I can’t even believe it! I’m 40 weeks along today, and still no sign of our baby girl. Perhaps she’s feeling a bit timid to enter this world, and I don’t blame her—it can be a scary place—but I keep reassuring her all will be well. With the nursery nearly complete, one of my favorite things to do is sit in the rocker and read the most darling baby books. Two of my favorites include the stories of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn—both emphasize big dreams start with small beginnings. These types of inspirational stories have always given me motivation throughout the years, and I hope these little books do the same for our sweet girl. My hope for her is she’ll dream big, shoot for the stars and pursue her God-given talents and passions (just one of the many things I ponder these days, as we wait for her debut!).
In other, less serious news, I’d like to share two maternity looks with you. Up until recently, I’ve been able to sneak around maternity clothing by wearing billowy dresses and tops. However, these last few weeks I’ve really needed a bit more to cover the bump. The Kimi and Kai maternity line is great, not only for its stylish maternity wear, but it works well postpartum for nursing (there are zippers just underneath the cascading ruffles). If you’re considering investing in maternity clothes, below I share two pretty dresses from this brand that work swimmingly for Summer.
This weekend I’m channeling my festive holiday spirit and paying tribute to the American flag by wearing red, white and blue. We have close college friends in town from L.A. with no real agenda other than to relax, picnic in the backyard and enjoy some good food. Last year I shared a 4th of July inspired tablescape on the blog, seen here, which will come in handy for this year’s celebration as well. But given that I’m 37 weeks pregnant, I’m trying to take it easy—so this July 4th will be pretty low key. Thankfully our friends are super laid back and I don’t feel the need to “entertain.” In fact, tonight we grilled burgers, ate off paper plates, and nibbled on potato chips straight out of the bag. Nothing fancy here, but we’re happy campers in good company.
There is something classic about an all-white ensemble that transcends all seasons. Especially in Summer, white exudes an effortless ease and sophistication I love. One can easily throw on a little white dress, and call it a day! I’m a sucker for dainty eyelet details, so when I saw this dress on sale I knew right away it would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. Given the loose, shift-style fit, it also accommodates my growing bump (which has been a huge decision factor in shopping these days).
Tomorrow marks the first official day of summer, and let me tell you, it’s hot in the Bay Area! Temperatures reached a record high in the triple digits. Pregnancy and heat are not a good combo, so it’s been a tad uncomfortable. Thankfully, it’s expected to cool back down in a few days, but until then we’re staying indoors close to blowing fans and AC. With these warm days, I’ve been rotating through white breezy dresses to stay cool. So, to kick of the sizzling season of Summer, I’ve rounded up a few white pieces I’m eyeing—all under $100!
Although we don’t have true vacation plans on the horizon, I can’t help but feel like I should pack for a getaway with this gauzy cotton dress—the embroidered blue details, and subtle front tassels make for a slight gypsy, bohemian flair—calling for a seaside destination. Club Monaco’s Summer Style Event is currently offering up to 30% off, where you can snatch a unique array of breezy items, like this dress, in hues of light blue. Below I link to a few items I’m loving for the Summer season, or you can shop curated items at the Club Monaco beach shop herewith discount code “summer.” With the baby on the way, truth be told, I haven’t had much time to think about summer vacation plans nor do much blogging (these photos were taken Easter weekend, so, as you can imagine, the bump is much bigger these days!).
Is it just me, or does it feel like Spring came and went in a flash? The cherry blossoms beautifully bloomed for a few weeks, but unfortunately didn’t last much longer. Thankfully we can continue to live-out the Spring season in floral prints and flowy silhouettes, with pieces like this ASTR dress (under $100!). A floral print exudes a feminine flair I can’t resist and one I think I’ll be wearing frequently this season. Below I link to a variety of spring dresses, including a few maternity ones I’m eyeing.