Monday
Jul082013

White Washed: Dressing the Bump at 31 weeks!

Above: BCBG dress (check out this pretty eyelit dress number!), Forever 21 belt and earrings, Juicy Couture shoes via Marshalls, Target bag (found this similar vintage steal on Etsy!)

 

How did you celebrate your holiday? Ours included some lobster, burgers, a family trip to the MFA, a beach outing and lots of chores around the house (not terribly glamorous but necessary all the same!).

Wait, did I mention how challenging it is navigating this heat and humidity with a giant baby growing in your belly? When in doubt, wear white. Best way to counter the heat, while maintaining some semblance of chic. This BCBG dress is another summer shift unearthed from the back of the closet, belted for baby. Check out how I wore it before belted and with boots, herea total blast from the past outfit vaults!

 

 

Wednesday
Jul032013

Buy ALL This.......Or That

I have been obessing over this Tory Burch tie-dye number for some time. But, you know, for the price of said stunning Jasmyn dress, tipping the scales at $695, I can instead get all this! Including the Tory Burch Fisherman's bag, now on sale....
Done and done.

 

Tory Burch Jasmyn Dress
 VS.
2. Charlotte Olympia Bamboo Silk Twill Sandals
3.  Kenneth Jay Lane Rose Gold Plated Earrings
4. Tory Burch Katie Fisherman Bag
6. GAP Tye-Die Dress 
Monday
Jul012013

Closet Change Up: Everyday to Maternity Style, Week 30 & Baby Reading List

Above: ALC dress (similiar here), Zara sandal (on sale!), Proezna Schouler PS1, Hannah Blount necklace, Karen Walker Northern Lights sunglasses

 

Oh my goodness, I am feeling like a big ole baby mama to be! The heat! The humidity! The exploding belly!

And looking back on this ALC dress, from just over a year ago, wow, makes me kind of wistful for a waist to cinch again. But thank goodness this is one of those items I unearthed from my closet that pulls double duty, well triple, since I initially wore it here as a transitional summer to fall piece (originally posted here). You'd be surprised what you can make work- believe it or not this is a size 4, albeit a generously cut size 4. It's also a fabulously lightweight sheer fabric, perfect for these last two months of pregnancy.

I can't believe we are in the home stretch already- makes me nervous. And makes me realize I am way behind on my baby reading. I had a heavy binge session on my current baby book yesterday in an attempt to catch up-Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: New, Revised, Edition, by Dr. Ferber. It's not what I'd call a page turner, but full of helpful advice on how to instill healthy sleep practices in your child, from infancy to teen years. I find myself worrying about this because, while I want to put the little one down to sleep early, I also want her to have time with daddy....who often works very long days. Put her to sleep too early and she misses time with dad. Put her to sleep to late and I worry it isn't setting a good model for years to come.

Other books I have read along the last 7 months:

The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy  I would definitely recommend that new moms start with this light hearted read. It contains advice styled after gossip your friends would tell you. Very funny and a very nice way to ease into the pregnancy.

What to Expect When You're Expecting The baby bible, right? Well, learn from my mistake, I read this first and scared myself to no end. It's full of absolutely everything you might ever need to know about baby, prenatal issues, the birthing process, and all the bits in between, but it was a bit clinical and scary since it explained so many technical issues and possible outcomes. More helpful to read this month to month (as the chapters are set up) and as a resource to look things up as they arise.

Likewise, the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, is more of a resource to look things up rather than read cover to cover. Which is what I have been using it for after my WTEWYE experience!

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting Knowing my obsession with all things French, you knew this was on the list right? Part tale of displaced American in Paris, part parenting guide, part entre into the the French style of parenting, it is in my opinion, full of useful advice. I particularly liked the sections on sleep and eating habits (how NOT to have a picky eater!!). As with all books, there is also some advice I would leave by the wayside, but that is why it helps to read a lot of options.

Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving on baby furniture, gear, and more! This guide comes out anually and is a must buy before you start assembling your registry or buying anything. Chock full of reviews, ratings, resale value, and feedback, it is what guided me through most of the big purchases- car seats, strollers, etc. I also relied heavily on Amazon ratings and reviews! 

Still on the reading list: The Happiest Baby on the Block, On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep, and French Kids Eat Everything. Phew! A lot to squeeze into two months!

Any recommendations?