Archive for 2016

Pregnancy Update: 28 weeks

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Last week was a bit of a stressful one which ended with a visit to the hospital, so I wasn't really up for posting. So, I'm trying to catch up and post last week's update still so that I can keep track of my weekly progress.  

How far along: 28 weeks
Size of baby: Eggplant
Weight gain: 21.4 lbs

What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
I purchased another pair of pants (duplicate of one I already own, but in black), so am now pretty much set with my maternity wardrobe for the next 2.5 months. With it being Christmas time, I was needing something a little more dressy than the basics that I have been wearing, so I found this dress/top at Forever21 that I can wearing comfortably. I find wearing belts super uncomfortable and add unnecessary strain around my ribs, but I wanted to add a little more shape and colour to this outfit.

How do I feel: Symptoms? 
I was having some odd intermittent bleeding last week, and my OB was not available, so I went to Labour & Delivery at the hospital I will be delivering at, and they took me right away. They monitored me and did an exam, and everything is good with the baby. Just have to go for some follow-up tests, but it was such a relief knowing everything is ok with my pregnancy.

Movement: She's moving like crazy! It's not only kicks that I feel these days, but because baby is getting bigger, I can feel her move from one side to another. Or if she's laying more on one side, my belly is very hard and I can feel little feet or shoulders poking me.

Sleep: I tend to wake up around 4:30am some mornings and am unable to sleep for about an hour. But I have been sleeping pretty well for the most part.

Outfit details:
Blouse (dress) w/ belt: Forever21 | Pants (H&M maternity)

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Pregnancy update: 27 weeks

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I know I skipped week 26, but I felt awful last week because of this never ending cold and really wasn't up for taking pictures. Things have been pretty steady in the last couple of weeks, so not much to update you on in terms of pregnancy changes. I am in my last week of the second trimester, and offically 6 months pregnant. I can't believe only 3 months to go until we get to meet this little babe!


How far along: 27 weeks
Size of baby: Head of lettuce
Weight gain: 20.2 lbs

What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
My bank account has suffered in the last couple of weeks as my wardrobe was dwindling down to a mere few outfits that fit. I had to buy a couple more maternity pieces (and it pains me how expensive maternity clothes are), but also found some non-maternity pieces at Value Village that I can use to layer.

How do I feel: Symptoms? 
Pregnancy-wise I have been feeling good. My belly is definitely continuing to grow each week and my belly button is slowly disappearing. This morning I was woken up by a Braxton-hick contraction! It was such a crazy feeling and weird to feel how hard my belly was for that quick moment. Unfortunately my efforts to get rid of this cold haven't worked but I am starting to feel better. 

Movement: Lots of strong movements that can definitely be felt from outside my belly these days. It still takes me by surprise sometimes when I feel a super hard kick!

Sleep: My sleep has been interrupted by my cold this past week, but baby has been on the same sleep schedule as me, so I haven't been woken up through the night from kicking etc. (yet).

What I am most looking forward to: Getting things set up in the nursery and nesting at home as we prepare for our little babe to arrive. 

Outfit details:
V-neck sweater (non-maternity, but a size up): Smart set (thrifted) | Pants: H&M maternity

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Style Crush: Dree Hemingway

Thursday, December 1, 2016

You know those girls that always seem to look so effortlessly cool, that's Dree. Her style has been influenced by years in the fashion and film industry, with a twist of her own quirkiness. She is inspiring me to take a more relaxed and fun approach to my wardrobe this winter.

Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman (born December 4, 1987) is an American fashion model and actress and great grand daughter of American literary icon, Ernest Hemingway.

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Fall Trends: Shearling

Sunday, November 27, 2016

We started to have some winter-like weather last week, which has me pulling me out my winter jackets. I have been looking for a jacket for this winter season and have been seeing a wide range of shearling jackets lately. These ladies pull off the shearling jacket perfectly and prove that you can stay chic while dressing for the colder weather.

Sometimes, it's all about how you style it — the fastened collar provides extra warmth and makes a statement.
Don't let the Winter shut out your style. Add personality with a scarf — that's easy, right?
Source: Le 21ème | Adam Katz Sinding
Le Fashion Blog Alexa Chung Beanie Hat Shearling Jacket Black Skinny Jeans Heeled Boots Via Vogue

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Travel: [What to wear] England in the Winter

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A visit to England during the winter may get you away from the snow, but that doesn't mean you won't need to keep warm. The weather can be tricky, so I wanted to share some tips to help you pack for a visit to England.

[What to Wear] England

What to pack for 1 week in England

  • You'll want a light jacket, and a heavier one for those colder days.
  •  Sweaters are the key to keeping warm on those cold damp days that you are walking around visiting the sights. I would suggest to bring sweaters that you can layer so that you get the most use out of them.
  • Depending on your itinerary, you'll want at least one nice blouse that you can wear out, and some more casual tees for daytime. 
  • Cardigans are great for layering and if you get a day without rain you can venture out without a coat! 
  • Footwear can be tricky because you don't want to bring anything too bulky, but keep in mind you will need something comfortable, warm, and practical for the weather.
  • Pack neutral bottoms such as leggings and jeans to be able to work with any outfit. And throw in something different like a dress or skirt if you want to dress things up a little.
Tights, Mittens (hat optional), and Umbrella.
A couple of scarves to keep warm and change up your look.

Want to read more about England, UK? Check out this post.

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Fall Maternity Fashion: 24 weeks

Thursday, November 17, 2016

We are in the middle of Fall and I must say that I am enjoying being pregnant in a season where oversized sweaters and leggings are acceptable. Here's my weekly update for those who have been following my pregnancy journey.

How far along: 24 weeks
Size of baby: Eggplant

What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
I've officially dug out all of my winter clothes to see what I can fit into before I make the move to buy any more maternity clothes. Things are getting tight, so I stick with maternity bottoms but have been trying to get away with non-maternity tops as long as possible. I've just been layering long tank tops under shorter shirts like this one to try and squeeze out a few more wears. 

How do I feel: Symptoms? 
Every day has been different depending on how much I try to do in a day. When I feel like I have the energy to get stuff done, I usually end up over doing it and just crash by 9pm.
I experienced my first debilitating muscle cramp this week, which was so painful. I woke up suddenly one morning when I felt my calf lock up and I had to force myself to stretch it out despite the pain. I've read that it's common but I have been trying to stay hydrated and rest to prevent it from happening again. 

Cravings: I had my first strong craving this weekend for something sweet, and since I have been trying to keep healthy food at home, we didn't have anything. So my wonderful husband made a trip to the grocery store at 8pm and brought home a cupcake and ice cream (for him). Apparently the cashier made a comment about his choices and he said it was for his pregnant wife! lol We're both taking advantage of this "free pass" while we can.

Movement: Baby's kicks are getting stronger and it's been crazy to see my stomach moving when she gets going.

Sleep: I have had a few restless nights over the past week which hasn't been fun, but I know it's only going to get worse the bigger my belly gets. *Sigh

Best moment of the week: Getting some of our nursery furniture delivered! Now to put it all together.

Outfit details:
Open cardigan: Joe Fresh | Tee: Forever 21 | Jeans: Old Navy (maternity) | Boots: Dr. Martins

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Current Project: Nursery Inspiration

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

When I started to pin and save photos for our "future nursery" a few years ago, it was always hypothetical and I had so many varying styles. I always thought a bright kid's room would be fun, but then again it didn't seem calming enough for a newborn. Then when we got pregnant, I started pinning gender neutral rooms that I knew could transition easily through the first few years. And then, we found out we were having a girl, I was instantly drawn to pink! What a surprise eh?
We have purchased some of the furniture and are hoping to paint this week and start getting the room ready for our sweet baby girl.  

The bright colours were so fun and I loved the vibrant feel it had, but I felt like we needed to go with a warmer palette. We'll save the Cool & Colourful theme for a toddler room rather than a nursery.

I liked the idea of something gender neutral, with warm wood tones and hints of a safari theme. A plush rug to cuddle up and play with baby and lots of fun art work would be the perfect place for our new babe.

When I saw this theme of neutrals with a pop of soft pink, I knew it was the perfect mix of modern and girly, and would create a calm space for baby. So, we went with the Soft Neutrals palette and I'm so excited to see it all come together.
You can find all of my nursery inspiration here!

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Style Crush: Sarah Rutson

Sunday, November 13, 2016

As I am approaching my 30th birthday (!) I am feeling like I have to dress "older" or more "age appropriate", which sounds terrible. Seeing women like Sarah Rutson pull off such amazing style as an older woman gives me hope that turning 30 doesn't mean I have to dress boring.

Sarah Rutson is the vice president of global buying at Net-A-Porter. Rutson rebranded Hong Kong–based Lane Crawford, then jumped to Net-a-Porter to head up global buying.


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