Saturday mornings come with their own kind of beauty. If we are up and the weather is fine, we plan to visit the Portland Farmer’s Market. It is one of the greatest treats of our lovely city. A place full of the fresh scents of baked goods and fruit. The hum of local commerce being shared and enjoyed by the locals on the bustling Park Blocks is every so inviting.
It’s tough to get out sometimes. I don’t mean that because my schedule is packed full anymore. More so, that my son’s needs guide my day and if he seems like he needs to be home for extra naps and snuggles, then by-golly that is what we are going to do. On the weekends, Guy does a great job trying to get us out of the house. It is much needed for all of us. Even though J maybe fussy, it somehow still doesn’t seem as stressful when our whole little family is together. I suppose that is the beauty and purpose of family - to always love and support each other. To push us out of our comfort zone, even if that means we have a crying baby the entire car ride, and I have to breast feed (again) before we can get out of the car.
After having a baby I realized that my closet wasn’t really baby appropriate. I would try on my pants and I couldn’t breathe. I still have a couple of pounds of weight to lose to get back down to pre-baby weight. I felt so uncomfortable in all of the jeans that I had. I have just been wanting to wear more casual clothes that I can lounge in at home with baby J or run around town in.
Even though I love fashion and blogging, the excessive overconsumption and materialism of style blogging does not quite fit with my personal values. It is oh-so-conflicting with my native roots and desire to take care of our planet. However, we do have to wear clothes and why not spice it up a little from time to time by reusing items you already have.
When I went into pregnancy I thought I knew a lot about what to expect, mostly because I am one of 10 children and I witnessed my mother go through eight pregnancies. I also studied child development in college. These things prepared me a bit, but not for everything. It is so very different when it is your own experience with a newborn. With that said, I thought I would compile a list of things that surprised me during pregnancy and things I have learned in postpartum.
The clock is ticking on my pregnancy time, but I want to be sure that I am getting full use of my maternity wear. One fantastic thing about some of the maternity clothes I have purchased is that it is made to be maternity or non-maternity. This blue striped dress from Pink Blush Maternity is one of those genius dresses. Due to the fact that it has a loose, but has a cinch-able waist, I can easily wear this one after I deliver our sweet little boy.
I think there is nothing more classy than a string of pearls, some stripes, and a nice blazer. This beautiful Brooks Brothers blazer was purchased thrifted for only $13.00. It has become a staple in my closet. The dress I am wearing is from J.Crew.
We are just weeks away from meeting our little boy! We are making sure that we get everything we need packed and ready to go as soon as possible. We have the car seat installed and soon we will have our bags waiting and ready for us in our car. We have looked around at some great packing lists, but ultimately, we created our own. I thought I would share ours with you in case you would like to use it too!
Being a first time mom has brought on a plethora of new and exciting challenges, including improving my wardrobe to incorporate maternity clothes. I was a bit surprised when I first started looking for maternity clothes because I didn’t see much in stores. This led me to venture online to the abyss that is online maternity wear.
One of my favorite closet staples is the pencil skirt. It is everything I want in a piece of clothing. Classy, modest, but also compliments curves. I found the most beautiful and comfortable pencil skirt from Eugene, Oregon local brand, Yala.
As someone that is very busy, I have found that getting around to whitening has been trouble in the past. I have tried many different methods from store-bought whitening strips to natural remedies like vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil. With the traditional whitening strips, I found that it was always so hard for me to keep them on. I was constantly having to readjust them and I didn’t want to do much with them on. When using natural remedies, I didn’t find much success and quite frankly, my stomach didn’t agree with many of these ways either.
Going to the theater is a very special event for Guy and I. For us, the tradition started on the night of our engagement. After Guy asked me to marry him, we went off to a lovely evening at the theater. We went to see the Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) ballet dancers and the OBT Orchestra perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to Tchaikovsky. Since then, we haven’t missed a Nutcracker and we try to go to as many shows as our pockets allow throughout the year.
I recently bought this beautiful Who What Wear shirt, but you can only wear a statement shirt every once in a while right? That is what I thought. Then I pondered--why don't I try wearing it a completely different way?
At almost two years of marriage, we are still dating each other. Yes, we see each other every day, but there is something different about leaving our normal routines and environment. We get to sit down somewhere to completely focus on each other. Our goal is to have at least one date a week. Even if it is just to grab coffee and desserts from one of our favorite downtown spots.
“I’ve never had a grad party before!” That was all I said and then poof! Guy and my Mother-in-law threw me a lovely party. When you grow up with little, you learn to expect little. Guy shows me every day that I deserve much more than that.
I recently graduated with my Master of Education from Portland State University. It was bittersweet as I said goodbye to my wonderful class of kindergarteners and my colleagues who I had been with nearly every weekday for the past year. It was always a goal of mine to get my Master’s degree, but something made it feel out-of-reach. I knew that I was capable of doing this academically, but there was something there about it that felt unattainable, until recently.
Why is it that when someone says something not very kind that it sticks with you? For me, it’s like that negativity is a piece of tape that won’t unstick from my finger. I am not so good at letting negative energy go, but Guy gracefully shrugs it off and moves on.
It’s no secret--we get a lot of rain in Oregon. That being said, we must prepare for all kinds of weather in the spring. We often get excited by the first signs of the end of winter, so we start moving things around in our closets to prepare for a shift of newly wearable attire. It is at about this time of year that I have had enough of my knits. So, I start throwing sweaters to the back of my closet and pulling out my lighter, more colorful clothes.
Buying out of season is one of my favorite ways to save on special items, especially when wanting to make a purchase on something I know will last a long time in my closet. This idea is certainly true with the purchase of this beautiful Topshop double breasted lavender coat.