Madewell….quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to shops as of late. I found this dress and these sandals on sale the other day when I was out shopping and had to have them. Of course, it was one of those outings where I was not supposed to be shopping for myself, but it’s hard to resist a steal when I see one! This is another dress that totally works 34 weeks pregnant but that I will definitely wear post baby. It’s been in the 90’s the last few days with crazy humidity (totally rare for here) and I’ve never seen my feet so swollen. I remember puffing up at the end of my pregnancy with Ry, but this is starting a little earlier than expected! Hopefully the drop in heat and humidity will solve some of my puffy pregnancy woes, but we will see! Simple breezy sundresses like this are saving me right about now!
Archives: July 2014
Clockwise: High Collar Swing Blouse by @vauxvintage // Floral Sundress by @moonstone // Suede Fringe Pouch Purse by @moonstone // Vintage 70’s Felt Wool Hat by @VauxVintage // Raffia Woven Ethnic Bag by @trustfund21vintage // Shell Necklace by @86vintage // Vintage Levi’s by @86vintage // Vintage Leather Clogs by @omniavintage
Have you heard of the brand new App Reissued!? It’s a curated social marketplace app to buy and sell vintage, one-of-a-kind, handmade and hard to find items. If you are anything like me, you love vintage, but find it hard to find the time to actually get out and vintage shop on a regular basis. This app makes it easy with it’s curated group of sellers. You can find items ranging from clothing to furniture to home goods. And not only do they offer vintage goods, they also specialize in handmade. Which is something I have always been passionate about.
I hand selected some of my favorite finds from some of my favorite sellers within the app. To shop these pieces (and MUCH more) simply download the app from the iTunes App store HERE. Just search the sellers names listed above to find these specific items and more! Happy shopping.
I was excited to receive my very first ‘maternity wear’ in the mail last week from Wendy Bellissimo. It was about time I suppose! Wendy’s collection of maternity basics is launching in August and will be available at Destination Maternity. I’m wearing two of my favorite pieces from the collection, a simple white tunic blouse (worn as a dress) and a super soft washed denim grey shirt. They are both perfectly suited for a bump, but I also love that they are pieces that I would still wear after baby! Honestly, most of her collection you could wear post baby bump. Win, win! You can preview more of the collection HERE.
Photos by Jackie Wonders
Sneak peak of my photoshoot with The Fox and the Sparrow yesterday
I’ve gotten asked by a handful of people to share more about how this pregnancy is going. The differences between my first and second…what’s been harder….what’s been easier. I know I have been a little more quiet than usual the last few months. I feel like I am a in a season of re-prioritizing. A season of chasing after big dreams, of releasing fear, focusing on what’s important and letting go of my own self defined pace of life. Moving into week number thirty three here in this pregnancy, I am trying to prepare for some pretty huge life changes. All I have known for the last three years is being a mother to my daughter. One mouth to feed, one hand to hold, one heart to protect. It’s been the biggest blessing and joy of my life raising her and watching her grow. I feel like I’ve found my groove with work and being a momma to one little soul, and frankly, it’s a little overwhelming to think of how it will work with 2. I’m not sure how to prepare, and I’m not even sure it’s something I can do. I think once this baby boy enters our world, we will take it all in stride. I will figure out what I can handle, and maybe, some of my desires will change.
Sam and I are no strangers to change. Last November he quit his job to pursue his dream of opening his own retail store, Loneflag. It’s been amazing to see it grow and for him to pour his heart and soul into this business. He works more and sleeps less…..but he is passionate about what he does, and is really just happy. We are happy. Throughout this pregnancy I’ve continued to work on various design jobs and do my best to provide for my family while Loneflag is still gaining traction as a business. It’s definitely a challenge having both parties in a relationship work independently. Insurance and taxes and don’t let me get started on how much it is costing us to have a baby! But we both have entrepreneurial hearts. We want to love what we do. And while that sometimes means more work and less pay…..we wouldn’t have it any other way. A few months ago I decided to pursue a business dream of my own that has been brewing in my heart for several years. It’s something I’ve kept very quit and only vaguely mentioned here and there…but it is part of the reason for my absense here. It was probably the worst timing ever with Sam just having launched his own business, but I felt a strong pull to just go for it….that now was the time. I think sometimes your heart trumphs your head and reward is there for those that are willing to take the risk. So with that mentality, I started pursuing this crazy dream and I am so very close to being able to share it with you! I’ve been working hard to launch it before our boy arrives, and it is creeping up pretty close to the same timeline! Who launches a new business at the same time they are delivering a baby? I guess this silly girl does. I honestly can’t wait to share. And I apologize for being so vague. I know how annoying that is :)
But that was a long tangent slightly off track to this pregnancy. Cru has definitely been harder on me than Rylee was. I feel like I’ve had every negative pregnancy symptom in the book, which is certainly an exaggeration….but it often doesn’t feel like it in the midst of it. Nausea that has never fully gone away, vomiting, heartburn, heart palpitations, constipation, anemia, leg cramps, nerve pain….and a few others that I will fail to mention. I don’t know if it’s because he’s a boy, because I am working too hard, or because I am already chasing after a 2 1/2 year old that I leave no down time for myself. Maybe it’s a combination of them all, or maybe it is simply the nature of this pregnancy. I have mentioned it before, but during my pregnancy with Rylee, my allergies to gluten and dairy went away. And I was one of the lucky ones that had them never return. For the most part, my pregnancy with her was pretty easy. Unfortunately though, I had a lot of anxiety because she was always measuring so small. But Cru has been a champ, and although I’ve been sicker, he has been healthier. This pregnancy has honestly just flown by. I feel like I blinked and here I am at 33 weeks. I remember with Rylee I had her entire nursery ready and everything prepared nearly months before her arrival. Poor Cru has a tiny pile in the corner of one of our drawers and still no place to sleep. I promise, we will figure that out before he comes. seven. more. weeks. I better get moving.
It’s no secret I’ve got a big crush on Flynn Skye. I got to meet the designer Amber at a party a couple weeks ago and she was just as wonderful in person as I expected. Her dresses are so comfortable and relaxed and the prints are always on point. They are pieces that can easily be dressed up or down and can be worn from day to night. I’ve got a few of her dresses, like this one, that just might last me through this entire pregnancy! I have yet to buy a shred of maternity this summer, and hopefully I can keep it that way!
I was able to have what the doctor’s call a “growth ultrasound” last week. It’s basically an ultrasound making sure that the baby’s growth is on track. Last pregnancy, they had some concerns over Rylee’s growth and my small belly size….so anytime there is a history of that, I guess they do this extra 30 week ultrasound. I certainly didn’t mind the chance to see my little guy moving around on the screen again! He was so much bigger than my last ultrasound at 20 weeks. So big, it was actually hard to see him. I did get a few photos of his sweet face though, making me that much more excited to meet him and hold him in my arms! Results came back totally normal and he was already measuring in the fifty second percentile. Just above average! I don’t necessarily know what average is…but I was pretty excited that everything looked healthy and that he was growing so good. It’s pretty insane to think that in just 8 short weeks we will become a family of four!