Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Tunic Sweater:  Gap  |  Live in Leggings:  Gap  |  Vest:  J.Crew  |  Booties:  Franco Sarto  |  Bag:  Kate Spade (similar here)  |  Beanie:  Madewell  |  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban


Status:  I hate majority of pregnancy clothes other than leggings, which I currently live in.  Sweaters and a couple of tops have worked from my pre-pregnancy stage, but have purchased a few pregnancy tops.  I did however recently purchase a few blouses and tops from Loft in a size up.  They gave me enough room and length that I think will last through the next four weeks if I make it that far.  Loft Maternity didn't have much of a selection, and when it did the fabric or style were definitely off.  Next up on the agenda is facials, massages and relaxation.  Days will fly by and I'm just trying to embrace all the sleep and fun I can.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

weekend routine

Sweater:  French Connection  |  Jacket:  Barbour (only jacket that kinda snaps over the belly)  |  Leggings:  Target  |  Boots:  L.L. Bean  |  Socks:  L.L. Bean  |  Scarf:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban  |  Hat:  Amazon


I'm on my last leg of clothes so I've literally been wearing the same thing to work and on weekends:  jacket, sweater, leggings, Bean boots, hat.  On repeat.  Not because I haven't done any laundry, but because things aren't fitting.  I was hoping I wouldn't have to purchase anything especially with only about 6 weeks to go, but I've literally cleared out the asos maternity and plus size section over the past few weeks, but things weren't cutting it.  I figured I'd get a few items just incase, but I tried checking out gap maternity, loft maternity and old navy maternity all online, but their selection was slim.  I ended up making my way downtown this weekend and hopped into a few stores and ended up finding some really good finds in Loft.  They weren't maternity, but I went up a size and I'm hoping the length will also carry me through.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

friday favs

It's been fun adding and trying new products.  I've rounded up a few that I love using as of late/during this time of year!

Wear:  I've been tossing on these for my toes these for my booties and flats.

Hygiene:  I swapped John and myself over to this new deodorant where it doesn't have aluminum in it.

Health:  I've been adding this to my smoothies or morning drinks.

Skin:  Last post was on skin care, but when I do have those small red spots I've been using this color corrector prior to my concealer/makeup routine.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

Monday, January 1, 2018

skin care

This is a picture from earlier in December after I had just showered and dried my hair and was going out to see the holiday train on a cold evening with friends.  I didn't bother to put on makeup as we were just heading home afterward to bed as work was the next day.  As I currently still have similar redness and some acne, it's no where near as bad as this, especially in the mornings. 

I'd say this is a 2018 change, but I started early.  Thanks to my friend, Kaitlin, she turned me on to some Korean skin care products/treatments.  Have you heard me whine about my skin during pregnancy?  Probably...  It's about the worst I've ever had it; high school, college, my 20's you name it.  This is absolutely the worst.  I'd say we both started with just hydrating our skin rather than stripping it with washing and toner.  So 2-3x a week we've been using face masks.  Next, I had already switched to witch hazel, but that wasn't doing it, so she suggested rose water facial toner.  Easy enough!

Next, even though it's not the correct order of skin care, but it's how I figured it out for mine I was using Cetaphil.  I used this and this but then switch to the night cream.  So, I ditched the cleanser and added two face washes.  I think that is definitely where skincare has changed (or I'm just way behind).  You cleanse once with oil (which takes off some of your makeup too) and second with a foam or cream. 

As for the moisturizer, the night cream worked a bit and I even tried to only wash/moisturize my face at night, but I think it was still drying it out too much.  I had this facial oil around my cupboard from purchasing it a few months prior and I decided to try that out instead of adding another lotion.  It also worked a bit, but I still had redness from everything healing.  So once I ran out I tried this lotion from the research Kaitlin had done and shared with me.  I've used it over the holiday weekend and although I'm not completely healed, I've noticed a dramatic difference even when I wear makeup (which I also tried to stop wearing in the areas that I was really affected).  I'm hoping this is my key to success.

Lastly, I had heard the rumors about adding a dermaroller to your skin routine.  I'm sure I'm supposed to use it more often and longer, but I do try to do it 2x a week before bed.  When it pokes the skin, it's supposed to help produce collegen and elasticity which your skin loses over time.  It'll help hide or diminish acne scarring and also fill in those fine lines and wrinkles.  I haven't added a serum, but I'd like to look into it a bit further.  In all these instances/changes.  I've tried adding one at a time and using it for a bit before adding another product that way I knew what was causing my skin to react even more or less without thinking it was a failure of all the new products.  So far so good so let's hope the products continue to work as best as possible for the next two months and there after!
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