9.26.2014

Confessional Friday: {Link Up}



It's Friday, gals. And around here, this day is reserved for good 'ol confession sessions. So let's get to it!

1.    I confess that I had to laugh yesterday, (and hard), about the following exchange I had with an Old Navy employee: So, I’m talking to a very sweet, very young girl as she rang up my purchases, (ahem, this amazing flannel), as well as some adorable little outfits for Caroline and some newborn gowns for Ainsley.

We were making small talk and she asked me when this baby was due. I told her our little princess was due in December and she congratulated me and said, “Oh, little girls’ clothing is SO fun!”

So naturally, as people do when making small talk involving the topic of children, I asked her, “Do you have kids?”

“No.”, she says, “But, I do have a dog!”

It was as matter-of-fact as I’ve ever heard. Apples to apples, Coke and Dr. Pepper, children and canines.

“Oh”, I deadpanned. “Yes. Just like a kid.” 

Poor thing is in for quite the awakening one of these days when she learns it isn’t typically a childcare best practice to crate train one’s toddler. But, man...that was funny.

(To be fair, I probably would have said something like that before kids, not thinking about it. It was hilarious and she was a doll, though.)

2.    I confess that you know your baby bump is getting big when you can feel your stomach resting on your thighs when you lean forward to type. (‘Tis as sexy as it sounds, my friends. Rawr.)

3.    I confess that I am downright giddy about the upcoming weekend’s festivities.

You’re dying to know more, aren't you? (Okay, well, just indulge me for a second. I don't get out much.)

We’re going to an Avett Brothers concert tonight and then, bright and early tomorrow morning, heading out for an overnight stay at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, a cool little town about 45 minutes from where we live. 

My husband, he is wise. He knows that it may be a good decade before we ever do anything alone again, (I kid…sort of), so he had the wherewithal to book us a fun babymoon weekend. Like, didn’t even tell me about the hotel thing until he’d already arranged and paid for it. (That’s a super edgy move for non-risk-takers like us.)

4.    I confess that we’re also going antiquing while we’re in Eureka and this makes me GIDDY. Stephen? Well, he’s a good sport and feigned enthusiasm when I chose that as my “activity”. He elected a beer tasting at a local brewery, which I will completely support, albeit Coca-Cola in hand. (Our rule is that each person gets to choose one activity that's totally something they want to do and the other person must go along with it.)


He gets six steins of beer; I get a nightstand that smells like a moth ball factory. Everybody wins.

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And you? 

   

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9.25.2014

28 Week Bumpdate: {Baby GIRL #2}

Weeks: 28 

Official Due Date: They adjusted it very slightly to December 17 based on her size, (she was measuring consistently smaller than the estimated original due date, indicating they may have overshot her gestational age just a bit.) Our delivery date will probably happen closer to December 10 or so though, as we'll be having another C-section and they don't want to chance me going into labor when my OB isn't on call. 

Trimester: Third and final, folks!

Gender: GIRL! (Woohoooooo!!)

Name: Ainsley Catherine

Baby's Size: According to the What to Expect website, Ainsley should weigh almost 2.4 pounds and be approximately 14.8 inches long. 


One of the outtakes from yesterday's post...

Cravings: Spinach and artichoke dip. And queso. And roasted red pepper hummus. And really anything else that you could put a tortilla or pita chip in. Also? Bananas. And though sweets never sound that appealing when I'm pregnant, I'm enjoying the mess out of the occasional grande Pumpkin Spice Latte, (non-fat, hold-the-whip, dash of cinnamon, if you feel inclined to bring me one.) 

How I'm Feeling: I'm feeling like I've arrived at the third trimester, which, as any second-time momma can tell you, is best summed up in one word: blerrrrghhh. I had a lot more energy at this point with Caroline, but I have a feeling that's because I wasn't chasing a very busy baby around then. (The obvious. I love to state it.) 

I also feel very, um, large. The bump popped much faster, though it seems to have finally tapered off in growth, kind of like it did with Caroline around this point. (I expect it'll get more gigantic by the week around 34 weeks...mark my words.) And the boobs? They have exploded in size. (There. I said it. I'm wearing a letter of the alphabet that I never thought I would. And good gosh, they hurt.)

Lots and lots and LOTS of contractions. Most have been Braxton Hicks, but a few have been pretty painful. Nothing crazy that's resulted in a quick trip to Labor & Delivery though, so I'm not too worried. 

Heartburn. Woah. I had it with Caroline, but never, ever this badly. I'm up every night until at least 1 a.m. with searing, unrelenting heartburn. Zantac has stopped working, so my OB is calling in something today to see if we can remedy this. (My doctor is amazing, though. He's messaged me every day to check and see if I've gotten any relief. If you live in NWA and are in need of a top-notch OB, I'd love to refer you. He kicks tail.)

No swelling at all and I haven't had to pop a Zofran, (something they give to combat nausea and vomiting), in weeks, so I'm a happy camper.

I go in two weeks to take the Glucose Tolerance Test (SO FUN!), so let's all say a prayer I don't puke. The last time, it took a lot of gulping and chugging to get that mess down. It's just so much sugar at one time! Thankfully, I held it in and passed the test.  I also have to get my Rhogam shot (and am electing to get my flu shot) that day, so it'll be a boatload of fun.



Movement: All the time, but especially from about 10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. She twists and turns, and does lots of cool dance moves in there. It's fun to feel it, and even more fun to see from the outside! (Ever watched your own stomach move up and down and side-to-side on its own while you lie completely still? Then you really haven't lived.)

Momma thoughts: I am in awe that we're sitting here at the third trimester. I'm even more in awe that I haven't done anything with the nursery yet. I'm such a planner that, by this point, Caroline's nursery was nearly finished. With the move and unpacking, poor Ainsley's room has taken a backseat. Thankfully, the house is now unpacked, so I plan to zero in on getting her space decorated. 

I love, love, love the room she'll be in, though. Big windows and tall ceilings - both things I wish I'd had in our old house when we did Caroline's room. (Speaking of which, I should share some pics of C's new room. I love it!)

For starters, we'll need a crib. We got the Sleigh Fixed Gate Crib for Caroline from Pottery Barn and I have loved it so much. They don't make that particular model anymore, but I think we'll be ordering this one, the Taryn Crib:



I'm really unsure of what I want to do for the bedding or color scheme, but if I can find one statement piece and build around it, I think the rest will fall into place.

Now that things have slowed down around here, it's starting to hit me that we'll be welcoming our newest girl in just 11 weeks, (at the most!) I really cannot wait to see what she looks like, get a feel for her personality and learn her likes and dislikes. To me, that is one of the most fun parts of having a wee one - the little discoveries you make about the person who's been living inside you.

She may not have been exactly in our plans for this year, but my gosh - I'm so glad Someone Else saw fit to send her our way ; ) Family of four sounds pretty darn good to me...

Until sometime next month, friends --

9.24.2014

Plaid Clad: {Outfit Pics}

So many possible dorky titles for this post...Clad in Plaid, Glad for Plaid, Plaid is Rad...really, I could go on all day. But, I won't. (Your welcome.)



From top to bottom, the outfit details:
By the Books Jacket (c/o Riffraff)
Tassel necklace from Evereve last year, similar here
Fade to Blue Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans from Destination Maternity (Tip: they're having a Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale right now!)
Shoes from H&M last fall, very similar here and here


I will, however, go on about this jacket. And my general addiction to plaid this fall.

Plaid in itself is a cinch to style, but here are a couple things to remember:

  • Keep it girly. For example, if you're wearing a voluminous jacket, keep the pants or skirt on the fitted side. (I freaking adore a tight pencil skirt with blousy plaid button down.) Love an oversize plaid shirt? Me, too. Just remember that there IS a difference in the way manufacturers construct men's and women's shirts. A chick's shirt, even if it is considered "oversize", will always, always have a more contoured seam than a guy's. So please buy from the women's section. 
  • Lumberjacks are awesome. You just don't want to be mistaken for one. Ballet flats, stiletto heels, riding boots and wedge booties are the perfect footwear choices for a plaid ensemble. Avoid clunky shoes though, unless you're cool with being the Brawny paper towel guy. 

Oh, and before I leave you, I wanted to let all you ladies that live in the Dallas area know about Friday's grand opening of Riffraff Dallas! Join my friends in the Big D for some major fashionable fun from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. at their new second home, located at 4009 NW Parkway. 


Follow them on Instagram (username @riffraffdallas) and don't forget to tag your pics with #riffrafftakesdallas if you do attend! (I know the Riffraff team would love to see them!)


Oh, and my friend and fellow blogger Ashley (of Fancy Ashley) will be at the event from 5-6 p.m. to offering her personal styling advice! She's such sweet person and really does have amazing style, so go see her and get'cha shop on. 

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Alrighty, I'll see you in the a.m. for a riveting 28-week bumpdate, in all its third trimester glory. So pop a Zofran, grab your sexiest maternity jeans and meet me back here tomorrow.  


9.23.2014

Locks as Vibrant as the Leaves: {Fall Hair Trends}

I'm definitely one of those people that likes to change things up dramatically with my hair each season. I mean, I've been blonde, golden blonde, ash blonde, baby blonde...long layers, no layers, face-framing layers...

Okay, so maybe I'm not the biggest risk-taker when it comes to my hurrrrr, but I don't think you really have to go crazy to play with change. Sometimes the subtle differences are just as fun, don't you think? Here are a few of my very favorite subtle hair trends for fall 2014. Maybe one of these will inspire you, too!

Sombré


LOVE my new color by Suzannah! (Photo via Crown Beauty Bar.

Sombré, or subtle ombre, is a fun and soft way to play with color and dimension without the commitment of constant upkeep. In fact, it requires less upkeep than typical at-the-root highlights, which for busy ladies like ourselves, is a good thing. My hairstylist Suzannah did an ash blonde sombre effect on my hair last week that I'm loving! It's subtle, soft and will grow out nicely in the coming weeks.

Cutie Kirsten, owner of Riffraff, rocks her sombre by stylist Kelly. (Photo via Crown Beauty Bar)

Photo via Crown Beauty Bar

Photo via US Weekly

Want to know more about sombre so you can tell your stylist? This article from Elle sums it up nicely and provides some good examples.

Red Infusion

Photo via Crown Beauty Bar

Maybe you aren't ready to dye your whole head the color of a fire truck...understandable. Doesn't mean you can't infuse the fiery tones into your hair in a more subtle way. I've seen a lot of ladies heading to the salons for a little red injection and I think it's gorgeous. My favorite combo is the brunette + red highlights. Sexy.

A more vibrant option if you dare...I kind of love it!  (via Vogue from NYFW Fall 2014)

Via Entertainment Tonight


Bronde

We kind of saw a more intense version of this back in the spring, but this fall's version of "bronde", (read: blondish-brown), is much more subtle. Best example? Beyonce. Her color is kind of amazing. But then again, so is she.

Photo via Harper's Bazaar

Photo via Crown Beauty Bar Instagram

Photo via Elle Magazine online
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Any hair color techniques you've seen that you'll try this fall? Or maybe you already have?


9.19.2014

Confessional Friday: {Link Up}



Friday's here and you know what that means: time to confess! Let's get to it.

1) I confess that I plan to enjoy as many pumpkin spice lattes as I can this fall, (okay maybe, like, one every couple weeks), despite that dumb infographic circulating on Facebook. Newsflash: I don't drink them for my health. But really, what kind of folks take enjoyment in crushing the spirits of the fall-beverage-loving Starbucks fans out there? The Debbie Downers of the world, that's who. (Probably don't believe in Santa either.) Starbucks, I'll take your artificially-flavored pumpkin awesomeness any day of the week.

2) I confess that each fall, I have the urge to purchase every scarf from here to Timbuktu. It's still hanging out the mid-70s here in Arkansas, but that doesn't mean this girl can't cart every single plaid, woven, cable-knit, leopard print and cashmere scarf or snood, this side of the Mississippi. This week, I'm enjoying (read: I bought) these:
Plaid Blanket Scarf from Heart and Home Collection

Thick Knit Snood from Zara in Light Grey


3) I confess that Stephen is sitting here with me while I write this and he wanted to provide a confession of his own. In his words:

I confess that I wore a pair of jeans to the airport (for a work trip to Minneapolis) this week and discovered, just before my connecting flight, that they had a glaringly obvious hole in the crotch. (Though clearly not obvious enough.) 

I would like to note that I did not wear them to my business meetings the next day, but instead a pair of Gap dress trousers, and that said jeans were only worn for comfort during my flight. (I would also like the ladies of this fine blogging establishment to know that I do, in fact, own "nice" jeans; jeans my wife picked out. But, they are too stiff and uncomfortable for long flights.) My most sincere apologies to anyone out there who may have witnessed my wardrobe malfunction in the Chicago O'Hare airport. 
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How can I possibly follow that? Not even going to try.

Your turn.

   

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