Start Again

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I’ve been just, really bad at blogging lately. It’s odd, because I have the time, and the ideas, but I lack motivation. It’s not totally a bad thing, because our nights after Alex goes to sleep are spent together down in the basement, either playing board games, video games or catching up on John Oliver. So it’s been kinda ok. But I miss my blog. I have a small cache of other like-minded blogs I love and read and think Gosh, I gotta get moving. I have stuff I want to say, mood boards I want to make, envy to stir.

But on the darker side of things, I have been suffering big time from depression and anxiety, more than I ever have in my life. It’s paralyzing at times. That takes a lot of energy, and the other energy is taken up by taking care of a baby. I was thinking this morning about why I love reading lifestyle and design blogs so much, and I wonder if it’s for the same reason I love Skyrim… It’s an escape from my own imperfect life. I spend a lot of time making my house look cool, while my own appearance has suffered. But this is the first time in my life where I actually hate being depressed. I hate how much it curbs my enthusiasm and creativity. So, I’m gonna work on this blog, and in the meantime, I have a list of “Spring Resolutions” (because while I love New Year’s, isn’t the brand new promise of SPRING even more rejuvenating??)

resolutions
  • Make Lists!
  • Cook dinner more!
  • Start a garden!
  • Organize the pantry!
  • Write Blogs!
  • Keep a journal!
  • Spend less time on Social Media!
  • Start running again!
  • …Or at least take more walks!

 

(Photos are my wedding bouquet, shot by Matt Lien)

Fourth Trimester #MomStyle

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It’s coming, friends. It’s just about a month until my due date, though I can’t possibly imagine myself getting any bigger (at my last appointment I was measuring at about 36cm, which is more or less dead on; my mom insists I only look about 6 months pregnant. Hey, I’ll take it). I’m fatigued on a daily basis and while sleep should offer respite, I wake up in so much discomfort in my hips. So, I’ve got the finish line in my sights, and thinking about what I’ll be wearing once baby arrives. I’m stoked to be having a baby in the fall; it’s still nice enough out for walks, and I get to be super cozy. Like, the coziest I can possibly imagine. I’m looking at mainly slouchy clothes in dark neutral colors, hopefully to conceal stains more and because I’ll still have a belly (and likely some – TMI – tenderness down below) for a few weeks afterwards. I also acknowledge that this mood board looks really Mommy Blogger-like.😭😭😭

Anyway. I want ways to continue to feel like myself even though my body will have been (and continue to be) put through the ringer. I’m not necessarily a woman who needs a shower or makeup every day to feel put-together, but having comfortable, snug and shapely clothes area  must to make me feel like a person.

  1. Truth be told, I have a lot of hoodies. A zip-up one would be more conducive to nursing too, but this just looked tooooo cozy to pass up on. It’s even called the Cozy pullover hoodie and it’s at Gap.
  2. I featured this diaper bag in my backpack roundup a couple weeks back, but it’s worth sharing in this post too. It’s just so damn chic. It looks nothing like a diaper bag, but it’s also super well made and – bonus! – comes with a little travel changing pad and straps to clip it to your stroller.
  3. A cozy cardigan will be clutch for loafing around the house with little one. It’s even got pockets, which is amazing because I haven’t had front pockets since I started wearing maternity jeans. So nice to have a place to put my phone and spare pacifiers. And you can’t go wrong with thumb holes.
  4. NURSING: Of course, nursing tops are going to be crucial. I picked up a couple of these from Target. It’ll probably be the first thing I put on after giving birth (and after a shower… of course). For other nursing clothes, I allowed myself to splurge on one of these neat little shirts (and a pullover) from the Swedish company Boob. Bonus: the best nursing bra I’ve found is from a similarly named company Bamboobies.
  5. Comfortable shoes like these wool runners from New Zealand-based company All Birds will be great because I don’t need to wear socks with them (honestly huge plus) and they’re cushy and comfortable enough to wear for literally hours and hours. They’re basically slippers.
  6. I have a feeling these skinny joggers will be just what I need to bridge that gap between ultimate comfort and casual-cool. I want cozy pants, but I don’t want bagginess.
  7. Speaking of snug clothes, maternity leggings will still be very valuable in the weeks following birth. I’ll want some room down there, but I want to feel tight and secure as well.
  8. I have a zillion gray t-shirts, but none so soft, casual and feminine as this boxy tee from Alternative apparel.
  9. And once I feel I can wear jeans again, I’ll be sure to get some with stretch.

It’s worth mentioning that this wardrobe is doubling as my late-third trimester capsule wardrobe as well. With the temperatures finally dipped below 70, it’s become cozy central around here. Bonus “bump” pic:img_7253

Packs for your Back

backpackThey’re not kidding when they say the second trimester is super awesome and you have energy and you just get socked in the third. I feel I’ve been run ragged the last few weeks, and as a result, have hardly accrued any #content for blogs! To my great shame and embarrassment, I see that my last post (a whole week ago!) was also a mood board. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love doing mood boards. I’d do them 10 times a week, but that would be, you know, overkill.

Anyway. I’m all about backpacks. I’m all for the most efficient way to hold your shit (although my purse of choice is a cross-body bag. Similar principle I suppose.) I think bags that hang off the shoulder (such as a small purse or a tote bag) are the worst. Do they not fall off your shoulder like, all the time? I want to like them, because so many come in fun different designs, but I can’t. I’m just a little too utilitarian. Again, anyway, a few blessed bags came into my life lately and it inspired me to spread the news. And it felt extra fitting with school being back in sesh, so without further Apu…

BACKPACKS

  1. This is actually a diaper bag from Etsy shop OneDuo. I found it through Fresh Exchange some time ago and couldn’t get it out of my head, so I splurged on it and I’m really glad I did. It’s beautiful quality and stylish as hell. I love it so much and I can’t wait to wear it out on the town with baby. 😍
  2. I love the old school splatter pattern on this backpack from Baggu! And it’s only $15! I feel like if I were a student I might be picking this up.
  3. I adore this super cheap pack-a-way backpack from Ikea. The grid pattern is fun and modern and it’s surprisingly got a few pockets making it super practical to have in your purse (or diaper bag?) for when you need some extra cargo space.
  4. Also from Ikea, this very slick travel backpack with a million little compartments. Honestly wish I’d known about it before our New Zealand trip. This would’ve been a perfect accompaniment to a suitcase.
  5. This city bag from Herschel Supply Co. seems like a grown up-but-still-playful briefcase/backpack hybrid. I picture cool ladies with giant black frame glasses, super tight ponytail and red lipstick with one of these slung over their shoulders. Those gals make it look so easy!

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Clothes for Lil’ Critters

BABYCLOTHES-FOREST

I. Die.

Long before pregnancy I regularly kept (and still do) a Baby board on Pinterest, and would always find the teensiest cutest little clothes. Usually prohibitively expensive, especially for a baby who DGAF what they’re wearing, but still the cutest. When I started curating my our baby registry, I ended up loading it with some high ticket clothing items, until slowly coming to realize: nobody wants to spend this much money on my baby’s clothes… I don’t even know if I do. 

Lolz.

But it’s difficult to move on, even when you find that affordable outlets like Old Navy are stacked with cute little onesies and pajamas. Especially when stores like Rylee & Cru come out with their F/W line and every tiny little item of clothing makes you go awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Some women out there really do make these types of clothing the go-to. They exist on instagram, but I’m not sure if they exist anywhere IRL. Designer baby moccasins? C’mon, man (side note: they’re on my registry, but I won’t be hurt if you decide to pass on them). As I began to put together this moodboard, I realized that what I was doing was really just projecting what I’d want for myself, and it happened to be mostly some sort of theme of forest. That makes sense, because our nursery theme is a kinda minimalist-neutral-woodsy-whimsical one. You know, one of those?

I’m trying not to be too precious about what my kid is gonna wear, but dammit it’s so hard sometimes.

  1. Bear Knit Beanie — Gap
  2. Tree Print Jumpsuit — Rylee & Cru
  3. Newborn Moccasins — Freshly Picked
  4. Deer LongJohn — Rylee & Cru
  5. Mountain Bodysuit — Old Navy ($5 right now! Hot diggity!)
  6. Forest Fleece Sweatshirt — Kid & Kind
  7. Arlo Suit — Cotton On (OMG PLS)
  8. GRAN Muslin Swaddle — Fine Little Day
  9. Night Owl Tee — Rylee & Cru
  10. Rabbit Hoodie — Oeuf
  11. Line Sweatpants — Tiny Cottons
  12. Heart Bear Romper — Huxbaby

Somebody save me.

Watch Wishlist

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Hi, welcome to Monday. I’ve been doing some freelance in an office the last few weeks and I’ve been wearing my watches again. They make me feel smart and professional. Plus telling time is cool! Inevitably though, I have a wandering eye when it comes to cool accessories.My clothing is typically super simple and casual, so I like to supplement a little. So to ease into the work week, I’ve done a little roundup of some smart and cool watches for you to impress your friends with.

  1. O’Clock – You can customize these in all kinds of ways, and they’re relatively cheap.
  2. Cluse – These are some pretty luxe watches I gotta say. I’m hardcore coveting that marble face.
  3. Apple – Still vaguely wanting an Apple Watch. I like how they’re customizable and will sync up with my devices. Let’s be honest – it’s a status symbol more than anything.
  4. Nixon – I’ve been a Nixon customer for many years. I’m digging the patterned leather band.
  5. Swatch – A staple brand, I would so wear this watch while weekending in New York. Feels very MoMA.
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