Monday
Aug192013

Dressing the Baby Bump: 37 Weeks, Maxed Out Maternity Style



Above: Asos Maxi (way old, though this version is a stunner!), J Crew Sandals, Jerome Dreyfuss Carlos bag, Super glasses

 

The refrain is the same, hot, nothing fits, swollen, and now heartburn from hell; I am maxed out mentally, physically, and closet-ally. Like satan himself is in my stomach pushing acid up with his pitchfork to torture me. More likely, my precious baby-to-be is leaning on my stomach at an awkward angle. Well, space is limited, afterall. I guess that is what I get for having had such an easy time of pregnancy up until this point.

I *think* I finally have some respite from my week long bout with heartburn, courtesy of an Rx from my doc. Keep your fingers crossed it continues to work. The one benefit, I have actually jump started my post baby, well back to normal, diet, since I am relegated to the land of yogurt, fruit, and thoroughly dull snacks that are unlikely to produce acid. How is this even legal when the CSA dumped 5.5 lbs of tomato, acid, goodness on me this week? I raise my fist to the sky and dare to ask: how much tomato sauce can one woman prep and freeze? I'm sure I'll be thankful for all the frozen goods in the weeks to come.

This dress is another non maternity fave, which you may remember from the days before I had 30 excess lbs of baby goodness protruding from my midsection, ok, ok, maybe a few padded the bottom as well (full post here, from last summer). 

I also have to thank BeStyled, the new blow dry bar at The Street in Chestnut Hill for a lovely afternoon of pampering. They let me rest my weary feet, washed out my locks, and styled them to perfection, note results above. Theresa and all the staff there were the sweetest. If you have not tried a blow out my friends, what are you waiting for? It was just what the doctor ordered (heartburn RX aside) for this weary mama, TLC for the tresses, for the price of a manicure/pedicure. 

 

Friday
Aug162013

Baby Nursery Renovation: Blossoms in Orange and Green & Maternity Shots

Images: Jessica Delaney Photography

 

 

Baby MPCC nursery reveal!

Finally, ready for baby arrival and use. Now if baby Z would just hurry up....She would be most welcome. 

Husband and I wanted to create a space that was cozy, bright, full of character, combined old with the new, and not heavy on the girlie-girlie. Easy to OD on pink and princess motif.

I laugh every time I see the commercial for True Value, touting the importance of a nursery paint color. Especially since the jarring color is oddly similar to what we chose. I guess we'll see if baby approves (check out the commercial here). 

 

This & That:

Crib, dresser, bedding, change table, bassinet, pretty much anything and everything via Giggle. We were lucky enough to happen upon our local outpost's closing sale (only the local shop was closing, Giggle is still alive and well). The only way I would have talked husband into Dwell studio's crib and change table set, 50% off! We were also registered there, so I am grateful for all our friends and family who filled in the missing pieces.

 

Crib, Toybins & Dresser: Dwell Studio

Carpet, Wood Sidetable, Lamp & Curtains: Homegoods

Shelves & Sheepskin: IKEA

Glider: Land of Nod In Greek Key print of course, homage to husband's mother land.

Mobile: Custom order from Sheep Creek Needlecraft They are artists in felt. Captured the likeness of Kiki and Ty exactly. Far and away my favourite item in the entire nursery.

Bassinet: Monte Design Ninna Nanna

Prints: Sycamore Street Press I got handy and framed the prints myself (LOVE Framers Workshop in Brookline), in addition to getting a pastel my grandmother did (of moi!) re-framed.

Floral Chair: Skinner Auction House

Wood Shelves: West Elm

Mini-Ghost Chair: Kartell Husband swears this is being sold as soon as bebe outgrows it. But it's so stinking cute!

 

I was lucky to work with local photgrapher Jessica Delaney on shots of the nursery and some baby bump pics. She is a delight personally and professionaly, be sure to check out her site and work!

Wednesday
Aug142013

Hannah Blount Jewelry: Mirage Collection

  

Images: Hannah Blount

 

Stay tuned for the official debut of local jewelry designer Hannah Blount's latest collection: Mirage. 

Set to launch this month, the collection is a gorgeous, sinewy line of easily stackable rings. Available in silver, gold, with precious & semi precious stones- think sapphire, aquamarine and apatite, this latest addition from Ms. Blount is simple and stunning.

I plan on picking up one to stack with my already growing collection of miniature crown rings.

Happy shopping!

Check out previous collections and posts on Hannah here, and an interview with the designer here.

More on her site, Hannah Blount.com.