In Bloom | Outfit Post | Featuring Pink Blush Maternity

Fashion and Travel Blogger Amy West features this Floral Maternity Maxi from Pink Blush Maternity on her latest outfit post. Shopping for maternity clothes in this day in age is a world away from 30 years ago. We are so lucky to have a variety of great maternity boutiques to choose from. Finding the right style for your body and personality can be tricky. However, with a little bit of luck you'll stumble upon the perfect shop for you. During this pregnancy, I've enjoyed discovering some of the trendiest Mom-to-Be ensembles out there and sharing a piece of my style with you. When I stumbled upon Pink Blush Maternity, I couldn't wait to showcase a few of their looks right here on the blog. Especially this little floral number. 

His and Hers Weekends Away | Amy on The Chat

His and Hers Weekends Away
Ready for a weekend away with just the girls? I know me too! I think every group of friends should go like the gals of Sex and the City and jet set off somewhere exciting on a regular basis. At least once a year when possible. As life moves on and we start to build our families and change, it's important to stay connected to those relationships most valuable to us. What better way than to escape the stressors of our every day and journey together somewhere new. Last year I put together a few ideas to inspire. I'm back this summer with a few more ideas, and guess what guys, I thought of you too! Time to get planning. One of these exciting adventures awaits.



Just Incase for Your Next Trip | Product Review



As a professional traveler, having the right bag falls under "must have" tools of the trade. Finding the perfect bag can be like finding the perfect shoe. You may try on a lot of duds before you discover the one that fits like a glove. That's why when I found Incase's EO Roller travel bag, I knew I might have just found my luggage soul mate...


Summer Skincare Selections | Featuring Image Skincare

Amy West's Summer Skincare Selections featuring Image SkincareWhen I think of summer skin I think of that bronzy glow we all crave. That fresh from some adventure rosiness glistening against the blue summer sky while the sea breeze ruffles delightfully tussled hair. While these images are certainly picturesque and admittedly fantastical, that doesn't mean healthy, glowing skin can't be a reality. For over six years now I've been a huge fan of Image Skincare products, and while I appreciate the compliments on my recent maternal glow, I have to give credit where credit is due. Great skincare starts with a solid foundation. Not sure where to begin? Here are my Summer Skincare Selections. 

Keep it Casual | Outfit Post | Featuring Anthropologie

Keep it Casual Outfit Post with Amy West


Fashion doesn't have to be complicated, and let's face it. Some days are just t-shirt days. Personally, I love comfort driven looks (especially for travel). That doesn't mean they have to look sloppy though. With a few little touches it's easy to take a comfy outfit and give it an elevated style (again, especially handy for travel). Feel more put together without looking over dressed or having to try too hard.  Here's what I do...

5 One Tank Trips for North Floridians


5 One Tank Trips for North FloridiansReady to get away this summer and explore some new territory? Want to take the kids for a trip but not quite up for cross country? Visiting Florida is about more than great beaches. It's chock full of treasures from natural wonders, to great shopping. If you are looking for a little inspiration on where to go and how to save, I've got some "One Tank Trips" lined up for you that will have you thinking there is still some adventure left for the taking this summer. Want to go by the numbers? Try this helpful website to get your Travel Math spot on. 

Ladylike Liberties | Outfit Post | Featuring Destination Maternity

Fashion and travel blogger Amy West's outfit post on lady like liberties

One of my favorite Jacksonville destinations is Five Points. It's one of the city's hubs for creativity where you'll find cute vintage shops, great antiquing, lots of hipsters, and the coziest little tea room. It's also the epicenter of some of Jax's best culinary ventures. For a charming summer afternoon spent shopping I chose this ladylike little number to stay cool, and stylish.




A Day on the First Coast | 3 Things to do in Amelia Island and Fernandina

Things to do in Fernandina and Amelia Island

One of the things I love about living on the First Coast is the plethora of adventures that await us right outside our back door. From the river to the beaches there are ample things to do, places to shop, and great food to taste. Should we decide to escape the boundaries of the city there is St. Augustine just South, and Amelia Island and Fernandina just North. Tourists flock to St. Augustine every year, but Fernandina and Amelia remain a bit less congested.

Mama Fierce | Outfit Post | Body Con Dress


Just because you're a mom doesn't mean you can't be fierce. A lesson I learned from my first introduction into motherhood five years ago. In fact I've found that being a mom has brought out the more assertive side of my personality. Pregnancy is a perfect opportunity to rock the curves God blessed you with. That's one of the reasons I love body con maternity dresses. They're what I call "Bumptastic"!


Best Babymoons | Amy West on The Chat

Amy West in Scrub IslandIf you are an expecting couple, or know someone expecting you may have heard of a Babymoon. What exactly is a "Babymoon"? It's the last big hurrah before baby comes. It's a chance for the expecting couple to escape and spend some dedicated time focused on each other. Bringing a baby into this world is a gift. One that changes life as you know it. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate and prepare than to escape the every day norm and find each other anew amidst eye opening experiences. Recently I revealed my Top 10 picks for 10Best.com and visited The Chat talk show to discuss the top 5. Catch the highlights here. 

The Shores Resort and Spa Family Escape to Daytona Beach

Amy West, travel blogger at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona
Instead of one big babymoon before this little one arrives, we opted for a bit of a babymoon tour. After spending a night at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, a few weeks later we headed over to Daytona Beach for an experience at The Shores Resort and Spa ( also featured in my 10Best Best Babymoon story). Our oceanfront room gave us a perfect view of the sparkling coastline during the day and the gorgeous full moon at night. 

Fashion Cravings | Outfit Post | Featuring Anthropologie

Amy West fashion and travel blogger and host


Now that I'm nearly eight months pregnant folks, I get a lot of the typical pregnant lady questions. "How far along are you?" "When are you due?" "Having a Boy or Girl?" And let's not leave out, "Any special cravings?" With my first daughter I craved spicy and tart foods like salsa and key lime pie. Pretty fitting since munchkin is quite the fiery spirit. With this baby girl, I've been craving more creamy and sweet foods like mashed potatoes, tarimisu, and after this shoot... the delicious Dulce de Leche Milkshake from Corner Taco in 5 Points. But what about fashion cravings? Read on to find out more about what I look for when I shop for maternity wear including these must have pieces from Anthropologie



 

Best Spas on the First Coast | Amy West on The Chat

Best Spas

Craving a spa day? There are many reasons to set your sights on the First Coast as a destination to getaway to, one of which are her many fantastic spas. I recently reported to 10best on Jacksonville's Top 10 Spas. Today I'm highlighting the top 5, as seen on my recent appearance on The Chat.





Effortlessly Chic | Outfit Post | Featuring Wendy Bellissimo

Amy West wearing Wendy Bellissimo Maternity from Destination Maternity

One of the many joys of being in your last trimester in the middle of summer is tolerating the intense heat. Living in Florida, the temps can soar along with the humidity, which means our free time will be spent on, near, or by the water this season. When dressing the bump for summer it's all about light, breezy clothing that doesn't cling. I love this Wendy Bellissimo Maxi I found at Destination Maternity. It's airy and lightweight and perfect for a carefree stroll on the sand. 




Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Mini Family Babymoon


Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Mini Family Babymoon
Imagine a secret escape. A private getaway that feels like home, without all the demands. A place that sets you at ease, and where time seems to slow down for just a little while. Feel the ocean breeze whip it's way through your undone hair, and sip on a refreshing drink as the sun warms your face. Recently my family and I took a mini babymoon to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It may have been just one night, but the memories we made will last forever. Read on to discover what made this destination so special.


Simply Chic Nautical Stripes | Outfit Post | Featuring Jessica Simpson

Amy West fashion blogger in nautical striped maxi maternity dressStripes are trending big this season and there is no question they are a classic. Pair that with all things nautical and you have a hit. I've been pretty obsessed with both this season so when I spotted this little number at Destination Maternity I fell in love. It sold out quickly and is sadly no longer available, however I've included some similar looks for your shopping inspiration. I love this look so much I'll be wearing it to my baby shower. I also have plans to potentially have it altered post maternity as I don't want to give it up after the baby bump disappears! 


Publix Apron's Cooking School Date Night Out

Heriloom tomato salad at Publix Apron's Cooking SchoolLooking for a creative date night out? Love to cook and ready to advance your skills? Have a "Master Chef Junior" in the making and looking for a place to unleash their talent? At Publix Apron's Cooking School you'll find exactly what you're looking for and make some great memories while you're at it. Recently, my handsome other half and I headed over to the school for a class with celebrity Chef Harold Dieterle, winner of the first season of Bravo's Top Chef. As foodies we are always looking to learn more secrets from the masters and gain inspiration for our home cooked dishes, not to mention taste new exciting creations. Read on to discover what we experienced. 


A Walk on the Sunny Side | Outfit Post | Featuring Anthropologie

Amy West maternity fashion
Comfort, practicality, and a whole lot of cuteness. Believe it or not, you can have it all when putting your ensemble together, although I will admit usually one of the three will get center stage. This casual look is a prime example of how you can accomplish all three when dressing the ever growing curves of motherhood. The great surprise of this look though, is that it wasn't designed as maternity wear, which gives it great longevity in your closet. Read on for more details. 


5 Kid Friendly Attractions for Your Summer Bucket List | Amy on The Chat

Pirate Adventure in St. Augustine

Summer is here along with the age old question of "What the heck are we gonna do with the kids?". If you are lost and looking for some inspiration I've got you covered. When it comes to our summer bucket list with the kiddo, I look for unique adventures that pack in some action, education, and of course a whole lot of fun! Read on for my top picks for this summer!



Montana Outfit #3 | Outfit Post |Tall, Dark, and Pregnant

Amy West fashion and travel blogger

The third and final look from my Montana media trip with Firehouse Subs was a little more bohemian inspired. I found dark colors were the ideal choice for the Wild West since the winds were whipping and the dark colors hid the trail dust well. Layers also came in handy as the afternoons were warm, but as twilight set the evening got quite chilly. Read on for more details on what I wore...