August 29, 2013 § 5 Comments
Happy Friday everyone! Here my August Favorites:
1 on my nightstand
I’ve read a lot of light fiction lately, nothing newsworthy. But let me share two non-fiction books that should make your wish list if you’re mom. Or if you know a mama that needs a gift:
This book was such a great read for the season of life I’m in. When I first saw the title I didn’t think it was for me. After all, I’m not desperate. I was able to glean so much wisdom from this book. Truly recommend it!
The other book is for those of you who, like me, had not much clue about feeding my 3-year-old. I read a ton about feeding my baby, but once he reached toddlerhood and got picky, I was at a loss. I’m learning a lot from this book. Easy, simple to read.
2 on my tv
Well, while my dad was here, he got me a subscription to a Brazilian new channel so I can watch it online. So I’ve been pretty much just watching Brazilian news. And Project Runway, of course.
3 in my ears
I’ve listened to a lot of Matt Papa, which is unusual for me. I don’t normally listen to their style of music. But we got a chance to listen to them lead worship at a retreat and it was SO refreshing. Great, great lyrics. This one is my very favorite.
Another song on repeat is this one:
4 in my closet/ vanity
I actually didn’t go shopping this month. Saving up for Fall. I hope to add these two items to my closet/vanity:
And now that I’ve reached the prime age of 31, I heard this baby works miracles on your skin:
5 on my iPad
Loving this app
to jazz up my Instagrams!
Linking up with Ashley for my monthly favorites.
August 28, 2013 § 7 Comments
I realized I never posted this outfit. This was earlier in the Summer when the bump was still small and the weather was still mild.
I wore a uniform for all of my school career. Every day of my school life, I had no opportunity to express myself. The decision of what I was going to wear had been made for me. Some mornings I was thankful for not having to think about what to put on my body, but most days I longed for the opportunity to be creative with what I wore. When I started college, it was the first time I got to inject my personality and my state of mind into what I was wearing. Those years were fun and eye-opening.
My freshman year, my mom found this lady that made hand-woven scarves (almost a shawl, really) and asked her to make me a bright orange one. If I could choose only one piece to define my college years, that soft and shiny orangey scarf would be it. I wore it with my awesome denim jacket ( it was the 2000’s people!) to school, I wore it with a bright turquoise dress to a party. I wore with a white tank top in the Summer. I wore it with my brown cowboy boots in the Winter. That scarf was the epitome of my freedom to express myself the way I knew best, through clothing.
I’ve gone through a bit of a style crisis lately. With my last pregnancy, I was going through so much transition, I just didn’t have the chance to find styles that fit my bump and my personality. I ended up wearing a lot of clothes generously given to me by sweet friends, but they just simply weren’t my style. I had a hard time making it my own with my ever-growing body.
I am not quite sure how I am going to do it, I am on a budget and my belly keeps growing… But I hope to keep my sense of style and identity this go round. I’m hoping to find my “orange scarf” all over again. In order to do so, I made up a list of what made that scarf so key in helping me define my sense of style (after years of wearing a uniform ).
If you are in a style rut too, I hope this list will help you as well.
1. Unique: The piece must be one-of-a-kind. Something exquisite like my handmade scarf, makes the piece extra special. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be something you bought at H&M, as long as it looks like something special and truly unique.
2. Remarkable: Along the lines of uniqueness, a remarkable piece is one people will always remember you by. A rich color, a delicate texture, an interesting pattern will do the trick.
3. Versatile: My orange scarf was my go-to accessory for everything, night and day, fancy or everyday. You wouldn’t think an orange scarf to be versatile, but it worked for me. Versatile pieces aren’t made only of black, gray and denim.
4. Make you feel like yourself: This perhaps, if the most important part of all. It has to be that shoe/bag/skirt that when people look at it they think “that’s Priscila’s”. My orange scarf doesn’t show who I am anymore ( I’m out of college and way past my twenties), so I must look for something that defines my current place in life and sense of style.
Wish me luck on finding that key piece!
Tell me, do you have one thing in your closet that defines your style? What is it?
August 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
How far along: 16 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of an avocado
Weight gain: I feel like I got really big really fast over the past few weeks. I’m at a 9 lbs weight gain. I hope
Sleeping: Heartburn has set in. And of course I still wake up a couple of times a night to go to the bathroom. I still get a solid night of sleep though, can’t complain.
Food cravings: If I craved mostly healthy stuff during my first weeks of pregnancy, this past few weeks I have craved a lot of junk. Bacon. Chocolate. With the nausea going away in the past few days, I feel more in charge of my nutrition. I’ve been able to make healthier choices. I can eat eggs for breakfast again, or even oatmeal (my go-to breakfast before the nausea set in). So things are looking up!
Food aversions: I still have the occasional momentary aversion. One food sounds great in one moment and then awful the next. Other than that, I feel like I can eat anything.
Symptoms: My old friend, acid reflux. I had it terribly with O. Here we go again. Good thing I know all the tricks!
Miss Anything?: My Lucky brand jeans. 🙂
Doctor’s appointment: I went to the doctor yesterday and she confirmed what she was thinking at my previous appointment: We are having our girl! We couldn’t be more thrilled. Baby girl is growing and doing really well. We had known for about the month the possibility that she was girl, so I was doing my best to hold off on looking at all the pretty girly things that’s out there. I just feel so blessed God is giving me the opportunity to be the mommy of a boy and a girl. Oliver is mostly excited about getting a baby sister. He’s just not sure about sharing a room with dirty diapers.
Wedding Rings: on.
Clothes: Most everything still fits, but I’ve chosen to wear loose clothing. For comfort, but also to hide that awful stage when it just looks like I’ve had one too many cupcakes. One of my maternity pants is fitting really well too. The others are a little too loose still.
Movement: Little tiny flutters, especially at night. Nothing that O or the husband can feel though.
What I’m looking forward to: buying girl clothes!
What I did / Got for baby: Started cleaning up O’s toys, we have a lot of rearranging to do.
What I learned this week: I am learning the hard lesson of doing less and being more. I’ll have a post on this soon.
Prayer requests: Praying for energy to continue my daily activities, to care for my family well while still making sure I’m not overdoing it.
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August 23, 2013 § 3 Comments
I am going to a pretend it hasn’t been forever since I’ve updated this blog and just jump right back in. Is that okay?
The main reason for my sudden disappearance:
All-day nausea, sheer exhausting and the crazy heat of summer, aren’t a good combo for when you are trying to find your blogging muse.
I still got dressed most days though, I posted some of those outfits on Instagram.
I have worn a lot of loose clothing. Trying to mask that awkward in-between stage when your bump hasn’t quite popped out and it just looks like you’ve had too many cupcakes. Here’s an iPhone glimpse of some of my favorite outfits this trimester:
I wore this to a wedding. The bump was still barely there. Dress, Ipekyol/ shoes, Aerosoles.
Another early on outfit. About ten weeks here. Shirt, Forever 21/ skirt, self-made/ shoes, a gift from my mom/ bag, Nine West.
13 weeks here. I said I’d never do it, but these pants are just too comfortable to say never. Pants, C&A/ shirt, DIY / sandals, Target.
15 and 1/2 weeks. Freaked out by how quickly the bump just popped out! Shirt, Zara/ skirt, Old Navy/ Flats, H&M.
16 weeks. An early attempt at maternity pants. I’d forgotten how comfy they are. Unfortunately these kept sliding down all day. Maybe a couple more weeks. Maternity jeans, Unionbay via Amazon/ shirt, Zara.
Well, I hope to be back with some higher quality pictures of my evolving bump style as well as some more decor around our new place. Meanwhile I leave with these two great guides on flat sandals and how to cuff your jeans.
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