Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lovely Blonde Closet's Amaris always leaves us brimming with style inspiration. We first fell in love with her style when she was pregnant with her adorable daughter Addilyn. Her maternity outfits were equally chic and comfy, and we loved watching her style transition as she entered motherhood! Whether it's beautiful shots of her home (her nursery looks like something you would only see on Pinterest!) or her relaxed-yet-refined sense of style, we are so excited to have this gorgeous gal as our February Ruchette of the Month!   



We loved watching your maternity style evolve through your pregnancy. What fashion advice to you have for those expecting?
I would have to say to my best advice would to be to not give up your style just because you’re pregnant! I dressed how I would dress, pregnant or not - I just styled myself around my growing belly and found pieces that worked for me and made me feel good (this is important)! Often times I would just size up in clothing that was non-maternity, I know a lot of women think they need to only buy maternity, but branch out, you’ll be glad you did! I did however invest in some great maternity jeans, which for me were a lifesaver! 

Spring is just around the corner! What styles are you looking forward to wearing when the temperatures rise?
Lots of white! And light colors like yellow. The winter months usually get me wearing a lot of dark, more subtle colors, so I always look forward to spring and the bright colors that come with it! 

Your little girl Addilyn grows more adorable every day! What is something that you love about being a mom?
Oh you’re too sweet, thank you!! This is such a hard question for me! I honestly believe being a mom is the best thing I have ever experienced in my life. I just love being so depended on, so needed - for everything! You are their world, and that totally shows in how they look at you. Watching them learn, grow and discover new things is something that makes being a mom the most amazing job in the world. The baby snuggles are definitely my favorite too!

Where does the name "Lovely Blonde Closet" come from?
Well, funny enough - my blog name was something I had struggled with for months! I kept brainstorming and changing it and finally this one just stuck. I chose lovely for it’s meaning which is having beauty that appeals to the eye (in many forms)! The blonde is for obvious reasons (my white blonde locks), and I wanted a way of incorporating my world of fashion and love for clothes so you could say a “peek” into my closet is what I was trying to convey. And somehow it just worked. 

We love seeing Addilyn's precious face on your blog. What are some of your favorite things to do with her?
Aw thank you! I have been trying to incorporate her more and more! Some of our favorite things to do are going on walks (on warmer days of course). We love playing music - she has a lot of instrument toys and we almost always have music on. I also love reading with Addi, she looooves books, always has, so that is something we do a few times a day! 

Do you have a favorite "mommy and me" style moment?
One of my favorites would have to be when Addi and I wore our matching leopard shoes! It is so fun finding pieces that come in baby sizes too. We don’t always match, but when we do I definitely have to document it! 

Congratulations on your recent one year blogging anniversary! What advice to you have to anyone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Aw thank you! Some advice I would give to anyone who is thinking about starting a blog is to be just go for it! I considered starting a blog for a whole year before I actually did it, and it was because I was afraid of taking on this huge task, and had fear of failing! But I am so glad I just jumped in and did it. As long as you are being yourself, and doing what you’re passionate about, it always shows through! 

Our motto is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
I absolutely love your motto! I live beautifully by finding the good in each and every day. I find simple things and enjoy them - like a much needed cup of coffee in the morning, or Addilyn’s adorable baby toes. 

Do you have anything that's at the top of your Ruche wishlist right now?
Oh, another hard one!! A few items I am coveting are the Sweet Ballad Polka Dot Sweater in Beige, the Warm Embrace Fuzzy Cardigan and the Tallulah Lace Demi Wedge Booties. There is way more - but these would definitely be at the top of my wishlist. 

Quick Fire! 
Polka dots or plaid? Plaid
Braids or a topknot? Topknot
Snow or sunshine? Sunshine
Peonies or roses? Peonies
Phone, keys, wallet, and..... Lip gloss 

We don't know about you, but we're swooning over Amaris' perfect style and sweet disposition! Keep up with her adventures on her blog, Lovely Blonde Closet, now!