Friday, November 17, 2017

All the Frills: Regretting a Recent Win

So I recently entered a gift draw at my local drugstore and I won! Which is shocking because I never win anything. My haul included an insane number of little samples of various high end creams and skin care products and makeup. And that’s dangerous because it’s caused me to fall in love with this particular product that retails for over $100. But now I’m hooked and so my bank account is going to take a big hit when my little sample size runs out. Do you indulge in any skin care splurges?

Weekend Reading

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Maternity Leave Reality Check

Full disclosure, I’m finding being on maternity leave a little rough – and I freely admit that. It’s a bit like walking of a cliff in that I went from having a really challenging job that I put a lot of hours into (not to mention working a lot at home on the book – which, of course, is now finished) to just full stop not much to do all day. Eleanor also still has a somewhat erratic sleep schedule so while she does take lengthy day time naps, I never really know when she will want to sleep and that makes it hard to make plans to get out of the house.

It's also further complicated by the fact that she likes travelling in the car but as soon as the car stops, she wants out of her car seat and angrily tells you so - so even just taking her out to a store or to get groceries is complicated. Combine all that with not having regular access to other grown ups and it’s definitely a bit isolating. Most days I find myself counting down the hours until the helpmeet gets home from work and I have an adult to talk to. I take her out to programs at our local library and to visit with family and friends, as well as going into the office a few hours a week (trust me, I need the break) but I can say with confidence that I’m really glad that I opted for eight months of leave instead of the more standard twelve (my helpmeet is doing the other four months). Anyways, given that I only get out of the house sporadically, I really made the most of this trip to the vet.

leggings: ASOS / dress: Rachel Roy / shoes: Spring / necklace: Oak + Fort / jacket: The Bay

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Well Heeled For Winter

I may have missed out on getting a lot of wear out of my sandals this year (there's snow on the ground now so that ship has definitely sailed) but at least now that I'm driving my own car I can actually get more wear out of the few pairs of heels I have this winter. Walking in snow is never conducive to wearing heels so the driving thing makes a HUGE difference.

top: F21 / leggings: ASOS / shoes:ModCloth / necklace: Stella and Dot

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Missing Sandal Season

Another bonus of not being pregnant anymore was that the swelling in my feet finally subsided in July and I could fit into sandals, etc again. While it's full on winter here now, until a couple of weeks ago I could still get away with wearing sandals - so I really made the most of it.

pants: ASOS / shirt: Winners / jacket: Aritzia / sandals: Arturo Chiang / necklace: Stella and Dot / sunglasses: Aldo

Friday, November 10, 2017

All the Frills: New Shoe Additions Edition

Lord knows I love me a good pair of loafers. And it seems like every fall I have to add at least another pair or two to my closet – seriously, how great are those sparkly ones?

Weekend Reading: