Tuesday
May282013

Dressing the Bump: Week 25 in Splurgeworthy Suno

Above: Suno dress (similar Suno dress with fun cutouts for the non-pregnant) via Louis, Zara zebra sandal, Jerome Dreyuss Carlos tote, Karen Walker sunglasses, Forever 21 bracelets

 

I have survived the bulk of my pregnancy with bargain friendly maternity finds from Zara, GAP and Old Navy. And sometimes you still need to feel special, bargains be damned, so you splurge on an investment piece that *should* transition to regular wear post baby, like this gorgeous dress from Suno.  

I love this dress. I love that it makes me feel fabulous when I wear it. And need I state the obvious, that the trapeze cut is generous, flattering, and forgiving for bump, and rump (which seems to have grown to Kim K proportions- and I mean that in a good way, g*d love her and her curves).

A recent trip to the store in yoga pants heralded a series of catcalls from a whole new fan base....once my outrage in the Costco parking lot subsided, I had to admit, well, I guess it can't be in all that bad of a state at week 25, huh? My goal having been a 'fit' pregnancy, I am eager to get a good workout on, and frustrated that I have not an ounce of energy. One of those moments where you just need to kick back and enjoy a scone I guess.

Surrender to bebe.

White flag raised.

Friday
May242013

Lavender Simple Syrup

 

Baby shower is almost upon us! Eeeek! 

What is the modern baby shower? It is something your mother throws for you? Something your friends plan? I think those ideas are passe and probably unrealistic. Ours is going to be an affair that my husband and I host, one that will hopefully be not only a celebration of bebe mon petit chou chou, but a feast filled with laughter of close friends & family, fabulous food (to get IN my belly), and french country chic decor, of course. 

My good friend Emily of MStarr Event Styling & Design tossed a few ideas my way to get the creative juices flowing and I ran from there. Slightly out of control and too fast, but hit the ground running none the less. A rustic, minimalist, home grown shower fits with our space, a new fine dining spot that just opened in Milton, called Steel & Rye...and more importantly, fits with the budget, what the Mr. is concerned about. 

Picture dried floral arrangements in frosted sea glass vases and vintage bottles, lavender infused cocktails, wire baskets, tins, toys and baby food jars from yesteryear with some burlap runners and lace accents for good measure. Sounds lovely in theory. We'll see how it all comes together (if you want a closer look at my ideas, check out my baby shower pinboard or my instagram, where I have been posting some crafty projects).

Until go-time, I have been testing out some simple syrup recipes and new cocktails for the husband to taste. This lavender infused syrup is heaven- providing an undertone of lavender and honey notes that just make any cocktail posivtively sing!

Simple to make. Now hopefully everything goes this well with the rest of the shower planning.

 

Lavender Honey Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp dried lavender flowers
  1. Bring water and lavender to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and honey and stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain and bottle.
  5. Refrigerate. It will keep for about 1 week.
Wednesday
May222013

Paris Packing List: Evening Outings X 3

 

 

Loosely based on what I wore out to dinner in Paris. I took some liberty with the accessories (i.e., I want to buy these items but don't have the $$ post trip, hah!).

 

1. Printed Biker Jacket, Zara

2. R&Y Augousti ZigZag Clutch, 30 Ponte V

3. Tunic Dress, Zara

4. Buffalo Head Turqouise Necklace, Zara

5. Python Heel

6. Call it Spring Weslia Wedge

7. Reed Krakoff Kid Clutch

8. Printed Shift Dress, Zara 

9. Pyrite Drop Earrings, Wicked Peacock

10. Linen Striped Coat, Zara

11. Oversized Vince Tunic 

12. Altuzarra Printed Heel

13. Biker JacketZara

14. Jerome Dreyfuss Crossbody Bag

15. Let's Bring it Back Necklace, Lulu Frost X J Crew

 

More ideas for French dressing?

Just picked up Lessons from Madame Chic, which I started on the flight. Lots of great common sense closet inspiration.