Neutrals

This picture/outfit is actually from last week, but I have been so busy at work and home that I didn’t get around to posting about it till today.

I made these pants a few months ago and they fit great when I first put them on, but because they have a stretch to them, as well as the stretchy panel for my belly, by lunchtime I’m having to pull them up every 5 minutes.  Oh well, it makes them reeaaaally comfy!

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{Top: Motherhood Maternity, Pants: Made by Me, Shoes: Sears}

Just like every weekend it seems, this past weekend was a whirlwind of activity. Errands, bridal showers, projects, you name it!  This weekend is my baby shower so obviously that is going to be a busy time as well, but I told hubby that the weekend after, we are NOT going anywhere or running any errands.

I’m knitting a blanket for the nursery and I finished all the main parts of it and blocked them over the weekend.  I’m now in the process of seaming all the pieces together.  I am definitely the biggest critic of my own work so I’m less than happy with how it is looking(little mistakes, ect), but I will still be using it since it represents hours upon hours of work.  Once it’s completely done, I’ll post a pic on here.

-Tamara

Maxi

A blog post two days in a row?  What??  I woke up extra early today so I had plenty of time to take some pictures.  I picked up this maxi dress at Old Navy when I first found out I was pregnant.  Even though I tend towards liking fuller skirted skirts and dresses, I’m finding that slimmer cut things actually look better on my pregnant self.  Blousy, full skirt skirts tend to make me look large all over instead of just in my bump.

I also feel sometimes that maxi skirts/dresses can be a bit to casual for the office(particularly this dress), so I tried to “professionalize”  it by adding a scarf and a cardigan.  The end result is kind of fall-ish in style/color but it all works(particularly since this morning was relatively cool at least compared to how hot it’s been).

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{Dress: Old Navy Maternity, Scarf: Wal-Mart, Cardigan: J Crew Factory, Shoes: Payless}

I know most of you probably care more about seeing the baby bump, so here you go:

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I’m 30 weeks here and can’t believe I am going to get massively bigger…yikes!

-Tamara

Recycled Pictures

So this picture is actually from when I was around 21 weeks pregnant, but it somehow never made it onto the blog.  I am actually wearing the same exact outfit today and having a bad hair day, so I figured why not use an old picture(of course NOW my belly is significantly bigger and my hair isn’t so vibrant red)?

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{Dress: Old Navy Maternity, Shoes: Coach, Necklace: Maurices}

We had a whirlwind of a weekend!  Friday night after work, we headed off to a barbecue at the house of one of the ophthalmologists to whom I refer patients.  It was a great night to see other OD’s and MD’s who I co-manage patients with as well as meet some new docs.

Saturday was mostly spent running errands.  Because of the huge flooring debacle, Home Depot gave a us a $750 gift card as a courtesy.  Unfortunately we couldn’t use said gift card to post-apply to the flooring, so we decided to tackle another project we had always wanted to do in the house:  build a pantry in the space underneath the stairs.  We’ll be storing our freezer(which is currently in the garage) in there, as well as a set of floor to ceiling shelving and hopefully the stroller.  We’re also building a little dog nook next to the pantry so that the girl’s cage doesn’t have to sit in the middle of a room.

Most of Saturday am was spent at Home Depot(it’s not a weekend if we are not at Home Depot, Lowes or both at least once!).  In the afternoon, we drove into town with the trailer on my SUV to pick up the rocking chair my parents were giving us(it was the same rocker my mom rocked me to sleep in as a baby!!) and the dresser we ordered from Haverty’s two months ago for the nursery.  While we were doing the paperwork for the dresser, I noticed the matching chest was sitting in the clearance section at about 50% of the full price.  Well, we took that as a sign and bought the matching dresser to go on the empty space between the door and the closet!

It’s crazy how quickly running errands eats up your time!!

Sunday was a work day for hubby, so I puttered around doing chores(ironing/cooking/cleaning) and some unsuccessful sewing.  I’ve decided that for whatever reason, sewing maternity clothes is just NOT my forte.  I’ve had FOUR failures(2 dresses and 2 skirts) and I’m DONE wasting expensive knit fabric.  I’ll save my clothing sewing for after I have this baby.

The nursery is really starting to come together now.  Realistically we are ready, but I do want to make a few things.  As I mentioned last time, I’m making a bed skirt for the crib, a changing pad cover, padded cushions for the rocker and re-covering a pouf to make a footrest, as well as a banner to hang over the dresser.  We also want to find different curtain rods, but we’ll probably be using the same curtains that room always had since they are a darker shade of green than the wall and coordinate really well.

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We’re getting another rug in a smaller round shape to go under the rocking chair.  Don’t worry, it’s faux and completely machine washable…but it certainly feels real(as you can see the dogs love it).

I’m very happy with the way the nursery is shaping up.  I’m not much of a baby decorations person so I wanted a nice nursery that would grow into a good room for an older child, and I think we’ve accomplished that.  When the time comes, we’ll buy the matching twin bed for the chest/dresser.

Have a great week…I’m aiming to post more than once this week :-/…we’ve just been sooo busy at work and home I haven’t had the opportunity to get around to it.

-Tamara

BACK

Hey everyone that might still be around!  I know it’s bee sooo long since I posted, but the flooring debacle I wrote about in my last post turned into a really long saga and we’ve just recently completed all the flooring and are now doing the finishing touches of adding quarter round and cleaning/re-arranging.

I’m not going to lie, while on my hiatus I often thought about giving up my blog.  Recently, several of my favorite fellow fashion bloggers have given up the game.  As recently as this weekend, I was planning to write a farewell post.

But then, yesterday I started a sewing project that will be a special bridal gift and it got me really excited and I wanted to share it, and other sewing things I made, so I decided to keep on keeping on for now.

Because of pregnancy-induced sickness, then the flooring debacle with my sewing room being packed away, I hadn’t been sewing or knitting much.  I’ve managed to do a few crafty things, and I wanted to share those with you.

First up is a flower girl dress I made for my niece to wear in a June wedding.  I had SO MUCH fun making this dress and she looked adorable in it.  I also knitted her a white shrug but I didn’t get any pictures of it(whoops).

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We’ve also been hard at work on the nursery.  We decided to go with a Lord of the Rings/Elvish feel, but not over the top that if you weren’t a LOTR fan, you’d still like it.  We painted three of the four walls a light sea foam green color with the fourth wall being a darker green.

Using a projector I traced the Tree of Gondor on the wall next to the crib and painted it in with white paint. On the darker green wall, I traced and painted Durin’s Door(also known as the door to Moria).

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For anyone concerned re: paint fumes, we used low/no VOC paint and I wore a fume mask(that makes me sound like Darth Vader).  I still have to make a bed skirt, changing pad coversand make some pillows for a rocking chair and recover a pouf that I will use as an ottoman.

I’m also re-creating the banner that hangs in Arwen’s bedroom in Rivendell with some fabric and fabric paints, in a addition to a few other small projects.

I will definitely be posting some full afters once the room is complete.  I love being in the nursery.  It’s so calming to me and I hope that baby girl feels the same way!

I’d love to show you the gift I was working on last night that so inspired me to get back into blogging, but it will have to wait a week or so till the recipient sees it first! I’ve also been working on some projects for my sister’s baby shower, which you’ll get to see later in August.

Well, since this is *technically* a fashion/outfit blog I best leave you with an outfit right?  Since I haven’t posted in 2 months, you may be surprised to see how much bigger my belly is!!  I’m several weeks into the third trimester at this point and doing fairly well so far.  My biggest complaints are heartburn/indigestion and achey feet(but so far no/minimal swelling which I’m sure will change soon).

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{Blouse: Gap Maternity, Leggings: Target Maternity: Cardigan: J Crew Outlet, Necklace: Ebay}

-Tamara

On Hiatus

When Hubby and I first bought our house 4 years ago, one of the main upgrades we wanted to make was to switch out the builder grade linoleum and carpet for some kind of hard flooring.  We had priced out and planned to purchase vinyl plank flooring, which is planks of wood or tile like looking pieces made from vinyl(it looks gorgeous and is 100% waterproof, win-win in my book).

Obviously putting in new flooring is not only a huge expense, but a huge undertaking so we had been putting it off for the past few years for smaller, less labor intensive(and more affordable) projects.

But add in a little dog with bladder and bowel control issues and a baby on the way…well, hubby and I realized we wanted to replace the flooring before our little girl got here.  We were so lucky to find the flooring we wanted on clearance because of an overstock(unfortunately it’s no longer on clearance, but we got it from Home Depot).

We ordered a wood like flooring for most of the house with a marble-esque flooring for the kitchen and bathrooms. Delivery was last week.  My in-laws drove up from Florida to help us install the flooring over the weekend.  In anticipation of this, my parents came over a few nights after work and helped us rip up the carpet(in the whole house except the nursery where my mom was helping paint) and prep the floors.

Unfortunately, the wrong color flooring was sent.  Nearly 6 pallets and 7,000 lbs of flooring filling up our garage and 90% of it was the wrong color!  We’re working on getting the proper color sent out and the wrong color picked up, but in the meantime, we’re living with bare sub flooring throughout most of the house.

Now hubby and his dad were able to install the marble-like tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms(and what a job that was!!!), and it looks gorgeous, but for a few weeks(or even months) we are going to have to live with bare concrete and wood sub-flooring with our furniture moved around in weird places and a lot of our “stuff” packed away in the garage.

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Yesterday, hubby and I used some scraps leftover from when we built a custom closet in our room to put a custom-ish closet system in the nursery.   Well, he built 90% of it…I helped hold the shelves when he was cutting(don’t worry I wore ear plugs, a respirator so I wouldn’t breath in any nasties and eye protection).  I also kept him company while he worked and cooked him a delicious dinner as a thank you!

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Long story short, because of all the construction mess in our house I am probably not going to be doing many outfit posts in the next month or so as we slowly work through installing our flooring.  I do plan to show you some snippets as we work on the nursery decorations and whenever I can sneak an outfit pic in(if I can find a place to take the pics…maybe the nursery since it still has flooring).

Thanks for bearing with me during all these changes.

-Tamara

It’s a…….

GIRL!

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To say we were shocked is an understatement.  Both hubby and I were convinced it was a boy!  But we are very, very happy and excited to get working on the nursery(we’ve got a crib and a dresser on order and bought the paint yesterday).  I’ll post some pictures of our work on the nursery as we go along with it.

Anyways, in honor of our learning about having a daughter, I decided to wear a cute girlish outfit today.

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{Dress: Target Maternity, Cardigan: Limited, Shoes: Macys}

I just love the combination of soft pink and grey.  In fact, it was one of my choices for the nursery(though we’ve gone a completely different way which I will write about soon).  This dress is seriously one of the most comfortable dresses I’ve ever worn. It feels like I’m wearing a nightgown to work It’s awesome.

-Tamara

Me Made May: Maternity Pants

Ages ago, I came across some maternity clothing patterns at Goodwill for a few bucks, so I bought them thinking that if I ever did get pregnant, they definitely come in handy.

When I finally did get pregnant, I pretty much immediately went and bought some fabrics to make some dresses, skirts and tops.  I still haven’t gotten around to making those yet….

But I did make my first maternity clothing item this weekend.  Early in my pregnancy(around 10-11 weeks), I definitely wasn’t showing yet but I was most assuredly out-growing a lot of my clothes.  So, I broke down and bought a pair of maternity dress pants from Gap. They were/are just wonderful.  I wanted to order some more, but when I saw they were no longer on sale(full price $60+), I cringed and took a good look at the ones I already owned.

I realized maternity dress pants are basically just regular pants without a zipper and a stretchy panel in place of the waistband.  Because I have a few regular pants patterns, I decided to try my hand at making my own maternity pants.  I ordered 3 different patterns of stretch suiting fabric and went to town on the first pair this weekend.

I used the Thurlow pants pattern from Sewaholic patterns and I cut out a size 10(because I felt like I had gained so much girth in my hips/thighs).  This was a mistake as I had to take them in a TON(and they’re still too big and I need to take them in even more), but overall the process went smoothly.  I’ve already started on my second pair, and all in all I think I could probably make a pair in 4-6 hours flat.

Not having to put in a waistband/belt loops and a zipper certainly speeds things up.  I used a piece of stretchy tricot lining to make the panel.

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{Blouse: Banana, Cardigan: Gap: Pants: Made by Me, Shoes: Dillards}

You may have also noticed my hair looks a bit different.  Well, that is a long story.  I wanted to add some vibrancy to my hair as I felt it was looking dull lately.  I had read that it is fine to dye your hair while pregnant, but that it’s a good idea to have someone else apply it.  So, I asked one of my co-workers who used to be a hair stylist(she cuts my hair) if she could color it for me.  We picked out a nice coppery auburn but something went wrong and it turned out RED.  Like crayola crayon , Ariel from the little mermaid red.  It was awful.

So she came over this weekend and re-dyed it with a darker auburn mixed with brown and it is still a lot redder than what we were going for, at least it looks okay.  I’ve actually been getting a lot of compliments on it, so overall I am happy.

In baby news, we are going for our anatomy scan this week, and if baby cooperates we’ll be able to find out if it’s a boy or a girl!  I think it’s a boy though. Either way, we are excited!

-Tamara

Bombshell

When we first moved to our little town, there wasn’t much other than a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot.   In the 4 years we’ve lived here, it’s been a building frenzy with tons of new restaurants and shops going in.  They’re even building a 500,000 sq ft outlet mall just miles from our house.

Anyways, one of the new shopping centers has a Michael’s, among other stores and on Wednesday I stopped in to pick up a zipper for my niece’s flower girl dress.  While I was there, I wandered over to TJ Maxx just to see what they had. I figured since it had just opened they’d likely have some pretty nice pieces.

They don’t have a specific maternity section, but I wandered around the store looking at the offerings, when I came across this really cute polka dot pencil dress with ruching around the mid-section.  It definitely wasn’t maternity but it was very stretchy and the ruches are something you see on a lot of maternity dresses.

I bought it and decided to wear it today. Well, let me tell you, I am in LOVE with this dress. Besides being so freaking comfortable, it’s a very pretty, va-va-voom look.  It definitely has that 40s/50s bombshell look about it.  Bonus-it’s incredible flattering to a I’m pregnant but just look bigger not pregnant yet body. If I could find more dresses in this same cut but different patterns, I would go to town buying them because I love it that much.

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{Dress: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Bakers, Necklace: WHBM}

In baby news, I had an appointment with my new doctor yesterday and I really liked her.  She spent almost an hour with us, asking questions and answering ours.  Everything looks right on track and baby’s heartbeat is nice and strong.  We should be going for our anatomy scan in about 2.5 weeks or so!!

Have a great weekend!

-Tamara

Pattern Mixing

I have good news on the AC front.  We called a company recommended by a colleague and we’re getting it fixed on Friday(for way less than the original company we called had quoted us)…plus they topped up our coolant so we have had cool air since yesterday evening!

Because it was nice and cool in the house this morning, it made it nice and easy to curl my hair(plus I woke up early today).  I’m a little disappointed by how it looks in the picture though.  I promise it looks much cuter in person and not so much 80s mom perm.

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{Shirt: Target, Blazer: Banana Republic, Shoes: Kate Spade, Skirt: Goodwill}

And just for fun, you can kind of start to see a baby bump happening from the side:

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