Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Instagram Lately

I can't believe it's been over 2 months since I shared an Instagram Lately post. I've been posting more outfits over on Instagram since it's harder to figure out when to take a full set of outfit photos. Here's a few I've shared lately:

We had a couple warmer days over the weekend (I can't believe I just called 45 degrees "warmer") so I used the occasion to show off them ankles. Back in two pairs of socks and fur lined boots today haha. I forget every year that I own this peacoat until November, and then I wear it like crazy through the holidays. I've had it for like eight years at this point and it's held up great. I have it in a tall, and the sleeves and shoulders are perfect on me. 

Exact Coat (they don't have red this year) or Similar / Similar Sweater / Jeans / Shoes / Bag

We got fancy for a fundraiser last weekend - so fun to have an excuse to dress up (and get a babysitter!)

This coat is another one I get a ton of questions about. I've had it for three years now, and haven't had any issues with getting it dirty! In fact, one of the first times I wore it I spilled hot chocolate down the front, and it wiped right off without leaving a mark. Of course, Mia hasn't attempted to use it as a napkin yet, so we'll see if that opinion changes ;) If you're interested, J.Crew has been having a 40% off sale just about every weekend, so definitely look for a good price! I'm wearing a 16 tall, which is definitely oversized but I like that I can fit big sweaters and sherpa fleeces underneath with no problem.

I had this on for approximately 30 minutes for daycare dropoff, and then got back home and immediately changed into sweats ;)

This was from our trip to the pumpkin farm last month! Mia was not feeling the smiles this day, which is always too bad for her since it means we take a hundred photos trying to find a good one ;)

I was super excited to be able to break out this plaid shirt again. It was one of my favorites a couple of years ago, and then I didn't get to wear it at all last year due to the tiny baby bean I was trying to cover. They brought it back this year in a flannel, and I'm trying to justify to myself having the same shirt in two different fabrics 🤣

Just matching with my mini!

Our daycare is a 15 minute walk from our house, and I'm surprised at how much I love the reason to go for a walk every day. Jeff and I had both been working from home and he was supposed to go pick Mia up, and I jumped up and basically begged to go with. Jeff then asked if he could stay home. Um, no!

Remember bare leg weather?! I only got a couple of wears out of this dress before the weather turned, but I'm still so glad I bought it. Can't wait for spring weather so I can break it out again! The dress is currently on super sale in case you're in the market, I suggest sizing down.

I went to a work conference back in September, and momentarily panic-ed about finding something business-y to wear. Then I remembered I own this sweater blazer, which somehow pulls together anything you put it over (including a tee shirt dress!)

I freaking love this picture, how cute is that little smile?! This was actually from Labor Day, my last day of maternity leave. Only two months ago but it feels like a lifetime. I can't believe how little Mia looks here!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Family Photos

I had convinced myself for a few months that we weren't going to do family photos for our holiday cards, that we didn't need them and they're too expensive and we had plenty of family photos. But then daycare asked us to send a family photo in, and I realized we really didn't have any good family photos! This was the end of September, and I realized I was too late. It turns out it's a photographer thing to book mini family photo sessions (think 20 minutes) on the weekends in September & October, and they all book up really fast. I was too late!

Luckily I remembered Victoria, a friend-of-a-friend who has shot blog photos for me before and actually photographed Jeff's dad's elopement (and then watched Jeff take these outfit photos - ha!). She was rebooking all of her mini photo sessions because of weather, and was able to squeeze us in.

She was so fun to work with, and managed to coax some smiles out of Mia. Mia actually had been boycotting naps that day and was pretty grumpy, and was just blank staring at first - she definitely got mommy's RBF hahaha. We got the photos back last week, and I'm dyyyyying over some of the cute shots she got. I can't believe I didn't want family photos, because I'm so happy now to have these shots of Mia at this stage.

Warning: cuteness overload ahead :)

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday Finds

Whew, this week has been a doozy! Between lack of sleep and being in the busiest time of the year for me at work, I feel like I'm just barely keeping my head above water. I'm also trying to plan Mia's baptism and get ready for the holidays on top of everything else. I spent an hour browsing baptism gowns the other day instead of folding my laundry. Send help.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Little Bit Festive

Coat and Skirt (I had a mini, it appears to now be available in knee length and midi) - J.Crew / Tee (similar here) - BP / Scarf and Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Flats - Sam Edelman / Bag - Tory Burch

We got out for not one, but two dates this weekend - crazy! On Sunday Jeff's brother and SIL were dying to babysit, so we ran out for a late lunch / early dinner (plus many drinks haha) at Oyster Bah. Back in pre-kids days this probably would have just been considered a normal weekend activity, but since we were out without Mia I put it down as a date and decided to dress the part. 

Everything I wore (besides these earrings that came in the mail right beforehand - so freaking cute!) is actually a couple of years old! But it's all stuff that's in my regular rotation still. 

I remember having this skirt on my wishlist for months and months and not wanting to pull the trigger because it was more than my budget really allowed. But now I'm glad that I got it because it's so fun to wear, and so easy to wear in different ways. (I mean really, see here, here, and here for just a few). So while it may have been more than I typically spend on a skirt, it's gotten way more wears than cheaper skirts I've already gotten rid of. 

Anyway, I'm sure I had more to share, but Daylight Savings basically broke my brain. Weirdly though, Mia barely noticed. 

Coat and Skirt (I had a mini, it appears to now be available in knee length and midi) - J.Crew / Tee (similar here) - BP / Scarf and Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Flats - Sam Edelman / Bag - Tory Burch

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Monday, November 4, 2019

This Weekend...

Oh hey there! Haven't written a weekend recap in a while, but we did a lot (and had two babysitters!!) so I thought I'd share. Here we go...

This weekend I...

...went out to a charity event with Jeff and a bunch of his family. It was for March of Dimes, and the event was a culinary cook-off with a lot of the big restaurants downtown, where you got to have little tastings from each one. I actually wasn't that impressed with most of them, but found a new favorite - Sunda! It's right by my office but I've somehow never been - now it's on the list! So fun to have a night out but we definitely paid for it the next morning when Mia woke up at 6am - yikes ;)
...made this amazing white bean tomato soup from my favorite cooking blog. I've been trying to plan ahead on the weekends and make a big meal that will get us leftovers for most of the week, so that we can have more time on weeknights for hanging with Mia. Soup season makes that meal prep a whole lot easier :)
...finally got this coat in the mail, and as I kind of expected it doesn't work on my body type. But now I know that the regular sizes in the Factory coats actually do fit me (I usually need talls). The sleeves could be a pinch longer, but they work. I would say that the coat definitely is much lighter than my J.Crew wool coats. The box this coat came in was approximately one quarter the size as the box of this coat I also ordered to try out. Which I do really like, but once again ordered in way too big of a size because I still assume that my post-pregnancy body is bigger than it is.
...had Jeff's brother and sister come over to babysit for the first time, so we had a little Sunday afternoon date! They aren't in town very much and wanted to see Mia, so we said heck, of course you can come babysit for a few hours. We ended up heading to Oyster Bah, which we hadn't been to since before I found out I was pregnant, since, you know, oysters and pregnant people don't really mix. So. Freaking. Good. I said it the last time we went there too, but it's some of the best seafood I've had away from a coastline. We also did some Lincoln Park wandering which is always fun - I love popping into All She Wrote and the other little boutiques!

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