Category Archives: Fashion

Hobbies and Stuff

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So, I decided to add another hobby to my already long list of photography, clothes (because shopping, daydreaming about, pinning, and internet surfing for them is a hobby), practicing playing the piano and singing, reading and writing, exercising, and drawing and painting (although I have not touched that one in a long, long time). But now, I got a serger, so sewing is another one of my new things. What can I say?! I love life and all it has to offer! I’m just so interested in just about everything crafty, creative, and artsy.

I am especially interested in upcycling but I don’t think that will mean my closet will ever be completely upcyled because of lack of sewing skills and also there are just some things a serger and sewing machine can’t do, such as embroider and knit sweaters . But how cool would that be if my whole wardrobe were upcycled though?!

So, these shorts for Ruby were my first project. Actually, I made 2 of them because the first one I realized she will outgrow within a week, so I made a bigger one that she can grow into. I have a long list of projects with my serger, so hopefully the poor thing is sturdy! Here are some of the things I want to accomplish in order:

1. Finally finishing the slipcovers for our dining room chairs. I am currently working on that right now and will be finished with it by the end of the week, after a year of saying I would finish them, but having a serger changes some dynamics, so I will totally get them done!

2. Upcycling some clothes from the thrift stores. I got a few large men’s shirts from the thrift store that I am going to turn into shirts for Ruby Rose and I.

3. Make some t-shirt dresses for the summer for me and my cutie, hopefully up cycled ones.

4. Make curtains for the guest bedroom.

I am excited for these projects. I can’t wait to share them when I am done!

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Wintery Wonderful

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(Jersey dress: currently on sale at Anthropologie stores, similar here. Belt: (old) Target. Headpiece: Francesca’s.)

Although I would take sand over snow any day, I have to admit that snowy days reflect the most ethereal natural lighting for photos, so I had to take advantage. And it helped a lot that Micah came home from work, so we made it happen. Perfect lighting: check. Good hair day: check. Pretty dress and accessories: check. Cute baby: check. Baby in a good mood: no check. Usually Ruby Rose is a good sport about taking photos but the combo of being kind of sick and a furry creature that goes by the name of Hearty, weaving figure 8’s on Micah’s legs while he was taking the picture was vying for her attention, and furry creatures win for Ruby. So, there you go. That’s why Ruby looks very interested at something on the ground in all of these pictures. Next time, I will lock that cat in the garage.

A lot has happened since my last post. We have been doing a lot of house projects ever since we found out that we are not moving after all. Big relief! I was so worried about moving and all the stress of putting the house up for rent and just moving in general! I did not want to go through that!

So, we are finally doing something with our bonus room. We are making it a multi-purpose room. It will be a  family room/office/storage/craft-room/sewing room/exercise room. A lot, I know. Why don’t we just live in this room? We are putting a projector, getting giant beanbags for chairs, painting a wall with chalkboard paint, and putting up rustic/industrial shelves for storage and such. We are almost done. We just have to paint the chalkboard wall, get some chairs and beanbags, and more baskets. Here is the inspiration of the wall unit that we put up from this pin.

Also, I am finally going to finish up Ruby’s room, which all it  needs are a few more things to go on the wall and some curtains and it’s done. Another project we are going to be also doing is build some industrial shelves in this space by our pantry and we are going to build something like this. I will put up pics all in due time, of course! It’s been fun doing all of these projects. It’s really got me in a DIY frame of mind. I will have to do a post of some cool DYI’s that I have come across!

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New Mama, New Season, New Hair-Do

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***T-shirt: Free People, Quilted Jacket: JCrew Factory, Jeans: Free People, Sneakers Cynthia Rowley***

I followed the tradition of most new mamas and got my hair cut and colored. I understand now why moms do this, at least in my own way. I think after all of that pregnancy weight gain I just needed some kind of boost of self esteem somewhere and the quickest fix is my hair. Although, I am happy that my body is FINALLY starting to revert back somewhat to it’s pre-pregnancy state.

I am in no way a gym junkie or guru or anything but I have found a routine that really has been effective and working and the way I know this is because I can fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans now, although it is still a little too snug for my taste still but I am confident it will fit just as nicely as it did before in just a few more weeks. I can really see the results! It’s kinda amazing because I mean by belly was huge and for it to go down so much is a work of wonder! If you are interested, I may do a post of what I do at the gym sometime. I really ought to post more about exercise on this blog because it really is a big part of my life but I don’t feel competent to do this I guess because I am not  I a physical trainer or any kind of expert.

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Shop My Closet Mondays: Lace Skirt

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***Skirt: Free People (old)***T-shirt: Anthropologie***Shoes: Minnetonka (flea market find)***Belt:Free People***Necklace: Belks***

I play it safe in a lot of my purchases because I just can’t afford trends and also I don’t like bothering sifting through my closet constantly and getting rid of stuff. I try to buy pieces that are keepers, like this skirt….it’s a keeper. It transcends with time. I have done several posts with it, check out here and here on my old blog. It’s just classic and I can even see Ruby Rose playing dress up with it one day a very long time from now.

So, I want to be a little bit more organized with the posts on my blog and so sometimes I am going to categorize my posts into these:

  1. Projects and Such- this one is a given, for things I create, DYI’s, or projects and such.
  2. Shop My Closet Mondays- this is when I take a piece from my closet that I continue to wear and that I have had for awhile and show you how I style it sometimes in different ways, like on this post!
  3. Spotlight- when I take something that I have been noticing or loving lately such as a trend or cool thing and “spotlight” it on my blog.
  4. In and Around Our Home- Pictures of family and friends and happenings in our home.
  5. On my mind- this is when I feel like bringing up something substantial and more personal on my blog because sometimes this girl needs to vent =D

Anyhoo, we had a great weekend! We had dinner with some good friends and we also went to the mall in Durham and I found this perfect white t-shirt (the one I am currently wearing). I can think of a million ways of wearing it, that’s how you know it’s perfect. And also I scored this cute Juicy Couture outfit for Ruby Rose for $20ish. I don’t normally buy name brands for her unless it is cheap and this outfit is about how much I would pay for a top and bottom for her from Target, so why not?!

I hope you have a great week =D

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Heirloom Dresses and Postpartum ‘Fesses

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***Dress: Free People*** Shoes: MiuMiu***Belt: Kate Spade***

 While I was pregnant I read about other women’s pregnancies, especially in blogs. One thing that rings true to me, at least in my case, is when a blogger mentioned that you age after having a baby. When I look at myself in pictures, I do feel like I have “matured” and I feel I look slightly different than I used to. It may be partly because I have not lost all the pregnancy weight and partly because I am not getting as much beauty rest these days and maybe hormones may be to blame? I don’t know and it really does not matter to me.

I have found that what women complain the most about after pregnancy, including myself, is the physical changes that occurs because that is what us women do, we nitpick all that is wrong with us and after pregnancy there is a lot to nitpick about: stretch marks, weight gain, wider hips, and other body changes. But you know what, I actually don’t care any more. I am being patient about my body reverting back to what it used to be. I am doing all that I can. I go to the gym and literally work my butt off while I am there. But if I don’t get the results that I want and if don’t get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, it is okay. Why should I be harsh to my body? It does not deserve that kind of treatment and criticism. It was the vessel that nurtured and carried  the little girl that I love with all of my heart and soul. It deserves to be taken care of and not bashed. These changes are all worth it for my little one, whether they are here to stay or not. I love my body and I am grateful for it. DSC_3360b DSC_3356bDSC_3374b DSC_3372 DSC_3371

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Hoping for an Indian Summer

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***slip dress: Free People *** scarf: Anthropologie (currently on sale) *** shoes: Sam Edelman *** belt: Free People***

I know most of you are very ready for the fall and for cooler weather, especially down here in the South where it is so humid. But me, I am not quite ready to let  summer go yet…Summer has flown by for me. It was spent mostly indoors nurturing my little one as she grew from a fragile preemie to a more energetic infant. I have to say it has been a wonderful and unique summer with lots of kisses, snuggles, laughter, and squeezing.

Normally, sans-Ruby Rose, my summer would be spent outdoors, going to beaches, pools, ice cream shops, doing hikes, blueberry and strawberry picking, and taking pictures in dilapidated buildings random fields and such, but some of those activities are not really infant friendly things. But now, I feel more comfortable bringing Ruby Rose outdoors, so for me and my little Ruby Rose, summer has just begun, so we’re hoping for an Indian summer this year.

 

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Mama Bliss

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 (“What are we looking at Ruby Rose?”)

A love for one’s child is quite an amazing new experience and feeling for me. That is why I can’t stop babbling to Micah how much I just love her…It’s an overwhelming feeling! This love gives me a surge of energy and I can’t help but  kiss her, hug her, talk to her, cuddle with her, sing to her, and play with her all day long.  I also just want to take her everywhere with me and show her off to the world and tell everyone “Hey, this is my baby! I’m her mama!” I know it sounds so silly but I really feel this way! She really is my pride and joy. Yes, I am in new mama bliss and I don’t want to snap out of it =p

I hope you had a good Sunday!

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***Blouse: Free People, Denim shorts: Paige, Slip ons: Saks Brand***

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