Dressing the Baby Bump: Week 23 + Boston Weekly

Above: Zara floral midi dress & clutch, Rachel Comey dekalb clog



Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan, but hey, my spirit animal is totally called springtime carnivore too), Name on a Matchbook. Well, it is spring. And this is just nostalgia brewing with a side of dreamy, fitting for this retro look. 


What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Busy weekend. Took a mini trip to NYC for FGI (Fashion Group International). It was nice to be babe free, but even nicer to be home with my crew for Mother's Day. After so much travel, all I wanted was the back yard, my own cooking, and my babe and husband.

We even snuck a wedding in- which I attempted to dress up for. This is the point where dressing becomes an art.....or all smoke and mirrors. Fabric tape holding the top of this dress together. Wrap to accommodate the RAPIDLY growing bump. Wedged my swollen ankles into the clog I *thought* would carry me through my pregnancy with comfort and style (I made need to cave and go all slide/mule, all the time). Ahh, the joys of pregnancy.

Did I mention my full on addiction to Twizzlers? Kicking it grade school style. Though I'm certain all this red food dye can't be healthy. I love when people ask if I'm hungry. I know it's not PC, but come on, does a fat kid like candy? Next week, making attempts to return to a healthy lifestyle.



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Dressing the Baby Bump: Week 22 + Boston Weekly

Above: H&M jumpsuit, Isabel Marant Etoile jacket (similar Etoile leather Kady moto here), Celine wedges, Zara clutch, Super sunglasses



Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Saint Motel, My Type.  Shazammed this song going on near five times. I dare you to listen and not get it immediately stuck in your head.  


What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Sorry for the radio silence this week, we enjoyed a mini getaway to FLA with the babe. Just what the doctor ordered. Unplug. De-stress. Refresh. Literally, cause I didn't have wireless. 

On another note, how fun is this H&M Concious romper?  The price can not be beat- 34.95! Fast fashion to the rescue. I popped in before our trip and was kind of wowed by some of their summer basics. Size up for my +1 and good to go. They also have some fabulous collection dresses perfect for the summer wedding season- worth a second look (especially if you don't want to spend a boat load on formal clothes you may not be able to wear again post baby). 

If you want to peep some of the maternity friendly style I've been stalking, pop over to my pinterest board, maternity chic.


Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Boston Ballet continues its spring Perception series with Edge of Vision, a triple bill, featuring three works commissioned by Boston Ballet: Jorma Elo’s, Bach Cello Suites; Helen Pickett’s “majestic” Eventide; and Lila York’s Celts. Still time to catch it- through May 10, 2015, at the Boston Opera House.

Mass College of Art's annual fashion show is this weekend, May 9th! Come out to the Castle for this year's show, "Vision". Tickets will not be sold at the door- info here

Trek out with mom to Shake Shack this Sunday for a free cone- red velvet is my flavor of choice for a sweet way to say thanks for all she does (or treat myself!). 

Speaking of moms and babes, Safety 1st is hosting a pop up in Fanuel Hall this weekend, May 14-17th. Stop by to preview their new Step and Go Travel system, take a stroller fitness class, or take in story time for the family. Details here.


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Orange Ricotta Bread Recipe


I promise, this will be the last ricotta recipe I post for a while. Well, I did just make a delicious lemon ricotta pasta with spring vegetables, but.....I should probably lay off the wonder cheese for a while. 

This cake is a bread, is a breakfast, is a dessert, is wonderful no matter how you label it. It's dense, kind of like a pound cake minus all the fat, thanks to our friend Mr. Ricotta. It's also just the right amount of sweet- with an option to do a syrup and glaze and really take it over to the dessert side of things. This cake is your friend. Make it. Welcome it into the regular rotation. Soon you'll be besties. Pinky swear.


Orange Ricotta Bread

Makes 1 loaf



1.5 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup home made ricotta (recipe here)

1 cup sugar 

3 large eggs

2 tsp orange zest

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp Grand Marnier (or other good quality orange liqueur) 

1/2 cup vegetable oil



1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup fresh orange juice



1 cup confectioners sugar

1 tsp Grand Marnier



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan (butter or spray). Line your loaf pan with parchment paper if it's not non-stick. 

Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Whisk ricotta, sugar, eggs, zest, vanilla, and Grand Marnier in a large bowl. 

Combine dry with wet ingredients and stir until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to combine oil last. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or middle is set and knife comes out clean.

While cake cools, prepare syrup by melting sugar and orange juice in a sauce pan. When sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and pour over loaf slowly, allowing it to soak it up. Use to desired saturation. Truth be told, I love this bread as is, and rarely complete this step. 

If you really want to amp up the dessert/sweet factor, create the glaze by heating confectioners sugar, Grand Marnier and orange juice. Allow loaf to cool completely before pouring over top and allowing to cool. 

One break, infinite possibilities.


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