April 18, 2018

..Dressing for my Daily Food Baby

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The deets: Hatch Collection dress; Sam Edelman heels (similar under $80); J.Crew earrings; Kate Spade bag (old, similar under $90); Banana Republic cardigan (old, similar).

Hello. It's now 14 week me writing to you from the past (I'm actually 20 weeks now). I have a bunch of posts that I have been writing but waiting to post until I could announce that I was pregnant because I am really bad at lying/not talking about what is relevant to my current situation. I had high hopes that I'd fully come out of the dreaded morning sickness (all day sickness) phase when I got to my second trimester but it looks like I'll be one of the lucky ladies that has it a bit longer - crossing my fingers for it to be over by week 17 (*update I did! Right around week 17) - my sister said she began to feel better then. ANYWAY - this part of being pregnant is weird because you don't really look pregnant yet - you just kinda look like you ate a big Thanksgiving Day feast, every night. You also wake up feeling like you can fit into your regular clothes but then by the end of the day you are like SWEET JESUS SOMEONE PLEASE GET THESE PANTS OFF ME NOW! I've actually just started casually unbuttoning my pants at my work desk and hoping my top covers, livin' on the edge. It's a tough time for dressing, especially for me since my go-to work look is a pencil skirt with a tucked in shirt. Those skirts are getting mighty TIGHT. I have ended up reaching for more comfortable pieces that can grow with me throughout my day - come to think of it, basically like you dress for Thanksgiving - stuff with lots of give and no waist restrictions! This dress is actually one of the the first official "maternity" things I purchased while on a trip up to NYC for a bestie's shower. It's from Hatch and they have the cutest, chicest pregnancy stuff - I ended up loving it so much I got it in yellow too (you'll prob see it up on this blog soon). A lot of this weird middle bump is trial and error, I seriously haven't returned so much in my LIFE (please don't ban me from your site, ASOS) so when you find something that works, get it in every color. I was hoping to buy things that worked for now and for later since I don't want to invest a ton of cash into a wardrobe that is basically for 6 months. This dress is definitely pricer than ANY other cotton striped dress I've ever purchased but when you desperate, YOU DESPERATE. Also I can totally throw a blazer over it and wear it to work - or lose the cardigan and wear it to dinner on vacation! Like so versatile. I did wear this to my other besties baby shower last weekend but it ended up raining all over me before I could snap decent photos. Sorry guys I promise I will do better next time.

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April 4, 2018

..Sunday Best

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The deets: J.Crew dress (not maternity - was able to wear my normal size, similar pretty eyelet for under $85) & earrings; Marc Fisher heels; Kate Spade bag (similar, similar under $90).

I wore this to Easter church and dinner last weekend and started out the day feeling like I looked pretty good - but then nine hours later, at the end of the day, when these photos were actually taken, sans looking in a mirror (just forced my husband to snap them before we left to go home) - I am not as convinced. Although I have noticeably tired bags under my eyes and my hair that was nicely curled and styled in the morning is now a deflated mess - I still loved my dress so here we go! I was able to wear my normal size in this one since there is a nice little area for my 18 week bump (or food baby - I did have second helpings of ham and all the Easter candy).
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March 28, 2018

..Some Sh*t No One Tells You About Your First Trimester & an Outfit

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The deets: Le Specs sunnies; Zara dress (not maternity - just went up a size! These similar styles would also be great here, here, and here) & heels (similar in a flat version); Topshop jacket; Kate Spade bag (similar, super cute under $17).

Hello. This is a PSA written by 9 week pregnant me coming to chat with you from the past, or since I hope this post maybe sheds some light to those that were as clueless as I was - it's past me talking to the super super past pre-pregnancy me (hey time is like supposedly a big illusion right? Just roll with it). Hopefully by the time I hit "post" on this one I will have pushed on into the other side feeling like a real human again and wondering how the heck I ever made it through. Praying that future me has figured that out. I decided while I am in the thick of it, feeling all these feelings, I would write a post and share it with my readers in the event that they too did not know the ugly underbelly of the first 12. This may not happen for everyone but it did happen to me (insert "the more you know" rainbow here).

1. You will not feel like a whole human person for WEEKS on end. Remember how you used to laugh at your favorite shows, learn things from your favorite podcasts on your morning commute, work out, cook meals and enjoy food, and oh yeah, BLOG? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HA. HA. HA. Those things are dead to you now. All the preggie pops, ginger chews, and sea bands in the world can not cure this feeling.

2. Morning sickness should really be called ALL MOTHER EFFING DAY sickness. The things you have purchased on Amazon this month would tell a story alone. One of those purchases is to-go barf bags in bulk after a particularly traumatizing metro experience involving projectile vomit after having a green smoothie for breakfast. Side note: not one person will ask you if you are okay, they will walk around you like you are part of the decor and get on with their day. City. Life.

3. Even WATER will taste disgusting to you. WTF. This was totally a surprise to me but there is this lovely thing called "Dysgeusia" that some pregnant woman get and guess what...lucky for you, you got it! Thers is no getting rid of that just licked a dirty penny taste for god knows how long.

4. You get to feel hungover everyday without the joy of the cocktail the night before. Remember in your early twenties when you had that love-hate relationship with Thursday night happy hours which were SUPER fun but like, always made pushing through Friday the WORST? Trying to quell your queasy stomach and struggling to keep your eyelids open past 2pm? Wanting to carbo load at lunch and then nap under your desk? Well weeks 7-12 are basically like that GROUNDHOG DAY STYLE. 

5. Your body changes right away. I used to think you basically get to live you life normally for three months while you wait for your cute bump to arrive. No. You will be squishy all over pretty much right away and start burping like a 300 pound sailor immediately. This is due to all the extra progesterone in your system slowing down your digestion making you gassy and bloated AF. Also I never felt more pain in my boobs in my life because of all the extra blood pumping through your very sensitive areas (another amazon gem here). It is weird, folks.

6. You will have the scent capabilities of a highly trained police dog. I almost murdered my husband in his sleep for making chicken after I went to bed. The smell of the chicken baking (he was making a bunch for his lunch for the week) kept me awake and ANGRY. I actually ordered surgical masks (good old Amazon strikes again) in a diva moment/fit of rage. Stock up on that fa-breeze.

7. You get a ton of blood taken from you. Okay, I know...duh! I should have expected this but for some reason in my head I thought I'd give blood once, it would suck but they would do all the things they need to do with it from there. No. You give three vials of blood at week 8, then MORE VIALS again at week 10, then they prick your finger again at week 12. If you are squeamish about it like me then be prepared. I did not like the surprise second and third rounds!

And that ends my story of the first three months. I hear the "magical-you're-glowing-miracle-of-life"  stuff kicks in after. I will report back.

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March 20, 2018

..The Size of an Avocado

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The deets: ASOS dress (not maternity - just went up a size); Soludos sneakers. All photos are by Erin Krespan.

Surprise! I'm pregnant. This actually may not be a total surprise to many as I have been pretty MIA on the blog and social media for the last couple of months due to a very rough first trimester. People kept saying that I seemed to be sick a lot and had a sneaking suspicion that I could be and, well, that was absolutely true! I could barely be vertical most days so blogging was a mountain I just couldn't climb for a minute. We don't know what we are having yet but we do know that baby Soybel or my little "soybean" is the size of an avocado now that I am in my 16th week. I wanted to include my husband in the announcement photos and since normally he's my photographer I tapped Erin to take them for us (which is why they are so pretty). I love how they came out so sorry in advance for how photo heavy this post is! I feel so lucky to be doing this with my husband who truly is my favorite person in the world. You don't see much of him around here (except for maybe a wedding post or two) because he's very camera shy but I couldn't love him more. We are filled with both excitement and a little terror for being first time parents - the baby is coming a little sooner than we thought and will be bringing him or her home to our one bedroom apartment for a few months until we make a plan to move (will blog more on this later). On the plus side I am physically feeling much better these days so I hope to be able to share more of our experiences with you. The blog won't become a full on "mommy blog" but I do hope to incorporate our life as it's always changing and I like to keep it real. Thank you for all the love and support all these years (and for sticking with me when I go off the grid)! 

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March 16, 2018

..Love First

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The deets: J.Crew tee; F21 sunnies; Madewell booties (similar) and jeans (similar); Topshop jacket; KTD bar neckalce; Alexander Wang bag (similar, similar under $70). 

A good friend that works in the fashion biz once told me smart fashionistas mix their high and low stuff together and get away with looking more expensive since you don't know what's what. Well I don't think it gets any more high and low (in MY closet anyway) than a pair of my least expensive sunnies (under $8) with an Alexander Wang cross-body. I was just feeling the hippie vibe and thought my most John Lennon eye-ware would be the best fit for a tee with "Love First" on it as well as my trusty bar necklace that I wear almost every day that has my wedding date. My sis snapped these photos while I was visiting her at the end of February. We met my brother and Dad for a little NJ diner breakfast, which is my favorite kind. Simply walking into the shiny dated establishments and getting a whiff that distinct and delicious diner smell makes me happy.

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