Wednesday
Aug072013

Fall Fashion for Baby

Monday
Aug052013

Dressing the Baby Bump: 35 Weeks

Above: Vince dress (Spring/check this Vince caftan and similar Vince tunic dress), Zara bag & sandals, Ray ban sunglasses, Forever 21 earrings

 

This outfit series, brought you by our new retaining wall, sure to become a regular back drop for outfit photos once I get some plantings in (excuse the dirt riddled driveway)! A month of construction, finally complete! Husband and I are pretty excited. 

The things that thrill you once you become a home owner, oh the glamour of it all!

I wore this tunic dress out to a family bbq over the weekend. It is another non-maternity purchase that I will definitely be wearing post baby as well. Vince just excels at the drapey, simple, tunic style; well drapey, simple, everything really. It is seasonless and something that I will be styling for years to come. They had a suede version this season that I have been kicking myself for not buying (but who thinks suede in summer?)...now all the fall goodies are out and the leather is, well, priced like you would imagine leather would be. Le sigh.

Little Miss Z's presence continues to grow with my ever-expanding waistline. I am eager for these last weeks to pass and get on with this mommy business. Also eager to leave behind this heartburn and new, equally unpleasant pregnancy malady......swelling. Limited to my right ankle and foot, which by the end of the day, rounds out to be roughly the double the size of my left. It's a hot look. They say your feet grow in pregnancy. Imagine if just my right foot grows?! I predict: a lot of shoe shopping in my future.

Speaking of [impending] motherhood, have you checked out the Motherhood Around the World series on A Cup fo Jo? It is amazing. Different contributions from expats relocated to countries around the globe....waxing poetic about the challenges and unexpected differences of parenting abroad. I can't stop reading it. 

Have a great week! I'll be propping up my tired toes.

Friday
Aug022013

RoadTrippin to Hingham with Enterprise CarShare

 

Above: Macrame maxi via Anthropologie, J Crew Capri sandals, Proenza Schouler PS1 (old, but love this tweed for fall), Rayban sunglasses, and necklace by mama MPCC.

 

Mr. MpChouChou and I like to have what we refer to as 'adventure' days. Days where we clear all plans and explore...our new neighborhood, new beaches, new towns, especially since I am still getting a handle on all things south of the city. On the agenda last weekend: Operation Hingham.

The timing for our adventure worked out especially well, since Enterprise recently debuted their CarShare program in the Boston area, and asked me to give it a test drive. The program is unique, allowing you the ability to reserve and drive a car for an hour, day, whatever you need- with fuel, damage/liability coverage, and 24 hour roadside assistance, all included in one price. We reserved our car, the brand new Hyundai Elantra, the night before our outing and picked it up on schedule, hitting the highway for Hingham. 

First up, a drive on the historic Main Street, a gorgeous thoroughfare leading to the downtown and water, lined with houses that have been incredibly well tended and cared for. I just die a little when we drive this route, I love a house with some history, a house with some character, and all of these have both attributes in spades. We looked in Hingham a little when we were house hunting...and didn't settle here for lack of gorgeous spaces, mainly because of the commute. Fact of the day: Eleonor Roosevelt referred to Hingham's Main Street as "the most beautiful Main Street in America", in her book This is America.

A drive through downtown Hingham yielded tons of dining options, cute shops galore- including the classics Talbots and J. McLaughlin, and pretty much everything else you could need in between (for more information on the downtown, check out the association site, here). A few things that caught my eye? Sarra, the surest place to get the brows perfected. An outpost of the Bar Method, to get your work out on. And Bloom lingerie, which I have been meaning to stop into for ages, though it was sadly closed when we buzzed by. We disembarked at the waterfront to explore a bit, snap some pics, and sip coffee from Red Eye Roasters

From there we moseyed over to the Derby Street Shoppes for some lunch (first order of business with me on a road trip!), at Burton's Grill. Dining options are in abundance here, with Legal's C Bar, Rustic Kitchen, Wholefoods and more. The real order of business? Check out the C Wonder store, that just recently opened. I am a huge fan of the shop, which walks the line between preppy and edgy, with home decor, great gift ideas and clothes. I didn't buy anything for myself but did get a few items to store away for future gifts! We made a few stops in J Crew, the standalone Crew Cuts for mini-me, some yogurt at Pinkberry, and then we were utterly exhausted and ready for the drive home (click here for more on the Derby Street Shoppes). 

Did I miss anything in Hingham? Already prepping for another visit!

 

More about the Enterprise CarShare program, including a free one year membership and $75.00 in driving credits, here. 


Post sponsored by Enterprise CarShare.