Friday, January 31, 2014

Fabulous Friday

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been a bit of a Grumplestiltskin lately. So, I want to take this Friday to take stock of some of the good things that are happening right now.

1. My dear friend is flying in for the weekend to keep me company! She moved away from SF this summer, and I have missed her desperately. She is one of the most generous and kind people I know, and I can't wait for some quality girl time with this lovely lady.

2. My grandma sent me the sweetest Mom-To-Be box of treats from Zingerman's. It came with all sorts of amazing and decadent things that I can't wait to eat. 

3. I got my fabulous new HATCH outfit!

4. My sweet husband cooked up a storm and made me delicious meals all week.

5. We "graduated" from all of our baby classes! More on that on Monday. I can't wait to tell you about that experience...

6. The nursery is almost complete. I hope to have some pictures to show you soon!

and...I have saved the best for last.

7. A frozen yogurt place just opened in our neighborhood! Who has two thumbs and loves frozen yogurt? This girl! Yipee!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ready to HATCH!

I'm in love. But, let's back up. I have been kind of horribly grumpy and uncomfortable. And part of this is the fact that only one pair of my Athleta work out pants seems like suitable attire, yet they are not work appropriate. So, last week, I did something kind of crazy and ordered a new maternity outfit. This seems silly because, as of yesterday, I have only four weeks to go until my due date!! Woo hoo! (In translation that means I am officially nine months pregnant, big as a house, and swollen.) I ordered a pair of pants and a shirt from HATCH. This company markets its pieces as items to be worn during and after pregnancy. Having clothes that are appropriate for pregnancy but still work on a non-pregnant body is pretty hard to imagine given most of the maternity clothes on the market. But, I scoured reviews on the web, and it seemed like women were actually wearing these clothes after baby, particularly before the old wardrobe is back in full rotation. So, I went ahead and placed my order.

Now, I have to point out that HATCH is expensive. Really expensive. But, if I had it to do over, I probably would have bought less things and bought all my maternity clothes from this company. When my package arrived yesterday, I was blown away by the quality of the items and the beautiful fit. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt kind of, dare I say it, stylish and really comfortable. I will certainly be wearing these items post baby (and probably for a very long time). If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, I cannot more enthusiastically endorse this brand. I am tempted to order more pieces! When you are pregnant, anything that makes you feel good in your skin, is worth it, and HATCH is certainly worth it.

P.S. If anyone is thinking of really spoiling the mamma to be, this HATCH-to-Hospital box would be the ultimate indulgent gift! HINT HINT

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Art for Grownups

In the process of changing some things in the apartment, I have come to realize that I put some strange "art" on my walls. For instance, in my former office I had a free poster my brother got at a conference, a photo taken by another brother's high school girlfriend, and some cards that I "decorated" and other words, I was decorating with lots of things that were cheap just to cover the blank, cream walls of the apartment. These things were not grown up, and they were really not beautiful. Now that I am a grown up (I'm thirty and having a baby, so that qualifies me, right?), I think I want some real art. I know nothing about art. I have no real sense of anything beyond what I  think is pretty. Here are some spaces that feel inspiring to me:

I never really considered myself an abstract art kind of gal, but I think that might be what I'm leaning towards. Now the trick is just finding something that works on a budget! I would also love something of a relatively large scale. Are any of you art fans? Where do you find affordable art? I could use some direction!

ROOMS: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday Beauty: Oiled Up

I mentioned previously that I have been really into body oil since being pregnant. It feels great on my skin, and I feel like I am doing something to keep my skin supple and stretchy! I recently ran out of the Jurlique Rose Body Oil that I had been using, and which I really liked, and I wanted to replace it. I was at Target and I thought that I might try a cheaper product. I happened to be in the baby section, so I picked up a bottle of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Body Oil Rub. I am in love with this stuff. First of all, I don't feel bad using it generously because the price point is great. Secondly, it smells lovely and light. Third, my skin feels so soft and terrific. This line is carried both in the baby section and the beauty department at Target, and it includes lots of products from bar soap to hair treatments. I can't wait to try some other products! I give this body oil an A+.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Musings: The Sphere of Influence

The other day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed (as I have become prone to doing in any moment of downtime--and, while we are on the subject, I must say this is a habit I wish I hadn't picked up), and I saw the funniest/most insane thing, so of course I had to share. A very famous and admired blogger had posted a black photo. It looked like the camera must have gone off in her bag or pocket or something and somehow the photo got posted to her feed. There was clearly nothing in the photo. I feel the need to emphasize this point. There was nothing in this photo, people.

Shortly after the photo was "posted," presumably accidentally, this picture had well over a hundred likes--this was moments after the photo went up. Moments. My favorite comment in the comment section? "Oh my God! You're pregnant!" Say what?! But that wasn't even the most compelling part of the whole thing. The thing that amazed me most was that people were "liking" a photo of nothing simply because of the person who posted it. If this famous and influential blogger thinks that this picture of nothing is cool, then clearly the general public who follows her feels compelled to also think that this picture of nothing is superbly awesome and worthy of their admiration.

This got me thinking about influence. While I do honestly think this blogger is amazing (she has a huge sphere of influence), I do not understand why people wouldn't simply think, "Oh, she posted that by accident." Instead, they are so crazily obsessed with everything that she does that they just had a love fest with a black square. That's a little frightening. This is an innocuous example of the power of influence, but there has also been news recently about Jenny McCarthy's son that made me think about the potential danger of this kind of blind devotion to people we admire. Years ago, Jenny McCarthy made claims that her son was autistic and that his autism was directly linked to vaccines. She also said that she cured him using "alternative methods" (i.e. ones that are not scientifically proven). Now, apparently, there is buzz that her son might not be autistic at all. Regardless of whether her son has autism, and all the other details of this story, the thing that always disturbed me about McCarthy's campaign was that she was spouting off about curing an autistic boy with completely unsupported and unproven methods and, inevitably, people were going to listen to her, believe her, and do exactly what she said because she is a celebrity. This example doesn't feel so innocuous, right?

Certainly I have been influenced by people I admire. Whether it is career advice, a new item of clothing, a brand of makeup, or a variety of diaper, I look to people I want to emulate and take their choices to heart when making decisions myself (and some of these people are in the blogging community). (Aside: Someone wrote about how chevrons are out the other day, and I started having a heart attack about my wall!) Seriously, I am not above being swayed to do or to like certain things by people I think are "cool." But, I like to think that when it comes to an important choice, like the health of a child, I would have enough sense to stop, think, and ask someone who actually knows what she's talking about (like a medical professional) before assuming that said cool people know what's right for me. In the end, the aforementioned blogger quickly took down her accidental post, but I wonder what it felt like to be her, to look at the nothing she posted and the way people responded to it. Though her sphere of influence is fashion related, I only hope she knows the power she holds.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This just made me smile, so I thought I'd share. Hope you are surviving the Polar Vortex (or wearing sunscreen if you are in CA)! Be back Monday with some musings for ya'll.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Think Pink

I have noticed that my pins lately are trending towards PINK! Must be almost time for that special holiday that celebrates my favorite color!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bar None

Lately, I have been dying for a pair of bar stud earrings. I think the trend may be about a year old, but nonetheless they are a great twist on a classic stud. I mostly alternate between my diamond studs (ahem- c.z.- cough) and my pearl studs. Studs are easy, sophisticated, and elegant. But, I think that switching things up a bit with something more modern would be fun. I am actually really gravitating towards delicate gold jewelry these days. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good statement necklace, but for everyday I think I might be going for the gold. Check out these options at various price points (and sizes).

While searching for these studs, I also came across some fantastic new jewelry lines. From top to bottom:

UPPER METAL CLASS (5/8") 45.00
ZOE CHICCO (3/8 ") 128.00
JANE POPE (size unspecified) 198.00
JENNIFER MEYER (5/16") 225.00

I think that the Zoe Chicco pair are my favorites, but I would happily sport any of these fine studs. Valentine's Day anyone?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday Beauty

I posted a while back about my hair care routine, but I am not loyal to a particular shampoo and conditioner combo for long because I've heard that changing up your products is actually good for your hair. So, when I ran out of my last type of Kiehl's shampoo and conditioner, I was excited to try another variant of their hair products because I really like them. Enter Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only do I love the way these products make my hair feel, but I also love, love, love the way they smell. Actually, sitting next to me at dinner the other day, my mom even commented on how good my hair smelled. The shampoo does not lather as much as some, but I don't find that problematic. Pair that with the amazing "Grapefruit" lotion we (and by "we" I mean "Jeff") got for Christmas, and you will have a very deliciously scented and luxurious bathing experience. Love me some Kiehl's.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Musings: The "Girls" Are Back

After a long wait and a strange second season, the girls of "Girls" are back, and this is such good news! We watched with baited breath last Sunday to see what this season would deliver, and we were so thrilled that Hannah seems to be controlling her neuroses with the help of Adam (fingers crossed for a season free of Q-tip incidents), who is actually making an effort to be a "normal" boyfriend (by begrudgingly attending a taco night at Hannah's place), and Shosh is, as always, a breath of fresh and crazy air (who will "never be bored as long as there is Halloween"). Loved it. There were some real gems in the first two episodes, such as the run-in between Adam, his ex, Natalia, and her friend at Ray's coffee shop. The writing in that scene was beyond, beyond... For instance, Natalia's friend says to (poor) Hannah and Adam:
I hope you two—You should just enjoy your urine-soaked life, f***ing like the two feral animals that you both are. You’re gonna end up with a baby, that you don’t know how to care for. You’re gonna f***in’ kill your kid. You’re gonna give it spoiled formula. You’re not gonna get any milk out of those tits. I just hope that you two enjoy the f***Ing life you’ve chosen. And we? We’re not paying the check. Thanks.
Is that too crass to put on this blog? I have been debating it, but, seriously, who comes up with this stuff? I kind of wish it were me, but I am not sure my mind even works in that twisted way! I would be sort of proud of myself for writing that horrifying exchange. Now that's closure.

And then there was Caroline...

Let's debrief, shall we? Have you been watching? What do you think?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fabulous Friday

First of all, I apologize for my tardiness! Yesterday kind of kicked my butt, and I just had to call it and leave one thing undone, which was finishing this post. When you are sitting in the grocery store parking lot in your car at 9:30pm, and you are starting to get teary about the fact that you don't have a blog post finished, you might have a realization that sometimes, some things have to give! Sheesh. But, as exhausted as I was yesterday, today really is a fabulous Friday. First of all, this is a three day weekend so can I get an "Amen" for that! Second, my parents are coming to town for the weekend, and that is beyond happy-making as I need lots of assistance getting my apartment in shape for the new arrival (plus, as you know all too well, I love hanging out with my parents). In addition, the weather in SF has been in the 70s for a week, which is simultaneously weird and very lovely. All in all, this is shaping up to be quite a lovely weekend. Hope that this Friday treats you well, and you have lots of plan for fun and relaxation.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rock On

This rocking chair kept calling to me... we bought it for the baby! I had originally wanted a glider for comfort purposes, but it did not fit in our tiny space. This rocking chair had function (it rocks) and lots of style (it's cool), and the best part is is that it isn't "babyish." It looks just as chic in the living room (where we currently have it) as in the nursery. It is an Eames design, and I originally spotted it on Land of Nod, but the chair is actually made by Modernica, and on their website it comes in a wide variety of colors with different options for the base as well--it is completely customizable. I went with the white for longevity sake, but I have to say that the pink was tempting.  Modernica also offers free shipping, which Land of Nod did not, so major plus there. The chair is rather low, but the seat is quite comfortable for me. Jeff is 6'3' and it is small for him, but hey, it looks good. I think this rocker will grow us, and our babe can always have it in her room. As far as a piece of furniture goes, I am quite smitten with this little chair.

Nurseries: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Snuggle Up With Tink and Tiger

Recently I stumbled across a new pajama brand: Tink and Tiger. I am really into pajamas right now, as you can imagine. No regular clothes fit me. (That ship sailed a long time ago...) Even maternity clothes are starting to get increasingly uncomfortable. So, I imagine luxurious lounge wear, which, in my fantasy, I will be wearing all the time after the birth of this baby. (The reality probably looks something more like spit-up stained sweatsuits, but a gal can dream...) In my dream, I would spend leisurely mornings holding my peacefully sleeping baby, wearing these beautiful jammies....
The thing I like most about this line is that these pieces are designed to go from the bedroom to the street. For instance, how chic would the silk top look with distressed denim and a heeled sandal? Maybe when I am back to normal size, I will have to splurge on these beautiful items! I mean, who doesn't want to look like this in the morning?

 I'll take it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday Beauty

I feel silly even writing this because this is probably such old news to all of you, but I recently came back around to the award winning "Orgasm" blush by Nars. This is a cult favorite as it works on nearly every fair to medium complexion out there. I used to use it a long time ago, but then I switched to Bobbi Brown blush. I decided to go back to Nars because I think that their colors might be a bit more saturated. So, over the holidays, I brought the orgasm back. (Yeah...) The blush has a hint of shimmer to it, which I was hesitant about, but it actually works as a blush and illuminator in one step. I might not use it for work everyday, but I love it for the evening or for zhushing my look up a bit. Just in case you are not familiar with this blush, this is a public service announcement for you. Check it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Musings: The Best and the Worst of the Golden Globes

I have to be honest. I didn't actually watch any of the Golden Globes. We do not get that channel with our antenna. We cancelled our cable subscription, if you recall, last summer, so in moments like this I have to take to the internet to assess the fashion fabulosity and faux pas of the first awards show of the season. While I know that some dresses may look better "in action," I had to make my judgments based on still pictures, and I can't say that many of these looks took my breath away. In fact, it kind of blows my mind when beautiful women make strange and bizarre choices for these events, but I also kind of love it because who wants to look at perfectly put together people all night! Not this girl. Give me a hot mess any day.

Let's get to it. These are my top three picks for best looks of the night:

MARGOT ROBBIE: No idea who this gal is, but she looks stunning. (Apparently she was in The Wolf of Wall Street...)

EMMA ROBERTS: She comes from high class Hollywood stock (niece of Julia Roberts, which = nepotism), and she was not that good in We're The Millers, and I've read she is kind of insane, but she looks beautiful.

JULIANA MARGULIES: I am not sure that I even love this dress, but I find it so flattering on her, and just spot on for her body and her look. Truth be told, I am a sucker for a plunging neckline (unless there are big boobs involved--then it gets a little porntasic for my taste).

I also loved ROBIN WRIGHT, AMY ADAMS, MARIA MENOUNOS (a little I Dream of Genie, but I dig it), and SARAH PAULSON.

And these are the three women who probably should have stayed home:

JOANNA NEWSOM: Also had no idea who she was (professional harpist and Adam Sandberg's wife--thank you Wikipedia), but whoever she is, this is a fashion crime of epic proportions or a very touching homage to Gone With The Wind.

HEIDI KLUM: 1992 called and they want their choker back.

BERNICE BEJO: And, because someone had to give Joanna Newsom a run for her money in the "too much fabric department," Bernice decided to step up. 

The other contenders for this honor were: JULIA ROBERTS (It feels so wrong not to love her look, but I really did not.), HAYDEN PANETTIERE, and KALEY CUOCO (It is not even fun to pick on her dresses any more because they are just so predictably horrible. Someone fire this chick's stylist-stat.).

Just for fun, and because the pregnant ladies were out last night (woo-hoo, mammas), here is my ranking for pregnancy looks:


KERRY WASHINGTON'S Ranking: Getting warmer, but could have done with a little more bump flaunting.

OLIVIA WILDE'S Ranking: Full on smoke show. Now, ladies, that is how you rock a baby bump. 

Can't wait for all the awards shows to come so we can praise and pan in equal measure. Hope your week is off to a great start. 

(Images: Check out all the looks here, here, and here.)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This week was LONG. SO. LONG. I find that often happens after after a nice, long vacation. It is hard to get back into the swing of things. It is particularly challenging when one is half way through one's third trimester and sitting hurts, standing hurts, pants hurt, feet get the picture. Luckily, it varies day to day. On Wednesday I was ready to start living on the couch and never leave (although even that was uncomfortable), and on Thursday I felt fine. I have also resigned myself to the necessity of sometimes (I know, I know) wearing spandex to work. I know that leggings are not pants, and trust me, before pregnancy, I would NEVER have worn leggings to work, but desperate times call for desperate solutions! Perhaps it was the spandex wearing that brightened my Thursday!

Okay, I am getting to the fabulous...I think it's easy to focus on the discomfort at the moment, but the fact that the end is in sight is incredibly exciting. What I'm really excited about this week is finally getting down to work on our nursery this weekend. I love a good home design project, so that is fun in and of itself, but a home design project for my little babe is an even more exciting reason to unleash my inner decorista. We have decals to apply, and cribs to build, and little tiny shoes to display! Woo hoo! I am feeling totally inspired by the above nursery. By the way, check out Chloe Fleury's blog. Her baby is insanely adorable (and the family is beyond chic). I hope your weekend is full of projects that make you smile, a respite from the bitter cold, and the peacefulness of getting back into a routine. Happy Weekend!