The Final Four Fashion Weeks

Wow! Where did I go? Wrapped up my final weeks as cheerleading coach and back at it with a few more blog posts. I wanted to share some of the outfits I’ve been sporting recently. Still rocking my pre-pregnancy jeans and I couldn’t be happier. I am almost 38 weeks right now this weekend I did have to start using the hair tie trick because he’s finally settled into head down.

Week 35 (I know not technically 4 weeks but hey it was too cute and I didn’t want to make a separate post :). If you didn’t plan on using tunic tops to your advantage during the last stages of pregnancy trust me they’re great. However most of what I’m posting in todays post are dresses…. yes they are supposed to be worn as dresses, but I’m not a hoochie so I’ve always worn them with tights in the winter just as I am doing in this picture on the left. All of this I would have worn if I wasn’t pregnant. The jacket is from H&M. I dig animal prints. Normally I would layer on the bracelets but it’s so hard to do that in the winter with long-sleeves. Outfit cost me next to nothing, even the jacket was only like $25.


Week 36 here on the right. Simple outfit. Got the top for like $8.00 on Venus.com, again love my animal prints and I’m sporting my red Ed Hardy heels that always stop people in their tracks wondering where I got them. I can’t give away all of my secrets! My husband loves this top because it gives him just enough view of my cleavage to keep it sexy. Unfortunately for him they still haven’t grown but I actually see that as a + in my book. Less stretching less sagging later right? 😉 A girl can dream.

Week 37 and I threw in a selfie I sent to my husband to brighten his day! This top is currently at Charlotte Russe in the DRESS section… psh ya ok! I think I will stick with it as a top even after pregnancy. I have my fake glasses on for show because my husband is obsessed with these glasses. He also likes my hair likes this so I thought I would humor him and fulfill his desires 😉 This is about all he’s getting at week 37 so he better enjoy it LOL!! I just bought a couple more dresses from Charlotte Russe because they were having a buy one get one for $12.95 sale. HOLLA. Can’t see my heels but of course they’re awesome to.

Week 38! WHAT?! Oh if you can’t tell this was second day hair then you gots to be blind My spray tan is also wearing thin gonna have to make the ol husband get me some color this weekend. Again another dress, long style tunic. These have been my saving grace. I love having the extra length for my butt is hanging out of my pants. Aint nobody wanna see an ol pregnant woman’s crack. Minimal jewelry today but I do have red stoned earrings and I had a black cardigan on all day because it’s still really cold. This is a Marvel comics top I got at Wet Seal. It’s about time I add a little super hero flavor into my wardrobe, I mean I am having a little boy.

Hope you enjoyed my post, be sure to subscribe and leave a comment. I may post some more from this week! Just remember to keep your outfits interesting and be creative. I don’t even feel pregnant when I’m rocking these outfits, I feel like ME and I’d much rather feel like myself at the most amazing time of my life!

Carpe the Hell Out of Your Diem —

Laci Jane

Staying Active During Pregnancy – Weeks 27-35

Somehow when I knew I was into the third trimester I thought, well it’s just going to get harder from here. Typically I don’t think this way because like I’ve said in my previous posts I had basically set out to prove others wrong about pregnancy. To do it for myself and my baby and no one else. Well I was wrong and I am glad that I am. I’ve had plenty of energy and my workouts are still a blast. The only thing that is really different is his position. If he is in an awkward spot it can make the workout a little more difficult but nothing I can’t push through.

Les Mills Combat workout with weights at 28 weeks pregnant

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Getting Insane with some Insanity at 33 weeks pregnant! This was a GREAT workout, I had a really high heart rate and burnt some serious calories.

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Getting my Turbo on with Chalene Johnson’s HIIT at 35 weeks pregnant!

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I feel I shouldn’t have to repeat myself or get into this but please understand that I was doing all of these workouts before I was pregnant. My Dr. approved me to workout because I was already working out and in great shape before. I never push myself so hard that I’m exhausted. I’ve learn to balance my workouts but still get an effective calorie burn. As long as I can talk I can keep going. If I’m too tired to talk then I should stop but I don’t get that far 😉

Thanks for stopping by! Interested in one of the above programs to jumpstart your health and fitness goals? Hit me up and contact me!

Carpe the Hell out of Your Diem–

Laci Jane

Can You Have Style While Pregnant? Absolutely!

From the moment I saw the little plus signs on my pee stick, I knew I was going to be in for a totally different world. It didn’t take me long to put everything together… I was going to get fat!!! Okay, okay, that isn’t the best word to use, because we all know creating a little miracle inside the human body should not be associated with the word “fat”. However I was definitely going to gain weight and sport a nice, round belllay!! It should be no surprise at this point (if you’ve been reading my blog) that I went into pregnancy with the goal of staying in shape and gaining only weight that would deem my pregnancy healthy. This means that I didn’t plan on gaining a lot of weight.

I can’t be sure, but I may have had nightmares about mumus and maternity clothing. However, after some research I saw that there are some super cute maternity outfits. My only problem with the whole concept was that I would have maternity clothes that I may or may not ever wear again. 
So I started to plot my strategy. If I could get by with wearing current fashions in a size larger then maybe I could avoid it? I will detail below:
  • Loose, flowy tops have been all the rage lately and once I got my bump I started going up a size. Even now, at 35 weeks, most of those tops still fit and I didn’t have to go the maternity route. 
  • I also have kept wearing my small and extra small cardigans, sweaters, vests, and business jackets over top of the flowy tops so that it brings me in on the sides a little bit. 
  • I’ve carried high for my entire pregnancy and because of my shape I’ve always worn my jeans really low. So yes, (I know you hate me right now) I am still wearing my size 3s during pregnancy. Just in the last week I’ve had to use the hair tie trick on a couple pairs, but most of them still button and fit comfortably. I do unbutton them if I will be sitting for a long time. This can’t possibly last much longer because he should be dropping soon but I will just find an alternative at this point… I mean it’s winter which brings me to my next bullet.
  • Leggings!! The best part about being pregnant in the winter is that you can wear leggings/tights and boots and come up with so many outfits in varying colors. My dress pants quit fitting a long time ago probably long about 22-23 weeks, so leggings have become my dressy outfits at work. I’ve also been fortunate to have a boss who understands and lets me wear jeans if I’m not meeting with anyone that day (saving me a ton of money… who wants to buy maternity dress pants??)
  • I also had a closet full of longer, tunic tops that have really served me well. I don’t care if my tops are tight at this point! I’m rocking my first child in this tight little top paired with leggings. I’ve come up with some very stylish ways to show off my bump using these long tops. 
  • Another essential to most of my outfits throughout this pregnancy has been long camis! You know you have some! We use them to cover our butt cracks when we wear low rise jeans, we use them to extend the look of a shorter top, we wear them with our leggings so that are ass has something to hide behind. Well ladies use them to your advantage during pregnancy because the likelihood you will use them again is very high.
  • Heels aren’t something that most women are going to wear during pregnancy but my Dr. insisted that because I wore them so much before I was pregnant (as long as I was comfortable) I should continue to do so during pregnancy. Basically, whatever you’re used to, don’t change it now. I still wear my heels because I’ve not had any swelling and I’m more comfortable in them than anything else. 
I haven’t taken pictures of a lot of my outfits during pregnancy because I didn’t think about it! I will try and do better so you have an idea of what I am wearing in  my last few weeks and maybe you will be inspired? But then again, maybe you wont! 
I literally didn’t even feel pregnant in the outfit to the left. I got the white jacket at Kohls for $8.00, the white top underneath is a medium and I got it at Target on sale, and (look closely) there’s a long white cami underneath. Jeans I got at Gordmans over the summer and I have red heels on. My necklace is fake Chanel with fake pearls. This was taken at 31 weeks pregnant.

HAPPY NEW YEARS (33 weeks pregnant)! Enter my outfit for New Years Eve with my husband. Over the summer I almost sold this little gem of a sweater dress, thankfully I didn’t because it was perfect for a night out. I’ve had it for years. Wore my hair up or it would have gotten knotted in the turtleneck which my husband liked because I always wear it down. I had on HUGE earrings that were really sparkly and they matched the big sparkly belt I had on. If you’ve ventured to my fashion page you will see I wear belts a lot! I also had on thigh highs with my tall black boots over the top of a thinner black tight. I felt amazing in this. 
 

The outfit on the left was thrown together for pure comfort at 33 weeks pregnant, I’ve probably worn this 2-3 times since this picture haha. The top is a medium I picked up at Kohls, long black cami, black tights, Gordmans boots, black boot socks, and looky there another BELT!You can’t see my earrings dammit but they match the boots and belt and are super cute. I threw a black long cardigan over this when I left because I was picking up my new car that day and it was something like -20?? We got a snowstorm this weekend so I needed the extra layer. 

MORAL OF THE STORY….Don’t settle on maternity clothing, if you are fortunate enough to avoid them, just think out of the box and get creative! It will make you feel better and save you a lot of money. If you’re excited about getting some maternity clothes then by all means girl, GO BUY SOME :).

Carpe the Hell Out of Your Diem —
Laci Jane

Not Your Typical Maternity Photos

Eventually you will come to realize through my blog that my entire life I’ve specifically tried to be unlike anyone else. Typically I do not follow social norms to a T, I purposely try and stand out because I value forging my own path in life and not skipping down the nice paved one that others have ventured down before me. Hence why I have always told myself I would never do maternity photos. I always looked at them and just thought, I don’t want anyone to see my stretched out belly, I don’t want to do the same photos everyone else does! I WON’T do it….

Well at 20 weeks pregnant I got the itch and decided if I was going to have my photos taken they would have a different look and feel to them. I wanted classy and fashionable, something that didn’t scream baby this, baby that. I did what I said I wouldn’t do and I am so happy that I did!

After weeks of scouring Pinterest and creating a vision for what kind of photos I wanted, my husband and I braved the cold and ventured out to a very special location to take photos. Below is what we came away with and I have to say I am more than pleased with the results. Please visit my Pinterest page to view more from the session with Jenelle Collins of Photography by Jenelle

Carpe the Hell Out of Your Diem —
Laci Jane

Pregnancy Progress- Weeks 27-32

Well, time flies when you’re having fun and then you get hit with all the holidays! Whew I’m not really sure where the last few weeks went but they have flown by. By 24 weeks I had really blossomed, somebody was growing! I don’t know what came over me but during the fall I had decided that I would redo our kitchen. So in early December I started that process. I completely repainted our cabinets white. I was fully in the nesting mode. In November I had redone my bathroom. Why wasn’t I working on the babies room you ask?? Well let me get to that crazy saga later on another post. If you come across this post early on in my blogging career. I probably won’t have my Pinterest projects posted yet but eventually I will have a direct link to them.

I was knee deep in a very cluttered house and drowning in paint, low or no VOC of course! The holidays came and went. My birthday came and went. It was now 2014 and I was just a few weeks away from my due date!
I was 32 weeks on January 4 and I felt amazing. Not only had I still not gained much weight but I was still working out very regularly and not feeling a whole lot different. I also bought a new car, a small SUV. My husband jokes it could fit in his pocket (he doesn’t like it, but I don’t care what he thinks lol). I call it my little bat mobile because that is what it looks like and my son needs to ride in style HELLO! So this catches me up. My next post will be at 36 weeks and we will be on the final stretch.
I always welcome you to email me about my progress or ask any questions about workouts. I tracked every workout I’ve done for the length of my pregnancy. I owe so much to staying in shape to Beachbody’s programs.

Carpe the Hell out of our Your Diem—-

Laci Jane

Pregnancy Progress- 2nd Trimester

Once we hit the 12 week mark and we were able to share the great news with everyone life seemed to sort of speed up. My cheerleading squad was cheering in full force in August and we had so many things to think about and plan for! By 17 weeks I still didn’t feel pregnant, didn’t look pregnant but my belly button was really squishy and I was going absolutely CRAZY with sour candy. At first it was Sour Patch Kids watermelon flavor and from there it just exploded. My main love after that first round with Sour Patch was Sour Punch Straws and Bites, of course watermelon flavored, sweet tarts, and neon gummy worms. I also went through a stage where I didn’t have much of an appetite, like I couldn’t really get myself to eat anything. My mind was blown when I first felt him kick. Everyone had told me it will be like a gentle little flutter. OH NO, not this guy. I got 3 swift and very definitive kicks. Confused I called a friend of mine and was like, “theres no way that was just gas right?” Being that I’m not an ooey gooey mom type I really didn’t expect to feel this way from 3 little kicks. Well, let me be the first to say I found a whole new love and appreciation for the miracle that God allows women to help him with.

First trimester I had no weight gain, GREAT!!! AMEN.

My husband and I took a vacation about a week later and what to our wondering eyes would appear but a bump!!! He literally came in overnight I swear. Like suddenly he had decided to pack his bags and make a home out my belly.

We spent some time at Lake of the Ozarks, went canoeing, and hiked HaHa Tonka State Park. I felt wonderful!

Fast forward to 20 weeks, we found out our baby JuneBug was going to be a boy! This was something that I had really hoped for. After first saying I never really wanted children, my next hope was that if I did it would be a boy! Sooooo we tried for a boy! You know those old wives tales about how you can predict the sex of your baby? Well I don’t know if any of them actually work or not but we tried them and we got a boy. Never in my life did I imagine myself in the tiny, little, dark sonography room sobbing, but there I was all tipped back in the chair looking at my tiny little babies man parts! He looked so happy and content just sucking away on his thumb, it was beautiful. I was overcome with love and most of all blessed that we had a healthy little baby boy. My husband wasn’t nearly as partial he would have been happy with a little boy or a little girl. He may not have been quite as happy once he realized what his wife would spend on a little girl, so I am certain his bank account is thanking him for giving me a little boy 😉 . Can we say sparkles, tutus, and the cutest outfits imaginable! I would have been a spending fool with a little girl.

By the end of the second trimester I was really please with my progress on weight gain. During the first trimester I hadn’t gained a pound. The second trimester gave me 3 lbs which I felt was wonderful. I was doing my best to eat right and kept exercising.

Everyone kept (and keeps) telling me to “just wait” on pretty much every experience during pregnancy. Well second trimester I was never ravenous or extra hungry. I was still eating meals like I normally would. Maybe a couple extra cheat meals here and there but nothing out of the ordinary.

At 24 weeks I still didn’t feel like I was actually sporting a real bump. I still felt like I had a bloated belly or a beer gut haha. It really took me awhile to get used to my body. For years I’ve had a flat stomach with a 6-pack so while most women would smile and be excited about a bump I was being challenged with this beautiful little bump. I loved feeling my little JuneBug squirming and playing inside me but it really was pretty tough on me. I think back to some of those moments now and it makes me laugh. But hey I’m being honest with you all here!

The sour cravings didn’t last too long, thank goodness. My baby didn’t need all that sugar. Another thing I started to notice was his activity after I would drink my Shakeology at night. He really seemed to enjoy it…. either that or he hates it but HEY, I’m going with him loving it.

2 trimesters in the bag, 1 to go!

Carpe the Hell out of your Diem–
Laci Jane

Staying Active During Pregnancy- 1st and 2nd Trimester

I knew whenever I found out I was pregnant, stopping my workouts was just simply not going to be an option.
So, after getting an all clear from my Dr. I continued on with my workouts throughout pregnancy. At the end of July/Beginning of August I started T25, an 8 week program created by Sean T, the same fitness instructor who was the brainchild behind Insanity. I can’t recall the exact start date without consulting my workout journal but I know it was around then. The workouts are similar to Insanity but less stressful on the joints and ONLY 25 minutes.

By September 16, 2013 I had completed the program, here are my before and after photos. I was 17 weeks pregnant in September, not bad ehh? I would like to give credit for those abs to no one OTHER than myself. I worked very hard. I will also say that I kept at lifting weights and using some other Beachbody programs to mix it up a little and add on to my workouts to make them longer. Some days, 25 minutes is just not long enough.

Here is a You Tube Clip of Beachbody’s Les Mills Pump workout, one of the squat tracks. 
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After finishing the first round of T25 I wanted to start it over, so I did. This time, however, I didn’t do the program as faithfully because I started getting bored and wanted more variety in my workouts. I stayed with the fight! And unfortunately 17 weeks was the last time I saw those beloved abs of mine 🙂 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBj3-97xH9c]

By the end of my 2nd Trimester I will be honest and say that some moves were getting harder just because I couldn’t move like I used to be able to. Engaging your core becomes quite difficult when you have a tiny human inside you! For years I had taught myself to engage and use my core in everything I did throughout the day. I had to sort of re-learn how to use my body, a very strange feeling. Here is a workout from week 26, the last week of the 2nd trimester.

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Carpe the Hell out of your Diem—
Laci Jane

12 Weeks Pregnant

So during the first 12 weeks, not a lot happened. It literally felt like time was DRAGGING on until the 8 week appointment when we were able to see our little JuneBug for the first time. –Side note here if you’re wondering how we came up with the nickname do some backward math from a due date of March 1 😉 —

Weeks 5-7 were tough only because I was really really tired but nothing I couldn’t handle. Basically instead of being wide awake and ready to take on the world at 9pm I was shutting down and passing out.

The 12 week appointment was really our confirmation that we felt we could make it, that we had a healthy enough baby to feel comfortable announcing it to the world. Well I guess that just means making it Facebook official! So that is what we did.

At 12 weeks:

  • I felt great
  • Had not experienced any nausea
  • Was working out regularly and still very hard
  • Allowing myself to get more sleep
  • Maintaining my normal diet
  • I did get sick with a cold and had to be put on an antibiotic, wasn’t thrilled about that AT ALL

Carpe the Hell out of your Diem— Laci Jane

Announcement Time! JuneBug’s ETA is 3-1-14

I’m PREGNANT! ……..In all actuality it didn’t go quite like that we only told a select group of people we were pregnant and waited to announce it to the world.We found out we were pregnant just 2 days upon returning from a trip to Las Vegas. That’s right, mom of the year award right here! Let’s go to Vegas and get shitfaced while pregnant. I didn’t know!!! I swear. I know, I know, I’m not the only mom out there who’s made THAT mistake.

My husband likes to highlight this fun little vacation by recalling the walk back from the MGM Grand pool where we had spent several hours in the sun drinking beer. I don’t remember the walk back but apparently the comments I made to people headed out to the pool were enough to really piss someone off and get my ass kicked. Thanks huni, I love you for taking care of me and not letting that happen (especially in such a delicate state ;).

Anyways, I peed on three sticks which all proved that I was indeed pregnant. The first people we told were my parents. After waiting on my 37 year old sister all these years they were starting to think neither one of us had it in us to actually produce a grandchild, but lo and behold they would be first time grandparents.
Below is a video of how that went down 🙂

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Announcing the great news to my husband’s parents turned out to be a giant flop. While looking through my Vegas photos on my phone she came across my pee sticks…. hehe oops! You’re gonna be a grandma, again. After 7 grandkids they’re pros, what’s another one going to matter at this point right? It didn’t go exactly like we wanted it to but they were happy for us nonetheless.

Cheers, Here’s to 2014!

This blog has been a long time coming. For months and months I have contemplated re-visiting what first was considered an assignment for my class that I created in the summer of 2013. I lacked the time and the effort to actually dive into writing consistent posts.

However, I knew that come 2014 I would have a lot to say and likely no one who would want to listen but that’s alright with me! I’ve always loved to write and because I’m about one year into my MBA I knew that this online haven would be a great place to record my thoughts specifically on fitness and fashion. So now, I put my fingers to the keys.

Well a little bit about me, if you care 🙂

I am a mother to be (his arrival is set for March 1), I married to the most amazing person I could ever imagine being married to, my best friend. I have a full time job that I absolutely love, I have been a cheerleading coach for the past 5 years but this will be my last year coaching. On the side I am also a Team Beachbody coach, I work for free to help people lose weight, get in shape and generally just feel better about themselves. I am as real here as I am in person so if you contact me about your own health and fitness I will make my best effort to gain your trust and confidence. At the end of the day if I know I helped just one person whether it be from my words, inspirational or motivating posts, or in person I can sleep at night…..and dream of unicorns and butterflies.

–Carpe the hell out of your Diem
*~ Laci Jane ~*