Friday
Apr262013

Traveling While Pregnant

Travel Tote, Rebecca Minkoff
Document Holder, Burberry (doubles as a clutch!)

 

The Cape, Hatch
Maternity Jean, J Brand (seriously, the MOST comfortable)
Striped Tee, Zara (check out the new collection for mums to be, they have been a maternity staple for me)

 

 

Planning your perfect babymoon? Last hurrah before baby cramps your travel style? Here are a few things to plan in advance......

 

The important stuff:

 

-Talk to your physician. Period. Mine said, hmm....France. You know you can't eat stinky cheese or drink wine right? Oh I know, but I plan to shop for a chic diaper bag and eat my body mass in pastry, while my husband drinks copious amounts of wine and forgets about the exchange rate. Always defer to your physician!
-Travel in the second trimester. No morning sickness. Fewer hormones and moodswings. Done and done.
-Bring all important records, medical info (insurance, etc), and contacts for your physician. Consider an international plan for your phone, or a cell for international travel.
-Check out local health care facilities/hospitals at your destination.
-Check your health insurance for coverage in foreign countries and consider additional travel insurance.
-Check your airline's policy on pregnant travel- it varies by line and what trimester you are in!
-Plan ahead for medication you need and trust. I have a hard enough time navigating what I can and can't take, much less doing so in a foreign country with labels in another language.

 

Other stuff:

 

-Think comfort when it comes to your clothes, footwear, and plans. I want to go to Versailles. Husband has his doubts given how easily I tire. I've packed a lot of versatile layers (especially for that flight) and flats!
-My physician said not to stress about airport screening machines, or the small amount of radiation on the airplane itself- so I won't.
-On the flight itself, usual advice applies, drink plenty of water, make sure to get up and stretch your legs and of course, buckle up (below the abdomen)!
-Learn how to say 'I am preggers' in the native tongue: 'je suis enceinte' and 'j'attends un enfant' should do the trick. 
-Bring beaucoup snacks. 
-Think about minimizing travel time with direct flights, or maximizing your space with a seat upgrade to a bulkhead/front row or first class, if possible- good time to use those perks! I love my Amex platinum card for airline lounge perks (ie free admission), where I can relax with a guaranteed seat, free wifi, and snacks, glorious snacks.

 

Bon voyage!
Wednesday
Apr242013

Quick Cherry Almond Bread

 


 

After a recent glut of banana bread baking, I decided to branch out a bit and expand my repertoire. Enter my new delicious friend, cherry almond bread.

Inspiration and the recipe, came via the Williams Sonoma catalogue- gets me every time!

This bread is quick as billed and just fantastic out of the oven with some butter and a cup of coffee.

Full recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cherries and toss to distribute evenly.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, butter and almond extract. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the top of the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Turn the loaf out onto the rack and let cool completely before serving. Makes 1 loaf.

Monday
Apr222013

The Classics & Evening with Jason Wu

Above: Hatch dress, J Crew icon trench, Banana Republic bag (luxe version by Marc Jacobs), Zara flats, vintage YSL earrings

 

What a crazy week last week was. Such tragedy and then triumph. Our city and residents handled this with such efficiency and class, now we can get down to the business of healing. I have never been more proud to be a Boston resident.

I relaxed all weekend. The ordeal was just so emotionally exhausting. I can't imagine what first responders, their families, and the people in the explosion are going through. Want to show your support? Donate to The One Fund, the newly formed charity established by Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Menino. 

And on a much less serious note.....I wore this outfit two weeks ago to attend the Jason Wu talk at the ICA, sponsored by Louis. Rarely am I at a loss for what to wear. This was one of those occasions. I don't own any Wu (something I aim to amend). I figured it best to play it safe with the classics in a case such as this.

This red dress is from the maternity line Hatch, one of my first "maternity" wear purchases. They bill the pieces in the line as items that you can wear before, during and after pregnancy. I have chosen carefully with purchases from Hatch....since these items ring in at substantially higher prices than I would normally pay for maternity wear, though if I do wear them post pregnancy the price tag will be justified.

Jason Wu was brilliant. He was affable, open, funny, and witty while waxing poetic about his beginnings (learning English from copies of Vogue), his line, designing RuPaul dolls, and his ultimate success. In an effort to lighten things up post last week, here are some of his one liners, and some instagrams from the night.

 

 

-Put yourself out there. Anything is possible. I never thought dressing the first lady was possible- but it is! 

-I love a great dress that you really can't wear. It's the fantasy part of fashion. But I also love seeing women wear my clothes.

-Designers have to react to everything that's going on in the world. That's what makes them relevant.

-Louis was one of the first stores that carried my clothes- thanks to Debi (Greenberg).

-It's because of amazing parents that I'm where I am today.