Is it over yet? That's pretty much the attitude I've had lately. If you haven't caught up with my blog, I've actually been contracting for a few weeks and I'm currently on medication to stop them. While I'm still pretty far along, it's just much too early for this little girl's arrival. Thankfully, my contractions aren't squeezing baby B enough to change her heart rate. So while it's uncomfortable for me, baby is doing fine!
I officially have one week left of work! My current condition almost put me in the hospital or on bed rest, but I have been lucky enough to keep my word and work until December 6th. I guess some people would just want to take the time off but I have the big picture in mind: the longer I work while pregnant, the longer paid time off I have with my baby. As for now I'm scheduled to return to work in mid May but I'm actually unsure whether I'll return part time or at all. Being a first time parent is scary! We don't know what our financial situation will be like with another human to feed so we just have to wait until she's here to really gauge how much I'll need to work. I'm a very protective person so the idea of childcare really scares me. I don't even like people watching my dogs, imagine how I would feel giving my daughter to someone?! Hopefully everything will work out and I won't have to worry about it :)
My family baby shower is on Sunday and I'm very excited! My mother in law has put everything together and I can't wait to see what she has in store for the day. I haven't seen a lot of my side of the family in quite some time and my sister is home from New York city. Can't wait to spend some time with her too!
My nursery is nearly complete. The custom closet is almost finished and I just need to purchase some curtains for the room. I keep saying I'm going to show you some pictures but I want to wait until it looks perfect. I promise I'll have some up soon!
As for now, my January baby is probably going to show up in December. I was born at the end of December so it will be interesting to see when B decides to arrive. I'd prefer later than sooner but I'm ready to have her with us. I'll make sure to keep the updates coming!
I'm no Black Friday shopper (anxiety and claustrophobia prevent me from even trying) but I can't help getting excited about the new makeup products and gift sets that show up over the holidays. When I'm buying a gift I'd like to think it would be something that I'd not only get for myself, but recommend to that person. I think beauty products are a wonderful gift and here are my top picks for the holidays:
I've been excited about this palette for weeks and it's finally available! I gifted a Naked palette to my sister and I own Naked 2, so obviously I'm dying for their third installment. These shadows are actually brand new rosy hued shades. I'd love to say I would buy this for someone but this is all mine.
If you haven't heard of GLO yet, now's your chance! This teeth whitening system is nothing short of amazing and this gift set is perfect for a friend or family member. I can't wait until I can do another session once my baby is born!
Well hello there colder weather! After weeks of 80 degree temperatures fall finally decided to show up. It's actually my favorite season so I was more than excited to break out my tights, boots, and this new dress. Erica came to my house a few weeks ago in a very similar dress and I decided I needed one of my own. Unfortunately, no matter how much I sized up, Chinese companies tend to base their size charts on those of children. It was much too short on me (I wish I had sprung for the XL) but it was nothing a basic black tulle skirt couldn't fix!
It's been awhile since I've done one of these posts, but since my doctor has ordered me to stay in bed (more on that later this week) I finally have time to round up my favorite items on the web. While I love to shop major retailers, I feel like you can't find the originality of a piece that is vintage, thrifted, or handmade. So this installment is dedicated to the smaller shops with a great eye for style :)
I've linked to her shop in the past and I even own one of her amazing handmade dresses. This particular dress really caught my eye because I love the black and the scoop neck. Oh, and have I mentioned that it's on SALE?!?
Another perfect outfit from Marlen! Luckily, she sells a lot of the wonderful pieces she showcases on her blog. I think the Peter Pan collar is super cute and the shoulder detail is really great too. And lucky for us, this piece is also on sale.
I'm pretty confident that Hannah is the best thrifter on the planet. Her store is full of cute clothes and shoes (and don't get me started on her Christmas sweater collection!). I really love the tiered full skirt on this dress and, of course, I love the polka dots. Are you seeing a theme here?
You can never have too many pairs of tights! I really love these handmade leather heart leggings, I think it's the perfect touch to any outfit. I could seriously wear these with any of my dresses this fall/winter.
Have any favorite stores or designers you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them :)