The biggest challenge of this pregnancy (besides the lack of wine and the insane heat!) has been finding clothes to wear that a) fit and b) actually look okay. I’ve been primarily subsisting on my pre-pregnancy skinny black jeans which transitioned to fitting, to being held together with a hair-tie to finally being used with a belly belt (and extender for your buttons). That doesn’t mean I’m not in constant fear that my fly is undone.
In this heat (seriously Summer, I love you, but I’m over it!), my at-home uniform consists of mismatched shorts and whatever shirt I can find that fits over my belly. Bra is optional these days.
So, when Elena from DCinstyle contacted me (through Instagram!!) about being part of her maternity style collaboration series, I jumped at the chance to see if I could pull off something that would be fit to be seen in public at this late stage of pregnancy. Elena is a talented artist and has been rocking some amazing maternity style throughout her pregnancy. And I have to be honest, what I really wanted was an awesome picture of me done by her.
How cute is this??!!
OMG – her cat reminds me of Mad Cat from Inspector Gadget. So cute!
Check out Elena’s blog for more of her fabulous look!
I struggled a little bit to find something in my wardrobe that I fit into at 37 weeks pregnant, but I found this non-maternity dress at the back of my closet (thank god for stretch!!) and even managed to pull on some heels for the photos.
Can you tell I want baby to come NOW?
I am no fashion blogger and Evs got tired of asking me to try and not look like the Joker when smiling. So this is what you get. Excuse the tired face – it was still 37 degrees at that point in evening and I was hungry.
What a fun exercise and it did well to pull me out of my rut. Wishing you all the best Elena for the rest of your pregnancy! xx
Hola friends! Can you believe the weekend is here ALREADY?!
Because I had a 3-day week.
Ok, making you jealous aside – my week flew by and I was busy as a bee trying to fit in 5 workdays worth of work into 3 and cursing the traffic that STILL seemed to be around when most people with good sense would be away from where I needed to be and preferably on holiday.
This weekend is gearing up to be a busy one with some more baby-related shopping happening, a trip to visit friends in Geelong (about 1.5 hrs drive out of Melbourne) to see their new baby and prettying up the house a little more. As the weather does it’s topsy-turvy thing, in the moments where it decides to stay sunny (um, 26 degrees (78.8 F) on Sunday – AWESOME) means playtime outside and chasing the dogs to hold them down and give them a much-needed bath.
I’m excited about the upcoming week as well for a few reasons.
1. COLDPLAY CONCERT on Tuesday!!!
2. DIWALI on Tuesday!!! (which kinda clashes with the concert but we’ll make it work )
3. 20 week ultrasound on Thursday!! Woohoo – get to see bubs again
For your reading pleasure, here’s a few links I loved this week:
After spending 3 months in Hong Kong last year, I missed my Melbourne so bad. And now, after coming home to Melbourne, I find myself missing HK at the oddest times. It…grew on me. This great post from Thought Catalog summed up my feelings about my city – I can bet it will do the same about yours.
Making pancakes on Sunday morning would be perfect. They are Paleo-friendly, contain no sugar (using Stevia or dextrose so good for those on the I Quit Sugar program), low-carb but filled with protein so they keep you fuller for longer. I’d eat them with a blueberry coulis (after a tip from Liz!) and some greek yogurt on the side.
You wouldn’t think a guy with two failed marriage would have much advice to give in regards to relationships, would you? But this post surprisingly has some good ones. If anything, you know what NOT to do to blow it up
It’s that time of year again for me. Spring, while I love thee – I don’t love the hayfever/allergies that I am subjected to with much stuffiness of the nose, watery, itchy eyes and sneezing. Oh the sneezing! I swear I am going to shoot that baby out one day with one of my sneezes. Since I am pregnant, I’m not recommended to take the normal anti-histamines that I’d willingly pop and have had to resort to other ways to manage it. This great post from Maria at Econest lists some natural, ayurvedic tips to make your life a little easier in the allergy season (And funny how half these things my dad does but I never really paid much thought to it. Huh.)
Now that it is getting warmer, I am forced to take my legs out of hibernation (and actually shave!). The problem is that I don’t really fit into any of my clothes any more. So when I saw this post about creating your own DIY summer skirt, my first thought was – this is AWESOME. Because it really is THAT simple. AND I don’t have to waste money. If that didn’t get you, well, every girl needs some stretchy skirts in their closets for their babies. Food babies of course.
I liked Eat, Pray, Love. The movie? Meh – not so much. And since it came out (and before 50 Shades of Grey took over) – every woman I know had a desire to travel to either India, Italy or Indonesia to fulfil that part of her life as per the book. This post about one woman’s experience with the EPL-ers is a funny read. And I agree her #1 as well.
Blessed week – you have ended again. I really shouldn’t sound so gleeful about it, but I do enjoy my days off.
This week has surprisingly gone fast for me, which I didn’t think was possible because it seemed to drag a bit at the start. Maybe that’s just Mondays, but I’m not complaining.
Breaking news – yet another friend has had a baby girl just yesterday! I am surrounded by little people. Unfortunately she lives in Geelong, a good hour and a half away from Melbourne so am not going to be able to see her until at least next weekend.
Why not this weekend??
Well, Evs and I are off to Sydney!
I, for one, am excited. The boy? Not so much.
It might have a little bit to do with the fact the sole reason we are going to Sydney is to attend the HANSON concert!!!
So lame, I know. But I HAD to – this was my only chance to see my teenage heartthrobs bring me back to a place of nostalgia and have me legitimately Mmm-bop along to their music. #sorryi’mnotsorry
I’m just a little freaked out that my once-true-love Taylor, is now married with FOUR kids.
What the WHAT?!
Despite Evs’ grumbling and threats to stay in the hotel room and watch anime, he is coming with me and we’re going to make the most of it. I’m also looking forward to the Sydney sunshine so that will be something we can both enjoy
But not to leave you behind either and compensate for the insane jealousy I am sure you are all feeling (I mean I could be just fingertips away from Taylor Hanson!!), here are my reads for the week:
I have been known, in the depths of desperation (and sometimes even not) when I can’t find chocolate to dive deep into a jar of Nutella and eat it by the delicious spoonful. And now Not Quite Nigella has fuelled my hidden obsession by coming up with a recipe to make your own nutella. For extra induglence she also has a white chocolate and dark chocolate version too. Get on this NOW.
I remember when I was a kid growing up in a predominately “white” school that I was teased for how I looked, my skin colour and anything they perceived as different. The bullying hurt and I thought that if I could change myself that things would be different. But as time went on, I cared less & less what they thought of me. High school was just that…high school. But for this 14 year old girl, her only solution was plastic surgery. Would you have done this if you were in her position?
If there is anything I love more about vintage movies – it’s the fashion and the hairstyles. And finally trawling through Pinterest, I found a site that shows me how to do the top 10 retro hairstyles at home. Definitely one to try.
Often I get looks of surprise when I tell people that I’ve been married for almost 5 years. They exclaim with some disbelief “You guys act like newlyweds!” (In fact it was this very behaviour that caused many people to think we were on our honeymoon in Vietnam last year and keep giving us cakes lol). That being said, there are many, many moments of ordinary in between. This wonderful post looks at one of the truths about marriage – that in fact it’s not that exciting after all via Where My Heart Resides
Speaking of marriage, here is THE most funniest post I have read in a long time on picking your battles. I’m not going to give it away except to say Knock, Knock Motherfucker.
Who were your favourite band/singer when you were a teenager? Would you go see them again now as adults? (or am I just really lame?? )