Monday, August 22, 2016

A view from above

on me: dress: Asos | hat: J.Crew | on Darren : Frank & Oak sweater & shorts | Sperry shoes

Photos by Maitha Lunde

Hi everyone! As promised here's the second look from our maternity shoot in Positano. The yellow maxi dress is one of my favorites, it's regular sizing but maternity friendly. Yellow is sold out but still available in blue! I'm currently 39 weeks and anxiously waiting for  our baby boy's big debut. Hopefully soon because he's now the size of a watermelon and that's no fun to carry around!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunrise maternity shoot in Positano, Italy

Back in May, Darren and I went on our babymoon in the Amalfi coast and had our maternity photos taken at sunrise in Positano. While planning for the trip we had a tough time deciding when the best time was for us to go. After some research we found that recommendations for traveling were best during the second trimester into the beginning of the third. Personally, I wanted to wait for the bump to get a tad bigger for photos but Darren worried that the further along I got, the more strenuous it would be on my body and I'm glad I listened to him.  I was 25 weeks going on 26 and was still able to walk and sight seen comfortably but had we waited, walking would have been a challenge as we did a lot of that!

On me: dress - my own design. On Darren: Saks Fifth suit, Charles Tyrwhitt shirt, Ted Baker bowtieAllen Edmonds shoes
Photos by Maitha Lunde

At the time we hadn't revealed the gender of the baby but I chose to wear a blue dress as a subtle hint for when we shared our photos. Being the procrastinator that I am, I made the dress one week before the trip and it nearly drove me crazy as I worked on it day in day out! We did two looks and can't wait to share the second look on the next blog post! Stay tuned!

Friday, July 22, 2016

From 16 weeks till now

left: Asos dress, F21 duster (similar) | right: Asos dress, also available in red, blue, mint, orange & nude)

Hi guys! I know it's been months since I've last updated and if you haven't noticed I've been a little busy. Darren and I are expecting and I'm currently 34 weeks! Although I've been very fortunate with an easy pregnancy (no morning sickness, weird food cravings or food aversions), I decided to take a break from blogging to enjoy this new exciting chapter in my life, a little "me time" before it's all about our precious baby.

Asos dress (sleeveless version here), Celine bag, M Gemi shoes, Halogen sleeveless trench (similar)

Darren and I knew we wanted children but we didn't have a timeline as to when we'd start. For me, I could've waited another year but Darren started to feel the "itch" with the birth of his first nephew (I have 2 nephews and a niece on my side). We hadn't been trying long and I didn't think it would happen so fast but we were lucky to have such a great blessing! 

dress: my own design, shop similar styles below!

I didn't know I was pregnant until I was already 7 weeks along but looking back I remember feeling bloated and tired all the time but chalked it up to the winter blues and the lack of exercise. It was also around the holidays but who isn't tired at that time of year? To be sure I took multiple pregnancy tests all of which came out negative. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve, time after time, the results were negative. 
Then came January. 
After returning from a fun filled trip I felt more tired than usual and decided to take one more test. This time, the test registered ➕!  I was overwhelmed and filled with mixed emotions, mostly joy and happiness but also a little guilt. I had been consuming alcohol over the holidays and throughout my trip. Poor little baby!  So in a panic I called my doctor for the next available appointment who assured us the baby was fine and that this was a fairly common situation.

The day I found out I wanted to tell Darren right away but I didn't want to do it over the phone. Instead, I found this cute onesie and T-shirt set, had it shipped priority and even then it took almost an entire week to get here!  Not being able to share this super exciting news with Darren right away was agonizing but in the end as I watched him open the package, it was so worth it.  I recorded Darren and the reveal and I can't wait to share it with our baby!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Asymmetric sweater

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Hi guys! I've been recovering from the flu and just finally started feeling better. It's been so cold and windy it sure hasn't been easy to take photos. Good news is spring is only 54 days away!