Close to My Heart | What I'm Wearing | Featuring NüRoo

Amy West outfit post featuring NuRooThe last few weeks have flown by. I can't believe little London is six weeks old already. I've embraced every precious moment of her time as a newborn and I have to admit I've been surprised how much more laid back this experience has been compared to my first born. I think a lot of it has to do with not being a rookie parent. There is a certain amount of confidence that comes with having survived the trial by fire the first time around. Despite all that experience a lot has changed in the last five years and I'm enjoying some of the new products and tricks out there to keep baby and momma happy and content. This week I have a round up of my favorite products by NüRoo including their baby wearing shirt the NüRoo pocket

Momma's Little Secret | What I'm Wearing | Featuring Belly Bandit

Amy West shares her secrets for getting her pre baby body back. It's no secret. One of the number one goals of every new mom is getting her pre baby body back. It took the better part of an additional 9 months after my first born to return to my normal size. This time however, I've been pleased to notice I'm bouncing back much quicker. What's the source of this expedited return to the norm? I truly believe that since I was in better shape before the pregnancy, I was able to get back my shape faster, but also I have a little secret. For generations the secret of compression has been passed down from woman to woman. It's no surprise that the modern day marketplace has harnessed the concept and perfected it. Belly Bandit's products are the finest example of compression wear at work. Here are a few of my favorite pieces I've been wearing over the last month. 

Welcome Baby London | Family Post

Amy West introduces her new daughter LondonAfter three weeks of maternity leave, I'm coming out of my sleep-less fog to formerly announce the arrival of our newest addition. Little London arrived August 18th and is a healthy, sweet little girl. Our family is beyond thrilled and have enjoyed soaking up the last few weeks enjoying every beautiful moment. We couldn't be happier and appreciate all of your good thoughts and kind words over the last few weeks! Here are some highlights. 

A Casual Escape | Outfit Post | Transitional Fall Pieces

Amy West Fall Maternity LookThe summer is winding down, and so is this pregnancy. We'll be welcoming little London into our arms this week, and before we do I wanted to share one last maternity look. In Florida it's still hot and steamy but that doesn't mean I'm not craving a taste of fall style. I like this fun transitional look with layered pieces that can be added and removed as needed. For location we escaped to the Jacksonville library. Traveling more than an hour away from home is out ruled until baby arrives, but that doesn't mean I can't escape into a great book, or better yet plan my next adventure. 

Trend Report | Featuring Rocks Box

Amy West reviews the Trendy service RocksBoxYou know what can take a boring or well loved outfit and give it new life? The perfect statement accessory. If you are like me, that may fall more into the "want" category, not "need" category dropping back to the rear burner when it comes to shopping. Never fear! I recently learned of a service that sends its subscribers new accessories every month to liven up wardrobes around the style nation. If you love the pieces, you can purchase them, or if you like return them and receive fresh pieces for your next look! Pretty brilliant I know, and who doesn't love receiving a new box of sparkle every month? Read on to discover what bling I received from RocksBox....

Love Grows | Outfit Post Featuring Pink Blush Maternity

Love Grows in Amy West's Maternity Outfit Post Featuring Destination MaternityNot long now before the newest addition to our little band of traveling adventurers makes her way into this world. It's been an eventful year full of exciting journeys to lands unknown and I've enjoyed bringing you new content featuring my favorite destinations, travel tips, and style advice. You can look forward to more great discoveries in the near future, but right now it's time to pause and celebrate new life. Thank you for being a part of our journey and following me on this great adventure we call life. I wanted to share this special moment we had as a family recently capturing this precious time in our lives. Here's a peek inside our recent family maternity shoot featuring this cute maternity top from Pink Blush Maternity, and a glimpse of our nursery. 

Trend Report | Featuring Belli Skincare

Travel and Lifestyle Blogger Amy West reviews  Belli Skincare Using high quality skincare that's safe for my skin and free of harsh chemicals has always been important to me. I have the unique history of having practically grown up in the spa world. My parents opened a spa when I was 16 and from then through my early 20s I was immersed in a world where wellness and health were non negotiable priorities. Entering motherhood brought on a whole new world of concerns. Is what's safe for mom necessarily safe for baby? The ultimate answer, is no, not always. Thankfully a skincare line has been developed specifically for expecting moms to meet the demand for quality products for the face and body that bring peace of mind, and great results for our most important organ, our skin. That line is Belli Skincare, and I recently had a chance to try it out for myself. 

What I'm Wearing | Sugar and Spice | Featuring Pink Blush Maternity

Travel and Fashion blogger Amy West in a playful polka dot outfit post.
Sugar and spice and everything nice. That's what little girls are made of. For my latest maternity outfit post I thought I'd showcase these playful polka dots from Pink Blush Maternity in one of the sweetest locations on earth, Sweet Pete's. Located in downtown Jacksonville, Sweet Pete's and their neighbors the Candy Apple Cafe are bringing sophisticated fare, and gourmet tasty treats to the masses. The location is stunning! Formerly the home of the historic Seminole Club, now the halls drip with candy color chandeliers, and larger than life candy chic decor. These polka dots certainly pop in such a whimsical setting! 

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 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