michael and i had an “early” baby shower in may; friends and family typically fête the happy couple closer to their due date. our may shower allowed my coworkers to attend because teachers don’t always see each other in the summer (two words: it’s vacay). i felt weird asking people for presents so we created a basic wishlist (diapers, wipes, onesies, bottles, swaddles, etc.) and guests could choose from the list or share their own gifts.
we received many helpful and fun presents, some of which inspired my shopping picks for today. all of these items are under $30 at the nordstrom anniversary sale, and i think they would please any experienced or expecting mama out there. scoop them up soon because i may not be able to talk myself out of buying another cute blanket!
- stem baby cardigan: this cozy sweater would look great on a boy or girl. i like the oversized buttons and the “elf” style hood. on sale for $25.
- stem baby triangle blanket: oh my. this blanket would be perfect in our little boy’s camp-themed room. the orange, turquoise, and grey stand out as a cheerful yet gender neutral color combo. on sale for $30.
- tiny toms: toms shoes get even cuter as they get smaller. these crochet lace ones would be lovely on a little girl. on sale for $30.
- wooden porcupine: i worked at a children’s toy store in college, and we sold tons of wooden toys. they’re durable and families tend to use them for years and hand them down to younger siblings. on sale for $17.
- baby age blocks: it’s popular for moms to document their babies’ ages with stickers or patches. these wooden blocks are a cute alternative! on sale for $26.
collage by me. images via nordstrom.
as a pregnant woman i often receive advice ranging from good to mediocre to—how can i say it politely— unsolicited. you are told what you should and shouldn’t eat, use, buy, do, etc. most people share advice in a friendly way, and i listen, discuss with my best friend (who’s expecting her second child), or ask my doctor. i still eat sushi and drink coffee. i just avoid the fish on the no-no list and add a ton of milk.
maybe i’m one of the lucky ones but no one has suggested what i should wear, thank goodness! i’ve learned that women’s bodies vary greatly in pregnancy; there is no default way of carrying your baby or dressing your bump. i’m 5’9” with a long torso and our baby boy is all in front. my personal style hasn’t changed at all besides having more elastic in my life.
here are some of my favorite items i’ve enjoyed wearing during this journey. you might like them, too, because only the jeans are “maternity”, believe it or not!
- clovella top: i bought the vibrant blouse on sale before i began to show. it still covers my bump perfectly. i like wearing it with skinny jeans and sandals.
- lush maxi dress: i picked up a few of these in different styles. they are super comfortable! the fabric is rayon, similar to my pricier rachel pally dresses.
- snapdragon top: this is another peplum blouse but in silk. i have the floral version from anthropologie and a zig-zag version from LM’s sample sale. they look great with jeans and skirts.
- maternity verdugo leggings: i’ll say it once and say it again: i love paige denim. they are absolutely the best kind of jeans. the maternity leggings have elastic at the sides to fit the bump.
- drawstring skirts: buy them two or three sizes bigger and they’ll last through your pregnancy.
- braided sightseer sandals: my brown boardwalk sandals broke and these replaced them. they’re comfy and cute.
what did you wear during your pregnancy?
collage by me. images via anthropologie, nordstrom, steven alan, matches, j.crew. and madewell.
i’ve been on a cosby show kick since the fall. i grew up watching the huxtable family and michael kindly put all the seasons on our netflix queue. i love that the huxtable girls (and theo) have great personalities with style to boot.
vanessa is one of my favorites because her style dramatically evolves as she gets older whereas denise holds onto her bohemian spirit and sondra prefers classics. in the earlier seasons, vanessa’s totally into matching sweatshirts, sweatpants, headbands, and sneakers. in season five, vanessa is the queen of complimentary colored layering. she wears collared shirts layered with jackets, sweaters, and pants in dark hues.
if vanessa went shopping today, she’d choose a good ol’ fashioned denim shirt and pair it with plaids and comfy flats. and don’t forget the earrings— i think vanessa and claudia kishi tie as best earring owners ever.
who was your favorite cosby girl?
collage by me. images via madewell and shopbop.
the picks | shirt | jacket | pants | shoes | earrings
last year i began watching all of my favorite 80’s movies partly out of boredom and partly out of curiosity. i wanted to see if my affection for these films remained the same as an adult. i came to the conclusion that ferris bueller is kind of a jerk and teenage mutant ninja turtles is terrible (though i loved it as a kid).
but i still harbored warm feelings for adventures in babysitting. chris parker (played by elisabeth shue) is a sweet girl-next-door who deserves an honorable frat boy. plus her trademark wardrobe of a long camel coat and bright pink sweater wouldn’t be out of place today.
the whole plot is cheesy with its chop shop crooks and her tween charges, but it makes you smile. it makes you root for her. and it definitely makes you envious of her perfect hair.
collage by me. images via amazon, j.crew, boden, madewell, and net-a-porter.
the picks | cubs hat | j.crew sweater | paige jeans | boden jacket | vans shoes
my handbags range from obnoxiously big (the pendleton tote) to decently sized (a minkoff bag) to quite small. today i celebrate the little guys— they’re the ones that run with you to the grocery store, gas station, or dinner party with your most important belongings like a license, lipstick, phone, or handful of quarters.
i searched high and low for the cutest of the cute, the quaintest of the quaint. the fox is my favorite but i like the triangles on the herschel wallet, too. are you keen on pint-sized purses?
collage by me. images via need supply, amazon, fossil, and nordstrom.
the picks | star clutch | geometric wallet | fox purse | book clutch
it’s scarf hunting season, and infinity scarves abound. a few years ago, i only saw them in solid, neutral colors. now you can find them in every shade under the sun with patterns to boot. slip one over a sweater, tee, or jacket to add a little panache to your outfit.
my favorite scarf in the collage is the printed one because it reminds me of my pendleton bag. but i’ll take any giant scarf any day. i like big scarves and i cannot lie. you, too, am i right?
collage by me. images via anthropologie.
the picks | geometric | striped | color-blocked | heathered
i meant to share these last week! of all the retro trends coming back in style, monograms run straight to my heart. i always appreciate a cute letter in written, digital, knit, or 3-D form.
when my brain freezes on gift ideas, i turn to monograms. they make a simple mug, notebook, or keychain a little more personal. anthropologie always offers a ton of monogrammed pieces; the blouse and sweater would be charming presents for a friend or bridesmaid.
if you’re into minimal monograms, retailers like madewell, j.crew, and cuyana will emboss your initials onto leather. i’m tempted to order my own embossing kit to graffiti letters on all my bags, but the inner jiminy cricket says, “you better not!”
collage by me. images via anthropologie and madewell.
the picks | monogram sweater | letters | bag | monogram blouse
the first week of school always goes by in a flash; by friday afternoon i never believe five days have passed. we spend our time walking around the school, using supplies in simple activities, and listening to good stories.
i choose funny, relatable, and poignant books to read to my class throughout the year. kids love books that make them crack up, think outloud, or recall memories. i highly recommend these five books for your first week!
- david goes to school by david shannon. david is a little boy who constantly finds himself in trouble. i love the moment at the end when he redeems himself.
- skippyjon jones by judy schachner. skippyjon is a siamese cat who thinks he’s a chihuahua. the skippyjon series embraces the power of imagination.
- yoko by rosemary wells. yoko brings a different lunch to school and feels lonely. this book is a great way to discuss tolerance and cultures.
- will i have a friend? by miriam cohen. it’s an older book with the simple theme of making friends at school.
- we are all like, we are all different. i own the “big” version of this book. it was written by a real kindergarten class! the book contains cute photographs and promotes diversity.
collage by me. images via amazon.
in elementary school, my dad bought me a few books from the school book fair. a few weeks later, i received a scolding from my parents for drawing and writing in them and— gasp—using scissors. i still feel a twinge of guilt every time i chop up a magazine or a perfectly good page from an old book, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
this summer i’m finally getting around to finishing the gallery wall in our living room. i played around with photos and illustrations only to return, time and time again, to maps. i love maps especially old ones. we already have a globe and two large maps, but the more the merrier.
i would happily chop up any of the items below for my project. well, i wouldn’t cut up the scarf. i just think it’s pretty cute— it has bluebonnets for texas!
collage by me. images via modcloth, anthropologie, and madewell.
the picks | longitude print set | travel journal | calendar | scarf
every couple of months, i receive emails from readers inquiring about silk blouses. when i moved to texas, i began buying more silk and cotton tops to help with the summer heat. as fashion editors say, natural fibers breathe. i wear them to school with skirts and on weekends with shorts or jeans.
my favorite blouses are equipment shirts, but at full-price, they are true investment pieces. however i occasionally find them at nordstrom rack or last call neiman marcus. equipment shirts fit beautifully; the blouses are tailored with elegant shoulders and bodies versus the stereotypical giant silk shirts from the 80’s and 90’s. the signature style is slightly oversized so size down. i wear an XS or S. equipment is known for solid colors but they also have stripes, dots, and quirky prints.
grechen (of grechen’s closet) highly recommends everlane blouses. the everlane line runs less than $100, and it offers similar colors to equipment. i saw her in an everlane blouse in april, and the fabric was a lovely weight and color. grechen notes that everlane blouses are more forgiving at the hipline.
i also own blythe blouses by j.crew. the silk is thinner, but they fit well. i wear a 2 or 4. plus, they have two flap pockets like the signature equipment blouses. the best part about j.crew is the promotions! you can usually find a blythe blouse on sale and sometimes with an additional discount.
do you wear silk blouses? what are some brands that you like?
collage by me. images via shopbop, everlane, and j.crew.
the picks | equipment blouse | everlane blouse | j.crew blouse
p.s. i planned on sharing this post with you yesterday, but i shot (or typed) myself in my own foot. i was thrilled about having our internet back and then it crashed again. on the bright side, a technician will visit over the weekend and hopefully solve our problem for good. sophie can’t wait to bark at him (or her).