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Transitioning into Spring with Cleo Madison

Spring is in the air! As the weather starts to warm up I love finding transitional pieces that I can add to my wardrobe. This floral dress form Cleo Madison is one of my new favorites! It’s so comfy, very affordable, and it even has pockets! I love the midi-style fit and I know I’ll be wearing this dress for years to come. 
Cleo Madison is an amazing online boutique with a variety of tops, dresses, skirts, and swimwear! They have something for every budget and I love that all of their styles are modest and timeless — perfect for all you other mamas out there!  Visit www.cleomadison.com to get a 10% off coupon off your first order! 

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Update Your Winter Wardrobe With These Key Staple Pieces

When winter is approaching, it’s time to take a peek inside your closet. Naturally, with cooler temperatures on the way, you’re going to be swapping out your sandals, lightweight summer dresses, and shorts for warmer apparel, like sweater tops and stylish booties.

Cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t still look chic, either. In fact, winter time offers some unique opportunities for creative layering. And who doesn’t like an excuse to invigorate their wardrobes with some new pieces?

If you’re ready to rotate your closet over for the winter months, make sure to incorporate these key staple pieces. To boot, we’ve included some style tips on how to wear them, no matter the occasion.

Sweater tops
It doesn’t get much cozier than a sweater in winter — and the good news is, you can still look super stylish wearing one.

Consider a sweater with shoulder cutouts, which has a vibe that’s subtly sultry but still casual enough for daytime, especially with patterned leggings and flat booties.

A simple V-neck sweater gets a spunky upgrade with lace-up detailing at the top — and all you need are skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots to pull the whole look together.

Don’t overlook a simple wide-sleeved cardigan, either. Wear it open over a long-sleeved knit top with rolled up faded jeans and pointy flats, and then top it all off with some simple crystal or pearl stud earrings. It’s a combo that manages to be both classic and contemporary.

Dressy leggings
Who says leggings are just for the gym? Sure, this piece is perfect for lounging, but in the right fabrics and with the right details, they can be downright dressy.

Colored leggings, for example, have a little more intrigue than basic black. For the winter months, consider a pair in burgundy, eggplant, or a deep green. They’re stunning even with a long, slouchy sweater or blouse in a soft hue like cream, taupe, or gray. Top it all off with a belted wool coat and some ankle boots for a look that’s totally on-trend.

There’s nothing wrong with neutral leggings, either. Black is a stellar staple to have in your closet because it’s obviously ultra-versatile. You can make black leggings look instantly elegant with a lace top and pointy pumps, or dress them down with a floral blouse and flats. The bottom line is that you’re bound to get a lot of wear out of them.

Charcoal gray is slightly less dramatic than black, and also an ideal pick for winter. Gray leggings look phenomenal with graphic tees and slip-on sneakers for a more casual look, but can also be dressed up with a white silk tunic and crimson platform heels, for example.

This winter, seek out a pair or two of leggings that have some subtle detailing on them, which have a little added visual interest. Studs, embroidery, and distressed slits or tears all make for an edgier pair of leggings that you can sport with a graphic T-shirt and blazer to strike a compromise between professional and rock ’n’ roll.


If there’s one style of shoe you’re going to want a pair (or three) of this winter, it’s booties. They’re practical in the colder months for obvious reasons, but they’re also super cute with a wide variety of ensembles. Plus, they come with an endless array of heel heights, toe shapes, materials, and details, so you’re bound to find a pair that works for every outfit and occasion.

You can’t beat a flat brown leather bootie with distressed jeans and an oversized scarf for the ultimate low-key daytime outfit. On the other hand, suede booties in charcoal gray or jet black look stunning with a sweater dress, opaque tights, and a statement necklace — and that’s an ensemble you can easily wear to work at a casual office or on a date.

You’ll also find that moto booties add edge to just about anything, whether gray leggings and a tunic or a cowl-neck top and a midi skirt.

Velvet tops
There’s no doubt that velvet just oozes winter charm. So this season, embrace the luxe fabric with some new velvet tops, which give any ensemble a dose of understated glamour. ../../Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202017-11-01%20at%209.47.41%20AM.

We love a long-sleeved off-the-shoulder velvet top with black skinny jeans and wedges for date night or drinks with your girlfriends, or a velvet cardigan with a basic tee and boyfriend jeans for a more laid-back, yet still fashion-forward outfit.

A flutter-sleeved velvet T-shirt has a romantic look, peeking out from under a wool parka. Pair it with leather leggings for an edgy vibe, or gray denim for a softer look.

Talk about versatility! Depending on the length, a tunic can be worn as a top or a dress, layered over hosiery or leggings, and worn for chill daytime activities, as well as dressier evening affairs.

During winter, go for a tunic in a soft hue like dusty mauve, purple, or mocha — crochet trim or floral lace along the neck or sleeves will add even more femininity to this piece. You can sport it over leggings or tights with slouchy suede boots for a boho look, or with nude pumps when you’re going out at night.

A velvet tunic with long bell sleeves has a subtle ‘70s feel, but it feels instantly modern when worn with wedge boots and textured tights.

Florals aren’t just for spring and summer. Go ahead and slip on a tunic with a flower print — with a black, navy, or otherwise dark background, it’s still seasonally appropriate. Then pair it with knee-high riding boots and an infinity scarf, and you’re ready to roll.
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7 Booties to Add to Your Christmas List


If there’s one shoe we can’t live without, it’s the bootie. Practical for cooler months, comfy enough to rock all day or night, and versatile enough to work with a wide range of ensembles, it’s a must-have style in every girl’s wardrobe.

Not just one pair will do, either. With a variety of heel heights, hues, toe shapes, materials, and embellishments, we like having more than one option, especially depending on the look we’re going for. In short,: you can never have too many booties.  

While compiling your Christmas list, you’ll surely want to include some footwear to get you through the dreary remainder of winter. And we can’t think of a better item to add than some new booties, which can carry you through the cold months, well into a spring transition.

With an endless array of booties to choose from, it can be tough to decide which ones are going to make the best additions to your collection. This holiday season, consider adding these seven styles to your list.

The basic leather bootie
Whether it’s black, cognac brown, or taupe, every girl needs a basic leather bootie in a solid neutral color. This is a shoe you’re sure to get tons of wear out of because it can easily be worn with everything from dark jeans and lace/crochet dresseslace or crochet dresses, to leggings and tunic tops. It’s a style that sort of acts as a blank style canvas, meaning you can strike a vibe that’s feminine, edgy, boho, or anything in between, depending on what you wear it with.

Consider a flat pair for everyday wear, which you can rock with slouchy sweaters and leggings. You may also want a pair with a chunky 3-inch heel and flirty side cut-outs for a night on the town — this style looks stellar with dark jeans and dressy silk blouse tops.

The velvet bootie
Indeed, velvet seems to be everywhere these days — shoes included. A pair of velvet booties has undeniable elegance, and the texture of the fabric adds a luxe look to literally any outfit. A gray pair with bedazzled straps looks super glam, and — with a simple outfit like an off-the-shoulder top and black skinny jeans, your feet will be the focal point.

You might also look for a pair of velvet booties in a rich tone like teal or red, which can instantly enliven a neutral ensemble likesuch as a black tee and distressed denim. They’re also a fun, festive alternative to pumps with a holiday party dress.

The classic cowgirl bootie


Here’s the thing about the cowgirl bootie: It’s timeless. That makes this style a smart pick for your list because you know you’ll be getting wear out of them for years to come.

Look for a sleek pair in tan, chestnut, or chocolate brown, with a burnished look around the heel and toe. During the winter, you can pair cowgirl booties with boyfriend jeans, a printed button-down, and an infinity scarf for the ultimate casual- yet- chic combo. In the spring, sport them with an crop topolive crop top and a denim skirt for a sassy spin, or even a lightweight floral dress, tights, and a denim jacket for a more feminine take.

The wedge bootie
There’s a reason why wedges have remained popular over the years — they’re fashion-forward but also incredibly comfortable. So you’ll definitely want a pair or two in your rotation this winter into the spring.

Go for a pair of wedge booties with exposed zipper trim or buckle details, which have an edgy vibe that can toughen up sweet dresses and skirts. You also may want a basic pair of wedge booties in a neutral color, like gray or brown, to wear to work with blouse tops and blazers or simple knit dresses and patterned tights.

Need a pair of wedge booties for your next big night out? We don’t blame you — they’re a little more practical than high heels because they give your feet some extra stability for standing around at a cocktail bar or dancing. An eye-catching pair of metallic wedge booties will surely stand out, no matter where you’re socializing.

The suede bootie

Sometimes it’s nice to mix it up from the leather booties we obviously love. Suede is an equally versatile fabric, and sometimes lends a softer look to your outfits.

Consider a suede bootie with a block heel, which looks darling with a denim dress and a long duster sweater. Or, you might try a flat suede bootie with braided side detailing — it has a subtle boho vibe that works nicely with oversized sweater tops and maxi dresses.

Suede booties don’t have to be basic, either. If you want a pair that will punch up any outfit, seek out some booties in a striking hue, like royal blue or rust.

The moto bootie
Nothing adds a little edge to an outfit like a motorcycle bootie. Go for a sleek flat black leather pair — some subtle detailing like studs or exposed zippers aren’t a must, but definitely add some intrigue. Of course, a moto bootie with a stacked heel is one way to turn heads.

Black moto booties look equally stunning with glitzy dresses as they do with simple leggings and a velvet top. You can’t go wrong with moto booties that have a chunky heel when they’re paired with a tank top and midi skirt.

The fringe bootie
Who doesn’t love a little fringe? This simple accent adds some spunk to a pair of booties, whether they’re flat or have a sky-high heel.

Charcoal leather booties with fringe down the side are striking without being over-the-top. Plus, you can rock these with colored denim and pullover sweaters in the winter, or floaty frocks and a denim vest in the spring.

Flat burgundy suede booties with plenty of fringe are a chic choice, as well. We love these with a long-sleeved little black dress and tights in the winter for a look that strikes the perfect compromise between casual and dressy.


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Everything You Need to Know About Fertility Drugs

A drug is any substance (other than food that provides nutritional support) that, when inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, absorbed via a patch on the skin, or dissolved under the tongue causes a temporary physiological (and often psychological) change in the body.
Fertility medication, better known as fertility drugs, are drugs which enhance reproductive fertility. For women, fertility medication is used to stimulate follicle development of the ovary. For example, Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is a fertility pill that can increase your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), boosting ovulation. Injectable gonadotropins stimulate the ovaries directly. Gonadotropins are usually prescribed when women do not respond to Clomid.
Fertility drugs are extremely effective and are often the first treatment option for women dealing with infertility. Millions of couples who rely on fertility pills safely get pregnant and stay pregnant by using fertility drugs - without having to go on to more high-tech procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Fertility drugs can help you conceive if your reproductive system just needs a little nudge.
Here are three ways that fertility drugs may help you conceive:
1. Fertility drugs help to give an "extra push" for follicular development, to help you ovulate. For example, Clomid ( clomiphene citrate ) is a fertility pill that can increase your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), boosting ovulation.
2. Injectable gonadotropins stimulate the ovaries directly. Gonadotropins are usually prescribed when women do not respond to Clomid.
3. Fertility drugs also help to improve and balance your hormone levels, increasing the likelihood of embryo implantation and a healthy pregnancy
Fertility problems in women have become a major issue, mostly due to the sedentary lifestyle which couples adopt nowadays. There are also certain invasive or non-invasive treatment options available depending upon each woman’s condition.
If your doctor has suggested the use of fertility drugs, you must make it a point to know a bit more about it all.
Fertility Drugs For Women:
Fertility drugs are, obviously, aimed at creating an internal environment which is the most preferable to help a woman conceive.
Clomiphene and gonadotropins are the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs among women. They are usually the first line of treatment for couples who are affected by fertility problems.
Below mentioned are lists of fertility drugs for women:
Clomiphene, gonadotropin, and bromocriptine are among the most commonly used fertility drugs and injectable hormones. With their success rates ranging between 60 to 80% (regarding a successful ovulation), they are much preferred by fertility experts as the first line of treatment.
Clomiphene is known to be one of the best drugs used to deal with fertility problems. It has been in use for more than 25 years and is given to women who do not ovulate normally. They are anti-estrogen drugs and work by stimulating the ovaries to produce eggs. Injectable hormones are usually used to stimulate ovulation and are usually given on the upper arm, the upper thigh or buttocks.
Apart from these, certain other drugs including heparin, aspirin, and Parlodel are thought to work in improving the chances of a successful pregnancy. They either reduce the risk of miscarriages or inhibit premature ovulation. 
The major problem facing fertility drugs are possible side effects. Oral fertility drugs (like Clomid or letrozole ) have milder side effects than injectable fertility drugs (like gonadotropins or GnRH agonists and antagonists.)
That said, the most common fertility drug side effects are bloating, headache, breast tenderness, upset stomach, hot flashes, and mood swings. The most common fertility drug risks is a greater likelihood of having twins, triplets or more and developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
These aren’t the only potential side effects and risks, just the most common ones. Fertility drugs can create miracles and are effective. Still, it's important to know what can go wrong and how to lower your chances of complications possibly.
Side Effects of Commonly Used Fertility Drugs
Side effects are unwanted and unintentional symptoms that result from a medication.It’s impossible to avoid all side effects completely. However, there are some things you or your doctor can do to reduce your risks. Some side effects may be avoided or lessened by taking the medication at night or with food. Always talk to your doctor about the best time and way to take your medications.
·        Your doctor should also use the lowest effective dose. It is why it’s almost always better to start at a lose dose, and then increase the dosage if it doesn’t work, rather than start high.
·        Let your doctor know if your side effects are bad. Even if they are mood-related side effects (which many people keep from their doctors), there may be an alternative drug.
·        To reduce your risk of conceiving twins or multiples, close monitoring of your cycle is important.
·        With gonadotropins or Clomid, ultrasound can be used to determine how many potential follicles are developing. Every follicle is a theoretically potential baby if you conceive.
·        Your doctor may cancel your cycle if she thinks your risk of multiples is high. You may be asked to avoid sexual intercourse.
·        Listen to your doctor. Remember that a multiple pregnancy puts you and your future babies’ health (and even life) at risk.
·        With IVF treatment, your risk of multiples can be reduced with single embryo transfer (SET). It isn’t appropriate for every couple, though. Talk to your doctor about your options.
·        Beware of fertility clinics that are overly aggressive in their treatment of infertility.
On the one hand, it may feel good to have a doctor promising you success and starting with the “best” or strongest treatments first. On the other hand, jumping up the ladder too quickly might lead to a premature fall. Of course, even with careful monitoring and a responsible doctor, you still may develop OHSS or get pregnant with twins or more. In that case, the best thing to do is to follow your doctor's treatment advice and take care of yourself. Good prenatal care can lower the risks that come with multiple pregnancies. With early detection and treatment, OHSS is rarely severe and usually can be dealt with at home.

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