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May 20, 2015

Comfortable Casual with Lularoe + Giveaway to Polette


Whoever said leggings are not acceptable to wear as pants certainly has not been pregnant! The past few weeks I feel like I have been wearing my Preggo Leggings non-stop, and this Lularoe top (non-maternity, by the way) is the perfect tunic to wear with them. I don't know about you, but when I wear leggings it is mandatory that my top is long enough to cover my behind, but that can sometimes be a challenging feat while pregnant. This top totally fits the bill, and I am looking forward to wearing it post-baby as well. I have talked about my love for Lularoe previously when I shared one of their beautiful kimonos, which I still wear at least once a week! Working with and supporting small businesses is so important to me, and has been one of my favorite things about blogging. With Lularoe, you can become your own small business owner by hosting pop-up boutiques and earn some extra cash on the side, or make it a full time endeavor. If I had extra time I would totally host my own! To receive more information about owning your own Lularoe business contact Sadi Thompson at sadi.lularoe@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram at @lulagirlsblog. 








P.S. A big congratulations to Meghan V. for winning the HD Clear Facial kit giveaway!

Wearing:
Irma Top c/o Lularoe
Hollister Denim Jacket (old, similar Old Navy version for less than $30)
Elegance Sunglasses c/o Polette 
Kendra Scott Sandra Necklace via Rocksbox (use code LINDSAYXOXO1 for your first month free)

Linking Up With: Confident TwosdayPersonal StyleStyle Me WednesdayLet It ShineThursday Fashion FilesThursday FavoritesWIWW






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Today I have also teamed up with Polette to offer one lucky Middle of Somewhere reader a chance to win a pair of Polette eyeglasses or sunglasses of your choice by completing the entry options in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run from 12am MST on 05/20 until 12am MST on 05/27. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

May 18, 2015

Must Have Monday with a Mrs & a Mama


Happy Monday! I feel like I am totally saying "happy Monday" because I am currently getting to take a little bit of a break from work as I await little miss Harper's arrival. My husband and I were (not so) secretly hoping she would have arrived yesterday because it was my husband's birthday, but that clearly did not happen. So since she is not here yet, I am still trying to keep my blog game strong knowing that once she arrives there will probably be some silence around here for awhile. Today I am teaming up with the lovely Katie of a Mrs & a Mama to share our must have beauty products. Be sure to head over to Katie's blog to read all about her must have beauty product, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette! You can also follow her along via Pinterest and Instagram (@mrsandamama). I don't typically talk too much about my favorite beauty products on here, so I was really inspired by Katie to do just that!

When Katie mentioned the topic of Must Have Monday I immediately had a hard time choosing just one item. I was able to narrow it down to a top three based on products that I honestly could not go a day without unless it's a day that I am not wearing any makeup. I absolutely LOVE Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde. I really never thought I would see the day that I would fill in my brows, however as I have gotten older, my eyebrows feel like they have stopped growing. I have also fallen in love with a well-defined brow and feel like it can complete a look and make it look more polished, even a simple every day one. I am not kidding when I say I could not live without Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste. I have had problematic skin for years now and sadly it really hasn't gotten a lot better as an adult. Since I have been pregnant, my skin has gotten even worse, reverting to its high school days, and how what remains is a lot of discoloration. Erase Paste is a savior in the concealer department and surprisingly lasts most of the day for me. My final favorite is Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara, which I was introduced to by a friend. We both have a mutual love for Julia of Gal Meets Glam and of course wanted to try it out after she had mentioned it on her Instagram/blog. There is no need to worry about clumps or uneven coverage, and I love how easy it is to remove at night.





What are some of your must have beauty products that you just couldn't live without?
I am always on the look out for new ones to try and would love to hear your feedback!

P.S. Speaking of beauty products, there are only a few days left to enter to win a HD Clear facial kit, which you don't want to miss out on. It's definitely one of the giveaways I wish I could enter myself!

May 15, 2015

Primary Colors with Seraphine Maternity


Well I'm officially in the home stretch... 39 weeks as of yesterday and I can totally see why people say that this is the longest waiting game you will ever play in your life. Don't get me wrong, I am still loving being pregnant and am really not that uncomfortable at this point. I am just so excited to meet my baby girl and begin our lives as a family of four (Joanie, our dog, is always included in this number). Although choices are limited because I refuse to buy more maternity clothes at this point, I am still having fun dressing my bump and it's hard to imagine getting dressed without it! This Seraphine Maternity dress is so soft and stretchy, and was the perfect thing to wear last weekend for Mother's Day. We had brunch with my family for Mother's Day and I was even spoiled with a few gifts from family. My sister got me the BEST coffee mug, which I posted a picture of on Instagram (@lindsayrutland). Speaking of Instagram, I also have a great giveaway going on right now that I talked about in Wednesday's post about my use of essential oils, so be sure to check it out and get your entries in! Hope you have a fantastic weekend. It's so crazy to think that this weekend may be my last without a baby. We will be celebrating my husband's birthday on Sunday, and who knows... he just may be sharing his birthday from now on!





Wearing:
Knot Front Maternity Dress c/o Serpahine Maternity (also loving the same dress in coral)

May 13, 2015

Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Beyond + Giveaway!


As my due date gets closer and closer it seems only natural that Harper's birth is pretty much one of the only things I can think about. I have always considered myself to be someone who is more in favor of natural homeopathic remedies, and clearly I am just a tad bit of a hippie with the whole birth center thing (I kid, I kid...) During one of our baby showers, a family friend had gifted us a diffuser and a few Doterra essential oils. Prior to this, I had read about oils and had a desire to try them out, but I never actually pulled the trigger. As soon as we received the oils as a gift, I couldn't wait to try them out. My favorite oil that I have used thus far is Breathe, which I put in my diffuser each night before bed. Living in such a dry climate, this has really helped with allergies and congestion, which has gotten so much worse since I have been pregnant. My exposure to essential oils has also expanded recently when I "met" two wonderful ladies via Instagram, Holly (@hollystic_oils) and Cortney (@an.oil.a.day). I really value the information they have given me so far regarding the use of essential oils during pregnancy and birth, and look forward to learning more about the best ways to incorporate oils into my daily routine, not only for myself, but for the rest of my family.



Holly created two blends for me to try, including an Uplifting Mood Blend and a Gentle Baby Blend. The Uplifting Mood blend is a combination of fractionated coconut oil, Elevation blend, Frankincense, and Wild Orange oils. The Uplifting Mood blend smells beautiful, and definitely helps induce calm and relaxation when I have applied it to the back of my neck. The Gentle Baby blend, which I can't wait to use on Harper when she's here, is a combination of fractionated coconut oil, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile oils. She was also so kind to send over the Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies book, which has given me a lot of wonderful ideas!


Cortney created three different blends for me, including a Perineum spray to help with postpartum healing, a "Contract" roller bottle blend to bring on and/or intensify contractions, and a "Pain" roller bottle blend to help relieve pain and encourage relaxation during labor. I have read a lot of positive reviews about the use of a Peri Spray after birth to help soothe and heal, and have a feeling that this blend will become my new best friend. Both of the roller blends are already packed away in my birth center bag, along with a list of birth affirmations that Cortney passed on to me. Two of my favorite mantras can be found below. 


You definitely have to check these ladies out on Instagram for daily tips as how best to incorporate Doterra oils into your daily lives. They can answer any questions that you have about oils and I am so lucky that we found each other via social media!
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And now it's giveaway time! Complete the entries in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a full HD Clear Facial Kit (retail value is $63). The kit includes the HD Clear Facial Lotion, HD Clear Topical Blend, and HD Clear Foaming Face Wash. The giveaway will be open to US residents only and will run from midnight MST on 05/13 until midnight MST on 05/20. All entries will be verified and a winner will be chosen and notified via email within 48 hours. Thank you so much for entering, and good luck!




A HUGE thank you to Holly & Cortney for sponsoring today's post and offering such a generous giveaway. I received these products in exchange for a post, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

May 8, 2015

More Ways To Style A Kimono


I know what you may be thinking... another kimono? I am telling you, a kimono is a pregnant girl's best friend! I don't know how any of you felt when you were pregnant, but I just don't feel right wearing a tank or a t-shirt without something over it and at this point it's just way too hot to wear a cardigan or jacket. A kimono is the perfect light weight option to throw over a basic top to provide just a little extra coverage for the parts that look a lot different now that I am pregnant. I am still obsessed with my Lularoe floral & fringe kimono, but I also love the simplicity of this white lace kimono that I received in my Bumpstyle Box. One of my favorite parts of it is the little surprise in the back, especially to show off the special detail of this racerback tank top. You could really pair this kimono with anything, including a colorful maxi dress or a shorter, more fitted dress for a special occasion. I thought it looked perfect with a pair of distressed jeans, and apparently I have really been feeling the boho vibe since I have been pregnant! I have been wanting a pair of distressed maternity jeans throughout my entire pregnancy and Seraphine Maternity totally answered my prayers. How many of you continued to wear maternity jeans after you had your babies? As embarrassing as it may be to admit, I am honestly planning on getting some use out of these jeans post-baby as well.






Wearing:
Top c/o Bumpstyle Box
Kimono c/o Bumpstyle Box
Gorjana Lariat Necklace via Rocksbox (use code LINDSAYXOXO1 for your first month free)
Target Sandals (currently buy one, get one 50% off!)





May 6, 2015

Bright Yellow with Bumpstyle Box


Yellow and gray is one of my all time favorite color combinations - it was actually the combination of colors we included in our wedding almost 4 years ago. I was so excited when I opened up my Bumpstyle Box and saw this top inside simply based on the colors alone. This top is so perfect for spring and is actually surprisingly lightweight for summer. Never in a million years would I think I could still wear a button down top being 9 months pregnant (I'm sure you can guess why!), but Bumpstyle Box proved me wrong. Bumpstyle Box is such a fun service for all of you expecting mamas out there! With each box, after chatting with a personal stylist, you will receive 3-4 pieces (dresses, tops, pants, etc.) and you can choose to keep whatever you like to return the pieces that you don't like. Definitely check out this service if you have not already! I will be posting two more outfits soon with my other Bumpstyle Box pieces, including the most gorgeous Seraphine maternity maxi dress that I wore to take maternity photos with my husband recently. 





I hope you are having a wonderful week! Be sure to head over to my Instagram (@lindsayrutland) for your chance to win a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins - giveaway ends Friday.

Wearing:
Top c/o Bumpstyle Box
Tory Burch Reva Flats (old, love this snakeskin pair here)
Charlene K Cuff via Rocksbox 
Kendra Scott Elle Earrings via Rocksbox (use code LINDSAYXOXO1 for your first month free!)
Sam Edelman Purse




May 5, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Middle of Somewhere + Freshly Picked Giveaway


I can't believe it's been a whole year since I starting my blogging journey and Middle of Somewhere was born! I always love reading other bloggers blog-aversary posts and looking at their adorable photos for the occasion with balloons and/or cupcakes. Unfortunately, that just was not going to happen for this mama-to-be! I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite posts from the past year, which I have linked above for you, including my Stripes 3 Ways series (also see part 1 and part 3). One of the biggest highlights for me was when one of my striped series posts was picked as Lauren Conrad's Chic of The Week last August. The number of amazing opportunities that have come my way, including collaborations with some of my favorite brands and fellow bloggers, never cease to amaze or excite me. I am so fortunate for every single reader/follower I have gained, and all of the positive feedback I have received. I am looking forward to everything that year two has in store for me, and how this blog and I will continue to change and grow as time goes on. I know I still have a ton to learn in the blogging world, and I am totally up for the challenge! As the year has progressed, I already see such a huge difference with my confidence in taking blog photos and the quality of my photos (thanks to finally breaking down and investing in a nice DSLR). I can honestly say that when I started my blog I never thought that a year later I would be sitting here 9 months pregnant and preparing to bring a baby girl into this world, but it has totally expanded what I thought was possible in terms of style posts. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for following along with Middle of Somewhere this year - it means the world to me! And a huge thank you to my husband for going on this journey with me, and being a dedicated blog photographer!

As a thank you, I have a few exciting giveaways going on this week! Starting today on Instagram (@lindsayrutland), I am giving away a pair of the oh-so-coveted Freshly Picked moccasins! Make sure to head over to my Instagram for your chance to win a pair in your choice of size and color.

May 1, 2015

Mother's Day with Minted


It's so surreal to think that this year I will officially be celebrating my first ever Mother's Day. Although my baby girl won't be out in the world yet, it already feels like such a special time that I can share with her. When I had the opportunity to work with Minted for a special Mother's Day post, I was so excited! My husband and I have been working on a gallery wall in Harper's nursery and as soon as I saw this Greatest Adventure nursery print, I knew it had to be included on her wall! Since it's my first Mother's Day, I felt like this print was not only a gift for the baby, but also for myself. I know being a mom will be challenging, but also the most rewarding, crazy ride I will ever be on.


Minted is currently partnering with Every Mother Counts, which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. I love that Minted is going to be donating to this wonderful organization with every Mother's Day purchase. There is still time to order in time for Mother's Day AND the best part is you can get 10% off your order by using the code MIDDLE10. The code expires on May 7th, so make sure to use it before you loose it! Some of my favorite gifts for any mom is their personalized stationary and art pieces, such as the Love Line Foil Pressed Custom Print. What would you love to get your mom for Mother's Day?


Today's post is just a little sneak preview of baby girl's nursery... I'm hoping to take photos of a full tour soon. It is surprisingly challenging to take photos in her room due to lighting and the fact that the whole thing is painted peach, but regardless I am excited to share the whole room with you!


* This post was sponsored by Minted and a product was provided to me as compensation for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.