January 29, 2015

"Nothing New"

 Jacket: Ross (℅), T-shirt: Lucky, Tank: H&M, Pants: Target, Neon sneakers: Keds, Accessories: Aldo's sunglasses, Forever 21 necklace, 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target bag

I hope you aren't bored of me. I've got nothing new. While I haven't quite hit nesting mode (though I feel like I'm close) I am not doing anything exciting either. It's ironic actually. One of my closest friends shared with me some exciting work news that requires her to travel abroad for the next three months. When she asked me how I was doing, I simply said, "nothing new or as exciting as that." She immediately squealed, "Of course you are! You're having a baby!"

Oh yea...

I'm not pretending to be aloof to the fact that I'm quite literally with child but, since I'm still going about my days, doing what I need and want to do, and life doesn't feel crazy different. My brain realizes the reality but my daily activities haven't faced that truth yet. 

Don't get me wrong. This journey is wonderful. The ups and downs have been new and unique to me. Different but inspiring all the same. I worry and worry sometimes but, none of that will change the future or change the truth. 

So yes, "nothing" is new with my mindset in the present but, my future? Oh, that is definitely going to be new and even exciting.

January 28, 2015

Wednesday Whim - Petit Beast

 images via Steampunk Tendancies via Cathy Van Hoang via Etsy

About 14 months ago, I acquired my first air plant. I like them because they are resilient. For someone like me, who has had many a plant become compost (wah!), they are perfect. Since then, I've amassed a collection at my desk that keeps me smiling throughout the day. It's the the little things, right?

When I came across Petit Beast created by LA-based designer, Cathy Van Hoang, I immediately fawned over the clever notion of making the air plants look like jellyfish. I admired the novelty of the plants. Their compact nature and unique silhouette were perfect for this concept. While I don't necessarily need any more plants, I'm pretty darn close to purchasing one or two (or three) from her Etsy shop.

For more on how she developed Petit Beast, read her interview here.

January 26, 2015

Pregnant Gal Update

Things have been moving along with this pregnancy of mine. I cannot believe how far along I am in this process. It's still surreal I am carrying a tiny human inside my body. I'm currently 24 weeks!

I am so grateful and fortunate to not have severe symptoms.

During my first trimester:

  • I felt minor nausea (which was ironically mitigated by eating)
  • I had serious food cravings and constantly felt ravenous (I wanted Super Duper burgers and fries, Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, Clif Kid Fruit Ropes, cheesy goodness like mac & cheese or quesadillas, donuts and apples)
    • I had to carry snacks all the time
  • I witnessed body changes immediately (baggy tops were definitely needed)
  • I experienced desires for naps throughout the day (I was never a big nap person before)
  • I have mood swings that are quite instant. Thank you to a patient and understanding husband!
As I'm going through my second trimester:

  • Nausea has dissipated
  • Food cravings have also dissipated but, every now and again, I want particular things that I can't get over until I eat them. Thankfully, the desires are more healthy options like fruits and salads
  • Obvious body changes continue
  • Exhaustion is not as severe either but, if I'm not up and about I can fall asleep
  • Mood swings still exist
The new attention has been different and at first, uncomfortable. (I have never done well with the spotlight.) But, as more and more people can see I'm pregnant, the "Congratulations" salutations and the "Do you know what you're having?" questions become easier to answer.

I am going through a major learning curve with not only my body but also with my future. As my husband and I adapt our home to invite a new person to the family, we are also meeting new people who are newly pregnant as well and we bond over the experience. Having always been an introvert, socializing with people who are going through this (or have gone through this) has been a welcome desire.

I've never been sure I could be a good mother but, I already feel an incredible amount of love for this kid. People kindly remind me that nothing in life is perfect and I can't predict anything. So "going with the flow" is important.

I remind myself constantly that things will be OK and I am perpetually grateful for this experience. 

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

January 22, 2015

Harem (Pants)

 White blazer: Zara, T-shirt: Lucky, Harem pants: Nike (gifted), Heels: Gap (old but similar), Accessories: Karen Walker sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff MAC

I have a strong love for these pants. They're similar to the pants I wore here and I swear those pants are the best thing ever. 

Since I received this pair, I've been trying hard to avoid grabbing them each and every morning. It's so easy to dress them with sneakers and a t-shirt but I decided to avert the comfort route and wore a pair of heels. 

I've clearly been changing in size and weight so I've opted to wear a lot of flats and sneakers lately. Let me just say that wearing heels ain't what it used to be.

January 21, 2015

Wednesday Whim - Latte Motion

 images via Design Faves via Maxim Stick

Let's face it. Coffee art is attractive and we've probably posted more than once to Instagram showcasing it. So, Japanese food label, Maxim Stick decided to take that addiction and create a stop motion film featuring coffee art lattes. In an adorable tale, the film features a young couple who falls in love and grows old together. Classic.

Over three days, a team of artists rallied together and made illustrations stenciled over 1,000 cups of latte using cocoa powder. Attention to detail and quality were key to pulling off this fun film. Not to mention an incredible amount of patience.

Check out the film and a behind the scenes below!


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