Friday, July 21, 2017

All the Frills: Maternity Photo Shoot Outtakes

Some outtakes from the maternity photos I did with my husband … these were taken just three days before her arrival, actually. I was on the fence as to whether I wanted to incorporate this fur-collared vest into the shots so I did a few test ones. While I definitely think I made the right decision in not including it, I absolutely love how legitimately bonkers I look in this whole outfit. This is what happens when you pick the most 'out there' outfit possible for your maternity photos and you have zero regrets about doing so!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Making a Spectacle of Myself

The lesson of these photos is that I could pull off some pretty impressive optical illusions in terms of how giant I looked in the midst of my final trimester by simply displaying myself at different angles. While I look undeniably giant when shown from certain angles, I look a little sleeker from others. It’s a miracle!

All joking aside, this was one of my favourite pregnancy outfits – the dress is so chic and yet comfy and I feel like it works perfectly paired with this jacket. I actually wore this to go bowling for a friend’s birthday and even though it was just 5-pin (so a very light and small ball), I could only manage one game, felt incredibly awkward doing it, and was insanely sore of the next day. I also found it really difficult initially to find my center of balance (like to the extent that on my first ball I totally tipped to the side and had to brace myself with my knee and wrist…I can only imagine that everyone else at the bowling alley must have been horrified to see a massively pregnant woman essentially lightly fall while bowling!). Ah, the joys of pregnancy!

dress: ASOS / jacket: Joe Fresh / booties: Aldo / sunglasses: Aldo / necklace: Stella and Dot

Friday, July 14, 2017

All the Frills: Sketches

My uncle is an immensely talented artist and has spent a good deal of his adulthood travelling around Europe making these gorgeous sketches of churches and cathedrals – many of which he’s sold and also printed on cards for sale. These four pieces adorning a little nook on my landing of one of my condo staircases are by him and I just adore them. Walking by them every day puts a smile on my face.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Exasperation Face

Worn for an afternoon of running errands. What I love sooooo much about these photos is the last one – a hilarious outtake in which I was not at all trying to make this gesture or have this expression but which seems to pretty perfectly summarize my feelings about being pregnant when these were taken.

leggings: Thyme Maternity / tank top: H&M / cardigan: Pins + Needles / sneakers: Converse / choker: Oak + Fort

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Home Stretch

There were very few remaining shoes that I could actually fit in aside from my Toms when these were taken – and even those were getting really uncomfortable by the end of the day. Guys, pregnancy is not fun. On the more positive side of things, I got an email from my editor yesterday confirming that my book is basically all ready to go to press! I am so looking forward to seeing the final product in a couple of months.

leggings: ASOS / shoes: Toms / tunic: Zara / jacket: H&M / sunglasses: Aldo

Friday, July 7, 2017

All the Frills: Baby Shower

Flashback to the lovely baby shower that was thrown for me back at the beginning of June. As I think the photos suggest, I had a pretty swell time.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Witchy on the Cheap

Worn recently out to dinner with one friend and then to see a movie with another (this was just at the very end of my seventh month and I was in the frame of mind of thinking that, as my due date drew nearer, I needed to cram in as many social visits with as many different people as possible before I went into full hermit mode following the baby's birth).

This lace dress (it’s not the best shot of it here, unfortunately) is one of my favourite maternity fashions finds – I bought it to wear in professional photos that the helpmeet and I decided to do and I picked it up for the crazy low price of $6. So it’s both witchy and affordable, which are my two favourite things in the world.

dress: Thyme Maternity / boots: Steve Madden / jacket: H&M / necklace: Stella and Dot

Monday, July 3, 2017

Makeshift Maternity Wear

I am totally smitten with this pleated dress I picked up from ModCloth. It’s not actually a maternity dress but I got in it size XL and then added this tie to fashion it into a maternity piece…and I love it! I also think it will be great for wearing now that the baby (BTW, we named her Eleanor Elizabeth Medea) – just because it’s very loose and flowy and oh so comfy.

dress: ModCloth / leggings: ASOS / jacket: Joseph Ribkoff / necklace: Stella and Dot / shoes: Target / sunglasses: Aldo

Friday, June 30, 2017

All the Frills: Vacation From Myself

I honestly keep forgetting that I own this wig. I bought it as a sort of joke when out with a friend but I genuinely do love the sea foam shade and the chance to occasionally put in on and take a little vacation from myself. Which is exactly what I did here. Usually I’d wear it some place fun but I wasn't really doing a lot of “fun” stuff when these were taken on account of being so uncomfortable, so I basically just wore it out for dinner and then a drive around our area with my helpmeet. I find driving to be a really good distraction actually; it forces me to pay attention to something and gets me out of my own headspace. And why not kick my drive up a notch with a little wig action?

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hobbit Feet

At the time when these photos were taken, it had recently become apparent to me that my feet were starting to swell and I could no longer wear the majority of my shoes because it was just too uncomfortable. That included the pair that I’m wearing in these photos, unfortunately; they were my go to black flats. Sigh.

flats: Aldo / leggings: ASOS Maternity / t-shirt: Old Navy / blazer: Simons / necklace: Target / sunglasses: Aldo

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Bulge

My last post, which largely centred on how different I look now that I’m in the final stages of my pregnancy, makes me once again feel a deep appreciation for the magic of this cape. It’s like the ultimate pregnancy hider!

pants: Thyme Maternity / shirt: ModCloth / shoes: Zigi / cape: BB Dakota / tote: yeah, that’s my Dorinda Medley (she of Real Housewives of NYC fame) tote

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships...In the Other Direction

Worn to the movies. I seriously can’t get over how big I am! It’s just bonkers to me – and even though I’m basically right where I should be with respect to weight gain (they say 25-35 pounds is normal and I was at about a 27 pound gain with 8ish weeks to go when these were taken), I feel like I look so much bigger than that. It really does make me chuckle. The look of profound annoyance and discomfort on my face also really makes me chuckle. Man, my face game is on point you guys.

Also, as those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram may know, I had an emergency C section at 36-37 weeks on Tuesday and now have my beautiful baby girl. I'm currently recovering in hospital and she has some issues with her heart rate which the doctors are nurses are engaged with so I'm just going to power through with all the scheduled posts I have and hopefully, by the time all those out, she and I will be healed and rested and I can move on to telling you about the insanity of her birth! See? Something for us all to look forward to.

dress: Zara / leggings: Thyme Maternity / shoes: Aldo