Wild Side

So, I’m technically wearing a maternity item of clothing today!  My skirt is labeled as maternity, though all it is a very stretchy pencil skirt.  I think anyone could wear it and it’s a great piece to transition from that time of pregnancy where you don’t really have a belly yet but you’re bigger than normal to WOW huge belly, and hopefully it it doesn’t stretch out too much, it should be wearable postpartum.

I might use it as a template to make some similar skirts in other stretchy fabrics.

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{Sweater: Ann Taylor, Skirt: ASOS Maternity, Shoes: Goodwill}

 

-Tamara

 

Pretty in Pink

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great Easter weekend.

On Saturday, I was probably more active and efficient than I have been this whole pregnancy….but then on Sunday, well I sat down around 1:30 and didn’t really get up to do the rest of the day.  I’m not going to lie…I’m not one of those who has loved being pregnant.  So far, there has been no real positive experience for me(other than the obvious one that God-willing, we’ll get a baby out of this), and I’ve just felt off even when not feeling weighed down by morning sickness.  Maybe once I can feel the baby moving and start looking pregnant, I’ll enjoy it more.

Anyways, enough complaining, in light of Easter, I thought I’d put together a soft and pretty look.  We go to church on Saturday nights, so we didn’t go yesterday, but I definitely could’ve worn this outfit to a Sunday Easter Service.

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{Blouse: Ann Taylor Factory, Cardigan: Limited, Skirt(used to be a dress): WHBM, Shoes: Payless}

Tomorrow night, hubby, myself and my parents are going to see Nickel Creek, one of my favorite bands.  I’ve seen them once before when I lived in Charleston in 2005, but the broke up soon after and now that they’ve gotten back together for at least one more tour, I can’t wait to experience their live show again.  Of course, I’ve been able to see Chris Thile(one of the members of Nickel Creek) multiple times throughout the years either solo or with Punch Brothers, but there’s something about Nickel Creek that I just love.

Have a great week!

-Tamara

Details, Details

**If you couldn’t care less about pregnancy stuff, skip to the bottom for the outfit pics**

Thanks for all the congrats on my last post.  To say that hubby and I were shocked when we found out is an understatement. For those who haven’t been around here that long, I was diagnosed with infertility in 2012 secondary to severe endometriosis and told by my doctor that natural conception would be nearly impossible.

So, we had basically given up the idea that we would be having kids, because neither of could conceive of spending $20-30,000 we don’t have for IVF or adoption.  In fact, we had sat down at the beginning of this year and had written up a 5 year plan on how we were going to cut back on our discretionary spending to  pay my car off early, then attack my student loan.

This 5 year plan is one of the reasons I wrote about cutting back  my posting back in early January(I wasn’t even technically pregnant when I wrote that, though I’m glad I did since I’ve been posting so infrequently due to the pregnancy).  I was planning to not purchase any new clothes(unless absolutely necessary or with gift money/gift cards) or new fabric, and make do with all the clothes and fabric I already have.  It’s kind of hard to maintain a daily fashion blog with never before seen outfit combinations when you are not adding any new clothes to your wardrobe and you’ve been posting 5 days/week for over 2 years.  Obviously I’ve had to purchase maternity clothing so that kinda went out of the window..grrrr.

I found out at about 4 weeks, 5 days, when my period was 5 days late.  The only reason I tested is because I was running a race the next day(Tybee) and just thought, why not?  I really didn’t expect it to be positive.  In fact, I didn’t even have a pregnancy test, but used an ovulation predictor test, because I’d read they turn positive for pregnancy as well as ovulation.  I almost fell over when it turned positive.  But since it wasn’t a true pregnancy test(and also it was expired..haha), I immediately had to run to the store to buy a test, which obviously was also positive.

When we started trying in 2011, I had thought I would tell hubby in a cute way.  I had purchased an Atlanta Falcons Onesie and had planned to give it to him as a gift and watch as he realized what it meant.  Of course, when I really was pregnant I didn’t do my cute idea and instead woke him up from a dead sleep in utter disbelief saying, “I think I’m pregnant!”.

We told my parents that night, because I was running that race with my dad the next day and I wasn’t sure how I would be able to perform.  I ended up having no problems and even scored a 2 minute PR(though since then my running has gone to crap).

We told his parents and our siblings after I had the pregnancy confirmed at the doctor a few days later.  We waited until 14 weeks to tell the world(last week).    The CRAZY thing is, my sister was late on her period when I told her about my pregnancy, so she decided to take a test and lo and behold she was pregnant too…and due two days after me!

I don’t plan on this becoming a pregnancy/baby/mommy blog AT. ALL.  I know that a lot of people could care less about pregnancy, so I will try to keep my updates infrequent, but there will be some as I know some people(myself included) LOVE reading about pregnancy, so I’m going to try to keep it balanced.

Right now, I’m at 15.5 weeks.  I’ll be 16 weeks on Monday, but I’m not showing yet.  I’m definitely well into that looking chubby, but not pregnant stage.

One of the main reasons my blogging has been so sporadic is I don’t have TONS of clothes that fit me right now.  For the first few weeks of pregnancy, I was very lax in my eating because I figured morning sickness was around the corner and I better eat what I could now. Then when morning sickness hit(all day sickness..ahem), I found it was somewhat controlled by eating.  So I was basically eating ALL.THE.TIME.  By 11 weeks, I had gained close to 7  pounds.  Just this gain alone eliminated half of my closet.

In the past 4.5 weeks, I’ve been MUCH better about eating as the nausea has lessened(though not completely disappeared) and I’ve managed to slow down the weight gain.  I think I’m up a total of  8 or 9 pounds, which is still about 5 pounds more than I should be at this point, but what are you going to do?

I just don’t want to end up gaining 80 or 100 pounds.

I don’t need maternity clothing yet, but a lot of my regular stuff is way too small.  What I really need is my same clothes just in a bigger size!!

I’ve been trying to work out as much as possible, but for a month or so there, I hardly did anything.  I’ve been running about 1-2 times a week and it is a big struggle.  I get out of breath very easily and my pace has dropped by at least 40-50 sec AND I need to take breaks every 1-1.25 miles.  I did run a 5 k on Saturday without any breaks, but then I had to pretty much nap the rest of the day to recover.  I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to keep up running.  Last night I ran with my dad and husband and had to stop after 1.25 miles because I needed to go to the bathroom so badly it was hurting.  Hubby had to sprint a mile back to the car to come pick me up!

From weeks 5-8, I continued doing Z-Wow type workouts(body weight HIIT), but now that I’m into the second trimester, I’ve been more cautious.  This week I started a maternity workout video series(Body by Trimester) and boy am I ever sore!  Next week I’m going to start getting into swimming as I hear it’s a fantastic maternity workout.

Anyways, I’m finally starting to feel a bit better and get a handle on my wardrobe(I bought some maternity pants and a dress that I can wear now as well as later).  I also bought some fabric to make some more maternity pants and a few interim dresses/skirts.  I told hubby that if I were more sewing savvy and had more time and a bigger platform, I would definitely look into designing a clothing line for pregnant women that are stuck in the chubby but not pregnant looking phase.  Like a 12-20 week pregnant clothing line.  Even if you don’t gain weight like I have, you still somehow just end up bigger….and it’s not just your belly…My thighs and hips and booty have definitely gotten HUGE.  My sister has only gained a few pounds and yet she reports that she is just bigger all over and having trouble finding clothes.

Anyways, I am actually posting an outfit today! WHAT?! I found this skirt AGES ago at Goodwill and had planned to take it in and shorten it a tick so that it would fit me.  It’s been sitting in my repair/alter pile and this past weekend, I came across it and found that my now bigger size fit it into it much better.  I still think it could be an inch or two shorter, but I’m going to hold off for now and wait to see how my belly grows(I may be able to wear it for quite awhile if I pull it up over my belly as it gets bigger).

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{Blouse: Gap, Cardigan: J Crew Outlet, Skirt: Goodwill, Necklace: F21, Shoes: Limited}

And a bonus outfit. This is what I wore yesterday. I felt like the outfit was cute in person but it didn’t photograph well, so I wasn’t going to post it and then I figured, why the heck not?  Ps-the pants are maternity!

As a side note, maternity pants are awesome.  I love them and will probably continue to wear them postpartum too, at least until I can fit back into my old stuff.

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{Blouse/Sweater: Kohls, Necklace: Target, Pants: Gap Maternity, Shoes: Dillards}

-Tamara

New Specs

We have a new frame rep with all new brands that we haven’t sold before, and as a bonus of adding these new brands, we were all able to pick out a pair of frames to have!

Of course I went for the sparkly black frames embellished with a flower and a crystal.  You know I did!  The really funny thing is, my best friend works for one of our offices and we ended up picking the same frame(without consulting each other), just in different colors.  The reason this is really funny is that last year we also got the same frame from Gucci without realizing(again, just in a different color).

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{Blouse: Goodwill(originally Loft), Jacket: Banana Republic, Pants: Gap, Shoes: Enzo Angiolini}

So, did you do any April Fool’s jokes yesterday?  I am really NOT into that kind of thing, and luckily hubby isn’t either.  I think at best they’re annoying and at worst, they can be cruel.

-Tamara

Spring Neutrals

While I wouldn’t necessarily consider grey and navy spring colors, I think the addition of peach plus some floral heels just puts this outfit well into spring-like territory.

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{Blouse: F21, Cardigan: J Crew Outlet, Skirt: Made by Me, Shoes: Payless, Necklace: Banana Republic}

Have a great week!

-Tamara

The Last Tights Day

…At least until October/November I’m sure.  Now, I may be wrong, but I seriously doubt they’ll be another cold front chilly enough to make me pull out tights in the next 6 months, but we’ll see!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes(both on the blog and on FB!).  I really enjoyed reading them and receiving notifications all day.  We had a lovely work lunch and the most amazing dessert ever yesterday(a crepe filled with canoli cream with fresh bananas and strawberries.  I want another one right now).

Hubby had to work last night so I was on my own(I did a 3 mi run then watched Drop Dead Diva on netflix.  I love that show!).  Tonight we’re going out for my “official” birthday dinner. I decided randomly today that I want Thai food.  There are no Thai restaurants in our little town, so we’re driving into Savannah to have dinner, and most likely my parents will join us! We will either go to Pad Thai(yes that’s the restaurants name) or Tangerine Fusion depending upon how the budget looks…haha(Tangerine Fusion is AWESOME but pricy).

I went for an overly feminine and girly outfit today and I just love it!

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{Blouse: Ann Taylor Factory, Sweater: Loft, Skirt: Made by me, Shoes: Goodwill}

 

-Tamara

Of Birthdays and Cold Fronts

So today is the big 3-2 for me, which coincidentally is the temperature it’s going to be tonight….in S. Ga…at the end of March.  It’s weird, somehow my birthday is ALWAYS cold.  Even when I lived in S. FLORIDA, there would often be cold fronts coming through on or around my birthday.

I remember my 16th birthday very well.  It was the only real birthday party I had during jr high/high school/college and since we lived in S. Florida(which is almost always hot) we decided to have a pool party.  Of course it was chilly the night of my party and everyone was huddled inside wearing jeans and sweatshirts.  Oh well, we had a great time watching Austin Powers(wow, I can’t believe it’s been out for that long).

Last year, hubby and I went to dinner with my parents and we had to bundle up with wool coats and tights.  This year hubby has to work so we’ll probably save the celebration for tomorrow night but we’ll definitely need coats no matter what we end up doing!

I typically like to have a new outfit(either purchased or made) for my birthdays, but this year it kind of just snuck up on me.  I’ve been busy working on projects for other people, so I haven’t been making anything for myself in my sewing room. And I haven’t been buying new clothes really, so you get a recycled-ish outfit today.  It’s quite similar to an outfit I wore a few weeks ago but hey, it’s composed of some of my very favorite clothing pieces, and hey, it’s my birthday and I’ll wear what I want!

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{Blouse: Goodwill, up cycled by me, Skirt: Made by Me, Sweater: Kohls, Shoes: Michael Kors}

I’m hoping to get over to the park across my office after work and do a birthday run and then head home for a quiet evening with my doggies(hubby’s working).  We’ll probably go out for dinner tomorrow night and then on Thursday we’re going to see Ricky Skaggs at the Lucas Theatre.  All I can say is, he better do Uncle Pen or I’ll be sorely disappointed!

-Tamara

Spring

Happy First Day of Spring!

Yeah, so I’ve been kind of slack in my posting lately haven’t I?

This is going to sound really vain and kind of awful, but the main reason for it is because my hair’s been looking rough lately. Okay so, for me, I feel like hair(and makeup) is a major component of the overall “look” of an outfit, and I’ve just been having a series of really bad hair days.

Combine the loss of my beloved curling iron with a hair cut I didn’t really want(bad hair cut that had to be fixed by another stylist, who did a fantastic job, but it’s just not a cut I would’ve chosen if I didn’t have to have it this way) that is now 2 months grown out and shaggy….Plus nasty rainy weather for weeks now…well, you can see why I’ve been slacking.

Also, and this isn’t the best reflection of me either, but the time change has me all messed up.  I’ve been sleeping in later and having less time to get ready, so even if I wanted to fix my mop of hair, I just don’t have the time.  So I’ve been wearing outfits already seen on the blog and outfits that I don’t think are blog-worthy(particularly on the nasty weather days).

But today I made myself do something with my hair(even though it’s not great, at least it’s not awful).

I think overall too, I’ve just felt lazy in all areas of my life.  My workouts have been lackluster if they’ve happened at all. I haven’t knitted anything in weeks and I’m barely working in my sewing room.  I’ve just felt blah.  I think I did so much from November -January with traveling, making dresses and Christmas presents, training/running for a two 10k’s and a half-marathon that I’m burned out.

It’s also been the busiest time of year for me at work, so everyone morning I know I’m going to be hopping to get all my patients seen and charting done, so I’ve been reaching for comfortable, but not necessarily the most stylish of all outfits.

Anyways, enough with the excuses, and onto the outfit:

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{Blouse: Kohls, Sweater/Necklace: Target, Skirt: Made by Me, Shoes: Limited}

For those who don’t know, I live in Savannah, GA and March-April is one of the best times of the year because 1. the weather is usually mild and gorgeous 2. CHERRY BLOSSOMS and 3. The Savannah Music Festival…..also my birthday but that has nothing to do with Savannah..haha

We’ve pretty much gone to at least 1 show at the SMF every year we’ve lived here and this year is no exception.  Tomorrow night we are going to see The Punch Brothers and then on Thursday we’re seeing Ricky Skaggs.  In April we are going to see Nickel Creek(which is actually not part of the festival, but still).  So, for those keeping track, I’m going to be seeing Chris Thile perform twice in less than a month!  YAY!  Technically we could’ve seen him 3 times as he is doing a show tomorrow afternoon before his Punch Brothers show, but it was just too much for us and hubby has to work.

My sister and her husband are coming down today to go to the show with us, so it will be good to see them again(haven’t seen them since January).

Have a great weekend and I hope you Northerns start seeing some relief from this awful weather soon.

-Tamara