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What I Wish I Was Wearing Today

Even when I’m dressing up, I don’t like to feel too “dressed up.” I guess for a number of reasons, but most importantly that I like to be comfortable slingin’ kids around. This outfit is something I’d definitely wear, but I’d replace the pretty top with one of Greg’s t-shirts while I was lounging at home, then switch right before I was ready head out the door.

1. “The World is Not Enough” Polish – OPI

2. Lucy Top – Anthropologie

3. BDG Painted Rose High Rise Legging – Urban Outfitters

4. The Transport Tote – Madewell 

5. Baka Flats – Anthropologie (I got these last week and they are great! They’re perfect for spicing up a lackluster outfit.)

That necklace gives me butterflies! Too bad it’s WAY out of my price range. A girl can dream, right? Also, my sister originally purchased a similar pair of aqua cords from Anthro, but returned them once she found these Mossimo ones at Target for only $20! Just as cute but at a fraction of the price. I got a pair of studded loafers (Sam Edelman’s in black) earlier this year and almost returned them because I was a little nervous about them for some reason. SO glad I didn’t! The studded loafer trend seems to be everywhere for fall.

1. Jeffrey Campbell Martini Spike Loafer – Urban Outfitters

2. MBMJ Classic Q Shoulder Bag – Endless

3. Mossimo Supply Co. Courduroy Pant – Target

4. Beaded Phoenix Necklace – Anthropologie

5. Peplum Ponte Tank – Anthropologie

 

I got Vada some new shoes for back to school! She needed new ones because her old ones were getting filthy looking and because all of a sudden her feet grew an inch over night. I swear, I put her shoes on her feet one day and they were fine, then the next day I could barely squeeze them on! These kids and their growing…

I actually got her two new pairs of Toms: the sparkly mary janes up there (which are the cutest ever!) and another pale pink pair of classics, but the pink ones came messed up. One was dingy looking like it had been worn in the dirt, which I would have tolerated (they’re just going to get dirty anyway) but the other one had blue pen marks all over the top! So weird. Anyway, those are going back.

Vada starts preschool in a couple of weeks and I’m both excited and nervous. I’m so excited for her to play with other kids a few days a week. I think she’s going to have a blast! I’m looking forward to hearing everything she learns while she’s there. They have music and Spanish classes every day, which I think is so, so cool. I can’t wait to see the cute artwork she brings home and to go watch their Christmas performance this winter, which is sure to be hilarious. But I’m also just a little nervous to see how she behaves. Will she be cooperative and listen and get along with the other kids? But what I’m most nervous about though, are things she might pick up from other children. Please, Vada, be a goody two-shoes! ♥

The only thing Vada wanted to do alllll weekend was to take the car to the carwash, but it kept raining. I love the rain when I’m not obligated to leave the house. Typing that sentence just made me realize that I am actually obligated to leave the house today. Almost every single morning I say to myself, “Today is the day! I am not going anywhere. I’m going to have a lazy day inside.” Ha! Maybe tomorrow? Maybe not though. I actually like running around doing stuff – it keeps me happy. What I would like though is for both girls to take a nap at the same time so I could take one too. That would rule.

At least when Vada’s napping (and when it’s only Liza and me up in the middle of the night) I can sneak in some adult television. I just finished watching the first season of Girls on HBO, which I totally loved. I actually looked forward to waking up at 3 or 4am with the baby so I could watch it… I can’t wait for the next season! It took me a while to decide what to watch next. I was thinking Boardwalk Empire but decided it might be a little too violent for middle-of-the-night, all-by-myself viewing. So I finally landed on Mad Men, which my friend Lindsay suggested. I used to watch it when it first started, but I stopped for some reason and when I tried to start watching it again I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I’m looking forward to the drama!

I’ve also been entertaining myself by listening to Harry Potter audiobooks. (Which has almost caused me to start using British phrases that would make me sound ridiculous in the U.S. Like yesterday I thought to myself, “Where are those bloody scissors?!” Uhhh….)  I’ve taken two trips to my parents’ so far this summer and the books on tape audiobooks really help to pass the time. Although I started the series over when I got it on tape audio, I’ve actually read the first two books and part of number three, but I haven’t seen any of the movies. I wanted to watch the corresponding movie after I’d finished each book, but I can’t find the old ones available for rent anywhere. (I’ve checked Netflix, Apple TV and Redbox.) I guess I could wait until they all come out as a giant box set and watch all the movies in a row? What’s a girl to do? ♥

Greg and I got to go on a “date day” yesterday. We usually go out in the afternoon/early evenings instead of having date nights because it’s just easier. We get home in time to put the kids to bed and are able to settle and veg out for a little while before we hit the pillows ourselves.

We went to see Moonrise Kingdom, which I completely fell in love with. I like all of Wes Anderson’s films, but this one definitely ranks up there with The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore as one of my favorites… maybe one of my favorite movies ever. The young love and the innocence and honesty of the main characters, Sam and Suzy, really just tugged at my heart. The cinematography was beautiful and interesting and the soundtrack was fantastic (to be expected.) The story was romantic and sweet, suspenseful and a little silly. The entire film was just so charming! Are you ever just happy that something exists and thankful that you’ve been able to experience it? That’s how I feel about it. I can’t wait to watch it like sixty more times. ♥

In lieu of a baby shower, a few of my friends decided to throw me a surprise dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant last week, which was really sweet and fun, and made me feel super loved and happy. (Thanks again, guys!)

At dinner, my extremely talented quilting and knitting buddy Dani surprised me with a knitted baby hat and one of the most special handmade gifts I’ve ever received in my life – an absolutely gorgeous baby blanket that she WOVE. On a LOOM. Everyone was completely floored when I opened the gift and told them that she MADE it. Look!

Pretty amazing, right? She couldn’t have been more spot on with the colors she chose, and i absolutely love the herringbone pattern. It’s made of the softest cotton and it’s the perfect size, I can’t wait to use it every single day. She wrote a blog post about it if you want to see how it all started out as just a bunch of strings!

Thanks again, Dani, I love it soooo so much! ♥

Lately, I realized I’ve been kind of letting myself go. I tend to do that when I’m pregnant, because even when I really try to look nice, I still usually just feel like a big oaf anyway. So my hair was looking all crazy and disheveled, my color was faded out to this nasty brassy reddish brown with gold highlights, and I was almost out of all of my makeup. I don’t like buying myself clothes when I’m pregnant, because I feel like it’s a big waste of money, so I get by wearing cheapy, pilled Target Mossimo dresses every single day. It’s bad. I was looking and feeling really ugly.

So I decided it was time to treat myself to a few goodies and get out of this hideous rut. I started by toning my hair back to a normal, natural human hair color. Note: I’m a licensed cosmetologist, so I know what I’m doing, and recommend NOT coloring your own hair.

In case you’re interested in this stuff, Redken Shades EQ is my preferred brand of toner. I wanted a natural, cool level 7, so I mixed equal parts 06T and 08N and love the way it turned out. I had never used any of the titanium line, and was a little nervous putting a combination of grey, blue, violet and brown on my head, but I’m happy I went with my gut, and also happy that I still “have it” in the color department. (Color was always my favorite part of doing hair.) The new color alone made me feel 100 times better.

I also started using a new shampoo and conditioner – Sebastian Penetraitt, which are really moisturizing, but don’t weigh my hair down. (I have fine hair and I’m obsessed with having lots of volume, so it’s hard to find a moisturizing shampoo that doesn’t make my hair go flat.) I’m a big fan of Sebastian shampoos and conditioners. I’ve used a lot of different variations, depending on my hair “needs” at the time. I think they all smell really nice and they make my hair happy.

Then I finally used the Sephora gift card my brother gave me for Christmas and ordered myself some new makeup. I got some new stuff that I had been meaning to try, and now I’ve got some new winners in my daily routine!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – I’ve read a lot about BB creams and their magic and really wanted to try one out. I decided to go with Smashbox, because I had been using their Color Correcting Primer (in Color Blend) for a long time and was really happy with it. BB cream is like a do-it-all makeup primer. It’s like a moisturizer, primer, concealer and foundation in one. My skin is sensitive and super break-out prone if I use the wrong products, and I usually don’t do well with liquid foundations, but this stuff really does the trick without breaking me out! It covers more than a tinted moisturizer, but less than a full-on liquid foundation, which I love. I use Fair, since I’m pretty pale, and it’s the perfect tone for my skin. Try BB cream!

Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask – I splurged on this after Anna and Jen were talking about it on Twitter. Anna described it as a “pore vacuum” so I had to try it out. My skin feels cleaner and softer than ever after using this stuff. I’m definitely interested in trying out some other Malin + Goetz products.

I’ve been using this Mustela 9 Months Double Action Stretch Mark Cream since I got pregnant. I didn’t get any stretch marks when I was pregnant with Vada, and I don’t want to get any this time, either!

I love Nars blushes, especially Orgasm, which is a perfect peachy pink. I ordered myself Nico, which is more of a highlighter, and I really like it. It’s super, super subtle, but somehow just makes me look… prettier. It’s a little hard to explain. Try it on at the store and you’ll see what I mean.

One day I’d love to try growing my lashes with Latisse. My lashes are long enough, but I want the longest lashes ever. I thought a new eyelash curler might help me out, and a few people suggested this Shiseido curler – it definitely makes a difference. Much better than my normal Revlon lash curler.

I also got some Diorshow Iconic Mascara, which is really nice. It lengthens and thickens, it’s super dark and easy to apply, and is an overall great mascara. I’m still on the lookout for a magical mascara that will make my eyelashes look freakishly long, though. Any recommendations are appreciated!

And last but not least, I got a refill of my favorite makeup product in the world, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus. I have been using this for years and it’s the best powder ever.

All this new girly stuff has definitely gotten me out of my ugly rut. I was feeling so fancy, I even bought myself two new dresses (same dress, both colors) some gold gladiators, and a pair of sparkly loafers.

I think I love shopping again. This could mean trouble. ♥

We did everything this weekend. We spent a ton of time together as a family, which was just what we needed after a very, very long week of working too hard. (Especially Greg, who worked 8am-midnight Monday through Thursday!)

Friday night after work, we went out to Mexican with our friends Josh and Lindsay. The weather was so nice that we got to sit outside on the patio. We spent the night relaxing with some SVU, and I got to try out my favorite new product.

The next morning, we all got up early to get ready for a busy day. My mother in law picked Vada and her cousin Mia up to volunteer for Clean Valley Day. Greg headed off to the Taubman Museum of Art, where he spent the day doing screen printing demonstrations for the grand opening of the Children’s Art Venture exhibit. And I went for my monthly mani/pedi! (OPI – Pink Flamenco for the fingers and toes this time.)

When Greg got home, we all went to Menchies for frozen yogurt, which just opened up in Roanoke! I went to a Menchies for the first time at the Sewing Summit in SLC last year, and it was so adorable, I knew Vada would just love it. (She did.)

This morning, we all got up early again and Vada helped me make a big breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon. Vada has been helping me in the kitchen a lot lately, and it’s really fun and cute. She loves helping and I love that she loves helping.

After breakfast, we headed to Home Depot and got everything we needed to build a couple raised bed gardens in our backyard. I’ve been begging Greg to build them forever, and I couldn’t be more excited to grow some veggies this year! We finished up the beds and just need to fill them with compost this week, then we’ll be ready to start planting a few things next weekend. My parents will be here for Easter, and my mom is an expert square-foot gardener, so she’s going to help us out. I’mso looking forward to heirloom tomatoes. Mmmm….

Oh! And mama bird laid another egg! ♥

Polaroid just came out with a new, really cool looking instant camera. It prints your photos out instantly like an oldschool Polaroid but also allows you to save and edit them before printing. That’s the best of both worlds right there!

How fun would this be at a birthday party? Set up a super cute photo booth, print the photos right there and give them away as party favors! Then post them all on Facebook or Flickr for everyone to see, and print extra copies later for your scrapbook. This thing is definitely going on my wish list!

The Polaroid Z340 – available at PhotoJojo.com for $299 (with 10 prints) & $349 (with 100 prints) ♥

I read so many more books since I got my Kindle last year. I guess it’s a combination of how simple it is to buy books (one click!) and the portability of the little guy, it just makes reading that much easier. Plus, having the Kindle app on my phone, I always have a book with me! I love technology.

I finished reading Mindy Kaling’s book on our way to Vegas the other day and I just loved it. She is completely hilarious and had me laughing out loud so many times. The book starts off with her funny and embarrassing childhood and works its way through her life, ending with “strict instructions for her funeral” and a eulogy written for her by one of her friends. Random chapters about her opinion on different things are thrown in there too, like one about why she doesn’t eat cupcakes anymore, “types of women in romantic comedies who are not real” and a chapter on Jewish guys.

Reading this book made me love Mindy. I wish we could be friends in real life. I feel like she would be so easy to hang out with, and would be one of those positive role models/super-girlfriends who would always have my back and honestly tell me if my butt looked big in a pair of jeans, etc. She’s smart, determined and a really hard worker. And she doesn’t take herself too seriously either, which I love.

I definitely recommend this book to all girls – you’re pretty much guaranteed to like it. And it’s a super easy read that could probably be finished in a single sitting if you really wanted to.

I’ll probably be doing little book reviews more frequently on here in the future. (I’m trying to become a better “writer…”) My choices in literature are usually pretty dorky/trendy though, so don’t make fun of me, I just like easy-reading! I just started Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan on our flight back into Norfolk yesterday. I’m only a few pages in and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. We’ll see how long I can hang with that before I start Michael Ian Black’s You’re Not Doing It Right, which I pre-ordered and just popped up in my Kindle today.

I usually get my book recommendations from my friends on Goodreads (which I’m not the best at updating, whoopsies…) from Twitter and from Bust Magazine. Anything I must read? Looking at you, Erin. ♥