Wednesday, August 26, 2015

lady lumps....wait... Belly Bump!

Baby Shower Outfit 
(Dress available here

Radio silence was 400% not intentional. Last month I got a promotion at work (YASSS! :D ) but that has meant reallllly long work days, transitioning roles, working two positions while trying to wrap up or train someone else on how to complete the project. And now supervising a team of 13 people. Going from just managing projects for 5 people, to running a team with 13 people spread all of the world. Like whoa! In the best way possible.

I haven't kept up with weekly belly updates as I wanted (just even for myself!) but thankfully we have been blessed with an easy, healthy and busy little peanut/pregnancy! I know I feel thankful every day! I have been trying to snap belly shots through out, it hopes to put together a timeline to watch our precious Monkey grow. (yes, the nickname is holding strong!)

So what a better way to catch back up with all of you, plastering my belly across the internet!!! Here she is in all her growing glory! These are from the past week! Boy, she is getting big!!! And to think at 20 weeks I thought I was big....I had no clue! ;)

For the Mama's out there: Did any of you measure big at any of your appointments? Our little babe measured 2 weeks bigger than normal last week :/ when she's measured on par other weeks (on your fundal height). Hoping she was in a funky position.....My brother and I were both tiny babies. otherwise I might be growing a chunkster!!!

 After work-out protein smoothies
 Summer evenings on the deck, with Big Brother cuddles!
 Umm, acrobatics?! :/ 
Girlfriend date at Soulcycle, with your tag-along baby HA! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Tied with the Shopbop Friends and Family sale, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a sale I wait for!

Yes it is that good! What makes it so good you ask, well it is new Fall items on sale. On big sale ahead of the season!!! Normally we wait for sales when teh season is half over, but now we can get some new items and have them, ready to wear when the weather and season start to change!

For me I always try to use this is a chance to buy a staple item(s) that might need replacing [Undies, Denim etc] or something I have been looking at for a while! This year I snagged a pair of booties (that I actually bought and returned last year because I had guilt at full price!) and a few years ago I picked up my Chloe bag! Both items that rarely go on sale and are worth their full prices, but come'on who doesn't love a discount!

Here are my picks (plus a few more I'd love to have)!! The sale is finally open to the general public, after about a week of pre-sale for card-holders. I am still eyeing that cozy hooded cardigan and a new plaid button down. I will be indoors most of winter (BABY!) so something to make those stay home days feel better :) Plus I hear button downs are a great item for breastfeeding (which I hope to do!).

Did you get anything??? If so, what?

Madewell + Sezane

I posted about this on Facebook on Wednesday but had to share here too! The second collaboration with Madewell + Sezane just released. And I'm pretty much still obsessed with all things Paris, France, and their je ne sais quoi style and attitude.

The first release had so many products sell out and I have a feeling this one will too! In fact the cute leather skirt already did! I bet the T's and sweatshirt are second. The first release's sweatshirt was a hit! (I love it....yes I own it! :P)

Perfectly chic, classic items. Timeless and closet staples. Sign me up! I think the red striped T or sweatshirt want to live with me. I just need to decide!

Here are my favorite items:

OOO Madewell is also having an incredible sale on additional cart wants to fill up with these! Just enter EXTRA40 at checkout until 7/22!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

on my (shopping) radar

Being pregnant has been weird. I want to shop but then I go out wallet in hand and nothing appeals to me. Even if online I was 'dyinggggg' for it. I'm betting it is the ever growing and changing bump on the front of my body! LOL Except at Target because somehow I always spend the obligatory $100 every.single.time.

Pregnancy update coming for those who are into that thing tomorrow....but for today here are somethings on my radar, want list, like list or bought list! (I didn't say I fully stopped shopping, did I?)

1. Madewell + Sezane - The second collaboration of the Brand and the iconic French designer. I love the more simple, classic 'French' pieces. Hello stripes! 
2. Sunnies - Go figure I haven't scratched up a pair of sunglasses in forrrrever but I scratch my really nice RX Rayban aviators. Right smack in the middle of the lens. Thinking Warby's for some new RX's, so I don't burst into tears if this happens again (Yay, hormones!)
3. Chole Crossbody - Crossbody bags are all I have been using lately, I'd love another small neutral. 
4. Clare Viver Backpack - Nothing that I need but how cute?! I want it to go to the beach with, the light colors and the stripes scream ocean and summer. Now who doesn't love that! 
5. Baskets - Baby stuff is starting to accumulate and I need to organize it! ;)
6. Nuna Mixx Stroller - We finally picked a stroller, and I'm soooo obsessed! I have a feeling one of the grandparents wants to get it for our little Monkey, which we are so grateful!! I can't wait to push it around the house and soon with our babe inside!!! Eeks!!! 
7. Rag and Bone Booties - GO GET YOURS, they are on major sale with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale right now!!! I adore my black RB's, wear them constantly in cooler weather, so finding a tan/brown alternative I know I'll love to death on big sale was just :) 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shopping the sale rack!!

With a growing baby bump shopping is a lot more window shopping, allllll baby shopping or of the purse/shoe desire :)

Don't get me wrong I still have wants, it's just hard to know how my belly will be shaped a few weeks from now, let alone in a day or two! (It's just crazy! I mean I knew but I guess I don't really know!) So shopping for clothes is way different than it's ever been before!

But.....I do have a few 'desires' from Shopbop's recent set of new sale items!!! Did anyone scoop up any great summer gear?! Let me live vicariously through you! Do share in the comments!

Shop all my favorites: 

Monday, June 8, 2015

say what glider?

Umm, having never had a child and with one currently growing in my belly I recently discovered something that I was completely unaware. How has no one... anyone warn you....The price of a glider/rocking chair ottoman. OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!! Holy Sticker shock!!!

Maybe I am naive, but I was all whoa! This isn't for my living room, just the babies and will most likely end up with some form of bodily fluid sooner than later ;) Prices range from a few hundred to upwards of a monthly rent payment. And of course the ones I adore - higher back, more modern lines, solid color are in that later camp.

Any advice? Where did you find yours? I know I will spend many a night here early on, I just can't fathom spending that much!

I did see some that look nice on discount websites but there aren't many reviews and how can you really tell colors (see the one in my last post)! Help a girl out!! Spill how you or a friend found theirs!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

let's go shopping!! 6.4.2015

There has been a lot more window shopping, than 'real' shopping around these parts as of late! And lots of pinning/bookmarking for the little baby! But all the above have caught my eye and I'd love them to come live with me! 

I adore my black bucket bag, and a tan for summer would be perfect! To commemorate the birth of our babe I'd love a piece of everyday jewelry to wear in celebration. The numerical rings are top of that list! 

Have you found anything great nowadays?? 

Shop my picks below! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

oh baby, BABY!

Throughout the first trimester, I started journaling to remember how I felt and what was going on. In the past week, I've debated if I wanted to post. But I do. I want to look back one day and remember what every little minute felt like. What I was thinking, what we were doing etc. I don't think my blog will turn into all things baby, but I can't guarantee it. Blog has always been about what is interesting and consuming me. And right now, its bambino or most affectionately known 'round these parts as Monkey!

So now that that is out of the way lets see where we've been! [I'm currently in the second trimester at 17 weeks] And I say we, because the Hubs is truly in this. He might be more educated on the in's out's and technical details than me, he does all this research to understand more. Then most times tells me even more details. I picked a good one! :)

I was writing these out as they were happening, so the tense is all wrong. I'm not rewritting it. Just deal :P k, thanks!

This was taken 15wk-0days (so so bloated....thank you little monkey!)

Weeks 4-6:
Until the doctor definitely told us 'oh yes' I was excited, unsure nervous. I mean home pregnancy tests could be wrong. And call it first time jitters, I wanted to know from a real official doctors office, fancy machine test. Boobs. Heavy big boobs. I think within the span of about 3 weeks my ever shrinking chest tripled in size. Yes, huge (for me!) boobs, right there! This is the stuff, the real stuff. Many days they were so sore I couldn't even bare to think about them for fear they'd hurt more. Definitely a no hands zone for the mister ;) Zero morning sickness.

Once the doctor gave us an 'official', it's wasn't secret for very long, I just blurted it out to my Mom. To my best friend. I had the best intentions of marking the occasion to each Mom/Bestie a little more memorable. The cards just crumbled a bit different. I had to tell them. right. that. moment. :) Which I'm sure now neither would have changed, the tears still flowed. AS did all the other happy emotions and cheers!

Weeks 7-8:
Tired. Oh exhaustion. Like give me a 2pm nap everyday or I'll sleep standing up tired. I gave up drinking coffee, expect for one day a week and the occasional chai. You can drink coffee, but I'm choosing not to. To each their own, this was just one thing I wanted to do. And for me its been good. I used to drink coffee outta habit, daily. And when I'm exhausted drink way too much. I like knowing I can make it through the day on my own and don't need caffeine.

Avert your eyes if you have a weak tummy. Constipation. Yep I just wrote that and told the world. Without going into details, I've never been really good at that 'thing'. And as the books and doctor say, your body is using up more nutrients in food and your bowels get lazy/pushed around from the growing bean. For a while it was real bad. Doctor offered a few over the counter options, but I wanted to try something more natural. To keep things moving I've found the a perfect combo (again this is working for me!) - One bran muffin and 24oz of H2O in the AM. A decaf coffee, with a splash of milk & sugar. Along with my prenatal. Tons of water, my daily goal is 80oz plus. And in the afternoon, a handful of dried apricots. After a few days miracles I tell ya miracles! [If you want a great muffin, Trader Joes sells a Apple cranberry bran muffin, one tiny muffin is 51% of your daily fiber. I won't lie, the first two days were rough, it felt like I was chewing cardboard. But with the water, refrigeration and time they aren't bad at all. Promise!]

I miss wine. Had an amazing dinner out with my Bestie and I desperately wanted a few sips of yummy red wine with our dinner. Oh well, it's for a good cause ;)

I lost my ability to sleep through the night. I'm the girl who slept through fire alarms in college, and earthquakes as a kid. I've been waking up daily between 2-3:30am to pee. Then lay there wide awake. I try to just toss and turn until I fall back asleep, and resist the phone. But my best friend and her Hubs really enjoy those 3:30 am texts - so.... haha! Oh yea, I pee all the time now. Some of it's due to the increased water, but it's never a full bladder like before. New pressure on that very precious organ! Oh yea, I almost pee'd myself teaching one day. I can tell you I'm a lot more careful doing jumping jacks (ie keiglesssss)!

Week 9: 
Fell off my Bran/Water train, and suffered. Won't let that happen again. No I will not, I felt like crying. And yes I do cry - when overly exhausted, silly commercials, when the Hubs is too cute, or scolds me for doing something I shouldn't like stand on stools changing light bulbs. Boobs no longer hurt, although when I workout and teach barre I just see giant knockers in the mirror. They feel so foreign. I can only wear about 3 of my bra's and a few bralettes. Waiting longer to purchase anything because the interwebs tell me it will change just as soon as I do!

My Mama came to visit, it was delightful. And overwhelming. We did some baby recon work, ie looking at strollers, car seats, accessories, clothes, things and baubles. Yikes! Although, as type A as we are, we narrowed down alot. And that felt good. We also do what we do best and shopped the winter sales hard. Since we know the expected due date, we know the bambino will be around come snowy 2015/16 winter. Gahhh baby fleece pants, and snowsuits! If my ovaries could twinge I'm sure they did!

Just say no to cooking chicken. This is my first food aversion so far, if that's what you would call it. Zero desire to eat any form of grilled chicken nor cook it in any form. I'll eat it if someone else prepares it for me, and I'd prefer if it had some sort of coating. Parmesan breaded chicken has been on repeat. Veggies don't sound great, but I'm eating them. Bland or savory food is what temps me the most. Mashed potatoes, tomato soup. Steak.  Although coconut curry sounded great one night, so the Hubs toughed out direction by direction vocal cooking like a champ. And it was delish! I still eat everything, haven't made many changes to our diet, just may not taste or satisfy the way it used to.

Week 10: 
Feeling great, working out and teaching a ton. Bump Watch: Negative. Just feel some days like things are rounding out or chubby and others like nothing. The ever so slight ab definition, that I was so proud off along the sides (you know that slight 4inch stripe of some semblance of abs some women get down the middle, it's what I called my six pack!) is gone, but my core still feels solid. I did feel defeated one day last week when I was really bloated (read sentence 1 on week 9), and broke down. After a sweet pep talks/reality checks with my Hubs, Bestie and Mama, I no longer have those emotions or feelings. Plus I always knew what was going on was to prepare for the coming months.

Same feelings about food, homey savory food sounds best. No desire for my daily something sweet before bed still. We did get some starburst Easter jelly beans. They were good but nothing like they would have been a few months ago.

Week 11-14:
I told my employer and the Barre studio I teach at that I'm expecting. It felt so good and weird all at the same time! It was oddly kind of nice to have this weird little secret but just as great to share the news with people who support me so strongly.  We also announced our pregnancy publicly (you know, on the interwebs/social media! It's 2014 after all!) So much love and out pouring from friends and family near and far. It definitely elevated the already high levels of excitement to new heights!

Had my first fight with a pretty nasty cold, without cold meds. No fun. But hey, I know I will survive and the Hubs has been amazing in playing doctor!Seriously though, dealing with a bad cold without any relief has been the worst! Felt like a total drama queen a few days, but sinus pressure, runny nose, and plugged ears are very miserable. [This cold ended up lasting 3 weeks, into week 13!] Once it was gone, man I felt great!

Excited to keep this going and see how I am feeling, tracking and what is going on! Hope you don't mind! :P

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Currently Obsessed With.... 5.6.15

Craving all things off the shoulder right now! Maybe bc it will distract from the future bump, or the fact that it's finally getting warm and I want all the sun on my skin. All the time! Loving the effortless vibe of theses dresses and nothing better than a dress than can easily transition from day to night with the change of accessories and shoes!

Oh I wouldn't turn down a cute top in the style either! Here are my current favorites (at all price points!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Summer Swimsuits - 2015

One day summer will be here. Or so I'm surely hoping!!! (Side note, how are all these Chicago bloggers wearing short dresses and spring-y clothes?! it's been mid 40-50's....brr! I'm a chicken!)

Back to summer, I'm so excited for the heat! Days at the lake, the pool and our summer vacation to the Caribbean! Which have got me thinking about a new summer swim suit! I do this every year, do i need one maybe not, but you can surely believe I am getting one!!! And with the future bump situation, I'm not sure all of last year's extra skimpy bikini's will work ;) More than just a bump grows with a baby, if you catch my drift!! LOL

And for the first time ever, I'm actually craving a one piece!! Here are the ones on my list!

One Pieces: 1 - Red Wrap // 2 - Black Wrap // 3 - Mulit Color Cut-Outs
Two Pieces: 4 - Muli Color // 5 - Nude Tube // 6 - Black and White Stripes

 Not sure any tube version, unless there are strapes available will work with the new girls ;) but I adore this one!! Have you purchased a new suit for summer yet?? 

Shop my summer favorites here!