Dearest Lou

Summer Ready with Persil ProClean

This post has been in partnership with August United and it's advertiser . All opinions are mine alone.

Summer is right around the corner and this summer will be a bittersweet one. It will be mine and Zaden's last summer before Baby #2 arrives early this fall. We are super excited to meet baby but I'm so worried about the transition. I've talked to many friends and family members and usually it's hardest on the kid (especially when going from no siblings to one).

I have planned all sorts of fun summer activities for Z and I to do this summer. Most of which include lots of exploring outdoors and yummy treats. Outdoor fun and food can take a toll on our wardrobes which is where Persil ProClean detergent comes into play! We have used this detergent for over two years and it always does the job. My laundry always smells super fresh after washing, removes all stains, and leaves my clothing nice and bright. No need to worry about dull clothing and tricky stains (;

Persil ProClean is now available at select Target stores nationwide and to everyone online, so be sure to snag yourself a bottle next time you are in need of more detergent!

Polka Dots + Alterre Shoes

Megan Dress from Karina Dress || Mist Grey Mule + Marilyn in Sunshine from Alterre Shoes

How cute is Z in that first photo hiding inside my dress? When we went out and took these photos there was a cool breeze and he came running and hid in my dress.

I know I sound like a broken record when I say I'm back to blogging for good so I'm not going to jinx myself or promise anything this time. Since it is wedding season my blogging and personal work has definitely been on the back burner for weeks. Editing and working on my wedding clients work has been top priority as far as my work life goes.

I have a few looks I shot a couple weeks back that I'm excited to share with you guys throughout this week.

Let's talk about this polka dot beauty from Karina Dresses. I absolutely love Karina Dresses since their clothing works even for us pregnant ladies. There's enough stretch in the fabric around the mid-section (especially in the fit + flare style like this Megan dress). I got my usual size (S/M) and it fits like a charm. I definitely think I will be able to wear it throughout my second trimester but will most likely not wear it throughout my third depending on how big I get. I don't want to cause unnecessary stretching since I really want to wear this postpartum.

Another reason why I chose this particular style of dress is because the surplice v neckline! Perfect for easy nursing access without having to undo my dress all together (;

Oh and have you guys heard of Alterre Shoes? Alterre Shoes is this amazing new company that allows you to mix and match your shoes. You start off with with a lift (base of the shoe) and then you can choose interchangeable looks (straps)! How cool is that? Whenever I go on vacation or shoot multiple blog looks in a day I hate packing a bunch of different shoes. Having multiple looks from Alterre can easily resolve that issue and help me de-clutter a bit. Just ask my husband.. I own WAY to many pairs of shoes (;

I chose the Mist Grey Mule base since I figured it would go with most of my wardrobe and would be a bit more unique that just plain black. I also wanted a base that I could wear all year round and not just in the summer. For my first look I chose the Marilyn in Sunshine! I absolutely love a fun pop of yellow and can see myself wearing this combo often.

I'll be sharing look #2 with Alterre Shoes Thursday so stay tuned for that!

Mama and Z Style: Pink + Blue

Mama's wearing: White Plum Tunic || Old Navy Maternity Shorts
Z's wearing: Old Navy Top || Gap Distressed Denim || Salt Water Sandals

Although these photos were taken nearly a month ago I wanted to share a few of my favorites on the blog. I went location scouting for the mama and me mini sessions I held last month and my boys came with me. These photos were taken in the middle of the afternoon and not during the ideal golden hour light however, I absolutely love them.

White Plum sent me this gorgeous tunic to share on my instagram with a coupon code last month and it's easily one of my go-to pieces right now. It's super soft and perfect for spring! I have also been living in these maternity bermuda shorts from Old Navy! Old Navy has been my go-to store for all things maternity so far this pregnancy and these shorts don't disappoint (;