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?) 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.


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. 


Bebe Shower Ideas, From the Luxe & Lovely to Mom Approved


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Post baby shower, I realize more than ever how much I am relying on the sage advice of friends who have gone before....into the brave new world of mommyhood. I sincerely thank the moms at my shower who contributed the items they found most helpful- like the Cloud B Constellation Night Light, Baby Dee Dee Sleep Nest, Classical Baby, and all the thoughtful books and goodies!

I know Miss baby Z is going to be a reader, just like her mama.  I can't wait to dive into This is Paris, Bonsoir Lune, and all the classical board books from Baby Lit; Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Dracula.....and then some day to the classics themselves.

A few things here I may, may have purchased myself. You can file them under totally irreverent and fun (a la the petit Starck chair). Keeping it (un)real for husband. I also purchased the Warhol fabric set, only to have the Mr. draw the line of sensibility in the proverbial sand. It was expensive. And we did already have a fabric set for the stroller, though in my defense, black was purchased before we knew the sex of the baby.....and that she would of course, prefer abstract Warhol flowers.  My baby has artistic sensibilities in the womb damn it! But return the set I did. 

Then there are the luxe items that people might gift for fun- I quite often am guilty of this offense myself. Items you know, no sensible parent would ever buy for a baby. Like the Hermes bracelet (yes, Hermes makes baby bracelets, who knew?!), anything from chic French brand Bon Point (which someone was lovely enough to gift to me), or maybe even something for mom when shower time rolls around. I ear marked a few diaper bags that would make fun gift ideas and I love these Lulu Frost X J Crew rings- imagine a set of rings that make up baby's birth date stacked?

Do you have any go-to gifts you love for baby showers? This article from the WSJ: Guide to Baby Shower Gifting, has a ton of creative, unique, and totally thoughtful gift ideas.

Anything you recieved that you can't live without? Share!


1. Bugaboo Andy Warhol Fabric Set

2. Baby DeeDee Sleep Nest

3. Bon Point Onesies

4. Starck Mini-Ghost Chair

5. Lulu Frost X J Crew Gold Number Ring

6. Jonathan Adler Kissing Giraffe Pillow

7. Storksak Color Block Diaper Bag

8. This is Paris

9. Hermes Baby Pavana Bracelet

10. Cloud B Twilight Constellation Light

11. Babycare Wool Rug

12. J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater

13. Romeo & Juliet Board Book 

14. Babydeken Personalized Blanket

15. Bonsoir Lune

16. Classical Baby