Friday, September 6, 2013

Stranger to Myself


These days I rarely have time to catch up on blogs (let alone update my own) but I get quite envious of those bloggers who are actually experiencing colder climates.  Here in California I'm dealing with triple digit temps and it's killing me!  Carrying all this extra weight is hard enough as it is but being hot all the time is making it so much worse.  I look forward to the day when I can order my pumpkin spiced latte hot!






Dress- Modcloth
Belt- from another dress
Shoes- Seychelles
Bracelet- Swarovski
Headband- Forever 21

This dress was the last of my latest Modcloth haul.  I really love the print and the cutout detail on the neckline.  I'm excited to take this piece from summer into fall and hopefully throughout my pregnancy.  To be honest, I've had a really hard time dealing with the weight gain and how it's affecting my wardrobe and my self esteem.  While I know I'm gaining for my daughter, it's still kind of hard to look in the mirror and not be worried if I'll ever take this all off.  There are so many emotions (and hormones) going on and sometimes it feels good to air them out... Even if it's on the Internet for everyone to read!

I'm really excited to have dinner with my brother and his fiancee this weekend.  Since he is no longer our neighbor I feel like we never see them.  I love all my siblings, but I feel most connected to him.  Which is kind of funny because I was really upset and jealous when he was born.  My parents converted the playroom so he could have a nursery, so obviously I was crushed.  Plus I wasn't into having a boy in the house.  But hey, I was six, don't judge me :)

I hope you have a lovely weekend!




  1. Looking so cute in that floral print!

    Venoma's fashion diary

  2. Your shoes are adorable!! And they go very well with your dress!

  3. Super cute dress! Our temps aren't in the triple digits, but they're still a bit warm for my liking! I'm ready for cooler air for sure, these little ones sure make us into a furnace don't they?

  4. Girl, I totally feel you about the hot weather! However, the good thing for us is that when those bloggers are under several feet of snow, we will be enjoying a mild winter ;)

    I love your dress too, the print is so pretty! You look fabulous! I know it must be really weird to see your body change so fast, but I think you look amazing!

  5. I'm getting so busy too and it's. only my first week back, I'm worried I'm not going to be able to keep up!
    You look so wonderful, this printed dress is gorgeous! I love the pattern and fit! I can understand how frustrating it is to see your body change, when I had surgeries I dropped almost 20 lbs (which was frighteningly thin) then gained it back plus another 10. It was so confusing to see my body shift so much in such a short period of time, nothing fit!!. Just enjoy your pregnancy for now and know that it'll get easier, you'll get to a place where you're comfortable and feel like yourself again :)

  6. I totally am envious of bloggers who live in colder climates too. I would trade June gloom for September gloom ay day haha. Plus its so humid this year - where did that come from? Anyways, you look adorable in this dress. Love the red accessories with it and I am really loving your hair too :)

  7. That dress is way too cute! I was excited for it get cold here and then it started to get cold and now I wish it was warm again!

  8. Ashley, you are gorgeous both inside and out. You are absolutely GLOWING and make me only hope that I'll look 25% as gorgeous as you when my time comes.

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  9. bonjour Ashley, je suis heureux de vous voir si rayonnante, Amitiés d'Arles: Thibault

  10. I want it to be cold too! I'm tired of seeing everyone in sweaters, and it's freakin 90 here. You look beautiful as always. You have to remember that the weight you're gaining is healthier for both of you. You're just used to relating weight gain to being unhealthy, like most girls are. You are stunning really and any weight you gain, will ONLY be beneficial. Take it one day at a time, pretty girl. :)

    xo Ashley

  11. You are doing so great at times I cant even tell you're pregnant on your post I'm 18weeks and I feel like im 40weeks I picked up weight so fast in this pregnancy it's not even funny I also get depress sad and emotional about the weight gain some days Im ok with it and some days Im down and out but hey i know this will soon be over and I will get to work again on getting my body back. in the mean time enjoy your pregnancy and the food I have gained about 27lbs so far and Im not even half way there :( so dont worry you look beautiful !!!

  12. This dress is super cute. It feels like it turned to autumn today in the uk. It is literally half the temperature it was yesterday and it has rained for the past 24hrs! I was looking forward to autumn leaves and cosy jumpers but I already want summer back! Xx

  13. I'm excited for pumpkin spiced latte weather, too! I can't wait to wear my riding boots and sweaters and scarves. But I do love your last hurrah summer dress, it looks lovely on you!

    Xo, Hannah

  14. Really gorgeous dress, as always! Love the brightness
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  15. This is such a cute dress - here in Ohio I wish it would stay summer a little longer, it went too fast!! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

  16. You sound busy! I do love this look though. The florals are great and with that belt and shoes- adorable!

    PS I recently sent an email to you. I know you've been busy, but thought I should check and see if you got it, or if it did not go through (I've been having issues with that recently...). If you'd just let me know when you have a moment. Thanks!

  17. Hiya dear, hope you have more bearable weather soon. You look so beautiful, the dress is an excellent buy, truly pretty. Have a wonderful weekend hun!

  18. You look so cute and pretty! Modcloth dresses never let us down :)

  19. Is a beautiful print, hopefully the weather will change soon in your town, my first pregnancy through the last months in summer time and also experience what you are going through now, I encourage!

  20. You look gorgeous in this dress! I definitely feel you with the hot temperatures and cool-weather jealousy. Just know you always have a blogger friend who's sick of the hot weather too! It seriously needs to be fall already.

    Also, I'm sure I'll feel the same way as you when I'm pregnant some day. I think most women worry about the weight gain and the after-baby body. You're going to be fine though! You'll have your baby girl to distract you until your body shrinks back up! Plus you look super cute pregnant so no worries.

  21. Oh gosh, you look so stinking cute. Modcloth makes the best dresses and you wear them the best. ;)

    You'll be beautiful no matter what. Look what your body can do -- you're growing a HUMAN in there! That's stinking amazing! :D


  22. oh tell me about catching up on other blogs and the weather. we're on the same page right now, what with it still being hot and humid where I am and having no time to look at other blogs because of my full time job. but anyway that is the cutest dress! at least you still have time to dress up pretty =)

    xo, Carla
    Little Miss Violet
    p.s. thanks for your comment on my hair. glad you like it =)

  23. It is okay and I think normal to feel sad about the weight gain especially when you are the kind of girl that loves to dress nice...I cried last Thanksgiving because I had a cute outfit planned out and it made me feel like a I can to change. For 27 years I have been thin...and then you are is hard..but you will get back to your old size...:-)

  24. That dress has such a beautiful print! I love the sandals!

    Very hot here in Romania too, it still feels like summer.

  25. I just want everything Modcloth puts out- mainly their dresses. This one is adorable and matches with your hair color perfectly :P

  26. That dress is just so adorable! Hoping that some cooler weather gets your way soon! :)


  27. Cute dress : )
    Love the shoes and the belly is growing : )

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  28. girl, don't i know. it's so hard to keep up with blogs, even your own.

    i'm reading your posts like a chain smoker right now.

    i lvoe this dress. it's adorable.

    and i fear the same thing in pregnancy one day. but you look amazing. honestly, i can't even really tell you gained weight much at all - you still look amazing.

  29. I am catching up on blogs now and realized I was behind in reading yours by about 6 posts. . .Looking at them now! Love this outfit! You are so beautiful! I haven't even had much time to update my own blog lately! That was a cute story about your brother! I can see how that would be sad to have to give up your playroom for him, but I am glad that you accepted it in time haha. Hope your dinner with him went well!


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