The Metal Romantic

Photography

SIN CITY

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Last month, I spent some time in Las Vegas as a style ambassador for PROJECT at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. All in all, it was a very successful trade show, allowing me to have the opportunity to meet and greet with brands and my fellow bloggers in the industry. Talk about being inspired!! Being around so many wonderfully talented individuals was mega inspiring and oh so good for my soul. Being away from my little dude (son Axel) for the first time was far from easy, but mama needed to recharge the creative juices. That is indeed what I did! Now I'm back home with my family and ready to work, all with my babe in tote! Watch out! Mama on the move!

Vegas is known as 'Sin City' because it is the home of various vices, legal and illegal. For some people, you come to vegas to booze and (most likely) lose your moolah. For me, I like to keep my money right where I can see it, on my baby, in my wallet, or hanging in my closet. Allowing myself a portion of my money to gamble during this trip, I hit the slots first chance I could, where I lost it all and gained it all back within about half an hour. That's the extent of my gambling "vice" during my trip to Vegas. That's enough sinning for this mama, with the exception of my biggest sin of all - sleeping through the night for the first time in almost 8 months! A well rested mama is rare, that's for sure. Long hours and late parties are not the usual 9pm bedtime that I've come accustom to, but oh so worth it!

Thank you to everyone who was involved with the #BloggerPROJECT this year! I hope to see you all again in August!

Xo,
The Metal Romantic

Photography by: Vallen Alexander

Feat. Somedays Lovin (Swirl Boutique), Ban.do, ZeroUV, Lovestrength, Pistola Denim, Dolce Vita


Sweet November

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November has been sweet. Being able to do what I love with the love and support of my family, there's nothing quite like the feeling. Not a day goes by where I don't think of how blessed I am to live the life that I live. To have an amazing man, who fully loves me for me. To have a wonderful baby boy, who looks at me every day with eyes of absolute love, admiration and trust. There's times when I wonder if I'm dreaming, or is this really my life? Each and every day, I look at those around me and realize that it is not a dream, but a dream come true.

Look of the Day
Bell Sleeve Chunky Sweater - Zaful
Turban - Brothers and Sisters Turbans
Lorn Boot - Bedstu
Need A Face Skull Ring - House of Need


BIRDS NEST

Blogger, Family, Maternity, Motherhood, Photography, Style, VintageOlivia NicoleComment

Photography by: Christina Kelley Photography
Featuring: (LOOK #1) For Love & Lemons - Slate Alexa Maxi Dress | Vidakush - Kashmir Necklace | (LOOK #2) Fillyboo Maternity - Zippora Maternity Maxi Dress
 Arctic Fox Hair Color - 4 parts Arctic Mist Diluter, 1 part Aquamarine, 1/2 part Transylvania


A beautiful journey, it's been! Today marks 37 weeks of a truly amazing experience, carrying my first child. An absolute blessing, indeed. I can't even begin to believe how fast the time has gone by. Soon enough, and our baby boy will be nestled in our arms, along with our hearts forever! 

At a young age, I was told that I had a good chance of having a high-risk pregnancy, if I were to ever get pregnant, due to blood pressure concerns. This was a something that I never imagined hearing as someone who has always had a motherly instinct and loved children.

This pregnancy has proven to me that I was just meant to have children. Not only has my blood pressure been better than ever before, but it has been in a perfect range. At my 37 week appointment, I was told that I received an 8/8 rate for determining the environment that I have been providing for my little one. That was music to my ears, as all I want is to provide a happy and comfortable environment for him to thrive in. 

The positive environment that I am providing for my little dude wouldn't be the same without the love and complete support of my partner in life, my love, my best friend! He is the most amazing part of me in every way, making me a better mother, partner and person, all together.

Being honest, I'm truly going to miss being pregnant. The enjoyment I have, providing my baby with the perfect environment to grow each and every day outweighs anything else. Starting as a tiny little flutter in my belly, to a rolling and kicking little being, is remarkable! It breaks my heart to know that some women are not able to experience this magic. It's truly a blessing that should never be taken for granted. 

Prepping a home for a baby's arrival can be quite magical as well. This mama and papa have been working each and every day to prepare for our little dude's welcoming. With the nursery now complete, it's time to fill the home with positive energy. Cleansing and purifying the air is important to us before welcoming our baby bird. Start the cleansing process by removing negative ions from a space. Do this by burning a sage smudge stick and waving the smoke in all areas of the room. Complete the cleansing and purification process by lighting a salt lamp within the space. This purifies the space and increases blood flow, improves sleep patterns and also increases serotonin in the brain, which affects mood, sleep, appetite and memory. It may seem like a strange ritual to some people, but for this mama and papa, it truly increases the vibe within a space. Positive vibes and energy is very important to us as partners and as parents.

We can't wait for our little baby bird to join our nest!


Ready. Set. GO!

Blogger, Family, Motherhood, Photography, Maternity, StyleOlivia NicoleComment

Ready. Set. GO! I'm just a mama on the go, getting everything ready for the upcoming arrival of my baby boy. It's down to the wire and he'll be making his debut any week now. What a wild thought that is! Time truly flies when you're carrying around your little blessing!

Nursery set-up, check! Prepared essentials, check! Packed hospital bags, check! Installed car seat, check! My to-do list is dwindling down to the last few items and as excited as I am to meet my little guy, I'm also a little nervous for the labor itself, if I'm being totally honest. No one can fully prepare, but one can try.

The best thing that makes me feel ultra prepared, is this perfect diaper bag from Fawn Design, that holds all of the things that I could possibly need, even before I'll need them! Right now, it's being used as my hospital/delivery bag, but soon enough and it will serve its purpose as an actual diaper bag! Not only is it super chic and modern, but it's oh so functional as well.

With four exterior pockets and five interior pockets, there is multiple slots, appropriate for all of those on-the-go diaper changes and mid-day feedings. No mama wants an extra large diaper bag to lug around all day, when they already have a car seat on one arm or a baby on their hip. But then again, no mama wants a teeny tiny bag that barely holds their essentials to get them through the day, well prepared. The Fawn Deisgn bag is the perfect size, and did I mention that it has two carrying styles?! Wear it as a backpack to keep your hands free for the other important mama tasks, or wear it on or across your shoulder, with the easy ability to clip onto your stroller (with the Think King Mighty Buggy Hooks accessory). Want a different color, other than black? Don't worry, there are multiple colors to choose from (blush, brown, navy, gray) as well.

Mama or not, this bag is perfect for anyone who appreciates quality, functionality and design. If you're anything like me, who carries around pretty much everything in your life, wherever you go, this bag is for you!  You'll have all of the room for everything you definitely need, those items that you may possibly need, and also those items that you most likely won't need but want to have, just in case!

Also featuring: Dress by Free People | Calhoun Boots by Jeffrey Campbell | Necklace by Barbara C. Pellegrino | Hair Color by Arctic Fox

WIGGIN'

Blogger, Collaboration, Hair Color, Makeup, Photo Shoot, Photography, Style, Stylist, ModelOlivia NicoleComment

Just over here wiggin' out over this killer photoshoot with Ari Loren Photography! She's super talented, a young buck with a genius eye and an old soul! Make sure to check out her work! 

Ari Loren Photography
http://www.arisfilms.com
Instagram: @ariloren

Over the past few months, I have really taken to the thrill of wearing wigs to enhance my punk rock look! Having short hair makes it super easy to switch up your look for any occasion, just by experimenting with fun and colorful wigs like this Violet Bob from Dolls Kill! 

Whether I'm channeling my inner alter ego, going incognito, or just in need of a change for a day, wearing wigs only enhance my already colorful personality, causing me to be who I want to be, each and every day!

My advice: WIG OUT!!!

Full LOOK details listed below! 

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LOOK OF THE DAY DETAILS:

Violet Bob Wig - Dolls Kill - Wigs
Faux Shearling Vest - 
GROWZE LA
Burgundy Patent Platform Nosebleed Boots - T.U.K Original Footwear
Eclipse of the Heart Shades - LOR Jewelry
Silver & Black Agate Stone Arm Cuff - LOR Jewelry
Harmony Cuff Rose - Sticks + Stones
Gold + Matte Black Two Tone Necklace (worn as wrap bracelet) - LOR Jewelry
Rings (Need Luck 13 Ring, Need A Face Skull Ring, The Deal Ring Set, 'Poison Ivy' Stones Collection Ring) - House of Need - Rings
'Black Velvet' Velvetine Liquid Lipstick -
Lime Crime


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