OH, BTW WE ARE HAVING A BABY! I guess it’s time for a bumpdate?

Although I have referenced the fact that I am pregnant on here, I realized the other day that I never made the “official announcement” on the blog that we are having our second baby girl… so, better late than never!

I haven’t been big on doing “bumpdates” - but I thought I would update you all on how I actually am doing, despite the pics and videos you see on Instagram.

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STYLE HAS NO SIZE // boyfriend jeans + kimono

One of my biggest requests has been to style boyfriend jeans as a plus size woman. Here's how I did it, using the same exact kimono as my girl Mireille from City Peach! This is the second feature in our series, STYLE HAS NO SIZE, and we LOVE THIS LOOK! I hope you do too!

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"YOU AREN'T PLUS SIZE ENOUGH"

“What happens when you finally lose all the baby weight, what will you call yourself then?”

“What size are you REALLY, though?”

“Are you calling yourself plus size just because you’re pregnant?”

“What size were you before you got pregnant?”

These are just a few examples of questions I get ALL of the time. From real life friends and family, to people I don’t know on the internet.

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YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS

I've been hearing this quote several times in the past week - almost like it's the universe SHOUTING IT AT ME. It's been a really good reminder. Life is full of seasons, things can be challenging but hard doesn't have to be a bad thing. 

If you've been following along with me, you know I've been working my butt off before this baby comes to make some extra cash and secure more hours towards our healthcare benefits. 

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PLUS SIZE & PREGNANT // PRINT MIXING & 40% OFF!

Happy Friday!! Here's another PLUS SIZE AND PREGNANT LOOK with NON-MATERNITY clothing! Minus the jeans. ;) I wanted to share this look because 1, THE SWEATER AND SHOES ARE 40% OFF. I REPEAT. This is not a drill. But 2, I wanted to show you how to amp up a simple tee-shirt look, in classic Dorough fashion. You know I can't help myself - I love mixing prints every chance I get!

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FALL HAUL FOR EMALINE // how to get high end kids' clothes on the cheap!

One of my favorite ways to shop is thrift and consignment because not only can you get really cute, barely worn stuff - but you can also find cool and unique things that aren't in the stores anymore!

I am THRILLED to share with you this amazing online consignment store called BAGSY! They have ALL KIDS sizes and the cutest stuff. An amazing selection, I am blown away... I could literally sit on their website for hours.

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WHAT I WORE // CAMO + PLAID TRENCH

Layering and mixing patterns is my JAM, you know this! I really don't like playing by the rules... so here I am, throwing on a plaid trench coat over a camo shirt jacket and calling it a day. If you've been following along with my life updates, than you probably know I've been working a little bit...

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LEGGINGS STYLED 2 WAYS

FTC DISCLAIMER: I have partnered with Macy's & NY Collection to showcase their latest plus size collection. Thank you for the support for House of Dorough, I only work with brands I love and believe in! #NYCollection #macyssponsored

You guys KNOW that I am all about wearing leggings year-round, especially while I'm pregnant. I do appreciate a good pair of jeans, don't get me wrong. But these days - I need the most comfortable option out there! 

And, as I've said before: Leggings are hard to style - I totally get it.

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MY HEART BABY...IS STILL A HEART BABY

Heart baby. Also known as: a child with a congenital heart disease or heart defect. You'll see all kinds of heart babies out there; some of them are barely holding on, some of them have had several surgeries and are thriving, and some of them got extremely fortunate in being able thrive after only one major surgery, and seemingly like nothing ever happened to their heart.

The latter is what we have prayed and hoped for.

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WHEN THE BRA ACTUALLY FITS

FTC Disclosure: I've partnered with Natori, a brand I truly believe in, to write this post. Thank you for supporting House of Dorough. 

I have something I need to admit to you guys - ever since I had my first baby, and my bust size grew dramatically, I have not spent the time, money or energy on finding myself a new bra that fits me properly. Funny, because it is actually SUCH an important foundation garment and will make or break all of your outfits and confidence. 

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MY ELOQUII HITLIST

This ones for my ladies size 14 and up! If you're a VIP subscriber to my Monday email list, then you've probably seen the special discount code that is only for you guys! AND IT'S AMAZING (50% off one item and 40% off the rest!!)

ELOQUII is the highest quality plus sized clothing I've found and I love their unique style.  Here's what I think you need to grab before the discount is expires on September 10! Oh, and if you need the code... scroll down to the bottom ;)

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GRATITUDE ON A MONDAY, with some style on the side

I can’t sleep, and all I can seem to think about right now is gratitude. Like, out of nowhere, I was just overcome with an extreme amount of thankfulness for everything great in my life right now. Funny how that happens.

I’ve had a rough couple of days. Between lack of sleep, anxiety, hormones, and emotions... it’s just been hard on my soul.

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THE PLUS SIZE LBD EDIT

Ask and you SHALL receive! Here you'll find a TON of plus-sized little black dresses. A lot of them are on sale too! 

The term "little black dress" used to freak me out. I don't know why but I just envisioned this teeny tiny model in a Herve Leger skin tight black body con dress. Anyone else?

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THE TRIMESTER THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT

If you've been following me for awhile, you may have noticed that back in January/February, I was pumpin' out content for the blog on the regular. My Instagram posts were consistent and I was starting to work with some big brands. Cut to - early March, and suddenly I went MIA. I started resurfacing in April/May, but let me assure you - that was all a front. It wasn't until June that I felt normal again. Here's what was really going on during that time.

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THE PROCRASTINATOR'S GUIDE TO THE NORDSTROM SALE

Officially my last ROUND-UP for the #Nsale! I did this last year and it was a huge hit for all of you who like to wait to the last minute (I am the same way - NO SHAME!) After all, procrastinator's need love too. But for real - this is your LAST CHANCE to shop brand new, FALL/WINTER items for incredible prices. Sale officially ends SUNDAY AUG 5!

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