others. I feel like there’s a lot of pressure to get THE MOST AMAZING, SPECIAL, THOUGHTFUL thing you could ever find that’s JUST RIGHT and PREFERABLY engraved and/or SPECIALLY made (by hand!) for that someone. But then I’m like, nah! It really is the thought that counts, right? We all truly got what we NEED and then some. So yes, it’s the thought that matters. Don’t let gift buying stress you out. The gift for that special someone doesn’t need to be life changing. Just thoughtful. And if he/she likes walking around in blankets….well then.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Plaid Thingamajig: H&M (Can’t link to it cause I don’t know what its called.) (Cute Plaid Cape)

Necklace: Daily Chic (It’s super heavy, good for building neck muscles!)

Boots: Old (But these are cute!)

Clutch: Old (Fun Option)\

Nail Polish: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

 

Falling for Fall <3

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We’re in the swing of November and I am feeling pretty happy about it. I love to see the leaves changing colors, the air is crisp and cool outside, and the holidays are just around the corner, which means family and food! Dressing for fall is so fun too! Deep bold colors and layering is back in action and options are plenty.

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All Photography By: Susannah of Alumbra Photography 

I love to dress for comfort and style, and this blazer is a perfect mix of both. I also love a pair of colored pants. It’s a great way to break the monotony of blue jeans and these were a great (and inexpensive) find at Forever 21. Gotta love Forever :).

Happy Monday! <3

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Blazer: Tinley Road Blazer (Similar/Option)

Shirt: Blouse (old) (Option)

Hat: H&M (option)

Clutch: South Moon Under 

Pants: Forever 21

Boots: Forever 21 (old) (LOVE these!)

Crop Top and I Won’t Stop

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I’m not sure why I insist on jumping in on the crop top trend. Maybe because I didn’t wear them in my teens. Ya know…secretly wearing them at 15, wearing them unabashedly at 18. Nope, instead I am choosing to wear them at age 32 (now 33). Ha! I think it’s a confidence thing, I am just downright more confident in my 30’s than I ever was. Also, I just really like my stomach. It is one of the areas of my body that responded well to a healthy diet and exercise and is pretty close to it’s pre-baby state. Other areas? Well, that’s a different story and not one for the masses, lol. And so even though it’s not as tight as it could be at this very moment, I like my belly! And I celebrate that with a crop top :).AnaBEdit-25 AnaBEdit-26 AnaBEdit-29 AnaBEdit-28 AnaBEdit-27 AnaBEdit-24

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Susannah of Alumbra Photography

Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE a pair of white skinny jeans for the summer. I found these at Target, by the way! They are a closet essential. So even though you might not be sporting a crop top, make sure to snag a pair of white jeans. Only thing is I try not to wear them around my babies. A pair of crisp white jeans are cute, but one with smears and stains is not! ;).

P.S. Man Repeller’s recent take on showing the belly button and crop tops.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Skinny jeans: Target 

Crop Top: Garage

Bag: Coach/Cute Option

Wedges: Steve Madden Brand at Nordstrom Rack/Option/Option

Hat: Option

Lipstick: Ravishing by MAC Cosmetics

 

Dude, where’s my sweater?

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I love how people on the west coast are happily sporting their summer clothes. Shorts, tank tops and bikinis…and I’m all, dude! Where’s my sweater? Seriously! I appreciate the few warm days we got over the weekend, although I spent most of them inside. But this week is just gloomy! A sweater in a sunny color can help brighten a cold and rainy day.
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 All Photography by: Susannah of Alumbra Photography 

The ever so gorgeous Andee Layne inspired me to buy these flared jeans and I’ve worn them before on this post. Mine are a bit long so I don’t wear them often since they require platforms, otherwise I’d wear them EVERY DAY! Just love the way they lengthen legs :).

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details

Purse: Coach

Bell Bottom Jeans: TJ Maxx (J Brand)/Similar)

Sweater: Lucky Brand (old)/(Similar/Similar)

Earrings: Forever 21

Almost Lady-like

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A few days ago, I realized that I reached over 100,000 views on LoveAnaB.com. So I’m doing a little happy dance by myself to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads my blog! It is such a fun and creative space for me to express myself, and I love connecting with people through this social medium. :)

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Photography by: Alumbra Photography

I have a love for A-line skirts. They’re very feminine and classy! I paired this midi length one from H&M with a distressed jean jacket to give it a bit more edge. I also love the peter pan collar cutout on this cotton shirt I found at Kohls for a great price. Hehe! Now say that out loud three times fast :).

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Kohls (No longer available, but cute option)

Skirt: H&M/ Similar

Jacket: H&M (old)/ Similar

Purse: Forever 21/Similar

Sunglasses: Hot Topic