Nov 8, 2013

Baby Girl 2

Baby Girl 2

Baby Girl 2 by smr297 featuring a pink rug

Oct 14, 2013

A rare OOTD

It's been a while since I've done this and my photo quality is nothing like it should be but what the heck.

I used to hate a button up collar style shirt. They felt boxy and manly when I put one on but I wear them all the time now. There are easy and make me feel slightly put together. This particular shirt I purchased in spring of 2011 at JCrew for around 14 dollars.

The jeans are Gap Maternity Skinny jeans. I wore them a lot during my second trimester with my first pregnancy and have already been wearing them a lot again. Buying maternity at Gap is easy, you just stick with your regular size.

And these moccasins have been getting a lot of wear too. I have to use inserts because there is absolutely no support and if I walk a lot my arches do ache a little but I deal with it. 
So, that's it. Nothing ground breaking. Just a casual mom outfit. Machine washable and what I'm wearing a lot of these days.

Oct 12, 2013

What's going on?

I haven't updated here in a looooong time. I'm not sure what I'm doing or not doing with this space but I feel like writing a mini update so here we go. First, some depressing news. Sensitive types should proceed with caution.

My little dog of 9 years passed away a week ago. He was 10 years old and his death was very sudden and unexpected. This week has been horrible. The sadness, the anger, the guilt, the what-if's and whys have kept my mind in an overworked state. The feeling is something you simply cannot describe and the only people who really get it are those who have been through the same thing. Grieving a pet is a lonely and isolating process. Bottom line is that it's likely nobody else loved your dog like you did and nobody is feeling the way you are as a result of his or her passing. I know with my little guy I was his person- he wasn't a fan of people in general so he stuck to me or himself. It's an awful feeling not to have your sidekick around all day everyday. But, I am starting to come out of the fog I have existed in for over a week. It still pains me and I expect that it will forever. I could really write about this for pages and pages so to reduce this tragic life event to a paragraph seems insensitive but I've done my therapeutic writing for myself already and that's not something that needs to be shared. So, that's the bad news.

The good news... I'm um.. pregnant. Again.
I always feel weird announcing pregnancy. Baby #2 is due in March on the same day baby #1 was born. Try explaining that to an almost 19 month old. So, yeah, I'm feeling well and healthy and all that jazz. I'm still exercising daily and running most days of the week (slow and awkward). Pregnancy is much different the second time around which is what everyone says but it's true. We are just buzzing right along and we find out the gender on monday. Time moves faster when you aren't counting every week and day and reading about development and growth in all your spare time. Again, reducing this amazing life even to a paragraph is weird but really what more is there to say other than I'm missing out on fall fashion again.

I don't have any pictures or reviews or anything to top off this strangely personal post. I have purchased a few things lately so maybe I'll get around to reviewing them shortly. I'm not sure if anyone is still hanging in there with me but if so, great, thanks for sticking around!

Jun 12, 2013

Review: Coralline Peplum Top

Here is another top that wasn't on my wishlist but I tried it anyway. The Coralline Peplum Top. It's really pretty and has a bit of stretch. This is a size small and it is big. I would have like to try an xs but they were long gone I assume, as this one seems to run big and long. It also comes in a navy color but I didn't find that one nearly as appealing as the white with the pink/coral underlay. The peplum is cute but I already have a peplum blouse that I have worn... never. It looks like this might be gone (temporarily?) from the website but I found plenty of them still in the store.

I have found myself very frustrated lately with the lack of sizing in store. I have been taking advantage of the option to order directly from an SA but it stinks to have to order something to try it on and often necessitates a return.

You can also check this out on Roxy who is quite a bit taller than I am.

What do you think of this one? Are you over the peplum silhouette?

Jun 10, 2013

Zelie Maxi Dress Review

I have quite a few things on my wish list at Anthropologie right now. This dress, the Zelie Maxi Dress was not on of them. However, when I saw it this weekend I first passed right by it but wandered back and decided to try it on. I like the feel of the soft stretchy top and the floral print is nice- not too over the top. I am wearing a size small and the top portion is too big. You can see from the side view that it isn't lying tight against my chest, it's just kind of flapping in the wind. The store didn't have an xs so I ordered one. Only after I got home did I realize that this dress comes in a petite (why didn't the SA mention that when she was handling the order?) not that I would have any idea what size to order in a petite anyway. 

In the product shot, the front of the dress hits the model's knee. On me it's just above my ankles and definitely more of a maxi fit in the regular length. I'm 5'2" btw.  I'm not sure if I'll keep this one but hopefully this review is helpful to someone.

Have a great week!

Apr 13, 2013

Ikea Hack

I have been following Erinn at Strawberry Swing and Other Things for a little over a year now. Her little girl is 5 weeks younger than mine so it's been fun reading her weekly updates and seeing where they are in terms of milestones and growth.

Last week she wrote a post about how she hacked a children's Ikea table and chairs. I have been waiting to buy the $19.99 Latt table and chairs because I know my little girl isn't quite ready to sit at a table and we also have absolutely no space for anything anymore. However, after I saw her post, I couldn't resist. So, I bought the table earlier this week and then hit up Home Depot for some supplies.

I discovered that these tables have been hacked in a lot of creative ways. I liked the idea of a chalkboard tabletop because well.. chalk is fun.  It can also easily be wiped clean and still be used as a spot for snacks, reading, coloring, etc as she grows. I also wanted to keep the table on the darker side so I chose a granite grey and then a berry pink for the chairs. I know you may puke if you see one more chevron-ed something, but I decided to make the seats chevron. 

I'm an idiot because I was very careful with the first seat to really push down on the tape so the lines wouldn't bleed but got careless with the second seat. The result is ugly- bleeding lines and chipped paint all over. Huge bummer. I might just completely redo the seats at some point but for now I'll just keep the good seat front and center. 

Here is what the table looks like "before" I put part of it together so I had an understanding of what I was painting. Despite my good intentions I still painted a chair the wrong color..?  I think I got spray paint happy... but, I went back and fixed it. That little error and that little bit of wasted paint made me come up short and a bit of the pine color is still visible on the tabletop. 

I had to do all the work on the roof of our building so I didn't kill anyone with fumes. The rooftop was VERY windy and all I had to use plastic bags weighed down by random objects to spray all the pieces. It was a mess. I had to redo a lot of the pieces because the bag would stick to the wet paint and then the paint would chip, flake, bleed etc. As I already mentioned, I did run out of grey paint and the interior piece of the table top is still pine (sh*t)! It bothers me... a lot. I may buy another can of paint and drag the table back to the roof at some point and fix it one day.

I also sanded the table top lightly and wiped it clean and then painted two coats of chalkboard paint with a roller. After several hours and some frustration, this is the final result:

And a before and after:

So..... I do like it. I think the chalkboard table top will be a lot of fun and I like the bright punchy color for the chairs. The chevron stripes bled a lot on one of the chairs and in time I may do the seats over with a cushioned fabric. And, I'm not happy that I ran out of grey paint with a tiny strip of pine visible on the table top. For now, it's fine. Especially since the little one is just pushing it around the floor and using it as a step stool to climb over the back of the couch. She is a busy body.

As I said, this was not my idea. I got the idea from Erinn and the inspiration from looking around online  at what others have done with this same (or similar) set. 

Have you been crafty lately? Anyone else a fan of Ikea- or remaking Ikea?

Mar 22, 2013

Review: Fairweather Cardigan from Madewell

Yesterday I posted about the Fairweather Cardigan at Madewell. I had the chance to pop in yesterday and the promo is also running in store. I did a mega swoop and grab when I saw this cardigan on the sale rack. It was the only one and marked down to 49.99. A size large didn't deter me. The sweater is very light making it perfect for spring and summer. Overall, I'm pleased. I will be careful when washing it as it is dry clean (yeah right) I'll probably hand wash and lay flat to dry.

Sweater, Fairweather Cardigan, Madewell
Jeans, AG High Rise, Shopbop
Boots, Target (old)
Tshirt, Vintage Tee, Old Navy,  I seriously have 20+ of this tee in multiple colors