Through the looking glasses

GLASSES-1GLASSES-7I’ve always had this funny thing where I wanted glasses. They always seemed like a cool accessory. Throughout the years as different types of glasses were trendy I was really jealous. I once broached the topic of buying non-prescription frames from Warby Parker with Alan (who wears glasses) and he thought that sounded pret-ty dumb. BUT THEN….. I saw an instagram story from my friend Paul (definitely being an *influencer*) who was trying out some new blue-light filter glasses from a company called EyeBuyDirectSo I checked them out and decided this was as good an opportunity as any to fulfill my lifelong dream of having glasses. The blue-light filtering lenses is actually great for someone like me who stares at screens all day.

They have a ton of different styles, and lo and behold, the style that spoke to me most was the “Caroline“. Fate!

GLASSES-3GLASSES-9When I put them on, I felt more like myself. I just sort of realized that being a designer for me is totally a whole package deal. My workspace has to be a certain way, my look has to be a certain way. It’s kind of an ever-evolving process but little by little I’m figuring this stuff out about myself.


Drape yourself in velvet


I’ve noticed lately that when looking on clothes sites I tend to be particularly drawn towards items of velvet. Mmm. Just look at those gorgeous gray loafers. I’m so into it.

I’m doing just a quick roundup today, instead of a full-on editorial [moodboard] like I normally do. I will probably start doing these more often!

(Above): Velvet Loafers , Relaxed Velvet Top,
Cloud Blue Smoking Slipper Flats
Velvet Hi Top Converse
Velvet Leggings
Velvet Jumpsuit
Short Velvet Skirt

Future Knits

knits2Things sure have been grim lately, haven’t they? It’s been so sunny and pleasant outside but at the same time I can’t remember a gloomier week. I’ve been in shock and mourning like the rest of half the country since the election, but today I’ve decided I just want to blog about something that is absolutely unnecessary. Why not sweaters? Sweaters are nice. Nobody can get mad about sweaters.

I’m inspired by the forthcoming movie Passengers with young hot “it” humans Chris Pratt and J-Law. I was really interested in this movie as a movie until I saw the trailer and it basically just looks like a super sexy space thriller. Not quite as prestige as I was imagining, like recent past Sci Fi movies (I think that title goes to Arrival this year). BUT, I do love a good futuristic wardrobe. When I look at clothing for the colder months, I tend to gravitate (heh!) towards a few things: loose architectural build, some asymmetry, utility, and bonus if there is a funnel neck involved. I feel like in the future, to protect ourselves from “the elements” everything will be funnel necks (please please please). knits

1 — Merino Lodge Sweater, Athleta   2 — Jacquard Funnel Neck Pullover, Gap
3 — Hi-Side Poncho Sweater, Lou & Grey   4 — Bouclé Cardigan, H&M
5 — Ash Turtleneck, Kit and Ace

Fourth Trimester #MomStyle


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…


  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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