January 2013

I’ve definitely decided that I must be growing the next karate kid.  At 34 weeks she is punching, jabbing and kicking me non-stop.

She has a way of kicking me in the ribs and punching me in the bladder at the same time.  So very pleasant…

wearing dress by Vince, boots by Bruno Magli and jacket by F21.

Anyways, I’ve been designing her future nursery in my head for quite some time.  Browsing through Pinterest for inspiration and baby blogs for theme ideas and links to vendors has been one fun part of preparing for baby.  I finally settled on a black/white graphic motif for the bedding with plans to add color through the wallpaper, rug and artwork.  Pops of yellow and fuschia will be found in the room and this new temporary wallpaper that I found will be the perfect solution to allowing the nursery to grow into a toddler’s and eventually a little girl’s room.

I’m so excited to start setting this all up!

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You know what made my day?  Fitting into my pre-pregnancy Anne Klein dress.  Ahh the simple pleasures of life!

It’s chilly here in NYC so I topped off the dress with a leopard cardigan and bow belt.  Here, I wore it with my Bruno Magli leather boots (which I got for free from my contact at the showroom years ago), and my Miu Miu tote from Barney’s end of year sale.  You’ve gotta love fab freebies and frugality, right?

For any of you ladies who are reading this and have never gone through pregnancy, here is some birth control for you.  Ever hear how beautiful pregnancy is?  (Don’t listen to those fake celebrities).  Here is the truth.  It sorta sucks!  Your body feels possessed as this baby takes over and transforms your life – your eating and sleeping patterns and general ability to feel like yourself.  Nobody is really honest and upfront about all the negative symptoms you can be tortured with for the 40 week period that is your metamorphosis. So ladies, here is the real deal and my running list of pregnancy symptoms that I’ve learned could inflict a poor pregnant woman (listed from feet up):

  • swollen feet (my friends have had to buy new shoes one size up from their usual)
  • leg cramps (this usually happens while in bed)
  • restless leg syndrome (I never believed this really existed until I experienced it myself)
  • vericose veins
  • loose joints and increased clumsiness
  • constipation
  • nausea / vomitting
  • extreme hunger pangs and crazy cravings
  • always  having to go pee or urinary incontinence if you’re really unlucky
  • gassiness
  • hemorrhoids
  • pelvic discomfort and constant pressure
  • diarrhea
  • bloating
  • a stretched out and literally ripped up vajayjay (sometimes they’ll even cut you a new asshole if you don’t rip naturally during labor!)
  • stretch marks
  • tender boobs
  • leaking boobs
  • back pain
  • heartburn
  • moodiness
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • swollen hands that hurt
  • nosebleeds
  • faintness, dizziness
  • forgetfulness
  • headaches
  • a widened nose
  • stuffed up nose
  • heightened sensitivity to smells (most of which feel highly unpleasant)
  • sore and bleeding gums
  • metallic taste in your  mouth
  • excessive saliva
  • skin discolorations
  • pimples
  • constantly feeling dehydrated
  • insomnia
  • discomfort sleeping.  having to get up every 4-5hours in the middle of sleep for the bathroom, a drink of water and to blow your nose.

At 33 weeks, I’ve experienced my fair share of the above along with 20 additional lbs.  So it’s no wonder that I take delight in the simple pleasures in life like fitting into an old dress.  It’s just one thing that makes you feel back to normal – well sort of.

I actually meant to post this pre-Christmas but of course during the holiday craze, totally forgot about it.  Shall I blame this on pregnancy brain or the endless chaos that surrounds the holidays?  I don’t know but in either case, this red and white themed inspiration board could also apply for Valentine’s. So here you go!

Valentine’s is less than a month away!  Now’s the time to start thinking about how you want to celebrate!  It’s crazy to think that my hubby and I will be celebrating a new love (the daughter growing in my belly right now) this Valentine’s day and be looking forward to meeting her within the month.  My goal is to have all of Juliet’s (yes it’s a girl!!) basic necessities bought and prepared for by V-day.  This will surely be a special and memorable last Valentine’s day as a newlywed couple -the last one we’ll share with just the two of us.

 

 

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I love red carpet fashions just like any true fashionista.  Now that it’s part of my job to keep up with the red carpet I always win the remote control away from my husband when E! Fashion Police or Entertainment Tonight comes on.   It’s fun reviewing sponsorship proposals for the Golden Globes, Sag Awards, Grammy’s, Oscars and other magazine-affiliated after-parties.  And I love that having to be in-the-know about the latest celebrities (so I can best evaluate how much to invest in their hair styling sponsorship) is a job requirement.

Post Golden Globes, I got such a kick out of these adorable photos from Toddlewood and knew I had to share with you all!

If you like these photos, you should follow me on Pinterest where I have a board filled with young fashionistas who deserve to walk the red carpet. Enjoy!

 

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Hi everyone!  How was your week?  I’ve been in workaholic mode!  It’s one month prior to NY Fashion Week so things are crazy at work these days.  Are you as glad as I am that it’s Friday??

My weekend plans include a crash course on everything prenatal.  For 8 hours Saturday and 8 hours Sunday, my hubby and I are going to be learning pain management (do those breathing exercises really work?) the art of swaddling, and everything there is to learn about this last trimester.  Sounds like a fun-filled weekend, right?  uh..yeah..

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By the time I started showing, I had to wear coats.  And so for months, I rarely succeeded at scoring a subway seat.  Finally though at 31 weeks, I think I’ve learned the trick.  Open coat, stick out belly, stand in front of seated men and look exasperated as possible while holding belly. Usually works!

Here are 3 outfit posts of what I wore to work, all worn with my Ann Taylor leopard coat.

Tahari dress, Express cardigan, Bruno Magli boots, Fur stole from Saks Fifth Avenue, Guess purse

Cynthia Steffe dress bought at TJMaxx, Bruno Magli boots, necklace from Thailand

Calvin Klein dress, necklace bought at TJMaxx, Cynthia Rowley cashmere cardigan

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I refuse to pay much for maternity fashion.  On one of my maternity fashion hunts, I found this Old Navy non-maternity dress in the clearance rack for around $10 and knew I could rock it with my growing belly.  $10 can go a long way as you can see below and this dress will still look cute post-pregnancy!

In the above 24 week pregnant shot, I wore it with textured navy tights and a red velvet clutch purse.

I replaced the pearl necklace from the first outfit with a scarf, added a cardigan and a matching tote/boot set for a completely different look here.

Change out the cardigan and add springier white accessories, and I have a totally new nautical look!  What’s your favorite?

 

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I’m 30 weeks pregnant here and wearing my Vince non-maternity, stretchy LBD with some fun polka-dot tights and a necklace from Saks.

I couldn’t resist posing with my daughter’s, very first pair of shoes.  If she’s anything like her mom, she will love these and the fact that she is starting her own shoe collection so soon and from the womb.

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 Cut 25 blazer with leather elbow patches, maternity leggings from Target, Bruno Magli boots, velvety tank from TJMaxx, accessories from Thailand

 Forever 21 top, maternity skirt from Target, Zara infinity scarf, Guy Laroche belt

W118 shirt, Charter Club cashmere cardigan, Prada purse, Target maternity leggings

I’m now officially in the 3rd trimester and can’t believe how fast it all went by! I’m frightened to think that I still have another 11 weeks of belly growth though.  I already feel like there is no room to breathe or eat with the baby taking up all this room and my skin not stretching fast enough.  help!

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2012 was an exciting year for me:

  • became an owner, no longer renting
  • moved
  • changed last name to mark the 1 year (paper) anniversary
  • changed jobs
  • traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, DC, MI, PA, DE, IL (twice), Japan, Vegas
  • explored Governor’s island, Fire Island and Long Island
  • attended 3 weddings.  saw ours published.
  • sponsored 25 fashion shows
  • Managed over 100 events
  • survived Hurricane Sandy
  • Thanks to the pregnancy, learned to live with nausea, vomiting, hunger, heartburn, cravings, congestion, constipation, fatigue, headaches, sleep deprivation, dehydration, endless doctor appointments and an additional 18lbs

Figuring out what to wear to work while pregnant has been a daily challenge.  What fits one week may no longer fit the next.  Here is an outfit from around 26 weeks pregnant.

H&M cardigan, Donna Morgan dress from TJMaxx, Aldo purse and Via Spiga shoes

I hope you all had great years too and wish you the best for 2013!

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