Friday, February 7, 2014

pregnancy muse

So, being pregnant is one of the most amazing things I've ever felt. Being tied to a human being in my belly is amazing. It's unreal and so special. That being said, it's also a crazy time in terms of dressing. I never know what to wear! I still fit most of my clothes (about half), but everything looks so strange! I am constantly looking for style cues. I'm kind of obsessed with a mommy blog: I mean, it's depressingly crazy how flawless some pregnant ladies and moms are. I mean, really. Anyway, I came across Melanie Huynh. She is a French fashion editor and she looked RIDICULOUSLY stylish and hot while pregnant. If only we can all be so lucky.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

pseudo-maternity clothes

Ok. So, I went to my OB yesterday and she totally commented on my clothing! Ha. I was wearing this super voluminous top and she said "pseudo-maternity clothes"! Yeah, pretty much that's what I'm all about these days. I'm trying only to buy things in my (regular) size so I don't need to worry about waste. Also needing to think about what I can wear after (for nursing) is good because I so plan to be normal (weight) again afterwards. It's weird having a belly. Don't get me wrong, I love that I'm growing a baby and happy to be gaining weight. But, I am a girl, and feeling like I don't look like myself is a weird thing. I'm pretty much try to stay true to my personal style. (I did buy some sweatpants in a loopy frenzy, but returned quickly) I'm pretty much all about flow-y, loose, and easy dressing these days. Sweatpant feel, but not sweatpant look.

tiena ho top ($150) I was debating about this top, but ordered it the other day. It is kinda pricy for a top, but I figured the wearability factor would be a serious plus in my book. I can so wear thing with leggings and a sweater for the next couple of months and then the warmer weather would call for a pairing with shorts. I love how easy it looks on.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Push present?

I recently learned about a push present. A push present is basically a gift that a man gives the woman after she gives birth to their child. Hmmmmmm. A present for delivering? A present for "push"-ing? That sounds like a genius idea! Pregnancy is seriously so much harder than I ever thought it would be. The first 3 months were so hard. I was beyond fatigued and nauseous all day long. ALL DAY. EVERY DAY. I was one of the lucky ones who didn't throw up, for which I am thankful. But, it is HARD. And even now, at 18 weeks, it still feels difficult. I am alert and working. I have more energy, but the body is siphoning most of my energy for the baby. I am happy to share my energy, but the idea that the man is supposed to give a present for childbirth sounds about right to me! I shared this with my husband, of course. And we laughed about it and then he called me greedy. Maybe I am. But, a girl can dream. And a girl certainly does deserve a present from her man for working this hard to grow a baby.

My idea of perfect push presents.

Victorian Garnet snake ring ($995) What? A victorian snake ring? Snakes are my favorite. I mean, earrings, rings, pins, necklaces? I have snakes in every form, but still can't get enough. Victorian snakes are the best. The craftsmanship is way cool. The age of the item is so special. And the idea that snakes symbolized eternal love to persons of that era? It's beautiful in every way. And so is this ring.

jennifer meyer lapis heart ($3125) I love hearts. I love lapis. A lapis heart can clearly do no wrong in my book.

Nina Ricci medium ondine Tote ($995) Wouldn't this be the most stylish and versatile diaper bag ever? 

So, I am not really asking for these things from my husband. Especially not a necklace for over 3 grand. But, if money were no object and babies didn't already cost a fortune? These things would so be mine.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

DIY baby sunsuit

The nice thing about making your own baby clothes is having control over the fabric (I don't like girly colors and I like organic!) and where it comes from (If I can help it, I don't like buying things made in places that don't pay living wages). I like baby items made by local designers, but that gets super expensive. Especially when we are talking about clothes babies wear for a few months. Maybe I'm nesting, maybe I've been bored (it IS ridiculously cold in NYC of late), but I have been making quite a few things for my little one. I kind of wish it were summer, then I'd have a baby model to put the clothes in. Here are the sunsuits that I made over the weekend. I imagine they'd be super cute on!

I used a cotton forest print for the baby sunsuit. The tutorial is super easy to follow. You just need some patience and basic sewing knowledge. The first one took me just under 2 hours (I had to adjust a few times). The second one took way less time.

Here I also used a cotton print. I found it easy to sew using this fabric. It would be cute with a stretch knit too, but a non-stretch one is easier to manage with shirring and all that. And yes, that print includes a ghost and a bunny wearing an eye patch. I couldn't get over how brilliant the fabric was and had to buy it!

I did switch it up a bit. Instead of buttons, I made a loop in the back so you can tie in a bow/knot. I'm terrible with button holes, so I took a shortcut.

When you get comfortable with the whole sunsuit making, you can switch it up. I took the same concept and made a top and some bloomers. I think a dress would also be cute also. So many sweet options!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mama bracelets

I love the idea of moms wearing their child's name. On a necklace, a bracelet, earrings?! Personalized jewelry is so intimate and heirloom-y. I love the look of piling on jewelry and adding sentiment is icing on the cake. I wear a gold pinky signet ring with my hubby's initials daily. And now, I'm kind of jonesing for an ID bracelet with my baby's name.

loren stewart itsy ID bracelet ($295) I love the delicate diamond. I love the slim ID bar. This is a grown-up and subtle way to wear your baby's name.

loren stewart gold and silver ID bracelet ($295) I love the masculine and chunky feel of this bracelet. Definitely adds some toughness to the dresses and sandals I will be living in when the warmer weather (and bigger belly) rolls around. Mixed metal = matches everything.

child's ID bracelet in 14K ($171) Can this be cuter? It's super child-like and reminds me of the bracelets I wanted when I was a little girl. Total bonus that when my little girl grows up, I can totally slip this on her wrist. What is better than dual purpose? And how selfless of me to think about jewelry for my offspring?

14K rolo chain ID bracelet ($232.48) This bracelet is sort of no nonsense, practical, and classically beautiful. I dig the thick chain, the cute heart dangle, and the traditional ID tag. This is the bracelet I envision throwing on and leaving on. And it's nice to not have to worry about jewelry being too delicate or breaking on me (I mean, I will be carrying and playing with a child who likes to pull things). 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

baby toys!

I've been looking around in stores for cribs and strollers. It is super hard work deciding what is appropriate, useful, and necessary. It's kind of scary and outrageous how expensive these things can be. Imagine a day of looking at $400-$900 strollers and $1000 cribs. Yep. My head is dizzy. Then...I spotted a super cute doll. And for $32?! Something I can finally afford. I get home (after buying nothing) and looked at the maileg site for hours. Soooooo cute. Here are my favorites!

Badger: Wouldn't this look so cute in a nursery? I love the neutral colors and home-made feel of this doll. Totally like something I would make (only I don't have to!).
 Villa Voice Mobile: This mobile is one of the cutest I've seen. So interesting to look at. I'd totally be mesmerized if I were a baby.
 Wooden Box w/24 vegetables : Um, these are so cute I cannot deal. A box of vegetables? Can they be more me? I need them. ASAP.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DIY bird mobile dreamcatcher with feathers

So, I was looking for beautiful things as soon as I got pregnant. I have a firm idea of what I like and what I want for a nursery, but it's kind of difficult to dream about when you don't know the sex of the baby. When I found out it was a girl? I pretty much KNEW I needed to make a dreamcatcher. I had many versions in my head with crystals, beads, and feathers. Then I realized tiny pieces might not be so safe (and feathers not so hypoallergenic) for a baby. So, I decided to make felt feathers and a bird made out of linen.

I used floral wire to make the circle. Then I wrapped it with cream cotton ribbon.  Next I cut out feathers from wool felt. I did it freehand, as I like the ease and imprecision of all the leaves being different. You're welcome to use a fabric pen/chalk too. I wrapped the tops of the leaves with gold thread and then tied it to the circle part of the dreamcatcher. I cut some cream linen fabric and made a little dove (stuffed with organic cotton). Viola. Whimsical, ethereal, and personal. I debated making an owl (versus the dove). I thought about using gold ribbon (instead of thread) too. This is the first version I dreamed up. I also thought about using a branch, maybe making a cloud, and using pom poms too. The possibilities are endless! You just have to experiment.