Anthropologie October 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ladies, the October Anthropologie catalogue did not disappoint. I was swooning and dreaming at first glance! Red lips, retro polka dots, vintage-esq riding hat! (By the way, this is exactly why I long to cut my long hair into a bob... but upon second glance, I see that it's simply a faux! Remember my tutorial here?) 

My faves...
Netted Meridian Top

Lace Peplum Blouse

Ursus Intarsia Sweater

Boiled Wool Draped Sweater Coat

And my all time fave (wish-I-owned-everything-head-to-toe, might just buy the boots, omg isn't it GORGE?!) look...
Tasseled Jacquard Sweater
 Lateral Zip Riding Boots

Post Pregnancy Shopping - Inspiration Stella McCartney

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Let's face it. Nobody wants to buy clothes in bigger sizes. But there are times in life when you have to surrender. Like having a baby and realizing you're still pounds away from your original weight and the 5 year old, jersey maxi dress you've been wearing nearly every day just ain't cuttin' it anymore. (Have you missed my fashion posts? Ya, me too.) 

I promise to get back to it. In the meantime, I vow to show you (in all painful honesty) what a real post-baby body looks like. And I will start next week. (Gulp.) I know, I'm scared too.

Why do this? Because I think that's more important than hiding out for a couple of months and making my readers feel like I'm some sort of anomaly. I'm not. I'm just a regular mama who's going to have to work at it like the rest of world. 

So, here we go... here's my first inspiration and the key pieces I ordered online to get me through.

Inspiration: This Stella McCartney look. 

I found these ridiculously similar pants (on sale here!) at Gap and decided to grab this easy cami for layering too.  I already own a similar sweater and although I'm still searching for the perfect, black tuxedo blazer, I think I might have something in my closet that will suffice to get this look rockin' and this mama out in the world again. Stay tuned. 

PS - You were worth every pound, little man. 

Amazing song & video (how appropriately named) "It's a boy" by Only Son

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Just discovered Only Son thanks to my father in law (I know, he has fantastic taste in music) -  we both share a love for Regina Spektor and he discovered him thanks to her -- Only Son (Jack Dishel, former Moldy Peaches lead guitarist) is her husband. 

The song and content resonated so much that I wanted to share the lyrics. I'm moved for obvious reasons (just had my own "only son") but especially because I just had a conversation with a very dear friend who will be undergoing IVF soon. We touched on the subject of "designer babies" and how far we would go to "create" the child we want. But it seems that Jack here is saying so much more than that... 

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Let's start with the baby's gender. 

Do you know what you both want?" 

"Well, we discussed it and we're pretty sure 
we'd like to have a boy." 

"OK, that's fine..." 

"6'2" with perfect vision, 
good teeth and even skin. 
Block the addiction gene 
and quarantine his temper if you can..." 

"OK, we'll see..." 

"He needs a homing chip put deep inside his wrist 
in case somebody tries to steal our little prince..." 

"You're not the first in line 
and I don't have a lot of time. 
If you look, I'm sure you wouldn't mind 
to pick one of our stock designs. 
I'll leave it with you..." 

"He shouldn't have to go to school 
like all those people off the grid. 
He needs a good head start 
like every single other normal kid. 
I'm sure we'll find a way to pay... 

He needs a humor chip, put it second on the list - 
for when he's old enough to realize where he is. 
And if we can't afford to give him what he's worth 
just make sure that he's strong enough to work..." 

"You're not the first in line 
and I'm running out of time. 
I can recommend a friend of mine 
who deals with our low budget line. 

But if you want to make him right, 
so he has a better life, 
you can sign us back his human rights 
and get him now for half the price. 
It's a pretty good deal..."

Excuse me while I catch up... and a few snaps

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Monday, friends! So much to catch up on and so much to do... but I wanted to let you know that I haven't disappeared completely! I'll be sharing outfit posts (can you believe it?), a post baby body shopping how-to, another makeup tutorial by my amazing sisters and much more -- very, very soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram {under NovemberGrey} for more daily snaps like these.

The hubs and I snuck out while Stella was napping with a sitter and baby was napping in the car... we barely made it to the lunch spot before he woke up and started crying. Salads to-go followed! Not much time to do anything as a couple, or for ourselves lately. So blessed with good friends and fam to help. Like the amazing Shiri from Chaz Dean, who came to our house to cut and color my hair. (I'm so in love with her for that!)

Speaking of salads...
I've been trying to get creative and make some interesting ones at home to keep me on track with my weight loss goals. This one was inspired by a yummy beet salad we get at one of our favorite restaurants. Beets, feta, arugula and citrus vinaigrette!

Other healthy creations...
I keep a carton of egg whites stocked in the fridge and fill up on egg white omelets with (easy peasy) frozen veggie options like spinach, onions and bell peppers. A fork skewer of tofu, avocado and grilled cherry tomato made for a simple and yummy dinner too!

Trying to spend some quality time with our first little love, to let her know she's still very much a central and essential part of this family. (This is not as easy as it sounds, but she's worth every second!)

Somehow managed to plan and host a birthday celebration for my gorgeous sisters while our brother was in town from Texas. It was a back yard, turkey burger and corn on the cob BBQ (not quite as elegant as they deserve) but at least we were together.

DIY ~ Scarf from old T-shirt!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I made this super easy scarf from an old linen T-shirt. I found the tutorial on Pinterest (here) and wanted to share with you just how easy it truly was. This shot was taken about one week after having my baby boy (does the lipstick conceal my utter exhaustion?) I'll tell you one thing... this scarf has gotten a lot of use, concealing my absolute udders due to breastfeeding. 
TMI? Sorry about that. Here's the tutorial...

Step 1: Snip in a straight line below the bust of the shirt.

Step 2: Cut strips (about an inch apart) at the bottom of the tee.

Step 3: Pull the strings to create a longer, skinner strip.

Step 4: Loop it around your neck!
Done! xx

Promo Codes!

Monday, September 17, 2012

{Image via Polyvore}

I've been meaning to share my love of promo codes with you, my lovely readers, for some time now. I never shop online without using them! I receive several emails nearly every day to keep me up to date with the latest and greatest promo codes for all of my favorite shopping sites, so I've decided to dedicate a section on my blog {follow the arrow - up and to the left} specifically for these magical little codes to save you money! Check back daily for updates and feel free to share any that I'm missing! xx

Vintage Photo - Muhammad Ali & My Grandmother-in-Law

The more we continue to build our family, the more I've been enjoying going through old family photographs. It's fun to learn the history and story behind each snapshot, a story I can tell our children someday. In this case, my husband's "Ma Jane" was accompanying her husband in Hong Kong, and ran into a fellow hotel guest, Muhammad Ali.

By the way, I could do several blogs on the infamous Ma Jane alone. Her style was legendary, according to family members... and how cool that the hubs looks so much like her too.

Chain Gang Swap ~ Farewell to Summer

Friday, September 14, 2012

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you - I'm not still pregnant (I did have my baby boy here) ... but I've been dying to share the latest experiment of swapping a thrifted vintage piece with some of my favorite blogging sisters!
It's time for another vintage Chain Gang Swap! If you aren't familiar with the chain gang swaps we've done in the past, visit herehere and here to check it out.
This time the lovely Jen from Belle de Couture found this gem via thrift and we all fell in love! Visit her site here to see how she rocked it and how YOU can win it!
It is the perfect little floral piece to layer with. I loved wearing it over my favorite striped dress in my final pregnancy days... 
And there is so much more you can do with it too!
{Dress by Calypso St. Barth, earrings and shoes - Vintage}
Make sure to pop over and see how all three ladies styled it!

And the lovely Jen from Belle de Couture, who found this piece and is giving it away!

Romantic things...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This gorgeous Free People top c/o PB&J Boutique that I can't wait to style with a rougher edge for fall. Leather and boots?
Super sweet golden strappy sandals that I found for a literal steal at DSW...
And flowers by my bedroom window...
{Every time my little love goes on a walk with daddy, she comes back home with a smile and a bunch of hand picked flowers for me. How lucky am I?}

Hope you find some romance today. xx

MANGO ~ Fall wardrobe wishes

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OB-sessed with all things Mango for Fall. Especially the Kate Moss collection. And the gorgeous blue suit jacket? Just $39.99 and comes in several colors. Yes, please.

Click here for shopping details. 

Easy Peasy Strawberry Cheesecake

Monday, September 10, 2012

OK, kids... I'm about to jump back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon to shed these remaining baby pounds... but before I do, I wanted to share a super simple recipe to one of my all time favorite desserts - cheesecake. 
Longing for something sweet and light as the last days of summer come to a close? This recipe is so easy, and you likely have several ingredients already in your house.  I don't think I invented this recipe, however, I didn't follow one and just whipped it up one evening after dinner. I was still pregnant at the time and my hands just followed my cravings around the kitchen. (Something that happens quite often when you're knocked up.) After some research I found it's just one of those common, simple baker tricks. Who knew? 

  • Graham cracker pie crust (I had one frozen in my freezer)
  • Tub of frozen cool whip (or organic whipped topping, which we prefer)
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Brown sugar to taste

Whip  together cool whip and cream cheese with a Kitchenaid or hand mixer. Sprinkle in some brown sugar to taste, about 2 tsp. (I just wanted to add a bit more sweetness and the brown sugar created a sweet granulated texture that I liked.) Pour the mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes - the longer the better. Meanwhile, slice up your strawberries or other fruit. Add berries on top. Refrigerate until served. Done and yum!

It's a gift

Saturday, September 8, 2012

This first week home from the hospital has been beautiful and hard. It's been a rush of momentous moments - like watching my sweet Stella's smiling face as she gazed at her baby brother for the first time, noticing the tears in my husband's eyes when he saw them together for the first time, then thanked me, really thanked me for giving him a son... To the daily grind of being back home, juggling it all with very little help and the hubs and I trying to stay sane on little, to no sleep.  
The balance between newborn and toddler is going to be the biggest challenge. Nobody can settle my sweet girl's heart like the arms and attention of her mother and not one person on earth can do what needs to be done for our newborn son. They both depend on me so exclusively, that I've felt the weight of that responsibility so heavily over the past few days.
I want to do the best for the both of them and I'm trying, dear God I'm trying... but because I'm human (a very tired, worn-down human, still in physical pain and recovering from the marathon of labor and birth) inevitably something or someone will suffer.
It's sink or swim these days, but what a wonderful reason to be exhausted, to feel beat-up, to be overwhelmingly happy and SCARED TO DEATH at the same time. When it's harder than hard and I feel like I'm barely able to keep up or keep going, I try to remind myself that this is exactly what I've always dreamed of...
These are the days I longed for...
A family of my own.
My very own.
It's a gift.

... and I will be forever grateful. 

With love, 

T xx
(All images sourced through Pinterest)

The birth of my son

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bodhin James
August 31st 2012
7.7 lbs, 20 inches

Dove Conditioner Review & $1,000 SpaFinder gift card giveaway!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I have to admit, I'm already a fan of Dove. I use Dove deodorant (this one specifically) and Dove soap on a daily basis. My husband, daughter and I all use the sensitive skin unscented beauty bar. (I even use it on my face every night!)

I love Dove's mission for real women, real beauty and real role models for a generation that needs it more than ever. So I was thrilled when asked to participate in a test group for one of their newest conditioners, the Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner.

The first thing I noticed about this conditioner was the delicious scent. It has a buttery, almost vanilla hint to it and the gold color and creamy texture glided through my hair with ease. I left it in for about 10-15 minutes (as I usually do for conditioners) while I finished up my shower routine. After rinsing it out, I was surprised at how soft and sleek my hair felt immediately. And after it dried, the sleekness and softness stayed!

I have a tendency to just throw my long hair up in a bun when the weather is hot (especially since heat is one of the main factors contributing to dry, frizzy hair), but after using this conditioner, I wanted to leave it down! I immediately got a compliment on how pretty my hair looked when I dropped my little girl off at school! Even the hubs said my hair smelled wonderful and was touchably soft and smooth.

No frizz, no greasy, weighed-down feeling. Just soft, nourished and healthy hair! Dove just made me an even bigger fan!

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