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So Very, Very Grateful

December 9, 2013

We received so many wonderful, thoughtful and generous gifts for our baby shower, I didn’t want to simply go to Target and buy a pack of $5 thank you cards. I wanted to spend time creating hand illustrated cards to help show how very, very grateful we are. As you may know, babies are expensive, and we are rather lacking in the money department right now, so without the help of the insanely awesome people in our lives, this whole ‘baby’ thing would be way too overwhelming. Every single item I fretted and worried over (“But how will we buy a stroller?!” “What about a crib…she needs something to sleep in!” “How can we afford a car seat??”) has been provided for…even the first couple months worth of diapers (both cloth and disposable!).

All of that to say, the people in our lives deserve more than a pre-manufactured card, because without their generosity, our baby’s near future would included sleeping in a dresser drawer and wearing nothing but a dishcloth as a diaper 😉

I’ve been painting with watercolors on-and-off since middle school, but had taken quite a long hiatus until recently, and I have to say that I’ve been thoroughly loving it! It’s a perfect creative outlet for me in that it hardly requires much time commitment or preparation…I’m kind of lazy when it comes to artistic endeavors.

I kept the illustrations fairly similar for simplicity’s sake, but changed a few things up on each one…the hair, the stripes, the color, the shoes…probably more to keep myself entertained than anything else. I also made the cards themselves out of Bristol paper that we had laying around the house. Thanks to my one year in design school, I remembered how to measure and score each card so that they folded properly!

They’re far from perfect, but I think that’s what I like about them the most…each one has it’s own slight imperfections and each is completely unique. I hope our friends enjoy receiving them as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them!


Dressing the Bump :: Lace and Leather Boots

October 31, 2013

I love that I actually look pregnant now! No more mistaking the growing baby for a growing beer gut. We took these in our back yard, and I’m ashamed to say we’ve been absolutely terrible about taking belly pictures through the process. As long as we have a few from the beginning, middle and end, we’ll be good…right?! I hope so.

This dress was a pre-maternity purchase, and it was always a little big so it fits me perfectly now! Without the belt it would look like a mumu, as would most loose-fitting things right now, so this thrifted Etienne Aigner belt has been getting plenty of wear these days! I wore this to attend an outdoor event in East Nashville called the Red Barn Roundup. It’s hosted in this fabulous couple’s backyard, and has amazing live music, plenty of food, and lots to drink. They have it about once a month, and we’ll definitely be going back! I love Nashville.

{ dress, philanthropy :: boots, frye :: belt, vintage }

Dressing the Bump :: Polka Dot Skirt

October 14, 2013

Sometimes the best solutions are the easiest. I bought this skirt at the thrift store a few weeks ago. It was a dress originally, and all I had to was carefully cut the top off, and voila! It was an instant elastic waisted skirt. The tank was another pre-pregnancy purchase, and it’s almost to the point of not fitting anymore, but it worked great for tucking in! I’ve slowed down on wearing heels in my pregnancy, though they do instantly make me feel a million times better. So I pull them out on days when I’m feeling my frumpiest.

Starring in my pictures are Bowser (the white dog) and Flower (the black dog). We were house and pet sitting for some friends awhile ago, and they just wanted to be part of the action. Who was I to say no?

{ top, jack :: belt, j. crew :: skirt, thrifted :: wedges, bed stu }

Dressing the Bump :: Magenta Maxi

September 23, 2013

Maxi dresses are definitely the way to go when pregnant in the Summer, though it’s funny that I’m posting this the day after Fall has begun (woohoo! pumpkin spice lattes!). I found this dress while thrifting a few weeks ago, and totally lucked out because it’s an Ella Moss dress in near perfect condition. It’s not maternity, but the empire waist ensures sure that I can wear it well into my bump-growing this year. In order to sort of ‘accentuate’ the bump, I added a belt (you may remember the belt from this post), and kept it simple with camel colored sandals and my favorite necklace. Super comfy, really simple and the whole outfit was around $50…minus the necklace, which was a gift 🙂

I’m beginning to think that it might be possible to be pregnant without investing in an entirely new wardrobe, which is great news since our budget has never been tighter!

{ dress, ella moss, thrifted :: sandals, target :: belt, local leathersmith :: necklace, karibeth }


September 9, 2013

Being only about halfway through my pregnancy journey, I’m still able to fit into pretty much all of my pre-preggo clothes, with the exception of a few pairs of jeans. It’s been fun to play around with different ways to show off my little bump and still (attempt to) look creative and cute. This t-shirt is one of my new favorites. I received it as a thank-you from Amanda Valentine for modeling a few months ago. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a super rad Nashville designer, who also happened to be on last season of Project Runway! She’s such an inspiration, and is not only an amazing designer but is unbelievably kind, and an incredibly talented stylist as well. You should check out her line ValentineValentine, on Instagram (@valentimes) or on her Etsy shop.

{ Black Dress worn as skirt, M.Rena::T-shirt tied in the front, ValentineValentine::Socks, Target::Boots, Coconuts }