What I Wore to #Coachella…

…is what I would title this post, had I gone.  But, let’s face it, I’m almost 6 months pregnant (going on 16 months…at least it feels like it) and even if I wasn’t I’m not really a #Coachella type of girl, whatever that means.  However, that doesn’t mean I can’t pretend I am and pull together a look or two!

What I wore to COACHELLA



What to Wear to A Casual Blogger Meet-Up

If you are an avid blog reader like me, chances are you’ve never met the girl behind some of your favorite blogs, but you feel like you know her from what she shares in her posts.  You know her kids’ names, you know what she wore for date-night and you even know the last book she read.  Have you ever met a blogger you’ve been following and had that awkward I-know-everything-about-you-but-you-don’t-even-know-my-name introduction?  Yep, me too.  You totally feel like a creepy stalker and in your mind you’re trying to rationalize this feeling so that you can feel a little less creepy.  Okay, maybe it’s just me.  LOL

Well, if you don’t know, a Blogger Meet-Up is a face-to-face gathering of bloggers for the purpose of getting to meet the person behind the blog.  One of the great things about an event like this is you don’t get that awkward semi-intro that I mentioned above.  Everyone here knows the drill so it’s all good.

Jana’e Holmes of Naturally Curly Kinky, Kimberly Marie of Her name is Kim and I are hosting a casual meet-up for the Bloggers Like Me community next month and we’re pretty excited.  Although it’s going to be super intimate and casual, we have some fun things in store.  This is a pretty casual meet-up but you know how us girls get.  We like to dress up and look our best no matter where we’re going.  As you know, I’m in rounding out the second trimester of my fourth pregnancy so I don’t have as many wardrobe options as I’d like, but a girl can still dream right?

LA BLM Meet-Up


LA BLM Meet-Up


LA BLM Meet-Up 2

Now if I didn’t have this huge bump we’d be in business, but for now back to the drawing board!


Madonna and Co {Sponsored}

I think it’s safe to say that leather is truly one of those year-round items that many of us love having in our closets.  When I was younger it seems like it was more of a fashion faux-paux to wear leather in the warmer months, but now you pretty much see leather all the time, just in new and fun ways.  For example…

leather collage[via Pinterest]

My particular favorites are the cropped leather pants and the leather shirt dress.  Now, we are all entitled to our own opinion when it comes to wearing leather and some prefer not to wear it for a variety of reasons.  For those who don’t want to purchase leather but still like the look of leather, there’s options to fit you as well.  Some call it pleather, some call it fleather, but the bottom line is it’s faux leather and is typically a fraction of the price of what real leather will run you.

Madonna and Co is a boutique in the heart of SoHo that offers high quality exclusive designs, vintage pieces, and exciting mixes of fabrics. Everything is easy to wear, yet sophisticated, feminine, but, inspired by the art of edgy fashion details.  Something I thought was pretty interesting is that Madonna and Co offers capsule collections from designers that are not at the masses, so that chances that you’ll see yourself walking down the street are slim.  Take a look at two of my favorite leather pieces…

FASHION DU JOUR | How to wear leather

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Madonna and Co not only offers leather-like pieces but they also have accessories and most recently launched their first beauty product – exquisite colors of luscious lipgloss with built in benefits.

They are offering a 15% OFF discount for entire month of March if you use code:  bb-march so take a looksee.



MOMMY 101: Month 5 & Eight Gender Reveal Party Ideas



I’m 21 weeks in now and with the exception of the back pain, I’m doing pretty well. We’ve decided we’re going to have an intimate reveal party in May and we’re going to hide the genderof the baby from everyone, including ourselves.  I’m still trying to figure out how that all’s going to pan out, but it should be interesting.

Speaking of gender reveal parties, I’ve been doing some Pinterest research for some ideas and found some creative,  free and super cute ideas.  Here’s a list:

Scrapboook Paper Backdrop or Photowall

Silly String

Super cute cookies and cake

Surprise Lantern


Gender Reveal Cookies

Creme filled cupcakes

Creme puffs




Something Sweet


I don’t normally post about what I eat, but being pregnant, I constantly think about what I’m putting into my body.  I’m always looking for healthy sweets because, well since the horse is out of the barn, I have to have something sweet on a daily basis.  Strangely, non-pregnant Leslie really doesn’t care too much for sweets (unless it’s Mexican candy or Good n’ Plenty).

Normally, I’d go for a sweet mango with chile sprinkled on top, but the chile these days does a number on my mouth and I just can’t take it.  We’ll resume that treat once baby is born.  So, now I’m chasing a milder sweet snack and I think I’ve found it.  Blueberries.  Not only are blueberries really good, especially when they’re super ripe and almost mushy, but they’re very healthy and good for your memory…or so they tell me.

I recently bought some blueberries from Costco and they weren’t ripe {sweet} enough so I sprinkled some powdered sugar on them and voila, confection-perfection.

FASHION DU JOUR | blueberries

Today I decided to add some protein and carbs to my mid-morning snack with a slice of toasted 7 grain wheat bread, creamy peanut butter {because the nutty kind drives me crazy} with a little honey.  Delish!


I’ll be serving these to the kids for their after school snack!

What healthy sweets do you like to indulge in?