Tuesday, April 22, 2014


My bestie Sherrie came to visit about a week ago and brought her gorgeous little baby and a big bag of maternity and baby clothes. This birdie dress was in it. I really like this birdie dress. I'm assuming it's thrifted as Sherrie is a big fan of thrifting just like me.

It has a lot of birds on it. Colored-in birds and outlined birds just hanging on some flowery branches. Birds, branches and flowers? Looks like spring! As for the cardigans and leggings, I think those accessories are going to be short-lived. Spring around these parts gets really warm, really quickly.

Sherrie and I are not at all the same size, but maternity clothes seem to be a great equalizer. Also pretty equal: Tiny babies. Sherrie's coming back to visit in May and asked if I wanted any of her baby's tiny, tiny clothing for my future tiny, tiny baby. Of course I said yes! The only thing better than thrifted finds is thrifted finds passed on by friends!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring break flowers and stripes

I knew this skirt was going to serve me well all the way through my third trimester (which starts this week).

These pictures were taken over spring break, which was rather cold and rainy and un-spring-break-y. I spent the week getting the nursery ready, generally nesting (which included giving even MORE things away, but our house is too filled with stuff!) and watching House marathons. I did not spend it doing school work for either my job or my education (two-year AIG certification cohort is over in one week!), but sometimes you need to take a break on spring break, right? And by "break" I mean "do all the dishes and organize the giant closet of clothes and shoes and such."

And now (spoiler alert), the funniest thing I've seen lately on the ol' television set: When Ben and Leslie find out they're having triplets on Parks and Recreation. Ben's reaction: "Doctor. What do we do? How... how... how? I mean, what do we do?" All legitimate questions. I hear ya Ben, and I'm only having one!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Style Icon: Judy Garland in Easter Parade

Easter Parade teaches us an important style lesson -- you will not be fabulous trying to imitate someone, you will only be fabulous being authentically yourself.

You see, Judy Garland's character starts out trying to replace/be just like Ann Miller's character, and it's not working out. That's not who Judy Garland is! She's earthier than that. She's spunkier!

Once her and Fred Astaire figure that out, they become dancing sensations. (And maybe, possibly get romantical.)

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Do they? Do they really prefer blondes?

Well, gentlemen or not, most fellows dig Marilyn Monroe, but in this movie, Jane Russell gives her a run for her money!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More polka dots

Just walking my dog and rocking some polka dots. That is all.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stripes and Sabria

Yesterday, I got to meet my best friend's baby for the first time. Little Sabria was so adorable! She's three months old and very sweet and inquisitive. Sherrie lives in Virginia and is moving even farther away to Illinois soon. Luckily, her parents live close-ish to me so I know she'll be coming to visit relatively regularly, and I'll have to make it out to the Midwest too! I hate how so many of my favorite people live so far away. Ah well. She got an awesome new job and is living near Sabria's other grandparents so it's a good thing for their family.

Another good thing: This maxi dress. I went to Target to get maternity capri pants for work (didn't have them), and ended up with this really awesome striped maxi dress. It's not maternity, but like so many maxi dresses, it is bump friendly.

It's stretchy. It's comfortable. I love the uneven striped pattern, and it should still be awesome post-baby as well. (The little booger is kicking me so hard, my stomach moves on its own these days. That is so awesome to me!)

Danskos remain my go-to shoes. I bought Birkenstocks for my third trimester, but I'm working on breaking them in. I figure I need some roomy sandals for this summer.

Robert's been out of town on business, but he came back Saturday night, and Sunday morning he was able to feel the baby kick for the first time, and Sunday night I called him in to watch my belly move by itself. Exciting times, I tell you what!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Style Icon: Darlene Conner

Darlene was the smart-mouthed, smart-brained Conner kid on "Roseanne." She had long, messy hair and embraced '90s grunge full force.

Sometimes she was a little goth. Sometimes she was a little Kurt Cobain. Always, she was awesome.

The girl did denim-on-denim, and she did it well. Her jeans had holes. Her boots had stomp. 

And her boyfriend was a giant geek. (Hey Leonard! How's it going?) Have I mentioned her love of flannel? She really loved flannel. A lot of people loved flannel in the '90s. What happened to that? Let's bring that look back. Let's bring it back in the name of Darlene, style icon.